Hello December! This is the most wonderful time of the year, and you know what? This is the time of the most wonderful handmade presents as well! Every year I try to figure out a cute present I can surprise my loved ones. This year I designed a snowglobe, which holds layered embellishments, a photo, and a little surprise as well.

I share the template with the measurement here or sign up here to download the free cut file from my cut file bundle. By using the cut file you have all three different types of snowglobe, and you are free to resize the cut files and create your snowglobe in the proper size for your photo.

I can not stop creating these cute snowglobes, and it made me so happy to see how you like this super easy and quick gift as well. I already made three versions of them, a standard, a wider, and a round one. You can photos of little messages inside to turn them into meaningful Christmas gifts. Find every type of cut file in the cut file bundle.

Thank you for visiting my website, I hope you have found some ideas and feel inspired! happy crafting!

Hi Friends! Today I show you my favorite gift wrapping technique for tiny gifts. I’m sure some of you can use this idea as Christmas approaches, and I’m always very happy when I can inspire you! I create a few of these cuties every year, they always look amazing under the tree.

The only things you need is a piece of patterned paper and a trimmer board with a ruler (I used the premium trimmer board from We R Maker. Here are the steps of the assemble, and watch the short tutorial below:

Hi there! I’m back with a fun DIY home decoration today. Autumn is my favorite season of the year! I adore the cozy evenings, the colorful falling leaves, and the beautiful sunsets, and like every year I can’t wait to decorate my home with some fall-themed creations. These little paper pumpkins cheer up my desk this year. They are super cute and so easy to create!

And the best part is that you can add short messages to the back of the orange paper pieces (good wishes, a fall bucket list, or a favorite fall recipe) and it will become a nice gift that you can give to your loved ones!

Click here to watch a short tutorial on my IG.

To create the pumpkin decoration first I used my Trim Board by We R Memorykeepers to trim down the patterned paper into 4×3” and folded the paper pieces in half.

Now I grabbed a 3” wide circle dies. To create the pumpkin shape, I needed to use only a part of the circle, so I hid a small part from it using washi tape.

I placed the circle die onto the folded paper and aligned the fold to the washi tape and rolled it through the Mini Evolution Machine.

I repeated the process 8 times. Now I punched holes in the center of the paper pieces using the Disc Power Punch tool.

When finished, I attached every paper to a binding disc.

To finish the pumpkin, I added a little stem and leaves to the top. You can use a hot glue gun to attach the stem to the binding disc if needed.

One more tip:

If you would like to take photos of your pretty pumpkins, I show you my go-to technique to do that! First I stand my WRMK Photo Background on a smaller desk and choose a pretty background from the collection. Next, I place the pumpkins and props close to the background and place a light on the left side of the desk. (On the right side there is natural light). Now I place my camera in front of the desk at the same high as the pumpkins. Now everything is ready for a pretty photo!

 I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and that I could inspire you to create fall decorations for your home! Thanks for stopping by! Bea

Happy December, everyone! If you know me, it's not a surprise that I start December with an Advent Calendar project. As my children grow up, we’ve switched chocolate and small gifts to ‘Christmas coupons’ in the Advent calendar. A cookie-baking afternoon or a movie night is a real pleasure for them, as is putting together a charity gift package or making a postcard for people living in a nursing home.

To create the calendar, I folded 12+1 tiny pockets from patterned paper, (there are 2 tags in every pocket). You can see a short tutorial for the pockets here

Then, I created a cover using cardboard and patterned paper. To the inside, I added an additional cardboard piece (18,5 x 16,5 cm) which I wrapped around with baker's twine. I adhered the wrapped cardboard piece to the cover, and I strung the pockets to the string. Then, I adhered the back of the pockets together. Here are the measurements of the cover:

Finally, I put a coupon tag into every pocket. I only added a number to those tags which contain specific dating activities.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, and I could inspire you to be creative and make pretty stuff! Thanks for stopping by!

Hi there, welcome to my blog! Today I'm excited to share my December Daily 2021 base and foundation pages. This time I used a super easy bookbinding technique which allows me to add a lot of pages, pockets, photos, and stories to my album. 

To create the album you will need:

2 cardboard pieces in size 18 x 21 cm

1 white cardstock in size: 40,3 x 20,6 cm

1 piece of acetate sheet in size 8 x 20,6 cm

4 pieces of planner disc (2,5 cm wide)

Posca or Sharpie white marker

Planner punch or Disc Power Punch

The full pages are 14 x 20,6 cm

the smaller pages are made from 28 x 10 cm wide paper which I folded in half. 

Here you can find the template of the inner cover (and spine) 

Please check out the process video where I show you the basic steps of the assembling of the cover:

I’ve not finished the foundation pages yet, I store my photos on my phone and make notes about the stories, and I decided to spend about an hour a day with my DD in December, this way I hope I can finish in January.

Thanks for watching and spending all this time with me, it is really appreciated, have a wonderful day and we will see you soon.

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a super tiny mini album I created using the gorgeous Garden Party collection from Maggie Holmes. The best thing about this type of album is that although its size is very small, a lot of photos can still be inserted. 

The size of the album is 4x6 cm, and I inserted 10 pieces of photos in size 3.5x5.5 cm. 

To create the pages, I used 2 patterned paper pieces in size 16x12 cm. I folded the paper into two horizontally and then into four vertically. Here is the template of the papers:

The next step is to adhere the pages together. I added double-sided tape to the back of the first page's last rectangle and the first rectangle of the second page, and then I put them together. You can add more pages with this shifting technique if you need.

