Chalk Art Mini Album

I had lots of fun this week creating a project for a scrapbook retreat I’m helping organize later this month. Chalk art is big this days, and I’ve wanted to try a stamped project using the chalk art look. Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr

Even if you’re not into scrapbooking your entire life, mini albums can be a lot of fun to make because they are quick and easy to display. I have a stack of minis that I’ve made for different occasions, given as gifts, or made for my kids, and they are looked at over and over again.Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr

This album uses an assortment of die cut pages. The three holes for binding match but otherwise I have a mix of sizes and it’s cute! The chalkboard look comes from using white pigment ink and distressing black cardstock with a white core. Close to My Heart’s cardstock all (except white & Colonial White) has a white core, and it’s great for effects like this!

Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr

Chalk Art Mini Album | Angela Fehr

We had a family photo session this summer while visiting my husband’s family in Saskatchewan, and this album turned out to be a great way to show off some of the most gorgeous (and silliest) shots from the evening.

I’ll be making this available as a kit soon, so even if you can’t make the first annual Paper Therapy Scrapbook Retreat, you can make this album. Thanks for looking!

September in the Craft Room

I made this mini canvas celebrating the beauty of autumn using Close to My Heart’s September 2013 Stamp of the Month set. “Poster Tidings” is just $5 with a $50 order, and is only available through September.

fall mini canvas using Close to My Heart September Stamp of the Month "Poster Tidings" Angela Fehr

Additional supplies needed:
6″ mini canvas – $4.95
“Adventure” Mini Pigment Ink Pads – $19.95 (set of 10)
1.5″ Burlap Ribbon - $7.95 (5 yds)
Harvest Happiness stamp set – $13.95

Also, with your $50 order this month, you can get the “You Are My Happy” stamp bundle (a $47.90 value) for only $10! This is a must-have set and it’s only available through September 2013.


Sarita Card Kit

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With my studio open for fall classes, things are getting busy around here! I love paper crafting and stamping when I feel like taking a break from painting, and these creative recharges are often a great social time, as I craft with friends in my large studio space.

I designed this set of twelve cards that features the very trendy “Sarita” bulk paper from Close to My Heart and the coordinating embellishments. Canadian customers and Close to My Heart consultants can receive the instructions to use in a class setting with a $9.95 purchase from my Close to My Heart shopping site. Consultants from the USA will receive the PDF file with a $9.95 cash & carry purchase (please email me for a list of available items), plus shipping.

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List of products used:

Sarita Paper Pack (or bulk paper and coordinating cardstock)
Silver Shimmer Trim Z1799
Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon Z1808
Sarita Assortment Z1873
Card Bases (4 1/4” x 5 1/2”) – 12
Outdoor Denim ink pad
Lagoon ink pad
Goldrush ink pad
Gypsy ink pad
Corner Rounder
Scallop Border Punch

Stamp Sets:
Holiday Tags D1560
Geometric Backgrounds D1559
One Way Borders C1561
Card Chatter – Birthday D1475 (optional)

Fun with Handmade Jewelery

Last night I opened my studio for the first of my fall classes. I missed teaching over the summer! I love the part where I get to meet new people all the time, and share my love of creativity with them. I call my craft classes “Paper Therapy” because it is truly therapeutic to create, and so many women fail to make time for that in the bustle of caring for family and home and career.BaseBlingKit We made this necklace kit, from Close to My Heart, and because I just can’t be content with following directions, I provided a variety of colours so the ladies could really customize their necklaces. Here’s some photos of the finished products:base & bling class1 base & bling class2

This class was so popular I’m teaching another on September 6th, and if you don’t live in northern British Columbia, you can purchase this kit on my web site (it’s only $14.95!) and make it at home.

