Monday, December 01, 2014

Craft Hoarders Challenge #21 and Crafty Secrets December Blog Hop

Good morning and happy December! Today I am giving you a 2-for-1 post. This project is for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #21 and also for the Crafty Secrets December Blog Hop (otherwise known as a Linky Party)! It is not normal for me to make my projects do double duty, but I had a big load to carry the past few weeks, and also, this project was quite a large I thought, "Why not?!" {smile} 

The Craft Hoarders challenge:

Challenge #21 Celebrate the Season
Raise your hands if you hoard Christmas or other winter holiday items! Who has a drawer full of  "retired" holiday papers and embellishments? Who goes crazy over the candy cane ribbons or the sparkly embellishments? Share a winter or seasonal holiday project with us. We would love to see your Christmas projects, but you may also enter Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year's, other holiday celebration projects, or any winter-themed projects. Celebrate the season with us!

Crafty Secrets is having a 30% Off Sale - and it has been extended until 12 midnight December 1st, and includes all digital and printed items, with 30% off the sale items except our Sale Packs as they are 70% Off already. The Crafty Secrets designer challenge for December is to make a project that is Recipe, or Calendar, or Holiday themed. 

With all that in mind, I created a Christmas Recipe mini album in a December Daily format. I hope you enjoy looking! This is a long, photo-heavy post, so grab some leftovers and settle in for a bit!

In true Hoarders style, I found this 6" x 6 1/2" mini album in my stash. The mini is from Rusty Pickle, so I know it's old! That company has not been around for about 5 years!

The mini has two chipboard covers and 6 tabbed pocket pages. I kept some things "blank" so that I could give this as a gift, and the receiver could per her own personalized touches on it.

I used some wonderful Spellbinders die templates to create my clusters on the front of the album. But my main inspiration was the lovely Crafty Secrets digital papers and those adorable metal cooking charms (from Karen Foster)!

The spine of the book is a metal o-ring binding, that is quite large, which allows for the book to get pretty fat! This book is not stuffed full yet, but is already over 2 inches thick!

I started the process by carefully removing the binding and painting the edges of each cover and page with red paint. I painted the tabs on each page also.

I trimmed the Crafty Secrets digital Christmas paper to size for the cover, plus I created a second layer with the Santa paper, which I matted with red cardstock. 

 I cut the smallest shape from the various Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament dies out of glitter or shimmer cardstock. I used foam squares to stack the ornaments to make a cluster on the left side of the album cover. I have been hoarding those ornament dies for ages. A few were in unopened packaging! I also added a calendar image (a FREE image from Crafty Secrets). I also added some floral elements from my stash.

I created a second cluster from the printed sentiment from the Crafty Secrets Kitchen Memories digital kit. I die cut the image with a Spellbinders circle die and added a scallop die cut from red cardstock. I added the metal measuring spoon charm and some white twine. I found the sparkly ribbon embellishment in a little make-n-take packet that I picked up a few weeks ago at a local scrapbook store. (In case you cannot read the sentiment it says: The best memories are made in the kitchen.)

All of the paper and images are digital papers and images from Crafty Secrets. See the full supply list at the end of the post. I printed everything onto ivory cardstock with my Epson printer. 

I used a lot of vintage postcards from the digital Christmas sets. I collect actual vintage postcards and some of them have recipes written onto the backs! How cool is that?! So, I decided to add the postcard art to my recipe album. This postcard is actually a flip-up page.

I added some of the recipe cards from the  Kitchen Memories digital kit to the inside of the flip page. 

Each page of the mini album contained some sort of pocket on one side of the page. I altered them to fit my needs. This one is a standard pocket, but I used a circle punch to cut a tab out of it. I decorated the pocket with some kitchen elements that I fussy cut from the digi paper. The background paper is from one of the Christmas CDs or digital sets.

Some of the printed recipe cards are something I found in my file of "hoarded digital stuff" and I have no idea where they came from. They are a pdf that I could type the recipe into and then print it off. I made sure to type up a few family favorites to include in this gift album! 

I used a lot of the amazing Crafty Secrets images from the various Kitchen and Christmas collections.

I also used the circle die cut templates to cut out images from some of the paper, like the fruit embellishment. The little cook is a sticker from the CS What's Cooking set. I made sure to include some photo mats so photos of food or of cooks can be added!

This is a side pocket which was perfect for this pretty baker from the Kitchen Memories kit. I added a sticker, which I mounted on foam squares for dimension. I stuffed the pocket with recipe and journaling cards.

I used a post card image to create a pocket on this page. The paper and image are from the Retro Christmas CD. I love the muffin tin charm!

This page had a small, sort of 3/4 pocket. I covered it with the cooking words paper and then added lots of recipe cards and a few cute cooking images.

This page contains a recipe card that can also be a journaling card or a photo mat.

This pages has a large, diagonal pocket that is perfect for stuffing full of cards! I decorated with stickers from the Heavenly Christmas collection.

Here is what the pocket looks like empty. I think the CS digital papers are spectacular!

Here is a better view of all the cards and tags that I placed in the pocket.

I created a journaling spot with the digital paper and a digital image of the silverware. That fun part about using digital products is that you can customize them!

This page is a large pocket. I added cards to the pocket and also used the little girl image to act as a recipe holder on the page.

Another photo page.

This page was a window page, which I turned into a pocket. I love the Santa images!

I used some sticker letters and a die cut deer, who is oddly wearing a spatula around his neck!

The pocket is full of recipes and journal tags!

I used some stickers to act as recipe holders for this page.

This is the inside of the back cover. A place to add a special message.

