First off–Happy Mother’s Day (yesterday)! Hope it was a happy day full of love and snuggling with your families. 🙂

It’s no secret: I LOVE Photoshop. I’m so glad it was invented! Our relationship began about 4 1/2 years ago, right before I had my daughter Annie. Admittedly, it was a little bit rocky at first but soon I realized that Photoshop was going to change my life! 🙂 Yes, that’s a little dramatic but actually quite true. I learned how to digital scrapbook and make my photography better and since then I have had some wonderful opportunities and have met the greatest people, all because of learning how to use Photoshop. I could be on a commercial for it, I love it so much. 🙂 I use it for so many different things and will be sharing more projects and ideas with you on Crafting Chicks. Actually, if you look at all of my posts here on CC you’ll notice that nearly all of them are digiscrap/photoshop/hybrid related. 🙂 I’m hooked!

Brooke + Photoshop = true love forever. Ha!!!!  (I am a total nerd)

I wanted to share this sweet little “Happiness Is…..” mini album idea with you today. I made it quite some time ago but found it again recently and  I still love it so much! Now I want to do one each year.

“Happiness Is….” mini album

I wanted to make a mini album with some of our favorite memories from the summer of 2008. I just had little moments with my family that made me happy that summer and I wanted to remember them. 🙂

I made 5.5 inch x 5.5 inch layouts in Photoshop (I used Elements 4.0 back then but currently use CS4), using DSM products plus my own photos (except the “sweet kisses” photo was taken by Michelle Coleman.) I kept the layouts really simple because I wanted the photos to really stand out, along with the sweet memories.

When finished, I printed them at Costco on luster photo paper and cut them out (I fit 6 layouts on each 12×18 inch sheet). To create the album I cut cardstock into 6×12 strips, then I punched 2 holes in the middle and created a little booklet by tying with ribbon. Then I adhered a layout onto each cardstock page.

Here are the pages that are inside. You can click on the images to make them larger so you can read the writing.

I absolutely love this little collection of simple and happy moments! You can make one too, with any collection of photos and digiscrapping goodies that you want–make a mini album with all of the fun Spring memories that you’re creating right now! 🙂

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  1. LOVE this Brooke! I must make one!

  2. So Cute!! Love your blog, love this book idea….DON’T love the fact that Photoshop is cheating on me with you! Boo! I thought we were exclusive. Oh well. He’s so good, I guess I will have to be okay with sharing.

  3. Thanks ladies! And LOL Ellie g! 🙂 That Photoshop does get around…..

  4. this is such a fun idea, and so simple. thanks for sharing!

  5. awww so sweet! Fabulous job. I’d love if you linked this up to my Scrappy Saturdays:

  6. LOVE it! So sweet!:)

  7. Cute project! I just got photoshop and I still feel like I’m learning to speak a new language, I’ll get there. When I do, I know I’ll have to same love for it as you since I know all the possibilities!

  8. what a great idea 🙂 come win a lamp and join a party @

  9. Love it! TFS.

  10. I’ve gotten most of my photoshop inspiration from you, Brooke. Thank you. Thanks for sharing all your ideas, it’s truly inspiring.

  11. How cute! I’m visiting from Tip Junkie. I wish I was as successful with photoshop!

  12. How cute, I love it! Great idea to print them at Costco.

  13. Hi..I’m Barb….I am from Tip Junkie..
    I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @
    & get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

  14. gorgeous mini!

  15. This is lovely! I have to say that I am so incredibly impressed with your blog!

    Thanks so much for the comment you left on my blog today! I truly appreciate it.

  16. I did this for my Valentines day for my husband using a shutterfly book. My theme was “Our Love Is….” and then floated in different words on pages and pictures to match. Some of the words I used are awesome, adventurous, miraculous, exciting, etc. It was cool and I think more of a present to myself! Tehe!

  17. […] out Brookes darling Happiness Is…  album for more happy […]

  18. […] little color book Brooke made be such a cute keepsake made into a photo book? And her collection of happiness mini albums too!  Can you think of some other fun twists we could take on a […]

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