Sandy's Crafty Creations » Sandy's Crafty Creations is a blog featuring handmade cards, mini albums, mixed media art journals, scrapbook page layouts and tutorials created by Sandy Trefger of Weatherford, Texas.

  • Welcome to My Blog!

    Hello, I'm Sandy. I love papercrafting, scrapbooking, card making, designing mini albums, photography and quilting! I work in the home office of my husband's construction business and often sneak away to my crafty room when all the "office" work is done! I'm Mom to three grown kids and Nana to five wonderful grandkids and have eight loveable cats inside and outside of the house plus 3 feral kitties that stop by and visit (eat) now and then. I love to teach others how to create my mini albums and other craft projects! I have a YouTube channel where I share how to make some of my creations or showcase in detail something that I've created. I'd love for you to visit my YouTube channel and subscribe so you'll know when I've uploaded a new video. Plus I'd love for you to follow me here on my blog/website too! Happy Crafting!! ~Sandy

Safari Tag Travel Album With Storage Case, Safari Adventure, Tutorial by Sandy Trefger, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1

On the Graphic 45 blog this month, there has been a lot of focus on travel projects--mini albums, pocket page layouts etc.  and this week will be all about mini albums. For my travel project as a Graphic 45 Designer, I decided to create a travel case to hold a  tag mini album and I chose to use the awesome new Safari Adventure paper collection. As a bonus, I contacted my high school friend, Dyan and "borrowed" some of her actual African Safari photos from a trip she took a few years ago.  Thank you, Dyan for graciously allowing me to use these photos for this project.  They made it so complete!

I'm only sharing a few of the photos of my project here on my blog today because I'd love for you to go check it out on the Graphic 45 blog where there will also be links to a showcase video of this project and video tutorials for the travel case.  At the bottom of this post, I'll share my Snapguide tutorial for the tag album. You do want to make one of your own, right?

Safari Tag Travel Album With Storage Case, Safari Adventure, Tutorial by Sandy Trefger, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5

You'll also find a supply list for this project in the Graphic 45 blog post plus another travel project by one of my Graphic 45 Designer teammates, Elena.  Oh, and of course there is a new giveaway prize for this week.

Safari Tag Travel Album With Storage Case, Safari Adventure, Tutorial by Sandy Trefger, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 10



Safari Tag Travel Album With Storage Case, Safari Adventure, Tutorial by Sandy Trefger, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7


If you look closely in the photo above, you'll see a picture of my friend Dyan amid all the Graphic 45 mini album goodness.

Here's my Snapguide for the Tag Album:
Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Safari Tag Mini Album by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.
If you want the tutorial for the travel case, you can find the YouTube links in the Graphic 45 post.

This travel case is made very similar to my suitcases that I'm teaching at Flossie Scrapper except the lid is deeper and I put the handle on the lid rather than the sides of the case which gave it a whole different look.



Safari Tag Travel Album With Storage Case, Safari Adventure, Tutorial by Sandy Trefger, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3

I'm sure that if you decide to make a project using this paper collection that you'll enjoy it has much as I did. There's so much you can create with it from zoo to "wild" birthday parties and of course, safari trips.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Happy Crafting!

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  • PiaAugust 22, 2016 - 12:22 pm

    Wow! This suitcase design is so impressive! I’ve always loved the safari look and African animals and wilderness and there’s so much detail here, and everything suits the safari theme perfectly.ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerAugust 22, 2016 - 7:55 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed looking at my Safari suitcase project!ReplyCancel

Cityscapes Travel Case 1

Happy Friday!  We've had lots and lots of rain today which is really a good thing because usually in August, in Texas, it is very hot and dry.  So we are all happy, the grass is happy, the flowers are happy, the trees are happy, the lakes are happy and it's a whole lot cooler now.  All of that has absolutely nothing to do with today's project share but I thought I'd go ahead and get it out of the way. Ha, ha.

