Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Petaloo Blooming Collage

Playing with vintage dictionary paper, pretty May Arts ribbons, and fun embellishments like these flowers from Petaloo is my idea of the perfect day! I created a tutorial for this fun collage on canvas that you'll find on the May Arts blog. Or click here for a printable PDF. Be sure to check out the great prizes and inspiring ideas posted all week long at both May Arts & Petaloo!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Findings: Full Tilt Boogie!

Sometimes a workshop comes along that's exactly what you need at a particular moment in time. I'm talking about Full Tilt Boogie! This online workshop is the latest offering from Mary Ann Moss creator of the charming blog Dispatch from LA. The workshop opened today and I just finished watching 13 captivating and highly informative videos about creating a visual journal from an old photo album or book. I recently took one of Mary Ann's other workshops, Remains of the Day and was so inspired by it that I overcame my fear of my sewing machine and stitched on paper for the first time! I highly recommend both these workshops and I can't wait to get started making my journal.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ribbon Bound Travel Journal

Yard sales, summer, and road trips are a perfect mix! Earlier this month, I hit the road along with my daughter and my aunt on a freewheeling jaunt across Kentucky. We were following the trail of the annual 400 mile yard sale that spanned the entire state. We had a wonderful time and found lots of treasures we just had to bring back home! I posted a tutorial for this easy to make journal on the May Arts blog last week. Click here to visit the blog, or here for a printable PDF of the tutorial.

Just a few simple supplies were all I needed to fill up the pages of my journal! I used paper tape from 7 Gypsies, Happy Tape, a few shipping tags, and my favorite jounaling pen - a Permaball Pilot Pen.

Shipping tags are the ideal journaling spot. They fit perfectly in the library pockets included throughout the book, and keep your thoughts {and handwriting} under wraps yet easily accessible.

Happy Tape {a.k.a. washi tape} is so versatile. I used it along with the 7 Gypsies paper tape to add business cards and vellum envelopes for receipts...

as journaling strips...

and to create a little accordion book out of some photos!

Creating this fun little accordion book couldn't be easier! Just print out some wallet size photos and use paper tape to bind the edges together. You could easily substitute clear packing tape or even regular masking tape. Add as many photos as you wish.

We took a little side trip to Glendale, KY on the last day of our trip. Bennie's Barn is home to one of the best antique booths I've ever seen - Time Worn Interiors! Unbeknownst to me, I even met the talented designer behind the magic: Theresa! She had just rearranged the booth and posted pictures of it on her blog. Her displays are simply gorgeous!
Next time I'll post some of the treasures we found on our journey. Until then, enjoy the summer!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Prima Ribbonista Giveaway Winner!

Time to announce the winner of the Black & Cream Greetings Kit! The randomly chosen winner is comment #10:

bhavana said...
What a vintage looking flower!! love the use of book pages with trims of lace!! Very classic!

Congratulations bhavana! Please send an email to with your contact details and I will send your prize to you! Thanks to everyone for your very kind comments!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Prima Ribbonista Giveaway!

If you heard a high pitched squeal earlier, don't worry! It was just me shrieking with delight when I saw the results for the May Arts Design Team challenge. I am so thrilled to be continuing on the DT as a Prima Ribbonista. I adore May Arts ribbon, and I've had so much fun participating in the blog weeks and challenges and creating tutorials. A huge congratulations to everyone on the Prima team and the Cameo team. I can't wait to see what everyone creates and I look forward to working with everyone! To celebrate the new design team, I'm giving away the Black & Cream Greetings Kit I created for the challenge! For your chance to win simply leave a comment on this post before midnight CST on Sunday, June 12th. I'll announce the winner on Monday, June 13th. Best wishes to everyone and many thanks to May Arts!