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On the road again . . .

or at least planning to. There are 7 of us heading for Springfield MO for a mini-crop-getaway. And.we.can't.wait!

Looking forward to tons of fun and photos!


A while back,

I found this blank chipboard album at Tuesday Morning.


See the binding with the 7 Gypsies name?

Perfect for the 7 of us traveling together.

I gathered a bunch of my fave travel papers,

covered the album front and back


created the inside pages.


Lots of layering on the cover


and interactive pages on the inside.

The base of each page is heavy cardstock.


Love the use of belly bands

but . . . 

feel the need to somehow stop the inserts from falling all the way through.

So I try to create some kind of *ledge* for the inserts.

This one (pack your bags), is a folded piece of paper

so that the insert falls between the folds.


Took a bunch of small file folders,

stitched them together

and decorated the front.

I now have room for 6 photos on this page alone.


Another belly band with an insert.

This time I found these fab arrows at

DeeDee Catron's store, UmWow Studio.

You can see them here:


Since the arrows are cut from chipboard

they're thick enough to stop the insert.


Wish I would have hung something from the arrow.

The pages on the left fold up and down

and are secured to the page with magnets.


The left page is another belly band.

This time I secured the inserts with an arrow

that is magnetized and slips around the side of the page.


All that's left to do now is decide what to take to work on.

I should have enough time to pare down what to bring.

Famous last words - right?

Class is full . . .

Friday, February 20

10:30 - 1:30 (at the latest)

Graphic 45 Tags

Using Graphic 45's beautiful Time To Flourish papers

we'll create tags for March.

Time To Flourish March Tags

BYO Basics including

Cutter & Scissors

Light colored ink and applicator for edges such as

Antique Linen or Gathered Twigs Distress Ink

Crafty Foam Tape (preferably black)

Crop-a-Dile for eyelet setting

Adhesive (wet & dry please)

Thank you to all who signed up.

I appreciate each one of you!

Just sayin . . .

There's a brand new 

Scrapbook Garage Sale

in your near future.

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and get those scrapbook/paper craft items ready!

Man your own table, price and negotiate to your heart's content

keep your own money.

Sign ups for space will begin shortly.

Start packing!

Uber-Talented Karen Higgins . . .

Some of you may remember Karen from For Keeps Sake store. Karen is a super-talented bookmaker who's creations I adore. Her attention to detail is beyond anything I've ever seen. When she would bring her stitched books into For Keeps Sake, it was a pleasure to pour over every little detail. Her work is impeccable.

Karen now has a website (woohoo!) called

Karen's Vintage Graphics

The art work is gorgeous! And the best part is that you can download the Graphics for your own personal use. For a very nominal cost, you can get a Library Card Set, a To Do List Card Set, a Coffee Tea Card Set or many more. Each one is gorgeous. 

Check out Karen's video to see what she created with her graphics:


and subscribe to her channel for a chance to win!

Get inspired and visit today!

Happy Valentine's Day . . .

We normally don't make a big deal out of Valentine's Day at our house. Exchange of cards is usually what we do. Maybe out for dinner the night before. That's about it.

But this year, my valentine of over 42 years made something for me that just blew me away:

Bill first set this enormous wood box in front of me.

I could tell it was hand made and it was pretty cool

and I was already thinking about what I could store in it.

He told me to open it and when I did

the box was lined in red felt.

I turned the felt back and found this:


It was an amazing wood heart and stand.

The heart is about 9" tall and 11.5" wide at the widest point.

The best part is he made it.

Carved it from basswood, sanded, stained and finished it.

Including the stand!



On the side was a tiny knob.

When I opened it, I found this:


A tiny cart filled with my blog logo

(with a slight twist on the words),

birds, ladybug, wheels that turn and much more.


Even the license plate he made has meaning to us.


He made every single little thing on this cart.


It's so wonderful and something I'll treasure forever.

For Keeps Sake Events is going to Springfield MO . . .

Join Timi & Nancy W

for a 2 day

Graphic 45 Weekend of Workshops

and the

Scrapbook Generation


as well as talented instructor Lindsey Amschler.

Lindsey will teach a Graphic 45 card class


I will be teaching 2 workshops:

a two-page 12x12 layout using the beautiful new

Artisan Style.

The layout will hold 6 photos up front

and then look for hidden pockets for

added photos or journaling.

Scrapbook Generation LO

The 2nd workshop is using Graphic 45's

Home Sweet Home

along with their new

Mixed Media Box.

G45 HSH1

We'll create hinges to string the included cards together

and create an accordion mini book

G45 HSH2

G45 HSH3

Lots of pockets, flips and pull-outs included!

G45 HSH4

Join us for a 2 day Graphic 45 extravaganza.

More information here:

For Keeps Sake Events Newsletter

and pay for the workshop here:

For Keeps Sake is now accepting Pay Pal

Hope to see you there!


Next up . . .

Saturday, February 14

10:30 - 1:30 pm


Learn how to take a hard cover book and transform it into your own.

I'll show you how to take the book apart, save the hard cover,

and rebind the book using hand sewn signatures.

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Supplies to bring to class:

Hard Bound Book

(I get mine from Good Will and try to find a title I love)

X-Acto Knife

Paper Trimmer

Paper Piercer or Awl

Ruler & Pencil

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We won't be decorating the book in class

but I will have samples and you are welcome to take photos.

Reservations required.

Call Checkered Cottage at 314-909-7233

St. Louis MO