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A Joyful (and easy) Banner

Hello again!

Jessica here and I have a fun project to share with you today. I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually get to do a lot of crafting during the holidays. It’s all hosting parties, taking finals, celebrating my birthday and scrambling to get a million things done before Christmas. When I do have a chance to craft, I like to make decor for my house. This year I decided to make a banner for my front porch and was inspired by the Oh So Mini Album in the rounded shape. I had multiple pages made from chipboard in my stash and I thought they’d be perfect to use to make this banner rather than using them as album pages. Now, those Oh So Mini sets come in a few shapes and it would be so fun to mix and match them to make a fun banner for any occasion. I decided to make this one because I had an empty frame on my front porch that was just calling out for something festive and sparkly.

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I kept things affordable by using diecuts and flowers from my stash. Those pinwheels add a lot of dimension at a cost of almost nothing. I also added in some acrylic Fanciful Frames behind the letters. The acrylic adds some sparkle on its own, but I added some snowy white and silver glass glitters to the top of them after running them through my adhesive machine. The letters were actually just some that I typed up in my word processing program, printed out on cardstock, and cut out before attaching them with some foam adhesive. I think that stringing it all on that tinsel trim just makes it. I love the way it all came together.

Well, I hope that you all have had some time to be creative this season. I know it helps put me in a good mood! You can check out all of the Basically Bare products in the online store and you can see projects and happenings on the Basically Bare Facebook page.

Have a very happy holiday season!


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 secondย 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!

Be a Birthday Star!

I’m back!

It’s Wednesday again and that means that good ol’ Jessica has another project to share with you :) This week I thought I’d make some more cards (my stash is running low, you guys. Someone had to get to work around here). I made a set again because chances are that I won’t give them to people that know each other and even if I did, they’re still a dang cute homemade card. You also know that it saves a lot of time to make cards this way (heck, I tell you every time!). Let’s check out this colorful cuteness…


How fun are these? I decided to use my favorite tags (from the Scalloped Tag Set) for the main part of the card. After picking a fun multi-colored star print paper I chose dotted papers that were more solid to use on the tags. I wanted them to match but not be too flat. The papers are attached to the top of the chipboard and cardboard tags and attached to the back of the acrylic tag.



From this angle you can better see the thicknesses of the tags and you can see that I attached the thinner tags with foam adhesive to make them pop up a little more.



This shot shows a close-up of the acrylic tag with the paper attached on the back. You can also see the small embellishments that I used on the card face. The teensy stars were so cute with the paper and the Star die-cut, and the sequins and bling add some fun sparkle.



Here is a close-up of the star on one of the cards. They are all acrylic and come from the Celestial Shapes set. I ran them through an adhesive machine and then glittered them with silver glass glitter. I love the way they pop on the card and coordinate with the paper I used.

I think that does it for this week! I know I’m happy to have some cute new cards to add to my stash and I hope you’re inspired to get creating! Don’t forget to check out the Basically Bare Store and the Basically Bare Facebook page. 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!


Black and White Beauty

Hello and Happy Wednesday again! This week’s project is not birthday themed (I know, you’re welcome). I actually decided to use a set of colors as my theme for the book I made to share with you this week. I chose black, cream, grey, and kraft. I love the way they look together and it makes it easy to use my scraps and random embellishments because all I have to do is grab things that match instead of looking for stuff in my disaster of a room.

Let’s check it out…

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My first step is always to choose my papers, and this was no different. I went through my stash (papers are sorted by color, so its easy for me) and chose the ones that I liked the most, then laid them out in order so I could be sure that they looked good paired up across from each other. I didn’t want extra busy papers fighting each other for attention.DSC_0757 DSC_0758 DSC_0759This is a canvas heart from the Hearts die-cut set. I ran it through my sticker machine and then put the pin through it after I peeled off the backing. It’s perfect on this page with the tape measure paper. ย Gives it a little sewing-themed touch.


These pages above and below are on either side of the acrylic page. Again, I try to set things up so that they look great from all directions and I choose a paper that looks good on both sides to attach to the page. I think it’s all pretty sweet.


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These pages have that adorable envelope in between them, and think it’s such a great feature in the album. On the tab on that chevron page I attached one of the Small Pennants from the die-cut set. A little glitter ribbon and a few sequins add some sparkle to the end of this book.


And that’s it for this week! I hope you like this one, I do :)

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Have a great week, I’ll see you again soon!

Happy Birthday!

Okay. One more birthday-themed layout and then I’ll stop with the birthday madness. It’s obviously out of control at this point. The picture on this guy is from their party five years ago.

The paper I used here is from a carnival-themed set by BoBunny and I thought it would be cute for a birthday layout and it didn’t disappoint. When combined with some Basically Bare canvas and chipboard I think it’s perfect.


How perfect is that ticket shaped cardboard piece? It looks like a solid piece, but it’s actually from the Oh So Mini Album – Ticket set. I covered it in the coordinating paper and cut it to fit, leaving the holes for the rings covered. I just sanded the edges a little to get a distressed look and perfect fit.




