Memories Artwork Designs closing up shop as of 2013

Actually, almost past the "considering" since the wholesaler I had was taken over and the new company now charges sales tax, which I am not able to deduct being in the certain tax bracket I'm in. So....I've come to the conclusion that I will be earning even less (meaning not profitable) than I was in the past. It's not worth the headache in the least. As much as I really LOVE designing and all, but if nothing remains (and seriously, my time is darn precious to me!), then what is the point.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not giving up on the hobby, but as of the end of 2012 I will no longer be taking custom orders for customers. Nor will I hold classes. What I will do is scrap, for myself and my family memories and of course ALWAYS make my own cards. I'm so used to that by now, that I refuse to buy and manufactured cards. 

It's a difficult thing for me to do since I wanted it to become a success to where I could earn at least a little bit of profit, but as business owners well know....there are other costs such as tax consulting or accounting that suck what little you may have made right out from under you. Sad, but true. Business taxes should be done by an approved tax consultant, so there you go.

Also, I would just stress myself with deadlines or take on custom work at the very last minute (which is silly) and make deals that were definitely to my disadvantage (because sometimes I just can't say no). With working 75% in my day job, two kids, a hubby and a household to organize, it's just something that unnecessarily stresses me out. That is something that I was not aiming for. For some custom designers (especially in Germany...since many people do not appreciate the craft or your time, etc.) it's just not worth the sad as it sounds. 

Any design team I can be on is just fine for me. It's something I can handle. So, I apologize if I'm disappointing anyone out there that was counting on me, but I truly hope you understand my situation and my reasoning. I'm still there until Christmas time, so no worries. 

Oh, and I will try to blog more and make some free tutorials here and there, plus stay on top of the trends of the business, so we'll keep in contact!





New Direction - Memories Artwork (Designs)

Dear Scrappers,

Some of you might have been wondering why I haven't been offering classes lately. Well, I have been trying to get some order in my life and spend more time with my family, (which is the most important thing to me). So, I have decided not to hold any pre-scheduled scrapbooking/crafting classes in the future, unless someone specifically requests them and only with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 people. 

I am concentrating on the design part of my business as this allows me more flexibility in working hours. That said, I have also changed the name of my side business to "Memories Artwork Designs". More and more orders are coming in that are filling out my evenings, which is not such a bad thing. When preparing for scheduled classes, there is more work with marketing and preparing a handout, as well as making sure the class is filled with enough students. While I do enjoy (love) teaching, it does take up time to do what is necessary to make it a success.

The extra stress in my life needs to be reduced and I need to get organized, so something has to give. My focus is directed primarily on the most important thing in my family <3. We need to spend more time together as a family in this fast-lane life we're living in. Social media here and there, school, work and sleeping disorders due to stress...I need to create a good balance to keep sane. I trust some of you can understand where I'm coming from.

What I can do, aside from my custom orders, is include free tutorials on my website, either with photos or videos every so often as I can film or take photos on the side while working on a project. I may also be posting card and/or layout sketches (which I have also done in the past) you can use for personal projects. I hope this makes up for the lack of offered classes. 

As I've already stated, I can (if the schedule fits) hold classes upon request. Just send me an email and I will see what I can do. I do hope you understand.

Should you have any questions regarding certain techniques, etc., please do not hesitate to email me. I'd be happy to help.

Hope you have a nice "hump" day!







Paper flowers and a tissue box ;-)

Don't ask me why I decided to look up videos on youtube about how to make paper flowers, but for some reason I did and I obviously had a lot of fun! :-) Then I decided my tissue box was too pretty to throw out, so I decided to make a flower box to hold my hand-made flowers. Now, it could use a few more details around the edges, but this was a quicky. I just cut along the top of the box on one long end and the two short ends, covered the opening with a large journaling tag I cut with my cricut, then added a brad on the top and long side of the box to tie a string for closure. Like I said....very quick. 




I made this flower this morning, so easy. You just need 3 of each large, medium and small sized either punched or cut out flowers, whether they be 5 or 6 petal does not matter in the least. Ink them if you like, spray all with water, scrunch or wad them up real tight, then flatten each one out. Take some glossy accents or other quick drying adhesive and begin adhering them on top of each other beginning with the largest and ending up with the smallest flowers on top. Be sure to vary the position of the petals when you stack the flowers on top of each other for more fullness and dimension. What I did below is I put a brad through the middle. Sprayed it with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Blue Denim), dried it with the embossing gun, then used some Ranger Distress Stickles "Rock Candy" to give it some more glitter, dried it again and it was done. It took about 10 minutes or so. Like I said, real easy and saves you money!! :-) You can use them on cards or layouts, to decorate gifts with or hot glue on to a simple head band to spruce it up. 



Hope you enjoyed these short little tutorials. Have a great rest of your weekend!



"Tickle me!" - Using color on scrapbooking layouts

These photos I took of a tickle attack on Jenna last weekend inspired me to a new layout. For this layout I used a filmstrip .png file and mostly Studio Calico supplies out of various of their kits.

What I wanted to talk to you about is color. We all know how important it is to match the colors of the photos to our pages/scrapbooking supplies. So, I wanted to show you how I chose my colors to match my photos.


Since the main colors in the photos are green and blue, I chose a subtle greenish-blue small patterned background first of all. Jenna's shirt contains black, which the filmstrip was perfect for. She also had some orange and pink on her shirt, so I thought I would pull that out and tie it into the layout.

