Thursday, November 7, 2013

2013 Retreat - Instant Album

Happy Thursday, everyone!

While I’m mostly known for my work in digital scrapbooking, I had the honor of teaching an amazing paper workshop this year at Retreat! Instant Album is a riff on Project Life, using a nifty set of pocket-style page protectors by We R Memory Keepers, an assortment of 12X12 and 8.5X11 papers and some really cool cutaparts designed by Jacqueline Carney. The cutaparts are a remix of Wildflowers and they really look great with this kit’s color scheme of green/blue/purple.
The Retreat project kit includes, papers, cutaparts, & page protectors.

Set of 10 Pocket Page Protectors
Although quite cutting-intensive, this project comes together very quickly and easily. The pages are double sided, so you make 20 pages in about 90-minutes! How’s that for speedy? If you’re used to Club Scrap’s ALSB-style pages, this will be a snap for you and even if you’re not a regular ALSB-er, the clear cutting directions and color photos will get you through it all very nicely.

Here are a few blank pages as well as some with photos added (big thanks to Julie Heyer for sending me a few photos of her album!):

And in the course of putting together the cutting instructions for this kit, we came across a very cool thing - you can use any CS kit with these cutting instructions to make this style of album! All you need are 13 sheets of 12X12 and 1 sheet of 8.5X11 paper and the cutaparts from a Club Scrap Kit or Collection! How cool is that?

Tip: When cutting up papers from a different kit, make notes on which papers you’re substituting for each paper in the Retreat kit - that will help ensure that you cut the right papers into the right sizes.

Here are some pages made with Take Wing and Lock & Key kits:

These albums are great not only for your own scrapbooking pleasure, but they’d also make great gifts for family and friends who don’t scrap, but would like a album for some special memories. You cut and assemble the pages and they just add photos and a bit of journalling! Easy-peasy!

Don’t forget to pick up some of these kits before they’re all gone - and a few extra sets of page protectors wouldn’t hurt either!

See you next week!



  1. Happy to share! It was such a unique class!

  2. Hmm this one is stashed away with the rest of my junk (I mean stuff!) I almost forgot about how cool this was and how easily it went together. In fact I need to get my retreat pics printed and stuck down onto the pages. Thanks for the reminded and trust me folks, if you like ALSB you'll like this a lot!

  3. I can't wait to give this a try. What a great workshop!

  4. I really hope that you do a cut-apart sheet that we can purchase with each kit. I love combining the project life style with regular scrapbooking and CS does things better than anyone else out there!!! or better yet a " Project scrap" kit every month.I have this project in an album and ready to give out as a Christmas gift!

  5. I don't do project life but the putting the album together was fun

  6. This was my favorite class of the whole retreat! I was wondering how to integrate the great CS cardstock into a Project Life-style approach -- and this was the exact answer! Now I have formulas that can be used on my HUGE stash of CS papers! I'm so excited! I even thought of how to make digital templates for the cutaparts, and then utilize them with my VAST accumulation of all CS digital kits to come up with any themed cutaparts I want! I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO START USING THESE! LOL

  7. This is such an awesome idea - I love it! Thanks for teaching a great class Ron!

  8. I love this! I'm going to use up some of my Lite/Jr kits this way! And I agree with Lynn - I wanted to do some Project Life-style pages but with my CS papers. Goodness knows, I have plenty of leftover tags.

  9. I really love that you can do it with any kit - still debating but I think once I fill it with pictures, I will want to do more!

  10. I am soooo intrigued by this concept. This is going to be the first project I do from the RIAB. Thank you!


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