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April 23, 2014

 “If a cool vintage book and a French memory board had babies, I imagine this is what they’d look like! I enjoy having unique photo displays in my home and I love the idea of incorporating books. But sometimes, a book is just too cool to cut up. When that’s the case, wrap your chosen book with baker’s twine. Choose some photos, embellishments, epheremia, tags, etc, and slip them between the strands of twine to display!”

Source: Tami Morrison in Book Crafting, 43 things to make with old books, from layouts to decor and more,

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April 22, 2014

How Stacy Julian Finds the Time: “I can’t even say how often I set alarms on my computer and use a timer to help me sort out and purge digital images, clean my studio, make a fast page (to get me in the groove), or put products away. I’m continually surprised by how much I can get done in 15 or 30 minutes of focused effort. And, trust me, I don’t focus easily! Set your own timer and give it a try.”

Source: Stacy Julian in Time to Scrapbook: 9 busy women share 27 tricks for fitting in, an eBook by 9 of our most influential scrapbookers.  

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April 21, 2014

“Set a goal to make every choice count. Color, especially, is a powerful tool for setting a mood. For this baby card, I chose soft shades of pink, yellow, green, and brown that reinforced the gentle, sweet, serene feeling I wanted. My colors are somewhat non-traditional and unique—a reminder that every new baby is completely one-of-a-kind. My use of shape works hand-in-hand with my use of color. All of the shapes are soft and curvy, from the polka-dots and hearts to the flowers and loopy ribbon. You don’t see any strong lines or bold geometrics here; they just wouldn’t fit in. The addition of a tiny piece of measuring tape works perfectly on a baby card—it acknowledges the bittersweet fact that babies grow far too fast.”

Source: Embellishing Handbook: 20 stylish strategies for dressing up your paper projects by Danielle Flanders, page 7.

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April 18, 2014

Set aside some time to play and be childlike. Whether you allow yourself to get caught-up in the fun while playing with your children, or if you wander off to the park on your lunch break and swing for a few minutes, allow your heart to be filled with the joy of being childlike and without inhibitions. Let go of the worry of what others might think, and simply play and enjoy.

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April 11, 2014


Allow yourself a little extra sleep…whether it's by going to bed a half-hour earlier, sleeping in an extra fifteen minutes, or sneaking in a nap on a Sunday afternoon. Getting a little extra sleep is the equivalent of fueling your body with healthy foods, getting fresh air, or drinking lots of water. It's vital to your health. 

This week, create at least one opportunity for yourself to get a little extra sleep. Who knows, maybe you'll make a habit out of it!

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April 10, 2014


Back with some more good reads, the list below is full of cookbooks that have caught my eye. Enjoy!

Handmade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties by Ashley English

From the décor, to the entertainment, on down to the recipes themselves, Handmade Gatherings presents inspired suggestions for thoughtful, flavorful, festive communal dining. Here you'll find sixteen parties built around the rhythm of the seasons. Frosty winter fetes, lush springtime soirees, sultry summer get-togethers, and crisp autumn affairs--it's all here.

Sweet Paul Eat and Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love by Paul Lowe

Divided into Morning, Brunch, Noon, and Night, with color palettes to match, Sweet Paul Eat and Make includes breakfast dishes like Morning Biscuits with Cheddar, Dill, and Pumpkin Seeds and brunches like Smoked Salmon Hash with Scallions, Dill, and Eggs. For lunch, there’s a super-quick Risotto with Asparagus, and for dinner, Maple-Roasted Chicken and a stunning Norwegian specialty, World’s Best Cake. Rustically chic craft projects—paper flowers made out of coffee filters, a vegetable-dyed tablecloth, and a trivet from wooden clothespins—will captivate even those who are all thumbs.

Picture Perfect Parties: Annette Joseph's Stylish Solutions for Entertaining by Annette Joseph

Annette Joseph, Today Show entertaining expert, knows how to throw a party. Her motto: Make it simple and make it gorgeous! She is able to combine down-to-earth gusto with do-it-yourself brilliance to create an entertaining cookbook for people who want to entertain more and with panache. PICTURE PERFECT PARTIES provides an arsenal of tricks for a year’s worth of get-togethers, holidays, and special occasions—including Easter brunch, Cinco de Mayo, summer grill-outs, picnics and barbecues, holiday cocktails, and the Super Bowl— guaranteed to make at-home entertaining easy.

First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More) by Allison Kave

Allison Kave made pies as a hobby, until one day her boyfriend convinced her to enter a Brooklyn pie-making contest. She won. In fact, her pies were such a hit that she turned pro. People can’t get enough of her Bourbon Ginger Pecan pie, her whimsical Root Beer Float Pie, her addictive Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie. And the crusts—oh, the crusts!—are so impossibly flaky, so utterly delicious, that pie eaters around the world will rejoice that Allison has at last divulged her techniques and tips.

Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion--with a Little Something Extra Inside Hardcover by Amanda Rettke

From Amanda Rettke, founder of the popular blog I Am Baker, comes Surprise-Inside Cakes with recipes and techniques to make dozens of stunning, imaginative cakes for every occasion, each with something special inside.

Whether it’s a striking, all-white cake with a secret red velvet heart baked inside; a birthday cake, complete with a surprise balloon cake in the middle; or the gorgeous hydrangea cake that took the blogosphere by storm; Amanda’s cakes are downright revolutionary—and really fun to prepare.



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April 08, 2014

Today's good reads feature books in home decor and crafting, these four are on my wish list. Just looking at the covers and reading the descriptions make me want to make something!

Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love
by Blair Stocker

Wise Craft is a guide to the homemade life, turning old things into special new objects that enhance the home. Based on the popular blog of the same name, this guide focuses on creating a homemade atmosphere that reflects your family, without spending a fortune. Instead of throwing away old shirts and boring dishes, or passing up thrift store finds that aren't quite right, author Blair Stocker teaches how to remake, adding special touches to make them work for her home—and yours .

BiblioCraft: The Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects
by Jessica Pigza

There is untold wealth in library collections, and, like every good librarian, Jessica Pigza loves to share. In BiblioCraft, Pigza hones her literary hunting-and-gathering skills to help creatives of all types, from DIY hobbyists to fine artists, develop projects based on library resources.

The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful 
by Myquillyn Smith (available 4/29/2014)

Perfection is overrated. Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) is all about embracing reality---especially when it comes to decorating a home bursting with boys, pets, and all the unpredictable messes of life.In The Nesting Place, Myquillyn shares the secrets of decorating for real people---and it has nothing to do with creating a flawless look to wow your guests. It has everything to do with embracing the natural imperfection and chaos of daily living.

Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style 
by Will Taylor (available 4/29/2014)

Dive into a refreshing take on color from one of the world’s leading interiors bloggers, Will Taylor of Bright.Bazaar: West Elm’s "go-to blogger for color inspiration." What began as a popular blog attracting over 400,000 readers a month is now a gorgeous, color-popping book sure to delight and inspire all.


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April 07, 2014


We all enjoy a good read right? I have gathered a handful of favorites to share with you this week starting with journals and coloring books that make me want to stop and create.

Be sure to share your favorite good reads with us, leave a comment letting everyone know what inspires you to write or doodle!


Walls Notebook Diary
by Sherwood Forlee

These textured urban walls provide an interesting backdrop for notes, musings, drawings, doodles, and more. Indulge your inner graffiti artist - without the risk of jail time!

Outside the Lines: An Artists' Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations

by Souris Hong-Porretta

Just add color!
For anyone who loves creativity and contemporary art, or who simply loves the joy of coloring, comes Outside the Lines, a striking collection of illustrations from more than 100 creative masterminds, including animators, cartoonists, fine artists, graphic artists, illustrators, musicians, outsider artists, photographers, street artists, and video game artists.

Fill in the Blank: An Inspirational Sketchbook
by Vahram Muratyan

With more than 100 different spreads to envision, design, and draw, Fill in the Blank invites you to create new houses, cars, skyscrapers, cereal boxes, wine labels, roller coasters, topiary, and much, much more! Part doodling book, part sketchbook, and part design-inspiration workbook, Fill in the Blank offers everything you need to jump-start your imagination.

PhotoPlay!: Doodle. Design. Draw.
by M. J. Bronstein

Wondrous and wacky photographs paired with quirky, clever prompts make PhotoPlay! a delightful invitation to imaginative exploration! Design an upside-down world, a passing parade, and an underwater garden. Draw a tasty birthday cake for Bob, a pet for Grace, and Ravi's imaginary friend.

Everything Is Connected: Reimagining the World One Postcard at a Time by Keri Smith

Leave notes in public for strangers, dream up a tiny imaginary world, summon magic powers, draw a portrait of yourself as a hero, create your own treasure map, or access a secret portal whenever you wish.

Don’t you just love getting something unexpected in the mail?

 Come back tomorrow for more good reads.

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April 04, 2014

Read a book that you enjoyed as a child. Take a few moments to reconnect with the story, and why you loved it. Was it full of adventure? Or cute, furry animals? If you feel inspired, you could even snap a photo of yourself with the book, and create a page about why you loved the story.

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April 02, 2014

Sketch Solutions
Unlocking the power of sketches for better, faster scrapbook pages taught by Donna Januzzi

A sketch provides a solid foundation for a scrapbook page layout, so you can create a well-balanced design in less time—every time. With that piece of the puzzle covered, you can let your creativity soar in the areas of color, photo selection, product combinations, techniques, and journaling.

And there's no one better at sketches than Donna Jannuzzi! An engineer turned scrapbooker and stay-at-home mom, Donna has explored the potential of sketches from every possible angle. In this 4-week workshop, she'll share her favorite sketches from her popular eBook and the most versatile designs from her prized sketch notebook—and she'll teach you her secrets for making the most of every one.

Learn more and register here

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