Do It With a Smile | Mini Book


Sharing a mini that I made using the February Cocoa Daisy 12 x 12 Memory Keeping and Pocket kits. I cut out a digital file for the base of the album using my Silhouette Cameo from kraft cardstock and then added my patterned papers, phrase stickers, cardstock die-cuts, buttons, ribbons, photos, etc.

There are only three photos in this little accordion book but I knew I wanted them to be housed somewhere special since they are such special ones of Zoey and two of her good friends.

Using the mixed media diecuts from Vicki Boutin made putting this little mini together an absolute breeze! I used so many of these cut-outs in this mini. It really made the whole thing come together quite nicely, and quickly!

Loving the little birds!

Here is the mini spread out...

and then here is a picture of the back of the album. I decided to put my favorite photo (enlarged) on the back so it would have it's own special place. It kind of looks like a photo in a frame looking at it this way.

Last weekend was my book club for the teens that I serve at the library that I work at and Leo (our dog) wasn't feeling the best which meant some visits to the vet, new meds, some special food prep for his diet (rice and hamburger) and some extra-special care and a brief period of a few days where we were all worrying about him. He's such a huge part of our life...hate it when he's sick! One of my good friends had surgery this week too and my heart was worrying for her and her family as well. To be honest, I really wasn't feeling like crafting at all this week with all the stress and worry, so I'm thankful I was able to get this little project put together in the time that I did. Once I started in on it though, I was feeling more inspired and it ended up being quite therapeutic actually and I'm happy with how it turned out. Funny how that works!

Wishing you a productive week ahead, whatever that may mean for you!


Sweet + Simple Cards


Sharing a quick post here today...I used some scraps that were left over from the Cocoa Daisy January kit to make these simple little cards. I simply punched out the hearts using some cardstock and patterned paper from the kit, used my scalloped edge border punch for the white trim and added some contrast with scraps of teal paper as well.

I did do some machine stitching along the border for just a extra touch of something special.

Do you make valentines for people or is it a holiday that you let pass you by? In the past we would make valentines for Zoey's friends but now that she's older that's not so much the case! I'm thinking these will be sweet little cards to give to Ethan and Zoey, along with some little treats.


Folded Square Mini | First Dance


I have a BIG TIME scrappy crush on Paige Taylor Evans, I love every single little thing that she creates. I love her style, the colors she uses and how she thinks outside of the box when it comes to her designs on everything from her scrapbook layouts to her mini-albums. When I saw her Folded Square Mini-Album I knew that it was one that I wanted to try my hand at and I'm so glad that I did. I love it!!!

For my first go at using this design for a mini, I decide to use photos that I already had printed out. I had several photos that I printed awhile back of Zoey and her friends getting ready for their first middle school dance (from when they were in the 6th grade). They were 2x3 inches and I had enough of them to house in a mini-album.

All of the papers and most of the embellishments that I ended up using are from past and present Cocoa Daisy kits.

This is such a fun design for a base for a mini-book! I love the dimension that is created with the folded paper from the base of the book as well as the challenge that's presented of how to use that space.

It's kind of a grey day here so you can't get the exact hues of the colors going on here with these papers and different elements but you get a pretty decent idea I think.

This orange spread was especially tricky to capture with my lighting today.

Here is a picture of the album opened up and clipped with a mini clothespin. So pretty!!

You can download the digital file for creating the base of this book from the Silhouette Design store HERE if you are interested.

I can't wait to make another one of these albums, I have a feeling it's going to be one of my go-to designs for mini's now!

We're gearing up for another snow storm here so I'm off to go get some groceries. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


You + Me, Me & You | Scrapbook Layout


Sharing another layout here using the January 12x12 Memory Keeping kit and bits from the Pocket kit as the versatility of this month's kit. For my background heart cut-out I used a digital cut file from my Silhouette library and then cut different colored/patterned strips of paper for the negative space within the heart. Originally I was going to put my photos in the frames (center) but after playing around a bit I decided I liked them for housing part of my title work instead.

Here's a close-up of my journaling...

This weekend Zoey is away with friends attending a Beatles Tribute concert in Minneapolis. She was so excited, she's a HUGE Beatles fan and so are a few of her friends. I am looking forward to hearing all about it when she get's back into town.

Enjoy your weekend!