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I made this! Halloween Album, part 2

I hope you all had a great weekend and I wish you all an even better week ahead.

This is continued from part 1 here

And this is the rest of the album I made.

I forgot to show the inside front cover and 1st page.

The skull pulls out and can be written on and a picture added.

This is another page and I got to use one of the all over punches that Martha Stewart makes. They are very cool and work really, really well.

The card behind is red and the spider and web is the punched out black paper.

Ravens marching along the bottom of the page.

Another skeleton page. This is one of my favorite punches, Jodi and I call this iron gate, probably not the name but we like it.

This is a great page and the colors are standard Halloween. I love it. A photo will fit under the moon and bats on the right page.

This one is a favorite. I love the whole book. The vampire and the moon are printed on plastic. The tombstone is also.

Two paper is silver and gray are for photos and writing.

This is another favorite. The witch is one of the best pre made decorations I have seen for Halloween. The cloak is velvety.

How about that spider web and spider border? Another Martha! She rocks on these punches in my opinion.

And the final page is back to the raven theme again.

The book is full and it was so fun to do. I mean how much better can it get when you go hang out with a dear, dear friend and make something awesome that makes you smile too!!

Lucky me!

Have a good week.


I made this! Halloween Album




Here is the Halloween book I told you about, from when Jodi and I got together a few weeks ago. I took some of the skills I have learned from Jodi and combined them with the Coptic book binding I taught myself and some new ideas to make this Halloween scrap-book.

I love the holiday and I finally got to make something for it in the paper area.

Jodi would not let me put bats all over the houses we made at Christmas for my family. I know there is good reason behind this, she always has those.

I just have a hard time seeing that from my point of view. I mean, don’t you think that everything should have skellies, bats, and wicked cool fences and ghosts and pumpkins, candy corn and witches all over it, all of the time?

See, I knew there would be tons of you that agreed with me. After all, the colors for Halloween are just divine, right?

I can see Jodi in my mind, shaking her head right now and not in that up and down “yes” fashion either. ;-P


I used this monster colored green paper with crows(ravens) all over and spider webs too for the covers.

I used my thin chip board but double-sided taped 3 pieces together.

This is quarter sheet of paper book, 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″. I then covered with that awesome green paper.


Like so.


Double sided tape to adhere.


Covers done on the outside. Chose very cool raven paper for the inside.


I used Distress ink to age the edges of the outside and the inside of the covers.

Gives it that spooky feel!



This is a full sheet 8 1/2″ by 11″ of card stock scored down the length in the middle.



And then scored down the middle of it the other way! Jodi learned and shared with me about the ball stylus on the score board. It works great, better than my bone folder. Howard carries these in the  of all sizes. We have double-sided, like this one shown, and single sided too.



It is folded and holes are poked in the middle fold. This is the page opened up here. This is one signature in the book. I did this to make pockets to hold things.


I used the Big Bite to punch the holes in  the covers for the eyelets.

I make a template to make the holes 1/4″ in from the edge on the cover where I am going to make the holes.

I lay the template on my score board and make the scores evenly spaced so I can see them.

I will have to make one later so you can see how I mark and place the holes.

Another tutorial!


Here the holes are punched in the cover.


Here you can see the eyelets and the binding. The pages are in.

Here is a different look at them.


I glued two pages together either on the side or on the top and made pockets to put things in. I made the page on the right a diagonal pocket.

And the one on the left a side pocket. I glued another piece of paper to the front on the left to make another pocket for the Happy Halloween tag.

The pocket on the left is a top loader and I glued the side together to do that. The pocket on the right is a top loader too and then I used another piece of paper to make another pocket on the front. With the tag in it.

I am going to stop here because Blogger is throwing a tizzy, too much going on for its poor little brain to handle. I write there and copy here.

I will continue this in the next post!

You can see though, I am having big fun! You can also see how a lot of techniques come together for even more fun for unique twist. I love when that happens.

Have a great weekend yall’


Hi, I’mmmmmmmmmmmmm back!

This has been quite a week. So I decided to take the time off to fully be in the week.

I hope you all have had a great week and I missed you.

I got back from my friend Jodi’s after book making and staying up all hours, going out with her and Jimmy to dinner at BJ’s with Mojito’s (Yum) with no major problems. I had a great time, which is probably the only reason I kind of slid through the whole week of interesting changes.


I would go over it for you but, I would rather not rather not relive that week again. Everybody is alive and well, so it is all good in the end.


I taught Jodi how to do the Coptic binding to the best of my ability. She liked it and we each made a Halloween Scrapbook by combing the Coptic book binding with Scrap-booking. I mean, it had to go there, right?

These are the cutest books, I will show you those at a later date.

What I wanted to share with you was this book I made with a closure on it.

I glued some clay pieces on the front.

Jodi bought me a new toy, it is called Big Bite. It made those pretty little holes you see in the book above. I am in love with this thing, beats the heck out of an ice pick any day!!

That is how I made my holes in the books before. Sets eyelets too. ;-D

Nothing better than a tool that does a great job! I have a bunch of other things in mind for this baby too.

Coptic binding on the edges with waxed linen beige cording.



Craft paper pages for journaling or artwork.


But… tiny! Isn’t it cute? 2″ tall by 1 1/2″ wide.

I just had too.

I set the eyelet on the back for the string to tie the book closed with my new tool too.


I just tied a piece of the waxed linen through the eyelet with a square knot and bam! you have part of a closure.

That cording ties around a brad and a circular piece of card stock to make the closure.

The hole for the brad was cut with the Big Bite too. The big bite is not just a hole punch, it cuts through chip board and multiple layers of chip board like butter. It also has a long reach on it which makes it perfect for books.

Have a great week everyone. Be well, and breathe.

