A Mini Taste of Summer

And so National Scrapbooking Month continues! We’re back again with another celebratory project made with the Taste of Summer paper packet and stamp set: a refreshing Taste of Summer mini album.

Taste of Summer mini album

Mini albums are great for compiling your memories from specific events or time periods in a beautiful standalone book, which friends and family can then look through as it sits on your coffee table to get a taste of what you experienced.

Because you control the page count and the binding, you have the flexibility to add as many pages as you wish. You decide how much time you put into a single page; you can highly embellish, or, if you prefer, keep the additions to a minimum. Every page ends up unique, and each retains a piece of the memory that you want to portray.

Use the Taste of Summer papers and stamps to create one of your own to capture your day on the lake, your trip to the mountains, or your picnic at the park.

If you’re feeling a little dry on ideas, let us splash a few your way:

• Using the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge, cut pages of all sizes and with varied borders. Mini albums are one of the projects this cartridge was specifically designed to cut, so you’re sure to find everything you need.
• Get spunky with your binding. We chose Thistle extra thick twine to bring out the pretty purples in our papers.

Taste of Summer mini album

• Arrange blocks of papers, photos, and stamps in symmetrical patterns to harness the power of excellent design.
• Write short and sweet captions for your photos, but leave room for longer journaling entries as well.
• Create embellishments with the already adorable paper. Here we’ve dovetailed strips of paper and layered them to make a juicy cluster.

Taste of Summer mini album

• Layer images from the stamp set using 3-D foam tape.
• Give your handwritten memories the limelight! Layer blocks of paper and cardstock and fill them up with journaling.
• Use mini staples for your mini album—it’s like they were made for each other!

Taste of Summer mini album

• Get creative with your inking. The strawberries on this page were stamped in several colors to achieve a look that’s almost good enough to eat.
• Stamp directly onto your photos to capitalize on space—and give them fun captions!

Taste of Summer mini album

• Use journaling strips to allow the gorgeous Taste of Summer papers to peek through.
• Layer stamped sentiments on top of stamped images in complementary colors.

Taste of Summer mini album

• Add embellishments for dimensional pops of color. Here we’ve used purple glitter gems to coordinate with the colors of the papers.

Taste of Summer mini album

• Stamp images to create designs on solid-color cardstock. In this case, the stamped vines are more of an attraction than the paper!
• Place journaling strips vertically for a new look.

Your mini Taste of Summer project is sure to have a big impact. Remember to grab your paper packet and stamp set before the month’s end!

Recipe
5 ½” Sweet Summer Mini Album
E1028 My Acrylix® Hopscotch Alphabet, CC1039 My Acrylix® Taste of Summer, CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2190 Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3040 Thistle Extra Thick Twine, Z1936 Purple Glitter Gems, Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Hole Punch

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
5 ½” Photo Mat 1 (p. 40)
5 ½” Shift+Photo Mat 1 (p. 40)
5 ½” Photo Mat 2 (p. 40)
5 ½” Photo Mat 1 (cut 2, p. 41)
5 ½” Photo Mat 2 (cut several, p. 41)
5 ½” Shift+Photo Mat 1 (cut two, p. 51)
4 ¼” Shift+Photo Mat 1 (p. 53)
5 ½” Shift+Photo Mat 1 (p. 56)

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Year >> Noted: Looking Back and Looking Forward

To wrap up this month of new beginnings, we’re providing you with one last dose of inspiration for your Year >> Noted paper kit. This kit is all about remembering the past and building plans for the future, so it works great for a multitude of occasions. The hardest part will be deciding what to capture!

In this post, we’re going to focus on the mini book component of the kit, which can be added on with the paper packet for an additional $5 with a qualifying purchase. The mini book is truly the finishing piece of this offer, so we want to show you a few things you can do with the cover!

Just like January does for the new year, the cover of your mini book marks the beginning of a journey and will set the tone for what the book holds. Here are two ideas for Year >> Noted mini book covers that set the right kind of tone for their contents.

1. Oh, baby! Document all of your little one’s first moments with gender-neutral colors that work great for both boys and girls. The stamp set is ideal for recording such highlights and adventures as first smiles, first words, or first steps. You could also include favorite foods or favorite bedtime rituals. Details like this always seem like they’ll be easy to remember but are actually all too easy to forget.

Take a little time to whip one up for your children, grandchildren, or for a friend’s children. It would make a meaningful baby shower gift—all you need to do is prepare the pages and then let the new parents fill in the memories!

2. Graduation is a time that inspires healthy introspection of the past and an almost overwhelming anticipation for the future! It’s full of both relishing nostalgia and trying to keep anxious thoughts in check. The Year >> Noted kit is the perfect place to preserve the turbulent emotions surrounding this landmark event. It’s just the thing to help your grad look back on the good times they’ve had as well as to look ahead to the good times yet to come.

You’ve got only a couple more days to purchase your own, so pick a up a few before they’re gone for good!

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Bringing People into the Spotlight

It’s amazing what a major mood booster it is when we take the time to forget about our own troubles and appreciate the special people that surround us. When we express our gratitude for our lives and the people in it, everything gets a little brighter.

That’s the great thing about expressing gratitude—it not only helps others feel great, but it helps us feel great too. It’s like a boomerang of good vibes! What you give in this life always comes back to you in one way or another, so might as well give out good things, right?

So here’s our idea for a simple gift of gratitude that you can whip up for someone special: put together a mini book filled with positive vibes to send in their direction!

It’s a simple and beautiful way to show your gratitude for someone’s existence, and it will serve as a cherished reminder of your unwavering love and support when they hit the rough spots in life.

First, start with a Designer Creations Short Stack album. This album is equipped with 10 wire-bound 5″ x 7″ kraft pages and a beautifully designed printed hardcover that requires little to no embellishment, so your project can come together quickly without sacrificing style. Next, choose a certain someone in your life that you want to highlight and brainstorm reasons why you think they’re worth celebrating. Once you have a good collection of ideas, record them in the album through handwriting, typed notes, or photographs. Finish by embellishing with all your favorite trimmings, and you’re done! Easy, right?

Here are a few more ideas of things you might want to include:

So, who in your life deserves a little recognition? It’s time to bring them into the spotlight with a gift that will ultimately shed light on the both of you.

P.S. Did you love this album so much that now you want to make one exactly like it? We thought you would. 😉 Here’s the recipe!

Wishing You A Lifetime of Happiness Album
C1589 My Acrylix® Lifetime of Happiness, X7188B Snowhaven Paper Packet, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, X5771 Flaxen Cardstock, Z2033 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment, Z2128 Hollyhock Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2642 Flaxen Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker, Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment, Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

Cricut® Shapes:
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7″ <Env-13> (p. 49)
7″ <Liner-13> (p. 49)
7″ <Env-9> (p. 45)
7″ <Liner-9> (p. 45)

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