Ashli’s Messy Studio…

Hi there!

Welcome to my mess!

I am blessed to share a studio space with my four daughters. We all have our own little space and love being in there creating together.

Here, you can see what my desk area looks like as you are headed into the room…

Filming lights, and quite a mess!

As you can see in the next photo, we have an awesome window seat that allows for great natural light. And, my daughter has put one of her pastel pieces on my desk for me to spray with fixative. It’s important to me that my girls know they have access to my desk too. Its an equal opportunity studio!

Next up, you can see a closeup of the pile that lives to the right of my work space on my desk. Its a mess, yes?!?! HA! It works for me… I am always pulling from that when I create.

The next photo shows you what is behind my back when I am at my desk creating. It’s probably the cleanest part of my space because it’s mostly storage… albums, art journals, and stamps. Plus, you can see my studio lights as I am too lazy to fold them up after each filming session.

And finally, a view of what I see when I look up while at my desk… the entrance to the rest of the house, as well as some industrial storage, and lots of other things!

Our studio space used to be the two car garage in our house. The previous owners converted it into an interior space and it’s one of the things that sold us on this house. We love it and spend a lot of time in the space. Thanks for visiting!

Black and White With a Punch of Color!

I never grow tired of a black and white photo paired with lots of bright color. And, that’s exactly what I did on this layout! Ashli here with you today to share a fun layout using an old, cherished photo of my mother and I.

I knew I wanted to pair this photo with lots of color, and the December kit was just the thing for this. I grabbed some of the boldest papers and patters and set about layering them up, under my photo…

I cut some edges, and tore some others to create nice layers of texture. Once that was all set, I used the Prima triangle stencil to create some graphic elements and to help bring all that color together through the use of white paint…

When that was dry, I went back in with some watercolors to really create a fun and colorful, yet painterly feel. And, I have to mention how much I love that sweet patterned paper with the children playing. Perfect for this layout, I’d say!

For an embellishment, I cut the heart out of the Amy Tangerine patterned paper, stitched around it, and added some white paint. Set up on pop dots, this is the perfect hand made touch!

I cut the orange flower from my kit in half and tucked it around too, followed by some sequins and dots from my stash. And finally, a title from the gorgeous set of Thickers included in the kit…

Ta da! Doesn’t all that color set off the black and white picture perfectly? I think so!


And, now it’s your turn. Go make something colorful!