Saturday, December 31, 2016

I took the Graphic 45 December Challenge!

I have to confess  I am a Graphic 45 addict... I hoard my papers.  I buy the 8x8 pads of every line created, plus 12 x 12 sheets and rarely use them.  I have finally come to the conclusion I am a hoarder of Graphic 45!!!

One of my 2017 New Years resolution is to reduce the amount of "stash" I have accumulated, including my Graphic 45 papers.  That means I have to get busy and create.

I have been in a creative slump and when I saw the Graphic 45 December Challenge I thought this could be the boost I need:

"Join the #G45Album Challenge!

  • Create an album using Graphic 45
  • Upload your project to our Facebook page using #G45Album
  • You can enter multiple times
  • One randomly chosen winner will WIN a $75 prize pack
  • Deadline: Saturday, December 31
  • Winner will be announced in our January 5, 2017 newsletter
We hope you take part in this fun challenge! We cannot wait to see your beautiful albums."

I had all the supplies on hand... I even had a Tag Album in my stash!!!!  Just get me started... I put my project off until the day after Christmas!  That gave just six days to finish my book and post it.

I knew I wanted to do a Christmas book.  I had my choice of four different lines of Graphic 45 Christmas papers to choose from!
Nutcracker 8x8 Pad
Nutcracker 12x12 "Holiday Magic" (2)
Nutcracker 12x12 "Nutcracker Sweet" (2)
Nutcracker 12x12 Snowflake Waltz"
Petaloo Flowers
Little B - Nutcrackers
Little B - Gingerbread Men
Enamel Dots
Gold Paint Pen
Ribbons - Green  & White
Double sided tape
Glue stick

For some reason the Nutcracker paper was screaming at me!  CUT ME, CUT ME!!! So cut, trim, tape and glue I did.

I put the tags in the side pockets.
On a few of the tags I made pockets to hold journaling and keepsakes.

The packaging was used to make a wrap for the book. 
I wraps add so much to the book, plus it helps keep everything in tack.

Fro the wrap I cut the paper a little smaller than each section as pictured above.
Before adhering the paper to the wrap I cut a length of ribbon for the tie.

Then I added embellishments: Little B Nutcracker, Petaloo Flowers and Enamel Dots.  


The pages were then covered with paper cut to fit. 
The book was designed so photos could be later.

A gold paint pen was used to edge each page.

In the pockets are little extras to use when adding photos to the book.

Additional pockets were created with some of the larger images
 from the 12 x 12 sheet of  Holiday Magic.

Once all the pages were papered I went back and added embellishments.

Enjoy pages from the tag book!


Thanks for stopping by~
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Black Eyed Peas for New Years!

Southern Good Luck meal for the New Year.... 
"The traditional meal also includes collard, turnip, or mustard greens, and ham. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion.Cornbread also often accompanies this meal. The cornbread represents gold."
Soaking my black eyed peas for tomorrows meal~

I know I don't live in the South... Actually I live almost as far away in the US as I can without leaving the 48 contiguous states!  We have had black eyed peas on New Years growing up for as long as I can remember.  I have kept the tradition up over the years in my house!


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Quick Wreath!

My neighbors girls had a fundraiser selling Christmas wreaths.  It was a plain green wreath... I hung it on the door and it just didn't look right. 

Not a lot of time to do shopping before entertaining and a desire to spruce it up... I hit the local dollar store.  Picked up a roll of wide ribbon and a few ornaments.

Now my wreath is a bit more festive!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Valentine Card Class ---- COMING SOON!!!

Getting ready for Valentines....
We will have a class to make six cards, plus a box card not pictured, using Authentique's new Valentine line!
WATCH!  Registration opens soon...
Class will be Saturday, January 28th
at the Scrapbook Zone in Silverdale WA!!!