This is my second suitcase that I've designed.  It's made exactly the same as the World's Fair Suitcase that I shared weeks ago and that I taught at Flossie Scrapper in July.  What's unique about the design of my suitcase is how the inside supports are made and that it has a hidden, false bottom inside.  The July class was full and there were some who really wanted to take the class so Vicky and I got together and decided that I would teach it again but with the Graphic 45 Cityscapes paper collection instead.

Cityscapes Travel Case 2

If you missed out on taking the class in July, contact Vicky at the store now and sign up for this one. You can reach her Tuesday-Saturday at (817) 295-7100. The store is located at 3509 SW Wilshire Blvd, Joshua, Texas which is actually between Joshua and Burleson.  This will be a two part class for one fee. The class in October will be to make the suitcase using this fabulous Graphic 45 Cityscapes paper and in November you will make your mini album that goes inside the suitcase and a few other fun little inserts.  The class fee is $85 and includes pre-cut chipboard for the suitcase and album, pre-cut Cityscapes paper for both, hardware for your suitcase: metal corners, latches, hinges and brads.  It will NOT include the flowers or other decorative elements on the outside of the suitcase shown in these photos.  You can purchase the same Prima flowers from Vicky at Flossie Scrapper. You will need to procure and bring your own charms such as the butterfly, key and locket piece on the front as well as any metal sprockets if desired. My cameo locket on the front was a junk piece that I bought at a trade day booth and I added the photo from the paper collection. (The original cameo in the center had fallen out).  Since the class isn't until October, you'll  have lots of time to look through your own jewelry or bits and pieces or have fun shopping and browsing at antique malls, garage sales etc.  I'm constantly searching for beautiful and interesting pieces to add to my collection as you never know when one will be just perfect like this one.

Cityscapes Travel Case 4

Okay, I know this post is long.  I'll condense it some for you:

  1. The class for this Cityscape Suitcase will be in October at Flossie Scrapper and the part 2 of the class will be in November to create the mini album. (I'll try to post photos of the album next week.)  Check with Vicky for the class dates.
  2. The pre-cut chipboard and Cityscape papers are included in your class fee to make the suitcase and album.  The fee also includes eight metal corners, two latches, two hinges and all the brads needed to attach those to your suitcase.
  3. The class fee will not include the flowers, charms, key or locket piece.
  4. The class fee is $85 and pre-registration/payment is required to reserve your place as product will have to be ordered and pre-cut for you.  If you know you want to take this class, I suggest you sign up now.

If you've taken this class using the Graphic 45 World's Fair paper and would like to make this one too, you are welcome to sign up if space is available.  The fee cost is the same but you do get to spend another Saturday or two with me. Ha, ha.

I have not forgotten those of you who are working on the World's Fair suitcase project.  The part 2 of your class will be on Saturday, August 27th for you to create your World's Fair album and inserts.  You will get a supply list email next week.

Look at the inside of this adorable suitcase.  Can you tell where the false bottom is?  It's really wonderful as there is room to hide notes and photos and such inside of a hidden pocket.

Cityscapes Travel Case 3

If you have any questions about this project or class, feel free to email me at: or give Vicky a call at the store.

Happy Crafting and Happy Weekend!

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  • Kathy/NorthCarolinaAugust 21, 2016 - 6:00 am

    Sandy, this is so fabulous! I love the vintage vibe, the fun compartments on the inside and the beautiful embellishments. I’m such a fan! Hugs!ReplyCancel

Safari Tag Travel Album With Storage Case, Safari Adventure, Tutorial by Sandy Trefger, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6

I just wanted to give you all a heads up that my travel project for Graphic 45 will be on their blog Monday, August 22nd along with a travel mini album by Elena.  Both of our projects feature the fabulous Safari Adventure collection.  I will also showcase my project here on my blog but would love for you to go see it on the Graphic 45 blog too because they always have a wonderful blog giveaway each week and you don't want to miss that!

I borrowed some real Safari photos from my high school friend Dyan with her permission to use in my project and I'm real excited how it turned out!  So make sure to check it out on Monday.

Happy Crafting!

