Monday, August 31, 2015

Family Scrapbook Mini Album Kit with Echo Park

Happy Monday everyone! It's been a busy few weeks for me with end-of-summer travel, design team projects, and getting my house ready to sell ... but this past week I found some time to play with a new collection from Echo Park called The Story of Our Family.  I just love the colors in this new line so I made a new album kit for the shop. Check it out ...

Our new Family scrapbook album is available as a DIY kit or pre-made and will be a wonderful keepsake for your family's memories! This album would make a great gift for Christmas, or a perfect hostess gift for Thanksgiving!

The chipboard binder album includes 20 pages (6 full double-sided scrapbook pages and 4 double-sided divided photo sleeves). The album will hold at least 46 photos and includes 10 plastic page protectors.

Gorgeous acid free archival safe paper and embellishments are from the Echo Park The Story of Our Family collection designed by Lori Whitlock. The album is by Simple Stories.

I always create my albums so that photos can easily tuck under embellishments, and I always use only acid-free, photo-safe supplies. The title on the cover says "Family" and some of the other pages say "Together is the Best Place to Be", "You Are So Amazing", "Home Sweet Home" and "Owl Always Love You".

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Embossed Cards with We R Memory Keepers

Hey guys, today it's my turn over on the We R Memory Keeper's blog!  For my project, I made a few cute and fun embossed cards. I love making handmade cards but sometimes I don’t have the time to stamp or print a sentiment. So ... using these new embossing strips are a super quick and easy way to make a great impact on the front of a card. Check it out ...

I used We R’s card stock and since it has a white core, the embossing looks great with a bit of sanding.  Tip:  I ran the paper and embossing strip through my Evolution first, and then cut the paper to the size I wanted for the card.  This way, if the paper shifted, I could adjust how I cut the piece out.

I hope this has given you some ideas for fun and easy cards. We R Memory Keepers has lots of great embossing strips and they come in sets of 6 different phrases.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Blog Hop with Lori Whitlock Designs

Hi everyone!  
Welcome to Lori Whitlock's Creative Team August blog hop! 

If you just hopped on at Artsy Albums, be sure to head back over to Lori's site to start the hop from the beginning!  The Creative team has lots of fun projects to share with you and as always, Lori is having a sale and a chance to win a gift card!

For my project, I created one of Lori's adorable "belly boxes".  She has the cutest styles for these ... a bunny, panda, pig, lamb, dog, cat,  and lots of others.  I chose to do the elephant ... so cute!!  You can check out all of her belly box animals here.

Be sure not to miss Lori's sale!  Use coupon code AUGUST to receive 30% off the designs in her SVG shop, and if you like the digital designs, you can also save 30% at Snap Click Supply too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Please visit Artsy Albums on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the newest kits we have at Artsy Albums, in addition to sales, giveaways, and coupons !

Now back to the hop!  Your next stop is:  Kathy Skou

Monday, August 10, 2015

Baby Boy Cards with Doodlebug

Hey guys! Doodlebug Designs is featuring a color challenge over on their blog. The design team was asked to pick a Doodlebug color to play with this week and I chose Blue Jean! It was easy for me to focus on this color because as a mom of two boys, blue has always been the color-of-choice around my house.

I decided to make three very different cards for my project so that I could play with lots Doodlebug products.

For the first card, I created a mason jar shaker card using a cut file called Shaker Mason Jar by Lori Whitlock (link below). I loaded it up with blue jean colored boutique buttons and sequins, along with one red button for a pop of color. You can buy those Doodlebug buttons and sequins at a great shop, here and here.

For the second card, I used one of Doodlebug's Create-A-Cards and punched a star in the top. Then in true "Melinda Spinks" fashion I added lots of sprinkles and gems to give the star some shine. I used Doodlebug's Doodles cardstock stickers to add a quick sentiment but you can also use .

Finally, for my last card I used another cutting file from Lori Whitlock called Baby Boy Overall Card (link below) to make a sweet pair of overalls. This one came together easily with patterned paper from the Snips and Snails collection and sprinkled star vellum from Patriotic Picnic. Then I had a few critters from the Forest Friends Doodle-pops peeking out of a pocket. Love them!

Since some products are from older Doodlebug collections, I found a few similar ones and added links below along with some of the actual products.  

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Vintage Scrapbook Photo Crate, Kaisercraft

Happy Saturday friends! I'm hopping on the blog this evening to share a new addition to the Artsy Albums shop ... and oh my goodness ... this one was fun! This unique scrapbook photo crate is not only a beautiful way to save photos but it's also a perfect place to store greeting cards, tickets and other memorabilia.

To purchase the instructions to make this photo crate visit:

As soon as I saw these crates at CHA, I new I wanted to add a unique photo memory project to the shop. I finally decided on a family theme and vintage color scheme. Kaisercraft's Antique Bazaar Collection was perfect for this.

The 7x5x4 inch wooden crate is filled with folders, chipboard pages, tags, and cards, all beautifully decorated with gorgeous paper and die-cuts.

To purchase the instructions to make this photo crate visit:

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Lightbulb Garland with We R Memory Keepers

Hello friends! Everyone is having fun with garland and banners these days. Pinterest is full of crafty ideas for these great projects and ... they are not just for parties anymore. Many people use them for interesting decor!

So, I created this an interesting lightbulb garland for the We R Memory Keepers blog today! 

This garland would add a bit of whimsy to any space. It would be great for a child's or teen's room, a dorm or an office! Or, use this for a fun celebration like a birthday party, special anniversary, or New Year's Eve! The metallic gold & glitter would be perfect for that.

To create the banner, I used the Evolution Advanced Cutting Machine, the Lightbulb Garland Die Set and the new Clearly Posh collection.

I cut the lightbulb shapes out of white card stock and the Clearly posh acetate.  The dies will create an impression in the acetate, which is then easy to cut around with a pair of scissors.
The garland comes together super quick once all of the pieces are cut.  I added some self-adhesive sequins to the top of each lightbulb and finished the end of the banner with a few gold plastic bows.

Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!

Evolution Advanced Cutting Machine
Lightbulb Garland Die Set
Clearly Posh Acetate paper and bows
Gold Glitter Designer Poster Board
Sequin Stickers

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