Cute and easy digital brag book

A few months ago we travelled to the other side of the country to visit my parents, because my sister came all the way from Australia with her little boy to visit and we just had to meet Connor for the first time. To commemorate that special occasion, I decided to make a Brag Book for my parents, since these are their only two grandchildren.

Click on any image to browse as a gallery. Supplies at end of post.

I wanted to put it together quickly, so I:

  1. reused the page templates for the boy and girl sections by simply swapping out the papers and elements,
  2. didn’t add any journalling or descriptions, and
  3. made the album jumbo size (4×6″ / 10×15 cm) which is a standard photo size and thus simple to print anywhere.

I used two Shabby Princess digital kits: HopScotch for the boy pages, and The Penelope Collection for the girlie side. I really love Shabby Princess kits! They are beautiful and their attention to detail always leaves me giddy β€” I love working with digital supplies that look “real”.

Bathroom assessories

I like making useful things look pretty (as oppose to just making pretty things – it’s a “me”-thing, don’t ask). This is such a classic example:


We needed refillable soap and lotion bottles at the office, so I bought two pump-action see-through bottles, one for soap (“seep”) and one for body lotion (“handeroom”), then decorated them using seashell images, vinyl alphabet stickers, raffia and a sea star trinket. I used Glossy Accents to stick the alphabet stickers down (after removing the glue first), because that’s the only thing I know of that might last when exposed to moisture and lots of handling. I’ve never made something like this before, so it will be interesting to see how long it is going to last before stuff start to come off πŸ™‚

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Handmade magnets

I made the two magnets on the left and right for the “Fridge Magnet – No Theme” swap on Swap-bot, and the middle one I gave to a good friend for her birthday.

Here’s a good tip: when you make something, make more than one – you won’t believe how much time and effort it will save you in the long run!

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Small friendship book

Small concertina book I made as a gift to a special friend. The two covers are old credit cards I revamped πŸ™‚

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