Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Simple Vintage Halloween with Simple Stories

Halloween?  Already?  How is that possible!  But it will be here before we know it and I had lots of fun getting this fun Snap album ready for our not-so-spooky holiday.

I love the colors and patterns in the Simple Stories Simple Vintage collection.  Fun plaids, stripes, and polka dots paired with lots of cute chipboard pumpkins made this album come together very quickly.
I also love how the papers and element cards have a distressed, vintage feel!
How cute is my little granddaughter?!  These photos are from last year, and now I will just continue the album with photos for each year going forward. 
I also plan to make my album part of my Halloween decor, so that family and friends can flip through the cute pages each October.  I hope you love Simple Vintage Halloween as much as I do!   

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Doodlebug Petite Prints Birthday Album

The new Doodlebug Petite Prints are my focus today and I just can't tell you how much I love them!  My favorite thing about these patterns?  The colors match every single collection perfectly so I never have to hunt for a solid print to match a project. Here's a great example!
The stickers that I used for this album are from the Hip Hip Hooray collection. It's an adorable birthday themed collection from a few years back, and it matches the new dot/stripe petite prints perfectly!
For my album, I chose the swimming pool, lemon, mandarin, blue jean and citrus colors.  I mixed the two sides, dots and stripes, throughout the album for a fun contrast.

On the page above, I also added a few create-a-cards ... and again, they are Doodlebug so they match!

I've started collecting sleeves of my favorite petite prints so that I always have the perfect solid print to match any collection.  I hope I've inspired you to do the same!  

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Traci's Favorite Adhesives

One question I get asked all the time is, "What kind of adhesive do you use"? Since I use several different types, and a few different brands, I decided to create this post for reference.  

Let me start by saying that there are many great adhesives on the market and the ones that I mention here are just the ones I've tried, had success with, and use everyday in my craft room. It's no secret that I love, and get paid a small affiliate fee for posting links to their store,  but most of these adhesives can also be purchased at your local craft store, or other online sites.

First, let's talk about the adhesive I use the most. I've tried a lot of tape runners over the years, and need one that is acid-free, gives me a lot of adhesive on a roll, and is light-weight.  I like the Scotch Advanced Tape Glider. For a permanent adhesive, it's easy to use, goes on clean, is photo safe, and comes in 2-pack refill rolls (36 yards of adhesive/roll).
I don't use liquid adhesive often, but I do like to use it when adhereing paper and embellishments to the front and back of album covers.  I feel like it gives me a little more strength for these areas of the album that are handled more often.   My go-to liquid adhesives are Zip Dry and Nuvo.  I like Zip Dry Paper Glue because it's strong, dries clear, and can be rubbed off of areas where I make a mistake or apply too much.   I recently started using Nuvo Craft glue.  It's less expensive than Zip Dry and so far, seems to be working well.

If you've ever purchased one of my album kits, you know that I like to use pockets.  When I adhere the sides of my pockets down, I want a very strong adhesive that won't interfere with the photo mats and insert cards that I tuck inside.  For this, I love Wonder Tape.  It is a very strong, super sticky, double-sided, clear tape that holds my pockets together permanently.  Wonder tape is also heat resistant for anyone who uses a heating tool for embossing, and is also great for adhering ribbon.

When I want to add dimension to my albums or pages, I use foam tape.  It adds some height to my projects and allows me to create a 3D effect with die cuts or other embellishments.  I like Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares because they come in varying sizes and thicknesses, stick permanently, and are easy to use.
Finally, I love to keep a thin glue pen handy for adhering thin die cuts or other tiny pieces that don't work well with my tape glider.  For the tiny stuff, I like either the Zig 2-Way Squeeze & Roll, or Lawn Fawn's Glue Tube.
So those are my favorites!  If my list changes in the future, I'll be sure to come back and edit or add an addendum to my list :) 
I'd also love to hear about your favorite adhesives, what you use them for, and what makes them so awesome so leave me some comments!

