Sunday, 14 November 2010

home for the holidays vintage Christmas paper bag album

This project took a little while in the making, as I had to keep putting it aside to do other things, but it is finished now! I quite enjoyed pottering about with it and coming back to it from time to time.

Warning: This post is VERY photo heavy.

For my paper bag album I used the theme: Home for the holidays.

You can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.
All papers used in this project come from the Bo Bunny ~ Be Good collection. I pretty much used them all up and must now resist the urge to go and buy them all again, because they are so delish.

For the house I used a Maya Road chipboard house which I decorated with the papers. The windows were made from a Sizzix ~ Haunted House die, I just added a bit of stickles to look like snow. The door is a button, I wrapped some thread around it and added some stickles. Do you like the smoke rising from the chimney? That was a die cut from the paper collection.

Here is the inside of the front cover.

I've used 6" x 12" paper bags and used them for their entire length.

At the bottom right hand corner on the front of each bag, I have machine stitched a letter from the Bo Bunny die cuts and as you go through the album, it spells out the word 'home'.

Each bag has two pull out inserts which run the entire length of the bag.

Here is the back of the 'h' bag.

All sentiments, tags etc are all from the same Bo Bunny collection.

Each pull out insert has a little lace tag attached with staples.

Back of the 'o' bag.

Here is the 'm' front page with some close ups.

I love this Santa. He was taken from a Crafty Individuals paper pad and glued to a Tim Holtz ~ Fragment. I then embossed the edges with gold. I love the vintagey effect it gives. I added a little tinkling bell.

Back of the 'm' bag.

Almost forgot to show the inserts.

Have yourself a merry little christmas.

You may have noticed that at the opening of each bag, I have made a fastening. As it is a vertical album, I didn't want the tags falling out the bottom of the bags. They could become quite heavy once photos and other memorabilia are added to them.

Back of the 'e' page.

And a close up of the fastening.

A chipboard cover for the back.

And there you have it, all ready to be decorated.

I'm popping this in at the following challenges:
'Christmas traditions': Sir Stampalot.
'Buttons': Crafty Creations.
'Christmas': Crazy For Challenges.
'Holidays': ABC Challenge.
'Anything for Christmas but not a card': Bunny Zoes Crafts.

Thank you for looking.



brenda said...

Hi Keeley

Phew, got down here eventuually, but can understand why you wanted the pictures to show off your super project.

Thank you for joining us at Stampalot challenge this month, good luck and hope to see you again.

B x
There is a chance to win a Stampalot voucher here

Unknown said...

Wow Keeley this is a beautiful keepsake well worth the time you have put into it, I love it, gorgeous papers and lace, well its all totally gorgeous.
Chris x

auntdeedee said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! You did such a great job and such little details. Love all of the stitching!!

Kathy said...

WOW Keeley this is just gorgeous!!! I love all the details and these still are some of my favorite Christmas papers! I wish they would make more this these!! Love all the lace and your stitching is gorgeous!!! Brilliant idea to use the full length!! Love this!

pinky said...

Keeley I am totally impressed!! This is one brilliant project, full of gorgeous detail and gorgeous papers. Thanks for playing along at Sir Stampalot this month.

Saskia said...

Wow!!! Gorgeous album, so unique and so creative!!

Lovely to see your work at Crafty Creations Challenge! Thanks for joining us and good luck!

Greetings, Saskia :)

Riet said...

Ohhh wowww Keeley,This is so wonderful.

Hugs Riet.x

Createology said...

Over the moon fabulous!!! Looks like a million hours to make. I love this and the possibilities are endless. Happy winning...

debby4000 said...

Stunning book Keeley, wonderful work.

mfc.melissamade2 said...

Wow this is gorgeous! Thanks for taking so many wonderful photos too! I love that! Thanks for playing at Crafty Creations this week!

michele said...

Oh WOW! Keeley this stunning! hugs xx

Sally H said...

Wow! A sensational Christmas creation! Thanks for Sharing with us at Sir Stampalot and good luck!