From Faith Planner to Faith Mini Album

Hello there all you super creative, fantastic people! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a cool new project using the Simple Stories Faith collection! I made this one for all you who love planning and all you who love scrapping too! I enjoy doing both...which is one of the reasons why I love Simple Stories so much! It has such wonderful papercrafting supplies for both the planner addict and the scrapbook lover in you!

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Recently, I came up with this idea to combine my planning and scrapping in a fun new way! I realized that after I finished playing in a planner with a certain theme or for a certain period of time, instead of just storing what I had put in the planner, I could instead take what I had done in my planner (the set up and decorations...all the planning, notes and writing) and incorporate that into a mini album!

It is so easy – you just take what you put in your Carpe Diem planner, transfer it over to a SN@P! album, add in some pocket pages and some photos, and voila!...you've completed a mini album!

I had so much fun creating this project! I decided that I wanted to document my faith in a special way. I chose to do something specifically for this time of year (for March and April because of Lent and Easter). I think this is a perfect time to reflect on one's faith and document it!

So this is what I decided to do – I thought I would plan out my March and April much like normal, but then add in all the cool stuff from the Carpe Diem Faith Insert Set. With the set, I documented things like my prayer list for the month, faith quotes that were inspiring me, etc. I used the cute notebook paper that comes in the set and used those to do some Bible journaling and to reflect on the mass readings from different days during Lent.

I love reading my Bible and it was cool to take notes on the different Gospel readings and things and really study them and explore what they meant to me!

I had fun with all the “nerdy” Bible studying that I did with my planner, but I also really had fun with the creative stuff like the decorating! I especially enjoyed making my cross dashboard! I used the SN@P! Pack  2x2 cards and the SN@P! pocket pages to make my cool dashboard.

This dashboard, and all my other goodies that I used to document my faith in March and April (for the Lent/Easter season), I then moved into my SN@P! 6x8 binder to create my cool “faith book” mini album.

I simply transferred things first, and then started adding in pictures and SN@P! pocket pages. I used the 6x8 paper pad and the SN@P! Pack and chipboard stickers and brads and other embellishments from the Faith collection to fill out my mini.

I love the look of the Carpe Diem planner dividers and notebook papers and things intermixed with all the large photo pages and photo pocket pages!

And I love the look of the calendar pages with the photo pocket pages!

I had fun putting my pocket pages together. I love that Sn@p gives you a range of different sized pockets to play with! I have a hard time sticking to just one or two sizes of pics...I want to use them all...I like a variety!

I also enjoyed adjusting some of the pocket pages to better fit my needs. It is so easy to do this...you just need some scissors and to do a bit of sewing with a strip of patterned paper along the edge (for the hole punching).

I love sewing little touches here and there inside my mini albums. I think it makes for a cuter more personal look.

I love my faith and I'm finding this such a fabulous idea for Lent – because I am not giving something up, but instead using my time to read my Bible more, reflect on what it means and the importance it holds in my life.

Alright well, I hope you enjoyed my cool Planner to Scrapbook Mini Album idea! Hopefully you now have some fun ideas on how to use your Faith collection.

And don't be afraid to mix in those planner goodies with those scrappy ones!

You can use this ideas for your faithbooking like I have (for a special project for Lent, Easter, or anytime of year really) or you could use it for other themed projects as well!

Hope I have inspired you today to put a little planning in your mini album...or a little mini album in your planning...see what I did there?   Anyways, have a great, happy scrappy day, a wonderful Easter and remember to, as I like to say, “live your life as a fairytale”...writing your own happily ever after one Simple Story at a time... Hey, see what I did there too? :-)

Happiness Layout and Project Life Page | Hip Kit Club

Hello everybody!  Today I want to share with you a couple of layouts that I did for my Project Life album. I like to mix traditional layouts with pocket pages in my Project Life album, so let's start by looking at the project life pocket page that I did to document a recent date night out with my hubby.

I wanted to include a lot of pictures in this pocket page, so I only used three of the exclusive project life cards that come in the Hip Kit Club July kit – two 3x4 cards and one 4x6. And on the 4x6 I actually added a few more small pictures, so that in total on my pocket page I would have six pictures.

I think using the project life cards that come in the kit as journaling cards for your project life or decorative pieces are great, but they also function as a great matting so you can add even more pictures to your pocket page layout. I had fun playing with all the embellishments in the kit, especially the exclusive goodies like the acrylic pieces, the puffy stickers, the flare, and the ephemera.

I think this pocket page layout came out really vibrant and fun for the summer, and I hope you like it, too.

I also want to share with you the traditional layout I did for my project life album.

Because it goes across from my pocket page, I wanted to coordinate the two. For this reason, I used a lot of the same kind of elements and embellishments on my layout as I did on my project life page.

For my layout I cut down one of the exclusive patterned papers in the July kit from 12x12 to 9x12 so it would be the same size as my pocket page. I used the pretty, pink polka dot paper designed by Kim Watson to be my background, and, with the Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith rainbow patterned paper, I layered and stitched a mat for my large, focal photo.

In the photo, my husband and I are pointing in different directions and being silly, so I utilized arrows from the ephemera pack that come in the main kit and the project life kit for July. I also used a bunch of fun-loving, silly words that I thought described that day – like “explore,” “laugh,” “happiness,” and “silly.”

For these I used a combination of puffy stickers, die-cut patterned paper, glitter thickers, exclusive thickers, and ephemera from the July kit. I hope you like my layouts and that I've inspired you to create a traditional layout and a coordinating pocket page layout, using the July Hip Kits, for your project life album!