Next, I closed the pages and adhered cardstock paper pieces to the front and the back as a cover. I used an elastic band to keep the album closed. Now it was time to fill the album with photos and flat embellishments.

 I hope you enjoyed this tiny mini-album inspiration! See you soon with another project! Bye!

Every year we have a girl’s day with my little daughter around her birthday. I’m going to put in this classic cascading mini album the photos we’re going to take that day. The Buenos Diaz collection is full of sunshine and happiness, and the gorgeous patterns and colors are just begging to be included in a mini album! I enjoyed so much creating this classic cascade album. I left the pages of the album simple and clean.

Hi there! Today I'm sharing the video tutorial of my disc-bound travel journal. In this journal, the pages are paper pockets that are perfect for keeping your memorabilia or photos documented and organized. You can find the video about the steps of basic assembly and the measures below.

I used stone paper. It's a special paper you can use to create notebooks or add paints and inks. It holds its' shape when curled or can be distressed for a faux leather look.

Here is the video tutorial:

Here are the exact sizes of the cover and the pocket pages.

Thanks for stopping by! Bea

Handmade gifts for Mother’s Day are always so special. Today I'm showing you a super easy mini album base I created for my mom for mother's day. The cover of the album was inspired by a pretty gift bag and the inside pages are perfect for a clean and simple interactive album. Once you’ve put together the foundation, a lot of 7x7cm images will fit in it.

Watch the video tutorial to see the measurements and the basic steps of the assemble.

1. Cover: Cut patterned paper 9x30 cm.

2. Score at 11 and 4 and 11 cm
3. Use the alignment guide as a template and round the front edge.
4. Hidden hinges: cut thin white paper 10x9 cm.
5. Score in by 1-1 cm through the paper. Fold the scored lines and attach the spine to the cover.
6. Pages:Trim patterned paper into 19x10 cm, score at 1 and 9 cm.
7. Attach the three pages to the base.
8. Add additional pages to the pockets.
9. Decorate each page.

I hope you enjoyed my lil project! Thanks for stopping by! Bea

 Hi everyone, I'm here to share a new mini-album featuring the beautiful Marigold collection and accordion technique! The size of the album is 3 x 4.5″ and contains 6 tiny pockets to hold photos and tags. I started to create the base by trimming down white cardstock paper to 16.5 x 6″. Next, I folded up 1.5″ at the bottom. To create the accordion base, I folded the paper stripe into six equal parts.

I curved the top of the pockets with scissors and attached them to the background with machine stitching.

When I was done with the base, I started creating tags to fill up the pockets. I trimmed six tags using patterned papers from the collection. I layered the tags with journaling tags and labels from the cut-a-part sheet. I also added stickers, ephemera pieces, and charms to embellish the pages. The next step was to create the cover! I trimmed down two pieces of patterned paper into 7 x 4.75″. Between the two papers, I adhered a 1.25 x 4.75″ cardstock paper piece to the center to strengthen the spine, and two pieces of ribbon. Then I attached the papers with liquid glue. I found the ‘happy little moments’ cardstock sticker to be a perfect title for my album. I layered ephemera pieces behind the sticker and added sequins around the title. I attached the base of the album to the inner side of the front cover using double-sided tape.

I hope I could inspire you to create an accordion mini album for your favorite photos and memories! Thanks for stopping by!

Hi, there! I'm sharing a super easy and fun mini-album inspiration with you today! This album is perfect for displaying your photos and thoughts on your desk. I created this album to showcase the things I’m grateful for every day no matter how small that is.

Here you can see a video about the basic assemble of this album:

This is the template and the measures of the box and the pages.

To create the pages, I trimmed down patterned paper pieces into 10.8 x 15 cm and fold by 7 cm. I fold back the top of the page to create a little flap. To attach the page to the paper straw, I punched a hole in the bottom center of the pages. I used the gorgeous ‘Go the scenic route’ collection by Paige Evans and tried to arrange the pages into a rainbow color scheme.

Next, I wanted to feature the theme of every page in my box album, so I grabbed my lowercase word punch board. I love how easy to add titles to the pages with this pretty tool. To punch short words I placed the letters next to each other, but I could punch longer words using the letters one by one.

I inserted 10 pages into my box mini-album, but I can extend the number of the pages easily if I want to add more themes to my list.

I hope you enjoyed my mini album inspiration today, and I could inspire you to use your Word Punch Board to add titles to your pages. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Friends! I'm back with a fun fall-themed layout today. Autumn is my favorite season of the year! I adore the cozy evenings, the colorful falling leaves, and the beautiful sunsets.

To create this layout, all you need is a paper trimmer and pretty patterned papers. I used the beautiful Late Afternoon collection by Amy Tangerine, and my Premium Paper Trimmer from We R Memory Keepers

I shared a short tutorial on my IG feed to show you, how I created these colorful fall leaves and tiny half pumpkins. When I was ready with all these beautiful leaves, I arranged them around the page. I used hot glue gun to keep them in place. Next, I placed a big bow to the bottom and adhered my photo to the center of the page. Easy-peasy 🙂

I hope you liked my first fall-themed layout this year, can't wait to share more with you! xo Bea

Hey, everyone! I’m so excited to show you my first project made with the new ’Late Afternoon’ collection by Amy Tangerine. This new line is so delicate and pretty, fits many themes and projects. I adore the beautiful autumn color scheme and the lovely autumn patterns on the papers, and as I walked through the 12x12 paper pad I was immediately inspired to create a mini album for my upcoming fall photos.

