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Lovely – An Autumn Inspired Layout

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Hi from Rachel!

Last week I got a shipment of really gorgeous fall colored Shimmerz products from the shop. I knew immediately I wanted to use them on some Hip Kit Club leafy cut files. Above is how they turned out.. so gorgeous! But they sat there piled on my desk for a week without any direction. I soon remembered that I had felt challenged to use a black background for an upcoming layout. And so it went…#SpiegelMomScraps #Shimmerz #paint #fallcolors #CratePaper #AmericaCrafts #mixedmedia #scrapbooking #papercrafting #DIY @SpiegelMomScraps @AmericanCrafts @ShimmerzPaints @Wordsandpaperscraps @Cratepaper The leaves were inked/painted/splattered with these Shimmerz products: Vibez Egg Noggin’ + Texturez Mari-Gold Digger + Coloringz Moody Mauve + Dazzlers Coral Me Crazy *You can use coupon code Rachel15 at checkout to get a discount on these products!

Hint: I left the cuts on my Silhouette mat as I painted (and used my heat gun to dry each layer) to help prevent curling. 

To begin my layout I backed my photo with a glassine bag and some ephemera from the Gather collection. #SpiegelMomScraps #Shimmerz #paint #fallcolors #CratePaper #AmericaCrafts #mixedmedia #scrapbooking #papercrafting #DIY @SpiegelMomScraps @AmericanCrafts @ShimmerzPaints @Wordsandpaperscraps @Cratepaper I knew I wanted to mix in the leaves included in the ephemera pack to balance out the colorful painted ones. After I played around with placement a little, I stitched all of the leaves in place. I then added a few Thickers from Pink Paislee’s Take Me Away collection – including my title. Underneath the heart I bunched up some string for a little dimension.#SpiegelMomScraps #Shimmerz #paint #fallcolors #CratePaper #AmericaCrafts #mixedmedia #scrapbooking #papercrafting #DIY @SpiegelMomScraps @AmericanCrafts @ShimmerzPaints @Wordsandpaperscraps @Cratepaper The “happy place” chipboard is also from the Gather collection. I love how it looks on top of that postcard ephemera. To finish off my layout, I added a few gold embellishments.#SpiegelMomScraps #Shimmerz #paint #fallcolors #CratePaper #AmericaCrafts #mixedmedia #scrapbooking #papercrafting #DIY @SpiegelMomScraps @AmericanCrafts @ShimmerzPaints @Wordsandpaperscraps @Cratepaper

I love fall so much! I really can’t get enough of colors that remind me of this changing season. I hope you’ll challenge yourself on a project soon! Thanks for stopping by.

-Rachel

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Guess who’s Six Layout with Katty Miranda

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Hello friends, Katty here to share another 12×12 Scrapbooking Layout.  I am so in love with this months mood board for The Pretty Patterned Paper Playground. I decided to use it again. I am scrapbooking three photos of my adorable nephew who just turned 6 last month. The green in his shirt matched this mood board perfectly.

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I began with a sheet of patterned paper which was a lime green color with colored yarn balls. I had actually pulled that paper out to use for an “Ugly Paper” Challenge in another group. I realized that some of the colors matched this mood board very well. I used a 1 inch punch and punched out the red, orange and white yarn balls. I scattered them around the right side of a white 12×12 cardstock. To bring in some yellow I used a Crafters Workshop stencil called Cosmic Bubbles with my beautiful Shimmerz Dazzlerz in Lemon Drop. My idea was for it to look like scattered confetti.

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I then used my Dazzlers in Sour Apple and added triangles of color with a Prima tiny checkerboard stencil. I added 3 triangles which will be the resting place for my photos. I added a simple mat behind my photos using some yellow and red doodlebug tiny doilies.

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I then scattered around some of the White Felt Fetti Hearts, some pieces I cut out from the Kaisecraft FInders Keepers paper pad and some sequins. For the sequins I took white ones from the Fairytale 2 Sequins, small red ones from the Believe In You Sequins and yellow ones from the Spring Blooms Sequins.

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I did some fuax stitching around some of the circles as well with an orange Papermate Pen.  For my tittle I used Burlap Thickers in the Eric font. I love how it turned out.

