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Saturday, April 28 bookbinding workshop . . .

Thanks to everyone who signed up for this class featuring Graphic 45 + Unibind. 

Please bring to class:

See you @ For Keeps Sake!

Stampers Sampler Catch-Up Issue

Just received an issue of Stampers Sampler Catch-Up Issue - Volume 16 2012.  The issue is wrapped in plastic and on top of the issue is a notice:


You've been published.

Really? What did I send them?  Can't remember.  Thumbed through the issue trying to see if anything looked familiar.  




Maybe they made a mistake.

Thumb through again and there on page 6 is a card I completely forgot about 

Stampers Sampler

with an image from Flower Soft.

That's Flower Soft in the baskets with the flowers pouring out.

Reminds me of France.

The bicycle was colored with Copic Markers.


WOYWW . . .

Haven't played along with Stamping Ground's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday in so long.  Today's the day.


For the past couple of days, I've been working on filling a mini with photos I have from a trip made in 2000. 

Here's how I start a project:

  1. Find the photos I want to work with.
  2. Sort through papers that would compliment the photos. 
  3. Go through a boatload of stuff to see what would go with the theme.

When working on a mini, I don't think about how many of anything I'll need, I just start pulling what I think goes with the theme of what I'm doing.  If I need 6 papers, I may get 18 papers and then sort from there.  


I'm not necessarily neat when I work.  I tend to lay everything out on a table and go through it like a mad women, knowing I saw something in that pile that would work with a photo.

Or maybe a stamp would work best . . . 


Here's the first pages of the current mini in progress. I'm working on making pages inter-active. Don't you love when you open a book and you get to participate? That's what I want to do more of.


See that little @ sign?

Pull that and this is what you get:


And when it's all finished, everything goes back into the correct container: a place for everything and everything in its place.



It's so interesting to see what people from all over the world are working on. Visit Stamping Ground to see *what's up* this week on WOYWW.



Two classes this week @ For Keeps Sake . . .

Wednesday, April 25 is Savvy Stamping: 2 pm or 6 pm

We create cards with a stamp set that I choose.  And you walk away with cards and the stamp set!

This month's stamp set is all about birthdays!

Click here: http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com/art_from_the_heart_class_/ for a list of supplies you will need to bring to class.  Please NOTE: I have a list of basic supplies at the top of that post and any additional supplies listed under the class date.

March 22 Savvy Stamping


Saturday, April 28: 10:30 am - 4 pm:

Combining Unibind and Graphic 45 is a match made in heaven.  This book will use Graphic 45's Olde Curiosity Shoppe with techniques I've used in my CHA projects.  

OCS April Mini 1

Not sure if these classes are sold out or not.  Please call

For Keeps Sake (314) 487-8131

for more information and to sign up.

Hope to see you this week


For Keeps Sake Scrapbook

4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis MO 63129

With a little help from my friends . . .

We were gabbing the other day in one of my classes and someone said they read that if you . . .

layer your Spellbinder or Memory Box or similar dies like this:

  1. die
  2. wax paper
  3. paper to be cut

the paper will pop right out of the die without ANY problems . . . not even in the tiniest of spaces.

Today . . .

It's a high-and-low kind of day today.

The low:

Mess 1

Mess 2

Mess 3

This is what happens when deadlines loom. Everything gets spread out and not put away. I can't stand this. It drives me nuts. How many times as a little girl did I hear *there's a place for everything and everything in its place*. So today is clean-this-mess-up-so-you-can-think-again-day.

The highs:

7G 1

I found the 7 Gypsies book I was looking for!

It was at a really cute etsy shop called

The Grinning Sheep.

I ordered it at the beginning of this week and already have it.

It's perfect and better than I thought.

7G 2

7 Gypsies designed it so it looks old and worn and tattered and

all junked up.

I love it!

7G 3

7G 4

It has pull-outs and overlays and fabulous collages and stampings.

7G 5

Ahhhh. Heaven in a book.

And my final high this morning is a visit to Mary Engelbreit's studio.

If you see me laying on the ground somewhere

just leave me there.

I fainted from all the inspiration today.

Use Your Stash: May's bookbinding class . . .

May bookbinding

Many of you have asked if there's a way I could teach a class where you bring decorative papers from your stash.  I finally came up with an idea (hey, it takes me a while) and have turned it into May's bookbinding class.

Here's how it will work:

This is a new bookbinding method that I haven't taught yet.  I will supply all you need to create this book including step-by-step instructions in a class to bind the inside.  Each book cover will be different with beautiful designs and colors.  You will pick out your book cover day of class.

In the morning, we will work together on the inside binding and then . . . 

bring your own stash of papers to decorate the inside pages (or purchase them at For Keeps Sake) and spend the afternoon decorating the book pages.

Saturday, May 19



reservations required

For Keeps Sake Scrapbook

(314) 487-8131

4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis MO 63129


Tropical Travelogue . . .

G45 March LO-1 2012

Yesterday, Graphic 45 featured some Design Team layouts featuring their Tropical Travelogue line.  The layout above is one that I did using photos from Spain.

Once again, I *built* a frame around the layout using a frame from Jungle Fever and layered a piece of foam core board underneath. I like the lift the foam core board gives the frame and it's really sturdy!

G45 March LO-4 2012

G45 March LO-3 2012

There's more Tropical goodness from my Design Team Mates on the Graphic 45 blog