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Fashion Illustrations by Katie Rodgers

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I came across this amazing set of illustrations and really felt the need to share them with you. 

They are by fashion illustrator, Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion.  She has amazing work on her website and has an interesting technique with her watercolors where she adds jewels and it really brings the finished pieces to life!

This one below is my favorite.  It's from a series called "Far Far Away"  It looks like such a dream world...Isn't it just mesmerizing?

Below is a sample of some more of her art.  (If you notice, the one below/right with the star pants has subtle animation too.)


As you can see below, she's not like any other fahion illustrator.  She sets herself apart by her signature touches like animations, real embellishments like glitter and sequins, and the signature "doodle circles" and scroll work around key areas in the body and face. 



And if this bottom image looks familiar, you may remember it from the "Gatsby Inspired" post I did a few months back.

Head on over to her site to check out what she has. And you can purchased her prints in her shop.

paper fashion  /  trendhunter  /  sherona  /  my modern met  /  trinket spotter

bell'dora fashions  /  the raw book  /  glitter guide  /  shu84

"I Love My Mom Because..." Mother's Day Photo Gift

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

First, I want to introduce a prop idea I came up with a few years back by total default.  As you can see below, my Ikea chair broke on the back which made it completely unusable.  But I realized the seat part was a perfect circle, thus, making a perfect candidate for a chalkboard.  So I searched high and low for my electric screwdriver and finally removed the seat, then tossed the rest in the recycle bin.

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"I love My Granny More Than..." Keepsake Book Tutorial

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Well in honor of Grandparents Day which is September 8th, I decided to feature a Granny Keepsake Book that I previously completed for my mother from my son.  I must say I was taken aback at how it turned out.  It took me about a month (of and on) to complete and thought it would never get done! 

But here is a tutorial just in time for grandparents day so you can complete your own from your child to your parents. 

I want to mention that I apologize if some of the steps seem vague. There are missing files on the steps while doing the actual project.  I'm not sure what happened but the "stitching portion" of the tutorial is unfortunately missing.  However, I did include some links throughout the post to really great tutorials so you won't miss any steps. 

Secondly, I have yet to do a tutorial on recycled paper.  So I searched online for great links on that subject.  My favorites are here:

Kiss The Groom     Hub Pages     Montessori by Hand      DIY Studio      Mega Crafty

The Open End     Fun Sci     Pioneer Thinking     Ready, Set, Craft!

Starting with an even amount of sheets of recycled paper, plan out what you want it to say, and that may be based on what photos you have if you want to choose from your printed photos.  If you are going with fresh content, then grab the camera and snap away at what you are wanting it to based on.

This tutorial will help inspire what to put but by all means have fun and go with whatever suits your desires.  Be yourself!

When you have planned out what's going on each page, make a quick sketch on paper to keep track of what page is going to have what.  And also what orientation each page will be regarding the photo.  (pic on left and text on right and vice versa)

Step One:

Using an exacto knife, I trimmed a square opening on each page.  I knew that I was going to alternate each page's orientation so I figured I could just flip it upside down when the time came to do layout.

As stated above in photo, if you're going to do this with recycled paper, don't feel like you have to be perfect on this step.  The tattered edges are part of the charm.

Step Two:

I cut the opening off-centered to give myself room to put captions and embellishments.

{finished stack}

Step Three:

Then I rolled the edges outward to give it more of a worn look.

Step Four:

I made the last opening a rectangle instead of a square so it became the finale photo for the ending of the book.

This is an example of how to affix the photo into the window of the paper:

Step Five:

This step was one of those afterthoughts that I realized how happy I was to catch myself before I got too far into the project to fix.  I duct taped the backs of each page after taping the photo to the top edge of the back of the window, but BEFORE I added any stitching. 

This served as a very sturdy surface for me to stitch so the paper wouldn't fall apart.

Step Six:

If you hadn't noticed already, the cover read: "I love my Granny..." so I put "...More than..." on the first page and continued the stitching with a swirly pattern onto the next page creating my list of things he loves her "more than".

I used a faint shade of green so it was legible, but didn't make the page too busy.  It was important that the photos stood out significantly.

Here is a tutorial that I located online to guide you on how
to stitch in cursive with embroidery thread on paper:

{source: freckled nest}

Here are other helpful links:

Crafts Unleashed, The Scrap Angel, About.com

Step Seven:

Then upon finding photos of my son with the things he loves, I stitched what was going on in the picture.

Step Eight:

I stitched around the photo to frame it and make it appear more finished.

Step Nine:

{He loves his little tykes car and looking at his Elmo books}

Step Ten:

After I added the text, I added embellishments to support the images and likes. such as a sun for playing outside and a fork and a long noodle for eating spaghetti.

Because my mom is a sucker for all things handmade from me, I was determined to use whatever I had lying around.  So I had to use my imagination many times during this process.

