A Tour of my Craft Room


In the past I've always had my scrapbook space (or creative place) tucked away off in a corner such as when we lived here or in a shared space with another room like when it was in my bedroom here. This is the first time I've ever had a whole room to dedicate my crafting to and it's so very nice! It's interesting though because it's the one room in the whole house that has wood walls which makes it darker than any of the other spaces I've previously had but...I make up for the dark, funny walls with all the space that I have gained!

What I find personally interesting is that I always seem to gravitate to setting certain parts of my space (no matter where it's located) in the same way. I've had these desks for so long now and they are covered in paint and a bit marked up but they work. I attached curtains to the front of them to hide storage underneath. It's where I keep papers, albums, and all of my design team supplies and work.

Behind my work station and desk I have my camera and lenses on a shelf, bins of small embellishments and my sewing machine is on the top shelf. I got my sewing machine dust cover as a gift from my mom (found on Etsy)...she got me a coordinating one for my Silhouette too (on the top shelf on the bookcase on the other side of the window).

You can see it in this shot. I LOVE these covers so much!

I am so excited to have this fun little cube storage unit now too. I picked it up for $30 locally and the grey bins were $4 for two and are perfect for housing little things. One holds all my adhesives, another is for my inks, one is for my copic markers and another serves as a place for my paints and embossing powders.

My bulletin board serves as a little inspiration board of sorts. I have two of my favorite layouts on it, a picture of my mom and dad and some favorite supplies that hopefully will inspire me to create.

Here is a close-up of my little storage unit. I am so happy with it! As you can see, I have a mix of old and new things in my space. I love the white metal basket in the center of my cubbies. Right now it holds my loose single clear stamps that I've accumulated from kits and design teams, etc.

In addition to holding my Silhouette machine on the top, this shelf stores more embellishments, small tools, rub-ons, ribbons and all of my punches.

 I've got random boxes and bins around holding different things such as my letter stickers...

On the wall across from my desk is this old wall shelf meant for holding plates...I use it for storing some minis and cards that I've made. The hanging basket (it's actually one of those three tiered ones) to the left will hold my handmade cards. I haven't moved them into the baskets yet since I just hung it up today.  :)

Underneath this is a low, long table that holds my printer and a small TV. I forgot to get a picture of this.

And then I can't forget to share Zoey's little easel that has made it's way into my space. She works here quite often and it also serves as her little work station of sorts. The basket underneath holds a box of her markers and crayons, paper and her laptop.

So there is a little peek into my space! It's usually not as organized and picked up as it is now so I had to share pictures while it was still in good shape. The only thing that's missing is a comfy chair...I have my eyes on a nice grey one that I'm trying to save up for. It would be nice to have a place for a friend to sit if they were to come over, or simply a place for me to chill when not creating!

Meet "Apollo"...


Zoey had it in her head today that she wanted to make a doll. I had things to do and errands to run so we didn't get started in on the project until mid afternoon.

I picked up a two pack of dish towels for $4 and a bag of stuffing at Wal-Mart for $4 and we were set. 

Zoey drew the doll body on one of the towels that we had folded in half and then cut it out. Zoey was going to hand stitch the body and actually started to but we decided that I should machine stitch it up so that it would be more sturdy and since the legs and arms were a bit skinny and therefore trickier to stitch up.

Zoey picked out the button eyes and decided on hand stitching the mouth and found some yarn she wanted to use for the hair. She cut the yarn and in a bundle of three strands each, we knotted the pieces of yarn in the middle and she stitched it on the doll's head. Deciding on how to attach the hair was probably the most difficult part!

She completely designed this doll all by herself! She is so proud and in love with her new doll. It makes my heart so very happy...my grandmother Evelyn made dolls and doll clothes and it looks like Zoey is following in her footsteps. 

"Apollo" (named by Zoey) was finished just in time for bedtime so she was able to sleep with Zoey tonight. What a busy (but fun) afternoon. 

We love you Apollo! Welcome home!

