May Flaum Designs Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:35:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This isn’t what I asked for… Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:21:49 +0000 This is a true, honest story. One that has been about 5 weeks in the making now that I’m ready to share.

I love dogs. Always have, always will.

I believe 100% in rescuing a dog unless you are competing in dog shows and therefore require a dog with a pedigree.

I believe that dogs find me. It has happened like magic each time, and the only times I’ve tried to research, find, or adopt a dog myself it ends in bitter disaster.

So I’m a dog loving girl, a person who had to put her best doggie friend Jake down five years and one month ago after a very sudden and unexpected illness at a young age as well.

I’m a girl without a dog.

A girl who hopes a large, male, adolescent or young adult dog is going to show up some day…


I am not a girl looking for a 3lb female puppy that is maybe 6-8weeks old.

I am also not someone who is going to say no to said tiny abandoned puppy – who was dumped off as unwanted at my husband’s fire station. The guys called around trying to see if someone would take her so they didn’t have to take her to the pound. My girls had just left for camp – I had the house to myself.

Could I just give her a try and maybe a temporary home?

She cried any time I didn’t hold her.

She annoyed the heck out of me and reminded me why I’ve never wanted a young pup.

I refused to give her a name.

I had to sleep on the floor next to the open crate. Take her out constantly.

Did I mention the whining? Or the howling?

I questioned the idea of this. Then I remembered the rule: dogs find me. This one certainly had. I kept at it.


I got and read Caesar Milan’s book on puppy raising. It made everything so simple and clear.

We worked together.

We COULD do this.

The girls came home and sobbed with delight upon discovering that a puppy had moved in. They named her “scrappy”

Also known as scrap-a-licious, scrappy doodle dandy, scrap-a-saurus, scrapeeze, and scrapa-lapa-doo

Then she started to get comfortable. Relax.

Made herself right at home as one of the family and decide sleeping in a crate overnight by herself was no big thing.

Started being great to go on walks with and stopped needing to go potty constantly.


She figured out being a quiet puppy got all of my attention and affection and that whining only got ignored.

Little miss Scrappy found the crack in my armor. Wedged her way in. Made herself one of the family.

Welcome, tiny pup. Who, oh yes, is already more than doubled in size in the almost five weeks that we’ve had her.

No, we don’t know what she is and neither do the vets. We also don’t give a crap- especially since it is impossible to say for sure. She is adorable yes – but I simply don’t care ugly or pretty. I’m all about personality with my dogs. She must have sensed me being less than impressed with her adorable perfection because last week? She managed to break a bone in her leg (by paw) and is on full restriction to laps or in crate.

Let me tell you how much fun THAT is.

Oh, and let me tell you how pain filled it is to return to the place you had to put down the best dog whom ever lived with your new puppy. Painful experience doesn’t begin to describe returning to that hospital.

That’s another story for another place and time.


For now, well, this is me saying that once again I don’t often get what I ask for.

But somehow, by remaining just a bit flexible, I get exactly what I need.

And a reminder that rescue dogs, quite simply, are the best.

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A midsummer’s challenge… Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:00:07 +0000 018

My art journal has become my refuge. my escape. my amazing happy place. If you’re in my Art Journaling class (part of Camp Scrap at you know this. I couldn’t come up with something for this week’s challenge and I thought… I could art journal a quote!


First I colored the whole thing with my blue pencils. Then I added a star stencil, a lady (colored with pencil), some glitter, and some paste.


I love projects like this – simple and fun and I ADORE having quotes and thoughts in my journal to inspire me whenever I need it. Or encourage me – whatever the case may be.


This week we’re all about summer- won’t you join in the creative fun? Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

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Sneak peek: By Design Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:49:23 +0000 024

Hey guys- a quick check in and also a peek at two of the projects from the by design session in Camp Scrap! This session relies on sketches- sort of. You see there are basic designs that I utilize and LOVE, and some that are wonderful but under-utilized. In this class I explore six of these ‘root’ designs and show examples of a single and double page layout as well as a card.


