It started off life as a plain old boring dusky pink 8x8 Papermania post bound album. Not exactly inspiring is it? However I've had this album lying around gathering dust for yonks. Infact I think it was one of the first albums I ever bought and it was about time it was put to a good use (excuse the dodgy lighting on this photo as it was taken at about 10pm at night when I was about to start doing the decorating and realised I didn't have any before photos!).
And here is how it looks now, a big improvement even if I do say so myself! I've done it specifically to match the Peppermint Twist christmas range from K&Co as that is what I'll be using to do my pages inside.
I covered the spine and with some pink polka dot fabric (a la the American Crafts Modern Albums) and added some strings of beads with a little snowflake charm at the end of each one.
I edged the pink polka dot fabric with some blue gingham ribbon and created these cute christmas trees for the front cover too. They are so easy to make, simply two triangles sewn the "wrong way" and then turned inside out before adding the various embellishments. I also use a chipboard photo corner painted blue with some stickles over the top and some Thickers for the numbers. The paper in the window is from the Peppermint Twist range.
After looking at some of the past albums I was aware there was a good chance this album was going to get seriously fat, especially as I do like to use chunky embellishments. I've used 5 of those extension thingies on each of the posts to make sure my album has plenty of room to grow! I've already added the right number of page protectors to it so I'm all set! Normally this wouldn't have been an issue but because I covered the spine with fabric I won't be able to expand it now so I had to make the decision before I began decorating it.
Finally I added some ribbon the front and back covers to allow me to tie it shut and then covered the inside of the front and back cover with a square of green fabric (the same as the one used to make the christmas trees).