Monday, April 30, 2012

And the winner is

The copy of CK's Simple Scrapbooks special issue goes to...drumrolls please!!!

BloggerCarmen Nuland said...

Cute layout - love the different colored letters
8:42 PM

Congrats Carmen! Email me your address at with 'Simple Issue winner' in the subject line and CK will mail you your prize.

Thanks everyone for playing along!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Big Picture Blog

Today, I'm so excited to be guest blogger over at the Big Picture blog. I have a tutorial on upcycling scrapbook product packaging into a mini chalkboard. The inspiration for this came from Nini who always loves to write mini messages on her dry erase board and also loves all things handmade. You can find instructions here.
Recently, we watched a fascinating documentary "To The Arctic" at Mosi Imax Dome Theater.
I have no words to describe it other than amazing! If you get a chance, go watch it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CK's Simple Scrapbooks special issue GIVEAWAY

CK's latest special issue Simple Scrapbooks is out.

This issue is filled with 421 easy ideas for scrapbooking simply. There are tips for quick and easy photo fixes and creative shortcuts to meaningful journaling, plus, there are are guides to creating striking layouts using limited supplies. Here's a sneak peek.

Here's one of my layouts from Simple Scrapbooks.

And now the details of the GIVEAWAY. ONE lucky blog reader can win a free copy of this simply awesome issue by leaving a comment to this post by 4/29/2012. Be sure to check back on 4/30/2012 to see if you won. Leave your email address in the comment so I can contact you in case you forget.
For more chances to win, please visit the following blogs:
Autumn Baldwin
Susan Mintmire (Paper Crafters Corner)
Kim Jackson

Good luck everyone!

Monday, April 23, 2012

More cards and winner announcement

Here are two more cards I made yesterday...
Card # 1

Card # 2

And now, it's time to announce the winner of CK's May-June 2012 issue giveaway.
Random number generator picked :

Bellaidea said...
Great work! Thanks for a chence!

Congrats! Please email me your address at so CK can send you your prize.
Thanks everyone for playing along. Don't forget to check back for more giveaways this week :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Two quick shares

Thanks so much for taking the time to wish Om happy birthday yesterday! I appreciate :)
Being a school night, our celebrations were not elaborate. We are saving that for Saturday.

I'm buried under deadlines at the moment, so I'll make it quick...
First, here's a quick share...

And here's news for the start of National Scrapbooking Day celebration at Paper Crafter's corner:
This week, PaperCrafter’s Corner is bribing our readers to get out & scrap! We are challenging them to find a local crop, class or retreat to attend in honor of National Scrapbook Day. We believe that enjoying your favorite hobby with others is the best way to stay inspired & motivated and to introduce new friends to the craft --- which in turn is great for all of us in the industry!!
We just kicked off our big National Scrapbook Day promo and would love your support via facebook, twitter, blog, etc. We are even paying the crop fee (up to $25) for the winning reader to attend the local crop or retreat of her choice – along with some other crop-themed prizes. Total giveaway value is $205+
Local stores or local direct sales demonstrators who would like to make sure their events are in our listings can find the (free) event submission form here:

Have a creative weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Happy Birthday Om!

This little dude turns 7 today... sigh!
If you got a moment, please join me in wishing my baby a happy birthday. I think, he would really love it :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Lift Me Up! Winners

And here are the winners to the spots in my 4-week workshop at Big Picture Classes, Lift Me Up!

From my blog:
BloggerTiffani said...
Lots of things! Outgrown children's clothes can become doll clothes. Brown paper used for packing material can become wrapping paper or collage fodder. I have to fight the hoarding tendency! :)
7:55 PM

And from Katie's blog:
          Oh this is such a great idea! I love this! :) I want to so bad do something artsy right now! :)

Congrats! Please email me at with 'Lift Me Up winner' in the subject line, so I can give you further info about registration.

There will be more chances to win spots and I'll post links right here for those.
In the meantime, have fun making stuff :) 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CK's May-June issue GIVEAWAY

Hello, hello... spring is in full swing and it's time for the May-June issue from CK!

That AMAZING cover layout by Stacy Cohen captured my heart right away! And that's only the beginning. This issue is brimming with 358 inspiring ideas for all things scrapbooking. Get a sneak peek here.

I'm absolutely loving Megan Hoeppner's article about creative spaces where she takes us on a special tour through craft studios. So many doable ideas there.

Here's a page by me for the Journaling Solutions column about creating fun journaling spots for your layouts.

Thanks to CK, I can give away a copy of this fab issue to ONE lucky blog reader. Leave me a comment to this post telling me your favorite topics to scrap during spring by Sunday, 4/22. I'll post the winner on Monday 4/23.

