Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

Taylored expressions

April 24

Faber-Castell Blog: http://designmemorycraft.typepad.com/

Sankari Wegman: http://sunnysankari.blogspot.com/

Mou Shaha:  http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/

Cassie Trask: http://cassietrstamping.blogspot.com/

Rita Barakat: http://ritabarakat.com/2014/04/24/blog-hop-with-faber-castell-design-memory-craft-and-taylored-expressions/  

Keia Shipp-Smith: http://www.confessionsofapaperholic.blogspot.com/

Taylored Expressions Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/


April 25

Taylored Expressions Blog: http://tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/

Jen Matott: http://arttalk-sigmagirl.blogspot.com/ 

Courtney Kelley: http://courtneykelley.typepad.com/

Limor Webber: http://www.limorwebber.com/blog

Amy Crockett: http://www.scrappingmommy.com/

Tiffany Johnson: http://iheartartblog.com/ 

Emily Lanham: http://createserendipity.blogspot.com/

Faber-Castell Blog: http://designmemorycraft.typepad.com/


Giveaway Details:

Simply comment on any (or all!) of our Blog Hop posts from April 24-April 25. For each comment, you will be entered into a drawing to win one of two fabulous prizes: One lucky winner will receive a $75 Faber-Castell prize pack of Gesso, Glaze, Gel Medium, and 10 new Gelatos Double Scoops and one lucky winner will receive a Taylored Expressions stamp set and die of choice! Comments close Sunday, April 27 at 8pm PST. 

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Chalk Board Paint Crazy!

jan 2014 007100   Oh yeah so by now you have seen that Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® carries Chalk Board paint in the Textural Accents collection! Let me tell what I love about it! 1. No odor! It doesn't have an offensive smell smell like some paints do. 2. Good coverage!  I did not have to prime the shiny surface, the paint grabbed on! 3. It's fun!!! I love Chalk Board paint! I think I may have gone Chalk Board Paint Crazy! Things to remember... 

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You may have noticed that it's been hard to connect to our blog for a couple of days now.  Unfortunately Typepad was undergoing a DDos attack by hackers, so our connection remained spotty for a while.  

So what's a DDos attack?  Here's a quote from TechCrunch.com that explains it well-

"Though Typepad has not yet publicly shared much information about its attackers, the typical scenario involves an attacker knocking the victim’s site offline using a flood of traffic, then refusing to stop the barrage until the victim company pays a small amount of “ransom.” The initial amount is usually fairly insignificant, but once the victim agrees, it tends to go up, as they’ve now confirmed themselves as an easy mark."

It appears fixed (for now), but hopefully things will be back up and running soon.  We apologize to everyone for any inconvenience this has caused!  

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Guest Design Team Call


Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft is looking for talented designers for our Guest Design Team (June 2014-September 2014). 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft is a leading manufacturer specializing in high quality art supplies including pens, color pencils and watercolor pencils for art, crafts, scrapbooking and papercrafting. 

Our Mix & Match concept is centered on color coordinated palettes and mediums that are designed to make medium and color coordination a cinch for crafters. 

We are looking for talented designers to help promote our brand for design, memory and papercraft applications from June 2014-September 2014.  The successful applicant will need to work well with deadlines and consistently produce projects of high standard. 

As part of the Design Memory Craft Guest Design Team you will:

  • Receive a surplus amount of Design Memory Craft products including the new products
  • Have the opportunity to be featured regularly on the redesigned Design Memory Craft blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
  • We may also approach you about buying the original piece for tradeshow use.


  • Create a card, layout, or a mixed media project to post on the Design Memory Craft blog. 
  • Maintain your blog and link to Design Memory Craft’s website/blog.
  • Follow the guidelines provided by Design Memory Craft

Please send us the following information by May 9, 2pm EST via email to [email protected] with ‘Design Team Application’ in the subject line.

***Please note that late submissions will not be accepted***.

  1. Name, address and e-mail address.
  2. Short biography
  3. Links to your blog
  4. 1 project with step by step directions. *please note- your personality is important to us.  Show us who you are!  You can also use old posts here. 
  5. Finally…like/follow us on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter!

