Saturday, May 28, 2016

Lori Whitlock Sizzix Die Tea Party

Hi everyone!  I’m excited to be posting over on Lori Whitlock’s blog today to share some fun projects using her Sizzix dies.  As you know, Lori designs fabulous cutting files for our digital cutting machines, and creates beautiful paper collections for Echo Park.  She also designs wonderful dies for Sizzix!  For crafters who don’t have a digital cutting machine, or who want to cut heavier materials like chipboard, these are so much fun!
I used several different dies and stamps to create a sweet tea party set for a little girl.  I’ve added links below so you can get all of the details.  The papers and embellishments are from the Petticoats collection that Lori designed for Echo Park.

Before you can have a tea party, you have to invite some friends.  I used Lori’s Sizzix Bigz Teapot die to create my invitation.  To create a card, I folded my white card stock and cut the shape out with my fold positioned to the right of the handle’s cut line.  This prevented that area of the handle from cutting and allowed the fold to stay in tact.  I then cut two more teapots to add to the front, and inside, of the card.

I created some adorable treat packaging with the Square Favor Box Bigz Die and the Bigz Favor Bag die.  The “Hello Cupcake” die and stamp sentiment are from Lori’s Birthday Framelits Set.

I created a thank-you card using several of the dies and a stamp from the Jar and Teapot Framelit set and finished my set with a cute little mini album.  The Cupcake #2 Bigz die was perfect for this since I wanted to cut several pieces of thick chipboard.  After cutting the cupcake out of pattern paper also, I glued the page pieces together and punched a hole in one side for a binding ring.  A little ribbon and a lot of enamel dots finished off my mini in no time.

I hope you visit some of the links I’ve included to learn more about Lori’s wonderful designs over at 

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Vintage Travel Scrapbook Mini Album with Carta Bella

Happy Wednesday friends!  
It's been a busy few days getting my life back to normal after our family trip to St. Maarten.  Unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping -- always the worst part about traveling!  But we had a great time and the weather was perfect .... 

I got a chance to get back into my studio yesterday so I completed the 3rd release in our series of 2016 travel album kits.  The first two have been very popular .... 

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Vintage Travel Scrapbook Mini Album with Carta Bella

The new one has more of a vintage feel.  For this album I used the Old World Travel collection from Carta Bella.  I just love the aged, antique look of the papers and embellishments.  It will be perfect for European photos,  heritage vacation pictures, and lots of other unique travel memories.   

Aren't the colors in this collection wonderful?  The 8x9" chipboard binder album includes 12 6.5x8" scrapbook pages plus 9 plastic photo sleeve pages. The album will hold at least 60 photos.  The title on the cover says "Adventure: For the Love of Travel" and some of the other pages say "Explore", "Sightseeing", and "The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step".  To see my handmade albums and kits, be sure to visit my online shop at

Hope all of your travel or "stay-cation" memories are wonderful this summer!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Doodlebug Chunky Twine Tutorial

Good morning friends!  I have a tutorial to share with you today.  The Doodlebug design team was asked to create a project where Chunky Twine was the star of the project.  I created a simple 4x6 album full of black and white family photos, but the fun part was the cover!  

To create my album, I found three small pieces of scrap chipboard.  I used white, but you could easily use regular grey chipboard and cover the pieces with pattern paper or paint.  The two cover pieces are 5" x 6 1/4", and the other piece is 4" x 6".  I used a heavy-duty hole punch to punch binding holes in the front and back cover pieces.

Next, I taped one end of my black chunky twine to the back of my 4x6 chipboard, applied a small amount of liquid glue to the front, and starting wrapping the twine around the board.  I repeated this process several times with black, grey, and white chunky twine ... taping the ends on the back, and glueing on the front.  I finish the top of the piece with red twine for a pop of color.

Once the twine was wrapped around the entire 4x6 piece, I used a strong liquid glue to adhere it to the cover of my album (Note:  I added a piece of 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" mint pattern paper and some fancy frills stickers to the album cover before adhering the twine piece)

I added mint pattern paper to the inside front and back covers also, and created a chunky twine heart to carry the twine into the inside.  

For the heart, I just punched out a heart shape from white card stock and then added red twine to the heart, glueing as a followed the card stock shape.

For my inside pages, I kept them simple -- plain white card stock measuring 4 3/4" x 6 1/4".  I punched the binding holes and then just added my black and white photos.  I added 10 pages, so I have 20 fun family photos throughout my album.  This little album will be a fun keepsake to carry in my purse and share with friends :)

I hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial and will visit me over on our Facebook Page or Instagram to stay up to date on our latest kits, sales, and giveaways! 

Supplies Used:
Binding rings
Strong liquid adhesive

Monday, May 23, 2016

Let's Go Travel Scrapbook Mini Album, Bella Blvd

It's that time of year!  Vacations ...  road trips ... weekend getaways .... don't let those wonderful memories sit in the photo app of your phone or computer!  Print them, share them! ... Save them in this fun travel scrapbook album.  

The scrapbook is available as a DIY kit, or you can order it already finished.  What a fun way to remember and share your trip with friends, family and future generations!

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

School Days, Preschool - 12th Grade Album, Bella Blvd

Hi friends! A quick post to let you all know about our newest school album. These preschool-12th grade albums have always been very popular and we are excited about this new one.  
We used the super cute Bella Blvd Star Student Collection and cards, die-cuts and a binder album from Simple Stories to create an awesome album to document photos and memorabilia from preschool through 12th grade!
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hello Summer Scrapbook Mini Album Kit, Carta Bella

Flip-flops, popsicles, and lots of sunny memories ... I have a brand new scrapbook mini album kit that will help you document all of your own summer memories. Keep it for yourself or give it as a wonderful gift to family or friends!
To purchase the instructions to make this album visit:
This cheerful album is just the right size for a purse, to carry and share wonderful moments, or to display on a shelf or a coffee table! It will hold at least 26 photos.

Colorful, summer themed paper, pockets, tags and an envelope adorn the pages of this beautiful album. The cover has paper and embellishments from Carta Bella called "Soak Up the Sun".

The album measures approximately 7x8" and has tons of interactive elements and embellishments. It has a cascading flip-up photo element and 16 (8 front and back) heavy chipboard pages.

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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.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Suitcase Mini Album - May Blog Hop with Lori Whitlock

Hi everyone! Today I'm hanging out with Lori Whitlock's Creative Team for our June blog hop!  If you just stopped by, be sure to start the hop at Lori's site so that you don't miss any of the fun projects the team has to share with you!
For my project, I created a suitcase style mini album for Father's Day! I love the idea of giving photos as a gift. What dad (or granddad) wouldn't love that? The cutting file is called Hidden Binding Suitcase Mini Album (link below).


I love all of the pockets! I'm also excited about the more masculine paper line Lori designed for Echo Park called Pinstripes. It's a great collection for all of your "guy" projects. The "I (heart) DAD" title on the front is also another design in Lori's shop called I Love Dad (link below). 

Now, back to Lori's blog hop ... your next stop is Kathy Skou!

Thanks for stopping by today!