New print in an old frame

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. amy tangerineThe 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.amy tangerineIdeally 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.amy tangerineLeaving most of the bottom nails in, I carefully slid the canvas out of the frame from the top.amy tangerineI trimmed the elephant print to fit in the frame.amy tangerineCarefully, 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.amy tangerineamy tangerineI 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!

a workspace that works

Amy Tangerine's real working studioWell, 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’s hand print

amy tangerineJack “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.

Weekend Snaps

amy tangerine amy tangerine amy tangerine amy tangerineDesign/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 fun surprise

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.amy tangerineThen I received an email that the package had indeed arrived!amy tangerineThere was also a cute photo of her kissing her amazingly thoughtful husband.

Major points for him!

Find a way to make work feel like play

amy tangerineCombining 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.

yes, please

amy tangerine's studioamy tangerine's studioThough 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.

Jack’s 1st birthday party photos

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Highlights included:

  • Jack napping for the first 45 minutes of his own party
  • JC’s whole roast pig was a total success (he got one of these boxes and ordered the pig from a local butcher)
  • catering of the other food was done by Rutt’s Cafe
  • Cindy making both a large beach scene cake that was incredibly delicious and a small smash cake that Jack barely put his finger in
  • having 2 sets of twins and 1 set of triplets in attendance
  • the mini bounce house and water table were a big hit
  • having over 60 friends and family in our own backyard celebrating with us

Considering I barely took any photos myself, seeing these pics on Instagram under the hashtag #jackarchibald1 was so fun:IG1 IG2So glad the little guy only turns 1 once because it took about a week for his parents to recover from all the festivities!

brand new bike

amy tangerine My first beach cruiser was purchased when I moved to LA in 2003. Her name was Pinky, and yes she was pink. She lived outside for about 5 years in Santa Monica and then about 5 years in Venice. After lots of use, I decided to retire her to a friend’s place last year when we bought our house. I knew I wanted to get a new bike when Jack and I could go for rides, so in August we walked into our local bike shop, Chubby’s and fell in love with this Biria and the Co-Pilot. After reading many reviews about the installation of the seat online, I decided to leave it to the experts and paid just $30 to have it professionally done.
amy tangerine- biria bikes amy tangerine- biria bikes amy tangerine- biria bikes amy tangerine- biria bikesIt’s harder than it looks riding with a little one in the back. I feel like I am 10 again (though I didn’t wear a helmet back then), just riding up and down our street over and over again. But Jack seems to dig it and is quite the perfect co-pilot.

Now we just need a name for the bike and I refuse to follow the pattern to call her Creamy. Ideas?

Love this right now

Kelly Purkey Kelly Purkey Kelly Purkey 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.