Category Archives: Albums

Mixed Media Junk Journal

Hi crafty friends! I wanted to make something that wasn’t Xmas themed even though it is coming up. I like to be different ! Anyhow, I have been wanting to do a Junk Journal using the Timeless Tab Album from Basically Bare Online Shop


I first took it apart and papered some of the pages from the album, I also used the inserts from the Prima Mixed Media 7×9 Album. Which includes paper tags, plain canvas sheets, watercolor papers, resist canvas sheets, plastic sleeves, double sided card stock, photo insert sheets. I also added some double sided designer folders from a Heidi Swap pkg I had in my stash. I left it blank because this will be going to a friend for Xmas. I will post a video link once I upload it , it will contain the rest of the pages that aren’t pictured here. I didn’t want this blog to be too long. The papers that I used were some of my favorite from The Paper Studio, Haberdashery & Kellerkurtz&Company . 


In the above photo collage are some of the pages from my album. I also used one of the adorable frames from Basically Bare called Fanciful Frames  , I used one of the chipboard ones that I embossed in Black embossing powder. I loved how it looked on the front cover page. I added a tiny doily with a ivory flat back pearl to accent the frame. I hot glued it on, after I had already glued some wide vintage lace and a beautiful vintage appliqué . I will be posting a link to my video that shows a more extensive look at this journal . I hope you like it and will order your self this or other selections of albums from the Basically Bare Online Store




“12 Days of Christmas”

Hi crafty friends!! I am FINALLY here to bring you my 3rd project that was for the month of November. Unfortunetly I have been under the weather and also hospitalized for a little so I fell behind. I actually was almost done with my project when I got sick . So luckily I didn’t have a whole lot to catch up on. Anyhow, here is the 1st half of the project that I have made. I am using the theme song “12 Days of Christmas” . I have some rubber stamps that have each of the numbers (ex: 5 Golden Rings…6 French Hens….etc.. So I was anxious to use them for the first time on this project. 


I began with the plain sheet of the 12X12 Corrugated Cardboard that Basically Bare carries. I decided to paper it with DCWV “The Christmas Combo Stack”, I love these papers for many reasons, one is that they are sturdy, two the colors are beautiful and three they can be used just as a layout just like I decided to do. I got an idea that I would make it like a layout / peek-a-boo album. If that makes any sense to you. In my mind it does. So I papered both sides and then I added the pages off of one of the Ringed Binders , I used the “Bracket Album”. If I post every  single detail that I did to this, I’ll have too long of a blog post lol but I did some spraying with Lindy’s Sprays, I used some of the thicker gold embossing powder because I didn’t have any thinner one. I also incorporated a theme from an online game I play, it’s kind of looking for hidden objects, so since the embossing powder was kinda of thick on the stamped images, you can kinda tell where the images are of the 1-6 “12 Days of Christmas ” are at. The numbers are easy to make out just the image it’s self is tricky. But if you know the song, then it shouldn’t be too hard. Anyhow here are the rest of the process pictures. I will be making another page for the rest of the 7-12 in my next project. These corrugated pkgs. come with (2) pages. I hope you get what I tried doing. Isn’t that strange when you know in your mind what your trying to create but sometimes others don’t?! Lol, just be open minded 😉 and you yourself can create something outside the box using the products from this great online store Basically Bare!!

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Fall Artful Binder Page

Good morning everyone!  Today I created a page using the 6×6 Artful Binder 6×6 Watercolor Expansion Pack.  I use my 6×6 Artful Binder as an art journal; it’s so easy to remove the pages to work on.

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First, I misted my watercolor paper with water then sprayed Barbie, Salmon, Granny Smith, and Siesta Key Colorations on to get my background started.  I then stenciled some squares using one of the Off the Grid Layered Stencils and then stenciled some Chevrons using Bronze Metal Effects through the Tick Tock stencil.

