Dog Mama mini album, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello crafty friends!  I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog today, sharing a cute mini album that I made with the Just a Little Lovely collection.  I wanted to make a mini album about my love of dogs, and I wanted to use a different shape.  I’ve already made different sized rectangle, circle, and tag mini albums, so I decided to use the new Clipboard with Botanicals cut file, which is now available in the Pinkfresh shop.


To construct my foundation pages, I worked with the cut file.  I decided to make my album about 4 x 6 inches, so I sized the cut file to fit that size.  Using my silhouette machine, I cut the complete cut file with white cardstock.  Next, I deconstructed the cut file.  I cut just the outside edge/ shape of the cut file with some of the pattern papers in the Just a Little Lovely collection, as well as a few coordinating cardstock colors from my stash.  I absolutely love the watercolor sides of these papers!  I cut the outer rim of the cutfile from white cardstock to create a frame for the pattern paper.  I also cut just the clip piece from both white and gold cardstock.


For my title page, I decided to use the entire cut file.  I glued it onto one of the pattern paper shapes that I cut.  I decided to inlay the botanical part of the cut file with pattern paper.  I went back to the cut file, isolated just the inner pieces of the botanicals, and cut it with some of the pattern paper in green and pink.  Once I glued all the pieces in, I added some splatter with Pinkfresh Studio sapphire watercolor.  I splashed on some gold watercolor from my stash as well.  For my title, I fussy cut the banners from the ChitChat pattern paper, and used the puffy alpha stickers.  To embellish the title page, I added an epoxy sticker, a few enamel dots, and I stamped one of the tiny floral images from the Pinkfresh Lovely Blossoms stamp set.  Finally, I glued on a gold clip that I had previously cut.

Last minute, I decided to use one of the tags in the ephemera pack.  Instead of it saying “the world is a better pace with you,” I decided to cover up the you with dogs to say “the world is a better place with dogs.”  I just printed the word out on my computer (it took me a couple tries to get the size right), and I adhered it right on top with foam squares.  I love it!


For my dog pages, I tried to keep them pretty consistent so that my album looks cohesive.  I glued the white outer white frame to the pattern paper shape, then a gold clip on top.  I added some subtle tone on tone texture by stamping some of the smaller images from the same Lovely Blossoms stamp set and/or adding watercolor splatters.

For all the photos, I used a piece of pattern paper to layer behind it.  I also diecut my favorite scalloped edge from the Lacey Edgers 1 die set out of white cardstock, and I added it as a layer behind the photos.

Just like the title page, I used some of the banners that I fussy cut and the puffy alpha stickers to spell out my pups’ names.  I used foam squares to pop up the name banners, and I adhered a phrase sticker right under.

I embellished the pages with a variety of puffy stickers, fussy cut flowers, acetate flowers, epoxy stickers, and enamel dots.

For the opposite side (the back of the page in front of it), I decided to keep it simple.  I glued on the cardstock shape that I had previously diecut in a coordinating color, and glued on a white clip.  I didn’t want the pages to get too thick, so I opted to leave the white frame around the edge off the cardstock.  I diecut a simple heart from pattern paper, and I glued on word strips that I printed off the computer, describing the pup on the coordinating page.  I had a lot more space than I thought I would, so I may print off some more qualities.


Here’s a little closer look at one of the dog pages:

Since the cut file already cuts out a hole, I just put them on an O ring, and tied on some pretty yarn.

I absolutely love how this mini layout turned out!  I love my pups, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a mini album dedicated to them.  (My daughters love this mini too!)


I hope you like my mini as well, and I’ve inspired you to get crafting.  If you have a silhouette machine, I highly recommend you check out the cut files available for purchase on the Pinkfresh shop.  They coordinate perfectly with the scrapbook collections.  If you don’t have a silhouette, you can create a clipboard template, trace, and hand cut for a similar look.

Happy Tuesday!


