Austria

Austria

Currently vacationing in Austria and even though there have been rainy days, it does make everything so green and lush. Beautiful views all around... I just need to soak up some R&R with...

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Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation

This past month I've been on vacation, visiting family in Southern California and road tripping it, just like my childhood days. It's been really fun and wonderful to be able to show my little boy the sights in Western America. I love passing through the many national...

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A Few Words Can Change Your Perspective

A Few Words Can Change Your Perspective

Last week I started a new mini creative practice. A daily design of a quote or phrase, basically words of wisdom and so far it's been fun and satisfying. I've been posting every day on my instagram. Although I'm not sure where it will take me, it's great to have...

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My Top Video Inspiration Round-Up

My Top Video Inspiration Round-Up

Want a blast of creative inspiration and motivation? When I need a kick in the butt, I turn to my top video playlist to jolt myself back into action. These are must-see videos for all...

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DIY Father’s Day Gift of Love of Time

DIY Father’s Day Gift of Love of Time

When it comes to gift giving, I always struggle with finding the right item. Especially on a holiday like Father's Day, it's ever-so-more difficult to find a thing that is supposed to express the enormity of your love and appreciation. It's really not possible, is it?...

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Fun With Art Journaling Round-Up

Fun With Art Journaling Round-Up

I know that we all like to take a peek into an artist's sketchbook and get that behind-the-scenes look at their art processes. Often what may seem mundane to the artist, might actually be totally weird, cool and inspiring to an observer. With that in mind, I thought...

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You Never Have To Worry About Originality

You Never Have To Worry About Originality

Most creatives, at one point of another, worry about the originality of their work. We all want to be unique and if you've ever thought you had the coolest idea of all time - you probably have also experienced the disappointment of finding that someone else has...

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Scrapbooking Big Photos

Scrapbooking Big Photos

It's no surprise that I'm scrapbooking larger and larger photos, even full page photo pages without a scrap added to it. I still love pretty paper and embellishments, but the focus has definitely shifted for me. I LOVE the photos and that is what I want to showcase...

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Getting Serious With Art Licensing

Getting Serious With Art Licensing

For years I have toyed around with the idea of licensing my artwork. For a variety of different reasons, I resisted taking the plunge and have only toyed around and half gone through the motions... losing leads and allowing connections to wither into the air because I...

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Creative Business 101 Round-Up

Creative Business 101 Round-Up

Looking for some business know-how geared towards creatives like you and me? Here's a round-up of my most helpful creative business 101 posts, sharing lots of actionable steps to life your entrepreneurial spirit and get your work out there. I've learned so much from...

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What Is It That YOU Really Like?

What Is It That YOU Really Like?

After taking Monica's Smart Creative Style course, I've been in this stage of evaluating my own work and trying to reframe and realign, so that I can move forward with intention and clear direction. As I look back, there has definitely been a lot of growth in my...

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An Inspiration Round-Up

An Inspiration Round-Up

Are you feeling a bit creatively drained or empty? Remember that we all need to fill the well with inspiration. Input can help spark up the fire inside of you, so here's a round-up of my favorite inspiration posts on the blog. I hope they motivate you to create,...

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Bookbinding Round-Up

Bookbinding Round-Up

Looking for easy bookbinding tutorials? A bit of artsy crafty motivation? For inspiration and instruction combined, here's a round-up of the most popular bookbinding posts I have shared on the blog. I'm happy to be able to help you learn and get a bit creative with...

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Thank Goodness for Bootcamp!

Thank Goodness for Bootcamp!

As Marie Forleo says, "we must CREATE before we CONSUME," but I'm so glad to have  a community around me to help spur my creativity into action. Sometimes you need to see creation around you to get pushed into doing something. As an introvert, I live in my head a bit...

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Cool Printables and Downloads Round-Up

Cool Printables and Downloads Round-Up

Since combining my various crafty art blogs, I realize that many links have been broken and super old posts need to be updated and cleaned up. After so many years of blogging, the posts really add up and it's no easy task to sift through thousands of posts! I know...

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National Scrapbook Day 2014

National Scrapbook Day 2014

National Scrapbook Day has come and gone. It's a holiday to celebrate memory keeping and get folks to actually scrapbook their memories. I managed to complete a bunch of pages, even if it was in 10 minute intervals, off and on throughout the weekend. It goes to show...

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What Does Your First Tweet Say About You?

What Does Your First Tweet Say About You?

I've been online for quite some time, publishing my first webpage at age 14... but I think my first tweet really defines what I've been working towards in the past few years. It was the day before I quite my corporate job and officially stepped into the unknown world...

