Lost in Paradise is here! Graphic 45 has done it yet again with a gorgeous tropical paper collection! I've created a fun little project today, and have another BIGGER one in the works for my Etsy shop (coming soon.) Here's a look at the project for ...


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Lost in Paradise Trinket Box and Itty Bitty Mini Album

Lost in Paradise is here! Graphic 45 has done it yet again with a gorgeous tropical paper collection! I've created a fun little project today, and have another BIGGER one in the works for my Etsy shop (coming soon.) Here's a look at the project for today, and then take a closer look in my walk-through video below. And remember, you can purchase Graphic 45 collections directly from their website right here, or at your local scrapbook store.



New video post: How to make Faux Oil Cloth Mini Notebooks

Hey everyone, do you like the look and feel of oil cloth? Do you even know what oil cloth is? Well, I've got a fun, new video tutorial on how to make little notebook covers using fabric and Heat & Bond glossy vinyl to get a faux oil cloth effect. Each of the four notebooks is unique from one another and feature different methods and page styles and Graphic 45 papers. You'll want to rush out and get Eileen Hull's "Notebook" die once you've seen how easy this project is. So hop over to my YouTube channel and check it out. Here's the link. 

Two-way Slider Card with Kaleidoscope for Aimee

It's a special birthday over on the Graphic 45 blog today and I'm delighted to share in the celebration. Be sure to hop over to the Graphic 45 blog and wish Aimee a happy day. 

I made her a special card with the brand new Kaleidoscope collection and wanted to share some photos with you. But first, let's check out the fabulous Aimee. I love to follow her on Instagram because she is living her life to the fullest. She inspires with her adventurous spirit, her love of nature, her sweet pup Henry, and her amazing photography. If you don't already, be sure to follow her there as aimee.fili

It's always a bit stressful making cards for the Graphic 45 gang because I want to be sure to represent the paper collections well, and because they've seen so many beautiful creations it seems like an ordinary card just wouldn't do. So I searched Pinterest and YouTube to find a clever card idea with a little wow factor and found a tutorial for a two-way slider card. (Something I've never done before.)

The card measures 5" x 7" with a black cardstock base. I've used the Kaleidoscope 8" x 8" papers, some 12" x 12" Patterns and Solids, Tags and Pockets, and the new Matte Pearl Gems. 
(Scroll through the end for the link to the tutorial I followed.)

When you pull on the side tab, the peacock and elephants move at the same time but in different directions! Whoa, that absolutely blew my mind when I saw that. Even knowing how it's accomplished, I still can't believe it works so well. LOL! I placed the inspirational quotes behind the animals so they were revealed when pulling on the tab.

The inside panels are framed with the purple side of one of the Patterns and Solids, then the beautiful zebra image from the signature page is cut out on the left. I stamped Happy Birthday onto plain ivory cardstock, then got out my Distress Oxides to colorize the outer edges and also to stamp the peacock feather in the lower right corner.

I have to say the assembly is a little bit tricky and you have to watch her video a couple of times to get it right, but it works really well and is such an impressive card in the end.

I embellished here and there with the new adhesive-backed Matte Pearl Gems. I used the silver color, but they also include gold and black ones in the pack; lots of them and in various sizes too.

I popped this small flower on the lower corner which matched the collection perfectly.

Inside left

Inside right

Dawn at ItsOnlyADream97 made the tutorial that I followed. (I made adjustments for my 5" x 7" size.)  Hope you can check it out. Here's her link.

Thanks for stopping in and sharing a special birthday wish to Aimee with me.


Revamped By The Sea album PLUS A Proper Gentleman album using the same tutorial

FRIYAY! It's Friday. Happy weekend to ya. I decided to revamp my By The Sea Tag & Policy Envelope Album before releasing the tutorial, and while I was at it I decided to make the same album using A Proper Gentleman Deluxe Collectors Edition just to show that one tutorial can take you far. I can imagine making this same album out of many, many collections.

I've listed the tutorial in my Etsy shop today, and also listed each of these albums for sale, and whipped up a quick video to share with you. I hope you take a moment to check it out. My Etsy shop is here.


Do You Scrapbook Your Pet? I do!

How many of us out there scrapbook our pets? I've been wanting to make a mini album for some time now and have finally completed it and wanted to share a walk-through today. I'm a big fan of Graphic 45's Mixed Media Album because it's the perfect size and it's fun to alter. In the video I share several different Mixed Media Albums I've made with different paper collections, and I show you my favorite scrapbooking "tool" which is Flip Flap Page Protectors! Hope you can check it out...


I think it would be difficult to make this album if Suki was no longer with us. The emotions and grief would make it very hard for me. I could do it, but I think it would have to be several years after her passing. I'm happy I did it now, while she's still here. What do you think? Have you scrapbooked your pet during their lifetime or afterwards? How was that experience? I'd love to hear your story.

Thanks for popping in today and checking it out. It was a true pleasure to make.