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finished the Tim Holtz 2007 Christmas tags.

Did I bring my camera to take photos? NO!  If you took photos of Saturday's tag class, please e-mail them to me and I'll post them here!

We will begin working on

Tim Holtz 2008 Christmas tags


June 20 at 10:30 am

For Keeps Sake Scrapbook.

Please call for reservations: 314-487-8131

Tim Holtz Christmas tags taught with permission from

Tim Holtz LLC.

Thank you Tim!

Photos of upcoming projects.

Here's a pic of "The Man Book": Saturday, June 13.  Starts at 10:30 and ends at ?.  BYO lunch.  Supply list is available at For Keeps Sake.  This is a bookbinding class fit for the king of your world!

The Man Book 


Friday, June 19.  10:30 am - 12:30 pm.  Japanese Stab Binding

June Bookbinding 

Sign up by calling

For Keeps Sake Scrapbook

(314) 487-8131

Thank You!

24 people took my bookbinding class today.  What great books and embellishments!  Everyone had their own theme and used whatever embellishments they could die-cut so that each book was unique to the maker.  Such fun!  Claudine Helmuth's Sticky Back Canvas is the perfect way to put these mini-books together.  I promise, our next shipment is on the way!




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This Week's Classes

Friday and Saturday are going to be busy days for my students.  I'm excited to be able to teach a bookbinding class on Friday that's only $12!  Thank you Timi & Nancy for allowing me to do this.  "The Girls" have agreed to this low-low price as an introduction to our fabulous For Keeps Sake classes!

As requested, here's a list of supplies you'll need for Friday's bookbinding class:

Basic supplies including

wet & dry glue

an EK Circle Cutter with Glass Mat (if you have one)

removeable Scotch tape

Big Shot (if you have one)

Black Distress Ink Pad or Black Dabber

and lunch.

This class begins at 10:30 am on Friday and will last all day.

Reservations required.

If you still need reservations,

call (314) 487-8131 to add some fun to your life!


You will choose one of several themes day of class!


Saturday, May 30: 10:30 am - ?

Tim Holtz Christmas Tags

(with permission from Tim Holtz)

Saturday's class will include the last of our series of

2007 Tim Holtz Christmas tags. 

BYO lunch and we'll finish the remainder of the tags

with all of Tim's amazing techniques!

As promised, I'll have all the supplies you'll need to create the tags.

But I know how you are . . . you want your own!

So here's the list of supplies we will be using:

Tim Holtz for Stampers' Anonymous Stamp Sets:

Just Believe  CMS031

Winter Wonder CMS033

Holiday Past CMS030

Santa's Wish CMS032

Distress Inks:

Clear Distress Embossing Ink

Fired Brick

Peeled Paint

Brushed Corduroy

Aged Mahogany

Old Paper

Ink Blending Tool & Foam

Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink

Glossy Accents

Distress Embossing Powders:

Pine Needles

Shabby Shutters

Vintage Photo

Clear Embossing Powder

Distress Crackle Paint:

Shabby Shutters

Paper Distresser (edge distresser)

Stickles: any silver or platinum color & any clear

Mini Mister

Paint Dabbers:

Snow Cap

Pitch Black


Cloudy Blue

Metallic (I used silver metallic)

Texture Hammer (if you have one)

Heat Gun (if you have one)

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I KNOW Christmas is the 25th and I put the 28th on my tag

however, the 28th of December is Gotcha Day for us,

the day we adopted Beau.  So on many of my projects,

when I'm reminded of Christmas,

I think of that extraordinary Christmas gift

we received almost 25 years ago!

One more FYI:

Saturday, June 20 we will begin working on

Tim Holtz 2008 Christmas Tags

(with permission from "the man himself")

Usually, I hold these classes the last Saturday of the month,

however this is a date change for June only

as I have an opportunity to go to Texas with the cuties


Ten Seconds Studio

and will return as a certified instructor for Ten Seconds Studio.









Remembering our Heroes

And I'm proud to be an American,

where at least I know I'm free,

and I won't forget the men who died,

who gave that right to me

and I'll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today,

'cuz there ain't no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA.

