Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Gatefold Wedding Album

Hello crafty friends!

Today I'm sharing an interactive gatefold wedding album that I created as a gift for my BFF for her daughter's wedding.

I used the Happily Ever After collection by Simple Stories and a tutorial by Your Book of Memories for the book construction. This beautiful album holds 40+ photos and came together in a day. Here is the link to the tutorial: Gatefold Folio

Scroll to the end of this post πŸ‘‡to see a video of my album.








Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions, please post below in the comments section.

Have a beautiful day! πŸ˜€

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Interactive Baby Boy Album

Hello crafty friends!

Hope you're having a wonderful summer so far. :)

Today I'm sharing a scrapbook album I created for my grandson who was born in March of this year. Little Adam came into our lives and stole our hearts irrevocably and unconditionally. Being a grandmother has surpassed all my expectations. I absolutely love my new role and that I have a new little person to scrapbook for.πŸ’“

To create this album, I followed a tutorial by Frances Long from Your Book of Memories. Here is the link if you want to check it out: Fall Album by YBM. I did take a few creative liberties with the tutorial. For example, for the cover I used a lay-flat method that I learned from Tamra Merrill of Country Craft Creations. On one of the pages that included belly bands, I incorporated cloud shaped pockets instead and included a cute sliding interactive element. I also changed up the measurements of some of the photo mattes so that I could include more 4" x 6" and 3" x 4" photos without cropping.

I used the Welcome Baby Boy collection by Echo Park Paper for this book. Here are some still photos, but be sure to check out the video at the end of this post for a closer look. 

The album measures 10" wide x 8.5" long with a 2" spine and holds 80+ photos!

I used white textured cardstock to cover the chipboard base of the album and
matted it with navy blue cardstock for a nice contrast.

A cute 4" x 6" cut-apart serves as a holder for the two flaps.

The album includes many photo mattes large enough to fit 4" x 6" photos without cropping.

In Frances' tutorial, this page featured several belly bands but I decided to include some pockets instead with these puffy clouds that I die cut on my Silhouette Cameo. Using the Slide On Over die set by Lawn Fawn, I die cut an opening on the bottom pocket and created a cute slider element. The chipboard sun slides back and forth and spins around too!

This is an envelope that flips up and reveals tons of space for 3" x 4" photos. 
Above the envelope is a large pocket, perfect for documenting baby's milestones.

Instead of magnets, I used a brad and a chipboard element to hold down the flap on this page.
This page includes a pocket on the side with an insert that holds 4 - 4" x 6" photos.

Beautiful patterned papers and more 3" x 4" photo mattes.

This is a fun shaker window that allows you to peek through to the two 3" x 4" photos underneath.

This waterfall holds 10 - 4" x 6" photos. I created a ribbon closure instead of using magnets.

On the back cover is this awesome expandable pocket with an acetate window that allows you to see the memorabilia inside. I included my daughter's ultrasound pictures, the hospital bracelets that her and Adam wore, and a few other keepsakes.


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. If you need more information on how I created this baby boy album, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 03, 2022

Interactive Wedding Album

Happy New Year friends!

Hope the holidays were good to you and that 2022 brings you health and happiness. :)

Today I'm sharing something special I created. This interactive mini album of my daughter’s wedding was on my 2021 to do list…and 2020…and 2019…(she was married in 2018...yikes!) and now I can finally call it done! 😁

Scroll to the end of this post πŸ‘‡to see a video of my album and the links to the tutorial I followed.


This 6.75” x 6.75” album features a drawer pull in which I added some of the wedding memorabilia, such as the cork from the bottle of champagne we drank, the wedding invitation, the speeches, church program, etc. The drawer is a nice size and can hold quite a lot. It also functions as a stand/holder for the album. I followed a YouTube tutorial by Martha Tucker. When I discovered her tutorial, I knew it would be perfect for creating a keepsake of my daughter's wedding.


I used the Simple Stories Happily Ever After and Echo Park Paper Wedding Day collections to create the album and the box.


I purchased the drawer pull from Home Depot and for the "feet" on the box, I used hardwood screwhole buttons which I painted black, also from Home Depot.



Here are the links to the tutorial:

Walk-Through 

Tutorial Part 1 

Tutorial Part 2 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. If you need more information on how I created this wedding album, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Pinkfresh Studio Folk Garden Floral Cards Three Ways

Hello crafty friends!

Today I am sharing four cards I created featuring products from Pinkfresh Studio and Gina K Designs.

All four cards use the following Pinkfresh Studio products:

  • Folk Garden Cling Stamp
  • Folk Garden Die
  • Folk Garden Layering Stencil Set

My first card is a slimline card. I stamped the florals onto Neenah Solar White cardstock using Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink. I then used the stencils and a blending brush to add colour to the florals using Gina K Designs inks. 

I cut out the florals using the coordinating die and popped them onto a white card base that I added faux stitching to using the Lawn Fawn Just Stitching dies. 

To the center, I black heat embossed the sentiment from the Gina K Designs Forever Flowers Card Kit.

I adhered the panel to Gina K Sweet Mango cardstock and added a few pearlescent gems for the finishing touch. 




For this next card, I gold heat embossed the florals and stenciled them in with Gina K inks. 