To offset the blue & green in the photos, I backed them with a solid orange. For the title, I again chose black to pull together the black filmstrip and Jenna's shirt. I found some paper with several printed banners and this one was perfect as it had black, blue, green & several neutral pastel tones and was great to add some slight dimension and a border at the top.

In my stash, I also found some old jeans patterned paper, which I used as a small border atop the journaling block. To top it off, I found the little bird and a tag out of the Girl's Paperie collection, some Prima Pebbles and a few Teresa Collins chipboard flowers that matched perfectly in terms of color.

So, when matching your colors up, you can see how easy it can be. Don't be afraid to use too many different colors as long as they compliment your photos and don't take attention away from them.

Hope you enjoyed my color-coded explanation. Have fun with your next layout! ;-)


Intermediate Scrapbooking Class - Man in da House!

Yo, Yo, Yo....we had a man in da house at Scrapbooking Stuttgart for my last intermediate Scrapbooking Class on 27 February 2011. Something different for a change! Here the students learned a little bit more about color, design and accents and busily worked away on their projects. Our man in the class had quite the creative ideas on his layouts! No wonder, since his wife is the ever talented Susi from the Design Team at Scrapbooking Stuttgart! ;-)


For more impressions of the class, please click here.

Please join us for my next class at Scrapbooking Stuttgart on 27 March 2011 where we'll be making a fabulous Configurations shadow box from Tim Holtz, similar to these below! 


For more information, please visit or click here.

A trip home to Kindsbach and some scrapbooking stuff

I have been wanting to blog for what seems like ages. All I've been able to do is post classes and send newsletters. Although I'm feeling like a chewed up rag, a little case of the flu, I neeeeeed to do this!

During the Halloween weekend I decided to take a spontaneous trip to see my parents with the kids. Since they have both been very sick this year, Dad with his 4th heart attack and quintuple bypass and Mom with a dangerous intestinal problem, followed by 2 operations, I thought it might be good for them to get to see their grandchildren and daughter. ;-) We were pretty lucky with the weather. It was cool, but sunny on Saturday (which is when the Air Base decided to do Halloween) and I took quite a few photos:

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Danny makes such a cute Luke Skywalker and Jenna was adorable in her witch costume. Unfortunately, it was a little cool, so they had to cover them up. Most of the time I was the keeper of the laser sword. ;-)



This is Kindsbach Lake in the town in which my parents have lived since about 1977/78. I do believe this must be one of the best outdoor photos I've taken, but that is mostly due to the beautiful weather and gorgeous bright autumn colors. ;-) We had a short, but nice walk around the lake with Oma Lotte (Grandma), the grandkids and I. ;-)

Then, I wanted to get photos of them together...and this is what came out of that ;-)

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Danny and Jenna can make some pretty goofy faces....I'll givem' that. Guess they didn't feel like getting their photo taken today. ;-)

Then I caught them from behind.... ha!


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I love the color of the leaves in the forest and I wanted to catch a glimpse of my mom walking on this path.

The photo on the right warms my heart. Danny collected several leaves or rather ferns...and then went up to his grandma and put his arm around her waste and walked along side of her. So precious... just wants to make me almost cry. ;-)

Here are a few more impressions of our visit to Kindsbach....helping Oma in the garden...and "making stuff"


Danny is very good with his hands....not exactly sure what he made here, but it looks cool...just like this heart he made for me out of legos.... ahhhh... isn't he the sweetest kid??


and Jenna here helped Oma to get the leaves out from under the tree....I think she left a few hairs on some of those branches. ;-)


So now I want to show you my DREAM HOUSE. When we build a house, I want it to look just like this! An American family built it (as you might be able to tell due to the style) and it's right on the lake. Of course, it does get noisy during the sommer, but hey... they have that lake right out their front door and can jump in it any time they want! Cool deal. Unfortunately, they had to recently sell it. Sold it waaaay too cheap if you ask me! Anyhoo... here it 'tis...



It's simply amazing to me... I am so in awe of this house! Want it!!! Now!!


And here is what I have been up to scrapbooking-wise.....

A recent beginner scrapbooking class....



and a frame for my best friend's sister who's pup recently died....such a sweet sweet dog too. :-(


Unfortunately, another doggy in our family died too.... Oma Gitti's doggy Tanja. We're all very sad about that and miss her so!


And then yet another doggy died.... his name was Sam and belonged to one of the daycare teachers who has been bringing him for a few years now, so the children knew him quite well. He was only 6 years old.


 ... back to scrapbooking / card making / frames.....


I'm trying to make a decorative frame for every season/occasion....


Finally scrapped some old Kindergarten photos of my two sweeties and their "Red Group". They really enjoyed it there!


A masculine birthday card for my very good friend Frank...

and an envelope I decorated...

Address erased to protect the innocent ;-)...


A purple birthday card for a friend whom I happen to know likes purple.


A sympathy card...


a with compliments tag



An early X-mas tag for a customer I placed with her order


A minibook class I taught on Saturday...


Everybody have a great week!

P.S. Don't forget, next Saturday is a Christmas Card Class! If you're interested and have time, now is the time to register..




***Sign up now!!*** Scrapbooking Class in November 2010

Click onto the link to my newsletter to find out about classes in November. Post it to Twitter or Facebook, forward it on to your friends and relatives if you like and whoever else wants to know.  ;-)

The beginner class I will be holding at Scrapbooking Stuttgart will cost 25 EUR including supplies and use of machines. 


