Another Shutterfly Album

Hello,

Last week I received an email that I could get a free Shutterfly album.  It would be 8″x8″ and 20 pages.  I jumped on it last night.  The only problem was I had over 200 pictures that I wanted in the album.  Before, I had always kept these albums to the 20 page limit.  This time I went over.  But….I ended up paying $28 and it would have been $58.

Needless to say this album took several hours to create.  My son and I went to church (hubby working), went to the mall for a few hours, ate lunch, and then came home.  After a bit I went upstairs to start the album.  I worked on it until 1 AM.  I stopped to get my son his vitamins and let the dog go to the bathroom.  I instructed my son to get ready for bed because it was a school night.  My husband came home after 9 and I kept plugging away upstairs.  I didn’t eat dinner (or feed my son – he is a few weeks shy of 16 so I am sure he didn’t starve), get a drink, give my husband a kiss hello….  It was a strange night.  I did finish the album.

The more I use Shutterfly the more fun I have with it.  I don’t get the creativity of traditional scrapping but I am getting better at it.  My sis-in-law is much more creative than I am with it.  But she is SO awesome!

Here are a few pics that I put in the album.

Absey enjoying the ocean.

Absey enjoying the ocean.

Matthew enjoying the beach chair.

Matthew enjoying the beach chair.

Two of my grandkids in their great grandpa's boots.

Two of my grandkids in their great grandpa’s boots.

New lip gloss.

New lip gloss.

Family beach time.

Family beach time.

Watching barges with the family.

Watching barges with the family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had so many memories from this summer!  So, don’t just traditional scrapbook.  Once in awhile (especially when you get a great offer) try something else.  It can be a lot of fun!

God bless!

Graduation (Rainbow) Page

Hi friends,

Last year I started an album with all of the graduation announcements that I received.  Today I scrapped all the announcements I received this year – 1.  🙂 Last year I was squeezing them all onto one page.  This year my cousin gets the page all to herself.

Class of 2014.

Class of 2014.

I made the rainbow.  It turned out awesome!  I found all of my circle paper punches and found scraps in red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple.  I was trying to follow the ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet) pattern for the perfect rainbow but I didn’t have enough sizes in circles.  It still turned out awesome.

After gathering the punches and supplies I punched a circle from each color.  The largest was red and the smallest was purple.  I adhered them together and then, using the paper trimmer, I cut the circle in 1/2.  I then added a coordinating enamel glue dot to the bottom of each color.

To make the page I used cardstock that had strips of color down one side.  I attached a square of decorative paper to the bottom side.  I attached the announcement to the top of the decorative paper and cardstock.  Above the announcement I put on a rub on that says “dare to DREAM”.  I then attached the rainbow.  Perfect combination.  Finally I put on a sticker that says “diploma” and two brads.  Fun page.

I am attaching the link from the You Tube video that I made last year when I started the graduation announcement album.  Take a peek.

http://youtu.be/NDAv4HmJCCU

Hope your day is wonderful!

God bless!

Carnival Cruise Album

While I was in KS I finally scrapped with friends.  It was a fun time!  I started to work on my cruise album.  On the cruise they sold scrapbook albums and kits.  The album was $19.99 (pretty sure that was the exact price).  That is really comparable to craft stores if you don’t include the coupons.  I didn’t think it was a terrible price and it included their logo.  I was sold.

This is the album.  Pretty cute.  Remember, I don’t have a 12″x12″ scanner so I have to take pics with my camera.  This is just a quickie with my cell phone.  I hope to buy a larger scanner before too long so please don’t get too exasperated with me.  🙂

This is the first page of the album.  The top picture (4″x6″) is the picture of the ship as we drove up.  The bottom pic is the one that Carnival took as we were boarding.

I used a piece of decorative cruise paper to off set the small pic.

I used cute camera washi tape up the left side of the page.

I used awesome enamel hearts beside the big pic (love them).

The “You are Here” wood accent – I purchased it at a local craft store.  I really loved it and thought it would add a cute accent.  I was right.  I believe it was made by My Minds Eye.

The talking bubble was part of the cruise kit that I bought on board.  It says, “She Said”.  I wrote, “We will be married 30 years in June.  We need to go on our first cruise.”.

Finally, I used part of a decorative paper to journal on.  It says Greetings and is surrounded by anchors.  I wrote, “This is what we saw from the road of the ship the Fascination”  I adhered it to the page and put brads across the bottom.