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There is a process video on my Youtube channel if you’d like to watch: https://youtu.be/wYI-f3rI3aw

Thanks so much for stopping by today. XOXO -Katty

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International Scrapbooking Day Blog Hop

@spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff, #spiegelmomscraps #DIY #projectlife #scrapbooking #cardmaking #bloghop #internationalscrapbookingday2016

Happy INSD 2016!!  We hope you’re having a great day so far!  Your day is about to get tons better with some beautiful creative inspiration for you. Today, the Sparklers have created some FAB projects PLUS we have a special Canadian guest with us.  Please be sure to say hello to Ashley Abelson, much better known as Sparkly Canadian Crafty Girl on Instagram and YouTube. This girl is super creative and extra sweet!  Be sure to follow her (linked above).

Here’s today’s line up:

SpiegelMom Scraps     <<< You are here!

Laura 

Yuliya 

Sarah 

Anna 

Ashley 

Lea 

Ka 

Katty

Here’s my layout to celebrate International Scrapbooking Day!!  This was by far the fussiest layout I’ve done in a long time.  I used a Jillibean Soup die cut background and filled all those lovely circles with the new 6X6″ Pink Fresh Studio Felicity collection.  That was the fussy part!!  I also created a few little shaker pockets within my layout with the Spring Blooms & Silver Stars Sequins. I created these little sequin pockets using recycled clear packaging and popped up the entire layout using craft foam.  After I cut all the paper circles, the rest of the layout came together very quickly.

@pinkfreshstudio @jillibeansoup @americancrafts @dearlizzy @spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff, #scrapbooking #layout #DIY #jillibeansoup #diecut #pinkfreshstudio #6x6pad #dearlizzy #cloudydaysfelt #felt #thickers @spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @pinkfreshstudio @dearlizzy @americancrafts @jillibeansoup, #spiegelmomscraps #diy #americancrafts #cloudsdaysfelt #pinkfreshstudio #felicitycollection #sequinshaker @spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @pinkfreshstudio @dearlizzy @americancrafts @jillibeansoup, #spiegelmomscraps #diy #americancrafts #cloudsdaysfelt #pinkfreshstudio #felicitycollection #sequinshaker

I hope you enjoyed my fussy cutting and sequin shaker inspiration today! Now you’re on to the fabulous Laura’s blog!  

Did you know we have a creative community you can join?! We’d love to have you join our interactive & inspiring Scrapbook Facebook Group, 15 Minutes to Scrap! Just look us up on Facebook & request to join. We’d love to get to know you there. 

** Katty’s giveaway reminder! Have you entered yet? Check out her post HERE for all the juicy details!! 

There’s also a big prize to be won this weekend!  Be sure to comment on all the blog today to be entered to win a $20 credit to the Scrap Shop!   Happy hopping friends!!

XO,

Jody

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Tuesday’s Talent ~ Sarah McClellan in the House!!!

Hi SpiegelMomScraps fans!  My name is Sarah and I was thrilled when Jody asked me to be her guest designer for November!  I am a thirty-something mom of two girls from Minnesota.  I have been a traditional 12×12 scrapbooker since 2007 and started Project Life in January of 2014.  

For my first project, I did this beautiful Project Life double spread for Week 37 of 2015.  I used papers and stickers from the Crate Paper Wonder Collection.  I used some Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine and Amy Tangerine Goodness Thickers from American Crafts.  My date stamper is from Becky Higgins with Staz-on ink in black.

@beckyhigginslls @ProjectLife @spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @sarahmcclellen @cratepaperinc @AmericanCrafts @HeidiSwapp @AmyTangerine, #cratepaperinc #AmericanCrafts  #HeidiSwapp #AmyTangerine #ProjectLife #BeckyHigginsLLC #scrapbook #LAYOUT #sequins #indiansummersequins #loose sequins #DIY

