The Journal Quilt Project
Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday...

Random Friday Ramblings

I've got a long list of random stuff today:

1. Epson Artisan 800

A day or two ago, I got an e-mail from Epson, asking if I wanted to try out their new Epson Artisan all-in-one.  That's like a no brainer, right?  Well, a big box showed up at my door today and inside was this bad boy...
It faxes, it copies, it prints (letter and two sizes of photos), it duplexes, the ink is waterproof...and on and on.  I haven't done much more than set it up, but I plan on writing a long review after playing with it for a few weeks.  Though, I have to tell you, my FAVORITE feature so far is that it's wireless!  I can print from anywhere in the apartment.  No more USB cord!  Love that!

2. Kreativ Blogger Award


I must say, "thank you, thank you, thank you" to the incredibly talented Tammy Tutterow, who gave me this award.  I'm sure you're familiar with Tammy's work.  She's way famous.  She's currently a teacher for Big Picture Scrapbooking (the original online scrapping classes) and a designer for one of my *favorite* manufacturers, Basic Grey.  And you probably saw her work for Pink Paislee, Provo Craft, Prima, etc.  She used to run an online class site called Heart in Hands Scraps, which is how we met.  And it goes without saying that her work is soft, feminine and absolutely beautiful.

I was bowled over by what she had to say about me:

"What I really love about Julie is that she does her own thing, she isn’t the trend follower. She is an amazing scrapper who incorporates all types of media into her pages, an incredible art quilter, and a great digi designer and scrapper. I love how she blurs the line between what is one craft into another. For those who don’t see scrapping as 'art', you need to see what Julie creates with a page."

Maybe one of the nicest things anyone has ever said about me.

I thought I'd pass on the love by linking up a few non-scrappy blogs that rock my world:

Teesha Moore: An AMAZING art journaler.  She's one of the queens of the art journal scene and for a very good reason: her work is complicated and interesting and evocative and just so very cool.

Bread&Honey: This is a food blog.  Lots of interesting recipes and good writing on food related subjects.  I warn you, it will make you (1) hungry and (2) believe that you can cook.

Recycled Crafts: From bizarre to brilliant, this blog features crafts made from garbage - tin cans, plastic bags, lost mittens, etc.  I likewhere it pushes my imagination.

Something Sublime: Don't let her current long post about her road trip scare you off.  This woman's jewelry is gorgeous!  Her work reminds me a lot of one of my all time favorite jewelry artists, Susan Lenart Kazmer.  It's organic and interesting and simple and made from a lot of recycled and vintage goodies.

Juicy Bits: I can't remember how I first stumbled on this woman's blog, but she's AMAZING.  I hope to be half the mother she is, stitching up Halloween costumes and whipping up handmade birthday party favors.  Seriously, she must not be human.  Amazing.  Amazing.

Paper Crave: If you already adore everything paper, go here.  And if you don't, it will make you.  Awesome blog with frequent updates.  Projects, inspiration and the occassional freebie.

PSDTuts: Billed as "spoonfed Photoshop tutorials," this blog has fantastic and very detailed tutorials with lots of step-by-step instructions.  There are always lots of links, plenty of freebies and lots of great technical knowledge.  It's not geared towards scrapbookers, but towards professional digital artists. 

3. Around The Block (ATB)

I got my first box of cool tools from ATB.  I'm really excited about the TapeWriter


and am planning to get some projects done with it this weekend!

4. Saturday Crop vs. Halloween Party

I have been looking forward to the all day crop tomorrow with The Manhattan Scrapbookers for a very long time.  However, my husband and I have been invited to a swanky Halloween party downtown on Saturday night.  It's one of those too hip clubs, velvet rope, gotta' be on the list deals, and I think we've got to go.  I know I'm old now because I'm very very sad about having to cut my cropping time short instead of very very excited about the party. 

5. Ali Edwards' December Daily Album

For the last few days, Ali Edwards has been posting instructions on how to put together her December Daily Album.  Well, I sat down last night and put together one for November instead.  I'm looking forward to spending November filling it in!

6. Project Fifty-Two

I've got a fun year-long project planned for 2009.  I'll have a long post about all the details sometime next week.  I hope you'll consider playing along!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween!