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Monday, May 12, 2008

Countdown To School Chipboard Album

Ok, I know the kids are all still IN school, but I thought I would go ahead and have this made up and ready to go when we get to that critical phase of "I'm so ready for you to go back to school so that I can have a life, too!". It will not only help the kids out, but also remind me that it won't be much longer before they won't be complaining that they're bored 24/7. Don't get me wrong, I love the summers
hanging out with the kids, especially when we get a nice routine down--Monday Movie Day, Tuesday Toy Day, Wednesday Water Day, Thursday Thoughtful Day and Friday Friend Day (it's a hit at my house. If you would like further explanation of what these mean, let me know!). After all, I DID sign up willingly for the Stay At Home Mom position! I think our little girls will really love the "structure" of having little things to look forward to each day before the start of the next school year.
Anyway, this is my May project for Glue Art and Paper Studio. It's the cutest little mini version of the vertical album holder. I really enjoyed making this and it didn't take long at all! It would also be a fun little photo brag book or it could be used to display a calendar or any kind of information. It doesn't take up much space at all!
It's intended to hold 3x3 scrapbook pages (yes, they even make page protectors that small!), but I decided to use up a bunch of chipboard coasters I had around here (finally) that I accumulated from On the Border and Chili's! I also made my own chipboard numbers using the Cuttlebug Red Tag Alpha and some more coasters. It cuts it no problemo!!
The stand is from Glue Art and Paper Studio and comes unfinished. This time, I just painted it with black acrylic paint and covered the bottom portion with that cute Making Memories paper. The whole "album" did turn out kind of thick because of it being chipboard, and that I added buttons and each of the scallop circles is popped up with dimensionals, but you don't have to do yoursthis way. It will hang flatter if you want.
I kind of like it all fat!!! Here's a picture so you can see all the pages I made at one time. The grommets I used were from the sewing section at Michael's. I have to tell you, I don't think they are meant to be used with a Cropadile. They did not work well at all, or I didn't know how to install them. There is one missing here and some of them are barely hanging on. I plan to go back and uninstall them, and put something else there in their place. Maybe just those sticky hole reinforcer thingys from Staples. Oh, and I know I spelled "till" wrong on the first page---it should be 'til, but that's all the little lined paper I had, so a do-over was not possible. I just printed out the "to do's" on the computer (the font is Scrap Round and I love it!) and cut them out.

To see more of what the other Design team girls came up with for their projects (some of them are a necklace holder), go visit Jen, Kris, Dawn and Suzy all throughout the week.

TIP: Make your own chipboard pieces by "preglue-ing" whatever cardstock or designer paper to the plain chipboard or coasters and then running them through your Cuttlebug for whatever die-cut shape you need. It is then precovered with the paper and makes a nice smooth edge along the cut lines so no sanding is needed.

Stamps: Polka Stars (Verve Visual), Apple Stamp
Ink: More Mustard, Real Red
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Various DP
Other: 3x3 Vertical Album Stand (Glue Art and Paper Studio), Scallop Circle Punch, Chipboard Coasters, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Giga Scallop Punch, CM 1 1/2" Circle Punch, CM Cutting System, Cuttlebug, Red Tag Alpha, Buttons, Keychain, Grommets, Cropadile, Dimensionals, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots


  1. Oh, Wow! Susan -- this is the best idea!!! You should send it to Family Fun or something. I love it!! And I want to know more about your summer program, too! I'm kinda worried about filling up all that time...

  2. As a soon to be Stay at Home Mom (second baby only 4 weeks away!), I would love to know more about your summer days and how you organize them. My oldest hasn't started school yet (starts preschool in the fall), but always good to gather ideas in advance!


  3. What a great project! I love all the little details and I bet your kids are going to love flipping the pages at the end of the summer.

    Thanks for the tip on the sewing grommets too. I had always wondered if they would work with a crop-a-dile and now I know.

  4. I Love this & would absolutly love to know more about your days of the week schedule. With four little ones & me being a stay at home mom.

  5. Wow this is so stinkin' cute!! Love it! And I'd also love to know what Thursday Thoughtful Day is... :-)

  6. This is so stinkin' cute!! I feel your pain on the whole SAHM dilemma! LOL! I really do love it though - this is the time of year that I'm ready for them to be out for the summer, but I'm always ready for them to go back too! I love visiting your blog to see what you're up to. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is so completely adorable!!! How did I miss it??

  8. Wow, wow, wow! Incredible! you rock at these projects Susie! What a labor of love!

  9. this is adorable with a capital A!! and i love the idea of the "days" - I don't think my 1 year old will get it this summer - but definitely filing it away for the future! I heard you made the MFT guest design spot too - congrats!! you totally rock --- and therefore totally deserve it!!

  10. I've been a lurker on your blog for a LONG time, but rarely comment because I'm usually multitasking (holding one kid or another). This is SO absolutely perfect though...I have to comment. I, too, want to know more details about each day. My kids are still young, but my first is starting Kindergarten in the fall and is already over the moon about it. Thanks for sharing this amazing project!

  11. I too would love details on how you're spending your summer. My son loves school and is already having truama that its coming to an end...I don't knwo how I'm going ot survive!

    That is a really great project too! :D

  12. This is so amazing I'm speechless! Everything, all of it, is the BOMB! I am certain I'll be back to drool over this one again and again and again. Awesome job! Do tell about the "days" thing!

  13. This is WOWZERS!! What a fantastic idea!! "You're da bomb" I especially loved your little "Summer Schedule" you've got all planned out. That's so neat. I'm gonna have my 14 yr. old niece babysitting my girls most of the summer at my house, so, maybe that would work for them too? :D You're so awesome Sus.


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