This week our mini albums will be created with supplies provided to our designers by American Crafts. We thank them for their sponsorship and urge you to use their products to create mini albums of your own!
It's not just April fools, it's also the day of our new gallery! This month we are celebrating all things mini. Let's get started with our annual mini album gallery, MiniAlbum Madness V! Here are a preview of all the covers! To see the insides of the albums, be sure to head to the gallery album.
Hello Zoo Day | Ewa Wesołowska
6 x 4 | materials patterned paper (Studio Tekturek) thickers (American Crafts, Studio Tekturek) + labels (Studio Tekturek) elements (Scrapniec, Studio Calico)
A Note from Ewa I made this mini to remember very nice and fun day at the Zoo.
Birthday Week | Jenny Larson
Accordian pocket album | materials mini album (K&Company) + patterned paper (Studio Calico) + sequins (Studio Calico) + labels (Studio Calico) + wood veneer (Studio Calico) + stamps (Studio Calico, October Afternoon) + punch (EK Success) + stickers (Studio Calico) + ink (Stampin’ Up!) + pen (Copic)
A Note from Jenny My son’s birthday fell on Ash Wednesday this year. We weren't able to celebrate that day, so his birthday stretched out a week. I made this mini album to record the birthday week. For days I had no photos, I used an empty, stamped photo frame. Sadly, I forgot to include the most memorable detail: my son got the stomach flu on his actual birthday, so we had to eat cake the next day. Such a sad dude!
April Fun Fact I have a mini album—a brag book from Fancy Pants—where I collect recipes from magazines and newspapers.
A Note from Becca I made this mini for my daughter. She loves pink polka dots so the cover was perfect! She has a stuffed monkey, Haha, who is her best buddy. I had a stack of photos of the two of them printed for her monkey birthday party she had when she turned two, and decided to put them all into a book. The book had lots of little embellishments and tags printed on the different sized patterned papers inside, so the only elements I added were my photos and a small die cut shape “2” to the front.
April Fun Fact I collect Pez dispensers, they're so fun and colorful! I have more than 500 of them.
A Note from Lisa I don´t make minibooks anymore, but I really wanted to make something for this gallery! I ended up making flip pockets on a regular page protector and I count that as a mini ☺ I´ll share more in a post soon!
April Fun Fact I was taking photos of my project and was irritated and confused at how the camera didn't seem to focus properly when I remembered I had taken my glasses off prior to this!
Travel Mini Album | Cristina C. Scrap
3 x 4 | materials wood veneer globe (Two Peas in a Bucket) + Mixed Media Monthly - Jan. '15 Main Kit (The Lilypad) + 3x4 grid cards (Studio Calico) + stamps (Studio Calico) + ink (Tsukineko) + watercolors (Peerless) + number tags (Studio Calico)
A Note from Cristina This is a travel mini I made to take notes during my trip. I love being able to record things on the go, otherwise a lot of details would be forgotten! I went with a small size that fits nicely in my bag.
April Fun Fact I am so happy for the warmer weather! We've had a very cold winter and I can’t wait to get the BBQ out!
A Note from Cari I made this mini to remember the friendship with two of my best friends, one of them is going to live abroad next month and I made this mini to celebrate our friedship as is now. I used mostly Studio Calico February kit Cirque and some embellishments from Pink Paislee Bella Rouge. I love making mini albums, to have a smaller canvas make it easier to fill the pages, and love how they look with all the details and embellishments.
April Fun Fact I invite my friends to come over just because I wanted to take her some photos so I could make this mini. haha
How We Roll | Aliza Deutsch
4 x 4 | materials album (We R Memory Keepers) + patterned paper (Cocoa Daisy, Pebbles) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy) + chipboard (Jenni Bowlin) + stickers (Evalicious) + other (Heidi Swapp, Evalicious) + cut files (Ali Edwards)
A Note from Aliza I am not really experienced in pocket pages, but I adore this tiny 4x4 album size. It is also a good size for including small, dark, blurry photos taken in your living room, which, by the way, is where we spend a lot of our time.
April Fun Fact I am already starting to get excited about summer! I can’t wait for warm weather and puttering about my apartment.
Farm Life | Valerie O'Neall
6 x 6 | materials cardstock (My Mind's Eye) + patterned paper (My Mind's Eye) + embellishments (My Mind's Eye) + phrase stamps (American Crafts) + font (Heartwell) + other (Silhouette Cameo & vintage typewriter)
A Note from Valerie This mini album showcases some of my favorite images of my son growing up while daddy worked on the family farm. The layout is simple with very few embellishments. I used the white space on many of the photos for some die-cut word art cut with my Cameo.
