Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012



I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Don't forget to enjoy the small things in life and the free things. See ya'll next time.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mixed Media

artistic media, as pen and ink, chalk, and graphite, used incombination: an old master drawing in mixed media.

Here is a quick example of a painting by Marion Smith.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Printable Scrapbook Product!

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Marion Smith in Arlington Tx

GASC Arlington, TX

Arlington TX

May 31- June 2, 2012

Greetings, fellow scrappers!

Are you ready to learn the newest techniques from the pros, supercharge your creative batteries and get inspired by the collective enthusiasm of thousands of other crafters?
We’ve designed The Great American Scrapbook Convention just for you—the dedicated scrapbooker! Take a little time for yourself—immerse yourself in the hobby you love for one day or sign up for a 72-hour scrapbooking extravaganza! You're sure to return home inspired and bursting with creativity!

Scrapbooking meets Mixed Media at 2012 GASC!

Mixed Media brings a new light to scrapbooking. From putting your layouts on canvas to photoless layouts, it's time to mix things up a bit! Quinn McDonald, Jennifer Priest, Melanie Testa, and Traci Bautista are the instructors in our exciting new Mixed Media Education Track. Don't forget there will also be an exclusive Mixed Media section on the show floor, next to the VIP Pavilion. Get some insight on mixed media here.

Jump start your GASC experience!

Make 'N Take'athon is back! This is your chance to scrap up some make-n-takes the night before the convention opens. It's a great opportunity, especially if you're coming in early from out-of-town. Don’t miss out on this experience!

The VIP Pavilion is where it's at!

Here’s your chance to catch a glimpse of multiple exhibitors and view the hottest products on the market right on the showroom floor! Book signings, exhibitor spotlights and more will fill the Pavilion so make this a must stop on your marketplace list!

Paintable Layouts $40

Sponsor Company: 
Prima Marketing, Inc
Workshop Instructor:
Marion Smith, Prima Marketing Inc.

Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Focus of Workshop:  Techniques
Class Duration:  2 hours
Room:  Salon A

Class Description
Get ready for a crash course it watercolor painting Marion Smith's most popular workshop will get your creative juices flowing, in this workshop you'll learn various watercolor painting techniques using Prima's awesome paintables! We're not only painting on paper though, we're also going to customize our Prima flowers and make some one of a kind layouts!

Materials you should bring: 
Basic Supplies, a bottle of water half full, couple of paper towels, #6 round paintbrush, wet adhesive, scissors, heat tools (optional)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Good Morning All, This morning Beckam an I woke up before everyone as usual so I thought to myself why not do a quick video with him. This actually helped me because he was starting to get fussy. Here is a quick video showing the mini idea board I created for the Artsy Addicts Blog on Wednesday. This project was so fun and very easy. I would say this project is beginner level so have fun with this one with frieds and family next time they are over. I plan on doing these for the family and give them to the as gifts. Frugal gift giving is what I am all about. Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoyed!

http://weareartsyaddicts.blogspot.com/ Blog


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

5 Step mini Idea Board! 

Step 1. Start with a blank wooden frame from your local Micheals craft store.

Step 2. Paint the wooden frame inside and out with an acrylic paint such as Deco Art.

Step 3.    I picked some designed paper to glue to the background of my wooden frame. I chose                  to use the Planes, Trains, and Automobile collection from marionsmithdesigns.com. You can use any paper you prefer.

Here is the board that I glued the paper down on. I used Helmar glue.

I cut up the paper to fit the board the properly. You can also tear the paper to get a more distressed look. Remember to always listen to music you enjoy when creating as you can see I have my Ipad2 on the table with Pandora music playing.

All the paper is glued down. Now I just glued all of my newspaper clipping from the paper collection I downloaded.

Step 4. Embellish the frame. I used some epoxy resin to adhere the clips to the frame. 


Step 5. Now you can pin up ideas that you have to your new mini idea board. When you have some creativity blocks come up remember to refer back to your board for ideas to push you through. As always have fun crafting and enjoy all your ideas. 

