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Scrappy Saturday-Love this guy

Good morning everyone!! Sarah here this morning to share a new layout with you. Y’all have probably already seen this sketch but thought I’d share it again to show you what I got my inspiration from.

I loved this sketch as soon as I saw it!! I started with a sheet of white cardstock, I lightly drew on a circle and grabbed Aint life Grand from my stash and started to punch out different sized circles.

I laid the circles I punched out around the circle I had drawn on, but wanted more circles, so I grabbed the circle stickers and die cuts from this collection and layered them in with the other circles. When I had them all where I wanted them I ran my page threw my sewing machine.

Once I had my circles stitched down and a few messy circles sewn, I grabbed my photo and added a few paper layers behind it. I messed up the edges some and then popped it all up on 3D foam, added a xoxoxo tab and stuck it down. I grabbed some word stickers from my stash and added them above and below my photo and moved onto adding my sequins!

To finish my layout, I reached into my lovely basket of sequin packets and grabbed out Puppy Dog Tails and Hustle Bustle. The colors were perfect, so I started to add them around my sewn circles.  I loved the shine it added to my layout and the color pops it added to the top of my layout too! I decided to add a navy polkadot paper as a boarder around my whole layout and added a little Heidi Swapp gold color shine splatters and was done!

Thanks so much for checking out my layout and make sure to check out what all the other Sparklers make too!! Head over to the shop and check out all the new sequins too!!

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Scrappy Saturday- Panda Boy

Good morning everyone!! Sarah here this morning sharing another layout based on this fun sketch!

I pulled out some Pink Paislee goodies from my stash and a goofy picture of one of my boys.

I loved the circles on the sketch, so the first thing I did on my layout was run my cardstock through my sewing machine with black thread. I sewed on a few messy circles and went to matting my photo.

I already knew what sequins I wanted to use and they went great with the paper collection I chose, so I decided to layer red, which I used a punch on and then added a layer of yellow behind it too. After I put my photo where I wanted it, I pulled out the washi, it was grey with some cute glasses on them and I thought since the picture of my son had cute little glasses that they would go great together! So I added that under the bottom of the layers.

I already knew what sequins I wanted to use, I Solemnly Swear, one of the new collections and they went great with the paper collection I chose, so I decided to layer red, which I used a punch on and then added a layer of yellow behind it too. After I put my photo where I wanted it, I pulled out the washi, it was grey with some cute glasses on them and I thought since the picture of my son had cute little glasses that they would go great together! So I added that under the bottom of the layers.

For my title, I decided to add it in to the sewn on circle to the left of my photo. I grabbed some foam thickers and some little yellow ones from Pretty little studios and named my layout, Panda boy. I added my sequins around that circle too along with some more metallic washi stickers and a flair button. And to finish it all off, I grabbed some of my shimmerz and did a little splattering and that was it!

 

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Scrappy Saturday-Fall Nap Time

Good morning everyone!! Sarah here to share with you another fall themed layout using some awesome sequins!

My youngest son is a goof to the max and when it started getting cool here this year, he curled up in a chair with his hat on and a few blankets and took a good long, snuggled up nap. He always loves the cool weather cause he likes to be all curled up in blanket and beanies! lol So that was the photo I decided to scrap. I pulled out some stuff from my stash and started to play.

So, some how I had managed to get a black squigle on the side of my cardstock and instead of tossing it or covering it up, I decided to add it in as part of the layout and added black outlining to the papers on the layout, I was happy with the way it turned out.

I added some different sized squares to the background and popped the picture and its photo mat up, to add a little dimension. I did the background with the larger pieces of paper, because I knew I wasnt going to add a ton to this layout. I started know where I wanted the focus to be and adding the large squares, still allowed me to have multiple colors and patterns showing the way I wanted. After I had the papers and photo where I wanted, I moved on to adding some embellishments.

I started by adding a tag to the left of the photo and then moved to the right of the photo and made a cluster there too. Since my son was napping in this picture, I went through Crate papers, Wonder collection and pulled embellishments that had to do with sleep. I added one that said Dream over to the right with a few other things, including a cork ampersand.

