I'm a SAHM to three crazy boybarians and have been married to my sweetie for nineteen years. We homeschool, in part for the ever-present opportunities to blow things up in the name of education, and I write on occasion for money.
My work can be seen in Memory Makers, Scrapbooks Etc., Family Fun, Home Education, ScrapStreet, Scrapbook News & Review, Art Journey Journal and A Card a Day by Paper Crafts magazine.
The way I remember it, Cat Morley was this SUPER-COOL girl who was studying abroad and had an awesome blog. That morphed into one of the raddest indie communities online, Cut Out and Keep which has been a haven, a refuge, a home-away-from-home for indie, artsy crafty girls - like me.
The concept of the book - and you know I love a good hook - is that the couple set out on a road trip of epic proportions: they were going to visit all 50 states and choose what to see an do based on the advice of the site's members.
It's a terrific blend of travelogue and craft book and it has a truly delightful mix of projects and recipes ranging from screen printed shirts to moonshine perfume to Bacon Bit Pralines. Yum!
The projects skew to a younger, indie demographic so if you're looking to go deep on a topic, or for fine art, this is not the book for you. But if you want to have fun, splash around in the crafty pool and make some unique... even a little edgy, crafts it's a terrific romp.
The book is well laid out and there are loads of stepped out pictures for each craft. I was really happy to see that, as so many craft books are moving to just written instructions and one gorgeous finished product shot. IMHO, showing the steps is superior in every way.
Another thing that impressed me was how the travel sections introducing each state were thoughtfully written. You could experience their trip alongside them.
Those pages were insightful, full of tips and in no way a 'throw away' bit before getting to the projects.
I can easily see myself flipping through before leaving on a trip to get ideas of not-to-miss stops.
Cut out and Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects is available March 17.
Because doodling is WAY outside my comfort zone I'm being extremely diligent about doing each practice exercise to the best of my abilities (and as often as needed) until I'm comfortable. That way when I move on I can do it confidently.
It's kind of fun being a total noob in an art class :)
I think I'm ready to move on to doing these over painted backgrounds. I think I managed to get a flat blob shape to look sort of 3D-ish. What do you think?
As for patterns... I think I've done more than 28 already. Patterns are apparently super-addictive.