Wednesday, August 31, 2011

24 August 2011 Journal Page

So much for a vacation before school begins!!! We've been running around trying to get various things done including registering Tristan for school. I never knew that so much work could go into just trying to get a kid enrolled in a local public high school. Fingers crossed we'll have that done tomorrow and that he gets into the program he is interested in!!

We're also on the road to braces. They made a mold of his mouth today. He walked out of the office looking like he had been eating frosting. Too funny.

I haven't forgotten about the pens and the book that I mentioned in previous posts. I want to do a proper review for both and not something half-assed!

Thanks for the interest in Shared Visions. I'm going to link back to it soon so there's no rush on when you participate! If you can't do it now, you can still print the picture out and do it down the road. Just let me know that you're interested.

Happy Wednesday, folks!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Shared Visions

One of the many things that I love about teaching is giving a group of artists the same supplies and materials and yet each one creates something totally different with it.

Above is a photo I took last week in Hull, MA. I thought it would be fun if I offered my blog readers a chance to save the image and use it in a piece of their own artwork. The catch? None really though I think it would be fun if you take a picture of your finished piece, post it on your blog or flickr, etc..., link back to this post and leave a comment below so we can check out your interpretation!

Who wants to play? If there's enough interest, I'll do this often!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Making Art on the Living Room Floor

Art supplies spread out on the floor. I'm still in my pjs, glue stick in hand, listening to the radio, and ideas churning through my brain. A mini vacation is a good thing, indeed!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

19 August 2011 Journal Page

Been busy cleaning and unpacking still. I spent most of the day putting away all of the crap that's been piling up in my living room for more than a month now. It's almost to the point now where I'm happy with it. Almost.

I hope that all who were in the path of Irene are safe and dry.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

September 2011 Classes

Happy Saturday, everyone!

I've posted my class schedule for September-December here. I am hoping to add to it (and am looking for new venues to add to my current list of teaching locations.) When I do add, I'll be sure to let you know!

I am currently looking for a location in No CA for THIS Fall/Winter (yes, I'll still be happily teaching in Fremont but the space is unavailable until early 2012 and y'all know I can't go more than a few months without trekking up to one of my most favorite areas in the country!) If you know of any places that may be interested (or if you even have space yourself, please contact me.

I will have my class information for Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale posted within the next couple of weeks. Samples will be there shortly.

Here is a detailed list of my class information for September (to see Sept-Dec, please click here.)

The samples are in the store (Zinnia has the samples for September and October. I will be dropping off the samples to Stampin' From the Heart within the next week.)

As always, thank YOU for your interest in my classes. I wouldn't be able to do what I love without your interest and support. THANK YOU.


Fri Sept 16th Zinnia So Pasadena



What story will your book hold? Express yourself by creating a hand bound journal covered in luscious handmade paper. Create pages that fold out and hide your secrets or uniquely display your treasures. You will learn how to free your artistic self upon the pages of this book, creating a multitude of rich, colorful pages as you work. You will be learning not only how to make the book from scratch but also how to create a multitude of layered, “paper painted” pages.

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks

Sun Sept 18th Stampin From The Heart L.A.


La Petite Muse

With your own hands and in your own style, construct a small, personal journal completely from scratch. You’ll start by choosing your own handmade and decorative paper to use as the cover and as the inside pages! Create your own unique book sewn by your own hands. After constructing the book, you will then learn a multitude of new collage techniques for working on the pages. This was one of my favorite journals to work in and I hope it will become one of yours!

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks

Sat Sept 24th Zinnia So Pasadena


Passionate Declarations

What do you get when you combine paper, tape, pens, and more? A completely one of a kind journal made by your own hands! We’ll begin the workshop by constructing a quick but totally cool journal. We’ll then dive right in and begin to learn a plethora of mixed media collage techniques upon the pages of the journal. We’re all about the layers in this class as you learn explore new composition and design techniques as you work on the pages of your new journal. I guarantee that you will love working in this book as much as I did!

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brushes to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks

Fri Sept 30th Stampin From the Heart L.A.


Content: The Artist’s Life

Create a uniquely stitched tape covered, content filled journal using my favorite cardstock, paper ephemera, a plethora of deco tape, needle and thread. I quickly fell in love with this journal and carried it with me everywhere last summer as it is small enough for every day, on the go use. I loved how I could slip it in a Ziploc bag with a glue stick, some collage ephemera and a handful of pens. I worked on it every day, everywhere. You will learn how to blend and layer colorful ephemera and that leaving a little white space is good! This journal is definitely one of my most favorite books that I have ever worked in. I loved learning how to work with the open spaces on the pages, using pens, stencils, stickers and more. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you! I guarantee you will love this journal as much as I did!

