About me

An American living in the UK.ย  I dabble in many things – primarily my passion is scrapbooking but I also love making Printables, quilting, and artsy techniques.

You can email me at ma (at) – yes, my email really is THAT short….


35 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi MaryAnne…

    It’s Valerie from this week’s Stampotique challenge and I have the happy pleasure of telling you that your entry is being featured this week! Thank you so much for participating (and for making me laugh so hard! LOL!) Your work is beautiful…

    If you would like a little Stampotique Favorites button for your blog, please contact our Design Team Coordinator, Kim Howard at
    Val ๐Ÿ™‚

    Valerie Wilson

  2. Hi MaryAnne…
    It’s Valerie with the Stampotique Design Team again ๐Ÿ™‚ Would you mind emailing me, please. I would have mailed you directly, but I am unable to find your email addy.
    Thank you,
    Val ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi MaryAnne,
    I would love to link back to your distress tool tutorial at May I do so and use one of your photos while at it?

    kind regards, Dymphie

  4. Can you make me of of these pretty pink iphone docks and sell it to me. I would love to give one to my daughter for Christmas. thanks so much

  5. Hi Mary Anne. I saw your instructional YouTube video about making concertina books. They are the most beautiful concertina books I’ve seen. I really want to make them but it would be helpful to have step by step written instructions to follow. I was hoping you could send me a link if you have one or maybe you could email me directions. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and talent. Best wishes. Roni

    • I have never done a PDF for the concertina books! Maybe that is something I can do next week, although to do so I will have to use the stills that are in the slideshow – or make another one ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ll have a play and if I do one I’ll send it to you.

      Glad you like it – they are pretty aren’t they? ๐Ÿ™‚

      Mary Anne

      • Hi Mary Anne,

        Love your mini albums! I was wondering your email addy and if you ever arrange swaps? I am new to album making and am desperate to find some crafty peeps to exchange ideas with in the UK. Any help you can offer would be very appreciated. Thanks, Gina

        • There is a very active swap community on UKScrappers! I don’t generally do swaps, as I always have a lot going on, but check out the swap forum there and you will soon find some like-minded peeps.

          Mary Anne

        • Hi Mary Anne,

          I have searched high and low looking for a pattern for the name ELEANOR. I would like to make my name in a book that I have that is 1236 pages. I see that you make patterns. Would it be possible to make one for me. I love books and would like to have folded book art of my name n my library. Thank you so much.


          • Will send one, but remember, I do freebies so I can’t tailor the template to a specific book. I make the template, you find the book it fits, that’s the deal.

  6. Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to the Heritage {paper Bag Book tutorial today.

    Nancy Ward

  7. Hi Mary Anne,

    I wanted to write directly to you but can not find an email address.
    I have been enjoying your site and art for a few days now and was wondering if you’ve done any sympathy cards you’ll like to share.

    I find them to be the hardest challenge and am always looking for ideas.

    I”m also curious, how did you wind up in the UK? And for how long?

    That is, if you don’t mind the questions! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing your work.

    • Interestingly, and quite sadly, I find I need a sympathy card at the moment and, like you, I’m struggling with it. I’m nto a natural cardmaker,to be honest, scrapbooking is my passion, and other sorts of paper art, but I will have to make one so if I do, and don’t cop out with a store bought one, I’ll add it.

      Thanks for yur kind comment. I’m glad you like my blog work and I’ll have to add an email address someplace for you and anyone else who feels they want to get in touch. My address is all over UKS and I guess it just never accourred to me it should be here as well ๐Ÿ™‚

      Mary Anne

  8. First of all, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the free project life printables. I love them and will use them over and over. You were very nice to share them. Secondly, why can’t I get the colorbox ones to fit/print correctly on the page? Tried to open in word to be able to move them, but they won’t open. All the rest save and print perfectly.

  9. HELLO Maryanneโ€ฆI just a note to you on your web site but Ii am having trouble downloading to my IMac the Project Life printables. I really love them – mostly all of them work for me. When I Save as I get a message that says “The file โ€œresolutions CARDS.pdfโ€ could not be opened because it is empty.” I usually download with SAve as and it automatically downloads? Can you help me. What am I doing wrong? Thank you so much for your generosity – i really love your cards and quotesโ€ฆfits me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haven’t heard back since my email and your reply so I am hoping we managed to get you sorted but do let me know if the tricks didn’t work. ๐Ÿ™‚ MA

  10. Hi, earlier tonight, I was browsing Pinterest and found a vid showing how to make a truck from the Tim Holtz ‘old jalopy’ die, but I lost it before I could pin it! I had been looking at your website; was the card yours, please? Sorry if not – don’t mean to offend!

  11. Thank you so much…….Happy New year…….

  12. Hi MaryAnne

    Thank you so much for publishing the templates for folding books (alphabet etc). I have just discovered this fascinating way of upcycling old hardbacks, watched a few tutorials and managed to make a heart, but found I am helpless at creating the stripes in the words I want to make next. I have already been thinking about taking a ruler and thick felt tip pen ….. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    So all your templates come in really handy to try out during the winter months ….
    Appreciate your sharing them and all the helpful tips.

    Greetings from Switzerland,

  13. Can you direct me….looking for instruction how to fold multi-lines. I am so new at this this site/you are a wealth of information. Thank you so much!
    Patty in snowy Nebraska!

    • I have seen examples of multi-line book folding but only ever on sites where you must pay for the templates and get the instructions with it. I’ve never seen a freebie tutorial. There might have been a YouTube video I saw at some point, but I have no idea by who or a title or anything. You can check etsy for “book folding” and see if there is a tutorial you can buy, but other than that I don”t know. I have been curious about this myself, and am sure that it involves alternating folds, and it MIGHT need careful spacing of the letters, (so a letter like an E with three sections isn’t right over top of an a, which also has three sections, but I don’t know. I may have to break down and try one, but I need books first ๐Ÿ™‚



  14. I saw earlier where you would send people the template for making words from folding book pages. I would greatly appreciate it if you could send me a template for the word “Love” using the font copper black if you have it or bernard. the book I have is 205 sheets and is 8 3/8″ tall; if that is not enough sheets I have another book that is 462 sheets and 8 1/16″. I have been trying to figure out how to do this without photoshop, but havent had any luck. thanks for your help”

  15. Hey Maryanne, thank you for all your freebies. As I’m new to book folding. I’ll try to make one and see how it goes. I will post pictures for the finish work. Thanks much and God bless..

  16. How can I forward you pictures of the books I create?

  17. DO you have a template of a question mark or am i just being blind?

  18. Hi! I had asked you for templates a couple weeks ago (and they are working well, just with work and life and whatnot I am not finished quite yet!), but was wondering, do you use a specific program to make them? Or do you use a specific method? I’ve tried, as I said before, and even with ruler and protractor things still came out crooked, and not quite looking right…

  19. Do you have any templates for teachers or sports like baseball or wrestling?

  20. Please help. I am very new to book folding. I decided to start with an A for my sister who is coming to visit this weekend. I don’t know what I did wrong but it did not turn out. I don’t know how to send you a picture for assistance.

    Thank you
    Sandra Olson

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