Sunday, December 18, 2011

christmas poem mini album by lauren bergold

as usual, the range of papers in this month's pixie dust paperie kit, CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, is so spectacular, i wanted to use every single pattern right away... and TOGETHER! so i did! :)

i love mini albums, and one way or another i seem to acquire quite a few of them. i thought this house-shaped one was appropriate for a sweet christmas poem. you probably have something similar, OR you could use a stencil and the chipboard that comes packed in your pixie kit, OR there are some cute ones in the pixie shoppe!

i printed the poem on clear inkjet labels from the office supply store, and affixed them to the fronts of my chipboard pages, which i covered with the softer patterns in the kit, so the text is easy to read. i put the stronger patterns on the reverse side of the pages to make a nice counterpoint, but left them otherwise blank. the recipient of my book (which i intend as a christmas present) can place some small holiday photos on those pages... or just leave them blank.

i love that the kit's papers have an elegant holiday vibe without being overly "themed". this gives you soooooo much flexibility as to how you'll use them!!! as always when covering chipboard, i colored the edges with a permanent marker (in this case dark brown), cut my patterned paper 1/16th of an inch smaller than the pages, and used distress ink to give them a vintage patina. not only does it look pretty, this helps to cover any little mistakes i might make in measuring or cutting!!! ;)

to decorate the cover i used the bit of a webster's pages sheet that happened to say, "a beautiful holiday" since i thought it made the perfect title! i adorned it with a little strip of punched paper and hung a few pretties from the chain that holds the book together: a graphic 45 tag, a prima flower embellished with cosmo cricket bling, a tim holtz metal charm, and a seam binding bow. all of these lovely items came in the kit, of course!

i do hope that the recipient of this gift book will indeed have "a beautiful holiday" and that all my pixie friends will, as well!!! ♥

Kirsty's Note -
That is a wonderful Christmas gift, thanks Pixie Lauren!!!

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