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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".

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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


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