@beckyhigginslls @ProjectLife @spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @sarahmcclellen @cratepaperinc @AmericanCrafts @HeidiSwapp @AmyTangerine, #cratepaperinc #AmericanCrafts  #HeidiSwapp #AmyTangerine #ProjectLife #BeckyHigginsLLC #scrapbook #LAYOUT #sequins #indiansummersequins #loose sequins #DIYI have been enjoying using one specific collection of papers per month!  I think this keeps my months in Project Life looking cohesive.  But I find that many paper collections that come with ephemera and stickers are often lacking embellishments that are small enough to use on Project Life layouts.  That’s why I love SpiegelMomScrapShop!  Jody’s shop offers tons of embellishments that are just the right size! @beckyhigginslls @ProjectLife @spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @sarahmcclellen @cratepaperinc @AmericanCrafts @HeidiSwapp @AmyTangerine, #cratepaperinc #AmericanCrafts  #HeidiSwapp #AmyTangerine #ProjectLife #BeckyHigginsLLC #scrapbook #LAYOUT #sequins #indiansummersequins #loose sequins #DIY

On my Week 37 title card, I layered a Gold Foil Doily, a shipping tag, Crate Paper Wonder ephemera, and Cloudy Day Cork shapes.    I embellished with enamel shapes, yellow Felt-Fetti Hearts,  Gold Garland Confetti, and Indian Summer Sequin mix.  Enamel dots can be expensive and a great way to save money scrapping is by using sequins in place of enamel dots!

@beckyhigginslls @ProjectLife @spiegelmomscraps @jodyspiegelhoff @sarahmcclellen @cratepaperinc @AmericanCrafts @HeidiSwapp @AmyTangerine, #cratepaperinc #AmericanCrafts  #HeidiSwapp #AmyTangerine #ProjectLife #BeckyHigginsLLC #scrapbook #LAYOUT #sequins #indiansummersequins #loose sequins #DIY

I love to make embellishment clusters on my Project Life spreads like this one.  Here I used another Gold Foil Doily, Crate Paper Wonder ephemera, and stickers, along with a few Thickers. I embellished with Cloudy Days Cork, some Gold Garland Confetti, and Indian Summer Sequins.

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In this cluster, I used Cork-Fetti Hearts, along with the Crate Paper ephemera.  When I start a Project Life layout, I try to chose a couple of busier papers from the collection and the rest are from the base colors.  Also, I almost always get the coordinating cut-apart sheets.  I like to layer on the ephemera and stickers and then repeat design elements across my Project Life layouts to create a cohesive look.  I also try to embellish with the same items and only use color shine on a couple of cards.  I do all of my journaling on my antique Underwood typewriter.  

Well, that’s all from me this week.  I hope you all enjoyed my first project this month!  I am so enjoying using these goodies from SpiegelMomScrapShop!  I am looking forward to sharing more projects with you this month!  If you have any questions or would like to see more of my projects, you can find me on InstagramMy Blog and Youtube.  

Products I used from SpiegelMomScrapShop:

4″ Gold Foil Doilies

Gold Garland Confetti

Indian Summer Sequin Mix

Cloudy Days Cork 

Felt-Fetti Hearts

Cork-Fetti Hearts

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Teresa Huckle is back for Tuesday’s Talent!

Hello everyone!  As you can see, it’s Tuesday and you know what that means.  My fabulous July Guest Designer Teresa is back for another wonderful project and video for us.  Take it away Teresa!
Hey guys it Teresa here again with another project for July! Can I tell you how much fun I’m having using all of Jody’s amazing goodies! I’m back this time with my traditional 8.5×11. This is a favorite of mine love how it turned out.

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The gold Doily from her shop just pops behind my photo, and I accented it with the gold garland confetti (I must admit one of my favorite’s!)  I also added the awesome Cork Fetti Hearts and a fun wood veneer heart from Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss.

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Be sure to check out my process video HERE!! Products used from SpiegelMom Scraps:

~ Cork Fetti Hearts

~ Gold Garland Confetti

~ Gold Doilies

~ Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Wood Veneer

Thanks so much Teresa for another wonderful project this week!  I feel super lucky to have you designing with us this month!  I know next week will be incredible too! 

Remember friends, you have lots of time to create for my Scrap Party yet.  In case you missed yesterday’s post, you can link up your Instagram accounts too  . . check it out HERE!

See you soon everyone!  Do something creative today!

~ Jody

 

 

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Heidi Swapp and sleeping kids

Happy Father’s Day everyone!  I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful weekend with, or remembering, those special guys in your life!!  

These past few weeks have been super busy with making more new embellishments for my shop to kick of July!!  A few of them will even be brand new for my Scrap Party Blog Hop July 10-17th!!  I cannot wait to show them all to you!!  I hope you’ll join my Design Team along with some very special guests! Check out my event page for more info!

In the mean time, I’m popping in to share a quick layout just for fun! I dove into whats left of a 2014 Clique Kit, featuring Heidi Swapp’s September Skies line, and created this layout about our daughter Hannah sleeping.  There’s something I love about checking on our girls when they’re sleeping.  They are so sweet and precious to look at and it makes me to grateful to be their mother.  After tucking them in I went back to check on them like I always do and found Hannah with a sponge roller in her hair. The next morning I asked her about it and she didn’t remember doing it, blaming Abby.  Hmmm, we’ll never know how that mysterious sponge roller ended up in Hannah’s hair, but it’s one of those precious memories I wanted to save forever!

Overall this layout is pretty simple.  I painted over part of my background with some gesso and then layered some of other Heidi Swapp papers under my phone of sleeping Hannah.   You see more about adding gesso and paint to your scrapbook layouts in THIS VIDEO and participate in a fun challenge with Create*Craft*Share, hosted by Scrappin’ Madge!

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Here are a couple close ups.

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I added some Heidi Swapp stickers, Studio Calico silver star rub-ons & black Mr. Huey’s for my final touches and called it a day!  This layout only took about 35 minutes to create and I worked on it for about 10-15 minutes at a time over a couple days.  It’s the best way to scrapbook for this busy Mama!

Have your given “15 minutes to scrap” a try yet??  If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences, challenges and successes!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post!  Remember, do something creative today! Your heart will love you for it!

~ Jody

 

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Create & Craft TV’s Crafter of the Week is…

@createandcraft @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps

.. THIS GIRL!!  Who-hooo I’m so totally excited about this fabulous experience!! I was nominated by my sweet crafty friend, Scrappin’ Madge Gillen and so incredibly honored!  Madge is on their current and 1st design team now!! When I received the email from the producer of the Create and Craft TV Show, Kat Laws, I was so floored.  It totally made my month!  Create and Craft has SO MANY fabulous things to offer everyone, 24/7.  Scrapbooking, sewing, baking, knitting and more!  Check out their awesome site HERE.  I’d also encourage you to join their wonderful community for free HERE, which gives you access to even more awesomeness!!  
You can tune in via Direct TV channel 85 or 222. It’s also on the Dish Network channel 221!!! You can also watch it for up to 7 days on the Create & Craft website!! 
Here are a few of my recent projects which are also in The Hub under Crafter of the Week.  Join for free just by entering your entering your email address and choosing a password.  Then you’ll see even more of my projects, the past Crafters of the Week, the Create & Craft Blog, PLUS contests and giveaways! 
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Here are few of the supplies used to embellish my projects:

Cork Fetti Hearts    Glassine Bags    White Doilies

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I’d love to see you visit me over on the Create & Craft blog today too!  They’ll be showcasing even more of my work!!

Do something creative today.

~ Jody

 

 

 

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Clique Kits Pep Rally Time!

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff  @amytangerine @chictags @mayaroad, #cktailormade #cliquekits #amytangerine #stitched #woodveneer #mayaroad #chictagsHellllooo Pep Rally goers!! As you can tell, I’m super excited for today’s awesome blog share! You should have arrived from the Clique Kits blog, but in case you didn’t here is the entire line up for today’s Clique Kits blog share!  As always, we love to feature our lovely subscribers right along with the CK girls (Gia, Lacey, Erica & I) and our Varsity Design Team girls on monthly kit duty.  

January Line-Up
Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
You are here >>> Jody http://spiegelmomscraps.com/
Lacey http://laceybugcreations.blogspot.com/
Sarah M. http://sarahmoore4.blogspot.ca/
Bonita Rose http://www.bonitarose.com/?view=classic
Nicole M http://www.nicolemartel.blogspot.com/
Cari O. http://cariilup.blogspot.com/
Carolina S http://www.carolinaschulz.com/
Sandy http://www.thepinkcamera.com/
Charity http://www.scrapfaire.blogspot.com/
Kat http://kraftykat9.blogspot.com/
Kim http://kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com/
Mariah http://www.fun2scrap.blogspot.com/
Alisha Www.alishabuggins.blogspot.com
Danielle http://picsandcheesecake.blogspot.nl/
Aliza http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com/

Ok my friends, onto my layouts today!  I am totally stoked to be creating with Amy Tangerine again!  We just adore her and her Stitched collection blends perfectly this month’s challenge.  I hope you grabbed your favorite beverage and have a snack ready for this inspiring blog hop. Think about what you’d create with our challenge this month!

