21 November 2013

Kraft-y Hearts Blog Share: Give Thanks (part 1)

Hi All! Welcome to the Kraft-y Hearts Blog Share for the month of November. This month, I decided to make a mini gratitude album using Close To My Heart's Flip Stand Album. Because there's so much to this fun little project, I'll be featuring it all three days of the blog share. So let's take a look!

For all but the cover page in this little album, I used Kraft cardstock and patterned paper from the Huntington Collection by Close To My Heart.

One of the things that I really like about the flip stand is that you can easily remove the hardware in order to slide a piece of patterned paper between the plexiglass frame to customize your stand. It's such a simple way to create a very professional looking project.

Now, let's take a look at the pages:

The first page, above, is cut from vellum that I happened to have in my stash. (I thought it made a nice cover page.) This page, and all of the other base pages featured in this album, are cut from the Artiste Cricut cartridge. The "gratitude" sentiment is from a retired CTMH set and is stamped in Autumn Terracotta Exclusive ink on Kraft cardstock. The "give thanks" embellishment is cut at 3 inches, using Artiste cartridge and Huntington paper. I added tan bitty sparkles and hemp twine for a little accent.

To add interest to this little album, I cut the pages in a variety of shapes and sizes using the mini album page cuts on the Artiste cartridge. The page above is a shorter page with a postage stamp edge. The front has a little picture folder that ties close, and the back is a simple photo mat. The stamped images and sentiment on the front of the page are from a retired stamp set. The pumpkin image on the back of the page is from the Count Your Blessings stamp set and "give thanks" is from the Perfect Fit--Thanksgiving stamp set. I used Autumn Terracotta, Cocoa, and Desert Sand Exclusive inks for the stamping, and Slate Exclusive ink to ink around the edges of the pages throughout the album.

This next page is a very plain base page cut from Kraft cardstock. I added a little album of cardstock and patterned paper for photos. The album is sewn together with hemp twine. I staggered the page lengths and added different edges for interest. The "blessed" sentiment is also from the Count Your Blessings stamp set and is stamped in Autumn Terracotta Exclusive ink. I used a little foam tape between the layers to give the embellishment dimension. A wooden clothes pin from the Mini Medley Wooden Accents does double duty as a closure and cute embellishment.

I added another photo folder on the back of the page. The front is a little poem from one of the zip strips on the Huntington paper. The leaves are punched from Huntington paper. The background layer is Chocolate cardstock, on which I stamped leaves in Cocoa Exclusive ink using the Fall Harvest stamp set (a personal fave). I purposely adhered the folder so that it opened to the right. That way the clothes pin on the front could also act as a closure for is little folder. The inside photo mats are made with Barn Red cardstock and a Huntington zip strip. I used a fancy corner punch on the photo mats to add a little visual interest.

I hope you are enjoying this fun little project. I can't wait to show you more of it tomorrow! For more inspiration today, don't forget to stop over at From My Bungalow and see what the super talented Lynn Darda has in store!


  1. This is darling! I love all the flips and hidden pages for more photo storage. I may me lifting some of these ideas for my RB Christmas gift. Can't wait to see the rest!

  2. So cute, Kim! Like your idea of cutting at different sizes.

  3. Super cute idea. I love the colors and all of those details.

  4. So detailed, so beautiful! Looks great with the mix of different shaped and sized pages, and I love all the different fancy edges you used, too! This is really gorgeous!