Saturday, March 28, 2015


Hello friends!  
Can you believe that we're already on to the 25th challenge in our journey through Tim Holtz' Compendium of Curiosities III book?  It has been such fun for myself and the Curiosity Crew over at the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge. I hope that you've learned some new techniques, some things about Tim's products and we've inspired you to try new things.  

This challenge is more of a product challenge rather than a technique challenge.  It's all about Tim's Frameworks ... those wonderful little 5 1/2" x 2 1/2" pieces of magic that can add so much texture and dimension to your art pieces. There are six in all:  the Courtyard, Honeycomb, Chevron, Trellis, Lattice and the newly released Wave. So turn to page 64 in your books and check out Frameworks.

Here is my finished project, using the Chevron Frameworks along with Tim's new Correspondence Paper Stash and the matching stamps, Special Delivery Remnant Rubs, and Paper Twine.  Unfortunately, I have not received the matching Tissue Tapes yet or I would have used them as well. 

I began this project with a 6" x 6" stretched canvas.  I covered the top with a square from Tim's Correspondence Paper Stash.  I glued it in place using Ranger's Matte Medium. Then I added a variety of washi tape designs that I already had and thought would go well with a travel or "air mail" theme. I pretty much covered the sides of the canvas with the washi tape and added a few strips on the top for more interest.  

I wanted to add some dimension to the top of my canvas; something that would lend a grunge feeling without being overpowering.  So I decided to use Tim's Bricked Stencil and add some of that multi-talented artist, Wendy Vecchi's wonderful white Embossing Paste colored with a little Carnation Red Archival Reinker.

I simply laid the Bricked Stencil on top of the canvas and while holding it in place, I randomly scraped the colored Embossing Paste through the stencil.

Happy with my design, I brushed a coat of Matte Multi Medium over the entire surface of the canvas to seal it.  Matte Multi Medium is an excellent adhesive and sealant. It goes on smoothly and dries to a clear, matte finish. You can let this air dry or gently heat set it. 

(**Notice that I still am using my Claudine Hellmuth Matte Medium?  It also lasts a long time!)

When the Matte Medium was dry, I wanted to pull everything together so I lightly brushed over the canvas first with Frayed Burlap Distress Paint mixed with a little water to dilute it a bit.  Then I added some darker brown tones with Gathered Twigs.  I wiped away any excess paint from the bricks and areas that I wanted lighter.  Then I used a bit of blue acrylic paint on my finger and added some defining edges to the canvas. 

Here is a photograph of one side of the canvas.  The washi tape really does create a very cool design and when brushed over with the paint, it really blends together beautifully.

Now that the canvas was ready, it was time to make my embellishments.

I die cut three of Tim Holtz' new Butterfly Duo die cuts and embossing folders in one set. LOVE THEM!!  I die cut my butterflies onto watercolor paper.  Then I randomly rubbed some glue onto the paper surface using my finger so that when I began adding my Distress Ink colors, the glue would cause the ink to really stick in a grungy way onto the areas where the rubbed glue was on the paper.

I began with a light coat of Scattered Straw over the entire butterfly.  Then I started in the center and started working my way out.  I added Peacock Feathers over a light coat of Faded Jeans.  The next area was a done with Wild Honey. Next I added Worn Lipstick then a light coat of Fired Brick on top of the outer edges of the wings. 

Next I brushed on a light coat of Crackle Glaze over the butterflies and let it dry.  When dry, I rubbed some Raw Umber Antiquing Cream over all of the butterflies and wiped away the excess, leaving this very antiqued matte finish butterfly.  The body was added on what would be the top butterfly using Wendy Vecchi's Black Embossing Paste and I let it dry.

Then I glued the two lower bodies together.  I added the wire antenna to the underside of the top butterfly with the embossing paste body and then using Glossy Accents, I glued the top butterfly onto the other two already joined together.  In the inset picture, you can see the dimension and the fluttering effect that the three butterflies glued together gives.

Since the theme of this piece was about correspondence and mail art, I created a little envelope out of scrap cardstock.  You can see the dimensions of the finished envelope front here.  I added 1/4" tabs that were scored and clipped and the top envelope flap was freehanded and cut out. I then slipped the back of the envelope in place, added 1/8" Scor Tape to the tabs and put them together. Next I added some stamping and some washi tape to the envelope and finally distressed it using Gathered Twigs and Black Soot Distress Ink to give it that vintage, aged look.  You will see the final envelope in the next photo.

