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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Coffee and Friends Mini Album: Doodlebug Cream & Sugar

When was the last time you created a project about you and your girlfriends and/or sisters?   It had been a while for me, so I decided to use one of my favorite Doodlebug collections to make one.   Cream & Sugar was perfect for my mini because I love the colors and nothing in my world happens before I have coffee, so .....
Coffee IS always better with a friend!  Now, I don't have photos of me and my besties drinking coffee together.  I should, because it happens ... but it's an album about friendship, and since I have lots of those photos, it works!
This is Lori ... my son is married to her daughter and we are "co-grandmas".  We both take care of our little princess and are super close.  This picture was taken on one of our "Grandparents Weekend Away" trips.  By the way, how cute are those Doodlebug coffee mugs?! 
This is Gina.  We met when we both worked at Archivers.   I KNOW! ...  we miss it too!   We started scrapbooking and traveling to crops together years ago, and have been close friends ever since.  These pictures were taken in Vancouver at a scrapbook retreat.

The little journaling spot at the top of the page was cut from a sheet in the 6x6 paper pad.  I always get 12x12 and 6x6 papers ... both sizes come in handy for any project.
This is my sister, Kim.  People say we look alike; we don't see it.  :) She doesn't drink coffee but is absolutely my best friend in the entire world so she had to be in my book, coffee or no coffee.  This pic was taken at my son's wedding.  I couldn't have handled that big event without her.

For the pages, I just cut the base coffee cup out several times using Doodlebug's Coffee To Go Cutting file, (also available as an SVG file in the Lori Whitlock SVG shop) made an internal offset of the shape, and cut the offset out from different pattern papers.  Then I punched a hole in the top corner and added some chunky twine (which, by the way, is another thing I don't think I could live without)!
Life IS sweet, and I can't imagine it without my friends.  This photo is of me, Gina, and two more of my besties ... Roxanne and Rushita.  We all worked together at Archivers.  Rushita is just one of the sweetest people I know.  I love to tease her because she is by far the youngest of the group.  She has young children and has had to listen to the rest of us talk about menopause and raising teenagers (now adults) over the years.  Rox and I have a ton in common ... we both have sons, enjoy decorating, worry about the same things, and can't scrapbook without singing (and not always in tune ... okay, never in tune).   I love these girls :)
Thanks for visiting today.  This project was made for Doodlebug design team's "Off the Page" challenge.  I hope you'll visit their blog each day to see more fun projects from everyone on the team.  Until next time, happy crafting everyone!

Supplies used:
Cream & Sugar 12x12 collection kit
Cream & Sugar 6x6 paper pad
Cream & Sugar Odds & Ends 
Chunky Twine
Cake Shoppe Shape Sprinkles


Monday, August 14, 2017

Halloween Scrapbook Album and 12x12 Page Layout Kits

Hi everyone ... Traci here, and I'm hopping on the blog today to share some of our new Halloween kits!.  First, our October 31st mini album .... 
This kit is a great value at just $29.99!  The colors are fun, and I love the googly eye enamel dots throughout the album.  

This black chipboard album includes 12 layered card stock pages (6 front and back) and the album measures 6"x8".

Spooky colors, scary titles, pockets, tags, and fun die-cuts -- these are just a few of the things that adorn the pages of this haunted little album. The paper and accents are by Echo Park.

The 12x12 page kit is equally as fun ....
In this kit you'll get 12x12 base card stock for 6 pages, pre-cut pattern papers, a 12x12 sticker sheet and lots of photo mats for at least 20 pictures.  

Additional photos and purchasing information for both kits can be viewed in our online shop here:  Artsy Albums

We have lots more mini album and 12x12 scrapbook kits coming out in the next few weeks so check back with us often and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Lori Whitlock's August Blog Hop Give Thanks Journal

Hi friends!  It's time for Lori Whitlock's August 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 played with one of Lori's darling new mason jar files.  She has several designs that you will LOVE!  I turned the Give Thanks file into a gratitude journal.
To create this cute mini album journal, I cut the file with brown paper, and offset Lori's file to create a white background file to use as pages. Then I cut out six white pages.
I covered the pages with Lori's new Fall collection that she designed for Echo Park called "A Perfect Autumn" .  I love the stickers and chipboard embellishments in this line, not to mention all of the wonderful paper patterns! 
I also used a lined journaling stamp from my stash.  I picked this one up from Stampin' Up years ago.


My family will enjoy documenting what we're thankful for this fall ... a Thanksgiving tradition in our house.  I hope you find one of Lori's cute mason jar files that you can create something wonderful with!  Here are just a few examples .... 

Here are some more great things that Lori has for you today!



