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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer  Artist, goofball, vlogger, blogger, author, instructor. Host of #makeitartsyTV on PBS. #carvedecember #balzerdesigns #artjournaleveryday

Is it egotistical to put your logo on everything you own?! πŸ€” #askingforafriend πŸ˜œπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ
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I used my ScanNCut to cut my business logo out of vinyl and then applied it to my favorite travel coffee mug. I used a heavy duty permanent vinyl so that it would be washable. Full how to tutorial on my YouTube channel.
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#scanncut #scanncut2 #brandambassador #travelmug #coffeecup #logo #vinylcrafts #vinylcutter #crafter #crafty #personalizedmug #personalizedcup #yeticup #imadethis #balzerdesigns #weedingvinyl

I work in chaos. Seriously, my middle name should be β€œmess.” πŸ˜” My desk always looks like this! Last week’s project on top of yesterday’s experiment, and then some stuff I pulled out of a drawer and never put away is piled on top of that. And do I clean up when I want to start a new project? Nooooo. I just plop my art journal on top of the mess!! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ On the bright side, I never have to go looking for my supplies...because they’re all on my desk! 😜 #queenofchaos
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#reallife #wherewomencreate #deskview #artjournal #artjournaleveryday #artjournaling #creativechaos #creativemess #messylife #abmcolor #julielikeseyes #stenciling #sakuraofanerica #scanncut #permapaquemarker #permapaque

Are you interested in getting a creative spark?! This photo is from the last time I taught my "Painted Paper Collage" class. I'm teaching it again, in September, @theinkpadnyc in NYC. In fact, my entire 2018 teaching schedule is now open for registration! I'll be at @whimsodoodle at the end of this month (3 classes over Labor Day weekend), then off to the Ink Pad in September, teaching a two-day "ScanNCut for Artists" in Massachusetts in October (students have already signed up from 5 different states for that one), and finishing up the year in the UK co-teaching with @natkalbach (3 days of awesomeness).
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If you've taken a class with me, you know that they're fast paced, funny, packed with information, and a great place to connect with other creative people who "get it."
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I hope to see you in class!
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#whatjulietaught
#artjournal #artjournaling #artjournaleveryday #collage #mixedmediacollage #cutandpaste #gelliprinting #tcwstencillove #balzerdesigns #delipaper #collageartist #collageart #artclass #portrait #painting #artlessons #artschool #theinkpadnyc #inkpadnyc #whimsodoodle #scanncut #scanncut2 #scanncutdx #mixedmediacircus #natkalbach #papercollage #collageoftheday

I was lucky enough to see Moulin Rouge The Musical last night at the Emerson Colonial Theatre. What a gorgeous theatre β€” especially the mosaic border floors in the lobby. 😍 As for the show, it was spectacular β€” in every sense of that word. I laughed. I cried. I clapped my hands. It was outstanding! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ And what a visual treat too! Fantastic sets, costumes, and wigs. I used to work in the theatre and this is the kind of show that makes me wish I still did. It was so fun that even at a whopping 3-hour run time, I just didn’t want it to end!! πŸ‘πŸ‘
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#moulinrouge #moulinrougebroadway #moulinrougemusical #moulinrougethemusical #emersoncolonial #colonialtheatre #broadwayinboston #broadwaytryout #prebroadway #jukeboxmusical #comedytragedy #ihavethisthingwithfloors #mosaicfloor #mosaictiles

I’m throwing a party and you’re all invited! πŸŽ‰πŸΎTune into @hsn tomorrow (Saturday) at 9am EST. I’ll be demonstrating how easy it is to use the @ptouchembellish to give every element of your birthday party a personal touch!!
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The #ptouchembellish is a hand held ribbon and tape printer. Type in what you want and print horizontally, vertically, continuously...whatever you desire. There are fonts to choose from, plus frames, patterns, emojis, and more!
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#ribbonprinting #birthdayparty #personaltouch #partyscape #peonies #peoniesaremyfavorite #flowerstagram #hsn #hsncrafts #ptouch #homesweethome #flamingle #emily #centerpiece #homedecor #birthdayparty #crafting #crafts #diy #partytime #diypartydecor