I added my title to the left of the photo and then started on a embellishment cluster. I started out with the little clock and layered in some tags and a cute little heart. I added a few word phrases from a Tim Holtz pack that I had and then pulled out my pretties! I pulled out Be true 2 you sequin mim and Shooting cork stars and went to town!! I placed them across the entire top of the layout and moved down to the bottom, thinning them out to one point at the end.

I absolutely love the way this layout turned out and I hope you enjoyed it too!!

Remember when your ordering from Spieglemomscraps to leave my name name in the comment section and get an extra 15% off your order!! And make sure to come back and check out what all the other Sparklers make!!!

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Cards with Karla – Mixed Media Christmas Card!

Hi Friends! Karla back today with a mixed media Christmas card using a Tim Holtz stamp and stencil set along with some embossing techniques and three gorgeous sequin mixes – Aquarius, Painted Gardens and Lisa’s Starry Night!

I started off taking a piece of Bristol cardstock and smooshing my Versamark Ink through the stencil that came with the awesome Tim Holtz stamp and stencil set. I used some clear iridescent embossing powder to add a clear resist on the background and then sponged on my Distress Oxide Inks from dark to light. I dripped a few water droplets on the water reactive ink to add some cool splotches! I layered on a chipboard label covered with Emerald Creek Northern Lights embossing powder and tied it to the stencilled background before layering over some pretty Lawn Fawn Knit Picky patterned paper.

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The deer were stamped with Versamark and then embossed with Emerald Creek Charred Gold embossing powder. I love the cool gold and black melted effect this powder gives!

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Here’s a look at the inside – I love the font on the stamps and how just adding a few sequins inside really makes it special.

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Here’s a look at the three gorgeous sequin mixes I used – Aquarius, Painted Gardens and Lisa’s Starry Night! Just by selecting certain colours from a mix you can really coordinate them with any project!

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Be sure to use the code KARLA15 to save 15% off all your purchases at the SpiegelMom Scraps Shop!  You’ll be amazed at all the beautiful mixes available 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a fantastic week!!

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Trendy Tuesday/My girl

 

Good morning everyone!!! I hope your having an amazing 4th of July with your friends and family!! Sarah here this morning with my 1st trendy Tuesday post and as you  have probably heard this weeks theme is emojis!!!

I love emojis, they are just so cute! And my kids know what they are and love to draw them and the oder ones sending me different ones on their phones lol.

I chose to use the Crate paper line, Cute girl for my layout this week. I love all the girly little things you can do with this collection, but with the way I did this layout there wasn’t a lot of room for embellishing.

I went with a quite large emoji for my layout because I knew I wanted to make it itself a shaker pocket. I used one of the cut-files offered from SpiegleMomScraps this month, This is just one of the emojis that there are in the cut-file,But my emoji is how I started my page, other then having my photo already picked out, lol.

  

In my stash I have a bunch of stuff but I have like 3 boxes of clear sheets that were for over head projectors, I dont even know if they use those anymore, lol, but I have a bunch of them. So I cut my emoji out on my Silhouette and placed 2 behind the outer part and started sewing it on my sewing machine. I left a place open big enough for me to pour my Gotta Love Emojis sequin pack is and then finished sewing it up. I placed it on my page where I wanted it to the left because in the picture my daughter was looking in from the right.

After my big smiling emoji was down, I added a few strips of paper to the bottom of my layout and then went to layering papers behind my photo. I put my photo down and pulled out my embellishment pack, along with some of the sticker sheets and started to play a little. I have always loved that little doll from this collection and I thought this was a great layout to use it on! So I added her to the right side of my photo and then layered a few puffy flower stickers and some little hearts. I popped my title under the picture. Then I decided to add a few little banner pieces  and a few hearts to the top left of my layout and a few little word stickers  and more little hearts to the bottom left and was done.

I hope you enjoyed the layout I made today, I loved playing with the emojis and I hope you play along too!! Happy 4th to everyone again!!

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Fuse It Fun Day- First Day Sillies

Hey everyone! I’m back with my Fuse tool this week! And in keeping with the 90’s theme, I bring you “gettin’ corky wit it”!

