Friday, April 1, 2016

Life In Pictures April 2016 SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the April 2016 SOTM Blog Hop featuring the stamp set Life In Pictures. This month there are almost 30 bloggers sharing projects they created with Life In Pictures. If blog hopping is new to you, we try to keep it simple, just keep clicking on the link to the next blog (typically near the bottom of the post) to visit the next stop. Blog hops are circular so visiting the next blog will take you back to where you started.

The SOTM for April 2016, Life In Pictures, is a D-size set of 13 stamps that is $5 with a qualifying purchase. Alternatively you may purchase it for $17.95. Recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 1" x 3.5" (Y1002), 2" x 2" (Y1003) and 3" x 3" (Y1006). The stamps in the Life In Pictures set are:

You should have arrived here from ***Michelle's Handmade World by Michelle Battitori***. If you get lost along the way, Melinda Everitt keeps a list of participants on her blog at If You Bling It.

For this hop I created a mini album using cuts from Artiste. The first photo is the album cover. In addition to the SOTM, I used the Family Love stamp set to embellish the flap and Etched Alphabet to "write" the area we were visiting.

This album has layered pages so you can peek ahead at what is coming up and look back to the inside cover.

The album above was cut at the sizes recommended in the Artiste Handbook which is a height of 3". While I was printing photos to fit the pages I thought most people would want to use a standard size photo, especially now that Studio J is retiring at the end of the month. I played with the sizes in Design Space and was able to cut the larger album from 3 sheets of 12" x 12" cardstock using a 12" x 12" mat. I did not have to adjust where I put the cardstock on the mat to "fudge" and make my Explore think the cut would fit.

This photo is to show you how a 4" x 6" photo looks on the larger album.

I think this is a great way to create something memorable for each member of a Scout troop, sports team or other group without spending too much on supplies. In fact, creating the album could be an activity the group members do together.

I have to say I am sorry that I did not get the album completed. This has been a particularly busy time. I had to start physical therapy for my foot. I aggravated a bone spur while traveling for work and I came down with one of the worst colds I have ever had. Most nights this week I saw every hour overnight because nothing I tried would control my cough. I hope I am on the downside of this cold and I will be sleeping better again tonight. I fear the foot will take a bit longer.

Before you head to ***Jean McNulty's Stamping Maui***, the supplies I used to create my project are listed below.

All supplies are from Close To My Heart except where noted:
If you are not working with a CTMH Independent Consultant yet, you may purchase all of the supplies I used at my Online Business Address.

Before you leave I would be delighted if you left me a comment letting me know what you think of my project. So you do not have to scroll back up, the next stop on the hop is ***Jean McNulty's Stamping Maui***.

Thank you for hopping with us. I hope you are finding much inspiration.


  1. LOVE the old-timey feel of your album Brenda! Such a lovely project...thanks for sharing and inspiring me!

  2. I love mini-albums, this is really great! love it a lot. Kraft cardstock adds to the vintage look.

  3. I grew up in Baldwinsville, New York and went to school at SUNY Geneseo so seeing pictures from Montezuma really brings back memories! Whenever I passed by I knew I was getting very close to home! Love this sweet mini-album! What a great way to celebrate the beautiful country in central NY!

  4. What a great mini-album! I think I know what I'll be doing for my next project!

  5. OMG I love this. I love making mini albums. I typically do coin envelope minis or toilet paper roll ones. I may have to steal your idea. I think it would make a good workshop for my local customers. Thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Wow! What a fabulous mini album! Love every page!

  7. What a creative little mini album! Hope you feel better soon.

  8. I love mini albums & the kraft cardstock!

  9. Great mini book. Love the authentic, old-time look!

  10. Fabulous album! Love how you used the kraft cardstock as it makes your photos pop.

  11. What a great idea this is, thank you.

  12. Great little mini-album. Love how it all comes together.

  13. What a super fun project! Such a great idea, and I love how it turned out.


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