June 14, 2014

Florida mini album

I decided to create a mini album show casing some of our photos from one of our vacation trips to Florida.   As most of you already know, although I was born here in Finland, I was raised in Florida and kids (3) were all born there  before we moved here to Finland back in 1996.. So our visits are always spent with family and friends since we see them so rarely ..
Here is what I created:

This is an all hand made chipboard covered 8x8 mini album..
I used lots of the fun die cuts from the "Are We There Yet?" cutting file..

and now for the inside, which took me about a week to create, but once I started, I couldn't stop and this will be filled with lots of fun photos from our vacay that I have some where in one of the many photo boxes I have..LOL
*I will list all of the cutting files at the bottom of the post to make it easier for you to check them out..

click on the photos to make them bigger ...

pages 1 and 2
Wanted a fun page to remind us of flying out of Helsinki,  usually a loooong lay over in London till we get on our plane to Miami :)  The album is still a bit stiff in the binding, so this was a bit hard to photograph and I didn't want to force it to open more, ripping anything accidentally..

Pages 3 and 4.. 
The large circle luggage is actually a flip down tag for me to add lots of journaling to about our flight and who we met on the plane.. Once, we actually flew on the same plane with Ronnie James Dio (who has since passed away from stomach cancer), the lead singer of the heavy metal band Dio.. That was amazing and what was even better was my young boys recognized him before I did..LOL!!

Pages 5 and 6
This is for us, mom and dad..LOL  
We love to enjoy cool drinks and just sit out in the sun.. I tend to drink coffee regardless of the temperature though..LOL   Loved adding the orange slices randomly to the pages reminding me of Florida oranges..

Pages 7 and 8
This page is dedicated to our family's.. I want to add photos of grammas and grampas, plus cousins to these pages..

pages 9 and 10
We always do a lot of shopping while in the States :)
I tend to shop for crafting supplies (big surprise there) and my hubby's always shopping for tools that he needs for his car repair and service shop he has here in Finland..

pages 11 and 12
We are not in anyway health nuts, but living here in Finland, we don't eat donuts for breakfast.  My son Adam, at the time age 13, asked me if we could have  Donuts for breakfast while we were in the States, my answer was YES and we did..LOL 
I thought that was worth scrapping about..

Page 13 and 14
We usually always tend to drive up north to Iowa to visit my in-laws.. 
So,  I wanted to incorporate that into my album..

Cutting files used:

Are We There Yet? cutting file
plane, passports, car, luggage and plane tickets

Dino-Mite cutting file
Palm trees

Happy Hour Cutting file
Drinks and orange slices

Breakfast Sweets cutting file
Donuts and donut holes

Fourth of July Kids cutting file
Jumping in the air girl and boy head and hands

Tool Time cutting file
Tool box and screw driver

Rain or Shine cutting file

Borders 2 cutting file
Scalloped border strip

Layered Labels 1 cutting file
topnote and photo mats with corners punched out

Cool Sun cutting file
Sun and sun glasses

Clipboard cutting file
Clipboard used as a photo mat

Sweethearts cutting file

Scalloped Circles cutting file
Scalloped circles

Best Buddies Cutting file

Friends Forever cutting file

Layered Labels 3 cutting file
Square postage stamp shape

Flip Flops cutting file
flip flops

Silhouette files: Earth and Polaroids
My own creation: shopping bags and tag pockets
free fonts

Whew!! that was a lot of work, but I'm so delighted with this album and I can't wait to add the photos in there so we can cherish our vacation memories..

 Now, here's some information about the hop: 
The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store. For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also "LIKE" Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook  and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter.   A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, June 17. 

A reminder about our PPPR Vacation Challenge.  The projects can be anything vacation themed (summer vacation, travel, etc.).  You can submit those projects to the Lisa's blog..  One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.
 The rules for participating in the challenge are:
1.  The theme of this challenge is Vacation...so create anything vacation themed. Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons products must be the FOCUS of the project.
2.  Please link to your actual blog post...not to your blog.  If you don't have a blog, you can add a photo of your project to the Vacation Challenge photo folder in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Project Parade Facebook Group (link this tohttps://www.facebook.com/groups/471149956313209/).
3.  You can enter as many different projects as you want for more chances to win.
4.  The challenge will run for 3 weeks.  You must link up your project by 11:55 pm CST on Saturday, July 5 , 2014.
5.  One random winner of a $20 Gift Certificate to PPPR will be chosen.  Our Design Team will also choose our PPPR Top 3.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

And now you're all set to go the next stop which is Nicole's Blog..

Here's the lineup just incase you get lost on your way:

Thank you for hopping along with us girls from PPPR..
Happy Hopping ya'll..


  1. Fantastic mini-album, the colours are so bright and fun.

  2. What an awesome mini, love it!!! very very fun!!
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  3. WOW!! Super cool, cute and totally fun!!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*

  4. You were NOT kidding about the sheer amount of Lisa's files you used! HOLY COW!
    Girl! You win! You win! =)
    This is an incredible project, it truly is and all your hard work on this shows! I also loved reading this post too and a bit more about the trip and all!
    Thanks for working so hard to share this with us!

    your BFF

  5. Wowzers girl!! This is amazing :-) I could not wait until today to see the inside after your little sneak peek on Facebook!! Great job!

  6. This is super cute and cool, love all the amazing details.
    I now follow you.

  7. WOW! Your album is absolutely impressive! I need to make one for our big trip next month, BUT i know it will not be this good!

  8. This album is truly beautiful and fun and wonderful. What a perfect way to store your memories

  9. GREAT album!

  10. WOW! WOW! WOW!! Your album is AMAZING!! Each page is so fun (as is the cover) and your album has obviously been created with a lot of love and care with a wonderful attention to detail. I'm so impressed!! This will be such a treasure!!

    I'm already a follower. :)

    Small Bits of Paper
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  11. Love your mini. Fantastic papers and die cuts. I'm a follower.

  12. I like all the cutting files you used to decorate this great album.
    I am a follower.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  13. Ditto with everyone's "WOW"!!! You did an amazing job. You deserve a vacation.....

  14. Gorgeous Albumn! Always fun to see your projects :)

  15. WOWEE! What a fabulous vacation album. Each page is an absolute delight! I am absolutely in LOVE with it! Awesome job! Hugs- Glora

  16. WOW! Just WOW! You've really outdone yourself. Just amazing, Nanne! :)

  17. Oh my goodness--this is fantastic!

    vivi j
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  19. I follow your blog! What a beautiful job on your mini album.
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  20. Wow! Beautiful album! Great job using so many different cut files!

  21. AMAZING !! I loooove this album. Makes me want to run into my craft room and try to make one, unfortunately I cant cut those files. Thanx so much for sharing your talent. Denise dharkin65atgmaildotcom

  22. Wow! This is such an awesome album! Love all the graphics and choices of icon placements! Way cool!