Yep, that was a terrible Will Smith reference! Haha! I realized recently that I scrapped my son’s first day of school photos, but not the “outtakes”! I really wanted to capture how silly he was being! I started with a naked tree cut file, and created leaves with cork embellishments. The tree on the right uses the Corky Cumulus embellies as leaf clusters. The tree on the left uses the Cork Confetti Hearts as the leaves! I contemplated painting the cork, but I went with the natural look because it reminded me more of Fall.

After I had the trees figured out I wanted to make a little school house. I created this cut file from free clip art. Once I layered each patterned paper, I fused little pockets of Gold Stardust Sequins for each of the windows on the back of the school house. The stardust sequins are probably my most favorite because they are so versatile and can be used on just about every project! For this layout I just love how they make the school shine!

Some Cloudy Days Felties finished off this little scene perfectly!

I absolutely love how this came out, it is quirky (and corky) and fun, really capturing my son’s personality! I hope you enjoyed it too!

Be sure to save some money when you stop by the scrappy store, and I would love to see how you “get corky wit it!” 🙂

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Sketch it our Saturday/ Auntie on duty

Good morning everyone!!

 So who is excited that this is a long weekend??!! (Hand in the air, jumping a little!!) lol And oh man, summer started here Friday, so a little more sleeping in and then running around with the kids! So much fun to come this summer!

Well this morning I’m here to share with you a layout and sketch that I crated.

I play around with making my own sketches off and on all the time. If i’m not in the mood to scrap or just cant actually get in to my scrappy room cause of other things going on, I’ll pick up on paper pad and sketch here and there.

Ok, so yes I know this is a goofy picture of my youngest daughter. My sister had come to baby sit so I could get some things done one day and I came back to this. My daughter is really light haired, maybe strawberry blond, and you cant really see her eye brows very well, so my sister thought it would be funny to draw them on with eye liner and have her make faces lol.

Now back to the layout, lol. I started with picking the goofy pic of my daughter, and to be honest, I started with the bottom of my layout, this inst something I normally do. I had grabbed an Amy Tangerine collection, Better together, I wanted bright and playful just like the picture.

I did the strip across the bottom of the layout, added a cut-file I had set to the side, with others I just hadn’t used yet. Then I jumped to the top of the layout and started layering my pattern paper strips there and I decided to add cut-file in there too.

I know in my sketch it shows circles cascading down the layout, but I decided to use squares, this was because I found a cute little cut apart sheet that I wanted to use,lol.

Then I started layering a frame and a larger ampersand behind my photo, along with a few acetate pieces.

I worked my way down the layout at this point and started to add the circle ephemera and the flowers to the bottom strip. I added my title about that and then my favorite part!! I pulled out my sequins and started to play!!

I used a mix of sequins on this layout, Jaded Hearts, Wild and Free and Gone with the Wind. These colors matched perfectly with this Amy Tan collection and I loved that I got to add a few little flower sequins in there!

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I made today and I hope to see you play along with this sketch and if youd like a little discount on some SpiegleMom goodies, use this code below when you check out in the shop!

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December Daily- Days 1-3

Hello friends! Katty here. I am extremely behind on my December Daily this year. I’m so glad I was finally able to get started. Today I am sharing Days 1-3. I have made a double 6×6 page spread. Since days 2 and 3 were very uneventful I was able to fit all three days in this double page spread.

I began with two matching pieces of patterned paper which I cut down to 6×6. They are red with white polka dots. For my left side layout I wanted to welcome back our Elf on the Shelf Buddy. I added some teal patterned paper to the bottom half. I also used a fiskars scalloped border punch with American Crafts white textured cardstock and some teal glitter tape to separate the two patterns. I added a lovely White Lace Paper Doily behind my photo of my Elf Buddy which I made round with a circle punch.

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I added half circle stickers to the top and bottom of the page and I embellished with Chunky Cork Hearts and white flat back sequins from a retired mix which can also be found in the Happy Dance Mix.

