Well, hello.  Finally I find the time to write my post for this weeks’ Finish it Friday.  It’s been a Friday of finishing things up or starting things or something.  Ha, ha.  I’ve finished cutting kits for my class tomorrow, I finished bagging those kits, I finished picking up the instruction copies for that class and I’ve finished packing for tomorrow.  I finished ordering the air conditioner people to come out and check one of our units on this the hottest day of the season (so far) and we are ordering a new attic unit. Ugh–it’s not the main part of the house where I’m at but still…. I finished ordering and paying for a Port-a-pot to be set up outside. Yes. You read that right.  Roofers are starting on our new metal roof Monday or Tuesday and we want to be sure they have a place to “go.”  I finished all the invoices for this week and finished making all the check deposits.  Whew. That’s a lot of Finish it Friday!  And now I’m taking a few minutes to share with you my next Finish it Friday project.  I’m hoping to work on it Sunday but I have other deadlines so not sure how that will go but I will update you next Friday if I got anything done on this one.  It’s not an old unfinished project as I started on it National Scrapbook Day of this year but it is one that I want to get done!

It’s an adorable album in a box created from card stock and patterned paper.  The tutorial is online through Country Craft Creations’ Facebook Page.  I’m using Authentique’s “Fabulous” paper collection.  Love the patterns and colors.  I haven’t really looked at my box album since I started working on it but I think maybe I assembled it wrong, not that it matters but I’m pretty sure mine does not open the same as the one in the tutorial.  See, even I make mistakes but it’s okay and if I hadn’t told you, you would not have known.  So that’s it, my next Finish it Friday project and all the ribbon and stuff I may put in it.  I hope you get a chance to craft this weekend whether it’s a card, layout, mini album, tag or home decor. Just have fun and stay cool!

Happy Crafting!

P.S. I’ll have a fun blog post on Monday featuring my other June Graphic 45 project.  It’s something I created for their new 3×3 Craft Challenge, check out their blog post (and mine) on Monday.

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!


I knew I wouldn’t have much time to craft this past weekend, so on Friday I started early in the afternoon to work on my Finish it Friday project and I just kept on going until I had it FINISHED! It was too late to do a Friday blog post which is why the post is here today (Monday).  Anyway, there’s the finished Memory storage box on the left and the album on the right.

Here are the pages that I got done on Friday:


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In the photo below, you see the inside of the back cover which has the pocket as designed by Kathy Orta of Paper Phenomenon.  I added the Santa belt which is a paper tape from Little B.  I love that gold belt buckle!!  I also used that tape on other areas of the album as well as on the front and back covers.


If you love this project and want to create one of your own, you can purchase the tutorial from Kathy Orta King on her website at Paper Phenomenon.  Look for the “Photo Frame Keepsake Memory Box.”  For my project, I used a mix of Carta Bella Christmas papers and Recollection Christmas papers from Michael’s.  The chipboard elements and stickers are also from Carta Bella and I used a lot of elements from my stash .

I know it’s hard to see the flips and flaps and all the details of this album in photos so I hope to find the time to do a quick flip through video this week.  For us in the USA, Thursday is Thanksgiving and then Friday is usually a holiday too so I don’t expect that I will be starting a new Finish it Friday project until early December.

Happy Crafting!



I was able to do a couple of real simple quick pages in my album for Finish it Friday before leaving on our road trip!  Yay!  This project is a Photo Frame Keepsake Memory Box and Mini Album created from a tutorial purchased from Kathy Orta King of Paper Phenomenon.  I’m using Carta Bella’s “So This is Christmas” paper collection along with some other paper lines that go well with the main collection.  The box is finished and I started last week to work on the album to get it finished.  I’ll be working on it each Friday for Finish it Friday until it is done.   Above is the next page in the book that has vertical flaps.  I patterned it with red chevron paper on each flap and then added the trees in the center which is the back side of the chevron paper.  I added a couple of chipboard stickers and green rhinestones on the stars of the trees in the center.  I also created a pull out booklet out of the same papers that you can see in the pocket on the right side of the page.

On the backside of the above pages, I used some paper from a 12×12 pad that I purchased from Michael’s on sale last year.  I think the colors of it work fabulously with the Carta Bella papers. This is a flap page and I patterned the flap to match the larger inside page.  I then added a strip of the chevron paper to pull it all together and added a deer chipboard sticker and a “winter wonderland” sticker at the bottom.


And that’s what I got done this week.  I hope to do several more pages next week.  There will be no carfting for me this weekend as we are headed  to the San Antonio area for a family wedding. Maybe I’ll find time to go to the scrapbook store in New Braunfels and see what it is like.  Have a great weekend!

Happy Crafting!