We're making changes . . .

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Timi Taylor and I own and operate

For Keeps Sake Events.

We produce weekend crops in the Midwest area

as well as 

produce weekend events for paper craft artists whose work inspires us.


We are changing up our crops a bit

and adding more fun things to our weekends



we know you love to shop,

we know you love to get free gifts


we want you to know how much we appreciate

each and every one of you.

Jump over to our site and enjoy the ride!

For Keeps Sake Events

This gal is amazing . . .

I'm talking about talented

Karen Higgins of Karen's Vintage Graphics

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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.

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The detail in her designs blows me away!

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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

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

You should see what Karen creates. She is amazing.

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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.


Thank you Memphis . . .

For Keeps Sake Events

Memphis G45 Book

traveled to Memphis TN this past weekend

for a weekend filled with Graphic 45's A Christmas Carol.

I taught Graphic's Mixed Media Album with many inter-active pages

while Timi played Vanna and helped me immensely

giving out papers and helping students find kit ingredients.

We had a great time with our 30+ newest friends!

The pot luck lunch - OH MY GOSH - it was beyond delicious.

I need recipes please.

Then on the way home we stopped at

Baby Jack's BBQ.

It was fast food but my oh my was it delicious!

I had the ribs and they were fall-off-the-bone

with a smoky flavor that was just right and a sauce that was finger-lickin' good.

We came home with gifts from the Memphis gals

one of which was a package of Memphis BBQ sauces.


One more weekend of Graphic 45 workshops at Checkered Cottage!

In the meantime, I've been working on a Halloween book


I bought very little and decided to use my stash

made up of various lines and of course, a bit of Graphic 45 embellishments.







Now for the back of each page and the binding.

Stay tuned!


What a whirlwind month . . .


For Keeps Sake Events

has been very busy, measuring, cutting, sorting and kitting

for our Graphic 45 workshop in Memphis.


I ran out of boxes so had to use one from some shoes I had ordered.

The outside of the box read

*something addictive is inside*.

It's now packed with Graphic 45 supplies

so, yes, it is very addictive!



We are very excited about meeting 30 new students!

On another note,

Timi showed me how to complete this mini using

Graphic 45's Mixed Media Box.

I think she saw it on their site (but not sure).


It has a very clever binding inside!


The binding is attached to the side of the box


so that when you open the box, the book opens as well.


What is it about tiny books that make them so fun to decorate?


See you at Checkered Cottage this week for

Wednesday's Heritage Layout


Friday's Graphic 45 tags.

After that, we're off to Memphis, TN!

One Graphic 45 mini-book sample down . . .

G45 mini 1

Many more to go!

Join me as we marry Graphic 45's Christmas Carol with a Maya Road mini-book

Scrapbook Generation, Springfield MO - October 2 & 3

Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO - October 23 & 24

G45 mini 3

along with 2 other Graphic 45 projects:

Christmas Cards + Home Decor


Graphic 45's Christmas Carol

G45 mini 2

Hope to see you there!

What a weekend . . .

Such a wonderful gathering of artful women at

Laura Denison's Follow the Paper Trail to St. Louis.


There were 57 Paper Doodles in attendance.

Laura wanted to teach 50 people total but didn't want to leave anyone out

so . . . we were able to add a few more.

Upcoming Laura Denison weekend workshops include:

2016: Las Vegas Nevada and Salem Massachusetts

2017: Anchorage Alaska (Alyeska Resort)


one more that we're keeping a secret!

In the meantime, I'm trying to get samples complete

for upcoming workshops.

The brand new Graphic 45 papers are supposed to be delivered next week!

I can't wait to get my hands on boxes and boxes of goodness.

So far I have these samples going (although not complete):

This will be a 4 month long mini-book at Checkered Cottage

(dates, times, etc TBA)

We will be using Graphic 45's Mixed Media Album


Two Deluxe Collector's Edition per person of my favorite: Botanicabella

Workshop 1

Also working on Graphic 45's Christmas Carol mini-book.

One workshop will be using Maya Road's mini-book.

Workshop 2

I'll be teaching this workshop


Scrapbook Generation in Springfield MO

Along with this mini, I will also be teaching

Graphic 45 Christmas Cards


a home decor item where we will combine G45 with Kaisercraft 

All 3 classes at Scrapbook Generation = $99

including pizza Friday night and box lunch Saturday.

DATES: October 2 & 3, 2015

Contact Scrapbook Generation to sign up

Also coming in October:
October 9 and 10, 2015
Very excited to be going to Mary's
and teaching
a signature book with G45's Botanicabella
October 17 - Memphis TN
I am thrilled to be traveling to
for a mini-book workshop featuring
Although I don't have a photo yet of the project,
we'll be creating 3 sections in the Mixed Media Album:
Christmas Past
Christmas Present
Christmas Future
October 23 - 24, 2015:
Our popular Graphic 45 weekend gets started
Checkered Cottage
Graphic 45 Christmas Cards
a home decor item
Hope you can join
For Keeps Sake Events
for a two day workshop
with pizza on Friday evening
box lunch on Saturday.
Hope we see you on the road with

Planning . . .

Timi and I just got back from the Paper Arts show in Schaumberg IL. Although the show was quite small, we managed to order lots of product for upcoming workshops.

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To you, the photo above may look like a bunch of stuff that needs to be put away. To me, each little pile represents a workshop I'm planning for future dates. 

Here's my teaching schedule for the next few months:

And as co-owner of For Keeps Sake Events, we have several amazing events this year:


Hope to see you soon!

Thank you . . .

We have 6 winners

just on my blog alone!


Thank you to everyone who

joined us for the 

Ken Oliver Crafts - StencilGirl

blog hop.

The winners from my blog

were randomly chosen by a computer

and are

Maggie M

Linda J

Caroline Duncan

Jean Bullock

Linda Cameron

Shannon WL

Thank you to everyone who posted

such nice comments.

I'll contact the winners via e-mail

re: prizes, mailing addresses, etc.