Friday, September 13, 2013

Weekend Whimsy with Simple Stories and Kiwi Lane Designs

Please head over to the Kiwi Lane Designs blog to check out my Weekend Whimsy projects. I used the Simple Stories December Documented collection along with my Kiwi Lane Designs templates to make an altered cookie sheet chalkboard and a mini album. I had so much fun making these projects, I hope you will check them out. Also be sure to visit the Kiwi Lane Facebook and Simple Stories Facebook pages for more inspiration and ideas.


Pocket Mini Album

This book is so simple and the perfect project to make on a crafty Saturday or Sunday. The dimensions of my album were 4x6 but you can easily make it larger just but using wider paper. To make this book you will need 12x12 cardstock - 1 sheet for the cover, 1 sheet for the back, and a sheet for each page you want to include in the album.

Making the pages - Cut your paper 8"W x 12" L - (these will be your front and back cover pages and any pages you that you DON'T want to have a pocket.) Score your paper along the 8" width at 4" then turn your paper and score it at the 6" mark along your 12" side. Glue each fold together, Be sure to use a bone folder to make things flat and  well adhered. Now you should have a 4x6 rectangle that is very sturdy because it is 4 layers thick. Repeat as desired.

Making pocket pages - Cut your paper 8" W x 10" L. Score your paper along the 8" width at 4" then turn your paper and score it at the 6" mark along your 10" side. Fold the paper in half so that you have a 4"x10" page and then glue it together. Next use a strong adhesive like ScorTape or Red Line tape and tape alone each side of the 6" fold to create a pocket. (One side of your page will be a pocket, the other will be solid.) Repeat as desired.

Binding - I simply punched two holes in each page (I used my Binderie punch), put  an eyelet in each hole and held it together with binder rings - like the ones that come with the Kiwi Lane Templates. (Coil binding with a Bind It All or Cinch would work well, also binding it would ribbon would work too) Note: You can either decorate your pages first then punch the holes, or punch the holes then decorate, just remember that holes will be on each page as you create your design.

Decorating the pages - I used a combo of my templates (Sunnybrook Lane, Tiny Shapes, Tiny Tags, Journey, Tiny Brackets, Tiny Accents) elements from the papers, embellishments that matched the collection, and a few items from my stash to decorate my mini. The tags for the pockets were made with the Tags templates set...they fit in the pockets really well. 

My husband has gotten into Instagram thanks to our nieces and he can use this book for pictures he takes during the holidays. It is the perfect size for small 2" or 3" square photos.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sympathy Cards

I am so glad I bought the Anna Griffin card kit. It has made it fast and easy to create adult cards when I need them.

I had to make two sympathy cards for my mom over the weekend and my kit and some other AG items from my stash pulled it all together. I am especially loving the Anna Griffin embossing folders.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Blog Hop Time with Kiwi Lane Designs

Welcome to my blog and my last blog hop as a Kiwi Lane Designs team member. It has been a great nine months creating stuff and sharing my love of these awesome templates. They totally changed the way I craft, and I am so thankful I found them.

Okay so let's get down to business. Today I am sharing three layouts with you made with templates - from quick and simple to more elaborate. I want you all to see that no matter your scrapping style these templates can work for you. I used the RINGS template on all three layouts so you can see how one template can be used in different ways.

My first layout is super simple. I used components from a kit club I subscribed to and was able to make a nice quick and easy page that still made my photos pop. The circles on this layout were made using the interior of the  RINGS template set. I used them on the top and bottom to "frame" my photos.

(Templates used: Mini Aspen Court; Rings; Tiny Shapes)

My second layout is a fairly simple design as well, but I did a little more detail work. I used a pen to make dots around the flower template (TINY ACCENTS) and around the tag template (TINY TAGS) as well as a few dots on the border. On this layout I used the RINGS2 template with watercolor paper that I misted for a bold spot of color. I love how this layout turned out, but I have yet to decide what photo to use...everyone says it reminds them of a baby layout. Maybe I will gift this into a page for my friend who has a new baby.

(Templates used: Rings; Brackets; Tiny Accents; Scallops, Strips, Tiny Tags)

Finally in my last layout I went all out vintage style (which I love). I had so much fun creating this layout with all the details and embellishments, and my templates made it come together so easily. If you look at the bottom of the flower cluster you will see a sparkly bit of the RINGS2 template peeking out. Again I used it to add color interest to my page.

(Templates used: Rings; Scallops; Strips; Clara Lane; Tags; Tiny Tags)

Thank you so much for joining me. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway. Kiwi Lane Designs is giving away some awesome Simple Stories stuff to a lucky winner. Good Luck!'


  1. Kiwi Lane
  2. Staci Jones
  3. Tammy Smith
  4. Erin Colby:
  5. Deborah Johnson
  6. Kristy Mackeen:
  7. Scrappin' Madge-
  8. Claire Heartburn
  9. Leslie Prinkki
  10. Melissa Dehne
  11. Charissa Miller
  12. Roselyn Riley - YOU ARE HERE!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Using Project Life kits to make cards

Lately I have noticed I am loving my Studio Calico project life kits more than the main. And what makes it crazy is that I don't even do Project Life. I use my PL kits as layers and embellishments on my pages.

Today I had a light bulb moment and realized these kits are perfect for card making too. So I pulled out my kiwi lane designs templates (adorn, tiny florals, tiny accents, tiny tags) and a few PL kits and made a quick card. I even used the wording on a 3x4 card for the sentiment.