Summer Vacation Mini Album

We just returned from a fabulous weeklong vacation to Folly Beach, SC. I have tons of pictures document this trip and so I thought I’d make a mini album that will be easy to carry around so I can share with family and friends.

scrapbook mini album beach

I started with a small notebook that I purchased from a dollar bin. {Michaels or Target, I believe.} Those dollar bins get me every time! Especially since now they all have adorable stationary and matching pens! I have an entire drawer full! So I was glad to finally use one for something!
I searched my stash and found some coordinating papers and ribbons.

I cut the papers into a variety of sizes in order to layer.

I ran the red paper through my Big Shot in a circle embossing folder.

So here are my pieces after I cut them to layer.

I thought this font {Quirky Alphabet from Stampin’ Up!} looked kind of beachy! I used Not Quite Navy ink to stamp “Folly” on a little wooden tag for added dimension, and “2012” on the paper flag.

You can distress the edges of paper by brushing the edges against the ink pad.

distress paper edge

This helps make this little piece of paper pop against the larger background pieces.

I layered the pieces like so. {Please ignore the shell. I thought this was where I was going to put it but changed my mind and moved it in the next step.}

I cut the ribbon into similar size pieces.

Then tied them around the elastic band of the notebook. Then I glued the shell to the knot of the ribbon.

stampin up ribbon embellishment

And that’s my $1 notebook turned mini-album!

I plan on using double-sided tape to attache the photos to the pages. I will also leave several pages blank to jot down memories of our trip and to document descriptions of the photos.

scrapbook mini album beach

Bloom-and-Grow Pretty Paper Bouquet

I’m so excited! My grandma is flying in today! She lives in Wisconsin and we only see her once, maybe twice a year. I wanted to welcome her with some flowers, but I knew she wouldn’t be able to take them home with her. So I came up with an alternative. A pretty paper bouquet!

lifestyle crafts bloom grow die cut flowers

Today Lifestyle Crafts released their newest die cut collection, Bloom-and-Grow! This new collection is full of pretty flowers for scrapbooking and card making. Many of the shapes are layers so you can create 3-D designs!

bloom grow die cut{source}

I used the Scallop Doilies Die to create my grandma’s paper bouquet! The paper is Summer Smooches designer series paper by Stampin’ Up!.

lifestyle crafts bloom & grow die cut

These die cuts are very simple to use. You simply place the paper on top of the die, sandwich it between cutting plates and run them through your Big Shot or other die cut machine.

scallops doilies die cut

I used a variety of the Summer Smooches papers and arranged them after they were cut. I used dimensional adhesives to make the flowers 3-D. I also cut hearts to use as the leaves.

I planned on using pipecleaners as the stems, but realized the flowers were too heavy. Quick fix – I grabbed some pencils we had laying around! I wrapped strips of coordinating Lucky Limeade cardstock around the pencils to cover them.

Then used a dimensional adhesive square to attach the pencil to the flower.

I embellished the flowers with buttons and brads and added the leaves to just a few. Good thing the bottoms of the stems would be hidden by the vase!

paper bouquet

Next I made the tag. I use my tag die cut and oval punch and some little flower stamps.

I tied it with one of my favorite ribbons from SU, ruffled ribbon.

Oh yeah, I need to mention that I had trouble getting the flowers to stay in place in the vase so I dropped a wad of play dough in the bottom and stuck them in it. Worked like a charm!

Hope grandma likes them!

lifestyle crafts bloom grow die cut flowers

Be sure to check out Lifestyle Crafts new Bloom-and-Grow collection!

Handmade Mother’s Day Card

Just two days left until Mother’s Day! Have you found a way to say thank you and I love you to yours?
If you haven’t already purchased a card, here is a simple way to make your own! The sentiment and papers can easily be changed, so this card could really be used for any occasion.

