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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Echo Park's "Oh Snap!" Part 1: Cereal Box and Mini Album!!

 I bought this Mini Theme pack by Echo Park, and promptly hoarded it with my other treasures.  Until I saw this video that shows how to make a cereal box with your We Are Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board, by LiveLoveScrap.  I knew I had to try it, and I knew these were the papers to use.
 Here is a top view of the box, very cool!!  This is a super easy project, her tutorial is awesome!
I figured that something had to go inside of the box, so I decided to make a mini album.
 I raided my stash and came up with this tag album, full of film goodies.
 I used some of the papers from the paper line, some tags, and card stock from my stash.

 Here is the front of the book, splayed out.
Here is the back.

Now, I bet you are wondering why this is called "Part 1".  I had papers left over and what to do with them?  You aren't going to believe what I did!!!  The next post will show you the second part of this paper pack crafty explosion.  There will be a third part as well!!  I made the most of this mini pack!  I may do a video on this also.  Stay tuned...

Here is a list of things I used for this cereal box and mini:

Papers:  American Crafts, Echo Park, Ink Essentials Manilla Cardstock
Flowers:  Recollections, Bo Bunny, Prima
Brads:  Making Memories
Film Negatives:  Creative Imaginations
Ribbons:  Unknown
Ring:  7 Gypsies
Ink:  Tim Holtz

Stay crafty, my friends!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Graphic 45's April Challenge

 This is my take on the Graphic 45 monthly challenge.  The link to the original post and the project sheet can be found here on the Graphic 45 Blog.
 Every month the challenge is to create a mini, using the base book and the paper collection they choose.  You make the mini, upload a picture to their Facebook page, and they choose a winner for a cool prize package.
 The mini is made of file folders and tags.  I added black card stock for photo mats.
 I used a variety of flowers and bling from my stash.  I also made flowers using the add on pieces you can buy for this collection, which is, by the way, the Mother Goose Collection.
 The challenge was to use the Mother Goose papers for a different look, a Spring look.
 I love how it turned out.  The base book is super easy to put together, the project sheet is awesome.
 I added a couple of flip pages.
 The blank spaces are going to be for journaling.

 It is quite a big book!  I am using it for our vacation, which I am currently on, for April.  Hence the name "April" on my cover.

 Lots of pics, I know, but it turned out pretty neat!
 I didn't take the tags out, but the ones on the left are actually "Polaroid" type tags.  The tags used as pages were supposed to be by Graphic 45, but I didn't have any, and my local stores don't carry any.  I am hoping that the Creative Keepsakes Convention I am going to tomorrow with Jackie has them, if they do I am buying them up!
I love the different page sizes and styles.
OK, I'm done.  PHEW!  I hope you liked it.  Go on over to the blog and get the project sheet.  Sign up for the Newsletter to get information on the months to come.  I think I might keep this up!  Wish me luck!

Stay Crafty, My Friends!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Double Paper Bag Page Mini Album Tutorials Available Now!

 The tutorials for the double paper bag pages are available on YouTube now.  They cover how I made the base pages with their variations, the envelope gusseted page, the giant envelope page, and the small pocket pages.
All of the pages and variations are in both of these albums.  You can see the albums here:

Homemade Recipe Album Video

Ladies Diary Album Video

Double Paper Bag Page Tutorial Part 1 of 3

Double Paper Bag Page Tutorial Part 2 of 3

Double Paper Bag Page Tutorial Part 3 of 3

I hope you like the videos, and create your own album!

Stay crafty, my friends!!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Ladies Diary Mini Album

 Hi all, welcome to the blog.  Today I am going to show you a little of this mini album that I made.  I also did a video that you can find on my YouTube channel that will go more into the book and how the pages are constructed.
 I used my "double paper bag page" design, but did some different things with it for this mini.
 It turned out gorgeous, and has all kinds of space to tuck those little letters and notes, pictures and journaling.
 Don't you just love this paper?
Here is a peek at one of the page layouts.  Please come over to see the video.

ETA:  Here is a list of the products I used.

