Happy Print Club August 2015 Releases

I can’t believe that we are already winding down from summer 2015! But I think it’s never too late to bring in some tropical design flair and this month the designs released at HappyPrintClub.com are all about flamingos, pineapples and pina coladas. Yup, it’s all very trendy!


I’m exploring a loose and sketchy design style and I think it all fits very well with the subjects I have chosen. Hope you like the printables, let me know what you think! Do you love stationery printables? Check out HappyPrintClub.com!


These past couple of weeks I have been creating a visual moodboard each week to participate in Decor8’s moodboard instagram challenge.



It’s actually been a very relaxing and fun process to go through my collection of magazines. Not only am I finally using my magazines and destashing in a sense (still cleaning out my studio space), it’s also a bit of creative funtime to quickly collage and put pretty things together.



The more I learn about visual inspiration and how it transforms and affects a piece of work, the more I understand and agree that it is essential for the design process. I watched the fabric design course on creativebug and it really clicked for me when listening and seeing how Denyse Schmidt puts a name to her collection and the story she creates to support it. Very cool! BTW, the amazing thing is that you can try creativebug premium free for 14 days… like an ecourse binge watching session even if you don’t plan to continue. But honestly at less than $5 a month, it’s a steal for creatives!


I suppose it is a pinterest board the old fashioned way. Do you create moodboards to start a project off?


Happy Print Club Updates

Months and have flown by and I have failed to remind y’all that two new releases have been posted to Happy Print Club! 

My happy designs for a very happy summer… I’m sure you know someone who deserves to receive some snail mail from you?



I have also posted a freebie so you can try printing at home immediately! It’s a revival of my anatomical heart drawing – cool, yes? Hop on over and check out Happy Print Club!


Experimenting on Periscope

Working from home means I often feel disconnected from the rest of the world… the real world. So of course I think it’s amazing to be able to connect with others in real-time as if I was a social butterfly, chatting it up in a cool coffee shop.

Enter Periscope! It’s the latest social media platform by Twitter allowing you to broadcast live anytime, anywhere. People can tune in and comment live, so it’s a community thing that can’t be contrived since it’s LIVE broadcasting.

I’m really a shy person and have never felt comfortable doing video, even though I love watching videos of others who share their art. But the ease of using Periscope made me dive in, not to mention the buzz!

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I decided to join in on the fun and put myself out there – finally. Although I’m busy caring for my newborn and toddler, I know that my business has been in a slump because I refrain from putting myself out there fully. There are a lot of fears around my hesitations… but for a variety of reasons – RIGHT NOW – I really need to step up. This is a first step in that direction. Join me? My handle is @tortagialla

Are you on Periscope? Would love to follow and chat up!

May 2015 Memory Book Pages

Finally, I’ve managed to gather my photos for May into my memory book. I definitely love the full-size photos, perhaps because it’s also easy and fast! But also a lot of 4×6 photos that I have to put together somehow. Still need to fill in some journaling spots, but happy to have it organized and in my book at this point.

I blogged before about how all these pages in one book is getting pretty chunky. I worry about how I can make it to the end of the year without having to cut too many photos. So I decided to buy bigger binder rings to solve the problem, but now I think they might be a bit too big. Leave it to me to go overboard! The rings are so large that even the punched holes seem too small for smooth page turning… I might have to go back down a size now…


My days are getting busier and although I still love the mix of different pages and sizes of photos, I’m starting to crave the ease of pocket pages in Project Life. If only there was a system for A4 size pages. I know that 12×12 is way too big for me and I will probably never switch to that size. Part of me wants to keep with A4 just to be consistent with all the binders I already have… but maybe 9×12? Hmm… we will see what happens.

For now, I’m going to stick with what I’ve been doing and go with the flow. Still using Studio Calico project life kit supplies. How is your scrapbooking and memory keeping going?