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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!

Be Awesome!

Hello and happy Wednesday again! It’s Jessica again and I can’t wait to share the album I altered with you today.

I started off with another fabulous Rowdy Roadster album and combined it with some very fun boy papers and now I can’t wait to fill it with photos of all these boys I have running around here.


You have to love a paper line that includes a sticker that says “Be Awesome.” I had to include that on the cover (and in the title of this post, obviously). I made this one in the same way that I lay out most of my albums. When choosing papers I really try to look and see how things are layering and where something peeks through. I like for everything to not just coordinate color-wise, but to look good together without being too busy.













I like to tie ribbon on the spiral binding, but with the boy theme I’m going for that wasn’t my first choice. I decided to weave some twine into the binding and I love the way it looks.

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I think that pretty much covers it! I still love this album and all the fun shapes. It was perfect for the travel album I made a while back and it is perfect for this too.

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Have a great week!

Summer Fun!

Hello and happy Wednesday again! I’m back today with a little summer-themed mini to share with you. I love the colors in this paper, and I wanted to make an album that would be perfect for summer photos and keepsakes. The Basically Bare Krafty Keepsakes album was just what I was looking for!

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But seriously, this album is a lot of fun. I love the envelopes in these albums for keepsakes or for more of the photos that you want to keep but maybe don’t feel like featuring in the album. Toss in wristbands or tickets from the places you visit on your vacation and you can keep it all in this fun little keepsake!DSC_0770 DSC_0771 DSC_0772 DSC_0773

Again, the pages are fairly simple, both to keep them mostly flat so that the album lays nicely and also so that it’s easy to put photos in the album later.

My method on this one is basically the same as the others I make. I start by laying out the papers and pairing them up in sets that coordinate but aren’t too busy together.

I think that wraps it up for me today. I hope you like this fun little album! Be sure to say hello and check out the projects on the Basically Bare Facebook page and snoop around for some goodies to add to your scrap supply wish list over in the Basically Bare store.

Have a great week!

Shapely Summer Fun

Hello again! Today I have a Simply Shapely album to share with you and I hope you love it!

I started with this fun album and chose a kit that I had to go along with it. The kit is pretty eclectic (kind matches an album full of pages in different styles) and I think it is a lot of fun with the different colors and papers. The pages in the album really do a lot to show off the papers and embellishments while still looking amazing on their own.

Okie dokie, let’s look at some pages!



I loved using a pretty modern paper on the cover and mixing it with some elements that were a little more vintage/traditional. I can never seem to resist a big ol’ fun flower.



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I tried to use a different mix of embellishments on each page. I had a few different types to use, from a pack of button-style embellishments to some enamel drops to a mix of paper and printed acrylic/vellum. I tried to mix them up together and include some sparkle when I could.




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I attached items to the felt page with a mixture of edge-to-edge adhesive and adhesive dots.



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I added in some washi tape from my stash for a little something extra on a few pages. I like to try to keep things pretty flat inside the pages so that it will lay nicely. Plus sometimes those thick embellishments tear up photos.


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More edge-to-edge adhesive here. I have room for plenty of photos in this album, even with the embellishments.



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I kept the acrylic page pretty simple in this one. I may decide to add some more to it once the pictures are in. but I thought I’d keep my options open.



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Ah, this page. That dang gold and acrylic embellishment gave me nothing but troubles in pictures. Please forgive me :)





That is it! As far as actually putting the album together, I attached paper to pages with a mix of liquid and glue sticks, then trimmed with scissors or a craft knife. I sanded the edges to get a clean look. I was back and forth with the embellishments. I did the pages where the paper was crying out for some attention first and then went back and added the rest.

I had fun with this mini (but I do enjoy making a mini album). There have been some great projects shared here on the blog lately, so be sure to look around if you haven’t for a while. Also, be sure to stop by the Basically Bare Facebook page and the Basically Bare store.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Gratitude Mini Album

Hi everyone!  Marilyn here today to share one of Basically Bare’s great albums.  For today’s project, I used the Oh So Mini Tabbed Album.  This is a great ringed album and you can personalize it with your choice of a variety of materials (chipboard, felt, watercolor paper, and/or acrylic).  For mine, I chose to go with all chipboard.

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I used a Farm House 6×6 paper pad to cover all my pages.

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I used mini Cabinet Card frames. and Found Relatives from Tim Holtz, and stickers from my stash.

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An assortment of rub-ons, Tim Holtz Photobooth Vintage Photos, and journaling tags.

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These albums can function as mini-scrapbooks, art journals, or photo albums.

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Or you can do what I did and just have fun with them.

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I always leave the backs of my albums plain.  In this case, I added white rub-ons to the top two corners and the middle bottom.

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Until later……………………

What the Heck Do I Do With All These ATC’s?


We’ve all been there. Realizing we’ve been swapping ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) for a decade or longer – and having received literally hundreds if not thousands of wonderful miniature works of art – and having absolutely no idea what to do with them. They definitely must be saved – they’re far too precious and beautiful to be thrown away – and stuffing them out of sight in shoe boxes and the like in closets just doesn’t do them justice.

That’s when I discovered the Basically Bare Mixed Media Spiral Bound Album “Tiny Tabs.” This 5 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ wide wire spiral bound album is constructed of chipboard and acrylic tabbed pages. And, because I was going to use the album to showcase other art work I didn’t use the album to its full potential, it is strong and resilient and will take sprays and inks and almost every medium you can throw on it! I only used soft gel medium to adhere printed papers to the chipboard pages.

