So You

Do you ever have those moments where you are just floored by how quickly your kids are growing up? I know you do. It’s crazy, isn’t it? Lately, I’ve been thinking about my son a lot. He is such a joy to have in our family. He is taller than me now, and is joining in on the adult conversations at family gatherings. He loves “older” music (like John Denver, James Taylor, Queen, BeeGees, etc.), collects cassette tapes and vinyl records, loves anything vintage, being outside every chance he gets, and just loves life. He is a happy guy, kind and thoughtful, and watches out for his sisters. :) I’m so proud to be his mom. It’s been awhile since I’ve snapped some photos of just him, so I made him stop his homework the other day, so I could take a few.

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I came across these cute pics of him wearing a coonskin hat the other day and had to scrap them. We were at a pioneer tea party for his sister and because I was focused on scrapping my daughter and her friends, I had missed printing these ones out. But they are just so HIM. I’m grateful I stumbled on them again, so I could get his cute personality in our family album.

I pulled out a Kaisercraft collection I had in my stash and put it to use. Can you tell that I’m loving using my stash lately? Hehe!

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The title is a phrase by Karla Dudley that I found in the Silhouette Online Store here. I love using my Silhouette for titles! I never have to worry about running out of the popular letters and love that I can size them to fit my page perfectly. I cut the title out twice in two different colors (I do this a lot), and then used my scissors to trim out the word “you” so I could create a layered title. I embossed the red layer with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and then decorated the center of the letter “O” for some added detail and color.

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The tree was trimmed from a die cut page that was part of the collection. I cut the hearts from another patterned paper and sprinkled them throughout the tree accompanied by phrase stickers (by Fancy Pants Designs).

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I’m gearing up for Thanksgiving this week. I LOVE Thanksgiving! It’s the perfect time to catch up with family. If you are looking for a meaningful project for Thanksgiving Day, may I suggest downloading the FREE Printable album by Bella Blvd found HERE? (Stephanie, you ROCK for putting these together to share! Thank you! Thank you!) I put one together in 2011 for my family and it makes my heart smile every time I read it.

Here’s a peek at our 2011 book. The ironic thing is that we weren’t even at this Thanksgiving dinner with my family. We had a small Thanksgiving dinner here at home with our own family the night before we were supposed to travel to my sister’s three hours away to stay with her for the weekend. We ended up all getting sick and couldn’t go (this is why Maryn and Camryn were both thankful that we had a dinner just ourselves … or else we wouldn’t have had one that year). :) I gave the book to my parents to have everyone fill out, and even though we weren’t there, their words remind me of all that was going on that year in each of our lives, and how much I love them.

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I love reading my parents thoughts and love for each other. I cherish this because when do you get your parents’ to write in your albums, right? :)

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My nieces and nephew even took the time to fill out the pages. :)

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If you are interested in the older versions of Stephanie Hunt’s printable albums you can find them on the links listed below. Even though they have the years on them, I think you could still use them for other years (I’m thinking you could print out the new year on little blocks and adhere them over the other year).

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

JanaBold

My Mind’s Eye Record It – Just Splendid

The last project I created for the My Mind’s Eye CHA booth this year was a mini album featuring their new Record It – Just Splendid collection. The colors and wood elements (Um, … Hello! WOOD Dots! Eeeeek!) of this set just make me smile. It would be a perfect set to record practically anything! I used it to record our 2013 Summer Vacation to Missouri and Illinois. Here’s a look through the book. (Hey! That rhymed! Hehe!)

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I kept the overall design of the album fairly simple to go along with the clean lines of the Record It line. The pictures themselves are quite busy, so this seemed to work out really well!

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I used my Silhouette Cameo, the 6×6 paper pad from the collection, and cardstock scraps from my stash, to create decorative page dividers. The decorative tapes were perfect for adding colorful borders. I even used the tapes on the page protectors themselves.

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I love all the words on the blue decorative tape. I snipped them apart and used them throughout the album to accent photos.

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Tickets to vacation attractions, make great page accents!

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I had a couple of maps and brochures that were too large to fit on the pages. I took them to my local copy store and had them reduce them to fit on the page.

