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August 12th, 2015
front of mini journal showing gold embossing and rosette
 mini album back cover with stamped clock

I seem to be on a roll making these mini albums recently. I made this one after being made aware that a friend is celebrating a landmark birthday soon. I decided to make her a small scrapbook album using this design.

The instructions for making the fold are found here: Folded 3 x 3 Album with Calendar Focus.

The album uses one sheet of 12 by 12 paper, folded to make several 3 x 3 “pages”.  Each page has a pocket, resulting in seven pockets.

For the album front, I used bookboard for firmness, then covered with textured paper. I added a strip of thing gold metal that I had dry embossed using an embossing folder and the Big Shot.  I added a gold rosette made with a Tim Holtz die.

For the back cover, I used a larger strip of embossed gold metal, and a stamped image of a clock face. The text circling the clock face reads “The Best of Times.

Since this is a scrapbook, I used a digitally edited photograph for each page front, trimming with small embellishments such as rub-ons or stamped text.

I used a travel theme on the seven tags. The recipient has travelled quite a bit and taken photos. I used her own photos for the background images on the tags, and used Photoshop Elements to add a travel-related quote on top of each photo.

I tied the small scrapbook closed with a strip of beige organza ribbon.


June 10th, 2014

winter holiday pennant with theme of Christmas music This is another pennant made for the banner series that we are making at Art for the Creative Mind. Every month, we create a winter-white colored pennant with a theme pertaining to Christmas or the winter holiday.

The theme this month was “Christmas music“.

I made all of my pennants back in January. They are fabric pennants backed with iron-on interfacing. I decorate them monthly as needed.

For this one, I created a digital image using Photoshop, and then did an image transfer using gel medium.

The background is sheet music with a Christmas song. The blue part is an image from Graphics Fairy Blogspot. It is Christmas ornaments — horn, flute and a few others.

I trimmed with bluish-white fibre along the top, and added some felt snowflakes which I filled with Diamond glitter glue.

In my stash, I found a silvery gray tassel and attached it at the bottom.


October 31st, 2013

altered spool book, open
altered spool book, closed
altered spool book, inside

This altered spool book was a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. We were to use a large spool and make a “page”, as shown. The theme was “It was a dark and stormy night.”

I found a large, wooden spool at the Dollar Store. I removed the thread and painted the spool black with black, acrylic paint.

Rather than use paper for the page, I discovered a strip of old film in my stash. Since it was the perfect size, I opted to use it.

For the image to cover the film strip, I generated a computer image using a couple of pictures. One picture was a stormy sky that I took in the Skagit Valley in Washington State one year. The other image was a picture from Graphics Fairy Blogspot. To add the specific Halloween images, I used a free Halloween font fount on the Internet. It was one of those fonts that makes pictures rather than alphabets.

I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 as my photo editing software.

After printing the long photo strip, I glued it to the film strip, then attached the film strip to the spool as shown.

The brown element on the top (and also on the bottom) is simply a couple of buttons from which I have removed the shank.

I added a length of black ribbon so the altered spool book can be tied together.

September 25th, 2013

ATC with picture of Calgary Stampede I made these ATCs for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was “County Fair.”

Since I attended the Calgary Stampede this year, I decided to use a couple of photographs that I took while I was there.

In both cases, I cut up the photos so as to form a “self frame.”


The first one shows Clysdale horses in the Stampede Parade, with the text reading “Giddyup!”

The second ATC has a photo taken of the Midway. The text reads , “Fun”.

In both cards, I have used a background created with the Shaving Cream Technique using Alcohol Inks.

April 28th, 2013

cover of asian themed book made from coffee filters
back cover of asian themed book made from coffee filters
asian themed book fanned open
asian themed book first layout
asian themed book second layout
asian themed book third layout
asian themed book fourth layout
asian themed book fifth layout
asian themed book sixth layout
asian themed book seventh layout

This is an Asian themed book made from coffee filters. Its made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind swap group.

I cut the front and back cover from book board. I bound the book using household string and two wooden chopsticks, as shown.

On the front cover, I cut and made an Asian dancing girl using an iris folding pattern found in a magazine.  I added some die cut cherry blossoms that I made using this die: Sizzix Thinlits – Thinlits 3PK Flowering Quince.   I added a gold dragonfly charm and a strip of lace along the edge.

On the back cover, I stamped and heat embossed a pagoda, and glued it over scrapbook paper. I added some pink metallic fibre.

The third picture shows the album fanning open. The binding with the chopsticks permits a fanning style that some binding types would not allow.

On the first layout, I used some play money with an Asian theme and some images of Asian people.

On the second layout, I added the silhouette of the Asian dancer, that was cut when I did the iris folding on the front cover. On the facing layout, I added a Haiku poem that I wrote myself.

