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A vacation album

Is it Friday already?  It seems that I didn’t get much crafting done this week.  Though Monday I got to spend a few hours with a dear friend “crafting”.  Honestly we did a whole lot more laughing and talking than crafting.  But, honestly, that’s one of the best parts, right?  

I’ve been working on this vacation album for a while now.  I constructed it with chipboard using a tutorial from Paper Phenomenon.  She has amazing projects.  I knew right away that I wanted to use the June kit from MemoryWorks and the Cabana kit from Cocoa Daisy to decorate this album so I waited quite impatiently for them both to get here.  It was agony waiting for that Cabana kit.  It’s the July kit (sold out, by the way) and it was a very long month of waiting. 

Here’s a few pics of my progress so far. 

vacation album

vacation album cocoa daisy cabana

vacation albume simple stories


Am I the only one that skips around when putting together an album?  I’ll work on one section for a little bit then move on to something else.  Later I’ll go back to the first and work a little more.  It’s like that til the end for me – a little here and a little there.  I’m never sure what exactly I’ll do until it’s done. 

Aren’t those rub-ons cute?  They’re from K&Company, apart of the Smash line called Nautical Tattoo Rub-ons.  I picked those up at a craft store knowing they’d be perfect for this album.  So glad I did.  Gotta stay true to my motto:

I’d rather regret buying it that not buying it.


=)  So what’s everyone else working on?  Leave me a comment with a link or pictures.  I’d love to see some of your projects. 

Don’t forget to register for the retreat!  There’s just a few days left to enter the contest for the ATG gun.  Register by the 31st of July to get your entry in.  I’ll draw a winner on Thursday, August 1st. 

Happy Friday, y’all!



CHA Summer Sneak Peeks…

It’s that time of year, guys, when every craft company known to man is getting ready for Summer CHA.  And you know what that means… sneak peeks from all our favorite craft companies.  If you’ve noticed, they are all over the place –  everywhere.

These are my favorites so far!

12 days of christmasTim Holtz

*Distress Markers & Distress Watercolor Cardstock

*Idea-ology Pt. 1

*Idea-ology Pt. 2

*Sizzix Alterations Pt. 1

*Sizzix Alterations Pt. 2

*Stampers Anonymous



*The Optimist Collection

*All About Me by Leeza Gibbons

*School Memories

*Shabby Chic Treasures & Junkyard Findings


Graphic 45

*Mother Goose Pt. 1 

*Mother Goose Pt. 2

*Mother Goose Pt. 3

*Mother Goose Pt. 4

*12 Days of Christmas Pt. 1

*12 Days of Christmas Pt. 2

*12 Days of Christmas Pt. 3

*12 Days of Christmas Pt. 4

*Typography Pt. 1

*Typography Pt. 2

*Typography Pt. 3


Simple Stories

*Say Cheese

*Smarty Pants

*December Documented

*Snap Sets Pt. 1


Becky Higgins

*Core Kits

*Mini Kits

*Themed Cards


The Scrappy Jedi has done a wonderful job of rounding them all up for us.  Hop on over to check them out!


a new album DONE!

I finished this beautiful album last week and I’ve been dying to show it to you.  The weather has been pretty wet here this week and that doesn’t make for good photos.  But… I decided I couldn’t wait any longer and I would settle with whatever I got.  So, without further ado…

The Love This! Vertical Paper Bag Mini

vertical paper bag mini cover

This album was so fun to make.  It’s one of my most interactive albums yet.  I’m really loving this style of paper crafting and expect to be doing a lot more of it in the future.  It was a blast!

So I’ll tell you some of the things I used to make this project.  First off, I used a tutorial for a vertical paper bag mini album from Ginger at mysistersscrapper on Youtube.  For papers and embellishments I used mostly items from the Cocoa Daisy Candy Shoppe kit and the Memory Works Express April kit.  Here and there I used an extra ribbon or paper from my stash.  The little clasps on the cover are from an old  Stampin’ Up! set of hardware.  The covers were made with some recycled chipboard from the back of a paper pad or something.  Seriously, re-use that stuff! 

vertical paper bag min album spine



The spine is kinda plain now that I look at it so I may do something with that later to jazz it up.  The kraft paper just seemed like the best option. 

These charms were fun to make!  This is the first time I’ve added anything chunky like that to my albums and I am loving the look of it.  I made these with my stash of beads I had tucked away.  The ribbons are attached with a grommet through the spine.










vertical paper bag mini page 1 

Each right side page has a fold out attached.


vertical paper bag mini fold 1




vertical paper bag mini page 2


vertical paper bag mini page 2 fold out


I wish you could see all the interactive bits here better.  The kraft squares are fold out mats and as you can see here, I’ve included two tri-fold mats to the right fold for lots of pictures.








vertical paper bag mini fold 2




vertical paper bag mini page 3




vertical paper bag mini album fold 3




vertical paper bag mini album page 4




vertical paper bag mini album fold 4




vertical paper bag mini album page 5


vertical paper bag mini extra fold out

Here again, I’ve added another fold out with even more mats clipped to the inside.  I like all the real estate for photos in this album.  If I’m going to make an album I want it to be useful as well as fun.  vertical paper bag mini album fold 5



vertical paper bag mini album page 6




vertical paper bag mini album fold 6




vertical paper bag mini album page 7

I love the waterfall on the back cover.  These are perfect size for instagrams and you’ve got room for 11 of them on this one page!  Ginger is amazing and I love her albums and other projects.  They are so creative and beautiful!   Her tutorials are very easy to follow too.  As a matter of fact, my 12 year old daughter made an album along with me. 

pair of vertical paper bag minis

I’ll show you her album in my next post. 

