The Highlights of 2018 Mini Album with Jennifer McMurtrey

Hello Elle’s Studio friends! To say I’m excited to share my first blog post as a member of the 2019 Elle’s Studio Design Team would be an understatement! Just know that I’m super excited and we’ll leave it at that. 

Let’s talk about social media and using it for memory keeping—I love that having these apps allows me to keep a running history of my life. Whenever I need to remember a date or find a specific photo, I scroll through my timeline or feed to get the information. Since it would be impossible for me to scrapbook every one of these photos, I decided to create a mini album highlighting my favorite memories from each month of 2018.

List of products: Pink Acrylic Album, January 2019 Kit, January 2019 Digital Cut File, January Labels, So Loved Shipping Tags, January Blank Label Stickers, Heart and Star Acetate Die Cuts, XO Wood Confetti, Linked Wood Veneer Hearts, Wood Veneer Hearts, Round Months of the Year Wood Veneer, All My Heart 6 x 6 Paper Stack, Happy Heart Stamp, Title Builder Stamp, Here and Now Stamp, Large Jane Number Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp – Outline, Noteworthy Puffy Stickers

Creating the cover took a little bit of time because I was gluing so many small pieces with the XO Wood Confetti to the Pink Acrylic Album. To make this a bit easier, I placed all of the x’s and o’s within the Linked Wood Veneer Hearts and covered the entire area with washi tape. Next, I slowly peeled the tape back with all of the confetti attached. Doing this allowed me to put glue on all of the pieces at once and then stick them back down in one fell swoop. To ensure everything stayed where I wanted it, I left the tape on until the glue was dry.

With each of my 12 photos printed, I went about creating the pages of the album. Each month is identified using the Round Months of the Year Wood Veneer pieces. These provided me with a simple and consistent way to label each page.

I kept the journaling to a minimum and let the pictures speak for themselves. Each page is single-sided to keep the album simple and is embellished with bits from the January Kit and add-ons. You’ll also find the hearts and heart banner die cuts from the January 2019 Digital Cut File on various pages. I love adding cut files to my projects to give them that extra bit of oomph. 

When I am scrapbooking, I try not to sugar coat anything because I want the stories to be a true reflection of the event. The picture of my kids not wanting their picture taken is a prime example. While the photo isn’t the best, it records the day perfectly.

When using the kits, I love trying to find new or different uses for the 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ journaling tags. Don’t be afraid to cut them up to fit your needs, just as I’ve done on several pages in the album. 

Another fun trick is to attach one of the 3″ x 4″ journaling tags to a smaller piece of patterned paper to create a uniquely sized page in the album. With the November page, I did just that and used “Hello” from Title Builder Stamp on the bottom half of the card. I love the peek-a-boo effect it creates with the next, and final, page of the album.

I hope my album will provide the inspiration you need to get those photos printed and your memories recorded!

It has been so inspiring to see all the projects created with the January 2019 Kit. Please be sure to share your projects with us in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group or on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create!!

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