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Travel Journal That Only Took Me 5 Years

Yes, I started this travel journal somewhere around 4-5 years ago. For some reason I got a bee in my bonnet to finish it a couple of weeks ago. First of all I followed the “Envelope Mini Album Series” You Tube videos by Kathy Orta. Boy, was that fun trying to figure out where I left off that many years ago. I finally did and it was so worth it. (Forgot to add there are 5 videos).                                                                                                      I’m going to list things first before pictures of the book. First, I used kraft envelopes and blank cards, Tim Holtz “Destinations” 12×12 paper pad. The following Tim Holtz dies:  picture wheel, Adventure words, torn notebook, pocket envelope. Accucut dies were Love Note #1 and envelope. Distress Ink in vintage photo and hickory smoke. EK Success pine forest edge punch.



I’m only showing a few pages as there are many pages this book. There are pockets on the left page. the right page has many papers for lists.1

Next page two of the Love Note notes and envelopes. Places for putting pictures or memorabilia.


More tags for writing on and envelope for receipts, etc.


Another page of pockets.


This picture shows the blank kraft notecard that each section of the book contains. It slips in the envelope on the left page of each section. There are many, many places to put pictures or anything else a person may want to keep.


Even though it took me so long to finish this book I really did enjoy making it. I actually think I would like to make another one.

Thanks for visiting with me for a while. Always enjoy the love you leave.


Randy’s Birthday Card

I did some things I’ve never done before and discovered I liked the technique. I had bought a set of Brusho crystals and had never used them. Don’t we all do that? I had this card all planned in my head and for once it pretty much turned out like I had imaged it would. I used Tim Holtz Bird Crazy bird and Crazy Things balloon stamps and dies. Love those dies! I colored them with copics.

Randy's B'day

I’ve also been working on images for my Travel Journal for our trip to Glacier National Park next month. I colored up “Office Pretty” from Saturated Canary. I did some practicing with my zig-zag shading.

Office Pretty

The next image has to be one of my all-time favorite images. “Where are we going” from The Paper Shelter. They are a new digi company I discovered and I love their images!

Where Are We Going2

Thank you for stopping and visiting with me for a while. As always I appreciate the love you leave. Have a great weekend!


Made a Small Book Today

I had so much fun this morning making a faux Midori book. I love making books and this was quick and fairly simple. I found a you tube video here for the leather cover. Here is a video on making the books to put in it. This was my trial and error book. I do need to use heavier elastic as the thin probably won’t last long. I will put all the books in a book press to flatten them. Also more flexible bookmark thread.

My next project will be with heavy leather and will be using an orange die for the cover. Loved the sample of the color in the store. Yes, Linda, orange leather dye!

There are quite a few pictures so here goes.

Leather Bk Cover

I also stamped my name in the side of the cover.


Side View

Front Books

Back Books

I can’t wait to make more of these. It was so much fun. I haven’t decided what I’ll use it for but love just looking at it and smelling the leather. LOL

Thanks for stopping and visiting with me and for leaving a little love.

Happy New Year!


Week 4 DLP Black Hills Trip

I didn’t do the prompt or challenge this week as I wanted to do a spread on the Black Hills. Bear in mind I do not claim in any way shape or form to be an artist. I just knew I wanted to try to see what happened. I did cover up my first attempt with gesso. I learned a lot about what worked and didn’t work for me. For the most part I didn’t have any of the colors they used for the pine trees. So my own take on colors. 😉 I did have a lot of fun doing it.

Week 4 BHT

I may do some writing about the trip on the right page with all that space there. Not sure what I’ll do with it. hmmmmm

Thanks for stopping as always love your comments.

Have a great weekend!


Drew’s Birthday Card

It has been really hard to get back into the crafting mode again. I rearranged and rearranged until Randy finally said, “just get back to it”. So I started by signing up for 6, yes, I said 6 on-line classes. I never have done anything in a small way.

We have moved to North Dakota and it has been nothing but Winter here since the day we moved in. The coldest in years. Yes, that would be my luck. I who hates cold! Too bad we don’t have any stock in Under Armour as that is all you see people wearing around here. Including myself. The weather has been brutal with temps in the -30° to -40° actual temp and wind chills up to the -70° range. Like I said brutal!!! Enough of Winter.

All we have is a Hobby Lobby. No Michael’s, no scrapbooking store,  JoAnn’s is pretty much just fabric. I have pretty much become an on-line shopper. Not real happy with that as everything takes two weeks to get here. Patience is not one of my strong suits. I want it NOW! LOL

Anyway, I started with a simple card for Drew’s birthday. I saw the card in the stampers’ sampler (jan-feb-mar ’14 issue). The small section of patterned paper is of license plates. (Drew has a collection of them.) The paper on the tag is a page from the dictionary. If you look close the word above the world is park  as in recreation. I did that on purpose, compass is also pointing west, as go west young man. I had fun making this card for him. I see the blue on the oceans didn’t show up.

Drew's B'day

This posting has taken me forever to get done. September was the last time I have posted. Luckily, I had written directions down years ago on how to post. LOL

Well, it has been nice chatting with you again. Off to start the “hair and skin” coloring class with Kit and Clowder.

As always thanks for stopping to visit and always love your comments and appreicate them!


Wonderful News For Little Darlings Stamps!

Good Morning All! CardMaker magazine is launching a new blog and they are featuring Little Darlings Stamps!!!  All the adorable Little Darlings Stamps can be found here.

CardMaker in the January issue of the magazine has included Little Darlings Stamps in the “Our Favorite Products” section. How cool is that!!!

Up, Up and Away

Catch A Falling Star

Art 101

Pumpkin Races

Every Stocking Counts

Angie, the creator, of Little Darlings is giving away the above stamps to one lucky person who leaves a comment on her blog. The prize winner will be drawn on December 15th. So make sure to go leave a comment.

Have a great day!


Pleats or Ruffles Little Darlings Challenge

by Myrna

I used All For Me from the new Christmas stamps for my card. They are adorable and are available right now at the Love to Stamp Store. Here is a picture of them.

I did my usual clean and simple card. It’s really to bad you can’t see that I sponged spun sugar on the edges of the poinsettia and then sprayed Iridescent Gold Shimmer Mist on it. Gorgeous IRL!






The “Pleats & Ruffles” challenge will run from now until September 13th on the Little Darlings Challenge Blog. So ladies get your thinking caps on and make a prize-winning card!!!

Angie has some new products that are truly wonderful! Love the Scor-Buddy for making perfect fold lines! I love the Scor-Tape if you want it to stick this is for you! It also comes in the 1/2″ size. I use the 1/4″ all the time myself. This next product the No More Shims Embossing MatI don’t have but sounds wonderful for embossing without all the shims.

I can not belive that August is coming to a close already. We actually had our vacation without any broken toes this year!!! Yeah!! We went to see a friend in the Mount Desert Island area in Maine. By the time we got home we had driven over 3,600 miles!! Between Iowa and Maine you can go broke paying for all those toll roads! We named our GPS lady Myrtle. She can tend to get on your nerves as she doesn’t like it when you deviate from her route. LOL We did that quite often!

We took a side trip to Niagara Falls and it quickly became the highlight of the trip. Well worth it. Drew is not fond of heights so it took some convincing to get him on the bridge over part of the river. It is about 10-12 stories high. He did it and even went to the edge!!!

For the first time in years we were actually home for my birthday so what did we do but get in the car and head to Des Moines for the day!! Insane! In a few days we head for South Dakota to get Drew set up for another year at college. Then I have no intention of going anywhere for the rest of the year!!

Have a great day! Thanks for the lovely comments you leave I always appreciate them.