Quick and Easy Summer Mini Album

Quick and Easy Summer Vacation Mini Album

You don’t have to take an expensive Summer Vacation to have fun when your a kid.

Between Baseball games, Swim Lessons, Swim Team, Carnivals, Pie Eating Contests,

Fireworks, Drive In Movies, Swimming, Summer Reading Program, Mini Gardens,

Tie-Dyeing and just playing outside….there’s always something to do.

Because we have so many great pictures, I decided to make my grandsons a

Summer Vacation Mini Album to remember all the good times they’ve had this summer.

To Create my Summer Vacation Mini Album I used:                            (*affiliate links)

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With the help of my Xyron Creative Station* putting the album together was super easy.

  • Cut two 6″ x 8-1/2″pieces of decorative scrapbook paper for the front and inside of the cover.
  • Lay decorative scrapbook paper (design side up) on the  Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.
  • Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.
  • I like using the Xyron Creative Station* when making mini books because you get complete coverage, no wrinkling, no bubbles!

  • Cut a piece of mat board 6″ x 8-1/2″.
  • Adhere the decorative paper on each side of the mat board.

  • The notebook die creases the center of mat board as it goes through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine making it easy to fold the cover for your mini album.

  • Cut a 2 1/4″ x 5″ strip of decorative paper to use for the spine and run it through the Xyron Creative Station*.
  • The small “hello summer” graphic is from an old Bo Bunny collection that I hoarded and never used.  It was perfect for this album.  (sorry I don’t think you can find it anymore)

  • Cut 5 white cardstock pages using the notebook die.
  • Crease the cardstock on the center score lines.
  • Using blue and white twine, wrap the twine around the inside creases and around the outside of the book cover to secure the pages.
  • I did one page at a time tying the twine in a knot on the outside after each page.

  • After I had all my pages together, I tied all the piece of twine together in one knot on the spine and let the ends of the twine hang loose.

I wanted this Summer Mini Album to be all about the pictures. 

There are no fancy embellishments or special pages inside this album.

(just lots of fun pictures of my boys)

The hardest part about making this album was choosing which pictures I wanted to use.

I printed my pictures 4″ x 5.3″ instead of the usual 4″ x 6″.

I cut each picture 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ which left a nice white border around my picture when added

to the album.  I used my Xyron Mega Runner* to add adhesive on the back of the pictures.

I had all 21 pictures added to my album in no time.  (one on the inside back cover)

These are three busy little boys. 

They’ve had a great summer so far and they still have another month to go before school starts. 

Who says summer is about lazy days.  

The Summer Vacation Mini Album measures 3 3/4″ x 5″.

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Easter Tags with Xyron and Photoplay Paper

Even when the kids are all grown up you’re never too old to have fun.

This year I’m trying something new.

After the Easter Egg Hunt with the little ones,

I plan on having another Easter Egg Hunt for the Big Kids and Grown Ups.

(We’re all just big kids at heart.)

For the Easter Egg Hunt…

I decided to whip up a few quick tags to go along with some of the prizes using my

Xyron Creative Station* and Xyron Mega Runner*, a few sheets of paper from

Photoplay Paper’s Easter Blessings Collection along with a few simple embellishments.

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When I want to make quick work of any project, I grab my Xyron Creative Station*.

Did you know that you can interchange the Xyron 9” Creative Station Permanent Adhesive

Refill* with the Xyron 5” Creative Station Permanent Adhesive Refill*?

Being able to use both sizes of cartridges with the Xyron Creative Station* is super convenient

when working on both big and medium sized projects.

Just lay your paper design side up onto the  Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run

the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station* it adds

adhesive to the back side of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need electricity.

To make the tag…

I layered and trimmed the 3″ x 4″ element cards from the scrapbook paper and embellished it

with a thin strip of paper and prima flower*Tie tag with a simple sheer ribbon onto the bag.

I added a few enamel dots from Waffleflower on the tag and a little “small talk” sticker from

Tim Holtz idea-ology.

With a little more candy for the plastic eggs and I’ll be ready for fun.

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Help…I’m a Finalist!

My Sweet Dream Bedroom was selected as a Finalist

in FaveCrafts 2019 Top Blogger Contest.

At Creativation, in January,  I attended the FaveCrafts Blogger Event.

For attending the event we were eligible to enter a contest using products from the sponsors.

My project is one of 20 finalists.

For the next 10 days you can vote on your favorite project.

This is where I need your help… I need all the votes I can get!

You can also see the complete instructions on how I created my project.

Please  go to the Fave Craft Blogger Contest Link and Vote.

You can vote everyday (for the next 10 days if you want) on all your devices.

THANKS for Your Support!!!

Shine from Within Mini Tag Album

Shine from within Mini Tag Album…

I love the sweet pastels of Graphic 45’s Garden Goddess Collection*, it just screams Spring.

So…after using the Garden Goddess paper pad on a special project (coming soon),

I decided to make a Mini Tag Album with the remaining paper.

When it comes to making Mini Albums I like using the Xyron Creative Station* 

because you get complete coverage, no wrinkling, no bubbles!

And…your album stays together!!!

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How to make the Mini Tag Album                                 (*amazon affiliate link)

  • Lay decorative scrapbook paper (design side up) on the  *Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need electricity.
  •  Cut two pieces of chipboard to use as the front and back of the mini album.  Cover the front and back of both pieces of chipboard with the decorative scrapbook paper.
  • Cut covered chipboard using a Tag die-cut or cut into a simple rectangle tag shape.
  • Because the chipboard is tan and the core of the paper is white, I inked the edges of the pages with  Vintage Photo Distress Ink*and a ink blending tool*.  

