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MR DT| LO: Collect Moments

Hi Roadies, it is Stacy here on Maya Road with a new layout to share. Working with kraft has always been my favorite. The neutral colors make it easy to work with and it pleases my eye while I am crafting. 
Today I am focusing on Kraft and pockets.
LO | Collect Moments
The word "collect" really says it all. In this layout, I have hidden a few photos and journaling which I wanted to collect. Sometimes, I just like to collect some of the memories and relate them on a layout. They can be photos which I have scrapped before, because those are the photos which I remembered at a different point of time. Sometimes, it is fun to document memories at different stages. 
Behind the photo, I added the kraft landscape envelope so I can pocket another 2 photos. The photos are added on the shipping tag. Shipping tags are really useful in making layouts. Change the color to match your layout. In this case, I have simply used distress inks to alter it into an older tag look. 
Inside the same envelope, I added another smaller envelope. This helps me keep the other tag in place, where I can freely add some hidden journalling. I used my good old typewriter directly on the tag. You could also write or print from the computer.
Loving the frame sayings and the vintage just my type pieces. These are so versatile, I keep adding them to my pages. Another new fun piece that you totally need - the love kraft gift tag. I love the positive and the negative portion. Here I used the positive "Love".
Yes, here comes the negative portion. The scalloped top of the tag is so beautiful, it adds a flair when placed behind embellishments like the kraft picture perfect camera! I also like to add some jute cording, tucked between the papers and embellishments. That really gives a dimension to the layout.
To complete the entire look, a little set of embellishment filling up the top left of my layout. Don't forget the scroll frames - these are perfect for journaling or layering. I used this as the base of my sentiment to help highlight it. With flowers there must be butterflies! I picked a few of my kraft butterflies and added them randomly across the page so it seems like they are fluttering around.
Kraft embellishments are certainly basics for me! I used a bunch of Maya Road kraft products on my layout today and we have a special on the website, 30% off for the month of September using coupon code KRAFTY. If you see something you like, grab it while it's on sale!  You can find all the Kraft products HERE.
Hope you find inspiration in the layout today. Thanks for stopping by the blog and have a great weekend! 

MR DT: Mini Album | December Christmas

Hello! This week, our designers on Maya Road blog are pairing with Photoplay to share some inspirations! 

I was very excited and inspired when I received the gorgeous Mad 4 Plaid Christmas collection from Photoplay. I knew I had to get ready for the upcoming Christmas (it is just 4 months away!) 

Therefore I started with a mini album, which opens up to a Starburst effect. One of my favorite is the homemade holidays stamp set. I used it to emboss some snowflakes onto the pattern paper. Other embellishments include the merry christmas diecutFanciful Wish diecutSilver Snow Crystal Charms and Crystal Circle Buttons.

On the inside of the album, I decorated it with red Rick Rack trims, and Christmas die cuts. Here I used the merry christmas steel die.

The album can be opened up fully displaying a starburst effect. I used the gold bulldog clips to secure the ends. Just to add some flair, I have also added the Vintage Crafting Tassels - Fire Red and snowflake charm, held by the mini safety pins.

But I got carried away and made another 2 more albums! I made these slightly smaller than each other.

Each of these mini albums are binded with coptic stitch using Ken Oliver waxed hemp threads.

The albums fan open to a star shaped manner.

Now with these 3 albums I am ready to build my very own Christmas tree! I intend to place a photo each day as I start the countdown towards Christmas, I think it would be fun! 

Hope you are enjoying the inspiration so far. 

To celebrate this blog hop, we are excited to be giving away a $20 coupon to the Maya Road online store! One winner for the prizes will be chosen from entries on all of the blog posts here on the Maya Road Blog about the swap. Winner will be announced here on the blog next week. So stop by and comment each day for a chance to win! Be sure to also stop by Photoplay and social media for lots of inspiration as well! (Be sure to first check out here and you can hop from there on.) 

This same month, use code KOlove to enjoy 30% off Ken Oliver Charms too!

This month is surely a fun filled month, thanks for checking out the blog today. Don't forget to drop by Maya Road blog tomorrow again! 

MWL DT: Mini Album | 12 Days of Christmas

Try not to be alarmed by the title, yes it is only August, and 4 months away from my favorite season! I always like to make my minis a little earlier for the season, so when time comes, I just have to stick the photos and do my journalling. 

Today I am on the Made With Love design team, sharing a Christmas album I have prepared for this year. Christmas is always my favorite festive season, because it is filled with lots of love and joyous cheers!

12 Days Of Christmas

12 Days Of Christmas - Front Cover closeups

I couldn't help but to do some fussy cutting for the front cover. The little figures in the pattern paper (supplies below) are just too adorable! Decorations on this album are inspired by the pattern papers. These beautiful papers are by Pebbles - Merry Merry Collection. 

12 Days of Christmas - Sunburst

There are a total of 12 tags in this sunburst album. I made it 12, so it can house 1 picture each on my 12 days of Christmas. I wanted to document my 12 days with a photo of the day. Well 12 tags also corresponds to a sheet of 3x4 grid pattern paper! Since I love them so much, might as well use them all right?

Sunburst, tags close up

Here is the tag close up. I left some white matting on the tag, so I can just paste my photos in afterwards. The white mat also helps to highlight the photos! Then I did some more snipping. Randomly cutting out the florals in one of the pattern paper and used them as tag headers! Not only are they asthetically pretty, they function as a holder so I can pick out my tags easily from the pockets. 

Now don't forget to add some fillers! I used the Tim Holtz punch to punch out some leaves so I can stuff them in between the flowers or behind them. You will be surprised at how these little things add dimensions and layers to your project!

Piano Hinge Binding

How could I not have any binding for my albums? You can say that is almost impossible for me. So yes, I am making use of the piano hinge binding this time. The red and green combination has me wishing for Christmas to come soon! Top it up with weaving to complete the entire look. 

Oh yes, straws are used here. Don't worry, these are absolutely clean ones, used for scrapbooking purposes! I like these straws because they are sturdier than the usual ones, and they come in multiple colors! These straws are by Doodlebug Pixies - ladybug. 

All materials used for this project are available at Made With Love. 
• Pebbles - Merry Merry Collection
• Doodlebug Pixies - Ladybug (straws)
• Tim Holtz Punch - Pine
• Kaisercraft Decorative Block Words Dies
• Sizzix Thinlits - Gatefold Card, Birthday (bracket die for covers)
• AC white cardstock
• Red Twine
• Green Dotted Cardstock (fillers)

Want to learn how to do this? This month, I am conducting a similar workshop teaching how to construct a sunburst album with piano hinge binding. Don't forget to look out for more book binding projects / classes available only with Made With Love

Thank you for dropping by my blog today!