You've asked and now I can deliver . . .

Many of you have seen my mini-books. Some I teach in stores. Many I'm not able to because of class time restraints.  Those types of minis are always interactive with popular items like flips, pockets, folds, waterfalls and inserts. 

Introducing Book #1: Fairies

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I've found a way to bring new mini-book designs to you with a very reasonable price tag.

You may know Gina Hubbard, owner of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

We've partnered up to bring you some fascinating mini-books that are super interactive.

Book #1: Fairies is 8.5" tall X 6.75" wide with a 3.5" spine.

It has 6 pages, all interactive and all include a top pocket to add cardstock mats.

Use your own stash of paper and embellishments to decorate the cover and pages.

 

You may purchase these in one of two ways:

  • As a PDF pattern only
  • As a PDF pattern with pre-cut cardstock base pages and pre-cut pockets, flips and waterfalls. The pre-cut pages are available in black or kraft.

We're both so excited to be offering this to you.

PDF Pattern includes 25 pages of instructions with photos e-mailed directly to you:

$12

 

Want to take a closer look at what I've done with Gina's design?  Take a look at this You Tube:

https://youtu.be/B10iO7U3NL8

To purchase your very own pattern click this "buy it now" button:

 

PDF pattern (as described above) with pre-cut pages, pockets, flips and waterfalls.

Your choice of black or kraft cardstock pages:

$25

These will ship priorty mail in a flat rate envelope.

Orders taken on a first available and will begin shipping Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Choose from black or kraft on the pull down menu below.

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NOTE: This mini was decorated using 49&Market papers with some added vintage prints. Chipboard Laser Cuts available thru Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: butterflies; flowers; leaves; vines; swirls; borders.

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Happy day after turkey day . . .

FG Book 1

A couple of weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip to Ankeny IA and visited Memory Bound where we took classes from the talented Frank Garcia. Frank designs for Prima Marketing and has several gorgeous lines with them including Memory Hardware. I love his style!

We took several classes from Frank over the weekend including this beautiful book you see above. It's using one of Frank's Memory Hardware albums along with many other Frank designed products. The paper and embellishments are from Frank's Sweet Peppermint line.

FG Book 2

I love all the layers and detail he puts into every project. And did I tell you what a good teacher he is? He definitely *knows his stuff* and has patience like no other. 

FG Book 3

Loved every minute of the weekend creating beautiful projects. In the next few days, I'll share more of what we made with the talented Frank Garcia. Details to be shared soon!

FG Tags 1


Christmas at Checkered Cottage . . .

Prima Christmas 2016

Thank you to those who've signed up sight-unseen for my

Prima Christmas Book.

Saturday, December 10

10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Here's a look at the cover.

We'll be using Frank Garcia's products including

Memory Journal 

Sweet Peppermint 6x6 Collection Kit

Sweet Peppermint Chipboard & More

Sweet Peppermint Flowers

Vintage style chenille candy cane

Sweet Peppermint ATC Cards

and

specialties by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

We'll use Gesso and Snowflakes and Paints and more

to decorate this year's Christmas book.

Sign up by calling

Checkered Cottage ~ Kirkwood MO

 


So very honored . . .

to be featured on Graphic 45's blog as an Alumni Team Member. My term with Graphic was one of the best experiences ever! Here's one of my projects with Graphic's Halloween in Wonderland.

Alice 1

This book was made from scratch using chipboard as the base.

I covered the spine with Graphic 45 fabric I found online.

Then added a hidden hinge binding system from Kathy Orta King.

Once the hinge was in place, I added Graphic 45 Square Black Envelopes for the pages.

Policy Envelopes-Square Black

To attach the envelopes to the hinge, turn the envelope sideways

and cut about an 1/8" from the bottom of the envelope.

Add score tape to the both sides of the hinge.

Reveal the tape and open the bottom of the envelope

placing one side of the envelope on each side of the hinge.

Alice 2

You'll be covering the hinge with the bottom of the envelope.

By using the envelopes, you'll have space for decorating and photos

both in and out of the envelopes.

TIPS: These are just a couple of things I always do with my projects.

  • Ink white core edges. Almost all scrapbook paper is printed on white cardstock. So when you look at the side of the paper, you will see the white core. I always ink this. It just seems to make the paper look a bit more finished. Use an ink that closely matches the paper and run an ink applicator along the white edge. It’s quick and easy. Don’t forget to ink the white core of any fussy cutting you’re doing.
  • Sand down those little nibs from chipboard. Many manufacturers print chipboard on one large sheet so that you pop-out the individual pieces from the main sheet. Once popped out, you’ll see that the chipboard was *attached* with little nibs. (not sure what the proper name of those things are) Sand those down to create a more professional look. To finish the chipboard, ink the edges with a complimentary ink.
  • Paint the backs of chipboard pieces. When using pre-manufactured chipboard pieces that you are not adhering directly to paper, paint the backs a pretty color to give them a finished look.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


This week . . .

Waiting for supplies to be delivered for upcoming workshops.

In the meantime, I'm working on this album:

G45 City Scapes

We received a Graphic 45 City Scapes kit in a class at Scrapbook Expo.

We = Timi, Judy, Nancy N & me.

We wanted to do more with it so we're changing it up quite a bit.

The we is Timi and me.

Actually, I'm copying a lot from Timi.

She always has great ideas.


Graphic 45 Zoo Book . . .

G45 Safari Adventure 2

I will be teaching this Graphic 45 Zoo book

at

Checkered Cottage - August 12 & 13

(a two-part class).

It measures 8.5" x 8.5"
with pockets and inserts and flips - oh my.

 

Just counted supplies and I have room for 1 more person.

If interested, call

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

314-909-7233

Supply list for this class may be found here:

Graphic 45 Zoo Book Supply List

and updated periodically until day before class.

Thank you!