In May I had the chance of working with the Project 365 May kit by Digilicious Designs and it is scrumptious:

Lovely colours, amazing kraft papers and some really yummy quickpages, papers and elements!  What's more, they are all on sale at the moment too, so why not go snap up a real bargain while you can?!!!

One of the great things I love about digital kits is that you can not only use them digitally, but you can also print them out and create hybrid items with them.  With the May project 365, I had a field day!  The first thing I created was a mini envelope album.  I started with 6 small money envelopes from Tesco's (they measured 12.2 cm by 7.7 cm (4 13/16" by 3") and were really cheap, another good point in their favour!) and this is what I ended up with (please excuse the poor quality of these photos.  I only have artificial light in my office and sometimes, even photoshopping the results just does not show the true colours of these projects):

The envelopes were used to make the pages and then I made the covers from empty ice cream cone boxes!  I added the heart brads at the front and back, mainly to keep the covers attached to the central binding as I had trouble getting it all to stick together ;).  The fastener was made using my cropodile and baker's twine. In case you are interested, I got the baker's twine a while ago from  I know, I know, getting craft items from a butchers website, absolutely shocking, but believe you me, you get far more baker's twine for your money from them than you do from the craft websites. It is fairly thick twine though, and only comes in three shades (red/white, green/white and blue/white).

I then added inserts and tags as you can see below:

The inserts were made from kraft cardstock which I picked up at Ally Pally in March.  And don't you just love the printed cardstock from the kit

They were double inserts as you can see and they folded over and fitted perfectly into the side of the album:

Love the blue flowered paper too ;)!

I really had a lot of fun making this album and either I am getting quicker at making them, or else the smaller size made a huge difference (or maybe it was a bit of both?!!).  When I made the A5 size album, it seemed to take forever, probably several days' work (although not all in one go though) whereas this was several hours instead of days.

Well, I couldn't stop there, now, could I?  I managed to get my hands on the hybrid trufflebag template by Carin Grobe Design:

The template is so easy to use but just one word of warning.  Don't cut out all the semicircle on the lid like I did - you only need to cut out the curved part of the semicircle, so it can be folded over into the hole underneath to fasten the bag.  Sigh, I guess I should read the instructions properly before snipping away at everything!

Still, with a bit of glue and some gems, I managed to rescue the whole thing!  So firstly, here we have the birthday card:

This was made using the Project 365 May kit again, and I printed the hearts and the paint strokes onto a sheet of A5 cardstock.  The flowers were punched from kit papers (I used Woodware punches) and added gems to the centre of each flower.  The leaves were also from a kit paper made using a quilling leaf die and then I used a crimper to get the crinkled effect.  The "happy birthday" was printed on to photographic paper, trimmed and then adhered to one of the kit papers and trimmed again before sticking to the card with 3D foam pads.  All in all, I love how this turned out.  And, of course, the great thing about it is that I can create the same card over and over again as I will never run out of the kit papers and elements since they are all digital!

So, the truffle bags........even with the slight hiccup with the fastening, I am really please with these too:

Aren't they just the cutest thing you've ever seen?

They are gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous and really just finish the whole set off perfectly:

Even hubbie was impressed!  

Well, I now need to post the items I made with one of Aimee's kits, so I will be back shortly to show you that!

Happy Scrapping!