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Cheeto Album

Anyone who’s even briefly met me (or followed me on any kind of social media) knows that I love my dog, Cheeto. I am not a dog person, or even an animal person, but she’s really pretty cool….and I take a lot of pictures of her. What can I say, she’s adorable!

Many of these pictures are included in my weekly Project Life spreads, but I really wanted something special, just for pictures of her, that I could add to each year of her life. Also, I’ve managed to acquire a rather embarrassing amount of 4×4 albums, so I needed something to do with those, LOL. Thus, the Cheeto “puppy love” album was born:

Cheeto Album Cover

I always do my covers last, because they are the hardest part of an album for me, and I don’t know their “vibe” until I get a feel for the rest of the album, but…can I just say that I am proud of this one? Thank you.

The title page is a must for me in albums, because I don’t like just opening with a picture. The title page of this Cheeto album consists of a shaker…with some of her baby teeth in it. Creepy, maybe. But I’ve kept them for years, and I am glad I found something to do with them.

Cheeto Album Title Page

I decided to separate the album by the years of her life, just for fun. I used some clear 4×4 dividers with numbers on them, and also some plain Avery tabs with the years.

Cheeto Album Dividers and Tabs

I used a lot of simple embellishments, though the book is still pretty bulky, LOL. I just couldn’t resist using a few custom-made flair like the ones available in my shop, as I often do.

Cheeto Album Flair

I don’t have too much to say about most of the pages/photos. Her cuteness speaks for itself in most cases,and this isn’t really a book about stories so much as it is about memories. I just want to remember her funny little faces, her favorite activities, and her quirks forever, and have a book that documents them all as she acquires them.

Cheeto Album Page

Cheeto Album Spread
Thank you for looking, and I hope you enjoy her puppy face as much as I do!

“Dream Autobiography” Mini-Album

For this year’s fantastic Find Your Voice class over at rukristin’s page, I got to contribute a lesson project. And when I found out which one I got assigned (Lesson Five: Document Your Dream Autobiography), I was overjoyed. It was the one I was hoping for, and I already had an idea for it: a mini-album full of highlights from my life!

Album Cover

I already gave you guys a sneak peek of the cover a little while ago, but now that the class is over, I can go ahead and post some of the internal pages, like the “title page,” which I have to admit, I absolutely love.

Title Page

The first layout features a picture of my mom and me, my number-one favorite person in the world. It also features a self-made flair, the likes of which you can find in my shop.

First PageThere were quite a few pages, but I realize that you all surely have lives of your own to attend to, so I will cut it short, haha. My non-traditional Las Vegas 21st birthday party had to be included, though.

Lucky 21

And the beginnings of my relationship with my favorite guy:

Me and JoshI really enjoyed working on this project, and the whole Find Your Voice class in general. It’s a great concept, included some great ladies, and I can safely say I never would have done this project if it weren’t for being assigned it. But it became one of my all-time favorite projects ever, and I plan to continue adding to it as events occur in my life!

My Find Your Voice Lesson is Up!

My contribution to the Find Your Voice 2015 class is now up! Remember, it is totally free, so there’s no reason not to join in!

Album Cover

It is an autobiography mini-album (cover shown above), with way too many pages to post them all, haha. But go check it out; I think it turned out pretty cute (if I do say so myself)!

I will be posting some pictures of the mini-album here in a few weeks, but my break-down of the pages won’t be included. So if you have any interest in my crafting or my personal life story, head on over to Find Your Voice for a little look-see.

Jury Duty Mini-Album

In the dead of a terrible New York City winter, something terrible arrived at my door: A jury summons! I had just been unemployed for five months…why couldn’t I get jury duty THEN?!

Anyway, I actually wasn’t that bummed, and my job was really cool about it. Long story short, I waited to be questioned and selected as a juror longer than I actually sat in the trial, LOL. Yay for settling out of court!

However, the whole thing was so interesting (and so little truly “happens” to me) that I decided to make a mini-album of Instax pictures and notes on the experience.

IMG_4050-2 I included a brief summary of the case, and pictures of the courthouses and rooms we were in.

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I took pictures of the lawyers and the judge (…all of whom acted like I was insane. One lawyer said, “I have been a lawyer for over 25 years, and no one has ever asked for my photo.” I didn’t even tell him how downright sad that sounded). I got a photo of all my fellow jurors (and the court officer!), and recorded as many of their names as I knew/remembered.

