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If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. There is a flickr group for sharing right here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post. Thanks! I'm in Colorado to teach four art journaling classes this weekend! On the... Read more →


This week I recorded an episode of The Paperclipping Roundtable podcast. The topic was personal style. Towards the end of the conversation I mentioned that I like to experiment on tags and then incorporate them into my scrapbook pages. Noell said that has trouble figuring out how tags fit into scrapbook pages. I promised to post some layouts that show how I do it. Here they are: Above is a layout I created back in 2009. I decorated the tags and then layered them, using masking tape to keep them in place. This Easter layout is one I created last... Read more →


I carved this stamp a few weeks ago, but I don't think I ever shared it: Carving these repeating pattern stamps is so super addictive. When I get on a kick, I just can't stop! It's like a puzzle, trying to figure out how the lines will fit together to create an overall design. I love it! The last time I posted a repeating pattern stamp, I got an interesting question: In my book, Carve Stamp Play, I show exactly how to make repeating stamps like this one. But how do you take the leap beyond the patterns I share... Read more →


Today I'm delighted to share a guest post by Cori Peck. I found Cori on instagram when she tagged me in one of her photos, sharing what she had done with my US Map stencil. If you've got a great idea for a guest post. Let me know! :) Using Stencils for On-the-Road Scrapbooking I am a scrapbooker. I am a traveler. I am a photographer. I have an inborn need to explore this beautiful world we live in. I have multiple sclerosis. I have a poor short term memory and an even poorer ability to convert those short term... Read more →


I'm so delighted to be able to share my friend Dina's new paints and brushes with you! These are acrylic paints that come in convenient little tubes. They come in a wide range of colors, and the line includes white and black gesso, and gel medium. The brushes are long handled synthetic bristle brushes. I took the paints and brushes for a spin and put together this little stenciled art journal... ...that is very much in progress and waiting for the next layers to be added. Playing with the paints was lots of fun. They dry very matte and chalky,... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. There is a flickr group for sharing right here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post. Thanks! Three weeks ago I posted the five basic supplies I would give to... Read more →


Oy. This one was a doozy. It went through about twelve billion different versions. I honestly think it might count as canvases twenty-five through thirty. As you know, I'm trying to push myself to go in a more abstract, less face based, direction. I am struggling. No joke. Having a lot of trouble. But anything worth pursuing is going to involve work, so I'm up for the challenge! I painted this: I hung it up in my house and stared at it for a week or two. I took it down and turned it into this: I felt like it... Read more →


I do a lot of filming these days. It's awesome! I love it. It's also a lot of work. Today I thought I'd share a peek at some of the nuts and bolts of filming Scrapbook Soup. The prep is epic for any kind of how-to taping. Here's a peek at my prep steps for a single segment: Receive assignment. It could be a theme, such as "flowers," or a product, such as "Sakura Koi Brush Markers." Get up to speed. This is the research phase. If it's a product, I need to experiment and play around with it. I... Read more →


Last week I shared a bit about the first day of filming of Scrapbook Soup. Today I wanted to share pics of the rest of the shoot and tomorrow I'll be sharing lots of behind-the-scenes info! On Wednesday, we had four fabulous guests! First up was Joe Rotella: Joe is an ace with technology -- both high tech and low tech. He shared lots of projects. My favorite was a super neat technique for binding a book using a piano hinge technique! The fabulous May Flaum was as hot pink as the set: May and I have filmed videos together... Read more →