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Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
-Thomas Merton


You're Invited to a Housewarming Party

I'm moving.

I've always wanted to own my own home - both literally and figuratively. We've, of course, already managed to accomplish this in the literal sense. Figuratively, though, I was still "renting" my online space and I thought it was due time to make a change.

If you're interested in the studio project, my never-ending creative to do list, and the little guy - going forward, this will be the place to find all of that and more. I hope that you'll continue to follow along with me there.

The most recent update on the studio project has already been posted over there and I'll definitely make it a point to put together a post sometime in the next few weeks explaining why I made the switch.

If you want to make sure that you definitely don't miss anything, you can also follow along with The Keeper of the Memories on Facebook and Bloglovin'.

Have a great week!


studio sunday - to change or not to change...

I thought it'd be fun to do a sort of process post as i worked through a page.  

I love ink and mist - love them! I use them on, more or less, every page... I started this page by pulling a piece of white grid patterned paper and using stencils w/ distress inks - the colors I used were worn lipstick and salty ocean.

I splattered a couple of color shines - primrose and teal. I really have no rhyme or reason with this type of thing - I literally just splatter it. wherever it ends up is fine with me.

these are the patterned papers I pulled for layering - love these colors!

I also grabbed a heidi swapp memory file. i'm going to write my journaling inside of it...

and then, it was time to layer up the patterned paper... I've gotten to the point in my scrapbooking where I try really hard not to let my perfectionism slow me down. I literally pick up each piece, ink the edges, and slap it down.

after all of my paper elements are added, I tend to splatter a bit of black color shine and ink around the edges of the page as a whole... gotta add just a touch of grunge to all my pink and blue, right? lol...

after that, it was all about finishing touches. I added the title... I didn't want to stitch the memory file closed, so I pulled the layered papers and photo and stitched just those elements. I added a bit of washi.. and, really, the only actual embellishments were a few veneers and buttons.

I love this page - I love everything about it, but especially the colors! this is definitely a color combination - pink and teal - that i'll use again.


so, curious what the story behind this page is and what the journaling might say?

change: (v.) to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone

my one little word for 2014... there's certainly going to be a lot of that next year, isn't there?

there's going to be a little one. my life will no longer revolve around me - around us - around work and scrapbooking. there'll be another little human being whose needs and desires will have to come first - before ours.

in the meantime, i'm going to have to live a healthier lifestyle. i'm not entirely sure what that means quite yet, but i'm working on figuring it out.

I need to start learning how to cook - maybe, even plant a garden in the spring. I need to plan meals ahead of time and shop accordingly. no more stopping somewhere and grabbing something quick to eat because it's easy.

I need to start exercising - walking, maybe... maybe, even yoga. something relatively low-intensity. I already went out and bought a pair of tennis shoes. I also bought several pair of yoga pants - more because they're comfortable, though, than anything else.

I want to make sure I document as much as possible. i don't want to forget a single thing. i want to blog about it - not because i necessarily feel that i'm an authority on any of these subjects - far from it, actually - but because you know what they say, "life is a journey..." and i want to enjoy every moment of it.

i want to remember everything.


have a great weekend!


studio sunday - studio calico december daily kit/our christmas story album

got my studio calico december daily kit and magical 12x12 paper pad in the mail this week... since it seems like all I do these days is sleep, I just got around to opening it up and making the first page tonight.

the album is going to be a 12x12 wrmk kiwi album filled w/ christmas stories - some from our childhoods and some from the last several years that we've been together...


I couldn't even begin to tell you everything I used on this page. the background is tim holtz distress ink and heidi swapp color shine. that's the only problem when you start mixing multiple lines and adding vintage ephemera - you lose track really quickly. lol... if you have any specific questions, definitely leave me a comment and i'll do my best to get you an answer.

don't forget to take the time to capture all of your christmas stories.

have a great week!


cardstock comes in a rainbow of different colors?

It was completely by accident that I started scrapbooking in the first place. I never really thought of myself as much of an artist, but things just sort of got away from me. sometimes, I suppose, that happens. I was looking for a home for some photos and it never occurred to me to just go buy a photo album. I stumbled across a pack of cardstock in a rainbow of different colors and that came home with me instead.

if you know me - if you know how I shop - the "oh, look how pretty" mentality I have, i'm sure you're not at all surprised.

when I started scrapbooking, everything I had fit neatly into a little tupperware container that slid under my bed - a pack of cardstock, a few pairs of decorative edge scissors, rubber cement, a paper trimmer, and some pens - that was it.

little did I know it would all be downhill from there.

