Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Holidays

Thanks to another very lovely etsy customer, I had the opportunity to create my very first Christmas Album...I can't wait to create more next year!
This one is covered in a deep red dupioni silk and a brown/gold silk cut velvet damask.
I'm thinking vintage Santa/Christmas for next year!
Wishing everyone cherished holiday memories....and a wonderful place to store them :)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Ooh La La

I just couldn't pass up this vintage french poodle fabric salvaged from an old curtain panel

It's just so bizarre and WONDERFUL!

...and of course, I knew right away, there was a new album design in my future!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Wedding Albums

Here are a few more wedding guest books I've recently had the opportunity to create!

covered in a pink dupioni silk and paired with a brown silk cut velvet damask
covered in Amy Butler's Nigella Wild Fern in Ivory and paired with a solid brown
Covered in a blue and brown damask and paired with a solid brown

Covered in an ivory dupioni silk and paired with an embroidered burgundy

Nicole in Gold
Fleur de lis pattern in ivory and gold and paired with an ivory dupioni silk

Monday, October 19, 2009

Wedding Accessories

It seems my customers are always keep me from becoming stagnant, even if I try! Many thanks to all of these wonderful customers and their great ideas!

After several requests for wedding accessories, I've finally started a new line of wedding sets. Guest book pens, ring bearer pillows, flower girl baskets, and garter sets are all new items I can create to coordinate with your wedding colors/style. Just as with my guest books and albums, there is no limit to customizing. Choose any fabrics and ribbon or even coordinate them with your guest book!
Check out the details at my new web site

Monday, September 14, 2009

Albums Aside

Next to albums, decorating is my next favorite hobby, especially my kids' rooms! When it comes to their rooms, they seem to change faster than my kids. I'm really excited about a much needed new web site created by a fellow flickr fan and even more excited that she so kindly featured my Jungle Room mural I painted two themes ago!

Her web site is dedicated to "cool kids' rooms" I only wish I had this site to look at for great ideas five themes ago!

So...looking for fun kid room ideas? Check out her website here and while you're there, take a peek at my 'Jungle Room'

Monday, September 7, 2009

Out of My Element

Feeling a little frazzled and out of my element this past week!
The good news is... I have a new web site up and running...still couldn't tell you how it happened!

I have a whole new appreciation for web designers!!

Stop by here and check it out!

Monday, August 31, 2009

New Wedding Albums

Just a few more custom wedding albums/guest books for more wonderful etsy customers! Does anyone else love etsy as much as I do?!!

Amanda's Sage and Butter Yellow wedding is so beautifully classic for a spring wedding

Lesley's color combination makes me feel like I've had a refreshing drink of lemonade...just as she described! Definitely one of my favs!

I love Johanna's cool crisp version of fall

......and oh my goodness Audrey! I can't get over this striking color combination, I wish I could do my wedding over again just to have these colors!!

I just can't get over how much I enjoy working with the brides on these guest books...custom handcrafted work has such a wonderful way of bringing individuality and working relationships back into the product!

Check out my etsy shop for more custom albums and guest books

Friday, August 7, 2009

Custom Damask Wedding Guest Books

I'm now offering custom damask wedding albums/guest books in my etsy shop. For a simple and classic look, combine any style black and white damask with your wedding colors.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Fall Already?

In the custom order world, fall is closer than it seems! Here is a fall album I had the opportunity to create for another wonderful etsy customer.

This guest book has a brown silk with damask cut velvet pattern placed over an orange dupioni silk. To top off the fall colors of this album, it displays a simple orange satin ribbon on the front and is bound together with a reddish brown organza ribbon. The personalized monogram on the front has a watermarked lily in the background and is printed on a combination of shimmery fall colored cardstocks.

I love the texture and colors of this album, pictures just don't seem to do it justice. I can't wait to see what other custom orders fall weddings will bring.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Boys are fun too!

As much fun as I have with the girly albums, I'd have to say boys are pretty fun too! Here is an album for a little boy that I had a blast creating!