I hope you enjoyed the album and got some ideas for your own projects.  Be sure to check out Ginger at mysistersscrapper.  Also, try the kits from Cocoa Daisy and MemoryWorks

Have a great day!


Simple Stories…

SS_bloghopWelcome Simple Stories Blog Hoppers!!!

Those coming from Emily’s little corner of the web, I’m sure have heard all about the wonderful things happening at the Simple Stories blog.  You all have the opportunity to win a Simple Stories collection of your choice like the one I’m going to show you now!  Details below…

*Don’t forget to leave your comments here and at the Simple Stories blog for your chance to win.*

(a reader from the blog in the hop with the most comments will get a Simple Stories collection!)

Simple Stories – Happy Day…

This Simple Stories project isn’t your typical paper crafting project.  I wanted to give you an idea of how you can use these wonderful papers in a whole new way.

We celebrated Talitha’s first birthday last fall with a woodland themed birthday party, an emphasis on owls.  While there are a few owl options in the Simple Stories line, the Happy Day colors and birthday theme were perfect for our party and, ultimately, the inspiration for many of the decorations.

For this project, You’ll see a little bit of everything in the Happy Day series.  I bought one of everything before the planning even began knowing much of it would also end up in the scrapbook.  I love being able to perfectly coordinate the layouts and photos!


A Happy Day Birthday

party table

So here’s the main table.  You can see several Happy Day Elements here.  The photos framed in Happy Day layouts, the banner on the bottom, the paper medallion garland.

Birthday banner…

bannerThis was lots of fun.  Using my Cricut, I cut out the scallop ovals from the Happy Day Designer Cardstock Paper Pack and mounted the solid ovals and letters in the coordinating American Crafts cardstock colors.

firstTell me these aren’t adorable.  Seriously!  So cute and simple.  The “1st” tag is going in the scrapbook!

I also mounted these little wooden owls (I found for less than a dollar each!) onto the dark brown cardstock in the same collection.  You can see those hanging in the banner and around the table.


Paper medallion garlands…

garlandThe cardstock colors are delicious in this pack – so wonderfully foresty.  I had to do something to highlight this fact and chose a garland for a dramatic effect over the large window.  With another scallop edge, this time a Fiskars punch, I created a garland using the AC cardstock, everyday twine, and a glue stick.

medallionsGet your self a big bowl, your punch, cardstock and good movie for this project!  Punch beyond your heart’s content and you’ll eventually have enough.  Smile with tongue out

Next just glue two scallops together with the twine sandwiched in between at even intervals and you’re all done.  While a bit tedious, this project is so simple, even your little helpers could manage it.  I alternated the garland with matching crepe paper streamers.


A paper chain…

paperchainAnother party decoration that I absolutely loved was this colorful paper chain.  I wish I had a great picture of it in place at the party, but I couldn’t find one.  Using links of all different widths, I made the chain using the Happy Day 6×6 Paper Pad papers, the AC coordinating cardstock, and some of the Signature Elements Pack.  And a glue stick, of course!  Smile


Party fun & framed photo layouts…


This is where the scrapbooking and party-going really start to meld.  One of the activities for the guests to participate in was to leave a love note for the birthday girl.  From the Signature Elements Pack, I cut out cute journaling boxes and photo mats for the guests to write on.  A recycled aluminum can got a treatment from the Elements pack as well to hold some scrapbooking markers.

In the photo above you can also see more of the framed photo layouts with pictures of our baby girl already mounted.  These guys can go straight into a scrapbook layout with very little effort!

craftsWith the Happy Day Flash Cards, I decorated the craft table by mounting them to these scallop edged containers that held our crafting supplies.

owlsA really fun game we played, Pin the Owl on the Tree, got the whole bunch laughing when even great grandma participated.  Again the AC cardstock served as the base for these die-cut owls.  My 10 year old daughter put these together for the party.

diecutsI had SO much fun with this project!  I still have to get it all into an album but, believe it or not, I have a ton of supplies left for that.  I’m thinking maybe a mini album just for this event is in order.

Do you have a favorite not-your-typical-paper-crafting project?  Tell me about!

Now head on over to Simple Stories team member Allison’s blog to see what cool things she’s done with the Simple Stories collections!

Don’t forget to leave a comment below!  A reader from the blog with the most comments will get a Simple Stories collection of their choice.  You can check out the other collections at the Simple Stories blog.  Don’t forget to leave a comment there for another chance to win!

*In case you get lost along the way, here’s the trail we’re hopping along!

  1. Simple Stories
  2. Welcome To Martha’s World
  3. Simple Stories Design Team Member, Kim Holmes at The Holmes Crew
  4. Pursuit of Scrappiness
  5. Scrapixie
  6. Simple Stories Design Team Member, Emily Pitts at Here I Am, Here I Am
  7. Knittingprose (ME, you’re here!)
  8. Simple Stories Design Team Member, Allison Landy at Scraps-Are-Fun
  9. Queen Kat
  10. Simple Stories Design Team Member, Wendy Morris at scrapnspire
  11. Scrappin’ –N- Crafting Princess
  12. Wild ‘n’ Krazie Memories
  13. Simple Stories Design Team Member, Liz Qualman at My Little Sketch Blook