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Sunday, November 25

Cutest Visitor to the Studio!

Isn't he the cutest? He stopped by a couple weeks ago to say hey!  So I thought I would drop by today and say hey today! Have a GREAT weekend!






Friday, November 23

Promise of Spring

It's starting been cold here lately. Cold enough to run the wood stove - and to THINK about turning the heat on. I'm pretty frugal when it comes to heat though. I'm of the mind that if you are cold put a sweater on. Or slippers. or socks. But DON'T touch the thermometer if you want to come back with your fingers attached.

Please don't ask me about being frugal with art supplies though, LoL! If a little paint is good then a LOT must be better ;-D

Anyway, enough of the silliness. Since it is COLD and I have put my flower beds to bed for the winter I have been thinking about finishing this art journal page that I started about a month ago.

It was a demonstration that I was doing for students in the art journal class at Right at Home Scrapbooking. I finally had some time to add bright colors and other details to it. I love it. Really. I think enough to scan it and make a NEW iPhone case for myself. (oh, by the way -- I made some new things and listed them in my Zazzle Shop.  You might be interested in some of the new designs from my Art Journal on Cards and Cases! Check out the link in my sidebar on the left!)
 
It still needs some words, but I'm pretty sure that they are going to be "the Promise of Spring"
I don't know about you, but when I see daffodils they make me think of spring. Which, is about 5 months away right now. eeeeek, I think it's going to be a LONG winter since December hasn't arrived yet!
Well, I'm off to put a sweatshirt on, it's freezing in here! Thanks for stopping by, have a GREAT Day.

Thursday, November 22

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! from Catherine Scanlon on Vimeo.

Just taking a moment out of my Thanksgiving Day to share this silliness and also a few shots of what I am thankful for this year!

Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 21

A Few MORE Viewtainer Ideas

I forgot I had this post in Draft to share -- so what better day than today to share it with you! A few more things you can do with Viewtainer, in case you needed more ideas!



 In the photo below you can see: The long skinny one in the front is perfect to keep my brushes safe in my Art Journal Travel Case, the one behind that holds tacks for my bulletin board, and the long one behind that holds pencils and colored pencils for my Art Journal Travel Case. It keeps them safe and the points don't break in my bag. 

In the back row -- from left to right: Twine for my Garden with the twine coming out the hole in the top keeping it from getting unraveled, screws, bolts, nails and leftover handy stuff from the junk drawer, a bank for all my poker winnings and lastly a little first aid kit sized perfectly for my glove compartment. You never know when you'll need a band-aid and some first-aid cream.


So, if you haven't tried Viewtainer products, I highly recommend you check them out, by following this link to their website: http://www.viewtainer.com/  I think you'll be amazed at how versatile and cool this product is!

Well that's it, thanks for stopping by, have a GREAT day -- and avoid the turkey rush -- eat fish. :-D

Tuesday, November 20

Do you See the Potential?

I have always thought of myself as a pessimist. But lately I have been questioning that. Is there such a thing as a pessimistic optimist?
Would that make me a optipest?
Or a pestiopt? 

ha ha. All kidding aside, what brought these thoughts to mind this week were these buttons. Yes, buttons. I bought the cutest coat at Christopher Banks. It was on clearance. Less than half price. And I loved it, but I hated the buttons. HATED them. My husband hates it when I say hate. I REALLY, REALLY DISLIKED THEM, ha ha.

They were everything I am not. Glitzy. Big. Glittery. And they didn't go with the cute fitted khaki jacket. And they really didn't go with me. jeans. clogs. t-shirt. scarf. nothing glitzy. no makeup. no fancy nails. just me. not glittery.

I loved the jacket -- and I could see the POTENTIAL of it. I could actually close my eyes and see the jacket with buttons that I liked. How cute it would be with buttons that fit my style. 

and the style of the jacket that I wanted it to be.
So I ran down to JoAnn's and bought $25.00 worth of buttons that fit my style. ha ha. Any savings I was happy about when buying the jacket were COMPLETELY GONE!

But you have to admit, it's one cute jacket now! Perfect for a casual Thanksgiving with family! or a movie date with my handsome husband. Or shopping with friends. You name it, I can't wait to wear it!

While it may be a stretch to call myself an Optimist -- I think I am rightly justified in saying I am a POSSIBILITARIAN! Or a POTENTIALIST!

Yes, I really like the sound of Potentialist! That sounds just about right.

thanks for stopping by, I hope you wake up today and see the Potential of Having a GREAT Tuesday!

Monday, November 19

In + Out Journal

I forgot to post that I have a new class coming up in a week or so. I cancelled my punch class and put this one in its place -- a quick and easy -- one week class.