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I used white Freckled Fawn puffy alpha stickers to write out my tittle. My numbers for each day are also from Freckled Fawn and I embossed them with white embossing powder.

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For the page on the right I used all of the same products. I also added a tag with some Red Bakers twine.

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I printed some photos in black and white and some in color. I also added some blear phrase stickers from Recollections on one of the photos and over the patterned paper.

 

I’m really happy with how it turned out. Last years album was way too thick so I’m trying to find ways to slim it down this year and this seemed like a good option since there wasn’t much going on these three days.

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There is a process video on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/0pZTo1qXBzk

Thanks so much for stopping by! XOXO -Katty

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Tuesday Talent

Tuesday's Talent

Hello everyone, Mandi here with my last post. This time it is an anniversary card that features May Arts Burlap String, Tutti Frutti Dazzlerz Texture Paste, Chunky Cork Hearts, Sunny SmilesSilver Stardust Sequin Confetti and Gold Stardust Sequins.

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I thought painting have of the hearts with the Dazzlerz was a great way to add a little extra wow. When the paste is wet apply the sequins. I just sprinkled them on to the surface and pressed them in with a stick.

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I love who this card looks even when it is laying sown flat.  The sequins on the top and the cluster at the bottom adds a lot of drama without the bulk.

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Thanks for stopping by and having me as a guest for this month.

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What About Wednesday

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Aloha Sparklers!!

I don’t know about you, but I have a tons of 6×6 pads hanging around in my stash. There was a time when that was all I was buying, I had 12×12 sheets of the same paper too. I love 6×6 paper too. The prints are a smaller scale, which is nice when you are layering. Also sometimes when you layering a smaller piece just fits better.

I have this obsession with mixing my old stash with brand new supplies on my layouts. I recently bought some new Crate Paper paper, which is perfect for this layout about my kids love for playing video games. I really love that the colors aren’t very girly. Flowers and bows just don’t look right on a layout about video gaming, not that I need to use all themed products.

It is fun every once in a while though. Like what I did with these old vellum video game pieces from Crate Paper Boys Rule (from a couple of years ago). I added the Magical Day in the Park sequin mix on the vellum pieces like it was shooting onto my layout.

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I just love how cool that looks.

I used my old 6×6 pad papers that had similar colors, (I looked for the blue family), and layered them behind of my photos. I used two 3×4 sized photos. I love the way they looked layered over top of each other. and then all the patterns peeking out from behind them.

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I added a little bit of Shimmerz Dazzlerz in Gummy Bear Blue on my white cardstock background. Because the Crate Paper has a more cream tone to it, I like to use more white in other places so my page doesn’t seem as vintage with that cream tone. For a layout like this it wasn’t a look I wanted, cream that is. The Dazzlerz, helps add a bit playfulness to the layout, that I wanted to tell with this layout as well. I am always thinking about ways that my story can be told through the products I am putting onto my layouts.

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I found tons of fun ephemera to tuck into the layers!!

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All the different shapes of sequins in this pack really made this layout so much fun!!

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I used both blue and black colored alphas like I did in my layers. I also really wanted my title to tell about what my journaling will be about. Which is how my son, loves videos games. He loves to watch everyone else play the games. He gets so excited while he watches, almost like he is playing, but he won’t play at all. LOL!! Gotta love our kids silly antics!!

I hope you had fun today!! Don’t forget to pull out those 6×6 pads out or some stash that has been sitting in your craft space. I find adding something new and fun, like this fun sequin pack can make an older collection much more current feeling.

Have an inspired week!! Can’t wait to see you here next week!!!

Here is one last look at the whole layout.

 

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Hannah

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Tuesday’s Talent with Pocono Pam: My Favorite!

@spieglemomscraps @poconopam, #spiegelmomscraps #scrapbook #DIY #cardmaking #projectlife #diecutHola SpiegelMom Scraps fans! Pocono Pam here with my last post as Jody’s guest designer for January. Wow! This month went by quickly huh? Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it! For that reason, I was inspired to make a love card and altered paper bag!

