Friday, October 21, 2016

Faithbooking Workshop

It's finally available! I've worked so hard on this faithbooking workshop. It includes a 20-page PDF of instructions as well as 40 collage sheets! That's not 40 collage sheet images, but 40 different collage sheets, each with multiple images. I've put this in my Etsy shop as an instant download. You can print these images over and over as many times as you like and use these in your journals, scrapbooking projects, card making projects, mixed media projects, etc. You can use these for personal use and for items that you create to sell, but they cannot be sold as PDF files or as-is. If you purchase this for a Bible study group, you have permission to make one copy for each participant in your group without each having to purchase the product. These collage sheets include blank journaling spots for your journals, She sayings (all faith-based), a variety of dolls and images, Christian images, Bible verses, hymn lyrics, vintage images and more. This is an over-the-top collection. 

You can also purchase just the collage sheets. Here are some previews of the multiple collage sheets included.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Giant Paper Bag Scrapbook Album

Last year our city banned plastic grocery bags.  It has been kind of a throw-back to the seventies before stores used plastic grocery bags and now stores give paper bags, unless you bring your own reusable bags.  At first the stores tried to charge extra for the paper bags, but they eventually realized customers balked and for the most part they do not charge for the paper bags.  We do bring our own reusable bags for the most part, but once in a great while we forget so we are given paper bags.  Well, these were really starting to pile up!  So I started saving a stack of them in my studio.  And finally I couldn't stand it any longer, I just had to make a paper bag book!
I took the handles off of each bag and then folded it in half.  I couldn't find my bone folder, but I remembered seeing that you could use the handles of your scissors in a pinch, so that is what I did to get a nice crisp edge on each bag.  I decorated each bag first with papers such as wallpaper samples, sheet music and paper scraps, and then with various clip-art images and journal spots.  The covers are made from an old Cheerios box covered in some handmade paper from my local scrapbook store.
 Since this book is super tall, I printed images at the largest size I could.  It also allows for big old journaling spots.

I added just one small lunch size bag inside one of the signatures.  That is the one with the orange polka-dots above.
Each bag has a small flap on the inside that I also included a tall, narrow journaling card on.  I adhered the pages back to back very carefully and bound it together with a sewn tapes binding.
And I made large pull-outs for the pockets for each bag.  Because of how big the bags are, I was able to make super big journaling spots.  And there is one on each side of each pull-out.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Free Printable Collage Sheet

We have a new free printable collage sheet on our website.  It's a sheet of three couches and one chair. 

I love to cut these out and use them in my planners, scrapbooks, journals, etc.  I tried to find images that are easy to cut and not too fine of details that make them too difficult to cut.  I then like to take images of either children or people sitting and place them on the couch.  Here is one from my journal that was kind of fun.

You can get a full sized PDF printable from our website here.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Desktop Calendar Tutorial

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  It was pretty special for us to have our precious Samuel who is only two months old to share it with.

Several years ago I did a tutorial on creating a desktop calendar with my Bind-It-All.  In the tutorial I use the Teresa Collins calendar pages.  I realize these are getting harder and harder to get (I did hoard my pack for just such an occasion).  But I want you guys to be able to make one of these calendars if you want to, so I made up some free 2016 printable calendars that will fit this calendar perfectly.  You can get the free tutorial and the printables on my website at Desktop Calendar Tutorial.  The printable calendars are in PDF format and there are four to a page with three pages.  

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Merry Christmas

I have definitely been getting into the Christmas spirit around here.  Our tree has been decorated for weeks, gifts are purchased and mostly wrapped, and I've been working on this little upcycled Christmas scrapbook / smashbook, December Daily type book.
I've taken an old children's Christmas classic, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and made all new pages for the inside.  Actually, I kept a couple of the pages from the book to use as it adds a charm I kind of like.
I like using old lace on the sides of the pages and then lots of journaling spots and photo mounts to jot down those special memories.
I also love these fun altered art images from various Etsy shops and places on the internet. 
I also like making some of the pages smaller than the outer pages as it gives it a little more interest.
There are some little tags in the pocket here, which I think make great "secret" journaling spots.
I also love making these side pockets that are great for putting little cards and treasures in.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

He's here!

Our first grandchild Samuel was born November 10, 2015.  We thought for a short time that he was going to be born on my birthday, November 7th, but he decided to make us wait an additional three days.  But he was definitely worth the wait.  He is so much fun!  I was blessed to be able to spend the first week at my daughter and her husband's house helping them out.  I am also blessed that we only live 10 minutes away, so I get to still see him often.  I am looking forward to the many memories we will be making with Mr. Samuel.  I see a lot of scrapbooking in my future!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tag Easel Card Tutorial

Lori Delp has created a lovely Tag Easel Card tutorial for our website.  It's not exactly a mini album, but we have started a new page on our website specifically for other paper related projects and this is the first one we are including.  She used Graphic 45 papers, which always make a project look great.  Lori included a template for the easel and the tag and wrote very clear, thorough instructions.  Thank you so much, Lori.  She is working on another project for the website that will be published very soon.