Take care,



Scrapper Style Adventcalendar Class - November 27th!!

Yeah! An Advent Calendar Class! You know you want one!! ;-) I'll be holding this class on 27 November from 2-5 p.m. so, it's your last chance to make one before the Advent season begins!!

We will be making a scrap style Adventcalendar with 24 drawers with the size of the calendar approx. 34cm x 6cm x 34 cm. We'll decorate it with nice patterned papers and/or small photos if you like.

It will be similiar to the photo on the right (different style) below using this plain advent calendar cardboard kit on the left.

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   Photo courtesy of (posted by Anisa)

Cost is 30 EUR incl. supplies and use of my tools.

The class will take place at Memories Artwork in Filderstadt. Out of the 6 available seats there are 4 still available, so register now to save your seat!! 



Midnight Scrapbooking Crops at Scrapbooking Stuttgart

German or American, doesn't matter! Are you into scrapbooking and are looking for crops in the Stuttgart area? Then, look no further! Beginning in November, the first Friday of every month you can attend the Midnight Crop at Scrapbooking Stuttgart

All you need to do is your photos and cropping bags along with 3 Euros for the use of Yvonne's machines and snacks and you can scrap your heart away from 6 p.m. until midnight! Is that a deal or what?!

If you are interested in attending, just write to Yvonne at and let her know.

I won't be attending this first time, but I'm really excited about the 3rd of December!!

So, remember, the first Friday of every month is crop till you drop at Scrapbooking Stuttgart! YEAHHHH!!!

Be there or be square! ;-)





Upcoming Scrapbooking Classes / Workshops! (NEW)

Please note November class dates have changed!!

Upcoming Workshops / Classes



16 October 2010 from 2-6 pm 

Basic Scrapbooking Workshop


Location: Memories Artwork, Rosenstrasse 13/1, 70794 Filderstadt

Cost: 20 EUR incl. all materials & use of tools


We will be designing a double spread layout from scratch with your photos and you will be learning about basic supplies & material types, using color with your photos as well as basic design on your layouts. The cost is 20 EUR incl. materials as well as refreshments & snack. This is a four hour class! Only 6 seats available, so please reserve your seat soon!




13 November 2010 from 2-5 pm

 Minibook using the Cinch Binding Machine

Location: Memories Artwork, Rosenstrasse 13/1, 70794 Filderstadt

Cost: 25 EUR incl. materials and introduction to the Cinch machine

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We'll be creating your own little scrapbooked spiral minibook using the cinch binding machine. Photos are optional, but not necessary. We will just be covering front and back bookboards, creating the pages in the middle and then Yvonne Simon  from will show you how to use the Cinch to turn it into a book! (See We R Memory Keepers examples above) Only 6 seats available, so sign up while you can!





20 November  2010 from 2-5 pm 

Make & Take Christmas Card Class using Cuttlebug


Location: Memories Artwork, Rosenstrasse 13/1, 70794 Filderstadt

Cost: 25 EUR incl. all materials, make & takes and introduction into the Cuttlebug machine



Using the Cuttlebug, which is an embossing/die cutting machine, we'll be making several Christmas cards using various techniques and learning how to use the Cuttlebug. In just a few more months it will be Christmas! So, get your cards made and sent on time!! The cost is 25 EUR incl. all materials (make & takes) and introduction to the Cuttlebug. Above are only some examples, not the actual cards we will be making... that's a secret ;-)) As with all classes only 6 spots available!

To register for a class, please send an email to memoriesartwork(at) 


More Thank you cards....& a Cinch Mini Album ;-)

Good LORD! Time flies! I just checked my blog to see when the last time was.... how embarrassing! It's been close to a MONTH! I apologize profusely for not blogging sooner. Major stress at the day job. The days just whizz by and it's hard to slow down. Then my side-business here, well throw in the family with 2 kids and you can guess that I'm basically on the move 24 hours a day. I keep telling myself to BREATHE... but, there's no time! LOL

For the last 6-8 weeks I've had bursitis, an infection in my shoulder, which was irritating for one, but it also prevented me from doing TaeBo, which I really hated. Yesterday, I was finally able to go and although every muscle in my body seems to hurt, I'm SO GLAD that I finally get to go again! I missed it sooo much!

I just wanted to show you what I've been working on the past few weeks, so here goes!



I actually made this for a Cinch Mini-Album class and will be selling it on Etsy or Dawanda afterwards. Believe it or not... it was a "cinch" to make. LOL


I made this thank you card using one sheet of thick designer cardstock (DCWV Mariposa, 8x8), Ranger Dimensional Pearls, Jenni Bowlin Letter Stickers and a Martha Stewart Butterfly punch. The DCWV papers in this collection are SO pretty!!


A boy birthday card for my nephew....hope he ever got it since there was a gift certificate inside!!! Haven't heard from the little bugger yet. The red piece is 3D using 3D foam pads and is backed with a jeans design paper.


Just made this one a day or two ago...see, I can't even remember! Doh!.. Anyway... I wanted to protect the other mommy's kids, so that is why they are sensored. I used Tim Holtz design paper, prima felt stem, regular manila tag with walnut distress ink, flower made with dictionary paper, punched, distressed with various Holtz Distress inks, crumpled and stapled together. Looove those flowers! Martha stewart fence border punch, Tim Holtz ticket "dream", Ranger Dimensional pearls & Rock Candy, Prima Pebble, Journaling card from Yellow Bicycle. 

