Documenting my motherhood journey on the go with my Happy Album, a Creative Memories all-inclusive journal and scrapbook!

Documenting my motherhood journey on the go with the Happy Album, a Creative Memories all-inclusive journal and scrapbook!

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With a little one, there are always necessities that one MUST BRING with them. In my diaper bag, I have all the essentials I need to survive a day away from home with my little girl. Lately, I’ve been bringing my Happy Album with me. I simply slip my printed photos, pen, tape runner and little embellishments into the zippered travel case and I’m ready to go! I can scrapbook or journal while we wait for an oil change or at the doctor’s office. It’s the perfect accessory to help me keep my little girl’s life documented and it tucks easily into my bag.


This month in my Happy album, I created two spreads that I’m absolutely in love with. For my first spread, I simply backed my square Mpix prints using papers from Kits 2 and 4. Then, I adhered them into my album using my favorite tape runner from Creative Memories and topped the page off with little notes and stickers from Kit 1.

Creative Tip: Make your stickers “pop” off the page by using tiny foam squares behind the embellishment for a fun, eye catching look!

Documenting my motherhood journey on the go with the Happy Album, a Creative Memories all-inclusive journal and scrapbook!
Documenting my motherhood journey on the go with the Happy Album, a Creative Memories all-inclusive journal and scrapbook!
Documenting my motherhood journey on the go with the Happy Album, a Creative Memories all-inclusive journal and scrapbook!
Documenting my motherhood journey on the go with the Happy Album, a Creative Memories all-inclusive journal and scrapbook!

For my second spread, I again used the “note” method - journaling simple little thoughts around my photos. I have found that this is perhaps my favorite way to document those little moments without putting too much time or thought into what I need to write. Sometimes, simple and done is best! I used a photo mat from Kit 2 and stickers from Kit 3 to complete this page.

Two things that I’m currently loving about my Happy Album:

  1. Each page in the album already has a background design. The designs are adorable, subtle and easy to add journaling to.

  2. The colors in the album and corresponding kits match! They look great together and it’s easy to mix and match embellishments and papers between kits.

Documenting my motherhood journey on the go with the Happy Album, a Creative Memories all-inclusive journal and scrapbook!
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Documenting my motherhood journey on the go with the Happy Album, a Creative Memories all-inclusive journal and scrapbook!
Documenting my motherhood journey on the go with the Happy Album, a Creative Memories all-inclusive journal and scrapbook!
 

KITS 7 & 8 ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

 
 
 
 
 

Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your life on the go!

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As many of you know, our little girl was born earlier this year. My journey into motherhood hasn’t been easy, so becoming her mama has been the most beautiful, enriching experience of my life thus far.

Our situation is unique because our little girl came to us through adoption and our family has been blessed with an open relationship with her birth family. Because of this beautiful relationship, I was able to become a mother and am constantly reminded of the power of love over loss. When my heart is so full, I get the impulsive urge to document the here and now because I’m afraid these precious moments will fly by and I’ll forget how I felt the first time I held my daughter or saw her smile. Or how tiny her little toes are and how her smile reminds me of her first mama… Perhaps you can relate?


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Brand ambassador, Tara Ballantyne, recently introduced me to the Happy Album for the Creative Memories line, a product where I can simply add photos and words to create a beautiful, stylish book of memories when these precious moments in life are so fleeting.

Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your day-to-day happy life on the go!

In the Happy Album Starter Bundle, I received the following items:

  • Pre-assembled 6.75x10 Be Happy Fast2Fab™ Album made of Mint bookcloth material with a foiled "Don't Worry, Be Happy" design

  • Mint vegan leather Travel Case with a hand-drawn texture floral pattern and CM logo (18.5" Wx11.75" H)

  • 13 preprinted, double-sided pages with reinforced edging

  • 16 Page Protectors

  • Happy Album Kit #1 (includes 6 double-sided sheets of Designer Paper, 1 sheet of Ivory Cardstock and 1 complementing Sticker sheet) 

  • Happy Album Kit #2 (includes 4 double-sided sheets of Designer Paper, 1 sheet of Coral Cardstock, 6 double-sided Mats and 2 rolls of complementing Washi Tape)

  • Black Dual-Tip Pen '

  • Repositionable Tape Runner (34 feet of adhesive)

  • BONUS drawstring bag with "Be happy" design

  • Expandable Flex-Hinge™ binding lets you add up to three packs of refill pages. Note: 1 ½ to 2 sets fit best if keeping the album in the Travel Case

Visit my Instagram Stories to watch my unboxing video!

Kits 3, 4, 5 and 6 are now available!


