Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Snail Pattern by Laura Bray Designs

This weekend, I took Jessica Swift's Pattern Camp. It's an intense, two day, online course that teaches you how to make patterns using Photoshop & Illustrator. I have to admit, I have only completed about 3/4 of the first day. The weekend is hard as my family is home, but more than that, I wasContinue Reading

Sweet Valentine Box

Valentine Box by Laura Bray Designs

Is there anything more fun than Valentine's Day parties in elementary school? There's so little pressure when you're 9. I mean sure, you hope the boy you have a crush on writes something special on your valentine but if he doesn't it's not like you have to crawl into bed with a bottle of vodkaContinue Reading

What I’m reading

I haven't shared my reading list awhile. Each month, I try to read one book of fiction, one non-fiction, and one children's classic. Here's what I read in January: This is the story of a strong-willed woman who wants to travel the world with her husband, a captain of merchant ship, but when she getsContinue Reading

Family Adventures: Getty Museum

Tips for Families Going to The Getty Museum

My family is dedicated to going on at least one family adventure each month. Although it can sometimes feel hard to get out of the house on the weekends, we find that we're always much more refreshed if we push ourselves to get out and explore. These are field notes about our adventures. On ourContinue Reading

DIY Accessories with Mod Podge Melts

DIY Accessories with Mod Podge Melts: LauraBrayDesigns.com

  Last weekend, my daughter was a little emotional. She usually gets that way when I've been working a lot. The best way to reconnect with her is a little crafting time, so I broke out my new Mod Podge Melts goodies and we spent a good two hours, holed up in the studio, makingContinue Reading

Creative Business: Crowding-Out Social Media

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January is almost over. How are your resolutions going? I have to admit, mine have been a bit of struggle. One of my main resolutions was to stop wasting time on social media. While I think social media has its place in a marketing plan, I also think it’s all too easy to get distractedContinue Reading

Sweetheart Pillow

Painted heart pillow by Laura Bray

I think the easiest way to update your home decor is by changing out your throw pillows. If you use pillow covers, it's easy to store and switch them out. Today, I'm showing you how to create a sweet, heart pillow just in time for Valentine's Day! Supplies to make a Sweetheart Pillow Tulip(R) PillowContinue Reading

Weekend Project: DIY Terrarium

DIY Terrarium with faux succulents

Terrariums are still really trending. But what if you love the look, but have a "black thumb"? You make a faux terrarium of course! I put mine together in all of five minutes and I never have to water it! Supplies for a DIY Terrarium Glass container Rocks-I found a bag of small rocks atContinue Reading

After the Show: Recovering from Big, Life Events

Laura Bray at Smoothfoam Booth CHAW15

   Have you ever felt a huge let-down after a big event? I just returned from the annual Craft & Hobby trade show and am feeling exhausted and a little blue. I realized that I feel like this every year. In fact, a few years ago, I went into a relatively deep depression after theContinue Reading

CHA Trade Show Time

It's almost time for the yearly Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show! It's the highlight of my working year. I love to see all my fellow designers, get in touch with my clients, and make new connections. If you are visiting this website because you met me on the show floor, please click here toContinue Reading