"When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul or brings joy,
care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life."
Jean Shinoda Bolen

December 21, 2011

Tiers of Memories
Keepsake Memory Box

This is a simple decorative box that you can adjust to fit more inserts or "pages." The pages slide into the box and are independent of each other. The sample has eight pages for special events. Tutorial includes 23 pages of detailed instructions, diagrams, and colored photos.

Tiers of Memories Keepsake Memory Box Tutorial #5911-07 - $10.00

November 29, 2011

Storage Ideas Video

Just a short video of my storage ideas for distress ink applicator pads, reinkers, and embossing folders. 

November 21, 2011

Alcohol Inks - Storage
& a Money Saving Idea

This is a quick video for storing alcohol inks and a money saving idea for the felt pads for alcohol inks.

November 16, 2011

Sparkle Christmas Ornament
Video Tutorial

This is a simple Christmas ornament that is so much fun to make and quick, too!  This is not my original design or idea - thank you to Betty B. of Missoula, Montana, for this idea and design and to Memory Lane Scrapbooking for having it on display! Enjoy!

September 26, 2011

A Fun-filled Day for Sure!
(& future classes)

On Saturday, September 24th, I spent the day with eight amazing ladies at the Memory Lane Scrapbooking Store in Missoula, Montana and it was such a fun filled day!  These ladies made the 8 hour round trip drive to Missoula worth every minute and mile!  We laughed, we learned, and then we laughed some more.  I love teaching at Memory Lane Scrapbooking and that day, I taught the ladies how to make the Triangle Tantrum Mini Album.

Although November 5th is the last University of Montana home football game (go Griz!), us die hard scrappers are getting together for another great teaching and learning experience.  On November 5th, I'm teaching the "Checking it Twice" Mini Album.  Although there is a video on my YouTube channel for this project, the version I'm teaching at Memory Lane is slightly different. 

The published pattern for this mini is exclusive to Memory Lane.  To get this pattern you will need to either purchase it from Memory Lane or attend the class on November 5th!  The class is $25 and starts at 10 am.

On January 6th & 7th, I'll be teaching my Three by Three Mini Album.

All supply & equipment lists are available at Memory Lane Scrapbooking.  Their phone number is (406) 523-3957.   Both classes are already half full, so hurry to sign up!  Missoula is a great vacation spot and there is always something to do, so plan on a weekend away (warning, make your motel reservations now because of the Griz game!).

September 5, 2011

Have a Wonderful Labor Day!

Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.  In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "working men's holiday" on that date.  The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.   (Source: U.S. Department of Labor.)

To all the hard workers in America - have a wonderful Labor Day!

August 29, 2011

Three by Three Mini Album

This is a mini album with 6 pages and everything is in multiples of three, including pockets and tags - it's close to 3" thick when completed, too!  These instructions contain 33 pages of cutting instructions, photos, diagrams, and album instructions.

Three by Three Mini Album Instructions 5911-05

August 23, 2011

Feedburner Issue

To all my subscribers, I apologize if you are not receiving an email of my posts!  I am not receiving emails when I post, so I'm not really sure if any of my subscribers are receiving emails!  I have been trying to resolve this issue for about 8 hours with no help from Feedburner at all.  I tried subscribing with a different email address and although Feedburner states they've sent a confirmation email, I didn't receive it!

Feedburner is telling us that they've changed some type of format and many feeds are ending up in junk/spam folders (but not in mine!).

Hopefully, they will correct this issue someday.....we are not alone, this is an issue with many bloggers.  (Maybe the only way you will see this post is if you happen to be cruising through blogs in your spare time!)

Again, my apology...I wish I had a way to correct this problem.

August 19, 2011

Thanksgiving - Warm Wishes

Very early for Thanksgiving, I know!  I've been in the mood to stamp the last few days, and this is a card for Thanksgiving.  The stamp set is a very old one from SU called "Window on the World" that I have probably only used twice before!

August 18, 2011

Halloween Cards - 3" x 3"

I know, I know, it's early for Halloween, but we have 13 grandkids, plus a few other kids who get Halloween cards, so I start early!  Below are twelve of the 3" x 3" cards I made, all slightly different!

Halloween Card #13

The first twelve cards were 3"x3", but this one is A2 size. 

Halloween Card #14

Another A2-sized card.

Halloween Card #15

The last Halloween card!  This is also A2-sized.