I just love this 'disco dot' print by Michael Miller chosen by an etsy customer!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Finally Girly

As the mother of three boys...very sweet little guys, but definitely boys....I'm so excited that I'm going to have another niece!
When I discovered the room would be done in 'raspberry swirl' the instant excitment I felt made me realize I'm a little more girly than I had thought! So needless to say, the girlyness within me couldn't help but escape into another photo album.
This one is for a very special little girl!

Thursday, June 4, 2009


The anticipation of Summer has led to some really fun custom orders!
This guest book is for an etsy customer who sent me her fabric used for handmade napkins at a Vintage Fourth of July BBQ themed wedding!

This idea has inspired me to create new curtains for my 50's kitchen, I LOVE it!

I also want to have another baby in hopes it's a girl just so I can copy this etsy customer's choice of colors in her baby girl's room....well maybe not that bad, but it is pretty fantastic!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Kate and Piper

I'm loving all the sunlight we've been getting in the Northwest!
The kids are burning their energy outside, not to mention the wonderful lighting for photos!
Kate and Piper are two of my favorite albums and winter lighting served them such injustice. Along with Spring, Piper and Kate have a new beginning to show their true colors.
Kate is covered in Amy Butler Belle and green polka dot fabric.

Piper is covered in a green dupioni silk and Anna Maria Horner Drawing Room Fabric
Still trying to get the hang of photography, and loving happy accidents like this Piper photo!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Asian Garden Party

Here is the newest custom Wedding Album created for an etsy customer having an "Asian Garden Party" themed wedding. I absolutely LOVE the colors she chose for her wedding and had so much fun with this one!

This one is covered in a Apple Martini dupioni silk and purple sheer with tangerine flower print placed over a deep purple taffeta.

Of course, the perfect place to photograph this album....the Japanese Garden right here in Spokane!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wall Art

The newest addition to CreativelyKEPT....wall art! I have so much fun decorating children's rooms and decided to create fun, unique, and inexpensive art perfect for hanging flush on the wall or placing on a shelf. These 12x12 light weight pieces showcase hand painted silhouettes on fabrics that have been treated with a sealer to give a canvas feel and protect them from dust or sticky little fingers!

The back of the wall hangings have been finished with a ribbon tape. To display, simply place two nails or screws level into the wall and hang picture directly on its frame or place on a shelf. Together, these make a great pair!

Have a custom idea for your child's room or want to purchase these? Visit my etsy shop!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Custom Albums

I've been having a blast since wedding season has arrived!
Here are two custom wedding albums I've had the opportunity to create.
A very sweet etsy customer sent me her beautifully chosen fabric that I paired with a dupioni silk and custom monogram.
Working from a description of wedding colors, I created this album using a golden beige silk taffeta and ivory embroidered sheer placed over a dupioni silk.
I think designing these custom monograms may be my favorite part of wedding season!
Thank you to these two wonderful etsy customers for giving me the opportunity to create their one of a kind albums!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Guest Books

In honor of wedding season, I'm now offering Guest Books.
Guest books come in size 11x7 with blank or lined pages or any combination of both!
Make your guest book a photo album too!
Place pictures of the bride and groom as kids/teenagers or engagement photos of life together alongside guest signatures. It makes the book more fun to look at later for you and your guests at your wedding!
......or capture your day by having guests sign their name next to their picture!
Have specific wedding colors in mind? I make custom albums too!

Friday, April 24, 2009


Another new book in my etsy shop!
...........I seem to have a thing with pink and green!

Bella is covered with designer Amy Butler’s fabulous Wildflower and green polka dot fabrics.

~Carefully handmade from scratch~Book measures 11 x 7 (w x h) with 1 1/2" spine~Page display measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/2"~Ribbon Bound~Heavy weight, archival quality, acid free card stock and Binders Board ~Fabric protector~Amy Butler's Belle and green polka dot fabric ~25 sheets(50 pages), each hinged with satin tape to fully open for display ~Built in page spacers to prevent stress to the spine when filled with photos ~Photo corners ~Coordinating tag with book description

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tip Junkie

I was so excited to see that my painted headboards were featured on Tip Junkie today!
Want to do this yourself but not sure where to start? I've had so much interest in these headboards, I'm currently working on a wall stencil that I hope to have available in my etsy shop soon!

