January 11, 2016


Every book has a story and this one began when I pasted the pages together and cut-out its center.

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Its final chapter ends with a stint in the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth at the 2016 Craft and Hobby Association Convention in Anaheim, California (CHA).

Photo Courtesy Paula Cheney via Instagram

It features three of Tim's new Idea-ology products for this year--a Vignette Box,

some Gilded Accents Remnant Rubs and the Dapper Paper Stash (cigar box strips used along the box front edges).

I also used some old favorites like the Wallflower Paper Stash, a rather famous Found Relative, some Thrift Shop Ephemera and Letterpress.

My idea for stamping onto the letterpress faces came from some artwork by Paula Cheney that's featured on Tim's packaging for the new Framed Panel. If you haven't seen The Flamboyant Mr. Albert (and Paula's great tutorial) here's the link.

The vintage postage stamps are courtesy of my Great Aunt Esther who was a collector and left them to me. One is from Argentina and the other is Belgium.

It was a thrill to be asked to contribute artwork for Tim's booth display because (as so many of you know) working with his products just invites creativity. To see my other CHA projects, here's a link.

Photo Courtesy of Mario Rossi via Instagram

So that's the story with the following epilogue: This book will soon return to anonymity and never again be seen in such magical surroundings!

- The End -


  1. It was a great pleasure to be your follower, your works are always an inspiration for me, this one is not an exception! Bravissima!!

  2. And what beautiful work you did, Tim should be thrilled! I love the treatment of the letter blocks and the whole shadow box in a book concept - marvelous! TFS!

  3. What a fantastic piece you created for the CHA booth - wonderful work with the new products, but so lovely to see the genuine vintage elements included too. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations for Tim.
    Alison x

  4. Wow! Congratulations on being a feature at Tim's booth. What an honor! This project certainly deserves the spotlight!

  5. I just want to put my two cents in on this project since I have held it in my hands...what you cannot see in these pictures is the amount of detail in this piece - the R in the Ornate Frame is painted gold and the center is raised (don't ask me how Cathie did it)...it is that kind of detail that we love so much at idea-ology! Bravo!

  6. Dear Cathy it is so well deserved that your awesome work is displayed like this...it’s again one of my favourite pieces (although I would never be able to choose favourite, I like them all!!!)....like Paula said your work is always full of wonderful details that makes your work awesome!
    A bit late, but still...I wish you and yours happy and healthy 2016!