And the back of the album. Put the wire binding through the holes in the album and gently squeeze the wire closed. Be careful that you don't bend the wire out of shape. If you have a Bind-It-All or Cinch tool, you can use those to re-bind the album.

I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Recipe Album Mini. It was fun to make! Now, go an hop to the Craft Hoarders and Crafty Secrets blogs! A special thanks to Spellbinders for sponsoring the Hoarders team!!

Read the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Rules are HERE. LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray
Wendi Robinson

One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Spellbinders

For more information about the design team and prize sponsor companies, and their links, please see the end of the Craft Hoarders post HERE.

Make sure you also visit the Crafty Secrets Team!

Crafty Secrets Design Team
Kathy Clement - DT Leader  
Birgit Norton - December Guest Designer
Darlene Pavlick
Elizabeth Lincoln
Glenda Brooks - December Guest Designer
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE
Melody Clement

Create a new project featuring a Crafty Secrets products, link it to the Crafty Secrets BLOG, and you’ll automatically receive a $6 store credit. One lucky participant will be randomly chosen to win a $50 shopping spree in the store! If you don’t have any Crafty Secrets goodies, you can download FREE images from the Crafty Secrets blog; just look in the sidebar! You have until 11:59PT,  Sunday December 14th to play!
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany
Other die: Sizzix Tim Holtz deer/25
Punches: Stampin' Up circles; Martha Stewart borders; EK Success corner rounder
Paint: Ranger DIstress Barn Door; Making Memories Cranberry
Floral spray: Michaels
Charms: Karen Foster Baking
Bow tool: Zutter Bow-it-All
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Beacon Fabri-tac; Glue Dots; Scor-tape; Ranger Glossy Accents


  1. I am drooling. This is quite possibly my favorite mini you've ever made! And you've made some great ones! Every single page is gorgeous, the design is genius and it makes me want to go get busy in the kitchen and bake something! What a treasure!

  2. OMG! This is AMAZING! I was gasping with every turn of the page ... so many beautiful pages! You are always so good at 'putting things together' ... You are going to make someone VERY HAPPY this holiday season (or are you keeping this beauty for yourself? LOL) Wonderful inspiration as always ... well done!!!

  3. This is one massive project and I love each little bit of it! Amazing Gloria Style for sure!

  4. I love this mini, it's gorgeous and you are very clever!!!!!

  5. This is so gorgeous, I don't even know what to say..WOW...stunning, stunning...every single page is a master piece...and the cover...I have to say it again WOW!!! Love it, love it..and you have the best "hoarded" stuff I have ever seen (and I thought I had a lot)..LOL!!

  6. This is just amazing Gloria, I love every page!!! xo

  7. This is incredibly amazing! With every new picture / page, I was in awe of the fabulous design and creativity! You truly think out every perfect little detail Gloria. I love, love, love it! ~ Blessings~ Birgit

  8. What a treat to pour over each and every page. I am in love with those little metal cooking charms and I am in awe of your creativity. I am new to mini albums but the most important thing I learned this go around was START WITH THE ALBUM not the pages. I didn't realize you could remove the spine on these coil binders, that single revelation changes my mini album world. Thanks for this Christmas treat.

  9. you deserve to do double duty--this project is fantabulous! Helene

  10. Wow! You really have outdone yourself again. This is utterly amazing. I love every single thing. Those charms are so awesome. I actually have some (shocker!) that I was going to use in a configuration box for my sister. Yep - another UFO. (unfinished objective) I am so in awe of your creativity, my friend. (Perhaps I could somehow come into possession of this fabulous mini for my sister ... kidding. Love this masterpiece!

  11. oh my gosh your recipe book is just amazing!!! LOVE the colors and papers used!!! just stunning!!!

  12. Oh my! This mini recipe bookk is just stunning! Love every little detail. If you need my address to send it to me, let me know. This would be a great Christmas present!

  13. how gorgeous your booklet is, Gloria! Love it! and all the beautiful seasonal papers. It's like striking gold, isn't it? hugs, de

  14. This is amazing! and appeals to all my fondness of everything vintage especially Christmas vintage!

  15. Love this great project! The beautiful Christmas papers and images... and all the gorgeous details!!

  16. An absolutely beautifully made book! Love the metal embellishments! Lovely papers and bits too!

  17. Absolutely gorgeous! You over achieved on this one. There is so much to see I had to go back several times afraid I had missed something. Fantastic!

  18. Hi Gloria, I came back here to Pin this beautiful album you created and I have to say I'm in awe at how marvelous every page turned out! Thank you for taking so many photos and listing all of the products you used with links - it is a lot of work! Fantastic job, thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe album!



  19. Wow, this is simply stunning.

  20. Gloria, I just have not gotten around to all the blogs, but I wanted to leave you a note to say that I am so grateful for all you comments on my blog, and the one I just read about not seeing me and being worried touched my heart! Thank you for looking out! Your recipe book is drool-worthy! I have been dying to make a little recipe book, but I think I will just try to buy this from you! It's absolutely sweet and just perfect in every way! I love how you have put these gorgeous papers together with the sweet little embellishments. Each page is prettier than the next, if that is possible. You have really gotten me inspired to make one of these for my Mom, so she can stuff it with all her favorite cookie and sweet recipes--she is quite the Christmas baker! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  21. Omg! This is so darling! Just loving the idea! The tiny spoons and spatula are soo cute! Thanks a lot for this wonderful inspiration!

  22. I loved it so much dear. Very beautiful concept. I am thinking, I should add something like this to my recipe cards