Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Christmas kit book

This one I feel a bit guilty about because I was the hostess of this swap and never got round to sharing (slaps own wrist).

I ran a christmas kit swap over on the Pad forum - the idea was to make a christmas kit up for your swappee, and then by a certain date after all the christmas fever had died down, use it to make a Layout (or in my case a word book), using the said kit. There was some fab work from the other girls involved, but as I say I never quite finished mine or got round to showing what I had made. Time to put this right.

At the time there was lots of experiments on UKS using bought or home made word books so I wanted to see if it was something I could do too. I took a long time choosing my word and used some instructions I found on the UKS site supplied by Jackie - Danyaz on UKS (thank you so much for sharing), who says:-

"here is how i made it;
type your word, lets say xmas, using rockwell bold font, using 550 as font size and print out onto paper.
get some mountboard or similar, longest bit should be 13 inches long and about 6 inches high.
cut the letters out. place the s at the end of the longest card and draw round it lightly, trim the width of card so its the same size of the s, now cut the s out but only cutting out the first half of the s, repeat this with the a,m and x, make sure you trim so they are all the same width.
now lay the word out making sure there are even spaces for each letter, now cut the excess card from the other end where thew holes will be, holepunch, place bookrings in and away you go.
hope you all can follow this.
have fun,"

Supply list
Bit difficult this as it was a secret kit but some of the stuff in it that I used was from KI Memories Holiday collection and Joyful collection.

The hardest part of this was choosing the word, christmas too long, xmas too short, but since I wanted to record all my decoration attemps over the years finally settled for Deck the Halls. I had to play about with the sizes Jackie had given to get it to fit, and the 'Deck the' part involved some fiddling in word. I used word art and overlapped the text onto a rectangular box so that I could see it was right before printing out and cutting with knife and glass mat.

Background of book cut from KI memories Holiday collection, Joyful Sentiments double sided cardstock,
Parcels cut from KI Memories Holiday collection, Joyful Multistripe, patterns were highlighted with Icicle stickles and then all mounted onto 3D Foam pads.
Ric rak is actually a doodlebug paper frill.
Eyelets included in kit.

Cropping the photos to the correct size was a bit of fun!

Lights on the tree, photo kept very simple on the small page.

There was a lot of bling involved!

Gold floss my own, ribbon from kit, bauble cut from Joyful stipes.
H first run round with Sukara pen and then green stickles,
words from another sheet of Joyful but cant find the reference.
The snowman I put in the hearth each year.

I used a christmas stamp from my collection (no idea who by) and my sukara pens to colour them in. More tree lights, we have a lot of lights INSIDE our house!

Finally some patterned paper! still from the Joyful Collection.
The stamps are the little £1.49 ones from Papermill.
Photo is a little basket that was originally full of winter houseplants given to me by Wane's mum as a chrissie pres. I kept it and filled with pinecone people, which I bought at a craft fair a zillion years ago.

More of same supplies. Once started this was kept very simple. Laura dressing the tree.

Kelly and Ollie putting up decorations.

Just bits of decoration around the house.

Close up of one of the table decorations last year.

We had our christmas lunch at Laura's last year. This is the table.

Patern paper is Joyful Twinkle, and the letters are from the same collection.

And that is as far as I have got because I keep forgetting to buy book rings to put it all together.



sure-scraps-a-lot said...

Like the new blog :)

louise said...

lovely blog and good ideas. i just brought a plastic word book template, but i think i'll have to give yours a go this christmas :)

Stephanie Parsloe said...

Oh wow, I love it!! And I love the fact that it's made yourself, thanks for sharing, I think I may have to have a go at it myself!

It's fantastic, and it actually looks like a bought word album, so well done you!!

Steph x

jackie said...

lovely book and thanks for asking me for permission to post instructions on here. your book is a credit to you, well done. i hope loads of people enjoy making these books too.