Here are all of the elements that I decided to add to the canvas: the butterfly, the envelope, a card from Tim's new Photo Booth photos (minus the top photo because I wanted the couple's picture to stick out of my envelope), various stamped images on the envelope, cardstock scraps and mini tag, Tim's New air mail colored Paper String, a Word Band and the Chevron die cut. 

The Chevron was cut out of plain Grungeboard and then painted with Antique Linen Distress Paint as a basecoat.  I then added Scattered Straw, Faded Jeans and Fired Brick Distress Inks to give it color and texture. Some of the insets are left blank.  Others are filled with pieces are fabric covered remnants, cork and distressed corrugated paper. 

Here is a closeup of the finished envelope, stuffed with all sorts of stamped memorabilia and the Photo Booth photograph. Those add such a vintage feeling!  The red and blue stamping on the envelope and memorabilia inside was done with Wendy Vecchi's Cornflower Blue and Vermillion Archival Inks. I also added a Remnant Rub from Tim's new Special Delivery set to the envelope. It's the little airplane and "AIR LETTER" writing underneath. So cute!

Behind the envelope, you can see the dimensional bricks.  I think they add a lot to this canvas and give it a bit of a grunge feeling.

Finally the Word Band was added across the bottom and held in place with Tim's new Paper String. I love how the paper string seems to also pull everything together.

So that's it!!!

Now it's YOUR turn to use one of Tim's Frameworks die cuts and incorporate it into anything you can imagine to create.  Then enter our Compendium of Curiosities III challenge. 

The wonderful people at Inspiration Emporium are hosting this challenge and awarding a $50.00 gift certificate to one of our lucky winners.  We thank them so much for their generous support!

And ... as always, Tim and Mario have been so kind to donate a mountain of Tim Holtz products to be given away to our second winner of EACH challenge!  Thank you Tim and Mario for YOUR continued support as well!

Have fun with this challenge! I can't wait to see all of the lovely art that will be posting!

Thursday, March 26, 2015


Hi Everybody!

Are you ready for another tutorial using DecoArt's fabulous Media Line products?

Do YOU have a train enthusiast in your family? Ever thought about making something extra special just for them?

The inspiration for this mixed media piece is my 7 year old grandson, Cooper, who has been obsessed with trains since he was a year old.  

This is a home decor piece that will surely excite that very special
"engineer" in your life! 

For the complete pictorial and step by step tutorial, ride the rails to DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog and check it out!  If you'd care to leave a comment, they are ALWAYS greatly appreciated!

Have a crafty weekend and take some time to play!

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Happy Saturday!  

Welcome to my blog and the next challenge at 
Compendium of Curiosities III.  Linda Ledbetter and the Curiosity Crew invite you to play along with us as we explore the products and techniques of Tim Holtz

This challenge is all about the Remnant Rub Resist Technique.  What a fun way to use those miscellaneous rub on pieces or even create a fun background using a brand new sheet of Remnant Rubons. So turn to page 51 in your Compendium of Curiosities III book and check out Tim's instructions for this technique.  

The inspiration for my #8 Manila tag is from Tim's new Life Quotes stamp set.  The second I saw "NOT MY CIRCUS, NOT MY MONKEYS" I knew I HAD to have that set! How many of us can totally relate to that sentiment?  

While I cannot show you the technique in creating the background for my tag, I will share as much as I can with you about products used and other techniques I used to put this whimsical tag together.

I used various images from some of Tim's Remnant Rubon sets ... ones that I thought sort of coincided with a "circus" theme.  And speaking of the rub ons; Tim just released a new Remnant Rub Tool at CHA.  

Here is a picture of it and let me tell you, it's AWESOME!  Are you sick of trying to transfer rub on images using the popsicle stick that come with almost all rub ons? Well, here is your answer!  This is a METAL tool with a stylus point on one end and a large flat angled surface on the other. I used it when doing this technique and I am SO GLAD that I bought one of these bad boys! 

I found some vintage circus monkey images online, sized them to fit my tag and cut them out.

I used an old Vaseline Resist trick to make sure a few of the Rubons remained clear and the manila tag would show through after applying the inks.

I used Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks to colorize my tag background. I chose these colors because of the areas on the vintage monkeys images.  They had those colors behind them so I carried that color theme to my tag background. 

The images I stamped onto the tag are "Cirque" from The Big Top stamp set, the eye from Oddities stamp set, and the artsy butterfly from the Urban Chic stamp set.

