Two Ways to make a post bound photo album

Floral Shoppe Post Bound Albums
Hi Everyone,  I hope you had lovely weekends.  Today I'm sharing a couple of ways to create fun post bound photo albums. With PROM celebrations coming up for all this years school leavers I thought this paper collection was a perfect choice to create a PROM keepsake album.  The albums have ten black pages inside just waiting for photo's to be added. 
Floral Shoppe Prom Photo Album Graphic 45

I made one for a 40th Birthday party I went to this weekend and then a couple more pictured below. I love these floral papers from G45 and chose two colour ways to create the different looks on the albums. 
For the first I went for my favourite papers, Indigo Lilies and the B side of Burgundy Blossoms 

.....  and for the darker version I chose Sunlit Melody, Verdant Blossoms and for the fussy florals, Midnight Melody. 
I've put together an easy to follow video if you'd like to make on of these fun little albums yourself.  It includes dimensions for the chipboard covers, a full supply list for both albums, cutting guide for the papers and pages and how to put both styles of album together.  For the lettering I used the Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet Die.  

the following supplies to make these albums are also available from my website 

Post Bound Album Kit My Creative Spirit

I hope I've inspired you to be creative. That's all from me for now, enjoy the rest of your day, thanks for calling by and ta ta 'till the next time. :-) C 


Crafting in Wales

Graphic 45 Workshop with Clare Charvill
Afternoon everyone,
What a great day we had yesterday crafting in Cardiff.  Ladies thank you so much for joining me for the day. Your albums looked fabulous - I hope you enjoy using them. 
We had a break for cake. Charlene was in charge of the knife and here are our Birthday Girls, Claire and Morwen.  Happy Birthday both. 

there was a ta da from Angela :-) 
Graphic 45 Workshop with Clare Charvill
and a great time crafting away with the gorgeous floral shoppe papers. (after we'd sniffed and stroked them of course lol) 
Graphic 45 Workshop with Clare Charvill
Floral Shoppe Album Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Album Graphic 45
Floral Shoppe Album Graphic 45
I'll be back again at the Holiday Inn, Cardiff North on 20th & 21st October to run two more workshops.  Projects will be different on both days so if you'd like to do it all again,  missed out this time and would lie to join me for the day follow the link here for more info and bookings; 
Have a great week everyone, thanks for calling by and ta ta 'till the next time :-) C x


June Giveaway 2018

Floral Shoppe Notelet Set Graphic 45

Evening everyone, I've been so tied up with prepping the monthly kits I hadn't realised the June Giveaway post didn't go live earlier in the week.  Our giveaway this month is one of my Notelet Box kits and a roll of Black Construction Tape. 
June 2018 Giveaway My Creative Spirit
As always, to be in with a chance to win just leave your comment on this post before midnight on 30th June (BST).  Our winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st July. 
To go with the giveaway I've altered one of the notelet box kits in my favourite papers from the Floral Shoppe collection - Indigo Lilies and Burgundy Blossoms, designed a set of notecards to go inside and put together a video that shows how to assemble the box and make the cards.  The supply list and cutting guide are listed in the video too.  This would make a great hand made gift if you're looking for ideas for Birthday and Christmas ...........  :-)
All the products used in the video are also available over on my website via the link below; 

I'll be heading over the border into Wales tomorrow⇊ and driving to Cardiff for Saturdays Graphic 45 workshop. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone coming along to this new venue. If you missed out on a place this time, (they went like hot cakes) I'll be holding the next workshop in Cardiff on 20th October.  For info and bookings follow the ink below:
Graphic 45 Workshop 20th October 2018 
Good Luck if your entering this months giveaway. Have a fun weekend and look forward to catching up with you next time :-) C


May Giveaway Winner

Woodware Baby Stamp Set
Morning Everyone 
Can you believe it's June already.  I'm off to fetch Harry and all his belongings back from Uni for the summer today and can't really believe he's finished his second year.  Time really has flown :-) 
Before I head off we need to announce our May Giveaway winner and I thought I'd share a quick card make with you too.  
Thank you everyone for your comments, as always I had great fun reading them.  Random.org has chosen comment no 30 
as our winner, left by 
Congratulations Donna.  If you could mail your postal address to me at mycreativespirituk@gmail.com I'll get your frame and papers off to you. 
A card fell through the letter box the other day announcing that my cousin has become a Grandma, and was just about to go out and buy a baby card when I decided to make one (well few actually. I found a great stamp set that was perfect for my card by Woodware called I've arrived FCRL125.  
After stamping the images out onto white cardstock using Memento black ink I used Copic markers to do some very basic colouring in, and then cut them out. 
 I used Hobbycraft 6 x 6 card bases for my cards and panels (trimmed to 5 1/2" square) which I checkered up using distress Oxide inks and a great stencil called Classy Stripes from Altenew.
 I die cut the raised frames using a pair of square stitched dies by Lawn Dawn, mounted the frame on a back panel using foam tape and adhered the finished frames to the centre of gingham panels. 

