Friday, April 30, 2010

Pink Paislee "Inspiration Station" Tour!

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Welcome to the Pink Paislee "Inspiration Station Tour!!! You should have just arrived from the beautiful blog of Leena Loh.

Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a $25 prize pack of beautiful Pink Paislee products!!! There will be a prize pack given away along each stop of our tour, so make sure to comment often. ;) Check back Monday or Tuesday to find out if you are a winner!



The project I have for you today is something that is simple and easy to put together. It is a Jacob's Ladder Brag Book! Perfect for Grandma to tuck into her purse to show off the grandkids, or for Grampa or Dad to place on their desk at work. Don't let all the steps and pictures fool you . . . this is actually a very simple and satisfying project to put together. :)



(Click on photos to view larger.)



Here is what you will need:

HEAVY Chipboard or Mount Board (available at a Framing Shop)-- I used 12 3" X 3" pieces

Pink Paislee Products and other creative supplies to decorate your book (I used the 365 Degrees collection)

Glue (I used Beacon's 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue)

Ribbon (Three 4 ft. lengths)


ASSEMBLY TIPS:

1) When choosing supplies, keep in mind that your papers and embellishments need to be FLAT in order for the book to function. The very top panel (page) is the only page you are able to add dimensional products to.

2) Remember to add your photos and other embellishments beneath the ribbon. If you adhere them on top of the ribbon they will interfere and the Jacob's Ladder will not work.

3) The ribbon does cover up part of your design. You could choose a thinner ribbon, but the Jacob's Ladder won't be as stable.

STEP 1
Cut twelve 3" X 3" squares from mount board or heavy chipboard. You can have the framing shop do this for you. Or take it to a copy/print store and have them cut it for you on their large cutter.



STEP 2
Measure and mark three lines on the back of each square. One in the center at 1.5" and the other two lines 0.5" in from the top and bottom of each square. (I put marks going both directions so that I could decide later which direction to place my square.)



STEP 3
Cover one side only of all 12 pieces using coordinating patterned papers. Make sure you can still see your marked lines on the back of your pieces.



STEP 4
Cut three lengths of ribbon that are approximately 4 ft. long each. Place the first square face down and glue the ends of the ribbon along your marked lines. Glue the top and bottom ribbons trailing off on one side of the piece and your middle ribbon trailing off the opposite side, as shown.



STEP 5
Use glue to attach another square directly on top of the square you glued the ribbons to, sandwiching the ribbons in between. Hold in place, lining them up perfectly until the glue is dry.



STEP 6
Reverse the direction of the ribbons by flipping them over the top of the piece with the patterned paper facing up. Make sure the ribbons stay flat and are not twisted. DO NOT GLUE the ribbons in place, just hold them.



STEP 7
Place the next piece with the patterned paper facing down, sandwiching the ribbons in between this layer and the previous one. Apply glue to the measured lines on the back of the chipboard piece, flip the ribbons over and hold them in place until the glue dries. Adhere the next square on top patterned paper side facing up.



STEP 7
Adhere the next square on top patterned paper side facing up. Repeat the previous steps, stacking all squares and only glueing on the marked guidelines. When you get to the last square, trim off the excess ribbon and sandwich the ends by glueing the last piece on top.



STEP 8
You should now have something that looks like this. Decorate the Jacob's Ladder with patterned papers, photos, journaling and stickers, as desired, keeping in mind that everything you use must be flat in order for the Jacob's Ladder to function properly. Remember to glue items UNDERNEATH the ribbons.



STEP 9
Decorate the top piece with a title and you are ready to give it as a gift. For my book, I placed a picture of a grandchild on each square with their name. You could also leave some of the squares without photos and use that space to write a special message, quote, or poem. Have fun with it! The possibilities are endless!

Add a matching card to really set off your special gift!






Thanks for stopping by! I hope this is an idea you will be able to use. :D

Your next stop is the blog of the talented

Amanda Muirhead

Have fun!

