Hello, I'm Rachel, a Florida girl living in Chattanooga, TN. I love bright colors and geometric shapes. I absolutely love making things, and have even more fun when I get to share some of my favorite projects and tutorials with you. If you want to learn more about me and Lines Across, follow me on Instagram or read this post: Be Aimlessly Creative. I believe that you don't have to have a lot of time, money, or artistic talent in order to make beautiful things. All you need is a creative spark, a handful of materials, and a little bit of direction.
"I want to challenge you to BE AIMLESSLY CREATIVE. Spend the morning painting flowers, or doing that craft you saw on Pinterest, or just coloring pages from a coloring book because you're a grown up and you can! Being creative in one way or another is good for your soul and will make you a happier and more well-rounded person.
However, don't just compare yourself to others. Everyone is skilled and talented in different ways, and being creative isn't a competition. It should bring you more joy than frustration. Of course you will make a lot of mistakes. I can't tell you how many pages of watercolors I've painted recently that were total failures. And yet they weren't failures because I learned something from each one."
BEHIND THE SCENES
My favorite things in life are making stuff, spontaneous adventures, and spending time with my family. And since I have three adorable little kids (5, 4, and 1) most of my adventures these days happen close to home. Although I don't write about my kids very much lately, they influence just about everything I do, and are often cute little helping hands behind the scenes.
1. Polymer Clay - There are so many fun things you can make with Polymer Clay. It's like play-doh for adults. It's pretty cheap, you don't need a lot of tools, and the possibilities of what you can make are endless. If you're new to polymer clay and want to learn more, start with this post. I'm even part of the Design Squad this year over at Sculpey.
2. Watercolors - I recently have really fallen in love with watercolors. Before kids, I loved painting with acrylics, but stopped because I didn't have the time or space needed. I love how accessible and portable watercolors are (and how easy they are to clean up!) I share glimpses into my sketchbook on Instagram, or check out the ongoing series: Watercolors for Beginners.
3. Paper - I think it's the math geek in me that loves geometric shapes so much. I have ridiculous amounts of fun making and sharing fun printable gift boxes (find them all here). I also have a second website, Let's Wrap Stuff, dedicated to all things gift wrap related.
4. Jewelry - DIY jewelry and style projects are lots of fun, but sometimes can be a little more complicated. You need a few more tools and you need to know just a little bit about jewelry making, but there are still a lot of more simple projects (mostly bracelets) that I've shared. You can find them all here.
5. Freebies - Sometimes I turn watercolors into iPhone Wallpapers, or make fun little printables or pillow boxes. A few of my most popular posts are ones where I've gathered a bunch of free phone wallpapers and backgrounds together: 24 Graphic iPhone Wallpapers, 24 Summer Wallpapers, 24 Christmas Wallpapers, 24 Spring Wallpapers.
FIND ME HERE
If you want to follow along with Lines Across (and enjoy colorful pictures of things like scissors and sprinkles) follow @linesacross on Instagram. It is my favorite social media and the one where I have the strongest presence. I also contribute at I Spy DIY, Mod Podge Rocks, and C.R.A.F.T.