Friday, June 28, 2013

What's in a Name?

This concept for the flowers on this layout came from a couple of different places. I'm not sure what rabbit hole I fell down that landed me at the super fun blog, Craft and Repeat, but I'm glad I did. She recently made cute washi tape flowers (among other items) and while I admired them, I had no idea I'd be making one so soon.

There was a recent forum post over at Two Peas in a Bucket, where the topic of loving Project Life (PL) products, but not actually doing PL, was brought up. It really resonated with me, because I've recently purchased two core kits with the plan of doing it next year. I've seen many crafty gals use PL products for other things, and decided to put them to use sooner than later.

I wanted to make a large flower from a PL card cut in half and scraps from the 6x6 paper I used to mat my picture. I wound up tearing one of the petals a little, so made the washi tape flower to cover up the tiny tear. I made my flowers with 4 petals unlike the 3 shown and my method was slightly different, but the outcome was the same, cute, cute, cute!

So those two things were the driving force behind making my own embellishments. Do you ever have random ideas come together to create paper magic?

products used:  American Crafts {My Girl} Adorable Abby 12x12 paper - Glitz Design {Uncharted Waters} 6x6 paper pad - Echo Park {Everyday Eclectic} 6x6 paper pad - Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight Edition - MAMBI Pocket Pages journaling cards - American Craft {Kitten} Parfait Thickers - Echo Park {Everyday Eclectic} Alpha Stickers - Glitz Design {Uncharted Waters} Bokeh Washi Tape - grey chevron washi tape - Cartwright Sequins 5mm Crystal Opaque Mix - Martha Stewart Heart Confetti Punch - 1/2" circle punch

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Printing Photos on Vellum

It's funny how you can begin a project with a clear plan in your head, and then it veers off into a completely different direction. I had begun this page with an idea for using the color photo collage prints I had made. Head's up, there are no color photo collages on this page.

A question was raised on the Studio Calico forum about printing photos on vellum, and several ladies had already done it, and provided helpful hints. I thought that a wide picture would fit well into the center of my collage, so I edited and printed one on white vellum. The result was as if a soft filter had been applied to the picture.

However, that softness and not quite right shape (measure twice, cut once, yeah, yeah, yeah) caused me to remove the collage completely. I layered the photo on a mild bokeh print paper and more of the gold glitter paper. I set it aside and then began adding paint, mist, and little bits and pieces to the background. This weekly challenge posted on the Studio Calico blog helped me to apply the finishing touches, as I already had met 3 of the 5 ingredients.

Have you ever planned a page, only to have it come out totally different? Did you love it more than your original idea?

products used: white vellum - Recollections gold glitter 12x12 paper - Basic Grey {Perhaps} Daphne 12x12 paper - Lily Bee Design {Sweet Shoppe} Marshmellow 12x12 paper - Plaid Acrylic Paint Snowflake - Heidi Swapp {Color Shine} Chartreuse - Basic Grey {Perhaps & Scarlet's Letter} Tags - Studio Calio {Sundrifter} Vellum Frames - Freckled Fawn Stars & Such Wood Chips - Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch - Cartwright Sequins 5mm Iris Mixed Color - Hemptique Earthy Hemp Cord - Dear Lizzy {Neapolitan} Date Stamp - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain - white doilie

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mini Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Ah, baking, you provide such sweet rewards.

I love to bake and I especially love that while you can let your imagination run free, there is still structure guiding you along the way. Cakes, pies, cookies, danish, breads, pretzels, sweet or savory, it doesn't matter to me. I enjoy trying recipes that catch my eye or creating my own, and am always up for a good challenge.

This is one of my favorite recipes because the combination of flavors is so unique. That being said, feel free to change the recipe to best suit your tastes. You can add pineapple (drained) or nuts, or leave out the cardamom or orange. Whatever you choose to do, as long as you make them, you won't be disappointed!

Once you've made these little bites of goodness, let me know what you think!


Friday, June 21, 2013

Make it Messy

Quite a few times I have picked up this picture to scrapbook, only to not feel inspired by my paper choice, and back to the folder it went. I love this picture, and while it wasn't taken anywhere special, the story behind the whole day is. It was taken on our honeymoon trip and since that album is done, I decided against journaling this particular photo.

I was inspired by Shimelle's most recent guest designer, Missy Whidden, to make a messy background. I gathered my supplies as directed and then got down to business. While I was painting my first layer, I instantly knew what photo I wanted to use. I only have a few stamp sets, so chose one I thought went well, and opted not to use washi tape, instead continuing my experimentation with sequins.  Wanting to provide some separation of the photo from the background, I used a few journaling cards to make a mat.