I had just received a PLP swap (Pocket Letter Pal), so I had a collection of nine ATC’s from one person (Tammy van Erp of Canada) which all went together beautifully, and I decided to combine them with the provocative words of poet JP Bloch. I printed out the poems I wanted to include on black cardstock and ran them through the Heidi Swapp Minc machine and gold foiled the writing. It doesn’t show up at all well in the photos, but it’s a knock out in person!


I chose to trim the bottom edge of each page, but it’s not necessary, I just liked the way it looked…and enjoyed the way it felt being held in the hand.

Here are a few photos of the other pages of Tammy and Jon’s work being showcased in the Tiny Tabs album. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s the perfect album for storing and showing off your collection of ATC’s (or small photographs).

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The acrylic tab pages are just terrific to divide your album into sections if you would like (I used them them to separate the different areas of life the poems in each section pertained) – or you could use them like the other pages and have an addition tab to add a note or journaling.



One of the other super things about the Tiny Tabs album that I just love is the way the album is constructed, which makes it possible to ‘fan’ open and display as a sort of paper sculpture rather than just a book or photo album. It makes it intriguing and makes you want to look further and see what’s inside!


So get yourself a Basically Bare Tiny Tabs album, get those ATC’s out of those shoeboxes and drawers, and start showing them off in real style!

Thanks for visiting!



Tiny Tabs Family Album

Hello again and happy Wednesday!

This is Jessica again and I have another fun mini album to share with you today.  I had so much fun making this one and I love how it came together.  It’s all ready for me to fill with some photos (I plan on printing some favorites from my Instagram).

Check it out!

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I worked with a kit on this one for my papers and embellishments. It was kind of nice and made it that much quicker to put together.  You can always create your own kit by pulling coordinating items from your stash. Smaller albums like this Tiny Tabs album are so great for using up your stash of scraps (and if you’re like me you have a TON of scraps).

I used washi tape from my stash too, for some of the acrylic tabbed pages. The key to working with acrylic is choosing items that look good from both sides. An adhesive that covers from edge to edge also allows you to place your papers and embellishments anywhere on the acrylic without having to worry about covering your dots or runner marks. I also tried to place items on those pages in a way that looked good from both sides of the page.

The last thing I kept in mind while planning this album was placement of the embellishments. I wanted to be sure that I could fit at least one 3×3 photo per page. Now I can either choose to print those at home or order them from my favorite developer.

Well, that’s it for me today! I hope you’re having a great week and I’ll be back with more projects this month. Don’t forget to go like the Basically Bare Facebook page!


Mini Book of Quotes

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.  I’ve created a mini book of quotes using 3″ x 4″ pieces of acrylic, watercolor paper, corrugated paper, and chipboard.

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Using Art Anthology’s smooth paste, I randomly added some to the acrylic cover.  A flower was add to the corner with a brad and a sticker was added to the reverse side to cover the brad.

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Each page was stenciled and/or inked and a variety of embellishments, die cuts and stickers were added to each page.  I tore the corrugated page and rough paste was added to the page.

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Quotes were added to each page, then the book was bound  with a Bind-it-all.

It may be small, but this mini book holds so much.

Thanks for stopping by today.





Artful Travel Binder

Hi everyone Steph here today working with one of the fabulous Basically Bare  Artful Binders.  These binders come in assorted sizes and I’m working with the 8″ x 8″ one today.  This chipboard binder is heavy quality and  comes with 4 assorted pages.



I wanted to allow the raw edges of the binder to show, so I cut cardstock and pattern paper smaller than the binder.  After adding the primary layer, I tied some coordinating May Arts ribbon around the album, then added assorted layers on top.



The interior of the album is covered simply with more coordinating papers in keeping with the travel theme.


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The included pages consist of chipboard, corrugated board, canvas, acrylic and watercolor paper.  Each page is perfect for adding your own personal  touches.

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A stencil or two plus some spray inks adds some visual interest on the canvas sheet.  Several added tags provide more journaling and photo opportunities.

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The acrylic page is fun to add assorted elements on.  I chose to ink the edges and add several words.


This is a fun album to work with and has so many options.  Additional expansion packs are available to add more pages to your album.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Create Notebook



Jules here.  For the longest time I have kept a note book that I fill with creation inspiration: layout sketches, inking ideas, paint mixing and color combos.  You name it and I put it into my little 3×5 notebook.  While the note book was handy and could fit into my purse, it became cumbersome.  My inkings ran into my paints and I could never find the card or layout sketch when I needed it. What has proven to work much better is a Basically Bare’s Artful Binder.  These come in a variety of sizes and I went with the 9×11.


To decorate the front of my Create notebook, I cut an assortment of flowers from a paper by American Craft.  I used Art Anthology’s Sorbet Dimensional Paint in Vegas Gold and Art Anthology’s Velvet Dimensional Paint in Basil to paint the flowers.  These paints not only add dimension but they add POW to any project.  While the flowers dried, I covered the exterior of the notebook with more of the American Craft paper and sealed it with Helmar’s Textured Effects.  This sealer can give paper a fabric finish and I love it.  I sealed the flowers with Beacon’s Fast Finish Decoupage for durability. IMG_4778

I layered the flowers on the cover and wound ribbon from May Arts Ribbons around the spine.


Because of the wonderful dividers that accompany the notebook, I’ll never have sketches and inks co-mingling again.  Not only that, but additional inserts can be purchased as well.





I included pockets and sliders and left plenty of room for the additional inserts and notepaper.  I think I am going to find this Create notebook far more user friendly than the one I used before.

Products used.

BASICALLY BARE:  Artful Binder

ART ANTHOLOGY:  Sorbet Dimensional Paint in Vegas Gold; Velvet Dimensional Paint in Basil

May Arts Ribbons

American Craft papers.