With my Happy album, I plan to document both the feelings and the photos that melt my heart. Below is a look at my first page that I created while playing on the living room floor with my daughter. I included her sonogram photo, a “Welcome Baby” plaque from my baby shower book and a soft cotton fabric, tucked into an envelope from Kit #4. I used pops of gold foil in my layout and included a paint swatch I’d used when planning her nursery accents. I love how the page came together so beautifully!

Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your day-to-day happy life on the go!
Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your day-to-day happy life on the go!
Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your day-to-day happy life on the go!
Documenting My Motherhood Journey in the Happy Album by Creative Memories, a trendy collection that includes everything you need to journal, scrapbook and document your day-to-day happy life on the go!

Because this album is so versatile and easily portable, I can pack it in my diaper bag and work on it while I’m away from home, in the car or at the coffee shop. I love that I have everything I need in one convenient case!

I’ll be sharing more pages from my Happy album in the weeks to come, but if you’d like to see more, you’re welcome to follow me on Instagram where I’ll be sharing sneak peeks of my pages and process!

 
 
 

INTRODUCING JOURNAL CARDS! NOW AVAILABLE - Perfect for digital and hybrid pocket page scrapbook enthusiasts and modern memory keepers!

HAPPY SATURDAY FRIENDS!

Introducing Journal Cards designed by Turquoise Avenue!  100% of proceeds go to support our adoption fund! These cards are perfect for digital and hybrid artists who enjoy pocket pages, traveler's notebooks, scrapbooking, card making and more!
Introducing Journal Cards designed by Turquoise Avenue!  100% of proceeds go to support our adoption fund! These cards are perfect for digital and hybrid artists who enjoy pocket pages, traveler's notebooks, scrapbooking, card making and more!

If you've been wondering where I've been, well, I'll tell ya.  Buried somewhere under a mountain of adoption paperwork and working my little fingers to the bone.  We are so excited for this beautiful, time consuming journey and the joy that it is bringing us in the hope of a sweet little babe soon!  You can read the latest update here.

With that being said, I'm super excited to share something else I've been working on... I now have JOURNAL CARDS available in the Turquoise Avenue shop! Yes, you read that right! Each set of journal cards is just $2 each and your purchases help support our adoption fund! The digital downloads will include four digital jpeg files for my digital loving friends and for all my fancy hybrid artist friends, each set includes an easy-to-print .pdf file! So yes, all you have to do is purchase, download and print!

The shop seems a little sparse right now, but I promise I have some fantastic sets up my sleeve. In addition, I'll be offering a GIVEAWAY here and there so if you're not already signed up for my newsletter, be sure to do so here so you can stay on top of all the new releases. 

Thank you for your support and have a lovely weekend y'all! 

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) - Week 1

Hi friends!  If you're in the same hemisphere as myself you're probably experiencing warm weather, sunshine and all the fun summer activities that come along with this time of year.  While summer hasn't always been my first choice for favorite season, I'm really learning to embrace the time of the year and all it has to offer. That is directly related to the #LittleSummerJOY class by my friends over at LittlePaperProjects.com.  This week, they've been celebrating the little things that add some joy into our daily lives and I joined in.

 

See my supplies for this project here and the first few pages of my DIY mini album here.

Celebrating the little things means sneaking out on a rainy Tuesday night for a little date night dinner with my favorite person.  Products Used:  Hangry digital stamps and elements from Identity by One Little Bird

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by One Little Bird Designs.

 

Celebrating the little things means taking the afternoon off work to go hiking together in the mountains. Products Used:  Press Plate No. 33 and paper from Summer Manifesto by Paislee Press

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by Paislee Press.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring digital elements by Paislee Press.

 

Celebrating the little things means having an afternoon lunch outside on the deck beneath the umbrella while enjoying a warm summer breeze.  Products Used:  Soleil paper, elements and journal cards by One Little Bird.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring designs by One Little Bird.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue, Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com) featuring Soleil by One Little Bird Designs.

Celebrating the little things meaning spending a full day with my dad, celebrating him for Father's Day.  Products Used: Paper by Felicity Jane, journal template by Paislee Press and Better Together digital stamp by One Little Bird.

#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring paper by Felicity Jane and digital stamp by One Little Bird.
#LittleSummerJoy 2016 | A DIY Mini Album Celebrating Summer (via LittlePaperProjects.com), created by Mandy Elliott of Turquoise Avenue featuring paper by Felicity Jane and digital stamp by One Little Bird.

I can't wait to share more from my album!

I hope you've gotten the chance to join in and play along too!