Stockholm, Sweden Accordion Mini Album

Thursday, May 24, 2018

I have a new mini album to share! I used my Accordion Mini Album with Tags cut file and the Here & There by Crate Paper to document our day in Stockholm, Sweden. The colors and theme go hand-in-hand!
 First, here is a video so you can see the basic assembly of the base and then a flip through of the finished album:
The finished size of this album is about 3 x 4 x 1.25" - it's pocket-sized! And because the pages are gusseted I can add thick embellishments like chipboard stickers and flair badges and the album still stays closed nicely. 
To keep the album flaps shut I used little adhesive velcro dots - they're perfect for projects just like this! You can find those at Amazon or probably your local craft store.
 The cut file includes pieces to place in each section of the cover, but I opted not to use them and instead embellished the edges with all kinds of Here & There products like stickers, rub-ons, chipboard stickers, roller stamping, and fussy cut elements. I backed the open heart with a patterned paper piece and then decorated with heart and arrow stickers, an airplane sticker, and sentiment stickers. I carefully machine stitched the sentiment in place and removed the patterned paper backing before doing so.
 One of the last things I did was add a decorative charm to the spine. I strung two of the Here & There tassels and a charm from the Good Vibes collection onto jump rings, punched a tiny hole in the side, and attached the piece in place. Here is one side of the open mini album.
 When I was trying to decide where to put my photos I simply ran out of space. So, I actually took the album apart and then rebuilt it making each space between the pages a pocket - all you have to do to create pockets is add adhesive on the left, right, and bottom edges only - easy peasy! Then you can add tags, photos, and more embellishments into the pockets. On this spread I added a paper card on the left then embellished with a chipboard geo-tag sticker and fussy cut "travel" word. On the right side I printed journaling straight from my blog using the font Remington Noiseless, trimmed it into strips, then adhered them down another paper card. The "adventure" word at the bottom is a sticker.
 Here is one side of the tag that tucks into this pocket. I added a favorite photo and machine stitched around the edges (after the backside was also decorated).
 I applied photo corner rub-ons to this family photo and added a typed/printed/trimmed caption at the bottom. The right side is a sort of mini album inside the mini album! More photos below.
This envelope is from Here & There and just so happens to fit perfectly inside the pockets of this album! It was meant to be :)
 Inside the envelope is more space for #allthethings including a few photos, a sentiment die cut, and journaling.
 To make this mini album inside the mini album I washi taped photos together and created page-turners from folded over tab stickers embellished with heart stickers. I trimmed down the "roam" sticker and added it at the top of the photo. Also, to reinforce the tags and add pops of color I used a reinforcer hole punch to make the "o"s and glued them on both sides of each tag.
 Here are the additional spreads inside the mini-mini album. I used more of the adhesive velcro dots to keep the pages closed since they wanted to splay open.
 The tag in the pocket between the pages is a cute one of Mr. Fox along with some decorative machine stitching.
 The left page is the pocket with notches and inside is yet another mini album! Pictures of it are below. To dress up the pocket I added a flair badge on a puffy globe sticker and I also machine stitched around the edges of the pocket to keep it together better. On the right side I stapled two photos in place and added a sentiment sticker and "travel" rub-on at the top.
 Here are the layers under the stapled photos.
 Moving along to the other side of the mini album.
 We visited Stockholm as the first destination on our Scandinavian cruise and there's a cruise ship sticker in this collection which I just had to use. The left side is a scenic photo with a bit of washi and a geotag stapled at the top.
 Decorative tags that are tucked into the pockets.
We actually went to Stockholm in July, not August, and this was after I covered up the month that was originally underneath! Face palm. Haha. I tried to fix it by putting a heart sticker over the day of the month we went and added "July" above that heart sticker. It's all good. On the right side I journaled on the paper card.
 Here is a closer look at the tag mini album inside the notched pocket. I found the .75" binder ring in my stash, I believe it's from Amazon.
 Here is the tag mini album spread out - I decorated the fronts and backs of each tag. Some of the tags are included in the collection, the rest I die cut from mint cardstock. It was a fun place to use the roller stamp and other things I really loved and wanted to include but didn't originally have space for. Problem solved!
 On this last spread I added a puffy cityscape sticker to the bottom of a family photo and on the right I trimmed the top of the photo to follow the curve of the banner sticker and then added printed journaling trimmed into individual words above. Legit Swedish fish in Sweden lol!
 Here is the front and back side of the tag that is in this last pocket.
 I love how chunky and tiny this mini album is, yet is has a big impact and lots of details!
 I hope you are inspired to check out my new Accordion Mini Album with Tags cut file and the Here & There collection by Crate Paper!

