Hello Simple Stories fans, Layle here with you today :)
I'm excited to introduce you to our September Guest Designer Megan Hoeppner -
Megan has put together an amazing SN@P! Binder documenting her daughter's first year and has shared some great techniques, so here we go!
Documenting an entire year feels like a jumbo task. Especially if it’s that all important first year. But, guess what! It isn’t! Thanks to the amazing SN@P! line of products by Simple Stories.
Megan Hoeppner here, and I’m so excited to share an extra special project I’ve been working on with you. It’s my baby girl’s first year baby book. I knew I wanted to do one for her, but she’s now two, and I already felt like I didn’t know where to begin... Until Layle sent me a sample of last year’s Simple Stories Baby Girl SN@P! Set to play with.
The journaling prompts on these cute cards combine with the pockets in the album she sent was just enough to get my creative wheels turning. And, believe it or not, I managed to get 75% of the book done in a single weekend. Isn’t that incredible? And so fun!
Then, like most matters with my life, other things came along that required more attention, and I put the book aside. In the meantime, Simple Stories introduced the Hello Baby collection. No worries! It complements the Baby Girl SN@P! Set beautifully. The colors work so well together, allowing me to blend the two lines for a happy and cohesive finished product. (Because you know I had to get my hands on the STUNNING Hello Baby business.)
TECHNIQUE TIME!! If you know me, you know I’m a technique geek. Live for trying new things and playing with my stash in unexpected ways. Just because you’re using SN@P! does not mean you simply have to drop in and go. But you can. That’s the beauty. Or you can add a few tricks to the mix where you feel there’s a natural fit. Here are a few of the techniques featured in my book:
Technique #1: The Cover, Embroidery and Iron-ons
As soon as I got my hands on this beautiful teal burlap SN@P! album, I knew I wanted to personalize it using fabric. You know, since it is also fabric. So I die-cut my daughter’s initials from fabric treated with fusible webbing on the back.
I also ironed iron-on webbing to the back of the pink fabric and the flourishes. But before I ironed anything on, I embroidered “year 1” into the pink fabric.
Then it was easy as grabbing my iron and adding the different layers on.
The spine of the album has a cute bookplate on it, so I grabbed Maggie’s tiny hospital bracelet and stuck it in. It was a perfect fit!
Technique #2: The Inside Cover, Pocket Alteration
Wanting to create a title page, or teaser of sorts, I used the little 2x2 divided pocket page to insert a photo of Maggie taken at each month. I made little numbered onesies for her first year of life, which worked perfectly here. (WARNING—Shameless plug: I also sell these onesies. Please see my site or message me on Facebook if you’d like more info. Thanks!)
For the pocket page to fit, I simply removed the hole binding area using my trimmer. I then glued the page down using large adhesive dots behind my corner and center photos.
Technique #3: My Title Page, Eraser Stamping
I love the see-through aspect of pocket scrapbooking, so I wanted to play that up with my lead page. For starters, I stamped the pocket using a Staz-on ink pad and a pencil eraser.
Once the ink was dry, I adhered chipboard letter stickers inside the long pocket spelling my daughter’s name, added a strip of washi tape down the length of the seam, and stitched the whole business shut using my sewing machine.
Technique #4: Journaling Card Inserts
Wanting to add more layer and interactive elements to my book, I turned some of the 4X6 and 6x4 journaling cards into inserts by punching them using a hole punch and reinforcing those holes with hole reinforcers (go figure) that I picked up at the dollar store. You probably don’t need to reinforce, but it does kind of make it feel more official or something. And you know me; I’m all about being official. ;)
CAPTION: Since the 6x4 cards won’t reach the rings in the binding, I mounted them to 4x6 cards, adding interest, making the reach, and offering more room to write and add photos. This is the front and back of the same card.
Technique #5: Photo Flips
I wanted the same type of interactive inserts for a few of my photos, simply so I’d have room to add a few more. So I took the same approach, punching and reinforcing, and then binding them in.
More like tags, these two 6x4 photos each have a single hole punched in them. They are a bit flopsy this way, but I don’t mind. I like the character it adds.
I stitched two photos back to back here, adding a ticket for a tab
This is your combo meal—the front is a photo, while the back is a journaling card. I also included a doily and some washi tape for added flava.
Technique #6: Photo/Journaling Card Mini Book
This little guy opens like a book. To create this effect, I placed a photo over a journaling card, put tape down a portion of the seam (inside and out), scored a line about 1/4” in from the seam edge of each card (so the “book” would open easier), and then machine stitched using a zigzag stitch for added reinforcement. Now, this little insert opens up, almost like a book within a book.
