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Happy Father’s Day! (Plus a Mini Book Tutorial)

I have been making so many fun things to help celebrate Dad’s Day :). I’m pretty sure there are veeeeery few Dads who visit here, but I do know of at least two (hi Dad and Chris!), so for those of you who ARE reading – I hope you are having a splendid Father’s Day!! Here are some tokens of appreciation for all the dads in my life :).

Here’s a page for my Dad, using the Dads Rule kit , by Shabby Miss Jenn.

Credits: Dads Rule, by Shabby Miss Jenn. Fonts: Weathered and Howie’s Stamps, by Fontologie, and 1942 Report.

And this is the card I made for him, using lots of goodies from

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I made this page in honor of my Father in Law, who I have known since high school, and who passed away shortly after Chris and I were married in 2003. His memory is still very much alive with us today!

Credits: Carousel kit, by Shabby Princess.

Hybrid Mini Book Tutorial

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ Instead of making a card for Chris this year, I created this hybrid mini album, using the Dads Rule quick album by Shabby Miss Jenn. I really love how she put all of these pages together, and I didn’t want to change a thing! I just added lots of photos of Gabe with his daddy, resized the pages down to 3″x3″ and printed them out on two sheets of matte photo paper. I also printed some elements from the Dads Rule kit for decorating the front of the album :). To make the pages, I just used 5 sheets of textured, self adhesive cardstock from a neutral Mat Stack (by DCWV). I cut them into 3.25″x6.5″ strips, folded them in half and stuck the adhesive sides together to make a little book. After I decorated the outside of the book, I used some of the leftover pieces of cardstock to make a little binding for the book. Then I used double sided tape to adhere the printed pages inside the mini book. Lastly, I sanded the edges of the covers, binding and all of the pages. Oh, and I also made the little card that comes with the Dads Rule quick album (not pictured).

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ

Hybrid Mini Album using Dads Rule Album by SMJ

 That’s all for now! Don’t forget to let the dads in your life know how much you appreciate them today :).


Shabby Princess Loveliness (and a freebie)!

Shabby Princess had a big new release for the third anniversary of her store recently, and I have LOVED playing with all of her beautiful new products! I can’t believe the Shabby Shoppe has been open for three years already!!!! I still remember loading my shopping cart to the brim when the store first opened (hehe). I’m still thrilled with each new release, and this one was no exception :)!

Full credits for all the projects below can be seen here.

Here are a few digital layouts using the new kits:
Using Damask & Dots (lovely, isn’t it?)

Love This Boy
Using Whisper with a template by Kissed Studio, plus two new Fontologie fonts.

Botanical Gardens
Using Bounce (SO CUTE) plus, you guessed it, another new Fontologie font :)!

But my favorite kit in the new release is TWIRL!!!!! I recently made a faithbook page with this kit (seen here). I also made a super fun hybrid card, but you will have to wait for another post to see that one (coming soon). In the meantime, here are a few more hybrid cards I made recently using some of my other Shabby Princess favorites!

New Home Card
I used the Olivia Kit, and embellished it with some Prima flowers :)!

Thanks Card

This one uses Olivia, Flea Market Chic and a non-digital paper from her Bo Bunny Line. Oh, and Prima flowers, of course :)! The cute oval frame is from Oriental Trading Company – love their scrappin’ stuff!

Thanks for stopping by! Here’s a free template for the card above :).

JG Card Template Preview

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Another Page in My Faithbook

Here’s my latest page! If you haven’t been following my faithbooking journey, you can get caught up right here, basically I’m making a faithbook based on a Beth Moore Bible study about the Psalms of Ascent. I was so happy about how quickly this page came together – it was fun creating with this beautiful kit by Shabby Princess :)!

Psalm 122

Also, I need to catch you up on my memory verse cards – I have still been making them, but I haven’t had time to post them in weeks. Still keeping to the theme of my faith as a journey, and also refreshing Bible verses that I’ve memorized in the past – in fact, this passage I’m memorizing now contains one of my all time favorite verses, which I think will be the close of the little mini book I’m making :).



