Handmade Holiday Album
Hey everyone! It’s Emily Lanham here with a really fun project to share today with you all! I’m sure once you read through this post, you will want to create one for yourself as well!
When I got all of this awesome Little Yellow Bicycle yummy goodness, I just knew what I wanted to create!
Yes… those are empty toilet paper rolls. We are going to create a mini album with them today!
You will need to find 4 empty tp rolls and flatten them like shown above. You can do this with your fingers or use a bone folder to crease the edges.
Next, pick out some acrylic paint and give them a nice coat. I chose “Santa Red,” obviously it goes with the beautiful “Once upon a Christmas” paper from Little Yellow Bicycle.
While you are letting the paint dry on the tp rolls, cut out some paper and mats for your album. You will need to measure your tp rolls because I have found that they do vary in size. Generally the mats should be around 2×4 inches, give or take a little. You will need a total of 12 cardstock mats and 12 patterned paper cuts. I went ahead and inked the edges as well. Completely optional, but it does make it look nice.
Glue your papers to the mats.
Once your tp rolls are dry, you will need to pinch the ends and add some glue. I do this so I can add tags, but you don’t have to glue the ends. It just makes it easier when adding binding rings, etc.
Punch holes in the ends (where glue was added) and add binding rings. I use ¾ inch rings. Then glue 8 of your mats to the tp roll base (front and back).
Next, you will tie ribbon to the rings.
As I was going through my ribbon stash, I realized that I didn’t have any green to match the evergreen color. That surprised me that I had none, but it wasn’t a problem. I could make my own to match! I chose a ½ inch solid/wrinkled ribbon (EA09) in Ivory.
Next, I misted it with a few different mists to get the color that I wanted (Dylusions- Cut Grass, Color Shine- Chartreuse, Glimmer Mist Chalkboard- Myrtle) and used my heat gun to speed up the dry time.
Next, add some ribbons to the ends of 4 of the mats for pull out tags. I stapled the dyed ribbon (EA09) and red metallic velvet (377-38-14) to my tag then topped it off with some Ivory sheer/box pleat ribbon (392-58-09).
Next, embellish your album cover. I used some sheer/woven rosettes (353-25), Faux Suade/Leaves (XL30), and some Fabric Favorites & Cardstock stickers from Little Yellow Bicycle.
Insert the tags into the ends of your album.
There you have it! A very festive mini album made out of toilet paper rolls with pull-out tags!
I didn’t stop there… I had scraps so I decided to use them up and make a card to match!
This project is so simple to make and you end up with a card & matching mini album ready to give as a gift this Christmas!
Blogpost by: Emily Lanham
May Arts Ribbon Used:
- EA09 Wrinkled Ribbon
- SE14 Curly Sparkly Ribbon
- 373-58-09 Satin & Grosgrain Ribbon
- 392-58-09 Sheer Box Pleat Ribbon
- 377-38-14 Metallic Velvet
- 353-25 Sheer Woven Rosettes
- XL30 Gold Leaves
Partner in Craft Supplies Used:
- Little Yellow Bicycle’s Once upon a Christmas Collection: 6×6 Paper Pad, Fabric Favorites, Cardstock Stickers