Christmas is nearly here, there are cards to write, presents to buy, shopping to organise, so how do you keep track of everything so you make sure you don’t forget anything? I am usually totally disorganised when it comes to Christmas as it is when my workload gets unbelievably busy, so I have decided this year to try being organised for once instead of my doing usual trick of leaving everything to the last minute.
So the obvious solution (since I am always making lists) is to create a combined album and planner. In that way, I can make all the lists I want plus have space for journaling, photos and all sorts. This is the album/planner I came up with, and it is easy to make, so why not have a go yourself?
- WISH LIST letter to Santa bundle from Etc. by Danyale
- MUSIC AND SWIRLS digital stamp from Arty Pants Digital Stamps
- CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS digital stamps from Arty Pants Digital Stamps
- CHRISTMAS BELIEVE digital stamps from Arty Pants Digital Stamps
- CHRISTMAS WISH digital stamps from Arty Pants Digital Stamps
- JOURNAL CARD TEMPLATES (THE COLLECTION) from Michelle Batton
- Coloured A4 cardstock (I think I ended up using about 6 sheets to make the album )
- White A4 cardstock for the cards
- Patterned paper (or you can use papers from a digital kit)
- Envelopes for the cards
- White A4 paper (I used 160g/m²)
- Double sided tape
- PVA glue (or any other glue for sticking card)
- Glitter glue (It’s not a Christmas album unless you use glitter of some sort ;))
- Circle punch (I used a Stampin’ Up! ¾” circle punch)
- Scissors and/or craft knife
- Bone folder
- Binder clips
STEP BY STEP
I started with five sheets of A4 cardstock (21 cm by 29.7 cm or roughly 8 ¼” by 11 ¾” ).
The first sheet was scored at 14 cm (5 ½”) in each side along the long side. The card was then rotated 180° and the opposite side scored.
I then folded the card along the score lines to make the album cover:
I then cut a piece of cardstock 18 cm by 21 cm (approximately 7 ⅛” by 8 ¼”), and scored this at 3 cm (1 ⅜”) on the left hand side. It was then a case of scoring every centimetre (or ⅜”) 12 times so there were a total of 13 score lines:
To make the base for the pages, it is a case of folding along the score lines. You need to make sure you fold in alternate directions to get a concertina effect:
The next thing to do is make the pages and for these I used three sheets of A4 card stock cut in half and trimmed down to 13 cm by 20 cm (55/16” by 7 ⅞”) to make 6 pages. I didn’t take a photo of these as they are just 6 rectangles of card!
It is then a case of adhering each piece of card to the concertina so place double sided tape (or you could use PVA glue) along the side of one long edge on each sheet of card and then attach to the concertina’d like this:
You will have to ignore the extra double sided tape in my photo – I got carried away in all the excitement and started to attach tape to everything! You only need to put the tape on one long side. Then adhere the remaining 5 pages to the concertina.
Once you have all the pages attached, this is what it should look like:
On the back of the flaps of the concertina, place double sided tape. It needs to be fairly strong tape to hold the pages in place.
To attach the pages to the folder, adhere double sided tape to the inside of the album spine. You could also use PVA glue here or hot glue but just make sure you keep the glue to the spine of the album cover (where the tape is in this photo).
The next part is the tricky bit – squishing the concertina’d pages together and holding them so they fit across the spine of the album cover, making sure they are flattened together enough to fit nicely in the spine. I actually used binder clips to hold it together at either side as I really needed an extra hand or two!
Adhere the concertina part to the spine of the album and the flaps either side of this to the inside covers and press down firmly:
I found I had to hold the pages down firmly so the concertina bit at the bottom adhered properly to the album spine. Whilst I used double sided tape here on the spine, I actually reckon PVA glue would have been better so the next time I make one of these, I will use that. Of course, hot glue would be better still, but you need to be quick with that as there is not as much wriggle room if you don’t place the concertina exactly onto the spine.
Et voilà, you have one album almost ready for matting!
