Thursday, 6 October 2016

Christmas Planner 3 (2016) Instructions Now Available

Hello everyone!

I have a third Christmas Planner for you that can again be adapted as a Wedding Planner, Trip Planner, Family Reunion Planner, etc.  I just completed teaching this class at Scrapbook Essentials BC, and can now post the instructions for sale!

These are the photos of the planner made for a class (see my post from my Aspiring to Creativity blog).

To create the written instructions I used a different paper to create a Trip Planner, so you will not see these papers in the instructions.

To purchase these instructions -


Thank you for stopping by to check out the new 2016 Christmas Planner!

Happy creating!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Attending Wedding - Your Orders


Just to let you know that I will be away attending my youngest daughter's wedding for the next few days. All orders placed while I'm away, will not be sent to you until Monday, May 16th.

THANK YOU for your patience.

Friday, 8 April 2016

CARD BOX - Business Size 10

Many of you know that I like to create cards that fit into the size 10 business envelopes as a different size and shape for a card. My samples on the size of card was building up, so I thought why not make a box that will hold a few of them! I have six cards in my box, but then some of them have one or more popped up layers to them. If you don't do that then the box will hold a few more than six cards.

It has a magnetic closure (three magnets).

I had fun stamping the top piece using the Stampin' Up! stamp set "Number of Years"  in neutral colours.

If you are wondering about the corner protectors, I purchased them from ButterBee Scraps.

On the inside of the lid I used the Stampin' Up! stamp sets"Number of Years" in the corners, "Layered Letters" and "Tin of Cards" stamp sets.

To access the cards in the box, just flip open the flaps!

This box uses three sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock, and 1 or 2 sheets of 12 x 12 DSP, depending on the pattern.


          $7.00 CAD

Here is the box created for the instructions, without any stamping and embellishing.

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you all will find a little time for yourself to papercraft this weekend! I know the weather is beautiful out there now, but maybe you can set up a little station out side to still craft.

These and other instructions can be found on my "Project List & Links" page at the top of the blog.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Gate Fold Album - In Neutral Colours

I've been working on several albums of late, and am enjoying the projects. The one I'm showing you today was a bit of an experiment using only neutral colours in Basic Gray, Sarah Sand, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and a black cover using a non-Stampin' Up! product called Kraft-Tex. Its a paper/fabric which doesn't tear or crack with use, as cardstock can. That's why I used this product. I did learn a few things in using this product, and will have to adjust thow I use it for an album cover or spine.

Any way, let's get to having a look at the album, shall we. As you can see I left the cover plain with no embellishment, just the ribbon closure.

When the album is opened, this is what you see.

You will notice the 'Botanical Builder' dies were used in the album. Everything was cut from Crumb Cake. I love how it looks! Who'd have thought that it would look great in Crumb Cake of all things! But then it is a fabulous die set.

When you lift the top flap you see this. Oh, I should mention that I used another couple non-Stampin' Up! products through out the album, some older Project Life (pre-Stampin' Up!) cards because they coordinated with the colours of the album. Some of these I cut down or punched. The others are some chipboard laser cuts that I had purchased a few years ago form the store where I used to teach classes at.

The square on the upper right corner I created with several different Stampin' Up! Project Life stamp sets.

Close up - see the subtle Versamark text stamping...

Close up of the stamped square (sorry it's not real clear).

Another gate fold section to the album.

When you open that up, there is a place on the left for a larger phtoto (left), a place for a 4 x 4 photo to slide into a frame, and a booklet that opens up when you untie the twine.

Close up

Close up

When you open this booklet you can either journal inside or place additional photos.

Back to the center, when you open up the larger booklet, there are pages with sections for journaling, and places to make up a mini layout of photos, or use one very large page sized photo.

Turn the page...

Turn the page again...

Then when you flip the page that the book is attached to, you find this. There's a place for a 5 x 7 photo. Oh, I guess I should have mentioned that all these Botanical Builder parts are attached so that the photo can slide in behind them, have a part of the floral arrangement over the corners of the photos.

Then when you flip that last flap in the album, there is room for another 5 x 7 or and arrangement of smaller photos within the designated areas.

Close up for detail.

Last close up.

I wish the photos showed more what the album really looks like, because it looks much better in real life. I hope that you enjoyed seeing this any way, and are inspired for the next album or scrapbook page you create.

 All these albums I'm currently making will all be for sale at future classes, crops, and markets. 

If you are interested in buying this album before I get it out in the public, don't hesitate to contact me (

Should you are interested in knowing more about Kraft-Tex, here is a video I found. It's great stuff with many applications and uses.

Thank you for stopping by today, and happy creating!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Change of Plans & A Gift Set

I will begin today with an apology.  I am sorry to say that due to my circumstances I will not be able to create instructions for more projects, including the one that I mentioned in the last post. I am sincerely sorry, but health issues keep me from being able to do that for you. I still create projects, and maybe will sell the completed projects rather than instructions. I miss being able to have instructions for you and am hoping a time will come when I can once again provide instructions for you.

In the mean time I am going to share some photos taken of a very special gift set that I made.

I took an empty CostCo Christmas treat box that has front magnetic closures and covered the box inside and out with Stampin' Up 'Timeless Elegance' DSP.

I used the 'Ornate Tag Topper' punch on both ends of the black cardstock to create the box label. From the side you can see the secondary exterior paper.

In this next photo you see the interior, and the fact that I had to add magnets to the flap because with the store paper layer and then  my own on top of it, the magnets needed some help to close the flap.

In the center I created a long box dividing the space into two sections. This box is meant to hold pens and such. At the back end of the pen compartment you'll see a tiny box. I created this to hold stamps, a roll of stamps.

Here is the little stamp box. It measures 1 3/4" square, by 1 3/4" high. I used the Word Window punch to make the little 'stamps' tag.

Next you see a dozen 3 x 3 cards made for the Card Box Gift Set. (I'm not showing them individually, but if you click on the photo, you can see the image a little larger to get a better look at them.)

Here are 14 tags that I made real quick to try and coordinate with the cards made for last year's card classes.

There are 14 cards in this gift set, so I had to split the pile into two. You will recognise these cards from last year's classes and postings.

The first seven cards...

The next seven cards...

With all of the cards out of the box, you can see that rather than make a box for each section, I wanted to see the DSP without having to cover all the boxes with more DSP. So I decided to hold the cards in their sections by just attaching ribbon on the bottom and tying them around each stack of cards.

A closer look at the ribbon ties.

A closer look at the tiny 'stamp box'.


This Card Gift Set holds 14 cards, 14 gift tags, and twelve 3 x 3 gift cards! If you were to total up all the items created for this set, it would come to $92.50!  With this box, once the cards and tags are gone, you can keep adding purchased or your own hand made items to put inside. Great gift, right!

Unfortunately this Gift Set did not sell at the Vendors Market last Wednesday (for the asking price of $75). But I am willing to go down in price if anyone is interested in purchasing this Gift Set...somewhere around $65.00.... It could be a Valentines gift, Easter gift, Mother's Day gift, Birthday gift.... If you are interested, email me ( and we can make arrangements. I'll even ship it with the shipping cost added to the price we agree on.

Happy Papercrafting!