Honeys Slim Pickins Challenge | Art Journal Page

Honeys Slim Pickins Challenge | Art Journal Page

I'm a fan of watching creative youtube videos and even more so when they actually inspired you to take action! I've always been a fan of Ali Brown and decided to join in on her challenge #honeysslimpickins as well. My son, Christopher, is 4 years old and home for...
DIY Passport Size Midori Traveler’s Notebook and Inserts

DIY Passport Size Midori Traveler’s Notebook and Inserts

After posting my rainbow paper free printable last week, I had to dive right in and make myself some journaling inserts. I've been seeing many artists using a very small sized journal for quick ideas and notes. Since I'm always running short on time, I figured a...
Make Yourself a Leather Bullet Journal

Make Yourself a Leather Bullet Journal

Today I thought it would be nice to share how I made myself a leather bullet journal to start my year out on the right foot. I've always made myself art journals, since learning how to bind books and since I have access to lot of leather scraps, it seems only natural...
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Hello there! I just wanted to wish you a happy holidays with the design I created above. Also, be safe - there's just been so much going on and we can definitely file 2016 away as a pretty tough year, I think. Finally, I wanted to say have courage and be kind, because...
A Commission Turned Into Collaboration

A Commission Turned Into Collaboration

Every so often, a bit of freelance work turns out to be the seed to an amazing tree of possibility. A few months back, I was contacted by Tanja from Osswald Design to create an illustration for one of her crochet patterns. Actually, I already mentioned on the blog...
Announcing Real Paper Goods in My Etsy Shop!

Announcing Real Paper Goods in My Etsy Shop!

You can tell on the photo that I've been on Etsy since 2009, but never really listed much as I was always "working on it." Hmm... we all know how that goes. From many different trials and experimentations as well as challenges, I've finally got things sorted out and...
Travelling Mail for Snail Mail Lovers

Travelling Mail for Snail Mail Lovers

I recently learned about travelling mail and had to share with all of you! Basically, travelling mail is snail mail that eventually is sent back to you who started it all. The idea is to send something to someone, who then sends it to another, and then to another......
I’m on Patreon!

I’m on Patreon!

Yup, I hit the "Publish" button and launched my Patreon page last week. tortagialla is official on Patreon and now you can support all my creative efforts in one place - small or large! I'm considering it an experiment to help me get into the creative studio more, so...