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

Tuesday, April 13, 2021


The Fairy Garden Collection is full of magic and a lot of sweetness. I loved it, that is why today I made a beautiful diary, thinking how a little girl would just love one!

This journal is made with white bond sheets, and bound with my Cinch tool. I then decorated the pages with the Fairy Garden Collection.

I created a shaker on the front cover as the focus of my project and added some of the beautiful rainbow washi tape to add color and finish the page.

I added lots of Doodle Pops and Odds & Ends to the pages, giving life and color to the diary. 

Inside it has several inserts, which I decorated with flower-shaped clips and and Doodle Stamps from the Fairy Garden collection.

I added one last magical detail  with this charm filled with magic Fairy dust!   I say goodbye and I hope I gave you lots of fun inspiration!  

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Doodlebug Products Used
Fairy Garden Collection
Fairy Garden Doodle Stamps

Monday, April 12, 2021


As a mom of two girls, I have seen my share of fairies in my life! But Doodlebug's new Fairy Garden collection takes fairies to a whole new level of much so that my preteens gals were lured over to the crafty table at the site of this new collection. "Mom, if it was me, I would have those fairies peeking out from behind flowers."


Indeed (I knew there was a reason that I kept them around! ;))! So based on this awesome recommendation, I grabbed the little stamp masks I had created for these sets and got to work.


The Fairy Garden stamp set is perfect for this idea, filled with cute little fairies slightly angled off to one side...


...and fun, tall floral images that are perfect for them to hide behind, this stamps set is so much fun to experiment with!


But Bugs and Kisses works just as well! While the images are not as tall, they still coordinate perfectly together size-wise and the same effect can be created! I call this one "photo bomb"!


One of the best things about Doodlebug stamps are all the ways to can use them to create these little scenes. They really are as fun to dream up and create as they are to look at. In fact, I think another set of Peek-a-Boo cards featuring these sets is due for creation...perhaps with a mix of the two sets next time! I hope you will have as much creating as I did!  Thanks for stopping by!



Doodlebug Design Product:
Fairy Garden Collection
Fairy Garden Doodle Stamps
Bugs and Kisses Doodle Stamps
Other Products:
White cardstock
Alcohol markers

Friday, April 9, 2021


For the love of rainbows -and black and white photos-! I am sure many of you share my love for a number of colors in an arch.   Well, as soon as the new FAIRY GARDEN collection arrived, I was totally in love with the colors and all the rainbow patterns ( plus the fairies, bugs, and everything nice that dreams are made of!!).  So, I quickly formed the idea on my head and pulled scissors, glue, and embroidery floss to create a page all about my Goddaughters (aka my littlest cousins!)

I drew the rainbow in a 8.5"x11"piece of copy paper, cut each strip to use it as a pattern for the patterned papers from the collection.  Once all the papers were cut, I glued them to a piece copy paper, created my stitching guide ( a thumb tack did the trick), turned on Netflix, and hand stitched away!

In addition, I drew a few clouds in a scrap piece of white cardstock, and added a bit of hand stitching around the borders.

I chose the Bubble Blue gingham/linen Pettite Print for the background, and simply started gluing everything to the page with a bit of foam adhesive.    The new Sunshiny Day Doodle Pop is probably a new favorite that I am going to need to curate in my stash!

Once the rainbow was set cascading into the clouds, The perfect spot for my photos just appeared!  I used the Sprinkles Vellum to back my pictures and added a few embellishments around them.   For my title, I combined pieces  from the Odds & Ends and Chit Chat packs with My Type stickers.     A few enamel dots and a few mini icon stickers complete the page.

I cannot wait to see what you all create with the gorgeous FAIRY GARDEN collection.  It is just what nice dreams are made of! Now, I am off to order a few extra pieces for my stash!


Fairy Garden Collection
Sunshiny Day Doodle Pop
Petite Prints - Gingham/Linen - Bubble Blue
My Type Alphabet Stickers - Lilac

Embroidery Thread
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