Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Staff Project: Diane's Christmas Banner Mini-Album

 Hello, Memory Bound friends! 
We're so fortunate at Memory Bound to have amazingly creative staff members. I'm always inspired by the projects they create! Diane, our store manager, recently showed me a mini-album she made for Christmas 2012. It was such a fun, inventive idea that I could not wait to share it with all of our Memory Bound friends!

Here's the background: Last fall, Diane created a "Christmas 2012" banner using one of our chipboard banner sets. The sets come with several pieces in assorted shapes which you can decorate any way you choose. Diane made a banner which she used for her family's Christmas photos and as a mantel decoration during the holidays. 

Here's a great photo of her family with the beautiful banner she created. I love the idea of having the "2012" right in the photo so you'll always know when it was taken!
 At the end of the holiday season, Diane transformed the banner into a unique mini-album by adding small photos and bits of journaling on each piece.

Here's the cover:

You can see how she tied each letter together, utilizing the front and back surfaces of each piece of the banner for photos and journaling. She even added a few banner shapes to provide more space for photos.

The pre-made chipboard banner pieces can be covered with paper or cardstock to match your home decor. Diane supplemented the chipboard pieces with burlap, cut into smaller pieces and "fringed" along the edges. Burlap is a popular material right now, adding an element of natural texture to most any project!

I love how Diane transformed her seasonal decor piece into a mini-album! Rather than pack it away for next season's mantel decoration (and worry about changing the year to 2013!), she created a treasure her family can enjoy all year long.

Of course, you can create a banner for any event or season! If you'd like to make your own, stop in and take a look at our pre-made chipboard banners by Paper Accents. We have a variety of sizes ranging in price from $2.99-$4.99 for a package containing 9 pieces. We'd love to help you plan your project, and if you purchase your paper at Memory Bound, you can even cut letters for your banner on our Accu-Cut die cut machine! Wouldn't it be fun to create a banner for Valentine's Day, Easter, or graduation -- then transform it into a mini-album after the holiday or event is over? 

Thanks, Diane, for sharing your wonderful project with us! 


  1. This is beautiful!! Think I might have to be doing this!! Lovely, Lovely, LOVELY!

  2. Wow! What a wonderful idea. I love looking at others' creations and then trying to use some of them in my own projects.


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