Got a late start on this week’s Finish it Friday project!  Had to go to Walmart for groceries and it took forever! Maybe we won’t have to go next week!!  Anyway, I started in on a “new” or rather different unfinished project that I’d like to get done.  Last November or December? I designed and taught a class on the larger Twas the Night Before Christmas Mini Album–the one with the finished front (flowers and bow on it). I had a lot of left over paper scraps of the fabulous Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas paper collection so I decided to make a smaller album with it. I got the album cover made and patterned and the pages made but that’s as far as I got last year. The bigger album is done.  The smaller one is now my current Finish it Friday project that I will be working on for the next several Fridays.

Today I pulled out some of the papers and a snowflake punch and worked on the two pages below:


So far I love how it’s turning out!  The snowflake ribbon is perfect with that punch.  The left page has a flap with a magnetic closure that lifts up and the right page is a pocket.  This album is small–measures about 5 1/2″ wide x 6  1/2″ tall.  I added an elastic closure piece on the right cover and will be adding a brad or button closure on the left cover front to wrap the elastic around to keep it closed.  This little album doesn’t have many pages in it as I want to add more flips, flaps and pockets.

I won’t be working on it next week as hubby and I are going out of town for our Labor Day Weekend trip to Matagorda for some Bay and Ocean fishing.  We are leaving on Thursday.  I’m looking forward to our mini vacation.  We’ll be staying in our RV Fifth Wheel (34 ft) camper in the Matagorda Nature Preserve campground on the Colorado River near the beach on the Gulf of Mexico in Texas.  But check back September 11th as I hope to have time to work on this then.

Oh yes, almost forgot!  Here’s the info on my Second Annual Thirteen Frights Before Halloween. Mark your calendar!

Thirteen Frghts 2015

Happy Crafting!


This is the Christmas Card Keepsake book that I made on January 1, 2014.  I wanted something to create that day and had been “thinking” about taking down my Christmas decorations and cards that we’d received over the holidays.   I never throw my cards away and usually put them in my scrapbook albums with the Christmas layout pages for each year but I’d gotten a few years behind. Back in November of 2013, I’d  watched a few tutorial videos that made books out of cards but then the cards are painted on and altered and used as art journal books.  I saw one though that had you cutting the cards to make tags for a binder book, so I decided to take that concept, put a spin on it by  my making my own book and using my cards for the tags and pockets and even some of the pages.

This book measures 6 3/4″ wide x 9 ” tall.  It’s  real thick and the added cards do make it stand open so I created a belly band closure that slips over the entire book and holds it closed.  It has the belly band on it in the first photo and the band has been removed in the photo above.  You can see how I made tags out of the sentiments and signature greetings of the cards and used some of the card fronts to create pockets.  There are no other decorations in the book except for the cards.  I love how it turned out!  So much so that I created my second one LAST Friday night for an unplanned Finish It Friday Project–the second book was “created” but had no cards in it . Plus I didn’t like the spine and cover so I redid that.  You can see that book in my post >HERE<.
On the page on the left above, I created the pocket out of patterned paper and then added an element that was on the front of a card and used a black marker to draw the legs of the sled. Inside the pocket is a letter that was written inside the card.  What’s great about this book is, you can add all those great photo cards and put letters and personal notes in the pockets. This book is for two Christmases–2012 and 2013. I hope this encourages to save your greeting cards that you receive–Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Baby, All Occasions and create a book to showcase them in!  I have a tutorial on how I made this book in my Etsy shop if you are interested.  It is a pdf written tutorial only
Happy Crafting (And Don’t Throw Away Your Cards!!)


October will be here soon!  I’m already planning for my crafty Thirteen Frights Before Halloween here on my blog and my YouTube channel in October.  The mini album and book box I’m sharing in this post is the prototype.  I will be creating another one using different Halloween paper (to be announced later) and will share video tutorials and how to make your own for the thirteen days prior to Halloween.  You can join along and create your own fabulous Halloween project.  This will be so much fun!

