Last year I did the same thing when my album was 8.5 x 11
I added a die cut in red mirri card to this one and stitched it in place. This one I didn't put in a page protector, I just stitched a paper reinforcement on the side to punch holes in. I got this image from Pinterest last year but you could do it with your own photo and print at draft setting on your printer.
Check out my Christmas Graphics board over on Pinterest here for more ideas.