If you're interested in the studio project, my never-ending creative to do list, and the little guy, I hope that you'll continue to follow along with me here or on Facebook and Bloglovin'.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
-Thomas Merton



3.09.2015

You're Invited to a Housewarming Party

I'm moving.

I've always wanted to own my own home - both literally and figuratively. We've, of course, already managed to accomplish this in the literal sense. Figuratively, though, I was still "renting" my online space and I thought it was due time to make a change.

If you're interested in the studio project, my never-ending creative to do list, and the little guy - going forward, this will be the place to find all of that and more. I hope that you'll continue to follow along with me there.


The most recent update on the studio project has already been posted over there and I'll definitely make it a point to put together a post sometime in the next few weeks explaining why I made the switch.




If you want to make sure that you definitely don't miss anything, you can also follow along with The Keeper of the Memories on Facebook and Bloglovin'.

Have a great week!



1.24.2015

Grow Your Blog Party 2015.

Good morning! Hi! Thanks for stopping by!

My name's Cristi - most people call me Crisann. I'm a 31 year old artist, writer, and blogger. Ofcourse, I still do the 9-to-5 thing too. Around here, though, I'm the keeper of the memories and a first-time mama to a beautiful boy - my little baby E. I live near Pittsburgh, PA with my husband, the little guy, and our two dogs.

This past year has been... well, a whirlwind, to say the least. You see, there were two things that I wanted more than anything else in life - yes, you read that right - two, but I digress. I haven't been blogging anywhere near as much as I normally do because those two things are keeping me extremely busy.. So, back to the two things, if you're curious - one was, ofcourse, the little guy. The other was a studio.

I started the year by finishing up my document the bump project.





My little baby e made his grand entrance into this world and life was forever-changed - for the better, though, no doubt.


 
 
I also switched things up and started working on some things that were a little out of the ordinary for me. Throughout the process of creating a space for the little guy, I realized just how much I enjoy projects like this.
 

 
 
 
Not too long after, we starting working on the evolution of my studio - and we've been working on this project, more or less, since.
 
 
 
 
Ofcourse, there's still scrapbooking...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
If you're interested, you can also read some of what I've written recently on being a mama.
 
And, ofcourse, there's a whole lot more, so be sure to explore all of the links on the right side bar. If you're interested in seeing more of my favorite projects, you can check out last year's grow your blog party post here - you may need to scroll down a bit. 
 
Leave me a comment and tell me about all the different kinds of things that you do. Also, I'd love for you to follow my blog if you're interested in seeing what I'm up to this year. 
 
I hope you'll also like or follow my facebook page. I post all kinds of exciting things there - updates on the evolution of my studio and the little guy, ofcourse, but also lots of other awesome things I find online.
 
Oh, and one more thing - if this year's party is anywhere near the size of last year's, it's going to take some time to get through all the blogs, so please don't be disappointed if I don't get to yours this weekend. I promise I will as soon as I can, though.

eta: the grow your blog party is an online networking event so kindly hosted by Vicki at 2 bags full. If you haven't already, you can visit her blog for a complete list of the blogs participating. Here's a link to the grow your blog party post.

Have a totally awesome weekend and happy creating! 
 
 
 


3.24.2014

pregnancy, lack of motivation, and dreaming up another project...

working on the little guy's room is, more or less, about as close as I'm getting to doing anything creative these days. i'm not sure what it is about pregnancy, but i'm definitely not feelin' it... apparently, i'm not the only one. I stumbled across this thread on two peas the other day. please tell me this lack of motivation goes away? lol...

I started pulling canvases for the wall behind the crib. I need to stop at m's and buy a few more, though.

Ordered a rotary cutter and a cutting mat, so I can make my flannel blanket and my rag strip quilt. i'm also thinking about trying to make a navy version of that gray star pillow. I love it! I think i'd love it even more, though, in flannel. from what I've read cotton "frays" and flannel "rags" - two completely different looks - and yes, I do realize that I can be ever-so-slightly compulsive about certain things. lol...




check out the navy herringbone fitted crib sheet. isn't it awesome?

I spent some time dreaming up another project as well - I have the first thing given to the little guy from each of his grandmas and, ofcourse, from me. I also have pics of us with each set of grandparents on the day we got married - I want to frame those two pics for him. i'm also thinking about framing his ultrasound pic. all of those things will go on his shelf and, eventually, get packed away into a sort of "time capsule," along with some other pictures and, probably, keepsakes - the outfit he wears home from the hospital, etc.


