July Snail Mail Exchange link up & August sign ups

I think my greatest struggle is knowing when to say no, that Im overwhelmed, overloading or ya know moving all the way across the world….

Well thankfully I didn’t say no to this months snail mail pairings! Even in the KARAZY move I still really enjoyed getting to know someone new and putting together a fun package for a new friend! Oh and knowing that a package would be meeting me in Korea is a super fun feeling!!

This month I was paired with Ruby from wwww.RubyPerla.weebly.com. What I noticed immediately was her spunkiness and how fun she is. Ruby lives in New Mexico, which is one of my FAVORITE states with her adorable little guy and BF. Ruby and I had a lot in common with our general love for all thing sweet and crafty. I wished I lived in New Mexico so we could bake cupcakes together while playing with Project Life! Go check out some of her adorable pages!!

You can see what I sent Ruby here. Since Im waiting on her package to come in (my first international mail!!) This is what I sent her, but go to her blog to read more about it!

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If you would like to participate, sign up for a partner for August here. 

If you had an amazing partner for July, please be sure to write a blog post about it and link up here!

 

 

We’re here!

We’ve arrived! Our flights were beautifully uneventful. All 13 pieces of luggage made it safe and sound. We’re settling in to our new apartment and eating tons of good food! I can’t wait to share more with you. I’m posting sporadically to Instagram so check @lk_hooper for updates!

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Get Messy 11

My mantra by Lauren Likes Art journal Travel art journal by Lauren Likes

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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Today is the day

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Today is the day!!

We are officially on a plane.

Flying 18 hours.

4 airports.

2 layovers.

7, 264 miles.

13 suitcases.

13 hours time difference.

Goodbye USA, Hello South Korea!

Pop over to instagram to see exactly where in the world we are! @lk_hooper

Get Messy 10

Y’all. 7 days. 7 days is all I have left! Less now that you are reading this!!! With that said my art journal has been suffering lately. I’ve been busy living (and watching old movies on Netflix to avoid packing). So here are some quick pages I made for this weeks installment. I cannot wait to have a designated place to create again that is all set up for me anytime inspiration (or da deadline) hits….sigh..

For this first page I made a 7 out of washi tape. Then I stuck a gold piece of washi tap on a scrap piece of paper and then used a normal hole puncher to create the dots! Quick, easy, adorable. Everything is prettier with gold dots! Then I wrote about all the things that I would have for the next 7 days, lose in the next 7 days and gain in the next 7 days. If you can read my handwriting (click to enlarge the photo) its amazing how we can look at something from 2 very different perspectives. This was a fascinating and fun and therapeutic journaling prompt. Here the words were way more important than the prettiness.

Art journal by Lauren Likes 7 days

I felt that this page was very Caylee. I think minimalism is my favorite, but is the hardest because I have to work twice as hard to force myself into stopping. But I love it. Love it.

Art journal by Lauren Likes Deep and Wide

Don’t forget! 2 weeks until the link up for the first prompt!! If you haven’t done it yet, please do! We cant wait to see what your party will look like! And be sure to check out all the other journals this week! Links below!

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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Go say hey to Caylee Grey!

My internet bestie/inspirer/encourager/design genius re-launched her business Pretty Organised last week and man, she has got some crazy good stuff over there! Caylee is such an amazing woman. She has quit her day job to create her own job. She has created a job of creating. A job of creating amazing stuff. Read her whole new business model/plan here. Can we all take a minute a raise the roof for her Photoshop for memory keepers class?! Like seriously people, make that junk easier to understand!

Caylee has designed so many great printable planners, but there is so. much. more. Oh yeah, and she is crazy generous. Go check out all the freebies she has for you to use in your scrapbooks and to meet all your planning needs.

Remember my DIY Planner I’m using (and still LOVING) this year? Caylee designed those.

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Oh and those fabulous Project Life Weekly Title cards? Totally free by Caylee!

imageOh and in even more exciting news, she has asked me to be a part of her team of “Pretty Somethings”! Which means I get to be one of her SUPER LOUD cheerleaders! So go check her out and get ready for more awesomeness to come!

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Toolbox for Crafters



The ultimate guide to building a toolbox for crafters by Lauren-Likes

Very frequently I get asked what tools I use to create with. Many people assume you have to a have a lot of very expensive and fancy tools to be an artist, but you don’t! You can literally create things with anything you find at your fingertips. To me the most distracting and confusing part of creating and acquiring the necessities is sorting out the tools versus the fancy and fun embellishments people have.

This  is a list of tools. Not Embellishments.

*An embellishment is what I am referring to as the pretty extra add-ons. The parts and ways you chose to express yourself. Example: the color of a tool of choice, the actual stamps, papers, inks, etc. The extras. The not necessary but the oh so fun and expensive parts! For example the stamp mount, everyone needs, but what type of stamp or color ink you have is your choice and is an ‘embellishment’.

This is my list of tools I use on a weekly/daily basis to create literally any and every project I’ve ever made. This obviously doesn’t include power tools or ways to hang things, etc. It is the bare bones of what you need to create.

