Mother’s Day Mini Chipboard Album

This Mother’s Day mini album is one of my favorite projects. An old scrapbook kit by Heidi Grace contained all of the patterned paper, colored cardstock, stickers, and rub-ons I needed. I used a combination of digital and traditional scrapbooking techniques to make two of these (one for my mom and one for my mother-in-law). One thing that I experimented with this time around was pre-planning the photos to match the Mother’s Day theme of the album.

One of my favorite details is the bit of ribbon attached to one edge of each quote:
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Digital supplies used:
Mother’s Love Word Art MegaPak Brushes by Katie Pertiet
Graphic Pop Dots: Mom Brushes and Stamps by Katie Pertiet
• Floral graphics: Ingrid Brushes and Stamps by Maplebrook Studios


Happy Birthday Dad!

My dad reached a milestone birthday last year…he turned 70, but you wouldn’t know it. He is as fit as a fiddle and has all his wits about him. He is a sports nut, and I don’t mean that he sits in a comfy armchair cheering on his favorite players on TV…he rotates his days between playing ping pong, tennis, badminton, and golf. I admire my dad in many ways; he is a source of inspiration and a guiding light in my life.

I don’t usually make cards for my dad, but this was one occasion that I wanted to make something special for him to commemorate his milestone birthday. I made a small accordion booklet with a pocket on the last panel to hold a notecard and a traditional Chinese red envelope filled with lucky money.

One for the guys

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
Hemp twine

Mom’s the word

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

Let it rain


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) (
• polka dot paper – Deja Views (
• “rain” chipboard letters – Cloud 9 Design (
• epoxy page pebbles (large circle) – Making Memories (



Fascination street

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 (


Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!

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… : )