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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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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I do believe that it’s really Springtime here in North Texas.  I could be wrong as Easter is not here just yet but the mesquite trees have already put out their leaves and around here, that’s a very good sign!  To celebrate the arrival and the staying of Spring, I have made this Mini Spring Canvas using some fabulous Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chippies! I’m displaying it on my mantel in the living room.  If you’d like to make one of your own, you’ll find all the chipboard that I used in the GSL online shop. I have done a blog post featuring this canvas along with a detailed supply list and YouTube video over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  I hope you’ll check it out.

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The clipboard sets (chipboard) from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts are so cute when decorated!  They come 4 to a package and are very reasonably priced.  I think they’d be really cute as favors at a shower or ladies retreat.  What do you think?

I created this for today’s post over on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog using Graphic 45 Botanical Tea.  I’ve posted a detailed supply list and a photo tutorial in that post so you can easily create one (or more) too.  It’s a great project to use up some of your leftover papers and flowers and other embellishments.

I will be on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog again on April 5th and I’m thinking it might be another Spring project.  You’ll just have to check back then.  I do hope you’ll go over the the GSL blog and check out my post there.

Happy Crafting!


Hello and Happy March 1st!  I’m hoping for more Spring weather! How about you? Today I’m up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog with this Spring Tag I created and a video tutorial on how you can make one too using the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts fabulous chipboard sets.

Please head over to the blog post over there for more photos, more details, the supply list and of course my video.  If you’ve thought about doing a bit of mixed media but are hesitant, this might help you get started.  It really is easy!

Happy Crafting!