A few of my favorite projects...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bookshelf Makeover... WITH BOOKS!

Remember this one time I had a blog? Yeah, no one else does, either. But I had to come and post this little redo so I could give a shout-out to Kelly of View Along the Way for her awesome post Save the books: how to style a bookshelf for actual book storage. We moved to a new (to us) house this past summer, which necessitated re-homing of our furniture. We had this giant white bookcase/entertainment center in our basement of the old house, where all our hundreds of books were just shoved in there any which way because grown-ups didn't really hang out down there so... who cares?

But now the entertainment center resides in our main living area. My awesome husband was kind enough to unpack all the books and put them back up pretty much how they had been in the old house:

Not so pretty. But I didn't know how to tackle it so that we could fit all these books and hopefully some of my homeless tchotchkes, so it sat like that for a couple of months until I saw Kelly's blog post. Then I heard angels sing and a light shone down on my iPad and I felt totally inspired. Yay! 

Her basic strategy is to:
1. Take everything off the bookcase.
Can you tell I was also clearing off my DVR?

2. Arrange books by color
This is when I started to panic I'd never get them all back on...

3. Put small groups on books on the shelves, alternating standing and lying down books, and keeping things balanced as you go.

4. Leave gaps you can fill with tchotchkes.

I  followed her strategy to the letter, except that I did keep series together. I just couldn't go that far.  But it's BEAUTIFUL. I'm so happy with how it turned out, I sat on the couch in front of it all that evening just basking in the glow of something actually done and put together in this hodge-podge fixer-upper house.

Most of the picture books and kids' books are down in the cabinets, which is perfect because a) the kids can reach them and b) they're not as pretty.

I'm sure I'll still rearrange all the tchotchkes as I get this house put together, but I'm so happy with how it turned out. Thank you so much, Kelly, for your helpful blog post!

Monday, November 4, 2013

If you're in Utah...

If you're a local Utah person, you need to check out The Wonderland Boutique!  A few of my sisters and I are putting on a huge boutique this weekend in Alpine (in the former location of the Peppermint Place candy store).  We have about 30 vendors selling unique handmade items and art.  I'll be selling my laser cut wood snowflakes, watercolor prints, and custom peg dolls.  We've even got the Waffle Love truck coming on Saturday from 10-2, and that is some serious deliciousness.

Over on our blog we have a TON of fun giveaways going on, including a set of 5 of my very own snowflake ornaments!  (The winner will be able to choose their 5 at the boutique.)  So head over to the giveaway post to enter, and come join in the fun on our Facebook page.

The boutique will be this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 123 E. 200 N. in Alpine, Utah.  I'll be there pretty much the whole time, so come say hi!

Monday, October 14, 2013

New watercolor pieces!

I've been a doodling typography artist for a long time, and lately I've been experimenting with using watercolor paints to color my pencil sketches.  I'm loving the results, so I'm adding prints of them to my etsy shop!  Here's just one example -- click the link to see them all!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Summertime Birthday Card

Hello again!  I'm finally back with another card for ScrapbookUSA Expo.  I know all you moms can sympathize with the fact that the last month of school is ca-razy.  But now we have months of wonderful summer ahead, and I am loving the sunshine and blue skies.  This card, using the lovely and eclectic Park Bench collection from Fancy Pants, captures the easy breezy feeling of summer in an elegant birthday greeting.

This collection has a ton of sweet embellishments, and this colored tag (the pack came with all sorts of pretty patterned and solid color coordinating tags) was the perfect anchor for my sentiment.  I used EK Success border and doily punches to add pretty details.  I love how it turned out!

Here's a closeup of the details:

Next time I'm going to showcase the funkier side of this collection with a fun layout -- stay tuned!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Time to Escape

I created this fun layout with the eclectic Park Bench collection from Fancy Pants, one of the great sponsors of ScrapbookUSA Expo.  I love that this collection blends the beautiful and the funky together so well -- so much personality!  It also feels grown up without being dreary -- there is plenty of energy here.  I used the great papers and a bunch of the fantastic coordinating elements to create this layout about a fantastic weekend getaway my hubby and I took a few months ago to celebrate our 11th anniversary.

I used the photo frames to create a title card and journaling card by backing the open spaces with some of the lighter papers.  A few stitches of twine to secure the title card turned it into a cool pocket for the journaling card.

Layering chunky embellishments adds lots of texture and interest to the layout.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Smashbooking Our Awesome Adventure, Part 2 -- Denmark

Last week I posted the Smashbook pages from the first leg of my husband's and my awesome 10th anniversary adventure, visiting family in England.  Today I'm sharing the pages from our days in Denmark, where we visited friends I knew when I served a mission there for my church and did lots of fun sightseeing.  It was so fun to show Dan the places I knew and loved so well -- I love that Smashbooking gives me such an easy way to record lots of little details we might otherwise forget.  And I love that it gives me a reason to use all the yummy washi tape I've stockpiled...

Any LDS friends might recognize the guy in this picture as the actor who played Jesus in The Testaments.  He was in my ward when I was a missionary, and I was so surprised he remembered me.  Mostly because he remembered the incredibly talented elder that I sang with quite frequently...

I had this page specifically in mind when I bought this cute road washi tape.  So fun!

I bought a set of old Danish dairy advertising cards at this museum, and used them to add more photos and journaling to a couple different pages.  This one says "Milk Butter Cheese" and then at the bottom, a word that doesn't have a direct translation that I can only approximate as "dairy-licious food!"

Inside this "Eat with the Danes" card, I wrote about all our food adventures in DK.

Next up, beautiful fantastic amazing Norway.  Ah, I get happy just thinking about it...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Smashbooking Our Awesome Adventure!

Last summer, my husband and I celebrated our tenth anniversary with a fun and exciting trip to England (to visit family), Denmark (so I could show Dan where I lived and served as a missionary for my church), and Norway (just for fun). A couple of months before, just as we were beginning to plan the trip, I had the luck of getting to go to a Smashbooking class at Creating Keepsakes headquarters, taught by the fantastic Megan Hoeppner. I knew Smashing would be the perfect way to commemorate our upcoming adventure, so as we traveled I saved all our memorabilia so I could include it. Now, my original intention was to create the book as we went along on our trip, gluing in memorabilia and writing up journaling each day. That totally didn't happen. In fact, all of the fun bits and pieces from our trip, as well as my Smashbook, sat in a ziploc bag in my scrapbook room until March, when I went to the ScrapbookUSA Expo for a weekend and decided to make it happen. And I'm so glad I finally did, because I LOVE how it turned out! My Smashbook is heavy on journaling, because I wanted to remember all the little bits of experience we had together, and then lots of pictures and memorabilia. I know that this will be a treasure for Dan and me for the rest of our lives, because it really captures so much about our adventure together. There are a LOT of pages in a Smashbook, and I filled nearly the whole thing. That's a little much for one blog post, so I'm going to break it up into three parts. This first post covers planning the trip and the England leg of the journey. Dan's sister Jana is married to an English guy and they live in London, and my little brother Eric is married to an English girl and they live about an hour south of London, so we had lots of wonderful people to see.
I doodled this title page during the class at Creating Keepsakes.

I adhered this brochure into the book in such a way that it could fold out entirely.  Then I used the interior to add more pictures.

Smashbooking is so fun!  It stretches your creative muscles in a whole new way.  I'll post the pages from Denmark and Norway over the next few days and link them up here!