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers, tassels, rub-ons, washi tape, flair badges, puffy stickers, chipboard sticker: Here & There by Crate Paper; Charm: Good Vibes by Crate Paper; Cut file: Accordion Mini Album with Tags by Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3; Cardstock, precision pen: American Crafts; Velcro Adhesive Dots, .75" binder ring: Amazon; Font: Remington Noiseless; Sewing machine: Brother; Thread: Coats & Clark; Reinforcer hole punch: We R Memory Keepers

Birthday Hugs Layout for Paige's Process at Big Picture Classes

This might be my favorite of the six layouts from Paige's Process class at Big Picture Classes! I heart fringe and a rainbow of colors and patterns, and hand stitching :)
The template for the base of the balloons is included in Lesson Five and I used it to cut out 11 balloons from white cardstock. Then I trimmed paper strips from Take Me Away and Oh My Heart, fringed the strips with scissors, adhered them across the balloons, trimmed the excess, then machine stitched around the edges. It's pretty easy, I promise!
I did some mixed media on the background paper and then added the balloons to appear as if they were floating away. That was not my original arrangement, this layout took make different routes to get to where it is now! You can watch the entire process in the start-to-finish process video in the lesson!
To add more texture and interest I made hand stitched balloon tails in coordinating colors. I always use all six strands of thread for the most texture possible. I finished off with color-on-color embellishments and a bit of journaling.
I hope this layout inspires you to check out my Paige's Process class at Big Picture Classes! 8 lessons, 16 videos, templates, cut files, and more await!

Lookin Good Layout by Audrey Yeager

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A million heart eyes for this new layout from design team member Audrey Yeager!
Paige's collections are always full of amazing colors, so I used lots of Distress Oxide inks to create the background of my page to match. 
I began by swiping the ink pads across my background paper, splattering water on top, and then using the Turn the Page Layerable Stamp Set to stamp flowers on my background. To add texture I stitched with varying lengths of a zig zag stitch between the colors.

Because my background was so busy, I then cut the "Lookin' Good" title and Flower Cluster cuts from white cardstock using a Silhouette Cameo. I backed the title with vellum to make it stand out just a bit more.

I added a few phrase stickers and die cuts and then just let the colors and cut files speak for themselves!

I hope you are inspired to create your own colorful background!

SUPPLIES: PICK-ME-UPStickersChipboard StickersTURN THE PAGELayerable Stamp SetOH MY HEART12x12 Paper Pad; FANCY FREE: Ephemera Die Cuts; white cardstockinks ; Cut files: Lookin' Good and Flower Cluster by Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo
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Favorite Moment Layout by Missy Whidden

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Missy Whidden is here today with a fantastic and flippin' adorable layout!
Hey, friends! Missy here, and this layout features a lot of the Pick-Me-Up Stickers and Chipboard Stickers. I began this page with Paige’s Geometric Flower Background cut file. I almost used it as a stencil, but I decided to use it over a mixed media background. I chose a few colors of ink sprays that matched the deeper colors in the Pick-Me-Up collection. After adding some white gesso, I used the packaging technique with the sprays as well as directly spraying right onto the paper. I glued the cut file right over it for a fun background design. I embellished with a lot of Pick-Me-Up goodies.
I backed the centers of the flowers with Pick-Me-Up Paper 02. I wanted to highlight the deep red orange, dark blue, softer pink, and yellow tones. I used a row of three photos and layered some bits of Pick-Me-Up Paper 01 and Paper 24 behind them to add some pops of color. I also tucked in some pieces from the Pick-Me-Up Chipboard Stickers and Stickers. I added a bit more texture and color with some tangled thread. I created my title using a Pick-Me-Up Sticker and navy Mini Thickers.