 

I stumbled across this free, downloadable print from the caravan shoppe. I want to get it printed, maybe, 16x20 and frame it.

so, at this point, what's left?

- fitted sheet/changing pad cover/boppy cover. they should be here any day now
- make the canvases for the wall behind the crib*
- crochet blanket*
- put together his galvanized shelf
- go pick up the gray pouf I ordered
- make a galvanized magnet board*
- still waiting for a few things from etsy - a custom mixed media canvas and my stuffed monster.
- make a flannel blanket and a rag strip quilt when my fabric gets here*

if you missed my post last week, you can check it out here. definitely lots of progress, but nothing particularly creative...

did your creativity still keep flowing as you got farther and farther along in your pregnancy? leave me a comment and let me know.

have a great week!



3.17.2014

little man - a quick makeover...

I found this little wall hanging at target a few weeks ago...

I loved everything except for the color - it was white, so I painted it navy.




have you given anything a quick makeover lately? leave me a comment and tell me about it.

have a great day!



3.16.2014

progress, a quick peak, and upcoming projects...

so, I've been mia for weeks now. aside from my document the bump posts, I really haven't been doing much of anything. spending completely asinine amounts of time on facebook and that's about it.

at any rate, here's a quick peak at the little guy's room thus far...




oh, and the fabric I bought tonight as well... isn't it awesome?




so, what's left to do in here?

- fitted sheet/changing pad cover/boppy cover. they should be here any day now
- make the canvases for the wall behind the crib*
- crochet blanket*
- put together his galvanized shelf
- go pick up the gray pouf I ordered
- make a galvanized magnet board*
- still waiting for a few things from etsy - a custom mixed media canvas and my stuffed monster.
- make a flannel blanket and a rag strip quilt when my fabric gets here*

here's my final inspiration board, if you're curious - the little guy's room - white?

we're down to somewhere between seven and twelve weeks, mostly depending on him... the things I asterisked, i'd like to do individual posts about. i'll, ofcourse, also do a post about his space when it's finished along with sources. I may do a separate post w/ links to all the handmade stuff I've ordered as well... I'm definitely spending a lot of time on etsy these days. lol...

what have you been up to lately? leave me comment and let me know.

have a great week!


3.02.2014

studio sunday - here we go...

another page I was working on the other night using amy t's plus one line... if you missed it, you can check out the first one here.




this page is about what I was up to at 25 weeks pregnant...

have a great weekend!


3.01.2014

one plus one...

a quick page tonight using amy t's plus one line...




this is, ofcourse, where I stand w/ the little guy's space.

more to come...

this was my one must-have from the most recent cha. have you bought any of the newer lines? leave me a comment and tell me which one(s),

have a great weekend!


2.08.2014

amy tangerine plus one and some thoughts on budgeting...



look what showed up last night? the last of the scrapbooking supplies I ordered.

absolutely love this line - it's gorgeous! have half a mind to hold onto some if it, just in case we have baby #2 anytime in the near future. lol...

the real question, though, is did I need this line in it's entirety? we won't even get into how much that cost. suffice it to say, i'm probably never going to want to look at it again by the time it's gone - if I can even manage to use it all.

for years, I've been recklessly buying scrapbooking supplies - haven't paid too much attention to what or why - there's really been no rhyme or reason to it - like it, buy it...

I really didn't even realize how much stuff I had until I started trying to make space for the little guy - I packed over a dozen tupperware boxes, filled his closet, and still had to bring things into our room.

I've spent a lot of time thinking lately. it might be time to chill... I mean, there are certain things I need to buy:

1. white cardstock
2. photo paper
3. adhesive
4. printer ink
5. albums
6. page protectors

without those things, I can't scrapbook at all. wouldn't that be a shame? lol...

let's see how long I can last without buying anything unnecessary. we'll see if I can get through the last 16ish weeks of my pregnancy + my 6-8 weeks of maternity leave.

are you chilling? leave me a comment and let me know how you're doing with your budget, if you have one.

have a great weekend!


