Romantic Nursery Baby Boy Mini Album

When my cousin had her first baby, a cute little baby boy, I wanted to make her something special. I decided to make her a mini album to keep her most precious pictures and notes of baby’s first couple of months. I wanted a somewhat romantic baby theme, with nostalgic colors instead of bright blue pastels, which I found in Marianne Design‘s lovely Romantic Nursery design paper.

The mini album has three page assemblies, which makes it a bit thinner than my other mini albums which usually have six or eight. It still has plenty of room for photos and other memorabilia though, with all its pockets, tags and even hidden photo wallets. Of course I inked around all the edges, this time with Vintage Photo distress ink by Tim Holtz.

And here’s the video, please feel free to let me know what you think!

 

So what kind of baby shower gifts have you been looking for, or even created yourself?

 

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Altered baby gift box

If you want to give someone a really personalized gift, then altering an object is not only a great gift idea, it’s also a very reasonably priced one. Take this box for instance, it was sold as a plain white box with a white-coated, stamped piece of burlap on its lid. Not super expensive, and with lots of gift-giving potential.

In this case it was for a baby shower, so I altered it using lots of baby blue goodness and other cute stuff.
And here’s another idea: you can give this gift together with some of your less creative friends – and have them stuff the finished box with all kinds of nice little baby clothes, socks, pacifiers etc! This way, you will be able to give a sophisticated gift – with the personal touch as a bonus.

Of course you can do this on all kinds of other occasions: think birthdays, weddings, house warmings, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, etc.

So check out the video, and take all the inspiration you like from it!

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Fun2craft: Two Box Cards

A superfun type of card is the so-called Box Card. Its design has been around for quite some time I think, and I don’t know who originally came up with it. This kind of card looks like a box but behaves like a card, in that it is made from cardstock and fits perfectly into an envelope!
By the way, it’s in no way comparable to a so-called explosion box, of which you can view some examples here.

Using the richly colored Fly Free paper collection by Kaisercraft, I created two: one as a birthday card, the other as a New Baby card. If you like die-cutting, fussy-cutting and overall embellishing, this is an absolute Must Try for you! 🙂 To help you along check out my very affordable Tutorial #26, containing easy-to-follow instructions with 69 very clear pictures, which you can acquire here.

Have fun watching the video and do let me know what kind of box cards you would like to see, or for which occasions you have created one yourself! 🙂

 

 

 

Nursery Gift: Cute Micro Album with Forest Friends

When a new grandmother asked me to create one of my little micro albums as a nursery gift for her daughter, she wanted a modern, on-trend paper line, and “no pinks please!” – even though her grandchild was a baby girl. And why not, after all, practically every color looks cute on a baby and why should her granddaughter be limited to the most predictable one 😉 .

We settled on Scrapberry’s very cute Forest Friends. Not specifically a nursery collection I don’t think, but very fitting nonetheless with its soft colors and adorable little animals.

I created it after one of my own previous designs, the Fresh & Bright micro album – the tutorial of which is ready and waiting for you in my Etsy shop.

Have fun watching the video and please don’t forget to like this post before you leave! 🙂

 

 

 

Nursery Gift: an Altered Match Box

To celebrate my friend’s early pregnancy I created a little gift for her. I found the perfect matchbox in one of our craft stores, already white so there was no need to paint it.

Bacause the match box was already white, I wanted a paper with lots of white, of a color that would suit both a boy and a girl, and was still soft enough for a baby theme. I chose You Are My Happy by Teresa Collins, and altered the match box. The top is decorated with “2016” in die-cut numbers, for my friend will be pregnant for the larger part of this year. Of course I filled the box with the cutest gift: perfect little baby socks in matching colors! 🙂

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Three Tiny Nursery Treasure Chests

Sometimes pictures say more than words – and a video tells it all 🙂 In today’s post you’ll find many detailed pictures below the show & tell video, but first I’d like to show you one of the basic micro chests as it was before was altered:

These are simply the cutest, and once altered they are near-perfect gifts! For instance, what about these three I’m showing you, aren’t they the most adorable baby shower gifts? 🙂
So enjoy and let me know what you think!

 

 

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Four-fold Photo Board “Baby’s First Year” (+ 2 cards)

Hello all!

Today I’m sharing with you a new design, that I’ve dubbed a four-fold photo board! To celebrate the birth of her niece’s baby girl, my mother asked me to create something special and this is what I came up with.

This photo board combines the concepts of a gameboard-like, easy to stow away photo keepsake and an elaborate quadruple layout piece to showcase your photos and memorabilia in one great overview. This could be a great conversation piece at your table 🙂

It’s perfect for housing one year of pictures, for it is aimed at showcasing twelve picture highlights, one for each month. Hence the theme I chose: Baby’s First Year. There is room for some extra photos though.

The four-fold photo board would also be perfect for many other themes! I can picture a family’s history, adding a family tree to one quarter of the board, and using the other three for pictures of your father, your mother and your children (or yourself). Other themes that I could see fitting this design very well: the four seasons, baby-to-bride, puppy to senior dog (or other pet), modelling portfolio, career highlights, holidays, travel, etc. Gosh, so many ideas now I think of it! 🙂

There’s a tutorial waiting for you in my Etsy shop 🙂 . There are also some kits available: Bundle of Joy Boy by Echo Park, which is the boy version of my own project, and Heirloom by Kaisercraft, which has an ancestry theme. You can find them in my Kits section.

