Thursday, March 23, 2017

Disney Princess Mini Album

Well I have been a busy little making mini albums for my Etsy and an event I am doing June. I know some may think that the event is not until June why is she making them now? Well... while it is true that I have gotten faster in making mini albums, it still takes me a few days to make one completely. When you vend at a craft fair, you want to make sure you have plenty of product to sell. So I am busy churning out many albums. Also I am populating my Etsy shop as well so I have make enough albums for both. 😊 I wanted to blog earlier this month but time go away from me.. but any whoo I am back with a pretty nice size mini album that is currently posted in my Etsy shop here. It is a Disney Princess theme album. Even though I don't have a little girl (only my munchkin Jayden) I love making girly mini albums, so when I saw this paper in A.C. Moore I knew I wanted it right away! It sat in my paper stash for months before I pulled it out to make an album.

 This beauty was made with EK Success Disney Specialty Paper-Princess with some coordinating stickers and die cuts all of which I got from A.C.Moore. Pictured above is the cover of the album. The album itself was made from a tutorial from the fabulous Kathy King of Paper Phenomenon. The name of the tutorial is the All Occasions Mini Album 2 which can be found here. I modified this tutorial somewhat with the construction of the pages in this album. I love how easy her tutorials are easy to follow with clear instructions and pictures so you know exactly what you are doing. So back to the front cover. I took a background paper from the paper pad to use on the front and used a die cut sticker I picked up that displays most of the princesses and use that to decorate the front cover along with some heart shaped rhinestone gems and some green rhinestone wrap. On the spine is ribbon in two coordinating colors. And on the back is a pretty floral paper from the pad with more green rhinestone wrap. I used a ribbon closure as once you add the pictures the album will be really chunky! 

On the inside of the front and back covers are papers that display the princesses. I didn't add anything additional to the inside covers as I wanted to show the princesses. The first page is a split page that can hold 4 pictures if you don't mind covering up the designer paper or 2 if you just want to put the pictures on the back. Each page shows you were you place your photos so you don't have to guess where to put them. Of course you can add more pictures in outside of where I have designated in the album. 

 I tried to include as many princesses as possible in this album without making it to big. The second page has a long pocket that hold 2 photos mats and decorated with a chipboard embellishment. The next page is an undercut pocket page that holds another photo mat and place for a photo on the pocket. 
 This page has a vertical belly band that holds more photo mats with a castle embellishment. The next page displays one of the princesses with some chipboard stickers. 
 This page is a short pocket page with 2 more photo mats and on the apposite page is another split page that displays Snow White and one of the dwarfs. Both pages I used paper die cuts to add the princesses. 

 You have probably noticed that the album pages are now repeating which they are. This album uses the same page construction for each page. 

I also used the same number of photo mats for both the horizontal and vertical pocket pages. You can display 4x6 photos as well as 3x3 photos on the mats as to have some variety. 

I added some vertical flaps a few of the pages as well for some variety and add addition places to display photos. I used matching color cardstock for these. 

I love Tiana so of course I had to add her in there as well. :) 

This is the inside back cover shows more princesses along with the last page which is another vertical belly band. Since this was the last page, I loaded band with lots of photo mats. This album easily holds over 50 photos so it would be a great gift or to display some family photos. 

Next post I will be showcasing a recipe album! 
Until next time... 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Oh La La Paris!

So let me tell you about how fabulous are the new paper pads by Recollections! So I showcased one of the newer paper pads earlier this month and I am back with another project made from the C'est La Vie paper pad. Now I know I said the Glam pad was nice.. but this one is so fab! I love the cut aparts in this one as well and its not the typical color scheme you seen in a Paris theme paper collection. Some of the papers have a nice gloss to them as well as being embossed so if you have a Michaels near you go get this paper pad! And the awesome part is that is goes on sale all the time so you don't have to pay full price! 

The tutorial I used was the All Occasions Mini Album by Kathy King of Paper Phenomenon. If you haven't stumbled upon Kathy's website you must do so now! Her work is gorgeous and her tutorials are easy to follow with lots of pictures and video. Her style is not over the top and more on showcasing the photos and the pretty paper you use in your projects. Her albums also hold a TON of photos! This album easily holds over 50 photos! You can check Kathy out here. She also showcases her products on her YouTube channel.

The only modification I made from her tutorial was that I added some pockets to my pages and jazzed up the cover my album. 
 I cut out a gold Eiffel Tower and black lamppost with my Silhouette Cameo. The glass knob was actually a magnet that I took the magnet part off and adhere it to the cover. I glued a chipboard frame to the cover and left the top part open to place a tag and added a pretty pink flower.

I added some gold washi tape to the inside covers to add some extra texture and frame the cute bonjour paper. 

