Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Video Tutorial: Family Accordion Book

Here's a great tutorial for using up your scraps AND giving thanks for your family. Maybe you'd like to make one, fill it with old family photos, and bring it to Thanksgiving to share with your fam?? I bet they'd get a kick out of it and you would be creating new family memories. It's a win-win!

Check out the video tutorial below:

Monday, October 27, 2014

How I Spent My Sunday

When you were in grade school did you have to write, "What I did on my summer vacation"? Seems like people always talk about it, but I don't remember ever doing it. Now, that doesn't mean I didn't do it...just means I don't remember! ;-)

Here's a glimpse of what I did yesterday...spending most all of my Sunday filming, photographing, and creating for an upcoming blog post (week of November 3rd) on My Creative Life 2014. MCL2014 is the official blog of Craft Classes Online.

Can't tell you what it is all about, but you may be able to guess from the photos?? If you want to see the video where I do my creating, make sure to sign up for our NEWSLETTER. it is the only place where you can see the videos of our project process.

Have a happy week!

Friday, October 24, 2014

From Old Book to Journal

I keep saying that I will never go totally digital. I love books. I love the way a hard book cover feels. I love turning the page and feeling the paper. While I do love books, I'm not beyond re-purposing them for another use. One of my sisters, a teacher, says I'm destroying perfectly good books. I beg to differ. I just use old books (that were probably destined for the garbage) for art. That way I can appreciate them even more after they are repurposed.

repurposed book made into journal

See how I turned an old book into a journal.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I've Got You Covered! Post-it Note Tutorial

I'm a sucker for a pack of Post-it notes. That repositionable sticky is such genius and oh-so-useful! So when I saw this cute craft to make a little covered booklet for them, I fell in love. I think you will, too. Use up your scraps and make a few as gifts. Your friends will thank you.


Come see how easy it is to make this...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Creating on the Grid - Fabric Collage

Are you intimidated with fabric? Think you'd like to make a fabric collage or wall hanging but don't think you can do it? I'm here to tell you that you can. If you start off using a grid patterned fabric and then add in little bits and bobs, you can create a gorgeous collage. And you'll gain a boost of confidence, too.

The pattern of fabric that I chose for this piece has a printed grid pattern. This is perfect and lends itself very easily to create a grid of little "canvases” to decorate individually. Even though each square could stand on its own, they all coordinate with each other to complete the piece.

Click below for the tutorial!

Friday, October 17, 2014

10 + Tips for Stitching on Paper!

Sewing on paper is “sew” much fun!  You can create a great textural and visual element on just about any project. I love the way you can add an extra pizzazz or homespun feel with just a bit of thread!!

Check out my 10 + tips for stitching on paper!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sweet Baby Frame

Way back around 2008 I created this matboard frame wall hanging with photos of my now 25-year-old first born son. It still hangs on the wall in my art studio as it has always been such a favorite of mine.

I don't have any grandchildren yet, but I do think I will re-make this adorable frame wall hanging for our house when the baby (babies?) comes to visit us. I used to think there's no way I want to be called grandma, but I'm warming up to the title. It's what comes with the title that melts my heart!

Come see how I made this...

Monday, October 13, 2014

From Plain Ol' Supplies to Unique Project: Family Photo Wall Hanging

Go through your stash of supplies...there has to be loads of goodies in there. Sure, they many not be trendy right now, but I bet they were at one time. ;-) With just a few of those supplies you can make a unique wall hanging for your family photo. In this project I share about one such project where I have used several very old supplies.

Come take a look...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Altered Frames Wall Hanging Part 2

On Monday I brought back an "old school" project. If you missed it, GO HERE TO SEE PART 1.  

Today, we put our pieces together and make the hanging portion of the wall hanging. I love that you can create this in any style, colors and configuration. I am also a sucker for anything with a dowel or stick!

Come take a look at the rest of the story...

Monday, October 6, 2014

I'm bringing "old school" back! Altered Frames Wall Hanging

I'm a big fan of "old school".  Actually, I'm pretty much old school on most everything. We have a land line phone (really!), I like taking hand written notes, I only recently got a smart phone in the last few months and, well, I have a lot of old school craft supplies. I'm talkin' reeeeaallllly old stuff!

They guys at the basketball court call my husband "old school" because his shots into the hoop are usually preceded by hitting the backboard. Apparently "no one" shoots like that anymore. Oh, but did I mention that my DH is 54 and plays with 20 to 30 year old men and he the best there? He is a legend on the courts...but I digress. ;-)

Today, I share a project made with lots of "old school" products. The project was from one of my original online classes from way back in 2008.

Check out the supplies I've used. I'm sure you'll laugh at how old they are! But don't laugh too hard. You may have one or two of these things stuffed way back in a closet somewhere! ;-)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Create cards in a flash!

Anyone who REALLY knows me knows for some reason I don't like making cards. I have no idea why, but it's true. But in honor of World Card Making Day (tomorrow), I thought I show some easy ways I've made cards with the Cricut  machine. Sure, if you don't have a Cricut or any die cutting machine for that matter, you can still create cards similar to this. The biggest thing is having a plan, sketch or recipe and following it with all the cards.

 Check out all the cards I made with one simple recipe:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Art Journal backgrounds

I've been trying to infuse more creativity in my days, so yesterday I was playing around with Dylusions Ink Sprays and stencils (always a favorite of mine).

In this first one, I just laid down a color blocking template (from Deluxe Designs, remember them?). I Then laid down several other stencils on top and added the sprays. I'm really liking the grid. I always have to have some kind of order, it seems!

Check out more backgrounds, below.