The title started with some canvas pieces from the Small Pennants set. I misted them with some red paint mist, then added coordinating paper circles to them with foam adhesive and then I added the letter stickers. The layout has some busy patterns and I wanted the title to be easy to read. I think this does it and the banner made from the pennants is cute!



The circle on the layout was attached with some foam adhesive, so I only used adhesive dots to attach the cardboard page on top. I didn’t want it to be too thick. I just added my journaling to the layout right on the ticket in the space left under the photo. A few more ticket-shaped embellishments from Maya Road and 7 Gypsies finish it off.

Using Basically Bare products that fit a carnival theme was perfect for this layout. I love the look of the tickets and pennant together and they look great here with my birthday boys.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you’ve been inspired and that you’ll stop by the Basically Bare Facebook page and Basically Bare Store to keep up with what’s happening!

Have a great week!

A Birthday Binder

Hello and happy Wednesday!

This week I have another birthday-themed project to share with you and…you’ll never believe it…it’s an album…AND IT ACTUALLY HAS PHOTOS IN IT.

I know. Hold your applause.

Sometimes I like to scrap with girly stuff but don’t have a lot of the photos to go along with the flowers. Having four sons means that I scrap “clean” way more than I get to scrap “pretty.” For this album, things are pretty clean and consistent (as far as page design goes), but I do love it. Tons of great color? Check. Lots of room for photos? Check. A fun theme? Check.

I used the Basically Bare 8×8 Artful Binder and the Variety Expansion Pack for this album. I have a mixture of page styles and chipboard dividers in there and they’re all ready to take a beating. (I’m giving this album to the boys to keep). You can also order the expansion packs in a multipack of individual materials. I like the way mine came out with the variety, but that watercolor paper is divine. Believe me :)

Let me show you what I’m talking about.

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But really, how happy and fun is this album? I actually started it a couple of weeks ago. I painted the cover white (without any kraft color in the papers I thought I’d like it better if the cover matched) and then I covered the pages in the papers I wanted to use. That meant that I just needed to order photos after the party and add them and a little journaling and embellishment to the pages. I actually showed this to the twins after I had done the initial work and they were really excited to see it all done.


How fun is that title page? Acrylic is perfect for layering like this, and I wanted that first page to shine. I think it worked ๐Ÿ˜€

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As for all those pages, you’ll notice that I kept the layouts basically the same. I used one or two photos per page and on the ones with two photos, I called it good and left them alone. On the pages with one photo I added my journaling and embellishment. Breaking an album into steps like this makes it so easy. You can do this for something you want to give as a gift, just prepare beforehand and add photos after the event.

Well, I think that does it for me today. I hope you’re having a great week! Don’t forget to stop by the Basically Bare Facebook page and Basically Bare Store so that you can stay up-to-date on all the fun stuff and peeps around here!

See you next week!

Happy Birthday Cards!

I have a little theme for my next couple of posts. You see, On June 27, 2003 I had these adorable little identical twins boys come into the world. Their birthday is tomorrow and their party is on Sunday. to prep for this I have some cards to share (and a bunch of cupcakes to make but those aren’t coming through the internet to you). I have two styles that I made and I think you’ll like them.

First up, some cards that are mostly basic but with a little sparkle. One of the boys actually walked into my craft room when I was taking pictures of these and was like “Wow! That shiny stuff on those is really cool!” You heard it here first. Shiny stuff is cool to almost twelve-year-old boys. :)

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I started with a base and the sentiment card. These are pretty easy to find as parts of the sheets of paper for pocket scrapbooking or as part of the sets of pocket pieces. The acrylic cards are part of a set made for pocket scrapbooking. The Mixed Media Card Set can be used for pocket scrapbooking or anything else (like cards!). I used Staz-On ink to stamp patterns on the pieces after I trimmed them slightly and rounded the corners. I attached the cards to the acrylic and the acrylic to the card base with foam adhesive. There was a perfect spot left for a little bow. Quick, easy, and cute.

The other cards I have to share have room for a little gift for the birthday boy or girl. I love these ones and am going to have to make a zillion more.

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Seriously. Love them. I used more pocket style cards for the sentiments (hey, that’s part of why they’re so quick!), and I used them to make a pocket…for a tag that holds a gift card! They slip into the front of the card and the inside is blank for your message to the recipient. I used foam adhesive to attach the pocket and leave space for the tag. These are from the Scalloped Tag Set and one is made of watercolor paper and one is made of stiff felt. There are also cards made from chipboard, cardboard, and acrylic. You could use any one of them on this card, I just chose these because I wanted them to be plain white to coordinate with the paper. A little ribbon on the tag and some buttons/sequins finish things off with a little dimension and fun.

Okay, that’s it for today! I have four cards to add to my birthday stash (which is pretty empty at the moment), and hopefully you have some ideas that you can use to make cards of your own.

As always, you’ll want to stop by the Basically Bare Facebook page to check out projects and say hello, and you can see all of the goodies over at the Basically Bare Store.

Have a great weekend! I’ll be partying (at a trampoline place *shudder*), baking cupcakes and trying to fit in some homework :)



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!