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The Perfectly Simple, Perfectly Clever Brag Book

When the kids were young, I went through a several months when I made myself make a scrapbook page every day. It was fun, and it gave me the opportunity to reminisce about events of recent or not so recent memory. There were Christmas pages, sports pages, pages with family, pages of just them being them. What a great way to preserve those memories! But realistically, there was no way I could keep up the pace. I mean, a scrapbook page every day? I was asking a lot of myself as a busy mom of two who had a lot of irons in the fire.

Fast forward to today, when I technically have less activities to attend with the kids, less driving the kids around, since one is gone and the other drives herself. But time to scrapbook a page a day? I don't think so. In fact, I've not scrapbooked much at all the last many years. This all or nothing business kind of makes me upset with myself, so this is where mini albums come in. They're relatively quick, many are easy to put together, and I feel like making them is manageable with a busy schedule. This one is a favorite of mine, as far as the design goes. I used Stampin' Up!®'s Medium Clear Envelopes as the sleeves for the pictures. Works great!

With Grace's graduation just over a year and a half away, it's definitely not too early to work on some of these types of projects to display at her party in 2022. I used Pumpkin Pie card stock as the base of the brag book. It measures 4 3/4" x 9 1/4", with scored lines (to help make the binding) at 1" and 2" parallel to the short side. Melon Mambo card stock measuring 4 3/4" x 6 1/4" helps complete the shell of the album, as it makes up the cover. As I said, our Medium Clear Envelopes make up the pages for the photos, and Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper makes a fun addition to the front of the album.

Did you note the fun colored Metallic Edged Ribbon? I colored it with the Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends. The Celebration Tidings Bundle (and a bit of my own hand writing) is the perfect finishing touch on the cover. Check out the video showing how to put the album together:

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