California Cool

by Lauren Setum

Monday has arrived; hope everyone (affected by this silly Polar Vortex) is staying as toasty as possible on this frigid morning. I’d like to contribute whatever warmth I can by sharing a story from California for today’s blog post. You may recall my entry from last July, outlining my experience with the custom art that hangs in my bedroom. Well, today, I’m showcasing artwork by that same artist, but this time, the piece is a bit larger in scale.


This mural, by Jimmy Danko, was done especially for Santa Monica’s Converse store. See it come together in the video below.

Converse opened a new flagship retail store on the 3rd St Promenade in Santa Monica. Behind the cashstand is an 11ft x 16ft wall where every six months they will feature a new L.A. artist. I was selected to be the featured artist for the grand opening of the store and this is the mural I brought to life. -Jimmy Danko

An Evening in the Parc

by Lauren Setum

I know it’s a wee-bit cold in Minneapolis today, but there are still fun times to be had around the cities. Tonight, I’ll be heading to Northeast for Parc Boutique‘s social media party. Complete with Surdyk‘s appetizers, fabulous fashion and great company, it’s sure to be a fantastic evening out. The party starts at 6pm so stop by after work and see what’s new in store. Here are some of my picks from the store’s current offerings:


Denim Baseball Cap  |  Striped Henley Dress  |  Leather Tote Bag  |  BB Dakota Hana Coat  |  Striped French Terry Shorts  |  Seychelles Leather Boots  | BB Dakota Yara Skirt  |  Caitlin Coat

Parc Boutique’s Facebook page is worth adding to your list of ‘likes’. They post some lovely, luxurious looking ensembles that are sure to peak your interest…




Every Homemade Invitation Needs…

by Lauren Setum

Well a frog with a tutu, of course! This year, my cousin and I are planning Christmas day festivities. The theme? The Nutcracker. I really wanted the invites to be handmade so I headed to my local craft store to pick up some materials. I’d intended to purchase a rubber stamp of a nutcracker, but the closest thing they had was a frog with a crown and tutu. Roll with the punches they say. The invites turned out pretty snazzy if I do say so myself. Take a look…


Glitter paper: I used 12×12 sheets from Recollections at Michael’s. It’s a great weight for invites. The link shows other colors than what I used, but your local store should have a pad of this paper in the more neutral colors shown here (20 sheets/pad).

Ivory cardstock: I cut down sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 from Staples

Edge punch: I used this one from Staples to create the decorative edge on the glitter paper

Rubber stamp: How can you not love this Tutu Toad stamp from Michael’s?!

Ink pad: I used Brilliance Cosmic Copper; available at Michael’s

1/8″ circle hand punch: Similar one here

Snowflake binder clasps: These are made by Recollections and are also available at Michael’s

Paper cutter: A similar version of the one I used can be found at Staples. I highly recommend making your cuts using something like this as it ensures that your cuts will be precise and your measurement accurate.


Step 1: Use the paper cutter to trim the glitter paper to a size just slightly smaller than the envelope you will send the invite in. I used 5.25″H x 7.25″W envelopes, so I cut the paper with those dimensions in mind.

Step 2: Use the edge punch to create a decorative border on the short sides of the glitter paper. You will want to set the punch to Setting #2 so that it creates a border and not a separate strip of paper.

Step 3: Format a Powerpoint document (I find that text boxes are easier to manipulate in this program vs. MS Word) with the text/info you want to include. I was able to fit four text boxes per sheet, but you’ll want to adjust formatting accordingly depending on the size of your invites. The guidelines in Powerpoint are helpful when it comes to placement, and if you view the document at 100% on your computer screen, you can literally put the paper up to the screen to make sure sizing is correct. Once that’s complete, print the text onto the card stock sheets.

Step 4: Trim the card stock so that it is slightly smaller than the glitter paper you just trimmed. You’ll want about 3/8″ of the glitter paper showing as a border.

Step 5: Add the Tutu Toad stamp to the left of the printed text. Let dry.

Step 6: Place one of the trimmed and stamped card stock sheets on top of one of the trimmed glitter sheets. Once placed where you would like it, punch an 1/8″ hole at the top center of the card stock (glitter paper should be punched simultaneously).

Step 7: Use one of the snowflake clasps to bind the two together. Invites are now ready to be stuffed and sent out!


The Thanksgiving Story

by Lauren Setum

Hope everyone had a fantastic Turkey Day!

This year, instead of Christmas cards, I decided to send out Thanksgiving cards. With all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, I liked the idea of taking one ‘to do’ off the list. Sending cards for Turkey Day was a great way to do that. I laid out the card in Microsoft Powerpoint, sent my documents to Printing For Less and presto! A unique holiday greeting. I mailed them out in orange envelopes from Great Papers (available at Office Max stores). A personalized address stamp from Etsy and the project was complete!