Woodware I've Arrived FRCL125 Woodware I've Arrived FRCL125
 I built the baby's, mounted them on foam tape, added them to the centre of the card and then added the other elements and sentiment.  A little glossy accents and a sprinkling of glitter on the hearts finished the cards off perfectly. 
These were the colours used to colour my little girl.  

And so we get to the end of today's post.  Harry I hope you've started packing up your belongings, I'll be with you shortly :-).  Thank you for calling by.  Our June giveaway will be up on the blog on 4th so do call back then and leave a comment if you'd like to be in with a chance to win the goodies.  Have a great weekend what ever you're up to and look forward to catching up again soon. 


How to create a fun Sun Kissed Layout

Morning everyone, inspired by my trip to the beach and a workshop booking for a layout class with Melanie and her ladies I found an old photo of Harry and me on the beach above and created this fun layout for us to make later this month.  
Swanpool Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall
Supplies for the project 
One x Turtle Time 12 x 12 
One Floating Florals 12 x 12 
One Sun Kissed 12 x 12
One sheet orange Sun Kissed Patterns and Solids
One 12 x 12 sheet of black cardstock
Micro Beads and glitter in co ordinating colours (I used yellow WOW glitter and Stix2 Micro Beads) 
Scissors for fussy cutting 
Black card for photo mounts and mounting cut outs 
Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pen for inking paper edges 
Double sided tape 
Tacky glue 
Glossy Accents 
Foam Pads  
Use the turtle side of Turtle Time as your base paper. Trim the floating Floral paper to 10 1/2" square. Cut a piece of black card stock to 12 5/8" square and mat the stripy side of Floating Florals centrally onto it.   Use double sided tape to stick the assembled piece centrally on the Turtle Time paper .
Take the long stripy offcut, trim to 1 1/2" deep x 10 1/2" wide and stick it centrally to one of the long black card stock offcuts. Use double sided tape to stick the piece horizontally in place 2" up from the bottom edge of the vertical stripy paper.  
Create the photo mat base by cutting the following: 
  • One black card base 4 1/2" wide x 6 1/2" deep 
  • One orange base 4 1/4" wide x 6 1/4" deep 
  • one black card base 6" x 4"
Layer them together, mount on foam pads and stick in place on the page centrally above the horizontal stripy strip.  
Now take the Sun Kissed paper and cut out the following elements. 

Ink the edges of each one, stick on black card and cut them out again with a narrow black border showing around each. Mount the flowers, Sun Kissed Banner, turtles and little girl on foam pads, leaving the backing on.
Put a little glossy accents on the wording, flower centres and turtle shells, sprinkle on co ordinating glitter/beads and leave to dry. 
Remove the backings from the foam pads and using a little tacky glue position and stick the cut elements in place as shown below. 

Trim your chosen photo to 3 7/8" wide and 5 7/8" deep, position and stick in place on the black mat to finish your layout and create your memory.  

I'm looking forward to making this project with the Mel and her group later in the month. 

Enjoy the rest of your day, and do call by again to catch up with new projects as I share them. 


A great workshop at Crafty Corner Falmouth

morning, I'm sharing some pics from our fun workshop at Crafty Corner today. 
Crafty Corner, Falmouth Cornwall
Thank you Karen for inviting me, Happy Birthday and happy 1st Anniversary to you.  Ladies thank you for coming along and joining me for a fabulously fun day of crafting. 
We assembled and decorated my little flat box kit in papers from the Master Detective, Sun Kissed and Floral Shoppe collections by Graphic 45.  

Bunty and Janet went a step further and added the games board to their boxes too.  Counters are on their way to you both.  

If you'd like to make this little box or the mini gams kit you can find them both over on the website via the link below.  We also have single papers available from the Master Detective and Floral Shoppe collections too. 

use promo code HMFMAY18 to get 10% off your order 
(ends midnight 31st May 2018) 

I'll be back at Krafty Corner on 22nd September to hold a hand made journal class.  If you'd like to join me contact Karen direct on 01326 319333 or via her Facebook page 

Enjoy your day, thanks for calling by and ta ta 'till we catch up again :-)