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

Prima Education Days in Indiana . . .

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

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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.

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Each one was finished off with 

Adhesive Rub-Ons and Rub-On Foil Sheets.

They all turned out beautiful and unique to each artist!

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Mary's B

Mary's A

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

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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.

7 Gypsies Travel Mini-Book . . .

I used to fancy myself a bit of a gypsy.

With over 30 years experience in the travel industry 


I can't get enough of travel mini-books.

Here I used 7 Gypsies: Gypsy Moments and Wanderlust 8x8 paper pads

There are things to do with paper that are a  must for me:


{1}  Ink all raw edges


{2} Add pockets whenever possible


{3} Layer with chipboard and Crafty Foam Tape - even stickers!


{4} Use black Crafty Foam Tape or black chipboard or ink the edges of the chipboard with black.

Why? It creates less of a glaring lift than white would create.


{5} Fussy cut where you can to create layers and tags


{6} Odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye than even numbers


{7} Use magnets to create flip pages


{8} Create interest with double pockets


{9} If the packaging is pretty, save it and use it for backgrounds.


{10} Drag colors from one side of the page to another.

The right side paper already had a blue toned design

so I added a blue toned tag to the pocket on the left page. 

It helps to draw the eye from one page to another.


Thanks for browsing my travel book.

2015 Year in Review . . .

January found a new class idea: Graphic 45 tags each month of the year.

Jan 2015

February workshops featured Graphic 45 book-in-a-box.

Feb 2015

March travel workshop with another Graphic 45 book-in-a-box.

  March 2015

Every now and then I make a mini-book for myself.

This one was a really fun April project:

April 2015

May: One of Laura Denison's brilliant patterns with Prima papers.

May 2015

Getting ready for travel plans with a June workshop and 7 Gypsies travel papers.

June 2015

A July workshop teaching a 2 page 12x12 layout at Checkered Cottage in Kirkwood MO

July 2015

August plans for workshops at Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO


a group of great gals in Memphis TN

featuring Graphic 45's A Christmas Story.

Aug 2015

A group of us began a 4 part series in September

with one of my all-time favorite collections:

Graphic 45's Botanicabella

Sep 2015

There's something about October's colors that pull me in every Fall.

Oct 2015

November's project features 7 Gypsies Christmas collection


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Houses in a Box

created especially for my workshop.

Thanks Gina!

(PS: Not teaching this class until January so don't panic please.

And for those of you who didn't get into this class, I will be teaching

another one featuring birds and nests in the Spring.)

Nov 2015

December upcoming Junque Journal workshop with 7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour

Dec 2015

Thank you to all who attend my workshops.

Very grateful you enjoy my classes and keep coming back for more.

I appreciate each and every one of you.

Here's to another creative year in 2016!

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!

Friday June 19 & Saturday July 18. . .

10:30 am: Graphic 45 Tag Class @ Checkered Cottage

June Workshop G45 Tags

Things to bring to class:

Craft Mat

Precision Scissors

Tiny Attacher

Brown Ink (I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink)

Blue Ink (I used Weathered Wood Distress Ink)

Wet & Dry Adhesive

Gold PenTouch Pen (my favorite gold leaf pen!)

Crafty Foam Tape

Edge Distresser

Glossy Accents (or similar)

 We are postponing the 7 Gypsies Portfolio Workshop


Saturday, July 18

10:30 am - ?: Portfolio Workshop

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7 Gypsies American Vintage Collection.

You'll sew in signatures in this portfolio,

then stuff the inside with incredible Americana-type images.

Each person will be able to choose their own travel theme

based on their favorite U.S. travel area.

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Hope you can join me at

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

For the Portfolio Workshop, please bring to class:

Craft Mat

Adhesives - both wet & dry

Trimmer and Scissors

Stamp Edge Scissors

Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Paper Piercer

Pencil & Ruler

Glossy Accents

Crafty Foam Tape

Edge Distresser

Mini Stapler

Jewelry Pliers if you have them

Your favorite border punch

See you Friday at The Cottage!

I see a 7 Gypsies workshop in the future . . .

I am totally in love with

7 Gypsies American Vintage Collection.

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Getting everything priced, ordered, etc

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for a mini-book workshop in July

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Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO

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Not in the St. Louis area?

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For Keeps Sake Events

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or e-mail


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We can bring this workshop direct to you

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at your favorite local scrapbook store

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or via a mini-book kit.

Changes to May 9 workshop at Checkered Cottage . . .

Hi Everyone!

A slight alteration from the list of *to bring*.

You will not need to bring your

WeR Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.

I have those pre-done for you.

The rest of the list can be found below.


Thank you to all who signed up sight-unseen!

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Finally received most of the shipments I was waiting for

and could finish the mini.

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We're going to use some awesome products including

Ken Oliver Crafts Color Burst


Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray

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If you're signed up for this workshop, please bring:

Black Distress Stain for book edges

One small paint brush for globe and one medium paint brush for wood postcard

(see cover)

Spritzer with water & old rag

Brown Distress Ink (I used Vintage Photo)

Corner Rounder or Chomper

Crafty Foam Tape


Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Adhesives (wet & dry), Paper Piercer

Mini stapler

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See you at 10:30 and we'll work all day!

It's the start of something good . . .

UPDATE: Only 2 spots left and it's not even designed yet.

You gals are awesome. Thank you so much.

I'm late. I'm late. For a very important date.

 It's been a crazy travel month and it's still not over.

May 2015

So I am very late with my sample for the

once-a-month bookbinding workshop


Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

Hoping you trust me with the design of this book

and join me

Saturday, May 9

10:30 - 4:30

I'm waiting for deliveries of wonderful things

that will be included with this mini.

Think vintage-look items,

chipboard travel pieces

and lots of other goodies.

The book is 6.75" x 6.25" with 8 chipboard interactive pages.


Hope to see you there!