scrapbooking Archives - Joanna Campbell Slan

Crafts to Do When the Weather Outside Is Frightful

By Joanna Campbell Slan Snow, snow, snow. The weather report sounds like a broken record. As I write this, the Boston area is bracing for yet another blizzard-like blast, adding more flakes to the growing mountains of white fluff. Even though I now live in Florida, I remember those winter days “up yonder” when we […]

Excerpt from Handmade, Holiday, Homicide

Book #10 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series   by Joanna Campbell Slan       Chapter 1   People think that being pregnant is all about your growing belly, but the truth is, it also messes with your head. It’s like for every inch my waistband expands, I lose ten points of my IQ. […]

Kit Bashing — A Dollhouse Furniture Bargain

“Kit bashing” is a term miniaturists use, and one that every crafter should get to know. You “bash a kit” when you take creative liberties with a project, putting your own spin on it. I love kit bashing. Curiously, I’ve noticed a big difference between miniaturists and scrapbookers. When I took scrapbook classes, a lot […]

How to Create Inchies — and What to Do With Them When You're Done!

In my newest Kiki Lowenstein short story, she runs short of craft supplies and ideas. But Kiki never fails her customers, so she came up with a wonderful “make and take” project–inchies! Inchies are one inch by one inch pieces of original art. Typically they are collage art, but that’s not always the case. What’s so […]

How to Turn One Plastic Baggy into Three Baggies

Sometimes I don’t want to waste an entire plastic baggy on a small amount of stuff. But I still want to separate out my small crafting items. I’ve learned a simple way to divide one baggy into multiples. Time it takes: Shoot, how do I know? (Okay…) About five minutes or less. Supplies: * “ziplock” […]

A Blast at Bouchercon

I had such a great time at Bouchercon and visiting San Francisco in general. My dear friend Camille Minichino was in charge of the craft rooms at Bouchercon, and she just did a bang up job. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bouchercon, it’s the conference named for Anthony Boucher, and it’s the […]

With Deep Appreciation

Once in a while, someone does something so kind and so unexpected that I just want to dissolve in a puddle of tears. That happened to me last Thursday at the Howard County Library. I was invited to by Jacquelynn Morris to be a part of their “Mysterious Women” Panel discussion. My friend Elaine Viets […]