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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Just Draw It – Pensieri Issue 7 is Digital!

Just Draw It – Pensieri Issue 7 is Digital!

The most popular issue of Pensieri is by far issue 7, Just Draw It! It's about doodling fun and letting go of the fear of drawing. I go through the basics with lots of examples and fun exercises. Read about my philosophy of drawing fearlessly - 31 pages of creative...

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Concentrate on the art, not the repeat

Concentrate on the art, not the repeat

Today I listened to an interview posted on the Pattern Observer blog, where Jane Lewis, Art Director of P&B Textiles, talked about the fabric design and pattern industry world. A major take-away for me was another reminder to concentrate on the art rather than the...

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Make Art That Sells with Lilla Rogers

Make Art That Sells with Lilla Rogers

I'm happy to report that I "made it" through week 1 of Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells class. It's been quite intense with at least one post every weekday, mini exercises and an assignment to complete by the end of the week. I'm filled with inspiration, motiviation...

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Pocket Scrapbooking Style

Pocket Scrapbooking Style

If you have heard of Project Life (PL), I'm sure you've noticed how popular the pocket scrapbooking style has become these days. I think many of us have used pockets at some point or another in our albums... but PL takes it to another level. I've already mentioned...

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Regular Website Maintenance

Regular Website Maintenance

This week my take action task is to perform some maintenance on my websites. I started by revamping LindaTieu.com - how do you like it? The idea was to go simple and let my art shine through. Although I still have a lot of room to grow, it's also been enlightening to...

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Butterflies Surface Pattern Design

Butterflies Surface Pattern Design

Just wanted to quickly share a butterflies repeat design I created. I really like the soft colors, although still playing around with how it all repeats. I entered this into a competition but didn't get picked, shucks! I'm realizing that it's important to know how...

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Peek Into My Sketchbook

Peek Into My Sketchbook

Working on cute girls - what a surprise for me, eh? I realize that calling them "big hair girls" is not the most creative... but my first thought of "hairy girls" is decidedly worse. LOL. I crack myself up like that all the time, because I am that much of a nerd. Sigh...

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Pensieri Issue 04 – Carve and Stamp Digital Download

Pensieri Issue 04 – Carve and Stamp Digital Download

Carve and Stamp is issue 4 of Pensieri, my artsy crafty zine. Previously handmade, now it's digital for all to enjoy as an immediate download. This issue is all about the art of carving your own stamps - 35 pages of details and full color photos going through the...

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Time -2- Smile Scrapbook Layout

Time -2- Smile Scrapbook Layout

A quick photoshoot for my little boy's passport photo turned into the cutest snapshots ever. So I had to scrapbook at least one of them along with the ephemera from his passport arriving in the mail. This layout is a mix of items, from the envelopes to brochures...

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Big Little Boy and Dad Scrapbook Layouts

Big Little Boy and Dad Scrapbook Layouts

I created these two layouts to document a bit of us with our little baby. Turns out I've been a bit crazy taking photos of the little one, but there's rarely anyone else with him in the photos - oops! So I'm trying to turn the camera around and document us together....

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Do you have your Google alerts set up?

Do you have your Google alerts set up?

This week I would like to share a friendly reminder regarding keeping on top of your publicity and mentions on the web. It's my marketing take action task for this week, inspired by Leslie Saeta's 30 day marketing challenge post here. Google alerts sends you updates...

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Our Baby Ephemera Scrapbook Page and Pocket

Our Baby Ephemera Scrapbook Page and Pocket

Yes, most all of my pages these days are of our little boy. As a new mom, I suppose there's not much else that I want to scrap at the moment... at least, not until I get the bulk of his photos completed! Of course, I feel like every picture should be scrapped, even if...

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Peek Into My Sketchbook

Peek Into My Sketchbook

Doodling away variations of girls. A head here and a head there...brewing in my head! I think it's going to end up being a cute little...

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Your Birth Story Scrapbook Page

Your Birth Story Scrapbook Page

It took me a while to actually sit down and write the journaling for these photos. Of course I wanted to scrapbook the joyous day that my little boy was born, but it was a difficult labor and I wasn't quite sure how to put it, so to speak. How do I want to remember...

