All Is Bright Mini Book for UK Scrap Addicts

Happy Star Wars Day! Over on the UK Scrap Addicts Facebook page we have a whole weekend of challenges with a Star Wars theme. No, don’t worry, you don’t need to know anything about Star Wars at all, it’s just a jumping off point to give us some out of this world inspiration.

All challenges are open until midnight on 14th May so do pop over and have a look. There are loads of prizes to be won too, including a pack of stencils from our shop for this “Merry-Sithmas” challenge that went live late Friday night.

Sithmas is like Christmas but in a Galaxy far far away so this challenge is to scrap about Christmas, or using the colours red and green etc. I took inspiration from the lightsabers too and went for a Christmas mini book all about the lantern parade at Longleat.

I’d already had my many pictures from this event printed by making a collage of 2 photos on a standard 6×4 base, so my first job was to trim them all down and see what I was dealing with in terms of size.

I used the Paige Evans Accordion Mini Book with Tags cut file but as you can see from the photo below, it quickly became apparent that the template was going to be too small…

Instead I used the template to create another mini book on a larger scale and put the original back in my stash for another project. Also I realised that my paper was single sided so instead of adhering the folded sections back to back, I staggered them and overlapped them so that there were no white sections showing but so that it still folded like an accordion.

This meant that I ended up with little white borders in between each section which I then had to cover up with a Christmas washi. This was supposed to be a quick project and it had already taken me hours because I hadn’t thought ahead each time I tried to fix something!

Eventually I ended up with the inside of the album looking as it should, sort of. A long fold out piece with a narrow spine so that you’ve got room to fold and to add photos and papers etc. Now I could start adding stuff in finally!

The cover of the album is the plain white template and the file also comes with templates to use for the inside layering pieces so I started with those and tried to find contrasting papers for each section. The accordion then pulls out of the middle, starting with this fabulous lantern of Red Riding Hood.

I still need to add the journalling but I made sure there was plenty of room throughout the book. I fussy cut some cameras and envelopes and added the odd gem for a bit of bling.

The actual template uses 6 fold out pages but I created a couple of extras to house all the many photos I took that day. As it happened, all 3 of our phones ran out of charge so there could have been many many more photos otherwise!

I also added a little dangly pretty on the spine using an eyelet for a bit of security and then adding a small chain with a tassel and a snowflake charm from the shop.

The papers are all from Shimelle’s Christmas Magic Collection and I added some clear stickers from Simple Stories into some of the darker areas of the photos.

Each of the accordion pages are actually little pockets in which to house your tags for more photos and journalling. I love the texture this adds with all the little strings hanging out.

As you can see I’ve still got lots of room to record all my memories of this special day, which was actually for my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday on Christmas Day.

There were the huge lanterns all around the manor house and then in the central area there was a huge tree which was used to reflect the story being projected on the front of the house. It was really magical and very very clever!

Despite the very warm weather a week or so ago, it’s turned pretty chilly again here so it might feel like the perfect time to finish off a Christmas project. If you are inspired then don’t forget to add it to the relevant album on the facebook group to be entered into the prize draw.

May the scrapping force be with you!

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