Friday, July 23, 2021

Midnight Tales File Folder Album Tutorial!

This post is for all you Halloween fans out there like me. Graphic 45 has steered clear of Halloween collections the past few years, but the requests have been so strong they finally designed one this year! It's called "Midnight Tales" and like all Graphic 45 collections, this one is FANtastic! 

I've created a file folder album. Believe it or not, it's the FIRST file folder album I've designed. I hesitate to call it a "mini" album since it's a pretty good size. It has a bit of a different twist than most of the file folder minis you may have seen. 

It is filled with pockets, magnetic flaps, cool tuck spots, and secret hiding places! As I designed it, I documented all the steps, measurements, and took photos so I could write YOU a tutorial.

You can purchase my 14 page tutorial in my Etsy shop NOW. It's only $18 for the PDF download and it's easy-to-follow and super fun to make. The best part is, you can use the tutorial over and over again with other Graphic 45 collections. (That's what I'm gonna do!)

There are so many spaces for photos of your favorite Halloween pics and loads of journaling spots to record your memories.

I made a quick walk-through video today so you can check it out even further. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Mason Jar Garden Journal with Video

Have you seen the new Mason Jar/Snow Globe special from Elizabeth Craft Designs yet? Well, I've had all kinds of fun this past week creating a junk journal with this new set! Today, I'm featured over on the ECD blog with this journal along with a process video from start to finish, which I've also embedded below.

I incorporated many different textures into this journal, which is something I absolutely LOVE about junk journals. There's paper, fabric (pictured above), canvas, watercolor, vellum, and kraft. 

I hope you take a moment to visit the ECD blog today to see more photos and close-ups, and also watch the video so you can see all the steps and enjoy the process with me.

As I say in the video, I am listing this completed and signed album in my Etsy Shop tomorrow morning, so don't miss out on that. These one-of-a-kind, signed pieces usually sell out pretty quickly.

Here's the video and the supply list below. Thanks for watching!

Friday, July 2, 2021

Springtime Planner Pages with Video!

Hello again and welcome back! How about some more planner pages? This time, I'm sharing two spreads in my nature planner with a "Craft With Me" style video. In the video I share how I make my paper and color choices, how I decide on the composition of elements, and my thoughts on designing the pages. Here are some peeks, but be sure to hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog for even more close-ups and details there as well as the video. The supply list is below and also on their blog. Thanks for checking in today. Have a fantastic holiday weekend for those of you in the States.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Tri-Fold TRIPLE Waterfall Album Tutorial

Do you LOVE the new Graphic 45 tri-fold folio waterfall album? If so, I've created a variation of that album featuring a TRIPLE waterfall and a thicker album. The video below shares a full tutorial on how to make your own including all paper measurements and steps. I've shown how you can use any paper collection you like, as I show one album with Mother Goose and the other with Elegance.

Don't have time to make your own? Well, the two albums featured in the video are going up in my Etsy Shop for sale this Sunday, June 20 at 10 a.m. EST. These would make great gifts! These handmade items always sell very fast, so be sure to log into to Etsy before 10 a.m. and keep hitting that refresh button if you're interested.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Prepping photos for your Planner/Journal

After a bit of a break from my planner (due to other projects) I'm finally back with some more pages to share with you. I've been getting lots of requests to share how I group my photos, resize them, and print them for my planner pages, so I've created a video on that for you today. In the video I start off with a little Craft With Me as I complete the last two pages, then I get to the photo information, so I hope you take a moment to check it out and see if it helps you. You can view more photos of the four pages on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today HERE.

Below my video is the full supply list of all the products I used. Don't ever let the supply list intimidate you. I have ALL the ECD planner dies, so I use them. It's ultimately up to you which dies you find work best for you and your budget. A lot of creative fun can be had with just ONE die set! 

Hmm, maybe that's a good topic for another video!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Apartment Craft Room Tour after Downsizing (finally!)

Hey everyone. It only took me a year, LOL, but I'm finally sharing a look at my creative space after downsizing. 2020 was crazy between selling our house, Covid-19, and moving to an apartment in downtown Greenville, but we couldn't be happier. I hope you find some of my organization ideas helpful. Check out my video below, and thanks in advance for watching.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Bright, Colorful and Bold Seed Packet and Mini Card

It's time for another Group Post over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today and the theme is Bright, Colorful and Bold. I hope you get a moment to hop over there and check out all the creations. As for mine, I've created this fun little envelope and mini card using the Seed Packet die and the new Rainbow of Happiness paper collection plus more goodies. I'll be sure to share the entire supply list at the bottom of this post.

Like you, I love trying out new techniques, and one of my favorites when die-cutting is to skip the cardstock and grab some pattern paper instead. As you can see here with the strawberries and leaves and flower, I've done just that. I select papers with similar colors to what I would use if ink-blending or using colored cardstock. Then I follow up with some inking around the edges to give more vibrancy and dimension.

The word Hello comes from the Phone Booth Special die set, but you can use any die you have. I love to cut out two of them, each in a different color, and use one for a drop shadow. It really makes the word pop!

The Seed Packet die set is great because it has so many dies to play around with. The window frame shown above is one of them. There's an actual opening/window in the seed packet, so I thought it would be fun to add a little "screen" you can see through. I used the Honeycomb Dots die and adhered the paper to the inside of the window before assembling the seed packet. It's cute to see the pink paper on my mini card front when it's inserted into the packet. You get that little peek at what's inside.

The card is very simple with papers on the front, back and insides. The sweet little moth is from the Wave Pocket die set and those word tags come from the new Reminiscence The Book 2 collection, coming soon. This is going to someone very special to me and the words on these tags couldn't be more perfect after having spent a super fun girls' weekend together.

I hope you enjoyed today's project and you take a moment to hop over to the ECD blog today to check out all the other Bright, Colorful and Bold creations from the team. Thanks for stopping in!