I die cut the Tree of Life from Tattered Lace, sprayed it with Salted Caramel, French Toast, and Juicy Colorations and glued it down.  The leaf was something I had laying around on my desk.  I then stamped FALL using the Almano stamp set from Technique Junkies,

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A couple of closeups of my page.

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It’s now been placed in my 6×6 Artful Binder.

Hope you enjoy this today and can get an idea how versatile our Artful Binders and the Expansion Packs can be.

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Until later………………

Supplies Used
Basically Bare:  6×6 Artful Binder, 6×6 Watercolor Expansion Pack
Art Anthology:  Barbie, Salmon, Granny Smith, Siesta Key, Salted Caramel, Fench Toast, and Juicy Colorations; Gold and Bronze Metal Effects
Tatttered Lace:  Tree of Life die
Technique Junkies:  Alnamo Stamp Set

Christmas Days

Hi Suzz here.  I am back to share more of the Flip Advent Calendar made from the awesome Basically Bare Easy Easel.


Basically Bare – Easy Easel, Hero Arts – Snowflake, Madonna and Child, Idea-Ology Tissue Tape, Momento, Stampendous – Numbers, Tsukineko – Gold Glitz

I finished my album off with a few religious images.  I painted a touch of gesso on the paper and stamped the image using a black archival ink.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card, Scalloped Tags, Kaisercraft – paper, Stampendous Numbers

I had some beautiful paper that looked like a stained glass window and what better way to frame it than to take the Acetate Scalloped tag and lay it over the top. I applied a touch of alcohol inks and blending solution to the acetate tag to create a warm aged feel.  I edged the tag with gold krylon pen to gild it.  I then attached the paper to the back side of the tag. I added a gold star to the top to cover the hole of the tag.


Basically Bare – Scalloped Tag, October Afternoon, Memory Box – Merry Christmas, Hero Arts -Numbers

This is the Basically Bare Scalloped tag decorated with a mix of papers and a few tiny stamped touches.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card, October Afternoon, Penny Black, Mementa Stamps, Hero Arts – Number, Ranger Distress Ink – Fossilized Amber, Ranger Archival Ink

A snowy scene stamped over The Night Before Christmas paper.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card, Acetate, Indigo Blue Deer, Memory Box Snowflakes, October Afternoon

With the acetate it is tricky to place things in a way it looks visually pleasing on both sides of the calendar. I covered the word Joy with the snowflake. The buck actually was stamped on the reverse side and becomes  a reverse image on the back.


Basically Bare – Easy Easel, October Afternoon

A cute layering of deer and a doily with a few accents of holly and ribbon.


Basically Bare – Easy Easel, October Afternoon, Hero Arts

A simple layering of cute papers with vintage images.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card, Mementa, Inkadinkado, Hero Arts, Gesso, Color Pencils, Stampendous Glitter

I used the mixed media card set and  scalloped tag set to add additional pages along with the Easy Easel.  All the items area available to purchase on-line at the Basically Bare retail shop.

I hope you enjoyed wandering through a few more pages of the Christmas Count Down!


Flip Advent Calendar

Hi Suzz here.

I was inspired to create an  Advent Flip Calendar using the Easy Easel Album. 


Authentique, Basically Bare Easy Easel, Momento Stamps, Memory Box, 7 Gypsies, Stampendous

Santa had to lead off day one and be the main cover for the advent calendar.


Authentique, Stampendous, October Afternoon, Cork letter, STAEDTLER watercolor

Day 2 has a little tyke sharing his big candy cane over Twas the Night before Christmas paper.


Penny Black, October Afternoon, Stampendous, Inkadinkado

Day Three Shows Santa on his journey around the world.


Basically Bare – Celestial Shapes and Angel Wings, Stampendous Glitter

Day Four highlights the felt scalloped tag from the Scalloped Tag Set with a set of glittery wings from the wings die cuts and finished off with a shiny star from the Celestial Shapes Die Cuts.


Stampendous, Memory Box, Technique Tuesday, Ranger Distress Ink – Fossilized Amber, STAEDTLER watercolor, October Afternoon

Day 5 is a host of birds sitting in the berries.


