Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Thanks Blog Hop

Times change, trends ebb and flow.
Information now moves at the speed of light.
Sharing our creative passions and curating the efforts has been in the 
gifted and experienced hands of the Paper Crafts team for many years now. 
They have been through thick and thin as the crafting industry has been 
flooded and swollen with manufacturers, creatives, hobbyists and collectors. 
And then been part of the receding tide as the creating and keeping of crafted projects 
has evolved to a smaller sliver of the population. 
Technology, economics, personalities and resources 
have all contributed to the growth and shrinking of this fascinating community. 
But through it all the Paper Crafts team acted like the green jello 
that was holding all the fruit together in the mold. 

And what a fantastic job they did with keeping us unified, motivated and inspired for all those years.

Hopefully you got here from my fabulous friend Kim Hughes
and when you are done visiting me, please head over to visit with Kim Heggins!
I don't know her personally, but I do know that if she is a paper crafter, she must be the best kind of person!

My card is an homage to my favorite kind of people...

The kind that put in long hours, looked at thousands of submissions, and know how to graciously acknowledge the value of all the contributors whether selected or not.
They are my favorite.
They are our creative heroes.
They will long be remembered for creating a community, defining standards, disseminating valuable information and immense generosity of spirit and kindness.
A small and insignificant token to say thank you for all that you have done, 
and to also say I will miss you all so very much.

I was so lucky to have been published hundreds of times within the fabulous pages of Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes. The special issues, secret calls, assignments and blog posts were opportunities to pour my heart and soul into stories utilizing paper, adhesive and a multitude of exciting media. Each project was made with love from the very core of my heart and when I would get an acceptance email this very heart would sing and dance with the joy of sharing my story with others who love the creative process as much as I did. The few times that I was informed that I had a cover project would put me even that much more over the moon! Gracing the front with other crafters that I admired would remind me just how great this tight community was and how there is so much talent out there just waiting to be discovered and shared.

Watching the Superbowl with the winning team!
I think Susan and Beth won all of the pool gifts that night, and Jennifer was the die hard Packers fan as we cheered them on!

Anniversary Party at CHA!
The hats, the smiles, the balloons...
Who doesn't love a color filled extravaganza with extraordinary people?

I won World Card Making Day, so exciting!
A few years previously I had been lucky enough to win a Stamping Royalty spot as well :)

Dropping some projects that were due at the office on my birthday warranted a picture with the crew!

Celebrating the house warming with Susan and Beth when they moved into their new condo this year!
The condo is darling, perfectly decorated, smelled amazing and the girl crafty cave is exquisite!

And my Paper Crafting experience wouldn't have been nearly as amazing without my co-conspirators in crafting! The ridiculously talented and incredibly generous Julia Stainton. How I treasure the conversations we would have with the management of a design team together and so many other endeavors. I would walk to Canada for Julia, and so grateful to have her as a friend for life!

And the phenomenal Kim Hughes who fueled my creative path with late night crops, lots of junk food, pop music and endless giggles. We would go through the pubs page by page, project by project and discuss what worked for us and what didn't. It helped me grow, develop my personal style and enjoy the hobby at a level that few have the opportunity to experience.

All things change, they evolve, become more or less of a priority based on where we are at and where we are going in our lives. I unfortunately had some significant life changes that put me on a diverging path from the craft world, and I miss it daily. The loss of this team and the publications that they championed for years is a hard one for me to digest, and the creative world will be short some significant cogs without them in it.

My hope is that we all go forth, continue to craft and create an even stronger and more generous community from the collective experience.

Happy Crafting my Friends!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Winner of the Free Copy of Creative Spaces Volume 3

Many Thanks to all who stopped by to visit and especially those who left a comment, so appreciated!!

As of midnight on Thursday I had 42 comments, so I used the number generator to select a winner for the copy of the Creative Spaces Vol. 3

Congratulations to:

Paula, please send me an email with your mailing address, and I will get this into the mail asap!

