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Hello to my fellow ribbon addicts! I hope you like what I have in store for you today…I haven’t done scrapbooking in ages, so this was a lot of fun. I’d forgotten how much I love juicy texture – I mostly make cards, so having all this much dimension and tactile intrigue is really enjoyable.

After finishing the video, I realized I didn’t answer some questions I’m sure will arise: yes, my dog is wearing a uniform! A soldier’s wife made it just for her in honor of the event. And the reason for Ciara receiving the honorary enlistment is that I send a different photo of her in every care package I mail overseas, so those who receive them feel like they’re getting to “know” her. A soldier from Minnesota put her in for the honor, and the ceremony took place at Fort Lewis, Washington. If you have other questions, please leave them in comments and I’ll answer for you.

Also, if you want to know how I did any element in this book, leave a comment about that and I’ll try to include it in a tutorial over the next few months for you if a text response doesn’t cover it.

So now for your comment question: do YOU scrapbook your animals? Am I alone in this?

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Blog post by: Sandy Allnock

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  1. MONICA

    Great job loved the colors – I never really do colors like this but man this is gorgeous

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  2. sharon gullikson

    I have never made a pet one, but now I will! I bought a bone album, and will use it today. Thanks for the inspiration. And I love the red white and blue scheme. I'm partial to red :)

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  3. Lee MAE

    Wow, Sandy, the album is fantastic!  The ribbon works beautifully with all of the other elements.  I digitally scrap my animals, but seeing this album makes me want to switch to this type of work.  Love it!

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  4. kathy/NorthCarolina

    Beautiful work here!  Everything is laid out so nicely.  I don't scrap animals…because we don't have any.  Allergies….Wait a minute…I have done layouts for my friends with animals, though!  And it was fun!!

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  5. Christie Proctor

    I so love to see that other people also scrap their pets.  Thanks – love it.

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  6. karenladd

    Love the way the ribbon is tied with twine across the front of the album to make a flag motif! So fun!

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  7. CharlieDK

    Absolutely amazing idea and so well done. Imagine Ciara having such a special day meeting your heros. Thanks for showing and I must go and tell Fifty he is OK too even though he is not as famous as Ciara  =0)  Lovely ribbon and yes scrap jute is so much better than the hardware kind – that jute often smells like tar. 

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  8. Lucy

    No, I don't have pets, so not pictures or scrapbooking of them.  There were some great ideas in the pics and video, though.  I love the shabby effect with the distress inking, ribbon fraying & jute.  Nice work!

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  9. Carmen

    Beautiful! I love how the ribbon on the front cover is gathered with twine!

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  10. Sassy

    Gorgeous, beautiful album.  And, yes, I plan to scrap our little girl, a peke-a-poo.  Love the ribbon!

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  11. Lynn

    Beautiful album honoring a beautiful animal/event!  Love the patriotism!

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  12. Angie Crockett

    Sandy, as I mentioned on your blog, your album is so fantastic!  I don't know when you squeeze in the time!!!  Though my dogs and cat have now all passed away, I LOVE to scrap them and will continue until I run out of good photos!  God bless!

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  13. AnnetteH

    We had to have our dog, Penny put to sleep a couple months ago.  A little album like this would be perfect to have out to remember the extra something she brought to our family.

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  14. NWFlamingo

    I don't have any animals to scrap!  But I scrap wild animals!

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  15. Linda R

    Beautiful album! Thanks for the tutorial and I love all the ribbons!

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  16. Kristie Maynard

    What a wonderfu story and a fabulous book.  I haven't scrapped my dog yet.  We just got her at the beginning of the year.  My hubby's cousin passed away and she had become an animal hoarder and had 10 dogs, 2 pigs, 2 chinchlla and a parrot in a tiny apartment.  Our little Molly was at the bottom of the totem pole in that group and we don't know where she was before his cousin got her.  We think not in a very good place.  She is the sweetest little gal ever.  I'm sure I will be scrapping her soon.  Just haven't had the chance yet. 

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  17. Joyce EJW

    what a great mini and so colorful. Love hte different textures.   Of course, I scrap my pets, they are part of the family.

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  18. Dixie

    Miss Ciara makes a great subject for your album! I've included my dog in albums. You rocked the ribbon on this project!

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  19. Penny L

    Lovely mini, Sandy! Yes, I definitely DO scrap our animals (cats in our house!). Our most beloved Tiger passed away 1.5 yrs ago and just a few months back I did an entire 8×8 book memorializing him. I cried most of the way through the book, but now it brings all of us much happiness to look at it and talk about how much we loved/love him!

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  20. lori

    so many great ideas here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  great album :)

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  21. Melissa T

    Wow, I would have never thought of using ribbon like that.  And I have a new respect for the jute. :)

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    1. Sandy Allnock

      Always respect the jute. LOL! 'specially May Arts jute. It's quite different from the stuff I used to get at the hardware store!

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  22. Katie D

    Ciara is so cute in this album.  As soon as I get a dog, I'm going to make an album like this!

