Tuesday, December 21, 2021

You're Invited to Alice's Tea Party

I've been working away for weeks now on a very fun project and it's finally time to share with you! It's my tea party set featuring Graphic 45's new "Alice's Tea Party" collection. I've used SVG files from SVGCuts.com and more Graphic 45 products to complete the ensemble, plus a video tutorial for you so you can make your own round album to fit inside the new Graphic 45 round box. 

The video walks you through all the projects with details on each piece, then I show all the steps to create the round mini album. I've created a three-tiered cake, cake stand, mini album, teapot and four teacups with saucers and spoons. What a fun party decor piece this is! I'm selling the completed pieces in my Etsy shop starting today. The cake, cake stand and mini album are in one listing, and the teapot and cups are in another. 

I hope you take a moment to enjoy the video. This was an extremely enjoyable project to create. Thanks for stopping in today!

Thursday, December 2, 2021

December Day by Day Planner (part 1)

Welcome back! I've been having the best time these past few weeks preparing pages for my December Day-by-Day planner. Do you keep a daily style album for your December? It's such a rewarding and fun way to lead into the holidays. 

I'm featured over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today with lots more pages and a "Craft With Me" style video (which I have also embedded here, below) to give you lots and lots of inspiration if you're thinking of creating your own December Day-by-Day book this year.

Stay tuned for more pages coming soon, as I continue to make more. (It's the first thing I do when I get up in the morning, after breakfast and coffee, while it's still dark and quiet.) Most supplies are listed in links below, and will be updated once all the products are available. (Lots of new stuff coming!) 

Thanks for popping in today. Have a great day! (Note: as an affiliate, I get a small commission on products you purchase if you click on the links below.)

Monday, November 29, 2021

15th Annual Holiday Workshop Now Available

Hello and happy Monday. I hope all my American friends enjoyed a Happy Thanksgiving weekend. We traveled down to Florida for a few days to be with family and had a wonderful time. I'm back in Greenville now, feeling the holiday spirit, and ready to share my tutorial for my 15th Annual Holiday Workshop. 

This year, everything is virtual once again. I've created all the great Christmas items you've been used to over the years, along with a few additions. I've also created a digital download for you to print (11 pages with photos and step-by-step instructions) as well as a complete video tutorial of all the projects which shows even more detail than I can in the printed directions. When you purchase the tutorial in my Etsy shop, you get both! You'll be given a private video link to watch the video, as well as the digital download.

So what's in the workshop? You'll make the following (with plenty of paper left over for much more!)...

                                                                   Four Slimline Cards

Eight A2 Greeting Cards 

Four Gift Card Holders

Four Large Gift Tags

15 Small Gift Tags

Two different 3D Treat Holders

Everything is made with Graphic 45's "Let It Snow" full collection which you will need to purchase for yourself. This includes the 12 x 12 Collection Pack, 12 x 12 Patterns & Solids, 8 x 8 paper pad, Chipboard, Die-cut Assortment, and the Journaling & Ephemera Cards. I used Elizabeth Craft Designs' "Classic Christmas" collection which I will link to below. And of course, you'll need some cardstock. I used Navy, Burgundy, Pine Green, Ivory and Kraft, but you can use whatever you have. You'll need all your basic crafting tools and supplies, of course, and some pretty ribbon to match the papers. The detailed supply list is there in the Etsy listing, just in case I forgot anything here.

I hope you enjoy this fun workshop, and I think with both printed directions and a video, you'll find it super easy to follow. BUY YOURS HERE.

Thanks for popping in. If you purchase the tutorial, please let me know if you have any questions about anything along the way. Have fun! (note: when you purchase the supply listed below by clicking the link, I get a small commission from that sale)


Sunday, November 14, 2021

Let's Make a 2022 Planner

Hello and happy Sunday, all. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. I'm so happy to share my 2022 planner I created recently. I've got a nice, long video tutorial for you to follow along, step-by-step. As always, I will list the products I've used below, but be sure to hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see more photos and the video.  

Making your own planner is not difficult when you have the proper supplies and tools. And the beautiful part is your can choose your favorite papers to suit your own style. I am a nature-loving, outdoorsy girl, so the "Hike More" collection from 49 and Market was perfect for me. 

As I mention in the video, I have planner printables in my Etsy shop designed specifically for the Elizabeth Craft Designs planner. Everything from the weekly pages, small monthly calendars, and larger months-at-a-glance.  Next year, I promise to make them for the smaller Sidekick sized planner.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you take a moment to watch the video and let me know what you think. 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Create beautiful seasonal lanterns with slimline dies

Slimline cards have been all the rage the past few years and while making some pretty cards recently, I had the idea to make some 3-dimensional lanterns. Just pop a battery-operated candle inside and voila! Using any papers you like, you can make any theme you wish! I've got a video tutorial to help you make your own from start to finish. The new background slimline dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs are perfect for this project. As you'll see in the video, I've create a sophisticated Halloween one using Graphic 45's Midnight Tales and a more Christmas one using Let It Snow.

All supplies are linked in the description box of the video, and the ECD links are below in this blog post as well. 