Garett Smith

Monday, May 14, 2012

Today I just wanted to showcase a project that caught my eye. I was helping Marion Smith in our Scraproom Art Studio and I came across this decorated spool and was really inspired. I remember when Marion was messing around with this idea and I was absolutely pleased with the turnout. Maybe I can get her to do a tutorial on the decorating of this hand-crafted spool.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Thanks mothers for all that you do. 

Here is my to do list for today.

1. Let you sleep in.

2. Make breakfast for the kids while you enjoy your coffee.

3. Put Band-aids on scratches and kiss boo-boos.

4. Clean the house top to bottom while you watch your favorite shows on TV. You know the one you record but never find the time to watch.

5. Give Marion a full body massage and I promise I will do your feet. LOL

6. Tell you how much I love you and that you are the worlds best mother to my kids and when I am a baby myself as well.

7. Make dinner and dessert and you can go to bed whenever you wish I will tuck the kids in tonight. 

I love you Marion.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Hello blog! Is scrapbooking just for women? Of course not I find creating very stimulating to my mind and calming at the same time. The best thing about it is my wife Marion Smith enjoys crafting with me. She has inspired me so much throughout the years. The most important thing that she has taught me is to follow my dreams after all they are your dreams. I believe that scrapbooking can also be done as a whole family. Some of our best memories are when we are just going through old photos and placing them in mini- albums that we made together. Next time you have the chance to sit down with family and friends enjoy the company and enjoy scrapbooking!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Quick Tip and Technique of the Day!

Easily dress up your mini-album with metal.

Tools and supplies required:
jump rings
bottle cap metal trinkets
Tim Holtz Swivel clasps
Vintaj bare brass circle

This project was inspired by a charm bracelet that I saw in my wife's jewelry box. The idea is you can add to this chain when you discover or collect things you find along the way. I love IBC Root Beer it reminds me of when I was a child and played little league. I would always have a Root Bear after our games so I put a bottle cap on the end of the chain. The Vintage Trinket Birdhouse represents my beautiful wife who inspires and motivates me in everything I do. The measuring tape charm represents how much our family has grown and the five is for how many family members we have. 

Here is a video that shows how I put this project together enjoy!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Top 5 reasons to try Digital Scrapbooking!

     I must admit the first time I heard of digital scrapbooking I wasn't quite sure what to think about it. The first Question I asked myself was "Will the picture quality be as good as patterned paper you buy from craft store?" The answer was heck yes it does! I use a  HP Laser Jet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer and it works brilliantly and can be found at any of your local office supply store. Alright so now let's get into the top five reasons to try Digital Scrapbooking.

Reason #1

You can download patterned paper designs instantly to your computer and print your paper on demand.

Reason #2

Once you download the patterned paper you will have access to the design as many times as your heart desires. This means if you mess up at any time on a piece of paper no worries just print another one.

Reason #3

You can print patterned paper or template any size you want depending on your project. For example if you want to print a 12"x12" paper for a layout or a 6"x6" paper for a mini-album all you do is simply change the settings on your printer. Super easy!

Reason #4

Forget all those paper racks! You can easily store your images on a thumb-drive.

Reason #5

Easily print images on different types of media such as canvas, card stock, vellum, transparency, kraft, iron-on, emulsion film, and more.

Here are a few projects that have been made using downloadable digital scrapbook products. Give it a try and see what you think.       

Find the templates used here. http://www.marionsmithdesigns.com/garett-smith-designs.html?SID=675a78ae3dab7c7c118c80bb9404eed2


Friday, April 20, 2012

First things first!

Hello Everyone I would like to start this blog out by introducing myself. My name is Garett Smith and I am a husband to Marion Smith and father to three amazing children. Our family loves to make art and be crazy most of the time. I really wanted to create this blog to record my journey as I grow into an artist of scrapbooking,  painting, altering furniture, and more than anything just having a blast living life. Join me in this adventure of building friendship and ideas that impact us in a positive way. Have an awesome weekend!