#atozchallenge | J is for Jewelry Making at Artascope Studios

As you may have noticed from my blog, I love to do crafts. It’s why I have an entire menu option dedicated to projects on my website. I usually have some craft activity happening. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to my to-do list because I can’t seem to stop adding craft projects. I blame those genetics on my father. He’s always adding to his to-do list although his “crafts” usually involve power tools and six trips to Home Depot.

I’m always on the lookout to learn a new craft too. A few years ago, I started taking some Art Night Out® classes at Artascope Studios. After a few classes, I got a little braver and signed up for their “boot camp” which unlike a fitness boot camp did not build strength and fitness although it did exercise my creative muscles. Boot camp included three classes and a three-month membership in their studio. While some of the classes, offered at both art night out and boot camp, were for crafts that I had tried before, I did expand into other areas. Continue reading

Recycled Magazine Circles Decorative Bowl

The first year with my One Little Word® project, I selected embrace as my word, and one of my goals for the year was to embrace more creativity in my life. I had been fascinated with recycled magazine crafts for a while and decided to give it a try.

It’s a super easy project, although it is time-consuming to make a lot of circles, and you will need quite a few to make something larger like a bowl. It makes for a fun, creative activity while watching TV. There are many great sites out there on the internet that give various instructions and show all the amazing things you can make with recycled magazine circles. The cool thing about this craft is that it’s not exact, and there are many variations on the path to a successful project. Continue reading

One Little Word Scrapbook

One Little Word® Memory Keeping Project

I started scrapbooking a short time after my girls were born, but in reality, I’ve always been a memory keeper. My college picture albums included captions, detailed notes on who was in each picture, and other memorabilia. I’ve always loved pulling the story together. It’s one of the reasons that I’m interested in blogging. It’s another way of tracking memories and telling stories.

As life has gotten busier, it has been harder to find time to do paper scrapbooking. In an effort to incorporate more creativity into my life, I started participating in the One Little Word® project by Ali Edwards one of my absolute favorite Memory Keepers. I have been following Ali since I started with scrapbooking, and her book was one of the first ones I bought on the topic, A Designer’s Eye for Scrapbooking. Her style is visually beautiful and has just the right balance of clean lines and artistic touches. Continue reading