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? :-)

Sunday Sketch: "Beautiful Good Day" Layout | Citrus Twist

Hi all! It's Andrea here and today I will be showing you another take on the Sunday Sketch! Now that you have seen Suse's beautiful 12x12, I thought I would share with you an 8 1/2 x11 alternative! I'm using the same adorable November Citrus Twist kit and the same awesome sketch, but for a differnent size layout and to tell a different story. That is what is so great about sketches, you can use them to suit whatever your scrapbooking needs are! And that's what is so great about this month's kit...it is so versatile!

Lets get started, shall we? First, take another look at the sketch:

Even though the sketch is originally laid out in 12x12 form, an 8 1/2 x11 can be easily adapted from the same basic plan. For my layout, I used some white 8 1/2 x11 cardstock as my background and built up from there, layering up some of the pretty floral Maggie Holmes Gather patterned paper from the kit and some of the Reset Girl for Simple Stories library cards behind my photos.

On one library card, I added some stamping using the exclusive stamp set from this month.

One notable difference is that I used an additional photo in my layout than is originally called for with the sketch. I can get away with the additional photo without throwing off the balance of the layout by using one large focal photo and then three much smaller photos that help tell my fall story more fully.

I used tags behind each of the three smaller photos that take up the space of the three horizontal rectangles lined up down the right side of the sketch. This was inspired by the tag at the top of the sketch.

For the border that is called for in the sketch, I used pen to draw a kind of diagram around my layout, leading from the title at the top "Beautiful Good Day" (made from the Amy Tan thickers and one of the exclusive stickers from the kit) around the whole page, drawing your eye from photo to photo, and then back up to the sentence beneath the title - "this was such a special day with you".

For some special fall touches to my page that help tell my story, I added some leaf shapes. I used some of the pretty black and white Simple Stories patterned paper from the kit and a leaf cutfile I designed, at the top of the page, and then one of the beautiful gold leaf paperclips from the Sprinkles kit, at the bottom of the page.

I hope you enjoyed this look at an alternate 8 1/2 x11 take on today's Sunday Sketch! I really loved this beautiful Fall day out in October with my hubby and I hope you are having lots of special Fall moments with your loved ones!

P.S. Remember to play along with the challenge by posting your Sunday Sketch inspired layout to the Citrus Twist Gallery with today's date (11/20) in the title. You could win a gift certificate for $5 to the Citrus Twist store! Yay! Can't wait to see what you guys make!

xoxoxoxox -- Andrea

A Bubbly Layout | Hip Kit Club

Hi Everyone! It’s Andrea and today I want to share with you a layout that I did using the June Hip Kit Club kits…about a night out at the movies! My husband and I went to see the movie, “Finding Dory”, recently and we had fun taking some silly photos. The movie was super cute and funny! I love Disney movies! Anyways, since the movie was about a silly fish, I thought Ryan and I should pretend to be silly fishes and take some pics! I love this pic of us with our fish faces! And I wanted to scrapbook it right away.

I think the June Hip Kits are perfect for scrapbooking this picture because it has a fun, colorful, beachy feel to it. I used some pretty light aqua Simple Stories patterned paper with multi-colored plus signs all over it as the background for my layout. I wanted to really create a kind of underwater feel for my layout so I punched a bunch of circles out of different colored patterned papers from the Main Hip Kit (especially the Pink Paislee Fancy Free paper that is like a bunch of patterned papers in one) and I scattered them all over the page. I think they look like bubbles on the page which is cool!

I set the pic of us in the middle, surrounded by “the bubbles” and I stitched on some of the bubbles just to make them pop a little more and to add some texture.

I used the word “laughter” from the exclusive ephemera pack, an ampersand from the June cutfiles (which I got to design, yay), and I used the light blue, metallic alpha stickers to spell out silliness, and I added two more little ephemera words from the exclusive pack that say “with” and “you”…all together they make the title for my layout, which is “laughter and silliness with you”. That is exactly how that moment with my hubby felt and I just really wanted to document it with lots of bright color and “bubbly” fun!

I hope you like my layout and that it has inspired you to take some silly pics with your loved ones and document them with pretty bright colors and patterns like those in the June Hip Kits!

A Mini That's a Day at the Beach | Hip Kit Club

Hello, It’s Andrea, and today I want to share with you this mini album that I made, using the June Hip Kit Club kits, to document a trip to Coronado Island and a lovely day at the beach! Every year we try to go to Coronado Island, right off the coast of San Diego, California, to lay on the beautiful shore there in front of the gorgeous Victorian Hotel del Coronado and go swimming! This has become a bit of a summer tradition for us and I love it!

