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I know, I know . . . it’s suppose to be Christmas in July and I did finish this project in July, but sometimes I am a little laid-back on taking photos and posting them (ya got to love early retirement). Anyhooooooo, a few months back I was attending a crop at my local scrapbook store (I suppose a 40 minute drive one-way could be considered local – LOL) when I saw two friends (Cheryl & Babs) making these very cute books. They told me about this wonderful web site where a very talented & funny lady shared her creations. Well, when I got home that evening after the crop (ok it was really 1:00 a.m.) I got online and went to the Paper Phenomenon site. I could not believe all the amazing creations I was seeing and wonders of wonders I could make them also (YAY). I immediately purchased the tutorial named “Occasions Folio.” When Kathy created this tutorial she used the Bo Bunny paper line called “Father Christmas” and for me it was love at first site because I collect Santas. I created this album because my granddaughter helps me every year decorate my house at Christmas (this usually takes all day & does not include decking out the tree)and we would have a guide of where to put certain decorations. So here are a few pictures of what I made to hold my Santa photos in:

I pretty much followed Kathy’s tutorial until this point. Because I did not want to cover up the words “Jingle Bells” I cut the flap so that it was shorter and would go all the way across. I sewed a ball to the flap to make it easier to lift the flap up.

One of the other changes I made to Kathy’s design was I added a gusset to each side of the long pockets to accommodate more photos. As you can see I do have a lot of Santas and this album is perfect for holding photos of the majority of them. This Occasions Folio enabled me to place 42=4×6″ photos, 1=4×10.5″ photo, 1=3×4.75″ photo and 12=1.5×2″ photos; with room for even more Santa pictures! I cannot thank Kathy enough for sharing her creations. Her blog is not only informative, her live broadcasts (usually at 12:00 p.m. PDST on Wednesdays) are an absolute hoot. I hope that you will take a moment to visit the Paper Phenomenon blog. The next project I am working on is the “All Occasion Mini” album with the 4th of July theme. Hoping to get this one done before Christmas (LOL)! That’s all for now . . . thanks for stopping by . . . till later . . . Hugs & Kisses LindaB


  1. DWD says:

    OMG!!! You did great. I want to make this using The Performance stack by DCWV. I wanted to give it to a friend that has a dance studio. I ordered the latch parts from Kathy and Just waiting for them to come. I hope this was easy, because I haven't tackled anything like this yet. LOL

  2. Thank you – as Kathy gives pretty detailed instructions & photos it was pretty easy to make . I love that DCWV line you are going to use and plan on buying it on my next trip to JoAnn's!!! Be sure to post pictures of your project 🙂

  3. Jen Wright says:

    Beautiful. Job! Now you make me want to make mine, did u post what you did to make gussets?? Hugs!!!Jen@jenwrightdesigns.com

  4. Thank you Jen. I didn't post how to make the gusset – but it's easy to make :-). I just made an accordion fold using quarter inch pleats – very easy, breezy 🙂

  5. Jenny Potter says:

    Oh Linda – this is simply elegance at its best! It's perfect! Love it! I haven't made this one yet – still time I guess :)Smiles Jen

  6. Christie says:

    This is incredible! I love every inch!!!

  7. Thank you Jenny. I know it's hard sometimes to fine time to work on fun projects. LOL – I only have six years worth of stuff to still do!

  8. Oh Christie – thank you so much!

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