Monday, February 15, 2016

Mini File Folder Album

I should start out by apologizing for my sorry excuse for a blog. I never update it, even though I have good intentions. I primarily use it to share instructions.

These instructions were graciously provided by my friend Molli Marshall. She taught this class at a crop that I was a vendor/teacher at. It was such a fun album to make and I absolutely loved embellishing it and adding my own style to it. Thank you Molli for the wonderful instructions and the super fun class!!!  You have created a mini file folder album making monster out of me!!!

**I hope you can read the instructions, I'll get the actual files from Molli and upload those. For now, I just took pictures of the instruction sheet.**

My front cover. I added a seam binding over the outer edge but it isn't necessary. I just wanted to cover up the edge where the file folders were all attached.

Small pocket tag from Hobby Lobby and the tag was just one from an office supply store cut down. There is a pocket in the top too!

You can see the back side of the tag that was photographed in the last picture. On this one, I added a picture my life card from the retired Jackson series and four 3"x3" flip flaps (attached using Jacob's ladder) to create the cascading flip flaps.

This page has a whole lot going on! A side pull out tag, a tiny tag in the envelope on the left, a top loading tab on the right, a tiny pocket accessory from Hobby Lobby and the bottom right is two mini cards (also from Hobby Lobby) attached to make a little flip book for journaling.

Last page has a large embellished tag in a slanted pocket and a side pull tag made using a large picture my life card that I trimmed down.

I had a BLAST making this album and will definitely be making others. After taking this class with Molli, I figured out a use for the middle manila file folders. I made them into a mini portfolio style tag book...but that will be for another day!  

Happy scrapping & I'd love to see your completed mini albums!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

How To Assemble Your Sunflower Wreath Kit

Assembling the Sunflower Wreath

Thank you for purchasing your pre-cut sunflower wreath kit from CraftedWorks. I tried to be clear and include photos, however feel free to contact me with any questions!

Here we go!!!

Bend your wires into “V” shapes. Lay the yellow rectangle length wise in front of you. Starting with the bottom right corner, scrunch on a diagonal up to the top left corner (see next photo). It will look like a butterfly. Place the wire over the butterfly & twist 3 or 4 times.

Continue to do this to each piece of yellow burlap until you have made them all into the flower petals (or butterflies).  Be sure to leave enough wire to be able to attach it to the wreath form.

Just showing how I wire it (view from the top side)

You will then place your petals aside and make the middle section of your flower.  

Using the long piece of tan burlap, locate the side that has the wire showing. Hold the burlap vertically with the wire facing you.

Fold the top of the burlap down about 3  inches or show (as pictured above)

Bring the bottom part of the burlap (the long piece) up to meet the edge of the first piece you folded. Refer to photo. You should now have something that resembles an “8”

Continue to wrap the burlap around the original “8” shape that you made **DO NOT FAN FOLD IT, keep wrapping like you’re winding a rope** There should be a 3” or 4” “tail” left.

I rotated the loops horizontally and this is what you should have. **nothing to do in this step, just wanted to show the view that you’ll be working from**

Pinch the middle of the loops. Be sure that you’ve pinched the first piece so that it doesn’t come apart

Using the longer piece of wire in your kit, wire the loops with the wire coming out of the bottom (same side as the “tail”)

Grasp the loops horizontally with the “tail” hanging down. (the wired edge of the tail should be facing you, if not, just twist it so that you see the wired edge)

Bring the tail up & over the top of the wire but be sure to leave a space (don’t pull it tight, this will be one of the loops in the center of your flower)

Pinch the middle of the tail that you just brought to the back and wire it using the wire that is already there.

Separate the loops on either side **you are NOT making a bow so it doesn’t matter if they’re the same length or the same amount on either side**

Once the loops are separated, you’re going to scrunch the loops into a ball in the middle **you will fluff this in a later step.

You’re now ready to wire your center piece (the scrunched ball) to the “X” in the middle of your wreath.  Using the left over wire from the back of the scrunched ball, wire it to the middle of the “X”. Twist if several times because you will be moving these loops around a lot in the end and you want to make sure that your middle doesn’t fall out.

Now that your middle piece is wired on, you’re ready to start adding the petals.