The Louvre in ten photos? Impossible! But, I have picked ten of my faves to share with you today. πŸ™Œ Swipe left. ◀️
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The process of being forced to winnow my faves down to just ten was actually quite elucidating. Swiping through these photos I can see the things I’m always drawn to: people, hands, pattern, architecture, and light vs. shadow. No photos of landscapes 🏞 β€” though the museum had plenty. No photos of animals πŸ’ β€” though the museum had plenty. No photos of flowers πŸ’ or trees 🌲 β€” though the museum had plenty.
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I think we are all naturally drawn to certain subjects β€” whether creating art or viewing it. What do you look at in museums?
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#louvre #thelouvre #museelouvre #museedulouvre #artmuseum #ihavethisthingwithmuseumpics #museumpics #art #paris #parisfrance #julielovesart

Filling my art journal with color and pattern with this hand carved stamp. It looks so different in color! (Look back a few posts to see the black and white version.) I love the way it looks!
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#artjournal #whatjuliemade #artjournaleveryday #artjournaling #stamping #stamped #stampart #handcarvedstamp #stamper #rangerink #inkpad #art #craft #craftygirl #shescrafty #contemporaryart

Q: Why am I in Orlando?! A: To teach classes all about the BRAND NEW ScanNCut DX!!! πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸ˜πŸ‘ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸŽΆπŸ˜πŸ’•πŸŒžπŸ˜±πŸ‘€πŸΎπŸ₯‡πŸ†πŸŽŠπŸŽπŸ›’
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You guys, this thing is awesome. It has a **real** auto-blade. You don’t have to choose the material or any settings of any kind. It just detects what you’re cutting and does it AUTOMATICALLY!!!! 😱 I’ll put a video in my stories tomorrow so that you can check it out for yourself! I’ve never seen anything like it. πŸ‘€πŸ˜±πŸ˜ I was skeptical when I first heard about it, but it works. It really works!!
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And there are so many more cool new features too: roll feeder, cuts thicker materials β€” up to 3mm, built-in storage, and more! I can’t wait to share it all with you!!! Videos coming to my YouTube channel ASAP! πŸŽ₯ #brandambassador
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#scanncut #scanncutinnovis #scanncutdx #backtobusiness #brothercrafts #brotherusa #brothercraftsusa #brothersews #brotheriscrafting #craft #plotter #cutandpaste #papercrafts #artist #sponsored

I will never ever tire of making patterns with stamps. I know it seems a little bit early to think about it, but #CarveDecember is coming in just a few months! What is #CarveDecember?! I'm so glad you asked: Carve a stamp every day in December and post it to instagram using the hashtag #CarveDecember. It's that easy. Even if you've never ever carved a stamp before, you can do #CarveDecember and become a stamp carving ace in no time at all. It's easier than you think!
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If you are looking for stamp carving resources: YouTube has tons of free videos, I offer 2 online stamp carving classes, and I wrote a book #CarveStampPlay all about stamp carving.
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I hope you'll join in on the stamp carving madness!
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#whatjuliemade #stampcarving #art #creative #print #printmaker #printedpattern #linocarving #lino #stamping #linocut #printmaking #linoprint #blockprint #graphic #graphicdesign #artoftheday #patternplay #blackandwhite #instaartist #printshop #instaartoftheday #instaartwork

Official thought for the day. πŸ™Œ β€œDon’t let anyone dull your sparkle!”
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But this morning I’m finding the converse to be true too. Other people can inspire your sparkle!
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I’m sitting on an early morning flight feeling pretty grumpy about getting up at 4:30am. But then I’m listening to all these kids who have clearly never been on an airplane look around with wonder.
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A little girl said, β€œThere’s a bathroom on this?!” And the flight attendant told her there were several. She replied: β€œOMG!”
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Two little boys walked past me and pointed at every TV and then poked and smiled at each other each time.
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The teenage girl in front of me keeps turning her air vent on and off and asking a million questions: β€œCan I go see the pilot? What if I throw up? Is there a barf bag? What’s that for?”
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My favorite: a little girl got on and announced: β€œIt just looks like a bus!”
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I am reminded β€” once again β€” to not take things for granted and to open my eyes to what is interesting and exciting about the things I take for granted. I’m grateful to these kids and their enthusiasm for giving me a bit of my sparkle back today. Now it’s my job to keep it going for the rest of the day! πŸ’ͺ
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#dontletanyonedullyoursparkle #positivity #quotes #quotestagram #quoteoftheday #thinkpositive #kidssaythedarndestthings #inspiredbykids #airplanesarecool

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