I made my first actual scrapbook page - eh, what I really mean is that I made something that resembles a scrapbook page by today's standards. no journaling, but hey... worse things have happened, right?

lots of crappy photos and absolutely no concept of design - I guess the only direction I had to go was up, right? lol... 

I did, however, learn a few very valuable lessons along the way. one of the most important was don't use rubber cement for scrapbooking. when it dries, it gets brittle and everything falls apart. needless to say, none of my titles were where I remembered leaving them. lesson learned.

what was the most valuable lesson you learned early on in your scrapbooking? leave me a comment and tell me about it.

have a great night!


recorded and remembered

as we quickly approach 2014, I wanted to take some time and reflect on how I've evolved as a scrapbooker. it's been a decade - ten years of journaling and pictures, ten years of writing and art... ten years, in one form or another, recorded and remembered...

january 2004. that must've been when it all started.

i'm a writer - always have been, always will be. I've kept a journal for as long as I can remember, even longer than I've been scrapbooking. I've written my stories - every last one of them - in the form of a memoir. I've spent entire days sitting at my computer tapping away at the keys.

someday, maybe, i'll share those stories. suffice it to say that one person can really only cope with so much trauma and I think, by that point, I'd already hit my threshold.  

I look through my journals from back then and I seriously have to wonder how I ended up where I am today - how I managed to find the light at the end of the tunnel and come out at the other end relatively okay.

my first scrapbook? a book of poems, newspaper clippings, and other little bits and pieces from a very difficult period of time in my life.

definitely not a scrapbook by today's standards, right?

yesterday's version of today's smashbook, I suppose.

I went to the office supply store and picked up a binder and some page protectors. it was as simple as that.

I had no idea at the time that I was scrapbooking. in a sense, though, that's exactly what I was doing. I wrote and I taped and I glued... and I kept adding to it.

little did I know...

how would you describe your very first attempts at scrapbooking? leave me a comment and tell me about it.

have a great night!


studio sunday - big piles of little things...

I've been ever-so-slowly going through things and making piles - embellishments are sorted. now, it's time to figure out how to store them...

look at the piles lined up in front of my bookcases. it's amazing to me how many, and yet how few, embellishments I have. they were scattered everywhere.

the only embellishments that aren't in these piles are wood veneers, flair, and enamel dots - those things stay out in little glass dishes and galvanized buckets, so I see them/use them.

i'm not sure how quickly i'll get through this project because as soon as all of the wood is split and the rental house is ready to rent, we're starting the enclosed porch. we were actually just at home depot looking at patio doors last night. 

I definitely need to sort and purge beforehand. I also need to have an idea of how i'm going to store things, but i'm definitely not buying any more containers until I atleast have a floor plan to work with, so I can start planning the overall layout of the space.

it's exciting both that i'm starting to make progress on organizing and that we're starting to make progress on the house and my new space. can't wait!

have you ever planned a space from scratch? any advice? leave me a comment and let me know.


starting to sift through the piles...

so, prior to the roundtable episode, I was starting to sift through the piles... yes, i'm one of those people - I make piles. those piles end up getting moved around and, eventually, usually end up on the floor. I also throw things into baskets - not necessarily always the baskets they belong in, though. one thing I've learned over the years is that clean and organized are not the same. yes, my room is clean - actually, it's immaculate. everything is picked up and put away. the real question, though, is what's your definition of put away?

thought i'd post a few pics of the process...

i'm sure, by now, you're curious what prompted me to want to spend some time talking to aby in the first place, right?

let me show you...

this is what I was doing the night I read noell's blog post - organizing... well, if that's what you want to call it. really, I think I was just making a much bigger mess than the one I started with.

here's the comment I left for noell - "I have one of those spaces where looks can be deceiving. everything looks pretty, but it's definitely not practical and it isn't functioning well for me. my biggest two issues are... - well, actually, there are three... paper, embellishments, and art supplies. does that about cover everything that's in there? In all seriousness, there are bits and pieces of things that are working well for me. I organize paper and embellishments by color and art supplies by type. Still, they don't seem well-organized and accessible. It's such a pain to work through a page because I'm up and down and things are here and there - there's no flow. I thought kits would be the answer, but they're not. I forget I have them. I would love to have separate work stations for different things - scrapbooking, mixed media/art journaling, and project life, but not sure how to go about something like that with as little space as I have and without spending a fortune."

