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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Washi Tape Challenge with Doodlebug Designs

Hi there!  It's Traci and I'm back to share my Washi Tape project with you!  I found these 8x8 frames on sale at my local craft store so I decided to create a few holiday decor pieces, and a gift for a friend. 
The frames came with double white mats.  I covered the larger outside mat, and left the one inside white.  I started with a corner, positioning the orange "Happy Halloween" tape first.  Then I added the rest of the tape by stretching it across the frame cut-out from one side to the other, trimming it, and folding it under each side.  I could have saved some tape by not going across the opening, but this helped me line everything up perfectly.

Here's the finished Halloween frame in my family room.  This was a super easy way to add a little pop of color to the plain space on my shelves.
I also made one for Christmas ... 

 ... and one for a friend.  She can take out the center piece and add a cute picture of her new puppy!
I hope you are enjoying this week's washi tape projects over on the Doodlebug blog!  Stop back by every day for new ideas on how to use this fun product.
Booville Washi Tape
Booville 4x4 card
Milk & Cookies Washi Tape
Here Comes Santa Die Cuts
Puppy Love Washi Tape
Puppy Love 6x6 Paper

Monday, October 9, 2017

Christmas Album Kit with Doodlebug Milk and Cookies

Hi everyone!  Traci here, back to share my latest album with you.  I  know I say this every time Doodlebug comes out with a new collection, but seriously ... this might be the cutest one ever!  Well, at least since Booville last month ... ha!



I had fun adding the Create A Card set throughout this album.  I used one of the cards and lots of cute Odds and Ends die cuts for the page shown above.  Flip the card up and a few pictures can be tucked inside (see below).

This brick pattern is one of my favorites.  I think I need to stock up on this sheet to use in future projects!
When I saw the 2x2 squares on the 12x12 flannel jammies sheet, I knew it would make a cute accent page in the album.  I cut out the squares and tucked them into a 2x2 pocket page.  I plan to add little pictures behind the squares that can be revealed like an advent calendar over the years.

This cute page from the 6x6 paper pad works as a darling flip up element to reveal another card from the card set...



This album is available as a DIY kit (or premade album) 
in my Artsy Albums shop.  
You can get details by visiting my 
online Etsy store at


Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Doodlebug BooVille Mini Album Box

Hi everyone!  Traci here, back to share my Booville project with you.  This is absolutely one of my favorite Doodlebug collections ever!  The colors!!!  I had so much fun with this little mini album and coordinating box.


I covered a Graphic 45 box with different 12x12 papers, and used some chunky twine to add a little something extra around the edges.  I adhered a raised chipboard rectangle to the top of the box so that my twine would fit around the sides.  The Doodlepop Witch and Frog are so cute, and I paired them up with glitter sprinkles and some die cuts to make my lid complete!


Inside the top of the box lid, I added some card stock, pattern paper, and a cute 4x6 Trick or Treat card.

The little mini album inside was super easy.  I cut some 4x6 cards out of black chipboard and covered each side with adorable papers.  I punched two binding holes in each card before I added photo mats and embellishments, and then came the fun part!
Have you played with the new mini icon stickers yet?  They were originally introduced for planners (super cute idea), but I love using them in my mini albums too!  Those little houses are precious don't you think?  And the little Frankie and cars in the photos below?


I also used lots of DoodlePops in this mini.  I have a bad habit of hoarding my DoodlePops, so I had to make myself use some of them! 


That's it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have tons of "spooky" fun with this collection everyone!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Very Merry Christmas Album with Simple Stories

Hi everyone!  It's Traci ... back to share my newest Sn@p album with you. Christmas is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year so playing with some Christmas goodies this week was lots of fun.  When I saw the new Very Merry collection, I fell in love with the traditional red and green colors mixed in with pops of black, so I decided to use this fun black and white striped binder album, and I couldn't wait to tie a big red ribbon around it!

For the inside of my cover, I added a 4x4 card where I will journal that the book is about our 2012 Christmas spent in Georgia.

I thought that this page from the 6x8 paper pad was perfect for the opening page...

We spent the holidays with my sister and her family.  Even though it's Georgia, it was a cold winter and my Florida family enjoyed ice skating and bundling up with some hot cocoa.  The little snow man die cut was perfect for this page .... 

I love chipboard stickers....and I especially love Simple Stories chipboard stickers.  Here's why -- I always want to see how my piece is going to look on my project before I commit to it.  The fabulous thing about Simple Stories chipboard is that they easily pop out of the packaging with the backing attached (not all chipboard does this).  You can lay the piece down on your project and decide if you want to "love it, or leave it off".  For the cute snowflakes below, I decided to "love it" so I peeled off the backing and stuck them down, overlapping one of the pockets (a fun way to bring spaces together)!