Basically Bare – Scalloped Tag Set, Authentique, October Afternoon

Day Six is Jolly St Nick on a Basically Bare Scalloped Tag.


Artistic Outpost, October Afternoon, Momento, Stampendous

Day 7 has Frosty enjoying the snowy weather.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card Set, Washi Tape, Indigo Blue, October Afternoon

Day 8 was hard to get a great photo but the beautiful acetate from the Mixed Media Card Set is the base for the handsome buck.



Inkdadinkado, Momento, Stampendous, Darkroom Door,

Day 9 lets us know that a visit from Santa is coming and we better be on our best behavior.


Stampers Anonymous, October Afternoon, Momento

Day 10 is a vintage gent silhouette bringing the wreaths in preparation for Christmas.


October Afternoon, Hero Arts

Day 11 is another Mixed Media Card with a fun retro image skating along.  I will be back to share the remainder of the album soon!

The easy easel  album came with a certain number of pages.  I had to add extra pages to have enough for the 25 days of Christmas.  I used the mixed media card set and  scalloped tag set to add additional pages.  All the items area available to purchase on-line at the Basically Bare retail shop.


It’s Gonna Be Funky !

Amanda HERE again!

I can not wait to show you this fun little travel book I worked on this weekend!

I Love using my stash! This week I am using the fun and

Funky Findings Album

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This fun little album with all its pockets and tabbed pages is a perfect fit for your purse.  I love having a little book like this with me during travels..I can keep receipts/ticket stubs and it even has a little chain to hold trinkets.  Jot down your little notes and memories with ease allowing you to go home and simply add pictures!

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Steampunk Mini

HI Crafty Friends!! So for my 1st project for the month of November, I thought I would do something that I most definitely have taken a liking to. This would be making mini albums! I have enjoyed playing around with all of the different Albums that Basically Bare carries! This time I decided to create this not so mini using the Delightful Doors Album in combination with one of my favorite paper collections  from Graphic45 ” Steampunk Debutante” , I also combined some papers from Marion Smith ”  Timekeeper” & “Nirvana”. They all went very well together I thought so anyway! 


  • This album was very simple to take apart, I then traced the pages on the design papers that I picked out. On the front flaps I added black card stock for the background then adhered my chosen papers, I also used ivory card stock for the inner flaps and then just used design paper to make some pockets and added some tags that came with the Graphic45 paper. As for the canvas sheet that comes in the album, I sprayed one side using Lindy’s spray and on the other side I used Tattered Angels sheer spray, then I applied my paper, added hears on one end. I also embellished the rest of the album with flat flowers, pockets with tags. I didn’t want to make it too bulky. I hope you like how this turned out. I will be making a video offering more input on what I made. I made 3 picture collages so I could share all the pages without taking up too much room. I hope you will take a look at this and many more different albums you can play with, just head over to Basically Bare Online Shop
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Quick and Easy Halloween Album

Hello again! Jessica here, back from the crazy that is this semester. Well, not really back so much as able to come up for air for a minute :)

I have the cutest little album to share with you today. I really haven’t had a ton of time for things that aren’t homework lately, but it felt amazing to get into my scrapbook room to work on this. I have a lot of Halloween supplies, but they tend to sit and gather dust because the holidays hit fast after trick-or-treating. I happened to have some time on Friday and this thing came together in no time. It all started with the Tiny Tabs album. Check it out!


I love the bright colors on this thing and it looks adorable standing up on a table. The pen lines around the edges of the covers and pages are a fun detail (that doesn’t cost a thing). Check out the pages and I’ll tell how I put it all together (and finished it with photos on Sunday).


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So, do you think I have ever had an album completely done the day after a holiday? Heck no! I was able to do that this time because I used my Instax Mini to take the photos and just stuck them all in the next day. I even have room on each photo for a little journaling. This is the second Tiny Tabs album I’ve worked with and they are so ridiculously fun. Maybe I’ll challenge myself to use up some of my tons of scraps on the next one.