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Choose Change

Choose Change

It's difficult to admit that so much time has passed since I was officially given the job title of 'mom.' In the beginning months, it was extremely difficult for me to feel anywhere near 'on top of things,' but we all expect chaos with a newborn in the house. Fast...

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Definitely Work In Progress

Definitely Work In Progress

I've been busy these past months with freelance design work and it seems everything else is up in the air and unfinished on my plate. It's a bit frustrating to always have things in progress... but I suppose I simply need to hustle more. Philosophically, I thought...

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Using Little Leather Embellishments

Using Little Leather Embellishments

Since I've clarified my goals for scrapbooking, I've definitely realized that I want to emphasize the photo more than anything else. When you ask other people who look at your scrapbook what really counts for them... it's usually the photo... then the journaling that...

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Happy Music

Happy Music

Do you have go-to happy music that you turn to when you are blue? The type of songs that immediately make you feel upbeat. Playing a happy track can easily boost my mood and I desperately need help in that arena these days.   I really want to revamp my playlist and...

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Cut-Out Flap For Scrapbook Ephemera

Cut-Out Flap For Scrapbook Ephemera

Lately I've been trying to figure out my memory keeping style. It's really an attempt to be more efficient, with the limited time I have. So far I've realized that I like the precision and clean graphic look of digital, big photos and pretty papers with some real-life...

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Owl Girl Illustration

Owl Girl Illustration

How long can I dwell on this little owl girl? I can't seem to figure out how to finish her off and have been playing a lot with different color experiments. It would be the start of a beautiful series now that I'm getting really comfortable with this style of...

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A Creative Leather Postcard

A Creative Leather Postcard

I'm participating in the Do What You Love postcard swap and decided to use leather in my project, because I have so much at my disposal and always want to make use of it! The theme is CREATE, so I thought it would be great to include a motivational phrase - simple and...

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For the love of paper…

For the love of paper…

There's no doubt that the sight of pretty paper and the touch of textural fibers can light up my eyes and ignite a pitter patter of excitement in my heart. I've always been a collector of cute stationery and over the years I've learned to let go and use said...

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A Home Sweet Home Cuckoo Clock

A Home Sweet Home Cuckoo Clock

I'm taking MATS Assignment Bootcamp and wanted to share a peek into my process from start to finish. It was an exploration of cuckoo clocks and I always enjoy doodling away many variations and ideas. This is probably the easiest part, because I can run away with my...

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Weekend Scrapbooking

Weekend Scrapbooking

Here's my opening scrapbook page for 2014 with my one little word, embrace. I'm really loving the geometric design trend and the idea of the geo heart just came to me while doodling on graph paper one day. I thought I was really clever (for a day or two), but then...

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Never Worry Alone

Never Worry Alone

A little while ago I saw this video from Marie Forleo and the one thing that hit home to me was to never worry alone. A wave of heat rushed through me... whoa. How is it that I have not realized and practiced that before now? When left to my own devices, my mind just...

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Fridays + A Few Sketches

Fridays + A Few Sketches

When Friday rolls around, we usually breath a sigh of relief and look forward to a fun and relaxing weekend. Oddly enough, I no longer feel that same delight nowadays. Weekends mean more work and time to catchup, even though in the end, I never am able to catch up...

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Love That I Can Draw and Eat My Cake, Too!

Love That I Can Draw and Eat My Cake, Too!

I often have no problem diving into sketch mode and drawing to my hearts content. It's fun to invent characters and bring them to life with pen in hand. The trouble is how to finish it all off. That's where I definitely fall short. I can never decide how to color up...

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Live Authentic | Live Proud | Blog On

Live Authentic | Live Proud | Blog On

My first venture into the online digital world was when I was only 14 years old. I think it was a local library class that taught HTML, so I created my very first web page and declared my existence online. Do you remember those flashing marquees and gaudy web colors?...

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Hello February

Hello February

Sigh... sigh... here's a little sketch I've managed to find time for. Yes, January has passed too quickly for me, so I'm giving myself some slack and truly starting 2014 full-force this February. The older I get, the more I have learned to come to terms with the fact...

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Goodbye Southern California, Hello Again Italia.

Goodbye Southern California, Hello Again Italia.

This post has been on my mind too long. We've been back in Italy for over a week now... but I'm still just getting back into the swing of things and wondering how the holidays and new year have passed by so quickly. I must be getting old. Oif. The transition back into...

