A couple of weeks ago, SJ’s mum Ros took us away to the country for the weekend to celebrate SJ’s birthday. We hired a big fat car to fit all our stuff, and went to stay in the cosiest cottage you can imagine.

We had such a happy time pottering around Hepburn Springs and Daylesford, and made the most of the precious family time together.

To say thank you, and to give her a little keepsake of our adventure, I made Ros a mini album.

Here are some of my favourite pages:









For a full walkthrough, here’s a short video:

nannas thank you mini from Essie Ruth on Vimeo.


I wanted to use little phrases to embellish the photos, and while I have some really cute ones from various designers, they didn’t all capture exactly what I wanted to say. So I decided to make my own:

essie ruth phrases

It was easy as can be – I’ll post a tutorial here on the blog soon!


Products used: ‘Cozy’ papers by Paislee Press (perfect for recording an autumn weekend) || Maggie Holms ‘Bloom’ gold foam thickers & puffy phrase stickers || Leaf stickers, and wood veneer branches from The Frackled Fawn’s ‘Bloom’ embellishment kit || American Crafts white cardstock || Phrase stickers from Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life 2016 kit