A Crafty Chat with Barb Owen!

Hi friends! It was a pleasure to chat with Barb Owen of How To Get Creative a couple of months ago. This is an excerpt from that interview. You can see the full video on her channel. She also has a website with wonderful videos, classes and inspiration.


Watch the video!

During this interview I demoed:
Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, *I also used the cheap gel crayons from Target, Liquid Metals and Faber Castell Stencils.

Thanks to Barb for letting me repurpose this interview to replay during my vacation! I’ll be back in a couple of days, til then happy crafting!

Paris is always a good idea!

Hi Friends! Whew, I just got back from seeing the new Mocking Jay movie! I really liked it! Ten of us friends went together, I drove one of the carpool vehicles which was referred to as “Mr. Toads Wild Ride” hey, I will entertain you to and from the movie, that is the kinda gal I am! we had a great time and most importantly I delivered everyone (well the 5 in my car) home safe and sound. I did not really have  a post planned tonight but I did make this fun journal page the other day so I thought I would share. I am using an Audrey Hepburn Quote:

Please note that the virtual convention sale with Lost Coast Designs I mentioned in the video is over but maybe if you type “Lindsay sent me” in the comments box the owner will do something nice for you:) I used the cityscape and 4th dimension background stamps. I would have liked to blog this last weekend but I did not have the time. I hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stop Comparing! {Start Enjoying} & Learn to Draw Banners!

Hi friends! I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed the other day (a rare treat these days as I have been so busy) and I saw this quote: I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet. It really struck a chord. We all do it though, don’t we? We compare ourselves to other parents. We compare ourselves to acquaintances and yes, even strangers on the internet. People with cleaner, nicer houses that know how to cook…people who know how to cook, not cooking houses…hey, I totally want a house than can cook now! If you have one of those I am comparing myself to you and you are totally winning. Just kidding. We need to stop the insanity. It is not fair to us. When I posted this on YouTube the other day a viewer Glen shared advice his dad used to remind him: “You know, everyone’s doing about the best they can.”  With that here is today’s tutorial. I sped up the process of this video because it was all lettering and seemed a bit dull to watch for the 30 minutes it took to create.

Remember how I messed up the banner? Well, it inspired me to make a quick and easy tutorial on how to draw banners! Use this on scrapbooks, art journal pages and cards for instant fancy flair!

Well, 2 for the price of one, I love it and I hope you found something useful here today, even if it is just a bit of encouragement. Let’s be kind to each other and ourselves OK:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I need a cupcake…..

Howdy friends! Well, if today isn’t a Monday I don’t know what is! I got the kids off to school and hubby off to work then I went to walk the dog and promptly locked myself out of the house. Every door was locked. I knew it as soon as I heard the click. I did not even have a cell phone with me.  I had to stack up lawn chars to climb in a window which luckily by some divine luck was not locked.I am inside now none the worse for wear, obviously or I would not be blogging. It is definitely the kind of day where I could use a cupcake.


I made this journal page the other day when I was feeling rather blah, I needed some fun, whimsical, bright color art therapy and this page fit the bill. Watch the video to see how it was made:

I used supplies from Oriental Trading Company on this Art journal Page. If you shop there please thank them for their support and don’t forget to tell them Lindsay The Frugal Crafter sent you!

Well, I better get back to work. The house is in desperate need of a deep clean and I have the grand idea to re arrange the living room. Wish me luck. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: A Whimsical Art Journal Page!

Hi Friends! It seems like forever since I have had a What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday post! I didn’t want to post a WOYWW pic unless I had time to visit other desks as well, it kinda went against the spirit of WOYWW but today I have some time to gaze upon the busy desks of my fellow artisans so here is my mess, er, I mean desk!


I was asked to do a video on the creation of this zentangle journal page that I showed during another video (I madea similar picture during a free library kids art class I teach) and some viewers wanted to see how it was done. I sped up the drawing and coloring and did my second ever voice over with my new Go Mic by Samson and I am really happy with the way it turned out.

That’s all for me today. If you want to see some crafty desks check out the WOYWW blog. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Deli Paper Wrinkled Background {art journal page}

Howdy friends! I just vacuumed the floors, mopped them and climbed  and conquered Mt Washmore and now I can settle in a bit for some fun bloggy time. 🙂  I blame my state of disarray on the box of 5000 sheets of 12″x12″ deli paper I ordered from Sam’s Club. It was a deal you see, I could get 5000 sheets of 12″x12″ dry waxed paper for $15 and free shipping from Sam’s or get 500 smaller sheets for $16 from Amazon.  Hey, if I don’t use it all in the craft room at last I can use it in the kitchen right? Today I am going to show you how to do 2 fun techniques with deli paper:

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I will show you how to make a wrinkled background AND a fun letting trick…and hey all of you folks over 21 can play a fun game:  Take a shot every time I spill my pot of embossing powder!

