Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baby Girl Flip & Fold Mini Album

Today's project is a small one but packs a big punch.  This fold out mini album measures 4" x 3" inches but can hold up to 9-10 wallet sized 2" x 3" inch photos.  I've used the 'Cuddle: Girl' collection by Authentique.

I found a tutorial on YouTube for making this type of mini.  You can find the tutorial here.  It's in French & I've also changed it up a bit--but this is what I used for my inspiration. 

I've created two minis in this style both utilizing papers from the same collection.  One was given to a friend & the other is currently for sale in my Etsy shop 'The Kraft Nook'--if interested, feel free to visit my shop here.

In addition to using the papers from the 'Cuddle: Girl' collection, I've also used life cards that come with the collection.  I trimmed them down just a bit & used them to mat several pages in this mini.

In the center of the mini I've created two pockets holding two tags each.  These can be used for journaling or for writing down dates/thoughts and/or sentiments.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique

Since it's a bit hard to fully photograph this mini, I've created a video showcasing how the mini folds out.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

1st Day of School Layout

Good morning fellow crafters!  Today's page is one that I made for The Nifty Pixel.  I've used one of these fabulous sketches from the 'Passport to the World' collection to document my son's first day of school.  Well technically, it's a hybrid version of school.  He's only 3 so he's in a 'Preppers' class where they're pretty much 'preparing' him for pre-school--hence the name 'Preppers'.  He started just this past January & as you can see from this photo...he was ready!  No tears, no pouting, no crying or tantrums.  He was actually the opposite, very excited about starting something new in his life.  :-)  Now almost 5 months later, he's thoroughly enjoying it, loves to learn & has made lots of new little friends.

Papers used for this layout is the 'Studious' collection by Authentique.  It's a school themed paper which went along perfectly with my son's first day of school photo.

You can find more details about these sketches & on how to purchase these digital templates on The Nifty Pixel blog here

As is customary with my pages, I've given many of my embellishments a bit of dimension by adhering them with pop dots or dimensional foam tape.

The floral cluster is a combination of mulberry paper, fabric & burlap flowers.  I enjoy using burlap flowers on masculine pages.  It's a way to incorporate flowers on a masculine themed project without making it too 'girly'.  It also helps to tone down a page.  I may still sneak in a more feminine flower here n' there--but the burlap flower helps keep the 'rustic' theme that I'm looking for.

I've written my journaling/thoughts onto this tag which I've stored into this mini kraft bag.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Die - Cheery Lynn Designs, Doily - Michaels, Flowers - The Kreative Korner, I Am Roses, Michaels, Embellishments - Tim Holtz, Authentique, Other - Mini Kraft Bag, Tulle

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of your week.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Baby Boy & Girl Accordion Zig Zag Mini Albums with Tutorial

Today's mini is a DT project I made for Authentique.  I've used the 'Cuddle' collection both Boy & Girl for these minis.  I created the Baby Girl mini first & loved the simplicity of it so much that I created one for my own little guy--and that's how I ended up with the 'twin' minis.  :-)

The mini albums measure  5 3/4" inches by 2 3/4" inches & have a 3/8" inch spine. The inside is composed of zig zag accordion style pages that can hold up to 11 wallet size photos (3" x 2" inch photos). There are two pockets within the mini along with 2 tags in each pocket for journaling purposes.

For my mini, I've included photos of my son from his first year only.  So they are mostly baby pictures of him.

The covers of the mini are made from heavy weight 110 lbs black card stock.  It's an alternative to thin chipboard & I prefer it for this type of small mini.  The covers are still sturdy & I don't have to take out the rotary cutter since I can cut the card stock right on my regular paper trimmer.

I've decorated the cover with a mini flocked teddy bear, fabric flower, heart shaped rhinestone & a small spray of mulberry paper flowers.  The sentiment is part of the sticker sheet from the 'Cuddle' collection.

Here's the girl version.  I've kept the decoration on the cover pretty much the same for both minis.

The Baby Girl mini is for sale in my Etsy shop, 'The Kraft Nook'.  If interested feel free to visit my shop.

Below you'll find the video tutorial I made for this mini.  It's a fairly simple album to make & makes for a quick gift or keepsake.



Thursday, March 31, 2016

You Are So Loved Layout

Today's page is a simple one--made with one of Authentique's latest collection - Cuddle: Boy.  As soon as I saw this baby boy themed collection, I knew I had to document one of my little guy's first photos.  He was just a few days old when this photo was taken.

