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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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Lovely Day #newdearlizzy

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Picked up a bag full of the new products from American Crafts today! It’s funny cause I was like, wow, this is really super cute!! Like I was all surprised about it. lol Made me excited all over again for you guys to get to see it and creative play… or hoard. Whatever suits you. 😀

The flags above are darling. Comes four to a pack and has a foam dot on the back so they are ready to attach to make your project pretty!
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My fave paper! I always love the cut-a-parts! Sorry it was super dark so these pics aren’t the best. Love how it gets dark at 5 pm (insert eyeroll!) But sweet Lola was such a trooper and helped me display the goodies. I’m so inspired to make a mini album this week for CHA and we will be filming a walk through of all the products this week. I bribed and begged Collin to help me and so he said he would! haha Yay! xoxo Lots of love, Lizzy
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December Daily part 1

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Yesterday was a race against the sun to photograph my December Daily album and the sun won. At 5:24 pm. Crazy that’s it’s so dark by then. Today it was quite dark inside. So I took my album and a foam board outside and it started… snowing! ha! I can’t win. If you see specks on the sides of the pics. It’s snow. 😀
This year my December manta is Simplify and Savor the Magic. Or since I am keeping things simple just simplify and savor. ; )
This theme also translates to my album. DecDaily is my favorite project to create every year and if I want to get it done I have to keep it simple. I absolutely love creating it and all that entails! Some of the things I am incorporating this year. Printing on canvas paper (from a Dear Lizzy album), layering and transparency (a must every year), focusing on the photos and printing large 7×8.25″ as well as 3″x4″, and making sure to journal now. Last year I skipped journaling if I was busy designing the pages and now I still need to fill in gaps then I can post that one too. Here’s the start…

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Printed a strip of photos then attached to chipboard.
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Love my sweetie bear… more pics of our snow day here!
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My fave trees printed on canvas paper. I might change out the right side cause I don’t love it but we shall seeee…
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Supplies: Ali Edwards December Daily + stuff from a box of Christmas supplies I keep together over the years. Dear Lizzy number transperancy and album.

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I showed it to Myles and he could care less… just was eating ribbon the whole time instead of looking at it. lol So hopefully someone out there in blog land cares. ; )

Hope you are having a wonderful December!! Love you all! xoxo Lizzy

Shoot for the Moon

Hi everyone! I’m excited to share this layout using the newest Dear Lizzy Saturday collection and a little stamping with the cute house stamps. I’m terrible at using stamps; it’ss not that I don’t like them, because there are some adorable stamps out there that I love, it just never occurs to me to actually use them. I guess if I’m completely honest, I find them a little bit intimidating, and I’ve no idea why, haha. But every now and then I like to give it a shot which is how this layout came about. The stamp set from the Saturday collection has the cutest little buildings and I thought it would look fun teamed with a photo I recently took of the moon (I love getting snaps of the moon, call me crazy).

I picked 3 fun and bright colours – yellow, pink and teal (..not that I have a whole lot of variety of
colours in my stash!) and stamped each building along the bottom.
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As usual I ended up with one building having a less than perfect impression (that teal one!! Grr!) – I swear the more I try to get a perfect impression, the less likely I am to get it, haha.
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But rather than start again (this was already attempt #2, lol) I thought I’d add some dimension to the bottom of the page so I just stamped them again on a scrap piece of white cardstock.

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Once I’d stamped a few I just used scissors to cut them to shape (leaving a small white border the whole way around). Then I popped a foam dot behind and stuck them straight on top of my less than perfect impressions on the page. Problem solved! Here’s how my page finished up:
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I wanted the page to be fairly neutral except for my bright buildings along the bottom so I teamed the chipboard thickers (which I think are a perfect match!!) with a few co-ordinating black/white pieces (I used a sheet from the 6×6 paper pad, die-cuts and black varnish stickers). I enlisted help from Pinterest to find a quote about the moon and just typed it up on the computer using a typewriter font.

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Because I scrap 6×8 pages, often I’m stuck on where to put my journaling, I mean there is only so much room on the page and more often than not, I want the photo/title to be the feature of the page, so I’ll often add it either behind the photo or on the back of my page. Almost all of my
layouts have journaling of some description, it’s just that often you can’t see it
☺ In this case I popped it on the back! Just stuck it onto one of the die-cut cards, used a strip of wash and included one of the stickers to help pretty it up a bit. Easy one!

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Given my journaling is often “hidden” I’ve had a few people question me about how I actually read it once they’re stored in albums.
I use the Studio Calico 6×8 Handbooks to store my layouts. I’m not sure about you, but I file all my pages back to back in the pockets (so 2 pages per pocket back to back, means I can cram more pages into the album!)

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Given my journaling is often “hidden” I’ve had a few people question me about how I actually read it once they’re stored in albums.
I use the Studio Calico 6×8 Handbooks to store my layouts. I’m not sure about you, but I file all my pages back to back in the pockets (so 2 pages per pocket back to back, means I can cram more pages into the album!) I average somewhere between 13-15 plastic pockets per album so depending on how chunky my pages are, I manage to get anywhere from 20-30 scrapbook layouts per album which is pretty good!