Did any of you have an all out crazy week last week?


Wednesday updates

I am still not feeling up to snuff, but better. Madi and I lay around a lot. There is just something about having a cold during hot weather, it doesn’t feel right. It is supposed to be cold and rainy so you can drink chicken soup and get better. You know the whole bathrobe wrapped up to your neck, thermometer hanging out of the side of your mouth, droopy eyes, slippers and blankies all over you. 

Not this cold, not this time.

So no Wednesday Wonders again 😦

I wanted to remind you I have a piece I am giving away on the Mary’s Graces Blog

The giveaway is over on Friday 08/18/11, you might want to go check it out if your are interested.

Since I had to stay home this weekend and not go play at Jodi’s house, I brought out the paper and started to play.

I have always wanted to learn Coptic book binding, I did.

I did OK too.

My friend Meredith makes wonderful books, Coptic binding is one of her specialties. I have always admired them, it is a neat technique and she does a great job. 

You can see her book and paper art gallery here

She also teaches in the Seattle area and will teach a class for it if you get enough people together.

I will take a picture of my little book and load it up here later.

I went to google and did a search for Coptic bookbinding and up pops,

This one is for Coptic bookbinding with hard covers. There are other wonderful videos under the same search for doing different covers, images, and a plethora of info to keep you or me busy for days ;-D

I am going to do this again.

I have also listed tons(OK, lots) of stuff in both of my stores.

Also I don’t know if you know about this web page and group, but if you are an Etsy seller of handmade or vintage, this might be a wonderful source for you.

It is called Etsy Lush

They also have a team on Etsy, you can check it out here.

It is totally run by volunteers, donating what I am sure is massive hours of time, to promote sellers on Etsy

Thank you guys!!

They also started doing individual pages for the people who get their things listed.

Here is my page

It also helps me keep track of what I have submitted already ;-D

That kind of tool always helps me. It is also nice to be able to share it too.

Thank you guys, again.

I hope you have a great day.

Be well and it is almost Friday ;-D


Jodi’s book-Mariposa

Well, you saw my book but I have yet to show you Jodi’s. So here it is.

Jodi has taught me everything I know. We work well together and she puts up with my hundreds of questions, maybe even thousands ;-D Her patience is unbelievable.

Jodi has an eye for beauty and design and turns a sows ear in to a silk purse…or something like that.

I know I am going to get a ration after she sees this.

Jodi is very modest and gets mad when I brag about her skills.

So this is why I am doing this while she can not reach me.

Jodi you are talented and so giving and kind!! I love you!

So now everyone knows ;-P 

Jodi is working with Die Cuts with a View paper Mariposa. It is beautiful, it has an Asian air to it. It has glitter, gold, and beautiful focal butterflies. It is just gorgeous and rich. I love the red pages. 

This picture shows the brilliance of the papers best. Would you look at the red pages? They are just yummy. DCWV you did good on this papuh!!

And the front black pages are pretty damn good too!

I really love this book too!

So you can see why I am doing so well. I have an excellent teacher. Hard to believe these are paper bags…yes??

My favorite page one last time.

Hope none of you get this cold, it is yucky. All I want to do is sleep. I don’t do that all that much and I love it so it is good I guess.

I would love to taste my food though.

Be well, know you are loved, and be kind to others.


Jodi and I spend the weekend paper crafting

The covers are thick chipboard

Jodi and spent most of Saturday night and part of Sunday making a new album with DCWV paper and black paper bags.

Jodi got the idea from Kathy at Paper Phenomenon

What a brilliant girl and funny too.

She says papuh! I love listening to her.

I laugh and laugh and laugh. Now that is good for you. Laughing and papuh crafting!

The pages are made with small gift bags reconfigured in to pages that are embellished.

There are all kinds of pockets for tags and photos, but I am not done with mine at all yet!

I have to go back to Jodi’s to work again, damn.

Hidden in the bag is another pocket for a tag and a picture.

On the back of the page above is another flap and pocket, along with a small pocket at the right side of the page.

It will make so much more sense when all the tags are done and placed.

There is that little pocket. Don’t you love the measuring tape paper? Die Cuts with a View is the company.

This is both pages with the flap page on the left closed. I love the way that gear rises out of the pocket on the bottom. This is the beginning of the book and at this point I have no idea what I am doing. It is a happy accident. So perfect!

I will upload some more photos when I get a chance today. So check back, I just wanted to give you something to look at this morning, Happy May my pretties!!

Craft with a friend it is so much fun.

If not, craft by yourself, it is good for you.


Steampunk Mini ala Jodi and Marie, plus the WINNERS ARE

We watched Laura at the Paper Trail”s Ustream video’s for the instructions on this mini. It is a #10 envelope Mini album. I had also watch several of the older

We used 6 black envelopes each.

We sealed them, cut them and scored them and then folded them.

We added some papers, a lot of the paper is Graphic 45 paper.

Mine is the top one and Jodi’s the bottom one.

We made some die cuts and punched some punches.

This is one of my favorite pages. I love clock faces and writing. Oh, and then there  is the black and white thing. I used a lot of decorative metal that my husband carries in his online store. You can see some of the stuff on my site. I used all three findings on the bottom on the right. I also have the flourish in gold and silver that is around the clock face in the picture above on the left of the mini. I have the old fashioned cars that are on the bottom right in the picture above. These findings turned out to be a huge asset, you will see more of them in future pictures.

Oh and this page is another favorite. More happens to it later, the gear card in the pocket moves to a different place too.

Well, I shall show you more later.

And the winners are…

for the 17th giveaway and the two romantic hearts are…

1st winner is…

Faerie Moon Creations

the 2nd winner is…


Congratulations you two, please get me your snail mail addys. My email is on the profile page.

May 2020

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