I started this project off with a white 10” X 6” Celebrate Paper Bag, the Recollections Valentine’s Day 6″ X 6″ Paper Pad and some fun embellishments from the SpiegelMom Scraps Shop.

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Next, after folding and gluing the bag to create a pocket, I added patterned paper from the paper pad. (Geesh…. say that 5 times fast! )

I adhered white lace on the bag along the top of the pocket.

The fun part began when I made pleats in the 1/4″ light pink & white check ribbon from the SMS Shop to place on top of the lace. (This did not come without a few hot glue burns! Yikes!) I added a bow made with the same pink ribbon and added 3 pink fabric roses from my stash.

Underneath the pleated ribbon, I adhered a string of pink Felt Fetti from the SMS Shop.

Beneath the lace on the right hand side, I layered a pink felt heat with a few cork hearts. I did the opposite on the upper left-hand side of the bag with a cork heart and a string of pink felt hearts. I tied a bow with a piece of sting I had in my stash.

On the lower left-hand corner I layered a cork and felt heart along with a Studio Calico Wood Veener Speech Bubble. As in previous posts, I touched it up with pink Wink of Stella Glitter. I was excited when bling I had in my stash fit perfectly into the “O” in “FAVORITE”!

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To go along with the bag, I quickly created a card using paper from the pad. I added more felt hearts and this cute Greeting Farms Image Stella.

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I covered the back of the bag.  The inside of the bag can be used for goodies to give as a gift! You can punch holes at the top and add a ribbon for closure or leave it as is!

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Thank you all for you stopping by today and all Jaunary long! I had great time! I hope you enjoyed my posts and will continue to visit Jody’s blog. You will definitely will find inspiration here. Jody is always adding great goodies to her shop as well. Try her CORK embellies! They are my FAVES and I used them on EVERY project this month!

Take care my crafty friends! Thanks for taking a peek!

Spiegel Mom Scraps Shop Products Used

Cork Fetti Hearts

Pink Felt Fetti Hearts

Pink Ribbon

Studio Calico Wood Veneer Speech Bubble

 

 

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Quick No-Stamp Card with Clique Cards!

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Welcome to my November Clique Cards Kick off!  Our card kit is absolutely packed full of embellishments and it’s only $19.99 when you’re a Clique Kits subscriber!  We have a fabulous deal going on now ~ subscriber and start receiving your monthly kits in December and then start reaping all the other Clique benefits NOW!!  Member blog share where you earn cash for creating along with us, subscriber discounts, early peaks at kits and so much more!!  Go HERE to see more!

Here’s the contents of the entire kit (pictured above):

Kaisercraft Basecoat Holiday Stamp
(4) Clique Kits Exclusive Flair
Creative Embellishments wood veneer “Merry Christmas”
Pretty Little Studio Merry Christmas die cut
Pretty Little Studio small deer die cut
2 white felt snowflakes
Pinkfresh Studios Enamel puff borders (gold)
Cardstock- 8 1/2 x 11 size
(2) Marshmallow  (2) Wax Lips (2)  Parakeet  (1) Kraft card stock (1) Vellum Cardstock            Fancy Pants Oh Deer Tags                                                                                                                        (1) Pretty Little Studio star vellum

Trims
May Arts Natural twine
Maya Road green and red twine
White seam binding
May Arts red chevron twill ribbon
Other:
Holiday sequin packs
(2) mini clothespins
6 x 6 sheet of burlap paper
3 white doilies

Here is one of the first cards I created with my Clique Cards Kit!!  I just love this kit and how many embellishment options I have when creating!!  This was a very fast and easy card to create.  To start out, I cut a piece of the green Bazzil cardstock in half the long way and folded it to create my 5.5″ by 4.25″ card base.  Next I just trimmed this super cute tree paper down to 5.25 by 4″ and adhered it to the front of my card with my favorite foam adhesive from 3L Scrapbook Adhesives, found here. Then, I sprinkled a few fun sequins from the Clique Card kit into my mini glassine bag and sealed with a small strip of 3L Scrapbook Adhesives taper runner before I wrapped the mini bag with some fabulous Twinery Shimmer twine.  Then I just adhered it to the front of my card.  I chose this fun holiday tag from the assortment of Fancy Pants Designs tags from their super cute Oh Deer collection and let the string fall randomly.  To add some sparkle, I used a glue dot to adhere the 15mm snowflake sequin right on top of the Fancy Pants tag.  For a finishing touch of gold I added a Pink Fresh Studio gold puffy sticker along the bottom and TA-DA!! Done!

