Thursday, February 13, 2020

Love Notes Envelope Album

For this project I was inspired by an adorable piece from the Love Notes Odds & Ends collection.  The little envelope with the flowers popping out of the top is so cute, so I decided an album made of envelopes would be fun to create!

I made the album out of 6 A7 size envelopes.  Each page, including the cover, are open with the flap of the envelope folded out.  I cut paper for the inside and outside of each envelope by tucking a piece of 6 3/4" x 7 1/2" pattern paper into the envelope, tracing around the open flap, and cutting just inside my pencil line to create an internal offset.  

Here is a video flip-through of the finished project!  

Thank you for letting me share my love of mini albums with you again today!  I would love to hear what you are creating with Love Notes!!

Doodlebug Products Used:
Love Notes Collection
Petite Prints

Other Products Used:
6 A7 Envelopes
Scallop Ribbon by May Arts
Binding Rings by Clear Scraps

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Valentine Album: I'll Always Choose You

Hello friends and happy Wednesday!
I'm quickly hopping on the blog today to share an album that I created this week when I was in the mood to play with really pretty paper.  Of course, I'm ALWAYS in the mood to play with pretty paper ... but I didn't have enough of this collection to create a kit, so I had fun designing a one of a kind, preassembled album for my shop. 
For this album I used the My Valentine collection by Simple Stories and a chipboard album by Prima.  I love the vintage, watercolor feel of the papers and embellishments and the pretty shade of blue throughout adds a lot to the traditional pink and red color palette. 

I also used Bazzill Garnet and Lakeshore card stock, but when I checked on these colors, it seems both have been discontinued :( . I think when American Crafts bought Bazzill, many of the original colors changed names or were retired, so I need to update my stash!

I'm not a huge fan of fussy cutting, not because I don't love how it looks, but because I'm not very good at it and need more than my contacts to see all the little details.  But I did cut around some flowers on the 3x4 card above and love how they look over the photo mat.

If you love these pretty papers and embellies as much as I do, check out (links below) for details.  Aside from Valentine's Day, they would be beautiful on any project about a loved one, family, friends, or even a rose garden!  

I hope you'll join me back here tomorrow for a new Doodlebug project I'll be sharing! Until then, keep telling your story in scrapbooks, because someday, someone will want to know!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Lori Whitlock's February Blog Hop

Happy Valentine's week! Today is Lori Whitlock's February Blog Hop and my blog is the first stop on the hop, so be sure to hop back over to Lori's site too, because she has a sale, a giveaway, and a cute freebie for you!

For my project today I created an adorable Valentine box card that is perfect for any guy in your life. Yes, there are hearts all over it, but how cute is this truck!!  It's a box card that sits up, and then folds flat to fit in an envelope.  The cutting file's license plate actually reads I 🖤U , so I'll be adding that cute little detail later.

You can find this cute cutting file in Lori's shop here!

And check out these other fun goodies that are part of today's hop:

Blog Hop Order:

Traci Penrod 
Kathy Skou >>> Your Next Stop
Ashley Cook
Michelle Starcher

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Pocket Explosion Box Tutorial

Almost February? Wow! Are you ready to show some love to your favorite people in a few weeks? This cute project would be an adorable gift for anyone who deserves a little surprise on Valentine's Day. It's a pocket explosion box that you can fill with pictures, gift cards, love notes, and candy!

When the box is closed, it looks like this ...  

but when you pull off the lid, all of these cute little pockets and tags open up!
Aren't the colors in the Love Notes collection pretty?!  The project is as fun to make as it will be seeing the receiver's expression when they pull off the top! So much cuteness pours out!
For the top of the box I used chunky twine, Love Notes icon stickers, odds & ends, and a darling boutique button.
The pages inside were cut from cherry petite prints ... one of my favorite papers to use instead of plain card stock.  Can you also tell I love the enamel hearts? ❤️

To make this project, I used a cutting file by Lori Whitlock that you can find in her svg shop here

There are quite a few pieces to this project, so to make the cutting easier, I created a quick video about the pieces...

Lori also has a more in-depth tutorial for the basic project here.

I hope I've given you some cute Valentine's inspiration today!  We'd love to see what you're creating with Love Notes, so post and tag us over on Facebook and Instagram (oh, and we like pins too)!

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Hangin' with My Gnomies Album

Happy Sunday!
Just added an adorable new album to my shop called Hangin' with my Gnomies'. With flowers, buzzing bees and sunny rainbows, it's making me feel like a new season is coming! The winter feels are fading and these new colors are so pretty. Woodland hues of greens, oranges and yellows. Love it!

