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Silhouetted Album for B-A-B-Y (and Grad too)

23 May

Today over at, I shared a tutorial of how to create this darling BABY album:


You can download a template to cut out the chipboard pages for Baby, Grad and Love. Click below for the download. Be sure to also check out CutCardStock‘s awesome Kraft Chipboard. It is seriously my favorite.


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BABY printable

GRAD printable

LOVE printable

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope will try one of these albums. I have to say, it might just be a new addiction. If you have some other words you’d like me to put up, just let me know and I’m happy to share.

Cheers, Eli


LOVE chipboard album

20 Jan

Today I want to share a project, LOVE chipboard album, that was inspired by the Shabby Tea Room (one of my new favorite haunts for challenges). The theme, “White and Bright” was enhanced by this photo inspiration:

I love the idea of white or cream in layers but I find it a challenge. I created the cover of this little album over 2 days, switching elements around until I came up with this design.

Here are a few tips on how to create some of the techniques in it.

  • Use recycled snack boxes or cereal boxes as the base of each page and use PVA Glue to adhere metallic papers to either side.
  • To distress the edges, go over them with the crease of a pair of scissors or use a single blade directly on the edge.
  • To bring out the distressed look, ink the edges of the pages. {Not sure how this fits the White and Bright theme but I just couldn’t leave them “naked.”}

  • Next, check out the design of the inner pages. By the way, the album is 4½x6″ so you can get four pages out of a 12×12″ piece of cardstock.

Important Stuff
Papers Opal Stardream Metallics, Natural White cardstocks (; Patterned papers (My Mind’s Eye)
Tools Wizard, S7-017 On the Vine Border Grand, S4-214 Eyelet Borderabilities Petite, S4-210 Lattice Pendant; S4-167 Flowers-retired (Spellbinders Paper Arts); Cricut, Jubilee Cartridge, Embossing Sleeve (Provo Craft); Crop-a-Dial punch (We R Memory Keepers)
Embellishments atyou Spica Gold glitter pen (Copic); 1/8″ Metallic thread (Kreinik); Perfect Medium, Tea Dye Distress Ink, Inking Tool (Ranger); Cosmic Opaque Opaline Embossing Powder (Sparkle and Sprinkle)

Other Stuff “O” Rings,

Happy Scalloped Mini Scrapbook (CPS 188)

13 Oct

Card Positioning System Challenges come out every week and feature a sketch. This week is a fabulous one that I just had to try:

I can think of plenty of ways to use this but here is what I created:

This is a fun little journal/mini scrapbook. It began as a pad of scalloped 12×12″ papers I cut down to various sizes. I combined 2 sizes for this project so the bottom layer would peak out from under the top layer. I included red, pink and turquoise in light and dark shades for the pages.

The covers are recycled from “club size” box of fruit snacks…always fun to peak inside the covers and see something you don’t expect.

For the front, I layered the gingham paper with the striped paper which had been cut/embossed with SpellbindersS4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals. I added the S4-234 Ribbon Tags Trio Two to the center, stamped with “Happy” and threaded it with a strip of paper. Finally, I bound it, added ribbons and flowers. YEAH! Hope it inspires you to create your own scalloped edge mini scrapbook.

Important Stuff
Papers Textured Scalloped paper (Die Cuts with a View), patterned papers (My Mind’s Eye)
Tools/Dies S4-251 Big Scalloped Ovals, S4-234 Ribbon Tags Trio Two, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts); Owires,  Bind it all System (Zutter)
Stamp/Inks Happy stamp (Fancy Pants Designs ), Brown dye ink (Ranger)
Embellishments Sparkle brads (Creative Impressions)

Other stuff Silk Flowers, PVA Glue

Love chipboard album (CPS 187)

6 Oct

I just fell in love with this simple yet brilliant sketch from Card Positioning System.

I wanted to use something besides a circle at the center. So I grabbed my Fleur de Lis Pendants die template. Here is the result of the cover for this chipboard album.

For the photo corners, I used the center die cut of the Fleur de Lis Pendant, cut in quarters. Since the paper was brown and white, it was hard to see on the pink. I added some brown patterned paper under neath to highlight the Fleur de Lis shape.