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Stuck In Sketch Stage Purgatory

Stuck In Sketch Stage Purgatory

These days, it seems as if I'm perpetually stuck in the sketch phase. I suppose it's easy to come up with ideas and sketch away, but the real magic happens when you finalize something into a work of art. I'm definitely missing that sense of accomplishment and...

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WIP – Sketches of Girls

WIP – Sketches of Girls

I usually participate with Art Every Day Month, but this year I really missed the boat. Although I couldn't keep up with posting daily by any means, I thought that at the least I could post on this last day of the month with what I have accomplished. Focus on the...

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Italian Life Update + Thank You

Italian Life Update + Thank You

Wowsers! My lack of blogging probably speaks for itself and I wonder how obvious it might be to others when they see my disheveled appearance. Motherhood is obviously kicking me in the butt and thoroughly turning my life upside down. I'm so amazed at how others like...

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Ho, hum… starting over… again?!

Ho, hum… starting over… again?!

My world has been sort of rocked by the Smart Creative Style e-course with Monica Lee. Despite the fact that I've fallen behind more than once (juggling work, motherhood and everything else) - I've still come to realization that I'm all over the place and need a...

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All together now… lots of posts…

All together now… lots of posts…

I've finally decided to combine all my blogs into one. Yes,  you might be wondering why I didn't do this sooner! I've always wanted to compartmentalize things in my life, it seems more organized. But with less time, working and being a new mom, it's just too much to...

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Let’s Go Camping Baby Apparel Designs

Let’s Go Camping Baby Apparel Designs

I suppose this week, I've connected more than ever with Lilla's lesson for Make Art That Sells. Perhaps it's because it's all about baby apparel and I happen to have a 7 month old boy in the house. My life is filled with baby things, after all. Of course, my designs...

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Gentlemen Mustaches

Gentlemen Mustaches

Inspired by the latest Illustration Friday topic - moustache - I found some time in the wee hours of the morning to rework my gentlemen mustaches designs. I know that it's a trend that's been here for a while, but here's my interpretation with silly little...

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Why You Should Keep Sketchbooks and Journals

Why You Should Keep Sketchbooks and Journals

For those gloomy days when everything seems to go wrong for you... For those days when it seems as if you'll never ever come up with another good idea... For those days when you doubt yourself in so many ways... Today was one of those days. So I turn to my sketchbooks...

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Never Give Up, Never Surrender

Never Give Up, Never Surrender

I’ve been working on my creative dreams for years now and although I’ve conquered many fears and achieved much success, there’s still a long road ahead of me. When embarking on something new the initial excitement and rush of adrenaline propels me forward. But I often...

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Month In The Life Snapshot

Month In The Life Snapshot

For September, I've been paying more attention about taking daily photos since the generous Sam Osborne offered to feature me in her "month in the life of an artist series." The idea is to show a snapshot of what a month looks like for a creative artist like myself....

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Scrapping Digitally

Scrapping Digitally

I've been spending all my time with the little boy and experimenting with a different type of scrapbooking lately... sort of Project Life style, but not really. It's most digital collaging of photos with quick notes here and there. I'm trying to figure out what I can...

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Peek Into My Sketchbook and Creative Adventures…

Peek Into My Sketchbook and Creative Adventures…

Here's a little peek into my sketchbook and creative adventures in general. It hasn't been easy making time for me, myself and I... but it's worth the effort. Creating can revive you, inside and out. I've also recently made myself a new journal to doodle in. Of...

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On Blogging and Your Suggestions

On Blogging and Your Suggestions

It seems only yesterday that I was pregnant and wondering how my life would be changed with a baby in the house. Then little Christopher came into our lives and I pretty much thought of nothing else. Flash forward and here we are in September 2013. Here in Europe,...

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Make Yourself A Blurb Photobook

Make Yourself A Blurb Photobook

I've always been a fan of Blurb and have made many photobooks throughout the years printed by them. I've loved the results and it's really a great way to get lots of photos printed and ready for friends and family to enjoy. Currently there's a deal with Blurb with the...

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It’s a Scrap Life Crisis!

It’s a Scrap Life Crisis!

Oh, sigh! I don't mean to complain... just wanted to share my thoughts... so here goes... With my limited free time as a new mom, still learning the ropes... I've found that my scrapbooking has really taken a back seat. It's especially frustrating because there's so...

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It’s A Doggy Dog World…

It’s A Doggy Dog World…

I'm realizing that I've never posted my own entry to The Global Talent Search by Lilla Rogers... so here it is finally - it's a doggy dog world journal cover by yours truly. It's totally inspired by my westie dog, Vash. It's not easily to illustrate a white furbaby,...

