Monthly Archives: August 2011

Beginning my next minibook + layout

Over the past year or so I’ve had boxes and boxes and there are still a few more boxes to go to pull out any and all childhood photos I want to keep myself. I had been trying to figure out what to do with them. I didn’t want to just put them in a photo album or photo box. They lived there for the past 15-25 years, and since I turned 25 today I really wanted to begin thinking about what I wanted to do.  I think I’m going to put them in a minibook. I don’t remember a lot about the photos..most are from when I was an only child so up to the age of 3. My first Disney trip at the age of 5, or well other times. I think my school age photos are sitting in the boxes I have look at yet, but I think I’ll do school age in a different book.  So I started my thought process and I thought I’d share it in case anyone was every wondering where to start with a minibook.

First I start with theme..this one is Childhood photos. Then I scour the internets looking for the perfect paper collection to match my theme..this book I’m choosing October Afternoon’s Sidewalks which hasn’t been released yet; so I’m holding my breath I’ll be able to get it before Thanksgiving. (OA is known for not shipping on time) if it’s not ready I’m going to pick up Fancy Pants Summer’s End and start the base work for my Thanksgiving/Fall book.

Then I choose a size I’m thinking either a 4×6.5 (room for binding) or a 4×8. Since I don’t have a ton of memories of the photos there isn’t a lot of journaling or story telling to be told, but I can tell stories of what I do remember..the love of my little blue car, my favorite hiding places, and my hatred of shoes.

The 3rd step is to pick photos. This step I had already done I had a huge stack of photos that I saved. Some when to my brothers, some will go into a photo box, and the highlights will go in the book.

The 4th step and for me the most fun picking out all the add-ons, embellishments, and other stuff. I’m going to use some twine, stamps, and depending on what I find Sidewalk embellishments (label and word stickers, journaling cards, and flower sack (all the flat stuff) and maybe some buttons and chip and stick..depending on how big the book looks like it’s going to be. It’ll be flatter if I’m looking at 20+ page book, but if it’s less I’ll toss in tons of buttons and chipboard. (I think I’m looking at flat) Then I’ll also have some precut Silhouette designs with me, but I can always make notes and do all the cutting when I get home from my trip.

The 5th step sketch out a few page designs. Since I haven’t picked a size I haven’t started on that yet, but I plan to use a smooth cardstock base I’m thinking a mix of blue, green, and yellow.

And if you’ve stuck around this long I’ve got a treat for you. A layout I did a few weeks back. It took awhile to do, but I loved it. I first cut a honeycomb pattern from the Silhouette and then cut all the pieces to go inside in different pp. I used a My Minds Eye 6×6 pad that I had. Then I cut the title 4 times with the Silhouette and layered them, added a few labels and the photo and I had an arty layout I really liked. Thanks for reading & happy crafting ❤ Ann



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Simple Stories Cards

During CHA summer I participated in the chat over at Two Peas and won a prize package from Simple Stories and October Afternoon.   I received the package last week I was excited there was tons of October Afternoon most of which isn’t on the market yet. I then noticed the 6×6 pad from Simple Stories and then saw it was the new Baby Steps collection. Which my first thought was cool..wait I don’t know any babies. I then set out to figure out a way to use such pastel colors on cards I could send to family and friends and this is what I came up with so far.  A birthday card and a thank you card featuring this months Studio AE stamp set. Thanks for reading and happy crafting ❤ Ann


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Polaroids: My new favorite

After my post yesterday with Lawn Fawn’s polaroid I wanted to share a layout I did with a polaroid die cut from the Silhouette store. I printed these pictures 6 months ago planning to do some minibook with them, but never got around to it. So all those tombstone pictures sat in my box and I’d look at them from time to time thinking I should do something with them.  So I did today. I cut 9 frames and took some digital scrapbook paper I downloaded yesterday that I though would be perfect for the layout and created 3 more squares one with the title. Some cardstock for a base and black and brown ink to distress the frames and I had a layout.  Thanks for reading and happy crafting ❤ Ann

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Silhouette how to: Using Digital PP

There are 2 ways of doing it:

The first way is simple click open, select the paper you want and then size it down to the size you want and then trace and select edge cut.

The second way is a few more steps, but you can add designs to any shape.

Step one: Open the shape you want to cut; make it what size you want

I’m using a set of labels that I use for title background and journaling blocks. 

Step two: Select File –> Open and open the folder with the paper you want to use, but DO NOT OPEN


I keep all my papers in folders by line in my digital scrapbooking folder

Step three: Select the paper you want to use, and drag it into the shape.

I selected papers at random just to show you how it looks.

Then you’re ready to go. You can print and then cut. You could add your journaling right on top or resize as needed. You can also go back and change the paper by dragging a new paper on top.

I hope this helps Thanks for reading and happy crafting ❤ Ann

Check back in the morning for a layout where I used the first method.


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You’re a Vision: Lawn Fawn Stamps

I bought some Lawn Fawn stamps last week. I’m having a new love affair with them.  I bought Say Cheese and Say Cheese too along with a couple others. I also had You’re a vision that I won from their blog a couple weeks before.  I had the photo sitting on my desk and an idea. I started stamping which took a little while as I had to stamp all those cameras and glasses, but I love the way it turned out.

I used Jenni Bowlin inks (Brown Sugar, Chicken Feed, Soap Powder, and Lemon Drops) I colored in the polaroid with color pencils.

Thanks for reading & happy crafting ❤ Ann

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WITL-Step 3 Monday

My book is finally starting to take shape. I found the patterned paper I wanted to use..although it took a trip to my least favorite store (Archivers) and a couple more dollars then it would have been online, but I was able to have it same day.  There is one important part missing…the title on Monday page 1…I realized around 2 or 3am this morning that I forgot to do that.  So I’m trying to figure out how I want to do it. I could stamp the day of the week and color it in (Lawn Fawn’s Quinn’s ABCs) or I could create something with the Silhouette.  After all the pages are done I’m going to go back and add embellishments here and there, like the button on the journaling tag.   Thanks for reading & happy crafting! ❤ Ann

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WITL-Step 2


I picked up my photos last night and trimmed and sorted them. This morning I did all the page design on a piece of notebook paper and put it in the ziploc baggie. Today I plan to type out all the journaling and figure out how to add some color and make all the pages feel like they flow.

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