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  1. Mixed sized book rings. The possibilities are endless.
  2. Any camera you can find. Instax pictured here.
  3. Hot glue gun. If I could carry one in my purse I would.
  4. Small clear stamp mounting block
  5. Black ink pad: Stazon, is the best.
  6. Baby wipes for cleaning stamps, etc.
  7. My iPhone. Photos, editing, inspiration, etc.
  8. Hole puncher: right now I use a regular, run of the mill office single hole punch. It gets the job done wonderfully. But I would like to upgrade to a Crop-A-Dile as it punches through multiple pages and really thick surfaces. Again not necessary to buy anything fancy and you probably already have this!
  9. Dual tip glue pens from Hobby Lobby
  10. Small stapler not a “Tiny Attacher”, works like a gem!
  11. Tape runner, these are totally by preference. But I use them on WAY more than just scrapbook projects.
  12. Corner rounder. These last forever and add a fancy touch to any paper project!
  13. Creative Memories scissors. Good, sharp scissors are the crafters holy grail.
  14. Mixed pack of paintbrushes
  15. Black Micron pen A good pen goes a long way. Find one you love!
  16. Creative Memories Circle Cutter. Circles for life.
  17. Magnetic pin cushion plus sewing machine. Even a basic knowledge of how to sew goes a long way in the world of crafting!
  18. Xacto Knife. Every day use.
  19. Fiskars Delux Paper Trimmer. Again, not just for scrapbookers, EVERYONE NEEDS TO CUT PAPER STRAIGHT!
  20. Fabric cutter
  21. Self Healing Cutting Mat. Everyday use.
  22. Mod Podge  Every day use, I would eat it if I could.

This is my list. These are the things that are my go to tools. Most of them have been slowly accumulated as I’ve completed projects or learned new skills, but many of these are things that you likely already have hanging out in your home office! All you need to do is look around to what is at your fingertips and start creating!

Please share your favorite tools, I’m always looking to expand my toolbox!

*Some links are affiliate. This is just an experiment to see if this is something I would like to try. If you purchase through some of these links I will receive a very small commission, but all opinions are my own and I would only every promote things that I use and love!

 

Project Life Week 18

Hey, Hey Week 18!!

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Products frequently used: Caylee Grey weekly cards. PL Core Kits: Midnight, Seafoam, Sunshine, Kraft, Flea Market. We R Memory Keepers cards.   We R Memory Keepers Die Cuts.  Liz’s Paislee Press digital cards. Studio Calico wood veneers. Elise Joy Stamps. RuKristens Currently Cards.

Techniques used: Get it done and get it done fast. Also, use photos you love even when they’re not great (that’s what Black and white filters are for)

Memorabilia: ‘Like’ card is the wrapper from a Studio Calico stamp set.

*Project Life is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins

Get Messy 09

Its the most wonderful day of the week! Seriously. I think I love making these pages while traveling more than at home. I haven’t really had time or a chance to make things while traveling so having this accountability and intentionally using this time to create has been amazing.
I made these pages in my parents camper on Lake Jasper in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This travel kit is killing it. So happy to be at the beach and smelling salt air. It’s where I thrive….
Abstract art journal by Lauren Likes
I have been crazy hoarding these scraps when I trim photos. I have been dreaming up this page for forever…..So I finally sorted through them, picked similar colors and created and abstract type collage (I feel like there is a word for this, anyone know!?) We’ve had a rough few days bouncing around and traveling, so being here with family in one place has been very helpful for our emotional health.
Joy Art Journal by Lauren Likes
Disclaimer: that beautiful JOY was written by my lovely mom. A little Nicaraguan girl took this photo of me in a field one day. Its by far my favorite photo and moment.
Wild and Free Art journal by Lauren Likes
No words needed, right?  PS my new secret for AMAZING journal pages: travel magazines.
Don’t forget we announced our first prompt last week! You have until the end of the month to create your page and then we will have a link up here on my blog. Cant wait to see what you make!
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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Project Life Week 17

Its week 17 and it honestly that feels like forever ago. I think Ill be speeding up this sharing process very soon! 

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Really loving the gold and pink in this spread. Color schemes are really helpful for me, especially in the catching up process.

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A lot of fun stuff happened this week. We saw our first (and last) show in the Georgia Theatre. Sister Hazel is still just as cool as in the 90s. I saw my photo that was in the @My_Athens photography gallery (and to not so humbly brag, it was a much smaller show (read selective) than I expected and my photo was pretty large and in a prime spot!. We also wrapped up our college girls small group by doing a group painting class at my house. In case you didnt know, Athens, I love you. And this was the weekend of our big yardsale (read more here). And the rest are close up shots! Also did I mention that I stopped getting fancy with title cards and printed the rest off the for the remainder of the year to make the process simpler and speed it?!

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Products Frequently used: Caylee Grey weekly cards. PL Core Kits: Midnight, Seafoam, Sunshine, Kraft, Flea Market. We R Memory Keepers cards.   We R Memory Keepers Die Cuts.  Liz’s Paislee Press digital cards. Studio Calico wood veneers & labels. Elise Joy Stamps. RuKristens Currently Cards.

Techniques used: photos edited in Pic, Tap, Go.

Memorabilia: I’m the worst/was crazy behind and my house was in chaos, so I forgot to add in our tickets from the show. booooo

*Project Life is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins