Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Design Final Third Semester

I completed this project for my Design class in my third semester of my Interior Design Degree. We were to design a house for a client living in the community of Marda Loop in Calgary. My concept was "Rising from the Ashes"; that the family had gone through some kind of unexpected loss. The new house symbolizes their new beginning. The verticality of the living area represents the growth that they have done. The finishes are a combination of rustic (to represent their past that they do not want to forget) and contemporary (to represent their optimistic future). I know this is very different from my usual posts, but this is the sort of thing I have been focusing on all semester while neglecting everything else. I hope you enjoy peeking into the other main part of my life besides crafting!

All drawings for this project were done using Copic Markers, pencil crayon, and fine liner on Copic or Canston marker paper.

The photos were all taken with my phone, so sorry for bad cropping and quality.
Dining area bench seating.
 Double height living area and LED lit glass stairs.
 Exterior view or NW corner.
 Materials board, a mix of rustic and contemporary.
The final presentation boards: 1. Site Plans and Exterior, 2. Section looking East, 3. Section looking West, 4. Section looking North and Dining Perspective, 5. Living area Perspective and Master Bedroom Perspective

Monday, 16 December 2013

Class Projects

So much has happened in the last several months and my blog has been severely neglected! I feel as though I am only able to really give one thing my full attention and that has been school lately. I hope to catch up on many things over this Christmas break; one thing being my blog an Youtube channel. I have done several projects but almost all have been for the purpose of teaching a class. I have loved diving into teaching at Scrapbooker's Paradise, it has really been a blessing. I have included pictures of several of my class projects below.
 This was my latest class: 6 Christmas tags. Simple yet very useful.
 The first class I taught (which actually ran twice) were these mixed media tags. They were a lot of prep work, but very fun to get mess while creating.

 I also did an Art Journaling class where we created the journal and completed 3 pages inside of it. Again, a very fun and messy one! (click to view larger size)
And finally, the pocket page class. This was a new realm for me too and i really enjoyed trying something new. We created four travel themed pages. (click to view larger size)

I have been working on a December Daily this month and I hope to share the progress here and on Youtube soon. I hope you keep an eye out for that! I am also thinking about posting some of my Interior Design projects as they have made a very large leap in progress since last year. I am thrilled to have completed my third semester and am looking forward to finding a job for my internship this summer!

Thanks for reading and I hope you are all having a great holiday season!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


What is normal anyways? It is certainly different for everyone! I created this art journal page with this idea in mind.

Just a quick post today as I am still trying to catch up on rest and relaxation! I have been very busy working two jobs, but loving every minute of both! I have finished planning 3 new classes that I will be teaching at Scrapbooker's Paradise in the fall! If you have been following my Youtube videos, you would have heard this exciting news. Please let me know if you have any advise for this new and excited teacher!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

What I Have Been Up To!

I have been MIA from the blog for a little while due to life getting busy once again. I started a new job at the local library running the kids and teens Summer Reading Program. We spent about a month planning the whole program and have just started with the kids this week. It has been a blast and a wonderful experience so far and I can't wait to get to know the kids.The theme is travel, which is right up my alley! Below is a photo of a crane made from a map which is part of our travel display.

I also picked up a second job at my dream location: Scrapbooker's Paradise! It has been so wonderful to be back working in a scrappy store after so many years! I am even more excited to be starting teaching in the Fall! If you are in the Calgary area I would be so thankful if you were interested in being a part of this! I will have more details about the upcoming classes in mid August.

I also wanted to mention to everyone in the Calgary and surrounding areas that you are in my prayers. I hope that the flood relief has been successful and I wish that I could help every single one of you. Best of luck in your re-building stage.
On a completely different note, here are several other random updates for you. I have started a vintage camera collection! I have admired beauties like this for a very long time and finally got the opportunity to buy some from a local seller. I have most displayed in my room and I just love looking at them!
All of the cameras are Kodak or Polaroid. Some still have film in them!
I have always wanted to try planting succulents. They are just so beautiful to look at! Below are some that I planted mid June. They seem to be doing well so far.
My girlfriends and I recently went out for a sushi lunch. It was so amazing! If you have never had sushi from a restaurant and have only experienced "mall sushi" like I had, you are missing out! Below is a sushi roll called Happy Crunch from Globefish in Calgary Alberta. It contains avacado, lettuce, tempura flake, with spicy mayo wrapped with tuna and sesame!
We celebrated Canada Day on July 1st. I had a relaxing and fun long weekend. My future in-laws came to my parent's house and we all had a great time. Below is my dog Rocky wearing a Canada headband, too cute! The next day, July 2nd, we had to put down our oldest dog Skippy. She was always happy, cheerful, and brought a smile to our faces. She will be truly missed, but I believe she is in a better place.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Canada Day and all you Americans are having a great Independence Day! Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Engagement Mini Album

I completed this album using all of the photos that were part of our engagement photo shoot done by my good friend, and professional photographer, Paige Thomson of Paige Thomson Photography. Please check her out for more stunning work! I will have a video up on Youtube shortly exploring more details of this album and the wonderful photography!
On the cover I used two large grungeboard letters for our initials and covered them in pattern paper. The collection I used was "For the Record" by Echo Park along with many other added papers.
I handmade these fimo clay flowers; I just love using them on projects! Check out my video tutorial for that here.
This binding was inspired by a creation that Marion Smith posted on her instagram. It was made using safety pins and the TH hinge die cut with grungeboard.

