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I wasn't paid to say this . . .

I've never had a rolling case for scrapbook crops until now.

Menards 1

We all carry tons of stuff with us to weekend crops. 

I was used to carrying an ugly box and 2 or 3 bags.

Not any more.

Menards 2

The bottom portion holds 12x12 papers, paper trimmer and scor board.

The top opens up to hold heat guns, 12" rulers, 12" paper trimmer and more!

Menards 3

Those drawers!

They held my punches, stamps, inks and a bunch more!

It's at Menard's.

Plano brand.

And since it's made to hold tools, nice and sturdy.

Menard's sells them for $60 but there is currently a mail-in rebate

so the final cost is just over $50.

I love mine!

 Here's the link if you want one:

Menard's Plano Rolling Tote

May Workshops . . .

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)
  • Crop-a-Dile
  • Paper Piercer
  • Pencil & Ruler (recommend Tim Holtz ruler)
  • Edge Distresser
  • Ink and applicators to match project papers

The following workshops will be taught at Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO.


Wednesday, May 11 @ Checkered Cottage: 6 pm: Heritage Layout: $20

We'll be working with the beautiful Graphic 45 World's Fair paper to create a two page layout.

G45 Heritage


Saturday, May 14 @ Checkered Cottage: 10:30 - 1:30 pm: Prima Canvas Workshop: $45

D & SG 2

By popular demand, I've been asked to teach this Prima 12x12 Watercolor Canvas workshop. You will layer various mediums, color with Prima's Oil Pastels, learn to use the gorgeous adhesive rub-ons and foils and much more! Limited seating! Call Checkered Cottage to make your reservation.


Saturday, May 14 @ Checkered Cottage: 2:30 to 5 pm: Stitched Mini-Book $30

This is a twist on an old favorite. I've taught a signature mini in the past but this time we're learning a new version that was just taught to me by our own Mary Meyer. You'll love this as it won't interfere with the book title. Sample coming soon but please be on the look-out for a hardcover book with a book title that has meaning to you.


Friday, May 27 @ Checkered Cottage: 10:30 - 12:30: Graphic 45 Tags: $25

We'll be working on tags this month! Get your Graphic 45 June tags ready for card fronts, layouts, mini-books and more. Sample coming soon!

Thank you . . .

What a great Prima Education weekend at 

Scrapbook Generation


and a wonderful group of women!

Scrapbook Generation is a fabulous store located in Springfield MO.

Not only do they have a huge assortment of papers, dies, inks and embellies

(and coloring books!)

but they are some of the nicest people anywhere.

And we love knowledgeable


who will help you with any of your scrapbooking needs.


We spent two days of a great time with new friends

creating beautiful Prima canvas projects




Did I take a group shot?


NO! I completely forgot - again!


I did manage to get a few photos of the canvas project.

Next time, I'm going to have someone in charge of reminding me to take a picture.

We had a blast!

It was a great group of women and I can't wait to go back.

Thank you Scrapbook Generation

and thank you ladies.

'til we meet again.


This gal is amazing . . .

I'm talking about talented

Karen Higgins of Karen's Vintage Graphics

KH 1

I met Karen years ago at For Keeps Sake Scrapbook.

Karen designs her own images and vintage look papers, envelopes, inserts and more!

This weekend, I took her papers to our CKC Crop with me and decorated a Graphic 45 mini album.

KH 2

The detail in her designs blows me away!

KH 3

I don't know why a company hasn't picked up her designs yet.

Here's some of the papers I used from

Karen's Vintage Graphic Etsy Store

Kh 4

Kh 5

I did very little to decorate as the designs speak volumes.

You should see what Karen creates. She is amazing.

Kh 6


KH 7


KH 8


KH 9



I wish you could see some of the books Karen has created.


I'll never forget this tiny book Karen brought in for me to see.

She threaded teeny beads into a pattern and added that into a page.



Clean images with beautiful backgrounds!




The detail!




The flowers!


This may be my favorite:


Give me a beautiful building and I'm in love!


Aren't these envelopes gorgeous!


Visit Karen's Etsy store if you'd like some of your own Vintage Graphics

from this very talented lady.


Prima Education Days in Indiana . . .

This past weekend I had the privilege of teaching at two wonderful Indiana stores.

Marys 1

Friday night was spent with new and old friends at

Mary's Scrapden

We started with a Carte Blanche blank slate.

Added beautiful Prima papers (everyone chose their own)

and then painted

4x6 Paintables with Oil Pastels.

Marys 2

Each one was finished off with 

Adhesive Rub-Ons and Rub-On Foil Sheets.

They all turned out beautiful and unique to each artist!

Mary's C

Mary's B

Mary's A

Mary's 9

Mary's 8

Mary's 7

Mary's 6

Mary's 5

Mary's 4

Not to be missed, are Prima's beautiful gold doilies!

Mary's 3

Next I traveled about an hour up the state to

Doodlebug Inc

for two Prima projects:

First up, a 6x6 Memory Hardware mini-book.


Can you tell it was a very cold, windy day?

But we had fun inside this beautiful store chock-full of great goodies!


We decorated the books using a couple of cool techniques

and many chipboard shapes from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

The paper is from Frank Garcia's Collection: Vintage Emporium

as were the flowers.

Mel and Hannah make everyone feel right at home

and did I mention they ship for one (very low) price?


Hannah and Mel have one little section with

really cool jewelry and purses.

Yep, bought a couple. Did you see the price on that purse? $9.99!

OK, on to altered art.

For the 2nd workshop at Doodlebug

we began with Prima's Watercolor 12x12 Panel.

A blank canvas was painted using

Oil Pastels.

Not saying this because but . . . 

these are the best oil pastels I've ever used.

They mix easily with water,

are creamy,

come in a ton of colors

and one pack of 24 colors is only around $20.

I think the gals that used them this weekend would agree!


We also tried the beautiful

Artisan Powders

and the

Opal Magic Paints and found out they are definitely magic!

We painted with Art Alchemy paints

and finished off projects with detailed

Prima Trims.

Once the base canvas was painted, we layered it with


various Prima stamps and Birdy Nest stencils.

Using Art Extravagance Texture Paste - Crackle Mediums were a big hit!


Of course, we also added Adhesive Rub-Ons and Rub-On Foils.


Each canvas is beautiful and unique to the creator.






Mel and Hannah had prize giveaways in each class:

Gotta love Comfort Craft Tools!


Thank you Indiana! I had a great time visiting and teaching for

Prima Marketing.