 Love the faux envelopes in this album. I also accented them with a french macaron sticker. So each of these pages has a cute sticker on the top portion of the envelope. These pages are also held closed with magnets.
 Another interactive piece of this album is the split pages that can hold 4x6 photos front and back.

  Some pages are full of photo spots as seen in this photo or just at the top to showcase the paper.

 Here is a pocket I created and a tuck spot for a photo mat. You can also glue a photo to the page itself to add more photos.
This is the center pages of the album and they are mirrored version of each other with stacked belly bands.  I love the look! I added some photo mats into the belly bands to hold even more photos. 

I used some of the cuts aparts as accents into the album. I just backed them on black a cardstock. 

This was an extra that I added to the album that was not in the tutorial. I created another tuck spot to hold photo mats and then I created a spot to hold 2 more photos on the other page to had another interactive element. It has a magnetic closure. 

This is how the page looks on the inside of the faux envelope.

I loved how this album turned out! I would like to keep this one, but I can't keep all of the albums that I make so this one is for sale on eBay. You can see the listing here.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Boys Are Rad Mini Album

So as the mother of a very active little boy I am always trying to figure out how to make my mini albums and folios not so girly. I can't help myself though because I do enjoy all things girly including the color pink and glitter, but my little one keeps me on track to make  mini albums that he and other little boys and not so little boys would like as well. So my very first mini album I made was a mini album for my son with his name on the front:) I will show that one at some point once I get some pictures in it.. lol. I know I make one for my own kid and haven't gotten the change to put photos in it. The popularity of my papercrafting business kind of took off and I just put it to the side amongst a few other projects. But I digress... this was the second boy theme album I made and I absolutely loved the way it came out! Its not girly at all and even met with my son and hubby's approval so I knew it was "boy" enough that it would be a great gift!

This adorable but oh sooo boy mini album is 5x7 with chipboard covers. The paper collection I used is by Simple Stories and is called So Rad. I used the 12x12 and 6x6 papers as well as the brads, bits and peices die cuts, chipboard stickers, and the regular stickers that come in the 12x12 collection kit. Everything about this paper collection screams boy which is why I got as soon as I saw it. The website I initially purchased it from is no longer in business but don't fret Amazon still sells it with all the extra embellishments :) I made 6 double sided pages for a total of 12 pages with lots of interactive elements! There are plenty of places to put photos from 3x3 to 4x6 sizes and even though its only 5x7 it can hold over 30 photos! You can get 12 photos just on the pull out mats alone. Below are more pictures of the goodness that is inside of this album.

This one is currently for sale on my Ebay profile. If you are interested the link is here: So Rad

Until next time...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Mini Album Swap

Hey Ya'll!

It has been a while but I have been really busy with my papercraft and cake businesses as well as working full time, so unfortunately I let blogging get away from me:( But I am back now and am so excited to share with you all some projects that I have been working on!

So recently I participated in a Valentine theme swap in one of the Facebook scrapbookers groups I belong to. You were randomly assigned a partner and you could make anything that was Love/Valentine's related. I decided to make a small mini photo folio. I used Valentine's theme paper pad by Recollections. Which by the way... they have really stepped up their game with their new paper pads. I absolutely love them! And the fact that they are a hot buy at Michaels makes it even better! But I digress... lol.. so yes I used their theme paper and design a small but very cute love theme mini photo folio.

 It measures 5x7 and holds about 20 photos. I used one of the bigger cut aparts to use as the front of the folio. I also used the coordinating flowers for this particular stack to adorn the front cover. I cut out a dark red heart and glued it to the front cover as well to create a tuck spot and put in a smaller cut a part from the collection. To keep everything together, I used a Tim Holtz elastic band which I also love!

 I use magents in this folio so I could more creative with embellishments. So I glue a dark red heart to one side of the page so when closed it looks like its in the center of the page but doesn't stop the pages from opening.

This is what that page looks like open. These pages can hold a  4x6 and some  3x3 photos.  

 This is the other side of the folio. You turn the red/pink damask page and this underneath a split mini flaps and a double pocket page. The split flaps can hold 4 4x4 photos. And the page with the vintage writing script can hold a 4x6 photo.

The double pocket page can 4x6 and 5x7 photos on the photo mats! So this folio may be small but can hold bigger sized photos. There is also another tuck spot I created with another dark red heart and cut out some more of the smaller cut a parts.

And there is still more! So you flip the page that the split mini flaps page and there is a pocket on the page that hold 2 more 4x4 photo mats and then a bigger pocket on the back of the folio. In the bigger pocket can 4x6 photos.

 Here are the photo mats that I made for the double pocket page. Once I just loved this paper! My swap partner got her folio yesterday with a few other goodies I included in the box and she just loved it!