I created a fun little cluster down below the photos using more Stickers. I fussy cut the “Hello Sweetness” piece from Paper 01. I love how all these pieces look layered together. I touched the area up with a few Chipboard Sticker hearts.

I added my journaling down below the title. Instead of stamping the date, I created it using the Pick-Me-Up Stickers and then stitched through it.

It’s really fun to begin a layout with a cut file in mind or a specific set of embellishments. I knew I wanted to focus on the Stickers & Chipboard Stickers as well as the cut file, so this helped me get my page started. It helps to limit what you’ll use so it’s not so overwhelming when there is a lot of product to choose from.

I hope this inspires you in some way! Thanks for stopping by!

SUPPLIES: PICK-ME-UPPaper 01Paper 02Paper 16Paper 24Chipboard StickersStickersMini Thickers; Cut file: Geometric Flower Background by Paige Evans; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo 3white cardstockinksgesso
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Altenew May 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Monday, May 21, 2018

Hello hello! Today I am participating in an Altenew Blog Hop featuring new products from their May release! Here is the layout I made with lots of floral stamping:

You can watch the process video to see how this layout was made from start-to-finish:

I began by making a whole bunch of flowers and leaves from the Fabulous Floral and the Bride-to-Be stamps & die sets. Once I got started, I couldn't stop! I also used Altenew Ink pads - I love the packs of four in monochromatic colors so I used the sets to make the flowers and mixed in just a few more Studio Calico inks for even more shading. 
Once I had all of the flowers and leaves made, I had to figure out what to do with them! :) I thought about making a frame around the edges of a smooth white cardstock background, but I didn't have enough flowers. So then I piled them on the top left and bottom right corners and spread out the smaller leaves to the edges. Fun! I took a picture with my phone to remember the gist of the placement and then took everything off to do some mixed media.

I used the Floral Drape Stencil to add modeling paste around the edges for another layer and texture. You can see these flowers peeking out from under the stamped flowers. Once the modeling paste dried I referred back to my phone and attached all of the flowers and leaves using foam squares for dimension.

Then I placed a picture of Jane on the bottom left corner, tucked into the leaves. I love how the blue of her denim dress echoes the blue stamped flowers. To create the title I die cut and stamped the "YOU" from the Botanical You sets using the same layering inks method as the flowers. The "make my heart happy" stamp is also from the Botanical You set which I tucked underneath to complete the title.
In the big open white space in the middle of the layout I splashed iridescent spray mist and splattered white acrylic paint. Once that dried I used a pencil first to draw journaling lines on the top right corner, didn't like it, so I erased the lines and tried again above the title - much better! I went over the journaling with a .03 black precision pen. And that's it! I worked on this layout sporadically over the course of 4 days and it probably took about 8 hours in total because of all the stamping. Worth it!

Here is the hop list so you can see TONS more inspiration:
And now for the giveaway! To celebrate this release Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to one lucky winner! Leave a comment here by Friday May 25th for a chance to win and check back then to see if you're the lucky lady! Altenew is also giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 more lucky winners: leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Friday, May 25th for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 5/27/2018.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

String Art Heart Layout by Lorilei Murphy

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cut files can be used in more ways than one! Here Lorilei Murphy got used a cut file as a stitching template - read on to see how!
I found the super cool String Art Heart cut file and cut it from 12x12 white cardstock using a Silhouette Cameo 3 then used it as a template to punch holes in a heavier weight cardstock. After I had the holes made I used four different colors of embroidery floss to make the string art design. I quickly gave up trying to follow all the lines in the cut file and just made my own crissing and crossing the heart. It was super helpful to use the cut file to place the holes though!
It took me about an hour to string the whole heart. Once I was done I added some paint splatters to the two areas I knew I would embellish. While the paint was drying I put together my photo cluster. I ended up adding foam to a few of the layers for lots of dimension. Before I adhered my photo cluster I added a few Pick-Me-Up Rub-Ons to peek out beneath it.

I added a cute little cluster at the top left of the heart for balance and interest using Ephemera Die CutsChipboard Stickers, and sequins from the Haberdashery Multi-Pack.

SUPPLIES: PICK-ME-UP:  Haberdashery Multi-Pack / Ephemera Die Cuts / Chipboard Stickers / Stickers /  Rub-Ons

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