Before there was YouTube

I have taught some form of papercrafting for over 18 years now. Usually in a classroom, event, homeschool group or someone’s home. I worked with an online digital scrapbook company for 4 or 5 years. Every time we moved I started over trying to find students and make new crafty friends. I didn’t have YouTube to show off my stuff back then. Sometimes I look at the videos out there and think “Wow I was doing that before it was YouTube Cool!” So many techniques and basic ideas have been done for decades, I take no credit for the things I learned in my childhood and over the years. I know others before me had to learn and practice then turn around and teach me. Most video hosts are that way too, adding their twist and take on projects they make.

I am inspired by YouTube to continue working in mixed media and many other methods. Part of the reason for this blog’s name is because I tinker with many arts and crafts and have done so since I was 8 years old.  Some of my favorite YouTubers have created wonderful videos showing you what I will show you in my way. Some will show it much better than I. I will forever be influenced by them and their ability to share joy through video. I hope I can enlighten and excite you into the imperfect world of creative art. I think by sharing what I know and have learned someone else may choose to pick up paintbrush, paint, ink, paper, trash and create something fantastic! Please join me on my journey!

Be sure to check out my Get Trashy post and join us in saving trash from landfills while creating artistic projects. Anyone can do this! Start a creative adventure now!

Added Bonus: Here are links to some of my favorite YouTube artists!

Jennibelle: She made me want to work with collage, paint and trash again! Her upbeat colorful style is right up my alley!  Jennibelle YouTube

Little Hot Tamale: Megan is so adorable and so are her flip books, pocket pages and handmade embellishments!  Little Hot Tamale

Filizlovespaper: I love watching her videos! I need to catch up and see what she is doing with her journaling and traveler’s notebooks (which I am planning to make soon).  Filizlovespaper

Cat Hand: She has created gorgeous videos for mixed media techniques. I love how she broke things down and did them as little morsels you can create in a limited time frame. Once you learn it you can use in an art journal. Fantastic! Cat Hand Mixed Media Art

Others you should really check out include:

Finnabair Art Files




Rosemary Morris

Enjoy! Hugs,




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