Altered Christmas Album for Operation Smile

Thursday, July 17, 2014

December daily
Each year at our national convention, Close to My Heart raises thousands of dollars for Operation Smile. As an extravaganza teacher, I was honored to be able to donate something for the silent auction, which is held on the last day of our festivities.

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I’m happy to report that my December Daily altered mini album received a winning bid of $400!
I had so much fun making this album using new products from the upcoming Close to My Heart annual inspirations catalog, which you can purchase on my blog soon, or spend $50 in July and receive one free!
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I used the My Crush book, Holiday Happenings to create the altered mini. I started by removing the spiral binding inside the book, and covering the front and inside covers.

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I punched holes in the cover and added three large book rings to hold the variety of pages I created for the inside.
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The existing pages that came in the book were already hole-punched for the wire binding (above, right), so I used these as a template to mark the location to punch the holes for my book rings. This way I didn’t have to punch new holes on the pre-punched pages, they just slipped right onto the new rings!
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I made loads of additional pages using everything from flip-flaps (above, left), to envelopes (above, right). If I could punch it, it went into the book!
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I adore interactive pages, so I had to add some fold-outs and pockets.
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I even managed to add a few of the CTMH treat bags as pocket pages! (red polka dot above, red chevron below)  
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I hope to make a few more of these altered albums using more of my Close to My Heart stash soon. They are so fun and eclectic, I just love them!


Mary Gunn FUNN said...

My, my, my, surely that book is a smile changer!
Standing O, Tresa.

Michele said...

I was not in your class but I did hear about it! I have been impatiently for you to post. It was worth the wait. LOVE LOVE it!

terryanndiack said...

I am so dis-sembling my next crush book. Thanks for the tip. Plus...Great Job on the mini. It's stunning

Andrea said...

I love this project Tresa! I wasn't able to attend convention this year, and it is so exciting to see the works of art that I missed. Thank you for sharing this.

Katy said...

OMGSH...I love this sooooo much!!!!

Anonymous said...

How much fun! i love the look of it.

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