Friday, December 31, 2010

Jan 2011 Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome!  and Happy New Year!  Hard to believe isn't it... a whole new year.

Let's get it started off with a brand new Stamp of the Month... and a great one at that!!

The January stamp of the month is called Find Your Style and it is seriously one of my favorites in a long time.  So- If you've come from Dawn's Blog you are headed in the right direction... but if you're just joining in... no worries!  Keep hopping through by using the link a tthe bottom and you'll hop around the circle and end back here!

First up... the stamps themselves:

Did I not tell you they were super cute!

I've seen a LOT of spectacular artwork with this set... and really I just wanted to copy them.  But since I'm supposed to come up with original artwork for this post... I decided not to go the card or layout route.  I went to my super big stash of "stuff" and found this picture frame.  I sprayed the frame with shallac but left it neutral in color so that my Sweet Leaf sparkles would show up fairly well on the frame itself.  I used the Wings Level 2 paper pack available to customers January 1st.  The sentiment and butterfly were both stamped using Vineyard Berry ink.

well- hope you like this little project I whipped up for this month...

now go check out Dawn Heuft's blog to see what she cooked up!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

ok... I may be a day late- but it's the thought that counts...right!

So sorry for my disappearance during December... In all reality- I just didn't even have time to create any gifts this year - which means I have NOTHING to show...or at least I didn't till now.
Having a few days off work means I finally had time to use some of the new spring products I ordered December 2nd or so... yes- I have had new products all month and no time to use them.
I did pull out some workshop supplies and put them together so that I could finalize class plans for January 9th.

Here are the 2- 2page layouts and 6 cards (my guests can make 2 of each card with their kit supplies)

This workshop is designed (for the most part) by Close to my Heart.  It is called the Wings Workshop Kit for $29.95.  The cutting guides for the first layout and first set of cards are pre-printed and in full color.  The company provides photos of the second layout and second set of cards... as well as info to locate the cutting guides within their How to books... but the second layout and second set of cards I actually decided to "wing" and make up my own cutting guides.  There were 2 basic reasons why I chose to do this :  1) i'm lazy and didn't want to dig out my books... 2)  I didn't have the number/ sizes of photos that the 2nd layout called for...  Instead of about a 4x6 photo... I had an 8x10 which I trimmed slightly... so I just decided to follow the basic design concept on that one and cut my paper however I chose...and designed my cutting guide based on my final layout.  In fact... I think I changed SOMETHING on every project...  based on what looked best with my photos :)  I need to complete my journalling on the second layout... but otherwise it's done.

 The first set of cards are standard 4.25 x 5.5 in size.  The layouts and cards all use the new Spray Pen that will be available beginning Feb. 1st- although those attending this class (or purchasing the kit) will receive one as part of the class materials!!  It is awesome and for these projects you'll mix Vineyard Berry Reinker, Create a Shade Pearl Paint and water in the mister pen to create a great effect on the paper.  Many stores sell these pre-mixed sprayers- but the beauty of this is that you can create your own mix to match all 60 of our exclusive colors!

The second set of cards are 4x4 and I used a few less embellishments than the CTMH pictures showed that the company used...  I like the simplicity of these.
To simplify my cutting guide... all of my black and colonial white squares are the same size for all 3 cards.  To get the sentiment on the first card to fit, I angled the square to create a "diamond" shaper- I love the way this one looks in real life...  added just a little "something"

If you live in the Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek area of Michigan and are available to take this class on January 9th... send me an e-mail here   Or if you live in that area or St. Clair County MI and would like to host this class for your friends in January or February- let me know by e-mailing at the link above!  You may be eligible to earn Free Product on the order for your class!!    For anyone outside of the area- you can order a class kit by mail.  For the $29.95 class kit- plus shipping and sales tax, you will receive the kit and an additional package containing the pre-cut additional paper to create all products and the cutting guide for additional products. (your kit comes with papers and supplies for either 2 layouts, or 2 sets of cards or 1 layout and 1 set of cards... the additional paper will allow you to create both layouts and both sets of cards... only the additional paper is pre-cut.  You will follow the enclosed guide to cut your paper..

The following items are needed to create the projects exactly as shown (those attending class will be able to use mine- those purchasing the kit will either need to already have, purchase or improvise with items on hand)
E1019 Bohemian Alphabet (brand new)
Vineyard Berry Stamp Pad
Black Stamp Pad
Vineyard Berry reinker
create a shade pearl paint
paper trimmer
piercing tool/needle etc to poke holes for brads

Full Wings Paper Pack
spray pen
stamp set
Black mini-medley embellishment pack
color instruction guide.