First, here is a short process video about the album and the main steps of the basic assembly.

This time I chose the super-easy accordion-fold spine bookbinding technique, but I spiced up the structure with a pull-out back cover (I write about this further below)

I started my album by creating the cover. I trimmed down 4 pieces of heavy cardstock into 14,5x10 cm. To create the frame to the front cover I cut out the center of the first cardstock piece. Then I covered all of them with patterned paper. To the front cover, I wanted to fill the frame with an autumn forest scene, so I fussy cut five trees from patterned paper. I stitched thread branches to the trees, and adhered sequences to add a little shine. I arranged the trees into the frame and adhered wide ribbon pieces to both sides under the frame.

Next, I trimmed down a strong but flexible paper into an 8 cm stripe and created the accordion folded spine using my WRMK scoreboard.  I attached the spine to the front cover, between the frame and the other heavy cardstock pieces. On the back cover, I attached the spine between the two cardstock pieces also, but I attached the cardstock pieces only on the top and on the bottom. This way I could pull through the wide ribbon between the cover layers, and the back cover became a pull-out element.

With pulling out the back cover, the pages appear. I absolutely love the sight of the varied patterned papers and the layered pages!

The pages of the album are 13x9,5 cm. I’m a huge fan of pockets, so I turned two pages into pockets to create more space for photos. To embellish the pages, I fussy cut quotes, and flowers from the patterned papers.

I hope you liked my mini album today, and I could inspire you to try new bookbinding techniques for your next project. Thanks for stopping by! Bea

Hi, Ladies! I'm so excited to share a new project with you today. There are three things in this album that I wanted to make for a long time...

First, the theme...I wanted to create a Week in the life album! I learned about this theme from Ali Edwards when I attended her class last week. I loved this idea and I decided to give it a try. Next, I wanted to use my Cinch! The hardest thing to use the Cinch machine for me is that I have to be ready with every page before I put together the album. Usually, I start my albums by creating the cover, and then I enjoy working on the pages and fill the album with them one by one. This is the reason why I wanted to figure out an expandable album form using my Cinch. My idea was to trim down hinges from acetate sheet, bind them together, and then I could attach the pages to the hinges one by one. It was a perfect solution for me! 

In this video you can see the entire process of the hidden spiral bookbinding technique and the first pages I added to my album. 

As I was ready with the first pages I added them to my album. The size of the cover is 14x18.5 cm + I added 5 pcs 0,5x18,5 cm hard cardstock pieces to the spine. I used white cardstock in size 33x18,5 cm to attach the spiral to the inside of the cover. I folded in half, punched holes, and scored line by 1,5 cm. The hinges are 2x18 cm. The size of the pages I attached to the hinges is 11x18 cm.

I hope I could inspire you to give a try to this bookbinding technique! Thanks for stopping by! Bea

Hey, everyone! I’m so excited to share my first project with the adorable and incredibly beautiful Sweet Story collection by Maggie Holmes. This collection is pure happiness with gorgeous colors, lovely sentiments, and adorable embellishments.

My project is a simple and super easy album which could be a perfect gift idea to your beloved ones for Valentin’s Day.  

The tricky part of this project is that the pages of the album are attached to the paper case with a piece of ribbon so this way the box became a nice holder to the opened album.

Here is a video, so you can see the finished album and then the basic assembly of the paper case and the base:

I had two reasons to keep this album simple and clean. First, I created this album for my husband and I knew he preferred a simply styled album filled mostly with photos and personal journaling. Second, the playful structure of the album nicely showcased the beautiful range of patterned papers and I felt it needed only a few stickers or ephemera pieces to embellish.

I started my album by putting together the paper case. To create the box, you only need patterned paper and a paper trimmer. Find the templates of the box bellow, at the end of the blog post.

I adhered a big paper heart with a paper bow to the top of the box. There are a lot of adorable sentiments in the Sweet Story collection which is perfect for a Valentine’s Day project. I trimmed down the cut-a-part sheet and added the ‘You are magic’ card to the front of the box as a title of my album.

Next, I trimmed down patterned papers to 3x8”. I folded the pages in half and created a flap by cutting two 1 cm long lines from 1 inch of the right and of the left edges. I fold back the flaps to keep the pages quite open. I attached the pages with the back-to-back technique, and attach them to the paper box with a piece of ribbon. When attaching the pages to the ribbon in the box, the bottom of the pages should be half a centimeter lower than the top of the box! If you add heavy embellishments to the pages, adhere a piece of foam adhesive behind the folded tabs to keep the pages standing.

I hope I could inspire you to create a handmade album as a Valentine’s Day gift! I can’t wait to share with you more projects using the Sweet Story collection. Thank you for stopping by!

THE BOX BASE

TOP OF THE BOX

PAGES

Hi, Ladies! I'm here with my very first project using the ah-dorable Magical Forest collection by Crate Paper! To be honest, I couldn’t be more excited about this collection! The papers are so bright and fun, and it’s made for feminine and masculine layouts! This is perfect for me since we have three boys and a girl! I love these types of collections. But there are other fun ways you could use them too. This time, I decided to create a home decoration that is perfectly usable as an organizer.