April Fun Fact I never expected crême brulée to become my preferred dessert at restaurants, but when it's on the menu I have to order one! Yum!
currently | Tracie Claiborne
3 x 3 | materials patterned paper (Walnut Grove 6 x 6 paper pad by Pebbles) + stickers (Simple Stories) + fonts (Helvetica-Light, Segoe Script)
A Note from Tracie I love to document a snapshot of my current life so I used a "currently" journaling prompt to direct this little album. I made this album using chipboard from a cereal box for the cover and a 6x6 paper pad by Pebbles. It makes my life easier when the papers already coordinate, plus, I don't like cutting my 12x12 paper into 3x3 squares! I made the list, grabbed photos from my phone and the interwebs, printed and put it all together. I normally would add enamel dots or some other bulky embellishments but I wanted to keep this very flat so I just used stickers from about six different Simple Stories sticker sheets.
April Fun Fact Making this little album made me realize how few photos of myself I have so one of my goals for this month is to take a ton of selfies and hand off the camera to my family so they can get me in the picture. I challenge you to do the same!
Life Lessons Learned From 1980s Beauty Pageants | Katie Scott
5 x 7 | materials patterned paper (American Crafts, Heidi Swapp, Webster's Pages, various older papers) + sticker embellishments (Mambi, October Afternoon, Tim Holtz, Project Life, Recollections) + letter stickers (American Crafts, Tim Holtz, Crate Paper) + journaling cards (Project Life, Fancy Pants, American Crafts, Teresa Collins, Jillibean Soup, Mambi)
A Note from Katie This minibook uses pocket journaling cards that offer advice to summarize the life lessons I learned when I did beauty pageants as a teenager. Since my daughter is a pre-teen, I thought this minibook might be a clever way to offer her some advice in a not so preachy way since the book appears to be giving myself advice.
April Fun Fact I barely ever wear make up in my everyday life today.
Read More Books | Marnie Flores
4 x 4 | materials patterned paper (Crystal Wilkerson) + elements (Crystal Wilkerson, One Little Bird) + fonts (Just Old Fashioned Condensed, Jacques & Giles, Penelope Ann, A Little Sunshine)
A Note from Marnie I am been slacking on my reading. I thought perhaps if I made a list of the books I was reading then I would see that I needed to do a little more!
April Fun Fact This month I am going to finish a house project that has been pending for months. Hooray!
Be sure to head over to the photoalbum to see all the pages. We are excited for a fabulous month!
Hi, Everyone! Passover is now just a few days away, which means I have not had much time for scrapbooking lately. Not scrapbooking always makes me a little antsy and agitated. But, when I can't scrapbook, I still try to collect some stories and inspiration so that I am ready to go as soon as I get the chance.
Since my older son is a junior in high school, every holiday, every routine, every tradition feels like "it's almost the last time." That right there is a story waiting for a page.
The other story I am gearing up to tell, is how every year, right before Passover, my husband takes the boys to visit Coney Island on the opening day of its amusement park. I stay home and clean. (Lucky me!) I've been looking through old photos from over the years, and my oh my, this tugs on the heart a bit. Because somehow this,
has turned to this:
If you are low on time for scrapbooking, keep collecting those stories, because time is moving fast. Very fast indeed.
Today is that fabulous day where we get to go tip toe'ing through our gallery of lovely layouts. Let's go!
Are you as ready for spring as we all seemed to be? The gallery was a welcome relief to a winter that would not die. Seems like spring has sprung for many of us this month. All due to the inspiration of the gallery, no doubt? ☺
What inspiration did you draw from each layout? Taking time to make notes helps to solidify our ideas, so let's do it together. And please, if you have other ideas for pages that sparked from ours, leave your ideas in the comments. Or better yet, make a page and leave us a link!!
My Spring | Ewa Wesołowska
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper Shimelle Dowdy ( American Crafts ) + stickers ( American Crafts ) + others embellishments
WRITE Ewa didn't just discuss that she keeps a garden but also how it makes her feel to be in the spring air. Writing about your reasons and reactions for your hobbies offers more insight that just saying you have one.
WRITE Capturing the details of the transition of spring will inclusively and automatically include some of your favorite seasonal delights.