Class kits will ship within 1 week of order date if ordered before Jan 9th and within 3 days if ordered after Jan 9th

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday card

You know... some years I am so on top of things... and other years, like this year, I am so NOT ready for the holidays.
I have been working more nights this year (along with days!) to make sure I get all of my projects at work completed on time.  It means way less time at home with my kids and I haven't fully finished decorating for the holidays.  I am however, trying to catch up on my crafting to make sure I finish the projects I wanted to create- in time for the holidays.
Today I am showing a card I created for a card swap with friends.
The image is from a Stampin Up set in the 2010/2011 SU Idea Book... I love vintage little kid style pictures so this set caught my eye.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  Bamboo, white, Cocoa, Topiary and Cranberry- all Close To My Heart
lace ribbon- SU
Ink:  Cocoa and Black- CTMH
pearl opaques:  CTMH
markers:  Copics.
punch;  bought at Michaels

I was inspired by this tag on Andrea Walford's blog back in November.

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Updated to add the correct links:
Welcome to the hop!!  If you are coming from Angela's blog-  you're headed in the right direction... the link to the next blog is at the bottom of this post....
Wow...  I haven't even completed half my Christmas crafting... and I had to take a quick break to create a project with the December Stamp of the Month - Amore!  When February rolls around though, I'll be happy I did!  I wasn't super thrilled when I first saw this set... but I love the way this card turned out!!

To start off... here is the stamp set-  it does have some fun images and I love the script lettering.

Here is my card...  I think the patterned paper is the back side of a pattern from the Jingle Level 2 paper pack from last year.  I paired it with Tulip and blush cardstock, Tulip stamped images and words, Twill and Blush ric rac.  It's a pretty simple card but I love the rounded words.
In fact- I loved the rounded words so much that I wanted to show a close-up.... when I alterred this photo- I decided that I LOVE this scaled down version even better-This would be a super cute valentine to give your kids!! 

I sure hope you are enjoying the blog hop- you can continue on by visiting Melinda's blog next!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Kid's handmade Christmas Gifts


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!  I know I did...

I thought I'd hop on and show you my "pencil pockets"  that I've been making by the dozens!!
These little guys are something I made up for some crop make and takes recently.  I then took them on the road to a holiday bazaar type setting and got orders to make 54 of them!    I really wanted to use my sewing machine to stitch up the sides... although when I sat down to use it... it was on the floor (upright though) with the foot thread, no bobbin, the bobbin holder was sitting on the floor..
I'm guessing that when my hubby and dad were building walls down there- they knocked it on the floor and didn't realize half the parts were missing and just set it upright.  I think that means I deserve a new sewing machine, and since they broke it... i don't think it should count as a Christmas gift- do you?

So, I switched to using up the hoards of waxy flax and ribbon I have on hand...which actually does not take as long as you would think.  Ok, maybe not as fast as a sewing machine- but not bad either!
I found the pencils in the Target dollar spot, and the suckers at Michaels.  Fortunately for me I had an awesome Michaels coupon and got all the suckers (ALL 100+ of them) discounted.
These little pockets were a great way to use up cardstock and paper.  I'm currently working on a "winter" version in blues and whites as it fits one of the orders I received at the bazaar.
Have a great rest of the weekend- I'll be back soon with more art!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November club layout/ workshop class

wow... I have something to post!! Actually- I have lots to post and finally have the time!  November has been a super busy month for me.  3 crops, 1 Holiday vendor show, 2 club nights plus school conferences, PTA activities, teaching catechism... it's been a busy one!

Today I'm showing the layout that I did as a class at one crop and free to my club members!  The photo colors are a little wonky but I'm in Michigan and it's too cold and frosty outside so we are back to indoor photos.
I used the Olivia Level 2 pack to create this layout.  I used a gold shimmer brad on the left page.  My pie diecut was made with the Cricut Seasonal Thanksgiving cartridge.  also added mocha pearls on both pages.

The layout uses the November Stamp of the Month which I love!!!  It is great for cards AND layouts- which is always a bonus when you create both!