Here is more detail on the flower:


So, now I have the munchies and I need to go to bed. Jenna has a little something she needs to do on stage in school for the 1st grader ceremony. She's so proud. :-)


Busy weekend! Scrapbooking Layouts, Sketches, 50th birthday cards & housewarming card!!

Hello scrappers & crafters!!

I've been very busy this weekend, not only food shopping, washing, cooking, but also creating!! Lots to do and sooo little time! But, I love it or else I wouldn't make time to do it, am I right?

First of all... an ADHD story about my son, Danny, 8 years old. Yesterday, after my trip to IKEA for a new chair, I had left some scissors in the dining room after cutting off some tags. I remember putting them away and after a time I walked into the dining room and noticed a good piece of hair (blond) lying on the rug. I pick it up and look over at my son, who has this exact piece of hair missing from his forehead showing through where there should have been hair. So, I ask him, I say "Danny, did you cut your hair?". He looks at me and says, "Me? No!...Huh??" And I say, "You're saying you didn't cut your hair." ...He says with big round eyes, "No, Mommy, I didn't!". So, I take him over to the mirror and say "Gee, that's odd...there seems to be hair missing from your bangs, now isn't THAT a coincidence!" ...Get this....he says, "But, I DIDN'T cut my hair." LOL Okay, this wouldn't be the first time he's so obviously caught in a fib and still won't admit it, even if you PROVE he did it. (ahh... life with ADD, never gets boring) He finally admitted it, but of course, could not tell me WHY he cut his hair. That's because no thought went into it. His brain said... ahhhh, scissors...cut.... hair, end of story. And then, he forgot he even did it. It was just sort of, well, the most natural and obvious thing to do. It's hard to even get mad at him for it, since he didn't do it for attention or to be mischievous. No bad thoughts behind it, just simple and unrestrained impulse. Now I know where all of those odd looking cuts in his shorts and pants are coming from...not on the knee part, but on the thigh cut at a 90° angle ("Mommy, I fell..."). Uh,...yeah, buddy, sure. But, I gotta tell you... it sure does not make it easy for me to leave him and his sister alone for any given amount of time. I'm always a bit afraid of what his impulse might tell him to do next. Know what I mean? to the creative part... here's what I've been doin'!


This is August's Sketch I designed for the website for this month...


And this is the matching layout with the sketch.

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Gotta love those Prima Marketing pebbles, so gorgeous!!

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This layout will also be featured on Simea's website at some point this month....It's about how I LOVE strawberries. The picture colors turned out weird, because my printer was acting up, but I used it anyway, since it had kind of a retro vintage look to it. lol

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closeup of the beautiful prima the vivid colors!

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Please never mind the odd looking...or rather missing faces. I wanted to make sure nobody got on the web, that didn't want to be on there. ;-) Kinda reminds me of the movie "The Ring" though...a little spooky there. I made this as a going away present from the daycare mothers for one of the childminders who is leaving to work in Munich this month. LOL

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So..."The Ring" again... this time a card for one of the childminders from the daycare for all her hard work.

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This card was for my wonderful friend Emel, a housewarming card. She'd invited us today to check out their new house.... niiiiccccee house! :-)

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And THISSSS... is a card for my brother dear who will be turning FIFTY... still can't believe it!!! Did a bit of Tim Holtz on there... Love the BINGO card!

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I made this tag for the inside of my brother's looked so empty. ;-) Love Tim Holtz!!!.. no, wait.. I ADORE Tim Holtz!!

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This was the first draft of the 50th birthday card below. Yes, I know, it looks so completely different. LOL That is because I wasn't aware that 30 people were supposed to sign it. ;-) I'm sure I can sell it or that there will be another 50th birthday where it'll be needed. Tim Holtz again with the Grungeboard swirl shape, Fired Brick Crackle Paint and Glossy Accents over the top of it.


Last...but never least LOL, is a card I made for my friend Emel to give to her co-worker who's turning 50. She needed a BIIIIGGGG card, so that lots of people have room to sign it. So, basically, it's a 12x12" piece of cardstock folded in half. Now, BIG!

Whew... Not done yet though...still have quite a bit planned. Classes are coming up in September using the Cinch! More on the next post!!

Until then, ... relax and CREATE!


Introducing Scrapbooking Stuttgart


My new partner Yvonne Simon of Simonarc have decided to make scrapbooking in Stuttgart just a little more popular, so we've come up with a new blog, click on Scrapbooking Stuttgart for more details. The website is in German, so if you live in the Stuttgart area and do not speak German, here is a little explanation of the website. As I stated, we are trying to gather together scrapbookers in the Stuttgart area for crops or classes and Yvonne has been adding some scrapbooking machines to her current printer shop Simonarc, just in case you are looking for something particular. If it's not in her shop, then you can ask her and she will see if she can get it for you.

Classes are held in English as well as German, so no worries there. If you are in the Stuttgart area and are an avid scrapper, just drop us a line. We would love to here from you and maybe you might be interested in attending a crop.

You can also follow us on twitter and facebook to keep up on information about events, classes or workshops. 

We are looking forward to hearing from you so we can get together and having a great time scrapping!


Scrapbooking in Stuttgart (Crops)

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Just wanted to do a little market research and see how many interested scrapbookers are located in the Stuttgart area. Google doesn't seem to find much in that respect. Here are a few questions for you. Please leave a comment below.

