I’ve been having a blast designing all sorts of fun projects since I went full time freelance in July, and I want to make much more of an effort to share what I’ve been designing!
Kingwood Center is one of my very favorite places in my town, and this annual event they have is such a fun time. I was thrilled when they contacted me to come up with a new design for the posters for this year. They were some of the best kind of clients to work with– they knew what they wanted and had a vision, but were willing to have fun with it and play around. This job also taught me the beauty of using secret Pinterest boards to collaborate with clients– so much fun and so helpful!
I’m excited to head over to Kingwood this weekend for the Pumpkin Glow– I know it’s going to be a blast!
Do you have any design projects you would like help with? I would love to help you out–
contact me for rates and details!
What have you been working on lately?
October 16, 2014
Originally created for the 30 Days of Lists “10th Anniversary” challenge, this kit is now available to you in my new store!
I’m so excited that I can now offer the kit to everyone! I love the colors that Amy and Kam chose for the kit, and I love the patterns and elements that I created and how well they go together! I cannot wait to see what everyone creates with the kit! It’s on sale now through Tuesday– so hurry and grab it now at it’s special price!
*Please note that this kit does NOT include the listing prompts
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Full list of elements included in the kit:
- 3 label stickers
- 1 doodled frame sticker
- 4 journaling tags
- 1 sequin scatter
- 3 string elements
- 96 Numbered round labels (numbers 1-31 + blank labels in 3 colors)
- Numbers & Journaling cards in easy printable form.
- 9 patterned papers
- 3 paper label flags
- 5 paper flowers
- 6 buttons
- 4 paint splatters
- 3 woodgrain elements
- 1 heart patch
- 8 3×4 journaling cards
- 1 graph shipping tag
- 2 flair badges
For an example (and a video!) of the kit in use, check out this blog post!
Check out the examples, below, of the kit in use as well!
October 11, 2014
30 days of lists,
I’m super excited about a new class from Cathy Zielske and Big Picture Classes called “Me, the Abridged Version.” I’ve been a fan of the album Cathy has created before, and I’m even more excited that this time she is doing a POCKET PAGES based album. Everything Cathy does is amazing and well designed, and very much story based. I love her classes and products, and I’m SO excited about this class. It officially starts tomorrow, but you can still sign up through next week. And if you scroll down a bit on this page, you can see how you can win a FREE SPOT in this class, as well as more details. I really hope I get to see you in class and in the official Facebook group (yes! A Facebook group! I love Facebook groups an insane amount.)
More about the class: Tell your life story in beautiful, little snippets that share everything about you from A to Z! With Cathy Zielske as your coach, the process will be simple and the results are guaranteed to be gorgeous. In her brand-new guided workshop, Me: The Abridged Version, Cathy will help you complete a 28-page album in a Project Life format. Make your album all about your ordinary, extraordinary life. Make it about someone you love. Or make it about your entire family. You’ll have a plan to follow, a coach to keep you motivated, a complete set of printables you can download for this album (or as many future editions as you want to make). Starts: 10/9/14. Sign up now.
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October 8, 2014
Fall Hikes || Made Using The Love List from One Little Bird & Simple Scrapper Sketch: April 2013
I’ve been obsessed with taking fall hikes (and obsessively taking pictures too!) at my favorite nature preserve in our area– so when Peppermint of One Little Bird came out with her new kit, “The Love List,” I knew it was the perfect kit for alllll of those pictures. I’m obsessed with fall colors and patterns.
The journaling reads: I am addicted to the walks we have been taking in the evening at Gorman Nature Center– right around sunset. It’s already our favorite place to go for a quick hike — we are getting to know the trails very well! But add in the changing leaves, the amazing sunsets, and the crisp cooler fall weather…well, it doesn’t get much better than that, in my opinion. September 2014
October 8, 2014
I love being on the Simple Scrapper Creative Team. Every month, I feel pushed in my scrapbooking– to go deeper, to break out of my box. I love the templates and the story starters. They inspire me to tell the stories I might not tell otherwise. And I love that I’m guaranteed to make at least two layouts a month!
Here are my layouts for October:
City Girl At Heart || Simple Scrapper October 2014 Templates || Using One Little Bird’s “Metro” and Snips and Snails Designs’ “Super Kid Add On.”
“So. Different.” || Simple Scrapper Story Starter #1 (October) || All elements and papers by Mari Koegelenberg
October 1, 2014
I’m so excited– today I’m launching a new shop and a new digital scrapbooking kit! I’ve been working on both for a while, and I can’t tell you which I’m MORE excited for!
