Category: scrapbooking

February Mini Album!

I am slowly but surely getting my 2016 mini albums together! I finished my January album back in March. This month I finished February and March!

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I used this Mint 4X4 Album and added some jewel flair to the front.

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I really like using these phrase stickers with my February album! It kept the pages simple yet fun at the same time!

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I love looking through these albums! I cannot believe I was wearing a sundress in the middle of February!

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I’m excited to read and re-read some my E-courses that I’ve purchased to incorporate some new techniques! I may even have to look through some of my past art journals! At some point, I will be caught up on the months and can release my post in conjunction with the end of the month.

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What about you? What is your favorite way to document some of your favorite life moments??

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

January Mini Album

Happy Saturday everyone! Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Last week I decided to dive into a new adventure: scrapbooking mini albums! It started last Sunday morning when I bought an E-Course from the A Beautiful Mess Shop on sale. I’ve always wanted to document my life more. It was on my list of 24 things before 25, and had a little success with it. I vowed to myself that 2016 would be my year, and have been documenting it as much as I can! What a better way to re-live the great moments than making an album for each of the monthly highlights!

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I have to admit, similar to my Instagram calendar, it was hard to choose my favorite photos. Luckily, my photo choice was not limited to 12 and I can pick as many as I can fit in the album!

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I had a lot of fun making this album, and cannot wait to make the next coming months! Here is a look at all my pages:

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I’m excited to read and re-read some my E-courses that I’ve purchased to incorporate some new techniques! I may even have to look through some of my past art journals! At some point, I will be caught up on the months and can release my post in conjunction with the end of the month.

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What about you? What is your favorite way to document some of your favorite life moments??

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Accordion Photo Book

Here is an easy way to make use of all those cell phone photos!

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March is a special month for me. This marks one year of adopting my bestest friend in the world: JayJay! He came to me at a time in my life when I really needed a friend. You can read the full story of how we came together here. As I look over the past year, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to adopt him.

I thought it would be fun to “commemorate” our friendship with all my favorite photos from the past year. I found this idea on Pinterest for an accordion photo book and though it would be a perfect project for this idea!

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Here is what you will need:
Four or Five different Scrapbooking pages
Various embellishments
10-15 of your favorite photos
Scissors, Adhesive, and Markers

Project Time: in an afternoon
Project Difficulty: Easy Peasy

Project budget: around $10 (unless you use your stash)

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First, fold the scrapbooking paper in half. Then adhere the back of one page to the front of another. Continue this until you have glued all the pages together to create one long page.

Print off all the photos that you want to use and cut them to size. Now, just go crazy!

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I had so much fun decorating. I looked at it as almost a timeline of all the fun things JayJay and I have done together over the last year. You can make a theme throughout the book or make each page stand alone. Add text, draw pictures, glitter, whatever you want!

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When I was all done decorating, I added a ribbon to tie it closed.

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Have fun with it!

What kind of projects do you like to do to celebrate your friendships?

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Bucket List Journal!

Make this fun journal to easily document those monumental occasions!

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I am a big endorser of making list of new things to try! Every year for my birthday, I make a list of things to do before my next birthday (## of things to do before ##).
When I was holiday shopping with a friend last year, I saw this awesome journal in a store and KNEW I had to make one of my own: Bucket List Journal!

Editor note: after writing this post I realized how a little more complicated this was to make! I found the journal at World Market! Don’t feel like tackling this somewhat complicated project, its only 20 bucks from the store!

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Here is what you will need:
Computer paper
Permanent Markers
Hole Punch
Ribbon/Yarn
Computer
Printer with a scanner
Photo editing software (“paint will even work!)

Project Time: 2-3 hours
Project Difficulty: A little complicated…

Project budget: less than 10 dollars

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There are a few ways that you can tackle this project. No matter what – the first step is to draw your journal pages.

I created four different journal pages, a front page, end page, and the cover. It’d really up to you what you want to do for your journal pages, but here is the basic information you should include on each:

  • Date
  • What I did
  • Why it’s on my list
  • Who I was with
  • Where I was
  • Important Details
  • How I was feeling
  • Will/Would I do it again
  • Space for a photo

Feel free to add/subtract any of the above information!

With your computer paper in the landscape position, fold in half and create a crease. Design your layout to span the two sides. For example – if you can include half the questions on one side then the other half for the remainder of the questions. You can also have all the questions on one half (my handwriting is too big to do this!) and a space for your photo on the other half! It’s really up to you!

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Once you have designed all your layouts, you’ll want to scan them into your computer. Here comes the tedious part, because you have to think about how the pages will be printed on your paper since we’ll want to print front and back.

I wanted to be able to journal at least 15 bucket list items – so I made a little “map” of how my images needed to be printed. The best way to think about this is similar to a book. The center of the book is one side of paper, but the back of the left page is the right of the prior page and the back of the right page is the left of the following page (are you still with me???).

Let’s draw it out!

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The other think too it make you own map! I folded blank computer paper together, like a book, and labeled each page that corresponded with each layout (A1 is the left side, A2 is the right; repeat for B. C, and D – corresponding to my 4 layouts). I then took the book apart and drew out each page I needed to print.

Then I created the images in my computer that corresponded with what I had mapped out.

