Archive for August, 2014

Media with Michelle

Media with Michelle

August 29, 2014 |  by  |  Copics, Scrapbooking, Tutorials  |  No Comments

Have you seen my latest series of articles over at Get It Scrapped?  Over the past year I have been writing short tutorials demonstrating how to get some of the current medium trends onto scrapbooking layouts.  I have looked at Gelatos, Paper Crafter Crayons, stamp making, weaving, and more.  This month I was going to take a month off and then I found a tutorial on line that I just had to share!  A fun technique using Copics that I have not seen before.  If you have even 1 or 2 Copic markers you will want to check this one out.  So simple and beautiful.  The color in the background of this layout is created with Copics!


Layout by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Colorbok, feathers, flower trim and patterned paper; SEI, ink; Copic, acrylic heart; Freckled Fawn, button and twine; American Crafts

Every time I find a new use for my markers and a new technique I am blown away by their versatility.  And this time was no exception.  I love the chalky look that this technique brings to the markers!  Make sure to check out the full tutorial HERE!

Happy Friday, hope everyone is getting a few minutes of crafty time this long weekend!

Layout and life updates

August 28, 2014 |  by  |  Copics, Family, Scrapbooking  |  No Comments

I have a new layout in an article over at Get It Scrapped and I LOVE it!  This is a technique that I had not tried before and I am so glad I did!  The article is about using photographs that are 6″ x 12″ on a layout.  HERE

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Lake Wenatchee Trail by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: wood grain paper and sticker letters; Basic Grey, orange patterned paper, green tag and doily; SEI, chipboard letters; Jilly Bean Soup, twine; American Crafts, ink; Zig and Ranger, metal charm; unknown

I am embarrassed to say there is a type-O in my remarks there.  It says I used various “dots” which if you look at the layout I obviously did not, I used various “fonts”.  The main reason I have not tried this before is the size of the photograph.  I do not have a printer that will handle a 12″ photo.  Solution I had two photos printed at my local shop as 11″ x 14″, ones I knew that I could crop 2″ of the 14″ length and 5″ of the 11″ width.   Here is a close up of some details.

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I also created a second layout using a 6″ x 12″ photo since I had 2 printed just in case and ended up loving this one equally as well.

6 x 12 photo

Up & Around by Michelle Houghton | supplies:  cardstock; Colorbok, patterned paper; Crate Paper, wood veneer , heart clip, dots and flair: Freckled Fawn, butterflies;Jenni Bowlin, letters; Basic Grey, doily; SEI

This is one of those pages that fell together.  I am so glad I printed both photos and was able to complete the two page layout as well.

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In the Copic world we have added some of the last classes of the 2014 onto the schedule!  You can chef them in the class listing, just click on the link over to the right.  If you near any of these last stopping spots the classes are all spectacular an worth the time and effort.

On the family front the girls are loving school!  Loving it!  Sara happily reports she still has not gotten lost in the Middle School hallways and just this week beat ALL the girls and ALL but one boy in the pull up testing for PE.  You go girl!  Lori loves her class and teacher and is thriving in ELP she particularly loves this pull out time.  She has become as veracious a reader as Sara and spends much time poring over the 3 to 4 books she likes to have going all at once.

Life here in Des Moines is cruising right along.  We are praying for John’s sister Sheri as she is struggling mightily with her health again and we desire peace and comfort for her.

Happy Thursday all!

We are up and running!

August 15, 2014 |  by  |  Announcements, Scrapbooking  |  1 Comment

School has started here at our house and the girls are both loving their new classes.  Lori is in 4th grade this year and Sara is in 6th, which around here means middle school!  They are both having fun and were ready to go back so the world is a happy place!


On Monday I got to share a layout at Get It Scrapped featuring a Venn Diagram.  If you are not sure what that is I’ll bet you will recognize it when you see it!  We learn all about them in early grade school as a way to organize stories and ideas.  Circles interlocking and overlapping showing how things interact.

Venn Diagram


who knew…by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Tim Holtz by Ranger, acrylic paint; Dina Wakley by Ranger, fabric letters; Studio Calico by American Crafts, ink; Sharpie, vellum tags; SEI, buttons; an old favorite shirt

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I have told tidbits of how John and I met through several layouts over time and this seemed like a great opportunity to share a little more.  I used acrylic paint and a cardboard ring to create my Venn Diagram and I love how loosey goosey it turned out and the fact that I could place it right on top of the photo as well was a bonus.  I just realized that in the photo the vellum tags do not look the same as in real life.  The big navy looking tag above the photo is actually a teal color that is similar in hue to the ring and both orange tags are considerably darker in the photo as well.  Hmmmm… not sure why that got thrown off so much but oh well.  I loved how the Creative Team explored different styles of diagrams and uses for them.  Take a peek at all the inspiration HERE

Get It Scrapped is currently running an amazing deal!  You can get a 25% off discount to the monthly subscription through next Friday HERE and check out this sneak peek at what is coming up in early September!


In the mean time I am crazy busy trying to catch up on the house design team and Copic work and writing a few new classes and a few appointments I was holding off to do.  It is all keeping me out of trouble that is for certain!

Happy Friday!