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Welcome to day 4 of the Papertrey Ink December release countdown. Today the whole design team is sharing heartfelt/homemade gift ideas using the new set Love Lives Here. This set is a collaboration by Nichole and Melissa Phillips. You are just going to love the cozy, loving feel of the set. Plus there is a whole little set of dies that make creating images and accents so easy.

The new stamp sets and products that I am sharing today will be available to purchase on December 15th at Papertrey Ink.

The set really reminded me of time I spend and feelings that I have for my family. Our family and extended family has had some especially difficult challenges this past year. I truly find comfort and calm when we are all able to spend time together and sometimes it helps make those challenges a little bit easier to deal with.

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For my handmade gift, I created a mini book (left) with pictures taken this past Thanksgiving. A little something to remind us of time together and the people we love. I also created a coordinating card (right.) I am not totally sure I want to give this book away, but if I did the card will definitely go with it!

The frame image from my new Fillable Frames #11 set worked perfectly to put a title on the cover of the mini book as well as hold the sentiment on the card. I used the Tabbed Mini Book Page for the pages in my book. It made getting the pages for the book ready so quick and everything lined up just right.

Here are pictures of the pages in the book - you can click any image to see it larger.

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The sentiments in the Love Lives Here set just really capture the essence of love for family.

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And yes, I got myself one of the Fujifilm Instax cameras. Super fun to use and we now have little photos of random things setting on shelves around our home - I love it. I also love how the pictures are instantly in my hand and ready to incorporate into a project like this. 

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This little book isn't perfect, you can see staples and scraps throughout the book. I could have redone some of the pages, but chose to leave them as is. Family isn't perfect and it's the small pieces that are all held together that makes us what we are. It's character and charm. The mini book completely reflects that.

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If you take a look at the mini book layout, I kept it simple. I used 4 patterned papers, kraft paper, and coordinating ink. I used the same layout on the left hand pages and kept similar elements on each right hand page. It doesn't take piles and piles of scrapbook supplies to create a project like this. In fact, limiting your supplies and layout designs like this, you will complete the project quickly and the book will look good design wise. Keep it simple and have fun!

Make sure to go to Nichole's blog to link up to the whole design team for more heartfelt/handmade gift ideas. Melissa and Dawn will also have projects to share on their blogs today with the things they having coming out for this month's release!

See you tomorrow for the final day of the countdown before the release. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Supplies:

all supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise indicated

Love Lives Here Mini Book & Card

stamps: Love Lives Here, Fillable Frames #11

ink: True Black, Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Ripe Avocado, Scarlett Jewel

cardstock: kraft, Rustic Cream, Bitty Box Basics, Dotty Biscotti, Turning a New Leaf, In Bloom

other: Love Lives Here dies, Fillable Frames #11 dies, small scallop border die, 1/4" silk ribbon, 1 3/4" circle punch (EK Success), tiny attacher (Ranger), clip rings (Office Max)

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