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Mini Album Madness: 2 Papers= 1 Album

Hello!  I'm sharing a sweet mini album today at  LITTLE YELLOW BICYCLE with just two of their double-sided 12X12 papers and fun embellishments from the FERN & FOREST BOY COLLECTION

Here's a quick and easy little tutorial to get you going: (I've also created this same-styled mini album using only one paper)
1- Select two matching 12X12 double-sided patterned papers.   For each paper you will score down the middle at 6"; turn paper and score at 4" and at 8". 2- Next, cut along the 6" score mark up to the 4" score line only; repeat for the second sheet of paper. 3- Fold paper accordion style (see photo 1 or 2)
4- Decorate each page before adhering pages together with a high-tac adhesive  (I used Sookwang 1/2" tape) (see photo 4)
5- From left to right, the first flap adheres to the next flap; these are pages 1 and 2.   The next set of pages will contain the section that has the intact fold at the top; adhere.   The final two flaps will be joined to th…

Graduates & Summertime

We're celebrating Graduates and Summertime at  DOODLEBUG DESIGNS If you're not familiar with Doodlebug's newest collection, Cap & Gown, it is captured in black, grey and white so it's easy to customize to a school's colors!

A dear friend went back to college this past year and finally reached his goal of  attaining his Bachelor's Degree.  The school's colors are purple and gray, so this worked out perfectly!  I kept with the circle theme from the 4X6 Simply Put journal card and punched and layered two circles of cardstock as a backdrop for the owl.
And here is a simple layout that actually started out as a card! I wrapped Washi Tape around the edge of a Simply Put card and then embellished with pieces from the Fruit StandMini Banners Craft Kit.  
I dressed up the banner with stickers from the This & That Sticker Sheet. I love the colors...it just says S-U-M-M-E-R! There are loads of fun projects to see on the Doodlebug Design's Blog...come on by! www.doodlebu…

Unity {Inspiration}

Happy Thursday...it's time for some  UNITY INSPIRATION along with fabulously fun flowers by PETALOO **You should be arriving here from Renee Aslette's Blog** Remember to comment as you go!   Three lucky commentors will each receive a $20 Unity Gift Certificate This month's focus at Petaloo is their Color Me Crazy Flowers.   These come to you in white and can easily be transformed with whatever color you like by spritzing, stamping, inking, coloring, etc...or just leave them in their natural state :) For today's card I wanted to use some papers from Dear Lizzy, so I went with  Georgia Peach ColorShine spritz by Heidi Swapp.  
I stamped the sentiment from the May Kit-of-the-Month onto a frame found on one  of the patterned papers...it worked out just great!  I embossed the mint green paper  behind it with one of my new folders by Brenda Walton. The "celebrate today" sentiment is also a part of the May KOTM.

This particular Shabby Cut Canvas Flower came in two layers.   I want…

Bella Blvd + Hampton Art

We're doin' some more stampin' this week with BELLA BLVD & HAMPTON ART STAMPS
Here's the blurb from the Bella Blog:  For the next few days, Bella Blvd is teaming up with Hampton Art Stamps to provide  you with some stamping inspiration.  Our newest cling stamps (Love and Marriage, Sand & Surf, and Kiss Me)  are licensed and manufactured thru Hampton Art Stamps. We thought it was only fitting for a  handful of our designers to team up with a handful of their designers, and see what they  could all create using Bella’s products and the Bella/Hampton Art stamps. **GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY** Visit the Bella Blvd Blog to find out more! www.bellablvd.typepad.com
I've always loved the endearing images that Stephanie creates for Bella Blvd and now you can find many of them in stamp form! Today (yesterday on the Bella Blog) I have a sweet layout and binder photo frame to share:
 To begin my layout I started with strips of various Designer Tapes to create a background/photo …

Layers of Frames

Hello! Today I'm bringing my latest design for  PINK PAISLEE featuring the fabulous Photo Frames that can be found in most Pink Paislee collections.   Today I’ve chosen the cool, crisp colors and patterns from the Portfolio Collection and  have picked out not one, not two, but all four of the Photo Frames included in the pack!  I started out with the idea to layer the frames all together and then place on a layout… but after a little Pinterest research, I came up with an altered Photo Display using  three large binder clips, a sheet of scalloped chipboard and some Pink Paislee goodies.   Here is a look at the completed project…I’ll get into all of the details following:
 All righty, to begin I started with a plain 4.25″ X 8″ scalloped chipboard page (Maya Road) that  I painted a warm yellow (and yes I cheated…just paint the areas that will show).   Next, I spritzed on a light coating of Black Velvet Color Shine. 
After all was dry, I machine-stitched on a 4″ X 7.75″ piece of Black LUXE Ch…

Want2Scrap A Retro Mini?

Authentique Paper and Want2Scrap are teaming up this week to bring you  tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Want2Scrap products!
After you check out the projects on the Authentique Paper blog (and leave a comment so that you're eligible for the prize drawing!)  be sure to head on over to the Want2Scrap blog to find out what the talented members of  their Design Team have in store for you today!
This was my first experience working withWANT 2 SCRAPproducts and wow, did I have fun!
I received the "Retro Album" and had a tough time deciding on whether to do a traditional album,  a banner or home decor.  In the end, I was really wanting to use the "Renew Collection" by Authentique Paper as I hadn't had the chance to play with all of the cute file folders and punch-outs... I thought these would best represented in an album.  
 The "Retro Album" comes with five different panels of various shaped corrugated chipboard. One side is flat and the other …

Braggin' on Grandma

I was asked to create a mini album tutorial this month for  AUTHENTIQUE PAPER The high-quality of Authentique's patterned papers allows for such an album as I bring today.   It's quick, it's easy and it's fun to put together for any theme! For this particular 6x6 mini album,  we'll be using the endearing Cherish Collection that is doubled in design for  both Grandfathers and Grandmothers.
To begin, cut any 12x12 sheet of paper to a 6x12 size; score in the middle and fold.   Decorate each page accordingly and then apply a strong adhesive tape to the bottom  and (opened) side to create a pocket.  With this pattern you can insert all sorts of tags and extra photos inside!   Here are a few more photos of the pages of my album:
The 6x6 Bundles come in so handy for this type and size of album.   The print is to scale for such a mini; you don't lose all of the beautiful artwork in the process.   Just trim the 'mats' from a 6x6 size to whatever size you'd like t…