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Hey everyone ! It's Mindi here with you on the blog today. How's everyone's summer going ? I can't believe how fast it is flying this year for us. I am so happy to be sharing some summer pocket pages with you all. The new Summer Days collection is so fabulous. The colors are so pretty and soft. Perfect for all those summer memories. Let's get started shall we. 
 
Last summer we went and visited with my parents for over 2 weeks. As you can imagine, I had a whole bunch of photos from our trip so I divided most of them up into events/weeks, ect. This first set of photos is from when we visited the aquarium. The lighting is always so dark in these types of places. Not at all photo friendly but that did not stop me from taking a few photos of our day. The first one on the left is of the kids sitting in front of the big aquarium. 
 
 
Below the big photo I chose to go with another 4x6 pocket to add in a journaling card. I did have some stories that I included on the bottom part of this beautiful card. I added some letter stickers to spell out OH so it reads OH Summer. 
 
 
Moving over to the other side of the spread now I have 4 3x4 pockets. These were perfect for smaller photos and journaling. I also used this cute flamingo die cut piece to make a filler card. We did see some birds and flamingos during our day. This piece seemed like a perfect fit. I added a label on the bottom, and a cluster of other stickers. 
 
 
I felt like I didn't need any more journaling space so these last two pockets have a photo and a filler card. Although I did add some journaling onto this photo of my son and his friend the turtle. I spelled out the word Hi with the letter stickers from the sticker package. 
 
 
Let's move on to my next spread. This one is a bunch of misc. photos from our trip. 
 
 
We visited the farmers market, went hiking multiple times, chased down the Waffle Luv truck, and the kids read to their Grandpa on the tramp. Along with some fun photos I made a journaling card on this left side of my spread. I cut some of the washi tape from the collection to put underneath one of the die cut pieces. Isn't that sun just adorable ?!! It is one of my favorite pieces from this collection. Finishing it off with a little sticker heart and some star stamping on the bottom. 
 
 
 
This adorable trailer card was a favorite of mine. I used some letter stickers to say that we were in UT and added some journaling underneath. The photo next to it I left simple.  Although I do need to replace that label sticker on the top, I added the wrong year on there. Oh well, I will take care of it. 
 
 
Okay, one last spread to share with you. This one has photos from when we went to the local swimming pool. 
 
 
Isn't this swim suit card the cutest thing ever ? I added the hashtag JOY to the card and a few enamel dots for a fun touch. 
 
 
On this other side of the spread I chose some 4x4 pockets. That leaves a 2x8 pocket for whatever you want. I chose to add some journaling and then embellish the rest. 
 
 
This is what the bottom half looks like. This 4x4 filler card was the perfect fit for this page. Typically my photos dictate what type of pocket page I am going to use. This time this filler card was the beginning of this spread. I knew that I wanted to use that card and I went from there. It is really easy to crop down a 4x6 to fit in those smaller pockets. Go with what speaks to you and work with it ! It will turn out great in the end. 
 
 
I really had fun creating these pages. The Summer Days collection is so versatile that it has all of our summer activities and photos covered. Thanks for coming and I hope that you have found some inspiration today. Have a wonderful rest of your summer. 

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Hey everyone ! It's Mindi with you on the blog today. I have some pocket pages to share with you using the awesome All American Simple Set. This set is perfect for all of your Fourth of July photos and much more. It can be used for many other things as well. With July 4th right around the corner I thought is was time to get last years photos and stories documented. So let's get started. 
 
I am using the 6x8 album in black for this project as well as a variety of page protectors. It is so fun to mix up and work with the different variations of pockets. This first pocket page that I am using is a full 6x8 page and then some divided page protectors on the other side. I love to add in these full page photos into my album. 
 
 
On this first page I wanted to use either the big July or the 4th sticker to make sure that the reader would know what these pages are about. I went with the 4th sticker and added my journaling underneath it. I also added some embellishments up on the top of the page and some stamped stars on the photo. 
 
 
On the opposite side I have a photo and then some fun filler cards. I took this 4x6 card that has the outline of the states on it and spelled out Parade. Most of these photos are from our annual neighborhood parade on July 4th. You can add so many different things to this card including a big word like USA, or some journaling stripes. I just loved this card. 
 
 
The other side has more photos and a few filler cards that I custom made. 
 
 
This navy blue card I simply added a strip of red patterened paper to the bottom of to give it some color. I also added a firecracker sticker on the bottom as well as an enamel dot. 
 
 
 
I haven't really done much journaling about these photos I decided to add a journaling card on this next page. It also helps to break up the photos and filler cards on the spread. The word strip stickers were perfect to help tell my story about the neighborhood parade. 
 
 
This last set of pages is of what happened after the parade was over and the sun started to set. The fireworks show! 
 