At the end of class there will be a PDF file recapping these designs for easy reference as well. Talk about fun and inspiring – I am totally loving it!


It’s not to late to join in the fun – has all the information, registration, and more. You can sign up for just this session or all four! One note: The “Camp Scrap” registration will be CLOSING AUGUST 8th! After that date, individual sessions will be available for purchase but the $28 for all 4 sessions offering will expire and not be available. So you might wanna join in the fun!

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Speaking of fun – thank you to sponsor Simon Says Stamp! They’ve got a generous give-away as well as a discount code good for all Camp Scrap students right now.

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Challenge: About a face Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:13 +0000 First off – a big shout out and THANK YOU to Simon for being this week’s Camp Scrap sponsor!! Students – be sure to watch for the special discount code as well as your chance to win too! (Not sure what Camp Scrap is or want to join our crafty fun? Info on my class is here)

Now let’s talk about this week’s challenge over at the Monday challenge blog.

50dollar_voucher_600pxThis week we’re all about faces – won’t you join in the creative fun? Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

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I did some stenciling for my background – if you’re in Camp Scrap then you can see the process more exactly as it was in our first “video chat”!


I colored my lady, dyed my doily with distress, then added a few bits and pieces!

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I love the results – and I hope you do too! Love the thoughtful look on her face and next I will try to add a body onto one of these faces for a mixed media piece. It may take some practice!

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Camp Scrap: Mixed Media Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:16:28 +0000 CAMP_home

I’m enjoying my latest live video chat today with my lovely Camp Scrap students, so I thought I would pop in and share a bit about my Mixed Media session!

This session is all about mixing and matching. Using stamping, paper crafting, household items, artist fluid mediums, and so much else onto your projects! I love how simple this is to do, and how many fun things happen when you open up to crafty fun. Each week in this course I am sharing a new project that includes a 1-page PDF file, as well as a full video lesson tutorial.


Here’s a peek of the week two project – which features one of my favorite ways to decorate or alter a frame or mirror! I’ve got some stenciling, card making, and even a new dimensional canvas to add in as well. Substitutions and alterations to the projects are easy (and I give suggestions for this too). Basically? If you want to play with inks, paints, dimensional embellishments, and more then join me in mixed media play!

This course is available as a single course as well as being a part of the full Camp Scrap experience. For more information or to register, click here.

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Five things this Friday: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:15:54 +0000 IMG_3618

1. We should talk about this soon… there’s a (rescued) puppy in my house. I’ve got thoughts to share, just not quite ready to dive into that post so let’s keep this crafty!

2.  Shimelle’s collection is super cute – and hitting stores soon. Want to see it? Check it out here on the AC blog.


3. Simon Says Stamp has a new release today!! I’m loving these new goodies and can’t wait to try them out.


4. Speaking of stamps – in LOVE with these Winnie & Walter stamps!! Not sure how I’ve crafted without them all these years.


5. Still having a blast creating up a storm for Camp Scrap – if you’re in class our next chat is Saturday morning – be sure to pop on by!

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Camp Scrap: Kit-tastic! Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:18:58 +0000 Sorry for all my silence here on the blog – the lovely students of Camp Scrap have been keeping me busy!! In all the best ways, of course. Today I want to take a moment to tell you a bit about one of the “sessions” within Camp Scrap: Kit-tastic.


Each week, I take a kit (mostly pre-made/purchased). This week it happens to be Citrus Twist’s July kit! Then I create with it, sharing video lessons as I walk through using the kit. Sometimes I’ll use more, sometimes I’ll add stuff in. It is all about making it work and challenging myself to do more with whatever happens to be in front of me. The projects are layout-focused… meaning that is my #1 goal: tell my stories. However I will frequently make cards (two this week, three last week!) as I adore making cards with kit pieces that don’t feel layout-y, or perhaps items I don’t foresee using on a layout soon.



