Mini Albums Tips

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You guys, it’s a Christmas miracle. I actually scrapbooked. And not only that, but I finished the project. Yay! I had so much fun putting this mini album together for my Lolaberry.  I still love creating. Everything about the process, the supplies, the colors and textures… It’s crazy how much time I spend on something like this. But it is priceless and I know Lola will cherish it. Spending time in my studio is something I really miss. I’ve made countless mini albums over the years and I put together some tips for creating a mini album.
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  1. All About That Base
    Find a theme for the pages. I start a mini album by gathering something interesting to use for the pages. In this case, I found a stash of old Dear Lizzy white ruffle paper and I wanted to incorporate it. So when I am organizing the album I think of a theme for the pages. What I mean by that is, I use a handful of papers and then rotate them through out the album. For this one: polka dot vellum with confetti, ruffle paper with phrase thickers, clear acetate with circles, and white cardstock with embellishments. That is the base of the album that I repeat a 3-4 times. Then I add in a few different pages to keep it interesting. I included a page of Lola’s coloring, a piece of fabric sewed on cardstock and a pocket page just for fun.
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  2. Rinse and Repeat
    Next, it can be overwhelming to think of scrapbooking each page of a mini album. To streamline the process, but still have fun and be creative, I choose a couple techniques and repeat them. For this one I chose watercolor, sewing and simple stamping. For the cardstock pages I first watercolored on each one. Then added stamping, ink splatter as well as flags and stickers. Repeated on all the pages with white cardstock. It was so fun and since I stuck with that I finished the project faster instead of having to think of something different for each one. I also added sewing to a few pages.
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  3. Filler-up With Photos
    For me, so much of scrapbooking is about the photos. I think that full page photos are eye-catching and… fill up mini albums faster so that I get the project done. Which is my main goal these days. Instagram photo books are so easy. I mean, with Chatbooks they are put together and sent to my door automatically. (If you haven’t tried Chapbooks use my code Lizzy to get your first book free! :) Since I still love creating, having full page photos gives it the feel of modern photo book but by designing a mini album it gives me the freedom to get creative and add a homemade touch to the keepsake. Something with a deeper meaning, handwritten love notes to treasure and tangible details.

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Spring Swag

Hi everyone, Emma here to share a quick project I made using the Saturday collection. Another garland! I know, my third already but I have to confess I am addicted to making garlands. They’re so easy to make and add that little bit of fun and colour to the room! And given I have everything on-hand already, they cost me nothing to make which is always a bonus!This one is even easier to put together – you just need a circle punch, twine, hot glue gun and scissors (to cut the twine at the end…).DL-Nov_Garland_Blog1

Step 1 – pick all your favourite papers
Step 2 – punch lots and lots of circles – I used a 1 inch circle because I was aiming for a mini-garland
– if you want something a bit bigger than go with at least a 2 inch punch.
Step 3 – fold them all in half – you could use a scoring board to make sure it’s all even but I decided to wing it, meant a few of my half circles were a little uneven but I can live with it.
Repeat until your desk is full of lots of half circles!

DL-Nov_Garland_Blog2Next we need to put our circles together. This is where the glue gun comes into play!
Step 4 – Add a little glue to one half of the circle
Step 5 – Get another half circle and press it against the section that has glue
Step 6 – Repeat same step a couple more times
Step 7 – Before gluing in the final piece I actually positing it on my twine then closed it up. You could just make the circles and glue the twine to the outside later on but I preferred doing it this way so it’s hidden inside my shape.

DL-Nov_Garland_Blog2AThen it’s just a matter of repeating it all until you’ve used up all your pieces! Or if you are like me, you cut more to make it longer 😉
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It’s a super easy garland to make! And I really love how it turned out!
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I actually made this for my niece because she wanted something to hang on her bunk (underneath the top one if that makes sense) but I have to confess…..I’ve kept it! I hung it on my shelf just to see how it looked and now I don’t want to let it go! Going to have to make her another one 😉

Hope you give it a try using your favourite Dear Lizzy papers! Take care, Em xo
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Say Hi To Spring

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Say hi to bike rides
Say hi to budding flowers
Say hi to that sunshiney happiness
Say hi spring
Say to Sweet Pea adventures
Say hi to birthdays every month
Say hi to popcorn trees
Say hi to a fresh start
Say hi bright florals
Say hi to family walks
Say hi!

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Love the theme to go along with this collaboration + Old Navy! It’s called greenhouse charm… definitely captures what spring is all about.
Can’t believe it’s April which mean this month my baby turns 4! That’s crazy. One thing I was thinking about is how lucky he is to have a best friend like Lola. It’s definitely shaped who is he to have this cheerful sister by his side everyday. They share a room and I heard Lola tell Myles if he gets scared he can come sleep on the top bunk with her.  They are double trouble too.