-Lee Greenwood



Remembering fallen hero Lt. Dan Riordan.



Waaaayyyyy back in 2001

I created this portfolio for my husband that included photos of his trip with friends to a private ranch in Texas.  It was a dream trip for him.  Wanted to make it a rugged, he-man "album".  Here it is:

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Just started working on another one with a totally different theme.  Can't wait until it's finished!

Here are the directions . . .

for the altered canvas displayed at For Keeps Sake Scrapbook.  Canvas' and glass tubes are available there (as well as the grungeboard and Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490 flower stamps).  Feel free to take a photo of the sample. 

Prepare Canvas:

  • Using the "raw" canvas and your favorite color paint dabber, make random strokes of paint on the canvas (in a vertical motion).  Be careful NOT to cover the entire canvas.
  • Let paint dry.
  • Using a Ranger/Tim Holtz Ink Applicator, ink canvas all over with Tim Holtz Distress ink.
  • Let dry.
  • Once dry, spray a cloth with water until just damp.  Run cloth over the paint and ink, removing some of the Distree Ink.
  • You will end up with a wood-look effect.

PS:  I used Juniper Dabbers and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink (available at For Keeps Sake Scrapbook.

Prepare Grungeboard:

  • With Ranger's Jet Black or Coffee Archival Ink, ink Studio 490 flower stamps.  Note: it's important to use this ink because it is waterproof, therefore easiest to use with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (which are water based).  Press onto Grungeboard.
  • Ink arrow stamp with Archival Ink (same color used in the above step).  Press stamp onto Grungeboard.
  • Ink large leaf stamp with Archival Ink (same color used in the above step).  Press stamp onto Grungeboard.
  • Give the ink a couple of minutes to dry and soak into Grungeboard.
  • Using Tim Holtz/Tonic Scissors, cut out all pieces of Grungeboard.  Honestly, these are the best scissors to use with Grungeboard!  If you don't have them, you'll want 'em ; )
  • Color flower petals with your favorite color Distress Ink.  I used 2 colors:  Spiced Marmalade towards the inside of each petal (closest to the center) and Mustard Seed towards the outside, giving each petal a "shadow and highlight". 
  • Color arrow stem and large leaf with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

Here's a Wendy Vecchi detail hint:  Using one of the Studio 490 background stamps, impress back of each flower with the stamp and Archival Ink.  Once dry, color in back of petal with coordinating color.  If you do this step, when you're ready to "roll" the petals, you'll see color and pattern on the underside as well.  Not that detail is one thing that sets Wendy apart from other stampers! Hats off to you friend and your detail work!

  • Using your thumb and forefinger, roll the tips of each flower petal towards the center of the flower.  This will give your petals dimension!  And now you can tell the difference between using chipboard and Grungeboard. Love the versatility of Grungeboard!
  • With either Ultimate Glue or Glossy Accents, adhere each flower to the other, using glue only in the center of the flower.  If you would like (another tip from Wendy) take a small piece of leftover grungeboard and layer between the center of the flower, using the grungeboard as a pop-up and adding even more dimension to your flowers.
  • Let glue dry.

Paper background:

  • Choose 2 different coordinating papers and tear edges.  Make sure one paper design is larger than the other piece so you can layer the papers and still see each individual design.
  • Add a coordinating color of Distress Ink to the edges (both front and back)
  • "Ruffle" or curl up the edges of both papers.  If you get teensy tears in the edges while doing this - woo hoo! - you're doing a great job!

  • Glue papers to canvas, making sure you can still see the canvas background. 

  • Tie ribbon around test tube (I used tulle).

  • With Glossy Accents, adhere tube to front of papers/canvas.

  • Slip flower stem into glass tube.  Adhere flowers to top of stem.

  • Add Stickles to flower center if desired (or a button)

  • Add large leaf to back of tube (Note: I rolled the side of the leaf as well.) Adhere all with Glossy Accents.

Hope you enjoy this little project.  It's fun, easy and quick!