A busy but fun page.

Thank you for sticking with me during this hectic summer.  Hope yours is going wonderfully!

God bless!

Shutterfly Time

Hey y’all!

Not too long ago I got back from Arizona.  I dealt with difficult things but I also had family time with my grandchildren and daughter-in-law.  We decided to have some fun in between the hard things since we don’t see each other very often.

Back at home I had two Shutterfly coupons for a free 8″x8″ book.  I often make books after visiting with the grandchildren.  I make a copy for them and a copy for me.  I decided to go ahead and use the coupons and make a book to document the trip.  Fun times and difficult times were recorded.  That’s what life consist of.  Of course, there were a lot more pages dedicated to the fun.  Here are some of the pics that I put in the albums.

A telescope that displayed the eye that was looking through it onto the ceiling.

A telescope that displayed the eye that was looking through it onto the ceiling.

Absey's eye.

Absey’s eye.

Amber with a tall man in the Ripley Believe it or Not exhibit.

Amber with a tall man in the Ripley Believe it or Not exhibit.

Little me in a big chair.

Little me in a big chair.

Absey, Matthew, and Amber on a merry-go-round.

Absey, Matthew, and Amber on a merry-go-round.

Matthew and his mama on a train.

Matthew and his mama on a train. Notice that green was worn  – St. Patrick’s Day!

There were several more pics.  I took all of them with my cell phone camera.  My husband informed me that the next time I need to upgrade my cell phone he is getting me one with a better camera since I use it so much.

Don’t take life for granted – it is precious!

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

The Finished 2nd Tag Book

Hello,

Today I wanted to show you the finished tag book.  I did something a little different.  My husband thought it made the book a lot more fun to flip through so I thought I would share it with you.

Instead of putting a ribbon through the eyelets I bought book rings (I bought a set from Staples.  They are not expensive.).  They were much easier to put through the eyelets than the thick ribbon was, too.  If I had to buy them again I would buy the next size bigger.  Live and learn.  😉

The completed book with the book ring through the eyelets.

The completed book with the book ring through the eyelets.

The back of the finished book.

The back of the finished book.

The book all spread out.

The book all spread out.

I am enclosing a couple of extra book rings when I mail the book to my grandkids.  That way if it breaks or gets lost there is another available.  I am posting the link to the YouTube video about the creation of this book.  Please check it out.

Alright.  I am finished posting about this book.  I hope that you are having a wonderful day!

God bless!

 

 

The Other Flip Book

Hi!

I just wanted to show you all the pages from the next flip book.  It is super, too.

The front cover is on the right.  Absey and Matthew playing the piano on the left.  :)

The front cover is on the right. Absey and Matthew playing the piano on the left. 🙂

Kids playing with cars and in the yard.

Kids playing with cars and in the yard.

Eating our Thanksgiving meal and kids playing at the playground.

Eating our Thanksgiving meal and kids playing at the playground.

Matthew eating and playing at the park.

Matthew eating and playing at the park.

Brad and his crazy mustache and Ben and Amber at the ocean.

Brad and his crazy mustache and Ben and Amber at the ocean.

Shopping and watching the waterways in Savannah.

Shopping and watching the waterways in Savannah.

Brothers and Ben and Amber at the beach.

Brothers and Ben and Amber at the beach.

Kids (and Grandpa) at the beach.

Kids (and Grandpa) at the beach.

More beach time.

More beach time.

Uncle and kids and family at the beach.

Uncle and kids and family at the beach.

The whole group of us at the beach and Abigail and Matthew got their portraits taken.

The whole group of us at the beach and Abigail and Matthew got their portraits taken.

Last but not least - Absey and her grandma (ME) jumping in the ocean. - It was a little cold.  The hearts page is the back cover with a personal valentine for the kids.

Last but not least – Absey and her grandma (ME) jumping in the ocean. – It was a little cold. The hearts page is the back cover with a personal note for the kids.

Hope your day is wonderful.

God bless you and yours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing Up the Tag Book

Hi friends,

After a long Valentine’s Day weekend I am bringing you the finishing touches on the tag book I started in the middle of last week.  I am SO happy with how it turned out and can’t wait for the grandkids to get it in the mail.

The last time we visited I had finished all the tags.  The next step I did was to adhere two tags to each other to make a front and back to each (a page).  After I had created a page I laminated it.  There are several ways to laminate.  The way I chose was I bought a $19 (and some change) machine by Scotch.  I bought it at Walmart.  I bought 5″x7″ clear pockets that you put your picture, paper, or in this case my page in.  After the page is in the pocket I ran it through the heated up laminating machine.

