Autumn Journal - How I've made my mini album


Here's a look into the construction of my Autumn Journal mini album. To start off with I gathered together things I'd be using and I'll also be pulling out bits and pieces as I go along. I'm primarily using the 'Crisp Air' Quirky Kit main and the 'Traditions' Custom Card Quirky Kit. Because I have so little that hasn't come from a Quirky Kit in my stash then 99% of the other things I'm using are all from past kits. I just pulled out bits I thought would work well. It's mainly leafy bits and my favourite polka dots and lots of kraft and black/white which will go with anything!

For the cover I've used some greyboard that's just recycled packaging. You could use anything that's sturdy for a minibook cover. If you didn't have anything else the cardboard from your kit pizza box packaging would work just as well.
Here's the front cover, covered!
I just added a little embellishment to start off with, more may get added once I'm finished and I can see what's left to use! A puffy sticker from the Pinkfresh Escape the Ordinary collection pack, (there was a pack in the embellishment kit and it was in the extras shop). The tag is from the custom card kit as are the little wooden bits. I stamped the title with a roller alphabet stamp.
Inside I'm using 6x8 page protectors. I have a whole bunch left over from December Daily last year. I bought one of those 100 variety packs and I have about 60 left so I pulled out about 20 to use here. It's just what I have in my stash if you don't have them but have loads of patterned paper sheets or plain card sheets use those as your pages. You could even do a mix up so you mix in just a few page protector pages and do others cardstock. I don't always use pocket pages in the traditional way so don't think this is going to be 'stick a card in a pocket' album! To fix the whole thing together I'm just using bookrings.

Here's the back cover. It's the same chipboard but covered with one of the other main kit papers.
On the inside I have a transparency with one of the Star Gazer stickers from the main kit, (the transparency sheet was in an older main Quirky Kit, I think it was April 2014?).
Then as it'll be split across two months, (Oct/Nov) I've done a title page with October. This was made with a piece of cardstock, (old Jan/Feb main kit) and one of the custom cards with one of the tags from the custom card kit stapled to it. I just got a Rexel Bambi mini stapler and I'm a little addicted to adding mini staples to everything! I coloured in the staples orange with a Promarker before I used them.
Here's my first page. The first prompt was 'Orange'. I used a photo of the orange roses that have started to flower again in the crazy for October warm weather we're having. The page protector has 2 4x6 pockets. I used the bottom one for the journalling, (pieces of paper + a tag layered together). The top pocket I've made into a shaker pocket by filling it with some of the sequins from the main kit and one of the wooden shapes then stitching with my sewing machine in a rectangle over the pocket to seal them inside. The photo I added to a tag from the main kit and I've attached it over the top of the page protector with a mini staple. A couple of the Pinkfresh Studio puffy stickers add a little more embellishment and there's a little bit of washi tape from an older embellishment kit, (June this year one).
I made the journalling strips on my home printer. This is how I make mine - it might not work in your printer - all printers are so temperamental, (mine is from one day to the next!).
First I printed it on regular paper just using Word and leaving a big space at the top of the page then double spacing each line. You can check that it's the right size for you page too. The font I'm using is A type writer for me.
Then I glue on a scrap of white card over the top using a few dots of glue stick, not loads of it just enough to stick it to the paper, usually two or three dots. Let it dry.
Then it does back in the printer, (mine needs to go upside down as it rolls upwards, your printer may be different so figure out how it rolls up the paper first) and print the same page again so it prints over the top of the card. I always pick the 'best' printing option just to slow down how it feeds into the printer as if it goes at it's usual crazy pace it can rip off the card piece.

Hope this has inspired you to start creating your own Autumn Journal! There'll be at least two new prompts a week and I'll keep sharing what I'm making. If you sign up to the class newsletter you'll get sent everything to your email inbox too so you can keep all the prompts and ideas together:
The next prompt should be in the last blog post it's 'Leafy Layers'. I'm just starting my page now so will pop back once it's finished to share. x Leo

Autumn Journal Prompt 2 - Leafy Layers


I have another Autumn Journal prompt today. My book has it's bare bones finished so I'll share it once I'm done posting up this next prompt. It's been difficult to get some nice bright weather to take some photos, the gloomy all day rain has finally kicked in here!

OK so your next prompt is, Leafy Layers.
Again how you interpret the prompt is up to you. It could be in a what you use to create your page/project or how it's used or it could be a photo prompt. Perhaps the classic Autumn shot of kicking the piles of leaves!

Here are some things I've dug up from around the web to get your inspiration flowing a little bit more:

Have fun!

Autumn Journal - Prompt 1 'Orange'

Hi Leo here!

Here's your first Autumn Journal prompt.


It's the colour of the season and seems to pop up everywhere from Halloween pumpkins to turning leaves. As you go through your day take time to look for something orange. It could be anything at all, take a quick snapshot if you can and document a page about the reasons for your choice or just about your feelings on the day or anything you want to relate to the photo. Alternatively you could use the prompt as a starting point for a photo you have already and base your page/project on the colour orange in the way of the supplies you use.

Here are some photos to inspire you and I'll pop back to share my first page. xx

Autumn Journal Class


Beginning on the 15th October through to 15th November I'll be sharing a series of Autumn theme prompts, (starting points) for creating pages and projects. You can choose how you'd like to interpret them. It could be in scrapbook page form or making a mini book or journal or just incorporate it into your regular Project Life style book. The prompts will be about celebrating the Autumn and the everyday so you get a record of this fleeting season before the madness of Christmas comes upon us!

If you'd like to sign up to the mailing list you'll get your prompts sent out to you or you can follow along here on the blog.

