Don’t Throw Away Your Pencil Stubs!

The Stub of It All

Growing up, we filled the kitchen junk drawer with all the usual suspects: rubber bands, used baggies, expired coupons, dried up pens….. and lots and lots of pencil stubs. Whenever my mother blessed us (!) with the opportunity to clean the junk drawer, these pencils and stubs would end up in the garbage can.

These days I try to minimize my carbon footprint, including putting as little into the trash (and therefore landfill) as I can. That definitely includes pencil stubs! As well, colored pencils can be expensive, so I want to maximize how much I can use them (some great tips here) before they get too short to put ina sharpener. And there are some great ways to use colored pencil stubs, including giving them a new purpose in life.

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Adaxi Alcohol-Based Markers : REVIEW

I purchased these markers with my own money. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using these tools. This post does contain affiliate links.

I recently admitted to myself that my BIC Markits and Sharpies have served me well but have run out of ink. And I would love to have more than 24 or 36 colors. Therefore – woo hoo! Time for a new set of alcohol-based markers!

But which ones?

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Stocking Stuffers Under $10 – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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If someone on your holiday shopping list is a colorist I have some great ideas for stocking stuffers, all under $10 and highly rated.  Or, you can bundle a few of these for a more bountiful gift. Continue reading “Stocking Stuffers Under $10 – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide”

Coloring Planners – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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I know, I know – there is a smartphone app (or hundreds of apps) for that.  But if you are like me and many, many other folks, there is something comforting about a paper-based planner.

Why gift one? Sometimes it is nice to have a small coloring space for a mindful moment during your day that doesn’t overwhelm you.

If you have a coloring and planner junkie in your life and need a good holiday gift idea for them, here are some of my favorites.  Any of these would put a huge smile on a coloring and planner fan’s face! Continue reading “Coloring Planners – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide”

Magnetips – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Review & Giveaway!

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Welcome to the first installment in my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

What is an ideal marker for me? I want one that is sturdy, comfortable to hold, has good coverage on many types of paper, lasts a long time, and is refillable.  Add some plain old mindful (OK, sometimes mindless!) fun to a marker and I’d finish looking.

Magnetips fit the bill. They are not just high-quality, refillable fine-tip markers. Each one contains two super powerful Neodymium (rare-earth) magnets. The markers stick together or to any metallic surface, promising hours of creative fun. Coloring is only the beginning! Continue reading “Magnetips – 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Review & Giveaway!”

Glue Sticks & Crayons Giveaway Hop!

coloring giveawaySummer is coming to an end and that means students are getting ready to head back to school. New classrooms, new activities, new friends, new learning—the start of a new school year is always an exciting time. But, we know that getting ready for all of these new experiences can be a strain and adults can feel a bit stressed out – and left out.

What to do to ease the stress and strain? Adult Coloring 101 has partnered with an amazing group of bloggers to bring a TON of opportunities to win some great stuff to make your life easier! Continue reading “Glue Sticks & Crayons Giveaway Hop!”

Scraft Artise Dual Tip Brush Markers – Review & GIVEAWAY!

I recently reviewed the My Days in Color coloring planner from Scraft Artise.  Today I’ll introduce you to another Scraft Artise product: their dual tip brush markers. Read on to learn about these markers, and to enter for a chance to win one of five great Scraft Artise bundles!

Scraft Artise kindly sent me these markers. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using the markers. This post does contain affiliate links.

An Introduction to Scraft Artise Dual Tip Brush Markers

Scraft Artise markersThe Scraft Artise markers have a 0.8 mm bullet-shaped nylon tip at one end, and a 2 mm flexible nylon brush-shaped tip on the other. The bullet tip is great for coloring-in details, while the brush tip is perfect for coloring and blending; change the pressure you use, and you can create fine, medium or bold strokes. The ink is water-based and odorless. Continue reading “Scraft Artise Dual Tip Brush Markers – Review & GIVEAWAY!”

Are Derwent Inktense Pencils Worth the Hype? – A Review


I have been asked so many questions about Derwent Inktense pencils. Are they really different from other colored pencils? Are they worth the money? A couple of months ago I bought a set to find out. Continue reading “Are Derwent Inktense Pencils Worth the Hype? – A Review”

How to Choose Colors Part V: Being “Complementary”

complementaryAs mentioned in my last post on colors, “Going Monochrome,” I introduced some easy ways for eliminating the stress that you may feel when selecting colors.  I described the Traditional Color Schemes in general, and provided more information about the Monochrome Scheme.

In this post, I’ll introduce you to the Complementary Scheme.

About the Complementary Scheme

Choosing Colors
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