This would make a great keepsake for all those fun memories with friends and family, just hangin' out spending time together. Perfect for a fun day of gardening with the kiddos, an afternoon at the park or a trip to the botanical gardens.

This can be purchased preassembled or as a DIY kit. If you want to add your own touch, the title can easily be changed to suit any occasion. How cute would this be for a sweet gender neutral baby shower/baby gift! Garden themed baby showers and nurseries are a classic so this could be a beautiful handmade gift. With sayings like "Hello Sunshine", "Gnome Sweet Gnome" and "It's the Little Things" - it would be adorable for new baby pics! 

So many cute little gnomes scattered throughout the pages. These fun little characters of fairy tales are thought to be guardians of underground treasure and plant wildflowers wherever they go. Oh... I need some gnomes in my yard. Treasure and flowers? Yes please.

I love the nature woodland theme with spring just around the corner. This scrapbook is packed with tons of embellishments. The mushrooms, snail and watering can are so cute! Lots of stickers, die-cuts, tags, twine and element cards.

This would be an awesome keepsake for photos of a girls weekend, a fun tea party or a child's birthday party. Maybe your teenagers have special photos with friends that need a space to be saved. 
The album measures 6x8 and will hold at least 30 photos of varying sizes. The paper and embellies are all put together in a fun, interactive album that has 12+ pages and ... it has fold-out pages and pockets for even more space!
Be sure to visit my shop and check out my newest addition. I think you're gonna love it!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Heart-Shaped Love Notes Mini Album

Cherry, bumblebee and pistachio.  These Doodlebug colors just make my heart happy ... especially when they are all together!  Another thing that makes me happy?  The new Love Notes collection of course!  
For today's project, I created a heart-shaped mini album using white card stock and 6x6 Love Notes (and petite prints) paper.  
Once I had all of the papers layered together to make six double-sided pages, I started the really fun part ... embellishing!  I love how there are two of the flower clusters in the odds & ends package. This allowed me to place them back-to-back over the album edge on the cover and first page! 
The matching flower cluster on this page is from the icon stickers, and I used sprinkles throughout the album to add a little shine!

The pink mat in the photo above is actually a 3x3 doodlebug card that lifts up to reveal pictures or journaling inside.  
The little notebook on the cherry page above is from the mini icon stickers, and the scallop "love you" circle is from the this & that sticker sheet.  I'm pretty sure I used something from every embellishment source in this collection!

I had so much fun with this sweet little album and I hope these pretty colors and embellishments have inspired you to be crafty today!!  What will you make with Love Notes?

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Lori Whitlock January Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Happy 2020!  Today is Lori Whitlock's January Blog Hop and my blog is the first stop on the hop, so be sure to hop back over to Lori's site too, because she has a sale, a giveaway, and a cute freebie for you!

For my project today I created a cute set of boxes.  Each box has a little lid and stacks up to create an adorable snowman!  I plan to put a little bag of cocoa, marshmallows, and peppermint candy in the boxes for a teacher treat. 

You can find this cute cutting file in Lori's shop here!

And check out these other fun goodies that are part of today's hop:

Blog Hop Order:

Anita Mulcahey -- YOUR NEXT STOP
Brandie Adams
Michelle Zerull
Cathy Harper
Corri Garza

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Love Notes Page Layout Kit

Hey There!
Oh, how I love the weekends. Everything feels a little more relaxed and ... happy!

By the way, fun fact - I recently read somewhere that people are the happiest on Saturdays at 7:26pm. Really? 7:26pm? That's oddly specific, but ... ok. With what I do for a living, I'm pretty happy most of the time. I mean, it's hard to be cranky when you're working with hearts and fun plaids and fat little birds!

Speaking of cute products, check out my new page layout kit. See? What did I tell you ... colorful hearts, fun dots and the birds! So happy!
Although this doesn't have to be for Valentine's Day, that occasion isn't far off. This would be great for all those selfies of you and your sweetie. It can be ordered pre-made or as a pre-cut do-it-yourself page kit. So, basically you can get 2 fun nights outta this. One - date night with your cutie taking brag-worthy photos. And two - the fun scrappin' night with your girls, saving those super cute pics! Win, win!

These pages aren't overly romantic so they can be used for any occasion where you're with someone you love. With sayings like "You Make My Heart Smile", your kids or grandkids pics would be adorable on these pages! Or pics of matching mommy & me outfits!

Oooo! A "Gal-entine's Day" outing just for the girls or a sweet daddy/daughter night out for ice cream would be so cute too! There are spaces for 12-13 photos of varying sizes and places to journal so you can write all about that fun or special occasion.

This Love Notes page layout kit is available in my shop, so hop on over and check out what else is new. See you there!

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