Friday, April 16, 2021


The new Doodlebug fairies are loving their new home tucked inside this sweet card-envelope mini album! "Fairy Garden" is filled to the brim with mushroom houses, garden critters and of course, colorful fairy girls!

 I've taken a pack of assorted cards and envelopes, a few 6X6 papers and journal cards to create the pages of this chunky little mini.  I'm happy to share a quick little YouTube video of how I put the pages together, so I hope you'll check it out!

As you can see, I've stacked and staggered the cards and envelopes by shape and color.  In between the layers of those, I've also added sheets of 6X6 papers that have been folded in half.  Also, a couple of pieces of the 3X4 journal cards that were side-by-side and then folded in half.

The envelopes were slightly modified (shown in video) by cutting the closure flap in half so that it will open on both sides of the fold. I also cut away the flaps on a few of the envelopes.  Fill the pockets with tags and journal cards!

The pages were embellished with die-cuts, washi tapes, stickers, sprinkles and more!

For the longer journal cards, I folded them in half and then used a cute clip to hold it closed.  Leftover strips of paper were turned into tabs that I added to some of the smaller pages.  I love all of the staggers of colors and patterns popping out as you move throughout the album!

Again, I have a pretty short video on how I started with this album and a bit of the process of putting it together: YouTube Video.  I hope you'll give it a try!

Doodlebug Products:
Fairy Garden Collection Kit
Fairy Garden 6X6 Paper Pad
Washi Tape
Chunky Twine
Doodle Pops
Glitter Sprinkles
Shaped Sprinkles
Create-A-Card Assortment Pack
Cute Clips
Jelly Clips
Boutique Buttons


Thursday, April 15, 2021


Hello Doodlebug friends!  If you've been following here at Doodlebug, or over at Artsy Albums, you may have seen the 8x8 album I'm doing for my granddaughter, Rylee.  Each month, I do four 8x8 pages to highlight our fun moments together.  I've finished up my April pages using Fairy Garden and I'm excited to share them with you!

I'm using an 8x8 Doodlebug Storybook album for this project and Sunshine alpha stickers for my titles.  I love the sweet and simple 8x8 size, perfect for a few special memories each month.

Aren't all of the cute little bugs and butterflies adorable?  When Rylee was born, I started calling her my little Doodlebug ... which quickly turned into "Buggy", so these are perfect for her album.

This little fairy on the flower stem is my favorite odds & ends piece (which is hard to choose with 192 pieces in the package)!  Her little pixie cut and headband are precious.  Maybe I should die my hair swimming pool blue!

For this sweet page I included some spaces for 2x2 photos.  I think tiny photos will be cute surrounded by so many pretty patterns!

This little fairy almost looks like she's showing us her biceps!  Cute!  You go girl ... get up on that mushroom and rule the garden! 

My last page is a 4x4 pocket page.  I really wanted to highlight my photos on this page so I used some of my favorite patterns for mats.  

For the bottom left corner I punched a scallop circle using a 3 1/2" punch (a consistent feature throughout this album) and a 3" circle punch.  A cute journaling tag with chunky twine is a fun piece tucked behind the little pocket.

If you'd like to see the other months of this album, you can hop back over to these links :)

Thanks so much everyone!  I hope you're having a wonderful Spring!

Doodlebug Products Used
Fairy Garden Collection
Chunky Twine - Swimming pool
8x8 Storybook Album
Sunshine Alpha stickers
Blossom Doodle Pop

Wednesday, April 14, 2021


I don't know about you all, but I love the new Fairy Garden collection. It's perfect to document your Easter and spring photos but it really can be used for anything at all, as long as you want to create something bright and fun and happy... ;)  Here's my first layout created with this pretty collection,

When I first got the collection, the big die cut flowers immediately jumped to my eyes. I knew I wanted to assemble them, hand-stitch them and use them as big embellishments on my page. So I did! :)  I love the size of them, they are big but not too big and they have the perfect flower shapes and colors. 

I needed a cool background for my fun flowers, so I thought it would be fun to create a kind of woven pattern, like a basket, to put my flowers onto. I cut approximately 1/2 and 1/4 inch stripes from a lot of patterned papers and then ripped them in two to have smaller pieces. Then I wove them together and adhered them in two opposite corners. 

Then I wanted to make it more distressed and give it more texture and dimension, so first I went over some parts with gesso and watercolors and then I stitched over some of the stripes with straight and zig-zag stitches. I love how that turned out.  It was finally time to adhere my flowers to my page. I attached them using thick foam squares. After that, I used the leaves that were included in the same pack as the flowers, I shaded and distressed the edges and added them to the layout.

I matted my photo with some scraps of patterned paper and then also added it to the layout. For my title, I used a word die cut saying "Hello" and some Abigail alpha stickers to write the word "Spring".  To make the layout cuter, I went through all of the embellishments to choose the ones I wanted to add. I love that part and Doodlebug collections always have so many choices... :)  I added some glitter enamel dots, jewels, enamel shapes (Sprinkles), die cut pieces and a flower clip. To finish I sprinkled some gold ink. 

I hope you like the layout and are inspired to create beautiful projects with this super cute collection.  Thank you for stopping by, see you soon.

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Doodlebug Products Used:

- Fairy garden collection

Other Products Used:

- Sewing machine

- Sewing thread

- Lindy's magical powders

- Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine

- Gesso

- White cardstock sheet

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