Vacation memory book (1).

Posted by Michelle on April 19th, 2011 . Filed under: American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket, Gift Packaging, It's in the Bag!, Papertrey Ink, The Girls' Paperie .

I’m not a scrapbooker and I think I would like it, but the big things for me are the organization and the storage.  I like to make things and give them away hence having no problem with storage and having to keep more stuff in my house.  That being said, I do like the idea of documenting memories in a special/handcrafted way.  So I stocked up on the lil’ coasters from Papertrey Ink when they came out a few months ago and knew that little books were in my future.

I  made this little coaster book for my son before we left on our cruise.  I alternated coasters and little Maya Road kraft envelopes so that there were little compartments to put little pieces from the trip:  the room card, little pictures taken with my new Instax camera (purchased free with Swagbucks!), and other ephemera.

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I covered each coaster front and back with patterned papers from Cosmo Cricket’s Salt Air collection.

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I wooshed some Tim Holtz paint on the edges of the coasters and the envelopes.

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I embellished with anything that felt good in the moment – a Flair badge from American Crafts, felt embellies from Maya Road, chipboard from Cosmo Cricket, and Jenni Bowlin bingo cards.

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Stickers from Cosmo Cricket.

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I left little places throughout the book where he could write a little note or thought about his great adventures.

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Prima flowers topped with buttons – even a Mickey Mouse one!

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A journaling spot from The Girls’ Paperie, and some summery chipboard from American Crafts.

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A fun canvas piece from Prima.

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More stickers from The Girls’ Paperie.

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The back of the book with an October Afternoon wildcard and another Mickey Mouse button.

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All packaged up for a surprise gift when we get home.

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A little red gingham bag from my shoppe, and patterned papers from 7 Gypsies.

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Personalized with alphabet stickers from The Girls’ Paperie.

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8 Responses to Vacation memory book (1).

  1. kelly

    i absolutely love this! i am going to need to look very carefully at each and every photo. can’t wait to see it when it is done.

  2. LorraineN

    WOW, love this! And he is going to have fun filling it up and looking back over it in the future. What a good mama you are.

  3. Kerri M.

    LOVE IT!!! I just adore little books like this, and you filled it with so many fun details!

  4. Jessie McLaughlin

    Oh so cute!! Love it! You really need to scrap!! It is just as fun as making cards and you get to keep your work!

  5. Kristin

    I am a scrapbooker and I *love* this so much!! This is such a fab like book for your guy :-)… sure he will cherish it for years to come!!

  6. Jill

    Michelle, this is charming, adorable, and such a great idea! How your son is going to treasure it now and in the future!

  7. Anne B

    What a wonderful idea – I must give this one a go too. What a fab gift and I’m sure your son will have great fun putting all his memories in it 🙂

  8. Nancy

    The cover is so inviting; you just want to open it up and spend some time looking inside. I love these type of mini-books. You have something fun as a remembrance, but it doesn’t take forever to make.

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