333 comments:

  1. What a cool book! Love the way it opens up! And the matching card...perfection! :)

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  2. Wow! Great idea. I remember playing with a Jacob's Ladder toy when I was a kid. I like how you've used it for a mini album. Will definitely have to try this one out at home. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Great job on your Jacobs Ladder (like all your work!) TFS

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  4. That is absolutely adorable! I love your work!

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  5. I love those books. So cute!! Thanks for sharing with us:)
    Jess

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  6. Your Jacob's ladder is so cute...any grandmom would love this.

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  7. Oh, I love this book. I think I'll have to make one or two...

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  8. what a perfect idea. I can definitely see myself doing this project as a gift for the grandparents!

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  9. Wow! this was a great ladderbook!! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  10. Very cool! Just in time for mother's day!

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  11. This is a great idea and very inspiring. I love it. :o)

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  12. Jacob's ladder albums are so much fun. Beautiful work!

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  13. Great project, thanks for sharing!

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  14. Such an easy way to brag our love one! love this idea!

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  15. Wow, fantastic project. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

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  16. I love these little projects. So cute, so quick to make!

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  17. Holy Cow that is so cool! (and yes, a little intimidating -- wink, wink). I may just have to try it!

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  18. An awesome idea-it's so adorable I wouldn't be able to give it away :)!

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  19. really sweet book! a great idea... tfs

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  20. Lovely, lovely project! Thanks for the awesome instructions!

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  21. Isn't the Pink Paislee line perfect for this type of project? Thanks for the MOther's Day idea!

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  22. This is too darn cool! I want to make one!

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  23. too cute - thanks for sharing! Great project

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  24. love the brag book, loving the blog hop, xo

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  25. I've seen these before and you did a great job with it! thanks for showing how to do this!!

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  26. This project is so cute and fun! I think I will use this for my local scrap group! TFS!

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  27. Love those ladders! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  28. What a great mini book. Super Cute.

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  29. Cute project! I am in love with the flower on the front of your card

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  30. I love all kinds of mini books! Thanks for sharing!!

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  31. this book is awesome - I'm going to attempt my own!!!

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  32. The book and card are delightful! Thanks for the great tutorial too.

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  33. Love Jacob's Ladders as mini-albums!

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  34. Oh so cool! I'm totally making one of those! Awesome!

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  35. Love this idea!

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  36. Seriously, so amazingly cute! Love it

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  37. This would be a perfect gift for my husband for Father's Day!!! Love it!!

    TFS!!!

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  38. wonderful - I'd love to try and make this

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  39. I've never seen one of these before, it's brilliant - can't wait to have a go! :-)

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  40. That is sooooo neat!! Grat mother's day gift idea, I think!

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  41. My mom was just trying to figure out how to make one of these...I might have to send her this way for some inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

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  42. I am going to bookmark this little book, very cute!

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  43. I am going to bookmark this little book, very cute!

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  44. that's great! I'll have to revisit this and re-read it after the coffee has settled it...

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  45. What a wonderful idea! I am definitely trying this for Father's Day!

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  46. This is just too fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

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  47. That is too cute! Thanks for posting pictures with the tutorial, love it!

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  48. Ooooh... so creative! I've seen these before and often wondered it is constructed. Thank you so much! :o)

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  49. Very cool book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  50. You are one clever chick Jana! Adorable mini book!

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  51. I have always wanted to know how to make this. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  52. Such a cute project. I getting so many ideas from this hop. Love it.

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  53. Jana, you're way too creative. ;o) It's an awesome little book and that's one lucky grandma who will recieve it! Great instructions, too. ~erin

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  54. Love this amazing project! What an adorable book.

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  55. Have always loved the Jacob's Ladder mini book idea but have never attempted to make one. You make it look so easy. Thanks.

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  56. That's is so cool. Jacob's Ladders are so much fun. It will be great to create one for my son!

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  57. A classic, for sure! Thank you for the reminder and instructions. Super cute idea with upcoming Mom and Dad holidays. Lovin' It!!!

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  58. What a sweet mini! Thanks for sharing.

    -Henriette

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  59. Great brag book....it will fit perfectly in my purse.

    Mary
    Battle Creek

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  60. Thank you so much for the instructions! You are such an inspiration!

