1st illy coffee ~ Scrapbook Layout

You may remember my smash book haul i did a while back…

Well shortly after that I decided I wanted to start scrapbooking too!
Before my missions trip someone gave me a scrapbook to fill with pictures when I got back.

I’m totally in love with it now!
I made a few layout a few months before my trip, but after I got back i filled up the scrapbook and had the best time!!!

I love watching scrapbook videos to get inspiration and I have a Pinterest board full of inspiration which you can find here. 🙂

But today I want to share my most recent layout!

I follow Studio Calico on instagram and i kinda challenged myself to use their mood boared to create a layout.

Here’s the mood board:

Studio Calico October 2014 mood board

The first thing I decided I wanted to use was the teal squares….

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I cut some rectangles of some black and white striped paper…
I was going to make the same shape as in the mood board but this happened and I liked it better! 🙂

I didnt want to put my picture directly on it though so I wanted to mat it on a bright teal color.

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I used Aqua India Ink and a plastic wrapper to make my mat.
I put the plastic wrapper on my hand like a glove and dropped some of the color on the hand and smeared it on the paper into the square shape that I needed and just kept making it bigger until it fit my picture.
I didnt want it to be completely painted to I left it a little white on the corners and then I rough cut the square around my picture.

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I added some torn vellum and attatched my picture to the inked paper…
The paper did curl a bit but nothing some adhesive wont fix…

I shifted the whole thing to the left and got really into layering…
And i forgot to photograph the rest! (“oops”)

But here’s the final picture!!!

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I think my favorite (most inventive) part of this layout is the #1 at the top right side…
I started out using a white piece of thin cardboard cut into the shape of a 1 that I stamped with red ink…
when I stamped it It was laying on my notepad and left this cool void and I thought it looked really cool and went with the number 6/industrial element on the mood board.

Other things that were inspired my the mood board:

“illy coffee” speech bubble, greenish triangles, “oh hello”, orange sewing, “sweater weather, is coffee weather”,
rose gold metallic feathers, rose gold metallic dots.

And the finishing touch was to add some journaling around the top edge of the page…

I love how it turned out and its a different color palette for me and I really like it!
This mood board thing is so much fun and I will definitely do it again!
I hope you will try it too!! 🙂

Thanks for reading!
~Sami

Beginner Crochet Circle Scarf Pattern

SO this is going to be a super short post.

But i just wanted to share my crochet pattern that I came up with to teach my beginners.

Stitches Needed:
chain
double crochet
slip stitch

Supplies:
J hook
skein of yarn

Super super simple pattern!

1. Make a chain long enough to loosely go around your neck twice.

2. Turn and double crochet all the way to the end.

3. Repeat until your scarf is wide enough to suit your taste.

4. Slip stitch the ends together. Finish off.

Ta-da! You have a scarf!

And it’s really easy to make!

If you try it out instagram it and use the hashtag #projectartroom and #projectartroomproject

Thanks for reading!

Let Me Introduce You To Someone…

So a few weeks ago I was having a day where everything going on in the world got to me.

It’s easy to get caught up in the “current events” and maybe get worried.

As I mentioned in my last post my church did a fast and I really enjoyed it! I emerged myself in The Word of God and I learned. God has a way of making things happen exactly at the time you need them! He brings understanding if you just spend some time alone with Him!

Matthew 22:37 MSG

Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’

As we started the fast we had a list of reading to do…one chapter a day, so along with that I, spur of the moment (if that is really such a thing), decided that I should read Matthew along with the daily Bible reading for the fast. Definitely a God thing! It was exactly what I needed it brought comfort and understand. Near the end of the book it talks about the end times, which I fully believe we are living in. If you have any doubt about where you will end up If Jesus were to return this very second, or you have fear and anxiety about things going on in this world, I encourage you to draw close to the Creator of the Universe who is not phased by the things of this world! Ask Him for forgiveness, and ask Him to come live in your heart and to use you to tell others about Him!

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

He is the Peace Speaker and any once of anxiety is washed away by Him!