Handmade Mothers Day card Stampin Up

In the past year, I’ve become a Stampin’ Up-aholic! If you’re not familiar with Stampin’ Up!, it’s a company based out of Utah that sells a variety of paper products, stamps and other accessories for home decor, scrapbooking and card-makings. I love it so much {and I order so much of their product} I’ve recently become a SU demonstrator! So I’ve gotten lots of new products to try out!
One of my newest tools added to my collection are these Framelit Dies. These can be used in any die cut machine and are great for layering different sized shapes.

stampin up framelits die

So I used started with 2 blank cards and 2 sets of each of the pieces I needed to make the card I had in my head. I decided on two different sized framelits.

stampin up framelits die beyond garden dsp

I began by embossing my green cardstock.

embossing folder

Next I ran the paper with the framelits through the Big Shot.

stampin up framelits die

The smaller one cut the green embossed paper.

stampin up framelits die

And the larger cut the Beyond the Garden designer series paper.

stampin up framelits die

I started with the pink strip of paper and layered the two framelit pieces on top.

handmade mothers day card stampin up

I have this great set of stamps that includes a sentiment for just about any occasion/holiday. {Teeny Tiny Wishes}. I stamped it using Melon Mambo ink and then used the same ink to distress the edges.

Stampin Up mothers day stamp melon mambo

A little floral punch and a rhinestone embellishment, an the care was complete!

Stampin up floral punch rhinestone embelishment

I attached the greeting with a dimensional adhesive piece to give the card some texture.
And that was it! A cute, inexpensive way to show your mom that she matters!

Handmade Mothers Day card Stampin Up

Have a great weekend and Happy Mothers Day to all the mom’s out there!

Trying Something New – Paper Crafts!

I recently started making paper crafts thanks to my MOPS buddy Angie. Angie is incredibly talented in decorating and crafting. She is also a Stampin’ Up demonstrator/sales rep. I’ve been a scrapbooker for years, but Angie introduced me to a whole new world of paper crafting. I’ve recently started making greeting cards, mini photo albums, and a few other paper crafts.

Here are two of the mini albums I made designed by Angie.
{Please excuse the photos. I took these at night so they are kinda dark.}

Materials needed: embossed heavy cardstock, coordinating designer scrapbook paper, envelopes, ribbon, brads, silk flowers, buttons, stamps, ink pads, scalloped or floral punches, a hole punch and scrapbook adhesive.

The first is a matchbook album. This is the front cover which closes just like a matchbook and is held together with a ribbon at the top. 

Inside the book are several pages, each a different style, to hold a single photo. 
The second is an accordion-style album. This album opens like a book and is secured shut with a ribbon.
Inside envelopes are attached to create a vertical accordion which houses unique pages for single photos.
A huge thanks to Angie for showing me how to craft with paper! I know I don’t have the step-by-step tutorial today, but don’t worry, I’ll be making more of these soon and sharing with you exactly how to do it! 

This week I’m linking up to these fabulous parties:

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I Love My Cricut!

I bought this baby about two months ago and it has remained in the box.
Not because I didn’t want to use it. I was so excited when I bought this machine. But between tinsel & twig, my blog, the holidays and the clean up, I haven’t had a chance to use it! So it’s been sitting in my room and every day, for two months. I’ve admired the picture on the unopened box.

Until today. Today I opened that box and pulled out this wonderful machine called the Cricut. 
And boy was it fun!
While working on Little Man #1’s scrapbook today I decided there was no better time than now to pull this baby out and give it a try. So here is what I did. 
Every May we pick strawberries locally. This is the page I was working on today. 
P.S. this was May 2009. I’m sooooooo far behind. I was pregnant with Little Man #2 in these pics!

This thing is so easy.

Load the paper (stuck on the sticky mat) enter your text and press cut.
Peel back the sheet of paper.
Using the spatula, remove your letters.
That’s it!

I arranged the letters on the paper and used a glue pen adhesive.
Love this thing!
BTW, if you have a Cricut and need cartriges, Michael’s had a bunch on clearance today for $9.99!! That’s marked down from $69.99!!