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  23. Sue D

    Fantastic album.  Love the striped ribbon and your use of jute.  I have taken photos of my goats but haven't put them in an album yet.  I think we have photos of our cats somewhere too that haven't made it in an album yet.

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  24. Carol Logan

    Sandy – wonderful !  I love all the ribbons and of course Ciara.  I have always taken lots of pictures of my animals and YES I scrapbook them and their fun antics !

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  25. mary s. - aka Big Mamma

    Of course I scrap boom my "kids".. for  most they are called pets.  LOL  I have a whole album devoted to them.

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  26. AnnetteH

    What an Awesome book about an even Awesomer Dog!!!

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  27. Kim H

    Beautiful album, love the colors and all the stripes.  Of course I scrapbook my pets =)  That is what got me started in scrapbooking, since i didnt have any children at the time.

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  28. Karen L K

    That is a great looking mini book that you made and a great story about your dog. I have a 12X12 about my dog.

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  29. Donna Nuce (Crafty Colonel)

    By the way Sandy it is pleasure to know that i have served with Ciara in the same service!  Such a wonderful member of the United States Army!

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  30. Donna Nuce (Crafty Colonel)

    Yeah Ciara.   Your album is beautiful.  I do scrpbook my dogs and some of my best pages are of my dogs.  We rescue Wiemeraners and have had over the years nine dogs so I do have quite a few scarpbook pages with my Wiems!

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  31. Cynthia T

    This album is stunning! Ciara is so beautiful! And yes, I made a mini-album of my first pet cat, Otis. He was a rescued and special needs cat that led a fairly rough life before we adopted him. He left paw prints on my heart when he died 3 years ago this month. My current cat is Chloe, a healthy and loving rescued girl and I have enjoyed taking an unbelievable number of pictures of her and have happily created a mini-album for her as well.

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  32. Beth

    Love your album! You did a fantastic job with the ribbon and all the other pieces. I love the story of how she was honored. I do scrap my pets. I have an album with pictures of them. The dogs are usually with people but the cats are usually by themselves or with another cat. Funny how that happens. I also made an album of all the zoos we have visited as a family.

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  33. Dolores A.

    You really outdid yourself with this one and using all that lovely ribbon so creatively.   As for the question…you know I have no pet so don't have an animal scrapbook, though it is a great idea for anyone with a beloved pet.  But…I treasure the wonderful albums you've made for me on many of our family occasions, and thank you for these cherished memories.                  
     

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    1. Sandy Allnock

      You're so welcome Mom! Hugs!

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  34. Charlene

    Aw, great wat to give tribute to your canine Hero.

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  35. Jingle

    This is SO awesome!  I love it!

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  36. charlsie

    Sandy   Great job as always.  You just are full of wonderful ideas.  Keep them coming because I have learned so many things about products and ways to use them  Thank you  

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  37. SuzAnn

    I do have albums scrapped of my fur babies and now that they are gone, I find great comfort in looking at them. Which reminds me I've got to scrap the pics of Macey's 1st birthday just recently celebrated so I'm going to CASE your idea! TFS

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  38. Carol L

    What a fabulous way to cherish those precious moments you spend with Ciara! This will be such a treasure for years to come – she's such a beautiful dog! Hug her for me willya :)

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    1. Sandy Allnock

      You bet, Carol!

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  39. Pat K.

    I love mini albums, and your is exceptional.  I especially like the way you used the clear acrylic.
     
    Pat K.

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  40. Susan Hiles

    Hi Sandy.  I do have a small cardboard album of my dog that I no longer have. Your album is wonderful!  I love all the ribbon ideas. 

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  41. Kathy V.

    What a wonderful keepsake of Ciara's big day. Very nicely done. Great video, too.

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  42. Linda Lipford

    Just got a puppy and may just have to do this…

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  43. Virginia Fynes

    great job Sandy! cute pooch

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  44. Esther Ellis

    What a wonderful keepsake of her BIG day. Love the ribbons and jute. I did not know that you put a different picture of Ciara in every box to each unit. How thoughtful.

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    1. Sandy Allnock

      Yes, several have said they brought the pics home with them after their deployment. She's famous!

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  45. Nicole Martel

    Oh wow, you should create minis more often :) I LOVE how you used the ribbons!!! Fantastic job!

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    1. Sandy Allnock

      lol…talk with the ribbon mistress 'bout that. heehee!

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  46. conil

    Always. scrap my pets. After all I love them. What a wonderful honor for Ciara. The keepsake album is precious.

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  47. Miriam Prantner

    Love this album!  Love the idea behind it and how it all came together.  The faux flag on the front is great!

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  48. Ronni U

    Wow Sandy!  What a wonderful video and a great way to honor Ciara!  It was very nice to see your creativity extended to a scrap album!!!!!!! 

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  49. Sandy Trefger

    Love it! And Ciara is such a beautiful dog and what an honor for her and for you!  Loving all the ribbons and different techniques in this album!

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  50. adele

    This is awesome, Sandy! I've never seen you do anything but cards, but now I see that you are multi-talented!

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    1. Sandy Allnock

      Think of it as a big fat multipage card :)

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