The kit, Pumpkin Spices, encompasses everything that I love about fall– leaves crunching, lovely warm colors, crisp, cool weather, pumpkin patches, and warm drinks!
*please note– the shop is new, and I’m crossing my fingers that all the bugs are worked out– if you run into problems, please let me know so I can fix them right away! THANK YOU!**
I had some lovely ladies helping me this week, and they created LOVELY layouts with the kit. It’s amazing seeing my products in use!
Layout by Brenda
Layout by Stephanie
September 30, 2014
products I love,
Somehow, I completely missed sharing my pages for Simple Scrapper’s Membership for September. I feel like I blinked and September went WHOOSH and flew right past.
Here are the pages I scrapped for September– What have you been scrapping?
Get Silly || September Simple Scrapper Sketch || One Little Bird’s “Positive Spin”
The Era Of || Story Starter #4 made using One Little Bird’s “The Era Of”
P.S. The templates and the members-only magazine “Spark” are my favorite things to download every month. Seriously, the magazine is amazing. If you’re not a member, you should be.
September 29, 2014
*don’t miss the giveaway, below!*
I might have mentioned this before, but I’ve been falling in love with the messy, artsy look to my pages. I’m a simple, grid loving girl at heart, but I love getting my hands messy and playing with paint and “chaos.” Now that the messy, painty trend has been filtering into the digital scrapbooking world. I get the artsy look on my pages, without the messy clean-up. So much love.
I made this page with elements from Amy Jaz Designs, Tracy Martin’s “Daydream,” and the free September template from The LilyPad. I made the page after my mom and I went with my church to the Beth Moore “Living Proof Live” event earlier in September. I loved every moment of it.. except for the 4+ hour drive home on the bus
Are you loving the artsy look that’s popular lately?
Art & Design from Big Picture Classes: Take some paint and some pictures, apply an artistic technique or two, and then sprinkle in a few design principles like balance and repetition—and what do you get? Beautiful, unique, scrapbook layouts you’ll treasure for a lifetime.In Wilna Furstenberg’s newest online workshop, Art & Design, you’ll see for yourself that the rules of good design and the freedom of artistic expression absolutely can exist in the same space. In fact, when you find the right balance between them, magical things can happen. In 20 instructional videos, Wilna will walk you through dozens of tips, tricks, and techniques that you’ll be dying to try yourself. She’ll inspire you to jump in with both feet, try something new, and just MAKE stuff.
Big Picture Classes has been generous enough to offer a FREE SPOT in this awesome class to one of my readers. Comment on this post before Tuesday night at 10pm EST telling me your favorite “art technique” for a chance to win! I’ll announce a winner Tuesday after 10pm!
September 29, 2014
*details about a giveaway for a really cool class are at the bottom of the post! don’t miss it!* Giveaway closed!
I’m a big fan of journaling prompts. I’m really bad at journaling, and so any time the ideas are already laid out for me, it’s a great thing. With the popularity of pocket scrapbooking lately, quick journaling prompt cards have also exploded. For the lazy, uninspired journaler that I am, I’m thrilled at this development!
Some of my favorites include the Currently Journaling cards from RuKristin, prompt cards from Quizaplooza from Big Picture Classes, and journaling cards from Elise Blaha Cripes’s Seafoam Project Life Kit. I also love journaling prompts from the One Year of Journaling classes from Amy of Lemon and Raspberry, and the monthly prompts from the Simple Scrapper Membership.
What are some of your favorite journaling cards or prompts?
There’s no question about it: your story matters.And there’s no easier, faster, or more satisfying way to tell your story than through quizzes and questions!
Introducing Quizapalooza, a 5-week interactive workshop that makes it simple to share meaningful stories in your scrapbooks, journals, and Project Life albums—or even via your blog or social media channels. Angie Lucas has carefully curated more than 160 questions to help you capture fascinating tidbits about all areas of your life.
I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to give away a spot in Quizaplooza, from Big Picture Classes. I’ve decided to open it up to my instagram followers– so head over there (@abandy) for a chance to win! Giveaway closed!
September 15, 2014
“I Do” | Made with “Little Talks” from One Little Bird Designs
I’m trying to make much more of an effort to actually share more of the pages I make. Rather than just let them sit on my hard drive or on my craft table, I need to print them (Persnickety Prints is my go-to!) , get them in my albums, and share them here more often! What’s the point of having a blog if you can’t share things you’re always making?
This week’s release from One Little Bird Designs called “Little Talks” is gorgeous and was so much fun to work with. I’ll write love songs to those star sequins and that glitter “swooosh.” Love love love.
What have you been creating lately?
September 5, 2014