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I also used a pocket in the mini-album to store my juror certificate, so I won’t have to do any of it again for another six years, haha!

Concert Mini-Album

Since I started dating my current boyfriend just over two years ago, we have attended quite a few concerts. He is a big supporter of live music, and is signed up for tour date newsletters that I didn’t even know existed.
Anyway, to document each concert separately from my weekly Project Life albums, and in greater detail, I made a concert mini-album. I chose a little grey 4×4 album, and it is absolutely perfect. I have yet to decorate the cover, LOL.

IMG_4046-2 For each concert, I usually put in one 4×4 picture of the performers themselves, and one 4×4 journaling card I designed, detailing the artist, venue, date, and the setlist (where available. I should really take notes while at the concert).

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For anyone who might be interested, I have included below two different versions of the journaling card:

One is a printable PDF of a grey card, sized 4×4. I included this in PDF format because the fonts I used are probably not owned by everyone. This way, you can have a card that looks exactly like the ones I used.

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The other file is the .studio file for the journaling card, so you can change the color, etc. yourself, and print it. You must have the Silhouette Studio software to open this file, but it is free, and you do not have to have a Silhouette machine to use it. You can just print it and cut it out yourself! Keep in mind that the .studio file uses fonts that I own, so you may have to change the font to something on your own computer in order for it to display properly.

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Mom’s London Mini-Album

When my mom saw my 6×8 London mini-album, she loved the idea and wanted one of her own. 6×8 was a little too big for her to pack home from NYC, so we decided on an adorable purple polka-dot 4×4 album instead.

Stonehenge Grass

Stonehenge Grass

I went pretty minimal with embellishing, because she really just wanted photos of us abroad, not a whole lot of decoration. The most important thing for her was that she knew the date and location of each picture, and my “feelings” on each site we visited (which is such a “mom” request, lol).

In order to keep things clear and simple, I opted to arrange the photos chronologically, with each day of our trip divided by a clear acrylic number page. Then, every few pages, I inserted a 4×4 journaling card with the details of the location and how I “felt” about it.

Notre-Dame Window

Notre-Dame Window + Acrylic Overlay

This was actually a great exercise for me, because my own mini-album didn’t have too much journaling…there were too many pictures, lol! To write out how I “felt” about each site was a perfect way to reflect on the beauty of the trip, and on the fantastic diversity of the sites we visited.

Stonehenge

Find Your Voice Kits Almost Gone!

Oh man, I just learned that the Find Your Voice kits are almost gone! I am so glad I grabbed my Insta-Kits last week (more with that later!).

Still remaining are the Embellishment Kit and the Main Kit:

Again, the beautiful thing about this class is that it is free. FREEEE. And you do not need anything special to participate! But I know there are those of us who just…like paper. And albums. And vellum hearts. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Go get ’em, ladies!

London 2015 Mini-Album

I was recently lucky enough to take a week-long trip to London. We crammed so much activity into that one week that I feel like I am still processing everything that happened, lol.

We took a day-tour to Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge; made a visit to the Warner Bros. studios for the Harry Potter experience; visited Hampton Court Palace; and then of course did the “in-town” tourist sites such as Kensington Palace, the British Museum (Rosetta Stone, bitches!), Big Ben and Winchester, etc. Not to mention our day-trip to Paris, France!!

Sacré-Cœur

Sacré-Cœur

The whole vacation was absolutely breathtaking (and not just because of the miles and miles we walked…11 miles in Paris alone). I love to travel, and have really only recently been in a position to do so regularly.

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Obviously, for a trip as long as a week, I just had to make a mini-album. I had over 1,000 pictures! I knew it had to be big enough to hold plenty of pictures (and don’t even get me started on the physical memorabilia), so I went with a 6×8 album. The one I chose was a red faux leather one by Becky Higgins, but a couple different companies make 6×8 albums and page protectors.

I used felt to decorate the front in the design of the British flag. Working with felt is kind of a new thing for me, but I am proud of the way it turned out, and it wasn’t too difficult at all! Felt is pretty forgiving.

Find Your Voice 2015!

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I am so super-stoked to announce that I will be both a Project Lesson Contributor and a Guest Instagrammer for rukristin’s Find Your Voice 2.0 class this summer! I am truly flattered, and can’t wait to make some great projects that help my fellow scrapbookers continue finding their “voice.”

This six-week workshop is entirely free, so you should absolutely go check it out. Can’t wait to see you all there!