*Please note: All supply lists are affiliate links which means I get a small commission if you click on the image and make that purchase. * Thank you in advance.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Halloween Mini Album with new Planner Essentials dies and stamps!

BOO! (Sorry, did I frighten you?) No worries, it's not scary at all, it's a super fun Halloween Mini Album made with the new Halloween release from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I created a full tutorial for this one and it's absolutely FREE on my YouTube channel. Or you can watch below too. I've listed all the links to the supplies for your quick access. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Goodbye dear Ginger

Many of you know my dear friend, Ginger Ropp (aka "My Sisters Scrapper"). A talented, fun, spitfire of a lady who I've been lucky to call my friend for almost 10 years now. Like me, she's been part of the crafting community for a long time. (If you ever want to learn how to make a mini album, just visit her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mysistersscrapper. She's the Queen!) 

We've attended Creativation together several times, served on the Graphic 45 design team together, taught creative classes together, hosted our annual Creative Mountain Retreat together, and talk on Marco Polo constantly. This year would have been our fifth and final year of our retreat, but as many of you already know, Ginger passed away just a few days ago after her battle with Covid. While I am deeply saddened by this loss, I am not here today to be glum about it. I prefer to honor her with some photos and memories. Here are a few with some descriptions below each. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

The first time we met at CHA (what we now called Creativation). We were both on the Graphic 45 design team back then.

This was on a planning trip to Portland, back when Ginger lived in Washington and we were trying to decide where to host our retreat. At first we thought somewhere near Portland, which is also near the Graphic 45 office. We drove all over looking at Inns and hotels. 

We, of course, had to visit the Graphic 45 office and then were treated to dinner by the G45 family.

We eventually went to Seattle and enjoyed all the touristy things to do there. These delicious goodies were rice crispy treats covered in chocolate.

Then came our first retreat at Echo Mountain Inn in Hendersonville, NC. The friendship was officially solidified at this point. We were like a couple of giggling school girls.

Then a year flew by and we had our second retreat!

And our third.

Even though we both were travel teaching all over the states, this retreat became our most favorite event. It was a pure joy to do together. No drama, no hassles. Just two "sisters" having fun.

In between those retreats, we still saw each other at Creativation in January.

No matter the event, there always seemed to be whiskey involved. It became a tradition at all our retreats.

Pajama Day at the retreat is always the last day, so everyone can relax and unwind and finish up their projects from the weekend. And Ginger and I finally got a chance to sit down. This picture makes me smile because when Ginger first saw it, she gasped and said, "What's that pink thing in between your legs?!! It was the drawstring, of course, but we did have a big laugh over that one.

I went to Arizona shortly after she moved there, for another planning session for the next retreat. We spent a lot of time driving around Arizona considering a new location, but we ended up returning to the Echo Mountain Inn again. It was just the perfect place.

And, of course, while near Phoenix we had to stop in at the fabulous Scraps Of Love where I got to meet Chris and her daughter Sam, and even got to jump in on their Sunday Facebook Live session.

Another Creativation together. A highlight is the Graphic 45 family dinner. 

This is a favorite. Ginger and I got ourselves into this designer's challenge at Creativation and here Ginger is taking her turn. You had about a minute to make something out of the supplies they put in front of you. She was a RIOT!

Our fourth retreat, last Fall 2020, was very different. All guests wore masks, stayed as safe as possible, and we had a fantastic time. Absolutely NO ONE got Covid as a result of this gathering. 

Once we got outside, we quickly pulled off the masks for a quick picture. I'm glad we did. At this time, we agreed to do just one more retreat together and then move on to other ventures. 

Sadly, here we are now in 2021, wrapping up all the details for this final retreat, and she got Covid in early September. Three weeks of a very hard fight in the ICU, and then she was gone.

The retreat will go on, and we will honor her in spirit, and I'll be sure to share it all with you in my annual video, as well as on my social media.

To wrap up this post, I wanted to share this last photo. This might be my most favorite of all. It's a screen shot of us on Marco Polo, which we used to communicate all the time. All. The. Time. I have tons and tons of conversations between us that are all saved. And yes, I have already gone back and watched many of them and will continue to for as long as I can. As you can see, we laughed a lot. A whole lot. We shared what we were working on, we worked out ideas together, and we unloaded when we needed to do that too. I think this is what I am going to miss the most.

Rest in peace my dear Ginger. I miss you so much already.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Summer Pages in my Nature Notebook

Hello again! How has your Summer been going? It's almost Fall already, which is crazy. No matter what season, it's beautiful here in Greenville, SC and I've been snapping all kinds of nature photos to put in my planner. I've got a full post with more close-up photos and a "Craft With Me" video to share with you, in case you missed it, over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog at this link.  I share how I made these bright and cheerful pages with some helpful tips and ideas for making your own pages. All supplies and links are provided, so I hope you take a moment to check it out. Thanks, and have a great day!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Creating Cascading Photo Flaps in Your Planner

In case you missed it in early August, I created another set of pages in my full-size planner which I had never posted here, so I thought I'd share today. I show how to create cascading photo flaps with some new dies. I've created another Craft With Me video on these pages that I hope you have a moment to check out. All supplies and links are listed below. Let me know what you think! Here's a few photos with the video below it.

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.