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…..

December Daily​

November 21, 2017


Good Morning,

Today I have my first December Daily ever to share even though it is stuck in a time warp. I originally bought all these supplies two years ago to do some kind of December documenting. However, I had succumbed to the inequitable equation of time vs. all the projects I want to get done!   This year I was inspired by taking the Simple Stories class for this year’s December Daily album using the pretty ” Very Mery Collection” to then complete this one meant for 2015. Do I get bonus points for getting it done and posted on Black Friday? Well, at least a cookie!

I had taken quite a few pictures of the album, so I put them together in this little video to make it easier to see things. SOOOOOOO………Without further ado here is my Simple Stories “Santa Claus & Co.” December “Daily” album ready to be filled with Christmas past. (While you look at that I need to go hunt for my journaling from that year.)

Videos are still a work in progress. Hopefully, it was enjoyable.
I am always appreciative of the visit!
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…

 

Pumpkin Sitting

October 31, 2016

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Good Morning,

Today I have a layout to share with you. I started this one while going through my huge creative block, so it was satisfying to finish it. I think the creativity is slowly coming back alive.  I am excited to get to talk about a layout finally, so let’s get into it.

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Our family developed this quirky tradition when my oldest was a toddler.  It seems once the kids have identified their pumpkin; they have to sit on it and have their picture taken. Considering, this appears to come to each son naturally; we didn’t blink an eye when our little one plopped himself down on a pumpkin or two. In his case, comfort instead of the size determined the pumpkin. I am sure that will change in the coming years. With this tradition in mind, I set out to build a page around it.

Initially, I thought it would be easier if  I used a collection. I pulled out Echo Park’s  “The Story of Fall” but somehow once I put my background together I couldn’t come up with anything else. It sat, and I fiddled with it each month for a little while but still nothing.I decided to work on my new found passion for interactive albums. I love creating the page layers, flaps, pockets, and hidden spaces. It opened up this whole new part of my mind. I love designing the pages then figuring out how to make it work.  For some reason, working on this kind of project wasn’t impaired with my creative block.

But then my oldest came into my craft space recently, spotted one of his albums and starting looking through it. When he finished, he noticed this layout sitting unfinished on my desk, in his very thoughtful, quiet voice said: “I miss not having new pages in my book.”    I knew I had pictures piling up for their books, so I tried and tried but nothing.

Then for some reason, it dawned on me to use the techniques I enjoy and see what happens. Slowly things came together.  Layering elements have been on my mind lately.   I am finding it can help create new spaces I didn’t previously imagine on my pages. For example, using the twine around the picture to put a tag for the date.  It was also fun to use some of the die-cut pieces to create a title.  When the idea of making the pumpkin picture a pocket popped into my head, everything started to come together.  While the tags are stationary, I like the illusion of interactivity it creates. Hopefully, things will start to go from here, and I will be back posting more frequently again.

Thank you for reading and staying with me. 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……

 

 

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