I’m taking an online class at Studio Calico called Color Theory by Wilna Furstenberg. It’s a crafty paint type of class and it’s strictly fun but I’m learning a lot more than I had imagined. The first week covered impasto.

CTIMPASTO0042_800I didn’t have pink acrylic paint (is there such a thing as pink acrylic paint?) so I mixed white and red to get the pink.  Initially, the pink was lighter than the darker color you see in the photos so I just added a bit more red to the mix.  I used Regular Gel Matte by Golden Artist Colors as the thickener.  For the black ink splatters, I didn’t have black in the little bottle Wilna used so I mixed a little water with black acrylic paint and used a brush to fling the color where I wanted the splatters.  The paper with the stamp ink is by Bazzill called Avalanche.  They have little ridges instead of the canvas texture. The heart stickers  and white stars stickers were from a Facebook swap, the little beads with the hole in them came from a Hello Kitty Scrapbook Kit my daughter didn’t want, and the butterflies are from my Martha Stewart Butterfly puncher.  The intricate flower cutout and the words (live, laugh, love) are cut files created by Wilna Furstenberg.  I didn’t use a glue gun like Wilna does even though I do have one.  I may start using it but for now I use the matte medium, Mod Podge, and E6000 as my glues.

Paper Layout: New Beginnings


I created the above paper layout by following the steps from Wilna Furstenberg at  She used gel paint in her tutorial but I don’t have gel paint so I used what was available to me, which was, gel matte medium, and acrylic paints.  The intricate die cut was created by Wilna as a freebie.  I used the Silhouette Portrait to cut it out and then gently removed it from the mat with an exacto knife and a plastic scraper.  It’s a little time consuming but it’s one gorgeous piece of die cut.


This layout was so much fun to make.  I’ve never used paint on a scrapbook page like this so it was a really great learning experience.


Digital Layout: Admire

Created this layout for my This Is Me binder.  This Is Me was a class I took a couple of years ago at Studio Calico.  Basically, the instructor provided prompts and scrapbooking ideas to get you inspired.  The title (This Is Me) is however you want to translate it but  the scrapping/documenting must have everything to do with you, not your family or friends .  For me, it was sort of a personal reflective kind of scrapbooking so I choose to focus on almost everything I did/was/believed before I became a mom (because we all know, motherhood leaves no time for us to be who we really are) and a few things here and there from the present.


I used the digital kit collab freebie by Just Jamie, Little Butterfly Wings, and Quirky Heart called, M3.  The photos were random Instagram screenshots and the fonts used were Sea Dreams and Hobo Std.


Repost Day by Day – Project Life Week 4

Original date: 2.26.14

Week 4.  I tried a couple of new techniques:

1. A fold out page.

2. Sewed all the way around a journal card.


Our puppy, Teddy.  She’s not a puppy anymore but she’s still a sweetie.

I used products from: Studio Calico, Becky Higgins Project Life, We R Memory Keepers, My Mind’s Eye, and Tim Holtz.

Repost Day by Day – Project Life First Layout of 2014

Original date: 1.02.14

Happy New Year!

The class has started at Studio Calico for Day by Day.  I was going back and forth about going digital (the book method) or doing the paper and binder method for awhile.  I had set my mind on going completely digital but then there are pretty papers I like, pens I like using, and other embellishments that I simply can’t resist, so I’m going to be doing it both ways:  Digital and paper in binder.

I still have a lot of catching up to do of 2013, but I’m really excited about starting the new year fresh with a new motivation so I went ahead and created my first 2014 layout.

I used a couple of digital elements from the Day by Day class (bottom left elements).  As you know, I’m keeping up with the simplicity theme I mentioned a few months back.  I was hoping to get more layouts in before the new year but time just wasn’t on my side.  There will be lots of catching up though.

Hope your new year is starting out fabulous!