In the true spirit of Tailor Made, we want to see something sewn, stitched, embroidered, quilted, knitted, or crocheted on your project this month!  For extra credit, share some goals, hopes and dreams for the new year, or even your “word” of the year if you choose one.

For this first layout, I cut the Dots cut file after enlarging it slightly on my Portrait.  I love this photo of our daughter Hannah selling Girl Scout Cookies door to door last year.  I also love to scrapbook along with my girls.  Hannah helped me stitch this flower onto the die cut 😀  She loved it and it meant a lot to both of us to spend some one and one time together.  As you can see, I added many of the Tailor Made embellishments including the lovely  Chic Tags acetate words, stickers, enamel dots, Echo Park Creative Agenda chipboard stickers and cut files!

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @chictags @amytangerine @americancrafts

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I love combining different stickers and chipboard for interesting little sub-titles in my layouts!

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Next up is a much different layout.  This much softer layout has lots of white, gray, black and a few pops of color!  I also used some of my Ranger Texture Paste, mixed with some ink to add a soft looking subtitle.  This was done by placing a stencil (from Dear Lizzy) onto my layout and gently spreading the tinted texture paste over the stencil.  Pretty simple actually!  I added these fabulous chipboard triangles (heat embossed with white Ranger Embossing) from our January challenge sponsor Creative Embellishments.  I love the contrast added by the Amy Tangerine Thickers combined with the softness of the sweet little heart polaroids from the Amy Tangerine paper.  My scrappy toppings included the Amy Tangerine enamel dots, Maya Road wood veneer stitched heart (also heat embossed) and some sequin hearts from my stash. (Photo credit in the layout goes to Rachael Contreras of JAM Photography in Racine, WI)

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Thank you so much for spending your time with us at Clique Kits today!  We hope you enjoy the Pep Rally and are inspired to create something today.  Be sure to leave a comment on our blogs…. you know we just love to give away scrappy goodies!  This month we are giving away a full Tailor Made kit to one lucky commenter!  Sweet!!  

You’re next stop is our fabulous Graphic Designer Lacey Gasper!

@cliquekits @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps, #cliquekits #masqueradeball #Octoberkit #scrapbookkit #DIY #sequins #card #twine #gold #basicgrey #secondcity

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Creative Scrappers January Challenge Sponsor

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m so excited that 2015 is here and I’m kicking it off by sponsoring a $25.00 prize from my Etsy Shop over at the Creative Scrappers Challenge Blog.  Here’s one of the fabulous sketches you can play along with this month.  @creativescrappers @jodyspiegelhoff @spiegelmomscraps @amytangerine @chictags, #spiegelmomscraps #etsyshop #sequin #creativescrapper #challengeAll you need to do for a chance to win is create a layout based on one or both of these awesome CS sketches,  Sketch 285 and/or 286, and and link it up! That’s a whole lotta scrapbooking goodies my friends!  And here is the layout I created based on the sketch.

@cliquekits @amytangerine @chictags @creativeembellishments @americancrafts, #cliquekits #jodyspiegelhoff #spiegelmomscraps #etsy #sequins #triangle

The super cute triangles on my layout are from Creative Embellishments and such a fun element on my page.  Just like a lot of chipboard, it comes a plain brown.  I really wanted to use it, but it needed it to be softer and not a hard brown color.  So, I turned to my embossing powders and heat gun to tackle this chore.  I chose the triangles I wanted on my layout and pressed them into my Versamark Ink pad to get them nice and sticky.  Then I poured my Ranger white embossing powder over them, then heat set them.  I have a video coming soon on how I did this also.  Here are some close ups!

@cliquekits @amytangerine @chictags @creativeembellishments @americancrafts, #cliquekits #jodyspiegelhoff #spiegelmomscraps #etsy #sequins #triangle

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In addition to creating with my January Clique Kit, Tailor Made, I added a few more goodies from my Etsy Shop: Foam adhesive, tape runner,  10 mm Moonshine Sequins and Silver Triangle Sequins.

Thank you so much for spending your time with me today!  Be sure to watch my YouTube channel for my next video to be live very soon.  

