Birthdays are all about celebrations large and small – about making memories. What better way to save those memories than recording them in a personalized mini album? This clean and simple Birthday Memories Star Album is a sassy little (5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) album for memory keeping.
Ta da! Can you believe it? There is actually a slideshow video walkthrough for the album! I know! My very first! It’s just a simple browse of the album. I’m very much still learning this whole video thing… I hope you enjoy it!
Star Of The Show
Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper (DSP) is the star of the show. When I saw the images in this bright and cheery DSP I knew it would be perfect for a Star Album. This 6″x6″ DSP is packed with happy. Each sheet features a photo realistic image side with a coordinating pattern on the flip side. There are 48 sheets in each pack – 4 each in 12 different designs.
Clean & Simple
The album is decorated very simply and very cleanly. No extra pockets or tags. Just clean pages with mats for photos and/or journaling. Minimal embellishments for simplicity. Three basic page layouts are used throughout the album with minor variations. This makes it relatively easy to make this album and give it to a friend celebrating a birthday.
More Favorite Things Used To Decorate This Album
Love the Picture Perfect Party DSP but other Stampin’ Up! products deserve a little shout out for helping to make this album so stinkin’ cute.
Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie
This stuff rescued my album cover. It is so hard to decide how to decorate a cover but the Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie coordinated beautifully with the album theme and the DSP. It’s also a huge bargain. Each package contains 3 bags of shreddie in 3 bags – 1 each of 3 colors: dark pink, silver, white. It’s available only while the 2018 Occasions Catalog is around (through May 31, 2018).
Birthday Banners Photopolymer Stamp Set
What can I say? The images in this stamp set are adorable and the sentiments have just the right mix of sweet and sour. Love a little snarky now and then.
Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
This is an incredibly versatile die set. It is designed to coordinate with the Birthday Banners stamp set but it can be used for so much more. Use it whenever you want to create a banner or pop-up a sentiment. You can use almost any photopolymer stamp with it because they can be bent to fit the banner shape.
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- Step-by-step instructions for building the album including pictures,
- Ideas and tips for decorating each page set and
- Templates for each layout design.
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Stampin’ Up! Products Used To Make This Album
This is a complete convenient shopping list of the Stampin’ Up! products used to make the Birthday Memories Star Album. Let your fingers do the shopping!
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This Woven Heart Valentine Card was a surprise Valentine’s Day treat for my sweetie. My hubby has a big heart so he deserved a big-hearted card.
Layout Design Step Up
The layout for this card was inspired by a Valentine card created by Mary Fish. Mary’s card has a great mixture of layer shapes and sizes as well as masculine colors. I decided to change the layers it up a bit and stepped up by using a bigger center heart and by weaving the paper for it.
Make A Woven Heart
Do you remember making pot holders on those little metal looms when you were a kid? That’s pretty much what I did to make this heart.
Step 1 – Cut Strips Of DSP
Cut 1/2” strips of the Wood Textures DSP in approximately 6 1/2” lengths. It’s a great way to use up scraps. Note: The length of the strips depends on what you want to do with the woven paper. For example – the size of the woven paper will need to fit the die you plan to use.
Step 2 – Make A Paper “Loom”
Arrange 9 strips of paper next to each other aligned vertically. Gently secure the top end of each strip to your work surface using removeable tape. This creates a “loom” for you. I used Scotch® Removeable Double Sided Tape for this. Again – the number of strips varies with how you intend to use the woven paper.
Step 3: Weave Over and Under
Working gently, begin horizontally weaving strips into the vertical “loom”. For Row 1: Slide the strip under the leftmost (or first) vertical strip, over the second one, over the third one and so on. When you have finished weaving in the strip, use your fingers to gently push it up as close to the taped end as possible. For Row 2: start by placing it over the leftmost strip, under the second strip etc. Again, gently push it as close to the strip above it as possible. Repeat Row 1 and Row 2 weaving patterns until you get to the bottom or have as much woven paper as you need. Remember to keep pushing the woven strips as close to each other as possible. You may have to do this again when you get to the bottom.
Step 4: Secure The Weaved Strips
Carefully take the removeable tape off. Flip the woven paper over and place it facedown on your work table. Remove one of the protective covers from a Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet (they have one on each side) and very carefully lay the sticky side down on the woven paper. Make sure there are no air bubbles by gently pressing it down. Do not remove the second protective cover from the adhesive sheet.
Step 5: Die Cut The Heart
Use a Sweet & Sassy Framelits die to cut a heart from the center of the woven paper. Viola! You have created a beautiful woven heart. When you’re ready to use it, peel the protective cover from the back and adhere it to your project.
Embellish To Your Heart’s Desire
Embellish the card front as you like. I used Linen Thread, Touches of Nature Elements and 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon to add masculine textures. The Stitched Shapes Square also adds interest. I offset the design elements to one side of the card and used Stampin’ Dimensions (of course) to add multiple levels.
Finish the Inside
A special card like this Woven Heart Valentine Card deserves the extra touch of decorating the inside. Layer a coordinating color cardstock behind the sentiment stamped in a coordinating color on Whisper White cardstock. This sentiment comes from the Sure Do Love You stamp set. I used Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ ink to stamp it.
Stampin’ Up! Products Used To Make this card
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I hope you make the Woven Heart Valentine Card and give it to someone you love. It’s always a good thing to share some love. Peace and two paws up.