 
We were fortunate enough to see many bigger fireworks that people were lighting off around us last year and so I snapped a few photos of them. This firecracker filler card was probably my favorite one of them all. I added the '16 to add in the year and then a word strip up above. 
 
 
They have these fireworks called smoke bombs and they are my kids favorites. I managed to get a half way decent photo of them playing in the brightly colored smoke. I added some journaling directly onto the photo and added a sticker as well. 
 
 
As I mentioned earlier that I used a lot of different sized pocket pages for this project. This last page has 2 4x4 pockets and a 2x8 pocket. I printed off 2 photos as 4x4's and added the July sticker to the top one. This whole simple set has these fun pinwheeled stars in it. I cut some out of the patterened paper and added a few to my journaling strip. It was a fun little touch and went well with my photos and theme. I kept this little strip pretty simple and finished it off with a few stickers and an enamel dot. 
 
 
Thanks for coming everyone ! I am so happy to have these fun memories now documented and look forward to celebrating again here soon. 

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Hello everyone ! It's Mindi here with you today. I am so excited to be sharing some pages that I have created for my Disney album. We recently had annual passes to the park and although I have already scrapped some photos from our trips I wanted to create an entire album. The thought was to have a place that I could document our fun and magical year. The new Say Cheese 3 collection was the perfect solution. Simple Stories has a darling 6x8 album that has a Mickey Ear shape on the cover with lots of red and white polka dots. I typically don't embellish the fronts of my albums so that I can store them easily. But I do love this album and it's darling Disney theme. 
 
 
Before sitting down to start putting this album together I had a few thoughts. I knew I wanted it to go in chronological order. From our first trip to our last. Then to break it down further I wanted to it to have themes or events. I started with this entry page. I used one of the fun pages that comes with the album and added a few embellishments to it. The large castle on the bottom was the perfect place to add the year and some other embellishments.
 
 
On the next page I added a photo of all 5 of us together. This was our first family photo of the year and I think it was a nice beginning to the album. 
 
 
Opposite the big family photo I have a pocket page protector with a 4x6 journaling card. I wanted to give a brief summary of what this album is about. I also have a photo of Noah's old Mickey hat that I took on Main Street when we first arrived at the park. 
 
 
These photo flip ups are great for adding in extra photos. I added one here and was able to add in another photo and a filler card. To help aid the flip up page I added one the adorable clips. 
 
 
I am going to set up my album with a few things in mind. As I mentioned earlier I am going chronological. These next set of photos are all from one place at the park, Cars Land. There are so many ways that you can organize your album. By day, by theme park, by events, ect. Whatever works for you.
 
 
When you order the Disney SN@P Decorative Binder inside are some great decorative pages. I used this red and white polka dot page to add in some journaling and extra photos. It was really fun to create this page and have it outside of the page protector. I also love the interactive aspect of the page. 
 
 
These types of pages are perfect and fun to add into your mini albums. They break up the pockets and the possibilities are endless. You can use it to add your stories or fill it with photos. Here is a look at the whole inside of this page. I added a strip of photos and then added some journaling on the right side. I used my typewriter for this page but you can also hand write as well. You can kind of tell that I am still getting used to using a typewriter with some errors but I am ok with that. I embellished it a bit here and there. I used some washi tape on the left side of the photo strip along with some clear stickers on the photo strip.
 
 
I had so many fun photos from Cars Land and I made another photo strip and added it on the backside of this page. I used some more washi tape on the top and added in another clip for a cute look. 
 
 
This is what the backside of the polka dot page looks like paired with the other side. I love that it is a smaller size and that you can see multiple pages around it. 
 
 
Before I had put this journaling page together I had put together the next set of pages. You'll see them in a minute. I had this 6x8 big pocket page to work with. So I cut down this 6x8 page that has the lines in it like regular paper does. It originally had holes in to put right into your album. I trimmed them off so that I could add it into my page protector. I had one more favorite photo that I wanted to include and so I added it onto the bottom part of my page. My typewriter came in handy again to get my journaling onto the page easily.  I added some simple embellishments to the top portion of the page and also to the photo. The scalloped edge there under the photo is from a journaling card that I cut up. Thought it could use a little something underneath the photo.
 
 
One last set of pages that I want to share with you here. I have always been a fan of big photos. And I had this great photo of the castle. So I made it stretch over both sides of the album. 
 
 
This photo of the castle has lots of great spaces for embellishing. I cut down one of the 3x4 cards and added it to the left side of the photo. On the other side I added some journaling and then finished it off with some embellishments. These chipboard pieces that have a watercolor look are my favorite. I added one of them to the top of my journaling.
 
 
I can't tell you how much fun I had putting some of my pages together in my Disney album. I didn't want to stop. Ha Ha. I hope that you have gotten some inspiration for an up coming Disney album or another theme. Have a great day everyone and thanks for coming. 

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