And here is a look at the finished tag background. Granted, much of it will be covered by the embellishments that I layer on top but it was so fun to create and parts of the subtle "chaos" that is the background will still show through.  Finally, I added black to the outside edge of the tag to sort of "frame" the tag and pull everything together.

Since this tag will have a sort of "circus" theme, I decided to create a big top effect for the top of the tag.  I used a piece of scrap cardstock and stenciled "BIG TOP" stripes using the fabulous Wendy Vecchi's Yikes Stripes Stencil. I mixed a combination of Wendy's White Texture Paste and some Carnation Red Archival Reinker and scraped it through the stripe stencil. Perfect BIG TOP!

Next I die cut the bottom edge of the BIG TOP using Tim's Postage On The Edge die cut and sized it to fit my tag.  I left an extra 1/2" at the top of the BIG TOP and scored two 1/4" stripes across the top.  The first would be my fold back line to secure the BIG TOP to the back of my tag.  The second scored line would allow the BIG TOP awning to push out and create some dimension to the tag.

When I laid the monkeys on top of the background, I noticed that they seemed to sort of get lost in all of the pattern and color.  To soften the colors just to the right side of where my two monkeys on the bicycle would be, I swiped a bit of Picket Fence on top of the tag and gently rubbed it in. I repeated this process a couple of times until I was happy with the more muted background area. Then I went over the Picket Fence with Antique Linen Distress Ink to dull the white. That worked really well to help my monkeys stand out against the background. 

I secured the BIG TOP to the tag using 1/8" double sided Scor Tape.

Now for the inspiration of this tag ... the "NOT MY CIRCUS, NOT MY MONKEYS" sentiment.  For this tag, I wanted a sort of old fashioned sign to hang from the BIG TOP displaying the sentiment. So I stamped it onto a piece of cream colored cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.  I then cut between the lines of the saying and glued each strip onto a piece of chipboard; to resemble boards or sections of the sign. I clipped the corners of each strip and distressed them using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Once they were all finished, I glued them together onto a scrap piece of cardstock (on the underside of the sign). 

Next I pierced holes into the sign and also into the BIG TOP awning. Using three jump rings on each side, I created a chain and secured the sign to hang freely from the BIG TOP awning.

Finally, I heat embossed "AND SO THE ADVENTURE BEGINS" also from Tim's Life Quotes stamp set to place at the top of the tag.  I heat embossed the sentiment onto black chipboard using Distress Embossing Ink and Ranger's White Embossing Puffs Powder.  After it cooled, I added some light beige paint to the edges of the black chipboard using my finger.  I then glued it in place using 1/4" Scor Tape. 

This was an easy technique and honestly, I put this tag together in less than 3 hours. 

Now it's YOUR turn to try your hand at Tim's Remnant Rub Resist and then enter your art into our Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge.  There are two chances to win some wonderful prizes with every challenge.

This challenge is being sponsored by the lovely and gracious Linda Coughlin of 

The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  She is rewarding one of our winners with a $25.00 Gift Certificate to shop at her wonderful online store. Click on the image above to check out The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Our other prize package is from those very generous guys who we love and celebrate with this challenge, Tim and Mario!  They have sent a plethora (how's THAT for a fancy word?) of Tim Holtz Products for a very lucky winner each challenge. 

So don't delay!  Get out your Remnant Rub Ons and get busy!  

Good luck!

Friday, March 13, 2015


Hello everyone!!!

How about a sneak peek at the fantastic DecoArt Media Line giveaway that is coming up??

Just take a look at THIS ...

Hellooooooooooooo ... now THIS is a giveaway!

Check out all of the cool mediums, colors and stencils and stamps designed by the fabulous Andy Skinner, DecoArt's Executive Creative Consultant.

What do you have to do to win?  Just sign up to receive the Media newsletter HERE.
All the information for this giveaway will be in the March 18th Newsletter. Signing up for the newsletter will make you eligible for THIS amazing prize package and it will also keep you informed on ALL of the latest happenings with the amazing DecoArt Media Line.  There are always cool giveaways among "artsy" information that you won't want to miss out on if you're a mixed media lover.

Also, bookmark the DecoArt Media Blog Page. There are always cool mixed media projects and focuses on various Media Line products as well as techniques galore.

Be sure to sign up today!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Hello Everyone and welcome to my blog!

I am super SUPER excited to share some news with you! 

I am debuting my first mixed media piece 

Featuring that multi-talented mixed media guru Andy SkinnerI am over the moon ecstatic to be a member of this AMAZINGLY talented group of artists whose work I have admired for a long time. PINCH ME!! 