I kept the design simple with a few embellishments adhered with pop dots to add a bit of dimension.

For once I decided to add my own flair to the design paper & simply scribbled onto the background of the page with a fine tipped black marker.  I actually like the random end result!

With some stamps & rhinestones, I added more interest to the background & added a sentiment along the center of the page which is exactly the thought this photo of my little guy brings to my mind.

With the photo itself, I wanted to do a puzzle sort of effect.  So I cut the photo into three random squares/rectangles--matted them & then pieced them back together.  It added a different effect to the photo.

Supplies: Paper - Autthentique, Stamps - Technique Tuesday, Sodalicious, Embellishments - Authentique, Other - Spiral Paper Clips, Rhinestones, Brads

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of the week!


Friday, March 4, 2016

Dream Big Layout

Today I'm sharing a page I made a few months ago & have not posted till now.  It's been a rough Winter health wise for me this year.  I've been sick on & off for the past month or so.  Not sure what crazy bug is going around--but it's not a pretty one!  I can finally say that I'm recovering after three different rounds of antibiotics...phew!

So, this would be my little guy celebrating his 3rd birthday just this past November.  Time is flying by way too fast for my liking.  He's getting so big & developing an even bigger personality to go along with him.  :-)

I've mostly used papers by Authentique & the design of my page is based on a sketch by The Nifty Pixel.  

Here's the sketch by The Nifty Pixel that I've used as the design for my page.  The link will take you directly to the 'Life of Pie' projects & will show case several other 'pie' themed sketches & the design teams interpretations of these fabulous sketches.

I made the circle embellishments with the use of some leftover scraps.  I made them uneven on purpose.  These are one of those elements where the more uneven they are, the better they look.

Paper clips.  Now that's something I wouldn't have thought would make a nice random embellishment...but as you can see here--I've inserted one in between my circles & it actually works!

One of my trademarks on layouts is to use a combination of several different random bits & bobs.  I've used a combination of all sorts of flowers, from burlap to felt--chipboard elements, arrows, epoxy stickers & one mini felt teddy bear. 

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Random Left Over Scraps, Flowers - The Felt Shoppe, I Am Roses, The Kreative Korner, Embellishments - Prima, Tim Holtz, Arrow Paper Clip - Freckled Fawn, Other - Mini Felt Teddy Bear, String, Paper Clip, Wooden Banner, Burlap Flower

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of the week!


Monday, January 11, 2016

Jingle All The Way Layout

Good afternoon crafters!  I hope everybody is having a fabulous start to 2016!  I know that my last 2 weeks in December were exactly how I wanted them to be--peaceful & quiet!  

Today's post is a page I created for both Berry71Bleu & The Nifty Pixel.  This was my last project for Berry71Bleu.  After being on their DT for 3 years, I've decided to step down.  It's a wonderful DT & I enjoyed my time there & am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of such a fabulous team! 

This layout features my little guy giving me one of my favorite Christmas themed poses up to date.  He's such a ham & loves to take pictures.  The photographers always have a field day with him since he seems to pose in whichever way they ask him to & holding whatever prop they give him.  I went with the traditional red & green Christmas colors for this page with splashes of gold here & there.

The design of my page is based on a sketch by The Nifty Pixel.  Further down I have a photo showcasing how I've included a digital element from the Berry & Fawn collection by The Nifty Pixel onto my page--in turn creating a 'hybrid' page.

I found these mini spools at my local Michaels during Christmas time & bought them with the idea that they'd make really unique embellishments on a Christmas themed page--and I was right!  I just rolled some twine onto this mini spool & spread the twine randomly across my page to give it a small 3D effect on my layout.

In this photo you can see the red deer which is a digital element that I've printed, cut out & used on my page.  This deer is part of the 'Berry & Fawn' digital collection by The Nifty Pixel.

I've stored my journaling in this scroll which has by far, become my favorite way of storing my journaling onto my pages. You can find a brief tutorial on how I create these scrolls right here.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Digital Elements - The Nifty Pixel, Flowers - Manor House, The Kreative Korner, Chipboard - Um Wow Studio, Other - Gold Doily, Mini Gift Box, Mini Pine Cone Spray, Spiral Clips, Spiral Sequin Spray, Mini Spool, Twine

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of the week!