Celebrating the “Everyday” with a Simple Stories 6×8 Album

July 14, 2016

Good Morning,

I have recently gone through a huge a loss and as loss often does, it made me step back and re-evaluate what is important in life.   One of the biggest realization during this time isI am not doing enough “everyday” life themes in my scrapbooking. I seem to have scads of pictures for the obvious annual events such as first day school, holidays, birthdays and other milestone events. While I take pictures of life happening around me almost daily, it seems the pictures that get the most priority are the special occasion. Why is that? I am regularly telling myself I need to do a page of my youngest son’s love of purple or a funny phrase that is defining my oldest son at the moment.  Why are these precious fleeting moments not getting printed? Is it too personal for me? Is it so common place that I take it for granted?  Am I alone in this type of “rut” ?

In an effort to change this behavior I have a new project titled “My Boys” to share today. This album celebrates the everday phrases, routines, fun and frustrations; like a toddler who loves to give “raspberries” when he is mad. Perhaps a note about our “remote stealing” dog when she is feeling ignored.  This is an album not to be tucked away in some room on a shelf but to be in our family room/living room so it can be picked up and enjoyed.

I am using a Simple Stories 6×8 album along with their “So Rad” collection, which is my all time favorite paper collection for boys.  It is the only boy collections that recognizes not every “tween” or teenage boy is into sports.  While it has some sports it also has the current pop culture phrases and trends happening in the everyday life of “tween” or teenage boy.  Along with the positive messaging, this collections gives many options to highlight the different interests of each son.

For today’s post I am sharing the simple cover design I created and the inside cover.

Simple Stories album covers

Front cover with charms from my local scrapbook store


I wanted to incorporate their names as well as a few represtive icons of their intersts. This paper is my favorite in the whole collection. Am I the only one who has a hard time cutting into their favorite paper? I know I will enjoy it more if I use it than keep it in my stash but still, it is hard to make that first cut.  I also want to recognize the awesome Converse shoe charm I found at my local scrapbook store Scrapbook Island/Creative Escapes.

Simple Stories album covers-3

Inside front cover

This cork paper was so inspiring, I had too many ideas.  Thinking it would be wise to take a step back instead of forcing the issue, this remains fairly blank. An update will be made when I decided on one idea.

Simple Stories album covers-2

Back cover

The plaid is another favorite and another reason this collection has endeared itself to me. Simple Stories includes these basic design patterns like plaids, stripes and dots all jazzed up for guys. It is so much easier to design pages or albums  when these basics are included.  Plaid seem like the ideal paper to go with since I normally keep the back of the album plain.

Next I want to finish the chipboard dividers and pick out some pictures from this year to add to the pocket pages. Stay tuned….

As alwasy I appreciate you comments or feedback.

Until next time…


I recently started making cards in the spirit of a  mini album page. They do the job of holding a gift card but the idea that surprises can be added with an extra pocket or flap has taken it to a new level. Watching the receipent go from the bland typical expression of yet another card to …

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Mini Album using Graphic 45 Mon Amour

March 13, 2016

I loved working on this album. I didn’t make my personal deadline but, if I totaled up all my time, I would say it took me 1 ½ weeks.  I will be making more in the future but for now, let’s get into this album…

The front cover is images from the 8×8 paper pad, and I added some Kaisercraft paper flowers….that I probably went a little overboard. The one thing I would do differently would be to add a hardware clasp to the front cover.


Front cover





If I had gone with making my binding, the spine would have been much larger to accommodate the most complex pages and bulk. But that is the fun of making your first one; you learn so much. I did some charms on the spine as I just love the look. I am not sure you can see, but I have some keys, hearts and wedding rings.


Opening the book up, The inside cover is a magnetic flap with a border die to make the make a softer edge. I added one of the journaling cards to have a space to put 4×6 pictures. Under that flap, the page opens up to a pocket that can hold more photos or notes.

On the opposite side and throughout the album I finished the edges using a die from Spellbinder’s Scallop Borders two. I liked the softer look given the romantic theme of this album.

On page one, I have a pocket with our anniversary date filled with tags from the “Pocket and Tags sheet.” This magnetic flap opens to another flap going the opposite way than an opening to another larger picture mat.

The next page is a pocket with pull out tags for notes or small pictures on the front and trimmed with a decorative filigree edge from the same Spellbinders set.