Spring, Actually | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (American Crafts, Glitz) + journaling cards (Glitz) + hearts (Glitz) + fonts (1942 Report, Letter Gothic)
CLICK Remember that in spring with it bright sun and harsh shadows that it you need to keep a close eye on your lighting. It's hard to edit out the stark contrast without blowing out other portions of your photo.
bball | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials kit (Just Jaimee & Mommyish Real Life in Pockets Love You Harder), font (Underwood Champion)
SCRAPBOOK Celeste's use of Scrabble tiles to spell out "cute" is a clever way of creating an embellishment and sneaking pink onto a boy layout! Go Celeste!
SCRAPBOOK Valerie's use of feathers helps to tell the story of her wacky little chicken. ☺ Let your embellishments help as much as you can.
September | Cari Orellana
8.5 x 11 | materials cardstock (American Craft white) + patterned paper (Maggie Holmes Open Book) + embellishments (Maggie Holmes, Studio Calico) + mist (Studio Calico)
SCRAPBOOK Cari's use of stitching creates a repeating element in her layout that ties all the little bits and pieces together despite their differences in colors, shapes, sizes, and designs. And because the thread it white, it is a subtle element. Brilliant.
Hello Spring | Cristina C. Scrap
12 x 12 | materials Bloom and Grow papers, Bloom and Grow elements, Spring Fling stamps, Bloom and Grow journaling cards (Mari Koegelenberg and Mommyish)
CLICK Cristina's photo captured not just the blossoms but the twigs. Not just the light. But the shadows. The contrasts provide depth and highlight the light and the blooms more than if they were the entire frame.
Enjoy The Ride | Jennifer Hignite
12 x 12 | materials Andiamo digital kit, Andiamo Journaling Cards, stitched-grid-templates-vol-2 (Scotty Girl Design)+ fonts (Myriad Pro)
WRITE Jennifer's journaling is tender and tells of her son's tentative ways. Notice as she encourages him to be brave that she uses cycling icons and terms. Unity of message and photo. Clever.
Signs of Spring | Lisa Borbély
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Studio Calico) + stamp (Becky Higgins) + font (Arial Bold, Arial) + washi tape (Cocoa Daisy)
SCRAPBOOK The embellishments on Lisa's layouts are all found on the top. It balances her lovely square photo. And tells us to look for the green. Your uppermost embellishment can serve as a table of contents if you want it to.
Welcome Back | Jenny Larson
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (October Afternoon) + stickers (October Afternoon) + acrylic letters (Heidi Swapp) + epoxy stickers (October Afternoon) + die cuts (October Afternoon) + pen (Copic) + metal charm (Webster’s Pages)
SCRAPBOOK Did you see how Jenny used stitching to be the shelf for the bottom two photos and the clothesline for the top three? In so doing, Jenny also made it a frame for all her photos, providing them weight and importance.
Our Little Spring | Becca Dickson
12 x 12 | materials kit (February 2015 Storyteller-Quinn by Just Jaimee ) + fonts (Lavandaria Sturdy, Traveling Typewriter)
SCRAPBOOK Becca cleverly interpreted our spring theme with its alternate definition of a resilient device used chiefly to exert constant tension or absorb movement. Never forget to look for the pun and the fun!
I Can’t Remember | Aliza Deutsch
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill Basics Paper) + patterned paper (BasicGrey, We R Memory Keepers, Cocoa Daisy) + wood veneer (Cocoa Daisy) + stickers (October Afternoon, Evalicious, 7 gypsies) + fonts (Frente)
WRITE Honesty is always allowed. Encouraged even. And when teamed with some humor? well, it just doesn't get better.
CLICK Zooming in and then allowing the sky to create white space created a photo where the snow takes center stage as it ends right in the center. The central element doesn't need to spread from edge to edge in order to be the focal point.
Handstands & Cartwheels | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Pebbles, Inc and Echo Park) + foam alphabet stickers (American Crafts) + small and script alphabet stickers (October Afternoon) + flower stickers (Echo Park) + font (Ainsley)
CLICK Action shots are often a matter of having your camera in hand at the right time and then taking lots of pictures. But look how perfectly it helps to tell the story!
We hope you have enjoyed the gallery and we look forward to a new one shortly!!
Hello scrappy friends! It’s Amy. Today I’m going to share one of my favorite ways to get into a scrapbooking “flow,” so that one layout follows the previous one quickly and with less struggle. I think of it as an inspiration chain, and I challenge myself to do this every once in a while, instead of being very regimented in what layout I do next. (Which I sometimes am!)
First off, I start with something that inspires me.
