introducing holly jolly & fillable frames #9
quick & easy gifts - and more fillable frames #9

introducing mini scrapbook series: journaling circle

Welcome to day 2 of the Papertrey Ink October release countdown! Thank you for all of your wonderful comments on my sets that I introduced yesterday. It seems that the red candy cane glitter paper was pretty well liked too! I know you are going to see more of that incorporated into projects as the countdown continues!

Today I am introducing a new set that is part of the mini scrapbook series. This month's set is called Mini Scrapbook Series: Journaling Circle and it retails for $15. And it's just that - a journaling circle image that you can use to add your journaling to a scrapbook project. I have added a few things to make this little journaling circle go beyond what a normal journaling circle can do. There are month titles that you can add and some other labels like "notes", "date", etc. I also added some sentiments that you are going to love for your projects and will work equally as well on cards. Before you know it, this journaling circle will be showing up on so many of your projects!

The other piece of the Mini Scrapbook Series for this month is a patterned paper collection called Distressed Dots that retails for $8. The polka dot paper might feel familiar to you. If you have worked with the Pretty Pastels patterned paper, you will recognize the papers as the one that is Spring Moss in that collection. I flew through using that particular paper and really knew that if I wanted a whole bunch of paper like this, well then, you would too! I did this collection in colors that will work for autumn and holiday projects - and of course beyond that too.

Okay, enough talking already! Let's get onto my project that I have to share today

All of the new stamp sets and products that I am sharing today will be available for purchase on October 15th art Papertrey Ink.

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Maybe this project looks a little familiar to you? I have shared this project idea before several times, it's called an envelope book and it is one of the quickest little scrapbooks that I can put together. This concept is perfect for gifts for friends and loved ones. Who on your list wouldn't appreciate a little personal keepsake like this that you made with your own hands? The journaling circle is front and center with my mini book title: December Details. The year stamp is from the Mini Scrapbook Series: Library Ledger set and the holly is from my new Holly Jolly set. And of course here is a good look at the Pure Poppy and Ripe Avocado Distressed Dots paper. 

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(remember that you can click any of these pictures to see them larger)

The base of this book is 3 envelopes (5 1/2" square kraft envelopes will be included in the kit bundle) that are attached together and then for 3 pockets to slip some mini scrapbook pages into or maybe something else that you might have in mind for a gift.

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Each page is like its own little gift. You are also getting a closer look at some of the sentiments included in the set. I designed them so that they fit right into the lines on the journaling circle. The sentiments look perfect in the circle, but they also stand alone very well. 

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Here's a look at the 3 pages that I included in the pockets. The "merry & bright" sentiment is one that is included in the Fillable Frames #9 set and the 2 sentiments on the first and third page are ones included in this year's tag set that you will learn more about in a few days!

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I made sure to put a ribbon pull on each page to make it easy to access the pages in the pockets. Each pul is a 2" piece of twill ribbon folded in half and stapled to the side of the page.

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The pages I did have similar layouts and really it's a smart way to approach a scrapbook project like this. Things look uniform in design when they share the same layout and elements. It also makes the project quicker and easier to produce - even better if you plan to make multiple books for gifts.

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Having mini books like this in your home and accessible for your family and friends to look at is a great thing. My girls love my little basket of mini books and like to pull out and look through them frequently. "Remember when, Mom?" are some of my favorite conversations that I have with them. 

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Just to refresh your memory and add a little more inspiration for making your own mini envelope books, here are some of my past projects...

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This is the first envelope book that I introduced when I made this one to give Chad for Father's Day. You can find more information on making an envelope book in this post.

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I made this book for my Grandma's birthday using my very first stamp set: Rustic Branches. See more about this book here.

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This teacher book is a mini version that I did with 3" square envelopes. See more here.

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And finally this is a peek of an envelope book that you haven't seen before. It is a project I taught at the Duluth, MN Crop for a Cure in Duluth in 2008 to raise money for the Young Survivor Coalition.

Just a peek? Also included with the bundle is a .pdf instruction and supply list for all of the projects that you see here, plus another project I can't wait to show you a little later.

So, are you ready to scrapbook yet?

There are a bunch more things to see today for the October release countdown! Nichole is sharing more about all of my sets being released this month over at her blog. Alli & Becky will be sharing more about their new sets today and Dawn will share more about her new set and this month's Color Couture.

See you tomorrow! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

All of the supply lists today will be included in the .pdf that will be a part of this month's Mini Scrapbook Series kit bundle. Thanks!

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