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But back to the question! When I add journaling on the back I just don’t put another page behind it once it’s in the pocket. That way when I’m flipping through the album I don’t need to take it out to read it (which is what I have to do when I tuck it behind the photo, but I can live with that! ☺)

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3 Three 3 Layout

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If you need anything from this newest collection it’s the wood veneer numbers and shapes! Love them so. And the 12×12 paper pack, clothes pins and the Project Life kit and and…  Seriously everything makes my hoarding heart happy.
All Dear Lizzy products are 40% off still… and they stocked some of the Fine & Dandy collection and Happy Place which have some cute stuff!

Love this page by Olatz:

This new collection is quickly becoming one of my favorites! I have to admit that when I saw the Saturday collection for the first time I thought it seemed like a city/travel/getaway/weekend themed collection. But when I begin to work with it, oh well, the ideas started to flow in so many directions. It really is such a versatile collection!
As you can see here, I used the Saturday collection to create a birthday layout for my little niece. I chose a soft color palette of white, mint, pink and a pop of black to go with the theme of the layout. So cute! I love how numbers are repeated thought the collection on papers, stickers and embellishments. And they are just the perfect icon for this spread, aren’t they? 😉

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Saturday Layout

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Just wanted to pop in and let you know that all the Dear Lizzy products (including all of the AC brands) are 40% off today at Scrapbook.com! Because you know I love a good sale.
They are stocked with all the new Dear Lizzy Saturday products too! Like the wood bead strings, chipboard number tags, and mini puffy stickers. Yay! Kids are in school here so thank goodness for the free time and we can scrap the summer memories.

Love this layout by Emma!
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New Dear Lizzy Collection: Saturday

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Today I am thrilled to share some sneak peeks and close looks at the newest Dear Lizzy collection- Saturday! I love the colors and the crisp patterns. Happy Place had such a vacation vibe. I imagined it as if you were on vacation with your girlfriends to Palm Springs. This has a city vibe mixed through out! Before I meet with designers for each collection I come up with a story to help everyone get on the same page and illustrate it better. For Saturday, I imagined a girl who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She loves exploring the city, stashing away memorabilia from her day in a junk journal, Meg Ryan movies (which you will find a couple quotes here and there), mixing patterns, painting during her kids nap time, capturing and creating memories of her everyday! There’s a fun mix of icons to work with for a wide variety of projects. There’s also lots of numbers used in creative ways on paper and products. Including wood veneer numbers, chipboard number tags and cardstock number accents in the Bits. The puffy stickers are one of my favorites as well as the beaded strings!!! I’ll share more through out the week! Can’t wait to see how you create with it! xoxo Lizzy

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Capture weekend vibes and everyday, happy moments with Saturday by Dear Lizzy. Fun graphics and icons are presented in a coordinating palette of bright blue, taxi yellow, and cheerful red-orange with accents of bold black. Images of cameras, glasses and food are featured on patterned paper, stickers and other versatile embellishments.

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Say Yes: Mini Album

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It’s impossible to not make a disaster when creating a mini album. It’s like you start pulling out everything and anything! The Happy Place collection is perfect for summer memories. Minis will always have my heart! The pockets and layering deserve all the heart eyes!!
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Bill Murray Twinning and that one time…

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What could possibly be better than Bill Murray’s face scattered on a baby blue tee? Twinning Bill Murray’s faces! Twins. Just like when I would force my friends to be twinners with me in 3rd grade, I am now making my darling little boy. He’s ok with it though because he still thinks I am the coolest.

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Photos: Becky Kimball
Matching Bill Murray Tees: Clashist

So you guys, I actually scrapbooked. Since I am not on Studio Calico’s team, like last year, the pages have been sparse. The thing is, it’s not just scrapbooking to me. It’s the whole experience too. I know I have mentioned this in the past, how it’s not only memories from the photos on the pages but from creating the pages. The past few days I had been itching and DYING to get my hands on some bright white 12×12 cardstock. To diecut words, layer patterns and get down my thoughts on paper, all mixed with colors and words.
This morning I took advantage of an hour I would have (pretty much) to myself and quickly printed some photos.  I was just pushing everything around the page while listening to some old school Lizzy favorite songs from Ingrid Michaelson on my headphones– I literally started crying. Tears and everything. It makes me laugh now after the fact. haha But my eyes filled with tears and I thought, what the heck this is so weird. It must’ve been the song and everything just took me back to years ago when I first started this Dear Lizzy journey. When I could spend hours and hours on a single page just because I wanted to. When life was slower. Picturing little Avery and Quincey with their chubby hands trying to get into my stuff, toddling and playing around at my feet. Those days are gone and it makes me sad. Which is exactly how I will feel when someday I will think back to these present days too. I’m sure of it.
I guess that’s why I can’t scrap quick and throw stuff together, like I want to SO bad. Because it’s so much more than paper and glue. And if my heart isn’t in it then I can’t do it, I guess. What seems like just a simple layout now has these emotions tied to it and means that much more.
But I am itching to make the time to do it. Like how I have been exercising more and this morning went to a boxing class. It’s all about balance right? Thanks for letting me share and reading this little ole blog! xoxo

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