Mini Album Tutorial

Today I have something a little different to share with you…. a tutorial for creating a mini album! This method is fairly versatile in that you can make it any size you like, with as many pages as you need, and create anything from a smash book to a mini scrapbook album. Since I was in need of a new “birthday book” I made each two page layout into a monthly calendar to keep track of special days.  Here’s how I created mine:


  • I cut 26 pieces of designer paper into 6 x 6 inch squares (I used the paper stack Mosaic Memories from Recollections)
  • I cut my calendar pages into 4 x 4 inch squares
  • Using my ATG gun, I adhered the front of one sheet to the back of another to form pages


  • I cut 2 x 6 inch pieces of designer paper in coordinating designs
  • I folded each 2 x 6 piece in half and adhered it to first the left page and then the right to form a double page spread
  • I added my calendar pages to each double page layout


  • I cut two 7 x 6 1/2 inch pieces of stiff cardboard
  • I  covered the cardboard with some rough linen
  • I added a piece of 6 3/4 x 6 1/4 inch kraft cardstock to the inside of the cover



  • On each inside page I added a tag cut from the scallop tags #2 Sizzix die and stamped with a Scripture from Biblical Impressions in Ground Espresso Distress Ink.  To the tag I added a  tiny punched flower with a pearl center.


  • Each facing page is decorated with a kraft strip punched from the Blossom Trim Martha Stewart punch.

100_5158-horzI hope you’ve enjoy this little tutorial for creating mini books/albums. I sure had a lot of fun making this one!

100_5164I’d love to see what you’ve been creating lately! Be sure to stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any project that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

(If you’d like to create your own “Birthday Book” simply click this link for a  zip file of the monthly pages I used above — Birthday Book)




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Guest Designer – Connie Griffin

Welcome back to the Cropstop blog. It’s time for another guest design post and today our guest designer is one of my sweet blogging friends,  Connie Griffin of Connie’s Crafty Creations. Connie is sharing two projects with us showcasing the Gift Bag Punch Board! She also included a great tutorial so without further ado, let’s get to it….

“Hi, Connie here with you today to show you some cute bags made with the We R memory keepers gift bag punch board!  I am showing it in two different sizes to give you an idea of the different sizes you can achieve with this but there are many different sizes you can make depending on the size you cut your paper.

I wanted to show you that they have great picture instructions as long as a description on how to scor and punch your paper to make these bags, and they even come with their own score tool that stores right in the base so you won’t lose it.

directionsThe tall bag started as a 12×12 inch piece of paper and the smaller one started as a 11×6  inch piece of paper.  I am showing in this picture the different ways you can add holes to the bags. The tall bag I used the punch board that has a whole punch on it and created hole punches all around, that way I can add my ribbon all the way through to keep the bag tied shut tight.  The little bag I used my Crop a dile to add my own holes to add the ribbon.

HolesHere they are both finished with their tags, I love the different sizes you can make depending on the size gift.  I used more heavy duty paper for the taller bag and a thinner paper on the smaller bag.

Both-finishedHere is a close up of the tag on the taller bag.  I cut the sentiment die twice, using my cuttlebug and plates,  glued them together for more bulk and added glossy accents to make it stand out a bit and used Dusty concord Stickles to dot the i.  I love my craft mat for blending inks as I did on the tags also, while my paper is still inside the die.

Closeup-tagHere is a close up of the small bag, I just added the tag directly to the bag on this bag, but you could add it to the ribbon before adding to bag.

small-bagHere I wanted to show that I made the holes too big for the size ribbon I used so I applied the ribbon to the inside of the bag with my scor tape and then with scor tape again I added strips of paper to the inside to cover my ribbon ends, but if you do the holes smaller you can just tie the ribbon ends on the inside of the bag.

finished-insideI hope you have fun making up your own bags and you can even match your cards with your bags for a nice set to give to someone.”

Products used:

Now it’s your turn —- stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any project that includes products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.





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September Challenge – Link Party # 32

100_4990Where does the time go? I can’t believe it’s already September and time for another link party! We’re heading into one my favorite seasons of the year – autumn! For today’s card I chose to showcase some bright yellow sunflowers in fall colors.

100_4967Here’s how I created the sunflowers on my card:




  • The next step was cutting slits in each flower to form petals
  • I used my stylus to roll each petal tip for added dimension
  • Since I didn’t have any dark brown seed beads, I came up with the idea to add coffee grounds to the centers of each flower — I love the look it gives them!

