Friday, October 24, 2008


i'm not mad :P
It's just my favorite letter right now.
and I love rolling my r's. It's a spanish thing :)

Plus, It's possibly because I just purchased this:

My First wedding decor purchase. Most of my purchases I'm keeping in mind have to be useful after the party. Meaning, in our sweet home after our wedding. There will be nothing spent on things used only once. It's tough crackin' down on myself (especially hard being a designer and wanting to buy/make everything stylish) but it's the only way I'll stay within budget :) And that makes for a happy chicka. So the R is the letter to my soon-to-be new last name. Oh my goodness, A shorter name. That's all I want. I secretly wished for and crossed my fingers for a guy with a short last name. I know. Ridiculous. But really, I have 4 names already. Oh don't EVEN get me started on that. It's a Mexican thing too. HA. Well, not so funny when you're 3 learning to spell your name. Alas, a shorter name is in my future AND to a hot Mr. Handsome, geez...I could not ask for anything more. AND the R came in the most perfect yellow. Also the main color for our sweet and simple wedding. Hello Perfection*.

Happy happy girl

I'm thinking the R will be amongst our delicious cupcake tower of sugar shock :) Pretty pretty. Nothing traditional for us here. We both agree on that. Enough wedding talk right? ha

onto some great art news...
I'm on Danielle Thompson's Kitschy Digitals new design team. LOVE her digi kits. I'm mostly a paper artist but really had fun printing the papers out onto fabric and transparency sheets. Man they are so fun to play with... see.. I used the Skyler & Olivia kits:

hello love

you are lovely


I had a great weekend celebrating this bubs first birthday...
Baby G

Made this for Creative Therapy:


Really trying to remember techniques that I try out. Mostly it's hit and miss. But that's the fun part :) This little boy is my friend I was talking about in a previous post. I used the same picture that is in a layout soon to be appearing in Somerset Magazine. Just I created a different technique to go with this page. mmmmm yum... graffiti and confetti. totally rad.

pretty girls

know what else is rad? the fact that I've been busy making 5 art journal books. Yep. Only 5. It's my fav number :) So that means the shop will open soon with these pretty girls up for grabs for only $25 buckaroos. Inside there are about 25-30 sheets of spray painted paper + random found art & scrap paper. So excited! If you want one now, just shoot me an e-mail and I'll reserve one for ya :

keep on Rrrrrrr-ockin'

Monday, October 20, 2008

i dare you

So Vain

here: Dare 113

be bold
be beautiful

i need to do more dares. lately I've been feeling like I don't step outside my shell enough. My comfort zone. Myself. It's been tough making changes and one thing I really really need to work harder on is daring myself more. To not get comfortable. To not stop changing. To believe more in myself. For me. I always put other people before me. It's just a natural thing. But anyway... so far change has been quite surprising and equally challenging but I have NO regrets. You learn so much along the way. I feel if I had just done this sooner I would've been at a better place now. Live and learn right?

So on the appearance side, I wish I believed exactly what this prompt/art says.
I wish i didn't have to wear makeup
i wish i could just believe the inner beauty was all that mattered.
i hate being
so vain

My week of vacation is coming up in November and I hope with everything in me that I can be brave enough to not wear makeup. Not for a single day that week. HA! I can just see people freak out. ;P I totally admire people who look "natural". I hate worrying if my mascara smudged. :( It just seems ridiculous! The things we do as women. Crazy.

So to add to the change, the blog needed some personal attention. New banner. Yes a little less colorful but right now that's just how I feel about things. Not in a bad way. It just feels real to me right now. It's a season. It will pass.

And as promised, my little project I was working on. LOVE that stamp! And I'm not a huge lover of stamps. But this one, seriously. Love. I decided to play alittle. I don't have a lot of art hanging on my walls. Is that weird? And I very rarely make anything home decor. But I had this little frame I picked up for a quarter at a thrift store and thought it'd be perfect for a home project. Then add some Kenner Road lovin' and ta dah! I sewed through the ribbon because it's actually 3 small pieces and I refused to throw them away. Then added the red swatch for the heck of it. I heart this.


Speaking of home. I really am obsessing over simplifying around here. I went back into the studio to de-clutter some more. And I have a drawer full of paper I wish to no longer have sitting around. I was making some of my "Move forward" style books and thought I might sell those in a very artsy Etsy shop. Just wondering if anyone would be interested? I don't just want to give the paper away. I want to make something like art cards, journal books, etc with them. So that's the plan man. I've been wanting to do this for quite some time now. And with the holidays coming up real soon, I totally think they'd make for some fun presents. I love getting artsy stuff. Talk to me. Let me know what you think :)

Coming up...
-a happy week to you
-some more art to show "creative therapy" wise
-art journaling
-and yes, spray painting is a must

have a marvelous monday sweet friends

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Goods Revealed :)


I seriously have tons of paper and embellishments left over...I'm not finished with this kit. There is the chair stamp that I am LOVING and will soon make an appearance on something :) The moment I opened up my box I was mojo came back with the quickness! LOL.