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Don’t you just LOVE those Pink Fresh Studio Gold puffy stickers and the gold in the twine! Products used that are not included in your Clique Cards Kit:

Gold Shimmer Twine from The Twinery 

Mini Glassine Bags in My Etsy Shop (use coupon code NOV20 for 20% all purchases of $10+)

Thank you so much for spending your time with me today!  If you’d love to have the Clique Card kit to create with now, just go HERE and check it out!  You’ll save $5.00 off your kit if you become a Clique Kits subscriber first 🙂  We’d love to see ya creating along with us!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!  And remember, my monthly newsletter, The Hot Sheet, will be hitting your inbox on Thursday this week along with a new Etsy Shop coupon AND a fabulous special announcement!!!  I can hardly contain myself…. but I will until Thursday!!

~ Jody

 

 

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Extra Special Teacher’s Gift~a Baby Mini Book

Happy June and to the end of this school year!  Ok, some of you may not be jumping for joy at the thought of kids in daycare for the summer.. I totally get that dilemma believe me!  Kuddos to us working Mom’s who somehow make it work!

Today I’m sharing a very special teacher’s gift.  Yes, I did spoil this teacher a little.  Ok, a lot!  She was Sari’s kindergarden teacher this year, who will remain nameless for her privacy.  None the less, she deserves some special recognition.  Sari came home nearly every day amazing us with what she was learning.  It started with her ‘sight words’, then double-digit math and reading!  We were so impressed with what Sari learned this school year that I wanted to give her teacher something special.  Hmmmmmm, what to do??  Then, this winter we learned that she was due with her first baby in August, a daughter!!  Bingo!! I knew exactly what to do for her!

So without further adieu… a baby girl mini album!  I used the Teresa Collins She Said collection.  I love using the 6×6 paper pads for mini albums.  The patterns are shrunk down to the 6×6 size so you don’t lose any details or miss out on the entire pattern.  I also used the 12×12 She Said Sticker Sheet, which contained so many fun elements and alphas!  The base of my mini album are some papers from my stash (Crate Paper I believe).  I adore the white on Kraft floral print!  It’s very soft and pretty.  

To create the album base, I trimmed a 12×12″ sheet of patterned paper in half to 6″ by 12″.  Then, fold the 6×12″ piece in half to form the 6×6″ album base.  You can easily layer a few of these to create a mini book.  Just one sheet of 12×12″ paper gives you a great sized mini album with eight pages to decorate and add photos!  

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You can see below that I used a chipboard banner sticker (Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm) upside down.  The tags it’s attached to pulls out!  Her teacher can use it for journaling some sweet baby stats or some small photos of her darling baby girl.  Since the chipboard sticker is hanging over the top of the tag, I just attached some scrap paper to the back of the chipboard sticker that coordinated with the next page.

See those white felt flowers?  I cut those myself on my Cricut.  Say what?!  Yes, you CAN cut things other than paper and chipboard with your Cricut.  You just need to follow a few simple steps.  (More on that coming soon!!)  The flower centers are from the same chipboard sticker sheet as the banner (Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm) and little pearls are also from ZVA!  They’re a very inexpensive embellishment, $1.90 for 127 individual peals.  They add such a cute little touch!

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Below, you can see the top of that chipboard banner sticker poking out on the top of the left side, next to the No. 1 sticker.  This simple technique adds another fun element to your mini album, along with the dark Kraft tags from Ranger that are on the right side.  

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To create the pocket for the larger tags, I adhered two pages together on three sides.  I left the top of those two pages free of adhesive to create the fun pocket.  I used these Kraft tags from Ranger, but you could also use the coordinating patterned paper to create your own custom tags!  I topped them off with a pretty cream colored seam binding.

