"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Layout Tutorial: A Layout with Origami Inspired Accents

When did you first learn to do origami? 

I think I was 8 when I first started. My mom bought me this tiny book that stepped out how to make a dozen projects. I LOVED it! I made all the projects several times using various papers. I still have that book and I still love following it to make little origami pieces.  

Needless to say that when I saw the new Richard Garay Origami Love collection, I was excited! You have to see the patterned papers in this collection. They all include some sort of paper folded designs. Today I want to share with you a video tutorial to create a scrapbook layout using the Origami Love collection.

First, let's start with the supplies:
Origami Love Printed Paper
Hello Butterfly Stamp/Die Set

Amaze machine
Gold Silk Luster
Rose Chintz Silk Luster
Cool Caribbean Silk Luster

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Other: thread, tape, watercolor, paint brush, color pencils

And here's the video tutorial. You can watch it here or follow this link 

I hope you enjoy!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Card Tutorial: Using Silver & Gold Collection from RG

Hi there! Today I have a card tutorial for you with the color scheme of white, blue and gold. Let's begin by looking at the supplies.

I used:
Brocade Code Embossing Folder
Flower Fold Steel Rule Die
Silver Wishes Stamp/Die Set
Amaze machine
Golden Glow True Color Fusion Ink
Raw Gold Silk Luster
Catalina Splash Cardstock
Cool Caribbean Cardstock
Whipped Cream Cardstock
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Now, let me walk you through the steps.

Trim Whipped Cream cardstock to 5.5" x 8.5" Fold in half to make a 5.5" x 4.25" card.
Trim Whipped Cream cardstock to 5.25" x 4". Emboss it using Brocade Code Embossing Folder and Amaze machine.
Attach embossed piece to card and machine stitch all around.
Use the Flower Fold Steel Rule Die with the Amaze machine.
Gently push up the petal layers of the die-cut flowers with your fingers.

Layer the flowers and leaves on the card.
Stamp the sentiment  You Are Gold To Me from Silver Wishes Stamp/Die Set on Whipped Cream cardstock with Golden Glow True Color Fusion Ink.
Cut sentiment into strip and notch the right end.
Attach to the card next to the layered flower.
Splatter Raw Gold Silk Luster on the card to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Art Journaling Tutorial: Using die-cuts

Can you picture a brick paved town square surrounded by pretty houses with balconies, boutique stores, public art, old trees, and pigeons hopping around, pecking? Last year when we visited Boston, Bar Harbor in Maine and later, San Francisco, we saw a few such places and I loved them all. I knew that at some point, those visuals will make it into my art journal. So, here is a spread inspired by those trips. Follow along if you would like to see how I created this spread!

Here's a list of supplies I used:
Other materials used:
  • Acrylic paints
  • Cardstock
  • Gelatos
  • Gel Medium
  • Paint brush
  • Paper clip
  • Pen
  • Scissors
 Let's get started.

To diecut the Suburbia pieces, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on a Sizzix Accessory Magnetic Platform For Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory Standard Cutting Pad. On it, lay out your favorite dies from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 34PK - Cityscape, Suburbia set blade side up. Place paper on it and cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Repeat the exact same sandwich technique with Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 27PK - Traveler Words, Thin. I chose the word 'Found'. 

To diecut the industrial pieces, create the following Sizzix Sandwich: on the Standard Cutting pad, lay the Sizzix Bigz L Die - Industrial, blade side up, place paper on it and cover with another Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Here, I'm going to take a step back. The mini art journal you see above is really a tag book that I created a while ago using Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK - Tag Collection. If you want to create one for yourself, create the same Sizzix sandwich that I used to die-cut the pieces of Suburbia above. I used six tags. You could use a few more or less. I stacked the tags and stitched down the center. Then folded them half to make my mini journal. The small size makes it super easy to carry around if you are into art on the go.

Paint the page spread with acrylic paints and Gelatos. Let dry.

Attach the die-cut Suburbia pieces to the book with gel medium.
Doodle around the die-cuts to create a scene.

Attach the Industrial and Traveler Word die-cuts. Add details and more doodles to connect all the pieces together.

Here's a close-up of my spread.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Leave a comment to let me know!
Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!  

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Book Review: The Acid Watcher Diet

After my second baby was born, I started having severe migraines. I was told that over time, I'll have a migraine map which will give me my triggers that brought these miserable headaches about and that way I'll be able to recognize and avoid those triggers as much as possible. Within a span of a few months, several of my favorite foods had to be dropped from my meals. The biggest trigger turned out to be acidity and I was also diagnosed with Acid Reflux Disease. Medications, change in diet, lifestyle changes - all were prescribed and I followed those suggestions as best as I could after taking care of the toddler and the baby and my household and late night hours to support my growing work schedule for the magazines, which basically translated to not enough self care. So, the struggle continued.

As I read The Acid Watcher Diet by Jonathan Aviv, many of the reasons, causes and suggested remedies began making more sense. The author explains in layman terms, the role of proteins, carbs, fats, fibers in healing dietary acid damage. He also speaks of breaking acid generating habits and generating acid reduction practices. Finally, he provides 28-day blueprint with a meal planner to let the healing begin.

While it won't be easy to completely cut off processed food, caffeine, sugar, and other culprits overnight,  The Acid Watcher Diet is a good place to start and to refer back to. With an elaborate list of healthy PH 5 food to choose from, this is doable or at least worth a serious try.

*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review.