(I just couldn’t resist adding the words to a wonderful old song we used to sing in the church I grew up in. I can’t think about this Bible verse without hearing the simple, beautiful melody. The ladies would start the song off, then the men would start in and we’d sing it in a round. I can still hear my mom and dad’s voices singing this…)


The cards were all made with these quick pages by SMJ and Dani Mogstad :).

That’s it for now. Hope you’re having a great week!

Peice-a-Cake Albums by Shabby Princess

Hybrid Scrapbook CoverDon’t you love that name – “Piece-a-Cake Albums“?? That’s what the quick albums by Shabby Princess are called, and it’s such a fitting name! The design work is already done with her gorgeous kits, you just add your photos and assemble a beautiful album :). I wanted to show you a hybrid album I made for my Mother-in-Law’s birthday recently. I was trying to decide if I should use an album that was mostly pink, since she’s a girl and likes pretty things, or use an album that was mostly blue – since the photos were all of my son, who’s a boy. I decided to do both, and I’m quite pleased with the result :)! I used the Modish Girl and Modish Boy albums together on alternating pages of the book – they coordinate perfectly to make an album that’s not too boyish for a girl to like and not to girly for boy pictures! Oh, and I just wanted to point out that I used flowers and jewels by Prima and Rub-ons by Making Memories to decorate the front of this album :). Want to see the inside?

Shabby Princess Piece-a-Cake Album

Shabby Princess Piece-a-Cake Album

Shabby Princess Piece-a-Cake Album

Shabby Princess Piece-a-Cake Album

I really enjoy designing my own pages, but sometimes it is so great to use these quick albums to make a hybrid book like this, because I know that they will all coordinate perfectly to make a beautiful book. Then I can focus on adding special touches to the hybrid part of it :).

OK, that’s all for now. I will have LOTS more Shabby Princess creations to share with you very soon, though :)!


More Faithbooking Progress

I’m really on a roll with my faithbooking lately! I am going back though the Beth Moore Bible study I told you about here and here, and making a faithbook page for each of the Psalms of Ascent. The pages will all have a Psalm, then the prayer written in my own words. I’m enjoying memorizing scripture so much, that I plan to keep choosing a new verse each week. I want to make sure the verses coincide with the faithbook pages in some way, because I want to keep a mini-book containing all of the Bible verse quick pages inside the faithbook. So, that’s how I decided on this week’s Bible verse – it seems to fit the theme of the Psalms of Ascent: the idea that my faith is a journey! I’ve memorized this passage before, but could use some refreshing ;).

No special tips for this one, just used a SMJ & Dani Mogstad quick page with a paper from the kit  :).

So here are of some of the recent faithbook pages. From now on, I will be posting them in order (since I’m finished with the study, and just going back through it from start to finish). Oh, and each one now has a title, because there was also an exercise in the study book to come up with one sentence describing what the Psalm means to me.  

Psalm 120

Layout Credits: Island Chic Kit, by Shabby Princess.

Psalm 121

Layout Credits: Smarshmallows Kit, by Shabby Princess.

Free Kit from Shabby Princess!

I finally got a chance to use the the latest free kit from Shabby Princess! Here’s a card I made for a sweet friend, using patterned papers from the kit :).
Thanks a Bunch Card

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I’m in loooooove with this beautiful kit, called the Promise Collection – can you believe she gives kits like this away for free?? Oh, and I love how pretty the site looks, since she decorated it to match the new kit :)! Perfect for spring :)!
Free Digital Scrapbooking Kit by Shabby Princess

New Projects with New Releases

There have been a couple of new releases from my favorite designers recently, so of course that means I have been busy creating!  Lots to see so let’s get right to it :).

