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

Hey guys! Today's project is all about Doodlebug's Petite Prints. I love them and use them in almost all my projects somewhere. The colors match every single Doodlebug collection perfectly so, you never have to hunt for a solid print to match a project.
For this cute birthday mini album, I used Petite Prints in Dot and Stripe on every page. Then to create the birthday theme, I simply added embellishments from a different collection. Change up the embellishments and you can make this album for a baby, a friend, a holiday, or any season!

I used stickers from Doodlebug's Hip Hip Hooray collection. It's an adorable birthday line from a few years back, but you could easily substitute the Party Time or Hey Cupcake Collection instead (links below).

For the pages, I chose the swimming pool, lemon, mandarin, blue jean and citrus colors.  I mixed both sides, dots and stripes, throughout the album for a fun contrast.

I punched a 3" scalloped circle out of the dot and stripe in Mandarin and added a cute circle sticker from the This and That. I added the punch link below. It comes in lots of sizes and shapes but the scallop circle is my favorite!

On the page above, I added a few create-a-cards (from Hip Hip Hooray) ... but you could use the 12x12 papers with the 3x4 cards (links below) and make your own flippies!
I sprinkled some pretty enamel dots here and there and also added a bit of twine to one of the pages. I love how it turned out and it was really fun to make!

I hope you liked today's mini. I've added links to the Petite Prints Dot & Stripe below. It's so versatile - it's a staple in my supplies.
The album I used was a Doodlebug tabbed mini that's no longer available. However, I added links to a similar cutting file below so that you could make one yourself.
I've also included links for the Doodlebug Party Time and Hey Cupcake collection as a super cute substitute for the one I used. Happy scrappin'!

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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 (with links below!).  

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 adhering 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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