I'm a nut for making my own planner every year. I've done it for years. and this year is no exception, especially since I've discovered the "Planner Essentials" line from Elizabeth Craft Designs! You can check them all out here. As you'll see in my ...


2020 Planner with ECD Planner Essentials and more...

2020 Planner with ECD Planner Essentials

I'm a nut for making my own planner every year. I've done it for years. and this year is no exception, especially since I've discovered the "Planner Essentials" line from Elizabeth Craft Designs! You can check them all out here

As you'll see in my detailed video below, there are many beautiful planner cover options to choose from, as well as LOTS of dies and coordinating stamps.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this 2020 planner with Graphic 45's pretty Garden Goddess papers; a truly joyful collection I will surely enjoy throughout the year.

I use my planners not only for daily reminders and scheduling, but also for highlighting moments with photos throughout the year. I can't wait to fill this one up!

Here's a video walk-through of the entire planner, the supplies I used, and some tips about die storage too. Grab a snack or cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy!



LAST CALL for Lost In Paradise Class!

We have just a few spots left for my Lost in Paradise Paper Bag, Tag and Envelope Album this Saturday, August 17th. You'll learn how to construct an album from scratch and incorporate bags, tags and envelopes to create fun pages with pockets and tuck-spots. Perfect for summer photos, vacation or travel. Sign up here with Cupcakes and Unicorns! Hope to see you there. Not able to attend? If there are any prepared kits left, I will list them in my Etsy shop Monday, August 19th, as well as tutorials for those of you who already have the materials for this project. (Etsy link in the righthand column of my blog page.)


Graphic 45's new "Dreamland" collection

Today is Day 3 of the new Graphic 45 Summer releases and it's all about "Dreamland." Talk about dreamy! This collection is filled with beautiful blues and golden yellows and the imagery is fabulous. Sweet little children in jammies, tiny fairies, winged unicorns, child mermaids and mystical sailboats make this a very versatile collection for Baby, Children, Fantasy, or Birthday themes just to name a few.

Graphic 45 fans will be reminded of Mother Goose, Once Upon a Springtime and Fairie Dust in this precious collection, but with a different mix of colors. I created this fun home decor piece with a mini album tucked inside. Wouldn't this be great displayed in a child's bedroom? I've taken the ATC Matchbook Box and transformed it into a base and housing for the ATC Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album, then added a custom lid for the top. Ribbon and springy gold twine add to the dreamy feel.

Adding the Metal Ornate Corners and the Clawfeet to the base takes this piece to the next level as a home decor piece. You can even paint the metal pieces if you want a lighter feel.

I popped some sequins and little stars onto the front of my matchbook box to give it even more of a dreamy feel. And as you can see, the mini album fits inside and shows through the opening perfectly!

Just lift the custom lid and pull out the album.

I love the small size of this album. Perfect for popping in small photos and some journaling.

This collection releases this September, but you can win it before you can buy it by going to Graphic 45's blog and other social media and leave a comment to be entered for the random drawing.

I will be listing a tutorial in my Etsy shop in a few weeks, but in the meantime you can start gathering your materials you'll need. Here's a list to help you out:

Graphic 45:
Dreamland 12 x 12 collection (to come!)
ATC Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album - Ivory 4501813
ATC Matchbook Box - Ivory 4501814
Ornate Metal Corners 4501810
Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies 4501687
Antique Brass Metal Door Plates & Knobs 4501295
Antique Brass Claw Feet 4501027

Ribbon and trims, May Arts
Cardstock: ivory, yellow and blue
White Chipboard


Graphic 45's Le Romantique Returns!

Day 2 of Graphic 45's Summer Releases is under way! Today is all about the return of the classic collection called "Le Romantique." You can view all the papers, chipboard and stickers in this Deluxe Collector's Edition on the Graphic 45 blog today. Be sure to check out Sandi Nagel's gorgeous Folio Secretary. It's stunning! And don't forget to leave a comment on the Graphic 45 website, as well as their Facebook and Instagram so you can be entered to WIN it before you buy it!

I've created a vintage style Book Frame (shown above) with Le Romantique and am sharing a tutorial on how you can make your own. Scroll past the photos to watch my video. I hope you enjoy!



Life's a Journey - a new travel collection by G45!

Hello all, and welcome back. Ooooh, this is gonna be a good week for Graphic 45 fans! The new Summer 2019 releases are coming and Graphic 45 is showcasing them today, tomorrow and Wednesday on their blog. Today, it's all about the new travel-themed collection called "Life's A Journey." Be sure to check out their blog today for photos of all the papers in this collection, along with the coordinating stickers, chipboard, ephemera cards and NEW die-cut assortment!

You're gonna love the bold colors and vintage travel imagery in this fun collection. I like it because it's not all "matchy-matchy" but, rather, a fun and eclectic mix. I've got a tutorial for this too, so scroll down to the video to check that out. Meanwhile, here's some more photos of the details. Enjoy!