If you were playing the over 21 game I hope you are coherent enough to try this technique LOL! I swept up so much powder after this video, it is just as well, my studio needed a proper clean which it got…or course now it is a bit messy again because I played with that darn paper some more and then my kids saw the fun I was having and they joined in. That’s a good thing because I have thousands of sheets of the stuff haha! 😀  I did the math, each sheet of paper cost .003 cents, each 1000 sheet box was $3! Dosen’t that just give you loads of freedom to create! It does for me! The box weighed 35 pounds, I still can’t believe they shipped it free but I am not complaining! If you find yourself with an over abundance of deli paper (I know some of you will!) don’t worry, I’ll be sharing more ideas of what to do with it here on my blog and YouTube channel.

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BTW the stamp I used is from Lost Coast Designs. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you did like it, please click the “like” button. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

We’re all stories in the end…

Hi Friends! My favorite line from any episode of Doctor Who is “We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.”

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I had that quote swirling around in my head after reading (OK listening to the audio book, what can I say, I love to be read to:) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It is a hauntingly beautiful and very sad story that has been made into a movie. If you read it you will need tissues, I hear the movie is the same, I plan to see it.  It got me thinking to the things we leave behind, our art, scrapbooks and journals and how nice it is when we include out own handwriting. I am really self conscious about my handwriting, it has never been pretty but I must admit watching this video back I was really annoyed at how much I was complaining about it. Sorry about that.  Oh and I was convinced that I needed the word “are” on the page after I wrote “were” like a werewolf not we-are so I wrote “are” and realized what I was missing was a darn apostrophe LOL! Hence the strategically placed washi tape! One of theses days I’ll be able to talk and write at the same time while shooting a video (don’t hold your breath though.) Enough rambling, here is the video!

The wonderful supplies I used were donated by Oriental Trading Company. I used:

I hope you use your handwriting in your journals, card and scrapbooks because it creates a link from us to the viewer that becomes more special as time passes. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Dance Mixed Media Fun Art Journal Page!

Howdy friends! Just a quick reminder that if you haven’t signed up to win stamps on last Sunday’s post now is your last chance because I will be drawing a name tomorrow! Today I have an art journal page tutorial, it was my quickest page ever I think. I started it with a sketch using Inktense blocks but I was not happy with it so I gessoed over and started again, sometimes it goes like that but i like the end result:

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Want to see how I made it? Watch the video and find out!

It is funny, after I posted this video on YouTube several people asked for a tutorial on drawing the ballerina, I was shocked because that was the part I was trying to disguise LOL! I will have a tutorial on drawing a (much nicer) ballerina in a few days.

Here is a brief summery of how I made the page: First I drew the ballerina and swiped gesso over the page with a palette knife to tone down the colors. I tore patterned scrapbook paper and glued it to the page with hot glue. I stamped music noted using the “stamp in the hand” technique and I also stamped on a dance diagram and a shoe. I hot glued organza ribbon on the ballet dancers skirt and a twisted piece of fabric strip for a border. I use permanent markers to write the quote “if you stumble make it part of the dance” and I added some color to the edges of the page with Inktense Blocks.

Thanks to Oriental Trading Company for the Art Journal I have been using for all of the Mixed Media Fun tutorials and thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Mixed Media Fun! Tips for wrinkled Pages & Painting Cherry Blossoms in your Art Journal!

Hello friends! I am really enjoying my art journal! Today I am going to show you how I made this two page spread and it only took 20 minutes!

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Many of you have written and asked how to keep your journal pages flat especially when covering a page with paper and collage. The first part of the video is on that and I will show you my favorite paste for flat pages and I think all crafters should have a jar of it on hand. I’ll show you what it is and how to use it!

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The second half of the video will be painting cherry blossoms with india ink. It is a free and easy approach. You can use watercolors if you do not have ink, even children’s watercolor paints will be fine.

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Now, on to the video!

I decided to add a few marks to define the blossoms with a black Micron Pen after I looked at it a bit. typically I don’t use black in my paintings but it really enhances the feel of the quote I think. I want to thank Oriental Trading for giving me the Dr PH Martins India Ink, Canson XL Mixed Media Journal and Micron Pens I used today. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!