I am really happy with the finished layout, and look forward experimenting with paint. Do you like to get your hands dirty, or do you prefer a more clean, structured look?

products used: kraft cardstock - My Mind's Eye {So Sophie} Botanical Blue 12x12 paper - Echo Park {Everyday Eclectic} Journaling Cards - My Mind's Eye {Miss Caroline} Favorite Stamp Set - Cartwright Sequins 6mm Ivory - Studio Calico gold flat sequins - Plaid Acrylic Paint in Snowflake, Pure Gold, & Pearl White - Webster's dictionary pages

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Font Frenzy

For a long as I've owned a computer, I've scoured the internet for free fonts to add. On my Mac, it's as easy as downloading the font, then dragging and dropping it into the Fonts folder.

I've created custom invitations, labels galore, titles and journaling for my scrapbooking, and other word art for our home. What type of type do you like? Hopefully these links will help you with your font love!

When I'm on the search for a font, my go-to sites are dafont and Font Squirrel, where they are all free to download and updated often. wrote an article years ago about 21 free fonts sites (many are still current) and Free Typography is a blog that posts only about fonts. If you like handwritten fonts for your projects, you should certainly find something that suits your needs at the blog, Kevin & Amanda. Articles like these at Smashing Magazine and Awwwards provide large lists of fresh fonts, complete with links, and yup, also free.

*As with any downloads off of the internet, please be careful before proceeding. I have used most of the above sites for my personal use and have experienced no adverse affects. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Off We Go

In the last 18 months, I have used the internet as a valuable tool more so than ever before. I don't care for social media, can get in and out of Pinterest with little damage, and have only ordered a couple of things from Etsy.

I do however, spend a lot of time looking at galleries and blogs that are chock full of creativity. I have an awesome (free) application called Growly Notes on my laptop that allows me to keep all of that lovely eye candy organized, as if it were in a binder. Here's a screen shot showing an upcoming event I'm helping to plan, and on the left, you can see my various notebooks.

In a recent quest for new inspiration, I was looking through the gallery at Studio Calico. Their June guest designer, Stephanie Bryan (see her blog here), created this awesome layout and I was immediately taken by it. I love how the inset items are teeny canvas artworks, each with their own detailing. I went in a different direction with my page, choosing a large square photo and adding my embellishment to the outer edges of the page. In the future, I may make a layout that sticks much more closely to Stephanie's fabulous one!

products used: kraft cardstock - Basic Grey {What's Up} In-Flight 12x12 paper - Basic Grey {Urban Prairie} Milk 12x12 paper - Studio Calico {Abroad} Thickers - Studio Calico {Abroad} Mini Alpha Red - Dear Lizzy {Neapolitan} Date Stamp - Basic Grey {Perhaps} round tag - Cartwright Sequins 6mm Ivory - Studio Calico {Amy Tangerine} Camera and Clouds Stamp Set - Studio Calico {Life Love Paper} Stamp

Thursday, June 13, 2013

This is What's Left

Since we're still in a getting to know one another stage, I figured I'd share photos of my stash of supplies. I participate on a couple of forums, so some of you may have already read that I have been purging my supplies since the beginning of the year. I have been pretty cutthroat about it, and finally feel like my stash consists of tools and products that I will use. Also, gone are the days of being too afraid to cut into that pretty paper, peel off that first sticker, or use up all the vowels in an alphabet.

Seriously, no less than 15 pounds of goodies went to one girlfriend of mine, I made mini albums for two other girlfriends, donated to Crops of Luv in Phoenix, AZ, and sent along a package for Healing Scraps for Oklahoma.

I still continue to shop, and as I type this, I have a cart open over at Two Peas in a Bucket, a package from them is on the way, and have recently become a monthly kit subscriber at Studio Calico. It sounds like a lot, and to some it may be and others maybe not. Here's some pictures and you can judge decide for yourselves! ;)

Is your space bigger, smaller, neater, messier, a candidate for Hoarders, or just right?

Monday, June 10, 2013


Welcome to my little space on the internet where I'll be gathering loads of information and inspiration to share! I'm continuously amazed with how many (free) resources are now at our fingertips and want to pass along my findings to help you color your world. Whether it be memory keeping, word art, simple DIY home decor, or cooking and baking, I hope that you find something that feeds your imagination for your next project (or two).

I tend not to be a very wordy person and plan on keeping posts short and sweet, so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through the comments section or with an email, I'll be happy to chat!

So without further ado, let's look at photo album organization. I was in my late teens when I began scrapbooking, and since I was young and on a budget, I limited myself to 8-1/2 by 11 pages. I covered regular vinyl 3-ring binders with fabric and batting following a no-sew pattern template and was happy as could be.

I took a long break from scrapbooking and when I got back to it, the industry had blossomed and I had to go big, so into the realm of 12x12 I ventured! I currently have five 12x12 albums and I wanted a way to label them so they looked more attractive lined up on their shelf.

I found inspiration at the blogs of Creative Organizing, Shimelle, Cathy Zielske, and Two Peas in a Bucket.

I created the labels on the computer and printed them on heavy cardstock and cut them out. I wound brown DMC floss around the spine of the album 3 times and then adhered the labels to the flowers and the flowers to the albums with glue dots. The white canvas flowers are from Little Yellow Bicycle and when I found out they were put on clearance at Michael's, I bought an additional package for the future.