I just started selling my albums and folios about 6 months ago so I am still very nervous when I make one if they will like it or not but it seems that so far people are loving them which makes me so happy. I have a few more to show off that I will be posting this week that were made months ago that I just am now getting to showcase. Until next time...

Monday, October 24, 2016

My 1st Photo Folio

Hey Ya'll,

So I did not intend to go soooo long without posting. You know the deal.. life happens between my full time job, being a wife and mommy, and owner of two part time businesses.. blog posting got pushed to the back burner. But I am going to make a greater effort to blog since most outside of my Etsy shop when I post scrapbooks, I don't get a chance to showcase them any where else. Which leads to tonight's post. Showing off one of my favorite designs for scrapbooks, the photo folio!

A photo folio is a low profile scrapbook that is more about the pictures than the embellishments but that doesn't mean that they aren't as cute. So with a photo folio paper choice is EVERYTHING!!! I like to use the paper packs/collections that have bold prints and lots of designs in the collection. Some collections you get maybe 6 to 12 designs which works fine for scrapbooks, but with folios since the focus is more on the pictures and thus you see the paper, having lots of coordinating designs is key (at least in my opinion and design style:)). Typically in my experience, the thicker paper pads the thinner the paper the design is printed on, so that is why using higher quality base cardstock is keep in creating a sturdy photo folio. You want it to last a long time and not tear after you put in all of those hours making it. I also learned that using a cardstock that folds easily will make your life easier and prevent cracking. The thinner cardstocks typically doesn't crack. The thicker ones or ones with glitter on them do.. so I tend to use those in some of my other scrapbooks.

So now that you have a general idea of what a photo folio is, let me show you the first one that I created:)

This photo folio has a magnetic closure since I wanted to keep it low profile and not use a traditional ribbon closure. Its size is  7 x 9 to hold a variety of photos. I put some embellishments on the front like keys and cut outs from the paper collection. 

This is a close up of some of the paper flowers I made and some of the keys I used. 

More coordinating paper flowers and a cut out from the paper collection finishes off the front cover. I used flat back pearls and rhinestones as the centers of each flower. 

I used the same paper pattern on the inside front and back cover of the folio and used cut aparts to make tuck spots for smaller photos or to write details about the photos you can place on the inside covers. 

This folio is full of flaps and different size pockets to fit a variety of photo sizes from 3 x 4 to 5 x 7 they can all fit in this folio. Since the folio is all apart being low profile, you can't add too many embellishments because it will bulk it up and it won't lay right so I used very few embellishments like the wooden arrow and heart that I colored with Spectrum Alcohol markers to match the colors scheme of the paper collection. I also paper clips for extra spots to tuck photos in. 

This is center portion of the folio. I created two sets of waterfalls in different sizes to add some interest. I used magnetic closures for to keep the waterfalls in place. 

I ended up giving particular photo folio to one of my best friends which she absolutely loved! I have a done a few more since this one, making modifications along the way. With folios you can create a number of them with each one being slightly different in terms of the number of photos it holds as well as interactive elements. 

Next post I will be show casing another photo folio but this one has some extra special features to it that I made for my son's teacher. 

Until next time... 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Big Bang!

Hi Ya'll!

So I have been super busy lately with scrapbooking, making  items for my Etsy shop and being a wife, mother and full time employee! Whew! But in making new items for my shop which can be found here, I have absolutely falling in love with making planner clips.What are planner clip you may be asking yourself.. Well planner clips are a cute way to jazz up your planner. I just got into planning (in an attempt to make my life more organized.. not going so great by the but I am loving the way.. I mean LOVING the way that the serious planners out there are decorating their planners. So I figured why not add an extra category to my shop which is planner goodies. Planner clips are essentially elaborately decorated paper clips.I used gold jumbo paper clips in making planner clips because I think they look classier:)

In making new planner clips.. I dug into my geek bag (yes I am self-proclaimed nerd girl amongst other things) and to see what I could come up with. And as the title of this entry suggest.. I decided to make some ultra cute Big Bang Theory planner clips! If you haven't watched at least one episode of The Big Bang Theory you are missing some of the funniest, wittiest and smartest banter on television. I always say you can't be dumb and watch Big Bang Theory because half of what you hear them talk about will go right over your head.. but that is what makes it soo great to me! They own their geekiness 100% with no apologies. So in honor of the  awesomeness that is The Big Bang Theory I made my own set character planner clips.

So without further ado...we have:







Aren't they just the cutest?! They all will be available in my Etsy shop tomorrow. You will have the option of buying one character or the whole set! 

And since I am on a planner clip kick.. I will be blogging and adding more characters and themes every week for the next for weeks. Coming up... Game of Thrones!

Until Next Time....