  • Where in the Stuttgart area are you located?
  • Where do you purchase your scrapbooking supplies?
  • Are you interested in classes? If so, what type? i.e. Beginner and advance scrapbooking, cards, other decorative crafts?
  • Do you hook up with each other for crops? If so, where?
  • What crafts have you created already? Please enter your URL in your comments so I can see your work.

I have room for about 6-10 ladies and have all kinds of tools, such as the cricut expression (die cut machine), the cuttlebug (die cut / embossing), corner chomper, eyelet setters, magazines, paper cutters, mats, inks, stamps, etc.  etc.... I wouldn't mind hosting a crop once a month in my home. Bring along your supplies or you are also welcome to use my tools for a small fee. So, if you're interested in hooking up with other scrappers or are interested in scrapbooking classes, let me know. I'm happy to help!

I would so like to hear from you!!


My Magic Mini-Album Class last Sunday...

Hello there! I would have posted sooner, except I've been feeling very under the weather the past few days with some type of virus or flu. I'll be paying the doc a visit in the morning. At any rate, I wanted to let you know how much fun we had on Sunday at my Magic Mini-Album class. What's the "magic" in the name? Doesn't mean a thing. LOL I just thought it sounded nice, is all. ;-)

I had 5 lovely ladies (including 2 pairs of moms & daughters) in my home for the class, which lasted just about 3 hours. Everything was pretty much relaxed. We first made the base of the accordion album, then we made the front and back pretty much together. After that I gave them a few tips about how to use design paper to style their pages. Each one had one double-sided patterned paper so they could put some variation in there. It's a very simple album, but cute nonetheless. I wanted them to be able to use their own creativity in decorating their pages, so I just offered my help when asked and let them run with it.

Check out part of this cute one here:


The album contained a total of 8 pages of which 6-7 could be used for photos. We attached some ribbon to the front and back of the album for a closure. Now, I know some people are more comfortable making an exact replica of a layout or album, but I wanted to make sure each one had a different album. It's also difficult when they have photos along to make everything the same, so I think it turned out pretty cool.


Here we've got some major concentration going on. ;-) Don't you just love those pink buckets I have for their tools? I picked those up at a flea market and thought they would be perfect for classes.


Sometimes it takes a while to get used to these paper cutters, but once you figure it out you never forget ;-).


Now, I'd say, from the looks on all the gals faces....they had a pretty good time and they can all be proud of what they created today! Good job ladies!!! :)

Update, National Scrapbooking Day & Upcoming Mini-Album Class

I must apologize since I've taken soooo long to post! Yikes! I just have so much going all the time. ;-) But, I must say, I'm stressed, but feeling good, so that's okay. ;-)

My father, for whom I made the get-well card (which the brilliant German post office misplaced and finally LOST, by the way), had to have bypass surgery (5 bypasses in one operation) just a few weeks ago. He'd suffered his 4th heart attack a few days before Easter and it was "time" he finally let them "cut" him to fix him up. He's now in a rehab/wellness center accompanied by my mom and is doing better from day to day. He hasn't walked that far in years, quoting my mom. ;-) I'm very relieved to say the least!! - Update: he had to be flown back to the hospital yesterday as he was having complications and is getting a pacemaker today. Never a dull moment!

What I've been up to:

Last weekend I held my "Cool Card Class", having 6 students and we made 5 cards in a little over two hours. They loved it and they did a great job.... and I just LOVE to teach. ;-) Unfortunately, I didn't get around to taking photos, but Yvonne from the class took some and posted them on her blog (sweet girl). So, I'm just going to "steal" them and post them on here as well. ;-) As always, she did a wonderful job of photographing these! ! :D

I've also been quite busy with design team work, custom orders and class planning / organization on top of my basically full-time investor relations job and my family!!! So, if I don't answer your emails right away or don't get something done quite on time, have MERCY on me! ;-)


National Scrapbooking Day - May 1st, 2010!!

Don't miss out! Check out the web and go to popular scrapbooking websites for giveaways, prizes, contests, etc.! Here are just a few you might have fun with (source: scrapbook update website):

Scrapbook Update: We’ll be joining the NSD fun with a big round of giveaways on Saturday starting at 10am! (And just maybe we’ll sneak in some challenges too…hint, hint)

Studio Calico: 10am-7pm eastern time. Hourly chats with design team members, challenges with prizes and two big prizes of 6 month Studio Calico subscriptions.

Designer Digitals: Store-wide 20% off sale for NSD is already underway! That’s well over 7000 digital scrapbooking items, plus one new item at an introductory price of $.99. Sale lasts until 6am EST Sunday morning.

Paperclipping: 1pm-3pm PST. Noell Hyman from Paperclipping will be doing a Live event. She’s doing a charitable project for NSD, encouraging people to purge their stashes & donate their unused supplies to local programs devoted to creating life books for children in state custody. 11am-7pm PST. Special NSD forum will be hosting a virtual crop with challenges, mini-contests, treasure hunts, and many more activities at the top of every hour. They’ll be giving away a hundred prizes, all valued at more than $75.

Club CK: 9am-6pm MST. New sketch every hour. Page titles and fonts free for download. Photo and layout contests with randomly drawn winners – prizes include Stampin’ Up! products and Two Peas In a Bucket gift certificates.

Scrapbook & Cards Today: Giveaway and special content on their blog.

Chatty Scrapppers: UK scrap site (and Scrapbook Update readers) Chatty Scrappers are having NSD fun for a long weekend, with an online crop from April 30th-May 3rd. Join them for challenges, tutorials and prizes! NSD is also going on for a long weekend at Two Peas, as they will be celebrating from April 30th-May 2nd with sales and sponsored challenges.