Mason jar mini album, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello friends!  I was challenged to create an interactive project using the Hip Kit Club March 2019 Main kit.  When I think of interactive elements, I immediately think of pockets and sequin shaker elements.  I decided to make a mini album of our recent Spring Break vacation, and I used a HKC free subscriber cut file from February called Candy Hearts, which you can access from the Hip Kit Club website.  I love the mason jar, and it’s perfect for a shaker element!  The shape is also the perfect size for a shaped mini album.

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First, I cut the mason jars from white, pink, and blue cardstock (from the March Cardstock kit) using my Silhouette Cameo.

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I also cut just the outline of the jar on a scrap piece of cardstock, so I could use it as a template for pattern paper.  The shape of the jar is so simple, I was fine tracing and fussy cutting it from the paper, instead of sending each pattern paper through the silhouette machine.  Once I had everything cut, I figured out where I wanted each jar to go, and I adhered them back to back.  I added my photos, and then added a lot of embellishments. I absolutely love the Hip Kit Club Exclusive ephemera pack…it was perfect for my mini album!

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For the first interactive element, I created a pocket.  I just traced the lower half of a mason jar on a piece of pattern paper.  I cut the top off in a diagonal, and I adhered it to the back using my sewing machine.

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I love that Heidi Swapp watercolor pattern paper.  I have used it on all of my projects, and I only have tiny scraps left!  For the next interactive element, I created a shaker.  I used clear acetate (you could recycle clear plastic packaging), thins strips of foam tape, and sequins to create my shaker.  It’s such a fun element, and I know my girls will love flipping through this mini!

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I really like to fill up the pages in my minis with lots of photos and embellishments.  I also like to add interest with different textures and finishes.  The mini hearts and the epoxy thinkers add the perfect hint of shine.

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I added even more texture to the mini album by adding machine stitching, and distressing some of the edges on the jars and ephemera.

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To finish off my album. I punched a hole in the jars, added them onto a ring, and then added a shiny ribbon.

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It was so much fun creating this little mini album.  I hope you were inspired by my project.

Happy Saturday!

Dear Santa mini album, featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Hello friends!

Today, I’m on the Pinkfresh Studio blog, and I’m sharing a mini tag album that I created using the Pinkfresh Studio Holiday Vibes collection.  I absolutely love the colors of this collection…the bright white, with the classic red and green, plus some blues included too.


I decided to make a Santa mini album, and I included most of our daughters’ Santa pictures.  It starts with the first Santa visit when we had our first daughter, and then our second daughter, and finally with our third daughter.  I love having all these photos in one place!


I started off by die cutting some of the papers from the Holiday Vibes collection into tags.  I was mindful of the orientation, as I wanted to have the tags front and back, but I wanted to be able to see both tags when opened, without one being upside down…you can see what I mean in the photos.

I added in the photos, and the years, which I typed up on my type writer.  I also die cut some of the photos into tags, to add some variety.




Next, I embellished with “all the things” from the Holiday Vibes embellishment collection.  I made sure to pick out the Santa related embellishments, like the “Ho Ho Ho!” ephemera and “Christmas list” chipboard banner.



Here’s a closer look at one of my favorite, no-photo tags.  I really love creating those stacked hearts from pattern paper…you may have noticed them in all my projects!


I put all my tags on a ring, added a piece of red and white ribbon, and I ended up with the cutest little mini album.  I also love that I can add more photos as the years go on.


I hope you like my mini album as much as I do.  Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Vibes collection, and share your projects with us!

Happy Thursday!

One More Chapter Mini Album, featuring Hip Kit Club, and a YT flip through video

Hello crafty friends!  How are you?

I was challenged to make a mini album for my Hip Kit Club project this week.  Today, I’m sharing an envelope mini album that I made using the October 2018 Hip Kits.  I used the Main kit, Project Life kit, and the Embellishment kit.

I created a mini album for my 8 year old girl; I wanted to make something special for her to get excited about reading.  She is an excellent, accelerated reader, but she doesn’t really enjoy reading [YET].  My older daughter and I love to read, and I wanted her to get excited about reading too.

