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Charleston – A Few Days in February around the Palmetto State

We’ve been sleeping early the last two weeks and in between the every press of working and family time, I’ve managed to complete a minibook of our recent trip to Charleston. This post is extremely picture heavy because I love finding inspiration from other memory keepers when I work on my travel minibooks. You’ve been forewarned. ūüôā

Some notes about the making of this album:

* I used my new We R Memory Keepers Fuse tool many times to add waterfall sleeves, create sequin and ephemera see through pockets, to create a specialized sleeve protector… you get the point. I’m still getting the hang of the tool and so some of my lines aren’t the straightest — just want everyone to know that that is the result of user error and no fault of the tool!

* Kelly Purkey’s Travelogue Kit was awesome, particularly the stamps. So easy to create a customized 3×4 with the stamps because they’re sized just right!

* Yes – we ate a lot of food. ūüôā

Hope you enjoy!


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Italy Summer Vacation Mini Travel Book

I just put the finishing touches on a minibook of our 11-day trip to Italy in May. Below are most of the supplies I used sans a few things like pens, sticker embellishments, and my hole punch; I also used my Canon Selphy to print out some of the photos towards the end after we got home. Everything fit into a 0.75 gallon ziplock bag which was super handy throughout the trip. It was so convenient to spread everything out and put it back in the bag that I even scrapped on the train!

I also brought my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

I also brought my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

Some notes for others planning to scrap on holiday.

  • I used two¬†6×6 acetate sheets that I bought off of ebay for the covers. The rings are 1.5 inches in diameter.¬†The pink hole punch/brad attacher from WE R Memory Keepers made it easy to punch holes through the sheets.
  • I stored all my memorabilia in a slim pouch that was tucked into my backpack. Making sure that everything was stored carefully in order made assembling the book very easy.
  • Editing images to overcome the blown out look of the instax printer photos was a breeze with Snapseed. The “Ambience” setting led to some awesome print outs.
  • I love the instax printer. Although¬†I wasn’t able to¬†finish my travel album during the trip, I was able to capture highlights and little details. Best part of the printer is the sharing aspect. I was scrapping on the train from Rome to Florence and the ticket guy asked me to photography and print out pictures for his best friend.¬†Although i don’t understand much Italian, I think he really liked the device because he came back and posed with another buddy. ūüôā
  • Put everything back in the bag when you’re done in the evening so you stay organized and don’t lose anything!

This post is pic heavy. Hope you enjoy!


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Bookbinding and My Homemade Mini Album Kit


I’ve been on the hunt for all different sorts of mini albums, trying to figure out what’s going to work best for capturing memories for an upcoming dream vacation to Italy. After my Miami Girls’ Trip mini book,¬†A few weeks ago, I saw this lovely blog post and super easy video tutorial on Heidi Swapp’s blog on how to create my own mini album. The blog called this binding method Back-to-Back and I love how it turned out. (Now if only I knew how to take nicer pictures!)


The spine of the mini album was about .5 inches. I used some 12×12 paper from my Maggie Holmes’ paper pad. I have a tendency to hoard my 12×12 papers – it always seem so wasteful to cut them up for Project life or greeting cards so it was nice to use them in something productive!

Although I buy a lot of supplies with an ivory undertone, for the most part, my projects definitely veer more white than ivory. After some fits and starts trying to figure out what would match, I decided to¬†“shop” my supplies and pull together anything that matched the same colors and tones found in the papers.¬†
IMG_0050I really like using this method to establish a color palette for my project. My favorite part was misting the doily with the Mister Huey’s Mint Julep, which looked awesome. Of course – doltish me – I don’t have any pictures from the final product because I made the mini album at a bridal shower. I had all the guests write little notes for the bride-to-be and then printed pictures using my Pogo Polaroid printer. It was fun and cute. I wish I had taken a picture of the cover!


I loved making this album, although everyone laughed at me for 1) creating an album for such a short trip and 2) scrapping while on vacation. However, using my pogo printer and a hole punch, it was super easy and I love this little book.

Mini Books are awesome

We adopted our dog Domo about a month ago from a relative. He’s brought so much joy to our lives that I wanted to find a meaningful way to thank them.

Enter Amy Tangerine’s mini book. I bought the “Hug Life” book. I’m new to all this so I’m not entirely sure but the mini book seems designed as an easy base for embellishments, photos, and journaling. The papers inside all have different weights which I have begun to pay attention to because my Hero Arts shadow inks definitely sink into paper. Though I wouldn’t expect the shadow inks to provide the crispness of Stazon or Versamark, the edges of the stamps using the shadow ink were very fuzzy and indistinct. Some of the pages were a little crinkled, particularly the scalloped half square and the yellow graph paper with a typewriter, but I think it just adds to the whole aesthetic.

I’ve seen these on the shelves at Joann’s for months now and didn’t think much of the format. But after getting some 8.5×11 scrapbooking experience under my belt, the mini book seemed the cutest and most achievable way for me to show that we appreciate and love Domo dearly. I love this book so much I want one for myself now. I guess I’ll just have to settle for pictures and the real thing :).

Lots of pictures below.

The caption on the second to last page references my 2012 vision board (not 2011 – I corrected it). Essentially, in January of this year, I chose pictures to reflect an aspiration for more warmth, innocence, and nesting. I put pictures of dogs on my board never thinking that we’d actually adopt a dog. Yet… here we are. The power of intention is mysterious and strong. Thank you universe.

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