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Pensieri Issue 2 – Pockets Galore! Digital Download

Pensieri Issue 2 – Pockets Galore! Digital Download

Want to learn how to incorporate paper pockets into you art journaling, scrapbooking and crafty projects? Well, issue 2 of Pensieri is all about pockets! Dive into 28 pages of ideas with details and full color photos, plus 6 templates for creating some of the custom...

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Love At First Sight Scrapbook Page

Love At First Sight Scrapbook Page

I had to preserve the little announcement postcard for our son's birth, even though I didn't end up sending them out. I wonder if nearly 3 months afterwards it's way too late? I had these grand ideas to include it with thank you gift favors... but haven't gotten...

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Submit Your Work!

Submit Your Work!

This week I'm concentrating on a particular type of take action tasks - submitting work! Although we would love for people to simply notice our artwork and present us with a fabulous deal, it's much more realistic to take the route of presenting...

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Peek Into My Sketchbook

Peek Into My Sketchbook

The week has flown by and I haven't had much time to stop and journal or sketch. It's a frustrating experience for me and more than a few times I have lamented my situation. It's a silly situation, because there's the miracle of having your baby and spending time with...

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Choose Happy Scrapbook Layout – A Summer Bucket List

Choose Happy Scrapbook Layout – A Summer Bucket List

Inspired by a challenge from the Big Picture Classes Creative Crop over iNSD weekend, I created this summer bucket list layout. The idea is to create a list of things you want to do this summer so you can put it up as a reminder. Then at the end of the season you can...

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Dear Creativity

Dear Creativity

Dear Creativity, Oh how much I do love you, dearest. You've always been there for me, after all these years. Even if you might have been hidden in the beginning - or maybe it was me, not paying enough attention to you? On a bad day you manage to help me make it a good...

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Evening Primrose Surface Pattern Design

Evening Primrose Surface Pattern Design

Going onto letter E for my series of flower practice patterns - evening primrose. Using a dark background to create nice contrast... pretty cool looking I think! I'm still amazed at how a slight color variation can change the whole look and feel of a piece. I suppose...

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Leverage Your Backlist of Work

Leverage Your Backlist of Work

I learned about the concept of a "backlist" from Seth Godin - it's what publishers call the work from a while ago that is still out there selling. Well, I wanted to apply the idea for my personal situation. I often forget about all that I've done, constantly searching...

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Pensieri is Digital! Download your copy immediately…

Pensieri is Digital! Download your copy immediately…

At long last, Pensieri, my art zine is now available  in PDF digital format. That means you can save on the price and download it immediately! I'm going to be digitizing all issues available in my Etsy shop. The first issue of my zine is extra special because there...

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Peek Into My Sketchbook

Peek Into My Sketchbook

Got a chance to do some digital coloring, using my sporty birdie sketch. I like how the digital coloring turned out... seems sort of natural and soft to me. I like it... but then again I'm not sure if it's "done." I've been held up in my birdie series project because...

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Back to Basic Scrapbooking

Back to Basic Scrapbooking

This past weekend of iNSD really helped me to get back to scrapbooking and I'm starting the week with a HUGE memory keeping smile! It's easy to say that I have no time these days especially, because it's a big job to take care of a newborn. I'm constantly feeling a...

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Happy interNational Scrapbook Day & Weekend!

Happy interNational Scrapbook Day & Weekend!

This weekend in May is pretty much a scrapbooker's extravaganza! In celebration of interNational Scrapbook Day, most folks usually take the whole weekend to relish in this beautiful hobby of memory keeping. There are festivities in stores and online, crops, challenges...

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Success Has Little To Do With Talent

Success Has Little To Do With Talent

What?! The cold hard truth sounds pretty harsh, right? I know that your first reaction might be to disagree with me. Of course talent and merit matters, doesn't it? Well, it might matter but it is NOT the secret to success. I'm positive you know people who are...

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Daffodil Surface Pattern Design

Daffodil Surface Pattern Design

A quick little practice for the letter D - the daffodil flower. This pattern turned out vintage looking to me. I think it's the colors that create that effect, sort of muddy... does it look that way to...

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Pixel and Paper Series – Lisa Truesdell

Pixel and Paper Series – Lisa Truesdell

The Pixel and Paper Series highlights digital techniques and products for scrapbookers like you and me. I believe that everyone should consider digital elements to be a part of their scrapbooking toolbox, so let's learn together what the possibilities are. Each week,...