Ask Him the comfort you and He will!

What i’ve come to find out is that, if you invest time with The Lord for the right reasons and I promise you will not regret it!
Don’t do it to put yourself on a pedestal but do it to please the King of Kings!

My blog isn’t usually about this, but I felt led to write this post tonight so I’m going with it!

If you’ve never asked Jesus into your heart, i encourage you to do so…

It’s as easy as ABC,

Admit that you’re a sinner, (we all are!)

Believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died on the cross for your sins,

Confess that Jesus is Lord

and ask Him to forgive your sins and come into your heart.

Maybe you are sitting there reading this and you have never even heard about The Lord or have no idea who or what I am talking about. Let me introduce you to the Peace Speaker, the Great I Am, the King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe. He loves you more than you can even fathom!
He loved you enough to die for you!
Oh how he loves!

September Favorites 2014 + Name Change

Hey!

It is the first of October!

That means, it’s getting a little cooler (or a lot cooler), the leaves are changing, Starbucks is serving pumpkin spice latte’s,

i’m finally getting back in the groove of school (Junior year, ew!),

It is seasonally appropriate to bake pumpkin cupcakes (my specialty!),

all of my favorite shows are back for new seasons,

and it’s scarf weather!!

But September was a really good month too so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite things from last month with you!

So here it goes, in no particular order! 😉

Instagram:

instagram is one of my staple social media places. Love it!

Like i said in my last post i follow a lot of crafters and

what I love about the crafters I follow is that they link to other crafters and so on.

So I’m always finding new people to follow!!

One of my top favorites that i just started following last month is,

Amanda Rydell!

I love the bright colorful airiness of her instagram feed!

Love love love!

I was going to share a pic from her instagram but I cant pick just one, so go check it out for yourself! 🙂

Her blog is www.becraftyworkshop.com/blog/ 

Next is more about her blog but i found her through instagram,

Ali Edwards

Love her blog and I love her writing style!

Another thing that i looovveee is her workspace!!!

I think we all kinda have a dream workspace idea, her’s is my new dream.

It’s beautiful!

check it out here, and check out her blog here.

Some people that are always my favorites on instagram are Christy Tomlinson, Rachel Vanoven, Heidi Swapp, Pam Garrison, and Ana Victoriana. Some artists, some crafters, some photographers…all great!

Pinterest of course is always a favorite!

I dont even know if it qualifies as a favorite, because it is literally part of my life!

But other than the usual browsing I do on pinterest, i’ve been searching for scrapbooking inspiration and ideas for my first scrapbook that i just finished which is all about my missions trip to Colombia, South America this summer.

Check out my scrapbook layouts board! 🙂

Youtube!

again I huge source of inspiration for my scrapbook.

here is a list of my favorite channels:

Ashley Laura

Irit Landgraf

Shimelle Laine

Kraftin Kate

Mercy Tiara

Amelie Mordret

OhSnapGonzo

This Shimelle Laine video is my absolute favorite!!

I have watched it at least 3 times and i will keep watching it over and over!

I love how she explains to find the special moments in everyday activities!

Go watch it! I guarantee you will learn something from it!

Outside of crafting I have some favorites too!

First of all my church is doing a fast, and even though I am fasting something I love it has been totally worth it

because i’ve spent more time in my Bible reading time and more time in praying and with God.

I’m loving this because i’ve learned alot from it and it has really helped me.

I wish I could say working out has been a favorite of mine for last month but…i think we all know it isnt! 🙂

But I have great hopes for October!

Now for the other part of the title of this post.

I loved the name of this blog when i made it, but it doesnt quite seem to work now.

like I said in my last post I want to eventually have my own craft line…and if that were to ever happen I want a blog name that will grow into that so I feel like a name change is necessary.

I havent decided on a new name yet, but I just wanted to let you know that, that might be happening soon. 😉

Thanks for reading this post!

Tell me below what your favorite thing about fall is, what your favorite thing of september was, or what my blogs new name should be if I change it…

Thanks again! 🙂

~Sami