Each day now through Christmas I will share a mini book – a mini scrapbook – with you that I have created! This book is meant to serve as inspiration and along the way, I will share tips, tricks, techniques, and tutorials as well as the story behind the book. My hope is that these projects inspire you! Whether you're creating a gift for someone special or looking for ideas to use in your December Daily album, this series of posts can serve as a resource for ideas for years to come.

Ahhh it is time for a Christmas mini album. This HUGE Album was created with this month's Monthly Kit, Santa's Treasures.

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The tip of the day is to do the unexpected. A tree IS expected for Christmas but a tree made of buttons, ahhhh, now that is UNexpected! These are the kinds of elements that will set your album apart from everyone else's and that help to stretch your creativity, influencing your future projects in wonderfully innovative ways.


The buttons forming this tree started life BROWN in color – yes, I used my handy dandy friend acrylic paint to give them new life!

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Its easy to find buttons in neutral colors (remember my tip about using neutrals) so consider the shape, and not the color, when choosing buttons for your project. The color can always be changed with paint, embossing powder, ICED Enamels, Glitter + Glue, etc.

Check out this ridiculously long (but well worth it) video of how to create this Christmas album from start to finish using our December Monthly kit, Santa's Treasures.

Thank you for joining me for the 12 Days of Mini Albums!!!   I've enjoyed having you along for the journey – Happy creating in 2014!


Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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