Sunday, December 1, 2013

Gingerbread House Mini-Album

So I decided to break up the monotony of all cards and post a mini-album. 

Good morning scrapbookers.  Today I'm sharing a Gingerbread House album I created a about 2 years ago .... but I enjoyed it so much .... I wanted to share it with you again since I have some new followers.

When my children were growing up we used to make Gingerbread houses as part of our Christmas activities.  Some years we used the standard store bought houses.  But we were pretty serious and some years made our own gingerbread dough so we could be creative.  My kids came up with some crazy stuff over the years (you don't want to miss the army tank my son created below.  Hard to see in the photo .... but he has a candy Santa in front of it).    

I miss doing fun activities like this with my children.  They grow up so fast.
fondly reminiscing,


Project Details

Gingerbread Chipboard Album Kit : Creative Cuts and More


I used a few stamps and some mini Christmas ornaments from Hobby Lobby to embellish most of my album.

The cover was stamped in snow flakes.  First with VersaMark Ink and white embossing powder.  Then with Glue Pad and sprinkled with red glitter.  Because the glitter will not stick long term, I sprayed the background with several coats of Matte Fixative Spray.  The cute gingerbread man is a cute die-cut by Creative Cuts and More.  I used white paint for the icing lines and the pepperment is my pepperment stamp with the ends cut off.  The brick on the house is Layers of Color's "Brick Wall" cling art stamp colored with Copics.  The peppermint sticks on the house corners and chimney are handmade.  I used my T-Square to draw a series of lines, and then cut at an angle to create the diagonal look. Trace the openings of the window and door on white cardstock, cut openings out, and then trim around with deckled scissors.  Adhere around door and windows.  Add glitter using a 2-Way glue pen.  The swirly on the roof is May Road, painted white and covered in glitter.  The stocking button is a Dress It Up button purchased from Michaels.  I added fabric filler/padding on the side of the roof, applied Aleene's Tachy Glue, and sprinkled with glitter.  I painted the chipboard trim with white paint, applied white glue, and sprinkled with glitter.  The candy peppermints were handstamped, colored with Copics, and hand cut.  If you do not have a similar stamp, then consider using a pattern from a coloring book off the internet.  HERE.

 Pages 1 & 2

I was able to find some snow flakes, candy cane border, and peppermint stamps in my stash. They are all old, so I can't link you. I think the candy cane border and peppermint candy stamps were inexpensive stamps from the dollar bin at Michaels years back.

 Page 1

The 2 mini gingerbread die's are from CCM as well. 
I was able to find a peppermint border stamp HERE.  But you can also consider searching for a digital stamp or coloring book image as well.  I added white acrylic paint around the edges of all photo's.  Glitter was added to each around the edges after doodling.   I found the cutest poem that a teacher used on a bulletin board HERE.

Page 2

Embellish the inside of snowflakes with red Stickles. 

 Pages 3 & 4

I used a large polka dot background stamp on page 3.  And I found these cutie patootie gingerbread buttons at a local craft store.  They are called "Iced Cookie Gingerbread Men" by Dress It Up (Michaels).  Check out the buttons I found HERE that would be perfect for your album.  And check out the buttons for sale on this blog ...  scroll down to Oct 27th  HERE.

 Page 3

Page 4

I added pocket pages in my album.  I cut a sheet of cardstock 5 3/4" x 11" and then scored at 5 1/2".  The opening is along the side with the green scallops.  So I can tuck in some tags with journaling.  So page 4 is only 5 1/2" long and therefore you can see part of page 6.  I wanted to include gingerbread dough and icing recipes.  What you can't see is there is actually a second pocket page underneath this one and on the outside of the front and backs are the instrutions for preparing the dough and icing.

 Page 5 & 6

 Page 6

Page 6 includes some mini-ornaments found at Hobby Lobby.  They have 2 sections this year including gingerbread ornaments.  One is a mini tree section and then again in the large ornament section.  There were little hooks in the top that I unscrewed and removed.

 Pages 7 & 8

More mini ornaments on these 2 pages.  The edger punch on page 8 is by EK Success. This is not a traditional border punch.  It creates a paper ribbon.

 Page 7

 Page 8

 Pages 9 & 10

I used a large background stamp on these 2 pages.  The stamp is by Inkadinkado.

 Page 9

Yes that's an army tank shooting Santa!  I really wanted my kids to create houses with traditional christmas colors, but they wanted to do there own thing, and this is just one example.  Sometimes their creative idea's worked and sometimes they didn't.  One year my son and his girlfriend decided to do a "Disney" themed house.  They tried to build a roller coaster coming off the roof!  It all looked great, except the roller coaster didn't work out.

Page 10

The holly embellishments in the corners are by Favorite Findings (Michaels).

Page 11 & 12

Page 11

Page 12

The chipboard candy canes used on the roof are from Creative Cuts and More.  I painted them white, added lines with a Micron pen, and colored strips with a marker.  I crisscrossed 2 of them and embellished with the holly button.


Chrissy D said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS Melisa!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Your work is AMAZING!

Fern said...

Beautiful Mini, Melisa!! Love all of your cute embellies!! Hugs!!

Dawn said...

How cute is this!! And the fun memories too!

Dee in N.H. said...

Incredible! Love the way you embellished! Great pictures too for a cool keepsake album! Love it!

Taylor said...

What a great album - those pics are TOO fun!!!

Betty Benton said...

This is a totally wonderful project, Melisa! I remember you telling me about your family's gingerbread house and it was fun to be able to see some of your pictures! You have such a creative mind -- all the embellies on each page were precious.

Cindy Lou said...

Oh, how very cute! You have dressed this up so nicely, your memories kept in the most enviable of places :) Wonderful job, both the photos and the awesome album to keep them in.

Korin said...

This is just wonderful. Something you will cherish always! Love it!

Designing with Debbie said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful. I love the reds and whites so elegant.

Trisha said...

What a great job you did. Love all the red and white and the snowflakes and candy and ruffle. Just so cute. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

FerrellGraph-x said...

My goodness these little gingerbread albums are the cutest!!! I will need one to fuel my addiction to gingerbreadmen! After all they don't complain when you bite their head off! Lol
Kindest regards,

NoraAnne said...

This turned out so cute! I love all of your embellishments and the traditions you made with your kids, so fun!

Holly said...

Ohhhhhhh this is awesome! I love the bricks at the bottom of your houses. How neat that you have pictures of making real gingerbread houses with your kids! So perfect with this album!!

Becky Voth said...

Very cute! I love red & white too!

Sue D said...

Very cute and great pictures.

Noelle Reese said...

This is darling! I love all the houses you guys made over the years!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

The perfect album to show off all of the gingerbread houses you have made through the years. I LOVE the tank! Made me giggle. :)

lisa808 said...

Love your album, embellies, and pictures!

Patti J said...

Melisa, this is the coolest album! I love that you made it to hold your very own gingerbread memories. Lol...that tank totally ROCKS! Thanks for sharing, dear friend!

lisa808 said...

How very lovely.

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