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Layout using the January Sketch from Scrapbook Circle


Sometimes it's fun to create a layout using a sketch or a creative prompt. I created this layout using the January sketch from Scrapbook Circle. It was a pretty quick one that I created before work here today but it got my creative juices going and I had fun!

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Valentine's Day Cards - love u!


Sharing some simple valentines that I made using my Silhouette machine the other night.  I love how the bold contrasts make the message really stand out. This was another super cute cut found in the Silhouette online die-cut gallery. It's so fun to see what new designs artists have come out with every month!

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Violet Is the One in the Middle


I've been cleaning and going through rubbermaid containers in the basement this afternoon and discovered a bin filled with old papers from when I was in grade school. It's amazing when I think back to my school days and how there were certain teachers that stood out from the rest. Always for the same reason it seems. They saw me. They took time to understand who it was that I was trying to become and they encouraged me. I would like to think that they saw a little light in me that made me special.  :) 

Mrs. Bergenske (my third grade teacher) was one of those teachers. This is a short story that she wrote about her (our) class going to visit a home for the elderly when I was in the third grade. Violet was my special person. This just brings tears to my eyes to think my teacher wrote this, saw this...shared it. She also encouraged me to submit my writing to publications and got me published three times before the age of 9! Pictured are two of those publications. 

We are truly shaped by so many in this life.

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Live Life Create Art is on Facebook!


I wanted to quick share a NEW Facebook link with you...the previous page that I had linked up here on my blog was to my personal page and I've since decided to create one that is strictly just for my creative projects. 

This is where I will share favorite paper crafting products, techniques, sketches, etc. that I come across and use for inspiration as well as where I will share links to blog posts (that are craft related from here) and pictures of projects that I do for SEI or for myself, etc. I am also going to be doing some workshops again locally so will be sharing pictures from those there as well. 

I hope you head over and "LIKE" my page! 

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Scrapbook Layout - happy days


I printed this photo of Zoey the other day knowing that I would use it on a layout. I love this photo. I love that this was an impromptu day of exploring with all of us (Ethan, Zoey + I) out at Winter Park,
in the fall. I love that we were just having fun, being silly + real. I love that I captured something in Zoey that shows her spirit + her realness. She is so genuine. There is so much life in this picture.

For my title I used my Silhouette die-cutting machine and cut using a title from their online gallery. Most of the papers and embellishments are from past and present Scrapbook Circle kits.

I'm heading into the busiest part of my week now...mid-week always seems to find me scrambling + left with little time to myself. I'm not sure there is anything I can do about that but just continue to move through it. 

Here's to a smooth end of the week!

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Scrapbook Layout - This is Where the Story Begins


There are very few scrapbook publications (in print) anymore + that's where I used to get my inspiration from, that + online blogs, forums, galleries, etc. It's interesting to be a privy to the ebb + flow of the crafting industry. Right now things are at a seemingly interesting juncture. People aren't posting on their blogs as much anymore due to Facebook and Instagram, etc., due to the instant gratification of it with minimal effort (I think). I'm discovering though that I truly miss the blogging platform and am so happy to have found my blogging groove again! I'm hoping that my favorite bloggers will continue on as well. It's truly a part of my day that I look forward to...catching up on my favorite blogs. It's a time that I decompress, gather inspiration and feel a little bit understood...in a way that I sometimes feel isn't possible in the reality of what it is that my daily life brings.

I had some fun using this free cut from Marie-Pierre that she shared with Get It Scrapped. I love how using all the frames created a little collage styled layout for these pictures. All the supplies used for this layout were from past or present Scrapbook Circle kits.

It feels so good to be regularly scrapbooking again! It's such an ageless craft really. People call it memory keeping, for some it's simply a creative release. It's truly both for me, depending on the day or the motivation. I love (+ so does my family) looking at my blog archives at old layouts, photos, blog posts, etc. It's such a magical thing to be able to look back to an exact moment in time and pull back all of those memories and the stuff that is our life, that has made up our days. Makes me so happy that I've spent the time reflecting + recording. Documenting. It's so worth it.

I've got some more creative projects to share soon!

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