Hi there friends. Have you had chance to play with the amazing November kits yet?  It has to be one of the happiest kits yet! So many pretty things and beautiful papers.  This week, I created a little mini tag book but rather than a traditional book, I have stored my tags in a little custom box.  It makes it so easy to display your memories and much more tactile!

As many people are not fortunate enough to have a cutting machine, I challenged myself to make the album without one.  To make life easier, I have used an existing box (it originally contained lasagne sheets) which I have cut down to suit my needs.  To ensure that the product details were hidden, I deconstructed the box and turned it inside out – that way the plain white side is showing.  To make it a little more insteresting, I cut down the side of the box so that it is angled.  Look out for interesting shape boxes while you’re unwrapping your presents this year!

I decorated the box using the beautiful patterned paper from the November Main Kit. A little simple stitching adds just the right amount of detail.  The chipboard frame is part of a set from the main kit also. I layered up one of the beautiful russian doll ornaments from the chipboard embellishment kit.

Inside the box, I created a series of individual tags and pockets. On the left, the tree is a simple triangle shape decorated with chipboard and die cut pieces.  I stitched around the outside including the base to keep it in place.  On the right hand side I created a pocket from an envelope which I have cut in half.  It has a pocket on the front, pocket on the side plus space on the back for journaling.

The black and white gingham paper is so stunning against all the pink and red.  I made a simple pocket to hold additional tags or ephemera. The front is decorated with the gorgeous chipboard wreath and more of those lovely floral die-cuts.

For the right hand tag, I die-cut the flowers using the card from the cardstock pack.   I manipulated the flowers so they had a little texture before gluing them together.  I added some beads from my stash and some glitter glue.  Don’t you just love those gorgeous chipboard baubles dangling down from the cluster?

These tags are so much fun! The angled panel on the left hand tag was left over from decorating the box.  Rather than waste it, I have sewn it to the tag to make a tuck-in pocket. I’ll use this tag to document my Christmas cake recipe.

The left hand pocket is the other half of that envelope.  Look out for pretty envelopes in your mail – they are so nice to repurpose! On the right hand side, I made another flower as before which I’ve layered with die-cuts from the floral pack and die-cut leaves.  I have been using decorative scissors as an easy way to add a real homemade feel to my projects recently.

I have made a short flip-through video of the album so you can see the different pockets and tuck-ins.   You can see it here:

I do hope you like this little project and may be look at that lasagne packaging in a different way! I would love to see your projects if you have been inspired by anything here.
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Thank you so much for stopping by.

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