Last September Eddie and I embarked on an anniversary trip to celebrate our 40th.  Our anniversary is really in June but due to an injury earlier that month (Eddie, not me), we had to postpone.  Ends up, September was much better and cooler weather for such a trip.

In honor of National Scrapbook Day, Graphic 45 asked it’s designers to create a double layout for their blog.  I knew I wanted to use a couple of the photos from our Mississippi trip.  But instead of going with a 12×12 for my layouts, I used Graphic 45’s Mixed Media pages so I could do a bit of spraying and stamping for the background.  I so love how it turned out! Yes, the pages aren’t very big but they can be used to create something big!  I will be doing more of these mixed media pages of our trip and put them in the Graphic 45 Mixed Media album–all decorated up, of course.

I had read many times of these river boat “cruises” and really wanted to go on one for a special event.  We were not disappointed.  If you are looking for fast paced and lots of action, this would not be for you.  For us, however, it was perfect.  Nothing better than spending the day going up the Mississippi looking at birds (Bald Eagles), trees and watching small towns slip by.  The river boat we were on is called the Twilight.  It’s a beautiful river steamboat.  Our dining room was on the third floor and we even spent some time at the top with the Captain!

We had lots of “fun.”  I put that in quotations because it is a joke with us as Eddie for some reason has never liked the word “fun.”  He always has a good time or enjoys himself but he doesn’t have “fun.”  Whatever. Ha, ha.  He also hates it when I make him take a selfie with me.

I’ve done a quick process video of this double layout to show you how I brought it all together.  Also, if you have the time–watch on after the crafty video ends.  I’ve included a clip of a bit of our “fun” trip on the Mighty Mississippi!

These layouts are also on the Graphic 45 blog today along with Maggi’s layout and tutorial.  Please take time to check it out.  We also include tips that you might want to use on your own projects.

I want to wish each of you a very Happy National Scrapbook Day.  I hope you are spending the weekend or tomorrow scrapbooking with friends and more importantly—I hope you have FUN!

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Today I’m sharing my Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts project that went live on their blog yesterday. I used one of their kits to create the mini case and the four mini albums.  The little drawer actually opens so you could tuck in extra photos, tags, notes or other mementos.  I used the much loved Botanical Tea Graphic 45 paper collection along with button string, beautiful flowers, vintage buttons and ribbon.

I’ve done a step by step photo tutorial on how to assemble the case and pattern it.  You can find that >Here<.  And on May 17th I’ll share the tutorial on how to assemble the albums and create little pages with flaps and pockets for it.  It’s a really quick and easy project to do and is so sturdy with the way the kit is cut and assembled.  I hope you’ll check it out on the GSL blog and in their store.

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Hi all, just a quick post for this Wednesday afternoon to give you a sneak peek of my next Graphic 45 project that will be on their blog this coming Friday, May 5th in honor of National Scrapbook Day which is on Saturday.  National Scrapbook Day began many, many years ago to celebrate the preserving of photo memories in scrapbooks.  It’s not a day that’s officially on the calendar but it is a day that we scrapbookers and papercrafters celebrate every year on the first Saturday of May. This year I will be celebrating at a crop with friends at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua, Texas.  I won’t be “scrapbooking” but I will be creating and I think I might do something just for fun for my own personal self and it might be a mini scrapbook.  We’ll see.  I have a few days before then to decide. Ha, ha.    Anyway, the photo above is a cropped down image of my Graphic 45 project for NSD so you’ll have to come back here on Friday or check out the Graphic 45 blog Friday morning to see what it is.  Here’s a hint:  It’s about our Mississippi River Cruise that hubby and I took last year for our 40th Anniversary celebration.  I will have a video link here on Friday of a process video and if you are inclined and have the time, watch it all the way past the ending as there’s a whimsical bit of a video clip of our trip.  So make sure you check back on Friday and if you scrapbook, have a wonderful National Scrapbook Day–let’s celebrate for a week!

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It’s time for new challenge on Cards in Envy. With the coming of May, many start to think of Mother’s Day.  I no longer have a  mother except in Heaven so I don’t do Mother’s Day cards but that’s not stopping me from making a “motherly love” card for the challenge.  You see, you can make a Mother’s Day card for the challenge if you wish or you can make a card that depicts “motherly love.”  So I went with this super cute free digi stamp from Dearie Dolls with a girl and all her cats.  To them she is their mother and she cares for and loves them like a mother too.  At least I do for my cats.  How about you?

To create this card, I used the following supplies:

  • White Cardstock (smooth heavy weight)
  • Dearie Dolls Digital Stamp Image, Girl with her Cats
  • Copic Markers (assorted colors)
  • Recollection Color Splash 6×6 paper pad
  • Rectangle Stitched Dies
  • Wow! Just Saying Sentiment Stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Foam Tape
  • Art Glitter Designer Glue

The image is lifted up off of the card base with foam tape, you can see the shadows just underneath the image from the lights and camera.

I hope you join me in creating and sharing a “motherly love” or Mother’s Day card with the challenge at Cards in Envy. You’ve got two weeks.  See you over there!

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Hello! I know it’s been a bit quiet here on the blog.  I have been crafting to meet designer deadlines but haven’t had anything yet that I could share on the blog.  However, I’m up on the Graphic 45 blog today with this project along with Alexandra.  It’s been a fun week on the Graphic 45 blog with sneak peeks of the new Master Detective collection and the return of the beautiful French Country as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition but today they are sharing a couple of projects that you can create out of some of your Graphic 45 stash.  We hope they’ll inspire you to create this weekend!  Mine is the shaker tag shown above.  You may not have noticed that when you take some of the Graphic 45 metal embellishments out of their packaging that the cardboard part is a tag!  It even has the grommet!  All you have to do it cover it with paper and add pretty embellishments.  It’s a fabulous way to recycle. BUT…on some of them, the plastic is also usable and that’s what I did to create the shaker part of this card.  Look closely under the flying pig.  That area over the little bottles is the plastic part of the packaging and I filled it with pretty sequins.    I know there’s a lot of detail to this tag but it was really easy to make with the most time consuming part being the fussy cutting of the images.  My tag is created with the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collectors Edition.

I hope you’ll click over to the Graphic 45 blog today and take a closer  look at my tag as well as Alexandra’s project.  We always have designer tips for you that you may find helpful on your own projects.  I hope you have a great weekend!

Happy Crafting!

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