Sunday, June 24, 2012

Robin's Nest Design Team!

I am so excited to announce that I've been invited to be on the Robin's Nest design team!!

Make sure to check out their blog where I will be posting projects regularly, along with a group of really talented designers. I'm sure you will find inspiration from everyone there!

Check out their website for some amazing products.



I'm so excited so make sure to follow their blog and check out all of the projects we'll be posting!

Make today count ~

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Best Hubby Ever! Library Card Catalog

Look what my husband found for me yesterday and bought while I was at work!?! He told me to go to the consignment store and pick it up after work. When I asked for it all the ladies who work there came over saying "you must be the scrapbooker" lol. They told me that 3 people had already come back in looking for it. SCORE!

Isn't it fab? I know right?! I'm so excited... Now I just have to find a place to out it (besides the middle of the hallway).
Make today count ~

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Travel Junk Journal Scrapbook (for Road Trip)

This is a travel junk journal I created for a class I taught at Timeless Treasures (in Rancho Santa Margarita). The class was fun and everyone seemed to really like their finished journal. The journal is a vintage style with lots of odds and ends to memorialize any road trip or vacation. Just inside the front cover we included a map of the US to mark off the states as you travel through them. There are a ton of pockets, file folders, and different pages to include any type of memorabilia, journaling and photos during your trip. The sections are divided with tabs such as "where we stayed, things we saw, things we ate, where we went, people we met, places we stopped, random thoughts," etc. I created several tags and didn’t even use them all. I will be posting photos of the inside shortly, but wanted to give a glimpse of it for now.

I will also be posting pictures of the Junk Journal I made for my own family to take on our next road trip - that one is kind of a junk journal on steroids. I have been fighting with what type of binding method to use because even my two in binding rings were not big enough! I settled on leather cording and that will have to do. I can’t wait to show it off - I put so much into it.

At my 8 year old’s suggestion after watching the movie "Judy Moody’s Not So Bummer Summer," we have included a "Cuskey Family Not-a-Bummer-Road-Trip Thrill Point Chart" in our journal (this includes things to do (or not do) along the way and when we get to our destination and it awards points for items marked off, bonus points for extra credit (lol) and loser points for hitches in the road, so to speak. It should be a blast! Below is a jpg image of the one I created (I can't figure out how to upload a pdf on blogger - need to research that) that you might use as a sample if you are so inclined. If you have wordperfect and want a copy you can modify, message me and I will email you the file. I could always save it as a word doc from my wordperfect, but I don’t think the table would stay in tact . . . not sure.

No matter what you intend to do this summer, bring along some type of journal (even if you don’t have the time or inclination to make one) and make sure to memorialize the time with your family!

~ Make it Count

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mother's Day Pocket Mini Albums - Part 2 of My Robin's Nest DT Submission

The below is for my design team submission with The Robin's Nest  - Check out their Website and Blog:


For Mother's Day I made pocket mini albums for both my Mom and my Mother-in-law.  I got the idea from Angelwings14100 on YouTube.  She has a fab tutorial you can view here  If you like these minis, be sure to check out the tutorial (she gives dimensions and everything!). 

Here is a picture of both minis together:

The one on the left is done with "Birdsong" paper by First Edition (picture below) and the second one is done with Basic Grey "Out of Print" (picture below).  I love both of these papers (and the Birdsong has glitter paper which I absolutely love, love, love!!).

The books are pretty much the same construction with the one on the left done with an extra large eyelet the way Angelwings 14100 did hers, but the second one I used the Tim Holtz Sizzix die Findings to create a magnetic closure.  I layered it (two layers of black cardstock with grunge paper in between).  On the fronts I have stick pins I made myself along with flowers I painted, inked and/or misted (some all - lol).  The metal book corners are made from plumbers tape (see my prior tutorial on that).

Here are the two paper lines I used:

  Here are some more pictures of the Out of Print mini:

The inside covers have pockets, so on the left is a small tag for journaling or other pictures.  Then I started with the eldest grandchild and worked my way down.  For each child, I put their picture on the front of the pocket page and had them write a sentiment (or the young ones drew pictures and dictated their sentiment) on the tag inside the pocket.  The back side of the page was left for grandma to put her favorite picture of that child.

Of course the girls pages were way more fun to do!

On the inside back cover, I used a doily die to cut patterned paper from the collection to make a tag for a photo.

Back cover:
Close -up of the front:

I hope you all enjoyed my Mother's Day Pocket Mini Albums!! Please message me with any questions and thanks again for looking!

~ Make it Count