Here are the other members of DecoArt's International Design Team

Andy Skinner
Mark Gould
Claudia Neubacher
Jools Robertson
Louise aka "ZuZu"
Mel aka "The Yorkshire Fox"
Elly Pirally
Angelica S
Lindsay Mason
Michelle Webb

My first piece, titled "Dragonfly Lady" is a book tutorial that can be seen on the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog. It is a plain paper mache book that, through the magic of DecoArt's Media Line products, is transformed into a realistic looking old book with torn, worn pages and a very dimensional distressed and patina metal cover. 

In this tutorial there are lots of techniques that can help you with your mixed media projects!  So when you view the tutorial, don't just think of recreating this book. Get your imagination spinning with all of the things you can create using DecoArt's amazing paint and other mediums! 

Check out the tutorial and if you see something that inspires you, please be sure to leave a positive comment. That would totally make my day!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to take time for yourself to PLAY!


Saturday, February 28, 2015


Hello everyone!  

Are you ready for a little grungy fun?

How about a tutorial on a easy way to create a faux rust effect?  
I've used this technique to create the rusted frame used on the cover of my Paris Folio created for the Compendium Of Curiosities III Collection Folio Challenge. 

This is an Andy Skinner technique.  All of the products used in creating this fabulous faux rusted frame are from the fabulous new DecoArt Mixed Media Line. 

Here is a finished frame very similar to the one I used on my Paris folio cover. Just wait 'til you see it's evolution!!!

Step 1. Begin by cutting a frame out of black foam board. I used Tim Holtz' Postage Stamp and the larger of his Sized Rectangles Die Cuts.  This can be cut using a regular die cut machine.  I used my Sizzix Vagabond.

Step 2. Paint a generous coat of DecoArt Crackle Paint over the entire surface of the frame and allow to dry. 

Step 3. Using a permanent black in (I used Jet Black Archival), randomly stamp a design on top of the frame. I used the text stamp from Andy Skinner's Stampendous Industrial set.  Heat set the stamped image.

Step 4. Seal the frame with a light coat of Ultra-Matte Varnish brushed over the entire surface. Let dry or gently heat set.

Step 5. DRY BRUSH small amounts of Quinacridone Gold randomly on the frame where you want the "rust" to appear.

Step 6. DRY BRUSH small areas of Carbon Black within the Quinacridone Gold areas done in Step 5. You might also want to lightly randomly dry brush along some edges of the frame. Then lightly DRY BRUSH a bit more Quinacridone Gold if needed to complete the look. 

Step 7. Mix a small amount of Ultra-Matte Varnish, Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey to create what Andy Skinner likes to call a "dirty wash". (I also add just a touch of water to this mix).   This mix should be about 70% Quinacidone Gold to about 30% Paynes Grey then add enough varnish and/or water to brush over the frame. Wipe away excess dirty wash or continue to brush more on until the desired effect is achieved.

** This wash not only enriches the color of the frame and totally meshes everything together perfectly, it also provides another layer of sealer to protect the frame.

Here is the finished faux rusted frame. And ...

here is a closeup look of the technique done on the black foam board. Don't you just love that beautiful crackled background, the randomly stamped letters, the faux rusted spots and silky smooth matte varnished finished?  The foam board really gives this frame such nice dimension and it's so light weight!

**NOTE - On the frame on the cover of the Paris Folio, I also added light touches of Patina Green Antiquing Cream that I simply wiped on using my finger.  This product is water soluble and until it is heat set or sealed, you can wipe away any excess patina look. 

This technique can be done on lots of other surfaces besides a black foam board.  Give it a try!  It's super simple and fast. You will LOVE the DecoArt Media Line products and the results you get using them.

Have a crafty weekend!  



Bonjour Mon Amis!  
Comment allez-vous aujourd'hui? 

Okay...enough with the French for today. I don't recall all of that much of it from my high school classes back in the day anyway. 

Ready for the next challenge at Compendium of Curiosities III hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter?  It's not a French challenge but my project does have a French flair to it.  Turn to page 34 in your books and check out Tim Holtz' Collection Folio.  That is the subject of this challenge and this is my creation .... a folio celebrating my epic trip to France last July.  I adore France .... such a beautiful country and Paris was "ohh laa laa!" 

I truly love the design of this folio; with all of it's flip pages and pockets I've added to stuff pictures and memorabilia from our trip.  It's small enough to easily transport from place to place or lay out on a table as a beautiful conversation piece.  The small folio measures approximately 8 1/2" x 7" when closed but when open, it expands to an impressive 15", not to mention all of the interactive pages within. 

I began by covering the inside and outside of the folio (except for the interior back) with selections appropriately enough from Tim's French Industrial Paper Stash.  I waited to cover the interior back until I had secured the waterfall inserts in place.  I'll explain that in more detail later ...

Once all of the kraft paper folio was covered, I distressed all of the edges using Gathered Twigs and Black Soot Distress Inks. I also added various Washi tapes to the exterior back of the folio and also later on the waterfall inserts for added interest.  I then randomly stamped the French script images from Tim's Papillon stamp set on the cover of the folio using Jet Black Archival Ink. 

One of the most iconic images of France is the beautiful Eiffel Tower.  I printed this photo I'd taken of the Eiffel Tower onto a Semi-Gloss Photo Paper, cut it out and then inked around the perimeter with Vintage Photo to give it a more "retro" appearance. Then I created the faux rusted metal frame on the right out of Tim's Postage Stamp and Sized Rectangles Die cuts and a piece of black foam board.  The techniques I used in creating this very cool frame can be found HERE.

Add a little vintage lace behind the frame, add a heart and I think it looks pretty amazing!  The heart is one of Tim's Mini Hearts cut from black foam board as well.  It is painted with Barn Door Distress Paint and I've rubbed away the edges with a baby wipe to reveal the black foam board underneath. "PARIS" (also from Tim's Papillon stamp set) is stamped in Jet Black Archival Ink. 

This metallic oval frame is from Tim's Industrial Frames and Trims Stickers.  I've added a little Juniper Archival Ink with my fingers to give this a patina effect. The photograph of the patina statue is taken at the Palace at Versailles and I think the patina oval frame really compliments it well.

Included with each folio is a sewn kraft paper inset so that you can create a waterfall of pages.  

I chose to paint each of my inset pieces with Barn Door Distress Paint.  I later covered some of the insets with washi tape or completely covered the insets with cardstock. 

When you open the folio cover, you are greeted with photographs from the Champs Elysees and the Louvre.  The Louvre photo is backed with kraft cardstock for extra support.  Then cut out and double side taped on the sides and the bottom to create a pocket.

Then photos are matted with black cardstock and can be added to the pocket.  This is an easy way to create more interest and storage space on your folio pages!

For this folio, I chose to add covered library pockets as my first page.  Here are two of the three pockets.  I added double sided tape to the lower edge and pressed it against the back side of the first inset that has already been covered with Washi Tape.

Here are the backs of the above pockets after they have been secured onto the inset.  These stamped images are from Tim's Paris to London and Paris Memoirs stamp sets. The Fleur De Lis are highlighted with a Gold Paint Dabber and Tim's Detailer Water Brush.  There is also gold highlighting around the exterior edges of the covered library card pockets.

On the next inset, I had decorated the kraft cardstock inset with Tim's Tissue Tape, a piece of textured ribbon and a crown brad.  The third covered library card pocket is centered on the inset. 

Now all of the pockets are in place and ready to hold little trinkets and memorabilia.

And here are the pockets from the back.  The center pocket is stamped with images from Tim's Paris to London, Papillon and Mercantile stamp sets. Notice the inset is covered with Washi and Tim's Tissue Tapes?  

Here is a look at the pockets installed in the book. I love the depth they add.
Onto the next page ... I call it the "Eiffel envelope". 

I began with a long 8 1/2" envelope.  I covered it with papers from Tim's French Industrial Paper Stash.  But before I covered the front of the envelope, I added some harlequin pattern using Tim's Harlequin Stencil and Black Gesso scraped through the stencil. 

I added Victorian Velvet Distress Ink to the background and then used Tim's new Flourish Stencil with Perfect Pearls Forever Red Spray to add more layers to the background. 

The back of the envelope was covered in Tim's papers, torn edges were distressed with Gathered Twigs and Black Soot Distress Inks.  The flourish at the top is from Tim's Remnant Rubons. The Tissue Tape around the edges was added last.

Here is a photo of the envelope attached to the next inset. I love how the folio is really starting to flow. 

Add a couple of photos matted on black cardstock and an ornate resin frame colored with paint from a Gold Paint Dabber plus some Gold Interference Paint and Black Antiquing Cream. The frame is held in place with Glossy Accents.

