Mini Album Magic

Hello my fellow crafters!! Jackie G here again with a super fun project to share with you today!!  I don’t know about you, but mini albums are so fun to make!!  The album I am sharing with you today was inspired using the tutorial by Frances of Your Book of Memories.  You can find a link to her tutorial HERE. This album holds so many photos, it’s unbelievable!!! Check it out!!

I plan to give this mini album to a friend so wanted to create a matching card to go with the gift.  I used the gorgeous I Am collection to create both the album and card.

Okay, lets get started!! First, I created a thick belly band to keep my album closed.  I didn’t have any magnet closures so had to get super creative!!  I opted to specifically use some of the chipboard elements to decorate my belly band as they are very sturdy.  I wanted to make sure nothing could bend as this piece will get a lot of traffic.  I made sure to keep the entire cover, spine and back flat so nothing would catch on the band.

This album has so many fun features including and big accordion pocket, hidden pockets, and two waterfall features that can hold both 3×4 and 4×6 photos!!  Like I said before, you get a lot of real estate in this mini!!

The accordion pocket has a ½” gusset which allows for lots of storage!!  The storage possibilities for this giant pocket are endless!! You can put photos, memorabilia, notepads, pretty much anything!! Again, I didn’t have any magnets so created a paperclip closure with some of the butterfly chipboard elements and some ribbon.

I also created paperclip closures to keep my waterfall features closed.  Didn’t want them flopping around!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!  I hope you enjoyed these projects!! Have a wonderful crafty day!!


Happy Birthday Simon Says Stamp!!

Happy 9th Birthday to Simon Says Stamp!!!  How exciting!!!!

This week’s Wednesday challenge theme over Simon Says Stamp is “Happy Birthday”!!! I decided to use some scrap pieces and chipboard elements I had left over from the Simple Stories collection “I Am”.  Finished it off with a Lawn Fawn happy birthday sentiment and voila!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!  Have a fun crafty weekend!!!

Have a magical day!!

Hello there!!!

Today I want to share a cute little set of cards and box I created for the Lawn Fawnatics challenge this week!!! I won’t lie, I really struggled with these cards. For those who know me know how chunky my creations can get!!! Since I didn’t want the recipient of this set to pay additional postage I kept them pretty flat. Seriously….that was super hard for me!!! Eek!!!

I cut out a window on the front of each card (and box to match) and adhered cloud embossed vellum followed by some teal cardstock. I love how it turned out!!! It really gave the clouds a soft look!!

I manipulated the sentiment using my Tim Holtz stamp platform so I could create a cute little wavy banner matted on red, orange and yellow cardstock. And last….the adorable little Lawn Fawn unicorn!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!!!!! I hope you all had a lovely day celebrating and spending time with love ones!!

I shared this card over on my Instagram page the other day, but in case you missed it here it is again!!!  I used lots of amazing companies to create this card!!  I just love how everything coordinated so beautifully!!


Cardstock:  Bazzill Basics

Patterned Paper & Cloud stickers: Doodlebug Designs

Bunny Stamp: Pink and Main

Spring Sprig die and Easter Egg stamp: Lawn Fawn

Alcohol Markers: Studio 71

I Carrot ’bout you…

I absolutely love the new Spring sprig die from Lawn Fawn!!! Have you seen it yet?? There are so many different things you can use it for, it’s such a fun die!!

In today’s card, I used the spring sprig die to frame the circle opening for my little bunny (Lawn Fawn – Some Bunny). I used both a dark green and light green cardstock to really give the sprig some contrast and dimension.

I also used my Tim Holtz stamp platform to curve my sentiment around the circle opening. I love that I can manipulate my stamps when using the stamp platform!!

This sentiment is so darn cute and will work for any occassion!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Bretley Designs

One of my favorite things to do is craft with my son. He’s six and VERY creative. He loves all kinds of crafts, but papercrafts are definitely his passion just like his mama!!

Today he decided to play around with the “new to us” Lawn Fawn Unicorn stamp and die set. This is what he came up with!!! I helped him with the gatefold mechanism, but he did all the rest!!!

He has decided to enter his card into this week’s Lawn Fawnatics challenge 25….happy rainbow colors!!! 💕 I couldn’t be more proud!!!

Crafty Girl goodness

Good morning everyone!!

Today I have a really fun set of cards to share with you. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE crafting with my fellow crafters!! There is just something so special about the fellowship when we are all together!! That’s why I love the collection Crafty Girl from Simple Stories, it has so many fun elements. Planner girls, sewing gals, washi tape lovers and more!!

So with that said, I thought it would be fun to make two sets of cards with a matching giftboxe to give out to some of my crafting friends!!

Crafty Girl 1Crafty Girl 2
For this first set, I used one of the 4×6 journaling cards to be the main focal point on my giftbox. This girl is just too cute with those fabulous cat-eye glasses!!! I definitely need to get me a pair of those!!

Crafty Girl 3
I used a ton of chipboard elements along with the bits and pieces and combo sticker sheet from this collection to create all of the cards. They all pair up so beautifully and are perfect to make a matching set of cards!!

Crafty Girl 5Crafty Girl 4
For the second set, I decided to keep the front of the box plain so my little tag could be the main focus. Again, using the chipboard elements, bits and pieces and combo stickers I popped them all up with some dimensional foam tape for a super quick tag.
This collection is one of my absolute favorites, and like I mentioned before…so much fun to create a gift for your fellow crafty friend!!

Make sure to head on over to the Simple Stories blog for lots more inspiration from the design team!!!!!