On the third layout, I used stamped images on both sides. One image is a background layout using Asian letters or words. The other is an image of a geisha girl. I coloured it with Copic markers and added a gold charm in the shape of a fan.

On the fourth layout, I put a photograph of flowering cherry trees on one side. I took the photo myself in Vancouver. On the facing page, I used various Asian papers, including paper taken from a Chinese language newspaper, to form a collage.

On the fifth layout, I used some Chinese papers that I believe are used in Buddhist celebrations on one side. On the other side, I made inchies out of Chinese language newspaper and arranged them in a decorative shape.

On the sixth layout, I placed an origami kimono (folded by me) on one side. On the facing side, I stamped bamboo images directly on the coffee filter, and covered with a photograph of bamboo growing in Vancouver’s Van Dusen Gardens.

On the seventh layout, I used some fresh bamboo leaves that I dried or pressed in the microwave.  Facing this, I used an image of an Asian dancer taken from a brochure of a Chinese dance troupe that performed in Vancouver.

And that is my Asian coffee filter book.



March 16th, 2013

card with four women and stamp saying Some of Us Are Too Cute to Take Life Seriously I have a favorite stamp that I rarely use. It’s a sentiment stamp that reads, “Some of us are too Cute to Take Life Seriously“.

Playing in Paradise Challenge #108 is to use a favorite item in the project. So voila! Here we are.

The card has a photograph of four friends who belong to an online mixed media art group.  I won’t name them but let’s just say that I am one of this motley group. The woman on the far left was not present at the meeting. She is with us in spirit thanks to the powers of Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.

The sentiment is stamped with watermark ink and heat embossed using a gold embossing powder.

I added a couple of little gold pins in honor of the member who excels at fabric art and tossed on a gold photo corner just for the heck of it.

I made three of these cards and they are going to the three other women in the picture.

Is this scrapbooking?  Sort of, I guess.

May 16th, 2012

Artist Trading card with scene from Tuscany I haven’t posted for awhile. I’ve been fighting with a nasty flu bug. However, I did manage to get this artist trading card done for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme is “morning in Tuscany.”

I used  clip art from Microsoft Office to create the expresso cup.

The scene in the cup is also clip art. I used Adobe Photoshop Elements to paste the scene into the coffee cup.

I then printed and cut the newly created clip art, and glued this to a a backing of corrugated card stock.

The word Buongiorno means Good Morning in the Italian language — at least according to Google Translate. The letters are alphabet stickers.

This ATC is entered in Playing in Paradise Challenge #75.

May 3rd, 2012

child's birthday card with photos and horse stickers I made this birthday card for a little boy who is turning four.

The young guy is a big fan of horses and loves his visits to the farm.

I used a couple of photographs as the basic elements in this simple collage.

To this, I added some scraps of Western themed scrapbook paper that I found in my stash, and some stickers.

The large sticker “4” was a perfect colour match for the t-shirt, and the row of horses made a good border. I added a final sticker that read, “in riding a horse, we borrow freedom”.

The card opens to display more western scrapbook paper and birthday greetings.

It is entered in Playing in Paradise Challenge #67.

April 9th, 2012

I wanted a picture of green roses to use in a swap that is coming up at Art for the Creative Mind.

I checked a number of floral departments with no luck, then I finally found these roses in a florist shop over at Park and Tilford in North Vancouver.

Aren’t they beautiful?  I totally love green roses.

I plan on making the picture into a background that will be used in a swap for altered rolodex card.

In the original photograph, the roses appeared to be too yellow, thanks to being photographed under a yellow toned light bulb in the shop.

photo of a bouquet of green roses

I adjusted the color using Adobe Photoshop Elements, bringing it back to the original colour of the roses.

To adjust the color in Photoshop Elements, these are the steps I took:


1. Open the photo in Elements and create a duplicate layer.

2. Use the Magnetic Lasso  Tool to select just the roses.

3. Go to the Enhance menu, select color and adjust Hue and Saturation to get the color desired.

4. Save the image using a different file name.



March 6th, 2012
St Patricks Day ornament
St Patricks Day ornament

I made these St. Patrick’s Day ornaments to give to friends on this special day.

I wanted a St. Patrick’s Day ornament that would be a more subtle visual than the usual bright and cheerful St. Paddy’s Day bling.   I wanted something almost Victorian or Celtic in nature.  These pop-up ornaments are what I came up with.

I used a Sizzix Bigz Die and the Big Shot to make the ball shape. If interested, there is a video tutorial showing how to make a 3D photo cube using this die. The Paddy’s Day ornaments are the same thing, only using clip art instead of photos. I edited the clip art in Photoshop Elements.

The video demo is at this link: Popup Photo Cube.

In addition to the clip art, I added some shamrock shapes to two of the balls, and added ribbon, buttons and rick raw for decoration.

I think they make a fun decoration.

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