Monday, May 31, 2010

Words of Wisdom

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right, you'll probably never do much of anything.
Win Borden
Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

Monday, May 17, 2010

I am LOVING Tim Holtz's new book- Compendium of Curiosities. This is the book that is inspiring me now and to be honest since I saw it at CHA back in January. It is now out in almost all scrapbook stores. (Treasured Memories brought in tons of copies so I know you can get it there)

This book is packed full of his product with explanations of what it can be used for, tons of techniques and examples of finished project. I have already taught a class from an example shown in the book and it was a huge hit- probably my most popular class! Remember this project, it's from the book!

I have more class ideas from the book so keep you eyes open. Have a great week!

Monday, May 10, 2010

You Tube

Yes, You Tube. This is what is inspiring me today. Videos and videos of scrapbooking techniques! It is amazing how many hours one can spend watching these things! It's kind of addictive! I have had a few very fabulous ladies send me emails with links or user names to check out and it all snowballs from there. It's also very easy to navigate but I will warn you, give yourself an hour (at least) to get started. My fav videos are the Tim Holtz techniques. I watch one, go to my room and try to recreate what he made. When I can't figure it out, or it just doesn't turnout like I want it to, I re-watch the video until I get it right! A lot of back and forth, but somehow worth it in the end. If you're in need of some inspiration, try You Tube out. Go to the site, type in your favorite designer and go from there. Or if you're looking at something more specifically that can be searched too. For example if you type in "grunge board tim holtz" videos will pop up from Tim Holtz himself and from others who are sharing their inspiration and ideas using grunge board. Pretty awesome! Possibilities a plenty! Check it out and have fun!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Meet Lisa!

Sometimes you don't have to travel very far to find inspiration, sometimes it's right in your own backyard. I have a friend who is constantly creating, constantly inspiring others and constantly being true to herself. She is often my inspiration in art and in life and I hope that she can also be yours! Please meet Lisa, she is beautiful, creative, ridiculously talented, she is also a wife and a fabulous momma to her adorable son Lucas. On top of all that she is also a scrapbboker, painter, artist, thrift shopper, friend to the earth, and all around wonderful woman. Lisa is the brains behind Treasured Memories' Trends and Techniques. She has put an insane amount of time into this blog to get it user friendly for all of you. You will find tons if inspiration, ideas, tips, tricks, trends & techniques at this site. She is constantly updating and coming up with new ideas to share with all of you. Things that often make me go, "why didn't I think of that?" Be sure to check it out, there is something there for everyone!
Have a great week friends!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Inspiring Me Now

This magazine, Where Woman Create, is most definitely my source of inspiration these days! The pages are full of inspiring, creative & artistic woman whom are sharing their spaces and their stories with us! I bought my first issue two weeks ago and thought to myself, "this is the best magazine I have ever bought." I read the magazine's opening message and was hooked! There are no layouts, no how tos, instead there are stories about real women and how they created a space that they love, how they follow their passions! Where Woman Create is out in stores now and can be found at Treasured Memories (I think they sold out but I can't be sure), at Michael's and I do believe at Chapters & Indigo. You can also check out their website here. If you're looking for something new to get lost in while you're taking some down time (which you should all be doing) then I really do recommend this magazine.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Art Journal Inspiration

Art Journals! My inspiration for you today is coming from a lovely lady named Ingrid Dijkers, who's all about mixed media. Back in January I took a class from her on art journals, how to get started, what to use, what to do an art journal about, etc. It all came down to "anything goes"! The best part of class was looking at her books, and examples that students had brought. They were fabulous and they made me want to do this. It was different than scrapbooking but it incorporated so much of what we all already do. Do you doodle? Do you save random bits from your outings with family & friends? Do you love to tell stories? Do you want to just play regardless of where you are? Do you want to just get your story down and not worry about coordinating your pattern paper, cardstock and embellishments? If you answered yes to those questions or even some of those questions then I think you might just find that creating an art journal is what you've been missing. It is basically an illustrated journal, whether it be your daily personal journal or a journal you take with you when you travel. It's a collection of your thoughts, sketches, doodles, notes, magazine and newspaper clippings, photos, ephemera, etc. It can be used as your brainstorming outlet or a home for your thoughts. Before you know it you'll have a scrapbook of your hopes, dreams, wishes and daily musings! Like I said earlier, anything goes. You don't need much to get started, a notebook and pens- the more colors the better. You can add in paints, pastels, markers, pencil crayons and pretty much anything else you can get your sticky little hands on! I get my inspiration from a few sources but this link here to Ingrid's website is wonderful! From there you can find her blog and also find all sorts of other talented altered art and altered journal ladies! Most importantly, have fun, enjoy the process of making your journal and do not stress about what your page looks like. I promise that when it's done or full you will love it!
Here are a few page I started, I blended pastels to create the back grounds for these three pages and I will have you know that when I started I had no idea what I was doing, I just played and before I knew it I had a finished page!
Have Fun & Be inspired!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Give Away Time!

There are 2 draws, one for Glitz Design product and one for a Making Memories apron & a Heidi Swapp Mega Mask (brackets). To enter Email Me ( and tell me what, who or where inspires you. The giveaway will be open until midnight (mst) Sunday April 25. I will announce the winners Monday. Good Luck!

Draw #1

Draw #2