10 great apps for creative mums

10 great apps for creative mums

Blog posts on Artfully Carin may contain affiliate links to products or services I think are awesome. For more information, see my disclosures page.. There are tonnes of apps out there for all kinds of situations. It can be hard to find the right ones for you. I have found most of mine through word […]

Scandinavian woven hearts placemats

Scandinavian woven hearts placemats

It’s November! It’s okay to make and post Christmas crafts openly now, right? For the past few years I have made felt ornaments for our tree. This year I fancied doing something a little different, and adapted a traditional Scandinavian Christmas craft, woven hearts, and turned it into placemats. Scandinavian woven hearts are usually made from paper, […]

Autumn on Artfully Carin

Autumn on Artfully Carin

Hi lovelies, Thank you so much for all your wonderful responses to my reader survey back in May! I’m so grateful to each and every one of you who took the time to respond. You were so sweet and supportive. I took my time this summer to think over your answers and work out the new direction of the […]

Organising photos for the creative mum

organising photos for the creative mum

Hi, hope you had a lovely summer. Mine just flew by. I spent a few early mornings last week editing and organising photos I took over the summer and was so glad I had a system in place. I could just launch in and get it done, then go out and enjoy my day (and take […]

Using value scales to improve your drawing skills

using a value scale to improve your drawing skills

When I started working on my realistic drawing skills earlier this year, all my drawings were a little “off”. After reading The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets, I started using value scales to help me see the value changes in my reference photos a bit better, and it helped a lot. It seems a lot […]

Reflections on Britmums Live 2014

Reflections on Britmums Live 2014

On Friday 20th June, I travelled down to London to spend the next day and a half with 700 other bloggers going to the blog conference Britmums Live 2014. I had an amazing time! I’m lucky enough to live fairly close to London, so I didn’t have to drag myself out of bed at the crack of […]

How monthly highlights can help you see your life in a new light

how monthly highlights can help you see your life in a new light

I have been making monthly highlights pages for nearly a year and a half now and absolutely love them. I really enjoy taking some time out each month to reflect on the goodness of the month just gone. They started as an extension to the gratitude journal I began in 2012. I LOVED that journal, but it was kind […]

The first step to a more creative life

the first step to a more creative life

One of the questions I get asked the most is how I fit art and blogging and all of the other creative things I do into my daily life. At some point that usually leads on to a discussion on living a life we love and feel we were meant for. So many people want […]

7 easy tips for getting started with kids scrapbooks

7 easy tips for getting started with kids scrapbooks

The kids started their own scrapbooks last year after I saw the idea over at Pink Ronnie and was reminded of my own childhood scrapbooks. Both kids absolutely love it. I knew Aoife would,  but I thought Kirby was too young to get it. It turns out I was wrong! He LOVES it! Aoife loves having somewhere […]

Over to you: 2014 reader survey

Artfully Carin 2014 reader survey

I have been thinking a lot lately about what I’d like to do with this blog. The kids are getting older, Aoife is about to go into juniors and Kirby preschool, and I’d like to bring the focus of the blog back to family friendly arts, crafts and creative pursuits. Their stories are no longer […]