August 13, 2011

Carousel Envelope Mini Albums

Below is a video of two simple and fun mini albums.  The original idea is from Dawn Griffith.  Below the video is a link to her instructional YouTube video and her website.

July 7, 2011

Late Night Lattes & Crafts #12

Reality Check Note Card
Here is simple fun to make note card with a video.

Click HERE for a complete Supply List

June 27, 2011

Take it All with You Organizer

This organizer is fun to make, holds a note pad, and has lots of  pockets for everything, including post-it notes, those precious craft store coupons and punch cards!  Detailed instructions including diagrams and photos.

Take it All with You Organizer
5911-04 - $10.95

June 25, 2011

Winners! Winners! Winners!

Below are the randomly generated numbers by random.org, the names of the winners, and the pattern they each chose.  So - winners - watch for the email with the attached pattern and I hope you all enjoy them! 

Number: 5
Winner: Teresa K
Pattern: ATG Cradle

Number: 11
Winner: Elaine
Pattern: Triangle Tantrum Mini Album

Number: 10
Winner: Charlene
Pattern: ATG Cradle

Thanks for entering and keep watching for new patterns!

June 21, 2011

Free Pattern Give-Away!

I've had an absolutely wonderful week so far, and I would like to help make your week special, too!

I am giving away three patterns!  I will be drawing three winners and each winner may choose one of the following:

All Together Now Mini Album Tutorial
ATG Cradle Tutorial
Triangle Tantrum Mini Album Tutorial

To Enter:

1.  Subscribe to my blog (if you already have - thank you!);

2.  Verify your subscription when you receive an email from Feedburner;

3.  Leave a comment and tell me which pattern you would like to win;

4.  Be sure to include your email address in your comment.  (If there is no email address in your comment, I will choose another winner!)

5.  If you would like an extra chance to win, post a link to this give-away on your blog and let me know your blog address in your comment!

6.  You are eligible to win only one pattern and please leave only one comment.

I will be using random.org to draw the three winners.  Enter before midnight (mountain time) on Friday, June 24, 2011.  I will announce the winners on my blog early on Saturday June 25, 2011, and send the PDF file of their choice to the winners. 


June 20, 2011

Triangle Tantrum
Mini Album Tutorial

This mini album got its name because I almost threw a tantrum while trying to get the pages just right!  This is lots of fun to make and full of triangles.

Below is a short video of this mini album.

Please note: This pattern will be emailed to you when your payment clears.  Thank you!

Triangle Tantrum Mini Album

5911-03    $9.95

June 12, 2011

ATG Cradle
(New Lower Price!)

This is a “cradle” to hold your ATG. Also, your ATG won’t get buried on your table! This pattern is designed for the Scotch brand ATG.

ATG Cradle Tutorial - 5911-02 - $7.95

All Together Now
Mini Album Tutorial
(New Lower Price!)

This is a simple mini album to store your
photo CDs and negatives.

Please allow 24 hours for electronic delivery and be aware that the email address furnished to me upon payment is the email account to which I will send the PDF downloadable document. If you want the PDF file sent to a different email address, please list the address in the comments box before completing your transaction.

If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact me at the email above.

(This is my first tutorial and I am not sure how to do the "automatic download upon payment" bit, but I'm working on it!)

I'd love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment!

"All Together Now" Mini Album Tutorial

5911-01 - $7.95

June 6, 2011

All Together Now
Mini Album Videos

Click here to purchase the written tutorial
for this project

Video Part 1 for the "All Together Now" Mini Album

Video Part 2 for the "All Together Now" Mini Album


May 30, 2011

My "10 Things I Love About You" Project

Here is yet another project from Kathy Files at Paper Phenomenon!  I'm just posting a picture of the chest, but the inside of this chest holds 10 small mini albums (10 "things") and has a drawer to boot!  For this project, all the paper is from Stampin' Up. 

All of Kathy's projects are so much fun to make and her live Ustream classes are always a good time - check them out!  Below is the link to Kathy's Blog, the UStream videos for this project, and a YouTube video for the album pages.  Please feel free to leave a comment!

Kathy's blog - Paper Phenomenon
10 Things Chest & Mini Album UStream Part 1
10 Things Chest & Mini Album UStream Part 2
10 Things Chest & Mini Album UStream Part 3
10 Things Chest & Mini Album UStream Part 4
Mini Album Page on Youtube

My "Confessions of a Shopaholic" Project

Here's another great pattern from Kathy Files at Paper Phenomenon!  This one was made with paper bags from Michael's and the Ivory & Black paper stack from K & Company.  Below are the links to Kathy's blog and the UStream videos to make this project for yourself.  I enjoy hearing from you so please feel free to leave a comment!