I wanted to have wallets on some of the pages to hold cards, envelopes and tags, so I cut three more pieces of card stock 18 cm by 20 cm (7 ⅛” by 8¼”), fold them in half lengthways:
Just in case I made extra small tags to fit into the wallets, I decided to cut circles in the middle of each piece of card to make removing tags easier:
So you end up with circles punched out of each side of the card:
Then use PVA glue along each short side and adhere onto alternate pages of the planner:
All you need to do then is adhere each of these to the long side of alternate pages in the album:
Of course, using PVA glue means it takes time to dry, and that is where the binder clips come in useful again!
Then comes the fun part – matting the album! This is where you really start to make it your own. I used the Wish List Letter to Santa bundle from Etc. by Danyale as it was perfect for lists and journaling. The measurements I used were:
- Inside covers 20 cm by 12.5 cm (7⅞” by 4 15/16″)
- Pages with wallets
- 6 mats size 19 cm by 6 cm (7½” by 2⅜”) for top of wallet
- 6 mats 19 cm by 9 cm (7½” by 3½”). This was actually slightly longer than the blank area to the left of each wallet but I wanted to ensure the mat slotted inside the wallet flap to look neater.
I created a blank document on Photoshop (A4 size, naturally ;)) and added rectangles the same size as the mats I needed, then filled each of these with the paper from the kit and then printed them onto the A4 paper. I used a heavyweight paper (160 g/m²) as I find this gives a better finish and you don’t see the glue or tape underneath the paper when you adhere it to the album. You could use a lighter weight paper – I just happened to find this paper half price in the reduced aisle at Staples and couldn’t resist the bargain!
I actually find it easier to print out the mats at the exact size I need as it saves messing around with a guillotine or trimmer as I just use my craft knife or scissors to cut the mats out. This is an example of what I mean:
These were the front and back inside covers printed out so all I had to do was trim off the excess paper and then adhere to the album.
I created the front cover in Photoshop from one sheet of A4 and this is me in action sticking it to the album:
I ended up printing this out twice though, as the first time I forgot to print without borders, so there was a a white edge down one side of the paper! Not s good look on the cover page so I reversed the paper and printed it again, borderless this time, and this is how the finished cover looks:
I added a drop shadow to the album title, and then used glitter glue to make it really stand out:
I also added glitter glue to the heart further down the page. I love my glitter glue almost as much as my distress inks ;)!
Since this is an album/planner, I couldn’t just stop there so went on to make journaling tags using the kit and the journal template bundle from Michelle Batton. I made 8 tags using a different template for each tag and printed them off on one sheet of A4 paper (apologies for the poor quality of the photo – for some reason, this kit printed out very dark and I reckon i need to adjust the printer settings but am not quite sure how 🙁 ):
And yes, it is Christmas, so what do you need at Christmas? Christmas cards of course!!! I made these using the digital stamps from Arty Pants and these are perfect for Christmas. I added glitter glue, organza ribbon and the Christmas ornaments were die cut stamped images made using the Ornament Keepsakes bundle from Stampin’ Up:
I added glitter glue to the inside pages of the album, then inserted the cards, envelopes (from my stash) and journaling tags and here are the inside pages:
You’ll see it is fairly plain inside because I wanted to leave lots of space for writing out all those lists I need, but there is plenty of room to add small elements, ribbons, and all sorts of embellishments if I change my mind. I also attached two small envelopes on the back inside cover and these can be used for tags, photos, receipts and so on so it can be a record of the run up to Christmas – so useful!
The tags can be used as photo mats and the whole album is small enough (it’s A5 size) to fit inside my bag (I do have a large bag though ;)) so I can carry it around with me. The cards will be handy as if I am out, I can always pull one out ready to give to someone.
This was so easy to make so why not give it a go yourself? There is time to make one now before Christmas and you can then keep a record of all that you did to get ready to celebrate Jesus’ birth! It’s a really fun album/planner and a great keepsake!
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016