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I just realized it’s almost a month since my last post! I don’t know what happened…too many things to do all the time, plus I’ve been having issues with getting decent photos to post (that’s why this post has none!).

Anyway, I decided to scrap my “pink Christmas” ornaments. I’m not completely happy with them – they’re a bit messy looking, they’re too big, and I’m just not loving them anymore. I still love the “pink Christmas” idea though, so I wanted to come up with another idea…

And I thought of making an inchie garland. I really like this idea – I so enjoyed making my Halloween inchies last year, and would love to make Christmas inchies. It will take a lot of inchies to make a decent-sized garland! But I think it would be so cool. I am not planning on having this done for Christmas, at least not Christmas this year!

Other than that I haven’t even done much arts and crafts. I’ve been working on my soldered pendants, and hopefully will have those posted soon. I’ve been trying to clean up my art space – it is so messy that I feel depressed every time I look at it. Time time time – I need more!

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The current issue of Somerset Studio has this fantastic article by Kate Crane called “Journal Your Year”.

journal your year

I love this so much – after doing my Halloween inchies, the little squares that she used for her journaling are very appealing! I want to do this.

journal your year

I just love Ms Crane’s artwork – the colors are beautiful. I already bought a watercolor pad to use. I think this project would be a great way to experiment and play. I’m not sure if I can do it everyday, but I sure as heck want to try!

journal your year

She made the pages ahead of time, so all she had to do was the daily journaling. The squares are 1.5″, so there’s only room for a sentence, which is good for me! That probably will be all I have time for. I like how she drew pictures in her squares too. It makes it more interesting.

I have to wait until after Christmas though before I can prepare my January page. I have no time right now for anything other than holiday preparation. The only creative things I’ve been doing is making some bows and some decorative bags for gift-giving.

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So I decided to challenge myself (because somehow I have a few remaining brain cells left that I feel compelled to destroy!) by doing an inchie-a-day challenge for Halloween.

Starting October 1st I will make an inchie inspired by Halloween every day and of course post it here. Honestly I’m not sure I’ll be able to post every day. Or even make an inchie every day. I’m not sure I have that many ideas to be able to make a Halloween-inspired inchie every day for 31 days. Or the time to do it.

But I wanted to do something different and thought this would be fun, and also give me an opportunity to play and experiment on a small scale.

To make things easier on myself, I made inchie “blanks” that simply need adornment. One side is orange and the other is black. I’m sticking with those two colors pretty much. I pulled out a variety of papers, ribbons, crystals, stickers, rubber stamps, and other embellishments to work with. I also printed out two pages of Halloween-inspired words and phrases. And I’m setting a time limit of 20 minutes max.

So stay tuned for 31 days of Halloween!


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So I got my inchies last week from the latest Artella inchie swap. Here they are:

Aren’t they cute? My favorites are the ladybug, the cupcake, and the pot of gold. There is another inchie swap going on, but I have other things I need to work on right now, so more inchies will have to wait.

I have my digitally-altered book almost completed. I’m pretty happy with how it has turned out. I do think some of my letters are stereotypical, and not very original. But I’m doing this as a fun thing, and the letters are not meant to be taken very seriously. Here are a couple pages:

This book was so much fun to work on. I kept each page to a similar layout to make it easy on myself, and being a beginner in Photoshop I kept the techniques simple as well. I’m loving the transform function – it’s my favorite!

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Here are some pictures from Ocean City. We had an absolutely delightful time!

The view from the balcony of the condo.
View from the balcony.

Lily on the beach.
Lily on the beach in Ocean City.

Julian on the beach.

Lily riding the cars on the boardwalk. She specifically wanted the purple one.

I didn’t get any sand for my inchies, but I did come up with a couple new ideas for books. I really love to make books. One of these days I’m going to make a book itself from scratch. One idea is a book of lists, because I am an avid maker of lists, and the other idea is a book about a seaside resort town during the early 1900s. This idea was inspired by the names of the hotels and condos in Ocean City – a lot of them have a wonderful old-time feel.

I did finish my inchies, at the last minute of course. (I didn’t get a chance to work on them in Ocean City. I don’t know why I thought I would – that’s the kind of project where I need peace and quiet) I got a little crazy with the glitter glue – a few turned out a bit messy looking. The ‘seaside dreams’ is the one I kept for myself.

To make these I glued two pieces of cardstock together to serve as the foundation. I chose a different scrapbook paper for each inchie, and cut out a one-inch square piece from each, which I then glued onto the foundations. I stamped the back of each foundation piece with a seashore-themed rubber stamp, and inked the edges in dark blue. I stamped seashell images in dark blue ink onto ivory cardstock, and then scanned them and resized them to fit the inchies. I printed them out onto cardstock. I typed the words on the computer and also printed them onto ivory cardstock. I then cut out the shells and the words and inked the edges with gold ink. I glued them onto the foundation pieces, and as a final touch added Swarovski crystals and glitter glue.

Special thanks to Erin for the title for this post – this is my new mantra!

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All art is but imitation of Nature. – Seneca the Younger

I’ve been working on my inchies for the next Artella swap. I’m hoping to have them pretty much done by tomorrow night. Saturday we are off to Ocean City, Maryland for a few days of rest and relaxation. I had to order some blue and aqua glitter glue, so if I get that before we leave then I will probably take them with me to finish by the sea, which would be appropriate. Hey, maybe I could get some real beach sand and somehow glue that on. I like that idea – I’ll have to think about it.

I received an email from one of the assistant editors at Artful Blogging – they are interested in publishing my blog banner in an upcoming issue! I would be absolutely thrilled to have my banner published in such a fabulous magazine. The main reason I started this blog was reading the first issue of Artful Blogging, seeing all the amazing blogs, and thinking – hey, I want to do that! So I emailed her the image and I’m putting my faith out there.

I bought a digital book and a couple digital ephemera packs from Artella for their current digitally-altered book contest. The deadline is September 20. I think my idea is pretty simple and I shouldn’t have any problems getting it done. That means I will be up at least one night until 1:30 in the morning to get it done in time. That’s not too bad, though.

I also finally purchased the bead I’m going to use as the focal point in my mom’s birthday necklace. I can’t post a picture yet, but I will just say that it is gorgeous, and it was made by a very well-known lampwork bead artist. I have an idea of how I’m going to do the necklace, but I’m still working out the details.

Here are a few pictures of Lily from Knoebel’s. They’re a little blurry; apparently our camera does not have an ‘action’ setting.

Knoebel's - On the merry-go-round


Knoebel's - The Flying Tiger

Knoebel's - The Red Baron

She’s much more adventurous than her mother!

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So it didn’t even take until today for me to come up with the theme for my next batch of inchies. Inspiration hit in the shower last night. I often contemplate my projects while I’m in the shower. That’s valuable time that shouldn’t be wasted!

Anyway, I decided to do an ocean theme. Maybe it was the water raining down on my head, maybe it was the fact that we are going to Ocean City, MD next weekend, maybe it’s my love of the ocean – but the ocean it is. I saw these sea shell rubber stamps at AC Moore last weekend, so now I have to go buy them.

Maybe it was just that I wanted to go shopping…

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