Kids Summer Journal Ideas

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Cute ideas for summer journals for kids. Would be great for road trips!

Hello! Today I’ll be appearing on WDRB in Louisville at 8:15 am (Eastern) chatting about some ideas to keep kids busy during the summer! I’ll come back and add the link to the video to the post later today.

Last year I shared this tutorial for a DIY Kids Summer Journal and it’s been so popular that I thought you guys might like a few more ideas for similar projects.

Cute ideas for summer journals for kids. Would be great for road trips!

The idea behind these journals came from my insistence that my kids sit down and write a few minutes each night when we are on family vacations. They were so young and I was afraid that they would forget many of the things that they saw and experienced on vacation.

Cute ideas for summer journals for kids. Would be great for road trips!

They were at times “less than pleased” as you can imagine and I thought anything that I could do to encourage them to sit down and write would be helpful. To make the summer journals a bit more fun, I glued maps of where we were visiting on vacation to the front of composition notebooks and added a custom “Adventure is Out There” tag to the front.

You can download the tags for free on the Templates page.

I’m sure you’ve got an old map in your car that would be perfect for this project.

Cute ideas for summer journals for kids. Would be great for road trips!

I know how easy it is to let kids slip into routines in the summer that don’t involve reading or writing. I also know how important it is for kids to keep reading and writing in the summer. One of my kids has a learning disability and the possibility of the “summer slide” is always on my mind.

Cute ideas for summer journals for kids. Would be great for road trips!

For these coloring book summer journals instead of gluing a map to the front of a composition notebook I glued coloring book pages!  This project would be especially good for younger kids and would make a great notebook to take on a road trip.

For directions on how to glue the coloring book pages to the front of the composition notebook check out this tutorial for detailed instructions.

Cute ideas for summer journals for kids. Would be great for road trips!

These would also make really cute gifts! Just package them up with some fresh crayons and sharpened pencils!  The kids can color the front and back covers of the journal before they start writing in it.

You can find free Disney Coloring pages online, or you can just use a few pages from a coloring book that you already have.

 

Cute ideas for summer journals for kids. Would be great for road trips!

 

 

Easy Photo Album Ideas

We love Disney and try to travel there as often as the opportunity presents itself.  I created this easy photo album to remember one of our recent trips. If you like this post you may also enjoy this post on How to Display your Disney Trading Pins or this post on Simple Disney World Tips & Tricks. 

Cute and Simple ways to create a Disney scrapbook

For Spring Break last year we headed to Disney World.  We realized a couple of years ago that our kids are growing up fast. This made us want to cram in as many things with them as we could before they all leave for college.

This was our first family trip without our oldest daughter. She was away at college and could not miss class to attend. It was different and made me sad to think that we were not all together.  When people tell you that kids grow up fast they are NOT kidding! I realized the other day that we only have 4 more Spring Breaks before they are all way at college… only 4!!!!

Cute and Simple ways to create a Disney scrapbook

My oldest daughter could not be with us but we did have my parents and adult brother join us on this trip.  My brother has Autism and is in his 30’s and he LOVES Disney World.  He and my parents joined us for a few days and then we left and they stayed a few days by themselves.  This was great way to do it since both our parents and us got some time to do what we wanted without worrying about organizing a big group.

Cute and Simple ways to create a Disney scrapbook

We’ve been to Disney enough that I was wondering if it was worth the effort of making another scrapbook. Not ready to give up all together,  I thought this trip would be a good time to try out a new photo album that I had my eye on. It has a fixed number of pages and divided pockets. Just print your photos and slip them in the pockets.  This way I could keep a scrapbook of the trip but not feel overwhelmed by the time required to make a full album.

Cute and Simple ways to create a Disney scrapbook

The album is a Project Life album and I bought it on Amazon. If you’d like a to make a similar album here’s what you’ll need (affiliate links):

You don’t have to go crazy embellishing the album, it’s totally up to you how much you want to do. Personally I enjoy that part of the process and I like to put a few special touches in the album as I go.

How to print two photos on one 4x6 print using Lightroom

 

This album uses a combination of 4×6 photo pockets and 3×4 photo pockets.  If you want to print two photos on one 4×6 photo you can use this tutorial to do it.

 

Cute and Simple ways to create a Disney scrapbook

If you choose not to print 2 photos on one 4×6 you can easily just cut the photos you have down to size.  I’m working on an album right now and am doing it that way, it goes really quick.

