Fall 2012 A Time For Thanks~

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I thought it was the perfect time to make a mini album dedicated to doing just that~ Giving Thanks.

I started with a pack of Celebrate small paper bags that I purchased at Michaels.

I like these bags because they’re just a tad bit nicer and heavier than the bags you find at the grocery store or Target.

Plus, they come in various sizes and colors.

To begin I used Scor-tape to adhere the portion of bottom of the bag to the bag itself.

Then I fold the entire bottom flap over and scored the edge.

You will need to work in pairs and can make your album as big or little as you want.

Once I had the number of pages I wanted taped, scored and ready I then lined them up so that I had my first and last pages and the pairs together.

This makes assembly so much easier.

I used Scor-tape to adhere the two flap portions together.

Then I taped the main bag portions together.

Make sure you use plenty of tape.

Attaching the bags gives you a large page with pockets and then a small page.

I love this since not only will you have tags to insert in the pockets, but you can also fill them with little mementoes.

Now the fun begins and you can decorate your pages with whatever paper you like.

I cut two pieces of chipboard just slightly larger than my bag to use as a cover.

For the spine area simply trim a piece of cardstock and attach the edges to both the front and back cover allowing room for the album to open and close.

Now my mini album is ready to be embellished and even better filled with pictures and memories.

Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

My completed album~






Fall Mini Tags-2-Web

Fall Mini Tag-1-Web

I am excited to tell you that this was published in the May Issue of Cricut Mini Albums Magazine. Yippee!!

I used~
Bella Blvd Finally Fall Leaf Pile, Apple Holler, Borders, At The Patch and Autumn Splendor Paper, Miniatures, Icons, Alpha Bits, Just Write Journaling Stickers
Noel Mignon Kit Contents: Jillibean Soup Country Pumpkin Chowder, Pea Pod Parts, Ground Cinnamon, Cream Style Corn Paper, Soup Labels, Lilybee Designs Letter Stickers, Thickers Macaw
Celebrate Paper Bags, Papertrey Ink Twine, Seam Binding Ribbon, Kraft Cardstock, Chipboard and Scor-tape
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More for the tags cut at 5.5″ high

Eye Thank You!~

In case you didn’t know about three weeks ago my hubby’s retina decided to detach itself.

So after two surgeries, one laser procedure and over two and a half weeks spent laying on his left side on the sofa he’s finally returning to normal life.

During this time he missed EVERYTHING!

He missed school, practices and most importantly volleyball games. Eeek!

So to thank all the girls on the team for the continued hard work, well wishes and delicious gift basket, he got them each a special treat.

His thank you gift~

Yes, those are bouncy eyeballs and eyeball rings!

And yes, my hubby is quite the funny guy.

To help continue the eye theme I used the fabulous Jillibean Soup Cup of Eyeball paper a friend sent me for the tags and some eyeball ribbon.

Here’s all 30 of them~

Somehow I think the girls will appreciate the gifts.

They were the ones who started with sending the eye patches and cyclops name calling. Ha!

I used~
Jillibean Soup Monster Stew Cup of Eyeballs paper, Washi Tape, Studio Calico Thank You stamp, Ribbon
Tags, Bags, Boxes & More for the tag cut at 3″, Cricut Craft Room Basics for the circle/hole in the tag cut to size

Happy Birthday~

And everything is better with glitter.

Really, isn’t is?

Especially when you’re turning 40!

So to celebrate my cousin whose not too excited about joining me in the Fabulous 40 club, I made a bright, happy, glittery tag and bag.

My card & giftbag~

The other side~

My thinking is she’ll be so distracted by the girlie-ness of this, it will make her feel young again.

Forty is the new Thirty, right?

I used~
Webster’s Pages Let’s Celebrate paper, Girl Land Paper, Word Stickers and Journaling Cards, Designer Tutu Trim, Mini Princess Petals
Pink Paislee Soiree Printed Sheets
Greeting Cardss Inside & Out for the Printed Bag at Fit to Page, TBBM for the tag
CTMH Celebration Stamps, Frosted Lace Stickles
Handmade Stickpins

Beautiful On the Inside & Out~

Isn’t that a sweet saying?

Perfect for a much, much older sister on her birthday. He he!

I finally decided to open and play with my Webster’s Pages warehouse box.

It’s overflowing with all kinds of pretty, girly papers, flowers and trims.

It’s everything you associate with little girls playing dress up.

I have all of them spread out on my desk just for me to look at and savor as they are much too pretty to go back in that plain, brown box.

My card~

I used Tags, Bags, Boxes and More for my tag base and added a pocket to house a personal note.

A close up~

Isn’t that flower trim pretty?

Maybe after my sister receives this card, she’ll forget about how I used to chase her around the house with a toilet plunger.