The decorative flap opens to a waterfall of pages for a lot of room for photos or notes each side is decorated with paper from the 6×6 pad.

I think this page is my favorite; I love the black and white along with the pattern paper.  I used some Graphic 45 floss to finish the button.

I tried many different embellishments for this page but ultimately decided I like it plain.The top flap lifts up opening up to a pocket that holds a tri-fold and bi- fold for pictures. The pocket edge was made with the same dies but with it inverted.

On the next page, I used a journaling tag to make a pocket, and the card opens for more picture space. Then the flap opens to another photo mat in a pocket.  The opposite page I did a double pocket,  I like having a place to tuck something in securely. There is a hidden spot for journaling as well. Can you find it?

I like the albums that have a side pocket feature as it can hold larger photo mats, so I knew I wanted to incorporate at least one in this album.

On this page, just did a 4×6 journaling card that opens up for pictures and a side pocket for a photo mat. The opposite side I went with a note/ letter theme. I used the pocket and tags to help convey the theme.

The next two pages are inspired by black and white engagement photos I thought would look good with these papers. I made pages with frames and then some…..

This top frame opens to the side to reveal another frame then lifts up to reveal a magnetic swing tab that hides another large picture spot.  The opposite page is a triple fold idea with two frames, and a hidden pocket, all of that opens for another spot for pictures. The skinny narrow side opens up as well. On the top and side of this page are more built in pockets for larger photo mats. My inspiration went a little rampant on this page resulting in a bulging book but, it is one of my favorite pages.

This next page I am trying show all the flaps and flips plus a little surprise.cards-18This page has a new technique I tried out with a Stephanie Bernard flip it card. The layers of this page are difficult to see in a picture but now here is a bird’s eye view of the whole page.

The next page uses one of the tags from the chipboard sheet as a swing tag.  This double closure opens up to a pocket and envelope styled photo mat.

On the last page, I did a straight basic flap style page with a little pocket and tag. The small flap opens up to reveal a larger one which opens to the photo mat with a pocket holding another bi-fold picture wallet. The final flap reveals a large spot for a bigger picture.

Lastly, the inside back cover I wanted a place to put extra photos or notes, so I did a large pocket with one of the large beautiful chipboard pieces.cards-10 I popped up the center to give it a subtle dimensional look. Inside the pocket is a 4×6 folder covered with another one of the beautiful journaling cards.

Thanks for stopping by

until next time ……

Project challenge

February 19, 2016

Good Morning,

On my last post I talked about challenging myself to finish a project on my to do list by the end of this month. I decided I would finish up an album that was originally intended for my husband this past Valentines Day.

As I previously said, life can get in the way, in this case it came in the form of our toddler being sick with an ear infection. Who in turn shared it with all of us. Valentine’s Day quickly loses its luster when the NyQuil commercial is your reality.

However, it works out as our  anniversary is coming up in March. What better opportunity  to give a gift celebrating our marriage than on our anniversary.

So now that I have picked my project, let’s get into the products that I will be using to create this album….

The Product List:


Interior blank pages

I choose this square album made by Frank Garcia for Prima Marketing. It is roughly 6.75 x6.75 with  6  6×6 pages. The pages are a thick chipboard kraft base as you can see in the picture. I choose a pre-made album so I could focus on designing interactive pages.


Album front that I have covered


Here is the front cover as you can see I didn’t get very far with it. While the paper and ink are all that is showing I do have most of it designed.



The collection I choose is the beautiful Mon Amour by Graphic 45.


Graphic 45  Mon Amour Collection

When I first saw this collection last fall, I knew immediately I wanted to make an album. But my mind was swimming with Christmas projects ideas so I didn’t buy it right away. By the time I was ready to buy it, most of it had sold out. Now I am  crossing my fingers I have enough to get through the album.

Here is what I have to use:

  • 2  8×8 pads
  • 2 6×6 pads
  • 1  chipboard tags sheet
  • 1 pockets and tags sheet
  • 1 chipboard journaling sticker sheet
  • 1 package of the journaling cards
  • 1 12×12 alphabet sheet
  • Various rhinestone and flower embellishments

Now I need to go refill my coffee cup so I can start planning my page designs and finish inking my pages.

Until next time……







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