Here's some more information:

Are you interested in Art Journaling and want to make a custom journal but not sure where to start? Or maybe you aren’t sure how to create a custom journal that suits your needs? Maybe you are new to on-line learning and not sure how that works and want a quick and easy class to get started with. Or maybe you have a busy life but want to make a custom art journal to take with you on your travels. 

In this In + Out Journal Class you will get detailed video instruction to make your own custom art journal plus a discussion of other methods you can use to create a custom journal. 

I will also do a Journal Flip Video to share many journal pages and how I created them. Also included in this course: 10 Custom + Original Journal Prompts created just for you. As a bonus THANK You for enrolling you will have access to a black and white journal page hand-drawn and designed by Catherine that you are free to print and use in your journal (this page is sized for a 9 x 12 Journal).

For more information, or to sign up: click over to My Creative Classroom: http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com/course/enrol.php?id=462 


thanks for stopping by -- hopefully I'll be out of my blog funk soon!

Thursday, November 15

Whatevers November

the WHATEVERS-2

I was looking through my Whatevers story last night and realized we are HALF WAY through with our stories. So exciting!  If you are new, you can click on the link to the right and catch up on my Whatevers so far. You might want to do that before you read my story today. 

  You can also: 
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Click here to see what Nat made from the photo this month!
Click here to see what Vicki made from the photo this month!
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Before I get started with the story today, I will say that this month I have been very short on time so I haven't narrated for you this time. Maybe when I have a minute I can get that done, but for now I hope you will be happy with the pictures and story to read on your own! 

Elldridge, Hermione and Boots were anxiously waiting for a Telegram from Forget-Me-Knot about how meeting Alexander’s parents had gone.
the count and countess.
They hadn’t been able to afford the expensive fare to cross the ocean to attend the ceremony so Knottie had gone alone. Well, she wasn’t really alone as Elizabeth was there with her family and of course Winston, Newton and Cordelia were there as well.
Elldridge couldn’t help but get a little angry. Of course they were there, she thought. They were related to that Alexander boy through Cordelia’s husband’s family. She will never stop being angry with her sister for introducing her favorite child to that handsome nephew of hers.
Just then she noticed the Telegram Delivery Boy approaching her from his buggy. She couldn’t help but think, I wonder how he knew she was on the beach.
They hadn’t been able to afford the expensive fare to cross the ocean to attend the ceremony so Knottie had gone alone.
       
Well, she wasn’t really alone as Elizabeth was there with her family and of course Winston, Newton and Cordelia were there as well.  
 
Elldridge couldn’t help but get a little angry. Of course they were there, she thought. They were related to that Alexander boy through Cordelia’s husband’s family. She will never stop being angry with her sister for introducing her favorite child to that handsome nephew of hers.
 
Just then she noticed the Telegram Delivery Boy approaching her from his buggy. She couldn’t help but think, I wonder how he knew she was on the beach. 
 
 Here's the image for this month, in case you want to play along! http://nathaliesstudio.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/06_november2012.jpg

Here is how it works if you want to play along:
  • Vicki, Nat and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you – just right click on it to safe it to download and show us your version of The Whatevers.
  • There are no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There are no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There are no rules on the art form you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an art journal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page
And one final thing, you can grab the blinkie here if you want to add it to your sidebar:
http://nathaliesstudio.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/the-whatevers-blinkie.jpg  
      

Thursday, November 1

Magic of Christmas!!!

Popping real quick on this CRAZY busy Thurday to remind you that Magic of Christmas: A Primer for Interactive Holiday Cards is starting tomorrow over at My Creative Classroom. I know it's hard to think about that ALREADY since Halloween was just yesterday -- but in this great class you'll get a LOT of creative cards made for those special people in your life!


Here are some details for you:

In this newest offering at My Creative  Classroom, she will walk you through the steps to create 10 beautiful, creative  and unique interactive cards to give to those special people in your life.  Taylor the papers, embellishments and sentiments to create the same cards for  birthday, wedding and other important celebrations you want a special card for.

Each weekday for 2 weeks you will receive  access to a new lesson. Each week the lessons will includes videos,  step-by-step instructions and downloadable .PDF files – to make an interactive  card each day. With a total of 10  Lessons – you are getting access to 5 weeks of lessons in just 2, a great value  and time saving idea!

Week 1 will be a primer – introducing you to interactive cards with instruction on beginner mechanics like easels, pop-ups, folders and tents. Each card will be a masterpiece in folding, sliding or interactivity. Moving in to Week 2 your cards will become more complicated and intricate works of art with styles like droppers, twirlers, zippers, buttons, and more intricate pop-up cards.

While this class will be a boot-camp-style in presentation, you will have plenty of time to create and share your cards during the course of the class as well as access to the Message Forums to interact with Catherine and your fellow students!

follow this link to sign up! http://www.mycreativeclassroom.com/course/view.php?id=673

Hope to see you there, have a GREAT day! Now, off to work on more classes!