Sketches: Creatively Yours and Close to My Heart’s June promotions

Just a little news from my paper crafting persona:

I’m guest designer this month at Sketches: Creatively Yours and they introduced me on the site today. During the month of June I’ll be creating projects based on the sketches provided on this inspirational web site, coordinated by my friend Ali MacDonald. On the post today I share a few of my favourite projects, like the card below:claire card

I’m wrapping up my spring classes over the next two weeks, just three more left before I go on summer vacation. While I love creating for classes, so much of my inspiration for class projects comes from stuff I make “just for fun” using some of my favourite projects. On order this week is some of Close to My Heart’s June promotional items. Did you know they are running three promotions this month? Check them out on my site here, under the promotions tab. I love that you can combine promotions – order $25 including a stamp set and get a free mini banner, and since one of their promotions is this patriotic “Strong & Free” set, you can get both promotions by placing one order!


I can’t wait to put that Mountie image to good use. I have a Canada Day photo of my daughter from two years ago that I’ve been waiting to scrapbook, and now I know what I was waiting for! Love that maple leaf with the heart inside, too.

With the printmaking I’ve been doing, I’ve been using my stamps for more than just stamping traditionally. Stamps make excellent work of adding texture to an inked gelli plate, lifting off enough ink to illuminate the design. I have especially enjoyed using patterned stamps for this, like this distressed background stamp set.


Shop anytime on my web site, or email me with your order if live nearby and I can deliver your order and help you save on shipping costs!

Claire Birthday Card

I’ve been having a creative week. Held a card class Tuesday night, teaching watercolour tonight and tomorrow I’ll be meeting with the Peace Watercolour Society for their AGM. I haven’t been to one before so I’m not sure what to expect and how much candy to sneak in in my purse. I wouldn’t want to run out!

I’m also rocking a purple and silver manicure (I love my nail stamping kit!) and turquoise eyeliner. I’ve put in 2 hours of exercise this week and my birthday party is on Saturday!

One of my best friends celebrated her birthday last Sunday, and I took time to make a special card, rather than picking one out from my stash of over a hundred!Claire Card detail | Angela Fehr

I really believe that paper crafting has made me a better painter. The process of creating a strong design for a card or layout has improved my composition skills when I paint. Reason enough to keep crafting, though I also do it because I enjoy it. It’s so satisfying to spend an hour creating something special for someone, to record a memory or just to make something pretty.claire card

The supplies I used here (except the doily and baker’s twine) are the Claire paper line from Close to My Heart and two stamp sets, Sweet Moments and Joyful Birthday (which retails for only $9.95!) I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment using Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear powder. Then I inked it with Slate ink to make it stand out against the lighter grey (Whisper) cardstock. The cameo was stamped on pink using white heat embossing powder. I’ve linked up all the supplies to my Close to My Heart web site so you can purchase them and create your own stunning card!

February/March Class Schedule

Note: Date Changes to Birthday Card Class and Scrapbooking Class (updated 02-11-2013)

Want to get creative this winter? It’s not too late to enjoy a little Paper Therapy! I’ll be teaching several great classes over the next couple of months and registration is open!

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February 19th, Tuesday, 7-9pm: Clementine Birthday Card Class $25
In this fun two-hour class you’ll make 2 each of 5 different card designs. Techniques covered include creating your own backgrounds using stamps, stamping on embellishments and die cutting using the Big Shot.

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clementine edge card

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March 5th, Tuesday, 7-9pm: Scrapbooking Basics Class, $30
There is nothing basic about getting started in scrapbooking! It can be intimidating to start a new layout with a stack of photos and an empty page. In this class you’ll learn how I make my photos the stars of my pages, using sketches as inspiration; create titles using stamps; how to keep a unified theme in a single or double page layout, and more! We will make both a single page and double page layout in this class with lots of paper left for future projects.

March 12th, Tuesday, 7-9pm: Stencil and Stamp Photo Canvas Class, $35
Mixed media meets home decor meets scrapbooking! In this class we start with a blank canvas, using spray ink, stamps and die cuts to create a gorgeous photo canvas in colours that perfectly complement your photo and decor. You choose the colours.

Five Frosty Christmas Projects

Seeing as we’ve clearly broken some kind of record for snow before Halloween, I have no guilt about posting with a few Christmas projects that I’ve enjoyed making recently. I created two Christmas cards for Paper Crafts’ World Card Making Day competition, and since I wasn’t chosen as a winner, I can share them today. One uses beautiful Close to My Heart stamps to create a pretty scene.