 Now on to 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

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Simple Stories Summer Days Sn@p Album

Hi everyone!  I'm back to share a new Simple Stories Sn@p album with you.  This one is for my family's 2013 trip to Hawaii.  I love the bright colors in the Summer Days collection and it worked perfectly for these photos.  As you can see, like many of you, I am a bit behind on my scrapbooking!
If you like pocket scrapbooking, but never know what to do with the full 6x8 sleeve, check out a few of these ideas ... 

Add a fold out card to the front of the page.  Not only is it a fun place to use the 4x6 vertical cards (as I did below), but it also allows you to get 2-3 full 4x6 photos on a 6x8 page!
Here are a few more examples of how I use the 6x8 pages ... 
I like adding different sized pages in my albums.  I think it adds interest and a different element as you flip through the book.  Below, I cut one of the 6x8 pages (included in the Sn@p album) in half vertically, and then added some stickers and photos.  These 1/2 pages are also great places for journaling!
One of my favorite embellishments is chipboard.  In the photo below, I added the arrow and burger to the outside of the plastic.  This works great if you want to overlap two of the pockets!

While in Hawaii, we took a helicopter tour.  I highly recommend it for beautiful photos of the island.  If you have two 3x4 pockets side-by-side (below), don't be afraid to cut your photo in half and insert 1/2 into each pocket.  Again, I think this adds some fun interest to the book.


I guess I need to fill out my summer bucket list ... especially since summer will be over before I know it! 

Here are the products I used for this album:

Until next time, happy scrapping!!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Doodlebug Stitch Challenge

Hi Artsy Albums friends!  I'm back over on the Doodlebug Blog today sharing my project for the design team's stitching challenge.  So I have to be honest with you ... this one was tough for me!  I have one sister and when God was handing out the sewing gene, he gave it to her.  She's a wiz with a needle and a sewing machine.  Me?  Not so much!

Another fun fact about me -- when I was little and would color in coloring books, I liked to use my crayons to outline everything in the picture.  I would rarely color the pictures in, so I'm not surprised that this is the project I came up with :)


I love all of the cute 12x12 designs that Doodlebug has started doing for each collection.  This one is from the Cream & Sugar collection (5498: sweet shoppe stripe double-sided cardstock).  I used a mouse pad underneath the paper, and a paper piercer, and randomly punched holes around each of the images.  

I did one image at a time so that all of the holes on the backside of the paper wouldn't get confusing.  
I grabbed up several colors of Doodle Twine and plopped down in front of my tv.  It was actually a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
Although I struggled to come up with my project, I'm really happy with the way it turned out.  I framed the piece and it now hangs just below my Doodlebug pin collection in my craft room.  Hopefully I've inspired those of you who also lack the "sewing gene", to find a fun piece of paper and some Doodle Twine and get stitching!  Have fun!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Doodlebug Odds & Ends Project

Happy Thursday everyone!  It's Traci, and I'm back to share a  project I created for Doodlebug using the adorable Odds and Ends die cuts from their  Spring Things collection.

This is one of my all-time favorite die cut collections because of the flowers and cute little critters.  I wanted some thing I could hang on my wall for a fun pop of color in my craft room.  I didn't have a 12x12 frame, so the Doodlebug clipart board worked perfectly!
My inspiration started with this piece of 6x6 paper from the Spring Things 6x6 paper pad.  I used my circle cutter to cut out the circle, and then adhered it to the center of my white card stock.
Then I used a plate to draw another circle for my odds and ends.   I laid all of the pieces around the circle to determine placement before I adhered them.  I love how the acetate pieces look popped up and overlapping other solid pieces.
And here is my granddaughter again ... get ready, you are going to be seeing a lot more of her in future.  She is almost 10 months old and has completely stolen my heart!

I finished the piece by adding just a few sprinkles around the page, and backing the white card stock with a piece of dolphin textured card stock

I hope my project has inspired you to have lots of fun with Doodlebug's Odds and Ends!  Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Doodlebug PageMaps Challenge

Hi everyone!  Doodlebug Designs has teamed up with Becky Fleck and the Page Maps team this month to play with some of their new July sketches.  Becky sent me a great 8.5x11 layout with spots for three small photos ... perfect for pictures of my precious granddaughter!



Here's the PageMaps July 2017 sketch:

... and here is my layout.  
For this layout I used Doodlebug's Spring Things collection.  When my granddaughter was born last fall, I starting calling her "Buggy" or "Rylee Bug".  Spring Things has lots of cute little bugs so it was perfect for these pictures.
Rylee is, by far, the happiest baby I have ever met.  She is always smiling and laughing.  She truly has brought lots of sunshine to our family.  

In addition to Spring Things paper, I also used cherry paper from the gingham prints collection, bubblegum doodle twine, and lots of little Odds & Ends

If you haven't tried a sketch from PageMaps, you should!  Even though you can easily change the design, the maps are fun to use as a starting point, or to copy exactly for quick inspiration.  Have fun with them and thanks for stopping by today!