Like I totally have so much to do, right?  I mean, there is a lot that I need to catch up on….bills, grocery shopping, etc.  Thank goodness the house was absolutely SPOTLESS when I got home!  THANK YOU, BABE!  (and boys!)

But I am outrageously tired!  I think it’s a combo of jet-lag, stress from the whole airport ordeal and just coming down from doing SO much with Kimberly every day.  Anyway, I had a horrible time waking up today.  And I got nothing done.  Oh well!  I did post the Color Challenge at SCS – but I didn’t do a sample.  You can find it <here>.

However, I do have something I made for Katie and Libby.  I made this the day before I left – you know….when I was supposed to be packing….and I brought it with me to give them.  It was made from the 6×6 quick page book I did for our relatives at Christmas.  Kind of a year-in-review of the boys.  We have done videos before that use various pictures and camcorder clips as year-in-review things for family.  This was just a different take on it.  I figure grandparents and such appreciate something like this more than a present I could afford to buy, ya know?  At least I hope so!

This was done just like the last board book I made – you can see some instructions on that <here>.  Basically, I use the quick pages, paste them on to a 4×6 blank page in PSE 5 (so that I can The book I used was the Cuddlebug Album from Shabby Princess.   I love quick page albums for projects like this.  And unlike paper scrapping – I just printed several copies of the finished pages and gave them to lots of people!  I used a template and stuff from the Silly Boy {Cuddlebug} Kit to make the front and back covers.  And if you get a quick page book that doesn’t have enough pages – just try rotating a few of them for a different look!


Front Cover


one of the inside pages (there were 8 coasters – two sides to each)


Back Cover

I used 1 1/2 in white zutter coils for my Bind It All to make it.  4×4 in medium weight coasters, mod podge to put pics on (no sealant on top – just matte photos), and various ribbons all approved by Andy.

Album credtis:
template – Colleen Brady
paper – Shabby Princess – Smarshmallows and Cuddlebug
ricrac – Shabby Princess – Cuddlebug
photo corners – Shabby Princess – Cuddlebug
staples – Jenn Patrick – Wrong Side staples
red foil – Rachel Young – Fa la la la
blue stamped – Gina Miller – Goopy Stamped Alpha (recovered)
stitched paper – Dani Mogstad – Under Construction
font – Darcy Baldwin – DJB Heather G

I added a few things – journaling, a few dates (sometimes on tags), etc.  Pretty easy!  It takes me just a few hours to make an entire book this way!  I think all the family enjoyed theirs – I know the boys love their copy!  I also gave a copy to their cousins, they enjoyed it as well.  And it cost about $9 to print an entire album at Costco.

I will show you the rest of my China stuff, tell you about Beijing, and karaoke.  But I just was not up to it today!