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I’m Taking Smart Creative Style

I’m Taking Smart Creative Style

I had to blog about this as registration is now open... The lovely Monica Lee from Smart Creative Women is running a brand new class called Smart Creative Style and I'm taking it - yippee! I'm definitely pumped up about it - so ready to dive into the discovery of my...

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The August Break 2013 Day 1

The August Break 2013 Day 1

Participating in The August Break, 2013 - because traditionally in Italy August is the month of vacation. Companies close and Italians take it easy for the month before school starts, etc etc. I'll be sharing a photo each day on this blog, on my Flickr and Instagram....

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The new Gmail helps you prioritize

The new Gmail helps you prioritize

If you are a Gmail user have you enabled the new  tabs feature? There's a lot of talk over the changes and it's going to invariably affect marketing for all creative businesses. There's good and bad, but generally I really like the new Gmail as a long-time user....

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Do you need to revisit your plans?

Do you need to revisit your plans?

It's good measure to revisit your plans on a regular basis, so that you can adjust to the changing times and take into account what is working or not working. With the life change of being a new mom these past months, I've definitely had to revisit my own creative...

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Playing Scrapbook Catchup

Playing Scrapbook Catchup

Happy Friday to everyone! Somehow I feel relieved whenever the weekend rolls around, even though it's not necessarily a huge change since I work from home and take care of our little boy every single day, anyway. Funny... it must be a mental thing. My day started...

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Peek Into My Sketchbook and Italian Life on Instagram

Peek Into My Sketchbook and Italian Life on Instagram

If you are on Instagram I wanted to invite you to follow me there as I'm posting peeks into my sketchbook much more frequently there. It's actually a nice way to motivate myself... so I can be sure to make time for creativity. With the baby, there are days where I...

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I’m A Work In Progress… Are You?

I’m A Work In Progress… Are You?

Lately I've been thinking a lot about the future and where I'm headed. I'm grateful for all that I have - an amazing, supportive and loving husband - a healthy, happy newborn baby -  wonderful family and friends all around me. All that while living in Tuscany, Italy....

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Keep it Simple and Customize What You Have

Keep it Simple and Customize What You Have

I've been busy with the little boy and haven't gotten around to much scrapbooking these days, at least in terms of finishing anything. I have a load of photos printed and ideas in mind, just have to get to them eventually. I think more sleep will have to be sacrificed...

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Time to let it go…

Time to let it go…

I'm typing this week's take action task just minutes before the church clock tower strikes midnight - in the nick of time. It's a reminder to myself that my time is precious and limited. With so many priorities having shifted for me lately, it's time to let go of the...

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Make Your Fate

Make Your Fate

This past week in Lilla Rogers Studio School we tackled the market of wall art. It's a huge, vast and so-open with possibilities market that fills me up with a lot of hope. I was excited and surprised to learn some of the expectations as well as the trends and what...

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Paper Trail Show at Monkeyhouse

Paper Trail Show at Monkeyhouse

Are you in the Los Angeles area this weekend? My Girls Rock! illustration will be on display at the Paper Trail Show, June 29th at Monkeyhouse (2874 Rowena Ave., LA, CA 90039) - please show your support and check it out. I love all the artsy goodness and cuteness that...

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Remember Self-Care Because Mama Knows Best

Remember Self-Care Because Mama Knows Best

The Declaration of You will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, with readers getting all the permission they've craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do! This post...

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The Snail and The Rose Tree Illustration

The Snail and The Rose Tree Illustration

For the third week of Make Art That Sells with Lilla Rogers, I created a mock children's book cover illustration for The Snail and The Rose Tree. It turned out quite vintage looking to me... but I ran out of time, so it's not very detailed at all. There are so many...

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Inspirational Note to My Artist Self

Inspirational Note to My Artist Self

I know that sometimes it can be such a challenge. Even if your brain is racing with possibility and your hands are itching to create... You might be a bit too tired... Or perhaps so darn sleepy from last night... Or maybe something has gone wrong and you are feeling...

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Scrap Slam Smash and The Magic of Paper and Glue

Scrap Slam Smash and The Magic of Paper and Glue

Woohoo! Despite the crazy hot weather, I've been able to buckle down and get all the issues of Pensieri digitized - in the shop for instant download. I know that you deserve some crafty fun time now that summer is coming along... so let's learn something new and...

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Tidy Things Up and Catch Up!

Tidy Things Up and Catch Up!

Last week I skipped my weekly take action task as there were some family events that took over my time. So today I'm playing catch up on a variety of items. First off, I need to tidy things up in my new studio space... As you can see, my space is doubling as drying...

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