Anyway, it was great fun to create this project – I even created two cards from the leftover papers – and I hope you’ll enjoy it too! 🙂

 

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Teddy Bear Baby Card

Recently I found the most adorable baby scrapbook sheets while browsing through the clearance bin in my local scrap shop. They were from the Teddy Bear collection by K&Company, a collection I think is so old I can hardly find any information about it on the interwebs…

Naturally I decided I needed to have them 🙂 and to be on the safe side I chose a third sheet from an entirely different collection that coordinated well with the other sheets. So when my cousin’s new son was born soon after, I was very happy to use this cutest-of-the-cute paperline and created an interactive card.

My goal was to let the design paper speak for itself: it was already so cute & cuddly in and of itself, it didn’t need any fancy layering or embellishing!
So here’s the card I designed.

This gatefold card is kept closed by a swing tab. To create the swing tab I fussy-cut one of the bears from the paper, backed it up with some cardstock and attached it to the card with a brad.

I chose a nail brad on purpose, hiding it in plain site by attaching it to the spot in which a teddy bear would normally have some kind of nail or screw to function as a hip joint – especially the really ancient models… 😉
Centered on the inside is a pocket. For some added interest and to really show off the paper I kept the ‘marching’ teddy bear intact, fussy-cutting around it rather than simply cutting the piece to size to mat the pocket.

Hiding inside the pocket is a little card-inside-a-card. First I matted this little card, then embellished it with two separate teddy bears that I fussy-cut from the design paper.  

I lifted the smaller teddy with some dimensional tape.

 

I matted the back and stamped Handmade with love. This mat is actually from a fourth design paper collection: Romantic Nursery by Marianne Design. I left the inside plain so I could write a personal message.

 

I matted the back of the card with some button paper, which was the third sheet I found in the clearance bin. I thought it coordinated remarkably well with the two sheets of teddy bear paper!

 

I really enjoyed working with these three treasured sheets of design paper I found. What kind of projects have you created to show off a particular paper collection?

Sweet New Baby Girl mini album

Welcome to September Mini Album Month on my blog:
I’ll upload a mini album video every Sunday, instead of the usual once a month!

We start off with a lovely, very girly, very pink mini album, which was commissioned by a grandmother, impatiently awaiting the arrival of her new granddaughter into this world. 🙂

The album is 15×17 cm (6×6.75 inches) and sports two paper collections: Lullaby by Kaisercraft, and a brandless A4 pad simply called Birth. To add a little contrast to all of this pink, I used a yellow distress ink to ink around all of the edges: Scattered Straw by Tim Holtz.

For the photo mats I used my so-called scrap mats throughout the album, which proves once again how much extra paper real estate you can generate by using all of your scraps.
As a bonus, I added a pair of the sweetest little baby girl socks!

So check out the video – and if you don’t want to miss out on my other September mini albums (which you don’t, of course 😉 ), simply subscribe to my channel by filling out your email adress at the top of my home page.

 

 

Click here for my other baby projects!

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Girly Girl’s Precious – an XL mini album (incl. some Hello Kitty!)

This luxury mini album is 20×27,5 cm (approx. 8×11 inches) and was commissioned by the grandmother of a 7-year old girl who’s fond of – among other “girly stuff” – Hello Kitty and the Belgian/Dutch pop group K3. I offered Grandmother a choice of different paper lines, and DCWV’s Preppy Princess immediately caught her eye. Then she asked if I could incorporate Hello Kitty and K3. Of course! I cried enthusiatically. Only to scratch my head at home, for here was a whole new challenge. I mean, it’s not as if there’s any Hello Kitty scrapbook paper, let alone any K3 lines…

Well, check out the video to see if you think I succeeded. 🙂

Oh, and as for the scrap mats in the album, you can make them yourself pretty easily, just check out my tutorial to see how.

 

Want more of where this came from? Check out my other mini albums!
But not before you like and subscribe of course 😉

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Baby shower gift idea: altered mini drawer chest

I was very happy to do one of my altered drawer boxes again, my second one actually, because they’re cute, look lovely and are easily made. I bought it in one of our craft stores (in the Netherlands); it’s made of plain wood and its size is 8x8x3 inches (20x20x7,5 cm).

This time I used Romantic Nursery design paper to alter it into a baby shower gift, so it’s completely different from my first one. It still amazes me how much a simple change in color and style can lead to a difference of day and night for the same object! A difference I find utterly enjoyable by the way, for this way one object can please many different people and can be made to fit a multitude of occasions – and moreover, it inspires creativity!

 

So here’s the video, including a little “how to” information, enjoy!

Have you ever altered a box or some other object? How did you do it?

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Peek-a-boo baby shower card

This dreamy Congrats-On-Your-New-Baby card is 8×8 inch (20×20 cm) and created with DCWV’s Once Upon A Time design paper. As you may have noticed from my other card projects, I like to combine them with actual postcards. In this case, a postcard that I bought at an art museum – which adds to the dreamy atmosphere I was aiming for with this design, imho.

As you may have guessed this special card is entirely of my own design and harkens back to my very first scrapbooking project, a 2013 calendar.

So check out my 3-minute video – which includes a little paper walkthrough of the gorgeous Once Upon A Time 8×8 inch stack!

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