Thursday, September 02, 2010

Creative High Party!!

Toilet Paper Roll Albums

I’ve been meaning to make tp albums for a long time. Now that I am participating in Robin’s Stashbusting September, I decided to just do it.

I made an album and had the girls work along with me.

My album is designed as a gift for some friends so I am not showing the inside. However, you can see the cool thing about these albums – built in pockets. I put quotes about friendship in each pocket.

K filled her pockets up with confettie and the illustrated the lifecycle of a flower on each page (can you see the rather camoflauged flower on the front?

C made a cover for hers and has not gone further. She wants to use the pockets for letters from her best friend.


TP rolls
Glue stick
Scrapbooking paper
Paper punch
Eyelet punch
Other embellishments if desired.


Remove all remnants of tp from your tp roll. Then flatten the roll.

Cut a piece of paper long enough to wrap around your roll and wide enough to extend beyond the edges.

Cover one side of your roll with glue.

Lay it the tp roll on one end of your paper with a bit of an edge for an overlap.

Cover the exposed side of your tp roll with glue and fold the paper over it. Fold the narrow flap first.

Trim the paper (adults can always tuck the extended edges into the roll for a more finished look.

Punch holes on one side of each roll for binding.

Run ribbon through the holes and tie it to make pretty bows.

Decorate your album in anyway you desire.

Last Week's Creative Highs!!

If you put tags or pull-outs in the pockets consider using eyelets to reinforce the hole that you thread the ribbon through.

Laurie at Scene of the Grime did this fabulous refashion to make a wonderfully boho sign for her fence.

Megan at Fowl Single File had a brilliant idea. She devised a stroller scavenger hunt. I remember the days of walking with a stroller and singing and reciting non-stop and bringing a generous supply of Cheerios hoping that would keep them entertained. I wish I had known about stroller scavenger hunts!!

I love the block nativity by Learning to Be Me. I wanna do it outdoor size!! And she is this weeks Creative High Winner.
Let's Start This Weeks Party!!

The Rules:

1. Link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog. Link to something you made that shows off your creative genius; something that gave you a creative high kind of like the endorphin rush that runners talk about. It can be an old post or a new post but it needs to be something you made.

2. Give your entry a descriptive title.

3. Use my button to link back to the party or add a text link in your post.

4. I can't accept links to etsy shops or online stores but I will accept parties and give-a-ways.

5. By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post including pictures in a spotlight at Those Northern Skies (appropriate credit and links will be given to you and your blog of course).

The Prizes:

1. Every Friday at the next party, I will highlight my favorite posts from the previous week.

2. My favorite entrant of the week will win an advertisement in my sidebar free of charge for one month (four weeks). If you do not have a shop, I can put your blog button up or if you would rather I can put up a button for your favorite charity.

3. In addition, for those who make a project inspired by one of my projects or one of my tutorials, I will pick one winner a month and they will get to keep an advertisement in my sidebar for two months. Plus all inspired entrants will be part of a featured post at the end of the month.

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  1. Love that album! What a super creative idea - I would have never thought of it and it turned out so pretty!

  2. Fantastic picks for your creative highs! And those mini albums are beautiful, I love the paper you guys used.

  3. I love those albums! I've seen a few some friends have made, and always wondered how they did it. Now I know! Thank you :-)

  4. CLEVER! When I read TP, I had no idea you meant to flatten them. Great idea.

  5. Genius! I LOVE it! I am going to have to go through my stash of toilet paper rolls.

  6. You are soooo smart! I need to make something. I haven't crafted anything in several weeks. Every time I'm over here you have made some thing else that is way cute! :)


  7. Ooo! I need to try this!
    I've done similar books with library pocket cards that I've stamped, but then I've had to BUY the library pocket cards.
    LOVE the patterned paper you chose.

  8. These are just so sweet! and I love that block Nativity, too! Lezlee

  9. they turned out so cute and they look so easy to make. I love the paper you used, very pretty.

  10. LOVE your loo roll albums... we LOVE making things out of loo rolls and these are so pretty! Clever you!

    Have google connected with you now!


  11. Melissa - That is just the greatest idea! I love these little albums. Hmmm...I'm off to check the TP supply. Perchance I can make a little album today? ;o)

  12. Thanks for featuring my scavenger hunt! I can't tell you how often we've used them since I made them...I hope other people find them helpful at stroller time, too!

  13. Such lovely idea, Melissa. I adore the happy colored covers!
    Hope your weekend will be a sweet one! xxooxx

  14. love those pockets inside, how neat! and i love that last project you featured, that little family.

  15. I'm going to RAVE about a TP project! I love this idea. I can think of several ways to use this idea!!!

  16. Sweet album gift idea. Lucky friend!

  17. that is COOL. i love making things out of TP rolls! what a good idea to make little pockets out of them. i love it! (visiting from Stashbusting Sept)

  18. Stumbled across your blog this morning. So glad I did! I am a new follower and I have also added your linky party to my Linky Library page on my blog.

    Also, I host a Thrilling Thursday party each week and would LOVE to have you join in. The linky is open from Thurs-Sun every week.

    Love your TP mini album. Such a cute idea!

  19. I love the TP roll album, that is seriously smart. The creative high features were wonderful, the stoller bingo game is great! I'm going to tweak it to a shopping list for the kids to use when I have to take them to the store to keep them busy;)

  20. The toilet paper rolls are now on my to do list. Great project!

  21. Your site is wonderful...have to go look around. The albumn from toilet paper rolls is fantastic!

  22. Wow those little tp books are cute.. I bet my kids would love to have a go at making those.. I shall put them on my to-do-soon list..

  23. I never would have thought to make albums from toilet paper rolls. Likewise, no one would ever guess that's what you used. Brilliant!

  24. I've never seen a toilet roll mini before - what a clever idea for in built pockets. Totally stealing that idea!

  25. Love the album! I would have never thought of that! I have been browsing around and all of your stuff is so creative and ingenious!

  26. What a great album idea. I can see making those for my kids with a note for each day of the week. Thanks!