Supply list: Scissors, small selection of favorite collage ephemera, bone folder, cork back metal ruler, roll of waxed paper, roll of paper towels, permanent black inkpad, container to hold water, 1" brush to glue (I like chip or bristle brushes), a few of your favorite glue sticks

Friday, August 26, 2011

Decor8 at Anthropologie in Los Angeles

Since I've been home, there's been no rest for the weary. I am thinking of taking next week off and having a week of wordless photos. Don't get me wrong, I love blogging. It's just that I've been go-go-going so much that I need a week of family and some serious me time. My journal is feeling neglected since I haven't worked in at as much as I usually do (still journaling but not as much and it's making me crazy.) I also have a ridiculous pile of books stacked next to the bed that are quietly whispering to me.

David, Tristan and I headed over to Anthropologie at the Grove to meet Holly Becker of Decor8 fame!

Leslie from A Creative Mint also there. I was lucky enough to meet two of my favorite bloggers! They were both very sweet and kind enough to talk to me even though the event was wrapping up.

Holly was very gracious and signed a copy of her book, Decorate, for me. It's a truly beautiful book. As an artist, I often look for ideas in all forms and from various sources. I love design blogs, books and magazines. Decor8 never fails to inspire me! Holly's book is brimming with color, composition and pure eye candy! I love her mood boards (sadly I didn't find out about the mood board presentation until it was already full.) If you are an artist (of any medium), check out the book, it's total inspiration!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Journal Page in Progress

I was hoping to have a new book to tell you about, but it hasn't arrived yet. So I'll send you to something else really cool:

Joe from Zinnia has a blog:

How cool is that?!?!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Back on solid land.

*mwah* *mwah* *mwah*

She kisses the ground after two very bad and very bumpy flights.

Tristan and I are reunited with David after a month on the road.

Now to unpack and relax.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

Tristan and I are leaving tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. I'll miss this little face. I'll miss his baby signs (my sister and brother in law are teaching him to sign). I'll miss how me pronounces bus (bus-sshhhh). I'll miss how he hung out with me and shared my cherries. I'll miss his wet baby kisses. I'll miss how he imitates Tristan.

I've been "on the road" for over a month now. I'm looking forward to some serious down time and lots of time with my husband! More art posts to follow (I have lots to share!)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thanks to the Gang at the Ink Pad!

A HUGE thanks to the Gang at the Ink Pad!!! Thank you (to my students and the staff) for making my first classes in New York City such memorable ones. I hope to do it again soon!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Good Times

The good news is that none of us (my family) have killed each other. But, there's always tomorrow...

Seriously good day of teaching at the Ink Pad. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!! I promise to take pictures. I forgot today!!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

I Love New York!

Mom, my sister, Tristan, Baby Jack and I trekked from New Jersey to New York City today. We walked for about 7 hours. We hit:

-Printed Matter

-Union Square (where "It Should Happen to You" with Jack Lemmon and Judy Holliday was filmed)

-Forbidden Planet

-the Strand (I bought my nephew a little bus as he says it bus-sh. I bought a book by Sara Midda. I'll show you that soon.)

-We ate lunch at Cozy's (yeah, from Big Daddy. Damn good strawberry milkshake.)

-Shakespeare and Co


-Washington Square (what a happening place. I saw people reading BOOKS and not kindles. We listened to a guy playing the bagpipes. Tristan and I were asked to play chess. I could've stayed there all day.)

-The Ink Pad!!!! This store is PACKED! PACKED!!! It was chock full of goodies (see above photo.) They totally made my day having this tiny set of alphabets in stock. I was also greeted very warmly and I'm super excited about teaching there this weekend. Yes!! Can't wait!!!)

-Erin and I were lured into some cream/soap shop and we each bought something small.

-Union Square farmers' market

-Parking was insane ($34!!!) Not to mention very sci-fi like the way they rotate the cars.

-Kinokuniya (it wasn't a kinobuyitall experience. I'll show you what I got soon. Not much.)

-Drove through: Broadway and Times Square in the pouring rain and thunder and lightning. I haven't been in rain like that in some time.
All in all, it was a busy, but good day. I have to tell ya, I love New York is sooo true!!

I can't wait to meet my students tomorrow!!!! I'm off to relax now. Night y'all!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

10 August 2011 Journal Page

I worked on this page last week when we were flying to the East Coast. I keep adding to it (last night I added the Smash tab on the right hand side of the right page.)

We're in New Jersey! It was a long (but good) day today. We drove upstate New York to see David's Dad for a couple of hours. (If you're ever in the Rhinebeck, NY area, Four Brothers Pizza is a must. As is Salvatore's in Red Hook.) It was a good visit. Tristan always loves to see his Grandfather.