Do you remember the ‘Snail Mail’ pockets we sent to our creative friends to brighten their days? They were so popular projects and I loved to create them. This time I was inspired by those tiny packages, I just altered the pockets and enlarged the base to fit the empty space on my daughter’s wall.

I started my project by cutting out the big heart base and the two pockets from patterned paper. I wanted to be sure that the pockets are strong enough to hold notebooks and journals, so I adhered the heart to a heavy cardstock base and stitched fabric pieces to the back of the pockets.

Next, I machine stitched the pockets to the heart base, and added a ribbon to the top.

Magical Forest collection is jam-packed with adorable stickers and I couldn’t resist adding that pretty girl sticker to the bottom of the heart. I then arranged the ‘Let’s Play’ title above the girl using the beautiful gold Alphabet stickers from the collection.

I filled the pockets with tiny envelopes, mini albums, notebooks, and cards to inspire my daughter to get creative and play!

If you haven’t had the chance to check out Magical Forest collection then make sure you join us on the blog! The design team is bringing lots of inspiration your way!

Hi, Ladies! I have to admit that I'm totally obsessed with DIY journals recently! This is the reason why I start organizing summer plans with creating a new journal 🙂 This time I went with a super fun fruit shape journal.To create the journal I used Slice of Life collection by Amy Tangerine. 

Here are the main steps of the assembly:

First, I trimmed patterned paper into 21x20,5 cm and folded in half. Next, I used my Alphabet Alignment Guide by American Crafts as a template, it has a perfect size to create a journal.

I repeated the process with 10 copy papers, those will be the inside pages.

I arranged the papers into the cover and used my Bookbinding Guide By WRMK to punch holes and then I stitched together the pages.

To create the slices, I cut a yellow patterned paper in half circle, folded in three, and cut around the three parts. I adhered the slices to the front cover and added fussy cut leaves and flower stickers to the top.

I hope you enjoyed my little DIY journal step by step instructions! Have a nice weekend! xo Bea

Hi Ladies! Maybe you remember that I shared a DIY Winter Journal with snowflake-inspired stitching some days ago. This project was very popular and I got a lot of questions about the process. I think the easiest way to show you the steps of the binding and the stitching is to make a process video. 

I added every measurement to the video. I used papers and embellishments from Crate Paper Snowflake collection and the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide tool to pierce through the cover and the pages. 

Thanks for stopping by! Bea

I’m so excited to share with you a new mini album I created to celebrate Mother’s Day! I enjoyed so much to refresh my Flourish collection stash with the products that are part of the Designer Destination program JOANN Stores just started, so I grabbed my new and old items and started to create! 

First, here is a video, so you can see a flip through of the finished album and then the basic assembly of the base:

The finished size of this album is 4 x 7.25 x 0.75”, so it’s almost pocket sized! The base of the cover is a folded patterned paper, which I extended with transparent vinyl. I folded the vinyl pieces in half and scattered glitter in there before I machine stitched them to the paper base. To keep the album flaps shut I adhered a sequenced flower to the front and bound around with a piece of ribbon – perfect solution for projects just like this!

The structure of the album is very playful and pretty. The length of the pages increase with 0.75” with each page, and they open to the left or to the right one after another.   

I started to fill my album with printing out my photos in various sizes, fitting to the size of the pages. I added my photos to the mini album before embellishing. This way, the photo determines the embellishment placement and not the other way around.

I tried to use a mix of flat embellishments because of I didn’t want my album to be too bulky. Stickers, thickers, ephemera pieces, and puffy stickers were great to use in my album.

I mixed the embellishments on each page to add a variety of textures and dimension. The layered embellishments over white space add interest to the pages.

This mini album could be prepared in any size, but here are the exact sizes I used to my album:

Cover: Trim patterned paper to measure 6”x7.5”. Fold by 0.25”, then 0.75”, 4” and 0.75”. Trim 2 pieces of vinyl to 4”x7.5”, fold them in half. Fill them with a little glitter, and machine stitch to the paper.

1. Page: Trim patterned paper to measure 10.5”x7.25”, then fold by 3.5” and 3.5” again. Trim the right page lengths to measure 5.75”, the left page lengths to measure 6.5”. (Watch the process video to see the steps!)

Next pages: Trim the first page to 4.5”x2.75”, fold by 3.5” and then 0.25”. Trim the second page to 4.5”x3.5”, fold by 3.5” and then 0.25”. Trim the third page to 4.5”x4.25, fold by 3.5” and then 0.25”. Trim the fourth page to 4.5”x5” and fold by 3.5” and then 0.15”. Attach them to the back of the main page.

I hope you liked my mini album and enjoyed reading about my process. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you! Have a lovely day!

Hey everyone, I am kicking off ‘Designer Destination’ week on the Crate Paper blog. Heritage collection joined Designer Destination at Joann Stores and apart of a wide range of embellishments they offer a special Project Pad. This Project Pad includes patterned papers, glittered papers, cardstock papers, and stickers.  For today’s project, I was inspired by the beautiful cardstock papers from the Project Pad.
As I went through the gorgeous papers in the Project Pad, I decided to use them up to create a home decoration. My idea was to make a bunch of paper boxes and turn them into a house or castle shape.

When I arranged all the boxes in place, I adhered gold roofs to the top of the boxes, and decorated them with doors, windows, and stickers from the Project Pad.

