Monday, April 27, 2015

Not What We Expected!

Hey there scrappy friends!
Lisa here to share a layout with you.
When we went out to California in August of 2010, we took a ferry into San Fransisco. Being from Wisconsin, we expected San Francisco to be super hot in August. It wasn't! Luckily I had packed a sweatshirt for each of us and boy did we need it! We froze with our sweatshirts on! The weather was not what we expected! Any who, that is what my layout "Chilly San Francisco" is about.

Remember the last layout I shared? Well I used the sunburst I had cut out the rays from for my last layout. I used the Saffron Honey Cardstock for my sunburst. I stitched it onto Clouds Cardstock.


I punched a border and made a banner from Bunny Cardstock. I fussy cut the "I can hardly believe this" and "Today" from Saffron Cards. I used the Red Alpha Glitter Stickers for my title. I added a Red Tear Drop at the beginning of my title and at the end.

I fussy cut the journaling box from Black Glitter on White Cardstock Journal Tags and inked it red.

Here is a close up of my sunburst:

These are the Robin's Nest products I used:
I just wanted to share that you can usually use the negative and the positive of something while scrapping, like I did for this layout and my last one I shared.
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Spiff up a studio with this altered art supply tote

Last year I redecorated my studio with an industrial chic teal and rust theme. Yet, I never really seem to finish--I am always refining the look and more importantly, improving my organization.

Sure that sounds good, but truth is, at least in my Paper Calliope studio, I'm a slob. I actually love when things are neat and organized, but despite my best intentions, the studio always ends up a mess. Considering that sometimes I have to tiptoe between piles of paper, ephemera, glitter bottles and heat guns, "mess" might be an understatement.

Tutorial--How to make an altered art supply tote

Step One Paint the interior of a drink tote with metallic brown paint. Let dry.

Step Two Trace the outside sections of the drink tote onto Teal Glitter Cardstock and cut out.

Step Three Adhere the glitter cardstock to the drink tote using Beacon 3-in-1 Craft Glue.

Step Four Adhere a patterened brown fabric tape to tote corners.

Step Five Distress edges of tote with dark brown ink.

Step Six Adhere rusty metal hardware to sides of tote with a strong adhesive.

Step Seven Adhere blue metallic dew drops to sides of tote.

Step Eight Tie short pieces of assorted ribbons to tote handle.

That's it! All you have to do now is add your favorite supplies and enjoy months  days  hours  mere minutes of complete craft studio organization!

Stuff I used

Teal Glitter Cardstock
Metallic Teal Dew Drops
Beacon 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, 4-Ounce
Drink tote
Fabric tape
Assorted bits of ribbon
Metal hardware pieces

Friday, April 24, 2015

When Life Gets Stormy

Life has it's share of ups and downs. Your attitude and ability to adjust will help you get through the tough times.

Let me show you how I created my mixed media canvas.

My supplies
8x10 canvas
Matt medium
Robin's Nest® blue tear drops
Robin's Nest ® robins egg glitter cardstock
Robin's Nest® airplane cardstock
Americana® multi-surface paint
E6000® glue
Swirl stencil
mambiSTICKS® sticker
Tim Holtz Distress® inks
Tim Holtz Distress® markers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology® tissue paper

Let's get started

 I had extra smaller pieces of  idea-ology tissue paper I wanted to use up. I used matt medium to   adhere them to my canvas creating a collage look.

I used my swirl stencil with distress ink to create the look of swirling wind on my background.

I cut out cloud shapes and the background for my quote sticker from airplane cardstock.
The umbrella was cut from robins egg glitter cardstock.

 I colored in some of the white/word diamond shapes on the airplane cardstock with distress markers. Distress markers will color the space but allowed for the words to show through. Distress markers were also used to add detail to the umbrella.

 I glued down all the pieces using matt medium.

A sharpie was used to outline the clouds and the umbrella. Distress ink was used to define the edges of the canvas. The sides of the canvas were painted with multi-surface paint.

I added tear drops for the rain using E6000 glue.

Thank you for stopping by and following along with my tutorial.