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I have a YouTube video, where I flip through the album, and I also include a little tutorial on how to use the We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to make your own envelopes.  I have close up photos at the end of the video as well.


I knew I wanted to use some of the HKC exclusive project life cards in this mini album.  I also wanted to include different sized pieces, and interactive pieces that my daughter could add to herself.  I remembered that I had the We R MK 1-2-3 Punchboard, and I wanted to use that to make custom envelopes to include in my mini album.

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I chose some cute papers from the kit to make my envelopes.  I also chose a few Project Life cards, and along with the envelopes, they became the foundation pages of my mini album.

I embellished the pages with stickers, die cuts, tags that I fussy cut from a Paige Evans paper, and I loved using the Heidi Swapp stamp set that was included in the Project Life kit.

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I included a few reading quotes that I found on Pinterest, and a few photos of my daughter.  I made sure to leave some of the pages blank, so that she could fill them in herself.

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In one of the envelopes, I wrote a letter to my daughter, telling her how wonderful she is, and that I encourage her to read.  In the other envelopes, I left some blank cardstock pieces, and a few journaling tags for her to fill out or draw pictures about her favorite books.

I really love how this project turned out, and I can’t wait to see what my daughter does with it!  I hope you like my project, and I hope you are inspired to get crafty!  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Sunday!


snapchat queen mini album, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hey friends!

I hope you all are having a fabulous week!  TGIF!  Today, I’m sharing a fun, cute project with you that I made using the Hip Kit Club December 2017 Main Kit, the Embellishment Kit, the Project Life Kit, and the Color Kit.

What do you do when you have a snapchat loving, selfie taking 7 year old, and end up with tons of photos on your phone?  You make a mini album of course!

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These kits were perfect for a snapchat mini album!  Some of my favorite products in the kits were the pom pom gold glitter frames, the exclusive HKC paper designed by the fabulous Irit, and the Crate Paper stamp set.  LOVE!

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I made the pocket page using the December Color Kit.  Check out my Instagram; I posted about it a few days ago.

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I had some empty pockets left over from my DD album, so I filled it with sequins and fun stuff!

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I love my mini!  It’s so bright, colorful, girlie, and fun!  My daughter loves it too!  It was super easy to make too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Friday!

Mini album, featuring Scrapbook Circle

Hey guys!  I’m on the Scrapbook Circle blog today with a mini album share and tips for fussy cutting.

Every month, I take a picture of Ruby in a white onesie and a monthly sticker.  I love to see how babies change and grow in their first year of life.  I wanted to document my baby’s 12 months, so I thought a little mini album would be perfect!  I used the July Smile More kit and the July Laugh More add-on.

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I hope you check out the blog for more photos and the fussy cutting tips!

Happy Wednesday!

birthday mini album featuring My Mind’s Eye

Hey guys!

Today I’m on the My Mind’s Eye blog with a fun mini album featuring My Mind’s Eye’s new Hooray! collection.  This new collection is perfect for documenting birthdays and parties!  I had so much fun making this birthday party mini album for my daughter who turned 6 over the summer.


Head on over to the My Mind’s Eye blog for more photos and info!

Happy Tuesday friends!

mini album: ten year anniversary getaway

My husband and I recently celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.  We went on a short road trip to Colorado.  It was so nice to get away, just the two of us.  We ate lots of food, did a lot of walking, and I took entirely too many photos!  I knew I wanted to remember and document this story in a special way, so I thought a mini album would be perfect.  When I saw the mini We R Memory Keepers albums floating around instagram, I knew it would be perfect. 

So, here are a few of my favorite pages:


I used a lot of Heidi Swapp for Project Life products (love the minty green & gold), some MME products (the necessities 6×6 paper pads are just awesome), some We R Memory Keepers products, with a little older products from Dear Lizzy, October Afternoon, Freckled Fawn, SNAP Simple Stories, and Basic Grey thrown in.

Have a happy Wednesday!