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So honored . . .

Can't believe it's been 3 years since my tenure on the Graphic 45 Design Team. To my surprise, they asked me to be a guest designer today on their blog and requested a simple 12x12 layout using the amazing Good Ol' Sport papers. I created the following 2 layouts:

Having played professional soccer, my Grandfather was an ace soccer player and was inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame in St. Louis years ago. My Dad was also inducted into the Soccer Hall of Fame as well as being a fabulous golfer, tennis player, baseball player . . . and the list goes on.

The layout below commemorates one of the photos I have of my Grandpa in his soccer uniform. The journaling is hidden in a Good Ol' Sport mini envelope.  All products used to create this page are from Graphic 45's Good Ol' Sport collection with the exception of the honeycomb chipboard from Gina's Designs.  






Get the free PDF tutorial with lots of photos and step-by-step instructions

for this layout by visiting the Graphic 45 blog today:

Good Ol' Sport Soccer 12x12 Tutorial


Having fallen in love with the Good Ol' Sport collection, I found some photos of my Dad playing golf. Although he was amazing in whatever sport he tried, his true love was golf. He had the patience of a saint and taught my Mom to play golf as well as all the kids in the family to play the game.

GOS Golf 3

GOS Golf 1

GOS Golf 9

Create this layout along with me via the tutorial found on the Graphic 45 blog:

Good Ol' Sport 12x12 Golf Tutorial

I teach classes at For Keeps Sake Scrapbook in St. Louis MO.

If you're in the area, they do carry Good Ol' Sport.

Stop by and create your own sporting layouts.

Thank you G45 for featuring my work today.


So quick . . .

What a great afternoon with friends. We sang, danced in our seats and clapped for the actors in Jersey Boys at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis followed by a late lunch/early dinner at Anthonino's on the Hill.

JB 1 copy

Each of us did a mini book to commemorate the day and chose Graphic 45's Curtain Call for this little 4x4. We used the *Merci, Thanks, Grazi etc* cut out as Judy purchased our tickets as a Christmas present. And boy were we thankful! 

JB 2


Because this was a very small book with just a few pages, we managed to finish this mini in an afternoon. Now that's my kind of book!

Coming soon . . .

File Folder 1


Saturday May 24

10:30 - 3:30

It's a file folder booklet featuring:

  • a stitched bookbinding technique
  • Heidi Swapp file folders (both regular size and mini's)
  • resist inking
  • flowers, butterflies, fairies and bees
  • pockets and envelopes

It's a great way to save your photos of your

kids, grandkids,

favorite outdoor activities,

travel destinations


blooming garden.

Only 10 spots available.

Call For Keeps Sake ~ St. Louis MO

to make your reservations

(314) 487-8131

Typography Mini Update . . .

Shopping with friends can be dangerous. That's just what happened when four of us hit the dollar bins. We found some chalkboards and that led to a cover re-do on my Graphic 45 Typography mini book.

You might remember these from a previous post. We found these flip books and decided to do a layout a month with photos of us out and about . . . a friendship diary of sorts.

Well, I had the cover of my book finished (or so I thought), when Timi found these miniature chalkboards and decided it would look really cute on the cover of our books.

So I tore up my cover. Yes, it was securely glued down with Beacon 3-in-1 but never-the-less . . .


I started over


but I do love it with that chalkboard. We stained the wood frame with Wild Honey Distress Stain and then inked over that with Wendy Vecchi's Potting Soil Archival Ink.  Lots of pop-dots and chipboard later . . .


This book is a graduated flip book. The small bottom section drops down to reveal the full cover (above).

The months of the year in black and gold are from a Lifestyle Crafts die.  The arrow and reel are a Sizzix die cut (for Echo Park).  The large ampersand is from Gina's Designs.

I first painted the ampersand in black acrylic and then stamped the letters/numbers with Versamark and embossed in clear embossing powder. Next it was over-painted with Claudine Hellmuth red paint. Once that dried, I buffed it using a bit of water and a soft rag which took the paint off the embossing (a resist). It was finished with Ranger's Glossy Accents.



The year numbers are from the Typography sticker sheet. They were cut with decorative edge scissors and then mounted on black cardstock.

After finishing the frame, Nancy N suggested we add the Typography numbers down one edge of the frame.


This is the inside of the flip. Each page will make-up a different month. 12 sides = 12 months.  The numbers are from the same Sizzix die for Echo Park. It's called *Note To Self* and is Number 659114. It's pretty cool.  The month dies are from Gina's Designs.


This is my January. Nancy N, Judy and Timi went to CHA. I didn't go so I did a simple January page. They added a photo of them at CHA.


Our January outing was a Christmas gift to all of us from Judy. She gave us tickets to see Jersey Boys at The Fox Theatre. WOW!!!! We loved it. I used the number 5 because our seats were 5 rows from the stage. Such a great day. We ended this day with a later lunch at Anthenino's on The Hill.


This is definitely a work in progress with plans for our March outing.

Stay tuned!

Weston revisited . . .

Finally finished the 2013 Weston Christmas Homes Tour book. 

Weston 1

Many of you have asked where I got the pentagon shaped chipboard

used on the front of this album.

It's made by Gina's Designs and is now carried at For Keeps Sake.

Weston 2

The ribbon is used to hold together a fold-out book

so I could heap photos in it.

Weston 3

Another ribbon ties up a flip book.

Weston 4


Weston 5

Banners and border sticks from Gina's Designs.

Weston 6

The pocket holds another book.

Not sure where the house border is from.

I think I picked it up at a CKC years ago.

Weston 7


Weston 8


Weston 9


Thanks for looking.

Now on to something else!