I divided the album into sections based on the parts of the parks.  I used my Cricut to cut out title cards, you can also use alphabet stickers.

Cute and Simple ways to create a Disney scrapbook

I also make sure to include memorabilia from the trip in the pockets. I kept a few tickets, time schedules and tags to a few of our souvenirs. I just slipped them inside the pockets as I went.

Cute and Simple ways to create a Disney scrapbook

Before we left I bought a package of Project Life cards to use for character autographs.  Then when we got home I was able to just slip them into the page protectors. I think we’ve lost all of our other Disney Autograph books and this seemed like a great way to keep everything together!

Here are a few more photos of the album, all in all it took me a couple of evenings to put it together. The best part of the album is that it’s DONE!!!  (I’m not the best at finishing projects *wink*)

Cute and Simple ways to create a Disney scrapbook

Cute and Simple ways to create a Disney scrapbook

Cute and Simple ways to create a Disney scrapbook

 

How to Print Two Photos on 4×6

 

How to print two photos on one 4x6 print using Lightroom

Today I was getting ready to share with you how I quickly scrapbooked all of our photos from our Spring Break trip last year.  While I was writing the tutorial I realized that I had a few “tricks” that I could share with you when it comes to printing out photos for a scrapbook.  Even though I live so much of my life “online” these days I still make a conscious effort to print out photos to keep on a regular basis.  If you haven’t done it in a while, you should think about doing it.. these “digi” files might not be here forever, even the Google CEO agrees with me. *wink*

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The last few years I’ve been using a scrapbooking method called Project Life.  Becky Higgins is credited for inventing this method of scrapbooking which utilizes pocket pages for scrapbook albums.  You simply print your photos then slip them into an album.

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Easy peasy lemon squeezy… You can read more about it on her blog.

Anyway, the method uses many 4″ x 3″ photos. A lot of times you can just crop your photos down to 4×3 (especially if there is a lot of background you don’t need), but I don’t like doing that.  You can print 4×3 photos at home easily but if you’re going to be printing a lot of photos it’s a lot more economical to print them at a photo lab.

So the question becomes… How do you print two photos on one 4×6 photo?

How to print two photos on one 4x6 print using Lightroom

The photo album I chose to use was pre bound and featured 2 4×6 horizontal photo slots and 2 4×3 vertical photo slots on each page.   I had a lot of printed cards for the 4×3 photos but it still didn’t solve the problem for me of what to do with my pictures that were oriented vertically.

How to print two photos on one 4x6 print using Lightroom

So what I did is figure out a way to print 2, 4×3 photos on one picture.  This method uses Lightroom. I know that not everyone has Lightroom, but as Adobe programs go it’s not very expensive and very easy to learn. You can edit and organize all of your photos in batches. It has absolutely changed how I “work” when it comes to photographs. I have THOUSANDS of photos and it keeps them all very organized for me. I can also make photo books right from the program… there are many other benefits, if you’re looking for a new photo program, I’d recommend checking it out.

How to print two photos on one 4x6 print using Lightroom

I plan on making a similar album of our trip to London last summer, so I’ll show you how to do this using those photos.

In Lightroom make a collection of ALL of your vacation photos. Go through and rate them 1-5.  I chose to print all of my photos rated 3 and above. So using the tool bar on the bottom, filter so that all of your 3 + photos are showing. Edit your photos so that they are ready to print.

How to print two photos on one 4x6 print using Lightroom

In the Library module, create another collection. This will hold all of your vertical photos (photos can be in more than one collection, don’t worry you won’t mess anything up).

How to print two photos on one 4x6 print using Lightroom

I called my London Vertical – (hint… collections are alphabetical, name it the same as your original collection with an extension so that it shows up right under it when you’re viewing your collections).

How to print two photos on one 4x6 print using Lightroom

In the Library module select each photo that is oriented vertically. Hold down the control/command key as you go so that you can select multiple photos.

Now, click on one of the photos ON THE PHOTO and pick up and drag the photos you selected into the collection you created.

How to print two photos on one 4x6 print using Lightroom

On the top left, click on the Print module.  Select the two photos you want on the same sheet.  They will show up next to each other  (I usually go in order so I don’t mess up and miss a photo).

How to print two photos on one 4x6 print using Lightroom

On the far left scroll down to the Print Job callout box.  Make sure your resolution is 300 ppi and your image quality is correct.