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Streamline Your Creative Process

Streamline Your Creative Process

Last week there was a national holiday here in Italy. We took advantage and made it an extra long weekend since we actually had to take the little one into town for paperwork at the American consulate - first train trip with the baby! Despite a few sessions of...

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Pixel and Paper Series – Kelly Purkey

Pixel and Paper Series – Kelly Purkey

The Pixel and Paper Series highlights digital techniques and products for scrapbookers like you and me. I believe that everyone should consider digital elements to be a part of their scrapbooking toolbox, so let's learn together what the possibilities are. Each week,...

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Peek Into My Sketchbook

Peek Into My Sketchbook

Spending time getting organized and less time in my journal. But did play a little. Just randomly drawing with a big fat Sharpie marker... Then I decided to add color very loosely. What have you been up...

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Pixel and Paper Series – Steph from the Daily Digi

Pixel and Paper Series – Steph from the Daily Digi

The Pixel and Paper Series highlights digital techniques and products for scrapbookers like you and me. I believe that everyone should consider digital elements to be a part of their scrapbooking toolbox, so let's learn together what the possibilities are. Each week,...

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Take a Digital Break and Go Offline

Take a Digital Break and Go Offline

Being a tech nerd of this generation, I find myself plugged in and online seemingly 24/7. From computers to smart phones to tablets, we can be connected whenever wherever  I think it's totally cool and amazing, but sometimes even I feel the overwhelm and glossy eyed...

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Camellia Surface Pattern Design

Camellia Surface Pattern Design

Continuing with my practice of using flowers - for the letter c, I present you with the camellia. I'm trying to be looser and less graphic designy. It's funny how working digitally we can be very exact, yet often we try to accomplish the opposite to make it look more...

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Peek Into My Sketchbook

Peek Into My Sketchbook

I was put into place this week as I started to lament not having time to do this or that... then the news flash came on about the Boston Marathon bombings. Yeah, we all have our own problems and challenges, but it's never helpful to wallow. Chin up and move on....

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Aster Surface Pattern Design

Aster Surface Pattern Design

I've decided to work through the alphabet and design patterns for each flower name. It's nice to have some sort of guideline for my surface pattern design practice. I'm also trying to choose a specific color palette to begin with... rather than randomly choosing...

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Just One Little Thing At A Time

Just One Little Thing At A Time

This week my take action task is to focus on a single little task. We all know the pitfalls of trying to multitask. It usually results in a lot of things started, but none completed fully. There's a lot of wasted time switching from one thing to another. It makes my...

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Pixel and Paper Series – Monica Bradford

Pixel and Paper Series – Monica Bradford

The Pixel and Paper Series highlights digital techniques and products for scrapbookers like you and me. I believe that everyone should consider digital elements to be a part of their scrapbooking toolbox, so let's learn together what the possibilities are. Each week,...

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Blossoms Surface Pattern Design

Blossoms Surface Pattern Design

Been thinking about how a slight change in color can really dramatically change the style and mood of artwork. I definitely have a lot to learn about color in general. I feel it's my weak point, because I'm never sure what colors to use and sort of play around a...

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Peek Into My Sketchbook

Peek Into My Sketchbook

Random musings in my sketchbook these days. I haven't been able to spend much time playing around with all my baby duties in full swing. Just a few minutes - literally  - here and there. Lots of collaging and collecting of bits and pieces. Sometimes it's a creatively...

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Wild Brush Surface Pattern Design

Wild Brush Surface Pattern Design

Putting previous elements together, I created this wild brush design. I like the combination of brown and teal, although I would like to play around still with the colors. It's amazing how much changes when you tweak the colors. These days, I've been trying to think...

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Don’t Wait Until You Are Ready

Don’t Wait Until You Are Ready

I don't think we can ever be completely ready for anything in life. My pregnancy and now motherhood experience has really tested me on that point. I think it's the same when it comes to the roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship. You can never be completely ready, so...

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Cardmakers! CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge

Cardmakers! CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge

From April to June, BackToPaper is one of the digistamp sponsors for the CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge. The idea is to create cards with the first image and progressively get more freebies as you enter your card creations - up to four images/sets of digistamps...

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Wild Stems Surface Pattern Design

Wild Stems Surface Pattern Design

A quick pattern to get myself back into the groove... wild stems, even if it's not in a realistic color palette! I'm learning that I have thing for girly colors, if you can call it...

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Are You Prepared for Digital Disaster? Backup!

