Another 6×8 Christmas Album

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I’m back again today to share with you the album pages I did for my 2014 album. For this album, I chose to go with a brighter color scheme, using the Project Life Merry & Bright Mini Kit cards as my inspiration.

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I pulled in items I had in my stash that went along with this color scheme. A sheet of October Afternoon stickers, chipboard pieces by Studio Calico, gems, and even stickers from the Dollar Store.

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I purchased an older October Afternoon Christmas album kit and sprinkled those cards in as well.

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Some of my pictures aren’t that great … just pics from my phone, but they are still part of the memory making so they go in the album!

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I love the smaller Jolee stickers as accents in this album … I think I used the entire sheet!

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I rounded out a few areas with some stamped images.

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It’s fun to capture all the games and hanging out together as a family on Christmas break.

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Christmas present exchange between siblings on Christmas Eve always gets a little rowdy and silly

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Magical Christmas Morning Snow and Gifts

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Playing in the snow on Christmas Day

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I was even able to use up some older brads by My Mind’s Eye.

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How is your Christmas album coming along? Do you work on it throughout December or are you like me and wait until after Christmas to get your pictures in your album?

Thanks for stopping by!

JanaBold

My Mind’s Eye Record It – Just Splendid

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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

25th & Pine Mini Album

If you are looking for a great “Daily December” album for this upcoming year may I suggest that you take a peek at the BasicGrey 25th & Pine 5″ x 7″ album and collection? I fell in love with it’s preprinted, die cut pages and decided to make a Christmas album recording our 2012 holiday memories.

I’m not one to take pictures every day in December … life is just too busy during that time of year … but I did take a cue from one of the BasicGrey die cut (“Counting Down to Christmas” on the front cover) and created a documented 12 special memories from our 2012 holiday.

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The transparency die cuts are a great way to add more “visual” layering without a lot of bulk. On the cover I added one behind the “0” in the year and layered a snowflake transparency with the ornaments.

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One of the ornaments was “dangling” from the top of the front cover by a length of red string. To lead the viewer into the album, I folded the string over onto the front inside cover and secured the end with a vellum tape strip.

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Some photos weren’t the best quality because they were taken at night or with my cell phone. Changing them to black and white tends to call less attention to their poor quality.

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My kids were in quite the goofy mood while helping me to decorate the tree. My husband was at work and was sad that he was missing out on all the fun … so the kids decided to include him in on the holiday cheer by texting him their silly poses with the ornaments. 🙂

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We have a lot of fun decorating the house for Christmas, so I always try to include a few shots of the décor.

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I used a notebook edge punch on the gold “25 Dec” transparency and inserted it between two pages for a bit of fun.

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The candy buttons and colored string from my stash were a great way to add texture to the album without adding to the total thickness of the book.

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There are so many great pages to journal on in this album, and the large number die cuts made organize our memories cohesively as simple as could be!

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I love the variety of colors and patterns in this book … it keeps it interesting to look at with ZERO effort on my part. Yay!

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I left the journaling area of this last page blank, because I want my kids to each write down what their favorite gift was that they received this year.

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Thanks for taking a look at my book! I’ll be back with a 50’s inspired scrapbook page tomorrow.

Hope to see you then!

JanaBold

BasicGrey Capture Birthday Album

Smaller sized albums seem to be all the craze right now, and to be honest, I was a little hesitant to try them. I’m not a huge mini album fan … their odd shape and size making them difficult to store and all … and I had the feeling that these half-pint albums would present the same problem. Then BasicGrey asked me if I would put together an album using their NEW Capture line. I decided to give it a go … and I can honestly and whole-heartedly say that I LOOOOOVED every minute of it!

My kids love looking at pages about their birthday parties over the years and I have always wanted to put together a smaller album for each of them with all their parties in one place. I decided to start with Maryn and here is the result. (I wish I would have taken more close-ups of the album before I sent it off … but hopefully, you get the idea. 🙂  )

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One thing that made putting this album together such a breeze was the way BasicGrey has configured their Capture albums. The albums include 5 preprinted double-sided tabbed pages, 5 preprinted double-sided cardstock pages, and 8 page protectors in different configurations. (I used THIS ALBUM here.) The preprinted pages make it so easy to start scrapping directly on the inserts and then in the sections where I wanted to include more photos/information, I simply added one of the page protectors.

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The second thing that made creating this album so easy was the Waterfall Pack (RSVP). This sweet little number includes die cuts, journaling cards, label stickers, and alphabet stickers … all in one convenient pack! It is AWESOME! And I can’t wait to pick up more of these.

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Of course, being a scrappy product lover, I didn’t just stop with using the Waterfall Pack. I also mixed in some Snippets, paper, chipboard letters, and transparencies from a few other lines (Hey You, Hey Girl, etc.). BasicGrey collections cross-pollinate so beautifully, so it was a great way to use up bits from my stash. I even added some plain kraft cardstock die cut words and shapes to round things out a bit.

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Here you can see where I added more real estate to the page protector by decorating a piece of folded cardstock. The “Gonna Party” 4 x 6 card is the front of the folded card, then you open it to find two photos inside (the pictures of the hats below).

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Thanks for taking a peek at my album! I seriously can’t wait to duplicate this project for the rest of my kids. And the best part is that because this is a three-ring album, I can continue to add birthday pages as my children grow and we celebrate their birthdays each year.

Be sure to stop by the BasicGrey blog this week to see how the other designers’ on the team have used the BasicGrey Capture albums. 🙂

Until tomorrow!

JanaBold