Then click PRINT TO FILE

How to print two photos on one 4x6 print using Lightroom

This dialog box will pop up. Name the photo (I go in order) and place it in a designated folder. I make a new folder on my desktop to make uploading to a photo site easier.

Then click save.

You now have a new .jpg file that has 2 photos on it. All you have to do is now upload those .jpg files to your preferred photo printing service. They will see the photos as a standard 4×6 print. After you get them back, simply cut them in half!

I know that this tutorial is a bit more “techy” that what I normally share, but I always get loads of emails about how to do certain things, I thought this might help some of you guys out! I will say I don’t know how to do the same thing in iPhoto.. I do know how to in Photoshop but it takes sooo long, you won’t want to do it that way.

Next week I’ll share with you more about the Disney photo album, for now, if you’re interested you can pick up the scrapbook albums on Amazon.
  

Holiday Memory Keeping and Celebrating the Good


Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com   I’m curious, how do you feel about the holidays? Are you someone who starts their Christmas shopping in June and just can’t fit enough Christmas trees in your house? Or are the Holidays not your favorite time of the year? I admit to having slightly conflicted feelings about the holidays, Christmas especially.

You see it can be SO MUCH WORK, especially for Moms. There always seem to be so many things going on at the same time, and it gets a bit hard for me to juggle them all. Many times I’ve experienced a bit of holiday letdown and been left wondering if I did the whole thing “right.” Was I in a good enough mood the whole time?  Did all of my friends feel my love and appreciation for them? Did my husband and kids have a great holiday experience? Is the ballet teacher going to yell at me again for being late again? (Ok… kidding with that last one, but only slightly *wink*.)  

Many years ago we experienced a pregnancy loss on Christmas Eve, and I spent that day in the hospital. While it made me ever so grateful for the things about Christmas that you cannot buy, I admit that it did put a bit of a damper on the holiday for a few years.   Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com   One of the things that I love to do at Christmas is make family memory albums. It helps me to remember all of the happy, wonderful parts of the holiday, and my kids and I enjoy looking back at how our lives have changed over the years. I know that even with all of the stress and hustle bustle of Christmas, what’s really important are the memories that we make with each other. It’s one of the things that helps me to celebrate the good at Christmastime. You can see some of my past albums here and here. I want to keep those memories, not just in my head but written down and documented somewhere for my kids to see when they are old and grown. Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com Making a holiday memory album doesn’t have to be complicated and is actually really fun! So…people, get those photos off your phone! Print them and put them out somewhere for everyone to enjoy.

Today I’m going to share with you a very simple tutorial for making a family memory album.  You can embellish it more if you like or just take the idea of a Christmas memory album and do it in a way that works for your family.

If you’d like to make one, you’ll need:

two 6.5″x6″ pieces of chipboard (you can buy it at the store or cut up an old cereal box),

several pieces of 6″x6″ scrapbook paper, plus four 6.5″x6″ sized pieces for the front and back covers.

Binder Rings Photos trimmed to 4″x4″ (or just print your Instagram photos, as they are already square).

White card stock cut to 4.5″ x 4.5.”

Glue Stick. X-Acto Knife.

Heavy-duty Hole Punch.

Embellishments. 

Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

To make the front and back cover of the album, just use a glue stick to glue the scrapbook paper to the front and back sides of the chipboard pieces.  Use your X-Acto knife to trim off any excess paper from the chipboard.   Then punch two holes in the front cover. Use these holes as a guide and punch the back cover and the inside pages all in the same place.

Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Now just glue the photos onto the white cardstock squares and then glue those to the inside album pages. Easy peasy. You can embellish as you like and use as many photos as you want.

Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

I included a journal entry as the first page of the album, and then left the rest just for photos.

Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com Simple Christmas Photo Album Tutorial on polkadotchair.com   

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Mini Photo Album

A big thanks to We R Memory Keepers for providing the supplies for this project. This post contains affiliate links.

Mini Scrapbook Album

 

Today I’m going to share with you a super quick little mini photo album project that you can complete in a hour or so. I love keeping large 12×12 albums for my family, but I also love to create small mini scrapbooks to keep around the house.  I especially love the feeling of satisfaction that comes from finishing these little projects.

I usually try to create a mini scrapbook from most of our family trips.  This little mini book is from our Spring Break from a couple of years ago.

