August 2017 Artsnacks

This months Artsnacks box was just okay for me.  I was not really excited about any of the products but I understand that will happen from time to time.  Check out my August 2017 Artsnacks unboxing video HERE.

As always, thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy the video.


Journal Insert Flip Through- Volume 2

I finally finished my Volume 2 Travelers Notebook insert and I filmed a flip through.  You can view it HERE.

I believe that this insert was an Orchid insert that I received in my B6 Sojourner from Rowena.  I really loved how well this paper handled wet media.

I hope you enjoy the video and if you have any questions or want to tell me about the journal inserts and journals that you adore, leave a comment below.

I’m hosting a new class at my studio in Bucyrus, Ohio called Altered Photos.  For more information, check my Class page on my website.

Thanks for stopping by!

July 2017 Artsnacks

It’s time for another Artsnacks unboxing video.  In this video, I unbox the July 2017 Artsnacks and play with the supplies in my sewing book journal.  You can watch the video HERE.

You can find more of my Artsnacks unboxing videos here on my blog and if you are interested in subscribing to Artsnacks, you can learn more HERE.

Current Journals and Set Up

I am a huge journal hoarder…there.  I said it.  And you know what, I don’t feel guilty about it either 🙂  I especially love leather journals.  Something about the feel and smell of leather just feels like home to me.  And that is why I can’t get enough of them.  I thought that I would share with you the current journals that I am using and how I am using them.  I thought that it would be easier to share it with you in a video.  You can check the video out HERE.

If you would like to check out the journals and inserts that I have shown you in the video, see the links listed below.  As always, thanks for hanging’ with me and remember to keep art in your heart!

Sojourner- Americana, Artist Traveler, Designer, Inserts

Resting Fox Journal

The Odyssey Deluxe in Athena

The Simple Pouch (Small, I said Medium in the Video but it’s small)

Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Stalogy Notebook

Moleskine Watercolor Notebook

Growing Up Goddess Calendar

ID Badge Turned TN Pocket

Paws Plan Create Christmas Planner

ID Badge Turned TN Pocket

I recently started journaling in a B6 size Travelers Notebook.  The inserts that I use in my B6 journal are 5″x7″.

My husband went to an event where he was given an extra large ID badge holder, similar to the one pictured below.  It measures approximately 7 7/8″x4 1/2″.  You can find them HERE.


Being the great husband that he is and knowing not to throw anything away before checking with me first, he asked if I could use it for anything.  My current B6 journal is a Sojourner Journal from Rowena.  It has an exterior pocket on the front but no interior pockets.


When my husband asked me about his ID badge holder, I thought, “Hey, I may be able to turn that into a dashboard/pocket for my journal.

First, I collaged both sides of a piece of thin cardboard.  The cardboard I used was the thin kind that you find on the front and/or back of your scrapbook paper pads.  You could even use a piece of card stock.  I simply glued bits of collage elements (papers, stickers, etc.) with a glue stick.  I also added some doodles with a black pen and a white gel pen.

Next, I used a corner rounder to round the edges of my collaged cardboard.

I took the cardboard and ran it through my laminating machine.  You could also just use packing tape to “laminate” your cardboard.  Once it is laminated or covered in tape, simply trim around the cardboard leaving some of the plastic/tape around the edge so that it doesn’t come apart.


Finally, I measured the distance between my first elastic and insert in my journal and the last elastic/insert in my journal.  That distance creates the spine of my pocket/dashboard.  I then took packing tape and taped together my collaged cardboard, turned dashboard, and my pocket.  I taped both sides, extending the tape approximately one inch on each side of the pocket and the dashboard.  I also cut almost a half circle in each end of the spine (packing tape) to allow it to sit comfortably under the elastics of my journal.ID-Badge-TN-Pocket-5_web

And here is my dashboard/pocket inside of my journal.


I hope you enjoy this tutorial and if you make your own dashboard/pocket for your journal, I would love to see it!

June 2017 Artsnacks

It’s time for another Artsnacks unboxing video and let me just say, I was pretty darn happy with this month’s products!  Check them out HERE!

Did you receive an Artsnacks box this month?  What did you think and what colors of supplies did you receive?  I’d love to know!

Thanks for watching guys and gals.

Creative Business- Under the Willow

I had the pleasure of interviewing two of the most beautiful people that I know who own a creative business called Under the Willow.  This husband and wife duo make the most beautiful handcrafted signs that have fun and inspirational quotes.

 Check out what Jon and Heather Hill had to say about their creative business.

Q:  What made you begin creating signs?

A:  I actually started over twelve years ago and sold them in a little shop… I think because I saw some and thought “hey I could do that” I only made them for a couple years and then recently before the birth of my second child I saw one I loved on Fixer Upper. I wanted it for his nursery but could not afford it, so I made one. So then it began! Again! –Heather-

I started making signs after Heather asked me to help her make a couple signs for our little guy’s nursery about two years ago. It has evolved into a small business. -Jon-


Q:  Where did the name “Under the Willow” come from?

A:  Jon and I were actually married Under a Willow Tree at Edgewater Park in Cleveland Ohio… That is where our adventure began –Heather-


Q:  What is your favorite part about your creative business?

A:  Working with Heather to create unique signs and the smiles on our customers faces when they see the final product. -Jon-


Q:  Do you enjoy working with your spouse?

A: Yes. Although fulfilling orders can be stressful and demanding in our schedule, it amazes me what we can do as a team. I am blessed. -Jon-


Q:  Do the two of you have assigned tasks that you do to complete a sign?

A:  Yes, Jon constructs everything. He is amazing and detailed. Always has all of the measurements and knows exactly what sign is what & who it belongs to.  I usually design them and paint.  Jon also does all of the base color on the signs and stains the frames.  If it wasn’t for him I would be supplying customers with a puddle of paint. -Heather-

I handle the woodworking portion of the sign, which includes roughing in the base and finishing with the trim. Heather is the artistic genius in our business. She has vision and turns a pile of wood into a work of art. -Jon-


Q:  How do you promote your creative business?

A:  At first it was word of mouth only and that kept us pretty busy. People kept asking about a website so we decided to start a facebook and instagram page. We have some homemade business cards and tags. -Heather-



Q:  How long have you been creating signs and when did you decide to make it a business?

A: About two years and my wife asked me to help her with a project for our baby’s nursery. -Jon-


Q:  What is the most rewarding part of your creative business?

A:  Working with Heather to create some cool stuff and seeing the joy our signs bring to our customers. -Jon-

Definitely seeing customers smile. -Heather-


Q:  Where can people purchase your pieces?

A: Right now the only shop that has them in stock is The Urban Nest in Beaufort, South Carolina, but we sell them on our facebook page. – Heather-


Q:  Where can people follow you on social media and get in contact with you?

A: Instagram:  @under.the.willow_

Facebook:   Under The Willow

Haul Video

So I recently purchased some new art goodies and thought that I would share them with you HERE in this YouTube video.

I have linked most of the items or where you can find the items below.  If you have purchased any of these products, leave a comment and let me know what you think about them.

ArtisticKatt-Daniel Smith Watercolor Half Pans and Tin

Sojourner Journal and Inserts

Winsor & Newton Pigment Markers

Daphne’s Diary Magazine

Art Journaling Magazine

Leather Carrier

Washi Tape

Uni Pin Fineliner Pens

Twsbi Mini Fountain Pen

Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen

Fountain Pen Ink Samples