Mini Album Tags using Echo Park Bewitched

September 18, 2018

Good morning,

I am popping on here for a quick share of a couple tags I created for a design team project. I am working on a mini album and looking for different ways to incorporate the 4×4 cut a-parts from the Bewitched line from Echo Park. They didn’t do a full line with the usual accessories so I have only the 12×12 paper and sticker sheets ( not even a 6×6 pad) to decorate the graphic 45 mini album.

Time to get creative!

For my “Stay a Spell” tag I used one of the new Graphic 45 tag dies. These are great to cover their ready made tags but they are easy to piece and create from scratch as well. I put together some card stock and one of the 4×4 cut a-parts and ran them together through my Sizzix Big Shot.

To create the quick and simple glitter line I used 1/4 inch SCOR tape and Ivory Sands Pure Sheen from my Tonic Studios craft kit. The subtle shades of gold seem to work well with this collection! I finished up by using the Nuvo glitter gloss pen in clear to add a littler shimmer to the stars in the night sky.

For the Candy Tag, I used the same die and another 4×4 cut apart with card stock, pieced together in the die then ran it through. I then added the broom and candy stickers from the collection sticker sheet. Within minutes I had tags and another way to incorporate the cut a-parts into a mini album. I finished it with the Nuvo glitter gloss in clear on the dark purple candy and broom. It might be hard to see in these pictures.

I am hoping to be done with the album by the end of the week, so hopefully you will be back to see the completed video!

Thanks again for visiting,

Until next time…..

Autumn Doodlebug Mini Album

November 16, 2016

Good Morning,

Today I am sharing a quick mini album using the Doodlebug “Flea Market” Collection. I made six pages (counting front and back)  that measure 6 1/2 by 6 1/2. The cover is 6 1/2 by 7 with a magnetic closure.  Here are the details:

The Album Cover

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One of the nice things about doing mini albums or any interactive project is being able to use both sides of a double-sided paper.  The cover is both sides of the “leaves” design paper. The popped -up band is my other favorite paper, the plaid, reversed to bring out the turquoise color.

The flap’s decorative edge is cut using Spellbinders Scalloped Borders Two.  To help secure the flap I used a large Basic Grey magnet.  Doodlebug’s 12×12 sticker sheets have a variety of sizes, words, and these large “title” (my term for it) stickers.  To keep the title from sticking to the band, I used some powder.  To finish the flap I used the “border” paper with acorns.

Page One

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The book opens to the beautiful bright green camper paper with a 4×4 camper from the cut apart sheet. The 4×4 piece is a flap that opens, to reveal a photo spot on the backside. I left the base page plain as this is a small album with limited picture space. A 4×6 picture would fit nicely, or a couple of 3×4 can work too.

Page Two and Three

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Page two depicts my inspiration for this album. I decided to go with one of the smaller themes of travel. The base paper is the colorful, cute suitcase paper.  Using their “Gingham and Linen” brown paper to make a pocket base for my favorite truck. The one in the “odds and ends” pack was the perfect size for the pocket. I filled the bed with a suitcase and pumpkins, if you are going to travel the countryside in fall, why wouldn’t you stop to get pumpkins?  The pocket has three photo mats (5 1/4 by 3 3/4) perfect for 5×3 photos or details of the trip.

Page Three

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These tags were originally on the  4×4 cut apart sheet.  To add a little variety and interest, I made each its own hinge, then cut them into tags. The backside is perfect for a small picture and journaling. I used some of the border stickers on the 12×12 sheet to finish the back.

Page Four 

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I made a pocket page to extend photo or journaling options. Making the pocket the with the “suitcase” paper, I did some fussy cutting to define and add a decorative border.

The 4×6 “You are my world” is a perfect match to create a photo folder on the inside as well as the back. Behind the folder is a large space for more pictures. In the corner is a sticker flower with a matte enamel dot for the center.

