Ever feel like things are spinning out of control, but in a good way? Things are cah-razy around here right now. A couple days ago, I decided to take a quick cartwheel break before resuming back to work. Besides meditation (and cartwheels), do you all have some quick strategies for not feeling too overwhelmed? I’m trying to be present and in-the-moment, but sometimes I just feel like there is SO much going on at the same time. Know what I mean?
Photo by Jamie Waters | Sweater from Varga (on sale!) | Jeans by Robin’s Jean
This fun post highlights lots of cute Hello Kitty memorabilia, it makes me so excited to be able to be part of Hello Kitty Con which starts tomorrow! In the spring, I was contacted by the company producing the event. Then a few months ago they sent over a whole bunch of products to work with. I’ll be teaching the only scrapbooking workshops being held all weekend on Thursday, October 30. Hope some of you already got your tickets as all 4 time slots are sold out. And the entire convention is also sold out.
You can always stay up to date with my latest events and happenings by checking out the listings of Upcoming Events in the sidebar. I’ll be sure to take a bunch of photos of the fun and share after the event!
When these Walden kits arrived at my doorstep, I was in the midst of the usual craziness. Jack isn’t walking yet, but since my dad and his wife were in town, he has been pushing around a motorbike-walker-thing like crazy. And now it seems like he’s running. Thankfully, I carved out some time to make some of my favorite layouts using photos of my favorite guy. These kits are really awesome and make me realize that I am truly obsessed with leaves. Here’s how a couple layouts came together using only the Scrapbook kit.Using the Concord and Baker Bridge add-ons (these leaves are so beautiful, I want 10 packs), I used black and white photos for this neutral page of Jack’s early months. I stitched the numbers with my Comrade embroidery kit and kept the photos & numbers as the focus of the page against the white. If I were to only get 1 add-on this month, it would definitely be a toss up between Concord and Baker Bridge.And last but not least, using only the Concord kit, I wanted to make a layout for my mom’s birthday.For this Project Life spread, I used the Walden kit along with photos and memorabilia to tell most of the story. If I felt the need to do more journaling, I would probably do so on a card and just slide it into one of the pockets. For now, this feels like the perfect balance of photos + product to me. Not to mention faces, food, and fun things.It’s starting to feel a little like fall around here, and apparently on my layouts too. There’s a leaf on every single project except for one.
You can shop for all Walden kits here and see all my projects here.
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Recently on a trip to the flea market, we purchased a number of frames that we knew we were going to replace with photos or art. We have this idea to make a mixed collage wall somewhere in our house, maybe in the hallway, maybe elsewhere. This is one of the grey frames we got, solely for the frame. Jack got this adorable Elephant print by Kay Vincent for his birthday (thanks KP for toting all the way from London!), and it matched the frame nicely, except it needed to be cut down. The back of the frame: the canvas was placed directly in the frame, without glass covering. I love how it’s all wired up and ready to hang.Ideally you would use some thin needle nose pliers to pull out the nails, but I used regular sized pliers. I didn’t want to take out all the nails as I didn’t know how difficult it would be to put them back in.Leaving most of the bottom nails in, I carefully slid the canvas out of the frame from the top.I trimmed the elephant print to fit in the frame.Carefully, I slid the elephant print into the frame first. Then slowly, I added the original canvas back in so that it would provide sturdy backing behind the print. I did end up nailing a few of the nails back into the frame but it was pretty sturdy even without all of them.I love how it turned out. Now we just have to hang it up! Do you have a great source for frames or art prints? Would be eager to hear about your favorites in the comments!
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!