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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Building Our Home Album with Simple Stories Domestic Bliss

Hi everyone!  This is Traci Penrod, from Artsy Albums, and I'm excited to be joining you for my first post as part of the 2017 creative team!  For those of you who follow my blog, you know I'm crazy about mini albums, so being part of the Sn@p binder team is a dream come true for me!

Last summer, my husband and I built a new home.  Domestic Bliss was perfect for documenting the story.  I love the colors in this collection, and although pictures of building a home aren't very pretty, the papers and embellishments are so I love the way it turned out!
For my cover, I used the Bless This Mess paper from the new 6x8 paper pad.  I love that these sheets are sized for the binder albums!  I also added chipboard stickers and some Doodlebug chunky twine to the cover for a little dimension and texture.  4x6 horizontal element cards are great for covers and titles and the one with the three houses was my inspiration for the entire album!

I used a 4x6 vertical pocket for the first page.  I love adding the different sized photo pockets throughout my album ... I think this, combined with various photo sizes, make for a more interesting album.  Our new address is on the front, and a photo of our floor plan was tucked into the back.  

Don't the cute papers and stickers make these ugly new construction photos look better?! 

I always add folding elements in my albums for extra space and interest.  For the page above, I used a 4x6 white card, layered lots of domestic bliss cuteness on the front, and added elevation photos of our home inside. I made a slit in the plastic page and slipped the bottom of the card under the plastic so that it can be opened without taking the page out.

"Get Stuff Done" summed up my summer -- always pushing the builder to get me into the house by the end of September. Our first grandchild was due in October so I needed the house finished :) The card is from the 4x4 element sheet.  

See the little banner sticker on the 4x6 green card?  These are from the Carpe Diem sticker tablet.  I used them throughout my album to mark the different rooms of the house.  This one says "Living".

2x2 photos are so much fun ... just little snippets when the entire picture isn't necessary.  
These photos show a bit of the progression my kitchen went through from framing to cabinets.  It was always so dusty and I couldn't wait for the day when I could clean it up!  The "Bless This Mess" sticker from the Combo sticker sheet was perfect for this page!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I've inspired you to have fun playing with Domestic Bliss to tell your home's story!

Products Used:
7801 Combo Sticker
7810 Journaling Card Elements
7811 4x4 Elements
7812 4x6 Horizontal Elements
7813 4x6 Vertical Elements
7814 Chipboard
7815 6x8 Paper Pad
7816 Bits & Pieces
7817 Enamel Dots
7818 Clear Stickers
7823 Sn@p pack
8916 Home Sticker Tablet
4001 Teal Sn@p Binder
Insta-pocket pages

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cupcake Mini Album with Doodlebug Fairy Tales

Hi everyone, I'm back with a project I made for Doodlebug with the ADORABLE new Fairy Tales collection.  This time, I created a birthday album in the shape of a cupcake using one of Doodlebug's new cut files.  You can find the cupcake in the Silhouette online store, if you use a Silhouette machine, or in Lori Whitlock's SVG shop if you use any other cutting machine.
I cut the front and back covers out of thin chipboard four times.  I adhered the 4 pieces together to make the covers more sturdy.  After cutting and adhering the pattern paper pieces, I adhered limeade chunky twine around the edge.
I had so much fun with the stickers and die cut pieces.  The unicorn is the cutest Doodlebug critter ever!!  
I also love the shape sprinkles.  I almost wanted to save that little strawberry, but it looked so cute on top of the ice cream I left it there.  I'll have to get another package so I can get another strawberry, LOL.  
I added an adorable treat bag to one of the pages and tucked a photo mat inside.  On the last page I created a little 2x2 flip-up card for photos, and adhered three boutique buttons at the bottom of the page.

This was such a fun mini album to make.  I hope I've inspired you to create a mini album using cutting file shapes ... so many possibilities!  Happy crafting! 

Doodlebug products used for this project:
12x12 Fairy Tales pattern paper
Limeade Chunky Twine
Shape Sprinkles
Rainbow Heart Sprinkles
6x6 Fairy Tales Paper Pad
Fairy Tales Mini Icon Stickers
Fairy Tales Odds & Ends
Swimming Pool Treat Bag
Doodle Twine
Birthday Girl Glitter Sprinkles

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lori Whitlock April Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's time for Lori Whitlock's April 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!

I created two of Lori's darling treat boxes for my project.  They are bigger than I thought they would be (approx. 3.5"x3.5"x1.5") so I was excited that I could fit candy and a gift card in the boxes.  Aren't they adorable??!

I used an embossing folder to give the little lamb some wooly texture, and the bunny's ears are so stinkin' cute!

So be sure to check out the fun stuff above, and continue hopping along to see lots of other amazing projects ... here is your hop order, and your next stop is Kathy Skou!