Mini Scrapbook Album

 

This album goes together quickly thanks to the use of the pre cut cards from one of WeR Memory Keepers Albums Made Easy kits.  I thought it would be fun to think of a different use for the cards besides the traditional pocket style Project Life album.

Mini Scrapbook Album

These cards are from the Farm Fresh Albums Made Easy kit. I only used a few of them, that way I’ve got plenty left over to use in our Family Scrapbooks.

To create the album you’ll need:

10-15 3″ x 4″ Albums Made Easy Cards

2 pieces of Chipboard at least 3″ x 4″

Photos

Ring

Albums Made Easy Text Dies

Glue

Heavy Duty Hole Punch – like a Crop-A-Dile

Mini Scrapbook Album

To begin, pick two 3″ x 4″ cards that you’d like to use for the album covers-  front and back.  Cut 2 pieces of chipboard the same size, adhere these cards to the chipboard  (I like to use a glue stick for this step).

These are your front and back cover pieces. Pick out two more cards to cover the other side of the two cover pieces. Adhere with glue.

Mini Scrapbook Album

Next using your Evolution Die Cutting machine, cut out several of the words from the Text Albums Made Easy Die kit…. You’ll use these to embellish your pages, set them aside for now.

 

Mini Scrapbook Album

I chose to cut all of my photos to 2″ x 2″ to give them a uniform look.  Crop your photos accordingly and adhere to your 3″ x 4″ cards. Embellish as you like.

Mini Scrapbook Album

 

The last step is to punch a hole in the upper left hand corner of all of the cards. If you have trouble punching through the chipboard pieces, use a crop-a-dile for this step.

Mini Scrapbook Album

Then simply feed all of your pages onto the ring!  You’re done… Easy Peasy!!

 

Here are photos of the rest of the pages in the album, click on each one to view it larger…

If you’d like to pick up any of the supplies yourself you can use the code POLKADOT to get 20% off your entire order in the ShopWeR.com store!! (Links to all of the products used are on the supply list above)


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Paper Flower Mason Jar Craft Idea

A big thanks to We R Memory Keepers for providing the supplies for this project. This post contains affiliate links. 

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Today I have a quick, fun, idea for a Mason Jar gift for you! I took a plain Mason Jar and dressed it up a bit by adding an easy to make paper flower! I filled mine with jelly beans but you could use any candy that you like.  It makes an easy gift for neighbor, friend or teacher!

Paper Flower Mason Jar Craft Idea on polkadotchair.com

 

I added a little “you are sweet as honey” sticker to the front of the jar.

Paper Flower Mason Jar Craft Idea on polkadotchair.com

The paper flower was so easy to make using the We R Memory Keepers Paper Flower Punch board.  Want a little tutorial on how to use it?

 

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

To make this mason jar gift you’re going to need (full supply list with links at the bottom of the post)

-Flower Punch Board

-Flower Stem Kit

-1 ” circle punch

-Adhesive

-Crop A Dile

-Farmers Market Paper Pack

-Mason Jar

To begin, decide which size flower you want to make. The one on the Mason Jar is the XS.

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

There is a chart on the front of the punch board that will tell you what size to cut your paper for an XS flower. In my case it was 2 1/4″ x 9″

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

Line up the edge of the paper with the Start mark on the board. Punch once.

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

Use the included scoring tool to score the diagonal line.

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

Move the paper over to the XS mark on the punch board. Punch.

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

Score the vertical and diagonal lines.  Move the paper again so that the vertical scored line is even with the XS mark on the board.

Repeat until you’ve punched the entire paper.

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

You’ll end up with a piece of paper that looks like this.

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

Accordion fold into a flower shape. Use adhesive to glue ends.

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

 

Use the flower stem kit and attach a flower center, back and stem to the paper flower. I added an adhesive dot to the center of the flower for an extra little bit of color.

 

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

Use the included tool to curl under the ends of the flower.

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

 

Add a leaf by using the other side of the punch board to round two of the corners of a 2″ x 2″ square.

How to make paper flowers on polkadotchair.com

To attach the flower to the Mason Jar… using a crop a dile punch a hole in the center of the Mason Jar lid. You’ll need to punch it a few times to make the hole big enough to feed the flower stem through.

Paper Flower Mason Jar Craft Idea on polkadotchair.com

Feed the flower and the stem though the top of the Mason Jar and attach the lid.

Paper Flower Mason Jar Craft Idea on polkadotchair.com

Glue the leaves to the lid and fill with candy!!

Voila! You’re done!

