Simple Stories Classic Christmas Cards

I’ll be teaching a new class at The Paper Forest in December.


Simple Stories Classic Christmas Cards

You may want to grab your elf hat and shoes for this fast-paced Christmas Card Class.

In this class we will create 8 Christmas cards using the Simple Stories Classic Christmas Collection.

All you need to bring is your double stick tape roller, plenty of 3D foam mounting squares and scissors.

Please join me…

Thursday, December 1st
at The Paper Forest in Washington, IL
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost:  $25

Contact The Paper Forest at 309-745-3868 to sign up.
If there is enough interest we may add a daytime class.

You & Me Valentine’s Frame

Valentine's Frame

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner…

I wanted to share a simple little project that’s really quick and easy to put together.

A Valentine’s Frame using the You & Me Collection from Simple Stories.

This cute little frame, from Canvas Corp Brands, is only 6″ x 6″ and I love how versatile

it is to decorate.  The larger section is perfect for a 4″ x 6″ picture and if white’s not your

style it’s available in wood stained.  I added dimension to the frame by adding

cubes made from cardstock behind the “love you lots” and “pail of flowers”.

I dressed it up by gluing on metal corners from Tim Holtz.

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Countdown to Christmas

Hello December Christmas Countdown

I had this idea to make a Countdown to Christmas using a small wood clipboard.

I’d been thinking about it and planning it in my head for a while.

When I went to the store all I could find were bright colored acrylic ones.

I knew if I kept searching I could find a wood one…

But, I really didn’t want to go running around to more stores so I picked one up

and decided I would change my plan.

Christmas Countdown Clipboard

The more I looked at this neon clipboard, I knew I wasn’t happy.

So… I decided to improvise.

I lightly sanded both sides of the clipboard with a fine grit sanding block.

Next, I gave the clipboard a couple of coats of Red Chalky Finish Paint.

After it was completely dried, I masked off an area with removable painter’s tape

and painted the inside of the masked area with black chalkboard paint.

Christmas Countdown Close Up

 “Hello December” is from a sheet of scrapbook paper from Simple Stories “Claus & Co.” Collection.

I embellished the clipboard with a silver ribbon, jingle bell and sparkly red berries.

Christmas Countdown 2

I’m never satisfied with my own handwriting on these things…

so I added letter stickers on the bottom.  (now I’m happy!)


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Preserving Summer Memories

Summer Layout 9108

I’m holding on to Summer as long as I can.

This summer Nicholas learned how to swim the entire length of the pool without the aid

of a floatie and he learned how to float on his back.

Warren learned how to jump off the side of the pool.

Pretty impressive when you consider they’re only 4 and 1 1/2.

Nicholas loves the water, we call him a polar bear because it doesn’t matter how

cold the water is.

Yesterday… we had our last pool party of the season.  Thanks to a little 95º heat wave.

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Their Special Day…

Cathi & Brian #1

Cathi & Brian #2

One of the Big surprises of the summer was the wedding of my sweet niece and her new husband.

I am so happy for them.  They make a great couple and they look so cute together. 

My last design team assignment for The Paper Forest was Simple Stories:  The Story of Us.

Once I saw the collection I knew exactly what pictures I wanted to use.

I appreciate my niece sharing her photo’s and allowing me to scrapbook her special day.


Wedding Day Brag Book

Our Wedding Day Brag Book

Overwhelmed by all the Wedding Pages you need to scrap?

The Wedding Brag book is a perfect way to show off a few of your favorite Wedding photos until you get that larger book finished.

The Wedding Brag Book would also make a perfect gift for your favorite Mother or Mother-in-law.

For my Wedding Brag Book I used the 6″ x 6″ Chipboard 3 Tabbed Album  from Clear Scraps and

The “Story of Us” Collection from Simple Stories.

Wedding Album inside

I love these sturdy chipboard books.  When I use these books, I can easily trim around the edges with a craft knife and smooth any rough paper edges with a sanding block.

To spice up boring silver book rings, I painted each ring with a gold metallic paint pen.

Every Love Story...

Tip:  Being a frugal scrapper, I used the 1/2″ strip at the bottom of most scrapbook paper to cover the tab.  Start with that edge and cut your paper 6″ x 6 1/2″ and include that strip for the perfect tab.

Have a Creative Day!

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