the unPlanner™ - week 49 sneak peek

Hello December. I can not believe the year is coming to an end. At times it seemed to crawl by, but for the most part it has been a whirlwind of happy days and busy schedules. My chunky, happy, colorful journal is bulging with the documentation from another year well lived. It will be bittersweet to see this year come to an end. Enjoy the peek! 

Want to join us in Documenting Your Life in an unConventional way this year? You can read more about our project HERE.

Don't forget to check out Sandi's peeks too! 

Lorraine is enjoying her sabbatical. We are sending Holiday wishes to her across the seas!

recycled art journal peek

I love creating, especially when I can incorporate recycled materials. This is one of my favorite art journals and it is a recycled catalog. The pages are thin and wispy and require a bit of gentle layering and lots of drying time compared to most thicker papers found in standard art journals, but they sound and feel so yummy when they are complete. 

These journal pages make me happy for all their color and mark making. Stay tuned for more peeks of my favorite recycled art journal coming soon! 

Creative Jumpstart 2017

I'm excited to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2017, run for the 6th time by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2017. Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters. 

Throughout January participants get access to 27 downloadable videos from 27 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:

Head on over to Nathalie's site to SIGN UP & FOR MORE DETAILS: You get 27 videos for just $40 (USD) if you sign up before November 30th, (11:59 pm (EST), 2016. Afterwards it will be $45USD until December 31st, 2016 before it goes to its normal sale price of $50USD. 

 SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR ? LET'S GET CREATIVE TOGETHER! SIGN UP HERE

If you are thinking about signing up, you'd make my day by using my link as I will receive a portion of any sales made through that link.  Thank you so much for your kind consideration! 

Cyber Monday Sale on Stencils

Stencil savings up to 35% on my stencils!

Official shopping details: www.stencilgirlproducts.com

Save 25% off all* stencils
Use code: cyber25
Monday, November 28, 2016
from midnight until 11:59 a.m. CST (Central Standard Time)
PLUS 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size!
AND orders over $100 get a FREE large stencil of Mary Beth's choice!
SHOP 
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Save 20% off all* stencils
Use code: cyber20
Monday, November 28, 2016
from noon until 11:59 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time)
PLUS 10% discount when you buy 6 stencils of the same size!
AND orders over $100 get a FREE large stencil of Mary Beth's choice!
SHOP 
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Please feel free to share the news about our sale!
Thank you for being a person who loves stencils like we love stencils!


*Stencils only. Does not apply to DVDs, books, tools, wholesale orders, or gift certificates. StencilClub exclusive monthly member discount does not apply.

A guest post with julie Fei-Fan Balzer

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Guys!  I have to tell you how excited I am that I am doing a guest post with Julie Fei Fan Balzer!  I hope you will hop on over to her blog and take a peek. I will give you a hint- I am sharing a video! While you are there, take a look around - her website is a complete wealth of creative inspiration.

the unPlanner™ - week 48 sneak peek

Goodbye to another month in our beautiful year of documenting. I am not sure where the year has gone but it feels like an enormous accomplishment is being achieved when I look at my bursting journals and see all the memories popping from their seams. I can't wait to hold them all in my hands at years end. 

Want to join us in Documenting Your Life in an unConventional way this year? You can read more about our project HERE.

Don't forget to check out Sandi's peeks too! 

Lorraine is enjoying her sabbatical. We wish her a happy holiday season!

grateful times two

Thank you. Yes you. Thank you for being here. Thank you for powering up your device this morning. Thank you for navigating your way over to my little corner of the world. Thank you for reading and thank you for taking the time to leave a few kind words. Thank you for sharing and caring and showing up. 

I am so very grateful for you. As a token of my appreciation I am sharing two cards with you. One for you to keep and one to give to someone whom you are grateful for today. Just click on the download button below, then print and cut them out. Enjoy and THANK YOU for being here! 

 These artist signed postcards are 4 5/8" x 6 3/8" when cut. I rounded the corners on mine.

ELASTIC BAND CUFF

I have been wanting to try creating an elastic band cuff for awhile now. The idea came to me when I made this rag rope and I am just getting to trying the process. This is take one and I am not going to lie - it didn't go so well. Hopefully take two will be a smoother process.  I was a little unprepared for how much harder it would be to manipulate the circular bands under the presser foot. As a result, I didn't stop to take many photos, but thought I would share what I did have so you could see how it turned out.

First I gathered some pretty colorful elastic hair bands from my local dollar store. They were nice and sturdy but still sort of stretchy in nature too.

I began by stitching two of them together using a zig zag stitch. I continued to add another elastic band, stitching all the way around the until I met my beginning point. Each time I added a band I would back stitch and cut the threads and begin fresh with a new band in an effort to keep the cuff neat and even.

It was far from perfect as it became more and more difficult to manipulate the growing width of the cuff without distorting it. Next time I will try to find bands that are a tad more elastic in nature.

Once the band was complete I cut it down the middle and reinforced the cut sides by adding scraps of leather to the ends. I used an eyelet and metal clip from my stash to create the clasp. Next time I might try cutting the bands before beginning, but I like how tight they remained during the stitching process while they were in their circular form. Trial and error on these projects! I am definitely going to try another one of these soon and will do a little step out process for you, so stay tuned.