I used a gold leafing pen to add golden accents, and to change the pewter brad to gold.

This one I LOVE. Kind of want it back since it didn’t win! But all the cards in the competition go to Operation Write Home, so it was given for a good cause. And I can always make another; that’s the great thing about stamps, don’t you think? In case you can’t tell from the photo, the red dots are french knots. There are over sixty of them and I embroidered them all one morning in between overseeing my children’s schooling. I love french knots!

When you create a card with a special feature like this, you want to keep the focus on that detail. In this case, I put the card on a red background, softened with vellum and just a hint of lace peeping through via a Spellbinders Parisian Accents die. The vellum was pierced (another nod to the stitchery theme) using the die cut as a template and attached with black brads.

This Christmas project is a fun mini banner – it measures about 2 feet across! I used the Close to My Heart paper “Pear & Partridge” to create this mini banner using only three sheets of cardstock and one sheet of pattern paper. I used my Silhouette heavily to create the die cut words and embellishments. I’ll be doing this project for a ladies’ group Christmas craft and it will be a fun night! Once I have my Christmas decorations up, I’ll take a “pretty” photo of this banner in the place of honour.

Do you recognize the stamp set? I used it on the first card in this post as well! It’s my 2012 favourite Christmas stamp set! It’s called “Merry & Bright” and it’s only $13.95.

This card was created this summer and it’s inspired by a little red sled that I bought at an antique store last year. I love it, and until today, I didn’t know where to put it in my house. It’s been leaning against a wall in a disused corner and I just knew I could show it off better. I found the perfect place for it, and I’ll show you one day soon!

Wood grain paper is very popular now and I didn’t even need a digital die cut file to create this little toboggan. I just cut strips of paper and rounded the corners, and the top steering part is a Labels 1 die from Spellbinders, trimmed to the correct size and shape. And some frosty glitter glue adds the perfect touch!

And finally, a little mini banner that has no stamping at all! Yes, sometimes that happens, even to me! Maya Road tickets that I punched at each corner and fastened with baker’s twine. I love the mini bells and need to do a dollar store run for more before Christmas. Of course, silver bells can be tinted with alcohol inks, or even Copic markers.

I’m taking December off in terms of creative classes – after teaching two a week for nearly the last three months, I’m ready for a break and time to spend focusing on a meaningful Christmas with family. And we’ll be doing lots of creating, so I’ll have more to share over the coming weeks.

7 Reasons to Try Digital Scrapbooking Right Now!

One thing digital scrapbooking has over traditional is that they look so much better online! I created several layouts using Close to My Heart’s Studio J program. I’m happy to promote the program now that they’ve done away with the membership costs and you pay only for the layouts you actually print or download. Studio J is easy to use but also very versatile. I want to be able to customize my projects to my heart’s content, and Studio J lets me do that as well. I love that the paper patterns that are available are never discontinued like they are in the catalogue, and I can use old paper lines that I knew and loved years ago, and can’t buy any more. While I’m a hands-on kind of person, I can see a lot of reasons why digital scrapbooking is a good idea.

  1. You can order multiples of your layouts to make matching albums for grandparents or children’s keepsakes.
  2. You can post digital images online to share with far away relatives.
  3. Your supplies take up no space, and with Studio J they don’t even take up computer space since the projects are done online.
  4. You save money – you aren’t buying supplies you’ll never use.
  5. With the layout designs integrated into the software, and coordinating paper and embellishments, you save time. With the express layout feature, you can actually create an entire coordinated album just by dropping in your photos!

I also scrap mostly with 4″ x 6″ photos but when I’m creating a digital layout, I can use the photos at any size I want without having to get them printed in that size – so much easier.
Why don’t you give Studio J a try this month? Through October they are having a promotion; buy 9 layouts and get the 10th for free. That’s twenty pages for your new scrapbook – you could get a year’s worth of photos done at that rate and be all caught up by November.