Wednesday, November 20, 2013

LBH 12 Days of Ornaments: Day #4 AND a Sneak Peak from the Front Porch!

Today kicks off our Sneak Peeks and Pre-Orders of our 
NEW Front Porch Kit. Here's a sneak peek of 
"Pass the EggNog"...Enjoy!

You can pre-order today at the Little Blue House or online at

Now...On to Day #4 of our 12 Days of Ornaments feature!

Susan Tidwell here to welcome you to Day 4 of this year's "12 Days of Ornaments"! Today I am very excited to share with you a tutorial for an ornament I created for this series!

Mini-Starbook Photo Ornament
Designed by: Susan Tidwell

 Supplies you will need:
5 pieces of Christmas patterned paper - 2"t x 3"w
5 pieces card stock #1 (green in sample) - 2" x 3 1/4"
5 pieces card stock #2 (red in sample) - 2" x 3 1/2"
1 yd baker's twine in coordinating color
1 jump ring 
1 drop crystal
Scor-tape (1/8" or 1/4")
10 photos sized to approximately 1 1/2" x 1"
Optional: ink to match


1.  Fold each paper in half and ink all edges.

 2. Assemble one of each into a stack with patterned paper on top and then the two card stocks according to size - you will have 5 stacks.

3.  Tape vertical outside edges of each of larger card stock pieces (red here).

4. Adhere smaller card stock piece (green here) by aligning outside edges (there will be a gap because the top one is 1/4" smaller). Repeat for each stack.

5. Add tape to top card stock piece on both edges.  Repeat for each stack.

6. Adhere patterned pieces to top of each stack. You will have five little "booklets" like below.

7. Add tape along all four outer edges of one side of the back card stock piece. 

8. Repeat for 4 stacks, just on one red side. On the fifth one, attach tape to both back sides.

 9. Adhere one taped side to one untaped side, lining up edges and making sure the patterned paper is facing in correct direction. Continue until all except first and last sides are connected. 

Before adhering these together, cut twine in half.  Open jump ring and place through hole in crystal bead. Close jump ring and thread twine through. Fold in half and double knot the twine at the jump ring. Lay between last two sides with knot flush with bottom of pages.

10. Adhere last two pages together.  Make another double knot at top of ornament and then one more tying the ends of twine together for a loop.  Cut remaining piece of twine in half and make two bows around the knot at top of the mini-starbook.  Add photos.  

Here is a photo of the bottom of the finished ornament showing the star formed by the pages, hence the name star book!

I hope you enjoyed my ornament. It was such fun to create! I used photos from throughout the year of my two little grandsons to document their growth in 2013.  This would be a great addition to parents' and grandparents' trees!

Remember to post a comment for a chance to win this ornament.

Merry Christmas!

WINNER from Day #3: DeeDee Johnson
Congrats to DeeDee! Please stop by the LBH to claim your Ornament...Thank you for commenting!


  1. oh I think this is one of my all time favs.. love it Susan..

    and OMG! I am so happy I have won a ornie.. I already have my tree up... thanks so much.. :D

  2. Susan, I WANT to win this so bad. My little Jed will look sooooooo cute in that on the tree. Love It

  3. Ahhh, so cute. Your talent shines again! :)

  4. Luke's elf on the shelf photos would look awesome in this cute little ornament!!! Love it!!!!

  5. OMG! I love, love, love, this one. You did an AMAZING job on this.

  6. Would be great to do one of each member of the house. Like little mini scrapbooks hanging from the tree! Thanks Susan!

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I know what project I will be working on this weekend! Great gifts for grandparents, aunts, etc!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Oh I love this one. Will definitely be making this one!!!

  9. Congratulations Dee Dee! How fun!
    Susan, you did an outstanding job - as always! I love it and now think I must create one of my own.

  10. So happy that you won, DeeDee!
    I love your ornament, Susan, and such great directions, too! Might make some at Retreat this weekend!

  11. super neat ornament
    amy hooten paris texas

  12. What a great idea! I will have to make one of these for my son with my grandson's photos.

  13. I knew this design was yours Susan! So cute & practical too. It had your whimsical touch to it & I can see a tree filled w/those w/pictures of the grandbabies in each one!

    I like it!

  14. I can't wait to try making some of these ornaments.


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