Friday, January 27, 2012

Marion's 31 Day Challenge - Days 18 - 25

How are your journals coming? I'm loving mine. I think it is so cool to go back and look at all the things that have happened during the month.

Remember that submissions need to be posted to Marion's original video by January 31, midnight to be eligible for her give away. Details are in this video. A winner will be selected by random to receive Marion's new line with Prima.

Here is a video of my Days 18 - 25.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New templates!

I'm a bit behind on the 31 day challenge templates but I should catch up tonight so keep an eye out for the latest templates! I also have a little secret to share very soon that I think you will love!!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Marion Smith's 31 Day Challenge - Days 12 - 18

Wow - we are over half way through with this journal and it is becoming one of my all time favorite projects. I love looking back on the caios that surrounds everyday.

This week I did some traveling - and got to take some pics of my mornings on the lake. I included a photo of my gorgeous daughter, Brittany, and I was able to include some more wonderful gifts that I received from Friends.

Here is a walk through video of my Journal todate!

Thanks for stopping in,

Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Artsy Addicts Blog Roll

Hi there Artsy Addicts.

So in an effort to keep in touch with more of you and to be able to promote/feature more artsy addicts on the blog..........

Introducing the Blog Hop List.

Please fill out the form below. All the entries will be compiled and posted no the blog so that we can all support each other and stop by and visit from time to time.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Marions' 31 Day Journal Days 5 -11

I wanted to catch you guys up today on my entries into the 31 Day Challenge Journal days 5 -11. Looking back, I love the pictures, but my favorite parts of the past 11 days are the handwritten journaling and the doodling. I love building this habit. Since I began this process, I have started 2 other journals
1) project planning
2) Favorites

Here is a glimpse into my 31 Day Journal.

Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, January 12, 2012

How to recover a deleted blogger blog post.

So.......I'm a bit of a clutz. This is Angee of course and I almost always trip up the stairs. And just for reference I live on the 3rd floor in my apartment building and I work on the second floor of my I see lots of stairs on a daily basis. (Restated for emphasis) I almost always trip up the stairs.

I totally got was about to get off topic.

Well, I accidentally deleted one of my blog posts from the blog. Which blog post? This one! And if you just clicked on the link you will see that the post is perfectly intact now but just yesterday I'd deleted it. Why did I delete it? Because I'm a klutz Well....because I was trying to blog from my phone and i accidentally hit the delete button. Genius...I know!

Well, usually that would get me all up in a tizzy but something said, "Google it!"

And I did.

And you know what......You can recover blog post that have accidentally been deleted. Yippie!

There are a couple of different ways that you can do this. The say I'm going to outline below allows you to restore the blog post back to the way it was along with the permalink and comments. Total score...right?!

Here's how. All credit to this lovely website where I originally found the info. I had to tweak a few things because I'm on a MAC so I'm giving the MAC version below. For the PC version the link above should work just fine.

Step 1. You want to search for your particular blog post using very specific keywords. For example, the blog title (if you can remember it). And it was recommended that you use this particular handle - site: so that google (or your search engine of choice) will only search your blog/website.

Here's my search for my Heaven's to Betsy card that I posted.

The first search result was exactly what I needed. Good keywords save loads of time. Or not accidentally deleting blog posts will do the same. :-D

Step 2. Next you want to view the Cached version of your blog post. Cache is basically a copy that google keeps of your blog. It took me a minute to figure this out since the example front the website I googled has screenshots from an older version of Google.
So if you hover over the link you will see two grey arrows pointing to the right.  Hover over the arrows and you will see your cached blog post mock up pop up. There you will find the Cached link. Click this link.

Step 3. After that, for MAC users, go up to the menu bar and click on View Source (Cmd + U, didn't work for me). You will get a text box that pops up showing the original HTML code for your blog post.

Here is what my screen looked like after I clicked View Source.

Step 4: After your text box appears you want to use keyboard shortcut CMD + F to open the find option and search for postID.

There (underlined in purple) is our post id number that we need.

Step 5: Now we need to go into our blogger dashboard and click edit on an already published blog post.

Did I forget to keep numbering? Oops.
Umm. Let's get back on track!

Step 6. Next you want to replace the current blog posts id with the recovered post id that we just found in step 5, well the step before 6. You know what i mean. (by the time you read this I will have renumbered the posts. Sigh. He he)

Make sure you are changing the post ID and not the blog ID. I don't know what would happen if you did but I can imagine it won't be good...

Step 7: After you've changed the post id press enter and you will see the editor will populate the recovered post into the post editor and you can then publish the post. Sorry I don't have a screen shot of this part because I'd already restored my post before I wrote this. Trust me it works.

A good thing about this method is that it will post it right back in the original spot, date and time, where the post was before. Score, again!

Hope this helps. You never know what you will learn until you try, fail, and try again. Success is just around the corner.

