Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Doodlebug At the Zoo Cut Files

Hi friends!  It's Traci and I'm up on the blog today with a few cards that I created with the new At the Zoo cut files.  The koala and parrot are my favorite animals in this collection ... aren't they adorable??!

You can find the file for the koala bear in the Silhouette online store here, or if you have a different machine, the SVG file is available in Lori Whitlock's SVG shop here. I just printed the sentiment on white card stock and matted it with some red.  I also punched out a little red heart for an added pop of color.

The parrot file is in the Silhouette shop here, and as a SVG in Lori's shop here. I did a print and cut for the "Happy Birthday" sentiment, and added some doodle twine for the cute little parrot to hang on to.  

All of the papers I used were Doodlebug scraps from my linen/gingham stash, swiss dots, and an older summer collection, Sunkissed.  The adorable leaf print behind the koala is from the new At the Zoo collection and it's probably my favorite print of all!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll check out all of the cute cutting files in the At the Zoo collection and share your projects with us on Facebook!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Coffee and Friends Mini Album: Doodlebug Cream & Sugar

Hello friends! When was the last time you created a project about you and your girlfriends and/or sisters? It's been a while for me, so I decided to make a mini using one of my favorite Doodlebug collections, Cream & Sugar. I love the colors and honestly, nothing in my world happens before I have my coffee!

Since friends and coffee go great together, I made this album more about friendship than pictures of us drinking coffee. I think it's adorable & love the way it turned out.
For the pages, I cut the base coffee cup out several times using Doodlebug's, Coffee To Go - Cream & Sugar Cutting file (link below). I made an internal offset of the shape and cut the offset out from different pattern papers. 

The first page is my friend 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 but 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. She does love desserts so the odds & ends on this page were perfect. This pic was taken at my son's wedding. I couldn't have handled that big event without her.

After I designed each page, I punched a hole in the top corner and added some chunky twine (which, by the way, is another thing I can't live without), lol!

Life is soooo 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 which you can see HERE. Until next time, happy crafting everyone!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Halloween Scrapbook Album and 12x12 Page Layout Kit

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 .... 
The colors are fun and I love the googly eye enamel dots throughout the album.  

Spooky colors, scary titles, pockets, tags and fun die-cuts  are just a few of the things that adorn the pages of this haunted little album. The paper and accents are by Echo Park.
This black chipboard album includes 12 layered card stock pages (6 front and back) and the album measures 6"x8".

Halloween 12x12 Page Layout Kit 

In this fun page layout 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.  

To see more great album kits, page layout kits & pre-assembled albums visit my online shop here:  Artsy Albums

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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 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.

I did one image at a time so that all of the holes on the backside of the paper wouldn't get confusing. 

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!

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