I filled the boxes with mini books, cards, and craft supplies, and placed on my daughter’s desk. It is not only a nice little gift to be able to show my daughter but it’s also a useful storage surface and a gorgeous addition to her room.

I’ve got a quick tutorial to share with you, showing how I put this project together.

Cut 9 boxes in different sizes from cardstock papers. Cut 3 pieces of roof shapes using glittered cardstock. Put together the boxes using liquid adhesive or stapler.

If your paper is thin, make the boxes stronger with adding heavy cardstock stripes between the layers to the edges.

Arrange the boxes into a castle shape, add towers and roofs.

Place the boxes to a heavy cardstock background, and draw around the castle.

 Cut out the background, and adhere to the castle to the heavy cardstock background. Adhere a wide cardstock stripe to the bottom of the castle to add more stability. Decorate the castle with stickers and embellishments.

I'm glad to share the cut files of the boxes, towers, and roofs I used to create the Magic Castle. The cut file package contains 8 boxes, 3 roofs and two towers. Please use the photo with the numbers as a guide. Find them in my free cut file bundle, sign up here!

If you enjoy this project, please share on social media, and tag me (@beavalint or #beavalint), I love to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, I hope you have found today’s post inspiring! Be sure to check back this week to see some of our other designers’ projects!

Hello everyone! Its Bea here today, and I’m sharing some fun gift wrapping ideas. Creating pretty packaging has always been a favorite craft time for me in December! I believe adding handmade touches to any present makes it even more special.


Due to Merry Days collection has gift wrap papers and tags, it’s pretty easy to create fancy packaging for the presents! I always start my process by gathering all the supplies I need. Wrapping papers, ribbons, washi tapes, ephemera pieces, stickers, pom-pom maker and more…

My packaging process was mostly the same for each box, I just changed the color scheme or the materials. Ones I had everything I needed, I covered the presents with wrapping paper and tied around with ribbon, raffia or thread.  

I then created tags to go with them. For the pink wrapping paper, I chose dark green patterned paper with touches of red. I cut a banner and layered cardstock sticker with a red sticker label on the top. The white pom-pom is a cute addition on the design, and it can be used as an ornament after opening the gift.

I have one more packaging idea for you today! Around this time of the year, I love to surprise my colleagues, teachers etc. with handmade presents too.  This year, I decided to give these cute little house boxes filled with handmade chocolate, and I hope they will like them!

These boxes are very easy and fast to assemble. They are opening on the top, and the best thing is when the chocolate was gone, the little house becomes a cute Christmas ornament!

Here is the template of the gift box.

All you need to do is download and print out the template, cut around the shapes and draw around on patterned paper. Next step is folding the edges and adhere the parts with double-sided tape. Visit Crate Paper Instagram Stories to see the full tutorial.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you felt inspired by these simple and easy packaging ideas and will give it a try!

Hey everyone! Today I'm sharing my new project with the gorgeous Merry Days collection. December is the most wonderful time of the year, and I love to document those cozy days in a mini album. Since December is full of programs, I used to prepare the base of the album in advance.

First, here is a video so you can see a flip through of the album base and then the basic assembly of the cover and the pages:

This year I chose a traditional form for my album. The size of the cover is 6.50”x8.50” which I build using chipboard paper and fabric.  I decorated the front with journaling card and placed beautiful gold spine branch stickers behind. I placed the cute red car from the cardstock sticker sheet to the wreath and also added the red star decorative clip. I love the hanging stars in this collection, and can’t resist stitching a smaller one to the spine of the album with a red paper label. Just perfect!

I created a vellum pocket to the inner cover. I printed a ‘December Photo a Day’ list and placed the list into the pocket with some tags. It will be a helpful reminder to document all the important details of the season.

To attach the pages to the spine, I use the hidden hinges technique. I divided the hinges into two-part, and attach two 4”x6” pages to both of them. I enjoy so much decorating this paper size, and I have enough pages to document even every day in December! 

To add more pages and interest to the album, I attach additional pages to the basic page. To do this I used various materials like vellum, tulle, and papers.

I like writing long-long stories about my children, so I created pockets from the base pages – I adhered only three edges and left the top open - and put journaling cards inside. I trimmed the Stockings cut apart sheet into pieces and attached the date to the journaling cards using a sampler.

Merry Days collection has many gorgeous and festive ephemera pieces which are perfect for adding to the album as a tiny extra page. I used a piece of cardstock to attach a gold glittered card, isn’t it just so pretty?

I like the fact the whole album is very interactive and possibilities are endless if I want to expand it! I can attach more additional pages, adhere envelopes, die-cuts, shaker cards, etc. to the base. I can decorate the pages with stitching, add sequences, or heat embossing. Photos can be added not only to the pages, but even to the journaling cards or I just put them into the pockets if I don’t want to display all of them.

Thanks for stopping by today, I can’t wait to show you my finished album at the end of December! I hope you’re inspired to create your own December Days album this Christmas!

Hello everyone! It’s Bea here with you today sharing two different ways to use chipboard stickers in mini album projects!

Chipboard stickers are one of my favorite embellishment and I feature them regularly on my scrapbooking project. Due to the size of these stickers, using them in mini albums can be challenging sometimes. Let me show you my favorite types of mini album where you can use chipboard stickers without being your album too bulky.

In my first project, I used the blue house from the Willow Lane chipboard sticker sheet as the base of my album and created a tiny Coptic book. The chipboard stickers are hard enough to become a perfect cover for a Coptic book and I love the cute house pages!  