Kathy's Blog - Paper Phenomenon
Confessions of a Shopaholic UStream Part 1
Confessions of a Shopaholic UStream Part 2
Shopaholic Page Review - YouTube

My "Travel Tales" Project

Below is a short video of my "Travel Tales" project.  This pattern is originally designed by Kathy Files of Paper Phenomenon fame.  Below the video is a link to her blog (where you can purchase the tutorial and see the rest of her amazing projects) and her ustream videos (4 parts) that will guide you through creating your very own "Travel Tales" project.  Please leave a comment - I enjoy them!

Wish Upon a Star

Here is a very bright pink & lime green birthday card.  I think this yarn is called an eyelash yarn - I had some left over from making a scarf a few years ago - and it's a Lion Brand yarn (if I remember correctly).


May 29, 2011

Drivin' By Birthday Card

Here's another masculine birthday card, this one made with license plate paper from Tim Holtz.  I really enjoy his paper stacks because they have lots of papers I can use for the men in my family.


Happy Birthday Banner

Here is another take on a masculine card using the license plate paper by Tim Holtz.

May 28, 2011

Been Ridin' Long?

Here's a simple card for my nephew.  Of all my family members, he's the one I have the toughest time making cards for every year for his birthday!

April 22, 2011

Hippo Birthday

A little girl's birthday card.

Little Girl Easter Card

This is a simple card using only one stamp set.
(I know that's rare for me!)


Easter Flowers Card

Notice this card is made from the same stamp set - Elements of Style, but using a coloring technique rather than Perfect Pearls gives the card a different look.  I'm not sure where the original design is from, but thank you Pam for the idea from Stampin' Up 10-Club!

Easter Bear Card

Here's a fun to make Easter card.


April 21, 2011

April 19, 2011

Late Night Lattes & Crafts
Episode #11

Silver Doilies

This is a simple and fast card with the added sparkle of Perfect Pearls from Ranger.  Please feel free to leave a comment - I enjoy hearing from you!

Simple Memories stamp set (CTMH)
Elements of Style stamp set (SU)
Black & Silver CS (SU)
White Cardstock (GP)
Pearl colored Perfect Pearls (TH)
Dimensionals or foam tape

March 13, 2011

"Learning My Numbers" Book

Train Book

Here is a simple but fun to make train book for a sweet little boy I know who will soon be learning his numbers.  I've included all the cartridges and cut sizes for the Cricut in the video, as well as all the information in the Supplies link below the video, but if you would like a written copy of the sizes, colors, etc., please email me at the email above under the "Contact Me" tab.  I prepared a list of everything I used in a pdf document.  Please feel free to leave a comment - I enjoy hearing from you!

Complete Supply List

March 4, 2011

Late Night Lattes & Crafts Episode #10

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!

Here's a simple little boy card to make for that special little man in your life.  Feel free to leave a comment - I love hearing from you! (Supplies are listed below the video; supply (details) link is below the video as well).

Supplies (details)

White cardstock 6"x12"
White cardstock scraps for train
Red, blue, orange, purple, ink pads (train)
Black ink pad (lettering)
brown ink pad (train track)
Tan, light green, light blue ink pads (background)
Train stamp set
Alphabet stamp set (3/8-1/2")
Loads of Love Accessories stamp set (SU)
Black, red, orange, purple, yellow, blue glitter glue
Sponge Daubers (background)

February 15, 2011

Tri-fold Sweetheart Card

I know Valentine's Day was yesterday, but I just now took pictures of Gary's card.  This card is actually a mini-album scrapbook page created by Kathy at Paper Phenomenon and the base for the page is made from one piece of 8-1/2"x11" cardstock.  I used Cherry Cobbler from SU. Below the pictures is a link for the instructions to make this cute scrapbook page.

Kathy's Mini Pocket Page Tutorial

February 8, 2011

Thank You for Your Responses!

First, a big thank you to each and every one of you for your response to my question as to listing the dimensions in the post.

It was almost unanimous!  Below my next video I will furnish the dimensions for the project in the video.

If you ever have any questions about anything in my projects, please do not hesitate to ask and I will respond as quickly as possible.