If you haven't visited Tip Junkie before, stop over and check out some of the other fun and creative ideas submitted by some very talented ladies!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Sadie is a new Album in my esty shop!
She would make a lovely Mother's Day Gift!

Thanks for taking the time to give Sadie the attention she has so desperately wanted!
Sadie is normally a little shy, but she insisted I help her show her more playful side this time.
“I want bright, and I want to stand out!!” she begged in a fashion that is quite unusual for her.
“I’m happy to oblige,” I responded understanding no one likes to be overlooked, “but I do need to make sure you still have the basics.”
~Carefully handmade from scratch
~Book measures 11 x 7 (w x h) with 1 1/2" spine
~Page display measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/2"
~Ribbon Bound
~Heavy weight, archival quality, acid free cardstock and Binders Board ~Fabric protector
~Amy Butler fabric
~25 sheets(50 pages), each hinged with satin tape to fully open for display ~Built in page spacers to prevent stress to the spine when filled with photos
~Photo corners
~Coordinating tag with book description

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Check out Sammy...the newest album in my etsy shop!
Need a baby shower gift? Sammy's perfect for a girl or a boy!

“A girl or a boy?” I asked the happy little giraffe on the front.
“What do you mean?” Sammy looked back at me quizzically.
“Are you for a girl or boy?” I asked having a hard time telling what exactly Sammy was for.
“Both!” Sammy responded with a tone that seemed a little offended. “My name is Sammy after all!”
“I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to offend you” I quickly stated with an apologetic tone “It’s what’s on the inside that that really matters anyway” I added trying to make up for my previous faux pas.

~Carefully handmade from scratch~Book measures 11 x 7 (w x h) with 1 1/2" spine~Page display measures 8 1/4" x 6 1/2"~Ribbon Bound~Heavy weight, archival quality, acid free cardstock and Binders Board ~Fabric protector~Carters “Animal” blanket~25 sheets(50 pages), each hinged with satin tape to fully open for display ~Built in page spacers to prevent stress to the spine when filled with photos ~Photo corners ~Coordinating tag with book description

Sunday, April 5, 2009

WSU Craft Fair

The Fair went well....a great learning experience!

Best of all, I had so much fun sharing the experience with Lacey from strawberrypearl!

The most important thing I learned, I have the best, most supportive family and friends in the world

My very talented mom, owner of Sycamore Shades, made this apron for me to wear at the fair...beaded pocket, handmade ribbon flower, and all! If you think this is great, you should see her lampshades! Check them out in downtown Spokane at Revival Lighting or in LaConner, WA near Seattle at Mary Davis Lighting.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Here's a peek at one of my new books soon to be on etsy!
Come see him at the WSU Craft Fair or look for him in my etsy shop soon!

Thanks for noticing my new little friend!

Just as I was adding the last finishing touch of blue ribbon, a little robot rolled right out front and center on this book. He might have gone unnoticed if it weren’t for the little dog tagging along that loves to bark!

“What are you doing here?” I asked surprised at the sheer blissfulness at which he seemed to do everything.
“My name is Bertie, and I’m just rolling through” he said with great delight. His joy seemed to be contagious, and I could tell he must really be someone that is fun to have for company.
“Would you stay longer?” I asked, “After all, it is very plain and boring when you’re not around.”
“I would love to stay!!” he was excited at the chance to do something new, “but what will I do?”
“You just roll around and play with your little dog, and I can do the rest!” I answered so excited he accepted my invitation.

The Rest:
~heavy weight, acid free cardstock and Binders Board
~fabric protector
~25 sheets (50 pages), each hinged with satin tape and page spacers
~Photo corners