Cardstock: A Rainbow of Colors

There are millions of colors in the world, in different tints and shades. Have you ever walked through a paper aisle and been overwhelmed at all of the colors you are given to choose from? How do you know that the shade of blue you are picking will work with the background paper you want to use with it? There are a few ways you can make sure that you get the colors you want so that when you sit down to scrapbook, you don’t find out the shade doesn’t fit your photographs or other supplies. Take It With You … Continue reading

Sea Tones for Spring

You may remember a blog I posted a few months ago about creating a room decor that was inspired by the beach. Well, it seems that home decor has finally caught up with me. Sea tones are definitely coming around as a popular decor for spring. You’ll find colors, fabrics and accessories that are all inspired by the sea. Obviously, I appreciate this look. It is calming, relaxing and restorative. The natural elements that are incorporated into the look lend a bit of authenticity. It brings me back to my days living in a Connecticut shoreline town, were sea breezes … Continue reading

Can Color Help You Parent?

Enough studies have been done on the effects different colors have on humans (and animals) to fill shelves and shelves of books. Not to mention “color therapy” is a growing discipline with increasing popularity. There are also plenty of people who swear that color not only influences moods, but can bring all sorts of good (and bad) things into your house and life. If all this is true, can the judicious use of color help you parent? According to the experts, colors like blue, purple and green are all calming colors. Painting a child’s room in blue or a cool … Continue reading

Seasonal Colors For Scrapbooking

Using color in our scrapbooks, is an important part of the process. Understanding what different colors tend to signify, is equally important. Most colors strongly represent certain holidays, seasonal elements, moods and emotions. For instance, red and green are most commonly used at Christmas time. What other colors represent seasonal changes? With springtime knocking on my door these days, I’d like to show you what color palettes work best for the different seasons. Spring – Springtime evokes a feeling of renewal, new beginnings, and a certain element of freshness. These feelings are best represented when using soft and delicate colors. … Continue reading

Scrapbooking Color Terminology

Color terminology for scrapbooking is not any different than color terminology for anything else. However, as a Layout Decorator (rather than an Interior Decorator), color plays an important part in our page designs and a basic knowledge of terms might be useful. I spent a great deal of time learning about color and figuring out the terms that might be helpful to a scrapbooker and am providing that information here. Primary Colors – These colors are red, blue and yellow. They are the colors that are not mixed with anything to get their colors. They are pure. Secondary Colors – … Continue reading

Scrapbooking: Three Rules of Threes

Yes, scrapbooking has rules! Did I lose a lot of you with that? Rules are, of course, made to broken (in scrapbooking, anyway!), but the rule of threes has served artistically-challenged-me well. Things look better in threes, whether they’re embellishments, photos, or colors. Your page design should lead the eye to three different spots, usually a triangle. Let’s say that you have a photo that you really like and want to include, but your subject is wearing a bright pink shirt. All the other photos that you want on the page have people in earth tones. Don’t despair! You can … Continue reading

The Sense of Sight – Looking at the World Through Rose-Colored Glasses

The sight may seem to be the easiest of the senses to promote for your little one and the truth is – it is the easiest. After all, you just have to hold things up for them right? The answer to that is yes and no. You see, your toddler doesn’t have your ability to filter out all the background sights to focus on individual objects without some effort. The world is a kaleidoscope of images, colors, shapes and sizes. You can play games like peek-a-boo to sharpen their acuity for focusing on specific objects. After all, when you are … Continue reading

Baby Einstein’s Best Books

Those of you who have read my previous blogs know that I am a big fan of The Baby Einstein Company and its products. Well, I usually blab on and on about all of the wonderful videos. Here you will find a small change of pace. Of course there are many books from The Baby Einstein Company, but there are three books that my daughter has which she absolutely adores: “What Does Violet See? Raindrops and Puddles,” “Windows to Color,” and “Mirror Me! A Mirror Book.” All three books were written by Julie Aigner-Clark, the founder of The Baby Einstein … Continue reading

Decorating Trends

The way we decorate our homes says a lot about our personalities, but it also speaks to the mood we are trying to set. What kind of mood are you trying to create? Do you want subdued, soft, calming colors for a relaxing atmosphere or do you prefer hot colors that are more stimulating? Maybe you like both, just in different settings. You might like a bright, vivid kitchen but prefer tranquility in the bedroom or bath. Color helps us set any mood and create the feel we want to achieve because different colors stimulate different feelings. The current trend … Continue reading

Painting Tips

Here are a few handy painting tips to keep in mind: 1. Water based primer works best with water based paint, and oil based primer works best with oil paint. Tinted primer is the best option to prepare the surface for a deep color. You may still need more than one coat, since going from light to dark usually requires at least two coats for even coverage. Without tinted primer, you may need more than two coats. 2. Some paints show lap marks (brush or roller marks created by overlapping strokes or touching up). This is usually indicated on the … Continue reading