Fall Leaves Paper Wreath

DIY Fall Leaves Paper Wreath

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Today I wanted to share my process for making this festive fall leaves wreath entirely out of paper! For the fall season I was tasked with creating an easy display in our library for cookbooks. I decided to feature “Fall Foods.” With the help of the Silhouette Cameo, I created this wreath in an afternoon. This project is also perfect for creating a welcoming autumn door wreath or mantel decor on a budget by utilizing your unused paper at home!DIY Fall Leaves Paper Wreath

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Library Display: Banned Books Week

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This week is Banned Books Week (September 27th through October 3rd) and I am excited to share with you the banners that I created for the lobby of our library.

Although we are a smaller branch, and don’t always have challenged materials on hand to feature, I was asked to create a display to promote awareness. I knew right away I wanted to make a big impact in our beautiful windowed lobby for all to see. And what better way to represent Banned Books Week than with a book burning? Kidding, of course, but I did want to make a similar statement with this display.

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DIY Photo Booth Props

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I have a DIY tutorial this week to share with you all! So get out your phones (or cameras, whatever those are!) and strike your best selfie pose because today I’m going to show you how to make these lovely photo booth props!

DIY Photobooth Props

If you have an upcoming party, wedding, or special occasion you can create the perfect custom Photo booth props quickly and easily with the Silhouette Cameo.

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Project Life Mood Book: Triangles

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My journaling adventure this week was inspired by a freebie pattern set I acquired from CREATIVE MARKET.  

Every week, starting on Monday, they give away a handful of free content for those registered with a free account. The free items vary, but they often include digital graphics or fonts. This week I was like a kid in a candy store grabbing them all. These particular items are free 8/10/15 – 8/16/15.

Creative Market Free Goods

If you are an artist or crafty individual, or wish you were and want to gaze at pretty things-Creative Market is the place!

You won’t stop at the freebies either. Once you start browsing you will inevitably buy something. All items come with at least a Simple License, meaning you can use the item for personal use. Imagine the possibilities for greeting cards, invitations, wall art- or in my case, Project Life cards.

I had been searching for the perfect paper to use for this photo, and I was immediately inspired by the Triangle Seamless Pattern set by Curly_Pat. I used my Silhouette software to create 3×4″ journal cards from these patterns which I then printed and cut. The other embellishments were made from scrapbook paper and various stamps. I am especially fond of the hand stamped camera pattern- and I will definitely use this technique again.

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SignatureThanks for visiting! Check back for more of my Project Life Mood Book. Check out my Artspiration board on Pinterest for a peek into what inspires me and my pages! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

*FYI, I am not affiliated with Creative Market-
I just love it. A lot. 

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Library Display: Colorful Paper Circles

Colorful Cascading Paper Circles Library Display

Hello everyone! Today I want to to dive into my love of paper craft and share with you one of my recent and favorite creations for the library. This display makes a big impact with only a few sheets of paper- and little to NO experience necessary. It’s so easy- I promise! This project goes far beyond the library and would work well for classroom displays, parties, or even holiday decorations- its up to you!

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Beach Happy Place Watercolor

Project Life Mood Book: My Happy Place

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For this post, I want to share a few pages from the beginnings of my 6 x 8 Project Life album. When I started researching this hobby, it became very clear to me that every crafter has their own take on pocket journaling. Most people tend  to include journaling cards and follow a chronological order.

I decided that instead of documenting the weeks, months, or years, I wanted to approach my album as a mood book

Although I adore art journaling as well, my artistic style is a bit too orderly to fully enjoy keeping a messy/wrinkled conglomerate of pages. (As my mother would joke- its probably OCD.) I find it much more enjoyable (and convenient) to create a small work of art and cut it down to fit into a pocket.  I chose the 6×8 size to not feel overwhelmed as a beginner. I like to include my own creations, personal photos, scrapbook paper, and simple embellishments to create my pages.

My other rule?- I don’t buy pre-made cards or journaling kits.

Not that they aren’t wonderful, (I often eye them while perusing the craft store isles…) but I find the process more cathartic when I  create each piece myself. It also encourages me to use my collection of crafting materials. (Repeat after me: not even ONE more paper pad….no more room…)

These pages were inspired by my happy place– the soft, white sand beaches in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

My family and I have vacationed there many times, and it just so happened to be the location of our destination wedding a few years ago. <3  I included a few of my own beach shots from various trips, a selfie (of course), some patterned card stock (with speckled gold foil) and a couple of hand painted beach watercolor squares. I cut the sentiments and shapes with my Silhouette Cameo, and also used some dollar stamps from Michael’s.

SignatureThanks for taking a look! I will be sharing my pages regularly, so check back for more of my Project Life Mood Book. Check out my Artspiration board on Pinterest for a peek into what inspires me and my pages! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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A few of my favorite things…

“The materials I use are absolutely essential to the work I make.”
– David Batchelor

As an introduction, I’d like to a share a list of tools in my creative arsenal that I just cannot live without. I use them for almost every project I do- including paper crafts, home DIY projects, or working on this very blog.

You might be surprised that not one of these items is a brush. Or paper. Or paint. I’d like to think of this list of favorites as items that expedite my creative process, or ultimately make my projects better.

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