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Thank you Tim & Wendy for teaching me all that you have!

Create Your Imagination Reminders

The 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 6:30 pm a group of us get together at For Keeps Sake Scrapbook to share ideas, conduct trades and show-and-tells among other artful things. 

The meet-up is FREE and EVERYONE is invited to attend.  No reservations necessary!

Here's reminders for our next meet-up (2nd Tuesday in June):

Puzzle Swap:  Due 2nd Tuesday in July: 

14 pieces.  Theme: Nature.  Not all of them have to be decorated the same!  This swap is closed. 

ATC Swap:  Due 2nd Tuesday in June: 

Theme: Butterflies:  16 ATC's due.  This swap is closed.

At our June meet-up we will:

  • Sign up for our next ATC swap.  Theme = Just Beachy.  These will be due in July.
  • Talk about doing a journal swap.  I'll bring my "Wreck This Journal" for ideas.  Mary June & Bonnie, please bring the swap you are doing for ideas as well.
  • Discuss our "altered playing cards" swap.  Theme: Oh The Places You'll Go.  This one will be due in August.  If you'd like to join this swap, you may want to be on the look-out for some interesting playing cards!
  • Show-and-tell any new techniques you've learned/tried the past month as well as the challenge sketch from last month.
  • Request from some members of our group:  Bonnie would you teach us how to make those adorable zipper flowers?  Please?  If Bonnie says "yes", BYO zipper.  Bonnie, if you would post details (length of zipper) on our CYI yahoo group please.  Thank you!  How cute were those zipper flowers!


Here's one by designer Kate Cusack that's selling in her etsy shop for $85. 

BYO zipper and let's make them for at least 1/2 of that!  ; )

  • I've been asked by a couple of our CYI gals if I would go over design elements.  So, at the June meet-up please BYO photos (3-5) and we'll "practice" designing a page.

Here's our themes for our on-going ATC swaps due the following months.  If you'd like to join our swap, sign-ups are the month prior at our CYI meet-up:

  • Due in June: Butterflies    This sign-up is closed.
  • Due in July: Just Beachy
  • Due in August: Oh The Places You'll Go.  This will be done as an altered playing card swap.

  • Due in September:  Let the Sun Shine

  • Due in October:  Autumnal Beauty

  • Due in November:  Coffee or Tea

Sign up for any of our swaps at the CYI meet-up: 2nd Tuesday of each month @ 6:30 pm

For Keeps Sake Scrapbook

4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis 63129

(314) 487-8131

How fun are these!

I've heard of this adorable journal but hadn't seen one until my friend Merry in KC sent this to me:

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IF you:

  • like to junk-up a journal
  • are intimidated by journaling
  • love to journal
  • have a sense of humor
  • always wanted to try a collage project but didn't know where to start
  • love to collage
  • want to think outside the box but just can't
  • love to think outside the box

then this is THE BOOK for you!

Here's some excerpts from the book:

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How fun.  I'm starting mine today.

Thank you Merry!

Classes added to the June 2009 schedule!

Here are some classes I just added to the June 2009 schedule at For Keeps Sake:

  • Saturday, June 6: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm: Basic Stamping.  So many of you have asked about learning the proper way to stamp, ink and use all those great supplies you've bought but don't know how to apply.  This is your chance!  BYO whatever you want to learn and I'll go through basic stamping techniques, ink applications and the difference between inks (including why and how to use them).  $18
  • Saturday, June 20:  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Copic Markers.  Learn all about these fabulous markers that help you color, shade and highlight like a pro!  BYO Copics and let's have some fun coloring! $18

  • Tuesday, June 23: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm:  Creative Memories with Creative Imaginations.  Join me to make this cream and black book using gorgeous CI papers, grungeboard, Clear Scraps and many other embellishments.  BYO lunch for this all day class.  Here's the book.  You may add your own ribbon to the binding clips or shop our ribbon wall where there's a beautiful array of ribbon from which to choose.




To sign up for these classes call

For Keeps Sake Scrapbook

(314) 487-8131