Are You Prepared for Digital Disaster? Backup!

This week I'm concentrating on digital disaster - that is, preventing a real disaster to my business and work. It's actually a pretty simple action task - backup! Do you have a backup routine or system already setup? Onsite and offsite? If your hard drives blew up or...

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Pixel and Paper Series – Christine Newman aka Listgirl

Pixel and Paper Series – Christine Newman aka Listgirl

The Pixel and Paper Series highlights digital techniques and products for scrapbookers like you and me. I believe that everyone should consider digital elements to be a part of their scrapbooking toolbox, so let's learn together what the possibilities are. Each week,...

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Funny Boy Scrapbook Page Layout

Funny Boy Scrapbook Page Layout

My DSLR is not always so handy around the house, so everyday life is often captured through fuzzy phone photos. I decided to compile a bunch of them together which downplays the lower resolution of the photos, creating a nice collage. A traditional scrapbook page...

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Lilla Rogers Studio School – I’m Ready!

Lilla Rogers Studio School – I’m Ready!

Even with so much going on in my life now, I previously blogged about enrolling in Lilla Rogers Studio School - a course called Make Art That Sells - as an investment in my own dreams and ambitions. I had been anxiously waiting for the registration to open and can't...

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Given the Permission…

Given the Permission…

Do you ever stop and wonder why it is you need permission to go ahead and embark on a particular ambition of goal? What permission, why permission and from who? It's amazing how oftentimes we are the ones holding ourselves back. Maybe it's fear - resistance of some...

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Mailing List Forms Check-Up

Mailing List Forms Check-Up

This week I decided to brush up my website mailing list. This is all in my effort to take action in my creative business and lifestyle. It can be a small task, but it's something concrete. First of all, I hope you have a mailing list set up for your creative business....

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Blurb Designer Photo Book Review

Blurb Designer Photo Book Review

Recently I had the opportunity to create a Blurb Designer Photo Book as an early bird trial, so wanted to share the results with all of you. For all scrapbookers out there, photo books are a great way to compile your memories together quickly for sharing with friends...

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My Sketchbooks and Journals

My Sketchbooks and Journals

While Spring cleaning here and there, I thought it would be nice to share a peek into my collection of sketchbooks and journals. I've actually collected a lot of old work and scraps and bound them together into a journal as well. I often doodle on loose sheets, so my...

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The Smallest Things Take Up The Most Space In My Heart

The Smallest Things Take Up The Most Space In My Heart

Sometimes I want to scrap a photo and don't have much to journal... it's just a feeling, you know? That's why this design - the smallest things take up the most space  in my heart - sort of says it all. It's probably easy to gush about my kids, but it's not always...

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Use fear to your advantage

Use fear to your advantage

I've been thinking about fear and how sometimes it seems as if we fear... fear itself. Fear is automatically considered a negative feeling and we are constantly trying to not be fearful, to overcome it, to conquer it. No matter how much we try, it's impossible to...

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Victorian Silhouette Surface Pattern Design

Victorian Silhouette Surface Pattern Design

  I'm a huge fan of victorian novels and movies - read and seen it all by Jane Austen! I decided to participate in the next Spoonflower weekly contest themed around Jane Austen with this victorian silhouette design. Simple, but totally flourish and in the style of the...

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Bunny Bunny Surface Pattern Design

Bunny Bunny Surface Pattern Design

A bit of Easter bunny pattern practice today. Just wanted to play around with a bunny doodle I created... turned out to be really pastel and light... could this be a table...

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Spring Cleaning Your Email Inbox

Spring Cleaning Your Email Inbox

Today we have access to all kinds of information with just a click of the mouse. I often think that the Internet has become the new TV for many of us... because it's easy to tune out and keep surfing mindlessly. Somehow, we think the research and intake of information...

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Pixel and Paper Series – Ali Edwards

Pixel and Paper Series – Ali Edwards

The Pixel and Paper Series highlights digital techniques and products for scrapbookers like you and me. I believe that everyone should consider digital elements to be a part of their scrapbooking toolbox, so let's learn together what the possibilities are. Each week,...

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Peek Into My Sketchbook

Peek Into My Sketchbook

Recently I made myself a new journal, simple longstitch binding and opted for a larger size - A4 full page - which is more challenging for me to "fill up." I used mixed media paper from Canson, so hopefully that will allow me to play with whatever medium I choose, day...

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