Traci Penrod .. you are here
KATHY SKOU .. your next stop
Courtney Lee 
Anita MulCahey
Tya Smith

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Traci's Scrapbook Space

Hi everyone!  It's Traci, and I'm up on the blog today to share my craft space with you.  I'm blessed to have recently moved into a new home with a large basement. Since my scrapbook kit business, Artsy Albums,  requires a lot of space for storage, and tables for kits and packaging,  I turned a large room into a fun work space.
I have four Ikea tables, and one Martha Stewart project desk, in the center of my space.  This lets me easily spread out kit materials, and have friends over to scrapbook.  I tend to work standing up, so the taller project desk works well for me.  I was thrilled to get the large chalkboard on the far wall from my local Archivers store just before they closed.  I worked there for several years, so it's like a big souvenir from happy times.
On one side of the room, I have some storage space and my desk.  The door in the middle leads to my shipping room and extra storage for kits that are ready to mail out.

I love my desk area.  I have some of my favorite layouts displayed on Doodlebug clipboards, my wall calendar (see post about the calendar here), my Doodlebug pin collection, and my computer.  
I have 3 more Martha Stewart project tables on another wall.  This space has my CAMEO machine, ribbon wall, lots of storage as you can see below, and a long space for packaging up my kits.
On the back wall I have two large shelving units from Ikea.  They hold everything from extra adhesive, albums, and bins of sprinkles, stickers, doilies, gems, 6x6 paper pads, extra tools, etc.  I love clear glass jars so I keep washi tape, twine, and buttons in those.

My card stock is in crates and all of my paper collections are organized in bins in my closet.  My wonderful husband built the shelves on both walls in my closet to hold the bins.  
Finally, in the center of my closet is a small table for my Sizzix big shot and die storage.  

I hope you've enjoyed a peek into Artsy Albums work zone ... my happy place!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SALE: 20% off Mini Album Kits TODAY

SALE: 20% off Mini Album Kits TODAY and TOMORROW (Wed & Thurs)

Visit the shop today ... many of our mini album kits are 
20% off Wednesday and Thursday!  

These are just a few examples of minis that are on sale today.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Brand New Summer Beach Mini Album Kit

Now Shipping! 

This album is a pre-order and will be available as a DIY kit ($42.99) or pre-made ($56.99). It will be a wonderful keepsake for any of your summer, beach, and vacation memories! The kit and pre-made albums will begin shipping the week of March 27.

Colorful, summer themed paper, pockets, embellishments, and lots of space for photos -- these are just a few of the things that adorn the pages of this fun album. The cover is covered with paper and embellishments from Carta Bella called "Beach Day". There are 12 (6 front & back) layered card stock pages, including 3 pockets and one fold-out page for extra space.

The album measures approximately 6x8" and includes tons of interactive elements and embellishments. You receive pre-cut background papers and photos mats, full color instructions, and all of the following embellishments: chipboard, journaling cards, ribbon, stickers, and enamel dots.  

I always use only acid-free, photo-safe supplies. This album would make a wonderful gift for family or friends, or just to keep all of your own summer memories in. The album is just the right size for a purse, to carry and share wonderful moments, or to display on a shelf, coffee table, or your desk at work! It will hold at least 28 photos.

If you order the album pre-made, it will be shipped completely assembled and ready for photos or gift-giving.

Do-It-Yourself Kit:
You can also order this album as a do-it-yourself kit!
The pre-cut scrapbook kit includes all of the materials and instructions to make this fabulous mini album! 

Included in the Kit:
6x8" Chipboard Covers
Precut pattern paper (by Carta Bella) 
Pre cut photo mats
Journaling and title cards
Enamel Dots
Full Color instructions 

Tools & supplies you will need to complete this project:
Paper trimmer and/or scissors
Adhesive -- wet and dry
Pop Dots or other dimensional adhesive
Standard 1/4" hole punch

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As always, thank you so much for visiting my shop! My goal is to create scrapbooks, memory albums, and kits that encourage people to share their stories, preserve their photos, and document their everyday lives. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Doodlebug Collectible Pin Wall Display

Hi everyone!  It's Traci and I'm back to share another project for my craft room with you.  As you may remember from my last post (wall calendar with Daily Doodles), I recently moved into a new craft space and I'm having lots of fun adding things to my walls.  So when the pin challenge came up, I decided to create some wall displays that I can add to as I collect more pins.

This is a 12x12 display.  I started with a piece of white card stock and layered the following pieces on top:

Pistachio Gingham Prints 11 3/4" x 11 3/4"
Spring-A-Ling double-sided card stock 11 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Bubblegum Gingham Prints -- cut on my CAMEO machine.  (This is an offset of the cutting file).
White card stock -- cut on my CAMEO machine.  Link Square Lace Background 11" square
May Flowers Dot paper -- cut into 2" squares and adhered behind each square.

I adhered everything to a piece of 12x12 corrugated cardboard cut from a packing box.

Once I pushed each pin through the paper and card board, I attached the pin's original card with the pin backing.  This is so I can remember the names, but also so that I don't lose the original card.

I added my display to a  white 12x12 shadowbox frame .  I used this one because it has adjustable inserts to change depth as needed.

I went ahead and made two more frames for my room because I know I'll be adding more pins to my collection.  
Thanks for checking out my project today!  Be sure to check back next week, when the team will have more project ideas for these adorable collectible pins!