Category Archives: going green

S.W.A.K. Digi Kit

Recently Scraps of Color (SOC) launched its digital magazine, and I am on the design team! Yay!!!! I will be creating digital downloads for scrapbookers and crafters. The premiere issue launched earlier this month and it is choc-full of wonderful ideas and creative inspiration! This is the kit that I designed for the first issue. It’s called “Sealed With A Kiss” and it is exclusive to SOC. So if you are interested run over there, sign up for a free subscription and download your copy HERE. If you like my digi-kit (on page 20) and use it in a project I would love to know what you created!

This layout was created by Camille who is a talented scrapbooker and all around creative soul. (Click the photo to check out her blog)

Layout designed by Camille using paper from the SWAK digikit by Aysha Livingston

PSA: Digital scrapbooking is a wonderful way to express your creativity while being environmentally friendly. (Shout out to the folks that grew up in the 80s when Public Service Announcements during cartoons were a way of life.)


Pick A Paper Pack Challenge

Lately, I’ve found my work days to be very draining. So, last night to make myself feel better, I partook in a little retail therapy. I went to TJ Maxx! Did you know that they carry scrapbooking and craft supplies? Of course, discount stores are always a crap shoot, so you never know what (if anything) you are going to get. But wow!! To my surprise they had American Crafts 12×12 paper packs priced at $5.99. I must have caught the tail end of the sale because there were only a few left. I picked up 4 collections City Park, Dear Lizzy, Adobe and Celebration. As the cashier rang up my items I told myself that I really need to begin one of the challenges that I drafted out for myself. The size of my collection is really growing faster than my output. So, here is my challenge, it is very simple.

Select 1 new/unused Patterned Paper Pack that contains at least 40 sheets and create with the ENTIRE pack before the year is out. By the end of December the goal is to have nothing left of the pack (scraps included) that cannot fit into a small plastic sandwich bag. This is a no/low waste project. Scraps must not be thrown away, they must be saved and used in a project. Also, gifting sheets of paper away does NOT count, the paper must be used in a project.

Aside from the fact that my stash seems to be growing, this idea came to me because I have heard many of my scrapbooking and crafty friends say that they have tons of paper and have NEVER completed an entire paper pack. I know it can be done, so I am accepting the challenge.

PS: If you can identify with this and would like to take on the challenge, drop me a line I would love to hear about it!

photo by: Cohdra via

Swiss Miss Journal

Swiss Miss Journal

Some days are just made to cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a good book. But, for those of us who are watching calories (what with the New Year and all), hot chocolate may not be the best idea. Here is a journal that I created from a Swiss Miss box that combines both the chocolate and the book, minus all of the calories. This journal could be used to record chocolate dessert recipes, or yummy secrets.

I think upcyled projects like this will be added into my regular rotation, they are fun and easy to make. Plus they are GREEN friendly.

Upcycled Mini Address Book

Recycled Address Mini-Book

Lately, I’ve really been into recycling and going green and whatnot. So, here is one of my recent recycled creations (actually I believe the new term is upcycled). It is a mini-address book and the inserts are from those subscription inserts that come in magazines. I just started collecting them from magazines (and it added up quickly) then I cut each one into a circle. This came together rather easily so I will definitely make another one of these.

Actually, if anyone out there is interested in one, I will be willing to make one for you, the catch is you must supply the inserts (since I don’t really subscribe to many magazines). Leave a comment and let me know.

Rubber Stamp Storage

When it comes to my crafting supplies, I am always on a quest for better organization and storage solutions. When I first started scrapbooking I really was not into rubber stamps (acrylics were not available at the time). But, I did buy a few from time to time. Well, one day I looked up and realized that I had acquired quite a few stamps. Dare I say a collection?!

Lately, I have been seeing some really beautiful projects that others have made using stamps and decided it was time for me to put my stamps to good use. But, being the me that I am…I first had to arrange my stamps in a way that was more functional. They had previously been stored in a plastic drawer, in which I had to rummage through in search of the stamp that I needed. So, using box tops, I created this rubber stamp storage solution. The shelves are made of foam core cut into 1 1/2 inch strips. The larger of the two is made from an Avon box top, and the smaller is from a shoe box top. I covered the Avon top with pink and brown polka dotted shipping paper, but I decided to leave the smaller one plain. So now that most of my stamps (of course it’s not the whole collection) are out on display, I have no excuse for not using them.

Oh, also I placed my acrylic stamps in CD cases, which makes storing and finding them very simple. You can see them on the wooden shelf to the left of the rubber stamps.

Homemade Tilex-like Substance

O.K. I know some of you may have received my email about this, but I figured I might as well blog about it as well. As you can see I am quite excited about this. It is a recipe for a Tilex-like solution that works to keep shower walls clean and shiny without having to scrub. What are the benefits? You’ll save money & you’ll know what’s in it. I found this recipe online along with several others. I tried this one and it works for me. Give it a try.

Start with a 32oz spray bottle.
1 Cup of White Vinegar
1/4 Cup of Jet Dry
1 Teaspoon of Dishwashing Detergent
Fill the rest of the container with water (filtered or distilled is best)
Combine all ingredients in the bottle, and get to sprayin’ after every shower.