This project has a book box that you can store the mini album in.  I created this from chipboard and patterned cardstock papers and it has a fabulous curved spine.  The box is designed so that the lid stays shut when laying flat on a table.


The mini album is tied shut with ribbon and features lots of different pages and flaps that I created from scraps of cardstock and a black mini paper bag.  I’m calling this album my Fun Flip Flap album!



Okay the best way to showcase this book box and mini album is with a video.  If you are reading this post in an email, you will have to go to my blog or YouTube channel to watch the video.

I hope you will be joining me in October for my second annual Thirteen Frights Before Halloween.  I’ll be sharing the paper collection that I will be using in a later post in case you want to use the same for your project and I will be placing a badge in my sidebar with the start date as a reminder for you.  We’re going to have a frightfully good time creating this book box and mini album!

Happy Crafting,


Red Truck copyright

In September of 2008, I signed up for an online digital photography class.  My assignment for the week  was to take a photo of something red.  That weekend I was attending a scrapbooking retreat in Mt. Calm, Texas and I drove the 2+ hours from Weatherford constantly on the look out for “something” red.  A barn. A sign.  Anything!  But I did not see one thing red that I wanted to take a photo of until I got to the Compass Centre where the retreat was held.  There it was.  A vintage red pickup truck!  Oh my gosh!  The owner’s husband drove it around their farm.  I was quite thrilled on Saturday afternoon when he parked it right by the back door and this is what I shot and turned in for my picture that week.  Overall I got a good rating for the picture.  It lacked an interesting sky background, but then there wasn’t a cloud in that September sky.  I, however, like it just this way.

The assignment also included taking a photo of something that makes you happy.  At the time I was possibly killing two birds with one stone by taking a photo of a cold Dr. Pepper and hot popcorn, which does make me happy.  This photo would have passed for a shot of something red.  By the way the popcorn photo did get a  “photo of the week” rating from the instructor.  I still like the truck one better though.

Happy or Red 010 copyright

These images were originally posted on my photography blog but I’m in the process of moving some of those photos to this blog each week.  I just had some popcorn for an afternoon snack with water. I no longer drink Dr. Pepper but I do drink Diet Pepsi!  What is your favorite snack?

Happy Crafting and Photo Taking!


Earlier this month I shared on Facebook that my entry (Raining Cats and Dogs Lunch Bag Mini Album) into the Graphic 45 Facebook July contest was randomly chosen as the winner!  I was to receive $75 worth of Graphic 45 product! So excited!  I turned in my mailing address and about a week later I got my package in the mail!  Here’s what I got….


Oh my!  Let me list it all for you!!

  • Graphic 45 Badge (not shown in the photo)
  • Metal Clothespins
  • Antique Brass Claw Feet
  • 6×6 Gilded Lily Paper Pad
  • Gilded Lily Chipboard Package
  • Gilded Lily Tags & Pockets Package
  • 12×12 An Eerie Tale Paper Pad
  • An Eerie Tale Tags & Pockets Package
  • 12×12 Communique Paper Pad
  • Large Kraft Tag Album

Awesome!!   Here’s a closer photo of it all and the badge is in this one….


So, here’s my bit of advice for you….if you love Graphic 45, follow them on Facebook and watch each month for their contest.  They will tell you what they want you to create and share.  You might want to subscribe to their email newsletter so you won’t miss it.  Then just take a photo of your project and share it on their Facebook page.  You have to make sure you state that it’s for the contest and the month that it’s for.  Then after the end of the month, they draw a random winner. I’ve only entered twice.  Pretty good odds, I think!

One more thing. At the top edge of these photos you may spy something Halloween looking. Yes, I made a new album over the weekend and I will be sharing it with you on Wednesday plus info about my Second Annual Thirteen Frights Before Halloween that will be starting here on my blog and YouTube channel in October! Stay tuned….

And Happy Crafting!