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I'm back from filming Scrapbook Soup! I'm going to be sharing a bunch of posts related to the show this week. Today, I'm starting with a peek at three of the projects I put together for Scrapbook Soup. First up, a page from my watercolor travel journal: Some simple black and white doodled Project Life cards: And keeping in the black and white theme, a (mostly) black and white layout: The new season will air this Fall. You can watch for free online or on your local PBS channel, or purchase the DVDs. And don't forget that you can always... Read more →


I'm out of town for the week filming the new season of Scrapbook Soup TV. While I'm away, I hope you'll enjoy these posts from the Balzer Designs archives. You can always search the archives for past gems HERE. Enjoy! This post is from November 2, 2012. The linky list at the end of this post is a fresh one for this week! 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... Read more →


I'm out of town for the week filming the new season of Scrapbook Soup TV. While I'm away, I hope you'll enjoy these posts from the Balzer Designs archives. You can always search the archives for past gems HERE. Enjoy! This post is from December 12, 2010. Washi tape and patterned tape are two different things, though people often confuse them. There are two things that are awesomely unique about washi tape: it's re-positionable it's translucent I've had good luck making lots of patterned tape (it's easy enough to paint or doodle on masking tape, medical tape, cloth bookbinding tape,... Read more →


I'm out of town for the week filming the new season of Scrapbook Soup TV. While I'm away, I hope you'll enjoy these posts from the Balzer Designs archives. You can always search the archives for past gems HERE. Enjoy! So, this isn't actually a post. Rather it's a collection of posts all about organization from January 2012! I tried to pick one of the posts, but I couldn't. You need all the posts. I hope you'll take the time to click through and read everything, and let me know what you think! Just because I'm out of town doesn't... Read more →


I'm out of town for the week filming the new season of Scrapbook Soup TV. While I'm away, I hope you'll enjoy these posts from the Balzer Designs archives. You can always search the archives for past gems HERE. Enjoy! This post is from December 12, 2010. Want a quick and easy gift to give? Have I got the tutorial for you! First you've got to do a basic tape transfer. Check out my video below for the how-to: (What do you think? My friend Kim has been bugging me forever to do one-minute technique videos and I finally did... Read more →


I'm out of town for the week filming the new season of Scrapbook Soup TV. While I'm away, I hope you'll enjoy these posts from the Balzer Designs archives. You can always search the archives for past gems HERE. Enjoy! This post is from July 5, 2011. I get asked a lot of questions about crafty blogging. I don't feel like much of an expert, but I thought I'd pass on a few tips that have been helpful to me. I hope they'll be helpful to you! 1. You've got to love blogging. If you don't enjoy blogging -- writing,... 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! On December 20, 2010 I posted my very first Friday "Art Journal Every... Read more →


As the title of today's post suggests, there are a number of things to discuss. This past weekend I went away for a three-day workshop with Tracy Verdugo. She's currently traveling all over teaching her "Paint Mojo" workshop. Every year I try to take at least one weekend-intensive class. In other words, a class that spans multiple days in an intense period of time. This year I was planning to take a five-day class with Jesse Reno. Unfortunately, it was cancelled due to lack of enrollment. Casting about for another class, I had the good fortune to stumble into Tracy's... Read more →


One of the lovely and talented ladies I got to spend time with at Stencil U, was Tami Sanders. She sent me some photos of just a few of her gorgeous projects using Balzer Designs Stencils: looking SHARP-{ie} Using the TCW280 Blazonry stencil to embellish a plastic 12x12 tote. You can see more photos and read about this project HERE. {give thanks| thanksgiving décor – altered book Features the TCW368s Mini Pattern Leaves, which were embossed, cut out and inked to embellish an old book. You can see more photos and read about this project HERE. Moroccan Inspired Canvas Purse... Read more →


You've seen me use a Thermofax machine to make my own screens. But it's a rare and expensive machine. Well, my friend Jenn Mason came up with a brilliant idea that we're sharing in this video all about how to make your own screen using the ScanNCut: Here is the screenprinting process from the video: And here is a photo of all the elements of the project: And a close up of the front and the back of the screen: How cool is that?! No need for an expensive Thermofax machine or messy screen burning solvents! I hope that you'll... Read more →