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Lately, I've come across a lot of awesome tutorials online, so I thought I link up to a few.... Button-Embellished Notebook Cover The Five-Minute Notebook Lamp Shade Sleeve Tie-Dyed Flowers On a related note, this isn't a tutorial, but check out this post on the Prima blog for some examples of altered flowers. You have to scroll down a bit. Accordion Album Two Way Photo Salvage Your Selvedges Re-Do a T-Shirt With Pin Tucks Door Organizer Hanging Book Display PS: I've put my March Label Tulip Sneak Peeks up on the Label Tulip blog. So, check them out! Thanks for... Read more →


First of all, thank you so much to everyone who said such lovely things about my new line of paper with Sultane. Thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! (I am seriously blushing.) It was so interesting to hear about everyone's favorites. Not at all what I expected and I love that! Now, to answer two questions: Q: When will the line be available to the public (esp non french reading LOL)? A: As far as I know (and unfortunately I don't speak French either), it's not being sold anywhere but France right now, but Portrait Bug (here, in... Read more →


I've been keeping a secret. Many months ago, French paper manufacturer Sultane invited me to design a line of paper. I was over the moon! (I *am* over the moon!) It's just a one shot deal, but my great dream is to be a product designer one day. So, this is a great start! Well, my paper arrived in the mail today! Yay! I can't wait to make some layouts with it! But, in the meantime, check it out... I had so much fun creating the collection. I hope that people will enjoy using it too! And who knows? Maybe... Read more →


I'm in the midst of teaching a "Scrapbooking 101 Series" at Portrait Bug. Every other Thursday, I'm tackling one part of this four-part series: Scrapbooking 101, Painting 101, Stamping 101, and Journaling 101. (Even though it's a series, you can take just one class. There's a discount for taking the entire series, though.) Here's a blurry iphone photo from the first class: Scrapbooking 101. We covered the basics: what is scrapbooking?, supplies, tools, and the steps involved in putting together a layout. I really like Portrait Bug's classroom. It's bright. It's colorful. And the best part for me is that... Read more →


Kim, over at PortraitBug, gave me some Jillibean Soup last week. Jillibean is a new manufacturer and I somehow missed their booth at CHA. Anyway, Kim gave me some ribbon, some journaling spots, and a lot of kraft paper and asked me to make some stuff for the store. At first, I thought all the kraft on kraft was going to be a bad idea. But, I am very happy with how things turned out! Without question, this is the most foam adhesive I've ever used. I used the black foam adhesive, so you don't see much of it (which... Read more →


I'm having a fantastic time at this four day crop marathon! I've gotten a lot done, but the best part was a crop game we played today. I'm not normally big on games, but I really enjoyed this one. We did a page round robin. Here's how it works: STEP ONE: We took a photo of all five us together outside (and man was it freezing!) on the boardwalk. STEP TWO: We printed said photo five times. And each of us received one copy. STEP THREE: We were given fifteen minutes to start a one page layout using that photo.... Read more →