Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Save The Date - Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home Class on June 20th!

Hello everyone!

I hope you're having a wonderful week so far. I'm very excited to announce my next class: Sweet Summer Memories, a summer-themed mini album designed with Graphic 45's Home Sweet Home and Time to Flourish papers! My class will be held on the central Oregon coast, a lovely 2 - 2.5 hour drive from Portland.

Here are some sneak peeks at the inside:

This mini album has all kinds of loveliness in it. We'll be using some of Tim Holtz's fabulous retro ribbon and some adorable Studio Calico wood veneers for accents. You can use this album to post travel photos, pictures of your garden, 4th of July memories and pretty much anything else summer related!   

You will need to bring some basic supplies, like a paper trimmer, detail scissors, ruler, adhesive (both wet + dry - I like Beacon's 3-in-1 glue for wet and ScorTape for dry), brown ink, and ink blending tool. Bring a corner rounder and postage stamp edge scissors if you don't want to have to share. :) 

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

1 - 5pm

Newport Public Library
35 NW Nye Street
Newport, Oregon 97365

$40 class -- up to 12 of you and your friends can come!
$50 kit (includes priority shipping to U.S.A. addresses) -- only a few kits will be available!*
*Kits will ship out the week of June 15th - June 20th

Sign up for class:

Order a kit:

If you prefer to use an alternate payment method, feel free to shoot an email to

Thanks so much for reading! I'm quite excited to start offering regular classes again. I also plan to re-open my online shop where you can find various types of projects and kits!

I plan on snatching up all the latest Graphic 45 papers for kits and classes this summer and fall (think Gilded Lily and Rare Oddities), so I'll have lots of beautiful things for you to make for yourself or gift to a friend. Stay tuned!!

Big hugs,


Sunday, May 10, 2015

A wonderful day at el & em!

It's been almost a month since my Once Upon a Springtime class at el & em - and I'm still reveling in all the beautiful and heartfelt detail that Denise Johnson (owner and fellow Graphic 45 DT alum) put into making the event special!

We had a lovely potluck-style class. Denise made a yummy soup and everyone brought something that made me even happier for stretchy clothing. :) The classroom was decorated so beautifully. I was so impressed! I love Denise's style and attention to detail. 

I just wanted to thank all the lovely ladies who came and to those from far away that ordered kits! It always warms my heart to meet everyone, both new faces and old!

This is Leslie H. One of the many super sweet ladies that came!

My lovely friend Lauren drove all the way from Bellevue to craft with us. I felt pretty blessed!

My other lovely friend Lisa couldn't attend, but she left me a heartfelt little gift after she picked up some super-cool lockers from el & em.

Thank you to Denise and the ladies for the beautiful fold out card!

If you're ever in Portland or Vancouver, you must stop by el & em and say hi to Denise. Her store is so beautifully curated with unique vintage finds and even the latest Graphic 45 papers and Staples! 

Denise and me. She is the definition of lovely.
Thank you for letting me share these photos. It was truly such a fun day and I can't wait to visit el & em again! Denise puts on some amazing workshops almost every week, so check out her blog to see if you can make one. At el & em, you can learn all kinds of mixed media and projects for the home, in addition to paper crafting. :)

In the mean time, I hope wherever you, that you're having a lovely Mother's Day or at the least, enjoying the day with someone (or some doggy/kitty) who loves you. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Little Darlings Tag Album

Hi there!

Today I want to share a simple mini album and card that I made for my cousin's baby shower this weekend. Her party happened to be on National Scrapbooking Day of all days - how fitting!

I used Graphic 45's Little Darlings paper, a collection that came out a few years ago.

I kept the fussy cutting and embellishing to a minimum, because I know when little Naomi gets big enough, she will be thumbing through this mini quite a bit so it must be somewhat practical. :)

The cover of the album works as a door sign, while the remaining tags have little flaps in them for photos. (The reverse side of the tags spell baby's name and can work as a banner!)

I get a lot of use out of my envelope punch board from We R. I used it to make this simple 6x7 envelope.

Thanks so much for looking! 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime Class (Updated 3-11-15)

Good Morning!

As promised, here are some sneak peeks of the mini album that I designed for my April 18th class at el&em! We will create this chunky mini album using Graphic 45's glorious Once Upon A Springtime paper. :)

Denise at el & em told me that we already have ladies signing up, so if you'd love to reserve your spot click here! Seats are limited, so be sure to contact Denise soon if you're interested. Would love to see you!


SOLD OUT! A big thank you to all who came and ordered kits!! 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Come to my G45 class! Updated 3-11-15

Happy Wednesday! Oh, and Happy March, too!

I have a fun little announcement. I'll be teaching a mini album class next month in Battle Ground, Washington on April 18th and you're invited!

My friend and fellow 2013-2014 Graphic 45 DT member Denise Johnson has opened up an adorable vintage and crafty shop named el&em in old town Battle Ground. With so many local scrapbook stores closing their doors in the past few years, it is a breath of fresh air to see a brick and mortar shop like Denise's hit the craft scene!