I started my album with trimming the pages and the back cover. I used the negative part of the sticker as a template.

To create the pages, I placed the template on the top of a half-folded patterned paper and cut around the shapes.  I stacked the 8 pages with the covers on the top of each other. Using a ruler, I marked the place of the stitching with a pencil. I used an awl to make holes through the pages where I have marked with the pencil. I grabbed a colored thread and started to stitch together the pages. There are a lot of video tutorials about this technique on YouTube (I've learned from this video), I encourage you to give a try!

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you’re all inspired on your next project! Happy crafting!

Hello dear Ladies! It's ‘Stitching’ week, and I’m bringing you a new layout created with the gorgeous Field Notes collection.

This time my inspiration came from the ‘Collect moments’ sentiment from the sticker sheet. This title brought me to our unforgettable summer memories and a favorite photo of my sister-in-law and me. Here is the layout I created:

I’ve found a big globe cut file that I cut out from white cardstock. I spent some time piercing holes around the globe and then did a chain link stitch through the holes using several shades of green and blue thread. But this stitched detail is not the only one I added to my layout! I also add cross stitching when I adhered the title around the globe, the stitching helped me to hold in place the stickers.

Then I got messy! I rarely use acrylic paint on my layouts, but this time I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. I love the beautiful shades of pink, mint and yellow in Vicki’s acrylic paint sets, and wanted to use them all on my background. I mixed the acrylic paints with matte acrylic gel medium, this makes the paint smoother and a little bit transparent. I then grabbed a white cardstock from Vicki’s mixed media art paper pad and started to paint big splashes all over the paper. To be honest, I didn’t know exactly what was I doing, I just went with the flow… but I think you can’t go wrong with those beautiful colors!  

Once it dried, I adhered the globe to the background using foam tape. The Field Notes collection is jam-packed with beautiful flower die-cuts, and I couldn’t resist using them all for embellishing my page. I bent up the edges of the flowers and layered them under the globe.

I placed the photo on the right side of the globe. I then created two clusters using journaling cards and die-cuts and added cardstock stickers under the photo and around the stitching.

I hope this gives some fun ideas to try on your next layout! It’s so much fun creating your own background with mixed media stuff! Give it a go next time! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful scrappy weekend!

Happy weekend, Ladies! I have a new mini album to share today using the gorgeous Willow Lane collection by Maggie Holmes. I don't know about you, but I love to display my mini albums on my desk and flip through the pages over and over again.

This time I used an old picture frame to hold my album, I just punched two holes in the back and added two big bookbinder rings. It's a so easy way to display your mini album!   

I then trimmed the pages, and added my photos and embellishments! Willow Lane collection is so soft and pretty, perfect for many themes! I embellished my pages with stickers, die-cuts and decorative trim. I chose the 'Days spent with you are my favorite.' sentiment as my title, placed it on a tag and embellished with paper fringe and sequence flower. 

Here are the pages of the album:     

I hope you enjoyed my mini album inspiration today! Thanks for stopping by! Bea

Hi Ladies! Have you ever been to a craft club at your friends or host a crop yourself? One of my favorite things in the world is to get together with my girlfriends and work on scrapbooks.

It's a great opportunity for friendly conversation, artistic inspiration, as well as a time to be productive. When I invite my friends to a crop, I always start with choosing the project we will create together. I usually choose something that doesn’t require special equipment or scrapbook supplies, and my guests can use their stash to create the project in your own style.

In my experience, the star of the scrapbooking clubs is always mini album! They are so fun to put together and when we are ready with the base, we could fill them with photos later at home.

This flip book is a good sample of our craft club projects.

To create this flap book, start with gathering the supplies you would like to use. I decided to use the beautiful Willow Lane collection and picked a cardstock, patterned papers, ephemera pieces and some standouts for my album.

Next, trim the cover and the pages. Use cardstock to create the cover. I used the gold foiled specialty cardstock from the collection, its strong enough to be used as a cover.  The size of the cover is 6x8½”. Fold the cover by 4 ½“ and 5 ¼ “.  Then trim 6 pieces of pattern paper for the pages in size 4x3”. Score every page by ¼” on the top. If you want to use ribbon to keep close your album, cut an extra piece of paper in size 4 ½x6”. Adhere this paper to the inside of the cover, and place the ribbon between them. Adhere the pages to the inside back of the cover. Use double sided tape on the top and align them underneath each other.

The right side of the album is so easy to create! The journaling ephemera pack contains pretty paper pockets which are perfect to create an interactive surface to your mini album. To add a touch of fun of my album, I folded in half a paper pocket and adhered horizontally into the album.

Finally, I spiced up the spine of the cover with washi tape and added a cute pom-pom from the standouts sheet.

I hope you enjoyed my flipbook tutorial, and I could inspire you to invite your friends and create a fun scrapbook project that makes the event something for your guests to remember.

Hello everyone! It’s kid’s craft week on the American Crafts blog and I’m so excited to share with you a fun project that my daughter created with me for this occasion! Spending time with my kids and playing with pretty papers means double pleasure for me! I love to see how my kids challenge their creativity by trying new techniques and ideas every time!

We just started thinking about our project, when my daughter asked me to buy a new case for her pink sunglasses. I immediately knew that this would be the perfect project for us! Paper cases or purses are so fun to create, and they are great to store tiny things at summer time! As my daughter’s favorite characters are unicorns and mermaids, I immediately knew that she would be so happy to use the Stay Colorful collection by Dear Lizzy. The pretty colors and cute icons are perfect for any kid’s craft projects!

