Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Home for the Holidays - Day 7

Hey there Verve Fans!! Jen Tapler here with another Verve-style Holiday project for ya!! Can you believe all these amazing holiday treats the Divas have been cranking out each day? WOWZA!! My project is a little different - it's a keepsake holiday mini album (click on photos to see larger images for detail).It's become a little tradition in the Tapler house for me to create a special Holiday keepsake mini album using the photos from the previous holiday. The little albums have become part of our Holiday Decorations and it's so much fun to spend a little time each year reminiscing about the previous years' festivities and seeing how much we've all changed and grown, especially my 3-yr-old son Dean!

This year, I went hybrid, using a Cosmo Cricket Blackboard Jack album and the Merry and Bright digi kit by Zoe Pearn (Sweet Shoppe Designs). As you can see in the following photos, I used a few Verve sets throughout the album - I just love how all of these sets coordinate and it's so much fun to mix and match the images and sentiments! The album has a total of 6 front and back pages, but in an effort to conserve space I'll just share a few of my faves. The cover, pictured above, featured a sentiment and paper-pieced tree from the Christmas in the Air set. I added some ribbon and buttons for embellishment and tied several pieces of coordinating ribbon to the book binding ring holding the album together.

Each of the individual page layouts was designed digitally using Photoshop Elements, then I printed them on my home printer, cut them out and adhered to the album pages with Mod Podge before adding my stamped images and embellishments. My most-used stamp set in the album was definitely the Holly Jolly Christmas set!

That tree image from Christmas in the Air came in handy again for photos of Dean decorating our Christmas Tree, and it looks so cute with some little half pearls used as "ornaments":And finally, my favorite set of pages in the album features photos of our Christmas Eve morning spent at Baldwin Beach in Paia. Is it ironic to anyone else that I used the Snowflake Images from Christmas in the Air to embellish these pages:And here's a closer look at those snowflakes. I just love adding some glitter to the outer edges to give them an extra festive look:So, now it's your turn! We'd love for you to play along with us and show us your homemade goodies for the upcoming giving season! Verve stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em, why not show 'em a little love? ;)

And, as with all of our project parades, we've got prizes!
To enter, just link up your Home for the Holidays creation to the Mr. Linky widget on THIS post before midnight MST on Thursday, November 26. One lucky stamper will win a $30 gift certificate to the Verve Store. And for another chance to win, be sure to give the Divas a little shout out in the comments as they parade their fabulous creations inspired by this month's theme. One lucky commenter during the course of the parade (Nov 11 - 25) will win their choice of any Verve set.

43 comments:

  1. This is absolutely darling Jen! Great choice of papers and all the little details are just perfect!

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  2. this could not be cuter!! a great gift idea that everyone loves--I made one of our dog when we first got him!! It is so fun look at--me, I am not sure if I love at the pictures as much as I enjoy the crafting!! Awesome job--you really rocked this project!!

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  3. Jen, this is soooo adorable, I luv each page...wow, what wonderful memories and keepsakes you are passing on to
    him, perfect!

    enjoy *~*

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  4. I do a picture book every year for all the great and grands. This is super fun!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  5. This is just fabulous, Jen! I love the papers and the stamped and cut out images as accents! What a sweet memory book to treasure!

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  6. This is so sweet! Love the dp and what a wonderful keepsake!

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  7. Fabulous job Jen!! This is amazing!!

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  8. That is unbelievable. Love those brilliant colors!!

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  9. This is an easy fave! I love the idea of this and it's just adorable. What a wonderful gift idea.

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  10. I love the album! Its always fun to see different styles of albums, b/c you can never have too many.

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  11. what a darling book! No wonder these are special treasures every year :)

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  12. This is so cute! I should follow your lead and create mini albums for my family too! Tackling one holiday at a time might make it just a bit more manageable...

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  13. What a wonderful idea. Kids grow up waaaay too quickly and it is always fun to look back on treasured times together.

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  14. love it. all the pretty colors are perfect for this kind of ablum.

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  15. I love this little album! I wish my computer wouldn't freeze on me and I could make a hybrid album like this. SO BEAUTIFUL!

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  16. I love this mini album! Great colors! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    sueot33@yahoo.com

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  17. This is wonderful!! Have a book myself and now I have an idea!! Love the papers and all the embellishments!!

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  18. This is so cute! I have never made one of these little books, I really need to! Love it :)

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  19. How sweet! What a great little gift for someone(or yourself - LOL). You ladies are amazing!

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  20. Absolutely LOVE this keepsake album!! What a fabulous gift idea too!

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  21. I love this little project. I've been wanting to do some of my own little books but just haven't done it yet...but I'm pretty sure I'm going to get a Zutter for Christmas and then I'll really be wanting to crank some out.

    Love those stamp sets too.

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  22. Awww...this is just the sweetest little memory album! I don't have grandchildren yet, but this would be a great tradition to begin if and when I do!

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  23. Jen, this absolutely beautiful and what a wonderful idea!

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  24. Jen this is really adorable!!! Love all the papers and your pictures are precious! What happy memories!

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  25. Love these mini albums. You've done a wonderful job on yours!

    Melisa Hunter

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  26. I love this mini-album!! I just started making one for my mom for Christmas and you inspired me to go for a little more glitz!

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  27. This is adorable and would make a lovely gift. I just might have to give it a try. TFS
    JoAnn

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  28. I love this, Jen! What a great idea for documenting your good times with family to show your little one. I love the papers you chose and, of course, the Verve stamps highlight and bring it all together! Wonderful pictures too!

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  29. love this, wish I was this creative!

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  30. I love how these stamps and the papers you used work together in this cute little album. I'm in the middle of getting last year's mini holiday album scrapped; this gives me a lot of great inspiration.

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  31. I love this! Mini albums are one of my favorite things to make. So super cute.

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  32. This is another great idea! Cute album and pics :>)

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  33. What an adorable book...love every single page...just darlin' in every way!!!

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  34. LOVE this! your LOs are fantastic :) my friends are I are doing a similar book with their kids to send to our deployed DHs :)

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  35. WHOA Jen, you have done an outstanding job on this project.

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  36. What a cute book - love the pics!! :)

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  37. Great project! I love giving albums for Christmas. I wish I enjoyed taking the pictures as much as I enjoy putting together albums!

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  38. Love your little mini-album - the papers and embellies all work very nicely together.

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  39. great gift for family

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  40. this album is precious! love your photos

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