Wednesday, August 31, 2011


for so many things. We have just spent the last 3 days without any electricity, phone, etc and it really was both a burden and a blessing in disguise. Luckily, we maintained our water, had no damage or trees down and were home together... Jon got called in two of the nights as me and the mini clones sat in the dark, played checkers and "camped" in the living room, cozy and fun... It was a gentle reminder to see this through their eyes and treat it as an adventure. At the moment, still around 23% of my town is still without power so we feel blessed to have it back and will never take it for granted.
As I fill my fridge the next few weeks, I will have to remind myself of this.. ha.. (everything got tossed ;(
at least we get to cleanse and begin a new... its kind of like moving!!  lol

I need to go work on the heaping pile of laundry that built while we widdled away... let me leave you with this...

Difficulties are opportunities to better things; they are stepping stones to greater experience. Perhaps someday you will be thankful for some temporary failure in a particular direction. When one door closes, another always opens.”


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Inspirational Scraps

Hey everyone. I wanted to share a few tips for creating artistic embellishments. After I create a card or scrapbook page, I typically try and use up all the paper and embellishments to make either tags, or embellished accents .(I like to call them Scraps).  They can be added to a cardfront, layered on a scrapbook page, or used as a bookmark or gift tag.
The possiblities are endless and they are great to have on hand for any future occasion!
First, I had created a card for a friend using Spring In Bloom papers.
Before layering the papers, I spritzed the white cardstock with a fun combination of Smooch Spritz that gave it a soft, shabby look.
I added some embellishments and the card was done.
I was inspired by the card to create the next two little "scraps".

Using some of the leftover paper from the card, I added some gems, cut and created a handmade flower from my Carnation Creations die from Spellbinders and a sticker. The back of this is unfinished but this would quickly add to a cardstock or can be added as an embellishment on a future scrapbook page... quick and ready !
Then, I was inspired to make a tag.  Using the spritz that was left in my Color Catcher, I ran a tag through it until it was dampily "dusted" with the leftover smooch spritzes.
While I had my die cutter out, I cut a butterfly using the Fanciful Flight die from Spellbinders and added some gems. I added some paper from Antiquities to the dried tag. Another great embellishment or accent ready for use!

Here is another example of a card and its inspired scrap....
Here I cut and layered the "extra" flowers out of the same die cut template and the butterfly.
I even used the bits of "scrap" papers to create leaves and the title for the tag.

Next time, you finish a project, see what you can create using your leftover scraps to make some fun artistic and finished embellishments. You never know when you may need a quick accent!
See you next time!
                                                                   Inside My Head
Pattern papers Spring in Bloom and Antiquities, Donna Salazar Designs, GCD
Artistic Paper, Donna Salazar Designs, GCD
Manila Tags, office supply
Smooch Spritz, Mixed Berries, Pralines and Cream  (Donna Salazar) and Cherry Ice,  by Clearsnap
Lace, Prima
Gems, Recollections
Transparency quotes, Making Memories
Butterly accent, K and Co
Flower, Prima
Brads, Basic Grey
Die Cuts, Carnation Creations,  and Fanciful Flight, Donna Salazar Designs, for Spellbinders
Tools, die cutting machine and Color Catcher

Friday, August 19, 2011

Finding my Muse

Well, considering that the last three days, I have sat down and spent several hours creating like crazy.... I can say I think I have found my muse! I hope it stays around for awhile this time.
I was lucky enough to win the Newest Studio Calico line called Autumn Press from 2 Peas in a Bucket. I participated in their online social a few weeks ago and was lucky enough to win several goodies from this yet to be released line... you can see it here.. Studio Calico 
and here is a card and a layout I created with it...Thanks Studio Calico and esp. 2 peas.... !!!! 

and there is still much left to work I will share those creations at a later date, Im sure!

Have a great Friday... I'll be back this weekend with some of my favorite pinterest images and links...

How bout...

some peeks?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Not sure if any of you are familiar with Big Picture Scrapbooking?
Big Picture is a group of inspiring teachers and designers from many walks of life, with different and unique talents teaching online classes to little sponges like me ;)

Anyways, right now and for the next week or so... they have something called Big Idea Festival.
The theme is Words to Live by.... each day a new instructor gives us a pdf with a word, the instructors definition of what the word means to them, a few examples of how they turned their word into a work of art using photos and words.... (ie scrapbook pages) and some pictures of their classes they teach there so you can get a feel  for their style etc.

Many of their classes are crafty/art/scrapbook related, but there have been several I have taken there that simply changed the way I think ... reflect.

Even if you decide not to do the classes, there are several free prompts, tons of inspiration and a comraderie that is built from taking a step on a journey with like minds.

Have any of you taken any online classes?  If so, what are your favorite kinds of online classes... what types of classes interest you? What do you look for in a great online instructor etc?

