Thursday, June 22, 2017

Secret Garden $100.00

This is the most beautiful paper I have seen in a long time (except Christmas paper of course) I purchased this paper a while ago but had a hard time using it because I wanted just the perfect album to make out of it. This is it, this is the album. I got this idea from LMs Crafty Creations on you tube. She is brilliant and a gift to the You Tube scrapbooking world.  Here is a link to her channel.

The paper I used for this creation is Graphic 45’s Secret Garden collection.  It holds enough photos for any occasion you like.  The album is for sale at $100.00
Here is the cover. I left it plain because this paper does not need frills and bling. Its beautiful all by itself. I did put glossy accent on the key and the flower centers at the bottom. Just to add texture and make them pop a little.

When you open the book, it folds open on both sides of the album. The purple cards on the top and bottom open to reveal more space for photos or journaling. They close shut with magnets. 

Then you open it again and you have the pink flaps. The outside flaps open to the right and the inside flaps open to the left.

Inside you will find purple flower paper with pockets to store more memorabilia, photos or to journal notes on. There are little booklets with adorable cards on them and plenty of tags.

Close the sides and open from the center again and you will have green flowers and a vertical belly band on each page in the center and pockets on the sides. Your photos can slide underneath the belly band and it holds them in place. The pockets are filled with more little booklets and journaling cards.

On the same page, the green flowered paper flips up on both sides to reveal a beautiful paper that is filled with words of antique gardens like; seed and grow. The yellow flowers sticker is mounted on card stock and punched out with my scallop punch. The side pockets are journaling cards I mounted on card stock (not from the collection) and made pockets out of them. 

This picture is the other side of the album opening the pink flower pages to the left and to the right. It reveals the purple flower paper just like the left side.

Close that all up and open the inside next page to pretty blue paper. Each side has a horizontal belly band that will hold your photos and these two pages flip up. In the center are two built in booklets with magnetic closure.

Flip up the side papers and there are gorgeous pink flowers. More pockets with little booklets. I left the top part white so if someone wanted to journal or use a 5x7 photo it would be blank. The Secret Garden on the pockets are stickers from the collection put on card stock and placed on the paper.

When you open the inside blue pages, it becomes a brilliant yellow paper full of happy flowers and room for some serious photo collage or memorabilia

One more time and it is this wonderful bird cages and blue birds…. the greenery pops off the page. Its gorgeous. 

The last pages open to the Secret Garden once again. I could not pick the pages I like best in this book. The whole book is wonderful and beautiful. If you interested in this book please email me at or leave me a comment. 

Thank you for looking!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Single Page Memories

I decided I wanted to scrapbook a few pages of Christmas and Winter past. Looking out the kitchen window at mom & dads, you see the beautiful winter wonderland and one bright red cardinal perched on the bush. I think that’s a lilac tree but I do not remember. I thought it was so exciting that Carta Bella made a paper that accented that beautiful bird. I also added stickles to the birds to make them pop off the paper. Then I added rhinestones in the trees to make them sparkle.

This page was fun to create because floods of memories came rushing back from my childhood. I was 13 and my sister Melanie was 6. I remember the hat and mittens because I think I wore them every year until they wore out. The dog in the picture was Dolly. I loved her so much. She ran away one year while dad took her hunting. She never came back. This is the same paper pack as the last photo Snow Fun by Carta Bella. I added some red sequins with rhinestones on them and some red pearls at the top. The snowflakes, border, puppy and title came from the sticker pack and the chipboard pieces.

This photo is my home growing up. Isn’t it a peaceful looking picture? This paper I purchased at Hobby Lobby. It is The Paper Studio Winter Wonder Page Kit. The trees are chipboard and the title is from the sticker pack. The word “Peace” is a wood veneer that I painted white and covered in glossy accent. Then I added blue sequence and it was finished. So simple and so peaceful

This layout was the first one I made yesterday. The black and white photos of our home back in 1958 went great with the gold glitter paper and the reindeer from Pink Paislee Snow Village scrapbook kit. The title, deer and bling are all from my stash. The snow on the reindeer hooves is glitter snow but…it doesn’t look like it (disappointing but we learn from our mistakes)

The last photo here was one of my most favorite things. Being outside…sliding at George Street Park or sometimes ice skating. I remember that bulky cream-colored sweater I had. I wore it under the red vest and was toasty warm no matter how long I was outside. Then came the face wash. I am quite sure I was being sassy about something. Elizabeth Buffington and Kathleen Bednarski were the “enemy” (tee hee) At the bottom of the layout is my little sister Melanie and her orange saucer for sledding down that big hill. I can also see Renee Spear in the picture. Good times, great friends and wonderful, wonderful memories. This paper is from the paper pack called American Crafts The Color of Memories. The chipboard pieces and the snowman are from the Snow Fun Carta Bella ephemera. I added stickles to the snowman and rhinestones around him.  

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