We haven’t been able to go yet this summer but I know we will soon and while I wait for my day at the Beach, I thought I would make a cute and simple mini album to document our trip there last year. It was a fun way to both dream about my upcoming visit to the beach, and to reminisce about last summer.

Now, when I call the mini “simple”, I certainly don’t mean boring…I wanted to make something that would be bold and beautiful, vibrant and filled with color and summer style but that would be small and fairly quick and easy to make. I chose to make the mini 5 5/8 by 5 1/8 (with all the pages that size) so that the process of making it would be uncomplicated and could go smoother and faster.

However, I did decided to spend a little bit more time on making this mini a bit more special and one of a kind by  creating a few hand-painted patterned pages to go in the album. I used the white cardstock from the Cardstock add on kit and painted them with some Goauche paint.

For the rest of my mini album, I simply cut down all the pattern papers from the kit, used a transparency with a vellum picture for the cover, a piece of thin chipboard from some of the packaging in the kit (the blue and white striped one from the exclusive puffy stickers) for the back, and I bound them all together using my cinch to make my mini album. Oh, I also included some full page pictures in there too (also 5 5/8 by 5 1/8).

Once everything was cinched together, I decorated all my pages. I used different embellishments from the June main kit and embellishment kit…the exclusive pieces, the wood veneers from Jilibean Soup, the buttons from Pink Paislee Fancy Free, the ephemera pack from Becky Higgins Project Life, the metal buttons from Simple Stories, etc..

I made little layouts on the patterned paper pages using small, 3×4 and 3×3 pictures plus the embellishments. I also embellished some of the big picture pages. I also used the June Hip kit die cuts to decorate my album (the ones I designed :-) )!

And to put my own special touch on the mini, I did some stitching and added in some vintage ephemera pieces from Coronado Island (vintage beach pics, a vintage mermaid, vintage postcards, a map of Coronado Island, etc).

I think the mini came out so cute and colorful and it didn’t take to long to make…plus making it was so much fun, it was like a day at the beach documenting my day at the beach!

I hope I have inspired you to make such a mini to document your summer days at the beach too!

There is a Light... | Hip Kit Club

Hi Everyone! It is Andrea again and I am so excited to share with you my latest layout called “there is a light”. For this layout I really wanted to have fun with color and use it in some new and clever ways. I thought that the May Hip Kits would be perfect for a really colorful layout so I pulled together some of my favorite things in the kit and started working on my layout. I normally start my layouts with a piece of patterned paper but this time I wanted to try something different so that I might be able to use color in some ways that I haven’t before.

For this layout, I decided to use white cardstock for the background because I thought it would be fun to do some painting! I started by spraying the white paper with some blue and yellow mists (which were actually from the April Color Add on kit). I then got out my Gouache paints. I love using these paints because you can combine them with water for a more watercolor effect or leave them thick for a more acrylic look. I decided I wanted to have fun with some script so I used a thin paintbrush and painted out these words…”there is a light that shines ever brighter in the darkness”.  It is something that I truly believe and that I often say. I wrote it down once a long time ago when I was alone in a dark hospital room and I noticed that there was just a tiny bit of light shining in from the hallway and despite being small it filled me with hope that I was not alone. This thought gave me great comfort and I realized that such a light is not just one that comes from without, but within too. I feel like through adversity, we all have within us a light that has the potential to grow brighter and brighter despite the hardships we face. I wanted this layout to express that and I wanted it to have a lot of color because it is in the light that we get to see all the colors of this world.

After I wrote out my script, I layered some scrappy goodies from the kits together under my photograph. I combined some of the exclusive patterned paper with a journal card from the Project Life Add on Kit. I embellished with some enamel hearts and a chipboard piece from Bella Blvd., some fussy cut flowers from one of the exclusive patterned papers by Kim Watson, and a cool puffy sticker that says “favorite Memory”.

I also added a few enamel dots from Simple Stories and I cut a little Simple Stories chipboard frame down to be a little tab on my layout.

At the end I thought it needed one final touch, so I cut out the butterfly that came in the set of die-cut pocket journal cards, or “placemats” from Jillibean Soup. It was white and I thought that it needed some color so I got a little clever…  I used my Gouache paints, in red and blue, combined them with a lot of water and colored in the wings of the butterfly with a thin brush. For the middle of the butterfly, I simply dipped my finger in the yellow paint and colored in…I did the same for the edges with the blue paint, to give the wings a little pop!

I really love how colorful the layout is!  I hope I have inspired you to have fun and get clever with some color too on your next layout!