It’s taken me all day to decide what my next Finish it Friday would be! Well, actually I’ve spent a good part of the day under a warm blanket, holding a cat or two and watching “I Love Lucy” episodes.  It’s very cold here again and we had more snow and ice!  It took my son-in-law THREE HOURS to drive home from work when it usually takes 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Now before those of you from the north where you get lots of snow all the time start laughing, remember, we are a southern state and our roads/vehicles are not set up for this type of weather.  Our cities just don’t have enough sanding trucks and plows to keep things cleared and when you live out in the country like we do–well, we are stuck at home.  It’s okay though. I’ll be crafting tomorrow in my room anyway.  Though I wouldn’t have minded a Friday night dinner out for some good Tex-Mex.

But anyway, on with today’s Finish it Friday project.  This is made from  a Kathy Orta Files  (Paper Phenomenon) tutorial.  You can purchase it on her website and it is called Back to Basics or B2B.  I started this a year ago and got the storage box made, all three albums constructed, one album completely finished and one album half way finished.  I worked on it during several different crop sessions last year but haven’t touched in at least 6 months.  I have the album below to pattern with the Simple Stories Say Cheese paper collection, though now there is a Say Cheese II collection that would work really well too but I plan to use the supplies I have on hand and get this done over the course of the next several weeks.


Since it’s late in the day and I don’t anticipate working on it tonight (I still have the urge to sit under a warm blanket, hold a cat or two and watch t.v.). This coming week I’ll pull out my box of papers and embellishments for this project and will work on it a bit during the week and next Friday. Check back then to see how much I get done.

I hope you’ll join me with one of your own projects that you need to finish!

Happy Crafting,


Many months ago, one of my nephews asked for “something” from me that I’d made to add to his collection of things made by his mother and grandmother (my mother).  I knew I wanted to give him an album but wasn’t sure if I wanted to give him one from my collection or make a new one.  Each time I thought if starting one, I came back to this one that I made last February/March–maybe this would be a good one to give him.  Fast forward to this past weekend. I’d still not given him an album but when he sent me a text that he was in the hospital I decided that this would be the album and that I would take it to him when I went to visit him. I gave it to him on Sunday.  It showcases all the things and colors that I love about papercrafting,  I hope he likes it.  It’s a beautiful spring themed album created with the gorgeous Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments papers.  I originally showcased this album on my blog on March 5, 2014.

Here’s a bit of what I had to say in that blog post:

A couple of weeks ago as I was packing for an impromptu crop day with my friend Barb to work on our Graphic 45 Place in Time calendar project, I decided to quickly put an album cover and hidden hinge together for the Sweet Sentiments papers to take with me just in case I got tired of working on the other project.  My friend Barb was a little late arriving, so while I waited , I went ahead and covered the outside of the album with papers but that’s all I got done until this past weekend.  March 1st was a beautiful spring like day, I had some errands to run and took a nice walk outside but this album was calling out to me to “finish it!”  So I did spend part of the day creating the pages and pockets.

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And that’s my Throwback Thursday post for today.  It’s not spring yet but this album is great to look at and hope for spring.  What have you made that you’ve given to a loved one as a keepsake?

Happy Crafting,


Well, it’s Wednesday and here’s what’s happening…it’s still winter. Ha, ha.  Still cold, a little snowy, but it’s warming up some and then more cold days to come.  So yeah, it’s still winter.  With that in mind, I thought today was a good day to share this little Graphic 45 Mini Album that I made.  This was a Sneak Peek Sunday item a few weeks ago and I honestly forgot to share the rest of it!

This is created from the Graphic 45 December 2014 Project sheet for their January challenge.  I tweaked it a teeny tiny bit to use some of the supplies that I had on hand such as the metal piece on the front and the tags and then I also added extra embellishments from the Graphic 45 stickers and chipboard packages on some of the pages.  This was really fun and easy to create and the project sheet that you can download from Graphic 45 was super easy to follow.  This, of course, uses the beautiful A Time to Celebrate Graphic 45 paper collection.


The album is held shut with ribbon tied into a bow and then opens up like an accordion with pockets on the top for tags.  Definitely a fun little album to showcase special events during the year.  This album is now on display at Scrappin’ Goodtime in Corsiciana, Texas and if you are wanting this paper collection, Susie does have it in stock.  Just give her a call or head down to Corsicana (when the roads clear), the store is open daily. (Check the Scrappin’ Goodtime blog or website for store hours).


And now as I finish typing this post, the sun is shining! Yay! And that icy white stuff is melting away!

Happy Crafting,


Hello  crafty peeps!  If it’s cold where you are (like it is for us right now) I hope you have been staying warm and  getting a bit of crafting done!  Today I’m sharing how I make a junk bow out of bits and pieces of leftover ribbons.  You know. Those ribbon ends that you cut off when you make a regular bow.  Yep. I save those and use them to create junk bows. All you  need is several pieces of ribbon in different widths, colors and textures.  You’ll also need some tulle and an extra piece of tulle or thin satin ribbon to tie your bow.  Since it’s really hard to tell you how to make a junk bow, I’ve done a video showing how I made one today.

To see the video in a larger format, click on “YouTube” on the right hand bottom of the video.

Do you save your ribbon bits?  Or have you been throwing them away?  Hopefully now, you’ll save them to make a junk bow.

Happy Crafting!


Well, we didn’t make it.  We didn’t make it through winter without some snow and ice.  It arrived sometime during the night and today we are iced in.  For us in North Texas it is very cold.  I’ve seen a few people drive by but since we don’t have to really be anywhere we’ve stayed put.  I’ve spent the better part of the day in my craft room tweaking this and that on my calendar planner (ended up using two composition books) and then I made this tag for my “Made it Monday” blog post.

This is made from the beautiful Graphic 45 Time to Flourish paper collection and I followed along with the Graphic 45  project sheet for January 2015. Cards and Tags.  You can download your own copy of the project sheet >HERE<.   I decided to make this tag as it’s perfect for today–a Winter Wonderland right outside my window!  The placement of the paper elements on my tag are slightly different as I used a narrower tag.  I did not have any of the Graphic 45 tags but didn’t want that to stop me.  I love how it turned out.  I added an extra snowflake on the bottom and a bit more twine with a bigger key.  When doing these projects, you can use the same papers but then venture out and use the supplies that you have in your stash.  You don’t always have to use the exact same stuff.

That’s it from me today.  It’s time for dinner and I’m having leftover chili.  Hubby is concocting some sort of seafood soup that he likes. Think I’ll stick to chili.  If you saw what all he puts in his soup you’d go for the chili too. Ha, ha.

Happy Crafting!