My husband thought it would be fun to challenge me. Here is the video of what happened and how it turned out. I hope you enjoy!




Favorite Places to Find Supplies

I live in the Pittsburgh area and there are some wonderful local places to find inexpensive or unique supplies. Here are a few of my favorites.

  1. Half Price Books – I don’t subscribe to magazines so when I need to replenish my stash this is where I go. A giant Vogue or In Style magazine is 50 cents and provides lots of photos to used for collage and art journaling.
  2. Thrift Stores- I feel much better about using a hard cover book for a journal if someone else got rid of it and I am not paying much if anything for it. Many times you can find bits and pieces at the thrift store to use in mixed media, journaling, bookmaking and more. I have gotten fabric, buttons and yarn on the cheap!
  3. Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse-When you are looking for lots of weird supplies this is the spot to go to. I have gotten slide frames, tubing, fabric, funky papers, and lots of little bits for my canvases. You can get items by the bag or as single items. It changes regularly depending on what has been donated to them. Fantastic resource for everything from Cosplay to Art.
  4. Top Notch Art Supply– They are small, but the supplies are fantastic! They have the best price on Copic Markers anywhere! I love finding oil pastels, gel pens, markers, charcoal, funky paper, specialty paint brushes, paint sticks and calligraphy supplies. They have the best ink choices of the area!
  5. Garage Sales – This is the perfect time of year to scour yard sales! You may find something that was really expensive in the store for pennies. Old jewelry, beads, craft supplies, machines, utensils you can use to make marks, crafting tools and even children’s games. Puzzles are wonderful for mixed media.

Those are my top 5 go to places for finding unique items to play with in my art.

Keep creating!



Crafting Necessities

As with any hobby, there are certain items you need to have on hand. I know a lot of people who want to start a paper crafting hobby so here are the top 6 items you want to get.

  1. Scissors — A couple good pairs of scissors are essential! I like this large Fiskar’s pair and a smaller pair from EK Success called Bee Scissors. They are my go to for fussy cutting items.
  2. A good sturdy metal ruler.–I like one with cork backing.
  3. Good cardstock and paper–For white or vanilla cardstock I prefer Stampin’ Up. There are many patterned papers I love, from digital as well as physical paper pads. Some of my favorites include Graphic 45, Ephemera Vintage Garden, Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper, Tim Holtz, and Bo Bunny. I don’t like the thinner paper you can get at Michael’s or Joann’s because it is usually not sturdy enough. You can utilize “junk” paper such as mail flyers, old book paper, used or unused copy paper, even envelope
  4. A pen or pencil
  5. Glues–I use Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue, Aleene’s Quick Dry for my flowers, Mod Podge, Tombo Aqua, Elmer’s glue and glue sticks and Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. I also have a glue gun for certain creations. It really depends on what you are creating which one to choose.
  6. Tape–Scotch Double sided tape, Scor-tape are my favorites.

The next step items:

  1. Paper Trimmer
  2. Punches
  3. Stamps
  4. Ink
  5. Gel and Specialty Pens
  6. Markers
  7. Colored Pencils
  8. Watercolor Paper
  9. Gloss Paper
  10. Alcohol Ink
  11. Stickers
  12. Specialty Paper

Just to name a few. I only recently started using Scor-tape as I thought it was too expensive. It lasts longer than my double stick tapes and hold books together! I love it and use it with Stack a Page mini albums.

Wondering what you need for a certain type of Papercraft? Feel free to leave a message below and I will point you in the right direction.  That’s all for now.

Go craft something!



Gather ye Trash bits while ye may

Here are a couple examples of trash you can gather to make your treasure:



In the first photo I have left over packaging, a polka dot bag, a museum card, plastic packaging, puffy mailer piece and other bits and pieces.  In the 2nd photo I am showing a couple options for book covers. The raisin bran box was cut in half although you could make a giant album or cut it smaller. Size is up to you.

The next step is to organize and decide what you want to use in your junk journal and how you want to use it.  For example I plan to use the Spellbinders pieces as covers for a couple signatures. If you don’t like the height of something cut it to size. It would normally just get recycled or tossed so be sure to make it what you want it to be.

Now you need to decide how you want to cover things and what pieces should go where. This is where you organize your junk into signatures for your books or journals. If you have a box you are planning to use as a cover as in photo 2, plan your signatures around that size. I like to make the inner pieces at least 1/4 inch smaller than the cover to be sure the pages aren’t sticking out too much.

Join me next time when I will have a video on preparing your covers! For now enjoy the bonus signature video below! Go gather that trash if you haven’t already.



Bonus video: Signature  Trash