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 As you can see, I kept the design pretty simple.  I didn’t want the mini album to be too bulky.  But, by layering different patterned papers and stickers you can still give the pages some dimension and interest.  And, a doily here and there never hurts either 🙂  I also mixed in some other stickers from the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm collecion.  All the Memory Works products have been linked up directly to the Memory Works website.  Contact me to order directly!  Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope you were inspired to create and try something new!

Coming soon…

1).  Storage and display ideas for you mini albums.

2).  Cutting more than paper on your Cricut!

Until then, happy scrapping!

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Create an Easy December Mini Book!

 First of all… welcome to my new blog and website!!!  I’ll be adding more features in the upcoming weeks.  You’ll find the site navagation bar at the bottom of the page.

I said easy & I meant it!  Here’s what you do to create a simple 6″x6″ mini book, for any occasion.  I’m using my December Traditions Album to document some of the everyday things we do, like Black Friday shopping and putting up our tree right after.  St. Nick also visits our home and brings us goodies and a Christmas movie or two.

For this mini album, start with a couple 12″x12″ pieces of patterned paper.  I used double sided paper with a side I loved and a side I didn’t love.  I cut my wood grain sheet of paper in half to create two 6″x12″ pieces for my album pages.  Next, score the 6″x12″ piece at the 6″ mark, then fold in half as shown below.  {You can click on the individual pictures below to make them bigger.}

The next pictures in the gallery show the insides of album pages that I covered with Fancy Pants Home For Christmas 6×6″ papers.  I covered the crossword puzzle side of the papers and left the wood grain side exposed.

After arranging the order of my pages, I punched holes with my Crop A Dile.  Metal book rings are a great way to put together mini albums, tags albums and more!  Then, let the fun began!! I added Studio Calico Wood Veneers, May Arts Burlap String, tags, glassine bags, Mr Hueys Spray Ink, Washi tapes and more!

Now that you can see how easy it is, create one for your December traditions this year!  As a special THANK YOU for stopping by today, I have a special deal for you.  Buy 3 washi tapes in my Etsy Shop and one FREE!!!  Just message me with your FREE WASHI choice. 

You really can make time to scrapbook around the holidays, just keep it simple and scrap it!!

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scrap it with a pad

So, I have this tune in my head from last week and I have no idea where it came from!  My best guess is that our 13 year old daughter was singing it at one time or another.   I’m pretty sure this has happened to you, right?  All I can say is ANNOY-ING!!  I don’t know all the words, but I think the song’s title is something like “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”  If you know me at all, I’m more a Country Music gal.  But no matter what type of music is was, having it stuck in my head was totally annoying.  So, to make the most of this random song in my head, I made up my own words to it.  My new {and improved} song is called  “Scrap It With A Pad.”  Here’s my “Scrap It With A Pad” layout this week.  I used the 6×6″ Simple Stories Baby Steps pad.  These 6×6″ pads are great for card making because of their shrunk down designs.  But as you can see, you can scrap with them too.

I’ll be back soon with more of what I’m working on this month for my National Craft Month ~ Do Something Creative Challenge. I can’t wait to see what YOU create this month!  Happy creating!
  
Remember, Memory Works is getting new scrapping goodies in every week!!  Check out the new Simple Stories releases: Fab{u}lous, Awesome, Documented and more to come!!  Also in stock now is brand new My Minds Eye, Echo Park, Bo Bunny, Basic Grey and 3 Bugs!  Go there now and check them out!  Be the first to get the new goods from Winter CHA 2012!

 

P.S. I’ll be adding the InLinkz Tool to my National Craft Month post for those of  you who don’t have a blog to link back to.  That way you’ll be able to easily add your project under that blog post, buy clicking and uploading your picture.

My supplies:
Burlap String, Simple Stories Baby Steps 6×6″ pad & Designer Cardstock, American Crafts White Cardstock, Mr. Huey’s Cameo Spray Ink, Tim Holtz Distress Ink~Frayed Burlap, Prima Sculpted Flowers, Misc, Washi Tape.