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Key West: Mini Book

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Of course I had to create a mini book for Key West.
I painted the front and back of the book (made of chipboard).

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The first page is a label with the dates we were there with a chipboard sun.
I added the flowered paper to both inner sides of the cover.
I took my Polaroid camera this trip and I’m really glad I did.
I saved a ton of different things from the trip to add to my book.
The “FLL” tab is from our luggage and I grabbed a business card from our resort.

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The book is pretty simple.
I used different sized photos throughout and labels for some journaling.

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Along with business cards and whatnot I got some post cards too.
I used a few of the chipboard suns/flowers etc throughout this book.

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One the left is a photo that is 8×5 and I just cut it in half.
On the right I made a small tag and added photos to each side of it and a ribbon.

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I saved brochures from different activities we did.

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I cut up the brochure for our ghost tour so I could add it to the book.
I also kept our stickers/tickets.

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I also cut up the snorkeling brochure.
The pink paper is just a fun transparency I added in.

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More Polaroids! I love them and I enjoyed using my camera.

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The last page is a post card and some final journaling.

I may go back and add more to this book-more details-but for now I’m happy with it and it’s
sitting on our bookshelf in our living room with the rest of my books.

Memory Jar

I wanted to think of a cool name for this, I couldn’t think of one so I’m calling it a memory jar. 

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These are just rocks, coral and seashells that we collected at Key West.
The beaches were really rocky compared to others we’ve been to and there weren’t that many shells.

I got the jar from Target in their fabulous “junk section” that is up front.
It was only $1! (and I grabbed a few more for other projects)

I just added a tag to label it and ta-da!

It’s sitting on our bookshelf in the living room with our Key West photo.

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Polaroid Photo Album

So I have a Polaroid camera. I’ve mentioned it before in this post.

I usually use my Polaroid photos in my mini books or other crafts, but I didn’t know what to do with my ‘extra’ ones. So I grabbed an
album I already had sitting around and decided to store them there.

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I added some fun scrapbook paper to the pages instead of the white that it came with and I simply adhered the photos to the paper. It’s nothing great or anything to brag about but I’m glad I finally have a place for them and hopefully it’ll give me the motivation to take more photos with it! (I’m still getting over the worry of spending $1 per photo and not knowing how it’s going to turn out!)

Horrible photos I know. But I’m glad I finally got somewhere for my Polaroids!

pom poms

These were a little experiment.
My mother wants to decorate a wedding shower that we’re throwing with these.

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It was a little more difficult than it looks.
There is a lot of fluffing involved.

The more tissue paper sheets you use the thicker the pom pom.

I forget how many I used for the yellow but it less than the rainbow one which was eight.
1. line up the tissue paper and fold them like an accordion.
2. take string or wire and tie it in the middle of the tissue paper.
3. If you like, you can curve the edges of the paper or cut them into points.
(it looks better than leaving them)

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4. pull the tissue papers open like a fan.
5. pull the tissue papers apart one at a time, carefully.

And then do a ton of fluffing until it looks the way you want it.
Just tie a long string or wire or whatever you like in the middle to hang them with.
When I hung them up I made sure the best looking side was facing out.
These were just a bit of practice but I’m probably going to use them as decorations for my small birthday get together.

(sorry for the crappy photos – phone camera)

Wedding Wednesday: engagement mini book

I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before.
I have a wedding planning book that my mom got me that I am using and will keep forever
but I also wanted to document the process somehow.

So of course I went with a mini book!

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I covered the chip board covers with scrap book paper
and used a label to name the book.

The rings I have are way too big (I need to up my supplies).

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I went back to put all the events in order.
So the first page has photos of Danny and I from the day of.
And then some photos of the ring.
The ‘magic’ is a rubber stamp and the arrow is a decorative chip board piece.

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I added the stamps – which were the fist purchase for the wedding – and journaling about them.
I’m really excited to continue this book. I have a few more ideas to catch up on.
I think this is a great thing that I can show my children and look back on years from now.

Just as a reminder my idea for mini-books comes from Elise Blaha Cripe

yarn jars

Okay, so they’re not actually jars. They’re the glass from a chandelier. I broke one of them so now there’s no enough for the lamp so I figured I’d reuse them for something else. I’ve seen this done with twine and yarn. I went with yarn because that’s what I had. It was a bit more difficult than it looks and my first one didn’t turn out as awesome as I had hoped. I covered the glass with mod-podge and wrapped the yarn around. I waited for the mod-podge to dry before I touched it or moved it around.

The second one I made I decided to not go as far up with the yarn.
That wavy-ness at the top made it a bit difficult.

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So now the black and white one is a pen holder at work for me and I plan
on making one more with the yarn at the same height as the purple one.

The End of December Daily

13. Just a typical day.
I used card stock and a chip board embellishment along with a
journaling card from the midnight kit of Project Life.

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14. Lots of errands with Danny.
We ended up snowed in that evening, but him and Annabel enjoyed the snow together.
Chip board numbers and a free printable were used on card stock.
The back was a simple white so I added red washi tape.

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15. Normal day of grocery shopping and hanging out at home
with football and fantasy football.
And the first hot chocolate with candy canes of the season!
I used scrap book paper, stickers for the date and a free printable I found online.

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16. My grandmother passed away.
I’m glad she is no longer in pain.
Used card stock paper to journal and added a heart embellishment.

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17. Another typical day. But Danny and I are no longer working first shift together.
He went back to anywhere from 10 hour to 13 hour night shifts.
Super simple layout. I used scrap book paper and a date stamp.

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18. Just a little spread for one week until Christmas.
I used chipboard letters for the ‘one week’ and a free printable
I found online to journal.
The joy sticker I found in a clearance bin at the craft store.

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19. Lots of playing with Annabel.
They love playing with sheets.
Danny wraps her up or covers her up in them and she loves attacking them.
For this day I used stickers for the date and simply punched a hole in the picture and backed
it with decorative scrap book paper.
The small silver heart was cut out from decorative paper.

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20. My grandmother’s calling hours.
21. My grandmother’s funeral. It was very nice she would be happy.
It was good to see so many people there to celebrate her life.
I used card stock and a heart embellishment.
The card I used for writing comes from the midnight kit of Project Life.

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22. Spent the day with family.
Scrap book paper and stickers for the numbers.
I cut the cloud from a midnight kit card from Project Life.

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23. Typical day.
Decorative chipboard piece and stickers for the date.

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24. Short day at work. Danny and I exchanged gifts and stockings.
Annabel got her gift as well that she ripped up very quickly.
We watched A Christmas Story and drank hot chocolate that night.
Double sided lay out with chip board letters and a card from
the midnight kit of Project Life.

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25. We went to my parents’ house first thing in the morning then to my grandparents’
and the to Danny’s family.
I used chipboard letters and scrap book paper.

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I did enjoy this craft but it was a bit hard to continue once everything with my
grandma happened. But I’m glad I finished it and I may try it
again next year depending on what’s going on next year.

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