Creating a Mini Envelope Background

Happy Wednesday, Friends! Today I am up on the BasicGrey blog with a fun technique using the amazing new Mon Ami collection. While helping my girls to stuff envelopes for their schoolmates for Valentine’s Day I started thinking it would be fun to create a page background full of lots of colorful mini envelopes. I pulled out the 6×6 paper pad and created my own envelopes. Stop by the BasicGrey blog today for full instructions and a diagram to help you with the scoring/folding measurements.








Filling the envelopes was so much fun! I used cornstarch on the back of the stickers to take away the stick so that I could arrange and play with them before tacking them into their final spots.




Thanks for coming by!


Creative Spaces Volume 2 Giveaway!

It’s that time of year where we pull down the holiday decorations and think to ourselves, “This place needs some organizing and decluttering!” I’m willing to bet that you’ve thought about cleaning out your scrap space, as well. I know I have! (Check out the bottom of this post to see my latest organization project.)

Creating Keepsakes magazine has read our minds again! Today marks the day that Creative Spaces Volume 2 is available! YAY! Now you will have all kinds of ideas at your fingertips to inspire you as you plan out your renewed space. Even better, Creating Keepsakes has allowed me the pleasure of giving away a copy to one of my readers! All you need to do is comment on this post by Sunday, January 13th, 2013. I will announce the randomly selected winner next Monday, January 14th. Or purchase your own copy NOW at the Creating Keepsakes website HERE. Take a SNEAK PEEK look at the issue by CLICKING HERE.


There are lots of opportunities to win this new issue. Be sure to check out the Creating Keepsakes Blog for more information.

Did you know that my scrapbook space was featured in Creative Spaces Volume 1? It was such an honor! If you want even more ideas, be sure to pick up Creative Spaces Volume 1 while you’re shopping for Volume 2!


Along with everyone else I have been doing a little bit of organizing in my own creative space. Here is a look at my latest organization project.

Over the years, I have acquired a growing collection of embossing folders. I LOVE them! I have them all organized alphabetically in boxes, but it is quite cumbersome to flip through them to remind myself what patterns I have. Soooo …. I decided to create a reference book for myself. I purchased baseball card sheet protectors and a standard binder.


Next, I used my computer to create 2.5″ x 3.5″ cards with the names of each of my folders on them. I included the company, folder name, and size of the folder. Then I embossed each of the cards with the corresponding folder.


I LOVE my book! Having each card in it’s own slot allows me to see the front AND back of the pattern easily. I can group similar patterns together for easy comparison, and I can pull out the sample cards and hold them up to my project to see which pattern will work best. It’s been a great system. I hope you’ll give it a try! Here is a peak at a few more pages of my book.



Happy Scrapping!


25 Ways to Embellish Your Cricut Cuts

Hi Bloggy Friends! Are you ready for an ultra-long post today?!

Back in May for National Scrapbook Day I created a video class of sorts for the Cricut Circle Members showing them 25 different ways to embellish your Cricut cuts. I thought you might like to peruse all the ideas I created samples for since these are ideas you can really apply to ANYTHING! Premade die cuts, stickers, etc.  I’m still learning the ins and outs of video-making so bear with me (one of these days I need to learn how to add background music), but I thought you might enjoy seeing these ideas. At the bottom of this post you will find the Gypsy file for this class (for my Cricut friends. The samples are all created using images from the Just Because cartridge) and a PDF with the little tags and BONUS card sentiments (in case you want to use each idea to create greeting cards, in lieu of an idea deck). Enjoy!

***CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the GYPSY FILE for this Project***

***CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the PDF File that accompanies this Project***

Thanks so much for taking the time to look through my “class”. I hope you like what you see!

See you again soon!