  • Adhere the smaller graphic in the center of the tag front to a piece of chipboard for added dimension.
  • Cut two small circles and adhere to the metal rim tag.  Cut a new hole on the top of the tag.
  • Embellish the front of the tag album using bits and pieces from the Garden Goddess Paper Pad.
  • Glue flower embellishment to front of mini tag album cover using craft glue.

  • Cut extra tag pages and small tags for the inside of the mini tag album.
  • Assemble the mini tag album using a small book ring.

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Layout and Cards with Jillibean Soup’s Garden Harvest Collection

Layouts and Cards with Jillibean Soup’s Garden Harvest Collection 

This is one of my favorite pictures of my three kids now that they’ve grown up.

Silly, Carefree and Serious

It captures their personalities perfectly.

I have this picture in a frame in my family room,

but, I wanted to use it for a scrapbook layout as well.  (It is my favorite, after all.)

I used Jillibean Soup Garden Harvest Collection Pack* to make my layout and a few extra cards.

I love a “clean and simple” card.

“You are my happy” card.

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Creativation 2019

These are the moments that remind me how lucky I am to work in the Creative Industry.

Opening Day…waiting for the show to open

Last month, I got the opportunity to fly to Phoenix to work and attend the Creativation Show.

For those of you that don’t know what Creativation is, it is the annual trade show for everyone

involved in the Hobby and Creative Industry.

Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers, Designers, Bloggers.

For me, as a designer, it’s also the opportunity to reconnect face to face with friends

that I only get to see once a year.  (you know…”my tribe”)

Oh… and the chance to see what’s new and the latest and greatest in the industry.

Make and Takes in the Deflecto Booth

I always have great intentions of taking tons of pictures and possibly a video or two.

But in Reality…I also have to work.  (or play)

Each day, I taught a different “make and take” in the Deflecto Booth.

Deflecto is one of the great companies I have the honor of working with.

Deflecto is known for their awesome craft storage.

The Great Wall of Deflecto Stack ‘N Go Caddy Wheel Base, Craft Organizers*

At Creativation we like to have a little fun.

Each day in the Deflecto Booth they host a Stack ‘N Go Caddy Challenge,

attendees compete to see who can fill and stack the caddies with the fastest time.

(The one with the best time each day wins a American Express Gift Card.)

It’s a big hit and can get quite competitive at times.  At the end of the show, if you’ve got

your special postcard stamped, they give away all caddies used to build the great wall.

It’s a fun booth to work in.

Another company I have the privilege of working with is StyleTechCraft.

They have the best adhesive vinyl to work with.  (and they treat me like a queen)

As you can see…I had a three hour demo on Saturday.

Graphic 45 Booth

I love all their new paper collections.

The Graphic 45 booth is always one of my favorites because their samples are always

so beautiful and inspiring.

Bloom where you are planted…(I need this collection)

Another one of my favorite booths is the Jillibean Soup booth.

Besides being know for their fun paper collections they also have a wonderful line called

Mixed the Media.  I love everything about this collection.

I NEED these windows.  (just saying)

I also took a little “me time” and did a make and take in the Jillibean booth.  

This is from their Embroidery Hoop Art collection.

Simple Stories Booth

This is embarrassing.  As much as I LOVE Simple Stories, this is is the only picture I took.

Sometimes…I get to talking too much (and drooling) to take pictures.

Tim Holtz ideal-olgy Booth

As a “vintage lover” this booth always stops me in my tracks.

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Idea-ology Booth Make and Take

Look what I made.  Isn’t he cute?

 At Creativation there is a large variety of classes that attendees can take.  

Business classes, workshops.  This is from the Waffleflower class I took.

I got to use their new “Water Media Mat” that will be available next month.

I always wish I would have taken more pictures. 

My pictures are only a super small sample of all the wonderful and creative things

to see and do at the Creativation Show.

If you’d like to see more…

Check out the Creativation Round Up on the Designer Craft Connection Blog.

        

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Let’s have a Sedona Adventure…

Last month, after the Creativation show in Phoenix, we took a little extra time and went

to Sedona for a couple days.  I would love to say it was pure relaxation.

But… I think we did more walking (and hiking) than I did all week at the show.

When we went to Sedona last year, we took a Red Rock Jeep Tour.

This year, we did a lot more exploring on our own and after we got tired,

we took a trolley tour up to the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

The chapel and the views did not disappoint.

When we were getting ready to leave, I offered to take pictures for a couple of girls from our

trolley tour.  One of the girls took this photo for us in return.

She took our usual “old couple pose” and then said “now, do something else”.

It took us by surprise and this is what we got.  My favorite picture of the trip.

I don’t even mind the photo bomb in the trolley window.

For my Sedona Adventure Layout…

I started with a piece of woodgrain scrapbook paper and a Sedona map I picked up.

I used a SVG file and my Silhouette Cameo Wireless Cutting Machine* to cut the words

“let’s have an Adventure” in Black and Red Glossy Adhesive Vinyl from .

I also cut a circle and a smaller arrow to mark on the map the spot the picture was taken.

It’s an easy way to tell a story.

FYI…Even though StyleTechCraft vinyl is not acid-free, it’s still great for creating titles and accents on your scrapbook pages.  Just make sure not to use it directly on your photo’s.

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