Winter Design Team member Cristine Redmond is back with us today, for another awesome reveal! Cristine got to work with a brand new product – which I must say I have fallen in love with! The Urban Swank Urban Lily Paper Craft Collection is just SO super cute that I know I won’t be able to resist stealing today. Cristine has really showcased this product to it’s full potential with some adorable projects – I dare you to resist the steal!

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When Brittany told me what I would be working with for today’s blog post, I honestly had no idea what to expect.  I had never heard of Urban Swank or Urban Lily before.  But once I got my product in the mail I. Was. Pumped!  Being able to see the board book up close allowed me to think of about a million and one ideas for what I could do with it.  If you are on the fence as to whether or not you should buy the Urban Swank Urban Lily Paper Craft Collection, stick around!!
The board book is SUCH a fantastic concept.  As I mentioned in my last How-To’sday post, I am intimidated by mini albums.  But this board book makes it SO EASY!  You can use it as-is and just add some pictures and/or small embellishments or you can completely recover the whole thing, as I did, and make it your own!  Plus, with the hidden journaling pull-outs, you could put your thoughts in the book and “hide” them.  This would make a great Valentine’s gift for the hubby or even the kids.  Tell them how special they are to you or what you love about them.  Or make one for the new mom-to-be.  Or grandparents!  I could go on, but I think I’ll show you what I did with mine instead.
DIY handmade board book
DIY handmade mini board book
I decided to make this album about myself.  We wear many hats as women and I wanted to write down what I thought about all of the hats I wear.  (Side note: one thing I found when looking for pictures to put into this album was that I am never IN FRONT OF the camera.  I am always behind it.  I need to change that!)
Here are the pictures of the inside of the album:
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
I loved how I could hide my journaling for each aspect of my life in the pull-outs.  You could always add extra pictures or even small souvenirs in them.
I was also able to work with the ATC’s that are a part of today’s steal.  These are SO versitile!  They can be used to back pictures, as I used them.  Or as journaling cards.  Or as a cute flash card project for your littles.  Here are close-ups of how I used them in my album:
DIY handmade mini board book
If you are intimidated by altered projects or albums like I am, don’t hesitate to steal today!  This is truly one of the best things I’ve ever made and I’m so excited to steal today so I can make more!  Have fun with it!

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Thanks Cristine! This album is just awesome! Great photos and love those papers you chose. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful project!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!