Junk Journal, Life Changes, Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

Changes

Life is all about changes, isn’t it? Our bodies change, we go through phases, we transition. Life wouldn’t be much of a journey if we didn’t change.  For 13 years I’ve had the privilege & gift of being what I fondly call the nanny-granny to my wonderful grandson. Living with my daughter & this remarkable young man has brought a plethora of emotions & the reality that sometimes a mom & her daughter butt heads, don’t agree & always find a way back into the heart of each other. If someone asked me, “What do you do?” My first response, “I’m a mom & mimi (mimi = grandma).  Things are about to change in a big way!

I am proud of my daughter & son, both are type A personalities, go getters who get things done. As the nanny granny I took care of the little man while  his mama worked hard to carve out a career in marketing. The time has come when he doesn’t need a nanny granny anymore & his mom is taking a huge step in her life…they are moving & I will physically stay where I am.  With this change in my life comes an absolute….Studio on the Corner must become a thriving, successful business. It’s what I want, it’s what I need, it is my heart’s desire. No longer can I say I am mom & mimi, even though I am, no I must now declare myself a business owner & digital designer. When someone asks, What do you? The answer must be concise & on point:

Elevator speech copyIt’s not a perfect elevator speech & I want people to know that I put my customers first, always & forever. Studio on the Corner wants to make your life a bit easier & more lovely in small, perhaps not so important ways. However, if you’ve ever been pressed for time & need something like a gift tag now, it’s nice to know that within a few minutes you can purchase, download, print….stress level lowered.

So as I maneuver through this big change, momentous-for-me transition I hope you won’t mind that I use this platform as something of a sound board.  I gotta say, this will not be easy for a 60 something woman, but I’m willing to share this journey into the next phase of my life. Come join me ‘cuz sometimes I know I’ll need a shoulder to cry on, a bit of a confidence boost & someone to listen & who knows, it may help you too if you are facing a change in your life.

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Yep, come June it’s gonna be just my little friend, Winston, the mini poodle, & me.  Oh & I can’t forget the aging grand dame, Miss Adventure.

The Studio on the Corner has been busy with a folder full of works in progress. Adorable papers extracted from a charming book all in soft green-blue color….think pale teal will be listed soon. The papers will eventually be joined by images to create wall prints for the home focusing on the rooms of children. There will be much more about the wall art later.

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The Flower Gathering junk journal kit is going to become a Mother’s Day bundle at a reduced price for the occasion. It’s a perfect bundle for moms & grandmas who love to create art&/or junk journals & smash books. Included in the kit are papers, tags, pockets, journal cards, & word art. All ready to be printed & cut to become part of an artful, old-time journal. Wondering how to give such a gift? How about placing all the folders & files on to a CD or DVD. You’ll have something to wrap.  Don’t forget a gift tag!

There’s so much more, but that’s enough for this lovely Friday in April. the countdown has begun here with less than two weeks to England! I’m so excited, but there’s much to do.

Have a grand day!

Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

Yesterday’s Child, a Dream

Do you mind if I do a bit of a free thought writing? I’m thinking about opening another Etsy shop. Creating something new from old, often long-forgotten images brings me contentment & joy. I don’t know why exactly, but it does. Getting back to Etsy shops…Studio on the Corner leans toward more adult type images & themes, which I truly enjoy, but I have hundreds of child-like images just waiting in the wings to be called on to the stage. From old books in my possession to found images there are the sweetest, funniest images imaginable.

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That’s how many images sit waiting to be used within the folder marked CHILDREN!

There are silly images

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A frog driving a frog car!

There are classic images…

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Yes, Beatrix Potter’s original images are now in the public domain so it’s ok if Mrs. Tiggy Winkle holds court on a tag or card.

A few sad images are in the folder…

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Poor little dog with his feet chewed up.

Fantastical images…

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Where the salt & pepper shakers are children!

Images for boys….

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And images of girls..

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And I haven’t begun to tell you about the books on my shelves filled with wonderful pictures just waiting to be scanned in & added to my precious collection. Sooo….what to do?

You may notice all these images have something in common. You’ll find no Disney characters or the crazy storylines of precocious kids. These are images that yesterday’s child read about in books & very old magazines, the first of their kind for wee readers. I wonder if any of this would even appeal to today’s very busy, techno savvy child? Is there a place for quiet moments with simple lined images, soft from age colors, & the simpler things life has to offer? I just don’t know.

I do know that if I decide to open a second shop, I’ll do it differently. The shop will have a nice selection of printables including greeting cards, gift tags, prints to frame, party elements & decor before turning on the light. I also know that this will not happen before heading to England in May or in the next couple months. This will take some time, if it happens at all.  I’d love go hear your input, ideas, or maybe just something you’d like to see in a vintage shop geared toward children.

If & when Yesterday’s Child becomes a reality, you’ll be one of the first to know!

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A few new listings are in Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop.  The three listings, papers, recipe cards, & tabbed dividers for recipe boxes are all about French Country or Provencal inspired with colorful roosters & bits & pieces of French ephemera & iconic images like sunflowers & fleur de lis. Stop in & take a peek.

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Take a closer at the recipe cards, tabbed dividers, & also papers at the following links:

Maison de Ferme Papers

Maison de Ferme Tabbed Dividers

Maison de Ferme Recipe Cards 

Have a fantastic weekend & may you have sunny skies & no snow!

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Freebies, tutorials

Step by Step: Adding Text at befunky.com

The first of several tutorials is ready to share! Just a word about befunky.com. One day my sister called to ask me if I knew that PicMonkey was no longer free… I didn’t. She also wanted to know if I knew of another site like PicMonkey…  I didn’t. So I set about to find a new free photo/design editor online…I did. I really like befunky, in fact, I think I like it more than I did PicMonkey.  Also, using Adobe Reader for adding text can be a bit of a challenge at times so why not simplify & go the befunky route?

You have a couple options for this tutorial.  You can download the PDF tutorial or read it & follow it from SotC blog.  So if you’re game to give befunky a try on printables like tags, labels, recipe cards, greeting cards, just follow the Step by Step tutorial.

Click HERE to be whisked off to befunky.com

Download the Step by Step PDF tutorial, Adding Text at befunky.com  HERE

OR….. just use the tutorial below.

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