100_5001To create my card:


Now it’s your turn to share your creativity with us!

1Here’s how our challenges work:

  • Create ANY new project using products from companies  CropStop carries in the store. It’s ok if you didn’t buy it from us, and also fine if it’s a product we don’t currently have it in stock as long as it’s from one of the companies we carry!
  • Please, no back-linking old projects.
  • Limit five (5) entries per challenge.
  • Link your project here, link back to this post, and mention the CropStop Challenge in your post.
  • We’ll choose one random Winner who will receive a prize from the CropStop Store!
  • We’ll also choose one entry as “Top Pick.” That entry will be eligible to be a guest designer for a future post.

Thanks so much for linking up with us, we look forward to seeing all your great entries this month. Grab our badge and help us spread the word that CropStop is a great place to play along!









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Winner and Top Pick

Time to announce our winner and top pick from the last link up!

Winners are chosen by and will receive a prize from

Top Picks will be a favorite of mine from the projects linked up, and will be eligible for a guest designer spot in a future month.

Our lucky WINNER for this month is:

#3 Sherry G of Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

Sherry’s beautiful  seascape features these Cropstop companies: Tim Hotlz, Darice, and Prima.

Winners:  Please email us at within seven (7) days to claim your prizes by giving us your physical mailing address, and we will get your prize out to you right away.  In fairness to everyone, there are no exceptions to this rule.

Our TOP PICK for this month is:

#4 Marty of Merry Marty Cards

Marty created her awesome card using products from Anna Griffin, Prima, Tim Holtz, and Sizzix.  I love all the dimension and the creative way she used her inks to create such deep, rich hues!

Top Pick: Please email me at within 7 days for a chance to guest design for the blog.

Great job everyone! Thanks so much for linking your lovely projects up to Cropstop!  We love seeing your work via the link up, so join us for the next Cropstop Challenge posting tomorrow at 1:00 AM Eastern Time.







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Autumn Background

Today I’m sharing a fairly quick and easy card featuring a bright autumn background created with Distress Inks.

To create my background:

There’s two more days left to join in the CURRENT LINK PARTY, so stop by and show us your current projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!




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Guest Designer – Gail Scott

Crop Stop Sept 2017 Gail ScottTime for another guest design post here on the Cropstop blog. Today we’re sharing the work of one of our most faithful  followers – Gail Scott of I Like Paper. Gail shares with us how she put her sweet card (full of dimension and texture!) together:

“White cardstock was used for the base of the card – the first mat is black cardstock. A MFT Blue Print die with a rounded shape on one end created the second mat for my card. I embossed the pink cardstock using Darcie Large Dot Embossing Folder and running it through the Cuttlebug Machine. A strip of burlap was adhered to the left side of the card using Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue. The Button is a die by MFT – I used Kraft Cardstock for the button  and ran  Burlap Natural String through the holes, then took another piece and created a bow to place behind the button – the button was adhered to the car with Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue – I distressed the button and the pink mat with TH Brushed Corduroy Ink using Rangers Blending foam and tool.  I tucked a Tim Holtz Mover & Shapers Tag behind the Poinsettia  Petaloo Flower [which was attached with Scotch Foam Mounting Tape] – I flipped the inside of the tag from the Kraft Patterned Cardstock to stamp the sentiment by MFT Clear Stamp using TH Brushed Corduroy Ink. I adhered the  Tim Holtz idea-ology Thrift Shop Butterfly under the Poinsettia , using Scotch Foam Tape.  A Cuttlebug Key die was run through the Cuttlebug Machine using Black Cardstock and adhered to the mat using Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, after I placed strips of Washi Tape on the mat. A Metal Brad was placed through the hole of the tag. 3 Coffee colored skittles were glued to the mat using Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue. The pink mat was adhered to the black mat using Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Glue and then the combined mats were adhered to the card base using my ATG with adhesive.”

Now it’s your turn — Stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any project that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store. Who knows, you may be the next winner of our random draw!

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Back To School

100_4879It seems like schools are starting earlier and earlier every year, but growing up it was tradition to wait until the day after Labor Day to begin. I suppose I’ll always think of September as “back to school” month, even though many of them begin in August now.

100_4871-horzBefore I share how I put this card together, I want to share a mini tutorial for stamping with your embossing folders. I used this technique to create the notebook page your see on the card above.

