I’m really excited to welcome my new design team on board.
These lovely, inspiring ladies are here to share their creative process, ideas and stunning artwork with all of you, and I can’t wait to kick off!
But first, let’s take a look at these amazing, talented ladies!
Have a blessed day!
Sherry is a mostly self taught mixed media artist and loves discovering new techniques to use in her art with products she already has. She has a light-hearted style that is typically whimsical but also loves to mix it up and try anything new.
She is an avid art journal and as such can be found most evenings in her home studio working in her art journal with her 3 beloved pugs at her feet.
Sherry Canino is an Upstate New Yorker and has been published in Syracuse Women’s Magazine. She loves color, coffee, and all things Chicago (Fire,
Sherry's work can also be seen as part of the StencilGirl Creative Team.
Anna is a lover of all things pink, feminine and floral. She lives on a sweet little acreage near Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. She’s a stay-at-home mom to three kids aged 17, 15 and 11, and she loves getting her hands full of painty color!
Her art table (ahem, actually her kitchen table) is often covered with her latest project, which lets her steal a few arty moments throughout the day.
Anna is all about color play (but you’ll always find some pink there), and she loves making beautiful messes with stencils and her gelatin plate. It is no surprise her favorite art supplies include stencils and acrylic paint.
Anna is a fan of The Hundred Foot Journey and declares her favorite foods are winter veggies like beets and cabbage, but rice and Indian food is a close second.
Anna teaches some great classes, and has spent a year on the StencilGirl Creative Team, so she really does have plenty of inspiration to share.
Karen is a mixed media artist with a passion for color and a soft spot for paint. She works a regular job full time and daydreams all day about the moment she can let loose in her journals in the evening. Karen also works her magic as part of the StencilGirl Creative Team.
She's a mother as well, and loves nothing more than creating with her daughter in their matching art journals. Karen believes that making art is for everyone and loves to encourage others to join in.
She firmly believes that there is no such thing as too many art journals, pizza is the food of the gods, and everyone should watch (and love) Walking Dead.
Kristi Nazzaro is a mixed media artist, born and raised in New Jersey. She is the mama to three awesome children and the wife to one amazing, hardworking man.
Kristi loves all things colorful (even though her favorite supply is her Uni Ball Signo Broad Point White Pen). Her art always includes vibrant colors and her signature scalloped hearts - she’s an avid art journaler and enjoys making inspirational art on shipping tags too.
Her core message is one of positivity, kindness and self-empowerment, but she also lives for ice cream, true crime shows, and a bit of Patrick Swayze.
Ashli lives with her husband and four girls, age 11 and under, in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Ashli is a recovering graphic designer and when she is not busy homeschooling her kiddos, you can find her drinking copious amounts of coffee while playing with paints and papers in her studio. Not only does Ashli love documenting her family's memories and art journaling, but she finds great joy in the whole creative process...which, in her case, usually involves lots of messy, mixed media
Fun! She’s currently anxiously awaiting the final season of Orphan Black, while playing with her watercolors (and inhaling the occasional platter of Buffalo Chicken Wings…)
Jenni is a homeschooling mom from rural Michigan, where she raises dogs, goats, chickens, kids, and any other stray animal that stumbles into the yard!
When she’s not doing that, she creates. She likes to dabble in many different realms of the art world, but art journaling is her favorite, because it’s just so freeing and forgiving. Don't like what you did? Paint over it, or even tear it out. She loves sharing what she does with others, and above all, empowering them to believe that they can do it too.
Jenni is all about the pizza and the paint layers - she likes to keep it simple!
Interested in being on my Design Team?
We will have an open call for the 2018 Design Team and if you would like to be notified with all the details, sign up and you will be the first to know when it opens!
The idea for this little art pocket actually happened by chance when I cut up an old project. I cut off the "flap" and started folding it and it just came to me! Stick a tag in it and you have a creative alternative for a card and it is perfect for mail art! Hope you enjoy it!
Have a blessed day!
What is Find Out Fridays?
I had my heart set on creating mail art. It seemed fitting since I was receiving art supplies in the mail. As I contemplated what to make, I saw the padded mailer and decided to use it as the base for my project. Want to see how I did it?
If you have been following along, you know that The 100 Day Project started on April 4. Each day, for a 100 days, people from all over the world are sharing their theme each day on Instagram.
My theme is 100 Days of Anthropologie Stories. What does that mean? Each day I take an image from an Anthropologie catalog, incorporate it into a mixed media piece and then write and share a little story about it.
Things I Have Learned:
•Selecting a theme that was specific has really helped me focus. I thought it might hinder me creatively, but it hasn't and each time I sit down to create, I have a lot of freedom in what my mixed media piece will ultimately be.
•Committing to doing something for 100 days was a bit scary, but I want to follow through and even on days I feel less than creative, I push myself anyway.