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  • Valerie LightAugust 19, 2016 - 2:16 pm

    It’s a gorgeous sneak peak! Can’t wait to see more.ReplyCancel


Hello, it's time for another new challenge over on Cards in Envy.  The theme is "Hip to be Square" which means cards that are square shape and/or have squares on it.  Easy peasy. And that's just what I did.  I went with yet another super quick design as I'm still busy, busy, busy!

So here's how I made this one:

  • Make a card base that is 5" square
  • Pick a pretty patterned paper (I used Heidi Swapp's 6x6 Favorite Things Paper Pad)
  • Cut the patterned paper into 1" squares (I used 6 squares on my card)
  • Round the two top right corner squares and the two right corners of the card base
  • Attach the patterned squares to the front of the card base to the right side, leave spaces between the squares.
  • Stamp a sentiment ( I used Wow! Just Saying Acrylic Stamp Set 41 and Black Tuxedo Ink)

And that's it! A card in maybe 5 minutes or less.  Perfect.

I hope you will join us for our card challenge.  It runs for 2 weeks!

Happy Crafting,

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  • Sybrina KAugust 15, 2016 - 7:50 pm

    Sandy, This is pure genius! I LOVE the simplicicty and elegance of this design. And, those rounded edges… the perfect finishing touch. Thanks for some great inspiration. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Celeste GoffAugust 17, 2016 - 8:22 pm

    This card is so simple and pretty as well as clever! Love how you rounded the corners and put the sentiment on it’s side!ReplyCancel

  • Valerie LightAugust 19, 2016 - 2:18 pm

    Great card and I love the ease of how to make it! Maybe I can get a card made for this challenge! I so fell of the wagon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carol LAugust 22, 2016 - 6:01 pm

    What a cute little card, and I’d imagine you could turn it on it’s side as well as the way you photographed it! Love those little squares!!ReplyCancel

  • Donna NuceAugust 23, 2016 - 7:41 pm

    Hi Sandy – I’m back from vacation. Just wanted to let you know I love the “windows” in this card. Simple and beautiful! Have a great day.ReplyCancel


I got quite a bit done on my next Graphic 45 project in spite of watching a lot of the Olympic events over the weekend.  For this sneak peek what you are getting a glimpse of is my Hallowe'en in Wonderland Halloween project.  You can see just a tad of it in the upper edge of the photo, a tad of it on the right hand side and the clock that I created that goes on the front. The box holding the scissors is not part of the project.  I made it a few months ago with some leftover papers to hold my fussy cutting parts while I work on something.  In fact, on Sunday afternoon I took my papers, scissors and this box downstairs so I could sit and watch the Olympics as I cut.  I think I got everything I wanted cut out and now I'm ready to add them to the project.  Over the weekend I also got a new tool.  That's it to the left of the clock piece.  It's a box cutter. A fancy one I guess you could say.  Hubby bought it for me at Home Depot. I'm tired of trying to cut with wimpy x-acto knives--at least I think they can be wimpy so I picked out this box cutter. The blade does retract. Here's hoping I don't cut myself.  But you know how it is--you are more apt to cut yourself with a knife that does not cut well than one that does.  We shall see.  I try to be very careful with sharp things.

So that's it for today. I'm trying to work on this between doing laundry and watching the Olympics but right now the USA men are playing beach volleyball so you know--

Happy Crafting!


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  • PamAugust 13, 2016 - 11:32 am

    I love cutting with a box cutter!.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie LightAugust 19, 2016 - 2:22 pm

    Looks very intriguing 🙂 I’m curious to see how the box cutter works. I would think it would be hard to do intricate puts. But hey, you do more of that than me! It might just be the thing! We’ve been watching and enjoying the Olympics too!ReplyCancel

    • sandytrefgerAugust 22, 2016 - 7:53 pm

      I do my fussy cutting with the smallest Tim Holtz Scissors. The box cutter is for bigger stuff or stuff I would normally use a craft knife for. I’m now having Olympic withdrawal. LOLReplyCancel