Hello all and welcome back! I've got a new tutorial available starting today in my Etsy Shop that will be the perfect project for your Summer photos whether you're enjoying the beach, setting sail, or on a sunny holiday somewhere. It's made with Simple ...
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Vintage Seas Handmade Album Tutorial and more...

Vintage Seas Handmade Album Tutorial

Hello all and welcome back! I've got a new tutorial available starting today in my Etsy Shop that will be the perfect project for your Summer photos whether you're enjoying the beach, setting sail, or on a sunny holiday somewhere. It's made with Simple Stories new collection called "Vintage Seas" and what a beautiful one this is! Take a peek at the photos here and then scroll down to my brief video showing you even more details, sharing the supplies you'll need, and any other helpful things you need to know.

As you can see, this is a mixture of file folders and kraft pages, and there's all kinds of flaps and interaction, which we all love!

The Vintage Seas collection pack includes a page of 69 stickers, as I mention in the video, and there are coordinating embellishment packs that make the album come together quickly and easily.

This album is a good size, too, measuring 6" wide, 10" tall and 2" wide. And there's all kinds of real estate for lots and lots of photos and journaling.

In the front and back of the album, I've designed pockets for holding memorabilia such as tickets, receipts, maps, menus, and more. I think you'll find it to be a wonderful keepsake.

As with almost all my tutorials, this one is $18 as a digital download. My instructions are easy to follow, step-by-step with color photos of each step, and include helpful tips throughout. You can either print them out, or work from your device. Remember, using your device allows you to zoom in on details better, so having both printed and digital there in front of you is super helpful.

Now I hope you take a moment to watch this brief video, then let me know if you have any questions about anything. Thanks so much and have a great day!


Catching up on life and sharing a new planner post

Hi again all my crafty friends. It's been a whirlwind here lately! The first Rocky Mountain Creative Retreat is over and was a huge success! After reading our feedback surveys from our guests, we learned some great things moving forward for next year's retreat (stay tuned for details on that) and we also learned how much everyone enjoyed the classes we offered and the beautiful location. I will creating a recap video of the fun weekend and share the projects we made, so watch for that soon. If you aren't already subscribed to my YouTube channel and you don't want to miss any new videos, be sure to hop over there and hit the subscribe button and the notification bell. 

Meanwhile, I've just been down to Florida to surprise my Dad on his 80th birthday this past weekend. With the help of my sister, we pulled off the surprise perfectly and he was so shocked and happy to see Paul and I show up with the rest of the family at a restaurant where he and my Mom were having lunch. It was a quick but great weekend! And let me tell you, my Dad is the healthiest guy I know. At 80 he is showing no signs of slowing down. Still mowing their huge yard in Florida, shoots pool with friends, belongs to a Corvette club (my parents have 2), works out every single day, eats super healthy and is a fantastic photographer. 

Now that I'm back and settled in somewhat, I've got a planner post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today that you won't want to miss if you are behind in your scrapbook/planner like I am. I show how I made five 2-page layouts in an afternoon with some helpful tips and methods that make it go quickly. Hope you get a moment to check it out. Here's a few teaser photos below. The supply list as well as the video is on the ECD blog when you get there.


Crafting Cruise Projects - two spots open!

Hello again all. Hope you had a lovely weekend. I'm all packed and ready for our Rocky Mountain Creative Retreat this weekend and will be sure to post photos and videos on all my social media as much as possible. I'm super excited to be teaching along with Els Van de Burgt with Elizabeth Craft Designs this year!

On the heels of the retreat is my crafting cruise in August with Crafter's Therapy Cruises on Royal Caribbean's Marine of the Seas sailing to the Southern Caribbean. We were previously sold out, but we've recently had two openings become available! So grab a friend and join me, won't you? You can find all the details here.

I will be using Graphic 45 papers for most of the classes (there will be three total classes) and of course mixing in products from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Here's a little peek at what we'll be making on our sea days...

Tool Organizer with Graphic 45's "Let It Bee" papers

Summer/Cruise Traveler's Notebook featuring products from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Mini Album Envelope Folio with Graphic 45's "Cottage Life" collection

It's sure to be a lot of fun crafting during our sea days while also enjoying a fabulous 7-day cruise! Click that link above if you're interested in the last two spots, then contact Donna Fortuna (her contact info is at the bottom of that post). I would love to have you join me! 

Garden-themed Album using Planner Dies

(This is a re-post due to some technical issues with Blogger) 

I hope this finds you doing well. If you're looking for some feminine inspiration today and a quick and easy mini album tutorial, you've come to the right place. Today I'm sharing my garden-themed mini album made with Planner Essentials dies. As you'll see in the video tutorial, the planner dies are very versatile and aren't just for planners but can be incorporated into cards or mini albums. this little album came together so quickly and easily, I already want to make more with all sorts of different themes and papers.

Here's a peek at the pages and the video tutorial below along with the supply list. Hope you enjoy!


How to Assemble the Iris Shutter

Have you seen the oh-so-impressive Iris Shutter die in action? This complex looking die is simpler than you think once you've seen the assembly steps broken down into easy-to-follow directions which is what I have for you today in the video below. In the video, I share some different samples I've created with this die, then I make a card to show you how it all comes together. Follow along and let me know what you think! Thanks for popping in today. Enjoy your Easter weekend.