Doodled Snack Tray

Make a Doodled Snack Tray:

My little family loves to have what we call "Cocktail Hour" on the weekends. It usually happens in the afternoon. My husband makes a fun, new cocktail for the adults and mixes up a Shirley Temple for my daughter. I create a fancy little snack tray, and then we sit around together, talk about theContinue Reading

Right Brainers in Business 2015 Video Summit

Sailboat Quote copy

I am currently in the midst of taking the Right Brainers in Business Video Summit. I signed-up on a whim and I'm so glad I did! People who know me best usually tell me that I have the ability to switch between my right (creative) and left (business) sides of my brain, but sometimes thatContinue Reading

Introducing the Mod Melter!

Mod Podge Melts Selection

My buddies at Plaid asked me to share the news that the Mod Podge Mod Melter is now available! Remember the accessories my daughter and I created with Mod Melts? Well, I used a Mod Melter for that project. It's an updated version of the glue gun. What I love most about the new ModContinue Reading

The Lifecycle of a Sketch: Meet Annabelle


I thought it might be fun to trace the journey of a piece of artwork from sketchbook to finished product(s) today. Here's the story of Annabelle, a recent sketch I did. It all started with a little sketch. One day, I sketched a few characters. Just for fun. And then I named them all. (KnowContinue Reading

Easy DIY Tote Bag & A Giveaway!

DIY Tote Bag by Laura Bray Designs

My regular readers know my love of tote bags. I take them shopping (to save the environment) and I have one designated for each of my daughter's activites. I even have one packed and ready so, when we are out and about, my daughter has a few things to keep her busy and maybe aContinue Reading

Organizing Paperwork in Your Home

Organizing Paperwork::

I think one of the biggest struggles in our home is to harness the constant flood of paperwork that comes into our house. Between mail and schoolwork, it feels like a constant battle. Especially for a neat freak like me! I hate clutter. And I especially don't like piles of paper on my counters andContinue Reading

Creating a Meal Planning Process

Meal Planning Ecourse! It

I have some exciting news! I'm offering a new ecourse. One of my goals for 2015 is to write lifestyle ebooks and ecourses that will help creative and busy women (like you!) get a bit more organized. Now you probably hear "organized" and think Martha Stewart. Which is scary because who has time to beContinue Reading

Inspiration & Learning

Artist Inspiration at Library: Laura Bray Designs

I've written about how important it is for me to find organic inspiration in a world where are constantly bombarded by other people's ideas and images. One of the ways that I have recently learned to find some inspiration is to go to my library and do research before I begin a project. I feelContinue Reading

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