Sunday, June 16, 2024


We are excited to introduce our latest card and layout kit using the fabulous Hometown USA collection! The kits include product to make 2 layouts and 4 cards with matching envelopes, plus detailed full color instructions and cutting guide.

Here are the projects you will get to create!

The kit also includes a full size Odds & Ends, This & That sticker and papers, so  there will be lots leftover to make additional projects too! This Hometown USA Layout & Card Kit is in stores now!

Comment here to win a kit of your own!  And head over to our Facebook & Instagram pages for more chances to win!

Saturday, June 15, 2024


Hey Crafty Friends!  It's Conny with a fun project using  Hometown USA. If you know me, you know I had to make an album. This collection is patriotic, celebratory, and ready for documenting your 4th of July. This mini album measures 4" x 7.5" with a 2" spine and has space to hold all your celebration photos and a traveler's notebook at the back of the chipboard album.

Let's get started! For this chipboard mini album, I used (2) 4" x 7 1/2" pieces for the covers and (1) 2" x 7 1/2" pieces for the spine. I began by wrapping the chipboard with the red textured cardstock from the coordinating pack , the pieces measured approximately 12" x 9 1/2", leaving about a 1" border from the top, bottom, and sides. I used a Book Cover Guide to miter the corners and to ensure proper spacing between the spine and the covers. This tool is beneficial!
I used a red polyester ribbon as a close for the album's cover. On top of the red cardstock, I used the Red White and Blue striped cardstock. The measurements for the pieces are as follows: (2) 3 3/4" x 7 1/4" and (2) 3 1/4" x 6 3/4" for the front and back, and (1) 7 1/4" x 1 3/4" and (1) 6 3/4" x 1 1/4" for the spine. To embellish the cover, I used the "Sweet Land of Liberty" sticker from the cardstock stickers, along with Uncle Sam Doodle Pop,  Freedom Fireworks Shaker Pop and a few Star Spangled Shaped Sprinkles.
I covered the chipboard inside the album with the Summer Celebration paper. On one side, there is a vibrant red, white, and blue fireworks design. For the spine, I used a 7 3/8" x 4" piece of paper and placed it in the middle, making sure to score the hinges. Then, I placed the 7 3/8" x 3 3/4" fireworks paper for the front inside cover and the 7 3/8" x 3 1/8" Picnic Plaid paper for the back cover. I embellished the album with odds and ends, as well as card stickers

To create the pages, I cut 7" X 7 1/2" paper and scored at 3 1/8" and 3 3/4". For the second set of pages, I used 7" X 4 1/4" paper and scored at 1/2". For the notebook cover,  I cut a 7" X 8" piece of the Festive Fireworks acetate sheet and scored it at the longest side at 4", folded in half, and added a few sheets of copy paper measuring 7" X 7 1/2" and scored at 3 3/4". I bound the pages together with a stretchy white string and embellished the cover with cardstock stickers.

That's all for this mini-album. I would love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments section. As always, I'm really looking forward to seeing the wonderful creations you come up with using Hometown USA!


HomeTown USA
Festive Fireworks Acetate
Hometown USA Coordinating Textured Cardstock


Foam Adhesive
Book Cover Guide

Friday, June 14, 2024


I absolutely adore the Doodlebug Shadowbox Insert Kits. I have a bunch framed and hanging in my craft room. Every time a new one comes out I think "I want to put that on a mini album cover" or "I want to use that in a shaker." That time has come!

Today I have a super packed mini album for you! A couple of years ago I designed a frameless shaker method and I used it to enclose the Hometown USA Shadowbox Insert. I filled my large shaker with silver Shaker Balls and the Land That I Love Shaker mix. The album overall is 9" x 9" with a 2" spine. There are four pages with interactive elements.

I used the Festive Fireworks Heavy Acetate throughout the book for pockets and a belly band. It's just the most fun patterned acetate yet!

