Wednesday, November 10, 2010

lauren bergold's christmas minibook ♥

when i saw the maya road "mix it up" albums that kirsty has in the pixie shop i couldn't wait to get my hands on one! i don't scrapbook, as such, but i ♥LOVE♥ to make minibooks...especially when they feature my adorable niece and nephew! this one is based around clement c. moore's poem "a visit from st. nicholas" ; the reading of which was a favorite family tradition when my brother and sister and i were children!

the prima "fairy flora" journaling cards in november's snow shoe kit worked brilliantly as additional pages throughout the book, and hold the text of the poem, while the decorated chipboard pages display photos of matthew and madeline from christmas eve and christmas morning last year.

i printed the entire poem onto a full-sheet avery clear label in vogue font, and cut the lines as necessary to fit on the (slightly trimmed) journaling cards, occasionally highlighting words with the echo park "bella road" alphabet stickers.

in addition to the echo park stickers, and cut out motifs, i used a variety of different dies and punches to make my own custom layered snowflakes out of the patterned paper in the kit; i snuck a few punched flowers and hearts in for variety, as well!

the combination of bright primary colors and soft pastels in the kit is wonderful; they add so much interest and contrast to my pages. the polka dot motifs look like snow to me...which makes anything much more christmassy, doesn't it?

since my photos came from a few different occasions--and had A LOT of different colors and light levels--i elected to make them all black and white (with quite high contrast) so that they would really stand out against the brightly colored pages.

adding a bit of black (or white, or any neutral color) to each element of a project gives you INSTANT continuity! i've colored the edges of each chipboard page, inked and/or outlined the papers & stickers, machine stitched with black thread, and used black dymo-labels.

the pixie dust signature seam binding is one of my FAVORITE's such a great finishing touch! here i've pleated and tacked it lightly with dry adhesive before running it carefully through my sewing machine.

and so my minibook... and my post... come to a happy ending! ♥

Kirsty's note -
That's one lovely minibook there, so many beautiful elements and details thanks Lauren!

You can make your own minibook with beautiful papers and embellishments with Pixie's November Kit "SNOW SHOE". Link - The Pixie Shop 

Pixie Winner Showcase 
I know you have been waiting for the result of Pixie first challenge, here you go!

The winner of Pixie's "scrap-lift" challenge is - Stella!!!! 
Here is Stella beautiful card

Stella scrap-lifted Kirsty's baby boy card, and she made a sweet baby girl card, I adore the lovely sweet colors and pretty elements of Stella's creation! Congratulations Stella! Please feel free to grab you "I am a winner at Pixie Dust Paperie" badge and display it proudly on your sidebar!
Here's the link to Stella's blog - A little bit of things I enjoy, please go over and leave her some love!

There are a few more creations that we love to showcase here, in no particular order

Ros Crawford
Ros scrap-lifted Kirsty's Love Notes, and she puts a vintage touch to all her little note cards, you must hop over to Ros's blog - Mikey's Mom to see all the beautiful cards in this box of vintage beauties.

The next one that caught my eyes is
Amelia Kahlik
Amelia scrap-lifted Kirsty's notepad,  I love the beautiful flower she made and the pop-up letters, well done Amelia!!!
Here's the link to Amelia's blog - Baby Blu, she has some other gorgeous artwork over there, do stop by and say hello to Amelia!

One more beautiful project that I hate to miss is
Linda 64

Linda scrap-lifted Lauren's mini note cards, she stays faithful to the original work and added her personal touch, and it is simply a bliss seeing this lovely set of mini note cards of Linda's.
Linda has an interesting blog - Faviritspot, that you might not want to miss out, hop over now crafters!

As promised, there will be another randomly pick winner that will walk away with Pixie' signature crinkled ribbon, here you to, the lucky winner for 4 yards of Crinkled Ribbon goes to - Helen Tilbury!!!

Congratulations to all, we also want to Thank those who played along with Pixie first challenge, please know that your participation is hugely appreciated, join us again on November 20th, for Pixie's November Challenge!

Stella and Helen, please send an email to Kirsty (, you have till November 15th to claimed your prize. Congrats once again to all!



  1. My oh my that minibook; I love love love it. I think I am going to make one myself...well make...I am going to try :)

    And....I won....You made my day; or should I say you made my week!!! The last few days it's taking me ages to create something new and being chosen out of so many gorgeous entries is so encouraging and I feel so honored! Thank you so so much. I am so grateful; more than I can say!

  2. Lauren, you WOW me with every creation. Your choices of embellies is inspired and sheer perfection! I am particularly amazed at your stitching on each page; I LOVE it!!! You have me inspired to make a mini book...what a wonderful gift.

  3. Lauren ALWAYS rocks the mini albums and this one certainly does not!

    super winner showcase!

  4. congrats to the winners! i can state categorically that they'll enjoy their prizes!

    many, many thanks to all who entered the challenge! seriously, there was not a single project that was not ♥FABULOUS♥ and worthy of winning!!! (this is why they don't let me award the goodies, folks!) :)

  5. Congrats to all the winners, every single entry is so lovely and it is hard to just pick a few, thanks to all who played along with Pixie!

  6. What a beautiful mini album. I love the wording. Turned out great.

  7. Lauren, your mini Christmas book is adorable! Congratulations to all the winners!

  8. Lauren, your book is gorgeous. Love your Laurenly touch to it. Looks great with the stitches and dymo text.

    Also Congrats to all the winners, and thankyou for showing my Lauren cards :-))