For my wonderful blog subscribers, you also should have received a special discount code today in honor of getting organized! That’s some  serious shopping power!  If you didn’t receive your coupon, be sure to leave me a comment under this blog post so I can get it to you asap!

Also coming soon is my new logo & Design Team reveal!! So exciting!

Remember, so something creative today!

~ Jody

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December Daily, days 12-15

Welcome back for another edition of my December Daily 2013!   I feel like I just lost a whole week and I have no clue where it went. UGH!  Not cool since today is December 16th already.  Well, let’s keep it rolling today.  Here are the last few pages of my December Daily countdown album.  I’m sure you’ve noticed there are no photos  in this type of DD.  True, but that’s not to say some smaller wallet sized photos or even a few 3×3 or 4×4″ Instagram photos can’t be added later.  It’s all about just getting it done sometimes.

December 12th ~ It’s a special day in our family, my Dad’s birthday!!  I left this larger page in my album partially ‘blank’ with lots of space for photos.  Well, it’s not really blank because it’s patterned paper of course.  The red glitter die cut jouraling spot is actually from the My Minds Eye Lost & Found (I think).  I just tied it up with some May Arts red burlap string and added the Maggie Holmes Gold Glitter Thickers and called it done!

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December 13th ~ It was Friday the 13th, but I don’t think anyone can apply any of that superstitious business during this holiday season!  Page 13 is also super simple.  It’s a 4×6″ Simple Stories Signature Elements card.  All I did on this page was add some cute Studio Calico Wood Veneer Trees (from my Etsy Shop) and the lucky number 13 in those super sparkly Gold Glitter Thickers by Maggie Holmes.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy as our sweet Hannah always says 🙂  ** You can see page 15 ‘hanging out’ below page 13 also.  I love to create mini albums with different sized and shaped pages. It keeps the album interesting and interactive.  It’s also fun to see other page elements sticking out along the sides.. at least I think so!

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December 14th ~ This is the flip side of the card above (page 13).  Again, it’s very simple.  I only added some Studio Calico Wood Veneer Chevrons and the Maggie Holmes Gold Thickers.

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Next, you finally get to see all of December 15th.  This page was already a little ‘busy’ with all the wording, so I only added a few other elements to it.  Buttons, SpiegelMom Scraps Sequins and more Maggie Holmes Gold Thickers. 

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Mini Album Tips

Even though all my pages are completely different, it still all ties together.   In order to have any album feel cohesive you should follow a few simple tips (unless that’s not the look you’re going for of course!).  The first way I kept my December Daily mini album cohesive is by keeping a few specific things the same throughout the entire album.  It’s doesn’t really matter what things you keep the same, but pick a few and stick with them.   I chose to use only two manufacturers whose paper lines mixed and matched well, Simple Stories and Fancy Pants.   Next, I wanted some smaller common elements to stand out throughout my December Daily.  To accomplish this I chose the Maggie Holmes Gold Glitter Thickers.  ** Just a heads up when you want to use the same exact letter stickers though.. make sure you buy enough of that particular sticker set.  This does take some extra planning, but it’s worth it in the end.  I ended up using three of the Maggie Holmes Gold Glitter Thickers to get all the numbers and letters I needed.  That being said, I still have plenty of stickers left on those three sets for many more projects.

Ok now to wrap it up (pun totally intended here), check out how the page elements from a separate page are sticking out along the side.  Keep your pages in mind as you’re building your albums and every so often fold the album closed to see what it looks like.  If you like this look, definitely try it out.  The fact that the red and light blue contrast nicely against each other, really make this some pretty eye candy to look at!  Plus that light blue chevron page has some machine stitching on it.. sweetness!

Etsy Shop News!  I now have a Gift Wrapping option in my shop!  Just add it to your cart and check out like normal.  I’ll gift wrap your purchase in a smooth Kraft paper, tie it up with bakers twine and include a handmade card.  I’ll send it your way OR to an address you specify (within your same country).

It’s getting to be crunch time everyone!  I hope everyone has a good start on their holiday shopping.  This week is my Husband’s normal week to shop.  He takes it down to the wire sometimes, but he’s always a very thoughtful gifter.  Love that man!

Oh… and I still owe you a couple Project Life layouts too!!  They’re coming, I promise!  TTFN!

~Jody