December 14, 2012

TOYS word album- Die Cut challenge S.O.U.S

Happy Friday fellow crafters..
Us girls over at Stuck On U Sketches are having out Die cut reveal today and our very own Sandi Clarkson is picking this months challenges..

 For today, our die cut challenge is "TOYS, TOYS, TOYS!"..

I love love love making mini albums.. My biggest challenge is always pushing myself to the next level.. I had created a word album a few years ago, but this one was definitely a huge challenge for me and Boy! this was a lot of work.  I'm so super happy with how it turned out.. I created the WHOLE word album using Cricut Craftroom and Cricut Imagine..  I actually spent 3 weeks on the whole process of creating this.. from actually designing it, then cutting everything, piecing it all together and getting the die cuts all ready..
and honestly, I can't wait to start on another one..LOL

I found a lot of random photos of my boys with some of their toys, so I added some of them into this album..

warning: This post is very photo heavy!!!!!!

So, Here is my "TOYS" Word Album:

and this is what it looked like once I had it designed:

 With CCR having the layers option, 
Its easy to create your very own word albums..  
I  welded the letter to the rectangle and cut it out of brown card stock, which I then attached to a piece of chipboard and cut with a craft knife..I didn't want to ruin a blade cutting the chipboard with my Expression, so a craft knife and a self healing mat was perfect, really quick and easy..
Oh! and when I say chipboard, I mean recycled cereal boxes.. perfect!!

How about some photos of the inside:
I will be adding them in order as you flip through the album.

I love the way the front cover came out.. Its not too fancy, but fun..

This is my oldest Son Aaron with his truck.. 

Then when you flip over to the back of the T shape.. 
I added another photo of my son Aaron as he was walking around with some building blocks.  He was about two years old in these photos.. 

This page goes with the one above it.. They sit right next to each other in the album..

Side view, so you can see how I've attached mostly all of the die cuts, with foam tape..
Behind the "O " is my son Adam riding his bike.. it was his first bike and we had just taken the training wheels off.. If I remember correctly, he was about 5 years old...

I found some of the cutest phrases on the Boys will be Boys cartridge.. I attached the Speedster phrase onto the bike..

and on the Y side,  I added a photo of both of my boys together with their Jeep..

side view.. love the cute little plane :)

Once you flip the Y, you have a photo of my boys and my god niece Jasmin.. They were playing video games.. They started on video games really young  "thanks dad!"..LOL

This is one of my favorite pages in this album.. My boys together and they were so happy.. oh and they were always in their underwear (typical men)..LOL
The stamps I got from my good friend Stephanie at She actually designed the stamps herself..

side pic to show off the dimensions with the foam tape..

and on the final pages, I added a baby pic of my son Adam.. He couldn't really sit up for along time by himself, so I had a bunch of pillows around him along with most of his toys to help him stay occupied..

The last page.. I was running out of die cuts by this page..LOL I added a few stars and then little wagon.. I though this came out simple, but cute..

For supplies used:

Cricut Craftroom
Cricut Imagine
Imagine cartridge for color palette: 
Loris' Garden

regular Cricut Cartridges:

Plantin Schoolbook:
base for album

Boys will be boys:
phrases, font, stars,baseball and baseball bat

B is for Boys:
Toys and boys

George and Basic Shapes:
Circle Silhouettes, small circles

Papers by: DCWV Baby boy stack
Card stock: White and brown

Extra wide eyelets
foam tape

distress ink: 
mustard seed, shabby shutters, tumbled glass, 
black and brushed corduroy
ink applicator

Martha Stewart Edge punch
say it with pearls: Navy blue
white liquid pearls
white marker
white gel pen
craft knife
black fine tip marker
light blue buttons

well fellow crafters.. I think that's about it for this week.. I want to thank you all so much for stopping today and checking out my Word Album.. Do stop by S.O.U.S and check out what the rest of our amazing design team has created to inspire you with.. We also have some new faces, so come check those out as well..
I hope everyone has a wonderfully creative weekend..


  1. Wow Nanne this mini is super! Everything comes together!

  2. Wow Nanne. This is awesome. I live it.

    Hugs Monique


  4. I love,love,love it! You did such a super job
    Big hugs

  5. I Über LOVE it!! A true die cut wonder!!

  6. speachless.....this is impressive, inspiring and oh how I dream of creating with such love. This is fantastic Nanne and a treasure for sure :)

  7. What a labor of love! This is fantabulous! You are amazing, girlfriend!

  8. This is such a fabulous album Nanne! I love all the detail and can't imagine the time it must have taken you! I've been wanting to try this technique out on CCR, but just haven't had the time. Maybe in the New Year!

  9. Oh my, what a precious album. It is so full of love and great die cuts too!