2.03.2014

procrastination at its finest - from scrapbooking supplies to baby boy's clothes...

for the last few days - instead of doing what I was supposed to be doing, I've been shopping for baby stuff...

it started innocently enough - I wanted a few odds 'n ends from the amy tangerine plus one collection, but somehow ended up with the entirety of it instead. then, I decided I wanted a project life baby kit, so dh helped me pick out the baby edition for him, the designer paper, and the month dividers.




when I got bored buying scrapbooking supplies, I picked out furniture for the littly guy's room. check back in a few weeks if you're interested in seeing how that's going. I also picked out a car seat, stroller, and a pack 'n play.

while i was trying to decide on all of that, I stumbled across carter's baby boy's clothes - oh my freakin' adorable! that's really all I have to say. lol... so now, my son has a half dozen outfits - 4 that are size 3, 1 that's size 6, and 2 that are size 9. oops! did I mention that they were absolutely freakin' adorable and, for that matter, on sale? I seriously need to stay away from that website - it's bound to get me into trouble sooner or later.

when you were pregnant, what was your weakness? leave me a comment and tell me about it.

have a great week!


1.28.2014

change: january 2014.

a cute picture of the boys will suffice for today, right? it's been so cold that I haven't felt like doing anything this week... I pulled out some old newspaper and canvases the other night to start working on some art for the little guy's room and have yet to make it any farther.

today, I wanted to take some time to reflect on my one little word for this year. I'm sure you're wondering how these two manage to play into this, right? it'll make sense, I promise.




I don't generally do thoughts posts, but... I thought it might be fun to do a post each month reflecting on my one little word.

it's hard to believe that january is, more or less, over already.

it's gone by so fast - partly, i'm sure, because there were so many things that needed done, but also because it's been so bitterly cold that my motivation is seriously lacking. when I wasn't busy, I was curled up w/ blankets and dogs on the couch or in the bed - they like to cuddle as much as I do, so... cuddling, it's been...

over the weekend, I finished operation downsize, participated in the grow your blog party, and spent some time cleaning up. I had the baby gate up because the waterbed isn't made and we all know how that would've been likely to end.

at any rate, it dawned on me how many changes we've made around the house already in preparation for the little guy. his room is almost empty. I have furniture picked out already. I have some thoughts as far as decorating. I even have a few projects in mind - a quilt, a few canvases - maybe, even a banner...

we're down to about 15 weeks, give or take - guess that depends on his agenda too, though, doesn't it? lol...

I still have so much to do. I actually took the time to make a list yesterday. I'll take it up and put it on my desk and start, hopefully, crossing things off.

one of my goals for january was to blog everyday - considering this is post #26, it's the 29th, and I was in st. louis for 3 days, I'm considering that a win.

for february, I want a do load - layout a day. I'm not promising I'm going to post them everyday because I have some other things planned as well, but... by the end of the month, I want to have 28 more pages to add to my albums, so... we'll see how that goes.

do you have a list of things that you want to do? leave me a comment and tell me about your creative to do list.



1.24.2014

grow your blog party 2014.

good morning and welcome! so happy to see you!

my name's cristi. most people call me crisann. i'm a 30 year old artist, blogger, and soon-to-be mama.

for the grow your blog party this year, i thought it would be fun to give you a little sampling of all the different kinds of things that i do.

i scrapbook...





i art journal...




i make mixed media art...





i organize...




i document the bump...



and, ofcourse, there's a whole lot more, so be sure to explore all of the links on the right side bar. if you're interested in seeing more of my favorite projects, you can check out last year's grow your blog party post here - you may need to scroll down a bit.

i'm thinking that things are going to start getting really interesting around here as we get closer to the little guy making his appearance. right now, i'm in the process of getting his room ready, so i have quite a few baby projects in mind as well - learning to crochet and quilt are on the list too. i'll definitely be blogging about all of it in the months to come.

leave me a comment and tell me about all the different kinds of things that you do. also, i'd love for you to follow my blog if you're interested in seeing what i'm up to this year. not too long ago, i created a facebook page, so feel free to like or follow me there as well.

oh, and one more thing - if this year's party is anywhere near the size of last year's, it's going to take some time to get through all the blogs, so please don't be disappointed if i don't get to yours this weekend. i promise i will as soon as i can, though.

eta: the grow your blog party is an online networking event so kindly hosted by vicki at 2 bags full. if you haven't already, you can visit her blog for a complete list of the blogs participating. here's a link to the grow your blog party post - this year, it looks like there are over 600 blogs joining the party.

have a totally awesome weekend and happy creating! 



1.21.2014

now, the real fun begins...

so, being back from st. louis means it's back to reality and the daily grind, unfortunately...

