So I’ve been working on some Halloween books, but got stalled in the process (thanks to leaving a bag full of cut papers in an inaccessible place!), so I decided to make a Christmas album. It was a nice change from all the black cats and pumpkins and such, at least for now. (I do love me some Halloween, though.)
I was totally inspired by a Christmas album my BFF, Terri, just made. I won’t say I blatantly STOLE her ideas and design and execution…but I did perhaps “lift” a few elements. (Perhaps.) Terri’s is much larger and so much nicer to look at. I wasn’t able to steal the actual book because she kept an eagle eye on me (and rightly so), but I do have a good memory for details! 🙂
I started with a green velvet gift book; the covers were perfect for a holiday album. 7 Gypsies gaffer tape covers the raw edges where I cut away the spine. I used my favorite color of velvet ribbon for a binding; the supplier calls it “olive green,” but it’s really more of a dark fawn color. In any event, it works with just about everything.
The flowers are Jolee’s Boutique. The letters spelling “bright” started out white; I dyed them with two shades of alcohol ink to get just the right color. I used red alcohol ink on the gold buttons to give them a holiday feel and layered them on clear buttons dyed green.
The papers are from a line called “Holly Jolly Christmas.” They’re so playful and cheery; I just love them. They also helped get me in the mood to do a holiday book, as I was singing off and on the entire time I was sewing it together!
“Have a holly jolly Christmas…and in case you didn’t hear…oh, by golly, have a holly jolly Christmas this year!”