Decorating Christmas Pages in a Mini 6″ Album

I am making an album for our great niece’s freshman year of college. I wanted to show you how I decorated the Christmas portion of the album, as well as how I made the pull out for it. Here is the first video showing you how to make the binding of the album and one of the pull-outs.

To begin this video, somehow I accidentally deleted the introduction and instead, began by explaining the Halloween pages of the album. The Halloween papers I used were from Joanns from last year’s single sheet options. The Christmas pad I used is from Hobby Lobby and are 8 1/2″ x 11 that I also bought last year. Here are the paper pads Hobby Lobby has available this year…unfortunately, not the one I bought, as it had a lot of gold foil on it. Link:

The corner punch I used on the Halloween page is from Stampin Up and has been discontinued, but I found it on ebay and here’s the link: It creates three different rounded corners and I liked it especially for albums.

To make the Christmas layers, I used cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ square and adhered them with tear tape link: and wet glue (I used Elmer’s Glue All on this album link:, but any wet glue will work as I use it as an addition to the tear tape to make the paper super adhered to the album.)

The two black layers are cut to 5 1/2″ x 6″ and scored on the 6″ length at 5 1/2″ to make a fold that would adhere to the page under it. I used Michaels Recollections Heavyweight black cardstock for these layers link:

When making pull out pages on the right side of the album, I first put one-half of a magnet on the cardboard base about one-quarter from the right side of the cardboard, then laid the decorated paper cut to 5 1/4″ square on top using tear tape and wet glue to adhere it. The next layer, I used the piece of Recollections Heavyweight black cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 6″ and scored on the 6″ length at 5 1/2″ to make the end result 5 1/2″ square and folded under the scored part. I adhered the folded edge with tear tape and wet glue (only on the 1/2″ folded piece) over the left side of the decorated paper (that I just put in the album), making sure to lay it a little above the decorated paper and lined up with the left edge of the designer paper. I added the other half of the magnet on the top of this piece of black paper, so it will connect with the magnet on the bottom layer. I added the next 5 1/2″ x 6″ Recollections black piece with the fold on the right side, laying it so it’s directly on top of the black layer beneath.

I added two pieces of Stampin’ Up Night of Navy cardstock cut to 2 1/2″ wide by 5 1/4″ tall, adhered together with tear tape…the left edge I ran through an EK Success Open Scallop Edge Punch link: then put tear tape on the back everywhere except on the scallop portion and adhered it to the back of the top black layer..I laid half of a magnet on the back of the navy blue piece as far from the scalloped part as possible and then put decorated paper cut to 5 1/4 x 5 1/4″ on the back and front of this layer. I added the second half of the magnet on the back of the decorated paper (so it faces it’s other half that’s on the Navy paper) with tear tape (keeping the backing on it) with sticky part on the underside of the magnet, so when you close the page, the magnet attaches to the black paper beneath it. That’s the simplest way I’ve found to make sure the magnets line up on different pages. Then I added decorator paper to the front and back of the second black page in the pull out and the pull out is complete.

I added a small piece of ephemera that said Christmas Memories to the left side of the Christmas section of the album. I wanted our great niece to be able to add as many decorations to this section as she wanted.

In the last video, I’ll do a walk-through of the album so you know what the entire album looks like.

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