Technique #7: Shake, Shake, Shake Señora
Naturally, I couldn’t do a pocket album without a shaker pocket or two. For my...innards (?), I used sequins and a few wood veneer pieces. I then stitched the pocket shut. NOTE: See the “April” insert for how this stitching works on the back to create a flap.
Technique #8: Brush Script on Glassine
One of my favorite techniques to do right now is brush words and doodles onto glassine bags using a paintbrush and either india ink/calligraphy ink or plain spray ink. On this one, I used a teal Mister Huey’s spray ink. Don’t forget to add a few splatters by tapping your wet brush over your area using your finger. It makes it feel a bit more artsy.
Technique #9: Tag Flap
Even the smallest of pockets can have some technique time. For this 2x2 friend, I inserted one of the DIY Shoppe tags. For the portion that sticks out above the pocket, I scored a line and folded it over. I then inserted a brad into the sleeve (using a paper piercer) and tied the tag down to create a flap/closure. This is a nice trick if you have areas of journaling you want left a bit more private, though that isn’t the case with this little tale.
Technique #10: Photo Flap
With nothing more than a strip of cute tape, you can create a flap on your pocket. I first adhered a small (2x2”) image to a frame I fussy cut from a sheet of the Hello World paper. I added my photo and a strip of tape, and just like that you have a flap. Great when you want to add more journaling or images.
Wanting to separate each month in a creative way, I added the following dividers, starting with June, which is when my love entered our lives.
Tracing paper and a gel pen. I punched the paper with a small heart punch and pinned it to the page.
Punched journaling card (holes for binding), a few strips of washi tape, and letter stickers.
August & September
I altered the “A—Adorable” pre-made card to read “A—August” using letter stickers. I then added some pen stitching around the large A. Same technique for September.
I added stickers to the outside of the pocket, traced around the stickers using a permanent marker, and removed the stickers, leaving me with open letters that allow the pattern beneath to show through.
Super simple. Just spelled out November across the bottom of my photo using letter stickers.
Possibly my favorite divider, this is just a strip of cardstock paired with a shipping tag, a piece of tracing paper, and a few chipboard embellishments.
Jan. stickers added to strips of washi. Another fast and easy trick.
I punched a heart in a ticket, wrote “February” and stapled the ticket to the sleeve.
I used white india ink to brush the word “March” on the journaling card. I also wrote “9 mo.” and added some splatter. NOTE: This does require a few coats when using white ink.
Maybe the most involved of the bunch, I first scored the line between the “10 months” area of the card and the rest of the 6x4 journaling card, creating a flap. To help indicate the flap aspect, I then punched a half circle out from the cards “10 months” end. I slid the photo portion of the card inside the pocket and left the “10 months” flap out. To make sure it all stays in place, I then stitched along the seam between the two areas. Now, when you lift the flap, you’ll see the month and some journaling about that month.
I cut the arrow insert from a sheet of 12x12 Hello World patterned paper and added letter stickers to spell the month.
I cut one row from the the 2x2 square page (the row with the holes for the ring binding). I then inserted the cards spelling “June.”
Beyond the monthly highlights, I wanted to include a few additional items in Maggie’s book, including the following:
12 Months Scrapbook Page
Just a few thoughts from Maggie’s daddy and me about how much this first year of her life has meant to us.
The pre-made SN@P! pockets made it super easy to include some memorabilia in my book!
A look at some of the delightful friends Maggie made during her first year of life.
Made with Love
A couple of messages from me about the love that went into this book and how it all stems from the immense love I have for my girl. I want her to always know what a positive an amazing addition she is to our family, even when she’s raising a family of her own one day.
I wrote this on the back of her 12-month layout. The paper was already lined, making it so easy.
Just like the library books of yesteryear, this book has a pocket added to its back inside cover, where I placed a few additional love notes for my girl.
Wanting to add my own “Gold Crown” mark, I concluded my project with a little iron-on heart. Before ironing it on, I embroidered her birthday. I also added a second, felt heart for some additional texture.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE !! You know I couldn’t stop here. I also wanted to create a 12x12 layout for my own scrapbook album. See how unbelievably easy this was to do (seriously took no more than 30 minutes) using a sheet of paper from the Hello Baby collection. I’m sharing it on my blog, along with a mini book for Grandma about Maggie’s first year, which also came together remarkably fast.
Hope you’ll come by. I’m now at www.MeganHoeppner.com. Simply click “blog,” and then “view blog” to see my post.
Whew! Thanks for hanging in there with me on this one. I know it’s a tad... lengthy. ;) I realize you may not incorporate each of these ideas into your own album, but I hope you’ve found at least one take-away that you can’t wait to try. If so, I’d love it if you’d share with me. Thanks a bunch! All the best to you as you tell your own stories. Remember to enjoy your creative journey.
I’ll leave you with a little video tour below of my finished book or you watch it here.