Monday, April 13, 2015

Zentangle Butterfly from Stencil

I've been working in my sketchbook lately trying different Dream Weaver stencils that I purchased at Tangle U 2014.  This one is a beautiful butterfly and suitable for this weeks Diva Challenge. We are to trace an object to use as our string.

Tangles used are Ennes, Brayd, Floorz, and Shattuk. You can find step-outs for these tangle on

I'll be heading out to Santa Fe, New Mexico on Thursday just in time for Tangle U 2015.  I hope to meet many more CZTs and find more enticing art goodies like these Dream Weave stencils.

Happy Tangling!

Birth Date Reminder Project

I don't know about you, but I sometimes have trouble remembering birth dates and how old the grand kids are each time.   I made a practical and pretty birthday reminder book to help me keep track of all the birth dates for family and extended family.

This is the front cover of the folio (no hard chipboard covers this time).  I used Pebbles Birthday Wishes paper pad and the Paper Phenomenon Foto Folios #2 Style 5 tutorial.

Back cover
This is a big folio! Here is the book in the first open position.  There is place for tags or cards or anything I want to put in the pockets.

Open up the two sides and you can see the whole spread, Whew! It is very long but holds information for all 12 months in one neat place.

Each month has its own pocket.  There is place for pictures on the front and back of each pocket - the pockets flip down. 

In each pocket is a folded tag for each month.  On this tag I plan to put a calendar with all the birth dates for that month. There is lots of room so I also plan to put pictures of the family members with a birthday that month.  Here are a few close ups of the pages.....

Underneath all the pockets I made acetate pockets to hold pre-made birthday cards.  After all, what's the point of knowing the birth date if I don't actually send out a card! lol!

As you can see I already made a few cards with the paper collection.

Making this was easy from Kathy's great tutorial and I had a lot of fun making such a practical reminder.  Now I just need to get all the birth dates put on the calendars!

Project Recipe:
Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon Foto Folio #2 Style 5
Paper: Pebbles Birthday Wishes 12x12 pad and Cardmaking Pad, Recollections 12x12 black paper
Embellishments: Pebbles Printed Chipboard Shapes, Tags
Inks: My new Prima Chalk Edgers that I one from Scrapadabadoo - Black and Brick Wall

Have a happy day!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

So Happy Together - Mini Album

I have a new mini album to share with you all.  This one is happy, happy, happy, with citrus colours and retro graphics.  The paper collection is from We R Memory Keepers - Feelin' Groovy.

I guess this paper makes me think of the Partridge Family TV show and maybe the Brady Bunch with the bright happy colours and lots of big flowers. Can't you just see Jan in a pair of bell-bottoms with these big flowers?

I used the new Paper Phenomenon kit club album, Life in Retrospect, as my tutorial.  I only made 4 pages and a single chipboard cover.  This is a slight variation from the original tutorial.  Here are the pages from the album......

The front of ever page has this design. The front flap holds a tag.

The inside of every page has this design.  There are two tags on the left.

The back of every page has a three tiered pocket for tags.

Lots of room for photos!

These papers are very busy!

Layered photo mats.

My Album Recipe:

Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon  Life in Retrospect (Kit Club 13)
Paper: We R Memory Keepers, Michael's Brights paper pack
Embellishments: Rare Earth magnets, Prima Flowers, Stamp in Up brads, a few pocket cards and embellishments from the paper collection

No matter what paper collection you use this new album style is going to look great!

Have a happy day!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

School Days- A Vintage Album

I am really quite excited to share this mini album with you all today.  I only learned about and fell in love with Graphic 45 early last year and by then it was too late to purchase collections that I was seeing and loving on Pinterest and YouTube.  Graphic 45 re-released this collection and naturally, I made a new mini album!

The tag is held to the cover with a brad.

Tim Holtz chain for closure.

This is my third album using the Paper Phenomenon "Max Your Mini" AKA "Witches Brew" album tutorial.  The page size is 8x8 making the album 8 1/2 x 8 1/2.  I think this is the perfect size for a smaller mini.  Big enough for 4x6 photos and small enough to maintain the cuteness factor.

Here we go with page 1.........

Inside the front cover

The back of page 1

Here is Page 2.....

Front of page 2

Back of page 2

Well, you get the idea.  I really enjoyed working with this paper collection and making a cute school oriented mini album.  Here are the fronts of the remaining pages.....

My Album Recipe:

Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon  Max Your Mini from Holiday Kit Club #2
Paper: Graphic 45 ABC Primer Re-release, Bazzill Raven Black and Red
Embellishments: Rare Earth magnets, Tim Holtz chain closure, Michael's brads, EK Success edge punches
Inks: Distress Black Soot

I do hope you give this great album tutorial a try.  No matter what paper collection you use it is going to look great!

Have a happy day!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Paris Anyone? A Foto Folio Scrapbook in Yellow and Black

I think what I love most about making mini scrapbooks is the paper.  It's the way the colors make me feel or how the images twist my emotions.

I was introduced to mini scrapbooks in a class at my local scrapbook store - Scrapbook Central in Courtenay, BC in October 2014, and since then I have become a paperaholic.  I don't think there is cure at this time and even if there was I probably would wait for double blind trials, lol!

I immediately fell in love with this Authentique: Classic Beauty collection the moment I saw it in a sales email from an online store.  I bought it the same moment!

I have turned the simple paper pad and Life Cards into a wonderful Foto Folio following Kathy Orta's second set of folios and style #6.  It is a great tutorial, easy to follow and makes a unique, off center scrapbook with room for lots of photos.  A male friend was visiting and noticed the scrapbook on my table.  He opened up and started to turn the pages.  He kept saying, "this is great", and then "it just keeps on going, doesn't it?"

This is what you see when you remove the magnetized belt closure.
Open the top flap to reveal the the center of the book.

Now let's explore the left side.....

I used an acetate pocket on the left

The yellow pages is actually multiple tags ready for pictures.

Let's explore the right side.....

The left side has stepped pockets and the right side has a series of tag layers.

I used Tim Holtz #10 tags on this layer

On the bottom of all the tag layers is a generous pocket with space for a layout.
After the tag section comes a large acetate pocket for lots of memorabilia.

I kept the left side plain so I can do a layout with photos.
and finally we come to the last page.....

Big "L" pocket at the end!

I hope you have enjoyed looking a this paper as much as I did while making the album!  Here is my recipe:

Project Recipe
Tutorial: Paper Phenomenon  Foto Folio 2, Style #6
Paper: Authentique Classic Beauty paper pad and Life Cards, Bazzill Raven Black and Pale Yellow
Embellishments: Acetate, Fab Scraps charm, Office Depot paper clips, Stampin' Up brad, Rare Earth magnets, Tim Holtz #10 tags from Scrapbook Central
Inks: Distress Black Soot

Have a super scrappy day!