Thursday, September 24, 2009

Home Inspiration

Lately I've been getting addicted to all things home decor related. Again. I keep a file on my computer of all the rooms, fixtures, furniture, etc., that inspire me and make me want to sell my first-born cat so I can have things like that. :D

Here are a few I found recently that make my heart pitter-patter. (Don't worry; no kitties were harmed or sold in the making of this post. :D) Oh, by the way, this post is sponsored by the color Turquoise (all images are from House Of Turquoise.)

Oh, to have a kitchen like this. (I don't know whose kid that is in my kitchen, though! :D)

Or this one. (I'm getting a strong IKEA vibe here, and I likes it!)

And this tile work is ridiculously beautiful. (Loving how the lighter color tile on the wall cascades down into the deep blue on the floor!)

And this might just be the World's Most Perfect Porch. For real. (Gah. Look at that ocean view. I would scrapbook right there at that little coffee table. All day. Everyday.)

And this door is just really cool and inspiring. :D (This door is in Brussels. But I wish it was in Macon. :D)

So, these are just a few images inspiring me right now. We are still in the process of making our house "ours"--picking out new fixtures and paint, thinking about changing flooring and thinking about taking a sledgehammer to the bathroom vanity, etc. This Saturday marks one year since we closed on our house! The interior designer wannabe in me is excited to watch it transform into our own little masterpiece.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

DIY Pebbles

During my work for Scrap n' Art for the September/October issue (out now! :D), I had the privilege to work with some gorgeous Prima products. This included some of their Pebbles (such as these beauties over at I loved them and thought that I might be able to also create my own so that I could use some of my favorite papers and customize them for particular projects. A lot of times, there are beautiful, tiny details on patterned paper that might get lost on a layout, so this is the perfect use for those details. The pebble slightly magnifies the pattern, too. This is a GREAT way to use up some of your paper scraps, too!

I found a big bag of glass craft pebbles at Wal-Mart in the general craft section. I have recently been using Glossy Accents a lot and thought that would be perfect to adhere the paper to the bottom of the pebble because it dries completely crystal clear and acts as adhesive.

So, here is how I made them. :D

First, you will need:

Bag of pebbles * Glossy Accents * Microtip Scissors * Pencil for tracing * Paper of your choice

First, place the pebble on the paper, over the pattern/color you want to show. This will help you to see how it magnifies as well, and how the end product will look.

Hold the pebble down and trace it, keeping your pencil angled and as close to the flat bottom of the pebble as possible, all the way around.

Next, cut your little circle of paper out, just inside the pencil line.

This is what you should have when it's cut out and ready to be adhered.

Next, squeeze out a tiny dot of Glossy Accents onto the paper circle. You really need a tiny bit, probably less than I have in this picture.

Place the pebble on the paper and press down all around the paper. You will see the Glossy Accents spread out to cover the whole area. You can also align your paper correctly at this point, but do it quickly because the Glossy Accents dries fast!! You can also use your micro-tip scissors at this point to trim if necessary around the bottom of the pebble. After you do several of these, you may be able to skip the tracing step and just "eyeball" the size of the circle. I was able to do that with the majority of mine. The shape and imperfections in the pebbles make them very forgiving.

I made a bunch! They are so fun and I can't wait to use them on some layouts and projects. You can use them as centers for flowers, or as embellishments alone on your project or layout. I would recommend a large, thin Glue-Dot or some liquid craft glue such as Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue for attaching them to paper.

You can click on this picture to enlarge for detail.

Have fun, and if you create some, please link me up on this post so I can see them!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Patrick Swayze

We have lost an icon. Rest in peace, Patrick Swayze.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Craft Critique Giveaway!

Craft Critique is giving away three new Basic Grey Collections: Eerie, Eskimo Kisses, and Indian Summer!! So head on over to the Craft Critique Blog to enter!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Beautiful Bea

I was taking pics today of my projects for Scrap n' Art, and Beatrice came up to see what was going on. I snapped this pic of her, and thought it was so beautiful!

The whiteness on the right side is the back door.

Just wanted to share. :D

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

More Work To Share

Here are some layouts I did recently.
(Click each layout to enlarge for detail.)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September/October Scrap n' Art Now Available!

I officially make my DT debut for Scrap n' Art in the September/October issue, out today!! I am so excited! This issue is packed with ideas and inspiration!!

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