my travel sketchbook: Arizona

Please pardon my dust, as I get back to this thing called blogging.
Last month I’ve had a chance to attend crafters’ paradise show, a.k.a. Creativation (former CHA) in Phoenix with my ever so supportive hubby. I’ve kept a travel sketchbook with me throughout the trip and filled it with notes, instax photos, doodles and little sketches about our Arizona adventures. I was able to work on my sketchbook each night back at the hotel, allowing me to complete 90% of it by the time I got home. I’ve kept it simple, adding only a few stickers and washi tapes I’ve brought with me on this trip.
The album is Heidi Swapp’s instax album I got in Michael’s couple of months ago. It has nice white pages that looked thick enough to possibly hold watercolours AND it has vellum on every other page *insert all the heart eyes emojis here* I used the white pages for my Instax photos and sketches (which worked out great by the way, warping only a little bit when I did a full painted page) and vellum pages for journaling. I loved the whole see-through pages look throughout the sketchbook. Vellum is just my favourite 🙂
Anyways, here it is, my Arizona sketchbook start to finish.

I’m so glad both my husband and I have kept up our daily notes no matter how tired we were each night after days’ excursions. Little (and even not so little) details disappear quickly and I really wanted to capture as much of our trip as possible while the memories were still fresh.
I am also currently working on a travel 6″x8″ scrapbook album of this Arizona trip. I’ll share the finish pages here as well, so stay tuned for that 😉

thank you for visiting and checking out my sketchbook! if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to answer them promptly.


new brush lettering class from Amy

hey, guys!
my dear friend (and creative idol) Amy Tangerine is launching an all new online Brush Lettering Class! Amy is one of my favorite scrapbookers and designers, and over the past year she’s been doing these amazing Monday Motivational quotes on Instagram, each one hand scripted. She’d had a ton of fans asking for her to share her tips and techniques so she’s finally made a class, and I thought you might be interested in checking it out.  I know I sure am! 🙂
With this new class Amy will help you find your own personal brush lettering style using the techniques she’s spent years developing. She will also share her favourite products, great warm up exercises to build muscle memory, and techniques on how she does each letter of the alphabet, walking her students through a few all new scripted pages. The three part class features tons of exclusive content, check out the cute video she put together here.TitleCardIt’s a self paced class, but sign up now as Amy will be following along with the first wave of students, doing Q&A and inviting you to join a private Facebook group to share your work and ask questions. Learn more and hear Amy talk about the class here 🙂

I hope to see you in class!

magic lights printable

hey guys,
Today’s #100daysproject is a combination of our True Bokeh app + Paint Paper Studio app + the ‘Celebration of Light’ fireworks that are taking place right now in Vancouver. With our two apps, you can easily take and edit photos like this one yourself. For now here’s a free printable for you 🙂
magic_lights_printable_OlyaSchmidtTo download this freebie just click on the image to enlarge, then right click and save. And don’t forget to tag me if you use it in your projects, I would love to see it!