08-31-2014

summer won’t last forever

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Enjoy the holiday weekend! And on a side note, when I looked at this photo in post, I was again reminded to pick up my big girl camera. Iphones are awesome, but not as awesome as my baby.

08-29-2014

free printable pocket cards + a fun intro to adobe illustrator

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I’m really excited for this – I’ve been working for a while to learn Adobe Illustrator (and still am!) and one of the fun courses that I took along the way was this pocket pop with Danielle Young. It was a GREAT introduction, and really helped me begin to get comfortable in Illustrator. If you’re interested in learning, I have to recommend it as a great place to start!

Along the way through the course, Danielle walks you through everything to create a set of six 3×4 pocket scrapbook cards in Adobe Illustrator. I decided to give away my take on the course for free. This is the first set of printable cards that will be offered here monthly for download.

There are three different options included for printing:

-6 digital/printable 3×4 pocket scrapbooking cards both with and without bleed (you need them with bleed to send to a professional printer like persnickety prints)

- 3-4×6 jpeg printables that you can send straight to your 4×6 printer

-1 8.5×11 format printable page which includes all six cards

**for personal use only. please read and abide by the included Terms of Use**

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{download here}

08-28-2014

pumpkin spice bread recipe

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Once even the hint of autumn rolls around, I’m pulling out the pumpkin recipes. In my defense, I grew with pumpkin treats, so it has to do with childhood nostalgia and a genuine love of pumpkin. We always had pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing and pumpkin cookies with semisweet chocolate chips. After we married, I came into this pumpkin sweet bread recipe from my mother in law – and I often add mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. The recipe can also be baked as muffins.

Essential Pumpkin Spice Loaf

08-27-2014

favorite scrapbookers blog tour

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I’ve been tagged in a scrapbooking blog tour by Betsy, and it’s been fun to click around a bit and see some of the amazing scrapbookers that I don’t always have the time to check out! Evie started it all, and it’s been fun to join in!

1. What am I working on right now?

Hmm. For scrapbooking? At the moment, I’m planning and brainstorming on catching up with my project life. I’ve been punching cards out of my leftover papers from my jbs mercantile kits bits and pieces and working to make time to work on it. This weekend is starting to look promising finally! And I can’t wait to get my September JBS kits this week to scrapbook some summer fun, too…

2. How long does it take me to create a project?

Typically around an hour or less when I actually start working. I usually think about my creative projects a bit before I start putting things together, though, so does that count?

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

Mixed media/watercolor/odd sized pages like the one above. In fact, I stumbled upon a spiral mixed media notebook when I was out yesterday, and I’m kicking myself for not picking it up.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I like to choose a story that I want to tell, then decide on supplies and photos that best represent my story.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

Read. Sketch. Be present in life as it’s taking place. Take photos. Peek around pinterest at what some of my favorite scrapbookers are doing a bit. But mostly listen to others talk or write about what’s inspiring them to motivate me to get inspired by my own life.

6. What is my signature style?

Orderly messiness with lots of layers? Would that work? Because I love the mess, but it must be contained. And I love the sleek modern graphic look, but always mix it up with fun vintage elements.

My turn to tag a few of my favorite scrapbookers!

Amanda Robinson

Megan Hoeppner

Jen Gallacher 

08-24-2014

the sunday post – august 24

Usually a collection of links to things that have caught my eye on the interwebs this week.

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I’ll be honest with you – this week’s list may be a bit shorter than usual, because I’ve actually been logging off the internets a bit more lately. I’ve been working on really seeing the things around me, reading more, sketching more, and being inspired by the things around me that don’t come from the little box with the keyboard. You might be interested in trying it! I’m always amazed at what can happen when I unplug a little bit.

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{steal like an artist by austin kleon ~ show your work by austin kleon ~ art, inc by lisa kongdon ~ hand lettering ledger by mary kate mcdevitt ~ blogging the big guide to creative content by mollie makes featuring some of my favorite bloggers from blogs a beautiful mess, sf girl by the bay, meet me at mikes, and yvestown}

For me, unplugging this week wasn’t even a conscious decision. I’ve had to be online for a workshop that I was taking, and at the end of three days last week, I had computer burnout. (I hope that’s a good sign as far as my creativity – I can only handle so much screen time!) We swung by our local book store and trawled the aisles for new titles instead. It’s been too long since I’ve done that. I grabbed a few titles that have been on my “must read” list for a while (can’t believe it took me this long to pick up Austin Kleon’s books. I read his blog regularly.)

There’s something about supporting artists, bloggers, and publishers that I love. As much as I love my ipad, it’s not the same thing as holding the real deal in my hands. And yes, I drew in some of them already. Plus, I love the thought that I’m helping those hard working artists, bloggers, and publishers pay the bills and hopefully making it worth a publisher’s while to produce more content that I love!

Back to the link business – I guess I handed you a bunch of my favorite books and bloggers. I got all rambly in the process, but I really haven’t been on the internets as much this week reading articles!

Happy Sunday!