Scrapper’s Guide: This digital scrapbooking education site is giving away four copies of Photoshop Elements 8 bundled with Premier Elements: two copies in the Scrapper’s Guide Forum and two copies on their Facebook page. There will also be a Mother’s Day give-away which you can access from their home page, and a 25% off coupon for anything in the Scrapper’s Guide store. Their online crop starts Friday at 6pm PST with the posting of online challenges, and a chat at 9pm PST. Saturday the festivities continue at 10am PST with a scavenger hunt and tutorials. 


Class Announcement

My next class "Mini-Album Magic" will be on 16 May 2010 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ! There is only 1 seat left, so sign up soon if you would like to take part in it. Here is the info:

Location: Memories Artwork

Fee: € 20 including materials (album kits in neutral colors) & tools

Bring: B&W small photos to fit a 6x6" Mini-Album containing 8 pages (6 pages for photos)....and FUN!

Description: We will be making a 6x6" accordion style mini-album with photos & embellishments from scratch! 

Vintage Tag Class á la Tim Holtz

The day after I held the mini-album workshop, I held a vintage tag class a la Tim Holtz (that I learned in Holland) for 5 ladies in my home where we made these lovely tags:

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Yvonne Simon made these - aren't they lovely? Excellent photos too. Gotta love that hand stamp!


These are by Sarah Wagner, very sweet girl btw. I just love the eye! Great job!

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And these lovelies are by Anja Ecker. Just love the use of color and butterfly stamps. Awesome! 

You're probably asking yourselves... What would I use these tags for? Well, check it out: 


You can also use these tags to put on cards, onto scrapbook layouts, as a gift certificate, as a card on its own or in a frame used as decoration....or, or, or...;-) See what you can come up with! :D 

We all had lots of fun making these tags and everybody is coming back to the cool card class the end of April! Yeah Ladies, can't wait! ;-)

CU there!  XOXO


Cool Card Class on April 24th, 2010 from 3-5 pm

Please note: New class planned for end of April, on the 24th from 3pm - 5 pm!!

In this two-hour class we will be making 5 cards from prepared kits. The cost is €15 including supply kits and use of my tools. Location will be at Memories Artwork, Rosenstrasse 13/1 in 70794 Filderstadt.

In order to register, please Email me. ;-) Look forward to some fun!

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Sincerely yours,


***Make & Take Vintage Tag Workshop on 14 March 2010***

Heads up for my next workshop coming up on Sunday, March 14th, 2010 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 pm. Only 1 slot left!!!

This will be a "make & take" vintage tag class (see my last post), so no need for photos! I still call it scrapbooking either way. ;-) You will not only learn a bit about stamping, but also about different types of inks, stamps and cool techniques you can use on your projects. We will be using Tim Holtz distress inks as well as Adirondack Archival Ink and various other Ranger products. 

The cost is € 15 incl. materials and use of provided tools. 

This class will be held in my home at Rosenstr. 13/1 in 70794 Filderstadt. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email. 

Tattered Angels, Ranger's Tim Holtz and more at Kars in Holland

This past weekend I paid a visit to my wholesaler Kars in Ochten, Holland at their semi-annual event with special warehouse deals, demos and workshops. I had a really great time! The wonderful Ms. Condic, the manager over all of German-speaking countries was so nice! She actually picked me up at my house and let me ride with her. Just awesome! The time just seemed to fly by so quickly.

At any rate....this was my room....a quite old, but charming hotel. Only problem was, someone forgot to turn off their alarm, so it was beeping all night long until I woke in the morning. I just had no idea what it was or where it was coming from. Yikes! So, to say the least, I didn't sleep all that well. (My own fault!)


So, these were the beds...I did figure out that those were actual covers. ;-) ...Being used to big bedspreads, I guess it looked to me like something was missing. hehe


Here I was playing around with the camera, testing the light, etc. I haven't really been making many photos, so I needed to practice a bit.

DAY 1 (Demo day)


So, here's Tim Holtz, whom most of you might know I would guess. This was early Sunday morning and he was just getting ready to begin his demos. Just looking at some of the stuff he made to decorate was fascinating. He and I believe his team, even sewed a jacket out of grunge paper that you can even wash and dry!! I gotta see this jacket sometime, because I must admit... I am a bit skeptical, but Tim...if you say so, I'll have to trust you. ;-)

Tim started his demos and I was lucky, because I just happened to be there checking out his work. He made (or shall I say "whipped up") three gorgeous tags in a matter of minutes and I was allowed to pick one that he signed. Very cool tags. I had to have the one with the eye, don't know why...just thought the eye was awesome.



Now, do NOT ask me what colors of distress ink he used, but know this, I think they were ALL from his new line. I think "wild honey" and "crushed olive" were my favorites. Just beautiful. 


Just take a look at this tag that Tim made. Using several colors by wetting, drying, rewetting, drying, then flicking water onto it and drying again it got some pretty cool colors. Then using his new cling stamps (of which I just HAD to get of course), he stamped using archival ink in two different ways (tapping and rubbing over the stamp) he was able to create different shades of the archival ink . He also distressed it using his distressing tool, then added the metal washers and time plate by punching holes. Then he used his hammer is beat up the brads a bit to distress them as well. Fantastic job. You gotta just love the "eye" don't ya? Anyway...thanks for showing me those techniques first hand. The videos are great too, but it sinks in better when you see it done live.