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  61. I love it. I am going to use this for a project with pictures of my husband when he was a child to give to my daughter.

    littlelu76@comcast.net

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  62. I love this, its like a mini album... I love those!! I am definitely making one!

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  63. Such a fabulous project! Perfect for a gift!!

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  64. What a cool idea! Turned out beautiful!

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  65. Okay so I trust you that it is easy and I will for sure be giving it a try this weekend...but oh man it does kind of look complicated. Thanks for the detailed directions. I love everything you create! can't wait to give yet another one of your projects a try...last one I did was your carrots for easter, they were so cute! Thanks again!

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  66. that's such a great project! thank you for sharing (:

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  67. what a creative mini album idea!

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  68. This is a way cute mini... Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs
    Elisa

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  69. LOVE this!! Mom would love to take this to Bingo to show off her grandkids! THanks for sharing!

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  70. These are so much fun to make, great directions! TFS!!

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  71. Very cute, not hard to do at all.

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  72. cute project. thanks for sharing!

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  73. Love the tutorial...never knew these were so easy to make!!

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  74. Love the mini album. So sweet. thanks for sharing.

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  75. Such a fun idea! Thanks!
    Karin

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  76. So, so clever. I love Jacob's Ladders.

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  77. What a cute mother's day present! Great idea :)

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  78. Another great idea for a Mother's Day gift --- thank you!

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  79. this is just a great idea! My mom and mother-in-law would love it!

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  80. Love this, Jacob Ladders are so much fun!

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  81. That's awesome, thanks for sharing!

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  82. Well, I had to hop over Leena, who appears to still be sleeping (LOL!) but I will go back. And how did you know that I'm a grammy to two sweeties? I am going to hunt up some chipboard when I finish the hop--making two, one for me, one for my mom! Thanks for the great idea.

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  83. You are an inspiration as always. I've "stalked" your blog for more than a year now. It's always beautiful and inspiring! Thanks a huge bunch for sharing!!

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  84. wow.... absolutely stunning and i definitely have to give this a try!! and also love the card. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!

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  85. What a great gift for a grandmother! Inspired as always!

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  86. How awesome! I'm going to bookmark this!

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  87. What a creative idea..love it!

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  88. I've wondered how to create these, thank you for the instructions!

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  89. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing the creativity.

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  90. What an awesome idea - your book is wonderfully creative!

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  91. What a wonderful gift and such great instructions too, thanks.

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  92. How cute is that! What a great ida for a Mother's Day gift. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  93. OOOOh sooo cute! I'm going to try and make this for Mother's Day gifts for my mom and mother in law! Thanks for sharing!

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  94. This is fantastic! I could actually get this one done for mother's day!

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  95. Jana! This is adorable!! Thanks for sharing!

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  96. Another AWESOME Idea!!
    I LOVE it!!
    I used to LOVE my Jacob's Ladder toy i had as a child!!

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  97. Must make one for my mother! Love it!

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  98. Love this Jacob's Ladder. What a great project.

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  99. Adorable! Printing out instructions right now...
    Thank you.

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  100. Love this! What a great gift idea for the grandparents!!

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  101. I have always wanted to make a jacob's ladder...and now I can. Great great project!

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  102. Fabulous! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  103. Wow! What a fabulously fun project!

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  104. That is adorable! Any grandma would be happy to share that project!

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  105. What a neat project. I've always wondered how to make these and you make it so easy!! Thank you!

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  106. All grandparens should have one of those :)

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  107. I have never see a mini like this before, but wow!!!! how fun to be able to hang it!!! thanks for this fun stop from this great train ride!

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  108. Love your creativity!! What a great brag book!!

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  109. OMG!!! This is soooooooooo cute!!! Lucky Grandma indeed!! love this cool idea.TFS!!

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  110. I love your jacob's ladder...the colors are great, awesome job. Thanks for the inspiration, I think I might have to make one.

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  111. Thanks for the step by step of the Jacob's ladder book.

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  112. Such a fun project. Thanks for sharing!!

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  113. Wow this is amazing..a bit of a challenge but I think I can handle it. TFS

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  114. This is a cute idea! Love this and can't wait to give it a try!