We've made it here so far and none of us have managed to kill each other yet. Looking forward to spending time tomorrow in NYC! Wheeeeeee!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today's Score

Tristan, my Mom, Jack (my 1 year old nephew) and I trekked out to Concord, MA today. Yes, Thoreau and Walden Woods fame but also home to two of my most favorite antique shops:

Thoreauly Antiques

Nesting On Main

(The cooking/kitchen ware shop is awesome, as well!)

I managed to find some goodies (several old rubber stamps, the labels AND tickets to the Neponset Drive-in Theatre. I remember seeing Lady and the Tramp there as a kid in my pjs with paper bag popcorn!) I love walking and driving through the area as well. There's so much GREEN and so many trees, it just makes me happy. Then you start thinking about the writers, artists and the history of the area. So much history. So many stories to tell.

On the way back, we stopped in Dedham to bring my Dad dinner. By coincidence, there is a Paper Source right there. They just so happened to have the pink smash book I wanted. It was more expensive at Paper Source than at Ink About It (love the Mom and Pops) but I splurged any way. I didn't like the smash book tape so I passed on that. I did pick up a pack of tabs.

New York tomorrow, baby! Can't wait! There's still room in the classes this weekend. I hope to see YOU!

15 August 2011

Sorry about that, folks! I have lousy reception (even on my droid) at my parents' house (and they don't have wi-fi, let alone know what it is.) I had problems getting my post out last night. It got stuck.

I did the above page the other day while my nephew napped. I used the latte and sweets pens from Jetpens to color in the rub-ons and to write "i miss you" on the above page. The page is actually a postcard (bought at the Flintstones Bedrock Park outside of the Grand Canyon) taped into the book. I love coloring with these pens.

As you can also see, I'm reunited with my beloved rapidosketch .35 pen (I swear I didn't kiss the pen). Huge thanks to Patty for helping me to find one locally! I will actually be selling a small handful of these within the next few weeks so please stay tuned. It is my most favorite pen on the planet. I love how I can write normal with it but also write small enough to hide my journaling (need be.)

I'm really looking forward to our trip to New York City this week (huge thanks to Andrew for all of his help in suggesting locations to visit, etc...I'm still open to suggestions and ideas!). I can't wait to teach at The Ink Pad! It will be my first time teaching at that location (I taught for Crafter's Workshop in Elmsford for years until they closed their retail store to focus on making and selling their stencils.) I WILL be blogging from the road!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bringing Home the Goods

Here's what I bought at Ink About It in Westford, MA this past weekend. Yeah, I definitely had fun. I can't wait to see what I find in New York! I've been saving up for this trip!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Journal Page in Progress

I started this page in class the other day. I'll show you how I've added to it and finished it asap!

Things are quite busy with the family. We trekked over to my cousin's house today and spent the afternoon with my family celebrating my Aunt Sis' 39th ;) birthday. It was very nice (thanks, Bev!!!) My Mom has off this week so between watching my year old nephew and everything else, I'm busy (but in a good way.)

We're leaving for New York City on Thursday. I'm super excited about teaching at The Ink Pad! This is the first time I've been there and I can't wait. I'm totally open for any must see ideas and places that people recommend. Family friendly places to eat would be great, too. We're staying in the Hoboken, NJ area but will be trekking to NYC. Strand Books for me is a MUST. All ideas would be appreciated. I'm also open for kid friendly ideas (toddlers and teens) as my family will be running around the city while I teach. Huge thanks in advance!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Thanks again, Ink About It!!

Huge thanks to the gang at Ink About It! Had a GREAT time (as always)!!! See you again in December!!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Warm Welcome from Ink About It in Westford, MA

Having a great time teaching at Ink About It in Westford, MA. This banner (made by Sharon) was hanging up when I walked in. How cool is that?!?! (Look at the hand!!) It's always good to see familiar faces and to meet new ones, too!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

10 August 2011 Journal Page

Here's the finished page that I promised (I still want to do something with the back of the postcard on the left but I'm not sure what that will be yet.) I journaled the heck out of it and then used a new Crafters' Workshop stencil on top of my journaling:

(They make the best stencils!!!)

I used a few Sakura Glaze pens with the stencils. I'm very happy the way this page came out (even though some of my journaling -with a new pen that I will soon tell you about- ran when I used the stencil on top, I'm happy with the page as it says everything I want it to say and I love the layers.

I'm off to bed. I'm trekking to Ink About It in Westford, MA in the morning for an early class. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We're Here!

We just landed in Rhode Island. We're on our way to the South Shore and my parents' house. More tomorrow! I have to pick up and cut paper tomorrow for my classes this weekend. Looking forward to seeing my little munchkin tomorrow!! Happy to be on the ground!!!

Monday, August 08, 2011

4 August 2011 Journal Page

I did this page last week while at the Art Unraveled hotel. I really like how simple it is yet it says everything I want it to say.

I'm all packed for my East Coast classes (three suitcases at or near 50 lbs!) I have one bag left for clothes and I'll be totally done!