The first prompt will be posted on Sunday 15th October. There are no specific supplies you'll need as the idea of the prompts is to be a starting point for your personal choices but if you want to create a separate mini book or journal following the prompts you could pick out something to use at this stage so it's ready for you to fill. I'll be using a mix of 6x8 page protectors and sheets of plain card fixed together when I'm done with bookrings. It's basically a mishmash of things I have leftover from other projects. It could be that you have a sketchbook or notebook to fill or you could use an old book and alter it or use a mini album or just make pages as you normally would to add to your scrapbook. If you have something in mind you'll know it but if not then don't worry too much you can go with the flow once we start.

See you on Sunday!
xx Leo

Paris Mini Album

As new kit posting draws closer, I have a final project with my July/August kit and it's a little different. I made a holiday mini album, it's 5x5 inch and I think it's adorable. This post would be far too long if I posted pictures of all my pages, so if you want to see my full album and hear more about how I made it, scroll down for a video.
Of course I had to use my favourite paper as my front cover, especially because it's definitely a good one for the travel theme. 
 I managed to pack around 60 photos into this so it's great if you want to make sure you record something before it's too late.
 I used different sized pages and photos to add interest throughout. I also used various bits for layering including the tissue wrapped around the kits and some packaging!
 Photo collages are a good way to pack even more into an album. I have lots of photos I like but don't see as 'important' enough to take up a whole page.
This double page spread really sums up the magic of Disney for me: getting to see your favourite characters come to life.

Thanks for reading, if you have some papers left why not try a mini album?

Happy Little Man | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | July/August 2017

Hands up who squealed when they saw the Kite paper in the Maggie Holmes collection - My hand is firmly in the air!! So, when I saw this in the Lite Kit - I knew straight away that it was going to get fussy cut.

I teamed the kites up with clouds for a dreamy/sky feel. I used a cloud cut file and cut these using my Cricut (but you could draw a basic cloud shape and just cut them out with scissors instead). I backed these with different patterned papers from the kit and arranged them around the photo.

I then added in the kites ensuring that no 2 colours were too close together. So, there was some yellow to the left of the photo. I made sure that I used a yellow kite to the right to bring that colour to the other side of the page.

I then added in some black elements, mainly the tiny word stickers from Pretty Little Studio (I love these stickers!!)

Oh and the wood veneer sun from the Lite Kit went PERFECTLY too.

And here is the finished layout. Is it ok to say its one of my favourites?!?!

Fancy watching the process video then head over using this link to watch -

See you all again really soon!!

Claire xx

Travel Album - Day 2 (A walk to the next stop)

Hello everyone,

I hope all of you have been as productive and inspired like me. I have been really enjoying working on the travel album. Not while ago I had few days off, so I took the full advantage on catching on documenting our trip to Rome, the smaller size of the layouts have further motivated me because I don't feel overwhelmed. But if it's too much of these types of layouts for you then let me know, and I can change it up because there are three additional projects on my catch-up list. You know the usual scrapbooker adventures - so many things planned but not enough time as there are other things to deal with, especially if we require to take care of everyday responsibilities - work, family, etc.

The product I used from June/August kit:
  • Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel 'Belle' 12"x12" doublesided patterned paper
  • Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel 'Marquee' 12"x12" doublesided patterned paper
  • Kaisercraft Happy Snaps Sticker sheet
  • Sweet Talk co-ordinating labels
  • Pretty Little Studio Dream Big Die Cuts pack
  • We R Memory Keepers Cool Colors enamel shapes pack
  • To The Moon including die cut shapes
  • Wonder kit pocket cards
  • Previous kit leftovers - journaling cards, die cuts and patterned paper and stickers
  • From my stash - Simple Stories Posh Stickers, die-cuts, alphabet and heart dies and stamps

  • Now the first thing I did to create this page is select my pattern paper, and my inspiration has come from the die cut on the right side top card that says Best Day Ever, I pulled from that card four colours - teal, yellow, pink and black and white. I actually love to work with all of these colours, although it's just missing navy and then it's for sure my favourite lineup. But let's get back to the page, once I selected patterned paper, I cut all of them to the size I need and then brought some die-cuts and stickers from previous kits. Also, this time I wanted to use both my stamps and alphabet dies because I had quite a bit scraps left from last month kit and I wanted to use up.

    Similarly to the first picture I used 4x6 patterned papers and the card that has the title was my basis for selecting the other papers for this page. I forgot to explain one thing, all of my 4x6 pictures have to be overlaid with paper because they are not true 4x6 size, which annoys me greatly. This mishap happened because of the printing place I used - my local Boots closed and I had to order online, and the Boots online photo printing is run by Snapfish. And Snapfish always has been doing this, so I don't order from them. Today I guess I have short attention but when it comes to this page, I added few die-cuts and from my stash Simple Stories Posh stickers.

    The next page was even quicker to make, as it was more photo heavier. I backed my 4x6 photos and added one 3x4 card from the previous kits. I was saving this card as I loved it so much, but it went so well with these pictures that I had to use it. Once the basics were done, I started to embellish, and my usual style is to start with the labels and then die-cuts or stickers to finish the page.

    Continuing with the other layout style, the main card of this page is the left side 3x4 card that says Snapshot. One of the things I have noticed is that everyone had the same idea of using Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel 'Belle' paper and I was no exception. I love that even though everyone had the exact idea, but the various ways it can be used and still looked different. And final touches that bring the layout together are embellishments - die-cuts and stickers.

    I hope you enjoyed this post and talk to you soon, Agnese.