Each page has a large 7" x 9" insert. I used the acetate fireworks from the Bits and Pieces as pulls on the top of each. There are lots of layout pages and pockets for all sorts of pictures and things.

In the center I did some scene building using all the cute elements from the Odds and Ends and Mini Icons. Lots of the Mini Icons are perfectly sized to accent the larger Odds and Ends pieces.

I used both of the new Doodle Cuts sets to accent the book. I used the Pocket Full o' Pride Doodle Cut set to add little pockets to some inserts. I used the Festive Floral Doodle Cut set to add a little shaker to the first page in the album.

Video walkthrough and full, FREE tutorial can be found here on my YouTube channel.  Have a great day!



Hometown USA Collection
Hometown USA Shadowbox Kit
Festive Fireworks Heavy Acetate
Clear Heavy Acetate
Shakers Silver Balls
Shakers Land That I Love
Festive Floral Doodle Cuts
Pocket Full o' Pride Doodle Cuts
Dot Stripe Petite Prints
Candy Stripe/Sprinkles Petite Prints
Buffalo Check/Woodgrain Petite Prints


Medium Weight Chipboard
Navy Blue Artisan Cardstock
Foam Squares

Thursday, June 13, 2024


Hello friends! Traci here and today I have a cute mini scrapbook titled God Bless America that I created with the colorful new Hometown USA Collection. These patriotic papers and embellishments are perfect for highlighting your fun photos of the 4th of July holiday.

I designed this with my 6x6 inch red acrylic mini album, but you could easily make this out of card stock or chipboard instead. On the cover, I cut different sized star shapes out of the acrylic using the Special Delivery cutting file called Moon and Stars. 

I added the adorable July 4th Doodle-pops just behind the largest star on the first page and it fit perfectly!

On the top ring, I added the Just Charming Charm Clip and Keychain titled Land That I Love. With its hearts and stars, I think it's so fun and "just charming".

Inside, I covered all of the white pages with cute prints from the 6x6 paper pad. In the photo above, I created a flippie (aka a fold-out card) with a 3x4 card from the 12x12 Blast of Blue paper. I love the little Statue of Liberty. She has that cute round face and smile that is perfectly Doodlebug!

Above is another fun flippie. These are great for adding more photos to mini album pages and Doodlebug's cards are perfect for creating them.

I love a good pocket for holding cards and extra photos. I made this one with the Polka Dot Pride print. It has so many great stars, scallops, hearts, and the cutest little July 4th images. On the front, I added the bakery die cut from the Odds & Ends. Then inside, I added lots of journaling cards for writing or to use as photo mats. 

I added lots of adorable Odds & Ends die cuts to every page. On the page above, there are balloons, fireworks, and a cute little blue bird. Doodlebug added silver metallic foil to this collection so the papers and embellishments shimmer!

I added two adorable flippies to this page. One folds up and the other folds down and they meet in the middle. These 3x4 cards are from the 12x12 Summer Celebration paper. Fireworks, flags, and ice cream trucks ... perfect for the holidays.

I love using the top edge of the tags as a decorative element and the Tag You're It! paper has so many pretty colors and patterns. I cut the top edge off and fussy cut around the tag shape, then ... added it along the side of my folding page. Easy and so, so cute.

This DIY July 4th Album Kit titled God Bless America will be available in my Artsy Albums shop tomorrow (Friday) if you're looking for a more guided project. I hope you have a great day and have fun playing with this adorable Hometown USA Collection! 


Hometown USA Collection
Special Delivery Moon & Stars Cut File

Wednesday, June 12, 2024


Every June I like to create a simple mini album base to document our 4th of July memories! This year I am using the Doodlebug Design Hometown USA collection!

I have had a pack of red coil in my stash forever and I thought it would be perfect with the Hometown USA collection. I started with the coordinating 12x12 textured cardstock assortment pack and trimmed down some of the papers to 8"x5.25"for my mini album page bases.