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I really love these 6×8 scrapbooks! They are the perfect size to hold vacation memories all together. It was such a fun trip and makes me excited for spending time with my family on vacations in the coming year.

Happy scrapping!

JanaBold

October ScrapKit Studio Kit: HALLOWEEN!

I was so honored when Melinda Wharton from ScrapKit Studio asked me if I would be willing to play with her October ScrapKit Studio Mini Album Kit. ScrapKit Studio is a monthly mini album kit. Melinda’s kits are not your average scrapbook supply kit. Her kits are pre-cut, pre-designed chipboard mini albums, complete with all the supplies you need to make the album as it is shown in the included instructions. Or … if you prefer, use the supplies to create your own design like I did!

I absolutely LOVED creating with Melinda’s kit because all of the stress was taken out of the design process. I didn’t have to worry if I had enough coordinating supplies to fill the album, and I didn’t have to worry about how to start. I had a set of instructions that I could follow exactly, OR I could branch out and play a bit. It was all up to me. I used Melinda’s designs as a starting point and then used the supplies to add my own twist. I did add a few sheets of cardstock to the kit (most of it came from pieces I had waiting to be used in my scrap bin). Everything else is included in the kit. Here is how it turned out!

On the cover, I cut out a large circle for a moon (stitched on my sewing machine), and a strip of handcut kraft cardstock along the bottom. I also decided to use a different pattern on the front. I simply found a pattern I liked on one of the pre-cut pages and flipped it over, adhering it so that the holes still matched up.

The acrylic sheets included with the kit are as wide as the cover. I decided to trim them down a bit so that they were the same size as the inside pages (minus the tab sticking out). I added the sheets in between each set of chipboard pages, and had fun adding a few design elements to them for interest. Here I added the chipboard pennant pieces.

On this page, I cut a strip of orange paper to anchor a couple of the October Afternoon Miscellany cards included in the kit. I added the”Boo” flair and a chipboard button to accent the bottom of the cards.

I filled my album with pictures of my kids dressed in their costumes. Here they are all together on the first page. On the following pages I placed close up photos of each child on their own.

When putting the album together, I decided to switch up the order of the background patterns a bit from the original version. I adore this collection from October Afternoon! The teal blue  and emerald green are fun additions to the traditional Halloween color scheme of orange and black.

Don’t you just love the vintage style of the die cuts?!

Even though I had decorative elements on each of the acrylic sheets I also included them underneath on the actual page, so that both pages felt complete and decorated.

There are so many fun bits in this kit! Stickers, chipboard elements, labels, die cuts, buttons, twine and more! I had fun combining them together in different ways on each page.

I placed the pocket on the back page and tucked in a few Miscellany cards. My kids always receive darling Halloween cards from their grandparents each year and will be adding them to this pocket for safe-keeping.

A big THANK YOU to Melinda for letting me play along with her kit this month! I hope you have enjoyed seeing my version of the October “Beware” Mini Album Kit. If you would like to read more about ScrapKit Studio or purchase a “Beware” mini album kit of your own, CLICK HERE to visit the ScrapKit Studio website. Or pop on over to the ScrapKit Studio Blog for all the latest news.

Happy Scrapping!

25 Ways to Embellish Your Cricut Cuts

Hi Bloggy Friends! Are you ready for an ultra-long post today?!

Back in May for National Scrapbook Day I created a video class of sorts for the Cricut Circle Members showing them 25 different ways to embellish your Cricut cuts. I thought you might like to peruse all the ideas I created samples for since these are ideas you can really apply to ANYTHING! Premade die cuts, stickers, etc.  I’m still learning the ins and outs of video-making so bear with me (one of these days I need to learn how to add background music), but I thought you might enjoy seeing these ideas. At the bottom of this post you will find the Gypsy file for this class (for my Cricut friends. The samples are all created using images from the Just Because cartridge) and a PDF with the little tags and BONUS card sentiments (in case you want to use each idea to create greeting cards, in lieu of an idea deck). Enjoy!

***CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the GYPSY FILE for this Project***

***CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the PDF File that accompanies this Project***

Thanks so much for taking the time to look through my “class”. I hope you like what you see!

See you again soon!