Vintage Comfort by Heidi Williams of Weeds and Wildflowers at Prima Hybrid

Vintage Comfort

Here is another gorgeous collection by Heidi – it comes in sections or you can buy them as one set for a discounted price. I couldn’t stop making things with this, so I created a little set with it to send to a sweet friend of mine. The card and teabag fit inside the little purse.

Purse, Card and Teabag


Purse and Teabag

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Tips and Tricks

  • I dotted Crystal Effects on the beaded border to make it look more like real glass.
  • To make the purse handle I folded the flower chain ribbon over on itself and glued it together.
  • I printed on both sides of double sided matte photo paper to make the purse and card, so they are just as pretty on the inside (not shown).

I had a lot of fun pulling my stamps and ink out to use on these, but you could easily create the same look with digital stamps and ink too :).

the CAROUSEL collection by Shabby Princess

NOTE: The monograms below come free with the Carousel kit until Jan 29th!

Here’s what I made with this collection:

Teddy Bear’s Day Off

[ my Favorite things BADGE album ] by Shabby Princess

OK, now THIS is such a cool idea!!! I have not seen this anywhere else! These pre-made pages fit into the badge holders you can buy at office supplies stores. It was so quick and easy to put this together and I can’t wait to give this to my sweetie on Valentines day :)!!! Here’s mine:

Badge Album

Badge Album InsideWhenever I make a lunch for my hubby to bring to work, I tuck a little love note in there. Well, I recently found out that he has saved all of those little notes! So I typed all the notes out and included them in this adorable badge album along with some photos :).

Shabby Princess has lots of other great products in this release too, you should go check them out! She has everything you will need for your Valentine’s Day gifts and cards!! I LOVE all of the fun ways she has for presenting candy – the wrappers are just as much a gift as the actual candy :)! And of course there are more new fonts by Fontologie, including my favorite one so far called P.S. I Love You (as seen on the front of my Badge Album for the word “Love”). It’s so beautiful and I know I will be using it a lot in the future!

Homemade Christmas!

Wow, I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! This has been a wonderfully busy month for me. Each time I finished a new project I had another one to start right away, but it has been soooo fun and the result is tons of handmade gifts that will (hopefully) be enjoyed by my family members throughout 2008! I am way behind with my updates here, so I hope you don’t mind if I share lots of info in one big post – stick with me to see pics of all my projects at the end (unless you are related to me – then no peeking)!

Firstly, some news. Well, if you’re one of my regular readers you already know I have had some really awesome blessings this month - I added the Shabby Princess creative team and Shabby Miss Jenn guest creative team, which have kept me happily scrapping away and I did a few guest posts at the SMJ team blog. Well, the cool scrap-related happenings didn’t stop there! Here are some more super fantastic things that have happened this month:

  • I was a winner in the contest at pcLayers!!!!! I won first place in the advanced category - the prize is Photoshop CS3 PLUS a $50 gift certificate to pcLayers!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!!! P.S. Anyone want to teach me how to use PSCS3?
  • I had my first publication!! My Tin Album was in the December issue of the online publication, Digital Artist Magazine!! I was soooooo excited about that!!!
  • I have also been getting involved in a wonderful new magazine called Bella Scraps, I think it is going to be great and I can’t wait to see the first issue :)!
  • AND there is another BIG, SUPER EXCITING piece of news that I not allowed to share at this point. But let me tell you, it has revolutionized my scrap life!!! You are going to LOVE it!!!!! But you will just have to wait until 2008 for that one :).

OK, sorry about all of that blah blah blah :)!!! Now for all the projects I promised to share :)!

Shabby Princess CD Case Calendar

CD Case Calander

This CD case calendar is a perfect example of why I LOVE digital scrapbooking! Shabby Princess sells these beautiful pre-made calendars that are made to fit into regular CD cases (you can open the case and flip it backward to make this cute frame). It makes such a great gift – and it is quick and easy to put together. The pages are already made, you just add your favorite photos behind the template, place the dates (included with the kit) on top, print, and trim! I love that the dates come separately from the calendar pages too, so that I can reuse them in the future. I made three sets of these for gifts, and I’m totally thrilled with how they turned out! I’m going to have to make one for myself too :).