Paper Flower Mason Jar Craft Idea on polkadotchair.com

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Instagram Album Kit

Instagram Mini Photo Album

Disclosure:This post contains affiliate links// Hi Guys! We are back from Spring Break and I admit that I’m having a bit of a hard time adjusting back to “real life” re-entry is killer…   After the longest winter EVER we escaped to Florida last week, it was pretty great – we had only  a few vacation related “melt downs” and I even managed to get a bit sunburned. (OKAY I know is a bad thing, but the warmth of the sun was heavenly, and I did use sunscreen, just underestimated how much I needed)

Instagram Mini Photo Album

 

I just wanted to pop in here really quickly and let you know that scrapbookSTEALS.com has the WeR Memory Keepers Insta Albums as their Steal today! Since I received a lot of feedback when I posted my Hawaii Instagram Album (click through the link to see the entire album) a few weeks ago, I thought that you guys would like to know about the sale.

Instagram Mini Photo Album

from ScrapbookSteals:  “We R Memory Keepers Instagram Albums Made Easy is a perfect way to take your life via Instagram, and store it in an album that will last for years to come. Steal yours 30-60% off: Click for Details.

You can find a new Scrapbook deal each day at scrapbookSTEALS.com, the steal is up for one day only, while supplies last….

I really do love those little albums… I think I will be making a few more this summer.

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How To: 3 x 4 Photos for Scrapbooking

A big thanks to Lifestyle Crafts for sponsoring this post, by providing supplies for the project.  

Project Life Scrapbook Album ideas on polkadotchair.com

A few years ago I switched my family scrapbooks from primarily 12×12 pages to pocket scrapbook pages. This  is usually referred a Project Life album.  I make one album a year for our family, highlighting both big events and everyday life from our year. I also love to make mini albums for specific events like vacations.

Project Life Scrapbook Album ideas on polkadotchair.com

Even though I love this system I’ve don’t always love  figuring out how to chop my photos to the right size.  Most all pocket page protectors have spots for both 4” x 6” photos and 3” x 4” photos.  The 4×6 are easy to fill but the 3×4 not as much.

Project Life Scrapbook Album ideas on polkadotchair.com

I know there are ways to print your photos out to 3×4,  but I’m not really good at keeping track of what I want printed 4×6 and what I want 3×4.  So I usually just trim down my photos, then round the corners.

3 x 4 Photo Punch - great for project life!

This month I decided to try out the We R Memory Keepers 3×4 card punch. I combined the punch with items from the Harvest Albums Made Easy kit to scrapbook a day we spent at Shaker Village last fall. 

3 x 4 Photo Punch - great for project life!

Using the punch is a breeze… I’m totally hooked now. Not only does it crop your photo down to 3×4 it rounds the corners for you too!

3 x 4 Photo Punch - great for project life!

It has a magnetic top. To use it, simply take off the top and place your photo on  the punch.

3 x 4 Photo Punch - great for project life!

Replace the magnetic top, you can see through the clear window where the photo will be cropped.

3 x 4 Photo Punch - great for project life!

Once you’ve got your photo where you want it, simply push down to punch out your photo. I found that it punched out easily. I would say I stood up to push on the punch about half of the time, the rest of the time it punched simply at my desk.

3 x 4 Photo Punch - great for project life!

The magnet keeps the photo from shifting while you’re punching, so you get a clean result!

I then simply slipped the photos and the cards into the page protector. The whole process took less than half an hour!! Sometimes I love taking lots of time and creatively designing each element of a page, but sometimes I just want it done quick!  The balance of the two keeps me a happy scrapbooker!

Here are a few more shots of the pages:

Project Life Scrapbook Album ideas on polkadotchair.com

Project Life Scrapbook Album ideas on polkadotchair.com

Project Life Scrapbook Album ideas on polkadotchair.com

Project Life Scrapbook Album ideas on polkadotchair.com

 

Supplies used:

3×4 Card Punch

Harvest Albums Made Easy Kit

Page Protectors

You can find all of the supplies at ShopWeR.com . Use the code POLKADOT for 20% off your purchase.

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Polka Dot Party Scrapbook Kit Giveaway

Polka Dot Party Scrapbooking Kit

 

I hope that you guys are enjoying the Project Polka Dot posts so far! I know that I have absolutely LOVED all of the ideas shared by our guest bloggers so far…and we only just started!

