Sunday, March 31, 2019

Doodlebug Simply Spring Mini Album

Sunshine, flowers, butterflies and warmer weather! Spring has arrived here in Georgia and despite the incredibly high pollen counts, I'm ready! I've been having lots of fun playing with the Simply Spring collection so I'm excited to share my latest mini with you.

For this one, I used an acrylic cover, which I love for layering all of the cute stickers and die cuts!
In addition to the stickers and die cuts on the cover, I added Doodlebug's adorable envelopes and cards inside the album.  Here are a few pictures, but you can also take a better look at the album by scrolling down to my You Tube video!


I just can't get enough of this Spring collection ... the flower pots and cute little critters are ADORABLE!

Check out my video below and, if interested, please subscribe to my You Tube channel where I'm starting to post more of my Doodlebug and Artsy Albums creations.



We have a different Spring album DIY kit available in our shop!  Please check out the link below for this darling album that uses the same paper collection as the one in this post.  The kit is a 10"x10" album that will be perfect for saving sunny, outdoor, spring memories!

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Here's to warmer days and lots of spring sunshine in your part of the world!  Thanks for stopping by!
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

New Spring Album and Page Kits

Happy Spring everyone!

You may still have snow on the ground where you are, but that doesn't mean you can't start dreaming of warmer weather, spring flowers, and a visit from the Easter bunny!  

We've been super busy at Artsy Albums prepping all of our new spring kits!  We're so excited about these and have more to come very soon so be sure to follow us @artsyalbums on Instagram and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/artsyalbums to stay up-to-date!







Visit the shop at www.artsyalbums.etsy.com 
for more details!


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Monday, March 25, 2019

Our Little Princess Album

Hi everyone!  I have a post over on Simple Stories today to share my Little Princess Sn@p album.  These pages were especially fun for me to create because I'm a mom of two boys.  Pink and princess themes haven't always been something I did a lot with ... until now!  My granddaughter has made my albums more colorful, and a lot more pink!
The 6x8 Little Princess paper pad is SO CUTE!  I loved this page so much I just adhered a few little bird die cuts with foam adhesive to give the paper some dimension.
I also had fun adding enamel dots (yes! they're back! Yippee!) around the little frame on the 3x4 card, and then repeated them around my 4x6 piece.

I used bits & pieces die cuts (love that dragon!), chipboard pieces, and those cute bow clips to embellish the pages.
I even tucked some darling bows into my 2x2 layout!  I think these insta-pocket pages add so much fun to a sn@p album.
The colors in this collection are perfection!!
I love my granddaughter's album so much that I decided to make it into a DIY kit for my Artsy Albums shop!  You can find the link below!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Lots of Luck Brag Box

You've heard of a "brag book" ... like a little album grandma keeps in her purse to share photos with her friends?  Well, how about a Brag Box?  I was playing with some 3D box cut files recently and found this one by Lori Whitlock.  I love the darling little heart cut outs, and it gave me an idea for a cute photo project.
Check out this video to see the entire project, and then I'll give you some tips on making one for yourself!
            
After purchasing and downloading Lori's 3D heart box, I used my Silhouette software to enlarge the two box pieces so that the square in the center of the lid was 4x4".  I cut out both pieces and used a strong liquid glue to adhere them.  
Next, I cut a small slit in the top of my box lid, and put one end of a  30" ribbon through the top of the lid.  I adhered the end to the top of the lid and covered it with several layers of card stock, cherry petite prints, and Lots of Luck pattern paper.
To add the enamel heart sprinkles to the white box base, I used a craft knife to position each heart through the cut outs in the lid.  I will definitely be getting more of these!  Love them!
For the photos, I adhered six 3.5"x3.5" white card stock squares along the ribbon and added 3.25"x3.25" pattern paper to the front and back of each square.  Each of my 12 photos were cropped to 3"x3" and adhered over the pattern paper mats. 

Finally, I adhered 6 DoodlePop hearts (3 back to back) to finish off the end of the ribbon.  It was a fun way to showcase a few pictures of "the bug", aka my granddaughter :). Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Lori Whitlock March Blog Hop

Welcome back crafty friends!  Today is Lori Whitlock's March Blog Hop and 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!

For my project I created a pretty little gift set. 
With spring, Mother's Day, Easter, and of course, birthdays coming up, I wanted to make a card and gift bag that I could use for any of those occasions.  
For the card, I used this beautiful layered design that you can find on Lori's site here.   I also used papers that she created for Echo Park called "I (heart) Crafting".  Aren't those colors beautiful?!

Here's a link to this adorable gift bag file!


You can get these cute cutting files today on SALE! Once you've checked out all of the awesome hop designs, head back over to Lori's site for her sale, give-away, and freebie!



Now, on to the rest of the creative hop!  
Your next stop is Anita's Blog!

Order for the Hop:
Traci Penrod  (you are here)
Anita Mulcahey (your next stop)

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Theme Park Adventures with Simple Stories

Hi everyone!  I'm excited to be posting a new design over at Simple Stories today. The Say Cheese 4 collection is so much fun, and perfect for those special travel and theme park adventures we all love so much!
When the album is opened, I really wanted a layered effect for the pattern papers so I created some different size pages to add interest.

Simple Stories has some fun new word dies.  I used them for the "YAY!" and the "Cheese" above.  I love the larger size of these!

I also love the chipboard stickers that come with the collection.  There are two sets ... cute icons (the banner above), and a fun set of words ("Happy" in the photo below).


The Say Cheese 4 6x8 binder comes with extra pages including this polka dot pocket!  Perfect for maps, tickets, autographs, and other memorabilia.
I'll post more pictures of this fun album this week ... we'll be adding it to the shop as a DIY kit so stay tuned!!

Supplies I Love and a Link to this album kit at Artsy Albums!
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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Pot 'O Gold Album with Doodlebug Designs

Shaped albums are always so much fun and I'm excited to share my latest Lots of Luck mini with all of you! (If you missed the first one, you can check it out here)!
For the cover and base of my album, I used the Pot O' Gold cutting file from the Doodlebug Happy Go Lucky cut file collection.  There is one for this collection too, but it had not been released when I made this album.  You can find it here soon!
To create the covers and album pages:
1.  I separated the pieces and cut the grey (back cover) and black (front cover) pieces out of Silhouette chipboard 3 times.
2.  I layered the pieces together to give the covers more strength.
3.  I cut 4 more of the black pot design out of white card stock to use as base pages.
4.  The white pots (shown above) are the internal offsets (front and back) of the base pages.  I cut 4 of each out of pattern paper.


If you decide to make a project like this, be sure your pattern paper is in the right direction on your cutting mat. I learned this the hard way when I cut out the rainbow pattern upside down. :)
I love the little ladybug shaped sprinkles!  They added such a cute touch to the cover and the page above.
The rainbow, clouds, and hearts on the pages above, and the cute little leprechaun below, are both adorable doodle-pops!

I hope my little project has "brightened your day"!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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