Anya Lunchenko's Blog Posts

Hello everyone! As I was working on getting a binder ready for our next big trip, I remembered a tip I wanted to share with you. It might be pretty simple, but can be very helpful, when the time comes to putting the whole thing together.

I value journaling in every shape and form of scrapbooking, but often struggle to include enough of those special memories in words. Any time I can involve other family members in it is such a great plus! It not only helps me remember more, but it also adds a different perspective to the story.

Before we leave for a family vacation or when kids go to camp, I like to give each of them these tiny notebooks that are small enough not to take up a lot of space, but  cute enough that will inspire them to take a few moment at the end of each day to write a few notes and maybe draw a few pictures from the day.

These particular camping journals measure 4x4” and were created using the “Happy Trails” collection. I trimmed a strip of two 4x4” elements that was folded in half and used for the front cover. The back cover was made in a similar way but instead I just used a piece of patterned paper with an all over design. For the pages inside I used plain “filler” lined paper that was also trimmed to size.

Also, I decorated just one page in each journal simply for fun. When I give these to my children, I know they will be scribbling in them and might add just enough precious information for the overall story. I may also keep some of their drawings and add them to one of the pockets in my album.

I love it whenever I can get my children involved in the memory keeping! They feel important and I feel lucky to get the additional bits to our story!

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Hello everyone! Anya here today and I am excited to share another mini album with you that I created using the Cruisin' collection. I love making shaped mini books and for this time I made it in a shape of a ship. The album measures about 5x7” and fits 3x4” photos perfectly.

To create this mini album I downloaded a digital “ship” cut file and cut all of the white pages for the book with a Silhouette. I used the “internal offset” feature to create a slightly smaller shape of the page to cut the patterned paper and covered the white cardstock pages with coordinating papers.

One of my favorite ways to add more photos to mini albums is by adding “cards” that open and have spots for two photos inside. All I did is create a 3.25x4.25” card base from white cardstock. To the front of each card I adhered one of the 3x4” elements from the collection and then added them to mini book pages.

After decorating all of the pages with layers of patterned papers, stickers and bits and pieces, I punched holes on each page and added rings to hold the book together. I used a larger ring size knowing there will be more bulk in the book after I add photos to it.

I really enjoy making these shaped mini books and hope to have inspired you to make something similar. Have a wonderfully creative day!

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Hello Simple Stories friends! Anya here today and I would like to share an explosion box with you that I created using the beautiful “Heart” collection. Even though the main theme for this line is about memories of people we lost, it doesn't mean we can't use it for other projects as well.

To create this box I used a scoring board and some white cardstock. My box measures 3” from all sides and the lid is 1” tall. In order for the lid to fit the box nicely, you need to make it about 1/16” larger then the size of the box. After creating the basic shape of the box, I like to cover all the panels with patterned paper, leaving a thin white border.

My favorite part is to decorate all the panels with little pieces and stickers. The sides don't have to be very similar in design - the basic idea here is to distribute the colors evenly among them. By adding some of the pieces to panels with pop dots, you will create dimension, which always makes this type of project more interesting.

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