A few of my favorite projects...

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!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ScrapCodes -- possibly the coolest new thing in scrapbooking...

Ooh, I have the coolest new thing to show you today!  ScrapCodes makes customizable QR code stickers that are fantastic for both traditional and digital scrapbooking.  If you have a smart phone, you are probably already familiar with the little square codes we're starting to see everywhere.  Advertisers use them all the time: "Scan this code for more information!"  You scan the little code with a smart phone, and you are whisked away to whatever information is locked into that code.

So now, brilliantly, we can do the same thing on our scrapbook pages!  You can link it to a picture slideshow (hello, perfect for those of us who take 700 pictures of a single event and somehow can't figure out how to cram them all onto a layout...), upload a video, record an audio message, write a note, or link it to a website.  For my first project, I linked my QR code to a YouTube video...

Last month my daughter, sister, mom and I took a little girls' trip to Los Angeles (to be on America's Funniest Home Videos, how crazy is that?!), and we took Eliza to the Santa Monica Pier.  She became instant best friends with a street performer named Lenny Hoops, who sang and danced with her for better than 10 minutes.  I posted a video with the best 3 1/2 minutes to YouTube.  The pictures are adorable, but I knew when I scrapped this event I had to include the video somehow to really tell the story.  I was just going to include the YouTube link in the journaling, but this is SO much better!

The QR code comes as a nice, sturdy clear sticker.  I mounted it to some white cardstock, then onto a washi tape covered tag.  Now anyone flipping through our Smash book from the trip can just whip out their phone to see the awesome video.  And you don't have to have a smart phone, either -- you can also type that little web address at the bottom, and it will take you to the same place!

These ScrapCodes stickers are pretty easy to use, too.  It took me a few minutes to download the app, get logged in, and figure out the best way to link up my video, but it the instructions were simple and thorough.  Anyone familiar with a smart phone could do it easily, and I think now that I am all set up and I know what I'm doing, setting each code up will take about a minute.

The only downside I can think of is that they aren't necessarily pretty.  I think the digital-y look works great with the edgier style of Smashbooking, but what about other styles?  The code could easily be affixed to a hidden tag or journaling spot, so that it's just out of view but totally available.

I am really excited about the multi-media possibilities offered with these new stickers.  I always have way more pictures than I can add to a page, or way too much journaling, or audio or video that I wish I could include.  Now I can!

Soon you'll be able to get your ScrapCodes stickers at their website, but you can snag some this weekend at ScrapbookUSA Expo!  The Expo is Friday and Saturday, and it is going to be a seriously good time.  Hope to see you there!  (I'll be wearing a pink Design Team t-shirt, so come say hi!)