As a part of Project Polka Dot, I’ve lined up some great giveaways for you!  Like I said before, it’s a higher concentration of giveaways that we’re used to around here, but I think you’re going to like the prizes that I’ve lined up!

Polka Dot Party Scrapbooking Kit

 

I’m a big fan of the Project Life scrapbooking system. In fact I’ve completely changed how I scrapbook now.  Did you know there’s a Project Life kit called Polka Dot Party ?? Perfect name for my little blog series right???

Polka Dot Party Scrapbooking Kit

 

American Crafts has sent along THREE Polka Dot Party Scrapbooking kits to give away!  Who hoo!! Three lucky winners!

If you’re not sure what in the world Project Life is, you can read a bit more about Project Life on Becky Higgins blog… and see the full line of American Crafts Polka Dot Party line here.

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Instagram Mini Photo Album

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This post is sponsored, which means that Lifestyle Crafts supplied the products for today’s project! /// I don’t know about you but I am absolutely addicted to Instagram!  I love to flip though my feed a few times a day and see what all of my friends both near and far are up to.  Yes there are lots of photos of kids, pets and drool worthy food,  but I love ’em all!

I also love using Instagram to document our everyday life and special occasions. I especially love it for vacations. It makes scrapbooking a vacation so much easier when you get home. Not only do you have a great collection of photos, you’ve got dates and captions tied to the photos too!

Instagram Mini Photo Album

 

Recently I decided that I would create an Instagram Photo album with some of my photos from our trip to Hawaii last summer.  Nothing too time consuming but something simple and quick to get our trip documented.

I adore making mini scrapbooks, and have posted several here in the past.  So when I saw the new 4” x 4” Instagram Albums from We R Memory Keepers, I did a double take.

It has got to me the cutest little scrapbook album I’ve ever seen!!

Instagram Mini Photo Album

The album comes with both 4” x 4” page protectors and page protectors that are divided into 2” x 2” sections.  I combined my instagram prints (that I printed here) along with the Jet Set Albums Made Easy Journaling cards and a few other odds and ends to make my album.

Instagram Mini Photo Album

The kit comes with a bunch of great journaling cards and frames, in both 4” x 4” and 2”x2” sizes.  For the most part I just slipped my photos and cards into the albums.

I did want to make a little pullout with a bit more journaling about our trip on it (so we can remember what happened when we’re old and gray).

Instagram Mini Photo Album

To do this I took 3 of the 4” x 4” journaling cards and taped them together at the edges with Washi Tape.  The washi tape acted as a spine for the little book, and it slips perfectly into the 4” x 4″ page protector.

Instagram Mini Photo Album

 

Instagram Mini Photo Album

I used the round Tab punch to create a little tab to make getting the book in and out of the album easier.  The punch came with plastic stickers to go over the circle so that the tab will be sturdy and hold up to a little bit of wear and tear.

Instagram Mini Photo Album

I think my favorite features of the kit are these fun frames.  I loved picking out some of my photos to add the frames over.

For the 2” x 2” pockets I used mostly the 2” x 2” journaling cards in the kit. I did use a 2” square punch to punch some details out of some of my larger printed photos.

Here’s a look at all of the pages in the album:

Like I said before, I adore the size of this album, just the right size to set out for display.

 

Instagram Mini Photo Album

Instagram Journaling Cards, Jet Set

4” x 4” Instagram Album Mint

4” x 4” Ring Photo Sleeves, regular and divided

Circle Tab Punch

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Flip Book Mini Album

 

Flip Book Mini Album

 

This is a sponsored post as a part of the WeR Memory Keepers Design Team. A big thank you to them for providing the supplies for this project!

A few years ago we had family photos taken. I was so happy with how they turned out, but other than our Christmas card that year, I never did anything else with the pictures!!! I decided that it was FINALLY time to do something with the pictures so I created a flip book mini album to showcase the photos.

How to make a flip book mini scrapbook.

 

I adore making mini scrapbook albums. I love that there is a start and a finish to the album (vs. traditional scrapbooking that goes on forever…..). You can sit down and crank one out in an afternoon and have a huge sense of accomplishment at the end!

This album was created with a purchased flip album (I’ve had it forever so I’m not quite sure where it came from) and some of the Chalkboard Line of products from WeR Memory Keepers.

I also used a few Lifestyle Crafts dies to create the album. Most specifically the doily, arrow and feather dies.

 

How to make a flip book mini scrapbook.

