Thursday, August 28, 2014

Art House Storage

I have been addicted to looking at how others organize and decorate their craft rooms for years and of course I have a Pinterest board just for craft rooms. My art house has been rearranged I don't know how many times, but I think that I finally have all the big stuff where it should be now. I still need to find small storage solutions, but have pretty much gotten my supplies into storage that makes sense. I have different zones for paints, stamps, papers, etc. Here are a few pictures of how I store some things.


This is an old Lazy Susan that I found at a thrift store. I painted it the aqua blue. I keep all my wet adhesives and some paints on it and it sits on my big work table. 


This is a four tier storage system that I got from Harbor Freight on sale for $18!! It holds Ranger Distress Ink pads, distress stains, crackle paints, color sprays and other mediums. It also sits on my big work table.


This is a tool caddy from Pampered Chef and holds tools like scissors, brayers, hand-held cutters, etc. And yes, it sits on my big work table!


These are shelves on the wall over my work table. From left to right: black mesh metal shelf holds buttons, beads, embossing powder, etc.; in the middle is an old Coca-Cola crate that holds washi tape, baker's twine and other bits and bobs.; to the right is a white wicker shelf that hold bottles of buttons, flowers and flat back pearls. 

I have many other storage ideas that I want to utilize, just haven't gotten around to it. Do you have some unique storage solutions? Would love for you to share!!

That's all from me tonight! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Be Who You Are and Say What You Feel

Dr. Seuss books were my favorite as a kid. I mean who doesn't like Green Eggs and Ham?! lol When I saw the digital element with "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those that matter don't mind and those that mind don't matter", I had to add it to this page of my son Dakota.


Some of you know that Dakota is a special needs child in the Autism spectrum. He is really, really smart but he struggles socially sometimes. He also has a speech disability, but he works really hard on his tough words. The older he gets the more outgoing he becomes, but sometimes he feels a little out of place in certain situations. He will be 15 next month and I can't believe how the time has flown!! Seems like yesterday he was a toddler, now he's a freshman in high school!

Tomorrow I will share the other storage that I have in the Art House that I told you about yesterday. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!


Spellbinders Storage

I received many die-cuts from Spellbinders to create projects for Scrap n' Art magazine. I LOVE Spellbinders!! The only problem I had with having so many die-cuts is how do I store so many? When I only had a couple sets, they were much easier to store, but I found that I needed an easier storage solution for how many I now have. I wanted something that would be portable that I could take to crops but not take up too much room. I did some research via Google (of course, lol) and found many solutions, but some were very expensive. Then I ran across a thread where someone suggested magnetic vent covers that you can purchase at Lowe's or Home Depot. I thought that would be perfect!! So I went and bought a few packs of these...


They come in a pack of 3 sheets and each sheet is 8 inches wide by 15 inches long. I cut each sheet in 3 pieces to make them 8x5 inches each, so each pack gives me 9 magnetic sheets for die cut storage! The reason I chose to cut them into the 3 pieces is because this is what I purchased to store them in...

This is a small 3 ring binder that I purchase at Walmart
And the sheet protectors that fit in the notebook hold each of the magnetic sheets.


I also purchased the dividers to separate special edition die-cuts and holiday die-cuts.


I created a label with the name of each die-cut and adhered them to the back of the magnetic sheet they are on.


I really like this system!! I have 4 books so far! They get a little heavy, so I try not to fill them too full.

Next time I will share some other storage solutions that I have come up with in the Art House. Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Inspiration

Where do you get inspiration for creating your art? Sometimes I get inspiration for a project from unlikely places and sometimes things just pop in my head. A lot of times I get inspiration from an object that I see in a store or at a friend's house. For the digital scrapbook page below, I saw a picture on someone's Facebook page of a plaque with the phrase "When life make waves, enjoy the ride". That really stuck with me and I wanted to create something with that phrase.


I used downloads from Martad called Trip to the Seaside. I love all the images in that download and have used them in many other layouts. There are lots of elements to layer together to create the perfect page.
I find inspiration all around me, sometimes it's subtle and sometimes it knocks me on the head! lol
Recently I was at a friend's house and she has an awesome floral design tea cup that I had to take pictures of. I will be creating something based on the colors and flowers in that tea cup for sure! Sometimes I hear a song on the radio and the words inspire an art piece. One song that is in the back of my mind for a canvas piece is "One Flight Down" by Nora Jones. So much inspiration around me, so little time to create it all!! I want to share one last thing that I was inspired to create and that's my signature down at the end of the post. I was inspired by other digital scrapbookers on a website where they share their digital creations and most of them have created an awesome signature! I wanted mine to be fun and colorful :) What do you think? What are some things that you have been inspired by? I would love to see your creations!!

That's all from me today. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Big Blog Nomination Tour

I was nominated as a creative blogger by Monica Lowrance at Happy Scrappn 2. Monica is a fellow design team member at Scrap n' Art magazine and is so talented. Her style is very eclectic and she is not afraid of color! She has served on many design teams and most recently became a designer with Art Anthology. If you did not come here via her blog, please go visit her and check out all her wonderful creations!! 