I have no doubt that a lot of my frustration comes from lacking horizontal work space. all the vertical shelving in the world does me no good whatsoever if I don't have enough space to work.

sadly, I end up with these kinds of messes all the time. I start working on something and before you know it, my space looks exactly like this... i end up dumping out a couple of baskets and sitting on the floor surrounded by the mess.

I've tried organizing - well, if you look at the labels on the side bar - atleast a half dozen times. I get to a certain point and I get frustrated. I say i'll deal with it later and when later comes... rinse. lather. repeat.

i actually just picked everything up, tossed some things into baskets, and put all the piles on the shelves in the closet. I figured i'd wait until after the show to touch anything else. i kind of figured i'd already done enough damage for one day at that point. lol...

if you've listened to this episode and you're interested in seeing what changes I make, i'll continue to post updates. my goal, after talking to aby, is to fine-tune the small storage, to get everything together that belongs together, and to create the look/feel of having separate work stations. there's absolutely no good reason - atleast not one I can think of - for the same thing to be in three different places - well, unless i'm trying to guarantee that i'll never be able to find anything.  

do you have a favorite container? leave me a comment and let me know about it. i'd love to hear more ideas.

have a great night!


the roundtable on getting organized...

I had the awesome opportunity to spend some time talking to aby garvey, noell hyman, and allie bandy-trumpower on the paperclipping roundtable today to fine-tune some of my organization. we talked about small storage/storage within storage, creating the feel of workstations, acrylic stamps, kits, and projects in progress among other things.

here's the link - http://www.paperclipping.com/prt173-pictures-of-their-disasters/

for anyone that's curious, here are a few pictures of my space right now -

it is pretty, isn't it? lol...

like I mentioned on the show, there are some things that are working and some things that aren't. one of the things that does work really well for me are these little three-section serving trays that I picked up at kmart. they're shallow enough for things like buttons and brads and veneers. love these! I actually just grabbed a few more while i was out the other day.

more than likely, I'll take a few days to process everything we talked about today and then make some changes - nothing major, atleast at the moment... like I said, I really need to fine-tune some things. I had actually intended to do another complete overhaul, but it makes more sense, right now, to try a few small changes first. aby, noell, and allie had some awesome suggestions today, so... we'll start there. aby was right when she said about people having a tendency to rip everything apart and start all over when things aren't working, instead of figuring out/focusing on what, specifically, isn't working and trying to fix only that. i'm guilty of this as well.

I mentioned to allie about a link to the clear 2 gallon bags I use to store kits - thought i'd share that here as well.

do you have an organizing issue of your own? leave me a comment and tell me about it.

have a great day!


dear husband

dear husband,

are you seriously going to tell me that all of the pages in my project life album look similar and expect me not to do something about it?

your wife


dear husband

dear husband,

i stopped at michael's today. i even thought to take a coupon. unfortunately, $50 still doesn't go very far...

3 bottles of heidi swapp color shine... $17.97
2 tim holtz distress ink pads... $11.98
1 package of ranger ink blending foam... $4.99
1 heidi swapp spray stencil... $3.99
1 simple stories snap album with a 40% off coupon... $8.99

seeing the look on your face when you realize how much scrapbooking supplies actually cost...

your wife


creative chaos...

when it gets to this point, you know it's time to take a break and clean up. can't even see the floor...

do you always end up making a mess, even when you don't mean to? leave me a link to your creative chaos...

have a great night!


studio sunday - better late than never...

i finished up these two pages today...

have a great week!


your living canvas - the cover...

I spent some time finishing the cover of my journal for christy tomlinson's your living canvas workshop.

i bought this book a while back at michael's. the first thing i did was tear out a bunch of pages. i needed this book to be a lot thinner than what it originally was. art journal pages can get thick. i just opened it up to each section of the binding and tore out a handful of sheets.

i primed and painted... and inked and stamped... the embellishments are, ofcourse, heidi swapp - no surprise, right? i've fallen in love with my color shine sprays. these days, i use them for almost everything.

as soon as this dries completely, i'm going to gesso a few pages and start journaling.

did you happen to take this workshop when it was live? do you have a favorite online workshop? leave me a comment and let me know about it...



before & after...

i spent most of last night working on pages and making backgrounds...

this is what my workspace looked like before:

and this is what it looked like after:

do you make a mess while you're creating? leave me a comment and let me know...

have a great weekend!

gettin' messy...

i just posted the last few pages i made. now, it's time to make some more backgrounds. i bought some distress inks a few days ago at m's, so i'm going to try to use distress inks instead of pan pastels. i'm thinking distress inks will dry quicker and won't need set, so... here we go!

love this one! it's just right... not too busy. not too bright.

oh, and this one too - love the teal and black...

tomorrow, i'll try to get these finished up. not necessarily planning to finish both of them, but we shall see.

i just turned 30. that was one birthday that i was so totally not looking forward to. in celebration, i'm trying to make a page a day for 30 days.

so far, so good...

have a great weekend!


just a few more...

these are the last few pages i made...

looks like it's time to make some more backgrounds...

have a great weekend!


finishing things up...

