Monday, June 7, 2010

She's off...

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." Andre Gide

I started this blog just over 2 years ago. Through it I have met some wonderful people and have had the opportunity to inspire others, to teach them and to help motivate them to create. I am however finding that I am not going where I wanted with this, with my work and with my art. I find keeping this blog frustrating, hard and a gloomy chore. That is most defiantly not what I want. So after listening to my inner voices for months now I have made the decision to stop posting here. Those voices tap me on the shoulder daily and tell me to dream bigger so that is exactly what I am doing. I have so much energy and inspiration but I am finding it all overwhelming. I need to acknowledge those voices and do what will make me happy and make me fall in love with my work again. Working from home has been anything but easy, I’m so so so grateful that I get to be at home but I need to refocus and get back on the right path. Will this be the end of this blog / business all together? Truthfully I don’t know but I think so, I do know though, that it feels right. I have my personal blog where you can still follow me, still find inspiration but it will be because I want to post and not because I feel I have to. I will be leaving this blog open to read because of the archives, perhaps that will change I’m not too sure. I do know that I have so many ideas and projects in my head that it feels as though it may burst and most of those ideas have nothing to do with scrapbooking. I feel I turned this blog solely into that- a scrapbooking blog and I don’t want that. I want to create, to try new things and to share all of them with you. So with that my friends I am off. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to all my readers, your kind words and support have been greatly appreciated. Please pop on over to An Extraordinary Ordinary Life and see what I’m up to. Any work & creating that I do will be there for you, not to mention random stories that might just make you giggle or inspire you to try something new or discover something new. You can still email me-; I will still be doing custom work, designing kits & teaching classes. I won’t be too far away, I just won’t be here.
Love, love, love,
The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, not to find out who you are, seek to determine what you want to be” – Neale Donald Walsch

Monday, May 31, 2010

Rainy Days

Hello Friends! I've been MIA doing a bunch of DIY projects around my place and planning new ones to try. When you can't afford new furniture sometimes a trip to Ikea for inspiration and a fresh coat of paint can transform your current pieces into fabulous new furniture. When I'm done my current project I'll post it up on my personal blog. For now I'll share a couple layouts I did for Treasured Memories and Riff Raff. I also have a new kit to sell at Treasured Memories- a baby album kit, one each for boy & girl. This is not a class and will only be sold as kits. I'll put pics up up my demo when I have them edited. I also have couple of my current favorite inspirational quotes posted here.
Have a great week!
Isn't this fabulous ribbon from Webster's Pages FABULOUS!!!! I bought it in every color! I really want to sew it onto a t-shirt.

Riff Raff compass.

Friday, May 21, 2010


Accordian ribbon, check it out here.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hello Monday, Hello Sunshine

This is how I spent my weekend! It was marvelous! Being outside however cuts back on creative time, but taking a little time off is good for the soul. It re-energizes you, allows new ideas to form and most definitely lifts the spirit!
I did sit down one afternoon last week and plan out my classes for the next 6 months, the biggest chunk being my Christmas classes! I know- Christmas! I am due to have this fabulous baby at the beginning of November and that is also when I start teaching all my Christmas classes! Yikes! So I am planning ahead.... probably for the first time EVER! I have even started buying Christmas product! Crazy! I am so excited and have so many great ideas to share with you! Can't wait! I also came up with my 12 Days of Christmas projects for 2010! You can go the right hand menu Archives and click on December 2008 and December 2009 to see what I did for the last 2 years, just scroll through the December posts to see them all.
My inspiration for today can be found here but I also am really enjoying this quote...

Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who come alive.
-Howard Thurman

Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

image taken from here

I love handmade flowers and I wanted to share a "how to" video with you that I found on Rhonna Farrer's fabulous blog! All the information can be found at my technique blog.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hello! Check out my canvas class for June, all the details are here. If you can't make it to the class I will be making kits and prepping the canvas' myself for those. Lucky you, but the down side- You won't get to learn all my fancy tricks for coloring the canvas. There's always a perk for coming to hang out with me... I mean other than my fabulous company ;-) hee hee.
I'm also sharing my latest layout for Twisted Sketches, the sketch and the other ladies layouts can be found here. The twist was "handmade" so I whipped up a couple flowers from last Tuesday's Show & Tell. Anam over at Twisted Sketches has also started a design team for cards, she provides a sketch for a card just like she does for the layout! So fabulous! I have such a hard time with cards and this is the perfect kick start I need. Go to the Twisted Sketches blog and check it out!

What's inspiring me now can be found over here. I will also be putting up a technique this week as I totally flaked out and forgot to do it on Thursday. Oops.

Have a great week friends!


Monday, May 3, 2010

Good Morning and welcome to May! This past weekend was National Scrapbook Day and while I didn't actually scrapbook for myself I got to hang out with a fantastic group of ladies that were. I hope that you were able to find time this weekend to do something for yourself, be it scrapbooking or not. I was at Treasured Memories on Saturday running make n' takes for the croppers, tons of fun and tons of laughs, although I think most of those laughs were at me... shrug!
Just a reminder that tomorrow night at Treasured Memories from 6-8pm is Show and Tell and we will be making these fabulous flowers inspired by the lovely Elizabeth Kartchner. If you're local come drop by.

I'll also be at the store on Saturday teaching this Spring Wreath class, there are spots available so come hang out with me for the morning. It'll be good times. If you can't make the class time there are also kits to purchase. All the details can be found here.

Be sure to head over to the Inspiration blog to check out a wonderful & talented friend of mine! Have a fantastic Monday, I'll be back on Thursday with another technique!