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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday's Tip--How to create the perfect "Baby's 1st Year" Album

I am in the position of being a soon to be--granny to two.
And since I am a TAD Crafty,  I wanted to make each of my daughter-in-laws' a Baby's 1st Album.
My dilemma, I wanted an album that was fairly easy to duplicate, without duplicating it.
If that makes any sense to you.

This is what I came up with
I decided to create a page-a-month album
with a 2 pockets.
 I kept all the pages the same...only changing out the "month"
 To add a touch of the "special"to the tags I made for the side pockets 
I used the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge to make them "camera's"
 I used the PML cards as tags throughout the album
This way the new mom could add the items she thought was important
and could move the tags to which ever month she wanted.
 I used 2 1/2" binder rings to hold it all together 
and added a few beads & a bit of ribbon to the rings to dress it up a bit.

I made this album in neutral colors
so it would work for either a boy or a girl.

My next one is for a boy (so they tell me)
So I will just change out the colors a bit 
focus a bit more on blues & greens.
I should have the second one done by the beginning of November

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cross Canada Halloween Hop--Scary Cat Mini Album

Welcome to our October Blog Hop featuring Tricks and Treats. To purchase any of the items seen
in our blog hop today, click here or contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback
from our viewers.Thank you... now on to our hop!
If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop,  If you came from Sandra's blog
 then you are in the right place!
I must confess I did not create this mini album.
It is the work of my 15yr. old daughter.  Hope you like it.

 She started with a retired chipboard album.   (I have been hoarding these and only have a couple left)
I cut her a random number of Halloween images from
CTMH's Artiste & Artbooking Cricut cartridges. 
She used our NEW Scary Cat Paper Pack to cover the pages

 And then she raided my stash of retired CTMH Halloween stamp sets.

Then she added some of the new Pathfinding Embellishments 

 Added a few journaling/photo boxes
and she was done.

I think she ended up with a pretty spook-tac-u-lar album.
Just in time for Halloween.

 Below is a close up of one of her pages.
I love how she placed the black spider web on the black B&T.

Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Jan's Works of Heart
If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle S Blog,  as she has the complete blog list. 

Scary Cat Paper Pack                   Pathfinding Embellishments
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday's Tips--paper clip banners

Oh my, oh my.
 Ever see something that just sets you back to far that you're amazed you hadn't thought of it?

That was the case with these paper clip flag/banners
 that I saw on Katy's Blog 
(click on her name to visit her blog)

They were sooo....cute, and I thought, I can make some of these
And I did.
Here's my first one

I bought the largest paper clips I could find.
Cut a 1 1/2" x 2" rectangle
out of New England Ivy Cardstock
scored it at 1 1/2"
Added some washi tape
a cricut cut snowflake
a bit of bling
And I was done.
Super simple.
Now to create a project to use this on.

 And that's my tip for this week.
Buy Paper Clips
Keep your eyes open
 and Think outside the box.
Who new that a paper clip could add so much to a card or layout?

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday's Tip

yep that's this week's tip.  Stock up on reinforcements, you know those little white circles that you had to put on your loose-leaf pages in school, cause the pages kept tearing out of the binder.  Well, they work fabulously when you are building the cover of a mini album.

I put them on the inside sides (bit of a tongue twister there) of two pieces of cardstock
and then sandwich another piece of cardstock between the two pieces to create a fairly sturdy, stable cover.  (see pictures below)

After this you can decorate 
and come up with something like this.
and those tiny little reinforcements will ensure that your "holes" 
stay perfectly round.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Alice in Wonderland Mini Album

Yep, this is what has up taken all my time this last month,
 a surprise Un-Birthday Party for my daughter
Thank you so much to my talented niece for painting this for me 
(Inspired by pinterest--click here to see the original pin)

The Album/guest book

I filled the album with tons of tags and quotes from Alice in Wonderland.
Next step--Studio J the pictures, so I can size them to fit in the mini.

A few pic's of the Party
 The Awesome cup cake bouquet, created by a talented lady from Manville, AB

 The photo booth area with some of the guests.
 My daughter--the Queen of Hearts with her King.
Tweedledee waiting with the door knob

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday's Tips

So, I'm late with this post...really, really late.
Which brings me to this week's tip.  
Time Management.  Sometimes, despite the best of intentions life gets in the way and you forget to schedule in your weekly post.  That is a really good excuse, but doesn't really work for this instance.  Because, I knew I was going to be stupid busy, I should have created this post a couple of weeks ago when I had time.  Instead, I have nothing and you get to listen to me ramble.

However, I will leave you with a few pictures of daughter's sweet 16 un-birthday party.

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October SOTM Hop

Welcome to another Close to my Heart--Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.  The beauty of a hop is that you can visit numerous blogs and see how one stamp set can be used in multiple ways.  It's easy to do.  Just click on the  name at the end of each post and you will "hop" to the next one.

If you came from Pam's awesome blog, you know how this works, if not, let your journey begin.

This month has been super crazy busy for me.  So all I have to offer is this card, which literally took me minutes to create.
            X7184B        Z1752         Z1799       Z2195        Z2060 
             Chalk it Up        Clear Asst.              Silver               Lagoon                   3-D
             Paper Pack         Sparkles           Shimmer Trim          Ink                 Foam Tape

This month's stamp set is just in time for the holidays

Now hop over to Regina's , to see more fabulous artwork. 

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