Print your images then assemble.

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Punch holes two inches from the top and bottom in the center of your assembled book.

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Thread yarn in the center of the book to hold it together. Tie in a knot or bow.

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Now schedule some bucket list items and write about it!

Like a noted at the beginning, as I was writing this post it was a little more complicated then I thought to explain. If you don’t want to attempt to make this journal it is for sale at World Market for $20.00 (click here!).

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

 

Woodland Adventure Scrapbooking Kits are HERE!

Happy Saturday everyone!! I hope that you have a wonderful week!

I hinted at this earlier in the week, and I am so excited for my first EVER scrapbooking kit!!

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Add some fun to any scrapbooking or art journal album!

This woodland inspired adventure kit includes:
(5) unique journal pages
(5) label images
(3) page borders
(12) stickers
(2) strings of yarn
(5) heart buttons

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All kits are handmade, printed, and packaged in Akron, Ohio. Journal pages, label images, and page borders are printed on 24 lb. resume quality paper.

Each image is 100% original designs of Make, Create, and Appreciate…or myself! I had so much fun designing these little critters! Although, my favorite is the tree stump, not entirely sure why…

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I’m going to be showing a demonstration on how to use this kit this month! However, if you are already hooked, the kits are on sale on my Etsy shop for $20.00 +shipping. First time buyer’s can snag 15% off their first purchase with coupon code NEWBIE!

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Kits do not include scissors or adhesive.

The possibilities are endless!

Talk soon,
Jennifer

 

Art Journal Volume 23: Simple Photo Focus

From the desk of Jennifer: Volume Twenty-Three

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I love my buddy, if you haven’t received that feeling from reading my posts.
My phone is full of photos of crafts and my dog (and so is my Instagram).

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I took this photo one morning about a month ago of JayJay. It is probably my favorite photo of him. I thought I would may a page that focuses on this photo, sticking to the black and white feel.

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Again, like last week, was inspired by one of the cards I got in my ABM Happy Mail. This time I decided to use the card in on my page.

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I added a pop of color by cutting out corner pieces. Finally, I made a little rectangle for the date.

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Craft it up!

Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Art Journal Volume 22: Inspirational and Bright

From the desk of Jennifer: Volume Twenty-Two

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I was very inspired today by a card that came in my ABM HappyMail box: “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

Story of my life right now.

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I LOVE these Simple Stories photo crops. The make life SO MUCH easier!

I had a slot page that had just the right amount of slots for a rainbow.

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I used construction paper to make my cards. First in pencil, then in permanent marker – I wrote my captions.

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Talk Soon,
Jennifer

Art Journal Volume Twenty-one: Paint Markers

These are kind of amazing.

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Have you every used these before? I am here to tell you they are amazing! I’ve been doing a lot of painting lately and I love to use these for little details!

But we are talking about art journals!

I decided to use paint markers this week on this fun textured page.

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As always: discount shopper! I found this paper in my stash that has a texture that reveals a different color when you sand it down.

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There were a variety of patterns, but this one had a tree bark pattern.

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I don’t know why I thought of this, but the pattern for some reason made me think of “birds of a feather flock together.” So I used the paint markers to paint rainbow feathers across the top of the page. Because it was dark paper I had to go over it with two coats.

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I used white to add the feather details and the caption. I still don’t know if I want to add a photo or leave it as is. I feel like this could be a “best friend” page – but I need a good photo that I don’t have in my sash! Drat!

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How about you! Have you ever used paint markers?? What ways have you used them?! Do you love them as much as I do?

Talk soon,
Jennifer

Art Journal Volume 20: Use some album art!

Use your favorite bands album art as a special touch.

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Okay, so I got this idea in the shower a few weeks ago. I have all of these photos from going to concerts over the years and I was trying to figure out how to use them!

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Someone snapped this photo of me at a Mayday Parade concert a thousand years ago. (Okay, not a thousand…it was 2007) Here’s the story behind the photo: 2007. Mayday Parade had only released their EP Tales Told by Friends. They were playing at this tiny hole-in-the-wall venue in Akron called the Daily Double. There were 7 people there to see them (at this point, no one knew who they were). They played five songs, and the last song they played was my favorite song on the EP. They invited anyone in the crowd (remember, there were 7…three of us were friends) to come on stage and sing if they knew the words. Score! I jumped on stage and started to sing along. One problem: I was so excited I forgot all the words! So, I just started laughing! Click! My friend took a great photo!

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I thought it would be a great idea to use the album cover to add some personality to the page! I used a similar technique on this page last year, but instead of using a photo, I used an image of the album art.

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The first thing I did was turn the image into a 12 X 12 image in Photoshop. Then, I divided the image (still in Photoshop) into the sizes that corresponded slots in my design pocket. After I printed them off, I trimmed them down to fit in the slots. I would suggest just printing on normal printer paper rather than photo paper (save some money!)

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I arranged them in my slots and chose a card that to write my caption.

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I have a good memory…but I still have the concert poster from that day, signed and everything! That’s how I was able to remember the date.

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I don’t think that you have to use this with just concert photos. I know a couple albums that I could use with photos with friends of our favorite bands.

Try it!

Talk soon,
Jennifer