Happy crafting everyone!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Day at the Zoo Mini Album

Our newest mini album kit is a pre-cut do-it-yourself scrapbook kit that includes all of the materials to make this 6x6 zoo themed mini album. (Also available pre made) Perfect for visits to the zoo, animal photos, petting zoos, field trips.

This mini album will make a wonderful keepsake for photos from the zoo, a safari, animals, petting zoos, field trips, etc. The album measures 6"x6", has 16 pages (8 double-sided), and includes 2 fold-out pages and 2 pockets for extra space.

Pre made:
If you order the album pre-made -- it will be delivered complete, ready for your photos.

Do-It-Yourself Kit:
A DIY kit is fun and easy! All of the pieces are pre-cut and full-color instructions are included. You'll have your scrapbook completed in no time! All you'll need is adhesive and a few tools (listed below).

This kit includes:
6"x6" heavy chipboard covers
Pre-cut Papers (Pattern Paper by Doodlebug Designs)
Photos mats and 8 pages (Acid free card stock by Bazzill)
Stickers -- three 6x12 sheets!
Journaling Spots
Ribbon and enamel embellishments

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As always, thank you so much for visiting my shop! 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, September 11, 2018

September Blog Hop with Lori Whitlock

Hi crafty friends!  Today is Lori Whitlock's July Blog Hop!  My site was suppose to be the first stop on the hop, but my CAMEO machine is having some software issues, so hop on over to Kathy's site!  And be sure to visit Lori's site too, because she has some goodies for you ... a sale, a giveaway, and a cute freebie!

If you get off track on the hop order ....  Lori Whitlock,  Kathy SkouAnita MulcaheyBrandie AdamsBrigit Mann, Michelle Zerull,  Aimee KiddAshley CookCathy Harper and Corri Garza!!  Have fun!

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Dinosaur Layout using So Much Pun

These are some of my all-time favorite pictures of my boys and my sister's girls. They are so close, even now, and my sister and I often comment on how their personalities today, were exactly the same 15 years ago. Beach photos with a dinosaur theme? Maybe not usually ... but somehow So Much Pun makes it work!! ❤️
When I saw So Much Pun for the first time, I fell in love with the adorable dinosaur Doodlepop. I couldn't wait to use it on a page layout with one of my favorite sayings, "Let the world hear you roar"!  I didn't have any dinosaur photos, but when I found these ... I knew they were perfect! 

In addition to the T-riffic paper, I used some of the new petite print card stock for the background, photo mats, and "ROAR" die cut.  I cut the title letters (The Amazing Spiderman Font) out with my Cameo machine and printed the rest of the title using Lori Whitlock's RR Kinder Font.
The stickers are from the So Much Pun icon sheet and the dino-mite sprinkles

I hope I've inspired you to look past the "theme" of stickers and embellishments and use them in fun new ways!  There were no dinosaurs roaming our beach that day, but I love how they add to my happy memory from years ago.

Thanks for letting me share! 

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Forever Fall Pocket Album with Simple Stories

Happy Wednesday everyone!  It's Traci, from Artsy Albums, and I'm excited to share my Sn@p album project using the beautiful Forever Fall collection.

The colors in this line are different than most fall collections.  A hint of pink and blue are combined with traditional fall colors of orange, brown, and cinnamon.  It's just beautiful!
The pictures of my son and his adorable family worked perfectly in this easy, pocket style album.  I used my HP Sprocket Plus printer to print the 2.3x3.4 self-adhesive photos.  I just love this photo size for pocket albums!

One of the 4x6 horizontal cards in the collection has a circle in the center.  I decided to highlight a sweet picture of my granddaughter by using a 3.5" circle punch.  

I used several pieces of Forever Fall chipboard on the page above, and cut down the 4x6 vertical card to fit the 4x4 pocket.
I hope I've inspired you to give pocket style scrapbooking a try for fall using Simple Stories Sn@p albums and the beautiful Forever Fall collection! ( and Amazon affiliate links included.)