*Buying this machine just for this project wouldn’t be feasible but I know there will be a lot of uses for it in the future.  There are several sizes the clear pockets come in including 8″x10″.

After all the pages were laminated I punched a hole through the laminate.  I had already punched a hole in the tag before I laminated it.  The hole is to make a place for an eyelet for the ribbon to go through.  The eyelet will make the tag book much more durable.

After the hole was punched I put eyelets into all the pages using my Crop-A-Dile Big bite.  All the eyelets are facing forward except the one on the last tag.  Since it will show when the book is turned over I put the eyelet on the back of the tag.  I also made it a large decorative eyelet just like the one on the front tag.

The tags are ready to be put together into a book.

The holes were punched and the eyelets put in.

The next step is to trim the top corners of each page to make it into a tag and not a rectangle.

 

Trimming the c corners off of the pages.

Trimming the corners off of the pages.

After all the top corners were cropped it is time to put the ribbon through all the eyelets and to tie at the top.

The put together tag book.

The put together tag book.

Notice that the front eyelet and the back eyelet are big and very decorative.  The ones on the pages inside the flip book are plain eyelets (but they are colored).

The back cover (and the tags are spread out to show just how fun the book is).

The back cover with a personal greeting to my grandchildren (and the tags are spread out to show just how fun the book is).

I made a You Tube video.  That show just how this book is made.  The link is below.  Please check it out.  Also, make comments on this post and on the video.  I would love to hear from you!

YouTube Video

 

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

More Work on the Tag Book

Hi Friends,

I made a lot of progress today.  I finished decorating all the tags for the book.  I kept it really simple.  I didn’t want to use anything thick because I am going to laminate these books.  So…no brads, thick stickers, paperclips,….

Lots of nice paper, pictures, stickers, and a little journaling.

Here are all the tags.

The cover and back side of what will be the first tag.

The cover and back side of what will be the first tag.

The front and back of what will be the second tag.

The front and back of what will be the second tag.

The front and back of what will be the third tag.

The front and back of what will be the third tag.

The front and back of what will be the 4th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 4th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 5th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 5th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 6th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 6th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 7th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 7th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 8th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 8th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 9th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 9th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 10th tag.

The front and back of what will be the 10th tag.

The front of the 11th tag.

The front of the 11th tag.

On the back of the 11th tag I am going to write a personalized message to my grandchildren and put some stickers.

On my next post I will complete the book and show it to you in all of its glory.

I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am.

God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting a Mini Book (or Two)

Hello everyone!

Today I am starting a project that will take a few days.  I am making two mini books.  The first one will be for Lily and Ethan.  The second will be for Matthew and Absey.

To start the process I picked out what pictures I want to be in the book.  After picking them out I printed them and then figured out what paper would look good with the photos.

The kind of book I am making them is out of tags.  I cut a tag out to use to trace around.  I then started tracing tags on the paper I had picked out and then cutting them out.

Tracing tags on wonderful paper.

Tracing tags on wonderful paper.

Several of the tags that are cut out.  See the lego paper?  I've had it for years.  I am so happy it is being used!

Several of the tags that are cut out. See the lego paper? I’ve had it for years. I am so happy it is being used!

I finished (almost) one tag tonight.

Lily and her Uncle Tim are playing at LegoLand in KC.

Lily and her Uncle Tim are playing at LegoLand in KC.

This is going to be a quick and fun project that I hope the grandkids (and their parents) will enjoy.  🙂

Can’t wait to show you more progress!

God bless!

 

 

Showing Off the Transparency

Hi friends,

Last time I used transparencies on my layout it didn’t scan well.  I decided to try again but use a lighter background paper.  It worked well.  I used a pale blue background paper.  I punched stars.  Before I adhered my pictures I cut around the people and then I matted the top part of the pictures. After deciding where I wanted my star transparencies to be I used a paper piercer and pierced both the transparency and the paper.  I then used a brad in the center of each star to hold it in place.

Christmas with the family at the Wyrick Hunting Lodge.

Christmas with the family at the Wyrick Hunting Lodge.

I then added a rub on and wrote in the details.  After that I found a few stickers and completed the layout.

Love the subtleness of the transparent stars (before they were too subtle).

Hope your day is a happy one!

God bless!