Tara Chaussee's Blog Posts

Hi everyone! Tara with Secretbees Studio! It is never too early to start craft projects. You never know what is going to come up and besides, all the beautiful paper is out just waiting to be made into something even more awesome!

Now that all of your Christmas decorations are up and your presents are wrapped (Ha!) you need something to do with your time. This mini album, made with the gorgeous My Valentine paper collection from Simple Stories, can go right on your to-do list!

This sweet album is 6 inches square and the base is chipboard, two covers and a spine, that were covered in some pearly faux leather along with some of the charming patterned paper. I took one of the layered frames of the collection and made it into a shaker filled with flowers, gems and pearls for the highlight of the cover. I then added in some Bits & Pieces, stickers and chipboard for even more pretty dimension!

There are five sections inside the album and they are all attached to the spine with coordinating twine.   All of the sections unfold to reveal more space for photos or mementos and there is a large double pocket section in the center. Each page has been beautifully decorated with the stickers, chipboard pieces, frames and Bits & Pieces of the collection that add even more charm to the gorgeous papers! Here are a few of the pages.

I'm sure you have your hands full with all of the things we do during the holidays but make sure you take time out to checkout this amazing collection from Simple Stories. You will not be disappointed and you will probably want to add it to your Christmas list! There is a short walk-through video on my YouTube channel that shows this sweet mini in more detail!

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Hi everyone! Tara here with Secretbees Studio.  Cold weather and snow may be here again (ugh!) but that means staying inside and crafting with beautiful paper collections like Winter Farmhouse. It's full of rich colors and great patterns in wonderful wintry images.

To show off this gorgeous collection, I made an adorable mini album that also adds charming Winter decor to your home! This tri-fold mini measures 6x6 square and folds out to three sections on each side. It will hold a total of five large photos of your favorite snowy memories! Here is a photo of the album opened up to the inside.

The other side has the cover and two additional sections for photos. Each page has been decked out in a mixture of the gorgeous patterned paper and embellished with the darling winter themed stickers, chipboard and sentiments!

Once you have viewed all of the photos in this super cute album, just fold it back up and display it with your other winter decor. It is created with a fold at the bottom so it stands perfectly and looks awesome!

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Hi everyone! Tara here with Secretbees Studio! When I saw the new Simple Stories So Happy Together paper collection I was smitten.This collection is a delightful mix of beautiful florals and colorful stripes and plaids in fun candy shop colors complemented with sweet and cute family themed embellishments. The perfect way to scrap about home and family!

This folding house mini is not only adorable on the outside, but it opens up to reveal oodles of spots for photos and mementos! I found the tutorial online and it's multi sections are perfect to showcase all of the gorgeous papers and ephemera included in this collection. 

The roof of the album comes off and is pretty enough on the under side for a couple of photos. Then the whole album unties and folds flat into four sections that each hold surprises of their own! There are pages that open, photo flips and even pockets! Such a cute way to hold all of the wonderful memories of friends and family!

Untie the doors of the first section to reveal a spot for photos and journaling. Plus the doors flip down for another photo spot and a small pocket!

The second section is interesting with lots of flaps that open in opposite directions to finally reveal a set of cascading photo flips! All decked out in the gorgeous So Happy Together paper and embellishments!

A sweet pocket for the third section that can hold journaling cards or more photos! There are folds in this section as well that flip up, down or open for more photos and even a hidden pocket in the back that holds a cute tag!

The last section has another photo flip under the first flap and behind that another photo spot and pocket with another tag!

To really see this album in all of its lovely detail, please visit my YouTube channel. I  describe and show all of the different sections so you can be inspired to make one of your own!

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