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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

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  1. Jennifer Reynard

    Oh my gosh! That is stupendous!! Can I just have it please!! LOL

  2. Kim H

    beautiful gift set. love tp albums, people are always surprised by what you created there album from lol thanks for sharing.

  3. Jeanne Kelly

    Adorable and so GREEN!!!!!

  4. Beatrice Lawson

    Beautiful… sigh… I love how you colored the ribbon to get green to match. I would have been afraid to use my heat gun on ribbon – would it not ruin it?? But obviously not so thanks for the tip!

  5. Lori Poffenroth

    I love this little album.

  6. Lillian Child

    Gorgeous album, and then you go and make a top notch card out of the scraps??!!!  You slay me !!!  Fabulous job!

  7. Barb Ghigliotty

    What a STUNNING mini album! I love how pretty these papers look with all the lovely May Arts ribbon!

  8. Emily H

    Wow! So much to take in! I do want to make one!

  9. Wendy Crowe

    Thank you so much for the tutorial!  Your details are just beautiful!  It's amazing how tp rolls can be transformed into something this beautiful!

  10. ava g

    so well photographed!!! your project is lovely with lots of detail, thanks for sharing the close ups and the how to get the look

  11. Ange

    Very cute mini!

  12. Cindy Krueger

    They say someone's trash is another's treasure….nice way to repurpose the toilet paper rolls! I always think what can I do with them?? Now I know.  Love all the ribbon used, especially the  crinkle ribbon and rossettes. Thanks!

  13. Dorina D

    What fun mini and I love that you used the TP rolls and recycled them. Great job.  Love LYB Papers

  14. Robin Buchholz

    Both projects are great, thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Kristie Maynard

    Absolutely beautiful!  Very nicely done!

  16. Sue D

    Fabulous–I have been wanting to try this type of album.

  17. Pam Sohan

    Love this idea ! heaven knows we have enough empty rolls around here LOL 

  18. Jean Marmo

    Just amazing!!! Love LYB and May Arts!

  19. Jean Marmo

    Just amazing!!! Love LYP and May Arts!

  20. Miriam Prantner

    This is gorgeous!  I have always wanted to make one of these.  It is so pretty!

  21. Beverly Jordan

    What a great little mini album!! Thank you for the tutorial!!! Love all the embellies like the wrinkled ribbon coloring the best!

  22. KellyG

    Very cool!  Love that you used the toilet paper rolls….I will have to fight my son for them, since he likes using them for projects too!

  23. Jennie W.

    Love your album!  Your use of ribbon is gorgeous.

  24. Virginia Fynes

    Beautiful Album, love the toilet paper roll idea!

  25. Nicole Martel

    Fabulous mini. Love what you did with the  Rosettes!!!

  26. Linda Talley

    Very creative and  simple. Love this!

  27. Bhavana Patel

    Great tutorial, love the mini album and matching card using the scraps!


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