So... then I was able to get a photo with him, which was pretty cool. Man... some women, they just swoon over Tim. I mean, come ON...yeah, he's incredibly talented and he's nice, but does the man need groupies? I dunno...I mean, he stamps, crafts and designs products, you know? At any rate, he's very down to earth and very patient with the ladies that follow him around. LOL


Just a good kinda guy with talent.

So... THEN I went over to Tattered Angels in Wendy Senger's (CEO) class. Hey! Talk about COOL! wooooohhhh! No offense Tim, you're great too! LOL

Check it out:


All the Glimmer Mists, templates (masks) and stamps with all kind of tags as well. I made the ones below. Such cool colors.


Can you see the glimmer on there? How cool is that?


And here I am with the CEO herself, Wendy Senger. A really nice gal. And yes... I know I have ink on my fingers and need to desperately die my hair....I am aware. lol Thanks for the pic Miss Wendy! ;-)

Here are a few photos of the Kars warehouse and their beautiful demo room.

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This is Tanya Watts, a Ranger-U instructor. Really cool girl who showed me what can be done with UTEE embossing powders....namely this (below):

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DAY 2 (Workshop day)

So, the next morning I was schedule along with the ladies from Scrappies, two wonderful ladies I might add. ;-) And we made 5 completely awesome tags using various techniques, various inks, distress inks, archival ink, stamps, distress crackle paint and distress rock candy. Too bad the workshop was "only" 1-1/2 hours. lol


Aren't those some really cool tags? Definitely! Do you want me to show you how you can make something like this? Well, I'm planning on it, so stay tuned for the news. lol

Here's another photo with Tim after the workshop. He probably wouldn't remember me now if he walked past me on the street as many women as he comes across, but I thought this memory is worth remembering.


He's probably gritting his teeth underneath that smile and I can't blame him. Even my cheeks were starting to hurt from smiling so much and I wasn't even holding classes!

So, to conclude this quite long blog are a few other little things that I made as make & takes or took along with me. The flower is from a great gal who designs for Cosmo Cricket


This was a card I made with a Basic Grey card kit and a little goody bag from DCWV cardstock.
The flower is cosmo cricket and was designed by Natasja Verbeek, a designer at Cosmo Cricket. What a sweet, cute and incredibly talented girl! Just fantastic!

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This was a me&my BIG ideas mini-album kit that I didn't have time to complete there, but aren't the colors awesome? And lots of glittery stickers, etc....which, of course I LOVE!

I met another awesome lady named Rozella Méyer who designs for Kars, a Dutch scrapbooking magazine and Prima I believe. Very sweet and talented. Her layouts just "stunned" me, seriously now! Check out her blog! It's Dutch, but just check out the layouts! Here is one layout so you can get an idea on her talent:


So, ladies (& gents...if there are any out there paying attention), that's all for today. I will be translating all of this tomorrow...whew.... I know, it's long, but I just wanted to show you how fun it was and will be happy to pass along to you what I've learned!

You all take care and scrap your life!


Fun gals at my Basic Scrapbooking Class!

I just wanted to give a big thank you to all the gals who attended my class yesterday and who where patient with me.  I am a bit embarrassed to say that I was late for my own class. I had everything set up, but miscalculated the time as I hauled everything all by myself up and down stairs, in and out of the car....and let me tell you was a LOT of "stuff" ;-).  Close to starting time I realized that I still needed to freshen up with a shower as I had been sweating up a storm.

Thank the LORD for my friend Antra! I don't know what I would have done without this gal. She's just a great friend, what can I say. :D She was there just in time for me to drive home for a quick shower.  She checked off the girl's names as they came in, took in  the money and gave them their handouts and their goody bags (see below). So, I was about 20 minutes late to my dismay, but it was the fastest shower including hair that I have ever taken. LOL Lesson Learned! In the future I will set things up the evening prior!

Last, but not least, a special thanks also goes out to my wonderful husband Erik who is so supportive of me and puts up with my scrapbooking mania!! Love you dearly!! XXOO

At any rate, everyone introduced themselves and we got to it.  Unfortunately, will 9 attendees, it was a bit tough to get around to everyone and instruct all appropriately. I will either have to limit the seating the next time or come up with a different concept. Maybe an actual layout sketch for everyone to follow or something to that effect. Just so they get the feel of things. I do plan on continuing holding classes (I promised!) maybe more in the way of special techniques or special subjects, etc.

So, with no further hold up, here are a few impressions of yesterday's fun class!



Stay tuned for more classes! If you haven't signed up for my newsletter yet, you may do so using the link way up at the top left side on this website.  You'll receive information about upcoming classes as well as tips, tutorials and trends (TTT). ;-)

Everyone have a wonderful Sunday!



Acrylic Mini-Album with basic instructions

My resolutions for 2010....documented within an acrylic mini-album..


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Acrylic Mini-Album


There are different types of acrylic or other translucent materials.  In this case, I just got some thick transparency at a hardware store in A3 size and cut down the number of pieces I needed to 6x6 inches with a guillotine paper trimmer, which worked great. 

Then you have all of your pieces laying in front of you that you need. After that I wanted to vary the pages a bit. So, what I did was to cut various pages into shapes, but using a template I made from a Making Memories journaling pad. I used a permanent marker to trace the edge of the journaling page and then just cut it out. Since it was going to be covered anyway, the marker would be covered up. If you like you can ink the edges with staz-on ink or with acrylic paint in case you don't want to cover it with paper.

