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I put together a quick layout just for fun! I really like how it turned out! I’ve had that little paper star in my scrap drawer forever. It was such a pleasure to find a place for it on this layout. This is a stamp that I designed for a now defunct kit club called "My Kits & Pieces." I still *adore* the stamp and use it too infrequently! Scraps from my desk: book pages, washi tape, patterned paper, some lace I spilled paint on, a fabric brad...and it all blends together here! Hope you're having a great day! Thanks... Read more →

Here is this week's Pencil Lines sketch: And my take on it: Check out the details: I put brads through some of the holes in the double layered buttons. I stamped the journaling with white paint and an awesome alphabet stamp set from Studio Calico. I tried to include word embellishments, given the "work" nature of this layout. I punched the tag top with a letter punch and I used a book page edge along the top and bottom of the layout. Check out the rest of the layouts here. Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

Hello and Happy Friday! I hope you look forward to reading these Friday Art Journal Every Day posts as much as I enjoy writing them! I'm having a great time and still plugging away in my art journal. How about you? I can hardly believe that another month is almost over! Where does the time go? If you want to participate in Art Journal Every Day in March, I will have a new linky list up on March 1 for you. Until then, I think you're going to love this fantastic post on creating monochromatic pages by Hanna of iHanna.... Read more →

I am super duper excited to announce my new online class! If you have ever wanted to use a sewing machine to create fabulous paper, fabric, and paint projects, this is the class for you! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, there are sure to be projects and techniques that will excite and inspire you! I will be sharing how-to video tutorials on some of my most requested stitching techniques: stitching through chipboard creating paper ruffles free motion stitching stitching shapes and words how to do a proper quilt binding with a mitered corner and so much more!... Read more →

On Saturday I went to an all-day crop with the Manhattan Scrapbookers. Going to a crop means packing. I *detest* packing for a crop. Plus I find it fairly impossible. I always want to take my sewing machine, typewriter, and every single paint and spray I own. Living in New York with no car means you just can't take it all with you! Plus cropping means that I have to pre-print my photos and *gasp* that is just not the way I'm used to doing it! Well, somewhere in the midst of trying to decide what to bring and what... Read more →

The prompt from Creative Therapy this month is: "What are you (or would you be) giving your children that you wish you'd had." The guest is Tamara Laporte. I made a little (8.5x11") art quilt in response to the prompt: I transferred the photo to a piece of canvas and rolled about a thousand and one fabric beads! But they're so lovely and full of color and texture! Yum! You can visit Creative Therapy to learn what the quilt means to me and to see the other ladies' beautiful work! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

Want to know how you can have your very own awesome tiny hat? Well, come to the online classroom tonight at 8pm EST! Here's a look at the headband without a head in it so you can see how it's attached at a jaunty angle: And this is the actual hat that I will be sharing how to make: I will show you how to make the top hat from scratch and we'll be decorating it with lots of Prima goodies! If you've never been to a Live with Prima broadcast... It's completely FREE and online at During the... Read more →

Today I'm going to talk about a different kind of art journaling. One that doesn't necessarily have all the paint and ink. The focus is more on the journaling with a smattering of the art. For me, this kind of journaling was the bridge to the kind of art journaling that I do today. In many ways it was a bridge into scrapbooking for me as well. Most importantly, it was the bridge into the daily art journaling habit for me. And given the wild acclaim at the Craft and Hobby Association Show for the Smash Books from EK Success,... Read more →

A little more free time has meant a lot more awesome creative time just for playing around! Yay! I have had this ugly painting staring at me for many months: A total failure and I just didn't know what to do with the canvas. It sat on the floor of my studio just taunting me with its absolute hideous-ness. So late one night, sometime after midnight, I decided it was time to reclaim the canvas! I covered the face and most of the patterning with black and white gesso, and some red acrylic paint. Then a layer of tissue paper,... Read more →

Here is this week's Pencil Lines sketch: And my take on it: Journaling reads: From the time we were little, my Mother has always teased and tortured us (which is, of course, why Matthew and I both do it too). I recently left my much loved sunglasses and earrings at her house. Before I even realized that I had left them behind these ransom photos showed up on my phone. Mom wearing my sunglasses and earrings, Mom licking my sunglasses, the teddy bear all decked out! She is such a big tease! I liked the trompe l’oeil patterned paper, but... Read more →