The next page I added will be known at the "Notre Dame Cathedral" pocket page.  For this page, I used French script in the background of the front and back.  The edges were distressed with Gathered Twigs and Black Soot.  I distressed the interior of the pages with Wild Honey and Mustard Seed Distress Inks and followed with some spritzes of Turquoise Perfect Pearls Spray.  The sweet bird and floral image from Tim's Wallflower Paper Stash provided the perfect pocket.  I added the vintage lace using 1/8" double sided tape and sewed back and front papers together.  They are glued in place on the next inset using double sided tape.  Note the postal washi tape on the back of the "Eiffel envelope"? That covers where I added the envelope to the inset, creating the page before the "Notre Dame Cathedral" pocket page.

Here is the pocket page with the Notre Dame Cathedral matted on the background and other matted photos placed in the pocket.

And here is the finished spread of these two pages in the folio.  Next up ... a trip to the Palace at Versailles.

I only used one paper to create the front and back of this page.  The double sided tape on the left is on a 1/4" tab that will bend backward and adhere the tape to the next kraft inset.

I wanted this page to reflect some of the brick from the Palace at Versailles so I used my new Tim Bricked Stencil and Fired Brick and a touch of Aged Mahogany Distress Inks to create the brick effect on the pages (both front and back).

I distressed the edges with Gathered Twigs and Black Soot Distress Inks and then I added smears of black paint onto the edges using my finger.  I added some circles of paint using the lid from the Paint Dabber bottle dipped into the black paint. I also added bits of sprayed black ink using my Tim Holtz Spray Diffuser and my Black Soot Distress Marker.  Finally, I added "art" using rub on letters and the remaining letters stamped with Jet Black Archival.

I added a couple of matted photos of the palace and some stamped paint brushes from Tim's Artful Tools stamp set.  They were colored using Distress Inks and Tim's Detailer Water Brush.  The Fleur Di Les is highlighted with gold paint using the Detailer Water Brush and is given the shadow effect using a Black Stabilo Pencil and the water brush. The resin crown at the top is painted with gold paint and antiqued with a teal antiquing cream.

And here is the finished page in the folio.  You can also see the pocket page created on the page before.  "Journey" is a Tim Holtz stamp on the pocket. 

This is the backside of the Palace At Versailles page before any matted photographs were added.  You can clearly see the brick stenciling, the black smears and spritzes as well as the edge distressing.

The next spread of pages are devoted to more pictures of the Palace At Versailles. The page on the right is a pocket page that I added and included in the folio in the same manner as the previous pages.  "Travel 2014" on the left are some of Tim's Remnant Rubons.

"FRANCE" on the far right are created out of license plates stickers from Tim's Destinations Salvage Stickers.  I love them! I added the black sketch lines and little hearts. What a fun way to fill up an otherwise empty space!

The back of this page features Montmartre ... a quaint area that I fell in love with.  I created another pocket with the bottom matted photograph by adding double sided tape on the top, bottom and right side of the photograph.  I added a map of Montmartre and a tab featuring the Basilica Sacre Coeur, a gorgeous basilica with breathtaking architecture and beautiful painted ceiling.

Upon completion of this page, I was able to secure the waterfall inset to the back cover of the folio with double sided tape. Then I covered the back cover of the folio with paper and proceeded to finish the folio with photographs from another of my favorite memories of France .... Normandie.

Normandie is an absolutely beautiful, peaceful place that definitely was not that during World War II.  It was a weird feeling to walk the battlefield areas of Normandie, above the famous beaches where the Allied troops landed.  There were still bunkers in tact and all sorts of mounds where bunkers used to litter the countryside.  There were wild flowers,lush green fields and birds soaring overhead as they sang their sweet summer songs. Our visit to the American Cemetery at Normandie was somber yet feelings of pride swelled inside of me.  The grounds were meticulous...a reverent tribute to those who gave their lives defending the freedom of those so far away from home.  

I created another pocket on the  fold down flap at the bottom of the folio that is full of more matted photos from Normandie.

The opened folio....complete with all of it's pockets, flip ups, photos and memories.  Here you can get a better idea of the "waterfall" effect of the kraft inset included with the bare folio.  

Now it's YOUR turn to create a folio of your art, a trip, family memories; whatever speaks to you and join us at Compendium of Curiosities III.  

The wonderful people at Inspiration Emporium are sponsoring this challenge and are awarding a randomly drawn winner with a $50.00 gift certificate to their fabulous online store.  Click on their image above to visit their website.

And of course, Tim and Mario's generosity is widely known.  They have donated so many amazing Tim Holtz products to be awarded to the winning entry voted on by the Curiosity Crew each challenge.  So, two chances to win prizes just for entering.

I hope you'll join us and thanks for stopping by my blog today!