Once all petals are formed, you’re going to start attaching them to the wreath form. Wrap 3 petals  per section around rows one and two (as shown in the photo) This should use up 18 petals. You will do the same thing around rows 3 & 4 (the two outside wire rows) putting 4 petals per section for a total of 24 being used.  You will have extras left.

You have two green petals.  Lay them horizontally and gather them from top to bottom in the middle & wire them just as you did with the yellow pieces. **Not diagonally, make sure you’re gathering from top the center**
 Add your green petals wherever you want on your wreath, just play with it to see where you like it. **Your wreath will NOT be pretty at this point … that means you’re doing it right!!**

Start to fluff your wreath.  You want to start with the middle, spreading out the tan burlap but don’t pull them up, spread them flatter more than making them stick out. This is the part that will make or break your wreath. If you pull your loops too far forward, they will be the main focus of your wreath and that’s not what you want.

Once your middle section is fluffed, start fluffing the petals. You want them to stick out rather than lay flat. Make sure that all petals are pulled to the front of the wreath and not hiding under the tan piece. The more you fluff it, the better it will look! 

Now that you have fluffed, you’re ready to add in the additional yellow filler pieces. These can be wired wherever they’re needed to fill in your wreath.

Cut all wires on the back (or you can do this as you go along … it’s up to you!) Just don’t cut them too short or they’ll come undone. I cut mine about ¼” and press them into the wreath so that it doesn’t scratch anything.

You have now completed your sunflower wreath!!  Time to hang, fluff once more & enjoy!!!

If you don’t like the look of the frayed edges, trim all stray pieces once the wreath is assembled and spray it with either aerosol hairspray or spray starch to prevent them from fraying further.

If you have any questions, I can be reached by email at

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cub Scout Paper Bag/Envelope Book

This is a very theme specific paper bag/envelope album that I made for my son.  I will be giving him this at his Arrow of Light ceremony next week ... he hasn't seen it yet!  

Front cover hosts his council patch and a ribbon around the outer edge of the book because it's so full it doesn't close properly.

A journaling tag tucked in the envelope, the bottom is his whittling chip badge & the photo that is tucked in the pocket contains a knot that my son tied.

Another page of badges & another journaling tag

Photos attached to pages, a photo in the pocket with a photo on both side is his first Pinewood Derby, the other side is his last Pinewood Derby

The square piece on the left has journaling on it and gets tucked in the flap. The other side is  more journaling and some cub scout stickers

This flip flap cascade will hold all of his rank badges (the others are still currently on his uniform)

A flip flap cascade of the cards that he received every time he achieved a new rank

His arrow points (achievements) that he earned as a Wolf are stapled on a paper & tucked in the pocket on the left. The right side has a camp patch tucked in the pocket

Photos, his arrow points from his Bear year and a photo tucked in the pocket with another knot that he tied

The yellow pocket has a message from me.

More flaps & envelopes

A horizontal cascade with some 4" x 4" photos

Flip flaps stacked one on top of the other

The photos on the right are a removable mini album that holds six 4" x 6" photos

Another cascading flip flap display (LOVE flip flaps for adding extra photos without the clutter)

The piece on the right is an envelope. Inside contains a handwritten message from his Den Leader who happens to be his Dad :) 

Some extra 4" x 6" photos attached to the back page of the album

I have a class scheduled at The Houston House to teach people how to create their own paper bag album. For more details, visit 

**I will have many flip flaps in a variety of sizes available at the "Embellishment Bar" at the classes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Scrapping!!!

First Paper Bag Album

I created this paper bag album using craft paper and teal embellishments.  This one was made for my daughter. I have yet to add pictures to it.

Tag in the pocket, additional tag in the fold that will pull out & hold a photo

More hidden photo tags

This is a cover page that flips up & holds a 4x6 photo

When you pull the small silver tab ....

A 2"x 2" flip flap waterfall cascades down

Some stamping and more flip flaps

Same photo as above with the tags  pulled out

More hidden tags with flip flaps :)

4" x 4" flip flap page

Hidden tag with bow embellishment

All sorts of tags! These will be for journaling 

Tag on the left slides out of the cover. More flip flaps on the right with a hidden tag tucked in the pocket

Same photo as above with the tag pulled out of the pocket. This will hold a photo

This was SUCH a fun album to put together!  All pages are made using paper bags adhered to a custom made binding, and attached at different parts of the spine.

Thanks for looking!

Happy scrapping!