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Graphic 45's Secret Garden . . .

As a past member of Graphic 45's Design Team, I was very excited to have a few of my designs featured in the Graphic 45 CHA booth.  One of the items I had the privelege of working with is their new 12x12 Matchbook. This is an incredibly innovative product that combines a shadow box with a drawer that easily slides in and out of the frame.

12x12 Matchbook Box

Working with Graphic 45's Secret Garden, I created two mini books to attach to the inside and outside of the shadow box. But how to attach them without ruining the integrity of the design? Enter: magnet paint.

I first painted the outside frame and the inside shadow box with Rustoleum Magnet Primer. This stuff is amazing - and black. To my knowledge, it doesn't come in any other color. So it's a good thing I had that beautiful Secret Garden paper to cover up the primer. NOTE: It took about 4 coats of primer!

G45 Secret Garden 1

Next, I chose Secret Garden as the inside background paper. I love the image of that beautiful little girl. Add the white picket fence and I'm in! 

G45 Secret Garden 3

Using May Flowers, I cut the images to create fold-out booklets - one for the inside of the frame and one for the outside. Using a magnet on these allows me to remove the booklets and still see that pretty little girls image.

Do you see the fence from Spellbinders Die D-Lites. Love the white iron!

G45 Secret Garden 2

Although the booklet on the outside frame is held on by a magnet, I wanted to make sure it held on throughout the show, so I created a slight *pouch* by cutting a smaller girls image from Springtime, backing it with chipboard and adhering only the bottom portion of the image to the frame.

G45 Secret Garden 4

To hide the magnets, I used an extra panel of Secret Garden and secured the magnets between the panels of paper. My favorite adhesive, Beacon 3-in-1 held them in perfectly.

And my own Graphic 45 key that lets me inside the Secret Garden hangs with Hug Snug seam binding, died with Distress Ink and crinkled to make it look old.

G45 Secret Garden 5

Gotta love the white picket fence from Imaginarium Designs! The butterlies were put through a Big Shot using a miscellaneous embossing folder.

G45 Secret Garden 6

Thanks for visiting my Secret Garden Graphic 45 project.  

Calling it like it is . . .

Mish Mosh?


Not sure how this happened but the March book workshop

is a bit of this and a dab of that.

*Remember This*


Tattered Angels

Melissa Frances

7 Gypsies

Studio Calico

Bo Bunny

Simple Stories



Remember This

Stay tuned for all the details.

February's book workshop . . .

Mark the date:

Sunday, February 24

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

NOTE: A scheduling conflict caused me to move the date of this workshop to the 24th.

That's the date for my next book workshop


"Admit One"

The base is a Farmhouse mini

loaded with

adorably printed Bazzill papers

7 Gypsies ephemera



with a few vintage pieces thrown in.


February 2013 Book Workshop

I can't decide if I want to use mine to store photos of a



dinners with friends at our favorite restaurants


a mini trip somewhere.

Reservations required.

Room for only 9 people in this workshop


For Keeps Sake Paper Arts & Rubber Stamps

4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis MO 63129

Thank you . . .

to everyone who took my bookbinding class yesterday. Each one turned out perfectly beautiful. It was fun to see what papers you chose for the design.

This week's class takes place on

Tuesday, Janaury 15.

2 Tag Tuesday

Ever wonder why we choose specific inks for certain techniques?

This workshop will answer those questions. 

This month: Tsukineko Brilliance inks will be used on various mediums. 

BYO favorite background stamp, flower stamp, craft mat,

paint brushes (I use the Claudine Hellmuth set),

black waterproof ink such as Ranger's Archival

and something that will hold a bit of water and LET'S PLAY!

Two Tag 1

To join this workshop contact

For Keeps Sake Paper Arts & Rubber Stamps

4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis MO 63129

(314) 487-8131

Cost of this workshop = $10

Saturday's bookbinding class . . .

Jan 12 2012 bookbinding_edited-1
Saturday, January 12
This amazingly simple bookbinding is accomplished with paper bags and cardstock.
Loaded with pockets, I'll supply the chipboard covers, the cardstock and paper bags.  
BYO your own stash of decorative paper.
A 6x6 or 8x8 paper pad is more than enough to decorate all the pages. 
Other supplies needed:
Strong tape and adhesive such as
Beacon 3-in-1
Score Board (Martha Stewart preferred)
small tags to be used as closures (or make your own)
Basic Supplies
Can't wait to see you
4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis MO 63129

Tonight's Class . . .

Designs To Die For 

In this workshop we'll use one die to create 3 cards and you keep the die. This month's pre-selected die is Spellbinders Garden Weave S2-006.

If you have/can, please bring to class your own Grand Calibur or Big Shot

Jan 10 - 2

In addition, we'll work with

Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms die,

Tsukineko Brilliance Galaxy Gold and VersaMagic Cloud White inks,

Sticky Embossing Powder and Distress Rock Candy Glitter


Pen-Touch Gold Pens (or Krylon gold pens)

Jan 10 - 1

CYI tonight . . .

This month, we're doing something a bit different for our meet-up.  A few of the gals in our group have brought an organization called Card Care Connection to my attention.  So this meet-up, BYO card supplies and tools and let's create some cards for this worthy cause. Please make sure to read the important guidelines i.e. A2 size cards, uplifting and general sentiments such as Thinking of You, Have a Nice Day, Hello, Care & Concern. (NOTE: Please avoid Get Well Soon and religious messages.) and envelopes kept unsealed.

Our usual meet-up time is 6 pm, but if you are not working today, come in any time during the day and join us. BYO dinner or order Chinese (next door) or pizza from up the street.

Any questions?  Read more about it here: http://www.cardcareconnection.com/makecards.aspx


I have had so many people contact me . . .

about the Graphic 45 flip book calendar that was just taught


For Keeps Sake in St. Louis.

Thank you so much for all your kind comments.

I am able to create a few modified kits


directions only that will be delivered direct to your inbox via a PDF file.

The kit is $45 and includes:

Graphic 45 8x8 flip book

Graphic 45 Place In Time 8x8 paper pad

Graphic 45 Place In Time chipboard (2 pieces)

Graphic 45 Place In Time sticker sheet

You will need to supply your own

bling, Stickles, flower stems, brads and a few minor embellishments.


PDF directions with photos of each page = $10.

Please contact me via e-mail @ thanks67783@mypacks.net 

A Place In Time