Showing posts from August, 2012

A Beautiful Place

This summer, I went with Colleen Baxter, Brenda Abdoyan and Viva Décor to Portland, Oregon for a trade show. The place is beautiful, the food fabulous and the company perfect. Larry went with me and after the show, we stayed an extra few days on the west coast.
We had been to the Pike Street Market on my birthday in 2005. We both knew we had to make the drive up to Seattle again, because it is one of our favorite cities. Of course, Pike Street did not disappoint. I was so glad to have a digital camera so I didn't have to worry about running out of film. I took more than 15 shots within one 5' x 5' area, so with the size of this place, you can only imagine the number of photos I came back with.

The last time we went, I made at least ten traditional scrapbook pages, just about the different elements of this amazing market. It took a long time, and I kept having to run to the computer and printer to add just one more tag or pic or headline. This time, I settled for one …

Who'd a thunk it?

My post today is a project that is the first of what I call, Using Up My Stash. I've had this cute book box for some time, but it was in a plastic bin (the clear kind so you can see what you have). Of course, it was packed so full and stacked on the top shelf of my storage area that I never saw this box until one day when I needed something else and didn't want to drive to Memphis to get it.

The Who'd a thunk it? title for this post is because I discovered something really cool about the Duetica Lettering Arts Studio. Now, you know how I love Duetica. I have posted a lot of projects using their fabulous lettering system, all (or most) with pretty detailed instructions for making even more changes once the type is set. I usually use either Photoshop or Illustrator, select the area I want to edit, and just drop in my color of choice. AND I had noticed the the outline option in the Duetica software. It just never occurred to me to actually use it, cut out the letters and colo…


I am so honored to have received a Leibster Blog Award from my friend and traveling buddy, Barbara Rankin.. 
In Barbara's words:...
"What is the Liebster Award?

Well. . .the origins of the Liebster Blog award are somewhat unclear and this seems to be blog folklore but it goes like this:  "Some time (in the recent past), somewhere (rumor has it that it might be Germany), someone (I guessing he/she was named Liebster) decided to do something nice for a whole lot of bloggers and started the Liebster Blog Award. It’s an award you receive, but it is also an award that you give."Liebster is a German word, so translated from a few sources it means favorite, sweetheart, beloved, darling.
If you receive a Liebster Blog Award you are asked to choose 3-5 other bloggers and send them one as well. It is an award meant to highlight smaller blogs - less than 200 followers. Let them know that we care and are reading. The idea is that the blogger receiving the award links bac…

Designer Crafts Connection: Back-to-School Framed Chalkboard

I can hardly believe it's been two months since my last post. Between working with the fabulous Colleen Baxter and Viva Décor in Portland, Oregon and the the Craft and Hobby Convention in Chicago, my summer has just gotten away from me.
I don't have any little ones going back to school, but this time of year always reminds me of buying school supplies, the anticipation of seeing my friends again after the summer break and fall football games.
The Designer Crafts Connection theme for this month is using school supplies to create a project. Nothing says new school year to me as much as new pencils and fresh box of Crayolas. Take advantage of the sales (Crayolas were four 24-packs for $1 at one local store!) and tax-free weekends to stock up on these items. Use this cute, quick and easy chalkboard to write a message for your budding scholar. It can be used on a small easel for a desktop or wired with a hanger to display in a locker.
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