I was going to make cards for Father’s Day when I came across this cute, simple Top Note mini album on a blog called Stamp With Belinda. The words “quick” and “easy” caught my eye, and I was sold! I simplified Belinda’s version of the album even more by using only photos and not adding any vellum quotes.
Top Note die – Stampin’ Up
Sage Shadow and Chocolate Chip cardstock and ink – Stampin’ Up
To the Nines specialty designer series paper – Stampin’ Up
“Just for You” stamp – from Oval All set – Stampin’ Up
Scalloped oval, oval, small rounded corner punches – Stampin’ Up
Buttons – Petals and Paisley collection by SEI
For Mother’s Day, I made two mini albums — one for my mom and one for my mother-in-law. I used three 4-3/4″ square envelopes glued and connected together via the flaps to make the base of the album. Pieces of cardstock and patterned paper were then cut to cover the fronts and backs of each envelope panel. The pictures follow the sequence of how the mini album looks as you open it.
The envelope pockets held a Mother’s Day message and picture from each child:
…and the final touch on the back panel of the mini album:
Designer paper and cardstock: Groovy Blossoms by Close to My Heart
“Enjoy every moment” stamp: Hero Arts
Label and scalloped circle dies: Nestabilities
“With love” stamp: from the “Yummy” set by Stampin’ Up
Scalloped oval and oval punches: Stampin’ Up
Our kids seem to enjoy a rainy day just as much as a sunny day…this is probably true of most kids. We adults may not enjoy the rain quite as much, because rain means trudging outside with umbrellas and raincoats and getting wet, sometimes very wet.
I also photographed a closeup of the round accents I made to embellish the tops of the photos. I used a 3/4″ circle punch to punch out some of the circles from the polka dot paper, then I placed a clear epoxy page pebble of the same size on top of each punched out circle. I used a 1″ circle punch to punch out the semicircle notches at the top of each photograph.
Here are some of the supplies used to make this page:
• “let it” – Cricut machine (cartridge: All Mixed Up) (www.cricut.com)
• polka dot paper – Deja Views (www.dejaviews.com)
• “rain” chipboard letters – Cloud 9 Design (www.cloud9design.biz)
• epoxy page pebbles (large circle) – Making Memories (www.makingmemories.com)
Repetitive and constant movement have captivated our son since he was a little baby. As a toddler, he could watch drippy faucets, turning wheels, floating bubbles, marble runs, gears and the like for what seemed like hours. This photo was taken by a friend during a kindergarten class field trip; it captures our son’s fascination as he watches the men move wooden palettes into and out of the store.
The background paper is from one of my favorite scrapbook companies, SEI (www.shopsei.com).
I made this 12″ x 12″ layout towards the end of our son’s kindergarten year to express how proud we are of him. He has come a long way from the time he was 3-1/2 years old and barely talking. The past 4 years have been quite a journey for him, as well as for us.
The journaling to the left of the photo was printed directly onto the light blue cardstock (I used Illustrator to position the text exactly where I wanted it). The white “stripe” under the journaling is actually a length of white grosgrain ribbon. Now if I could only fix the crooked haircut in the school photo… : )