Last Friday I decided to have a go at doing my Finish it Friday series of blog posts again and get some of my UNFINISHED projects done.  I picked up a little mini album that I started on last year and decided it definitely was time to get it done. I’d waited too long to buy the same papers that I started out with so I had to pull in a different collection.  I think I did okay.  I worked on it Friday night and also over the weekend and I’m happy to say that I did get it done and sharing it here today for my Finish it Friday post!

I started the album using  the “Family Reunion” by Echo Park paper collection but quickly ran out and didn’t buy more. So to finish it, I pulled out “Summer Lovin” by Carta Bella and added those to the papers already in the album.  This changed it from a “Family Reunion” theme to a “Family Reunion/Summer Vacation” theme.  I think it works and I do love those Summer Lovin’ papers and colors.  In the photo above you are seeing one of my favorite layouts–a waterfall page  and below are more of the pages in the album.

The little campers are cut from the paper collection and attached to the strip of paper so that they slide and can be moved across the page.  Each camper has Glossy Accent added to them to make them look like thick embellishments.



And the finished cover that I shared last week…

I know I said that I would decide on my next Finish Friday project and announce it in this post but, well….I haven’t decided yet and now I’m out of town for my family reunion.  We’ll be at the lake camping all weekend and it will be very hot but it will be so much fun spending time with friends and family!  Next week I’m also cutting and prepping class kits for my June 24th class at Flossie Scrapper.  I’m teaching a class on my French Country Mini Album. There are still some spots left but you do need to register in advance and the last day to do so is next Thursday the 22nd.  Contact the store to sign up at 817-295-7100.  Here’s what we will be making in class:

I’ve also got my class dates set for July & August!  These classes will also be at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua, Texas.

July 22 – Nature Sketchbook Mini Album to go inside the Treasure Box we made at the May class.  If you did not take the box class, you can still take the album class and finish it at home with any paper collection you choose.  The class fee to create a black blank album is $55.  If you took the Nature Sketchbook Treasure Box class and want your album to match your box, you can add on the decorative paper kit for an extra $20.

August 12 & 13 – Master Detective Curio Cabinet with Folio Album. I don’t have this one made yet but the design is planned and once it’s done I’ll have a price for you.  This is a two day class so we can make the Curio Cabinet on Saturday and the Folio Album that fits inside of the cabinet on Sunday.  Mark your Calendar!

Have a great weekend and 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!

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It’s getting closer and closer to the holidays and if you find that you need something cute and quick for a gift, this idea might just be what you need. Not only is this a gift card holder but it is also a mini album to tuck in a purse to show off favorite holiday photos. I’ve made two of these–one out of coin envelopes and a second one out of card stock in case you don’t have or can’t find the envelopes.  Both versions are super easy and so fun to make.

This one is made out of the coin envelopes…






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Well, it’s not my birthday but I’m sure it is someone’s birthday today somewhere, maybe even someone I know!  Regardless, it is the theme of our new card challenge over on the Cards in Envy blog that starts today–“Another Year Older” (birthday cards.)  I was in a Copic coloring mood a few weeks ago and I was testing out my various markers to see which ones needed re-inking and such.  So while I was doing that, I colored  up this cute little digi image.  I think it is a Di’s Digital Stamps image.  The colors of her dress and ribbon and crown are probably not what I’d usually choose for colors but you know what?  I like it and when I found the papers that I used, I loved it!

The papers I used are from a 6×6 pad by Echo Park called “Everyday Electic.”  The ribbon is from my stash and the sentiment is a clear stamp from Papertrey Inks Signature Greetings collection. To stamp the sentiment, I used Lilac Posies Memento Ink stamp pad.

I know that all of you need a birthday card now and then and I encourage you to make one or two or three up for this challenge! Your card can be any size and any shape as long as it is flat enough to fit in an envelope for mailing.  The challenge runs for two weeks.  Hope to see you there at Cards in Envy!

Happy Crafting,


Don’t you just love Mondays after a holiday?  Yea, me neither. Ha, ha.  Actually things seemed to be going fairly well.  I got the laundry done in record time, the office phones weren’t ringing that much and I’d done all the paperwork stuff before Thanksgiving so I didn’t have to do any of that but the internet…the internet just would not cooperate at all and I was trying to upload a video. I had to divide the video in to two separate files and re-edit and the first one is just now about to be done loading. I started on them THIS MORNING!!  Working through all that made my blog post for today super late.  This is not what I was going to share today but it’s the files I could get to while the video rendered and uploaded, so here it is.  Also, all the photos in this post are from my video camera as I didn’t have time to get the big camera out before I took this sample album over to Flossie Scrapper’s on Saturday.

This is my Gift Bag Christmas Album. I created it based on a tutorial by Creative Cafe Girl.  I changed it up a bit but the idea is from her tutorial.  I will be teaching a class on this exact album in December at Flossie Scrapper. You will receive the gift bags and all the papers, ribbons, plus stickers to make your album just like this one in your class kit.  Papers will be pre-cut for you too! To sign up, you need to call the store tomorrow or in the next few days as we have a limited number of kits.  Once all are spoken for, there will be no more!  Call (817) 295-7100 for the date, time and class fee AND to register.  I will also be teaching a Coloring Workshop where you will make 4 Gift Tags and you will color cute pre-stamped tags with your own alcohol markers. Class size is also limited for the Coloring Workshop.  Here’s a photo of the tags:


And here are the photos of the pages inside the Gift Bag Album….






The paper collection kit we will be using is Echo Park’s The Story of Christmas. Super cute!  If you live in the North Texas area, I hope you’ll join us at Flossie Scrapper in Joshua/Burleson, Texas for this class!  Remember, you have to call in and register.

Happy Crafting,