Another thing I love to do is cut a plastic page protector that has four 3x4 spaces in half (top to bottom).  The piece below, that has the 3x4 "Eat Drink & Be Merry" card, along with a cute pic of my Dad and stepmom is an example.  The size difference adds interest to the album, and the elements behind the piece (like the cute pic of my darling Reeci pup) can show from behind.  Don't be afraid to cut things up and make them different than they were originally intended :)   

For my little 1/2 page, I added a tab sticker to the front and back ... I LOVE when a company makes stickers that will work back to back! 


We went on a snow-tubing adventure while my family was in town.  My "Florida family" did not have winter coats, but Meme did!  My stepmom dug several ski jackets (from the 90's) out of her closet and the kids LOVED it!  We were the brightest, most neon group on the tubing slope .... ha ha!  So much family fun!




I had a lot of fun reliving our crazy "Very Merry" memories when I created this album.  I hope you will enjoy playing with this collection as much as I did!

Products used in this project:
Designer Binder Black and White Stripe
Very Merry Combo Stickers
Very Merry 6x8 Paper Pad
Very Merry Chipboard
Very Merry Bits & Pieces
3x4 Journaling Card Elements
4x6 journaling Horizontal Card Elements
4x6 journaling Vertical Card Elements
4x4 Journaling Card Elements

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Doodlebug Challenge: All About Me Pocket Album

Happy Wednesday everyone!  It's Traci, back to share my project for the team's All About Me Challenge.

For my project, I created a pocket mini album with an A to Z theme.  Each letter represents something about me ... something, or someone, I love ... something I like to do ... etc. 
To make my album I used white card stock for the pages, chipboard for the covers, and Doodlebug 6x6 paper pads for the patterns.

First, I cut 26 "pages" --  5 1/4" x 11 1/4", and I scored each piece at the 6 1/4" mark.  Then, I folded each page on the score line to create a pocket.  (Tip:  don't adhere the pocket closed yet).
Next, I adhered two pockets back to back so that each "page" would have a pocket on the front, and one on the back.
Once I created 13 pages (26 sides for 26 letters), I cut my pattern paper.  I used 6x6 petite print paper pads because I wanted a mixture of fun colors and patterns throughout my album.
I cut each 6x6 piece as shown below ... the large piece for the front of the pocket is 5" wide x 4 3/4 high".  The small piece for the top of the pocket is 5" wide x 1 1/4" high, and the remaining piece was set aside as scrap to use later.
 Once all of my pieces were cut, I glued them to each side of my pages, and then glued the right and left sides of my pages down to create the pockets.  I punched holes in each page for my binding rings, and then cut my journaling tags (4" wide x 5 1/2" high).

Each page has a 3x4 photo, a Skinny alpha sticker, and an embellishment.  This was the really fun part!  And by the way, sorry for the shameless plug for Artsy Albums ... it's a big part of who I am so it just had to be my "A" ;)

My journaling is hidden in the pockets, and I printed simple labels for the top of each tag.  There is also room on the back of the tag if I decide to add another photo!



I hope our design team's challenge to create a project "All About Me" is inspiring you to create something that's all about you!!  Have fun with this one and show us what you create over on Doodlebug's Facebook page!

Products used in this project:


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lori Whitlock September Blog Hop


Hi friends!  It's time for Lori Whitlock's September Blog Hop and I'm excited to be joining the entire creative team to share some fun projects with you!  My blog is the first stop on the hop, so be sure to hop back over to Lori's site too, because she has some goodies for you ... a sale, a giveaway, and a cute freebie!

Have you seen Lori's new Shadow Box Cards?  These are SO cute and she has lots of fun themes.  For my project, I created the adorable Bear Hug card.
I love these cards because they pop open like you see in the photo, but then they fold flat to slide into an envelope.  Some of the pieces are print-n-cut files, which makes it super simple to create the sentiments, animals, trees, etc.

Here are a few of the other fun things Lori has for you:



I hope you'll continue on to the other designers blogs to check out more awesome designs by Lori!  Your next stop is Kathy's site!

Traci Penrod .. you are here
KATHY SKOU .. your next stop 
Anita MulCahey
Brandie Harding Adams
Brigit Mann
Mitsyana Wright
Michelle Zerull
Tya Smith

Happy crafting!!