The stamp set is only available through November 30th... so don't miss out.
It is $22.95 OR earn a discount with additional purchase.
A $25 purchase = 25% off
A $50 purchase = 50% off
A $75 purchase = 75% off
A $100 purchase = FREE

Also- through the end of the month- a $100 purchase earns you a SECOND free stamp set of your choice valued at $22.95 or less.  To check out our product line and place your order- visit my site and go to "shop online

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Joy" layout

This weekend I'm vendoring a crop in Comstock MI from 8am-about noonish.  Crop goes 8-5 and they still have spaces so If you are in the area- send me a quick note and I'll get the info to you!

I have put together 3 different page kits to sell for $11 and proceeds  from each goes to the fundraiser.
This is one of the 3 kits (others are dress up and Halloween)

All in all I think I have 4 of this kit, 3 Halloween and 3 Dress up kits.  I plan to make several more over the holidays for upcoming crops in January and February.

Monday, November 8, 2010

United Way Auction Cards

I work for an animal health company and this year we had an auction to help raise money for United Way.  I decided to create a set of 24 Christmas Cards that could be auctioned off... I made the mistake of creating ONE card in advance with plans to create the rest within 2 weeks of the auction close... Holy cow (no pun intended...)  these took me 3 weeks of work!!  The cutting and stamping went fast... it was the coloring... next year- solid images only!! I am quite happy with how they turned out though and the winner was thrilled!!  This image is one of my favorite "non-CTMH" stamps that I own and it was quite fitting for an animal health company auction...
The image is from La La Land Crafts and all the supplies are CTMH.  The paper is from this year's Creative Basics set which is super cute!!

Don't forget the "A Little More Thanks" special running this month!  When you spend $100 you not only recieve the November Stamp of the Month FREE- but you can also select one more stamp set valued at $22.95 or less for FREE!
You can place your order on my website or by e-mailing me here.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

November SOTM Blog Hop!

Welcome back for another fun month of Stamp of the Month artwork.  I am so excited to see everyone's ideas for this months cool Thank You set.  If you are coming from Kim's blog- you're headed in the right direction... if you are stopping here first- no worries... just follow the link at the bottom to head to the next blog and circle around the hop!

I decided to showcase something other than a card- which is what I normally do...  I thought some of the stamps were perfectly suited for Thanksgiving and I've come up with some items you can use to decorate the table!

To the left is the set of fun Thank You stamps we are showcasing.

Our Stamp of the Month sets are always only $22.95 or discounted/ free with additional purchases.

In November- when you order $100 worth of product you not only get this set FREE- but another set of your choice (retail value up to $22.95).  Check with your consultant for full details... Need a consultant- e-mail me here.
And here our my projects- look- I even pulled out my good china for these photos!!  I think it's the first time I've "used" them in the 8 years we 've been married!  Lol... ok...maybe the 2nd or 3rd!
I used a small glassine bag and filled it with candy corn.  I adhered a 1/2" strip of Barn Red cardstock.  I stamped my image in chocolate on Olivia paper and cut around the shape and adhered it to the cardstock band- SO SIMPLE!! 

My place setting marker was simple too!  You could easily recreate these for a beautiful family get together.  The background is Barn Red cardstock.  I used Olivia paper here again for my stamping.  The flower was inked in Sunset, rolled in Chocolate and stamped onto the paper.  I inked up the stamp that says "I am so Thankful for you" in chocolate and used a baby wipe to remove all the ink except that which was on "thankful" and then stamped onto my project.  I added my daughter's name to finish it off.

Hope you enjoy this little peak - Head to Kim's blog now!

final Christmas Card class card... and my october Club cards

Ahh.... finally able to finish posting all of these projects.. I've been working hard to finish getting all the kits put together for people that missed classes in october and I'm nearly done! Yippeee....
I'm posting these real quick but come back tonight or tomorrow because I'm also working on my November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop post which goes live tonight at 9pm...  once in a while a few glitches need to be worked out since we have 60+ people participating- so you may want to just wait and visit later at night- or even tomorrow.
This is the final Christmas Card from my class... at last- they're all posted!  I have a feeling that I borrowed this design but I don't have any print out or file on my computer so I'm not exactly sure where this idea came from.   It uses the I Believe stamp set (one of my favorites this year), along with Mistletoe Creative Basics, Mistletoe Level 2 embellishment assortment, Chocolate and Cranberry inks.

