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7 Gypsies Travel Mini-Book . . .

I used to fancy myself a bit of a gypsy.

With over 30 years experience in the travel industry 

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I can't get enough of travel mini-books.

Here I used 7 Gypsies: Gypsy Moments and Wanderlust 8x8 paper pads

There are things to do with paper that are a  must for me:

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{1}  Ink all raw edges

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{2} Add pockets whenever possible

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{3} Layer with chipboard and Crafty Foam Tape - even stickers!

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{4} Use black Crafty Foam Tape or black chipboard or ink the edges of the chipboard with black.

Why? It creates less of a glaring lift than white would create.

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{5} Fussy cut where you can to create layers and tags

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{6} Odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye than even numbers

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{7} Use magnets to create flip pages

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{8} Create interest with double pockets

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{9} If the packaging is pretty, save it and use it for backgrounds.

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{10} Drag colors from one side of the page to another.

The right side paper already had a blue toned design

so I added a blue toned tag to the pocket on the left page. 

It helps to draw the eye from one page to another.

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Thanks for browsing my travel book.


Graphic 45 Mini-Book Pages . . .

You've seen this cover before:

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It's from a 4 part series of workshops I taught using

Graphic 45's Botanicabella

and

Mixed Media Album

Thought I'd show you some of the inside pages.

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I adore inter-active pages of any kind

and filled this book with them.

The page below uses magnets (yep, love those too)

as a closure

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and once opened, more pockets:

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Another magnet keeps this mini-booklet in it's pocket

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until the flap lifts up:

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A belly band holds mini-cards in place

while the chipboard piece keeps them from falling out of the book.

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This page is a flap and closes with a magnet until the inside is revealed

with more pockets:

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Open this page to a surprise pop-up:

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We also stamped on vellum to create a 2-sided design.

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On this page we created a belly band

that holds a booklet.

The booklet stays in place with magnets.

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Thanks for viewing some of the pages of my

Graphic 45 Botanicabella mini-book.


A wonderful Prima Educator Day . . .

Spent the best day yesterday at Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

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We got together to create this mini-book.

It's a Frank Garcia Memory Hardware Chipboard Album (Square).

We all loved using this album with a 6x6 paper pad.

Frank's trick of painting the edges of the album in your favorite color

makes putting this together a snap!

The classroom is ready and filled with gorgeous Prima Marketing products.

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We were using Prima's Butterfly 6x6 paper pad

with a theme of butterflies, birds and fairies for our books.

Then we got down to busy-ness:

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We started with 4x6 Pocket Paintable Cards

and used

Prima's creamy Oil Pastels.

They easily mix with water and have the most delicious colors.

They are, by far, the easiest to blend I have ever worked with.

The girls agreed!

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Each of the girls picked out an intricately cut butterfly from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

We first painted with a layer of 

Prima's Altered Alchemy Light Patina,

let that dry and then added

a layer of 

Altered Alchemy Opal Magic Blue.

Why is it called Magic?

The color is brilliant when painted on white or cream.

Paint it on black and the color magically changes.

(You'll see in a bit.)

We finished the inside pages and 

then started layering the cover:

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Since each of the gals chose their own image for the cover,

each book was uniquely their own. 

Here are a few samples of what they completed:

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Notice the butterflies!

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The doily on the front cover was cut using

Prima's Die - Parisian Lace.

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Of course Prima flowers were everywhere

as well as 

Prima's Butterfly Matchboxes.

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Butterfly Tags & Tickets

were used on the cover and throughout the book.

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We were finished creating at 2 pm

(I thought)

but the gals kept fussing, adding flowers, leaves, embellishments and fussy cutting.

It was so much fun!

Thank you to all those who participated.

I loved every minute of it and hope you did too.

 

 


A Great Time with beautiful Graphic 45 . . .

Yesterday at Checkered Cottage I enjoyed a full days class with wonderful ladies.

We made the Bird on a Box

from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

and beautiful

Graphic 45 papers.

Fussy cutting those gorgeous papers.

We used Graphic 45's Botanical Tea.

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Finished Bird on a Box

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and the houses inside

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What a great fun day!

Thank you so much to a wonderful group of gals!

PS: To those taking my workshop next Saturday,

you do not need a palette knife.

(I'm losing it!)

See what to bring on my class list here:

http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com/art_from_the_heart_class_/


Saturday, March 12: 10:30 am

Bird In A Box Spring @ Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

You will need to bring:

Craft Mat

Paper Trimmer (12" recommended)

Scissors: precision tips for fussy cutting and stamp edge scissors

Adhesive: both wet & dry

Crafty Foam Tape (dimensional pop-ups)

Crop-a-Dile

Paper Piercer

Pencil & Ruler (recommend Tim Holtz ruler)

Edge Distresser

Ink and applicators to match project papers

Scor-Board

small paint brush (flat)

Ink Pads Used: Distress Black Soot and Vintage Photo

Baby wipes or something for paint clean-up.

IMPORTANT: Would you consider bringing your lunch? 

We have tons of work to do today and would love to see you finish the project.

Bringing your lunch would save lots of time.

House in a Box Spring copy

See you there!


Join us during CKC St. Louis . . .

For Keeps Sake Events

will be stationed at the Drury Inn & Suites, O'Fallon IL

(just minutes and down the road from CKC St. Louis)

 

April 8 - 10, 2016

where we'll be hosting

a crop and shop weekend.

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If you're planning on attending CKC St. Louis

then hop on over to our place

and crop at your own

6 foot table.

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Spend the weekend with us or the day.

We're offering a weekend or a day crop.

 

Included in the weekend crop (Friday thru Sunday)

is a stay with some meals at

Drury Inn O'Fallon.

To register for this event, click on the link at the top of the For Keeps Sake blog:

April 2016 Crop during CKC St. Louis