We started with cutting the base of the purses. I cut a simple template using my cutting machine, and my daughter drew it around to make three purse bases from pattern papers. I absolutely adore how she paid effort in folding them as neatly as possible.

When finished, she started the best part of the process, the embellishing! She found a lot of cute things from the collection to decorate the front of the purses. She chose tiny puffy stickers, layered stickers, acrylic shapes and ephemera pieces.

She also asked her plastic needle and ribbon to stitch around the edges. I absolutely adore her concentration to make her purses pretty!

To add more fun, Kitti created handles for the purses using beads and embroidery floss.

This project was so much fun to create, and we had a great crafty time together with my daughter! I hope you are inspired to create one or more with your kids! Happy crafting!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share my first project using the breathtaking Shine On collection by Amy Tangerine. I love the magical colors and delightful embellishments, this collection can be used in so many themes, so many possibilities!  

The first thing that jumped out at me from this stunning collection was the amazing Card Kit with the fun shaped cards! My idea was to use them as mini album pages, and tried to find the best mini album form for them! 

I ended up by choosing a Rolodex styled album, but I wanted to create it in a fun, DIY way. I drew a cut file for the box and the tags in Silhouette Studio, grabbed a  ribbon and two pieces of paper straws, and I was ready to fill my pages with my memories! You will find the downloadable cut files and a short tutorial below.

My plan was to create a 'Summer Bucket List' album, put it on my table and fill the pages from time to time with the current summer photos. To start, I cut a lot of tags using several patterned papers. I decorated the tags with washi tapes, stickers and die cuts. Paper clips in this collection are brilliant! I couldn't resist using them on my pages! I also created decor clips using the lovely puffy hearts and rolled flowers. I filled some pages already with photos but left some of them empty for upcoming events.  

 To create this mini album, all you need is patterned paper + ribbon + two paper straws. I die cut the box cut file from patterned paper using my Silhouette Cameo, folded the sides like an IKEA box. I then added the two paper straws using a piece of ribbon. Its so easy!  🙂

Find the cut file of the box + the pages in my cut file bundle, here you can sign up for free.

Welcome back! I’m so happy that the most beautiful season of the year is finally here, colorful flowers are all around. Let’s get this week started with a spring themed layout!

Before I even had a photo picked out for this page, I knew I wanted to use Vicky Boutin acrylic paint to tint my background. I tried a couple of different things to get the colors I wanted. What worked to get a soft and pastel background is white gesso. I mixed some of the colored acrylic paint with white gesso, and painted swatches and flicked splotches across a Vicki Boutin mixed media paper with a thick brush.

Once, I had my background, I decided to add a little sparkle using Vicki Boutin gold glitters. I added some glaze right over the butterfly stencil and spread different gold glitter on the top.

I found a cute photo of my daughter from last year, I cut it in a circular shape and adhered to the center of the page.

The soft-colored patterned papers from Stay Colorful collection by Dear Lizzy fit perfectly to the background color scheme. I fussy cut a bunch of flowers from the Far Out Paper, bent up the edges and layered them diagonally using dimensional adhesive.

I also fussy cut some flowers from the vellum paper with gold accents, they look so pretty with the glittered butterflies. I felt I needed a little bit more dimension to my layout, so I arranged die-cut branches and cardstock stickers around the flowers.

I created my title from the pretty glittered alpha stickers and the gold  ’hello’ ephemera piece.

I love the mixture of mixed media and traditional scrapbooking elements on this layout. I hope this gives you some ideas to try with your mixed media stuff! Thanks for stopping by! Bea

Hello and welcome back! I’m so excited that this week we’re celebrating Mothers at the Crate Paper blog! Being a mom is all about family, and Mother’s day is a great time for creating a mini album about me being a Mom and a daughter. I used the beautiful Flourish collection by Maggie Holmes to document our most favorite family photos from last year.

This mini album is so easy to create, and filling the pockets with tags and photos is really fun! When I gathered all the supplies, I started to construct the base.

The cover is made from the Songbird paper, I trimmed 12x9 section and simply folded up the bottom to create pockets.  I adhered a tag ‘With Love’ as the title, added an ephemera flower with gold leaves to the top and the album is tied shut with ribbon.

I then created some tags for holding photos and journaling. Layering has always been my favorite technique. It definitely gives a lot of depth to my project. On the left side, I incorporated ephemera pieces, gold alphabet stickers and puffy stickers on my tag. On the right, I used the beautiful rose gold vellum sheet as the base of the tag and embellished with stickers and paper clip.

I decided to add hand stitched details to my album to make it more personal. I decorated the flowers with French knot stitching and the top of the pockets with Chain stitching. I also added a tiny piece of the gold decorative trim.

I placed photos, tags into the pockets, and finished my album with adding my journaling.

Do you have any scrapbooking traditions for documenting Mother’s Day? I hope you’ve found some inspiration in today’s post for your next project!

Hello, I'm back with a new layout I created for Paige Evans + Silhouette design team. I always wanted to try out my Silhouette sketch pens!
There are many possibilities to use them in scrapbooking projects! When I saw this beautiful 'Flower Garden Background' cut file ( ID: 221367 ) I immediately know that it will be perfect for using sketch pens!