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  115. such an awesome idea - thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win! Great tutorial too!

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  116. Love this and your great directions! Thanks!

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  117. Gorgeous creation and a great idea using a Jacobs Ladder

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  118. Very cute and I love that matching card!

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  119. Wow! tHANKS for taking the mystery out of those books! I always wanted to make one too!tfs!

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  120. Jana, this is wonderful! I've always wanted to know how to make one of these. I've bookmarked this post! :)

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  121. Jana, this is just perfect for mothers' Day, I just love how easy the tute is to follow too, okay I am going to do one for mum, thanks so much I was wondering what to give her. Love Melxx

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  122. wow! My mom LOVES Jacob's Ladders....If I find time before mother's day I am totally trying this!!!!! Thanks so much!

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  123. This is so fun.....gotta try it....thanks for sharing...Barb

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  124. oh, that is so cute and fun! Super project!

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  125. I just became a grandmother for the first time. I would love one for myself, I'll have to get busy! So cute.

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  126. I LOOOOOVE this idea. This is something that I would do for my mom or grandma! Thank you

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  127. I love mini albums in all shapes & forms. Cute idea!

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  128. Fabulous project, and a great tutorial. Thanks!

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  129. This is so stinking fabulous!

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  130. Wow! You've got a lot to brag about...the beautiful kids and a great project!

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  131. This is absolutely stunning!!! Love love love this!! TFS!

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  132. Who knew that such a complicated looking little book could be so simple to put together! Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve got to try this one myself.

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  133. Jana, totally cute! I remember playing with these as a child. This will be so awesome to put my granddaughters' photos in. So clever!
    Thanks for sharing...

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  134. Oh wow so beautiful! Love them!

    Happy SB Day!

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  135. Always thought these would be hard to make! Off to start mine! Thanks!

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  136. So Beautiful!!!!Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  137. I love the Jacob's Ladder brag book idea. So innovative! The matching card will make a perfect Mother's Day duo set! Just lovely!

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  138. how super fun is that!!!!! just adorable!!

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  139. Jana - this is really cool. What a fun project. Awesome work!

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  140. I have always wanted to try one of these....

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  141. As a Mimi, I would love to have this! Good job!

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  142. This is a wonderful gift idea, especially for the grandmother that loves to carry photos of ehr grandkids! This way she can have them all tucked in their own little album! Too cute~!

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  143. Jana you know i love you . I think i just found what to make my gran for her coming to visut this christmas. it is beautiful

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  144. That is sooo cute, love it!

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  145. this is a very cool idea. It is a good idea for grandmas! Your direction seem so easy. Thanks for sharing.

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  146. this is so awesome Jana!!! You give great instructions.. I have this on my 'to do someday' list!! :D

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  147. Sweet project! I always enjoy seeing your creations!

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  148. Wow! I had no idea you could make these from scratch! How cool! Great instructions, thanks!

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  149. Love the tutorial. This is definitely going into my bookmarks! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  150. AMAZING as usual!! thanks for the "how to" will be doing one this weekend I think ;)

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  151. so cool. what a great idea...i just love how it all folds up in a pretty package...def worth the details...awesome!

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  152. This is such a great idea for a brag book for Gramma! Thanks for the detailed instructions.

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  153. This is one of my favorite projects o kids of all ages. I cannot tell you how many time I "catch" people playing with this classic. Superb!

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  154. Love this idea...thank you for sharing.

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  155. Love your mini. What a fantastic idea!! Thank you for the tutorial :)

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  156. Love the Jacob Ladders Brag BOok. Adorable. And your tutorial is so very detailed, I love that.


    Happy Scrapping!!
    ~Tonya

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  157. wow! wow! wow! such a fantastic little book!

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  158. wonderful project! thanks so much for sharing :)! *hugs* steph :)

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  159. Love this idea! thanks for showing how it's done :)

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  160. I've always wanted to make one of these but didn't know how. Thanks for the great instructions.

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  161. inspirational and love your project

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  162. I love the ladder look when it's open!

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  163. What a fun project. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  164. Oh, these are so cool! Thanks for the very clear instructions!

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  165. What a great mini. Your work is always amazing!

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