I did it! I finished this album!! Not on Friday night as planned though I did work on it that night but over the course of the weekend I got it done including three other Design projects.  Now I’m editing a bunch of photos and videos to get it all finished for future blogs and deadlines.  So….what did I do about not having enough paper of the original collection?  Well, I pulled out a really fun Summer pack from last year? the year before?  And changed the album from a “family reunion” album to a “family reunion, summer vacation” album.  Love, love, love it.  Here’s one more sneak peek of another double page spread in it.

I will share more in my Finish it Friday post this coming Friday, June 16th plus I’ll pick another “Finish it Friday project.”

Psst…. family members…if you like this album, it just may be in the family auction or in a raffle this weekend.  Just in case you might be interested.

Happy Crafting!


Last year (I think it was last year), I purchased this really cute paper pack called “Family Reunion” by Echo Park at Flossie Scrappers.  It was a Mini Theme set and only came with 6 each 12×12 papers and an 6×12 sticker sheet.  Now, I’m not sure WHY I only bought one with it being such a small pack.  But I did.  I proceeded to make a mini Family album out of chipboard that measures 9 1/4″ wide x 8″ tall.  It has 10 cardstock base pages and they measure 8 1/2″ wide x 7 1/2″ tall.  I was adding in flips, flaps and pockets and patterning it as I went.  Then I ran out of patterned paper.  Yep.  I needed more so I set it aside with the intent of buying more and forgot.  So here it is a year later and the album is still unfinished.  As with most paper lines a year later is way to long to even think of finding it again.  I’ll just have to match it up to some other collection or use similar solid colors.  It’s appropriate that I pulled this album out of my unfinished basket as next weekend is my annual family reunion.  We’ll be camping at Mineral Wells State Park here in Texas.  I hope it doesn’t rain!

Here’s what I had done so far on the album:

As you can see, I didn’t get far.  I now need more paper in similar prints and colors to finish this album.

With this album I am re-starting my “Finish it Friday” series.  I have several projects that I need to finish and this will be the first one.  I  hope to work on it tonight and maybe get it done by next Friday.  If I do, I will share the finished album and then announce my next project to be finished.

I’m also having a bit of problems with my photo uploading on my blog.  I think it’s a WordPress plug-in issue.  When I deactivate all my plug-ins, I can upload a photo to my blog.  When I activate them all in groups of 6, I can still upload BUT after a bit I can no longer upload. Very frustrating!  So I’ll be working on that too. Otherwise, it’s been a great Friday.

Happy Crafting!

If you love Steampunk, rustic or rusted metal embellishments–you’ll want to check out my  video tutorial for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I’m up on their blog today and I used two different chipboard sets from their store to create the rusted bike you see in the above photo and all the other rusted elements on the cover of my mini album.  These are definitely perfect for masculine cards and albums AND they are really easy to create.  You would not think that these embellishments were made of “cardboard” rather than metal.

Last year while we were on our road trip to Iowa, we stopped by a scrapbook store in Ankeny called Memory Bound Scrapbook Store. I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular.  I just wanted to see what other scrapbook stores have but I was intrigued by some rusted items and asked what was used to create that look.  I ended up buying some Pentart Rust Effect Powder and three different Reagent liquid colors.  I brought them home and have had them on my shelf in the crafty room for 9 months!!! Finally last week, I took the plunge and gave them a try on these Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chippies and I love how they turned out!  So much fun!! You really must give it a try.  I’m not sure if they still are, but last year these Pentart products were being sold under Bo Bunny so check with your local scrapbook store to see if they have them available or maybe something similar.

Here’s my Video:

Products from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Store:

For a Tutorial on how to make this Mini Album out of one 12×12 sheet of cardstock and one large Graphic 45 Tag, check out my Snapguide:
Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Father’s Day Mini Album by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.
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It’s hard. Making a card for a guy.  A card that’s not frilly.  Usually no flowers, no pretty ribbons.  It’s hard.   But that’s our card challenge this time for Cards in Envy.  Make a card that depicts “You’re the Man” or more specifically–a manly, masculine card.  So here’s mine.  I kept it simple.  Tried not to over think it and used some neutral “manly” looking papers.

My list of supplies for this card:

  • Kraft 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft 6 1/2″ Paper Pad–“Art of Life”
  • Circle Punch
  • Colorbox Graphic 45 Decades Ink–Dark Cashmere (to ink the edges of the paper layers)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (for the sentiment)
  • Misti Stamp Tool
  • Stampin’ Up! Acrylic Stamp–“Endless Birthday Wishes”
  • Foam Tape (to raise the sentiment layer slightly)
  • Button String–Natural

Okay, so it was pretty easy after all with the right supplies.  Thinking about it was the hardest. Ha, ha.

Get your card crafting on and make a manly card!  We’d love to see it over on Cards in Envy for this challenge.

Happy Crafting!

Hello crafty friends and followers!  I’m so sorry that my blog has been a bit silent for the past week or so.  I’ve been very, very busy.  I’m still busy but I wanted to take just a few minutes to share this album for my June class at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua, Texas.  The fabulous and beautiful Graphic 45 French County collections started arriving in stores last week (Flossie Scrapper had theirs Thursday or Friday??–which ever, it is in the store now!)  Since this is such a popular collection with wonderful colors and images, I thought I’d revamp my original album from this collection, add new elements and create a class for it. The class will be held at Flossie Scrapper on Saturday, June 24th at 10:30 a.m.  Cost:  $70.  It’s an all day class with a lunch break (the newly opened bar & grill next door to the store has delicious burgers so it’ll be easy for you to order one for lunch if you wish!)  You will be creating this mini album out of pre-cut chipboard and cardstock.  Your album pages (it has 7 base pages), pockets, flaps, fold outs etc. will also be made out of cardstock.  With your class fee you will receive the new Graphic 45 French Country Deluxe Collector’s Edition which includes all of the patterned papers, the chipboard embellishments and coordinating stickers.  You’ll also receive those adorable silk sunflowers on the cover, the lace, ribbon, metal corners and elastic closure.  You will assemble your album with the pages in class and pattern/decorate the outside covers and if time allows, you may continue patterning the inside of your album.  For more information click >HERE< for the Flossie Scrapper Facebook page and call the store to register at (817) 295-7100.  Space is limited, so register soon to save your class kit!

Here are a few more photos of my French Country Mini album:



This is a really beautiful mini album and it can hold lots of photos or inserts.  In the photo above is one of the waterfall pages (there are two in the album) which holds extra photos.  Hope to see you there!

Happy Crafting!






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