I drew around the shapes in groups and changed pens from time to time. For adding more interesting my page, I cut out a few shapes using KNife instead of sketch pen and backed the shapes with patterned paper. 

Placed my photo in the center, layered a rounded piece of vellum behind, and aligned my title around the photo. Its so easy to create and the result is absolutely unique! Hope my layout inspired you to use sketch pens with your Paige Evans cut files

Hello and happy Sunday everyone!  I hope you have a great day! Let me make it even better with a shadow box inspiration! Maybe you wonder which collection I used for this project… Well, these pretty orange and gold patterned papers and embellishments are from the new Star Glazer collection from Dear Lizzy. It's pretty easy to match the embellishment pieces and color shades to fall-themed layouts or other fall-themed scrapbooking projects.

The base of the shadow box is 100% handmade. I altered a former wood frame by adding some wood dividers and painted them with acrylic paint. The inner wood grid is removable, this way I can use the frame in the original function

I started the decoration with the title. The big paintable cardstock words are so versatile, I love the fact that I can do with them whatever I want! This time I used watercolor for paint the ’memories’ word into orange and yellow shades. For adding a little gold shine I embossed the letters with sparkling gold embossing powder just here and there randomly.

The large circle title guide helped me to arrange the gold sticker letters into a round shape. I sticked the letters to a piece of acetate sheet and fussy cut around. I adhered the title to the box by the two ends of the sheet.

I trimmed 2 pieces from the Pretty Petals paper and two pieces of the DIY shop 4 collection/gold foiled acetate sheet and placed them to the squares. I arranged my photos to the squares too but wanted to add more photos to my shadow box, so I turned to the ’oldie but goodie’ waterfall technique for creating an interactive photo display. You just have to pull the hindmost paper, and the pages just turn one after another. There are many tutorials about this technique on the net!

On the bottom left, I placed XO letters using the big gold alpha stickers. The huge O letter is perfect for framing a tiny picture or an ephemera piece. To the front of the letters, I adhered two orange ephemera pieces. which I turned to tiny pumpkins with adding green leaves to the top.

On the bottom right, I use thin gold washi tape to create a striped background and placed some colorful leaves into the big paper clip with star wood icon.

It was so much fun to create this shadow box, it’s perfect for documenting special memories like Halloween. Thank you for stopping by today! 

Hello friends! Today, I would like to share with you two cards that I created with the uber-cute Sweater and Weather collection for the American Crafts blog. This time I wanted to try something new with my cards, and just love how this project turned out! 

I have some lovely creative friends, who love to send pocket pages to each other for any occasion just like Christmas. My idea was that I incorporate a mini pocket page into my cards, and surprise my friends with ‘two in one’ cards.

Let’s see my first card. It seems I am immediately drawn to the soft pinks and light blue of this collection, mixed with some wood pattern, and of course, gold accents...who can resist?

For my next card, I focused on traditional colors of the collection. I love the deep red and green with the cute ephemera pieces!  So pretty!

Let me share with you the creative process of these Christmas cards in simple steps: 

I started with creating a card base using white cardstock. I cut a frame from patterned paper using my cutting machine. To adhere to the frame, I used the thin and super sticky AC red tape on the flaps, bent the flaps back and attached the frame to the front of the card.

My mini pocket pages came together very easily and quickly! I drew a template and attached to the back of the plastic sheets with washi tape. I used my Fuse tool to create the tiny pockets. I sealed the inner lines first and left the outline open. After that, I selected my materials, choosing a color palette I loved, patterned papers that I couldn't wait to incorporate, a couple of cute ephemera pieces I could layer one with another, and gold stickers that give a fun sparkle to my pocket pages. I trimmed six pieces of patterned paper and embellished them. When finished, I filled the pockets and closed the outer edges with the Fuse tool.

To place the pocket page into the card, you just have to fold the border back and slip the pocket behind the frame.

One more TIP: Make your letter more personal with a special envelope! I used my WeR Memory envelope punch board to create an envelope and punched a heart shape from the front using the Clear Cut Heart punch. I backed the shape with transparent paper and placed some sequences and patterned paper behind it.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope I could inspire you to try something new and create special cards for Christmas! Bea

I'm a huge fan of cute mini-books, especially if they are as adorable and usable as these 🙂 Perfect size for a woman's bag, and please say that I'm not the only one who has to take notes about every important date, meeting, children's duties, etc...

I used the cute patterned papers and heart charms, paper notes, and stamps from the beautiful Oh my Heart collection.

Here is the start-to-finish tutorial showing exactly how you make one of these!

Hey, everyone! Today I'm here with a super easy and fun mini album inspiration 🙂 My idea was to use the pretty frames & watercolor for my album.

I started with painting gradient watercolor pages and jointed them with vellum. I wanted to keep simple my pages, only embellished with a few pieces of Pink Paislee Moonstruck ephemera - they look great with the watercolor background - and adhered the frames with foam tape. I left the top edge of the frames free from tape, so I could put my pictures into the frames easily. 

Here is the mini album's process video, hope you enjoy!

Have a nice weekend! BEA

 I have to realize that it is getting heavier to find time for being only together with my husband. We decided to make minibreaks more often, and just enjoy the time together. This picture was taken about 10 years ago when we were in Venice in a beautiful summer.

I used The Cut Shoppe cut file filled with a kind of patchwork from paper.

To make the background softer I painted it with white gesso and colored with some light mist.