Shabby Princess Two-Page Wall Calendar

Shabby Princess 2 Page Calendar

This was actually my first time making a big two-page photo calendar like this. I have been thinking about it for a long time, but I was honestly a little intimidated by the task! But The Shabby Shoppe was to my rescue again with this wonderful pre-made one designed by Nicole (she is so talented, and designs so many of SP’s pre-made things)! The dates and month titles are included in the kit, so you can place them just the way you like them too. It was perfect that the pages are 8.5×11, because my printer can print borderless images in that size. So I just printed them on double-sided matte photo paper and had them spiral bound at my local Staples. Can you believe it only costs $3.20 to have this calendar spiral bound? And they include a clear cover, and your choice of backing too. I will definitely be making more of these in the future!

4×6 Calendars – created by me!

I bet by now you have started wondering if I got out of actually designing anything for all of these gifts! Well, not quite :). I loved the idea shared by Tricia Kennedy on the YOUR Ideas page so much that I adapted it to make several more gift calendars (THANKS Tricia)! I designed 12 4×6 calendar pages, using SP’s Painted Summer kit plus the dates from the CD Case Calendar kit. Then I just printed them borderless again (on 4×6 glossy photo paper). I made 5 sets of these and included a clear plastic desk frame and magnetic frame with the gift, so they could choose how to display them. I made one for myself too with my favorite pages from the different sets, and hung all the pages in a line above my desk so I can see all the photos for the whole year :)! Fun fun!

4×6 Calendars

Homemade Gift Wrap

I was so happy when I saw this idea for making wrapping paper on Kayla’s blog (BTW, if you don’t already know about The Legacy Lady, you need to check her out – she is FULL of great ideas)!! I never would have thought of using 12×18 paper from a sketch pad to print on. I bought a mead sketch pad at Wal-mart for a little over $5 and I was pleased to see that it has bright white paper which is acid and lignin free (not that that even matters for wrapping paper anyway)! So I used some Christmas-y supplies from Shabby Miss Jenn and Weeds and Wildflowers to design these papers and gift tags – easy peezy :)!!

Weeds and Wildflowers Gift Wrap

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SMJ Wrapping Paper

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So now you can see why I haven’t been posting much lately – LOL! But I hope to be back soon – I have lots more to share :). Hope you’re enjoying the season!!

Shabby Princess Gift Idea!

SALE at!!!

Well, if you haven’t already guessed it, I’m on a new creative team… for one of my all time favorites…..SHABBY PRINCESS!!! YAY!! I can’t tell you how beyond thrilled I am to be working for this incredibly talented (not to mention suuuuuuuper sweet) gal!!!!!! I have been having  a blast playing with her GORGEOUS new designs - all released TODAY :)!!!!!!! She is having a great sale at the Shoppe too, so run on over to check it out (she doesn’t have sales often, so you don’t want to miss this)!!!

Here are some of the things I made with the her latest designs:

Meeting Santa

Credits: Twas the Night kit, by Shabby Princess. Evergreen branches are by Pat Christensen. Font: Jane Austen.

Wonderful Winter

Credits: Winter Wonderland kit, by Shabby Princess. The title was made using a new font by fontologie called Empty Wrapper, also new at the Shabby Shoppe!

Here’s a GREAT Stocking-Stuffer Idea!!!

Altoids Tin Album

Altoids Tin Album

Altoids Tin Album

I just LOVE this idea… I mini accordion album you can make that fits perfectly inside an empty Altoids tin! Shabby Princess has some of these pre-made album templates (created by Nicole, using SP designs) available in the shoppe. They are so easy to put together too - the digital part is practically done for you, all you need to do is add your photos (and a little text if you want). Then you print it out and follow the step-by-step instructions (included with the album) to make this sweet little project! I made this one for Chris to keep at work – he’s a proud daddy :)!! And here’s another neat thing that makes this a great gift idea, the Altoids tin is the PERFECT size box to put a gift card in, so you could slip one in there under your little album, how cool is that?