5 layouts in one day. That's killer for me. I take like 5 hours on a page. Yeah, 5. I know. I'm SO slow but whatevs. Perfection people. It takes time ;P I kid. I usually just have to wait for something to come, a vision of some sort. Then from there it's a piece of cake. ooh yum. cake. oh wait. it's like 8 AM here. Too early for cake but i see a trip to starbucks soon. yay!

You know what else is so obvious that's been consuming me?

My engagement with Mr. Handsome.

*09 Me & You

Getting Older and "Wiser" ha! (Angie sent me this quote and immediately it triggered this page in my head. Goodness I heart her :) QUOTE: The Future Belongs To Those Who Believe In The Beauty Of Their Own Dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt

The Future

My love for Mr. Handsome

Our Love Story

All things perfect and lovely and a sweet place to put them


Perfect Wedding dress shopping:


I drew the dress onto the book paper. Cut that sucker out and wanted to make it feel special and pretty. So I framed it :) Then added a tiny button behind it to give it depth. Sigh... if anyone sees a dress like this please let me know. So far, dress shopping is not so good. I want a short dress and none of the stores carry them. I don't feel like ordering a dress just to try it on and pay for it. But alas, I haven't given up hope! And is it bad that I am thinking about my accessories over the dress? hehee. I'll do anything to wear Anthro on my wedding. It's so not a a crime though :P

Alrighty, hopefully everyone is having a great day so far. Get inspired and make something. You'll be happier. Pinky promise.
Check the rest of the Kenner Road team gallery out here: They Rock

Today is gonna be a great day
make it happen

Monday, October 13, 2008


i heart sneaks...
especially yummy ones :)
I'm guest designing this month over at Kenner Road.

Adore sneak

Our Love Story sneak

Lovely sneak

The Future sneak

Me & You sneak

Full reveal reveal October 15th!

mojo rut is loooooong gone!
ha :)


Friday, October 10, 2008

hey girl, it's time. now get going and get gone...

beautifully torn

entering into a new phase.
a phase where my heart feels the tug of change. The life that is to come as a married woman is approaching and it has me thinking of purging. Of not concealing the need to change any further. but to just get on with it. throw stuff out. put stuff in boxes and give with my heart. to not hold on anymore but embrace the release...

so let go
slowly loose your grip
don't concentrate just push forward
not knowing except for sure that change is coming and it's time to move ahead.

on the finance side, just this week I finished paying off my car. This enormous celebration got me thinking about my future finances. Discipline and productive saving must take place. A plan is set into action and I'm following through. Spending has been put on hold and now saving is key. It feels so good to stop buying stuff. I haven't purchased anything in 3 months now. Just three months but hey, it's a start. And my place is less cluttered. My pocketbook much happier and even the creative process has been thrown for a loop in a good way. get creative girl.

The lack of mojo has increased my awareness in areas where I have overextended myself. And we all know, when you do that you are no good to anyone. So lots of prayer was poured over my decision to de-clutter my schedule and creative mind. The answer: let go of the areas where you are overwhelmed. For me one of those areas was my spot on the SIS design team. I finished my term with the amazing SIStv design team and have stepped down from the team. I've been feeling like I have been overextending myself and need to stop doing that any longer. I love SIS. I love JJ & KA and everyone on the design team. I will miss them but hope to stay in touch with them and the SIS community. I know we will all still be happy :)

So change
it's so good.
I am grateful for everything that has happened this year. The new friends I made. The things I've learned creatively. I'm looking forward to more of that. Also, i have some great news. Back in May, I was on my staycation in my studio and my little friend Mario and his family were heavy on my heart. I decided to make them a page that I could expressively show them that I love and pray for them. But most of all, I don't forget about them. So I painted and splattered and sewed my heart out onto paper. I was pleasantly happy with the page and decided to take a picture of it. Well, a little part of me was kind of like you should send this to a magazine and share it. I kept thinking... what's the one magazine I'd love to be published in??? SOMERSET magazine! I don't subscribe to scrapbooking mags so I have no idea which ones are out there. Just that everytime I picked up a somerset magazine I felt a fit. It was perfect. It always captivated me! Well, i sent the pic to Somerset and I have news that it will be published next year in February/March! Goodness I just wish I could travel to Bolivia with my copy of the mag so I could somehow see my little friends face as he sees himself in a work of art. And how much I love him and his family. :) I get teary eyed thinking about it...sigh...

I love art
i love making people special things
and i love that this season of change is bringing in lots of good ...
that's the way it should always be.

another wonderful opportunity this month was guesting for Kenner Road. Holy smokes the vintage is SO in! THANK YOU KL for the wonderful opportunity! I'm rockin out with the kit tonight :) So a little reveal is soon to come. I love that KL is living her dream. Makes me want to dream big and do something... so here we go!

thinking &
being still,