Thank you so much . . .

There aren't enough words to tell you how much I appreciate

your support of my crops.

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We've been getting together for so long

that everyone who attends is like family.

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We laugh. We cry. We share stories and ideas.

We catch up with everyone's kids and grands.

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And we can't wait for the next time we can all be together again.

A HUGE SHOUT-OUT

to my friend

Ruth Roehm

for making an incredible St. Louis Baseball Cardinal car.

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Sgt Sikes with Jan Reel (the winner of the car)

We sold raffle tickets and made $600 to benefit Officer O'Connor.

Ruth, we couldn't have done it without you.

Until next time . . . 

Love all you gals and can't wait until the April & October crops!

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And then bam . . .

Do you ever feel as if everything is looking the same?

I was out searching for new ideas and everything I saw felt as if I've done it already.

 

and then bam . . .

along comes Lunar Sun Creations and its creator Katia Quigley.

This is a must see video on the most amazing mini-book I think I've ever seen:

 

Here's Katia's You Tube Channel

(in case you want to see more)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX8BdGrqD4zHKQmlEkd9g5Q

Check out her other mini-books.

They are some of the most creative books ever!

(Thanks to Cheryl for sharing her mini-book this weekend.)


WOYWW Last Post of 2017 . . .

Playing along today with the last 2017 What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Stamping Ground.

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Getting back into counted cross stitching and combining with my mini-books. My cross stitching needs lots of practice. But like scrapbooking, it will show my progression from worse to better (hopefully). If you've been scrapbooking for as long as I have, you know exactly what I mean!

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My first scrapbooks (when Baby Boy was little) are something to behold . . . and not in a good way! My taste has changed. The way I scrapbook has changed. I've learned tons of techniques etc along the way. But I wouldn't re-do those old scrapbook pages for anything. It shows progression of my work (hopefully).

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Each page in this book is inter-active with pockets, flips and fold outs.

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There's a big mix of paper in this one with a little K&Co, Prima Marketing, Bo Bunny and more.

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The butterfly on the cover is from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. You can find them here: GSL Cuts Butterflies

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Thanks for stopping by for a visit. 

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See you next year with more projects, mini-books, scrapbook pages and more!  

Happy new year everyone!


2017 Mini-Book Review . . .

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February's Graphic 45 Book

 

2017 has brought so many wonderful opportunities to share artful projects. I am very fortunate to be a member of Prima's Education Team, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Educators and Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog DT. Here are a few of my mini-books completed for these 2017 teams.

 

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Prima Educator Days

 

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Something for Dad

 

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Designed for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 

 

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Combining Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts + 7 Gypsies

 

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Fairies Mini Book Kit

 

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There's a surprise inside!

 

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Designed for Mini Album Makers

 

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Halloween!

 

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Mini-Album Makers DT Project

 

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Winter Wonderland Mini-Book Kit

 

See you in 2018 with more team projects.

Merry Christmas & a happy, healthy new year to each of you!

 

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2018 Seasonal Folios . . .

December 1 brings a new challenge at the

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog.

I'm getting ready for the new year with folios from Heartfelt Creations decorated with gorgeous papers from Graphic 45 and embellishments courtesy of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

It all began with these Flipfold Album Inserts:

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Here's what you get in each package:

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I used the wider of the two options with several of the flips and decided to decorate them with these gorgeous papers from Graphic 45.

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You can find the entire collection of Graphic 45 Seasons paper here: Graphic 45 Seasons

These folios can be configured in several different ways. As you'll see from the pictures below, on two of the folios I used waterfalls. On the other two folios I used side flips.

 

SPRING

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Spring 2The wrought iron miniature fence is available thru

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

I used it as a pocket for photo mats.

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The *Spring* words & flowers were backed on black cardstock

and used as a belly band.

The horizontal words at the bottom of the page

is a skinny pocket

insuring that the inserts don't slide out of that page.


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Spring 3


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SUMMER

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This folio was completed with side flips:
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AUTUMN

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I adore these feathers from 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Feathers Shape Set

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Simple Feathers

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and these garden Gates Shape Sets

used as a pocket

from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

 

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This Autumn folio uses side flips.
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WINTER


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"Winter" has a waterfall for photo placement.

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As suggested by a class I took with Heartfelt Creations, you can add a magnet to the back of each of these and they make beautiful refrigerator mini booklets for photos of the season.

They are all bound in a mini-book created from scratch.

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 I've included a free PDF tutorial on how I bound these Heartfelt Creations/Graphic 45 folios. You can find the tutorial here:

Binding the Heartfelt Creations Folios

Why not create your own mini and join us on the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog?

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  1. Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project. You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would. Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due.  
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