Saturday, June 17, 2017

Creating outdoors...

For the past few weeks, I have been able to create outdoors. It is such a treat!
Here are my Project Life goodies on the patio.
I have the necessities in a Create 365 Planner Bag. Then I just print off my pictures, tuck them in the bag, and head out to the deck.
My Project Life album is a small Jane Davenport journal.
Practicing some watercolor washes.

It is so nice to enjoy the sun shining, the birds chirping and yes, even the grass growing.
Here is a bit of a view of my yard from the patio. Miss Pixie is on guard of the yard...watching for birds, squirrels, even a bug or two.
I also do paper work out here...using rocks as paperweights!
I hope everyone who is in the part of the world that is getting Spring/Summer, is able to get outdoors and enjoy some time creating.
Have a great day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Introducing Pixie!

There is nothing like the love of a pet.
Introducing the newest member of our household, Miss Pixie!

We welcomed Pixie to our home March 31st, 2017. It has been an adventure ever since. We have not had a dog living with us since 2004, which has been far too long!

Pixie came from a local rescue and we are over-the-moon happy that she is now ours. She warms our hearts and our home!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Traveller's Notebook Heaven

I have purposely left the light shining in this picture to depict where my latest journey has taken Traveller's Notebook Heaven.

Throughout the past few months, I was introduced to this lovely concept of memory keeping. And I have to say that I am in love with it.

Of course, I can't have just one.

Here is the collection I have acquired.

I hope to share much more on these little angels in the coming posts!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Interior Decorating Job - Dream Art Studio

 Almost a year ago, I got involved in an interior decorating project.
It began with a 1990's family room that the client wished to convert to her Dream Art Studio.
The only thing that was staying in the 300 square foot room, was the fireplace, which the client absolutely loves!
And so began the Dream Art/Sewing Studio Project... 
Before: To begin with, the oak mantel was taken away. The blue furniture and "large" tv, also were on the chopping block.
Before: Old mantel, furniture, flooring and bar fridge.

During: Choosing flooring...we looked at several options for these clients. The most value for the price point we had in mind came in the form of a laminate. It also had to be a very durable flooring that allowed for frequent moving of furniture in such a used space.
The client also wanted to work in the grey tones that are in the adjacent rooms that have recently been completed.

During: Choosing paint colors. The client had a vision of working in some blues with the grey tones. Here we are matching up flooring to grey wall.


During: removal of old flooring & mantel.
During: New paint on ceiling and walls. New flooring installed! Ta da! Let the games begin!

After:  The biggest challenge of this 300 square foot room was incorporating the large fireplace and creating the amount of storage that was required for the function of this room.
On the fireplace wall we developed the major storage area with the use of the Ikea Pax Wardrobes. 
The client opted for the espresso color cabinets for its rich tones and blending with the fireplace colors. 
We were able to choose the Wardrobes in various sizes and configurations to suit the client's crafting supplies.

The client is absolutely in love with this area of the room, as everything is so easy to access now. She loves how easy it is to find almost anything at any time.



After: The 1990's large TV was updated on the south wall of this room with a beautiful, curved, 55 inch, smart TV. The client can now watch any creative youtube video with the touch of a button.
More storage was created under the TV. We opted for a seamless look with grey Alex Carts, also from Ikea.

After: Workspace creative areas. The client will be using this room for sewing and crafting. We incorporated a large pub height table for crafting and cutting.
The table expands with leaves for more work room. It also works well to store supplies underneath in moving raskog carts from Ikea.

After: The sewing machines were placed for easy access on 2 more Alex Carts against the colored wall.

After: Sink, office, storage, coffee and bar fridge.

For easy clean-up, the client knew she wanted a sink in her new studio. She chose a nice sized round sink that is big enough for quick clean-up, but does not take up too much counter space.
For some contrast in the room, the client went with a White Pax Wardrobe and box cabinets. They also completed the update with a new bar stainless bar fridge.
There is also a desk area with the computer and some electronic cutting tools.
Thank you for looking at this lovely Dream Art Studio that we completed in Winter 2015/2016.

I will also add here that the client wished to have some space for others to come and sit and enjoy her creating, so 2 comfortable chairs were incorporated into the area.

I hope you have enjoyed the pictures and it gives you storage and decorating inspiration.

Friday, January 1, 2016

December Journal Completed

I am so happy that my December Journal is complete!
I think I have enjoyed doing this December Journal more than any year before!
But I probably say that every year!
To begin with, what I really love, is printed burlap that I used for the spine.
It is just so cozy, rustic and festive looking.
It was the perfect addition to the chipboard covers.
In the end, I also used a burlap ribbon to wrap around the album.
It then has some Heidi Swapp wood veneer "Cheer" to the end of it.

I ended adding a back flap the journal. I then close the  book with velcro. 

The inside of the journal has a very eclectic feel with all types of pages including pocket pages... 

various sizes of pages,

shaker pockets, flaps, and ephemera packaging,

...and even pages from old books.
My December Journal is finished off with some lovely charms which included...jingle bells, snowflakes,

cameras and tags,

and of course even angel wings to signify those watching from above.

Thank you for looking at my December Journal.
I am so happy to share this with you.
It truly has been a treasure to create.
I hope my Journal can inspire you in some way!
Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Using junk mail for today's page...

Lots of bright pamphlets and brochures are showing up in the mail right now.
I decided to use this one that I received from the Liquor Commission. I loved the color, graphics and festive drink recipes on it.

I then added:

Dylusions white paint
sewed on my number four card

a pocket made with my fuse tool
a paper pocket made with my silhouette

Journalling is on the pamphlet and on one of the coffee-dyed tags in the pocket

Stamped some metallic blue snowflakes with acrylic paint...

...Plus a few embellishments to top it off.

This was a really fun and imaginative page to create. I encourage anyone to use any fun and funky brochures or ads that may be sitting around right now!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 1st...Frosty Outside...

It was pretty easy to get into the Journal Your Christmas/December Documented spirit, with the frosty view around our house today. This, I decided to capture in my layout for December 1st. Yes, these huge trees are in my front yard!

I have been so inspired by the shaker pockets I have seen on Youtube, that I decided to incorporate one into the layout. It is really hard to see, but I also added some gingerbread people cut outs that I made with the new dies and stamps I purchased by Lawn Fawn. You will probably see more of these gingerbread people throughout my album all season, as they are soooooo cute!

I also wanted to share a few last-minute alterations I made to my album yesterday. I decided I needed a spine on it. So I went out to Michael's and found this really festive burlap. I adhered it to the side of the chipboard cover and back of the book. I love how it turned out.

Thanks for looking everyone and happy documenting!