I used~
Webster’s Pages Girl Land Apron Strings and Carefree paper, Girl Land Designer Trim, Journaling Cards, Girl Land Words, Little Storytellers letters
Clear Stickles, Recollection Pearls, Seam Binding, Fiskars Jester Border Punch
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More for the tag cut at 4″ wide

The Best Things In Life Are Not Things!

I’m on a roll!

I’ve got my Dad’s Father’s Day Card ready. And Father’s Day is still hours away.

Mom~ don’t let him see this post until AFTER Sunday.

Maybe I’ve turned over a new leaf.

It helps that I wanted to continue to use the Echo Park Note to Self paper. Because as soon as I saw the phrases paper in that collection I knew I had to use it for my Dad’s card.

It’s full of neat little sayings that I know my Dad, if not everyone’s has repeated time after time.

The front~

The back~

Think he’ll find it as funny as I do?

I have to tell you that my new found love of tags instead of cards has come from my latest class, The Washi Workshop.

I’m loving that class and hope to start on some of the projects soon.

I certainly have been adding to my Washi collection, so it’s about time to start using it.

I used~
EP Note to Self collection paper, journaling cards, elements and border stickers
TBBM for tag, Maya Roads ribbon, American Craft mini brads

A box full of goodies~

The girls over at the Cricut Circle Message Board and I had a Secret Partner Box Swap! Yippee!

We each purchased kraft boxes from cricut.com while on sale. See we’re smart too!

Then we decorated and filled them with handmade and purchased scrapbook goodness.

I decided to make various tags and embellishments that my partner could easily use as is, disassemble or embellish even more. I think I have included enough goodies for a nice mini album. In fact I cheated and included one in the shipping box! Don’t tell!

I find the hardest part of making and buying things for others is the thought they won’t like what I like. Anyway, it’s the thought that counts right?

Here are the goodies that filled my box~

I included several sheets of Teresa Collins Fabrications Canvas and Linen collections.
This paper feels so soft and smooth. Love it!

I made tags using TBBM. I used words from A Child’s Year and Paper Pups to creat the cut outs.

And guess what my partner’s initial is?

I used Sophisticated for the letter “R.”

The collection of buttons, brads, butterflies and pins I included~

My box top~

I used Mother’s Day Bouquet for the handmade flowers and leaves.

My box all tied up and ready to go to it’s new home~

A close of up of that charming Tim Holtz bird charm~

I used My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline and Teresa Collins Fabrications collection for all of my decorations and handmade items.

I sure hope my partner likes it!

And here is the wonderful box I received from Scrapperbecka~

First things first~

The card she made me. Isn’t it cute?

My box waiting for me to figure out just HOW to get it out~

Look she even had to add extenders to contain all the goodness she stuffed in it!

A better look at the way she decorated it. Isn’t beautiful? And what a wonderful quote!

All of the wonderful goodies~

I think she included a little bit of EVERYTHING in there~ flowers, ribbon, stamps, brads, buttons, chipboard, tags, notepads, a bracelet and even gel pens for my Cricut!! Oh my!

Thank you SO much Becka! I really appreciate it and can’t wait to start using it ALL!

And most importantly my box will proudly be displayed on my bookshelf.

Also, a BIG thank you to RockinRenee for hosting this swap. This was FUN!!

I Stuck Momma

Last November Hubby and I went to South Carolina for a weekend getaway that just happened to include my first Cricut Circle meet-up.  Yay!  It was also the first time we left the littlest home alone over night with a sitter. Yikes! We were told she was a perfect angel.   She napped well.  She ate well.  She even stayed in her stroller during her older brother’s soccer game. Hmmm, I’m not sure I believe all this.

So imagine my surprise the next morning when I turned my back for just a quick second and heard, ” I Stuck Momma!”  She had climbed into my bookcase and couldn’t get out!   I had to pull her out by her feet!!  And of course like any toddler, she did it again. This time I was ready with my camera.

I used the January County Fair kit from Studio Calico for this layout. I’m taking Amy Tangerine’s Stretch Your Kit class and loving every minute of it. It seems I have become addicted to scrap booking kits, so it’s about time I was pushed into using them.

The details~

I used~

Mini Monograms for the letters in momma -Cut at 2.25″  I also used the negative of this cut.  I think it made it stand out better against the wood grain paper.

Tags, Bags, Boxes and More for the journaling tags -Cut at 3″

Elegant Edges for the border -Cut at 3″

Swiss Dot embossing folder,

Items from the kit include~Studio Calico Wood Veneer Letters, SC Chipboard pieces, Letter/Woodgrain  paper, Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar paper, OA’ s Sasparilla Stagecoach paper

In fact I’ve stretched this kit SO far I have bits and pieces that I can’t remember the brand. But, I guess that’s a good thing!