Well, I think it goes without saying, but I did not tidy up the studio before snapping this photo. I think many people would assume this looks like total chaos and isn’t very organized at all. But in my world, it is in fact a bit chaotic yet also organized. I know where (most) things are and what projects need immediate attention and what’s next in the pipeline. I’ve come to the realization that I actually thrive in an environment that looks like this most of the time. Sure, between projects I straighten up and clean off surfaces just to mess them up again, but it’s what works. And has been working for quite some time. And thanks to this interesting article, I’m no longer feeling so guilty about the fact that my workspace isn’t exactly Pinterest worthy. Whatever works, right?
PS – I’ll be broadcasting from my studio for Inspiration Live on Saturday, November 1st. The class is just $20 and you’ll have forever access to the materials. I mentioned it a couple weeks ago in this post. It will be a full day of Big Picture Classes FUN from the convenience of your computer or mobile device. The talented and inspiring Stacy Julian will be kicking it all off at 9am PST. My live video chat begins at 11:30am PST and I’ll be sharing all kinds of things that are in the works in addition to projects made exclusively for this class.
You can still participate even if you aren’t available on Saturday, November 1st. All content, videos and chat transcripts will be archived so you can take in at your convenience. This event is a perfect way to connect, create and be productive with me, Kelly Purkey and products we’ve designed and directed. You can purchase Inspired Pages and A Mini kit full of exclusive product from Studio Calico. If you missed our 4Experts workshop Here & There Inspiration this is your chance to experience a one-day, super-fun version of what we taught there. Or if you wanted to sign up for Here & There Inspiration, you’ll get this as a bonus and can treat the 12-week workshop as a self-paced class!
Inspiration LIVE includes:
- A full day of BPC FUN from the convenience of your computer or mobile device.
- Detailed schedule, supply list and inspiration survey posted in the event classroom
- 9:00am PT live kick-off party with Stacy
- Fully edited 90-minute project class with Kelly Purkey, including videos and handouts with step-by-step instructions
- 11:30 PT live video chat with Amy to reveal her Inspiration LIVE project (details in the pre-classroom)
- Break for lunch
- Fully edited 90-minute project class with Amy Tan, including videos and handouts with step-by-step instructions
- 3:00pm PT live video chat with Kelly to reveal her Inspiration LIVE project (details in the pre-classroom)
- Video interview of Amy at American Crafts with prize reveal
- Video interview of Kelly at Basic Grey with prize reveal
- Special offers from Persnickety Prints, American Crafts, and Basic Grey, our event sponsors
- Private posting gallery and streaming Instagram feed to share your work and view the work of your classmates
- Message board to share your thoughts with your classmates and to chat with Amy, Kelly, and Stacy
Hope you’ll join in on the fun for Inspiration Live!
Jack “graduated” from mommy & me class! It was such a special year getting to know a dozen moms and their babies (all born in September/October 2013). For graduation, our teacher did hand prints of all the kids. Then mommies got a marker and we passed the pages around and wrote something on each child’s print. Such a great idea, and now the work of art is hanging in Jack’s playroom. I cherish it and smile each time I look at the words describing my little guy.
Design/date night, having my first cocktail in 2 years, trying out Paiche for the first time and loving it, brunch at LYFE Kitchen, Trader Joe’s, cooler temperatures, Jack turning 13 months, getting pumpkins, a friend’s successful surprise 40th birthday party, laundry, a little work getting accomplished, out of town friends stopping by, Buster recovering well in the hospital after surgery (poor guy in his cone of shame though!), grilling out and catching up on Homeland. Hope you all had a lovely weekend as well!
A couple weeks ago, I received an email with the subject line “Surprise for my wife!”. It went something like this:
Hello Amy! This week I am visiting Chicago with my wife. She likes to scrapbook but scrapbooking supplies are very hard to find in Spain; can you list some shops here in Chicago where we can buy her material to take back with us. Thanks in advance!!!
So then I wrote back:
How sweet of you! I am not familiar with too many scrapbook shops that are left in the city, unfortunately. There is Paper Source on Armitage and a store called Art Effect that I really like on the same street. There is a stationery store called Greer that is lovely as well.
As for actual scrapbook supplies though, it’s tough. How long will you be in Chicago? If you want, I can put together a package if you tell me how much you want to spend, and I can mail it from Los Angeles if you provide an address. It probably wouldn’t arrive to you until Saturday if we mailed it this afternoon.
Enjoy Chicago! And please eat some Lou Malnati’s spinach or sausage deep dish pizza for me!
We exchanged a couple more emails and he decided it would be best to address the specially curated package to his sister-in-law who was staying in the hotel room next to theirs. While the package was in transit, I received a note saying they had gone to Michaels and picked up the “Best of” paper pad.Then I received an email that the package had indeed arrived!There was also a cute photo of her kissing her amazingly thoughtful husband.
Major points for him!
Combining collections and techniques is one of my favorite ways to scrapbook. It’s been a while since I’ve created a page with a focus on just me and expressing creativity. Turns out it’s both therapeutic and fun. Both Shimelle’s line and my latest collection Stitched, contain inspiring phrases and have colors and patterns that work really well together. I also used a set of Kelly Purkey stamps (sold out, sorry!) and this set by Kellie Winnell, which remain bold with the use of black ink. You can see how the whole thing came together on Shimelle’s blog. And you may notice that I couldn’t decide whether to keep that high five puffy sticker on there or not.
Though I debuted the Yes, Please collection at CHA in January 2013 (listgirl has a nice photo of the booth here), I am just now getting the yarn-wrapped letters up in my studio. It just took some help of a hammer and small nails and in the better-late-than-never spirit, nearly 2 years later, it’s up! It’s a fairly easy DIY project you could do with any inspiring phrases in your own home/office/studio.
Work or play? Who cares, it’s fun and I love all the projects we have going on. Right now, on my desk is a bunch of goodness from Kelly Purkey (sorry this kit is sold out – but she has more coming out soon) and Jen Hadfield’s debut collection with Pebbles, Home + Made.
Also – if you are in Southern California, I would love to have you come and “play” with me at Studio Crescendoh on October 18! Last time we had a blast and the class sold out fast. Get more info on this awesome art journaling workshop using the newest collection, Stitched and sign up for the class here.
Often times when I want to create a page but am uncertain on where to start, I just pick one thing that I know I want to work with and let that set the tone. For today that item was the hello let’s chat
cut file from The Cut Shoppe
. I love speech bubbles and I adore how these really make a statement on a page.
From there I cut out the file and then just started to brain storm. What kind of story could I tell here? I will literally make a list; a layout about thoughts, adorable quotes I have heard, a conversations etc. etc. etc. you can really go on until something sparks. Once you get the spark, run with it. I had this adorable photo of Addison in my photo box and the look on her face just says so much to me I wanted to explore that a bit.
With that simple prompt this layout came together so quickly. I used the stickers from Plus One as my color guide. So when I was adding watercolor behind the speech bubbles I selected colors I knew would work well with the line, then I used that color guide to easily select the stickers I wanted to use. I love the yellow in this line and wanted to use it for my base color, then created a color blocking effect by adding that pink washi across the center of the page. The sentiment thickers in this line are my favorite so of course I had to use them again and I love the statement they make on this page. The word “cherish” just lends itself perfectly to the journaling. Just like that I had told my story!
I hope this helps you get going when you may need a starting point. What is your spark today?
Have a wonderful day! Shanna
Seriously so lovely – I adore the use of watercolors! Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop for Plus One at your local scrapbook stores and online at Scrapbook.com and Simon Says Stamp!