Here are some of the other pages:

If you get a chance, skip on over to my Etsy shop, Frolicasions, and see the whole journal {also see several other journals and paper crafts}. Thanks, Eli

Important Stuff
Papers Pink Pink Cover, dots(My Mind’s Eye); Script (Crafty Secrets)
Tools S4-204 Fleur de Lis Pendants die cuts, Wizard (Spellbinders Paper Arts), Crop-a-Dile hole punch (We R Memory Keepers)
Embellishments Cotton Candy Stickles (Ranger), atYou Spica Chocolate glitter pen (Copic)

Other Stuff PVA Glue, binder rings, brown patterned paper, sandpaper, ribbons

FLY: Travel Journal

8 Jul

My next addition to my esty shop: Frolicasions is another “Perfect Travel Journal™”. How do I know it’s perfect? Because I searched for it for several years and never found one. I always wanted a journal with lines on one side and blank on the other and then envelopes to be able to put all kinds of things while I travel. So the Perfect Travel Journal was born. Then when I make one, I add all kinds of beautiful papers, stamped images on the envelopes and pages, distressing and whatever else I feel like. Here is today’s version:

It has lots of bird images: paper and stamped. Ribbons hang from the coil binding to add a bit of softness. Glitter was added to the green stems and leaves. But the best are the felt shapes in blue and yellow, adding some depth and color.

Here are a few more images. Thanks for stopping by…

Journal: Butterfly Pair

5 Jul

I can’t help but love butterflies. There’s something so free and lovely about them. So, today, I put together a journal/scrapbook with a pair of butterflies on the front.

This started with the cover. I used a chipboard frame shape from Michaels which I covered with coordinating pink patterned papers. I used a recycled cereal box for the back cover. For the page, I bought a great stack of cardstock from Costco (love that, inexpensive deals). I cut them in half one way and then tore the pages to give me four 6×6″ pages per cardstock page. I used the colors to give me this:

In this picture, and the one below, you can also see the coil binding I used. I wanted to hide the coil with the journal’s cover so I attached the first page of the journal to the front cover and let the back cover fly free.

One last look at those butterflies I love. Hope you are seeing the real ones this summer.

Important Stuff
Paper Pink Patterned (Sonshine), Penny Lane Tiny Dancer “Chasse” (My Mind’s Eye), Turquoise cardstock (Core’dinations), White textured cardstock (Die Cuts with a View)
Die Cuts Butterfly (Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps), S4-197 Classic Inverted Scalloped Squares SM, S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilities Petite (Spellbinders Paper Arts)
Tools Bind-it-All binding system, White coil, Wire cutters (Zutter), Scoring Tool (Score-It)
Embellishments Creatology Paper Shapes (Michael’s)
Adhesives 1/4″ Dimensional Sticky Strips (Therm O Web), Glue Dots (Glue Dots Intl.)

Other Stuff Pink and red cardstocks, organza ribbon, PVA Glue

Enjoy your day! Eli

I’m dreaming of a white

30 Oct

…well, few more days. Here in Denver, we are buried in snow. It was coming down for over 30 hours. In waves. I think it may have stopped for now and yes, the kids are back to school today.

About the project today, even though it isn’t even Halloween (by 18 or so hours)…crafters have to move ahead to the holidays to be able to make all those gifts, craft show items, etc. (I still can’t abide Christmas stuff in the stores until after Thanksgiving.)

So here is a little peek at an album that I worked on while we were having our snow day. It is for someone who wants to create a little memory of Christmas with her own photos.


Boy do I love that Santa Face. It’s comes from a holiday stamp set from Stampers Anonymous. Here is a close-up.


Just so you can see how the pages are set up, check out the final image: they have four photo corners that will hold a 4×6″ photo (two are seen on the right page). The recipient simply needs to print out pics and slip them into the scrapbook. The left page shows some stamping and space for journaling. About ¼ of the pages have this.


Important Stuff: Scalloped Cardstock (Die Cuts with a View), Santa’s Wish stamp set (Stamper’s Anonymous), Bind it All binding system (Zutter), 12″ trimmer (Tonic),

Other Stuff: Red ink, PVA Glue, Organza ribbon, Striped ribbon, other Christmas stamp images, hole punch