I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I studied graphic design in Portland,Oregon before moving to Denton, Texas and putting all my focus on mixed media art. In addition to being on The Robin's Nest Design Team, I am an article writer for mixed media art, on the Creative Paperclay Design team, and a blogger for DecoArt. I strongly believe in giving back. I volunteer at Scrap Denton Creative Reuse Center where I teach workshops, art camps, and perform art demos. I am very passionate about mixed media art and helping others discover their creativity. 
 Follow more of my creative life at My Altered Life's blog page and My Altered Life on FB

Going home - layout by Elena Lishchenko

Hi everyone! Elena's here and today I want to show you my new layout about holiday!
I use  Admiral Daisy Glitter Linen Cardstock, Mens Plaid/Compass Cardstock Airplane Cardstock for my background. Add some thread and gesso.
Some close-ups:

I used:
Thanks for your attention!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Robin's Nest .. more amazing new products

hi .. it's Bev here again ready to share even more fabulous Robin's  Nest newest products ..
so many more papers, colours, great accents and trims.
Saffron Sunrise Collection shown above is just one of the new ones. Be sure to check the store out for this and many others that are now available.

Creating is super fun when things all match, coordinate and compliment each other. This super collection came together so easy. It's stunning, soft and elegant.

Closeups give you a better view of the fun clusters that came together with the
use of matching accents and papers.

Supply List:
Paper House Products: Paper: Saffron Sunrise Collection
Pen: Micron 01 black pen, 
Ink: Tim Holtz ranger

Visit often as the many other DT share creations to inspire you using new products.

Home Mini Album

Hello all,

Today I am sharing the rest of my "HOME" mini album.

Here is the cover of the book again, just a recap from last weeks post.

Here is the first pages of the book.

A picture of Dana and I,  
I always say "This is the house that Dana built."
You know like the nursery rhyme I remember from my
younger years, and reading to my kids.

My husband loves to do things with his hands,
to build, to create, and to work.
So we have to put a lot of credit to him for what this house is
today, because he did make it what it is today.

I used the new Saffron Sunrise embellishments for this
page, and Gina's Designs.
I will post all the papers at the end of this blog post
that I have used in this book.
This photo on the right side is the side of our house
with flowers growing in our planters.

This is my dream house.
I love the fleur de lis.  One of my favorite motifs ever.
I took this off left over fabric that are curtains in our bedroom.

Page 2 of the book actually show our house and the 
balcony off the back of the house.

Here I have used more of the Saffron Sunrise line, and other 
papers from our product line, again these will all be
at the end of the post.

So fun!!!
Glitter Chipboard, Saffron Sunrise paper,
and a clock from our sticker line.

Page 3 of the book.
I forgot to tell you that the pages of the inside of the book are made of 
mat board.  When a center in cut from a mat for a 8x10 picture, there is the
center left over.  These pages are made from the centers of mats.
(We used to own a frame store, these are from that store,
but you can go to any framing store, I'm sure they have scads of these!)

I feel everyday like I really live in a Villa.

Again these little rectangles come from the inside of cut mats.
Just leftovers that usually get thrown away.
I put the letters Villa on these rectangles.

This is my first page that has a number,
This is from Gina's Designs, 
I fell in love with these. 

Page 4 of our book is the garage.
Our garage is detached, and for the first time in 30 plus
years, I was able to park my car in the garage!!!!

Close up of the page elements.

Page 5
The yard and gardens of our home.
Love the white lilacs in the spring.

Page 6 of the mini album.
The fountain and back of the house.
I bought the fountain without Dana, wasn't sure if he was
gonna still love me after that, but it is so relaxing for
me to hear the water run.  
I love the fountains all over Mexico and Europe.

Close up of the elements of the page.

Again, I have used the
Saffron Sunrise line for these elements.

Last page of the book,
the clip board is the back of the book.

Dana is a Johnny Appleseed.  
This is his row of apple trees in the spring in full bloom.
It is One Fine Day everyday here.
I love each and every moment I spend here at our home,
more than anything, 
I love each and every moment that is spent with Dana.
He is the joy of my life for sure.

Again the tag on front of the book.
The book completed!

How great is my joy!
So glad I could share some of me with you.

Here are the products I have used in this book.
If you click on the picture it will take you to the link of the
paper or embellishment on our website.

Italian Arch Specialty PaperMocha Trail Glitter CardstockBrick Glitter Cardstock
Saffron Sunrise CardstockSaffron Diamond CardstockSaffron Honey CardstockBlack and White Clock CardstockBlack Herringbone CardstockHoneycomb Fleur Cardstock
Saffron CardsRosy CardsLodge Die-Cuts
Classified StickerRed Classic Swirl Glitter CardstockGold Glitter Chipboard
Wedding Cut-Outs CardstockHoneycomb Daisy Glitter CardstockMocha Daisy Glitter Cardstock
Very Black Glitter ChipboardSaffron Mini Die-Cut ShapesVenice Clippies
Girl Rub-onChocolate Dew DropsGoldenberry Dew DropsRegency Mini Dew DropsForrest Fun Tear Drops

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