We are joining up as a chain of fun blog hop tours where so many of us will get to meet new bloggers, get new inspiration and connect with blogs that will open up our creativity. This hop is sure to get your mojo going! 
Here are my 4 questions that need to be answered before I pass along my nominations. I'll give you my answers then lead you to 3 amazing artists you will love visiting!

1. What am I working on?
     I have been so busy working on projects for Scrap n' Art magazine and can only share sneak peeks of my projects, but I have managed to play around on My Digital Studio and created some cute pages of my grandbabies recently. I've also just started an art journal and will share that as I create in it. Here is one of the digital pages I've done lately...



2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
    My style is very eclectic and ever changing. I love color, mostly bright ones. I like many different crafts, from jewelry making, mixed media, floral arranging, scrapbooking/card making and home decor items. I even dabble in sewing :)

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
     I started blogging as a way to share and record my creations. I recently went back and read all my past posts and a flood of memories came back. I think, wow I created that 5 years ago? Seems like last week! lol. It is amazing to look back and see how my artwork has changed, but also how some things have stayed the same.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?
     I usually just write my blog posts like I was sitting down talking with a friend, because, well, I consider you all my friends!! As for my creating process, it really all depends on what I am creating. If I'm making something for the magazine, I start with the products and everything else just falls into place. If I'm creating something for myself or family and friends, I start with colors or themes that suit me or them and branch out from there. I also use Pinterest as a big source of inspiration. What I create very seldom turns out how I had originally envisioned, but I usually like it better when it's finished.

Now it's time for my nominees :)

1. Kristie Taylor at The Scrapinater
    Kristie is the most inspiring artist and the sweetest friend anyone could ask for. We had an instant connection when we met and I always tell her she is my crafty soul sister :) She is the new owner of
Scrap n' Art magazine and serves on the design teams for Art Anthology and Heartfelt Creations. Kristie creates the most amazing scrapbook pages and mixed media projects. She is an awesome teacher and loves to share her knowledge!! Check out all her projects on her blog. You will be blown away by all the little details in her creations :)

2. Gidget Douglas at All About the POP

      Gidget is such a sweet and amazing friend and very talented in a range of crafts. She scrapbooks, makes cards, jewelry and floral projects. She is one of the newest members of  Scrap n' Art magazine and we are so excited to have her join us! Be sure to check out all her awesome projects on her blog and become a follower so you don't miss a post!

3. Kathy Adams at Mixed Up Art

    Kathy is a sweet friend and an amazing mixed media artist. Her creations blow me away! She is not afraid of color and mixing elements together. Kathy is always so inspiring and shares her love of mixed media :) You have to go check out her blog and see what she can do with stencils and ink! Become a follower on her blog and get inspired every time she posts :)

I hope you enjoy visiting everyone's blog and come away with inspiration to create something fabulous! 
That's all from me today. I'll be back tomorrow with another digital project :) Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Lobsta King!!

My son, Dakota loves to eat. He is not usually picky about food, either, lol. One thing he begged me for months to have is lobster. Last year, when we went to Hilton Head for a Special Olympics Tennis Tournament, I surprised him by going to Hudson's Seafood Restaurant and let him order lobster. Although, he said it was a lot of work, he loved it!! The look on his face in this picture is priceless, but so Dakota!! 


I created this page using downloads called Marta Designs-Trip to the Seaside that I found through DigitalCrea. Love all the elements in this collection!! You can also see more of the Marta Designs at http://martadesignss.blogspot.com/
I am absolutely blown away by some of the digital designs lately. The elements look so real!! We have several digital team members for Scrap n' Art magazine and the projects they create are mind blowing!! Be sure to check out this month's articles for all the digital designs. You won't be sorry :)
Yesterday I spent the day with two of my sweet crafty friends, Kristie and Kathy. We met at Kathy's beautiful home and worked on projects and talked and listened to music all day! It was so fun and relaxing! Love those two so much!! Today, I'm just tinkering around on the computer, watching tv, doing a little housework, but mostly just enjoying my Sunday before the work week begins tomorrow :) School starts in two weeks, so we have to do some school shopping this week. I am so not ready to have to get up that early again, but will be happy to get Dakota back on a good schedule.
Well, that's all from me today. Hope you all have a great Sunday!! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!




Friday, August 1, 2014

Sneak Peek: JetPens Tutorial

Hey y'all!!! This month's edition of Scrap n' Art magazine is up and running!! I feel so blessed to be able to "work" with such a talented bunch of artists! I say "work", but it's really not work!! Well, the part about entering everything in the magazine is some work, but so worth it to be able to play with the crafting industry's best products out there! Ok, so enough babbling, on to the sneak peak!!

Click on the picture to take you directly to the
magazine article!!

I received a package from JetPens with the cutest box making template. Go check out my tutorial and then check out all the awesome products that JetPens has to offer! 
I think I am going to go ahead and knock out all my projects for the September issue of the magazine so that I can just sit down and create something for me :) So glad today is Friday, so I can work all weekend on stuff :) I better go for now, so until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!











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