Saturday, December 18, 2010

Shabby Chic Christmas card or memory book


I love to make memory books. When you pay so much for family pictures or when you take favorite pics. Mini family books are a great gift , memory book and conversation piece on you sofa table.
I love to make them in January when it is so boring and cold outside. This year, i made it for Christmas and hanged it on the tree.


First, i made a trial one with photocopies...To get the right size and design.


I ordered the wallet size pictures.


I used a 12 by 12 paper and cut  4 inches pieces.


Folded and glued.


Book i wanted for 6 pictures.


To make the flower, i used 3 different wrapping sheets.




Attached them with a brad and scrunched them up. You can see the tutorial here: English cabbage rose tutorial.
I glued the front page after I attached the flower.
Punched a whole and added twine and a mini tree ornament.
I framed the pictures with contrasting paper and used blue and silver stickers.
My favorite was this "Summer Circus" paper from GCD studio "Paris night". It was my inspiration for the family pictures too.
I did a black and white with blue because they were my colors this year for Christmas but any other colors would work.






If you can't find French paper. You can print and add it to your creation like i did here. I used a Graphic Fairy paper."Eau de Cologne de France".


Love the French picking through.




42 comments:

Mika said...

I love it! What a great idea. It's beautiful hanging on your tree.
Mika

Cranberry Morning said...

That is so cute and clever! Thanks for posting it. How nice it looks on your tree!

Debby said...

Such a fun idea esp. using those cool pictures you had taken. I hope you are feeling better now. (((((HUGS)))))

Sandy said...

Oh, I love your idea...very creative. I might just have to try my hand at something like this. Love it! Thanks for sharing. xoso Sandy

the Marvelous Mrs. M said...

It looks beautiful and I love your cute family pictures and all the details!

jamfiescreations1 said...

Hi Frenchy, thank you for the visit and the nice compliments. I just love your creations.

Blessings, Mary O

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I just love this idea! Have a good week and come say hi ;D

Donna said...

I love your book, Frenchy! The colors are wonderful and I adore your paper flower! Thanks for the great idea, I just may have to borrow it!

Maria said...

sweet!!
Merry Chritsmas Frenchy!
Joyeux Noel !! :)

the Artist Eye said...

This is such a great idea! Its like a mini scrapbook.
The paper is the best part!

the Artist Eye said...

This is such a great idea! Its like a mini scrapbook.
The paper is the best part!

Susan said...

This will,indeed, be a wonderful memory! Great job. Susan

Love the Decor! said...

I think this is right up my ally!
I just bookmarked to make after the holiday!!

Deanne said...

Fantastic, what a great idea, thanks for the link for the french paper too!

fairyrocks said...

What a wonderful idea and tutorial (gorgeous little treasure)
Thanks for sharing

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

What a great little treasure! It looks lovely on the tree.

One Cheap B*tch said...

What a sweet little book! Something to add to my list to make for next year!

Jeanine

{northern cottage} said...

that is so darling! I LOVE the vintage feel you get from the colors and paper you chose!

DANA said...

I found you through cottage Hill and I love this! I wanted to invite you to enter my $50 American Express gift card giveaway that is going on for a few more days, and I also have a linky party happening! Keep up the good blogging! -Dana

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Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

That is fabulous! I love it!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is such a pretty mini book, love the shabby chic style! sweet colors too! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello! : )

April said...

Lovely! come link up to my Sew Crafty Party!

http://wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2010/12/startin-early-for-orphaned-no-more.html

Amy with Good Day! said...

what a great idea! thank you for the tutorial

Boogieboard Cottage said...

I love this idea, it's so festive! I going to have to try this one. Have a Merry Christmas! Mary

Ashley said...

I love this. You must have so much patience to make it so perfect! super cute :)

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Val said...

Wow, you are super talented. I love this.

Dolly said...

I love it!
You have inspired me!

Merry CHRISTmas
Dolly

Isabel said...

HI!!! Thank you so much for following my blog, Im truly honored! Your blog is beautiful and so are you!

Rachel Hope said...

So pretty! Love the soft blue!!!!

Amber said...

Hi Isabelle! I got your card yesterday and love it! So creative! Hope you, Russ and those sweet kiddos have a wonderful Christmas!

Kristy said...

This is so cute!

Jennifer said...

Love this! What a great idea!
Jen

Donnie said...

Great idea and thanks for the tutorial.

Vicki said...

Great project, Frenchy! I love that you hung it on your tree.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Such an adorable idea! Never heard of these before - but just love it!

Merry Christmas to you!

xoxo laurie

Jenn Erickson said...

What a beautiful, creative, and exquisitely done memory book! I love your style. Everything about this project is exceptional. I love the family photos with the mustaches!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Well like usual, this is beautiful! I love the idea to hang it on the tree; I've featured it in tomorrow's A Crafty Soiree. Thanks for joining us again!

Lisa said...

How creative and beautiful. I am your newest follower. I, too love all things French...in fact I just made mini creme brulees for NYE! My blog is thepearsonfamilee.blogspot.com. BTW...love your bright lipstick, too!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

It's just lovely! I love it! So pretty. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

The French Maid said...

You are one crafting machine, Frenchy! So clever!
--Lee Ann

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, Isa, thank you so much for linking this up!!!! I'm so glad that you did...Beautiful as ever!!!
Sending ((((hugs))) your way,
Cindy
XO

One Heart said...

Gorgeous! I have so many ideas running through my mind for gifts. I love it!!! Thank you for sharing with us.

Have a beautiful day.

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