A question for my students, when taking in person workshops, are you more interested in shorter workshops (say two hours) or longer workshops (4-6 hours). Why? Thanks!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Inside Cover if My New Journal

Tristan and I are home. For now. We leave this Wednesday for Boston for two weeks.

We left Art Unraveled at 5:30 a.m. this morning. It looked like all of the artists were still snug in their beds but the golfers were up and out at 5 a.m.

I had a great time (as always.) We got home in time to unload, return the rental car, run to Trader Joe's, unpack some more and take a one hour power nap. I woke up in time to make dinner and then spent about two hours tearing paper down for my MA and NY classes (this coming weekend and next.) I'm all set for my East Coast classes. I just need to order cardstock. I have my fingers crossed that everything fits in the suitcases. I may take a picture of it all tomorrow. I love Southwest's policy of two bags per passenger as that allows me to schlep four bags when Tristan flies with me. Fingers crossed big time.

I'm off to eat ice cream, watch Ebert Presents at the Movies (we have about three weeks of films to catch up on) and veg. Happy Sunday!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Journaling in the Hotel

Here's what journaling in the hotel looks like.

Huge thanks to Linda, Chuck and the Art Unraveled Gang. Extra big thanks to my students and friends. Big hugs and kisses thanks to Tristan and my Dad for all of their help. You guys are all the best!!! It's been a great few days. I hope that my students learned a lot, had fun and continue to be inspired by the ideas in class.

Tristan and I are on the road tomorrow at the crack of dawn. We're leaving for Boston on Wednesday. I'm teaching at Ink About It in Westford, MA this coming weekend and the following weekend at The Ink Pad in New York. Looking forward to it!!

Friday, August 05, 2011

How I Spent My Afternoon

Yesterday Tristan and I went over to the half price bookstore near Art Unraveled. I scored one thing: a huge poly wrapped stack of at least 50 copies of The Sun for $5.

I've been prepping for my East Coast classes last night and today. I feel like a robot just sorting, categorizing and piling. This is the work part of teaching. :) I sorted through the stack and made four piles:

Class, recyclable, me now, me later (lol. I know I'm weird.)

The class pile is all the way to the right and huge. The me now pile is small and the me later pile is stacked on a bunch of other crap so it looks huge, but it's not. I now need to find a recycle bin for the rest of it!

This is usually how I sort my collage ephemera into separate stacks where they are all reused in some way.

If you're in the L.A. area, don't forget about the Barron Storey exhibit at Bert Green Fine Art that starts tomorrow. Barron is also doing a book signing. More info and info on how to rsvp:

Teaching my Pen class in a few hours! Looking forward to it!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

23 July 2011 Journal Page

Tonight was my first night of teaching at AU 2011. I taught my Addicted to Tape class. I hope that my students enjoyed it as much as I loved teaching it. I always get a kick out of seeing how the ideas translate in other people's heads out onto their pages. I love Art Unraveled! It's such a wonderful, sharing group of people. I've been teaching at AU since the beginning and it's always nice to see familiar faces (and meet new ones!)

Above is the last page in my journal (I'll have a slideshow up for it in late August probably.) The paper placemat pulled out is a drawing David did while we waited for our food at the Spaghetti Factory. David always does the most amazing drawings. I like to save them (I have him date them as well.) I folded it up and taped it into my journal.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

22nd July Journal Page

Having a great time in Phoenix. Tristan and I trekked to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale. I ran into my friend, Taylor (how cool is that?!?)

Frenzy Stamper:

I LOVE Debbie's store. I always find the best goodies. I loaded up on paper and transparencies for my East Coast classes. Yay! Thanks, Debbie! I'll see you in November!

Looking forward to my Art Unraveled classes Thursday night!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

20th and 21st Journal Page

We're here at Art Unraveled! I'm laying low tomorrow as much as possible. I'm pooped from the road trip. I need some R and R before my Thursday night classes so I'm in top shape for my students. Excited to be here!

Dad took Tristan and I to the Grand Canyon today. Tristan and I have never been. I was speechless. It's definitely a place that you could walk around every day for your entire life and always see something new. Awe inspiring.

The above two pages are my reflections on San Diego Comic Con. I have a few more pages to show you this week.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're staying cool!

Monday, August 01, 2011

David, Don't Read this Post.

We trekked from Trinidad, CO to Santa Fe, NM today (and much farther as we're in AZ now.) I *had* to stop at Guadalupe Fun Rubber Stamps. I have been wanting to go here for years ever since Suzi Finer brought her stamps in years ago. I wasn't in there long, but long enough to do some damage. I haven't bought this many stamps in a long time (though I'll be hitting Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale this week! Debbie is my sugar mama stamp dealer.)

Check out Stampa Fe's catalog here:

Next stop, Art Unraveled!

David, I know you read this...miss you and love you, honey!!