4×4 Chicago Mini

I think this is my final summer project that I want to share before moving onto my Fall and Halloween themed layouts, and this project is a little different from my norm. 12×12 scrapbook layouts are my true love, but I’ve been adoring the mini albums I’ve been seeing and wanted to give one a try.

For a short time Close To My Heart was offering 4×4 mini albums and page protectors. I thought this was be the simplest way to start out my mini album adventure since I’m already using albums and page protectors for my 12×12 layouts. I think one day I will venture into the mini albums made entirely of paper, but for today we will stick with the safe and familiar world of my pages being tucked into an album! HA!

4x4 Mini Album

I used a the 4×4 denim colored chipboard album from CTMH and adhered the Shimelle Starshine Marquee Alphas to the outside cover. This album documents our trip to Chicago when we visited Navy Pier and went to see the Broadway production, Aladdin. I thought the marquee alphas were perfect because they remind me of the marquee signs you see outside of shows.

4x4 Mini Album

I was really inspired by Paige Evans for the intro page. Paige includes a lot of hand stitching in her albums, including stitching the country or place she visited.  I grabbed a scrap piece of acetate and used my Cricut Explore and .04 Black Cricut Pen to draw a miniature USA map on a piece of printer paper. I used washi tape to hold the printer paper to the acetate and used my paper piercer to create holes in the acetate for hand stitching. After the hand stitching was complete I used a puffy heart to signify where Chicago is on the map. The intro page overlays a picture of the city.

4x4 Mini Album

To add a little extra fun to the album I also included little see through elements. Where you could see photos from the future pages showing through openings. Like the photo from a future page is showing through the 2×2 heart insert or through shaker pockets and acetate pieces pictured below.

4x4 Mini Album

4x4 Mini Album

4x4 Mini Album

For a majority of the pages I used the retired mini album inserts from CTMH. The inserts consisted of full 4×4 designs and also 2×2 designs to fit into the 2×2 pockets. I also included memorabilia in the album, including the tickets to the Broadway show.

4x4 Mini Album

4x4 Mini Album

The thing that I love most about mini albums is the ability to work outside a page protector and to add tactile extras between the pages. I did include a few acetate pieces from the Heidi Swapp Serendipity Collection and also created a couple of my own inserts using acetate.

4x4 Mini Album

For the first insert I used White Modeling Paste and mixed blue acrylic paint to create a dusky shade of blue. After I had the color to my liking, I used the The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Urban Stencil to create the background of a city skyline. Once the blue paste was dry I went back over the skyline using the same stencil to add detailing with white modeling paste.

4x4 Mini Album

For the second acetate insert I used white modeling paste and The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Believe Script Stencil. After the modeling paste was dry I then adhered ribbon along with coordinating colored buttons.

4x4 Mini Album

I’ve included photos of a few of my favorite pages in this blog post, but you can view the entire mini album in my flip through video!

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Planners are All the Rage!

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If you are a fan of the papercrafting world then you have inevitably come across a planner. I love the idea of a planner, but struggle a bit with the functionality of it. Is it a mini album, a scrapbook, a journal, is it a planner that I carry in my purse….what exactly is it’s purpose?!? If you’re like me then this blog hop is for you! Today you will get different viewpoints, showing the functionality of different planners and planner accessories as you make your way through the Blog Hops With Heart ‘Planner’s Gotta Plan’ blog hop. If you started from the beginning you would have come from Amie Kiger’s blog, but if you started here that is perfect also because this blog hop is a circle. Just click the link at the bottom of my post and it will send you to the next blog and eventually you will make your way around the entire circle.

The planner that I chose to purchase for my very first planner was the new CTMH Everyday Life™ Planner Album & Pages (pictured above). I was unsure of how exactly I would want to use it, but knew I wanted to purchase it and try it out. I also purchased some added accessories-the Roller Stamp, the My Crush®Everyday Life Pages, there is also Photo Protectors & Washi available but I have a bountiful stash of that already! Ha!

#planner

After I had my supplies and the calendar pages placed into the three ring binder I looked at what was remaining. I’ve decided at this time I will not use the My Crush® Everyday Life Pages in my planner, but rather I will use them for scrapbook layouts (see below). The CTMH Everyday Life™ Planner works well with other planner products that are on the market. I used Studio Calico Seven Paper stickers and Big Picture Classes Stamp Set with my planner, along with other stamp sets that I have in my stash.

The CTMH Everyday Life™  Planner comes with a month in review (the entire month sprawled out in 2 pages) and then each day of the month broken down with room to write.

#ctmh #everydaylife #planner

I’ve decided to use the month in review to write appointments, reminders, etc and then the pages with the individual days to use basically as a journal. I jot down funny things that my son says or things that we did that weren’t necessarily planned out…going to the movies, shopping trips, etc. So in essence I use the CTMH planner for 2 purposes…to use as an actual planner  and to record everyday moments. Or as Heidi Swapp would say, “one little thing everyday”.

#ctmh #everydaylife #planner


  My crafting time is very limited and I feel that the small amount of time I have to papercraft I want to spend it remembering memories or by creating cards that can be given to brighten someone’s day. I hope that someday I will be inspired or have more time to spend being creative in my planner but the journaling aspect of my planner will come in very handy in remembering the moments when I finally get around to scrapbooking them (I’m waaaay behind!! haha!)

#ctmh #plannerpages #thecutshoppe #cutfiles #cricut

So now onto the details of my layout. I started this layout with a White Daisy Cardstock base. Then I grabbed the My Crush® Everyday Life Pages and created a cluster for my photos. Once I had the cluster arranged the way I wanted, I grabbed Magenta Shimmerz Paint and used the packaging technique around the cluster to create interest on the White Daisy Cardstock. The title is from The Cut Shoppe  and cut on a scrap piece of white daisy cardstock that already been covered in mixed media and another My Crush® Everyday Life Page. The embellishments include Heidi Swapp glitter arrows, My Minds Eye black enamel dots, and CTMH (retired) Laughing Lola enamel gems & paperclip bow. Once I had all the papers layered and adhered I added a layer of vellum under my photos. I then added a little black stitching, a couple strips of grey polka dot washi, and my journaling to finish things off.

#ctmh #plannerpages #thecutshoppe #cutfiles #cricut

#ctmh #plannerpages #thecutshoppe #cutfiles #cricut

I’m linking this layout to the The Cut Shoppe ‘Cut It Out’ Challenge.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and found some inspiration from my post! Now it’s time to head to Becca Whitham’s Blog to check out her planner project!

Thanks for stopping by!!
-Kelly