Mini Scrapbook Album for 50th anniversary

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In September, we celebrated my mother-in-law and father-in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary. One thing we did was have the attendees write down memories they had. some of them were hilarious! I’m so glad we did that because it was a hoot to read through all of them :).

Anyway, now some months later, I finally got around to putting the memories into a book. I was looking for ideas, and saw several albums made from a pattern by Kathy Orta, called a mini album. I just love the look. Everything is handmade, from the covers to the binding system to the pages. The pages are awesome because they are filled from one end to the other with pockets which makes tons of places for tags and photo mats. I also added some handmade flowers that I’ve been learning to make.

Here are my results in a quick slide show on YouTube with their favorite song, Theme from A Summer Place.

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Sad Face Get Well Handmade Card

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I saw this card idea on Pinterest, and it was so different than the cards I usually see, that I just had to try my hand at it. Who would have thought little folders would make such great tissue boxes? It was so clever, it made me smile :). I’m hoping it will do the same to someone that it’s sent to.

I used Peachy Keen stamps for the little faces, and a folder punch for the tissue boxes. I think it would also work just fine if you made a square and nipped a bit from the top with a small circle punch, or anything that would make it look like an opening. The “tissues” were made of little bits of gift tissue paper. Enjoy!

Envelope Fold Handmade Card

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This week’s project is an envelope fold card. It is very simple and stays shut with a velcro closure. I used Tim Holtz Urban Chic stamp and a thank you stamp for the inside from Stampabilities.

I used journal spots to stamp my images and a handmade daisy to add interest to the outside. The card is scored at 4″ & 8″ and cut to a point on the top to resemble an envelope. See the video below for instructions.  Enjoy!

Men’s Valentine’s Day Mini Envelopes Card

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I have seen several similar cards to this one, so I don’t know who to give credit to for the idea, but I decided to change it up a bit and make it more manly. I doubt there are very many men looking to make Valentine’s Day cards for their gals, so even though I would prefer to cover another card in lace, ribbons and roses, I guess it wouldn’t be as practical to all of you ladies out there :).

I made my mini envelopes with a McGill punch and used some brown patterned papers like sand, wood and stripes, made a mini note (a small rectangle of paper) and stamped “I love you” on it. I also cut a bunch of little tiny red hearts for my top envelope. The only part that takes a little bit is to punch, score, fold and glue the little envelopes. I used the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser on all 4 edges of the card and then inked those edges and also the flaps of the envelopes with Walnut Stain Distress Ink just to set the edges off a little. Enjoy!