This class so far has 10 projects over two weeks, two PDF files, and it will grow with each week and each new lesson. A worksheet and FAQ/getting started PDF file are included and of course access to the live chats, email, message board, and more as well.  Everything is self-paced, and you can work with one kit, just bust out your stash, or get loads of kits going! The Kit course is available as a part of Camp Scrap, or can be purchased as an individual session! To register and get more information, you can check it out here.

The sneak peeks shown here are layouts from the week #2 content, featuring the Citrus Twist July 2014 main kit! THANK YOU to Citrus Twist for sponsoring this week of Camp and sharing such a generous offer to students who wish to subscribe, too!

CT Citrus Twist is a sassy little kit club delivering inspiration to your fingertips! We make your scrapbooking easy and fun. All you need is glue, scissors and a paper trimmer. We will send a wonderful package monthly to your doorstep.

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Challenge: From Scratch Mon, 07 Jul 2014 04:00:39 +0000 Hey guys! I’ve been busy with Camp Scrap but I had to jump in for this week’s challenge and create!

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I went with a card where I colored a stamped image, then added a few festive touches and boom! Christmas in July.


What is from scratch? Well I’m giving my watercolor pencils another go and I started coloring with just the pencils and some water. Then, wanting to add some ‘from scratch’ to my embellishments I painted my metal pieces!


A jump start on the holidays? Not even! It might be July but somehow the holidays always sneak up on me!

50dollar_voucher_600pxWhat will inspire you this week? Join in the creative fun! Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

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Camp Scrap: launch! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:26:26 +0000 CAMP_home

To those who have signed up for this class – thank you! It has been quite the undertaking and with me, myself, and I being the only folks on staff here it has been a wild ride to say the least! I’m excited – so excited – and I can’t wait to interact with you all in class.


The first week’s content is loaded, and students can now access batch #1 of 6. I’m excited to see what everyone makes, what favorites are, and how people are inspired to create. This is a place of no judgment. no falling behind. simply crafty fun.

Speaking of fun… I’ve got some FABULOUS sponsors and each week I will be mentioning a few of them. These companies were all personally invited by me, and I couldn’t feel more blessed that they have supported Camp Scrap with give-aways and some special fun offers for students too. Here are this week’s sponsors – students should pay attention because prizes will be happening!


Elle’s Studio - A pioneer in well designed journaling cards, it is no secret that I love Elle’s Studio! Now with stamps, paper, and more it just keeps getting better.

Pebbles - known for their cute designs that are super colorful and useful, recent collections continue to wow me – so sharing their products with a camper? pure joy!

Evalicious - a long time favorite! From her days of handmade flower button embellishments I’ve been a fan and enjoyed watching this shop grow and evolve.


Now I’m off to party in the first live video chat of class! These are going to be so fun – allowing me to broadcast live from my studio AND answer questions and show examples all at once. Better yet? They’ll be recorded and archived so students who can’t attend will still be able to watch.

With a classroom brimming with inspiration, a message board to chat with fellow students, live broadcasts, and more – I hope you’ll think about joining in the Camp Scrap fun this summer! Registration is still open, you can get more information and sign up at and of course this is self paced so you are able to work at your own speed, and never worry about the classroom closing or being taken away. The inspiration is there to stay.

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Winners, Camp, excitement! Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:18:08 +0000 So much going on here at casa de Flaum… I promise to catch you up real soon. For now, I’m double checking and putting the finishing touches on week #1 of Camp Scrap!!


There are some things you should know about class – so expect a series of posts on Camp Scrap over the net week or so. Oh and side note?  Expect some free Camp content here on my blog too!!

Speaking of free… I’ve got some winners to announce! The winner of the Tim Holtz distress inks AND a spot in Camp Scrap is…

Julie B

Also I picked five commenters to win spots in Camp Scrap as well!! Chosen randomly of course – if you see your name here email me (mflaum AT and let me know that you’ve won a spot in Camp Scrap!!

Marcie Lovett
Velvet Pearson
Patty Cadby

Congrats ladies – and everyone do stay tuned this summer just started to heat up with crafty fun…

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