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Hey hey hey

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Hi everyone, it’s Emma here to share another page I created using the gorgeous new collection, Lovely Day!  I think I mentioned last time that the papers of Lovely Day have me smitten so I created this next page by picking a few of my favourites from the double-sided and single-sided 12×12 paper pad.

Here is a look at the page I created:
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I absolutely adore that blue floral paper from the 12×12 paper pad.  It’s just so pretty! I used as my background, then put the white cardstock on top so it created a frame for my page.  I hand cut the banners from my other favourite papers, I went with 2 of each in shades of blue, yellow and black/white.  Then I just machine stitched down the centre to keep them in place!DL_Feb17_hey_4

For my embellishments I used three of the layered stickers at the top, middle and bottom of my page and spaced over the height of my banners.  I popped one of the stickers on top of the rosette layered sticker.  This actually wasn’t my original plan but the colours matched and it meant I didn’t need to work out any extra spacing for my title.  Win win!DL_Feb17_hey_S1

I typed up my journaling on the computer (using an old typewriter font), printed it out and tucked it just underneath the photo on the white/black flower paper.  I like how it kind of blends in with the paper and doesn’t distract you too much.

I fixed a little heart chipboard piece near the blue papers just because the colours matched and hearts (or stars!) seem to be a necessity for my pages.  I like to put them everywhere :)DL_Feb17_hey_S6

I love the dimension of this page – all thanks to those layered stickers!  They’re perfect and I still love the fact they have foam dots on the backs which helps lift them off your page a little more.

This page came together rather quickly (for me that is, I’m a rather slow scrapper..) which I love.  I even adhered/stitched  it all down in the one sitting!  (I usually put a page together and leave it overnight then stick it down the next day. You know…incase I want to change things 😉  But I was happy with this one straight away, love that!).DL_Feb17_hey_5

Thanks for joining me on the blog today, I hope it’s inspired you to start creating your own masterpiece using the gorgeous papers of Lovely Day!

Take care, Em xo
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#SayHi To Spring

LA9A5402 Saying hi to spring in the most enthusiastic way this past weekend. I’m sure we will still have a snowstorm in the works like every over year but I can’t promise I won’t act surprised… because it’s tradition.

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These two ran around like puppies all day at the park and at Costco then fell asleep in record time cause they were exhausted to say the least. Which was good because I was holding Lola’s hand on the top bunk and Myles’s on the bottom at the same time and my arms were getting tired.
Myles was running around like Jimmy Fallon with his tight pants on after getting some cute new spring outfits from Old Navy. I kinda felt bad for him lately, he literally had no clothes. hehe With three girls their dresser is overflowing then there’s the boy who keeps growing out of his. He’s ready to roll now though and waving hi to spring as he runs and slides getting grass stains within the first hour on his new pants. No joke. Such a boy.

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I Love Your Face

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Quick photos before school with this little dolly. Her Kindergarten teacher said she wishes she had 10 more Lola’s in her class because she’s so adorable. haha I know the feeling! I want ten more Lolas too.
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When the self-timer goes off before we get our crap together.

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Hiding behind readers because I don’t want to get ready. Same bun as yesterday too.
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To The Stars and Back

Hi everyone, Emma here to share a page I created using the gorgeous new collection, Lovely Day!  I can honestly say I am in love with it all!  I’m usually all about the embellishments but the papers!!  The papers are seriously gorgeous!  And that’s just the double-sided papers…then there are the embossed papers in the paper pack!!!!!!!  I could go on and on 😉

For my first page I decided to crank out the Cameo (I have a bad habit of not using the machine for months…) and cut an old Dear Lizzy file (from Lucky Charm!) which I picked up from the Silhouette Store a while back.DL_Feb17_love-you_S6A

Here is a closer look at the page I created:DL_Feb17_love-you_10A

I picked one of my favourite embossed papers from the 12×12 paper pad, it’s the most gorgeous colour and has the teeny tiny little crosses embossed all over.  I made the width slightly less than my overall (I scrap 6×8) and backed the page up with plain white cardstock that also acts as a border on the sides.DL_Feb17_love-you_8

I included machine stitching on both sides of the paper, not only to fix the page in place, but because I love the texture it adds to the page without being too distracting.DL_Feb17_love-you_7A

For my embellishing (which will always be my favourite part of the creating process) I wanted to keep it pretty simple and went with a couple clusters, one at the top of my page and the other just above my photo.DL_Feb17_love-you_2

