Heartstrings Mini Album

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close to my heart mini albumI love mini albums and I wanted to make something to use up the Heartstrings paper and PML cards that I have sitting around my scrap area. I came up with this great idea to make a mini album for the Listers Gotta List July challenge and I love the way it turned out.

I grabbed the idea for the album from My Sisters Scrapper and I went to work creating this little mini album. The first thing I did was create the base and then I covered everything with some of the Heartstrings paper and inked all the edges with some Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet). Then I went to work on making the pockets for the album which I then also covered with paper. After all the pockets were made I added a PML card to the back and front of each pocket. I figured that this would be the area that I write my lists on.

Lastly I broke out the computer and Design Space so that I could create the inserts for my pockets. I used the Elegant Edges cartridge which I love using for mini albums and created 6 different inserts using the Heartstrings paper. Now I know you have heard me talk about how much I love my Cricut Explore before but have I told you how much I love the Cricut app?! I managed to create my page inserts on my phone while the baby was taking a nap and then cut them a little bit later in the day. The iPad app has been out for a while now but for me the iPhone app makes my life a whole lot easier because I often find myself in situations where there is a child sleeping on me.

Design Space plus my iPhone, iPad or my computer truly make it so much easier for me to get my 15 minutes of creative time in every day. I know that if I am able to create a cut file and save it to my phone then I am able to cut out my images quickly and easily and actually use my crafty time to get crafty.

With Design Space, you can start designing from scratch on your computer, iPhone® or iPad®, or you can use a pre-designed, Make It Now™ project. These ready-to-make projects are created by professional artists and include everything from home décor to fashion to paper crafting, and even a variety of FREE projects.

If you want to use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images, you can try them out in the Design Space to see which will look best in your project before you commit to purchasing it.

Really the possibilities are endless with my Cricut Explore, Design Space and my iPhone. Just check out this little walk through of my mini album and see how cute and adorable it is.


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Circles make a layout fun

I saw this sketch from Scrap It Up 365 which is a fantastic site and wonderful community and I was so inspired that I just had to create a layout using the sketch. The next thing for me to do was search for the right photo and with Fathers Day right around the corner I found a picture of the baby with his Papi and thought that the photo was perfect for the sketch.

I created all the circles that were needed for the sketch with my Cricut and I grabbed this great paper pack that I have from DCWV that is for baby boys.

The first thing I did was create my circles in Design Space and you can grab the file here for free. Then I went through the paper pack to find some coordinating colors and some matching cardtsock which is from Close To My Heart since I know that it’s going to cut like a dream with my Cricut.

The end result was this layout that I am so happy to frame for my honey as one of his Father’s Day presents.

My mini me saw my scrapping and she just had to join in on the fun and create a layout like mine. I have an old groove book photo book that I use for whenever she wants to scrap with me. I only ordered one book as I was not happy with the quality at all.

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My mini me’s scrapbook layout

Have you ever had a sketch inspire you so much that you had to go and scrap it as soon as you could?


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Cricut and Mother’s Day

Ahhhhh my Cricut how I love thee! Ahhhhh how I see all these 3D things from SVGcuts that I just have to make but then when I go to make them the trouble I have. Not this time though! I made these beautiful roses in a gorgeous flower pail using the Hopscotch paper and some cardstock from DCWV!

I can’t even begin to tell you happy with the results I am and my mom saw them and fell in love so I know exactly what I will be making her for Mother’s Day. I grabbed the Mom’s Garden Gifts SVG file from SVGcuts and thought that the flowers and the pail would be a perfect Spring decoration.

Mom's Garden Gifts SVG Kit

I think that I will also make the flower-pot and the box for Mother’s Day this year. The box I plan on filling with a few crochet cloths as my mom loves my crocheted cloths that she can use either for cleaning or showering.

Let’s get back to the flower pail and roses. The flower pail really only took me a few minutes to put together and was super easy. I tried putting it together with Scor-Tape this time and it went together a lot faster than when I use the Scotch Dry Adhesive glue. I had some old brads in my stash that I used for the handles and I used the Hopscotch paper which is still available at Close To My Heart but only for a limited time.

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CTMH Hopscotch Paper

Next I worked on the roses. I made the first rose with white daisy cardstock and sprayed it with some color shine. I loved the effect of this but I hated that I had color shine all over my hands.

color shine rose

The Rose in the middle is the color shine one

I found this great cardstock pad at Joanns and it was on sale for $9 by DCWV so I grabbed it and thought it would be perfect for the remainder of my roses. I cut some roses with a very light pink colored paper and some with a very light peach colored paper. The leafs I cut with a dark green cardstock from Bazzil that I had picked up when I was working on some St. Paddy’s day crafts.

flower pail hopscotch paper

Bouquet of Roses

I truly love how they turned out and can’t wait to make one for my for Mother’s Day. You can grab this great cut file from SVGcuts by clicking HERE.

Now you can check out the other ladies from the Make It Monday Circle.

make it monday

Not sure what to do with your leftover scraps? Before you throw them out, let Alison from Alison Day Designs show you how to turn them into cute cards with the help of a couple of punches.

Want a quick & easy way to create a photobook? Get Jen’s free templates 

Join Lisa for Monday Mojo this week and try an artsy technique that’s cheap, easy, and FUN! 

Melissa  is documenting her little boy one month at a time

Karen is sharing her experience at CreativeLive for four Mixed Media classes.


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