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Just signed a contract . . .

So very excited to be a new member of the

Prima Education Team.

(I'll be added to their blog as soon as I take my own photo!)

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I paper craft therefore I hoard . . . as we almost all do.

And one of my paper addictions is Prima Marketing.

Their vintage style matches my crafting wants.


Here's a book I completed using Prima's Time Travelers collections and one of Laura Denison's patterns.

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I adore vintage look papers, interactive pages and mini-books

and these Prima papers and Laura Denison patterns fill all those desires.

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Tags, pockets, envelopes!

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Make shabby look even older with the help of

torn papers reminiscent of old wallpaper, tattered lace

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and dyed vintage look ribbons.

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So what can you expect from me as a Prima Educator?

More workshops featuring Prima Marketing products.

Maybe a kit or two here and there for those out-of-towners.

Teaching at your local scrapbook store or at one of your planned scrapbook retreats.

(No number is too small!)

Stay tuned for more projects with these beautifully designed papers and embellishments.

Contact me if you'd like me to teach at your store!

Canvas Corp/7Gypsies Stitched Mini-Book . . .

It's no secret that I have loved and collected 7 Gypsies goodies for years.

To use the word *hoard* is putting it mildly.

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For this project, I combined new and old (and somewhat vintage)

7 Gypsies and Canvas Corp products

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The base of this book is a vintage 7 Gypsies chipboard book.

The book came with 3 signatures and holes pre-punched in the spine of the book.

I decided to combine the signatures with a current collection

to create a

Route 66 Foodie Recipe Book.

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Using 7 Gypsies Epicurean Collection,

I wallpapered the pages and created pockets for the Epicurean Recipe cards.

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Torn pockets, side pockets, top pockets, envelope pockets - always pockets!

Notice on the left side of the page,

I  used a former 7 Gypsies acrylic piece to cover an old photo.

These mini-round hangers make great pull tabs!

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Love the tiny kitchen charms!

The file folders made a perfect center for each signature.

They are adorable and come in many styles.

You can find them here:

Canvas Corp Brands File Folders

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Sometimes, it's fun to use the back of the 7 Gypsies packaging

and add tiny images to  pages.

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Another overlay from a former 7 Gypsies collection.

This one was supposed to be used on the 7 Gypsies carousel.

Thus the holes on the left side.

Ribbon threaded thru the holes dresses it up a bit.

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The right side of this page is a fold out with more pockets.

Panel #1 on the right side with a chipboard belly band to hold in ephemera.

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Fold out panel #2 with a belly band made out of laser cut chipboard from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

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Fold-out #3 with pockets on the far left to hold recipe cards.

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For this page, I wanted to hang some of these adorable

mini recipe cards.

I took a 7 Gypsies mini round hanger,

twisted the top to make a hook,

added the recipe cards

and to make sure they stayed on, glued a bead on the end of the hook.

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Some collectible envelopes from 7 Gypsies (yes, part of my hoard)

and back of 7 Gypsies packaging in that tiny sailboat.

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More pockets thanks to ephemera and 7 Gypsies tape used as a tab.

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Hope you enjoyed my photo-torial

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See you next time!


Friday, January 22 @ Checkered Cottage . . .

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It's time for our Graphic 45 Valentine cards & tags!

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO - 10:30 am

Here's what you'll need to bring:

Basic Supply List (These are supplies we use in almost every workshop I teach):

  • Paper Trimmer (12" recommended)
  • Scissors: precision tips for fussy cutting and stamp edge scissors
  • Adhesive: both wet & dry
  • Crafty Foam Tape (dimensional pop-ups)
  • Ink and applicators to match project papers
  • Colored Pencils. I used Prismacolor as follows:

    Bronze: PC1028

    Rose: PC929

    Sienna: PC945

    Rose Pale: PC1018

    Apple Green: PC912

    Grass Green: PC909

    Please don't think I expect you to run out and purchase these colors.

    Anything close will do. We're just using a little bit of soft coloring to shade and highlight.