Well, I hope you are inspired to take some time to get some of those Halloween photos into an album! Be sure to stop by the Facebook page and Basically Bare store to stay up to date with everything that’s going on. Have a great week!

My Journey Journal Page #4

Good Morning!

Amanda HERE  , Today I am bringing what will be my final show for the large

8 1/2 x  11″ Artful Binder 

This has been a fun project and the truth is we could go on and on. We have so many wonderful refills in so many wonderful textures. I hope maybe you will share with us what you have done with your artful binder “)

My Journal pg 4 My Journal pg 4-1This last page includes pockets full of messages written on chalk board paper with a chalkboard pen.  I also added the canvas hearts from our amazing embellishment line!


” Romantic Shabby Lace Book Binder”

  • Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you a project that I am really hoping that you can get some kind of inspiration from.  I was very excited when I received  this in my design team package because I immediately noticed how sturdy this album was and I really wanted it to be something other than your typical photo album , scrapbook album, etc. I have seen different types of Lace Books, Doily Books, Fabric Books, but I wanted something to store the laces that I will purposely skip by when looking thru my drawer of laces only because they are the one’s that are soooo stunning (yes I know all laces are) but these are the one’s you don’t want to use in your projects only because I guess you feel maybe you will never come across them again, or idk what kind of silly misconception we have for doing this , that word everyone knows and isn’t ashamed to even say it lol (HOARDING)! image
  • I decided that this Artful Album would be the perfect size and I really like how sturdy it is. Here is the beginning of its transformation.  This is the 8.5 X 11 binder (before) image
  • I began by applying a coat of  white acrylic gesso to the edges that I would be painting.  image
  • Then I painted the edges using Craft Smart Light Pink Acrylic Paint. I only painted the edges because I would be applying some design paper to the album. image
  • I then picked out some beautiful papers from DCWV ” The Primrose” stack & from Craft&You “Vintage Time” I adhered one beautiful pattern on the outer panels of the album. Then the beautiful printed paper in the interior panels,
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  • I then chose this stunning white fabric to cover the whole album
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  • I then began working on the inside. There are 3 tabbed chipboard inserts that come with the album it’s self. I had also received the Add-on Expansion pack, that you can get separately where I was able to get another piece of the same tabbed chipboard. Add-on Expansion pack. With these I made a template of a spool shaped inserts to use to wrap my favorite Venice laces/trims. Here is how I made the templates then adhered pattern paper to them as well followed by distress inks around the edges ( Vintage Photo & Victorian Velvet) image
  • I also had some other templates that were smaller to hold my smaller laces , so I just made the holes on them to align with the binder. You can’t see it very well on the photo but I used the acrylic piece that came in the expansion pack at the beginning of the laces. I wanted to just keep them separate from the front inner part of the album where I added a small colorful clothes pin to hold some journaling papers, just for added decor as well in the middle part of the inner binding I used this stunning ruffle trim and added some small rose cabochons.
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Finally on the outside of the album, I definitely wanted to use one of the ” Basically Embellies” dress forms. They come 3 to a pack , sm, med, lg.  Dress form die cuts. So I traced the dress form on the same floral paper that I used in the inside of the album. Adhered it with mod podge and added some beautiful white ruffled lace and pink lace with embroidered roses on it and added an adorable bow on front for a more dainty look.  I also used a different pink embroidered trim on the edge of the album along with some pearl flat back trim. On the outer binding I sprayed some rosette trim that was white with some Lindy’s sprays ( Plumeria Pink) and added some ivory lg. Flat back pearls.  As an added little something, I added this lg. Handmade stick pin. imageIimage

You can find all of the products that I used and more  at . I truly hope that you like my project and that the many uses of these albums is endless. I know this will be one of my most treasured pieces and I hope I inspired you to think “outside the box” Peace, love , & many hugs!!