Generally, with acrylic albums, you're doing to want to plan out the pages carefully, maybe even with a sketch as you'll want to cover front an back pages equally, so as not to have adhesive, or the back of other paper or embellishments showing through the page. Sometimes, it's a good idea to use double sided paper and then you can cover any bits of adhesive with embellishments. At any rate, plan ahead so you don't run into problems there.

After cutting some of the pages into shapes, I also stamped some of the pages with stay-on ink as well for a variation in the background. Staz-on is the BEST!

Two holes are sufficient to hold the album together. I made sure to put in the holes before I started designing the album to make sure I don't cover up anywhere where I wanted the holes to be. You can use jump rings or ribbon or you can bind it with a regular binding system....whichever way you would like.

For the first time I used fabric in an album as a background. It looks as if it's sewn onto the album, but I just machine stitched a frame on the fabric and adhered with regular old tombow adhesive runner.  This worked surprisingly well. After that I needed to see what to place on the back side. Every double spread is matching in color to prevent chaos for the eyes. :-)  Generally, one page will contain a photo and the other some very important journaling.

On the page with my hubby and I, I stitched a heart on the other page before adhering the fabric, which I then also filled with buttons and pearls using gluedots.  The key I adhered with fabric glue and the keyhole with diamond glaze, which is really almost as tough as super glue, yet acid-free. I left the back side of the heart, because I liked the way it looked on the other side.

As for my resolutions, I'm thinking that if I spent so much time with this album, I just might stick to them better. Who knows?

Christmas Cards & Journal Notebook Class

Hey Peeps!!!

Yes, I know... making Christmas cards again.... but I look at something and then get so inspired that I have to do something about it. It's like an itch. LOL Anyway... I made a few Christmas cards again and wanted to show you a few pictures of the journal I made in Karla Dudley's Journal 3 Ways Class. The class has already begun, but I'm sure she will be having more workshops. Now, I have to tell you, this woman amazes me! She has 5 kids, including 2 sets of twins...two boys, two girls and the oldest is another boy. Wow... is all I can say. Then she's got kids getting sick all over the place, but takes the time to shoot videos and show her students how to make cute journals. I have to hand it to her, Karla: My hat is off to you girl! You are just a cool gal!

Little "medallion" tutorial here:

So, I made these two cards with "medallions" on them that I made myself. The easiest way is to take a 12" strip about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2" wide, cut along the edge with either scallop scissors or zig zag, but it should be something that is uniform, no tearing scissors or anything like that. Next you want to fold the piece back and forth like an accordion, maybe scoring each line before you do that to make it work a bit easier and look straighter LOL. Then just glue the ends together with tacky tape so it doesn't come apart, then push down on the middle part to make it flat....go ahead, I promise it won't fall apart. But, in order to hold it together, you're going to need something sturdy to put on that middle part. Use a scallop circle, a big button, or a regular circle, a flower, anything you want, but you will have to make sure you use a good adhesive to make it stick. I used glue dots, which seemed to work pretty well. Make sure they're heavy duty and the cardstock is fairly heavy weight. Chipboard might be even better.  Then just use 3 D glue dots or pop dots to adhere to your card or layout. I really love the look of it. Next time I'm going for ones a bit smaller though. ;-)


On this one, I originally stamped the flourishes with opaque white stazon ink, but you could hardly see it, so I went over it with a white gel pen to make it stand out more. Truly had fun making the medallions!

Now to Karla's Class! She's so sweet and her videos were so cute. Making the journal was easier than I thought. Tomorrow is week two! Can't wait to see what she comes up with! :D Check out the journal I made today.

The angle of the photo I took, makes it look crooked, but it's not, trust me. ;-) I got this free Katie Pertiet border swirl brush from Designer Digitals. Go check it out!

These are the inside pages using Karla's swirls from the class. Love those swirls! Can't get enough of them.

Here are the pages with the journaling brushes that Karla designed. Don't you just love her handwriting? I mean, okay, mine is not the worst handwriting, but I just loooove Karla's... kind of looks similar to Ali Edward's style of handwriting.

So, folks, that's all for now. I've really got to get to bed! ughhhh....busy week... what am I saying? Months!

Nite all!


Super Halloween Cards tutorial video

Ladies (and case you're reading)

Wow, just had to share this with you!! Kristina Werner makes fantastic videos on her blog and now she's made yet another fabulous video tutorial for three (yes, three!!) awesome Halloween cards she's designed. They have really cool shapes and cute details.  Check it out on her Blog and lots of other videos. Now just sit back, relax and enjoy this load of creativity!!!

Reporting on Basic Scrapbooking Class

Wow! What a nice turnout! Eight wonderful students I had for my Basic Scrapbooking Class this past Sunday and what a nice bunch they were. :D We really had a lot of fun and I think the girls were able to take a few ideas home with them. They were hooked! We had two pre-teens and one teenager as well and they proved themselves to be quite creative!


Check out their beautiful creations:

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Thanks to Tanja Fury, my ex-coworker, friend, entrepreneur, life coach, (check out Auxell Coaching) who helped me with organizing and assisting the students where she could. I could NOT have pull this off without her. :D Big kudos for her! Thanks to her gorgeous girls as well for helping me before the class started.

My special thanks also goes to Beate Baylie at BEL and "associates" who provided the means for a perfect location for holding classes!!

Please check out my class schedule for more fun-filled classes! Can't wait to meet you!!