 This little indian girl card was an October stamp club project.  I'm going ahead and posting them late for those that missed class and are receiving the kit.  This way they can put their projects together by viewing mine. 
Used:  Olivia Level 2 paper pack, Thanksgiving stamps and an assortment of markers, and Shimmer Designer brads
 This is another idea I borrowed from another consultant.  I had originally printed the card from the web so I had the consultant info... but with an 18 month old that colors on everything in sight- and a hubby who's idea of cleaning is throwing out anything that doesn't look like a bill...I'm not sure what happened to it!  So if you know who created the original version of this- pleast post a comment or e-mail me!  Stamp set = Harmony 
This card uses the Share the Magic set - October stamp of the month.  The sentiment is from Holiday Trinkets.  colors:  holiday Red and Pear with a mix of sparkles from the red/pink/purple pack AND the blue/green pack.

So did you notice that all THREE club cards use the Olivia paper pack?  This Christmas card uses the pear dotted paper which is the back side of the sunset colored dotted paper.

That's it for now- come back later to see my creation using the November Stamp of the Month!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Christmas card class card post 4

Hello!  I have two more photos from my class cards.  I have one more card to post but I have to find it first.   Before I post my cards I wanted to point out that I've added some tabs to the top of my blog so I can share more information without clogging things up a bit. 
Check the specials tab!  It explains the company November special and mine too!

Ok- here are the two cards for today as well as some Halloween treat photos I made for school and daycare yesterday :)

 It's very hard to see but there's lots of Glitz on this card!!  The hat and scarf are colored with copic markers BG72 and G21 which are very similar to Twilight and Sweet Leaf CTMH colors.  I did this because I really wanted to use the CTMH Glitz which has  a natural tendency to alter the color of our markers and inks.  Typically I love this look and when i don't want it I use a glue pen with prisma... but I really- REALLY wanted to use glitz so I pulled out my copic markers instead.  The lights are also colored with those two markers to coordinate.  I did forget to color my little snowman nose - I'll have to do that before i use this card!  I stamped the snowman and lights with Black and the snowflakes with Twilight. The stamps are from Sharing the Magic- the October Stamp of the Month

 The second card uses the cute little set called "A Timber" which retails for only $7.95!  You can view it here.  We used the following techniques:  masking and stamp rolling. 
Stamp Rolling:  Ink up in the lightest color (the Pear green) then roll the edges in the darker color (Chocolate) stamp your image (the middle image first)  Then stamp the same image on light weight copy paper- cut out.
Masking:  Place your second image from the copy paper over the first image.  Re ink your stamp in a similar fashion and stamp to the left.  Re ink again and stamp to the right with your "mask" still over the first image... now it looks like your first tree is in the front and the others are behind.  so fun!  This little tree is embellished with just a few little blue and green sparkles.
And now for some yummy Halloween treats!  These little mummy cupcakes were for daycare.  My son is only 18 months old and I didn't want him overloaded on sugar- so I mixed up a batch of white cake batter and poured it into my mini muffin pan instead of my cupcake pan..  I used white icing to draw some lines across and two little chocolate chips for eyes... aren't they cute!

These little pumpkins are the cookies for my daughter's Kindergarten class.  I'll post this recipe soon.  It's my most favorite sugar cookie recipe.  I mixed the ingredients and rolled the dough.  Addie cut out the cookies.  I iced them and she did the purple sugar... she loves purple so there you go..I added some icing dots and she added the eyes.  It was truly a joint effort!.I wrapped them in halloween treat bags tied with little spider rings on the outside- so cute!
As for this last little number- i totally did not make this!  Another mom brought this in and it was so awesome! Not sure where the idea came from but the "brain" is watermelon... the fingers are cheese sticks with carrot nails and the mouths (I think that is what they are?) are apples with walnuts inside. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Christmas card class card post 3

well... I had planned to post 2 more cards- but one of the cards I photographed was one I posted in the very first post (there's a link one post down from this one) back in September... so one card today and more tomorrow:
 This card uses the CTMH white daisy circle card bases, Holiday buttons and the Peace on Earth Stamp Set.  Topiary and Sweet Leaf cardstock.
We sponged Topiary ink on the starburst which was cut using my cricut.
We carved pumpkins this weekend...  I do not like cleaning out pumpkins... so it's handy that Addie doesn't mind!  She had dried up pumpkin guts all over her face by the time she was done.  I need some candles for the pumpkins...then I can get some photos of them to post :)
Have a great day!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Christmas card class cards post 2

I have been super busy putting together the class kits for those that couldn't attend my Christmas card class, as well as making some cards I auctioned off, designing page kits, class projects etc... so in an attempt to finish posting my Christmas card class cards I'll be posting over the next few days as I finish putting my kits together.
The first 3 cards were posted here in September when I was advertising the class.