Then, as I’m making that layout, I pay attention to my feelings (thoughts, ideas, connections to other stories, random memories) and to how I’m using my supplies, with the goal of using something from the first layout on my next layout. Here’s how it works:
The quote from Alice in Wonderland made me think about how it felt when my youngest was little, and always up before everyone else or, once my Bigs had gone to school, at home alone with me. So I decided that quote would form the basis of my next layout, even though I don’t have any of those wood veneer strips. (Little known scrapbooking fact: You don’t always have to own a scrapbooking product to “use” it!) This is the layout I made:
I always start my layouts by writing my journaling, and this little bit of text starts with the words “you & me.” So I was delighted, in that serendipitous way, when I turned over the green polka-dot paper I used to cut out the word “six” with, and found it had journaling cards, one of which had the same words. The "You & Me" card didn’t fit with the feel I wanted for this layout, though (one doesn’t need two titles, yes?), so then I knew I had the spark for my next layout.
Except then I struggled a little bit, because I nearly always start my layouts based on a story, not a supply. And my Inner English Teacher wouldn’t let me use it for a “things we do together” sort of list (because that would be “you & I,” not “you & me”). So I turned to my journal for a story, and I found a bit I’d written about my parent’s back yard, which made me think of a photo of me with my son Nathan…and I was ready to go:
I didn’t use the words straight from my journal. I wrote something new based on the original spark, but made it connect with Nathan.
Part of why I wanted to use the “you & me” card on a layout about Nathan is those orange letters. Orange is his favorite color! As I worked, I thought about our family’s connection with orange. I had never, in my entire life, owned something orange until I met the boy who would become my husband. He had an orange t-shirt and it was like a little, tiny epiphany for me—ah! People wear orange!—and I’ve been fond of orange ever since. (I should turn that memory into a layout!) So I followed that little spark of inspiration and, for my next layout, went looking for some photos I could use with orange supplies. I opened up my 2006 photo folder, did a search for “Jake,” and started browsing. (I try to label most of my photo folders with the names of the people in them, to make finding images of one specific kid easier.) The orange stripes on his shirt in these photos were just right for some orange embellishments:
For this layout, I dug deep into the bottom of my color drawers, to find some products I haven’t used for quite a while. Which means none of these supplies are particularly new, but I’m OK with that. I am working on thinking of my supplies as a source rather than a stash and it is helping me to use more!
I like this taking this “inspiration chain” approach to layouts because it forces me to think in new ways. I nearly always begin my layouts with a story to build on, which of course makes me happy, but following sparks instead of stories tends to lead me to stories I might not tell otherwise. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to go make that layout about our family history with orange!
Hello lovies!! It's Tracie Claiborne here to talk to you about something that's my favorite. I love that this month is all about favorites because favorites are my favorite! For reals. When I heard the topic for this month, I knew it would be hard for me to decide what story I wanted to tell because the list is endless! I could document my favorite foods, television shows, movies, childhood memories, people, places, scrapbooking products....the list goes on and on! I decided to focus on my favorite music because music makes me so happy.
Recently I made a photo collage of all my favorite singers so I could share it on Instagram. I saved the images from the interwebs, cropped each of them to a square and then put them all together in a Picasa collage. I wasn't sure the collage would print well at a large size but I'm happy to report it did! I wanted my layout to have a vintage vibe so I chose a floral paper from the September Skies collection by Heidi Swapp and grabbed a sheet of my trusty white Bazzill for the journaling. I found a card that said "favorites" that matched perfectly so I added that at the top and used a sticker popped on foam dots for the title. Here's the finished layout...
See how great these little images came out? I printed the collage 5.5" x 5.5".
Here's the story I wanted to tell...
So what story about your favorites do you want to tell? Today would be a great day to tell it!
It's Jennifer Larson, and I have a confession to make: I love scrapbooking, so I have a lot of favorite things. On this page I did pretty much all of them. Even though I try to create pages with new ideas, it gives me a lot of satisfaction to go back to those favorite ideas and products and techniques. Here they are:
First, I used a kit, my March Scrapbook Circle kit. Using kits makes my product selection easier.
Next, I picked my favorite colors--yellow, orange, blue, and green.
I journaled in strips.
I sewed on the page.
I clustered embellishments.
And then some details:
Another favorite! I love mixing fonts/products for titles.
And layering embellishments.
Thank you for sharing my page! I know that sometimes we pressure ourselves to create something original each time, but why not just surround yourself with your favorites?