rukristin Find Your VoiceIt’s here! It’s time! My six-week FREE storytelling workshop Find Your Voice 2015 is in full swing and Lesson Four is now available in the Find Your Voice Classroom ar rukristin classes.

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This workshop started on July first, and over the course of six weeks I’ll be sharing my album with you here on the blog and in the Find Your Voice classroom. Lessons are available in the classroom, along with contributor projects, discussion forums, scheduled live chats, and a great support community.

A new lesson is released each Wednesday and includes a downloadable PDF of thought-provoking content, a printable follow-along worksheet, a creative challenge inspiring you to take what you’ve learned and turn it into something tangible, and support from an incredible community of humans from around the world.

Today I’m going to share a little bit more about the project I created for this lesson’s creative challenge.… Read More


Mini-Album Blog Hop

rukristin Mini-Album

Hey! Happy Saturday,

A couple weeks ago, the awesome Kelly Jean sent me an email and asked if I’d like to share one of my mini-albums in a mini-album themed blog hop! Today I’m blog hopping along with nine other awesome ladies sharing some of our favorite mini-albums. There’s also a giveaway at the bottom of the page!

I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share one of my favorite all-time mini-albums that I somehow have never shared here on the blog.

I created this album last summer, made from an altered vintage book, using a couple of Studio Calico kits. I took out about half the pages and glued the rest together to create hard board-book like pages for the inside.

The Story

In January of 2014, J and I rented a Mustang and drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway. It was one of the best days of my life.… Read More


rukristin DIY Cardstock Art Journal

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing a quick tutorial. All week I’ve been making these mini blank art journals out of cardstock to pick up and decorate.

These are perfect for gifts, for playing with scraps, or for documenting some random things that happened. They come together in a few minutes and I’ve made a stack of them for late nights when I want to play with paper but don’t really have anything in particular in mind to create.


  • Cardstock (9×12)
  • Trimmer (trim cardstock to 9×6)
  • Stapler (must open fully)
  • Cork Pad (optional)

1) Trim your cardstock to 9×6 (really you can use any size you want). Fold the cardstock in half lengthwise. Repeat 2-3 times.

rukristin DIY Cardstock Art Journal


2) Open up a standard stapler (as shown below), and stack the cardstock sheets on top of each other.

rukristin DIY Cardstock Art Journal


3) Add staples along the center line of the book by pressing down on the head of the open stapler.… Read More


rukristin your story is worth telling


Your Story is Worth Telling. 

Earlier tonight I was flipping through my instagram photos looking at all the snapshots I’ve taken over the last month. I have a ton of stories that I want to tell, a ton of little stories that make up the big picture.

I want to tell the stories of the CSA and all the new food we’ve been creating. I want to tell the stories of moving my sister to Chicago and our visit from Becky. I want to tell all the stories need to be told.

But sometimes I hesitate. Sometimes I leave my stories alone. Sometimes I don’t really think my stories are worth telling.

Today I’m here to remind myself — and to remind you, that’s bullshit.

My stories are worth telling. All my stories are worth telling.

All the little stories, that are seemingly nonsense, or boring, or just snapshots of everyday life.… Read More