On the page featuring "Reading Books", I made a book out of newspaper pages and cardstock from the packaging of some stickers.   I roughed up the pages to look worn and stitched the binding.  Then pinched the pages at the binding so the pages would flare out and appear three-dimensional.

For the "Peek-a-boo" page, I used wire and none other than one of his beloved receiving blankets he's had since birth.  {...He's only 2, Pam!}  Anyway, it's my favorite, and yes, I saved the remnants for future projects!

The heart for the "Elmo" page was red fur meant to represent Elmo's fur.  It was upcycled from a stuffed valentine dog I purchased at a thrift store for 50 cents.  Boy, was it ugly, too!  Looked like it was won at a broke-down state fair! 

I HAD to put it out of it's misery!

Other Examples:

Here are some of the embellishments up close for detail.

Step Eleven:

For the finale page, I happened to have a photo of him pointing.  So I finished the sequence with the page saying "All these things I love, but not more than you!"  Then I stitched a "frame-like" design around the photo.

Step Twelve:

Behind the finale photo page, I wrote her a message just from me to her {not shown} and then to personalize the back page, I traced his hand with a pencil and stitched it with a message saying "Bye-Bye".

Step Thirteen:

After ALL stitching and embellishments were completed, I finally did a second application of duct tape and this made the pages even more secure and durable.

Step Fourteen:

Using double-stick tape, I adhered the pages together back-to-back paying close attention to my plan and making sure the order was staying true to my design in mind.  If you want to use a second adhesive like decoupage or a glue gun that would be fine too.

Step Fifteen:

Then I stitched a basic stab binding with a complimentary color thread.  I used a tutorial I found here at tuts+

The Finished Book!

Here is the finished book. 

I hope you enjoyed viewing this and know you'll be able to produce one even greater.  You can do it!  And your parents will finally stop bugging you for not making them anything!!  LOL

Have Fun!

{Oh Snap!} 20 Photo Ideas for Back 2 School!

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

{I've painstakingly compiled what I would call the "BEST" list for Back to School Photos you will see on the internet.  All 20 links are provided at bottom of list.  Try one, try some, or try 'em all!  But more importantly, have fun with it and you never know... it may inspire you to create your own ideas!  If so, feel free to send it my way so I can showcase it for you.}

1. Rocket City Mom

2. Blue Cricket Design

3. Pinterest

4. The Daily Buzz

5. Pinterest

6. TCI

7. A Few of my Favorite Things

8. Happy Home Fairy

9. Kidz

10. Christina Dieselberg

11. Silverbox Creative Studio

12. Crissy's Crafts

13. Rocket City Mom

14. Pinterest

15. Ruffles and Stuff

16. Mommy Minded

17. Sarah Elizabeth Photography / Pinterest

18. Made It

19. Really Good Stuff

20. Women's Day / United Way

Junk in Their Trunk


Sugar Bee Crafts

Becky Higgins

B Couture Photography


Allison's Wonderland

Mrs. FireMom's Flikr Page

The Savvy Photographer


Crissy's Crafts

Harper's Happenings

Susie Leggett's Flikr Page


Kindergarten Kindergarten

The Homespun Heart

Stamp Works

God is Truly Amazing!

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)
"Count your rainbows...
not your thunderstorms"
-Alyssa Knight, age 12

So, Wednesday, September 29th at approximately 6:30, after a very rainy day, I saw the most beautiful rainbow outside, behind my sister's house.  For those who don't know me, I loooove rainbows and stare in amazement into one as if it's the first time I have ever seen one. 

If you haven't noticed, it's a double rainbow.  The pictures do NOT do justice to the most beautiful rainbow I have EVER seen.  It was sooo big, I couldn't fit the whole thing for a picture.

This rainbow was a triple-threat! On top of having been a double rainbow, it was very vivid in color and it was completely full. 
{although, no treasure,other than the sight itself}

As I stated in the title:  'God is truly amazing', and when I stop and see a rainbow, I think of it's reference in the bible and how it states that a rainbow means "promise" or "covenant".  After the great flood, God promised not to destroy the world in such a way again:
The next time you see one, stop and enjoy it. 
Make meaning of it's beauty and meaning to yourself.

Shake it Like a Polaroid {Generator}

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 1:53 AM Comments comments (0)


Well, as you may know, as of 2009, the production of the Polaroid camera we all grew to know and love so much had ended and the development that began in 1948 was a
thing of the past. {R.I.P.}

They did bring in a new batch to replace it...
{but I think we can agree that 'replace' is not the term we should be using here!... I mean who can replace that?}.

...but you can still shake it like the real thing by using these generators below to create the effect of the real thing with your digital photos!
I've compiled a list of 15 sites that let you upload a photo and create realistic effects.  The images listed are what I'd consider to be a few of my favorites to "shake"




Here are a few more links:
{Polish Site but has
English Setting at top}