To answer just a few of the fun questions I've received:

I was asked if the rings I wear in my videos are Black Hills Gold.  Yes, all the rings I wear are Black Hills Gold and they are gifts from my dear husband! (I chuckled when I was asked this question!)

Are my "Late Night Lattes & Crafts" episodes really filmed at night?  They sure are, it's the quiet time in my household (meaning the dogs are asleep and not barking!)

Do I drink decaf lattes in the middle of the night while filming my "Late Night Lattes & Crafts" episodes?  No - they are the real thing!  (I'm not even sure I have decaf coffee in the house!)

Those are just a few of the non-crafting questions I've been asked in the last few weeks.  Just thought I would share them with all of you!

Thank you for visiting my blog, watching my videos, and for all your wonderful comments!  Thank you again for your responses to my survey!

Have a wonderful week!

February 6, 2011

I Need Your Opinion!

Please Vote!

I need your opinion on my videos and posts!  I've been including a link for the list of supplies below the videos, but the only place I've been listing dimensions is in the videos.  In the past, I've not included the dimensions in the posts so I can keep the posts as short as possible.

Please leave a comment to let me know if you would like me to start listing the dimensions below the videos.

February 5, 2011

Origami Scrapbook Mini Album

Here is a twist on Karen Thomas' origami photo cube (see Video Parts 1 & 2 below).  A link to her original instructions is below the video.  Also below is the link to the UStream class for Kathy's Paper Phenomenon hidden o-wire binding method.  Please feel free to leave a comment - I love to hear from you! (Link for supply list is below the video as well.)

Tutorial Video - Part 1

Tutorial Video - Part 2

Click here for Karen Thomas' Fun Folded Photo Cube
Click here for Kathy's Hidden O-Wire Binding on UStream

January 23, 2011

Late Night Lattes & Crafts Episode #9

"Watercolor" Card

Here's a super easy technique I learned from Tim Holtz on the Ranger Industries YouTube channel (it's not a new technique, just new to me!).  I recently purchased some of Ranger's Distress Inks and couldn't wait to try out this technique.  The original YouTube video link featuring Tim Holtz is below my video.  Please feel free to leave a comment - I enjoy hearing from you!  (Supply list link is below the video.)

Click HERE for Tim Holtz's original technique


January 22, 2011

Late Night Lattes & Crafts Episode #8

Valentine's Card #3

I hope you enjoy this video.  It's a very simple card!  Please feel free to leave a comment - I enjoy hearing from you!  (Supply list is below the video.)


January 19, 2011

Late Night Lattes & Crafts Episode #7

Valentine's Card #2

Here is Valentine's card #2 - a non-traditional card.  Please feel free to leave a comment - I love hearing from you!  (Supply list is below the video.)


January 16, 2011

Late Night Lattes & Crafts Episode #6

Valentine's Card #1

Here's a simple Valentine's card for you!  I will have two more I will post later this week.  I hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to leave a comment - I love to hear from you!  (The supply list is below the video.)


January 11, 2011

Transferred Videos

Hi all!  I've added 3 videos to my YouTube channel (numbers 1, 2 & 3), and no.....I didn't make 3 new videos!  I just transferred my first three from my old YouTube channel to Jen's Creation Station.  Now all my videos are on one channel.

Have a great week!

January 10, 2011

Late Night Lattes & Crafts Episode #5

Cricut Bug Head Tote Bag

Hello all! Another episode - this time using freezer paper to make a stencil for painting on fabric.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at the address on the right side of the blog. Please feel free, also, to leave a comment - I love to hear from you! 

If you would like the cut file for this Cricut bug head, please email me using the email on the right side of my blog.  Because I do not always have access to your email address in the comment section of my blog, I ask that you please do not request the file by leaving a comment.  Thanks!


January 6, 2011

Sneak Peek!

Here's a sneak peek for the next episode of Late Night Lattes & Crafts!  It's taking forever to film the video since I'm literally waiting for paint to dry!

Watch for the video very soon!

January 5, 2011

Late Night Lattes & Crafts Episode #4

Bind-it-All Bindings for Beginners

Hello all!  Another episode - a simple lesson on bindings for beginners!  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at the address on the right side of the blog.  Please feel free, also, to leave a comment - I love to hear from you!

January 3, 2011

Late Night Lattes & Crafts #3

Red Hat Society Card

2011 has arrived and with it, episode 3 of my series!  I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment!  The supply list link is below the video.