Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Learn More about True Scrap 6: An Online Scrapbooking Event

Whether you’re signed up for True Scrap 6 (an online scrapbooking event) on October 18 or not, you are gonna want to check out this fantastic instructor interview series. Over the next two weeks, all eight instructors are going be meeting with us live to share their scrapping secrets, challenges, inspiration sources, and more via Spreecast!

Here’s the schedule (All times are Pacific, all interviews will last about 30 minutes). NOTE: Each Spreecast has a different link. Check here and follow the link to that day’s event:

10/9 Thursday – 12 Noon Pacific Donna Salazar

Come to any or all of these free chats! And yes, a replay is available at the same link. 

P.S. If you are not familiar with Spreecast (www.spreecast.com), it’s a fun and FREE web-based platform that enables live chat. You can create an account with your Facebook log-in, and then subscribe to Lain’s profile (http://www.spreecast.com/users/lain) to be notified when new events are scheduled.

 Click HERE to learn more.

I'll be chatting more about my "Mood-Based Scrapbooking Class" that I will be teaching plus some other things I've been up to these days. I can't wait to share more information so be sure to mark you calendar for each of the interviews.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Setting Up My New Scrapbooking Craft Space

My goal for this week: get my creative space in order. It has been almost six months since I've had my space up and fully functioning. It went from this:

To this temporary space at our rental:

To this in our new house:

 (previous owners photo)

To this while they were replacing the brown shag carpet:

To this early set up:

Now I'm tackling things like:

* not having a closet
* low bonus room walls
* change in wall color

None of these are bad things. They just present a new challenge, as well as, a new opportunity to put my designer brain to work. I'm looking forward to taking some items from my old space and bringing them into the new space. Stay tuned for the complete reveal soon!

In the meantime, you can find my entire scrapbook/craft space room tour HERE. You can also watch a video of the tour HERE on my Youtube channel or below:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Make It Meaningful: 15 Minute Halloween Decor Jars

I really love decorating for Halloween. It's one of those holidays that transforms your home and makes it seem a little bit more magical. With the release of new Halloween paper collections starting in the fall, I start brainstorming about how I can add a little something new to my home decor.

Today I've created this for the amazing 30 Minute Crafts blog, which you can find HERE. A project like this takes only 15 minutes to create. Gather all the supplies and then simply decorate the jars with the stickers and papers that you've chosen.

For this project, I used the new Echo Park Paper "Arsenic and Lace" collection. This is a much more sophisticated Halloween collection making it easy to create an apothecary feel for your home. Here's a peek at this fabulous collection:

To create these jars I simply purchased two jars (one clear class and one painted) from Michael's. Then I used the paper and stickers from the collection to decorate the jars. I also filled the glass jar with black jelly beans. I liked their reflective quality. Adding a few black gems make the project sparkle a little bit more as well. Want to create your own spooky set-up? Look for jars, boxes, and containers that you can easily alter with paper and stickers. A little bit goes a long way. Let the paper and embellishments do the work for you. This project came together in just a few minutes and looks truly magical.

Looking for this collection? Consider shopping the links from my blog links. A small portion of the sales from my blog helps to pay for the projects I share here on the blog.
If you're interested in other paper crafting projects I've created, search by "Make It Meaningful" in the side bar. You can read more about this "Halloween Countdown Tutorial" project below in this blog post HERE.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Free Halloween Printable

Are you ready for a frighteningly fun Halloween? I sure am. I'm wondering how many trick-or-treaters we will get at our new home. Apparently our neighborhood has the endearing title of "Ghost Town" because at one time very few people lived out here. I think that's a fairly appropriate title for a neighborhood during Halloween; although, with the amount of building they are doing out here I don't think they can call it "Ghost Town" for much longer. More like "Party Town."

To help get you in the Halloween mood, I'm sharing a FREE Halloween printable today. You can download it from my online store HERE.

(Download HERE)

If you're looking for additional printables, you can find them HERE as well.

