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? :-)

Color Reveal: Custom Notebooks | Crate Paper

Hello there scrappy people! It's me, Andrea! Today I want to share with you some of the super amazing new Color Reveal notebooks by Crate Paper that I personalized into special journaling notebooks using some paint and a few Crate Paper puffy sticker words! I love to paint and I was so excited to see all the new Color Reveal goodies by Crate Paper! There are just so many cool things you can do with the products because you get to play around with paint and make each piece into a special art piece that is one of a kind and made just for you!

I especially could not wait to start playing with the notebooks that come in the collection. I have been wanting to buy some notebooks for a while now that I could use to keep some more personal journaling in. I wanted a notebook where I could write about things like my disability (my CRPS pain) and also a notebook where I could keep thoughts about my faith and my God who I know loves me and is helping me through all the pain! These are very personal things and I wanted a place to put these thoughts that I knew would be special, personalized and just for me. The “Color Reveal” notebooks are perfect for this kind of a personal journaling project!

For the notebook that I am going to use to write about my condition and the difficult journey that it is, I chose the notebook with the large gold foil triangle and I painted it with some guache paint (which is very similar to watercolors) and also a little bit of acrylic paint as well, in some of my fave colors right now. I decided to do a bit of a drip effect to the notebook just to add a little more depth and visual weight to the way I painted the rest of the notebook which is a lot more airy and lighthearted. I think this plus the  “be brave” puffy stickers that I added to the front of the book really help convey the tone of what is inside.

For my faith notebook, I chose the polka dot notebook, which I thought had a little bit more of a bright, happy look to it which I made feel even more happy by painting a fun rainbow effect to the notebook. I think this plus the puffy stickers that spell out “love” (and the heart) just really help to say what this book is all about – my love for God, who is love itself!

I can't wait to start journaling in these notebooks and I hope I have inspired you to grab some “Color Reveal” notebooks for yourself and begin a personal writing journey that starts with some super fun painting!