I was interested in this. I may be doing some online classes soon and was curious what my readers were interested in learning about? I would LOVE to know what your thoughts are...

I leave you with this for today...

"Many are so caught up in their own problems that they cannot see the big picture. Often, seeing the big picture can give one the perspective that makes illusive solutions suddenly easy to visualize. One form of hope can be accessed through stepping outside of yourself and seeing the bigger picture. "

Mr. Prophet
Source: Book: "The Path"


Monday, August 15, 2011


REally, I am. This blog thing has just been the last little neglected thing in my over busy days. I apologize. The thing is.. I love blogging... just writing in my voice, getting it all out. I have so many areas I like to focus on that when I sit down to write something.. I am just overwhelmed.

I needed a plan. I spent the last few weeks researching and reading blogs that I liked. I also really really LOVE Pinterest and the ease of just posting and sharing a picture... I decided to change up my blog here to make it more user friendly, for both my readers, as well as myself.

I am going to try and blog at least 3 times a week up to every day.. .once I get the hang of it.

Many of you suggested, Sunday... I write up and plan several days posts.. and then schedule them ahead of time... so I will begin with that.. will really help get caught up!!

Also, I have picked "themes" for each day... Now, I won't be posting every day so the blog will still be fresh and change often but from the behind the scenes.. it will be much easier to plan for me. Now.. lets catch our breath!

(hee hee.. my cute little nephew Donovan ;) 

Here is my proposal of topics so that my blog can be able to be a true web  log/journal that encompasses my total life... and the many many hats I wear.

Mojo Monday... sketches, challenges, color inspirations, creative triggers etc...

Tuesday Tips and tutorials... techniques, templates, tip junkie free stuff etc...

Wednesday Words Workshop... journaling, quotes, thoughts, wacky words etc...

Thursdays World of Art... art journaling, design, mediums such as pastels, watercolors, oil, drawing, soap making, painting, crafts, school assignments etc... lots of fun to share ;)

Fridays are Fab... Favorites... top 5, more family oriented... foods, products, blogs, books etc...

Saturday  Shutter Showcase... pictures, Flikr, shutter sisters, scenery, photo tips etc...

Sunday Simple Solutions... organization, creative space, procrastination, meal planning, homemaking etc...

so what do you think??? and I promise... pictures, links and fun.... as well as FREE STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yes... once I get this up and running.. I will be giving away lots of things from handmade items, to supplies and downloads etc... so stay tuned!

Thank you to those who have taken this blog journey with me so far and look forward to the future of words, pictures, stories, stuff and fun!


Saturday, August 06, 2011



an ornament or decoration.
a fictitious addition, as to a factual statement.
Music .
ornament ( def. 8 ) .
the act of embellishing.
state of being embellished
I am a girl who loves to embellish!  When I saw these cute 4x4 inch clipboard covers by Zutter , my mind began dreaming up all sorts of creative ways to turn this simple but practical clipboard into a work of art.
I began by covering the wood panel with a creamy paint stick . I used Faber Castell's gelatos in white. You can also paint it or use pastels, crayons, etc.
Next, I spritzed over the white lightly with Smooch Spritz in Tea Party. 
Add another layer of the color and spritz again.. .this time spritzing more generous allowing it to run down, and leave streaks. Allowing some of the wood to show through and the spritz uneven gives it a distressed , aged look.
Once the clipboard is dry, I added some of Donna Salazars journal cards (trimmed to fit and distressed of course ;)  to the centers of the wood and adhere with Mod Podge or other strong liquid glue.
Run each clipboard through the Bind It all to create even holes. The greatest thing about the Bind It All is that you can use any size in the machine. I chose 4x4 but if you wanted to create a larger plaque or covers for an album you can adjust your Bind It all accordingly!
Punch the holes in the center of the clipboard.
Use your strong adhesive again to adhere the "unfinished" sides together... back to back so the panels become one thick clipboard piece.
Let the embellishing begin!  I tied various ribbons, threads and laces to each hole in the top, varying the lengths, textures and widths of the fabrics to give it a more eclectic look.
I used some 3 dimensional adhesive dots to add some flowers which I fussy cut from Donna's paper lines.
I added some transparency quotes I had from my collection. You can handwrite a quote, print one off the internet or cut one from Donna's Crafty Chronicle to add to the centers of the board.
Hang with wire, hanger or twine and embellish your home, office or art studio with a touch of handmade goodness! This would make a great gift too and super easy to make but don't tell the recipient that ;)
Here are some close up's and the finished project.
Gelato, paint sticks by Faber Castell
Smooch Spritz, by Clearsnap, Donna Salazar, Tea Party
Bind It All by Zutter
Pattern papers, Antiquities Journal Cards and Spring In Bloom In Bloom, Donna Salazar for GCD
Transparencies, Making Memories Clear Creations, Chelsea's Place
Ribbons, laces
Wire hangers, 7 gypsies
See ya next time ;)