 

I loved being able to create a doily out of what ever paper that I wanted and the die system does a great job cutting out delicate paper (like vellum)…

And don’t you just love those feathers? After I cut them out with the die, I used my scissors to add a bit of texture and tipped them in gold glitter.

 

How to make a flip book mini scrapbook.

 

How to make a flip book mini scrapbook.

The die system is very easy to use.  The evolution cutter is lightweight and doesn’t take up a ton of room (you can pack it away easily). The genius system plate is magnetic which means that the metal dies won’t move around when you use them.

How to make a flip book mini scrapbook.

 

I loaded several dies onto the plate and was able to cut out all of my pieces at once.

 

How to make a flip book mini scrapbook.

 

The inside of the album has 10 pages. I simply cut out some patterned paper from the kit (which btw comes in it’s own storage case!) and mounted my photos and added a few embellishments.

 

How to make a flip book mini scrapbook.

Here you can see shots of the inside of the album:

 

If you’d like to make your own album here is a roundup of the supplies I used- and remember you can get 20% off anytime at Shop WeR if you use the code POLKADOT!

Chalkboard Paper Kit

Chalkboard Memories Made Easy Kit

Feathers Die

Arrow Die

Doily Die 1, 2, 3

Evolution Machine

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2013 Family Scrapbook

This post is sponsored as part of Lifestyle Crafts monthly design team. Watch for a great new idea each month this year. 

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Hello! Did you miss me? I’m happy to report that (at least for now) I’m back up and running in the blogging/technology department.  It’s been a frustrating 2 weeks, but I took it as a “sign” to walk away and take a bit of a bloggy break at the end of December.

Every year I make a “Year in Review” Family Scrapbook, you can see some of my older albums here and here.

I work on the album all year, but always use the weeks after Christmas to finish up my album from the year before. I’ve moved from a traditional 12×12 scrapbook to a divided page system, usually referred to as Project Life.  Even though I’m using divided page protectors now I still try to include a few 12×12 layouts in my album. Mostly because I still adore that type of scrapbooking. (I just don’t have time to document ALL of our activities that way).

2013 Project Life Family Scrapbook Title Page

 

I sat down this week and created a title page for my 2013 scrapbook album.  Since I have been using the divided page system this year, I wanted to tie in the title page to the beginning of the album, so I decided to use a few of the cards from one of my kits on the page.

Albums Made Easy

 

The products are from the Memo line from We R Memory Keepers (Lifestyle Crafts is now part of We R)…. I absolutely ADORE this kit and have been using it like crazy on my pages (I’ll share more of those next month).   I even cut up that adorable polka dot cardstock and didn’t even have a heart attack doing it (am I the only hoarder here???)

2013 Family Scrapbook Idea

This layout also features one of my favorite new products, Wood Grain paper. It’s ACTUALLY wood and comes in a 3 different colors it’s made by ARC Crafts. You can cut it, print on it and use it with the Lifestyle Crafts dies.  Here I used the wood paper along with one of my Shape and Tape dies to create my “2013” title. 

I’m ready now to “hunker” down and finish up my album. I’ll be sure to share it with you when I’m done.

If you’re interested in any of the above products, you can get a 20% off discount to the ShopWeR store by using code POLKADOT .  Here are the links to the products used in this post:

Memo Albums Made Easy Cards

12×12 Divided Page Protectors

12×12 Scrapbook Albums

Lifestyle Crafts Tape It Dies

Evolution Cutter

 

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Family Memory Banner- a Thanksgiving Craft

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner

It’s the perfect time of year to stop and take a minute to count your many blessings. We gathered some friends together for a gratitude blog hop because we wanted to let our families know just how much we love and appreciate them. Check out my project and then visit my friends to see what they created with the “Gratitude” theme. There are recipes, printables and family traditions included in this blog hop.

For my Thanksgiving Gratitude Craft I decided to create a Family Memory Banner.  We have had a lot of milestones happen in our house this year and I know that we have a lot to be thankful for.  I thought that a banner hanging up with photos of things we did this year would be a great reminder.

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner

 

To make the banner all you need is some printed photos (Get them off your phone!!!) some scrapooking supplies, twine and clothes pins.

That’s it! No special techniques required.

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner

 

Mount the photos on card stock (so they don’t bend when hung up) then using clothespins simply pin them to your twine! (I attach my twine to my mantel using painters tape)

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner

 

I added a few little tags and embellishments.