Page 5 and 6

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Page five has a little bit of a twist to it.  Again the 4×6  cut apart sheet with the truck is used to create a picture folder by lifting it up. Then it can be flipped down to reveal the white photo mat as well as more spaces for photos all along the base of the page.  I would recommend magnets on multiple flips such as this one. Two sets of magnets are needed. One set for the “flip up, the second set for the base page and the back of the folder.  This will help keep the page from popping open revealing your second flip as wells as keeping the large photo mat from falling out.

Page 6 

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This last page has a few options for photos by creating a double pocket as well as a hidden flip. I created two pull out photo/journaling folders. The first is using another 4×4 cut apart with  the typewriter.  The second one in the back with the trailer opens up but has a smaller flap to add journaling.

Once the photo folders are removed the pocket flips up to reveal two more spaces for photos along with a “say cheese” border.

Thank you for stopping in to look at my album. I hope you enjoyed looking at the bright, fun papers and pages as much as I had in putting them together. I always appreciate comments or questions.

Product List:

  • Doodlebug “Flea Marke 12 x12 collection
  • Doodlebug “Flea Market” 12 x12 sticker sheet
  • Doodlebug “Flea Market” odds and ends die cut pack
  • Doodlebug “Flea Market” 12 x12 Petite Prints in Gingham and Linen assortment.
  • Doodlebug “Flea Market” Icon stickers

 

Until next time…

 

Part 2: “My Boys”Album divider -using flaps and pockets

August 11, 2016

Good Morning,

Today I have an update to the 6×8 album titled ” My Boys” I shared in my previous post Celebrating the “Everyday” with a Simple Stories 6×8 Album.  I have been spending a ton of time editing pictures to print for all the projects I have in the works. I am so behind that it has been time-consuming. However, this past week I  was able to find a little time to work on one of the album dividers.

These albums are made with the idea to keep things simple, but this collection inspires me so much its hard not to want to do more with it. I decided to divide this album by each son. This divider is for my oldest and where he is at in 2016. All these sections will highlight their favorite sayings, activities or just life in general at this age.

I made the divider a double pocket that holds this adorable iPhone piece from the card collection along with a 3×4 journaling/photo. Then added a larger 5×5 tag at the top.Simple Stories %22So Rad%22 Album  inside

The “You are all kinds of Awesome” 4×6 pocket holding the iPhone and 3×4 card doubles as a flap that opens down to reveal a 4×6 photo mat. Simple Stories %22So Rad%22 Album  inside-2 On the inside flap itself, I thought this was a good place to put this cute 4×6 card titled  “Random Facts.”  I used it as a way to highlight his current interests, inside jokes with us and facts about him at this moment in time. To give it some interest and personality, I thought it would be fun to use two of the smaller alphabet fonts included in the kit along with some of the image stickers.

The page stays closed and hides the hidden flap by using two magnets on each side toward the top. I used the chipboard pieces as a reminder as well as a place to open the flap.

To make the 5×5 tag and pocket I used the cork and this super cute stripe/star paper from the 6×6 pad. Normally for a larger tag, I would use cardstock to give it some strength and pop, but I couldn’t decide between designs.  I decided just to keep it as is and let my mood decided on which side faces out.

After cutting the tag with a Spellbinder, border dies this can still hold a 4×4 photo or a 3×4 with a mat on each side. I added their “Bradz” to each side by the ribbon for the “brad effect.”  Their brads do not have the metal tails, so they are effectively enamel/metal sticker.  I used larger ones on the cover of the album as well. ( it can be seen here Celebrating the “Everyday” with a Simple Stories 6×8 Album)

Here is an another look with the stripe side showing in the pocket. Simple Stories %22So Rad%22 Album  inside-5

Thanks for following along with this project, hopefully, I will have more to post soon.

In case you are interested or a hoarder of this collection like me who is ready to start using it, here is the product list (all products are from the Simple Stories “So Rad” Collection):

  • 12×12 orange honeycomb from the Basic Kit Collection
  • 6×6 paper pad for tag, pocket, inside photo mat and blue tab.
  • 12×12 Icon sticker sheet
  • 12×2 alphabet sticker sheet
  • Snap Cards collection (3×4 and 4×6)
  • Chipboard sticker sheet
  • Clear photo stickers (Yolo)
  • “So Rad” Bradz

Until next time……

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

 

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