Thank you for visiting, keep your eyes open on Youtube for the upcoming video! I hope you all have a wonderful May Long Weekend!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Future Sisters Layout

What beautiful weather we are still having here! I hope it sticks around for awhile... Tonight is my first regular season ball game and I am pretty excited to be playing in this lovely weather. I hope you are all enjoying it while you can too!
I recently created this page and posted a video on Youtube about it, which you can see here. The cards in the video will hopefully be appearing here on the blog soon too. I really enjoyed trying a shabby chic and colourful style for a change.
I used paper from several different companies including Basic Grey, Studio Calico, DCWV, Crepe Paper,  and Pink Paisley. the brad seen above is made by Around the Block.
The letter stickers are by American Crafts and October Afternoon. I stitched across the title (my new obsession)
The brad and bling seen above are unknown and quite old but the rub-ons are made by 7 Gypsies.
I love using a bicycle theme because there is so much awesome product out there featuring them and I just love how they look!
I used the TH tiny attacher and some stitching to add interest. I hope you enjoyed this projects, thanks for visiting!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Summer Camping Layout

What a gorgeous weekend we had here in Alberta! I spent Sunday watching Andrew play street hockey in a tournament and was anticipating the worst. I even packed my winter coat, mittens, and toque! It turned out to be about 25 Celsius, so I had to borrow some shorts, but it was well worth it!

I created this page a couple days ago and even have a process video on Youtube, so check that out for more information!
I used photos from a camping trip that Andrew, his siblings, and I went on last summer. We were at Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park.
I used a We R Memory Keepers brad, a Prima flower, handmade clay rose and paper leaves, as well as some bling for this cluster.
I love putting my title on washi tape and stitching across it, probable my new favoutite thing!
I added more handmade paper leaves and a Basic Grey brad to the end of the title. I used American Crafts and October Afternoon letter stickers.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have a great week ahead!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Some Cards and a Quick Update

Hello again blog world! I am happy to say that I have successfully finished my first year of Interior Design. I feel like it has helped me to grow as a person and I have learned so much! I am looking forward to a break from school this summer, but I still want to practice everything I have learned.

I created this card for someone special who has been having many different health issues lately. Prayers for a speedy recovery!
I cut the birds out from a DCWV piece of pattern paper. The background that they are on was created with manila card stock, LSG sprays, and some white gesso. Behind that I used a recipe card divider and another piece of coordinating DCWV paper.
The washi tapes were purchased at Michael's and I believe they are Recollections. I used my stampin up spiral notebook punch on one layer.
The cards below were given to my two roommates. Because I am now moved back home, I wanted to give them a little "thank you" for the good semester.
I cut out the viewmaster wheels from a design paper and used some other scraps I had laying around.
I hope you enjoyed these projects! If you would like to see what I have been up to for the last couple days go check out my Quick Scrapbooking Layout Ideas video on Youtube! Hopefully I will have the second part up today or tomorrow sometime!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful rest of your week.

Monday, 8 April 2013

The Final Crunch

The final crunch time is upon all of us University students! It is my last week of classes and, being a design student, this means I have all my final projects due within a few days. Today I felt pretty successful so I decided to take the evening off even though I probably shouldn't. Last week I worked for usually 12-14 hours per day in the studio and this week I suspect a few all nighters are ahead of me. Oh the life of a design student! I really do love what I do, but there are many sacrifices (ie: sleep).
Anyway, today I finished off two big projects! Below are some photo collages of them!
The above pictures are of my Design class final project. I was to create and imaginary client and design a condo space based on an exterior shell I was given. This is called a maquette model (plan and elevation are drawn, but nothing is actually 3D). I used a combination of copic markers and water colour paints.
Above are pictures of my Design Communication final project. I was to find a photo of an actual space, recreate its plan and elevation, use these to create a technical perspective, and then render it all using water colour paint. I then had to scan all the images and create an 11"x17" bound booklet.
I wanted to include these last 2 pictures so that you would all know that I do get out every so often. This weekend my church league ball team had their first tournament! It was pretty chilly (note the thick ice on the fence and even the Tim's cup) but we managed to play 3 games on Saturday! I feel like these truly describe a typical Albertan April: still nasty here!
Thanks for taking the time to stop by! I hope it is warmer wherever you are visiting from!

Monday, 18 March 2013

Art Journaling Update and Inspiration

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I am currently uploading a video to Youtube of my Art Journal and in the video I also discuss some "lack of rules"/ideas to get your started for your own journal. The list usually reminds me what is important about the art that I do. Scroll to the bottom of this post to read that list!

Ideas to get you started:
-there are no rules
-find inspiration anywhere
-pour out your built up feelings
-pages do not have to be “pretty”
-let loose and relax
-try some 2 page spreads
-pages do not have to be completed in order
-one page does not have to be “finished” before another is started
-express what you feel with colour, symbols or words
-be messy!
-play with colour combos
-add multiple layers
-no thinking required, just create

Supplies to try in your art journal:
-acrylic paint
-watercolour paint
-oil pastels
-washi tape
-paper flowers
-chipboard letters
-embossing powder
-scrapbook paper
-dictionary paper
-tissue paper
-die cuts
-found materials
-glimmer mist

I hope these ideas and images have provided some inspiration! Thank you so much for visiting and please check out my Youtube if you are interested in seeing a new Art Journaling video! It should be live very soon!