I have to, at some point, unpack.




I can assure you it's going to take forever to get everything unpacked, especially w/ operation downsize fully underway.

one of the highlights of the weekend was getting a couple of unexpected gifts for me and the little guy...

from one of the girls, carta bella's rough & tumble line.




from my pen pal, look at the adorable baby clothes... and this little blanket is so soft! love it all!


shoulder bag


thanks so much you two! you're both so sweet!

I learned quite a bit about myself over the course of this weekend.

first of all, someone mentioned scrapbook generation having sketch books, so I bought one on one. I actually bought the ebook format, so... I figured the next time I go to a crop, I can take the tablet w/ me and use the sketches. eventually, maybe, i'll collect them all.

I learned that I seriously need some crop bags - the suitcase, the iris cases, and the messenger bag just weren't cutting it. to add to the pain, all of my basic tools were tossed in a 13x15 ziploc. I really like the wrmk ones, so the 360 bag and the shoulder bag have officially made their way onto my wish list.

the biggest lesson I learned this weekend is that I am definitely not productive in this type of environment, which is fine. hello adhd! lol... I figured it would be the extreme one way or the other. I just wasn't too sure which way it would go. I packed enough to do approximately 50 pages and did 8. some of that was definitely being pregnant, sick and tired. in all reality, I felt crappy most of the weekend. overall, though, I had a lot of fun and would definitely do it again - sometime, after the little guy is born, ofcourse.

the other thing I noticed is that I have a really hard time working w/ kits and only having limited supplies. we each had a 6ft. table and I had everything scattered everywhere to the point of not being able to find anything, which is normal for me here - i'm actually surprised I didn't end up on floor like I do at home. lol... all weekend, I sat there and talked to myself, saying "where is..?" I mean, I talked to the girls as well, but... I'm just so used to scrapping alone, to being in my own little world with just the dogs here that I guess I honestly didn't even realize to what extent I could carry on a conversation w/ myself.

basically, most of the things I learned relate to productivity and organization - two things that aren't my strengths to begin with. I've realized you need to have a plan and pack accordingly if you're going to scrapbook away from home.

better luck next time, right?

do you have a plan for when you go to a crop? do you work on one specific project - for example, project life? do you work on individual pages? leave me a comment and let me know.

have a great week!


1.19.2014

studio sunday - scrapology 2014.

wow! what a whirlwind of a weekend it's been...

woke up at 3:30am on friday morning and made my way to pittsburgh international airport to catch a 7:30am flight to st. louis. to meet an amazing group of women - people that i've talked to online for years now have names and faces - talk about awesome!

the best part of the entire weekend was getting to meet my pen pal - someone that i've been writing back and forth to and talking to online for about a year.

this was a 3 days crop, but i'm extremely unproductive, i'm one of those people that can manage to spend days working on a page. that and a migraine for most of saturday meant getting very little done. overall, I finished about eight pages. here are five of them...








maybe, by the next time i get to go to a crop, i'll have had the little guy and i won't be so sick and tired. can't wait! lol...

have a great week!



1.15.2014

quick and easy...

tonight's project was making a name tag...




I didn't have one of those clear plastic sleeves or a lanyard, so I made my own - the clear plastic cover is a 4x6 clear plastic bag stitched closed. the lanyard is ribbon, fiber, and thread.

have a great week!


1.14.2014

a little bit of everything...

wow! I think I'm finally finished packing. lol...

crazy, right? I still have quite a few things to do tomorrow, but I think we can officially check packing off that list.

I had an insanely-difficult time deciding what to take and what not to... curious what made the cut?

I worked on a basic tool kit the other day.




ofcourse, the 30 or so mixed media backgrounds I made last night - that was a no-brainer. there's also a total of about 100 pics - everything you could possibly imagine from pics of me to pics of us and the dogs - I like options...

also, my "WIP kit" - basically, it's all the extras from my most recent pages - mixed media backgrounds, printed pics, and patterned papers. the scraps get tossed in as well. hoping to eventually use it all. in the meantime, though, it's one of the first things I grab when I want to make a page.




these are kits I put together quite a while ago, so I want to get them used up as well...




a couple of newer collections - hello again, wild & free, and finnley...




I also tossed in a few of last year's kit club kits from noel mignon and citrus twist. there's an extra pack of white cardstock too - just in case...




these are all of the miscellaneous embellishments - die cut tickets, 2 rolls of twine, some flair, enamel dots, ephemera packs, etc.

i made sure to pick out approximately 10 packs of thickers and 10 sheets of letter stickers. i tried to stick with mostly black and white, with a few other colors thrown in that i know will match the kits & collections i packed.

