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!

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!

Happy Crafting!


Here’s a recap of the weekend.  I arrived at the Crafty Creations Retreat House in Mansfield, Texas last Wednesday to unload the groceries for all our meals and the project supplies.  Later, my friend Barbara arrived to help me set up.  We also ran a few errands and were back at the house to watch Survivor.  We were very happy with who got voted off by the way.

On Thursday, the other 11 retreat attendees began to arrive (Barbara was number 12) we had a full house!  They arrived from local areas like Burleson, Arlington, Grand Prairie, etc.  and from far off places such as  Austin, Colorado and California!  After dining on pizza we started in on our first project around 7 or 7:30 that night–the Portrait of a Lady Card Folio and Cards.  The great thing about a workshop retreat is that you work on your project at your own speed by following the instructions and I get everyone started with  basic steps and how to’s and I’m there for any and all questions.  The photo collage above shows the projects that were worked on over the course of the weekend with some finishing all, or almost all of their projects and others leaving with a good start and plans to finish them at home.  Most of all it was a great time of talking, laughing and creating with others who love Graphic 45 as much as I.  The last car pulled out on Sunday afternoon just before 5 with me heading out as well.  We were all tired I think but made new friends and really enjoyed ourselves and hope to do something similar again together one day.  We all exchanged phone numbers and email addresses to stay in contact.  And I entertained with a tap dance. Not really. Well I tried. Ha, ha.

And to show that some really did get projects done, here’s a photo Cheryl from California sent me once she got home of all that she got done. Fabulous!  What made it really awesome is that I encouraged them to follow the basic construction techniques but to feel free to choose what papers (from the kit collection) they wanted to use and make each project their own and they did wonderful  doing just that as you can see in Cheryl’s photo!

So will I host another one?  Perhaps.  But maybe with less projects (though I love all of these) or maybe for less days and only 1 or 2 projects.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy with how this workshop retreat turned out but I was very tired by the time I got home.  But after a day of resting (and doing laundry) I’m back to catching up with office work and planning in my head my next Graphic 45 project.

I will be featured on Friday on the Graphic 45 blog with a little Easter project and will share here on my blog too.  For now, enjoy this little sneak peek so come back Friday to see what it is!

Thank you so much to each of you who attended my Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat. It really was a blast!!


Happy Crafting!

After a day and a half in the office doing fun stuff like Payroll Tax Reports–940, 941, W2, W3, TEC etc.  I got to spend the afternoon today in the crafty room and then I went outside for a walk for an hour because our weather is so nice.  I intended to work on one of the projects for my upcoming Graphic 45 Workshop Retreat but there was an unfinished Gypsy Soul Laser Cut project on my work table and I decided to finish that.  And I did.  It won’t be on their blog or mine until February 1st but I thought I’d give a little glimpse of it to see if you could figure out what it is.

I may to get to work more on projects tonight but for sure tomorrow and maybe I’ll have a rare Saturday or Sunday blog post for you.

Have a great weekend and…

Happy Crafting!

That’s all I’m going to show you.  I’ll share that it is a box.  And that it features several Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard sets and the Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian 12 x 12 collection.  It will be on my blog December 29th but more importantly, it will be on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog on that same day (bright and early in the morning) along with a tutorial on how to dress up those chippies to add them into your fussy cut scene.

I will say that I’m in love with how this turned out!

Back to Christmas prepping….

Happy Crafting!