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Simple Stories Mini Book Print E-mail
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Written by Lynne Kramer   
Saturday, 23 March 2013 00:00

 A fun mini book to commemorate those random photos you love.
Capture those moments in a monthly format like I did in this album
or simply create pages and scrap away! 


Simple Stories This & That, Odds'n Ends,
Simple Stories Fabulous and Documented Papers
Simple Stories Yearography Journal Inserts
Simple Stories Memoriabilia Pockets
Memory Box dies - Tabbed Pocket, Library Pocket, Fringe Circle,
Lg Meadow Dragonfly and Cornerstone Seal
Tim Holtz Word Play Alphabet die
Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety Buttons
Kaisercraft Mint Rings
 Crop-a-Dile or Big Bite hole punch
Big Shot or eBosserto die cut  letters, numbers and accents

These are some of the goodies used in this mini book.
The memorabilia pockets were used as the pages,
hole punched and joined with rings to create the book itself. 

DTL SSMB Supplies 2


Lots of great choices with Simple Stories -
so easy because you can mix and match papers from
their various collections in the same project!

 DTL SSMB Papers 3


Here's the inside front cover of the book.

DTL SSMB Inside Front Cover 4


Pocket Pages are great additions to any mini book,
and an easy way to include any additional photos or mementos.



Now on to some of the pages in this
month by month mini book.

The Tim Holtz Word Play die came in handy
for recording the dates of the photos!

DTL SSMB April 6


On this page, the title on the photo
was journaled directly on the picture.
Buttons helped add some color to this page.



Below, the "98" was used to record the year
of Rem's first ever Rockies Baseball game,
at the early age of one month!



 Two months were combined on the same page on this page.
The journaling spot created with the Memory Box fringe die
helped separate the photos.

DTL SSMB Oct Nov 10


"Enjoy the Simple Things" seemed a perfect sentiment
for this special December photo.

 Who can resist those smiles?!


DTL SSMB Dec Enjoy 11





 There it is - some very special photos in a fun presentation.

Do you have some of those special photos just waiting to be scrapped?

Try a mini book - you'll be glad you did!

DTL SSMB Grouping 12




Paper Bag Mini Book Print E-mail
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Written by Gretchen Valle   
Sunday, 23 September 2012 00:00
DTG SYS Hall PBB Finished

 Make this fun paper bag mini book for Halloween, or decorate it for any other occasion you want to commemorate!


6 Brown Paper Lunch Bags
Chipboard for covers of mini-book

Adhesives, including super tacky double-stick tape (like Scor-Tape or red line tape)
Crop-a-Dile or Big Bite hole punch
Rings to bind mini album
Background papers, embellishments and trims
Big Shot or Silhouette Cameo to die cut letters for album title and accents
Inks to distress edges of paper bag and tag edges



1. Adhere bottom bag flaps on each bag closed so they don't open.   Six paper bags were used in this mini-book. Use a bone folder to fold and crease the body of the bag  over the bag bottom flap. Adhere bottom bag flap closed on each bag.


See picture sequence here for the step-by-step on adhering the bottom bag flaps.














2. Now adhere the bags to each other by attaching the small rectangular flap side of one bag to the small rectangular flap side of another bag.

This will create one main short "spine" in the middle, with a bag on either side of the short spine. Do this again with a second pair of bags. You will now now have 2 bag pairs.






Attaching chipboard covers to your mini-book:


1. Cut 2 pieces of chipboard the same size as your bag (with flap folded over from Step 1 above). 

You'll want to keep one flap facing out on either side as in picture below as you will be attaching the flap itself to the chipboard cover.






 Attach heavy-duty adhesive to the 2 short sides and OUTER side of bag  FLAP and attach to edge of one  chipboard cover - NOTE: By attaching only 3 sides of our folded rectangular flap, you will be creating a "pocket" at the interior side that you did not apply adhesive to!!












See the pocket that was created?!

Repeat these steps for your back cover.





You now have a cover w/bag (and interior pocket),  a couple of bag pairs for the body of your mini-album, and a back cover w/bag (and interior pocket).


Putting your paper bag book together:


Measure, mark and punch holes in your mini-album, insert rings, and there you have it!


You can also measure, mark and punch your holes prior to decorating you paper bag pages, pockets and covers, if you prefer.






DTG SYS 9 Ready to Decorate



Now, how about some pictures of the decorating I did on my paper bag album ...


Here is one of my pocket pages, using the paper bag flap, to hold some fun tags.



DTG SYS Pocket Page




Another way to incorporate tags in your paper bag book is to attach a strip of accent paper, just at the top and bottom edges, and slip a tag through the open side! 



DTG SYS More Tag Fun



and this page is ready to "Just Add Photos"


 DTG SYS Mount Photos



Here's another pocket page and a couple more tags I added to my Halloween paper bag mini-book,

love the black netting - it's not at all bulky, and just adds a bit of pizzaz to the tag!



DTG SYS Another Pocket Page and Tags



Take your mini-album to a whole new level by distressing the edges of the paper bags, adding journaling spots, glitter and whatever other embellishments you want to jazz it up.


Get those paper bags out - there are no limits to the creative fun you can have with them!

Scrappin Fun Off the Page with Jenni Bowlin Chalkboard Easels Print E-mail
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Written by Cathy Smith   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 00:00
JBE Show Sample

Isn't this lovely? This was one of the wonderful samples at the Jenni Bowlin booth at the tradeshow.

We just had to get these chalkboard easels in the store,
and wait till you see the fun that members of Simple Pleasures ALPHA SCRAPPA BETA Monthly Scrap Club has been having with the easels.

JBE Janice Supplies

The basic supplies for any of these easel projects are simply a Jenni Bowlin Chalkboard easel (yes, it even comes with chalk to use), some Basic Grey magnetic discs (you'll see why in a minute or so) and some pictures and embellishments (we like the Maya Road shaped bottle caps like the flowers shown above).

 JBE Janice Project

 Janice used fibers, anchors and magnets to make her chalkboard easel a photo collage that easily accomodates changing the pictures out in an instant! She journaled in the upper lefthand corner (sorry this photo doesn't show the journaling too well) and in the bottom righthand corner, too. Again, easy peasy to just erase and journal something new when she changes out the photos.

Isn't her use of a photo in the Maya Road in flower "bottle cap" great?

JBE Janice Flower Front

Now here is where Janice gets really crafty ...
look at how she made it so she can also change out the photo in the flower, too.

 JBE Janice Flower

She attached one of those handy-dandy Basic Grey magnets to the back of the photo,
so she is able to change out picture in the flower, too!!!!


How about another fun idea?
Lynne, another of the Alpha Scrappa Beta Scrap Club members,
and also one of our Design Team contributors,
also got crafty with her Chalkboard Easel.

Lynne used the Little Yellow Bicycle "Head of the Class" papers to frame the easel and for the embellishments on her project.

 JBE LYB and Supplies

Lynne also used the chalk to journal on the easel. See the bottle caps at the opposite corners of the photo? Lynne decorated them and also added magnets to the back so that the photo can be changed out from time to time throughout the school year!

 JBE Lynne Finished

What do you think? Are some possibilities popping in your mind for these fun easels?
Here's a final sample to share with you.

It's Anne's "Good Times" easel.

Anne added the hook in the center, from which she hung a photo.
Again, a great touch, and a great way to keep the easel a perpetual focal point for any picture that strikes her fancy!

  JBE Anne Good Times

So, follow Anne's lead ....

Let the "Good Times" begin with an easel project of your own!

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