Here are the next 2 cards:

 This first card uses Cranberry and Colonial White Cardstock, the Mistletoe Level 2 paper pack, Holiday Trinkets Stamps, Bitty Sparkles, New England Ivy, Desert Sand and Cranberry Inks
The sentiment is from the Peace on Earth stamp set.
This second card I really LOVE... I did get this idea from someone else but I can't remember where.. Not sure if it was on-line or in a magazine so if you recognize it- please share with me where it came from so I can give credit...
The red paper is retired B&T Holiday Red (trying to use up my huge stash!)  The white paper was cut using the Stampin Up Top Note die... 
The stamps are from the Peace On Earth, I Believe and Free Spirit sets.  The snowflakes were cut with a sizzix die.  I used our new Pearl Opaques and Red/Pink/Purple sparkles to embellish.  My snowflakes are pop dotted.

Well- that's it for today but keep your eyes peeled... I have 5 more class cards, 3 club cards, an auction card, a layout and some gift ideas that need to be posted!  ahhh... and next weekend is the Stamp of the month blog hop, I'm prepping my November club projects, projects for an upcoming kids class, my make and take for upcoming events... lots of artwork to come!

Monday, October 18, 2010

something different...

A few weeks ago... in the midst of planning my Christmas card class... I came across two gift box/ bag sets that I'd purchased at the dollar store 2-3 years ago.  I sure wish I'd stop buying stuff (with good intentions of course) and then letting it sit for year(s) before doing anything with it.
I stopped everything and finished these boxes off before moving on.  I  used scraps out of my over flowing scrap bin to complete these.  While I did use my cricut... all actual supplies are from Close To My Heart except the boxes/ cellophane bags and the goodies inside.

I have several events in November where I plan to sell handmade items and i think I'll take these along.  They each have BRAND NEW bath towels, wash cloths and baby teethers.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October club layout...

oh... this layout is one of my favorites of late!  I got the general layout design from another I saw while browsing the net... don't remember where I saw it or who's it was... but it was definately different.  I used all different products, titles, embellishment placement etc.

This is the layout my stamp club ladies can choose to make this weekend... I'll post the cards tomorrow (or tonight if I have time but it's unlikely!)

I used the Hooligans level 2 paper pack, Hooligans Level 2 Assortment, Boo Crew stamps with Sunset ink and cricut cartridges:  Once Upon a Princess, Schoolbook Plantin

Since this is a free project, I didn't add more than what you see... but I have plans for a more detailed page kit that I'll be selling at some upcoming crops.
Also- was not even paying attention that I should have lined my striped paper up... what do you think?  should they line up with the top and bottom of the green patterns like they do- or should the striped papers line up with each other- I'd love some comments on that subject!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

holiday soap

This is the cutest thing!  My friend Tonia made this and I displayed it in my Expo booth a few weekends ago.  She stamped Santa on tissue paper and colored with CTMH markers.  Then she mod-podged the tissue paper to the soap and wrapped it in a cello bag.  She purchased the soap at World Market.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

More Studio J...

Here are the other two layouts that I created this week using Studio J.  Also- just click on the photo to see more detail! 

In case you wondered why I used the same (or some of the same) photos on yesterday's layouts- it's because one was for my album and the other layout was for my daughter's album... her layout is the one with photos of her on it!..
Today's layouts:  This first one is a layout of my son!!  I have so few layouts done of him.  In my kid's "first year" album I typically do one layout per month and then Christmas, first birthday atc.  Here's his 11 month layout: I used the Caboodle paper pack.

This second layout is of my nephew and Godson Kyle's First Holy Communion.  I used the Magnifique paper pack.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Studio J...

I didn't think Studio J could get any better... and then...memberships!  I decided I needed some creative therapy last night but I also wanted to LEAVE my house...  Hubby has been gone till after 9pm almost every weeknight for a month- helping my friend finish his basement.  He was home last night so I needed some much needed ME time and headed to Barnes and Noble with my laptop.  This was the first time I've had a chance to use Studio J since my membership went into effect last month.
These two patterns... are members Only patterns- so cute!!  I spent about 1.5 hours playing and checking out the new options... I created 4- 2page layouts. The best part... The grand total to have them printed AND SHIPPED:  about $26-27 total!  Yep! Not too shabby.  When You are a member- You get free shipping once per month if you order 4+ layouts (7+ layouts for APO addresses)
Memberships are pretty reasonable:
$30 for 3 months or $99 for one year.
For that price you get:  half price layouts ($6.50 for 2 printed pages instead of $12.95)
Free shipping on one order per month
Members only pattern and paper selections. (there's only one special paper pack right now but a LOT of patterns available to members ONLY)