Here are some photos of the project I'll be teaching - a chunky mini album made with Graphic 45's Once Upon A Springtime!


Saturday, April 18th, 2015

11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
We'll break for a potluck lunch in between! Lentil soup and drinks will be provided, feel free to bring a side dish!


el & em
510 East Main Street #102
Battle Ground, WA 98604

  • Paper trimmer
  • Ruler
  • Detail scissors
  • Wet & dry adhesive
  • Foam dots
  • Craft knife & mat
  • Pencil for tracing
  • Scoring tool
  • Walnut Stain Distress Ink & ink blending tool (other brown inks work fine as well)
  • Stamp- and scallop-edge scissors (if you don't have these, don't worry - I will bring mine)
  • Stickles in Platinum and Fruit Punch (these will be available to purchase if you don't have them)
  • Paper distresser (you can use the edge of your scissors if you don't have one)
Seats are limited and are already filling up! Click here to register and reserve your spot.

Thank you so much and I look forward to meeting as many of you Portland and Vancouver crafters as possible! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Project Life 2015 Weeks 1 & 2

Hi there!

Just sharing my Project Life pages from a couple weeks ago. I'm using Graphic 45's Time To Flourish paper line, along with tidbits from some of their other collections. For week 1, I borrowed an image from Come Away With Me. I used a little Place In Time for week 2. :)

If you're new to Project Life, I have some tips that I've learned along the way:

  • Your first 12x12 (or whatever size) can be one of two main things: a "title" page or it can be your first week. A title page (I think) is mainly just pretty papers, possibly journaling (such as New Year's resolutions) and of course some stickers or letters featuring the year. 
  • Pre-make your layouts for the year if it will help you commit to finishing them. Yes, things could change and you may need more page protectors or paper, but that's part of the randomness of life.
  • Don't try so hard to be "perfect." If you stress over your pages much, you won't get anything done! 
  • If you have a lot of photos from one week and a few photos from the following week, it's okay to "even out" your layouts by adding some of last week's photos to your current week's! 
  • Take advantage of two-sided cards or paper as much as you can. This helps keep the cost of supplies down. And, I think it challenges you to be a little more creative. :)
  • Make use of older embellishments to help add dimension to your layouts and not to mention, more free space in your home! 
  • Unless you have a sizeable disposable income, don't print your Instagram photos or any square photos as 4x4's. They cost almost double ($0.29)!! Rather, take screen shots of them but include about 2" on each side, so that you're making a 4x6 screen shot of the photo. It's extra work, but will save you money in the long run. If anyone has a source for decently priced 4x4 prints, let me know! 
  • Finally, if you've pre-made your layouts for the year, keep a 12x12 page protector behind every month filled with paper and any embellishments you'd like to use for that month. 
Well, hope your week has started off wonderfully! I'm off to do some work, then headed to the store to pick up photos for my week 3 layout! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

G45 Once Upon A Springtime Book Box Tutorial

Hi there!

As promised, here is my other Once Upon A Springtime project. It's a Graphic 45 ATC Book Box and it goes perfectly with the ATC tutorial I posted recently! Here are some photos along with step-by-step instructions on how you can make your own. :)

I know I used a lot of different kinds of flowers, but you can substitute any brand or color as you wish. You could even use different papers from the two paper pads I used. That's what I love about papercrafting - you can really make it your own! 


Graphic 45 ATC Book Box
Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime 12x12 paper pad
Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride 12x12 paper pad
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Keys
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyholes
Graphic 45 Washi Tape Set
Stickles - Star Dust, Copper, Aqua and Sea Foam
Handful of teal and white flowers - mine are a mix of Petaloo and Prima


Step 1. Cover all the edges of your book box with washi tape. Cover the entire front, back and spine. 

Step 2. Cover the inside left of the box as well. 

Step 3. Cut out these images from your Springtime paper pad. Trim to 4.5" tall. 

Step 4. Cut out this image. From the same paper you cut this image from, fussy cut "The Fairies" banner. (See step 12)

Step 5. Adhere "Once Upon A Springtime" image to the front of your box. Attach green frame with foam dots. 

Step 6. Fussy cut these images from your Springtime paper pad. (They're all from the main page.)

Step 7. Arrange images per photo then adhere. 

Step 8. From your Springtime pad, take some blue stripe paper and cut a 2.25" x 10.5" piece. Score the top and bottom at 3 1/8". 

Step 9. Adhere blue stripe paper to the middle of your box. 

Step 10. Adhere some flowers to the top of your box. 

Step 11. From Baby 2 Bride paper pad, remove paper with blue floral design (white and blue vine design on the reverse). Measure the inside dimensions of the box, cut paper to match dimensions, then adhere to box. 

Step 12. Adhere blue frame and images per photo. 

Step 13. Add Stickles to the fairy's wings as well as the edges of the green frame. Adhere more blue and white flowers. 

Step 14. Adhere door pulls to the spine. 

And the Snapguide version:

Check out How to Make a Fairy-Themed Book Box by Maria Cole on Snapguide.