Saturday, November 21, 2009

My first finished mini!

My niece Kasey is turning 14 in a couple of days and I decided that I wanted to make a mini album for her. I have tons of pics of her cheerleading (which is her passion right now), so I based it around that. My sister and I went through some different words and chose ones that we think describe who Kasey is. The cool thing about it is that as you go through the mini and read the words, if you take the first letter of each word and put them all together, it spells out cheerleader. Pretty neat huh? ;) Her party is today and I can't wait to give it to her!

Thanks for looking! :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Another one...

I did another layout with my Girl Friday papers today. I can't stop myself, lol! I guess it's because I've been eyeing them for so long and now that I actually have them, I'm drawn to them more. Plus, they're so beautiful, why not, right? ;)

This page is all about my beautiful girls. We went over to Mark's Nanny's house recently and I got a ton of good shots of them playing together (the layout I did a couple of days ago with them playing hide & seek is from the same day). I wanted to figure out a way to use alot of the pictures together on one page and I think this worked out great!

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket Paper - Girl Friday; Doodlebug Loopy Lou Alphabet Cardstock Stickers - Bon Bon; Fiskars Squeeze Punches - Funky Love (Extra Large) and That's Amore (Medium); Making Memories Sanding Block, Making Memories Button, Prima Flower
*Based on Helen Croft's #4 sketch, which can be seen here

Are they cute or what?? ;) I am definitely blessed with my sweet babies. Thanks for looking!!

Friday, November 13, 2009


I actually used some MORE of my Girl Friday paper today! I'm really loving how all of the patterns go together so well. :) This layout uses 4 different sheets...

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket Paper - Girl Friday; Basic Grey Paper - Urban Prairie (Leaves); Fiskars Easy Squeeze Punches - Round & Round; Martha Stewart Scallop Punch; Doodlebug Loopy Lou Cardstock Alphabet Stickers - Bon Bon; American Crafts Buttons; DMC Floss
*Based on Helen Croft's #7 sketch, which can be seen here

I've been doing some experimenting with making lollipop flowers. For mine, all I do is take the two different size circle punches I have to punch two circles. Next I ink the edges of both. Once that's done, I work my way around each circle, crumpling the paper as I go. That's it! It's very easy to do and I love how they look...

Have an AWESOME day!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hide & Seek

Ok, I have to say that I'm very proud of myself right now. Why do you ask? Because I recently got a new paper pad which has Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday in it, and I actually USED some of it today! I've been wanting some of this paper for MONTHS now, but it's too much for me by the sheet. Well, last week when I was at Michael's, I saw that they now carry the double decks for $20, so I went back a few days ago, armed with a 50% off coupon, and got the Girl Friday/Everafter one for only $10! I was soooooo excited. The thing is though...when I have paper like this that I'm really loving, I can't seem to make myself do anything with it. It's just too pretty! ;)

Well today, I MADE myself get some out and start creating with it. I'm so glad I did it too because I love the layout! I used some pics of the girls playing hide & seek on a recent visit to their Nanny's house and they worked perfectly...

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket Paper - Girl Friday; Fiskars Easy Squeeze Punches - That's Amore and Round & Round; Making Memories Sanding Block; Making Memories Button; Making Memories Tiny Alphas - Chloe's Closet; EK Sucess Flower Punch
*Based on sketch #45 at 52 Sketches...52 Weeks

So if any of you are like me and find yourself hoarding your paper, STOP IT! Go make it into something beautiful. Trust'll be glad you did. ;)

An awesome note: This layout was featured on Cosmo Cricket's Facebook page on 1/7/10!! How cool is that?? :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Lately I've been thinking about venturing into the world of mini albums, but I really wasn't sure where to start with making one. I went to You Tube and starting searching and found soooo much useful information. One of my favorite things I learned about is paper bag albums. Who knew you could take some paper bags and glue them together to make an album? Too cool. ;)

I tried my hand at making one today and had so much fun! I did realize that I need some new adhesive choices though, because I used sticky tabs and boy did it take me FOREVER to put all those pages together and all the papers on the bags, lol. I'm so happy with how it turned out though so I don't mind. Here are some pics...

Supplies: K&Company Paper Pads - Classic, Life's Journey & Madeline

It's gonna be so much fun decorating this with my pics and embellishments! So many possibilities... ;)

Have a great night and thanks for looking!