Staff Holiday Project: Diane’s 2018 Christmas Album

Oct 25th

Welcome back friends!

If you’re looking for a bit of holiday crafting inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! Today we are sharing a beautiful Christmas album our store manager Diane just finished for her daughter, Jill. Diane makes her an album each Christmas, and Jill adds photos to it throughout the holiday season. Jill’s family enjoys the albums so much that they keep them out year-round!

Here are links to some of Diane’s previous Christmas albums:

2017 Album – click HERE

2016 Album – click HERE

2015 Album – click HERE

This is a photo-heavy post, so crank up the Christmas music, grab a cup of something warm, put on your fuzzy socks, and take a peek inside Diane’s awesome project!

The album: Diane used a 6×8 ring-bound album from Simple Stories SN@P Studio ($18.99). As you can see, she wrapped a couple of different types of twine around the left part of the binder several time and tied a bow. A few rusty bells and metal charms finished it off!  Diane also stamped on a wood slice and adhered it to the corner — a perfect rustic touch!

Paper:  Diane mainly used the Simple Stories Vintage Christmas paper pad, which includes a wonderful variety of patterns which fit this album perfectly. To “age” it, she inked the paper with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Embellishments: Diane used lots of different embellishments which we have grouped in a display at the store, so you can easily find anything you’d like to add to your own album. In addition to the paper pad, she also used two Simple Stories ephemera packs – Bits & Pieces and Trees & Stars, shown in the hanging bags below. You’ll find most anything you need to embellish your album in these two packages!

Diane also used two fun products to embellish various elements in her album — Distress Glitter Dust (a very fine glitter) and Snowflake Paste. For the Glitter Dust, Diane recommends applying a line of Scor-Tape to your project and sprinkling it on. You can see how it makes a beautiful frame in the photo below.


The Snowflake Paste is easy to apply: Just spread with a spatula and sprinkle with fine glitter (Diamond Dust) for sparkle. How fun is that?

Here’s a list of the embellishments and tools Diane used:

  • Holiday Flashcards
  • Loop Pins
  • Retro Merry Christmas die
  • Car with tree die (Cottage Cutz)
  • Stitched Slots die
  • Tattered Christmas stamps and dies
  • Tim Holtz Holiday Postmarks stamps
  • Tim Holtz Christmas Nostalgia stamps
  • Memory Bound’s Iowa stamps and dies
  • Distress Ink – Gathered Twigs
  • Wood slices
  • Gumdrops (color with alcohol ink!)
  • Quote clips (white)
  • Prima Snowflake Paste
  • Distress Glitter Dust
  • Diamond Dust


So without further ado, let’s take a peek inside Diane’s album, starting with the cover page. Diane added “Christmas 2018” die cut from glitter paper to the front page, along with one of the stars from the “Trees & Stars” ephemera pack.

As you’ll see, the album is filled with all kinds of different patterns and textures created from paper and embellishments. The tree you see in the photo below also came from the “Trees & Stars” pack. And check out the “loopy” bow she added to the little tag at the side. So cute!

This page features a cute retro car with a snowy Christmas tree tied to the roof, a nostalgic image for many of us! The page at the right features a new Tim Holtz moose die which has literally been flying out of the store! Good news: We just got in a huge shipment (herd??) of these moose (meese??) dies, so stop in or call us if you’d like one! 🙂

The page at the left features a roomy pocket, embellished with ribbon and a hanging metal charm. The pocket could hold a letter to Santa, a shopping list, or even more photos. At the right, you’ll see a clear divided pocket page which will hold photos back to back.

One of my favorite parts of Diane’s album is this little booklet which she sewed together. (Every time I see sewing on a project, I wish I’d paid more attention in Home Ec class! It’s such a fun little detail.) Inside the album, she stamped various Christmas images. A little Washi Tape and a few embellishments finish off this nostalgic booklet.

More sweet pages…

At left is a pocket page which can hold memorabilia such as school programs, kids’ drawings, special Christmas cards, etc. You could add journaling or a small photo to the back of the tag.

There is a special section in the album for the kids’ Elf on the Shelf named Bookie and his sidekick reindeer, Rudolph. If you need an Elf on the Shelf die, we’ve got ’em! 🙂

We also have beautiful vintage tags similar to the one you see at the left!

Diane also included pages for the two boys’ wish lists. How fun to look through those lists year after year and see how they change!

A pocket page (at right) provides room for more photos. Diane plans to add more of these pages to the album so that Jill will have plenty of space for all the photos they take!

With this type of album, it’s fun to vary the size and shape of pages so that multiple elements are visible each time you turn the page. You can see that idea below with the smaller bingo card at the right, with elements on the following page peeking out behind it. Using coordinating papers makes it easy to do this and create a cohesive look and feel in your project.

Diane even added an “Iowa” touch with our exclusive Iowa stamp and die!

A few more pretty pages to finish out the book…

I love the tags you’ll find throughout the album! Diane made them from cardstock and pieces from the ephemera bags.

At the end of the album is a nice big envelope for all of the receipts Jill keeps throughout the holiday season. How fun to open the pouch each year to see what’s inside!

We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at Diane’s lovely Christmas album. If you want to see it in person, it will be at the store for a few more weeks so be sure to stop by and take a look! If you’d like to make your own album, we’d love to help you get started! We have everything you need to make a keepsake album your family will treasure.

Thanks to Diane for the crafty holiday inspiration!