Sweet hugs, my friends.


Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 Calendar + Bookbinding

Hi there.

Angee Butler-Carter here with another project for you.

I'm a planner. Well, I often attempt to plan but usually I end up "going with the flow" whatever that means, however I love planners and I buy one every year. With the new year upon us I decided to make my own planner this year. A few months back I happened across Kyla Roma's tutorial on how she made her own planner. She even provided the pages she designed for download. Of course I promptly downloaded them and.........forgot about them. That is until today.

Today I was inspired, motivated, and moved to action.......crafty action!

I had the pages, I had 11x14" paper, chipboard, and loads of Studio Calico kits to draw from so.......I made a planner.

Let me back up for a moment. I actually started off by watching Kyla's assembly tutorial. It's a cute fun video and it got me started and showed me how I wanted to assemble my cover.

Next I remembered a ustream that Marion filmed where she showed a bookbinding technique. A quick google search took me to the right video. M, you rock! Seriously!
Marion's video taught me how to bind my pages and attach my cover.

Being the thorough researcher that I am, here's another bookbinding tutorial for you that I found on youtube.

Now after all of that was done and watched I, finally, made a planner.

Here is the cover. It's about 99.9% finished. I just need to add the year 2012 somewhere. Suggestions?

Here are a few more pics. 

 Here is the back cover showing another picture of the binding. 

I reinforced my top and bottom stitches with extra embroidery floss (As you can see in the pics the extra knots). I used an entire skein of embroidery floss to coptic stitch my planner. I also used a large needle with an extra large eye that could accommodate the embroidery floss. 

I didn't even have to go buy supplies. I happened to have everything I needed for this project already on-hand in my craft room. The only thing I added were the printed planner sheets. Score!

In total this project took me about 2 hours to complete. That included time to watch the videos (a couple of time) and time to stitch the album in front of my computer. I just paused the videos while I stitched. I'm a slow stitcher. My first try at coptic stitching. Will definitely do more of it in the future.

I would definitely say this was an easy project. I won't be buying my yearly planners anymore. I'll be making my own. 

*All papers and embellishments were from Studio Calico monthly kits. 

Sweet Hugs. 


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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Marion's 31 Day Challenge - Tonya Style

I was really excited when Marion announced that she was doing the 31 Day Challenge again this year. Her concept this year, fit right into some of my own personal goals so this is going to be a lot of fun.

The beginning of the year is always a time where we sit and contemplate things that we want to accomplish through the year, and reflect back on the past year's achievements and disappointments. 2011 was a great crafty year for me, and my goal for 2012 would be to continue on this journey but become better organized with my thoughts, and planning. So JOURNALING is going to be a huge part of my life this year. When Marion made this year's challenge a journal, I was so ready to get started.

Each week, I want to bring you guys a closer look at my weekly progress in the 31 day challenge. The easiest way to do this is through YouTube. Here is my first week's journey...

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Artsy Addicts Kit Project: Heavens to Betsy

Hi there.

Angee Lee Carter here with a quick card for you. I was chatting with Marion yesterday and she totally inspired me to get out one of my old Artsy Addicts kits and get crafty. Here's what I came up with.

I happen to love this card just because I used so many of my supplies that I'd purchased over the past few months but hadn't even opened. Call me a stamp collector. I buy lots of stamps because they appeal to me in some way but many of them have never seen any ink. Sigh. Yes I'm that crafter. I tend to go back to the same couple of stamp sets that I've fallen in love with.

So my resolution intention for 2012 is to ink up those un-inked stamps. Are you a collector or a crafter, or a little of both? Let me know in the comments and I might just have a little something to send one of you!

Card Composition:
Card Composition:
1. Trim patterned paper to a standard card size and adhere to card base.
2. Stamp tag with PTI - Damask Design Stamp using PTI - Canyon Clay ink
3. Color a strip of PTI - Vintage Cream card stock using SU! Cherry Cobbler Ink
4. Die cut strip of card stock from step 3 using PTI - Filigree Border Die, Adhere to stamped tag and adhere to cardbase
5. Trim strip of Vintage Cream card stock and stamp with Glory Be - "Heavens to Betsy" stamp using SU! Cherry Cobbler ink
6. Stamp "You are such a dear" stamp using SU! Mellow Moss Ink
8. Stamp Double line using stamp from PTI - Label Basics stamp set using PTI - Canyon Clay ink
9. Trim strip of PTI - Canyon Clay cardstock and add a strip of 1/8" score tape along bottom edge.
10. Pour glitter onto score-tape, and adhere Canyon Clay strip to Heaven's to Betsy Cardstock Strip, use dimensional adhesive and adhere to cardbase.
11. Fussy cut butterfly image from patterned paper and adhere to sentiment strip using dimensional adhesive.

Done and Done!

Sweet Hugs.

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