Thursday, August 30, 2012

Summer Mini Album

Hello! I have a completed summer mini album to share with you today.

Before I get started, I just wanted to share this picture of my 5th Grader, Emily. She went back to school Monday and we are all trying to get back into a routine.

Okay, back to the album.

Close-up of the cover.

In June I created this fun summer activity jar and mini album for Emily when she completed 4th grade. We had fun completing these activities throughout the summer.

My album was made using the Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Collection Kit and a Tim Holtz 5x7 Grungeboard album.

All of my pictures are 2x3 in size. I printed them on 4x6 collages using

I also used some Ali Edwards summer related stamps made by Technique Tuesday.

I hope you enjoy looking at this album!

Front and Back Covers

Side View

Here are pictures of the inside, however for a much closer look I recommend watching the YouTube video linked below.

If you would like a page by page view, please see the YouTube video below.

Thank you for looking. I had so much fun making this album and just love flipping through it reliving our summer memories! 

See you next time.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

My Homemade Blog Planner

Hi there! I wanted to share my homemade blog planner with you today.

First, before I get started, I wanted to let you know that I am today's featured blog over at
Thank you Kelsey for picking me as your blog of the week! I appreciate it so much.
Okay, now onto my blog planner.
I needed some kind of organizer to help me plan out my creations for my blog.
I found this wonderful free weekly blog printable from Oh the lovely things blog.
I printed it out on 65lb white card stock.
It prints on the top half of your paper so I cut it to a 8x6 size. I printed about 20 pages for my planner (front and back).
 For my front covers, I used chipboard and cut those at 8 1/4 by 6 1/4. You can use cereal boxes as your chipboard. They work just as well too.
For the paper collection, I used the October Afternoon 9 to 5 Collection Kit.
The 9 to 5 collection showcases the daily adventures of office life and was a fun kit to use for my planner. You can find this collection at or
I covered the front and back chipboard covers with paper and then started layering paper and stickers to the front cover.
I fussy cut the woman from one of the sheets of paper.I added a row of buttons for a pop of color and texture.
I punched two holes and am using book rings as my binder. I added some fun "office" elements to my top book ring.
This was so much fun to make and I can't wait to start planning out my creations for my blog.
Here is a look at the inside.
You can see the planner more up close and personal in the YouTube video below.
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Thank you so much for looking!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fun Day at the Park

It is our last week of summer vacation before Emily goes back to school next week. 
We are trying to enjoy the week and do some things that we haven't done yet this summer.
One of those things was to have a picnic at a park.
Yesterday it was actually a pleasant 84 degrees outside versus the 100 degree days that we have been experiencing.
We packed us a nice lunch and headed to our local park.

We brought some stale bread and fed the ducks.

Emily captured this picture of a sleeping duck. I drew a heart around her so you can see her better. I love how Emily captured the reflections of the trees in the water.

Emily met some friends and shared her bread so they could all feed the ducks.

We did some walking and exploring and found a fun tree stump.

We enjoyed mother nature and the beauty of our local park. I just loved this picture and had to add on a quote.

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Creating a Photo Light Box

I have been wanting to make a light box for a while now.
I finally made one.
Yes, it does make a difference!
I read a lot of blogs, look at scrapbook galleries, and watch YouTube videos. I have always wondered how their pictures turn out so bright and true to color. Light bulb moment - I needed a light box. 
If you google or search on YouTube for "light box" you will come up with a lot of choices and tutorials. I chose to go with the cardboard box option.
Here are the two videos that I used as my tutorial when making my box.  These are perfect and will explain everything if you want to make your own box.

Supplies Needed:
Cardboard Box
Packing Tape
White Tissue Paper
White Poster Board
Box Cutter and Scissors
Good Light Source with daylight bulbs

Here is how mine turned out and how I will be using this light box.

The small tripod is from Best Buy and my camera is a Canon SD1400 IS. I just have the box sitting on my craft desk and will be storing it underneath the desk when not in use.

For my light source, I am using my Ott light and my tall corner lamp. The most important thing about this project is to use the new daylight light bulbs.

I love how my pictures look. So clean and bright. No more glare or dark colors.

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

How to Create a Beautiful Brag Book/Photo Album

Do you need a nice quick gift?
Do you have nice photo's that you want to give to your family?
Do you need a quick album for your home?
With a brag book and some scrapbook paper/collection you can create a nice album quickly.
Here is the brag book is used.  I bought mine from Michael's. They are $1.99.
These books will hold 36 - 4x6 photos and are acid, lignin and PVC free.

To personalize these brag books you can find a paper collection or scrapbook paper and stickers and turn this brag book into something very pretty.

Here is the collection I used from Simple Stories called Documented. You can find this collection at or

It contains letter stickers and shape stickers as well as paper to complete this project.

I used the front and back covers of the brag book as my template for cutting. I added some of the letter and shape stickers. For the inside I cut some of the 4x6 element pages from the collection and added my pictures.

Here is my after picture.

  I made three of these books in under a couple of hours.  I kept one and gave the other two as gifts.

You can embellished the album as much as you like.  I added tabs to break up each section because I included pictures from three separate events. 

Here are my back covers.

Here are all three of my albums. 

I hope you enjoy this project!

To see the entire album please watch my YouTube video below. You will be able to see the entire book including the inside.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wall Collage for my Daughter's Room


Hello, I have a DIY project for you today.

Here was my inspiration piece that I have found via Pinterest.

Wall collage by Ginny Phillips Photography.

Pinned Image
Ginny's collage captured me and I knew that I had to do this for my daughter.
 Emily had a large wall space over her daybed that needed some love.  We have been slowly collecting items for the wall and have completed the project.  Here is the view from her doorway. Her paint color is called Strawberry Freeze by Behr Paints from Home Depot.

We loved how it turned out! So colorful and full of meaning for Emily.  She picked out each piece and even made most of it herself. Here is another view from inside the room. We also made a multi-colored tissue pom-pom that you can see hanging from the ceiling.

The frames came from Hobby Lobby and I spray painted them glossy black. The small canvas painting below is Emily's artwork from school. The laugh sign is a chipboard piece from Hobby Lobby that Emily painted pink. The green mirror and blue "E" are also from Hobby Lobby.

In the picture below, Emily made the banner using an American Girl Doll banner kit from Michael's. The picture below the banner was made by Emily at school. I just had to frame it because it was featured in the local school art show. (Yes, proud Momma!)

This bird picture below was also painted by Emily. The frame is from Michael's.

I LOVE the framed picture below.  This is a picture from our fall 2011 family pictures. The photographer handed Emily the lips on a stick and this is the look that she captured. This is my daughter all the way. Her personality shines through in this picture!! Frame is from Hobby Lobby.

This collage of frames also came from Hobby Lobby. The two black frames were white but I painted them with black acrylic paint to match with my other black frames.  I let Emily pick the pictures so they will have some meaning for her. There are a couple of beach photos, one from a dive competition, a couple of family shots, and of course the dog and the cat!

This peach sign below was plain wood from Hobby Lobby so Emily painted it colors to match her room. She raided my stack of flowers and rub-on's and made it just the way she wanted it to look.

I love everything that is on the word art canvas below. I bought it so long ago that I don't remember if it came from Hobby Lobby or Bed Bath and Beyond. 

I love how it turned out and I love that Emily made most of the items.

I want her to be surrounded and inspired by her own creativity.

Here is the YouTube video showing you everything up close, a before and after of the wall, and a look around Emily's room.

Thank you for looking! I appreciate you all!!

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