So here is the current state of my craft room

Completely taken apart and in a rental again, so needing some more creative solutions :)

It is going to be fun challenge as it is much smaller and I will have to be very deliberate and organized about how things are arranged. Neither of those is my strong suit, so it will be an exciting puzzle to solve.

Going to be spending the best part of the day moving all the big furniture over and starting to put things away. Then lots and lots of cleaning...

Don't be jealous ;)


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Creative Spaces Volume 3 Blog Hop and a Give Away for a Free Copy!

Thanks for popping over from the incredibly talented Jen Gallacher's blog, I am thrilled to have you stop by my new blog home!

I was given an extra copy of this special issue and would love to share it with one of the people who leaves a comment on this post. I will be randomly selecting a winner on Friday, so please leave a comment by Thursday the 26th of June 2014 at midnight to be considered.

I wanted to share a few of the vignettes that weren't shown in the pictures of the special issue

The first is from the vintage kitchen display rack that I found at a flea market.
I used the very cool little clips from my Clip it Up and hung my most often used alphabets. They are handy, organized in a way that makes them easy to use and look cute too! 

The second are the crates that were spray painted in black first and then masked off at different angles and hit with a blast of a rich metallic gold. They look cool, and by looking at the different angles I can tell what is in each one of them at a glance. An interesting detail from this shot is the cute wire basket that I hit with the same spray paint. It used to be kind of a funky green color, but with the paint it plays perfectly with the other elements in the room.

Here is the entire list of the blog participants. If you arrived here for some other reason, please be sure to visit these other talented contributors!

Jen Gallacher <-- You arrived from here!
Becky Olsen <-- You are here!
Stephenie Hamen <-- You are heading here next!

The third cool little detail that is shown in the article, but is worth explaining is the burlap display strip that is running down the side of a book case. I cut a long strip of burlap, staple gunned it to the top of the case. Then I tied bows to some more of those cool Clip it Up clamps and hung a bunch of my favorite cards and projects. It is great not only for inspiration, but a quick way to grab a card when I am in a hurry, I keep a few different types of occasions on display  :)

As you can tell, my space is definitely not high design with a big price tag. What it is, is a reflection of where I love to create and be inspired. I don't have a lot of time or money to spend on making it glamorous, but it is a space that I feel comfortable in, can walk into and get busy creating without a lot of fuss or mess. I really want to encourage you to embrace your space, no matter your circumstances!

I hate to see you go since you just got here, but make sure to stop by Stephanie Hamen's blog next, she is incredibly talented and has a beautiful space!

Thanks and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Another Sneak Peek of My Creative Space

I love how the vintage lace looks stashed in this antique cast iron pan. 

I found it at the Vintage Whites Market this spring, 
and knew the second I saw it, it needed to come home with me.

I was so inspired by the color, weight and shape of it, I couldn't wait to get it into my creative space!

This little vignette isn't one that was shared in the magazine. 


Celebrating the 2014 Summer Solstice

Went on a spectacular hike this morning with my great friend Keri Oaks.
We went up the Mill D North trail, and then followed a seldom used ridge trail that took us up to a summit between the Millcreek Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon. So we had 360 degree views for miles. 
It was the perfect way to start the summer, and I can't wait to get out and exploring more trails.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Sneak Peek of Creative Spaces Volume 3


It is a sneak peek.

Still over the moon with having the opportunity to contribute to this special issue.


Embracing Change


It is constant, and the one thing that we can count on is that it will be different.
This isn't a bad thing or a good thing it just is what it is.

Most days I like change.

But there are a few days that I don't. It isn't because I don't mind learning, growing, being challenged or having my life turned upside down.

On those days that I don't like it, it is because my capacity to see the good in all of my circumstances has been pushed to the point of almost breaking.

I have learned that I won't break. 
But sometimes the hurt and disappointment are overwhelming.
And then I remember that Heavenly Father watches over all of us, and I am okay.

I have learned that all of the life dynamics I have experienced have made me more resilient than I ever could have imagined to be possible. 
Stronger than I often want to be.
More compassionate.
More interested.
More distracted by beauty.
More desirous of grace.

Embracing change allows me to look at others with love and compassion instead of judging or envy.

And I like that reflection.