Want more chances to win?
Well, hop on over to these blogs:
Autumn Baldwin
Susan Mintmire
Kim Jackson

Good luck, everyone!

Friday, April 13, 2012

An art journal tutorial

But first, here's another card sneak peek as I promised yesterday...

And now, the tutorial. Here's a spread from my old-book-upcycled-to-art-journal.

You can find the tutorial over at Katie's blog and another chance at winning a spot in my Lift Me Up Creative Upcycling workshop at Big Picture Classes.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

New cards

 While I was cleaning out my studio, I found many little forgotten treasures neatly tucked away in baskets, boxes, and more. After 5 straight days of cleaning (yeah, it takes me that long and actually it's still far from finished!), I just needed a creative break... So, I sat down with glue, scissors, and my rediscovered pile of goodies and challenged myself to create something that I don't make too, and to create it/them without using my most go-to-supply: paints. Here are some sneaks...
Card # 1

I still have to take pictures of the rest. I'll share more tomorrow.

Glitz for April

Spring is in full swing here in Florida! So are allergies. We see caterpillars, pollen and blooms wherever we look. My first layout is inspired by spring.

And here's my second layout.

Supply list:
Layout 1:
Happy Travels Stripe, 12x12 Paper
Pretty in Pink Toile, 12x12 Paper
Vintage Blue epoxy sticker
Beautiful Dreamer Whatnots
Pretty in Pink Glitzers 6x7
Teeny Alpha Mint Grunge Stickers

Layout 2:
French Kiss Labels, 12x12 Paper
Happy Travels Paper Pack 6x6
Pretty in Pink Epoxy Stickers
Pretty in Pink Layered Stickers 6x11
Pretty in Pink Glitzers 6x7
Dance in the Sunshine Giant Rhinestones
French Kiss Journaling Stickers 6x11
Beautiful Dreamer Trim

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lift Me Up! Workshop GIVEAWAY

The Lift Me Up workshop is about giving second chances to things that have already served their original purposes. It is about developing the eye that sees potential in ordinary everyday castaways. It is about being a little more responsible with your surroundings, your expenses, but above all, it's about choosing a creative lifestyle.

Class includes:
  • Supply list with live links to product resources
  • Welcome notes from Mou in the classroom
  • Reminder emails when the classroom is updated with new materials
  • Voice messages available as streaming audio, downloadable MP3 files and transcripts
  • Colorful instructional handouts with step-by-step instructions for each lesson/project
  • Private posting gallery to share your work and view the work of your classmates
  • Message board to share your thoughts with your classmates
  • Email access to Mou
  • Live chats with Mou

Cost of the class is $25.
Read more details, listen to an audio introduction and register here.

See some sneak peeks of the projects here.

Today I'm giving away ONE spot to the Lift Me Up! workshop. All you need to do is leave a comment to this post telling me what you like to upcycle the most. Post your comment by 4/17/2012 and I'll announce the winner on the 18th. Good luck!

Monday, April 09, 2012

Two words...

You won't believe the little treasures I'm finding! I even found 67 cents :)
I'll be back in a day or two.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Registration opens TODAY!

April is Earth Month.

In honor of our planet, Big Picture Classes presents a 4-week workshop Lift Me Up! designed by yours truly, me. Lift Me Up is  about lifting wasted, abandoned, everyday objects around us to give them new lives and meanings.

In this class you'll create FOUR projects using recycled materials with the help of downloadable colorful visually stepped out instructions. You can chat with me live on scheduled dates, which you get upon registration. Projects are designed from beginner to advanced.

Class starts May 31 and runs through June 27. Registration closes June 6.

You'll be using supplies from your own craft closet. Here's a look at mine.
And here are sneak peeks into some of the projects.

I hope to see you in class!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012


was Graduation day. The kids graduated to purple belt junior.
Here's Om (left) free spurring his opponent who actually happens to be his friend. At first, they pretended to spur as they didn't want to hit each other. But then they had to really spur in order to graduate to the next belt level.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012


I've been art journaling non-stop during the last few days... it's amazing what a little pocket of free time can do! My clothes are all painty, fingers all inky, heart all happy...
Sunday, I actually dragged my little family to a nearby town and took over 400 photos... just experimenting with settings. I have to say even though it's only first week of April, it gets HOT in Florida! Around noon, I called it a day. We saw manatees and dolphins in the wild... another plus of sea-side living. We hadn't had a carefree day like that in a VERY long time... it's usually the same routine, same commute, same everything... which is comforting... but I don't mind days like this that are exhilarating!

Monday, April 02, 2012

Hambly layout

Here's the layout I did for the Hambly blog in March...

You can find the tutorial here.