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Sunday, November 24, 2013


Hey Everyone!

It's been a busy month for me!
My birth month always means dinner with friends
and family, the Renaissance Festival, concerts and then Thanksgiving.
But at lease it's still the same month as the Swap that I'm finally getting
to post the beautiful Christmas cards everyone made!

Top:  Amanda
2nd Row:  Kristen, Patsy, Mary
3rd Row:  Loretta, Karen, Casey
Bottom:  Michele, Jody

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones.
Patsy, Karen, Elizabeth, Anna and I will be at Archiver's the
Saturday after Thanksgiving if anyone wants to join us!!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 21, 2013

September & October Swaps!

OK, it's been over 2 months since I posted!  WAY too long but life sometimes 
gets in the way and makes you forget about the little things.

I finally got everyone's swaps from September.  As you can tell
it was a Halloween theme.  I love all the different techniques!

Top:  Jody
2nd Row:  Loretta, Kristen & Casey
3rd Row:  Karen, Michele & Susan
4th Row:  Patsy, Kirsteen & Mary

 And for October we decided to do a Christmas Bag!
They are all so cute that I don't think I can use any of them!!  :)

This one with the ornaments is mine.

Susan printed out Jingle Bells on red vellum, what a great idea!

Mary made a cute top for her bag and attached a "To:/From:" with a clothes pin...

Kristen made a cute snowman with snowflakes floating in his belly!!  Love it!

Loretta heat embossed snowflakes all over her bag and added some Bling Bling!

And who doesn't love Elves??  Love how he's hanging on the bag!!

Next month we will be doing Christmas cards.  
There will not be a swap in December as most of us have pretty
hectic schedules and will be traveling.

I will be working on a schedule for next year's swaps and posting on the
Scraptabulous Crops & Swaps Facebook page!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Grama's Brag Book

May aunt wanted a brag book for a friend of her's that became a grantmother.
I was going to do some plain little book but thought I would step it up
after I saw an album my friend Patsy was making.

I delivered it to my aunt today and she LOVED it!

At next month's Scraptabulous Crop, Patsy and I will be offering
this as a class for ONLY $15!
And if this month is any indication of how full our Crops will be
you better find us on Facebook and join the group
so you can RSVP!!

Isn't it cute???  So much real estate for pics and journaling.
Lots of tags and pockets!
And just think of how versatile it is!
This could be a book for displaying your
travels, wedding, kids, or just because!

I am so excited to make I gotta go!!

Happy Crafting!!

August Card Swap!!

Well this month has been crazy!  
With work, and aging dog and getting my new business going, I feel like I never get a break.

I am always happy when I get to make swaps and do fun things with my friends.

This month the theme was a set of 3 cards sized 3x3.  
Any sentiment, paper, or color was
acceptable, as long as they were the same 3x3 size.



If you like what you see, come and join us next month!
Find us on Facebook at
Scraptabulous Crops & Swaps

July Card Swaps!

The July Card Swap was held at Freebirds and everyone did a great job, as usual!

We had a small group but still had fun!

Top Row:  Michele & Allison
Center Row:  Susan, Casey and Mary
Bottom Row:  Kristen swapped both!!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Paper Bag Albums

So my good friend Patsy has me hooked on these
cute and easy Paper Bag Albums!

This one is called a
Matchbook Album
because it opens like a book of matches!

The idea came from Kathy Orta and of course I had to make one.
Actually I've made about half a dozen because my aunt loved them
and bought some to keep on hand as presents!

They are super easy and quick to make.
All you need is 6 paper bags, I used the ones from Michael's that are found
in the giftwrap section, a pack of 6x6 paper for whatever theme you are wanting,
at least one 12x12 piece of coordinating paper to make the cover out of, and
another solid color for the back cover.  Of course embellishments and ribbon are
also a good idea to add that special touch.

I also got this paper bag album idea via Patsy, but I'm not sure where she got the idea,
but when I find out, I will post it for you!

Again, this album is made with 6 paper bags, but unlike the previous one,
You don't unfold the bag so it's actually about 2 inches smaller in height.
There are lots of places for photos (see the tags with the ribbons?) and plenty 
of places to do some journaling and store little keepsakes.
Again I bought a 6x6 paper pack and a 12x12 for the cover.  This one also
requires cardboard for the covers, so be sure to have some on hand.
For this one, I bought the coordinating stickers, some were flat,
some were the cardboard type, and added them throughout the album.  
I also bought a small pack of canvas (Hobby Lobby has them in the painting areas)
and attached a piece of coordinating paper to the sticky part (inside) and used it to make
a spine.  I believe I cut a piece that was 3-4 inches wide and just a little taller than the height
so I could punch a boarder and trim it once I had it attached. 
But you could do something different like rings or ribbon, 
I just thought this was easier and you can paint or ink it to match the book!
I will be making some this weekend and hope to post them for sale, but if
you want one for something specific, I will try my best to do it for you!
Matchbook Album $15
Brag Book Album $25
Happy Crafting!

June Card Swap!

Our June Card Swap was last night out at Cracker Barrell!
We were accompanied by Loretta's 3 adorable grandkids!
Hope they weren't too bored!

This month's Swap Challenge was to use the colors
Red, White & Blue!

Everyone used different variations of these colors and made some
beautiful and creative cards!

Top:  Susan, Michele
Middle:  Patsy, Loretta, Casey
Bottom:  Allison, Kristen, Mary

I thought they all turned out awesome!

Happy Crafting!