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: 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.

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!