Welcome to "Always Stampin'" where you are sure to find paper art inspiration and quite possibly a bit more! Please contact Kelly Gettelfinger, Stampin' Up! Manager of Sellersburg, IN for more information on anything seen here... kellyjeanstamps@gmail.com

"Anxiety weighs a heart down, but a cheerful word lifts it up." Proverbs 12:25

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CardMaker Magazine and a Fastener Greeting Card


I'm so excited to be Guest Designer today for

And the jewel that I've decided to share
with you is the

Be sure to visit the
so you can read my step-by-step
instructions for this fun and unique card.

You can also catch the video tutorial
for the Fastener Card
while you visit CardMaker.

Here is the card created in the video... 

What's so fun about the Fastener Card
is it uses an ordinary metal office fastener
which can be found at any office supply store.
These fasteners are very inexpensive
and can be purchased in bulk
which can make them even
more of a bargain.

What's even MORE FUN about
these fun little unique
Fastener Greeting Cards
is they can quickly and easily
be turned into a treasured gift of a

Putting the closure part of the fastener
to the back of the card
allows you to add pages and photos
directly to the greeting card
and like magic it becomes
a treasured keepsake of memories.
I LOVE making these little gems!

Here is an album I created to cherish
my family's summertime fun this year.
I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out!

Be sure to check my YouTube channel
tomorrow a video tutorial for how to create
this fun flippin' mini album!

Let me walk you through this cutie...

Notice the orange panel of decorative paper
to the left of the cover.
This is the piece used to cover the
metal fastener the same as on a
Fastener Greeting Card.

I enjoy building these
"Fastener Mini Albums"
in LAYERS that fold and flip.
The interactiveness creates endless
possibilities for journaling
as well as for adding more photos.

The photos seen above ends up
with little folds to reveal the following...

The photo above is the left hand page unfolded.
And the TWO photos below
are the right hand page unfolded.

I like to make my
Fastener Greeting Cards
4-1/4" x at least 6" so that
4" x 6" photos can easily be placed
right into the cards to transform
into Mini Albums.

How fun is THAT?!

Notice the little pocket created
for the page on the left in the
photo seen below.

I created a pocket to hold some of the
summertime themed stickers
from this particular collection.
I plan to use these fun stickers as my
Fastener Mini Album continues to grow.

I leave some pages completely blank
because I either really enjoy
that particular patterned paper or
I plan to add journaling later.

I love how the page to the left above
shows a little sneak peek of my photo.

By using washi tape and journaling cards
to my Fastener Mini Albums,
my pages can literally grow and grow.

Isn't the photo above absolutely adorable?!
Well, my uncle is absolutely adorable,
that's for sure!
We celebrated his 80th birthday with a
this summer and I most definitely
want to keep those memories
in a fun and special place!

I like to allow my embellishments
to hang off my pages.
This adds character and interest for
the person looking through the pages.

The page above and several pages below
are super duper fun!
I've connected photos and journaling cards
together with the help of washi tape
so that they each fold out
much like their very own mini album
within the Fastener Mini Album.
Cool, right!

Behind this little mini album section of photos
is a journaling card I plan to add
a prayer to for my son as he goes off to
Indiana University/Purdue University.
The photos seen here are of
his graduation part which
which kicked off our summer
and his college orientation visit.

(Y'all feel free to pray for me.
He moves in ON my birthday!
Killin' this momma!!! HA!)

Notice how the photo above has
a folding photo that opens
to reveal the photo below.
Neat, right?!

One of the things I like to do
when developing my photos
especially for a
Fastener Mini Album
is I like to make and develop

This is a great way to get lots and lots
of photos into one tiny album!
AND if I happen to have a theme of photos,
such as a fun summer dinner with friends
seen in the photo above to the left,
all of my memories are in one
precious place inside
one special album.

As you can see I have lots and lots and lots
more memories to add to this fun
Fastener Mini Album.
Because of the nature of the metal fastener,
my album can continue to grow
by adding more and more
pages and photos
according to the size of the fastener.

I hope you've enjoyed this little
introduction to the
Fastener Greeting Card
as well as the little walk-though to the
Fastener Mini Album.

Thanks for visiting!
Have a creative day!


Supplies: All supplies for each Fastener Greeting Card seen here are from Stampin' Up!.
All supplies for the Summer Fastener Mini Album are from Simple Stories.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bible Journaling Framed Art Class

You are cordially invited to the very first
Framed Art Class
of the summer!

Join me to created this piece of framed art
featuring Scripture from Joshua 24:5
"as for me and my house,
we will serve the Lord."

Tuesday, July 18

The class fee of $40 covers
all supplies needed including the frame.

Register before July 4th and
the class fee is only $35.

An online version of this class
will be made available
with enough interest shown.
If you are interested in an online version,
comment below or email...

If you live in my area
and would like to attend,
email to register...


Thanks for visiting!
Have a creative day!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Illustrated Faith 30 Day Happy Mail Challenge

Are you an Illustrated Faith fan?
I am!
And today kicks off thirty days of happy mail
for lots and lots of Paper Artists
who are joining IF (Illustrated Faith)
in their 30 Days of Happy Mail challenge.

You can find out more about the challenge
by clicking on the IF photo above.

Not to give away my happy mail surprises,
I will post a pic of each of my offerings
"in disguise."
So here is my first blessing to join in the
happy mail fun...

I stamped "Janet's" name on her envelope
using one of my absolute favorite
alphabet sets from
And the washi tape used is from

I hope you will want to join the
happy mail train and bless those you
know and love with some
paper hugs in their mailbox.

Have a blessed weekend!

I am not paid in any way to share
the links shared in this post.
These products are simply some of my
favorite products and I am happy to share.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

I'm baaaaaaaack...

Wow! So much has happened since my last post!
And if you keep up with me on
my other social platforms such as

(well, maybe not twitter since I'm not the greatest at tweeting)

you will know I've been a pretty busy gal.
Plus, my website took a nosedive and
I've been working on getting it
back up and running.

Here, let's catch up...

I straightened my hair but...

I decided to stay curly.

I visited several colleges with my guy
and helped him choose the best fit for him.
Can you guess where he will be this Fall?

My gal came home... not in time for graduation
but certainly in time to celebrate!

I seriously think I should go into
party planning
since I had SO MUCH fun with
both my kids' graduation parties!

I've stayed busy making oodles of fun journals
for my ETSY SHOP
and decided to run a SALE through
the end of JUNE!
When you place an order,
you will receive an "thank you" email
with a 50% off your next order!

I am hosting a weekly
Bible Journaling Facebook LIVE video
every Monday evening at 7:00pm EST.
We spend 15 minutes chatting about
the Holy Scriptures and then
we gather again for another 15 minutes
to do some ACTUAL
Bible Journaling.
It's fun! You should join us on my FB page,

I started a summertime study of
with Beth Moore...
whew! Girlfriend does A LOT of talkin'!
And that means there is
A LOT of reading!
I'm exhausted but lovin' it!!!

Our whole family celebrated
of service with our executive assistant and agent,
Lisa Payne.

And then our whole family celebrated
with this great guy, my Uncle Jimmy!
GAH I love him so much!!!

And finally, I've been spending the
past couple of days here... in the hospital
with the hub since his lung decided to
to go and collapse on us. UGH.
God has been very good and we have
much to PRAISE!

I'm so glad to be back at the blog
and hope to share some great
tips and tidbits
to inspire all your PAPER ART desires!
Stay tuned!
I have some really fun things to share :D