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Class at Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO . . .


Join me for my flip book class at

Checkered Cottage in Kirkwood MO.

Saturday, February 9

10:30 ~ 4:30

We'll be using beautiful papers from

Blue Fern Studios

along with an acrylic flip desk-top album.

Created to hold photos or notes, it will make a great gift for

Valentine's Day or plan ahead for Mother's/Father's Day.

Very limited seating available.

Call Checkered Cottage to reserve your place.


BYO basic supplies to class:

Craft mat

Ink: Brown or grey & applicator

Scissors & Paper Trimmer

Adhesive: ATG tape and wet glue

and always bring your patience with you too!

See you February 9 @ Checkered Cottage.

More Girlfriend Getaway News . . .


I can't believe it's almost time to pack up and meet at the

Girlfriends Getaway Crop - January 18 to 20, 2019

Things are buzzing!

If you're in the Arnold area, stop by and

shop my stash anytime on Friday or Saturday.

I have tons and tons of things for sale

as I'm getting rid of lots of overages left from

Design Teams and workshops.

The Rustic Giraffe by Amy
has made most of her page kits available for preorder via her Etsy shop, 
She adds new ones all the time, but be sure to visit her at the crop
to see what she hasn't had to time to upload.
Please use the coupon code of JUSTCROPPINJAN18
to receive free shipping and for her to deliver her kits to you at the January 18 crop. 
Very pleased to announce a new vendor to the crop:

Many of you will recognize kae pea's brilliant art work,

rubber stamps & designs.

kae pea has a remarkable ink system that

she'll be showing at the crop.

I've used it and loved it!

Visit her on Saturday, January 19 at the Vendor Faire!

2 pm to 4 pm

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Gina from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

will be in-house all weekend.

If you'd like to order from her online store

FREE SHIPPING and 10% off total order

use code: GG201901 (case sensitive)

and she will bring your order to the crop for you.

Stop by and see what she's been designing.


A brand new challenge for a brand new year. . .

Folio A

It's January 1 and that means there's a new challenge up on the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog. Enter your mini-album for a chance to win a fabulous prize from this month's sponsor:


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has created a new folio that is easily assembled. It comes with pre-cut, pre-scored chipboard pieces that create a 6.5" square folio. The photo below shows 2 of the pieces: the main folio and a belly band. Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts recommends using a wide angled Sharpie to go around all the edges of the chipboard, saving a bit on cardstock. This photo shows the edges already painted with the black Sharpie.

Folio 1Referencing the photo above, fold the far right chipboard on the score lines to create a side pocket. Adhere the tabs to the base with adhesive.

Included with the folio kit is a booklet that will be assembled and slid into the pocket created above. This booklet has 2 pieces: one piece has a wider center spine. Using wet glue, adhere the skinnier spine on top of the wider spine, centering from side-to-side.  Let dry thoroughly before turning any pages.

Folio 2

Now it's time to decorate. I used a 6x6 paper pad from Mintay by Karola. This paper pad is called Dear Diary. For the cover, I found another piece I loved from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts called Scribble Frame Birds

Folio B

With a bit of acrylic paint, the frame & birds were painted and micro-beads added along with a nest of sorts.

Folio C

Swing the nest open and you'll see the inside cover. I left this panel flat so that the cover lays flat, adding a few stickles on the light.

Folio D

After opening the square cover to the right, I've created a flip-fold: one to the top; one to the bottom; one to the side.

Folio E

The edges of the flip were cut with a decorative edge for more interest with added photo mats:

Folio F

Folio G

I kept the edges die-cut from the flips and created a tiny pocket:

Folio H

This is the last panel in the folio. The right side is a pocket that will hold the 8 page booklet.

Folio I

Here the pocket is shown with the booklet inserted:


Folio J

The inserted booklet cover . . . 

Folio K

and inside pages:

Folio L

Folio M

The vertical belly band is the one that comes with the Gypsy Soul kit. I decided to use mine inside the booklet. But you can certainly use yours on one of the main booklet panels. On the right side, I've used another cast-off from the die cut flips as an inverted pocket.

Folio N

Thanks for visiting my 

Mini Album Makers Challenge blog


project this month.

Please join our January challenge and add your own Mini Album 

for a chance to win a prize package from 

this month's sponsor

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Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

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