Bulletin Board Ready!

I can’t believe how fast the Summer has gone by. In a few weeks I will be back to school and I will be decorating my classroom just the way I want it. I recently took a training and I got this great idea from the training to have stars ready for my students to write their names on, that could then be displayed up on the bulletin board. You know me I had to get right to my Cricut and see what I could come up with.

I found this great star attached to a student label but Design Space wanted a $1.99 for that file so I inserted the image into Design Space and then created my own image from free images. I am quit happy with the outcome and can’t wait to get it up on my bulletin board. The next thing I did was search for star shapes. I inserted a few star shapes to cut because I thought it would be nice to have some slightly different shapes.

star bulletin board ctmh

The plan is to cut out a bunch of these stars to have handy for my students and when a student does an awesome job I am going to have them write their name on the star and why they received the star and then allow them to put it up on the bulletin board. Their star will stay on the bulletin board for the month and then we will start all over.

I teach middle school but they are still children and they like being recognized just like everyone else does. I think that this will end up being a great motivator for my students. My first batch of stars will be cut using some of the brand new Zoe paper but I am also using paper that is going to be retired at the end of the month. You are not going to want to miss out on these papers and they are all only available while supplies last!

You can grab the cut file here for your own bulletin board and you can grab the paper packs here in my shop!

Are you getting ready for back to school stuff?

Don’t miss out on the other ladies amazing back to school posts for make it Monday!

Melissa shares a bright layout for backtoschool

Alison shows a simple grid layout that leaves room for journaling those Kindergarten memories

Get your kid’s handwriting on your backtoschool layouts with Kelli!

Connie’s beating the back-to-school craziness with pre-making kiddo love notes!


Project Life and Cricut

Ahhhh my Cricut, plus my Artfully Sent cartridge makes project life very easy and beautiful. I have been working diligently on finishing 2014 and I am almost there. I only have November and December left and those months don’t have a whole ton of pictures because in November I do my 30 days of Thankful and in December I do a December Daily album.

I was using the scaredy pack paper and my Cricut to finish up our Halloween photos from last year. The complements really helped me decorate my cards and my Cricut helped me make embellishments as I was starting to run out of ideas. I found an adorable little monster in Design Space that I had a ton of fun creating and he looks really good with the layouts because he matched the baby’s costume. I even grabbed some of my acrylic paint and a stencil to create one of my own cards for the layout.

Now let’s talk about the Artfully Sent cartridge that really helped me with these pocket layouts. The Artfully Sent cartridge is not just for making gorgeous cards, it is also for making gorgeous pocket cards and there are some cards that were perfect for my Halloween layouts.

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After I finished my Halloween layouts I realized that I was done with the month of October but I had one small problem, the back of the last page didn’t have any photos so I had to come up with something. I decided to use the Artfully Sent Cartridge and see what I could find based on a family type theme since November is the next month in my album. I used the Pathfinding paper pack as well for this side of my layout to go on with the family/thankful theme that I am trying to bring into the next month.


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I really love how the back of my layout turned out, the cards that I was able to make with the Artfully sent cartridge came out beautifully and I really love the colors that are available with the Pathfinding paper, especially the blue paper. The heart that is in the Good Times card is available in Design Space as part of the subscription and I loved the fact that it looked like it was a wood grain heart. You can see that you don’t have to have photos to complete a layout and that you can decorate a project life layout any way you see fit as it is your album. Truly this page with no photos is one of my favorites in my 2014 album.

The scaredy cat paper and pathfinding paper will only be available until August 31st and then they will be retired. Grab them while you can by clicking HERE.

Check out the other ladies projects for Make It Monday:

You’ve got so much personality! So why not scrap about it? Melissa did!

No room of your own? No problem! See the 3 cards that Alison made while her scrapcave was being repainted.

More Christmas in July! Connie’s shaking up a holiday card!

Karen is deciding on which camera to bring with her on a fun trip!


Mini Album Round Up & Hop

mini album blog hop
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Hi there and welcome to my site! If this is your first time here I am scrapbooker that teaches you how to get the photos off of your phones and into an album quickly and easily. You might have come from Nubia over at the Papercutting Nerd where she shared her love of mini albums.
I have a special place in my scrapbooking heart for mini albums! They can be used for anything and everything and in this post I am going to take you back to some of the mini albums that I have made in the past. I had this elaborate plan for a new mini album but unfortunately my vacation snuck up on me and I didn’t get a chance to finish my album.
I did manage to create a Cricut cut file for you that you can use in design space to create your own magnificent mini album. You can grab the cut file here. For this mini album I designed it to be 6×6 size. You would need two pieces of chipboard for the front and back of the album if you would like it to be sturdy. The cut file has the pieces for the blank 6×6 pieces of cardstock for the overlays to be on top of but you don’t have to cut them out with the Cricut. Those pieces of paper I suggest you cut them out with your paper trimmer so that you can get more bang for your buck and your aren’t loading your Cricut tons of times in order to get this mini album made. This post does contain affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.
Now let’s talk about mini albums. The most recent mini album that I made was using the binding technique that My Sisters Scrapper has and just let me tell you this is really my favorite type of mini album to make. They are just so sturdy and I love how you can really decorate them and add tons of pockets on these types of albums. You can see the video for this mini album by clicking here.
CTMH Heart Strings Mini Album

CTMH Heart Strings Mini Album

The next albums that I am going to share with you are these adorable Folio Albums. What I love about these is that they are really perfect for all those Instagram/4×4 photos because I used the 4×4 Flip Flaps in these albums. I created one for Halloween and one for Thanksgiving and thought they were perfect way to document some photos from these holidays.

You can see the video for the Thanksgiving Folio by clicking here and the video for the Halloween Folio video here. 

All three of the albums were made with chipboard for the front, back and spine of the albums. The folio albums also make great gifts because they are so easy to put together and they really don’t take more then a half hour depending on how elaborate you want to get for the front of the album. The album fronts for these folio albums were both made using my Cricut.

Another album that I made using my Cricut was for my mom for Mother’s Day this year and of course I forgot to take a photo of it before I gave it to her. I used my Cinch to bind everything and the Elegant Edges cartridge to create the pages for this album. You can see the walkthrough for this album by clicking here.

Now the last mini album that I am going to share with you was one of my favorite albums from last year. It was my second year doing a Thankful album with Cathy Zielske and I used the We R Memory Keepers 4×4 mini album. I have to admit though that I loved the full 4×4 page protectors but I was not crazy about the 2×2 pockets. When I create a mini album like this again I don’t think I will use the 2×2 pages simply because it was a pain in the booty figuring out which photos I wanted to be that small and then cropping them on the phone and such.

You can see the walk through of this album by clicking here. I purchased Cathy Zielske’s stamp set for this album last year and I can’t wait to see what she puts together for this year.

What is your favorite type of mini album and why do you like them? Let us know in the comments.

Don’t miss out on the other ladies about their love for mini albums! Here is the complete list.

1.   Kelly Jean at  kelsterjean designs
2.  Amanda at Random Sweetness
3.  Nubia at  The Papercutting Nerd
4.  Beth – Scrapping Wonders (You Are Here)
5.  Heather at Heather’s Crafty Heart
7.  Charity at  Scrappin’ Chaos
8.  Mandi at Kraze of MJ
9.  Heather at – Coffee and Pretty Paper
10. Kristin at rukristin papercrafts

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