The cluster at the top of my page started with the flower layered sticker.  Let’s just take a moment to reflect just how cute all those layered stickers are….  Seriously though, they really are.  It fit perfectly at the end of the “YOU” on my page but it didn’t fill quite enough space and I wanted that top section to pop a bit more so I grabbed the flower chipboard from the Phrase stickers and gradually worked in all the others.  The buttons are adorable (and I love that they have a foam dot on the back already making them super easy to apply on the page).DL_Feb17_love-you_3A

I’m a sucker for sticker word phrases and the sticker sheet has quite a few to pick from (at the perfect size too for my smaller pages, bonus!).  For the bottom of my page I didn’t want it to be too busy so I went with the layered sticker fox.  Why? Because it’s a fox and it’s CUTE.  Sometimes the reasons for me picking things that go on a page are as simple as being cute.  Yep; I’m like that. Ha!DL_Feb17_love-you_5

I also popped one of the yellow chipboard hearts there to help balance out some of the brightness from the top (even though the fox has the yellow flower, I thought it needed a little more).

And that’s it.  Simple page using a cut file and fun embellishments! Every time I create a page using a cut file I’m reminded how much I actually love them.  I’m really happy how it ended up but I’m a little sad that I managed to use a lot  of my favourite embellishments on my first page..yeah, the hoarder in me never quits.  (If you happened to be putting any of these into your shopping basket, I would totally suggest getting 2 of the embellishment packs…just sayin’. You won’t regret it.)DL_Feb17_love-you_4

Thanks so much for joining me on the blog today!  I hope it’s inspired you and I can’t wait to be back sharing more of the pages I’ve created using this amazing collection (the pages are all come together so easily, I love when that happens!!).

Take care, Em xo

Tubby Time

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One day a few months ago, after a long day on the computer, Collin was in our bathroom and decided to knock out a wall he hated… and thus started our remodel. It wasn’t even just a wall. It was a big, wide arch around the toilet like a throne. ; ) Then another half wall came down and now we have this bright, open bathroom. We still need our shower doors and can someone come decorate for me?  But, hey, at least the tub works.
This is my go-to room to hide out when I need some peace and quiet now. Took two baths in one day last week. Three, if you count the one where I was fully clothed with no water. Don’t judge. hehe

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Knotted sleeve top | Jeans | Freestanding tub

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Hello Sunshine

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The end of January (I don’t think I had even unpacked from CHA) we hopped on a plane and flew to find some sunshine. It literally was 7 or 8 degrees that night before we left home. Crazy cold. And then a few hours later we were riding bikes along the ocean. Ahh it was so good for the soul. And everyone enjoys bike rides in our fam, no matter the age, so it honestly was the perfect activity to keep everyone happy. San Diego had just gotten a lot of rain, that we luckily missed, so everything was so beautiful and green. Gonna relish in these photos for the next little bit before spring! :)
I hadn’t been to Mission Beach for a long time and loved it. Great family place with Belmont Park right next door. Oh, I’ll share that next-it was so fun!

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Lately she’s looking so mature and old it’s crazy. Like a tween. She’s always been really tall for her age. She’s ten but wears size 12-14. Collin and I would secretly giggle at eachother because she’s one that enjoys the journey. She just cruised along the beach very slow and soaked it all in. This is her literally stopping to admire and sneak a flower to put behind her ear.
Quincey is polar opposite she was speeding the whole time and riding circles around us. Lola was on a tandem bike and was so sweet and this is SO Lola when she said to Collin, “Don’t worry dad I’ll do all the work.” haha Myles was alseep with in 5 minutes thanks to the sound of the ocean.
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Game Day Crafting

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I’m not gonna lie that I watch the Super Bowl for the food and the commercials. I’ll be in the kitchen stuffing my face with bean dip and buffalo wings so call me in the room when it’s a commercial break. I think a couple years ago Collin even caught me crying during one of them. Usually they’re witty or funny but I didn’t expect to cry. haha This year I was excited when Persil asked if they could send some Super Bowl craft ideas for our family. They sent foam sheets, felt, yarn, glitter glue (every kid loves glitter glue), and all sorts of fun stuff. I want to print off more of their free coloring sheets for the game. One of the printables is to make a foam finger. Which Myles is proudly wearing and still carrying around!
Just print it out, cut out template, trace onto foam, cut out foam and glue two fingers together. I sewed around the edges which I do not recommend. In case you didn’t know, foam doesn’t sew well. It worked but it’s not pretty. :) Stick to the Persil instructions which say to use hot glue. Much better option.
There’s even a free Game Day Bingo printable which would be great entertainment for the kids to do so we can stuff our face in peace.  IMG_0961
Persil also included some of their soap to clean up our mess. They get what crafting with kids means. Especially with paint involved. And as the mother of four kids who know how to make a mess, I really appreciate their thoughtfulness. 😀
Printables and sponsored post by: Persil
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