I also grabbed a jar of sequins and put together small bags of mixed veneers and odds 'n ends...




and, last but not least, just a few of my beloved art supplies. because I took the time to prep backgrounds, I didn't need inks and mists, so I just grabbed watercolors, a few stamps, and some washi... hoping that's enough to finish things up...

what a project! lol...

i've learned a very valuable lesson from this - i'm not someone who can easily scrap away from home... i'm used to being amidst all of my supplies and not having to pick and choose. i'm used to having access to whatever i want/whenever i want...

what about you? are you an away from home scrapbooker or do you prefer to be amidst all of your supplies? leave me a comment and let me know.

p.s. - if you happen to notice anything important that i might've forgotten, feel free to let me know that as well... 

have a great night!



1.13.2014

makin' a mess...

still getting ready for the crop this weekend...






that's a total of 30 mixed media backgrounds already prepped. I might do a few more tomorrow night...

these are really quick - I start w/ white cardstock and some stencils. I use various colors of distress inks to get the background texture. after that, I splatter black ink. I also use whatever two mists I have that most closely match the distress inks and splatter those as well. when those first few layers are dry, I like to add some watercolor around the edges and some stamping. i'll do that, though, tomorrow.

I tend to batch anything that's messy - mixed media backgrounds, art journal pages, etc. do you? leave me a comment and let me know how you handle the messy stuff.

have a great week!


1.12.2014

studio sunday - basic tool kit.

i'm in the process of packing for the crop i'm going to next weekend. at the moment, i'm knee-deep in kits, but I thought it would be fun to do a sort of mini-series as I pack.

the first thing that I did was to put together a basic tool kit - these are the things I absolutely can't scrap without...




this is what I included:

1. trimmer and 2 pk. of replacement blades
2. tim holtz tiny attacher and refill staples
3. tim holtz scisors
4. multiple sizes of glue dots - small/medium/large
5. tape runner and refills
6. fingernail file for distressing
7. 2 lead pencils
8. 2 pk. of ultra fine black sharpies
9. black stazon ink pad

do you have a basic tool kit? what's in it? leave me a comment and let me know.


1.08.2014

mixed media & art journaling monday. essentials.

i'm a day late, right? sorry about that! it's been too cold to do anything except hibernate. lol...

someone asked on the gs board on two peas about mixed media & art journaling essentials and i thought it'd make a good topic for a blog post.

so, here's a list of the supplies that i absolutely can't live without...

  1. strathmore mixed media visual journal
  2. canson watercolor pad
  3. gesso - right now, i'm using artist's loft white acrylic gesso (you can buy this in a jar at michael's).
  4. stencils - i mostly use the crafter's workshop and studio calico.
  5. mists - right now, my favorites are heidi swapp color shines.
  6. dr. ph martin's bombay inks - sometimes, I use these to make mists as well.
  7. modeling paste - right now, i'm using liquitex basics - I bought this at michael's as well.
  8. black ultra fine point sharpie
  9. black faber castell pitt artist pens
10. black stazon inkpad
11. stamps - these are mostly unmounted rubber/acrylic stamps - christy tomlinson/tim holtz
12. neocolor II's
13. faber castell big brush pens
14. faber castell gelatos




do you have a mixed media & art journaling must-have that's not on my list? leave me a comment and tell me about it.

have a great week!


1.05.2014

studio sunday - a quick page about torque...

my weekend routine got flipped around just a bit... yesterday and today, I did some rearranging - still working on operation downsize. last night, I worked on a quick page about torque...




love him! hate my handwriting. lol... have to figure out another means of journaling. maybe, i'll go buy a pk. of vellum and print my journaling... or, maybe, i'll do it on little strips of paper w/ the edges inked. not sure yet...

do you have any other ideas? how do you journal on your pages? do you use your own handwriting? leave me a comment and let me know.

have a great week!


1.01.2014

goodbye 2013.

i wanted to take a few minutes to give 2013 a proper goodbye. 2013 was an awesome year in a lot of ways.

i thought it'd be fun to share a few of my favorite projects...

favorite layout




favorite canvas




favorite page




do you have a favorite project from 2013? leave me a link. i'd love to see it!

happy new year!


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