  1. Ink up the raised part of your embossing folder with your choice of ink
  2. Gently lay your cardstock overtop (be careful not to smear the ink)
  3. Close your folder and press using a brayer

Note: Remember that your image will stamp reversed from what you see – most of the time it doesn’t matter, but occasionally it may

6Here’s how I put this card together

4I’d love to see your “back to school” creations, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any project that uses some products from the companies Cropstop carries in the store! I hope to see your beautiful work in the gallery this month!







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Guest Designer – Lois Wyche

Happy First Day of September! We’re back with a guest design post from Lois Wyche from Lil Artsy Woman. Lois is not only sharing a card with us, but also a great tutorial for creating a Faux Plaid Effect.  Here’s what Lois says about putting this card together:

“Have you ever used your debit or credit card for something other than purchasing craft or other supplies? Today, I’ll show you how to use a debit, credit, grocery or library card, especially an old one, to do a faux plaid effect on your cardstock. Make sure it is an old card because you may have to do some shopping to buy more supplies or to check out a good book from the library.
Let’s look at how this card was put together:

The supplies I used:

Start with any of the three colors. Here, I’ve used the twisted citron Distress Oxide ink for my first layer. (Save the black soot to use later). Apply the oxide in a random order using a swipe instead of a circular motion.

Apply the next color using the swipe. Make sure you blend both colors together. I’ve used wilted violet Distress Oxide ink for my second ink layer.

The third layer of ink I used is spice marmalade Distress Oxide ink. It was applied in the same fashion as the other two and blended.

Now that all three colors have been applied, I can begin to use my “old credit card” to form the faux plaid effect. Swipe your card across the ink pad picking up the black ink onto the card. Apply the vertical and horizontal lines randomly onto your card. Once this is done, add the white lines on top of the black lines in a random order.
Decorate the card as you desire. I used my Cricut Explore and Cricut Design Space to find some free image to cut out. Halloween is quickly approaching and I decided to cut out some images for that occasion. It is going to be a “spooky” night, so get ready.

An additional card using the same format:

I used the Spellbinders’ Romantic Vine die to cut out this image. For the embellishment, I added three Offray purple flowers and seven Martha Stewart faux pearls. The sentiment was cut using the Cricut Explore and black cardstock.
Variations: Distress ink or watercolor inks can be used instead of the Oxide inks if you don’t have the oxides.
I hope you will give this faux plaid effect a try. I think you will find it a fun way to use one of your old cards (debit, credit, grocery or library) for an awesome background.
Sending you a hug and LOVE, Lois”

If you try this fun technique, I’d love for you to stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link it up! Remember to use a couple products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Hope to see you there!



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Mini Chalkboard


100_4846Today I’m sharing another variation of the Mix The Media Mini Chalkboards.

Here’s the list of supplies I used to create this mini piece of home decor:

100_4850I’d love to see the creative ways you use mini chalkboards, or create home decor using your paper crafting supplies.  Be sure to stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!






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Guest Designer – Birgit Norton

Magnets11It’s time for another guest design post here on the Cropstop blog. This weeks guest designer is Birgit Norton of Crafting While I Wait. Birgit has made a beautiful set of Shabby Refrigerator Magnets to share with us today. I love the scallop heart shape she used and the neutral tones that include music paper, kraft flowers, and butteries!

Magnets8Birgit shares how she put these lovely magnets together:

“Step 1:  Cut the hearts and butterflies out of  kraft and cream colored cardstock (Heart dies by Elizabeth Craft Design) and distress the edges using Gathered Twigs Distress Inks and a Blending Tool.
Step 2:  Stamp the music background to the stitched hearts and layer the stamped heart to the kraft scalloped hearts using Scor-Tape or Glossy Accents.

Step 3:  Apply a Kraft chipboard backing to the scalloped hearts again, using Scor-Tape or Glossy Accents.

Magnets10Step 4:  Stamp sentiment banners
Step 5:  Stamp and layer butterflies using Zots Glue Dots
Magnets2 Step 6:  Assemble the hearts using Zots Glue Dots and/or Glossy Accents adding butterflies to some and paper flowers to the others.
Step 7:  Adhere a magnet to the back using Scor-Tape”

Magnets4I’d love to see the paper craft projects you’ve been working on lately, so stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up anything that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.  Happy Crafting!









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