How-To Video: Mini Photo Album & 7Gypsies Binderie GIVEAWAY!

Hello.  I have a video and great giveaway today.

You all know what a big fan I am of great crafting tools.  Well, I was putting together a little mini photo album the other day (a simple design that I make often) and realized that it used many of my favorite tools.  So I decided to do a video showing the creation.

This video gives a peek into the 7Gypsies Binderie, Corner Chomper and Silhouette.  The mini photo book is a quick one, using Grungepaper from Tim Holtz and more.  I made it for my girl who is at her grandma’s and then camp.  Wanted her to have some photos and notes from the family.  I will explain the album more below.

Please forgive the bad photos.  I apparently didn’t have my camera settings right.  (This is common for me.  Ha.)

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061809 Binderie 2 Supplies: 7Gypsies Binderie Tool, Corner Chomper, Silhouette

I really like Grungepaper or Grungeboard – they are great to use for making little books.  It is flexible and durable and easily painted.  Rounding the corners really adds and nice touch, and the fabulous Corner Chompers cuts through it all easily.

The pieces on this were cut with the Quickutz Silhouette.  Ah… my sweet baby Silhouette.  I love this guy.  He cuts the most intricate shapes and makes my crafting easier.  About once a week, I go and cut a ton of different shapes and designs from white cardstock.  That way I have a bunch of shapes ready to go for any project.  I just ink them up and get crafting.  (Oh, and you can get tons of great shapes online HERE.)

Next up is the 7Gypsies Binderie tool.  This tool rocks.  At first, I wasn’t sure I had a need for it.  But once you play with it and see how awesome it works, you quickly become addicted.  Basically, it punches binding holes through just about anything, with the quick touch of a button.  Ahhh… so easy to use.  I was excited when 7Gypsies asked me to decorate one for an artist challenge.  (You can see all the other artists HERE.)  It started out red and black, and here is what I did with mine…

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In my video, I show a quick way to use it.  But there are more thorough videos on the 7gypsies site HERE.  I recommend checking them out!  Oh, and this tool is fun for cardmakers, too.  I like to use it to punch holes for adding ribbon, or holding several cards together for an extra special gift.

And!  I get to give one of these awesome Binderie Tools away!  Just leave a comment here by Saturday at 11:59pmEDT telling me what your favorite crafting tool is and I will pick a lucky winner.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you tomorrow…

Hello from California


I am here in the Bay area for meetings at Hero.  We are all here – and I am so happy about it.  Hero just moved to a new building last week, so it is fun to see the new place.

Good news – on the flight here, I finished my scraproom video.  Just need to load it soon.  Finally!

Remember, you still have until tonight to enter for the MM stamp… click HERE.

Wanted to quickly share something before bed.  Please forgive the bad picture.  This is a (bad) scan of the cover of an idea book I made last year.  I keep sketches and such in there.  I have another that looks similar with pictures of the girls.  I filled it already.


OK… short post, but I am tired.  Night!  :)

WCMD Week: Day 2 of Giveaways


Welcome to Day 2 of my World Card Making Day week of giveaways!

And, I *do* want all you overseas folks to enter.  Of course! Enter no matter where you live.

If you saw the recent CK issue, you might have seen a little album I did from Tinkering Ink… (Forgive the poor scan.)

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(c) Creating Keepsakes

I love their Peek-a-Boo albums!  So fun – mixes of chipboard and acrylic.  I had a few extras, along with their Finery and rub-ons, so I thought I would pass them on to one of you. Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59pmEDT on Tuesday night telling me where you live.  (I love hearing from those faraway and closeby! Just state or country.)  I will then post a winner on Wednesday.  Here are the 5 things you could win, which includes two Peek-A-Boo Albums and three embellishment packs… (Click on them for more information.)  [THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.]

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OK… off to snack on some strawberries.  I am so bad about eating right before going to sleep. :)