Next I trimmed down some of the 12'x1 Hometown USA pattern papers to 7.25"x5" and glued them to the mini album base pages. Some of the pages I wanted to created a pocket so I created 12"x5.25" pages and scored at 8" on the long side. Then I added adhesive to create the pockets.

Once all the pages were covered with pattern papers I punched holes with my Cinch. This is one of my favorite ways to create mini albums. Next I ran the coil through each of the holes and trimmed it down.

I embellished each page lightly with Odds & Ends, Chit Chat pieces and Icon cardstock stickers. My pages are ready to add photos and journaling and even more embellishments this year! I can easily add more pages if needed!

Thanks so much for stopping by the Doodlebug Blog! I hope you enjoyed this project and are inspired to create your own July album to document your memories!



Hometown USA collection
Hometown USA Coordinating Textured Cardstock


Cinch Binder
Red Coil

Tuesday, June 11, 2024


One of the things that I love about Doodlebug collections is how versatile they really are. While the theme of a collection is always really clear and strong, there are also lots of ways to use bits and pieces for something a little different!


So for today's project, I decided to play around with that idea with the new Hometown USA collection. With Father's Day coming up here in Canada and the US, the masculine colours from this collection seemed like they could be a good fit! And I had so much fun creating those, I threw in a masculine themed birthday card for good measure!


One of my favourite parts of this new collection are the silver metallic accents. These little die cuts from the Odds and Ends pack are so cute on their own - but add a metallic accent on the legs of the BBQ, the utensils and even on the pop bottle and the card really has a little something special!


And can I just say that the cola theme in this collection is delightful! I think that this card, with the classic vending machine and cooler die cuts, is my favourite of the three. I feel like it is a classic image that could work on Father's Day or birthday cards!


While I think they still have a classic American feel to them, I also think they they really work in this context too! So grab your favourite collection and see what you can do to create a set of cards that is a little bit unexpected! They might become some of your favourite creations ever. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs,



Hometown USA collection
12x12 textured cardstock

Printed sentiments
White cardstock

Monday, June 10, 2024


Hey friends! Brianna Lepper here and I have another layout using the super adorable Hometown USA collection. We are missing our pool back in Louisiana right about now so I thought it would be fun to document some photos of me and pups celebrating July 4th by playing in the pool most of the day. Hopefully we will be back in it one day. This collection is perfect for your summer photos!! Here's my layout:

To start, I took two of the Red, White & Blue 12x12 patterned papers and set aside one (star side) for my base. I then took the other paper and trimmed out a 3x12 strip of the diagonal side. I also pulled out the Land Of The Free 12x12 paper and trimmed out a 2x12 strip of the red heart side. I then layered the two strips together and adhered it to the left side of the star paper. Those patterns go so well together.

Next, I pulled out the three tags from the Bits & Pieces pack and decided to make a shaker in one of them. I pulled out a square paper punch from my stash and punched it right in the center of the blue tag. I then adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the tag, adhered some foam tape around the square and poured in the Land That I Love Shakers. This mix is ADORABLE!! I sealed my shaker using a piece of vellum and attached the Blue Jeans twine to all three tags. I popped them all up on foam tape and adhered them along the side of the patterned papers.

Next, I matted my photos using the 6x6 Paper Pad and adhered my three photos to the tags. Look at my sweet Luna girl. She's smiling in this photo!

I used a phrase from the Chit Chat pack for my title and popped it up on foam tape. It needed a little more embellishing around it so I added a few more pieces from that pack and then also added in that sweet little girl and animals from the Odds & Ends pack. It was a perfect addition on top of that cute title. I love how it pops!

I embellished around the tags using more Odds & Ends, Icons Stickers as well as some of the Puffy Icons Stickers.

Here's one last look at this fun page:

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope that I've inspired you in some way! I'll see you in my next post friends!



Hometown USA Collection
Blue Jean Doodle Twine

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