Each month the Graphic 45 blog has a tutorial and a challenge to create a project following their tutorial. For the month of August, they shared a fabulous little mini album using their By the Sea paper collection. Since I had the papers and the tags, I decided I would make one!  The deadline for the challenge is August 31st which is tomorrow. I’ve had this made for a few weeks but I’m just now photographing it so I guess I’d better link my photos to their Facebook page today, don’t you think?  Of course I would be thrilled to win some Graphic 45 product as a result of entering their challenge.  They give away $75 in product to one chosen winner!  Wish me luck!

I made the base of the mini album exactly as they did in the tutorial and used the same paper on the front cover and then I changed it up just a bit on the inside.  The pages open up into the star shape below and the pages are papered on both sides.  I wrapped my twine around the cover so it would stay closed on both sides.  Before I tied the bow, I threaded a real sea shell onto the twine and then glued it on and glued the pretty flowers onto the shell.  These pull back off the cover when you untie the twine to open up the book.  Each little page has a pocket for small photos and tags.

I love this Graphic 45 By the Sea Collection, if you haven’t bought it yet, you might want to right away before it’s all gone and retired!  If you want to create your own Graphic 45 By the Sea mini album,  click >HERE< to go to their blog and to the tutorial.  It was really easy and fun to make!

I’m enjoying this three day weekend so far.  I’ve been in my craft room most of today (Saturday).  I finished cleaning and organizing my craft room and I now hope to work on a few Halloween projects for my upcoming Thirteen Frights of Halloween event here on my blog. (Click on the badge on the side bar for more info).  Tomorrow afternoon and Monday I’ll be finishing up the written tutorial and bagging up the kits for my Life’s a Circus project to put them in my online shop. The circus wagon turned out really cute and the mini album fits inside the wagon AND the wheels roll! So much fun!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend too!
Happy crafting,

Yep, it’s the last Wednesday of August and it’s time for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #273, a fun blog linky over on Julia’s Stamping Ground blog where other’s from around the world take a photo of their workdesk and share because we all like to snoop around a bit and see what everyone is up to and what’s new and if it’s clean or messy.  I haven’t had a chance to share my workdesk for a few weeks as I’ve been way too busy with work related stuff–hopefully that is wrapping up and will be a bit more normal for me in September.  Keep your fingers crossed.

So, here’s my workdesk this morning.  On Sunday I started cleaning, organizing and purging in my crafty room.  I still have two upper shelves to do and three chest of drawers.  Those should be quick and easy.  I’m liking the results and have made room for some of my finished projects on the upper shelves so I can enjoy looking at them.  Luckily this morning, my desk is clean, more or less.  A few days ago you couldn’t see it!  I’ve switched from the larger pink tool caddy to a smaller black one and a small Longaberger basket for taller things.  There’s a  tutorial booklet  from Paper Phenomenon that I printed up last night for the Retrospection 365 project.  I got the kit in last week.  Not sure when I’ll get started on it but wanted to have the tutorial to look at.  There’s a small Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Mini album I created following one of their tutorials.  I need to finish it up today or tomorrow and link it to their blog or facebook or wherever I’m supposed to link it by the 31st for a chance to win more Graphic 45 goodness and also there’s some of the newest Graphic 45 chipboard packs that was delivered by UPS yesterday.  The rest of it is still in the box but I just had to take a closer look at some of it.

Remember, if you’d like to share your workdesk today or take a look at other workdesks, click on over to the Stamping Ground for the linky tool.

Happy Crafting,

I have a confession.  Only a few of my friends know this.  I do not like ring bound albums.  There I’ve said it. Most of the mini albums that I have made in the past that had the ring binding, I have given away.  I just don’t like how it’s hard to turn the pages because they are always getting caught on the ring and I really, really don’t like that the albums won’t close and sit on a shelf like a normal book.  I know there are others who love the ring type albums and that’s okay but they are just not for me.  There is one exception though.  If the album is teeny, tiny (3″x4″ or so) then I do like the rings.  Weird, I know.  And while I didn’t like the ring type albums, I did make them and took classes for albums made with them because, well….if you liked the album and that’s how it was bound, you made it.  But one day I discovered the hidden hinge, stack the deck hinge etc. and now that’s all I want.  So, on Saturday as I was looking at my mini album collection, I picked up this one that I made at an inclusive class for NSD in 2013. Yes, it had those dreaded rings that I didn’t like. I loved the album and all the things I added extra inside–the different little doodads that we got at the retreat like the flamingo glasses, etc. I just wished it was a hidden hinge album.  And then, I decided to change it and re-make it.  Lucky for me, the holes that were punched could easily be hidden with the hinge and a bit of Washi tape magic.  I may even be able to add in a few extra pages.  I created a spine for it, used the covers as they were, attached them to the new spine and added Washi Tape to hide the holes.  Then I added hinges to each page and ta-da!!!

You can see where the new hinges are but since they are covered with cute Washi tape, it just doesn’t matter and now the pages lie flat!
I did have to trim off the top and bottom edge of that curved page as it was made to stick out of the album. I wanted it to stand up like a book so I used my craft knife and trimmed it down.

That’s a pocket above on the left side that I need to make a tag for.  And the section on the right that’s tied with a ribbon is a fold out photo page.

I used the straws to make short legs on this flamingo.  This is more of a full size page so I used longer hinges and several different prints of Washi tape.

The sunshine in the last page is a pocket for the large photo tag and on the inside back cover, I used another straw to create the flag pole.

I loved this album before but now that it’s a hidden hinge album, I love it even more.  I’m sorry that I didn’t create a video tutorial of this in case there are others out there like me but I wasn’t sure if it would work so I didn’t film it.  Now I don’t have another one that I can re-make as the few other ring bound albums would lose too much of their detail on the edges if I were to change them now.

Here’s the thing…if you have something you’ve made on your own or in a class that you would like a little better if you changed it or tweaked it some–go for it!

Happy Crafting,

Happy Monday, crafty peeps!  Today starts another sketch challenge over on Seems a Little Sketchy!  Our sponsor is Lacy Sunshine and I used her sweet little “Myrtle’s Flower” image.  I think I was drawn to her because of the name.  One of our cats is named Marla but we often call her Myrtle.

This card came together quick and easy as they usually do when following a sketch.  I colored “Myrtle” with my Copic markers and then used some 8 1/2″ x 11″ papers from a “Best of Amy Tangerine” by American Crafts paper pack I received as a gift.  The ribbon is from my stash and the sentiment was created on the computer in Word and printed out.

Here’s the sketch from Seems A Little Sketchy

Seems a Little Sketchy Sketch #72

I hope you can join us for this two week challenge.  One random entry using this sketch will receive the prize from our sponsor–3 digi images.  It’s always nice to get extra images for your collection for future cards.

I had a busy weekend organizing my craft room and cleaning!  I’m still not done but I’ve found a lot of “new” stuff to craft with. Ha, ha.

Happy Crafting,

I’ve always wanted to do this.  Devote 13 nights (days) to a different Halloween crafty project EACH day! I’m going to give it a go this year and I plan to share them with you.  I’ll be making these ahead of time and pre-scheduling the posts to go live each day before Halloween starting October 18th.  I love Halloween and think I can do this–I actually want to start now!  AND I hope to  have a free tutorial for each project (either video on Youtube or photo on my blog.)  So mark your calendar for October 18th and prepare to have a frightful fun time!