The Guest Design Team will be announced on May 15, 2014. 

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Sketchbook Project 2014


Jen here with another peek into my Sketchbook Project journal!  I wanted to show you the inside front page today.  I wanted to see some journaling through the window in the front cover.  I decided to journal in a "circle" since that was the overarching theme of my journal (I have a love of circles...).

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A quick art journal cover tutorial


Hello everyone! It's Nadia here again with you today. I wanted to show you a quick way I altered my Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Mixed Media Journal

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Sketching on the go with Mou

Hi everyone, Mou here with today's post! In keeping with the creative-on-the-go theme from my April Take The Challenge, I'm going to share with you some more pages from my vacation sketchbook. This is more for inspiration than to teach any particular technique other than observing your surroundings. Each of these sketches are created with 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils 

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Deluxe Waterbrush



These were done in Labadee, Haiti.


This was near Jamaica.


This was Cozumel. There were several Catamarans that took cruisers to their shore excursions. The one my family took to snorkel the coral reef was called Fury.


Saw this butterfly on a plant where we shopped in Cozumel.

Now, I could go back in and add journaling to these sketches and make it a visual journal of my vacation. I like to scrapbook my vacations, but working on sketchbooks like this one is definitely more fun! How about you?

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Take the Challenge with Mou - April winners

Thanks to everyone who took this challenge and played along with me 

Drumrolls please...

I drew this lighttower when i was on a holiday at my parents house. They live on an island!


Posted by: Elly | 04/07/2014 at 07:29 AM


I often get most my scrappy time on the go, whether at the cottage or at a crop. Here I got to play with my new Stamper's Big Brushes that I picked up on my travels.


Thanks for the interesting challenge!:)

Posted by: Cassandra | 04/13/2014 at 11:55 PM

Elly and Cassandra, CONGRATS! Please get in touch with Naoko for your prizes. Email her [[email protected]] with April Take the Challenge winners on the subject line.

Will see you all next month with another creative challenge :)

Art Journaling with Die Cuts



Hi everyone! Jill Foster  here and today I’m adding lots of texture and dimension to my art journal using die cuts.

I’ve created three art journal pages following these steps:

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Sketchbook Project 2014 with Jen Matott


Every year I create a journal for the Sketchbook Project from the Brooklyn Art Library.  It's a traveling art show of art journals!   You can choose your own theme based on a variety of starting topics they give you.  Mine was based on "Borders and Lines" but I decided to title it "In Certain Circles..."  This is the cover of the book. 

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MIX & MATCH from Faber-Castell makes designing with COLOR simple. Choose a color set that inspires you. Choose a medium. Mix & Match as you create. Color coordinated palettes give you the freedom to design your project knowing the colors & mediums will work beautifully together.

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  • Dana on Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

    Yay! A new blog hop and I love it! Things to learn and be inspired from and great prizes on top of that. Thank you!

  • Jennifer Essad on Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

    it's awesome seeing so many creative processes - thank you

  • Cathy K. on Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

    Thanks for the blog hop. Just started using the Gelato's and I'm looking to get inspired!

  • Beverley Leeson on Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

    Just LOVE Faber Castell Products Esp. The Gelato's So know Already that this is going to Be an Amazing Blog Hop.I have Seen 100's of Beautiful Products with these Amazing Gelatos, but, would you believe that I am Yet to Even hold one in My Own Hands. Thanks for the Addition of another Great Product to your Already Plentiful and Stunning Range. Many Thanks. Beverley Leeson.....

  • Dawn Meade on Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

    I am excited to be inspired in this blog hop. Thank you!

  • TracyM #6773 on Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

    STRANGE things are still happening for me with the blog ... I did leave a comment yesterday, not sure where it disappeared to, thought there was a project linked from Mou with it too ...

    Anyway, gremlins aside, I've hopped through all the blogs and arrive back here TOTALLY INSPIRED - LOVE when you play with Taylored Expressions!!!

    => THANK YOU for sharing the CREATIVE INSPIRATION and the chance to win some CRAFTY AWESOMENESS :)

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