Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Blog Has Moved

Hi Everyone,

Today is a great day, my newly constructed website is now live. To see the latest creations head over to www.mistyolsen.com

Monday, May 26, 2014

June is coming...

This post is a somewhat personal post. These projects aren't for a class that I will be teaching...although don't count it out. I had initially made the first box as a mistake. I then created a mini album to go inside the box. One of the students from my private lessons loved it so much, we created her one as well. Anyway, these boxes are for the Christmas In July Bazaar going on at my husband's hometown of Cordova, AK. My mother asked me to donate some projects, and I thought these would be great to send to her. 



Monday, May 19, 2014

Fun With Paper...

The ladies at She Scrapbooks have been so good to me. I love hanging out there, and creating wonderful projects with you ladies. Last week, we did our very first Paper Craft Sophisticates. We created our own tags from stamps by Julie Nutting. This was a fun time with snacks, wine, and good friends. Each month will feature something different, but the main point is to hang out and have fun. Here are some samples of tags that were made, and if you want to see more pictures, and keep updated on any new classes, check out my Facebook page. You can also check out the calendar of events at She Scrapbooks for all of the classes coming this month. 

Here are some sample pictures of some projects I have been working on. I have to keep my creative juices flowing, so inspiration comes in all forms. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Prima Blog Hop Winners

**Congratulations** Prima Blog Hop Winners are Dimitra Markris, Laura Strack, Sharon SharonW. please email me with your addy! 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

National Scrapbooking Day | Prima Blog Hop

Prima NSD Blog Hop

Welcome to the NSD Prima Blog Hop! Prima has a fun-packed day planned with the wonderful Ambassadors, the talented Design Team, and our amazing Educators! We hope the projects inspire you to dig out your crafty supplies and have fun along with us.
Prima will be giving prizes away all day long on ALL of their social media outlets, along with a stunning main prize hosted on the Prima blog, so make sure you hop around and then comment on Prima's blog here! Not only do we have TONS of inspiration, but we are offering free classes too! Want to learn new techniques? Join in on the marathon of "Live With Prima" classes filled with gorgeous projects kicking off at 7 am PT! Click here to watch!

"Sweet Embrace"

This project is a 6" x 6" layout, and is called "Sweet Embrace". It features paper from the Nature Garden collection, as well as embellishments from the Rondelle collection. This is truly a mixed media scrapbooking layout that utilizes Color Bloom spray and modeling paste. 

This is the first time I have been able to participate in National Scrapbooking Day, and I absolutely love it. Being a part of Prima's Blog Hop has been a real treat. I have been doing scrapbooking since 2009, and it has become more of an art, rather than just my crafting hobby. I hope you have found some inspiration with all of the wonderful creations on today's Blog Hop and I urge you to continue on and see what other beautiful creations were created for National Scrapbooking Day. Thank you for visiting.

I too will be giving prizes away all day long on ALL of my social media outlets, along with an awesome main prize hosted on my blog, so make sure you hop around.
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Have FUN!

All winners will be announced on my FB Page!

Prima's NSD Blog Hop List!

Misty Olsen - You are here now!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Getting In The Flow

There are lots of exciting happenings going on yet again. First of all, I was able to attend the weekend retreat held by She Scrapbooks, it was 3 days of fun with the ladies. If you happen to be near The Villages, go in and check the place out, they always have something going on. 

In addition to some fun classes, I will also be doing a Prima demonstration at the Daytona Beach Hobby Lobby. You can stop by Friday April 25th from 9am - 12pm. This will be a free Make & Take with Prima products. Here is a preview of some of the items I just received in the new box.

As for what will be taking up my time in the near future, I will be busy working on some new projects coming in June. Here is a quick preview of my upcoming projects.

 "Summertime Gladness" from Teresa Collins - Summer Stories.

"A Father's Love"from the Good Ol' Sport paper collection of Graphic 45. 

 "Seabreeze" from Prima - Seashore

"Life's Beauty" from Prima - Stationer's Desk

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In Full Bloom

These last couple of weeks have been pretty busy, and they look to be even busier in the next few as well. I have been creating some new projects with "Summer Stories" by Teresa Collins, "Something Blue" by Prima, "By The Sea" and "Botanical Tea" by Graphic 45. These projects will be featured at some of my upcoming classes. Take a look at the She Scrapbooks page for any upcoming classes. They are a wonderful group of ladies over there. They have even allowed me to help out with their weekend retreat April 11-13!!!

