Happy & Crafty! by Niki Rowland

Happy & Crafty! by Niki Rowland

Hey everyone! This is Niki (@nikiclairecreates) and I have a new mini album and video to share today using the Let’s Get Crafty Collection. I was so inspired by this collection and knew exactly what I wanted to do the moment I saw it. I have been attending scrapbooking retreats since 2011 and have many, many great memories and photos to scrap. My time at these retreats gradually evolved as I started as a delegate, was asked to join the Design Team and then took over management and ownership of the company. Now it is my full-time job! It was wonderful to go back through the archives, right back to the beginning and re-visit all those moments. 



I have used a 6x4 Flipbook. I decided at the beginning that I wasn’t going to use the page protectors and have all the pages simply bound within the Flipbook on their own. The reason for this is because I wanted to make my pages interactive in such a way that wouldn’t have worked within page protectors. 



For the front cover I fussy cut some flowers from one of the 6x8 Paper Pad papers and added them to the bottom right corner. I also added foam flowers from the Foam Stickers, Bits & Pieces and puffy stickers. On the left side I created another smaller embellishment cluster with a pencil pot – so cute! For the title I cut the name of the retreat company on my Silhouette machine from black cardstock and stuck this on together with an acrylic arrow, which is part of the logo and had been custom made a few years ago. 



I started off by cutting the Let’s Get Crafty patterned papers into 4x12 strips. I then scored them all at 7.5”. This created a page, with a fold out piece at the end. 

I also folded some of the 4x12 strips in half, creating a 6x4 pocket page (after sewing the sides together) which were shorter pages after punching the holes, but this has worked really well with the shorter pocket pages being interspersed amongst the longer fold-out pages. 



I had a LOT of photos to squeeze into this album. The good thing about Flipbooks is that they can expand a great deal. Even with that though, my ‘mini’ album is bursting at the seams! I had 84 photos to fit in! I may get another of the same style Flipbook and split this out across two albums as it is so huge! But even though it is pretty chunky, I LOVE that these stories have been told and are altogether in one place. It is actually a wonderful memory book, and I may even take it to future retreats so that the delegates can look through the history. 



Embellishing the pages was the most fun part of making this album. I have included big spaces for journaling, and I have lots of different sized photos. It was impossible to make them all the same size so there is a real mixture in there and I just made them work on the pages with what I had got.  



I embellished with ALL the things! I’ve used Cardstock Stickers, Foam Stickers, Bits & Pieces, Journal Bits, Puffy Stickers, Decorative Brads, Enamel Dots, most of the Sticker Book, as well as fussy cut items from papers.  



There are flip out pages, flip up pages, pocket pages, tags that pull up or out, a mini book made out of tags, another mini book made from concertina paper, and a shaker pocket page…this mini album has it all! 



Thank you so very much for joining me today. I’ve been on a real journey back in time making this album and I just love the result so much. Scrapbooking is such a special hobby and it’s even better when you can share it with others who get it! 



I hope you have enjoyed seeing this album and that the Let’s Get Crafty collection inspires you as much as it inspired me.  I have made a short process video showing the construction of the front cover and basic pages, followed by a detailed flip-through which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/07HiJio7t_g 

Happy scrapping 

Niki xx 




Featured Products


Leave a comment

Hey there...so happy you're here!

Don't miss new products, exciting news and all things Simple Stories. Join our mailing list - it's simple!