You might like this fall one I created, which is perfect for displaying September through November:

(Download HERE)

Witching you a "Happy Halloween."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Scrapbooking Die Cut Videos Now Available to View

I'm happy to share that I have a few new die cutting videos to share with you. These super quick videos highlight how to use specific "Designer Die" and "Designer Die and Stamp" sets from Echo Park Paper. It helps you get a better picture of how these die cuts and stamp/die sets work. Here's a few of the videos you can watch:

And here's a peek at how the dies look on a few projects:

It's been part of my job at Echo Park to help pick dies and stamps that you would love from our fabulous Echo Park and Carta Bella collections. Our designers are incredible, and I'm excited to see their designs come to life in these new product lines from both Echo Park Paper and Carta Bella Paper. You can view all of these products HERE.

You can find all of these products HERE on www.idiecut.com, or HERE on Simon Says Stamp, or HERE on Scrapbook.com.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Want a Sneak Peek of My Upcoming True Scrap Workshop?

I just finished up the video for my True Scrap 6 workshop "Mood-Based Scrapbooking." I'm excited to share with you some ideas for putting together your own moodboards and then using them to create layouts.

Here's a tiny peek at one of the pages I created for this class. I'm happy to say there are several layouts I will share with you in this workshop:

Want to learn more about this exciting online event? Be sure to check out all the details HERE.

I'm not the only instructor teaching at the event. Industry giants including Layle Koncar, Nichol Magourik, and Noell Hyman are just a few of the amazing teachers included in this event. You can find the entire class list HERE.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Finding My Groove Again

I didn't realize; although, I somewhat suspected that when we decided to put our house up for sale back in March that our lives would change and change drastically. What I didn't realize is that from March when we first began prepping the house to sell to even now in late September, that I would have trouble keeping up with it all.

It's almost like pregnancy. You forget all the stress moving causes.

From the insanity (and complete blessing) of selling the house in 10 days. To a very crazy move in just three weeks during which I was both sick and working long hours. Then there was the mad dash to find a place to live, to miraculously finding a month-to-month rental in the form of a townhome in our city.  And then the thoroughly exhausting and overwhelming search for a home continued with us trying to decide between building and buying. And even when we settled on this dream home, realizing that there were some repairs and updates that needed to be made before we could fully move in. To date, we still have boxes and furniture in our storage unit. I do have my appliances back in my house, but half my kitchen is still boxed up. It's been a crazy, crazy time for us; and while I'm thoroughly grateful for all the blessings we're received I have also been very overwhelmed.

On the work side of things, there were lots of big changes as well. Two Peas closed their doors, a sad day for all of us Garden Girls. I stepped back from some of my other freelance work as I tried to make a temporary office work for me. I also learned that my book title had been pulled. And Echo Park and Carta Bella Paper's demands became greater as I worked to help with product development for the companies' new die and stamp lines. And in the middle of all that, I just could not find my creative groove. I think I lost it somewhere amongst the boxes waiting to be unpacked in my scrapbook room.

It's difficult to feel creative in the middle of chaos. And because I'm so affected by things like change and chaos, it was even more difficult than I imagined it to be.

We're getting there. Soon (or at least I hope soon) I will be able to put my scrapbook room back together. I can actually cook in my own home and do laundry, which are neither of my favorite chores but I'm ready for the return to a routine again.

What can you expect from me in the future? I'm still working behind the scenes to relaunch my 2Peas classes. I have a few extra and NEW items in the works that you will be able to download and access as well. I'm pretty excited about them. I'm also in negotiations with some great companies to provide you with some some exciting new things. Looking for a way to interact with me? Be sure to check out my True Scrap 6 class HERE, which I will be teaching in October.

As far as design work, my new office has enough room to set up a better filming studio. That makes me all kinds of excited. I thank each of you for subscribing to my Youtube channel. I am working to get more how-to videos and vlog entries up on my channel. In the meantime, check out the Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine channel HERE and the Echo Park Paper channel HERE as I film many of their videos as well.

I'm ready for my creative juices to begin flowing again so I'll be ready to tackle some new things. Stay tuned as I find my groove again.