WOYWW Last Post of 2017 . . .

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


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!


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).


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



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


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


Thanks for stopping by for a visit. 


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

Happy new year everyone!

2017 Mini-Book Review . . .


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.



Prima Educator Days



Something for Dad



Designed for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 



Combining Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts + 7 Gypsies



Fairies Mini Book Kit



There's a surprise inside!



Designed for Mini Album Makers






Mini-Album Makers DT Project



Winter Wonderland Mini-Book Kit


See you in 2018 with more team projects.

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




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:


Here's what you get in each package:


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.


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 1

Spring 2The wrought iron miniature fence is available thru

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

I used it as a pocket for photo mats.

Spring 5

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.

Spring 5

Spring 3

Spring 5


Summer 2
Summer 2

This folio was completed with side flips:
Summer 2



Autumn 1

I adore these feathers from 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Feathers Shape Set


Simple Feathers

Autumn 2

and these garden Gates Shape Sets

used as a pocket


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts


Autumn 2
This Autumn folio uses side flips.
Autumn 2


Winter 2

"Winter" has a waterfall for photo placement.

Winter 2

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.

Spring 1
Spring 1
Spring 1
Spring 1
Spring 1
Spring 1
Spring 1

 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?

We have a few easy rules for you to become eligible for a great prize from our wonderful sponsors:

  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.  
  2. No back linking allowed.  
  3. Please add our badge to your post and link to our challenge. 

Combine with any other challenges as applicable.  No limit on entries.  Share the love by visiting and commenting on other entries.  Please become a follower.  That's it - have fun!

See what my talented Teamies have created this month by visiting our Challenge Blog:  Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog


Join me in Indiana December 1 & 2 . . .

I'll be at the fabulous The Doodlebug Inc store in Jasper IN.

Friday, December 1, I will be teaching this Christmas portfolio: 



Saturday's class is a winter mini-book designed by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. It's a series of large envelopes that conceal plenty of room for photos and journaling. 


We'll add beautiful papers, crystals and charms before binding it all together with snow white coils.


Join me in Jasper IN. You'll love this store! It's a paper artist paradise.

(Reminds me of the former For Keeps Sake Scrapbook store)

To make your reservations call The Doodlebug Inc at  812-482-4949

Hope to see you there!

Gypsy Soul's Christmas Star . . .

Star A1

There's a new book kit in town courtesy of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Just in time for Christmas, it's a star book. Star books have been around for a while but this kit comes complete with pre-cut, pre-scored book pages, covers and side pockets. So easy to put together!

Why is it called a Star Book? When completely opened it creates this:

Star A1


You can see how I put my star book together here: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Star Book

This is how I decorated the inside pages:

Star A

Using the beautiful Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland, I first wallpapered each page. Then used the Star Book kit corner pockets as well as the pockets and inserts from Graphic 45's collection.

Star 6
The page above uses Flourished Frame Karen from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. It looks a bit Victorian to me so I decided to first stain it white and then used Prima's Antique Brilliance Lucky Emerald wax on top of the stain. It gave it a green-ish patina look. And now it's ready for a beautiful Christmas photo.

Deer 1

Remember this stitched piece from a few days ago? I decided to surround it with Flourished Frame Marigold from the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts collection. Wanting to continue the gold and red colors from the deer to the frame, I painted the frame with Prima's Red Rust Effect Paste. It has a bit of tooth to it. Once dried, I used Prima's Metallique Wax Vintage Gold wax on top of the Rust Effect. 

Star B

I cut a piece of chipboard the same size as the circle frame. Using Beacon Fabri-Tac, I added a bit of batting to the center of the circle before adding the stitched image. The frame was adhered to the top of the image (again using Fabri-Tac). 


Deer 2

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog . . .


You might remember this mini from the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog post of November 1

This is a made-from-scratch mini-album. I have a tutorial on how to build the base here: Building a Mini Book from Scratch


Thought I would show you the cover and inside details.

Popped up the wings and added beads.


Added a belly band with tags and a side flip
Inside the flip with a doily, photo mats and a glassine bag holding a large tag.



A simple page with roses holding a photo mat
Another side flip
Create your own embellishments with leftovers
The inside of the flip with an antique doily and photo mat
a side pocket holds journaling cards
another handmade embellishment with leftovers
a pocket with an envelope


One tag swings right, the other left with belly bands and pockets
These large tags flip up to reveal more real estate for photos and journaling
with tags and resin infused tissue paper
and a handmade embellished envelope for good measure.
Tags hugging a photo frame.
A handmade embellishment acts as a pocket for photo mats.
The next page is quite simple
with a few roses and a clock face.


The last page with a top flip
and an inside pocket.

Such a long post for such a small book. Thanks for sticking with me through this page-by-page mini. See you soon in cyberville.

Oh deer . . .

Deer 1

It's been years since I've cross-stitched. This weather makes me want to get out my stitching again and try my hand at it. Wish you could see the contraption I'm wearing . . . my bi-focals and on top of those are another pair of glasses that enlarge everything by 1.5 times and then another lighted magnifier around my neck. So it's taking an army of magnifiers to get me to see these stitches.

It ain't pretty folks.

But . . . I've decided to incorporate counted cross stitch of one kind or another in my mini-books. I can't possibly give up my paper so why not do both.

Stay tuned for a new project featuring a mini-book using Graphic 45 and the finished counted cross stitch above . . . November 16, 2017 . . . if my eyes hold out.