Tips and Tricks

  • I recommend printing out your album pages the night before you assemble the album. That way they will have time to dry before you start handling them.
  • I was too impatient to paint the top and bottom parts of the tin separately, so I painted the whole thing at one time and placed it open, and upside down, on top of my Mod Podge bottle to dry (the wide lid fit perfectly inside the tin to keep it from falling off).
  • There are lots of other ways to store/display this cute little album, even if you don’t have an Altoids tin on hand. Keep an eye out for some creative ideas soon to be appearing in the Shabby Artist Gallery – I especially love the magnet album idea!

Wondering what Altoids are? See the comments section of this post :)!

A Season for Giving

Hybrid Gift BoxAs Thanksgiving approaches, I am flooded with feelings of gratitude toward God for all that he has blessed me and my family with. My heart and life are so full that they just have to spill out into the lives of others! Pretty soon I will start my Christmas gift and card making frenzy which, as always, will continue right up until the last minute :). But first I wanted to make something for someone who won’t be getting too much else for Christmas this year, and who really needs some of that extra love and blessing spilling out of my life! My husband and I have been participating in Operation Christmas Child every year since we’ve been married. Usually, we do two boxes, I fill one for a girl and he does one for a boy (instead, this year he’s buying gifts for a local child in need). We usually just buy plastic boxes to fill, but this year I decided to use a shoebox and decorate it with scraps of beautiful Shabby Princess papers. I hope the little girl who receives my gift will enjoy the box as much as its contents :)!

Hybrid Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child

This was such a simple project to do, and it was totally free, because I just used what I had on hand in my scrap room :)! The end result is a pretty box that will be perfect for holding the treasures of the little girl who receives it.

Hybrid Gift Box 2Supplies

  • Shoebox
  • Scraps of decorative paper
  • Mod Podge & foam brush
  • Ribbon & cord
  • Glue gun & glue

Step 1) Make sure that your shoebox is clean, the paper might not stick well if it is too dusty. Before you start, make a plan for how you will cover the box. This way you can make sure you have enough to cover the whole box and you will have a good idea what the finished box is going to look like.

Step 2) Next, lay out your pieces of paper, face down, in the order that you want to adhere them to the box. One at a time, paint the backs with Mod Podge, using a small foam brush, and place them on the box, smoothing them with your finger to remove any bubbles or wrinkles. The type of Mod Podge you use depends on your preference, I used glossy.

Step 3) When the box is completely covered, let it dry. Then cover the entire box with another coat of Mod Podge. It will look milky white at first, but it dries totally clear.

Step 4) Once everything is dry, attach ribbon around the outside of the box lid using hot glue. I also attached a cord on the inside of the box, to hide the seams at the bottom.

Hybrid Gift Box 3Tips and Tricks:

Don’t toss out those catalogs you’re always getting in the mail, they are perfect for this project! Open up the catalogue, and place the paper strips to be painted with Mod Podge face down on the pages. This will protect your table from getting covered with glue, and when you need a new clean surface, simply turn the page :)!

Also: it is not totally random that I have lots of coordinating Shabby Princess scrap paper around – I planned it that way! Every time I print photos or digital scrapbook pages, I open them in Photoshop and place them on a 8.5×11 document (or 13×19 if I’m printing a 12×12 page).  If there are any blank portions of the page, I fill those areas with my favorite digital scrapbook papers. This way, when I cut out my photos, I have pretty paper pieces left instead of trash that would otherwise have gone to waste :)! 

That’s it! The project doesn’t take long to do at all, because Mod Podge dries really fast, I did the whole thing a little at a time yesterday afternoon. Even if you don’t have time to decorate a box, I hope you’ll consider donating a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child this week, there are collection posts set up all over the US which will be collecting boxes until Monday (November 19th).


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