I have also been in touch with Prima Marketing. I was able to become a Prima Ambassador, and I will be doing product demos at the She Scrapbooks and the Daytona Hobby Lobby. These demonstrations will be every 3rd Friday from 10am - 2pm. Stop on by and see some of the latest products from Prima Marketing.

And now, here are some of the projects I have been working on.

"Down By The Boardwalk" from the By The Sea collection

The Down By The Boardwalk birdhouse mini album uses the By The Sea paper collection created by Graphic 45. This is a fun mixed media project to bring a little sunshine into your day. Beaches, surfing, and the ocean waves. In this class, you will learn the basic skills of building 3 dimensional mini albums utilizing various techniques to build up your bird house. Distressing, edging, and colorful designs will round out the perfect look to create a beautiful, sun-kissed mini album. 

"Tea 4 Two" from the Botanical Tea collection 

The Tea 4 Two mini album is a fun, botanical adventure into mixed media scrapbooking. We will learn to repurpose paper bags, learn a level 1 book binding technique and we will stretch our creative muscles designing each page.  

 "Hello Memories" from the Hello My Name Is collection

The Hello Memories Mini Art Journal is a fun filled creation, lined with hidden compartments, cascading photo mats, and creativity brought to life on paper. This journal uses some unique techniques, such as, motion waterfall photo mats, distressing, a stacked tray binding, and pockets galore. The Hello Memories Mini Art Journal will surely bring life to your memories.

"Bleu Magic" from the Something Blue collection

The Bleu Magic Mini Art Journal is a vintage double-binded journal. Bleu Magic utilizes the stacked tray binding technique in an unique way to create a journal with interlocked pages. Each page is decorated with multiple embellishments and pockets for all of the tags and pictures needed to commemorate those special memories. This kit is created with the Something Blue paper collection from Prima Marketing Inc, and assorted embellishments.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Tea 4 Two

Time flies when crafting. I have been getting in the grove of getting classes together. This past week, I have managed to put together several projects. My first class Tea 4 Two is finally ready. Cute mini-album to break the ice. 
The Tea 4 Two mini album is a fun, botanical adventure into mixed media scrapbooking. We will learn to repurpose paper bags, learn a level 1 book binding technique and we will stretch our creative muscles designing each page.
 I really love the color pallet of this paper collection. It truly is a perfect blend of soft colors. The patterns are really fun to work with. I would have to say it is one of my favorites of G45 new release. It was fun being able to tap into my stash to complete the look.
This class includes a pre-made kit that has everything we need to create this journal. There is limited seating for this class, if your interested in this upcoming class please reserve your spot at She Scrapsbooks.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Lucky for me, I had a sweet 6 day weekend.  I spent that time well, creating some vintage love. I was able to play with one of my favorite paper collections. There is just something delectable when teals, browns, and creams are swirled together to create something beautiful. This fun Art Journal has so many hidden pockets for trinkets and pictures.

Joyeusete Class teach us to build this book from the bottom up. We will use a beginners binding technique, then learn to use a multitude of punches to create fun pockets and hidden compartments. 

This will be the first class taught at Funky Trunk Treasures in Deland, Florida. There are 6 spaces left at the Funky Trunk Treasures April 13th from 12-4. If you would like to join us for the fun just send me an email at misty@transitionsfromwithin.com and I will reserve your seat.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Falling Leaves

Hi Friends,

Cordova has been a wonderful place to discover. I have been lucky to meet new friends, & enjoy a slower pace of life. It is a small town that holds about 2000 people but the population grows to 3000 during the summers for fishing & local canneries. When fall arrives the cannery workers & fisherman head back home. As for me, I am ready to cozy up with friends & creating new crafts & patterns for classes.
This collection of paper was given to me by The Net Loft. It is really a dreamy place to sit & craft. There is so much inspiration there. The people are warm and friendly, just the perfect place to knit or craft a while.

 I call this piece Falling Leaves.
I am unsure of who this paper collection is from, the flowers are from Prima, sentiments are from Teresa Collins, buttons are from Tim Holtz.

Each banner has a toasty spot for my fall memories. Which will be added once fall has come to an end. My favorite part of this project were the hand made flower. I have yet to get a Silhouette Cameo, so handmade flowers are a must!

The hardest thing for this project was getting interesting pictures. It was the hardest! I tried taking them at my house but the lighting is less than perfect...So I went to my husband's office to use his window. The image quality turned out very nice there.

Here are a couple of my favorite pages. It helps working with my favorite color time of the year...I love fall &  fall colors are my most beloved collection. I would love to live in a place where Autumn is 5 months out of the year.

This fall is going to be a very exciting on for me. I am ready to work with new material & let my imagination enjoy some free time.

 Let your happiness grow!