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About Me….

Welcome to my little corner of the digital world…

Come on in, pull up a chair.

you were at my house, I’d offer you a cup of coffee or a glass of wine,
but since we’re  meeting across the ones and zeros of the digital
world, I’ll simply say hello!


A little about me

My name is Nancie.
I am happiest when I’m creating — whether it’s designing a scrapbook
paper or fabric, making a digital collage or a paper arts project,
taking a photo or cooking a favorite recipe.

This is my place to share my creations with you in hopes
that they will inspire you in some way and fuel a project that
are working on.

I am a stay-at-home mom to my daughter Ellie. I have an incredibly understanding husband named John,
who also happens to keep me in stitches on a daily basis. We have alot
of fun. We have two dogs — an insanely crazy yellow lab named Genevieve and a little Welsh Pembrooke Corgi named Sonny. We also have an orange cat named Fuzzy who is really sweet and a great mouser.

a family, , we love to go “camping” in our 30 foot motor home of which I
am the driver  :). We also like to bike, hike, watch TV, go to the
movies and on Saturdays you’ll find us at Leo Coney Island ordering greek salads.

love to read books of all kinds but particularly enjoy mysteries and
romance.  I run and lift weights to stay in shape and I love to cook.
Recently, I’ve gone gluten-free (to try and clear up my psoriasis),
so you may see me sharing some of the recipes I discover along the way
here. Gluten and casein allergies are on the rise and as I’m learning
are at the heart of many illnesses.

For the past five years, I owned ScrapArtist.com,
a digital scrapbooking website. Running it took time away from my
designing and so in September of 2010, we closed down. I have so many
great memories of ScrapArtist and all the wonderful friends I made along
the way.

I hope you enjoy your time here on my blog and that it inspires you in some way.

I’d love to hear from you and how you create… drop me a line anytime at nrjanitz@mac.com


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stay tuned.

{shop coming soon}

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One Year…


It was one year ago today that I lost my dad Ray…I was on a flight back from California where I was visiting my sister and he went to Kroger to go grocery shopping for Ellie and I to visit the next day. They think he had a stroke in the parking lot and flipped his car over. He was still alive at the scene but when he got to the hospital they had to give him lots of meds to keep his blood pressure up and the swelling in his brain was so bad that the doctors determined him to be brain-dead. He was on a breathing tube.

I got the call from my sister when my plane landed in Detroit. I left my luggage at the airport and headed to the hospital. My dad's body was there but he was no where in there…. he was already gone. I told him it was okay if he wanted to leave… he lead such a great life and at the age of 93 (he would have been 94 the next month) he was still getting around, grocery shopping and living the life he wanted.

My dad wasn't religious, in the traditional sense. In fact, he declared he was agnostic. But the lessons I learned from Ray, especially late in his life, were many and he lived his life in a more "Christian" way than most Christians I know.

He made me laugh, he made me smile, he would give you the shirt off his back or his last 5 bucks even if he just met you, he loved babies (especially his grand-babies), he did the USA Today crossword every day, he was practically a vegetarian – eating mostly pasta and beans, he loved chips (Sour cream was his favorite) and ice cream, he served in WWII and fought the Germans, he used to play violin in church when he was a little boy, he grew up in Detroit, he was married twice, he had four children and two grandchildren and one great-grandson and he taught me how to love and how to keep your promise and how to be a parent.

He was my best friend.


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They've created such a gorgeous kit for June! Not only is Summer Meadows created (along with the Songbird designers) by one of my favorite designers, Zoe Pearn, but the proceeds are going toward The National Psoriasis Foundation, a charity close to me and my heart. I've been suffering from this horrible disease since the birth of my daughter in 1999.

I just love the colors and textures and designs of this kit… it's just gorgeous!

Congrats to Zoe and the Songbird team on such a great job!!


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via www.scrapartist.com

Testing out a new feature on Typepad called "Blog It"…which lets you blog anything (share) from web to your blog.

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I have become obsessed lately with fabric. It seems irrational as I am not, nor have I ever been, a seamstress. Sure I made a few Halloween costumes and the requisite school play costume  but the results were well, borderline acceptable. One Halloween when she was 2, instead of a Hershey's Kiss, Ellie looked like an alien. You get the idea.

But lately, I cannot help but notice a parallel between designing scrapbook papers and all the beautiful fabrics I've been seeing on sites like Spoonflower, Etsy and Fat Quarter Shop. In fact, at FQS, I recognize some paper manufacturers such as Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye. We are offering fabric designs at ScrapArtist, which you can download and send off to Spoonflower, where they also some cool project ideas as well.

I'm in love with the patterns, bold colors and esp. with the idea of taking these fabrics and making something for my home… a pillow or a quilt, like a splash of color! Especially this morning I am inspired by the work of Bari J. Ackerman who was one of Spoonflower's first customers. You can read an interview with her here.


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The Audacity of Change

Jan 17 09, originally uploaded by nrjanitz.

We went to Border's Books yesterday and got to see an incredible artist and his painting, which will hang in the White House next week.

His name is Curtis Lewis, II and he is a Michigan Native. Inspired by Diego Rivera, Mr. Lewis sold his first painting at the age of 15! Ellie and I were lucky enough to meet him and his co-author, Cynthia Henley, who both autographed this historical coloring book. Ellie read the whole thing from front to back and now knows most of Obama's history!


Are you as excited for Tuesday as we are!?


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