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January 3 Workshop @ Checkered Cottage . . .

Here's what we're doing and here's the supply list:

Saturday, January 3 & Saturday, January 10:

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Create this book totally from scratch and learn the secrets to a unique binding.

You'll be amazed at how easy it is to put together.

This book just keeps *giving* - fold-out binding, flips and pockets abound!

This will be a 2 day workshop.

January 3 & January 10, 2015

Cost = $60 including both dates

BYO Basic Supplies: 

  • Cutter & scissors
  • Craft Mat (available at Checkered Cottage)
  • Adhesive to include both wet & dry glue: I recommend Beacon 3-in-1 and scor-tape
  • Ruler (I like Tim Holtz ruler available at Checkered Cottage)
  • Pencil
  • Distress Ink and applicator: Black; Vintage Photo; Old Paper or Antique Linen
  • Black or Brown Distress Stain
  • Black heavy chipboard (available at Checkered Cottage)
  • Brayer
  • Black pop-ups (those spongy things). I like the rolls so you can cut the length you need. (available at Checkered Cottage)


Here lies . . .

our Christmas decorations:

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Not trying to be a *bah-hum-bug* type of person

but just finished up a lot of work in the house.

Installation of new windows are finally done


the kitchen cabinets have been refinished.

Let the house cleaning begin!

The only thing decorated is the dining room table

with things I already had out around the house.


Bear, deer and fairies . . . oh my.

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Merry Christmas!

Thank you . . .

To all those who took my mini-book workshop at Checkered Cottage.

All of you did so well and your books look terrific!

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If you're in my Graphic 45 Winter tag workshop


December 19,

you can find the list of things to bring here:

Graphic 45 Tag Workshop

Scroll down a bit until you get to the December workshops.

The list will be under the tag photo.

Thank you and hope to see you there!

January Bookbinding @ Checkered Cottage . . .

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I'm hoping you'll love this unique workshop where you'll learn how to build your own book.

Many of you have asked when I would teach this

and the date has been confirmed!

It's a two-part workshop:

Saturday, January 3


Saturday, January 10


Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

The cost is $60 including all the supplies needed to complete this project.

(Exception: BYO basics)

On Saturday, December 3 we will build the book and decorate the cover.

Saturday, December 10 we will decorate the inside pages.

Limited to 12 people so sign up now!

Glitter all the way with Tammy Tutterow . . .


I have referred to Tammy Tutterow as Talented Tammy for years. Ever since I first saw her work at the Basic Grey booth eons ago at CHA, I have admired her amazing talent. And when I found out she was local . . . well, the stalking began (in a good way). Once you follow Tammy's work, you will immediately recognize her style: a bit vintage with lots of wonderful techniques.

This kit is one of Tammy's designs and is called Christmas Collection Portfolio. You can find the online instructions here: Christmas Collection Portfolio.


I followed Tammy's directions and then changed some up just a bit

and added other embellishments, papers, etc.

There was so much included in the kit that I just used what Tammy gave us.

No need to purchase more product!


I added papers, pockets, pull-outs and a mini-book

to the flaps of the portfolio.


A pocket added with inserts and a bit of Stickles.




Created a mini-book out of sewn together tags

and added it to the large inside flap . . .


and a pull-out surprise inside the mini-book cover . . .




and, of course, another tiny pocket with a tag for journaling.


More pockets (I try to get them in whenever and wherever I can).




Now this part was pure genius from Tammy.

She created a fold-down insert with pockets.


See the above front pocket?

It folds down to reveal pocket #2:


and that folds down to reveal pocket #3

that is made up of a split pocket

(the left pocket folds down as well).


So fun to create from a very talented designer.

Visit Tammy's blog here:

Tammy Tutterow's Blog