Bags:  Celebrate It
Paper:  Graphic 45, Paper Accents, Bazzill
Brads:  American Crafts
Lace and Ribbon:  Teresa Collins, American Crafts, some unknown
Bling:  Recollections, Prima
Flowers:  Petaloo, Recollections, Bo Bunnuy
Doily:  Bo Bunny
Metal Key:  Graphic 45
Metal Lock:  JoAnn's
Photo Corners:  3L
Paper Clips:  Prima
Postcards:  American Tag Company
Punches:  Martha Stewart, WRMK Envelope Punch Board
Ink:  Tim Holtz, Prima

Stay crafty, my friends!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Showers...

…Bring May flowers.  Happy April, Everyone, I hope you all have a glorious month!!

Stay crafty, my friends!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Double Paper Bag Page Mini Album

First off I would like to congratulate everyone that make the finalists for the Graphic 45 design team call.  What an incredible opportunity for those who made it, and I can not wait to see what they come up with for their finalist projects.   I wasn't one of the finalists this year, but there is always a chance to try again next year.    I do appreciate the opportunity to try.  It was FUN!

Now, for my project to share with you today.  My new recipe album!
Here is an album I created with a new way to join paper bags.  It turned out to be a "mega album" in that it is HUGE!
This is a stash buster project also.  I was able to use a lots of recipe themed papers and cards from my stash.
 I have a video of it on my YouTube channel.  
Thanks for looking.

Stay crafty, my friends!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Graphic 45 Design Team 2014 Audition

Good afternoon, everyone.  This is going to be a very special post today, as I am so excited to announce that I am auditioning for the Graphic 45 Design Team for 2014!  It would be such an honor to be chosen for the design team, something that I would absolutely love to be a part of.

The projects that I wish to be viewed for consideration in this first stage of the audition are the following.  They are projects that are my own designs.  They range from a card, to mini albums, to decor pieces.  A brief description and a links to the original blog posts will accompany each project.  Some of them also have videos and/or tutorials that I have done.  OK, here we go!!!

First up is this card that I made for a friend of mine for her 50th birthday.  I wanted it to be classy and elegant, and the "Ladies Diary" collection was perfect for this.
This project was made for a "Save the Date" calendar challenge with the craft group "Just a Few Friends".  It was a small group of my crafty internet friends that just liked to craft together.  I created this perpetual calendar that hangs on my craft room door.  "Kraft Reflections" Graphic 45 paper suited this project perfectly.  The link also includes a tutorial on how to make the calendar "sticks".
This is my "Tall Skinny Mini" album.  This album used the "Old Curiosity Shop" papers  by Graphic 45.  I loved how this came out.  It stands 12" tall by 6" wide and incorporates 10 different pages styles.
The blog post has a lot of pictures of the different pages, and I did an extensive tutorial series on YouTube for this album.  
 This project was so much fun!  It is part decor project, part mini album.  I created it for the "Just a Few Friends" blog hop called "Strut Your Style".  I recycled a box from work and created this fun piece with lots of interaction.
It includes pockets, tags, drawers, and mini album within the project.  The "Old Curiosity Shop" papers were PERFECT for this.  
 I call this piece, "There's No Place Like Home."  The "Magic of Oz" papers were the inspiration for this piece.  I created the house to resemble a birdhouse.  I didn't have a pattern, so I created this myself.
Inside this little house is a  mini album.  This was a fun project to make.
 This is a mini album that I created with the "Domestic Goddess" paper line.  I think this is one of my favorite papers by Graphic 45.  I loved this line.  I designed the pages myself.
The tutorial for how I created the "Three Tags Mini Album Page" can be found in this post.
 This is a file folder album that I created in August of 2011.  I just sat down one day and started piecing things together to create this fantastic interactive piece.
This file folder album can be seen on my blog, with a bunch of pictures that show just how extensive this album is.
 This album is called "Come Fly with Me".  I created a way to use cards and envelopes to make a "pull out page".
The tutorial for how I created this page pull out can be found on my blog here.

And last, but not least…
 This is my "Happy Days Mini Album."    This is another mini album that I designed myself.
There are several videos on this album, including a walk-through and two tutorials.

Thank you, everyone at Graphic 45, not only for your consideration for the design team, but for creating gorgeous papers to inspire my creativity!