Saturday, May 30, 2009

I was searching for paper bag albums on YouTube the other day and came across an incredibly talented scrapbooker who made this altered mini Halloween album. I gave it my twist and created my own. I used items from the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut cartridge for some embellishments. I cut the chipboard to 4x6 and distressed the edges with Tim Holtz black soot ink pad. I found many many many sheets of Halloween based paper in my collection. I did use a Stampin Up! Halloween pattern paper I bought before I stopped being a demo with them. I had the black chipboard letters from a monthly scrapbook club . The ribbon was just bought at Hobby Lobby in their fabric department (at 1/2 off....Love that). I punched the two holes on the left side with the Big Bite Crop-A-Dile and I used 2 round binder thingys to hold the book together. I am very proud of this book and will now venture into more mini albums. I have a Zutter now so my next few I will bid with that machine. I am doing a craft fair in September and thought I would create a few mini books in addition to what I am already selling. Have a great weekend.
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Friday, May 22, 2009

A Sneak Preview...
I thought I would post a sneak preview of what I am working on. I am altering a common household item...many of you may put your kids lunch in it or your own. I have been bitten by the mini-album bug. They are super easy to finish and can be as complex or simple as you wish. I am using a paper pad I found at Wal-Mart this afternoon that was like $4.88 for the whole thing. There are even die-cuts and other flat punch out embellishments that I will use on the pages. I am embossing a few of the inserts with flourish stamps to give it a bit of a girly feel...I think the cardstock looks like it would make a great "home" mini album, the pages look like tattered wallpaper or canvas. As soon as more pages or signatures are completed I will share the entire book.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Broken printer...

I hope to be back up and running in the next few days with photos of dog knocked down my printer and broke the heck out of it...I cannot even scan any projects for another few days...Hopefully I will have tons to show. Pin It

Basic Grey Online Gallery Submission

I submitted my layout called "Sister" (see below) to the Basic Grey Online Gallery...My page was chosen to be on their online gallery. I am so completely excited!!! I have never had anything recognized like this. The layout was completed with ALL Basic Grey products. All of these products are available to order from Memory Works...Basic Grey Products. The layout is featured here in the Basic Grey Online Gallery...(but you can also see it below). Pin It

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My First Buckle Card

I created this card for my daughter to bring to her friends birthday party today. I used a textured red/burgundy cardstock for one of the inside layers and I mounted a sheet of white cardstock on top of that (for the birthday sentiment), I then used a piece of yellow cardstock for the body of the card (I was told it was her favorite color). The strip of yellow paper with white swirls was put on to cover up 2 ink spots my youngest did to the outside of the card. She is crafty and sneaky at the same time. I also used my SU flower punch for the 3 flowers. I also used an EK punch in 1/4" (?) for the inside of the flowers. I outlined the flowers with my black pen and added a brad in the middle and mounted them with glue dots so they would come off the page. This card is called a "buckle card" due to the strip of paper that "buckles" into the left flap of the card. I found the tutorial here on SplitcoastStampers. If you are thinking of making this card or already have, post your link for me to view yours as well.
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Friday, May 15, 2009

Basic Grey "Marakesh" Sister Layout
I have started to create pages with the products form the new 2009 Memory Works product catalog. The first page I did was for a b&w photo I have had in my collection for awhile now. This is one of my most favorite photos of my 2 youngest kids. I took it in b&w and thought it would look fantastic against the bright colors. I used 3 different papers from the line, brads, and the element stickers (a heavier type of sticker than normal). I distressed the heck out of the most favorite technique. If you look back at what I have created in the past on here...most everything has some sort of distressing done to it. I also used staples and a font I found on 1000 Free Fonts...( Thsi font is called "owahtagusiam" I thought it had a very relatable quality to the paper line. I submitted this layout on the Basic Grey website. Maybe it will be selected to join the other Marakesh layouts they have posted on there.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Memory Works Independent Consultant

I mentioned this on my Facebook account...I became a consultant for Memory Works quite awhile ago. I actually started with this company when I was still with Stampin' UP! When I heard that I was going to have to make a choice between the 2 companies, I just figured I would take a break fromt he whole direct sales way of doing business. However, I am now back. I have decided I will do home shows, catalog or internet shows, however, my main focus will be teaching classes and holding crops.

I have always loved teaching people. I was a Wilton cake decorator for about 2.5 years and loved that as well. I guess I just want to teach others how to be creative. Not only that, you do not have to spend a lot of money to come up with a great album. I also love the idea of homemade gifts and especially giving them. With the way the economy is, giving a handmade gift is a cost effective way to show others you care/love/appreciate what they do and who they are.
My first class has been scheduled for June 10th. I am purposefully scheduling very small classes. The benefit to this is...more attention from me to guide you through the project and create something special to keep or give. This class is created with the K & CO. Urban Rhapsody Paper to create a mini album measuring 4"x5.25". The cost for the class is $10.00 and everything is included to make the mini album. To RSVP for this event, please contact me by Friday May 29th to secure your spot. As I mentioned before, this is a small class...only 5 may participate.
I will be providing refreshments and light snacks. This should make for a fun night out with a friend and completing an easy album you can keep or give. To view more details of this project, you can visit my Facebook fan page at

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