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory BannerBut overall this craft took only about 30 minutes to make. Here are a few more photos!

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Hop on over to these fun projects based around the Gratitude theme:

14 GRATITUDE printables, recipes and ideas

A big, huge thank you to our families for their support and love. They are our guinea pigs, models, help us when we have last minute deadlines, don’t blink when we wear yoga pants for two days in a row and stick through the good, the bad and the ugly. We are so grateful for you.

Look at all these pretty faces! So much love in this collage:

Gratitude Blog Hop with several bloggers www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

Kari from U Create // Jodie from Eighteen25 // Cindy from Skip to My Lou // Amy from Positively Splendid
Kelli from Lolly Jane // Mique from Thirty Handmade Days // Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom // Steph from Somewhat Simple
Melissa from Polka Dot Chair // Kristen from Capturing Joy // Becky from Organizing Made Fun // Amy from the Idea Room
Kristyn from Lil Luna // Desiree from the 36th Avenue

We thought you might have fun getting to know a little bit more about our families too. So we asked them some questions. Here’s what they had to say:
(questions and answers here)

Mique had us ask our kids….

1- What are your favorite holiday traditions as a family?

Kari: I like having a big fancy dinner as a family for every major holiday

Sydney: Putting on a play at cousin’s Christmas.

Andrew: Fancy Breakfast on Christmas morning.

2- What is your favorite recipe or project that your mom has made?

Kari: I like the gingerbread cookies even though last time she made them I had to decorate them all for neighbor gifts

Sydney: The quilt she made me for Christmas.

Andrew: Pumpkin Chocolate chip cookies

3- Do you have any family favorite games movies or hobbies?

Kari: We all really like to watch Elf at Christmas

Sydney: Watching Elf!

Andrew: Going to the movies on Thanksgiving.

4- Are you tired of taking photos for Mom’s blog?

Kari: Depends on what she is having me do

Sydney: Sometimes

Andrew: Sometimes

And then she had us ask our husbands…

1- What do you do for a living?

A: I’m a dentist

2- How did you two meet? What do you love most about your wife?

A: We met when she moved into a new apartment after winter break in college, she and her roommate came over to say hi.  I love that she is artistic.

3- How much time do you think your wife spends on her blog per week?

A: 40 hrs

4- Whats you favorite recipe or project?

A: I like it best when she blogs about travel- like our trip to South Africa last year.

5- What’s your favorite thing about her blogging?

A: When she gets paid.

6- What do you like least about her blogging?

A: The time it takes.

So there you go, quite honest answers when they all stopped laughing at me. *wink*

 

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Studio Calico Letterpress Project Life Cards

Studio Calico Letterpress Project Life Cards

Have you guys ever tried DIY letterpress? I’ve been playing around with the Lifestyle Crafts L Letterpress system for about a year now and have found that it’s a fun way to get the letterpress look without investing in a gigantic machine.

I’ve been steadily working on my 2013 Project Life album the last few months. It’s a nice break for me from only sewing, as I have a tendency to burn out quickly if I only concentrate on one thing at a time.  I think alternating back and forth between “fast and easy” pages and ones that I like to spend a bit more time creating helps keep me on my “creative toes”.

Studio Calico has released an new line of letterpress plates designed to work specifically with the Lifestyle Crafts L Letterpress system. They sent me a few of their new plates to review and play round with.

I knew right away that they would be prefect for the May section of my 2013 album which featured our trip to NYC and an outing to Churchill Downs for Dawn at the Downs.

Studio Calico Letterpress Project Life Cards

I was so excited to see how well my teal letterpress ink coordinated with my Olive edition cards!

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I cut some of my 5” x 7” letterpress cards down to 4” x 6” and 3” x 4” to use in my album and had fun playing around with a few different layouts. I used the alphabet set to create a title card for the NYC section of my May pages.

Studio Calico Letterpress Project Life Cards

 

I cut a few photos down to 2 1/2” x 2 1/2” and mounted them on some letter pressed cards. I love how the thick letterpress paper gives you the feeling of an old slide (does anyone remember what those are? *wink*)

Studio Calico Letterpress Project Life Cards Studio Calico Letterpress Project Life Cards

If you’re interested you can pick up the Studio Calico kits letterpress dies here.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about working letterpress into your scrapbooking then you might like the Studio Calico letterpress class.

Disclosure: I received product to review and to use to create the projects for this post.