September Desktop Calendar



Is it almost September already? Summer just flew right by. Get your sweatshirts, hot coco mugs and boots ready for fall. Arielle Gordon never disappoints with her desktop calendars. Here is September’s using the Barista digi collection. Get yours HERE.





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August Guest Designer

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We are so excited to have Melissa Mann with us today as our August guest designer. Here is a little bit about her:




Melissa has always had a love for papers and stickers. As a child, she collected piles and piles of Lisa Frank stickers and stationery. The infatuation hasn’t changed much these days! She found her start in scrapbooking in 2005 when she and her husband made a move from Maryland to Florida. The hobby quickly took over their spare bedroom and these days she is honored to design for Lawn Fawn, Elle’s Studio, and Citrus Twist Kits. Her projects have been published in Cards, Create, and Scrapbook Trends magazines. Melissa lives in the beautiful panhandle of Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Her day job consists of working for Escambia County as a Tax Agent. She is married to a great guy named Troy and they have two dogs and a cat. She loves music, cooking, photography, and reading. Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Stalker, NCIS, and The Walking Dead are just a few of the TV shows she enjoys.


 Melissa Mann: The new “Barista” collection by Basic Grey is a gorgeous collection full of dark gray, brown, black, and yellow colors. This collection works beautifully with color photos and black and white photos. I loved how it had the “Barista” theme, but I was able to use this collection to scrap about my pets and random moments of life. This would also be a beautiful collection to use for the upcoming autumn season!


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Thanks for sharing your pets and life with us Melissa. Before you go we have a bakers dozen for you.



Favorite color:  Black

Buttons or brads:  Buttons

Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz:  Dr. Phil

Dots or stripes:  Stripes

Mac or PC:  Mac

Ribbon or twine:  Twine

Ninjas or pirates:  Pirates

Google or Yahoo:  Google

Sweet or salty:  Both together :-)

Chipboard or wood veneer: Chipboard

Mountains or beach:  Mountains

Dog or cat:  Dog

Cake or pie:  Cake


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BG Basics with Kim Price

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Kim Price: Hello everyone. Today I want to share my latest project for BasicGrey – an Autumn Leaf Sampler using the new Barista collection.




I began my creative journey many years ago with cross stitch and embroidery and, with this in mind, I decided to create a sampler piece today reminiscent of this pastime. The result is a unique handmade piece of wall art framed and ready to hang.




  1. Using a ready-to-assemble wooden frame I’ve added a couple of coats of gesso to the backing board in readiness from some base color and allowed it to dry.




2. I then added gesso to the frame, ensuring all the outer edges were sealed with an even coverage – again allowing to dry thoroughly.




3. From Barista Tea patterned paper I’ve cut 5 strips measuring the same width as my frame. Mine measure approximately 1 inch in width, but this will vary according to your frame size. I’ve cut these so that the grain pattern in the paper runs the length of each strip.




4. To attach my paper strips to the frame I have simply applied a coat of matte medium directly onto the frame edges, carefully lining up the paper strips and added another coat of matte medium on top. If your frame is large like mine you may need to piece more paper into the gaps adhering them in place with more medium. I then carefully painted the sides of the frame using a coordinating shade of french grey paint.




5. Add some color to your backing board, again using acrylic paint in a coordinating shade of acrylic paint. I’ve used two coats of eggshell white paint for a nice even coverage. When this had dried I added some stencil detail using Hero Arts Circles and Squares stencil using a small amount of powder paint mixed into some matte medium. Ensure you mix this thoroughly to avoid color streaks in your mixture. Apply your mix through the stencil using a palette knife or an old store card. Carefully remove the stencil when you are finished, washing any excess mixture from your stencil and palette knife.




6. When your stencil design has dried you will end up with a lovely semi-opaque embossed finish.




7. I’ve then gone ahead and cut out 8 leaf images from Barista Espresso patterned paper and arranged them over my embossed background in a grid design. For a dimensional look I’ve mounted each leaf using dimensional foam dots.


Thanks for stopping by!


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