The best thing about Studio J- It's totally free to just go in and try it out!  No software downloads, no cost!  Simply go to my website and click on Studio J.  Start an account and upload photos- choose your paper, pattern etc.  If you don't love it... don't order.  But I am soo confident you WILL love it!
If you live local to the Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek area of Michigan- or the St. Clair county area- I would love to set up a free demo in your home.  When you have 8+ people attend I will raffle off a 3 month membership!
**the Studio J logo and "Real life, Real scrapbooks, Real time" do not print on your layout!**

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Last weekend's expo... and some art

Hi There-

I've had lots of requests to see my expo photos from last weekend...  Here are the basics of my booth displays.  The artwork photos are of SOME of the artwork on display- I'll post more later.

My main product display:  LOVE IT!

This table had albums, inks, stamps and a Studio J section

My new banner- so happy with how it turned out!

Yes... I put the name Janet Teel on the artwork.  She is one of 3 friend's that created artwork using new products so that I could have art on display at the expo.  I didn't have enough time to do everything myself since I didn't even get any product to work with till late August thanks to our trop to England...  So a super huge thanks to my friends for helping me out.  I LOVE her photos- look at that cat! so darn cute!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Welcome! It's the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!

Sit back and enjoy some GREAT ideas using the October Stamp of the Month...

If you're coming from  Sheila's    blog- you're heading in the right direction. 

This month I paired this awesome stamp set with the new Mistletoe Creative Basics collection of paper and ribbon.  This particular stamp set is filled with very simple line drawn designs which make it GREAT for coloring and paper piecing.  I chose to go the paper piecing route as we have such fun Christmas paper this year in  very traditional colors- i just love it!!

I did sneak in a sentiment from another set and stamped in Versamark followed by some gold embossing powder with my handy dandy heat gun!  The ribbon doesn't necessarily show up well in this photo but it does have a gold tone to it and the gold sentiment really helps to pull it all together.

The second photo shows the fun flock added to his santa suit and hair... It's a great addition to this santa!!  I used the Bonding Memories glue pen to adhere the flocking.

Now that you've seen my project... continue on the hop by visiting
Sarita's Blog

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"Boo" mini album Tutorial

As promised... I'm posting the directions for making my little "boo" album that I had on display at my expo this past weekend... I'd promised the attendees eyeing it up that I would let them know how to make their own.
 First things first... choose the photos you want in your album- slip them into your flip flap protectors.  The flip flaps have a strip of adhesive- remove the protective covering and adhere your flip flaps together.

Next:  Cut two pieces of cardstock (my green cardstock shown) at 4.5 x 7 inches.  You'll want to cut your "binding"  (my black cardstock) at 2x 4.5 inches.

I then cut coordinating cardstock at 6.5 x 4.25 inches. (this is the blue cardstock).  I adhered it to the green such that the 3 edges that will show are all evenly spaced - doesn't show in this particular photo but it does on the finished product photo.  You'll also want to adhere the binding on.  I recommend starting from the bottom and working your way up.  so adhere your bottom cover to the binding.  Then your flip flaps (which have adhesive on the bottom... ) to the bottom cover.  Then the top cover and lastly the binding to the top cover.

At some point - you'll need to form a crease in your cover so that it can easily be flipped open... I added my creast after decorating my front cover but I highly recommend creasing FIRST so you know where not to place bulky embellishments that prevent folding/ opening.

Once you have your crease- I highly recommend a more permanent binding besides the adhesive you added.  I opted to whole punch with my crop-o-dile and use ribbon to complete my binding.  Then I tied a few other coordinating colors of ribbon around the main ribbon binding- I love the way it looks!
Once the album is put together- decorate however you wish.  Since I made this album to hold Halloween photos from last year- I used the new HooligansLevel 2 paper pack and My Stickease to complete the album.  I also incorporated Pear, Lagoon and Sunset Mini Medleys.  I also used our new Pearl Opaques to add dimension around the "boo".  If you click on the photo you can see it a little better

Here's a side shot to show some of the dimension... I used some pop dots to pop the pumpkin and star sticker as well as the lagoon embellishment off the page.
That's it for today... I'll be back tomorrow night with my contribution to the October Stamp of the Month blog hop!