I finished up a few of the pages tonight that I had started a while back...

the background was done with a combination of pan pastels and mists.

hope you're having a great week!


makin' a kit...

actually, more like three of them... I happened upon a challenge on one of the message boards I frequent.

pink and teal, mint and navy, and gray and yellow. can't wait to use them up.

do you make your own kits? leave me a comment and let me know.


dear husband

dear husband,

as you're going through the credit card statements for this month, please keep in mind that scrapbooking supplies are much cheaper than therapy. it goes without saying that this has been a very stressful month and my spending is reflective of that. if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask - just please don't bother to ask why...

your wife


layer upon layers

remember the backgrounds i posted the other day? here are a few of them a bit farther along...

i literally just grabbed a few stamps and scraps and went with it... no thought whatsoever. pick it up and glue it down.

have a great weekend!


sprayed and splattered

i love mixed media backgrounds so much, but they can be frustrating, to say the least... each layer needs to dry, which means taking a break - um, not so much... right now, there are five pages on my desk.

each one is sprayed and splattered... tonight, it was all about stencils - the hexagon stencil is from heidi swapp. the bubbles are an older studio calico stencil. the herringbone (atleast that's what i think it's called) is hero arts, and the chevron stencil is from the crafter's workshop.

i used pan pastels, distress stains, and glimmer mists. i managed to find a clear spray at michael's to use with the pan pastels - to set them. otherwise, they seem to smear.

i'll, ofcourse, be working on these throughout the week. i'm hoping to have them finished and posted by the weekend.

do you have a favorite spray/stain to use with your stencils? leave me a comment and tell me about it.

have a great night!


scrapbook.com - get organized. week 5. scraps.

this is one of those areas where i have major issues - i just never know what to keep and what not to. i seem to hold onto every little scrap of paper - anything smaller than 12x12 is considered a scrap. i know what you're probably thinking - overkill, right? that's the point...

i spent some time tonight going through all of my patterned paper scraps.

now, what to do with them? i remember reading a blog post a while back about making page starters. check this out - scrapping the starters. this sounds like an awesome idea. i have dozens of mini albums lying around as well... might have to prep a few of them. hopefully, when all is said and done, there's not much left of these stacks and i can start over with a clean slate.

as far as cardstock scraps - remember, i consider anything smaller than 12x12 a scrap... they're organized into these iris cases. there're 12 of them - notice a trend? i organize everything into 12 colors - white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, tan, brown, black, and gray.

here's a peak at my pink and blue scraps... I've been trying to keep these limited to 8.5x11, 8x8, 6x6, and 4x6. i'm hoping that makes life a little easier. i actually just reorganized these - i pulled all of the "oddly-shaped" scraps aside for right now. i'm either going to trim them to one of the sizes i already mentioned or get rid of them. not sure yet...

what do you usually do with your scraps? leave me a comment and let me know.

have a great week!


retail therapy - simon says stamp

placed an order through simon says stamp not too long ago.

i don't order often, but i love stamps and stencils, so... sometimes, i find things that i just have to have. this stamp set was one of them - love the chevron arrow stamp. yes, i did buy this entire set only because of that one stamp. i also have quite the collection of the crafter's workshop stencils these days. love them for mixed media and art journaling!

what's your favorite stamp or stencil right now? leave me a comment and let me know.

have a great week!


pink paislee warehouse box

i finally got my pink paislee warehouse box. want to take a guess how quickly i had that box opened and scattered all over my bed?

i also got my amazon order today - because i wanted one thing that was an "add-on item," i ended up ordering $25 worth of stuff - such a shame, right? atleast i got free shipping out of the deal. lol...

can't wait until tomorrow! the only two things on my agenda are dishes and laundry. you know what that means, right? studio sunday! so excited!

do you separate your collection kits? how do you store them? leave me a comment and let me know!

have a great weekend!

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