Print On Demand With Society6

Print On Demand With Society6

You might already know that I have a Society6 shop, an online print on demand service that many artists use to promote and sell their designs. All I have to do is create the artwork and upload to Society6 to offer the design for sale on a variety of products. This...

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How to Move Past a Disappointing Business Situation

How to Move Past a Disappointing Business Situation

I believe that we all have great ideas and it's exciting when passion for the idea drives us to take action and put ourselves out there. We all know it's scary, but creatives do this kind of thing every single day. Unfortunately, not every launch or effort is accepted...

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Photos on Instagram

Photos on Instagram

Did you know that I'm posting on Instagram pretty regularly these days? I suppose it's an easy way to share, almost like microblogging that is totally visual. I'm finding it super inspiring and a fun way to share given all the challenges and hashtags to explore. Here...

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March 2015 Memory Book Pages

March 2015 Memory Book Pages

Another month has flown by and that means another set of pages in my memory book done! I'm still loving this new method that is sort of Project Life, sort of planner, sort of minibook combined for my scrapbooking. Just a huge mix to accomodate whatever I have for the...

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Artwork Copyrights Demystified

Artwork Copyrights Demystified

At some point in every artist's journey, you start wondering about protecting your artwork from copycats and dive into the world of copyrights. Unfortunately, it's a huge black hole of a topic with lots of misconceptions and confusion. Not to mention the laws are...

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Updates From My Creative Studio

Updates From My Creative Studio

My studio is buried under paper at the moment as I've been running print tests galore! I'm sure you can guess that my big project has something to do with stationery, huh? Lots of printing, cutting, testing, redesigning, adjusting, more printing, cutting... whew! It's...

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How to Get Started in Art Licensing

How to Get Started in Art Licensing

Have you been wondering if art licensing might be a great addition to your streams of income as a creative? I think it's easy to assume a lot of things when you see people's artwork on actual products in a store. You might think you need major connections to get that...

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Exploring Shapes in Black and White

Exploring Shapes in Black and White

Lately I've been trying to get back to the basics and spending my creative playtime exploring basic shapes and simple patterns... all in black and white. Putting black pen to paper is my go-to creative habit and that's how all my ideas blossom. I realize that there is...

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How to Stay Creatively Motivated and Productive

How to Stay Creatively Motivated and Productive

Are you feeling drained or stuck in your creative endeavors? If creativity is part of your job - as it is for me - it's supremely important to keep the fire burning. The key is to figure out what drives your motivation and thus productivity on a day-to-day basis. It's...

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Updates From My Creative Studio

Updates From My Creative Studio

Lately I've been super busy and creatively buzzing because of all the projects I have going on. It's sort of exhausting, scary and amazingly wonderful at the same time. Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions. I've actually been tidying up my space as we've changed...

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February 2015 Memory Book Pages

February 2015 Memory Book Pages

Finished up the second month of scrapbooking in my memory book and still loving the freedom to include whatever I want. I have full pages, half pages, pockets, calendar journaling and randomness all together. I subscribe to Studio Calico's monthly PL kit, so all the...

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Tips For Boosting Your Creative Blog Traffic

Tips For Boosting Your Creative Blog Traffic

So you have a lovely little creative blog, but you aren't getting that much traffic? What's missing you wonder. Where are your readers hiding, right? Oftentimes, just a little bit of effort can result in a huge boost to your readership. Here are some tips on how to...

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From Sketch to Print

From Sketch to Print

I've been working on many different projects this past month and feel a bit all over the place to be honest. When there's too much going on, I often turn to my sketchbook and sort of go back to kindergarten. The idea is to draw and color loosely. It's a way to let go...

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Podcasts to Listen to While You Create

Podcasts to Listen to While You Create

When working on a project, I like to multi-task by listening to my favorite podcasts. It's like having a group of friends around, chatting away while you create. There are so many great podcasts out there, yet I'm always discovering new shows to add to my list. I'm...

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What I’ve Learned from an Unintended Blog Hiatus

What I’ve Learned from an Unintended Blog Hiatus

At the end of this month my son will be turning 2 years old. Wow. Talk about time flying by. Motherhood sort of swept me off my feet in many ways. The amazing miracle of it all and the joys of seeing your little one grow, smile and melt your heart every single day....

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Smart Creative Style

Smart Creative Style

My friend Monica Lee is running her Smart Creative Style ecourse in March and I've mentioned before how amazing the entire process is! It's really about deeply connecting with you and your own unique style to make sense of it all! I've gone through the course several...

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Last Minute Valentine Printables

Last Minute Valentine Printables

I thought it would be nice to round-up some of the freebies I have posted in the past that can be used for valentines. If you are running late and need to whip up a card for a loved up, check out my printables below. Would love to see what you create! Enjoy! Love You...

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Confessions of a Creative Mom

Confessions of a Creative Mom

One of the most stifling feelings I have ever felt is the thought that the raising of my kid is standing between me and my creative dreams. It’s a scary and horrible thought, because both things are extremely important to me. So how can you put one over the other?...

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January 2015 Memory Book Pages

January 2015 Memory Book Pages

This year I decided to tackle my memory keeping in a planner format and at first, I wasn't sure how it would all work out. I created my own leather bound book and then I was totally inspired by Stephanie Bryan's project life mini books and decided to follow in her...

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Letting Your Creativity Flow

Letting Your Creativity Flow

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The...

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Handmade Leather Planner Journal Memory Keeper Book

Handmade Leather Planner Journal Memory Keeper Book

Is that a long enough title for you? Well, it's warranted because the point is to consolidate and make one thing serve multiple purposes. When we have limited time, we have to optimize, right? Planners seem to be the trendy hot thing these days and there are many...

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Scrapbook Revamp

Scrapbook Revamp

You might have noticed a while back, I consolidated my scrapbook blog BackToPaper into this one. It's all about simplification these days. However, I've been dormant online, busy with mommy duties and just now trying to revamp in 2015. You can tell I have grand plans...

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We Are All Ready Enough

We Are All Ready Enough

Happy 2015! I had the unfortunate experience of coming down with a high fever on New Years Eve... shucks! All my celebratory plans were ruined, although I did hear the happy hubbub while resting in bed. Despite the rough start, I'm determined to make 2015 an amazing...

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Artists Around The World Blog Hop

Artists Around The World Blog Hop

Recently, the lovely Kate Leonard (amazing artist!) asked if I would like to be a part of a blog hop she participated in and I immediately said yes. It's the perfect opportunity for me to jump back into blogging! What I'm Working On... At the moment, I'm basically in...

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Blog Your Way To  A New Lifestyle

Blog Your Way To A New Lifestyle

Hello blog friends! I hope you've had a happy holiday season. I've been allowing myself to take it easy for many months now, with no blog schedule, business or social media planning. It's been quiet around here because I've been thinking a lot about what I want for...

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Style

Style

I've been doing a lot of personally thinking and feeling a bit uncomfortable through the process of rediscovering myself. It's almost like the teenage years, when your body changes and the way you think changes... and it happens again post-kids, right? Eeek! I've been...

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A Summer Review

A Summer Review

No surprise that the summer has passed by so quickly for me. What about you? I spent half of summer in the USA with family and the other half, split up with the beginning trying to prepare for the big trip with my baby/toddler son and the other part trying to...

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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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