On some white cardstock, I used the Concord & 9th Gingham Background stamp to stamp my background using Tim Holtz Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink. I added faux stitching to the panel using the same Lawn Fawn die. I adhered it to Gina K Bubblegum Pink cardstock and added faux stitching to that panel as well.

I stamped and black heat embossed the Gina K Designs greeting from the Forever Flowers Card Kit and adhered the florals using foam tape. I glued it to the pink panel and then a white cardbase and added a few Pinkfresh Studio gems to complete the card.  




For this next card, I popped up the leftover florals from the previous card onto a white panel that I dry embossed with a 3D embossing folder. The greeting and sentiment comes from the Blessings stamp/die set by Photoplay. I die cut the word "blessings" 4 times out of Gina K cardstock and stacked them together to create dimension. "Wishing you many" was gold heat embossed and trimmed into a banner. Some Pinkfresh Studio gems finish off the card nicely. 




For this final card, I stamped and stenciled directly onto a Neenah Solar White cardstock panel using Gina K inks. The sentiment is from the Gina K Designs Forever Flowers Kit. I die cut "birthday" from pink glitter cardstock by Simon Says Stamp. I die cut the "birthday" shadow from black cardstock 3 times and stacked them together. The "Wishing you a happy" was stamped with Gina K Passionate Pink ink, then I stamped over it again with clear embossing ink and heat embossed it. I added a few Studio Katia raindrop gems and using a Nuvo Shimmer Pen in Opal Quartz, I added some shimmer to the flower petals.



So there you have it! There are so many ways you can use this beautiful stamp/die/stencil set from Pinkfresh Studio. No two cards are alike. I've been super inspired by their products lately and I hope these cards inspire you to try these techniques too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! :)

Monday, July 05, 2021

Explosion Box Fun

Hello crafty friends!

Today I'm sharing this fun project I created using the We R Memory Keepers Explosion Board and the Paige Evans Wonders Collection.

You definitely don't need one of these nifty tools to create an explosion box but it certainly makes it quick and easy. No measuring or thinking required!

The inside layouts of my explosion box were inspired by a YouTube tutorial by Michelle Allen - A Creative Operation, which I will link here. She shows lots of creative ways to use this tool. I highly recommend watching it. You will be inspired for sure!











Thanks so much for stopping by! 

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave me a message below.

Have a wonderful day! :)

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Winter Themed Cards using Simon Says Stamp January 2021 Card Kit

Hello crafty friends!

Today I'm sharing cards that I created using products from the Simon Says Stamp January 2021 card kit. I made a total of 19 cards but I definitely could've made more using the patterned paper scraps I had leftover but I simply ran out of mojo. 

All in all, I'm happy with how much mileage I got out of the kit and I still have a beautiful stamp, die and embossing folder that I can use for years to come. 

Most of the cards I created are Christmas themed but there are a few birthday cards as well which are perfect for sending to friends and family that have winter birthdays.

Each photo is captioned with a brief description of the products I used to create the card.

Patterned Paper, Snowflake die on Holographic Paper, Sequins, SSS Sentiment Label

Patterned Paper, Embossed Snowflake Stamps, Snowflake die, SSS Sentiment Label, Jewels

Patterned Paper, Silver Embossed Snowflake Stamps, Cathy Zielske Die, Sequins

Cardstock, White Embossed Snowflake Stamps, Snowflake Die, Jewels, Simon Sentiment Label

Patterned Paper, Embossed Sentiment Stamps, Snowflake Die, Sequins

Patterned Paper, Embossed Sentiment Stamps, Snowflake Die, Jewels

Patterned Paper, Snowflake Die, Sequins, Simon Sentiment Label

Cardstock, Embossed Snowflake Stamps, Embossed Greeting, Snowflake Die, Jewels

Patterned Paper, Snowflake Die, Sequins, Simon Sentiment Label

Patterned Paper, Embossed Snowflake Stamps, Cathy Zielske Sentiment, Jewels

Cardstock, Embossed Snowflake Stamps, Cathy Zielske Sentiment, Jewels

Patterned Paper, Cardstock, Silver Embossed Snowflakes, Snowflake Die, Embossed Sentiments, Jewels, Simon Sentiment Label

Patterned Paper, Embossed Snowflake Stamps, Embossed Sentiments, Jewels, Simon Sentiment Label

Embossing folder on Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Sentiment Stamp, Snowflake Die, Sequins

Shaker card, Embossing folder on Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Cathy Zielske Sentiment Die, Simon Sentiment Label, Sequins, Simon Chunky Glitter

Cardstock, Silver Embossed Snowflake Stamps, Cathy Zielske Sentiment Die, Holographic Stitched Frame, Sequins

Shaker card, Patterned Paper, Embossed Snowflake Stamps, Gina K Designs Sentiment, Sequins

Embossing folder on Cardstock, Patterned Paper, Embossed Sentiment, Snowflake Die, Jewels

Embossing folder on Cardstock, Embossed Gina K Designs Sentiment, Snowflake Die, Jewels

Thank you for stopping by today! 

If you have a question about a technique I used on any particular card, please leave me a comment below.

Have a fabulous day! :)