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Christmas in July: A work in progress . . .

Save the date:  Saturday, July 8

July 8 1

(Note: the shine you see is from the glass frame that encloses the scene)

Where: Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

Time: 10:30 ~ 3:30

Wanted to give you a heads up on this workshop.

The good news: Here's the preview

The bad news: I'm still adding dimensional snow drifts and baubles.

(Those will be ready by class time)

This is a 10" X 9" shadowbox (including the *feet*)

and is 5" deep.

It has a hinged glass frame that covers the winter scene.

Inside, there's a sleigh complete with Christmas tree, twigs and wreath

that hides the mechanism for the twinkling Prima lumies.

Sign up by calling

Checkered Cottage ~ 314-909-7233

Class Cost: $55

Class supply list:

  • Craft Mat a must!
  • Paper Trimmer
  • 3 Adhesives: Beacon 3-in-1 or Fabri-Tac and Score Tape 1" and 1/2" and Art Glitter Glue
  • Silver Medium Point Marker.  I recommend Pen-Touch
  • Glue Gun & glue sticks
  • Black Ink pad & Applicator
  • Paint Brush: #4 flat
  • Tweezers
  • Small Glue Dots
  • Palette Knife


  • Marvy Snow Pen
  • Gloves if you want to save a manicure
  • Stickles: Star Dust or similar

Innie's and Outtie's . . .


Years ago I taught a class called

Innies & Outties.

It was all about creating scrapbook pages with

photos on the inside of a page protector


embellishments on the outside of the page protector.

It's been years since I've completed an Innie & Outtie album

until recently.

Below is a close-up of the album cover with a few pages from the album:




You can see the sheen of the page protector with the

decorative paper and photo mat tucked inside.

The embellishments are attached to the outside of the page protector.



This next page has the decorative paper and photo mats under the page protector

with a flip on the outside of the page protector.

If you have lots of photos, this is a good way to add real estate to your albums.


The photo below shows the page/flip opened up.


Incorporating a handmade greeting card every now and then 

gives much needed room for journaling.


Thanks for visiting my blog today.

See you again soon!

Did you happen to see . . .

this post on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog?




Well, here's what you didn't see:  I couldn't close the book!

As usual, I couldn't close the mini-book properly.

Here are some of the inside pages. They're really simple so not sure what happened.
















The solution:  Cut off the right side piece that is supposed to fold over the cover.

Glue the piece to the cover and pretend tie the closure.


Scraplings . . .

My newest obsession is Scraplings. The first time I saw these I was perusing some paper artists out of Eastern Europe and they were talking about Scraplings. 

Scraplings is a card or tag that measures 1.5" x 4.5" and is made up of mostly leftover scrapbook papers and ephemera. Most of the scraplings I saw were cards. And gorgeous!

If you're on Pinterest, you can search for Scraplings (or Skraplings). Your search will ignite all sorts of ideas including beautiful, whimsical, hand painted, detailed and amazing creations.

In the meantime, here are a couple I'm obsessed with:

Hope you enjoy seeing these as much as I did.




Micro-Bead Mash-Up . . .

I love using Prima Marketing Micro-Beads.

They are available in an array of gorgeous colors.

I mix Micro-Bead colors to create my own mash-up:


My go-to colors are bronze, copper and silver.

Using an empty prescription bottle, I mix my own color combination:

about 1/3 of each color.

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Put the child-proof (insert smiley face) lid on the prescription bottle,

shake up and you have your own beautiful combination of

Prima Marketing Micro-Beads


These micro-beads are part of Finnabair's Art Ingredients collection.

You can see how she uses micro-beads here:

Finnabair and Micro Beads on You Tube