Mini Albums = Mega Smiles!

What to send in a care package to a niece who’s away at college? Well, homemade cookies and candy, of course! But to personalize it a bit, I found some favorite photos of her, printed them at 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and matted some with Denim Blues paper to fill the pages of a Mini Album. I tucked in a little note of encouragement and a few gift cards. Finally, I accented the pages with Denim Blues Embellishments.


Easy Buttercrunch Popcorn

  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups nuts, toasted

Heat oven to 250. Grease a jelly roll pan. Pop popcorn to make about 14 cups. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring brown sugar, corn syrup and butter to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved and butter melts. Reduce heat and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in butterscotch chips, vanilla, baking soda and salt until blended and smooth. Working quickly and using two wooden spoons, stir popcorn and nuts into syrup to coat thoroughly. Pour mixture into prepared pan; bake 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven. Turn mixture out of pan onto foil to cool. Break popcorn into smaller pieces; store in airtight containers. Makes about 4 quarts.



YUM! It’ll be a hit, I promise!



8 thoughts on “Mini Albums = Mega Smiles!

  1. Such a cute project!! And a recipe for the popcorn!! Double win!!
    Great ideas using the mini albums! I posted on my business FB page! Thanks SO much for the awesome ideas using our CM products!!

  2. I am NOT savvy on the tech so really didn’t know how to get to this point. Especially the ideas for everything since I struggle with that sometimes! Please b patient with me as I am determined to learn all this new stuff.

  3. Wonderful and thoughtful gift sure to be appreciated! Can’t wait to try the popcorn, it sounds wonderful too! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for the inspiration. I love sending care packages and I like how the gift cards fit right in the album!

  5. Also, when they come home, bring the album back and you can refill it!!! The gift that keeps on giving!! YUMMY POPCORN!!!

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