•Creating these pieces every day is generating so many ideas. I am not sure what will come from this project, but I am inspired for sure.
Have a blessed day!
"Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good." -Cennino Cennini
I’m excited to announce the launch of my brand new Urban Fringe ART POPS™ Collection.
ART POPS™ provide bold, bright pops of color for your favorite projects, whether you’re a
This new set is inspired by two things I love (and two things you’d never expect to see together) - fanciful fabric fringes, and urban grunge. Together they create fun, funky design elements to use in your mixed-media art.
The full Urban Fringe ART POPS™ collection includes:
Urban Fringe ART POPS™ Cards:
•Four 3x4 art cards
•Four 4x6 art cards
Urban Fringe ART POPS™ Tabs:
•Set includes: 12 tabs - 2 /14" x 3/4" when folded in half
•Matte finish on 15pt card stock
All cards are printed on 14pt cardstock, and are uncoated. Your ART POPS™ cards have color on one side, and are blank on the reverse. Each card fits perfectly into Project Life pockets.
Urban Fringe ART POPS™ Stickers:
•Large circle stickers
•Small circle stickers
•A choice of two sheets of sticker tape
These stickers come in different sizes, and come ready to peel, stick and create with - the perfect addition to art journal spreads, mail art, and more.
To shop for ART POPS™ Stickers, click HERE.
I look forward to seeing what you create with your new ART POPS™ and the perfect place is inside my new FREE Claim Your Happy Facebook Group.
Have a blessed day!
Urban Fringe Art Pops™ Collection
Recently I shared a post about the impact of community on your creative practice, and today I want to build on that with an exciting idea.
If you follow me closely you’ll know that I’ve been working on my latest workshop, the Pop-Up Urban Fringe Journal. It’s a juicy, eccentric art journal filled with color, texture and ready-made backgrounds.
As I was editing my videos and taking photos of my finished project, I’ve been feeling really inspired to start working in my journal.
Now, I love creating with others - it’s really inspiring to have creative friends, making art alongside you, especially when you’re all working with the same set of prompts or materials. Some of my favorite journal pages have been jump-started this way.
Would you like to join me for a 10 Day Pop-Up Journal Prompt Challenge?
It is free, you’ll get to see my journaling up close, and find inspiration for your own. It all takes place inside my Claim Your Happy Facebook community.
The challenge begins Saturday, April 22. Can't tune in each day? No worries! All prompts will remain in the Facebook Group for future reference on your schedule.
Each day, inside the Facebook Group you’ll receive:
A fun journal prompt to play with
A picture of the journal page that shows my interpretation of that prompt
A peek at how I use the supplies in my toolkit to create journal spreads
A downloadable PDF of all the supplies I used for each prompt
You’ll also have a safe space to share your own art journal pages, ask for feedback, and connect with a whole host of creative friends.
To get in on the action, simply review the group details, sign up and be directed to the community. I hope to see you there!
Have a blessed day!
Are you looking for that jolt of inspiration to get your creative gears going?
I love art journals, like, really love them. I have a collection that would make most people blush.
I have beautiful books, filled with beautiful, clean watercolor paper pages. I have fancy moleskines. And then I have all the eccentric, one-of-a-kind journals I’ve made myself.
Can I tell you a secret? Those ones are kind of my favorite.
As lovely as those pristine, purchased art journal can be, sometimes I’m reluctant to get messy in them. It’s that blank page syndrome - sometimes even I don’t know how to get started. Sometimes I worry about messing up that lovely sea of white paper.
And that’s exactly why funky, handbound journals are the best thing ever.
While playing around with my latest Art Pops™ Urban Fringe collection, I came up with a new technique for building a bee-yootiful, bulging-with-artsy-goodness art journal… and I’d like to share it with you.
My new Pop-Up Fringe Journal workshop walks you through creating your own funky, chunky journal, filled with playful pullouts, fun fringe, and juicy backgrounds to inspire your creativity.
Some of the benefits of this class:
>>> We’ll create these books out of the supplies you already have in your stash (or maybe even your recycling bin). Yes, you heard me right. No traipsing to the crafts store with an over-the-top, overpriced supplies list.
>>> I’ll take you back to basics, and show you exactly how to put together each element. Whether you’re a novice bookbinder, or a journal-making addict, you’ll leave with a lovely, one-of-a-kind art journal. What’s more, you’ll leave with the know-how, so you can make journal, after journal, after journal (and lifetime access, which helps!)
>>> As a bonus, not only will you receive access to the 11 instructional videos (all filmed in HD), but you’ll get access to the full digital version of my latest Urban Fringe Art Pops™ collection.
Trust me, Pop-Up Fringe Journal will inspire you to create your own line of fun, fringed art journals, even if:
You’ve never made your own journals before.
You don’t see yourself as a “real artist”.
You don’t have a huge budget, or a huge stash of supplies.
You’re pressed for time, but desperate to do something creative.
Have a blessed day!