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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gift: Christmas Album 2014

Warning: This post is picture heavy.

My son's teacher has a December birthday. We couldn't have both a birthday party for her and a class Christmas party so we are combining them. Gift cards are always a much requested gift and usually an easy one for the parents to pick up if they want to give a gift. And the gift cards are almost always inside a card. So I created an album with lots of pockets to collect all the cards/gift cards in.

Yup, twelve page inserts! Twenty four pages! plus inside front and back cover. Phew! what a project.

And once the teacher has pulled all her gifts out of her Gift Book she can use it as a Christmas album to collect her family photos in. Win-Win.

Thanks for stopping by.

Edited to add... Sorry, I was in a bit of a rush last night. Forgot to post some important details. I created the album using Kathy Orta's Paper Phenomenon Back to Basic (B2B) tutorial: Now (today) is a great time to purchase any and all of her tutorials and kits while her Black Friday sale is going on. I think for a couple more days....but you would need to check her site for details.

The patterned papers came from a 12x12 Paper Studio pad (found at Hobby Lobby) called North Pole Productions. Even with all of the pages, pockets and tags (all covered in both sides) I was able to decorate the entire album using only one piece of each design so I have lots of paper left from this collection. I see a few more Christmas book creations in my future.

The base of the book was made from medium weight chipboard and covered with black cardstock. Adhesives I used were Scor-Tape and Scotch Quick Dry.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New Family album

It's been forever since I've posted anything on my blog. But I didn't want to overwhelm Instagram with 15 pictures. I created an album for a friend of mine who is having a baby shower next week. She's having her first baby. A little girl. (Aaaaw!) I selected papers that matched her home instead of the typical pink baby girl papers. That way she can use it as a family album and not just a baby girl album.

The papers are fairly masculine in style, and kind of heavy. So I added just a touch of lace here and there using a Martha Stewart punch. Not too much since a picture of Dad may be put in the album.

Pattern to make book came from Paper Phenomenon - All OccasionsMini. I altered it to 5x7 size.
Papers came from Hobby Lobby: The Paper Studio - Ninth Street

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Get some of your money back

I don't know about you, but I have already started doing a bit of my holiday shopping. Much of what I purchase I buy online. If you're interested in a way to get some of that money that you spend on the stuff you buy online back, you gotta check these two sites out:


Both sites offer rebates back when you visit their site first, then follow their link to the site where you want to buy your items. Many times I will fill up my shopping cart first (because I forget) and right before I finalize the checkout process I double check the two sites to see who has the best rebate.

Ebates sends me a check each quarter. Big Crumbs deposits my rebates directly to my PayPal account.

I don't shop a LOT but I am finding that I am shopping more and more online. The rebates aren't huge but they do add up. If nothing else, they reimburse some of the shipping costs. So, I think it's worth it.

I'd love if you would use my links in this post. I get a referral "bonus."

Thanks for stopping bye! Happy shopping!