Art Journals

I have been thoroughly enjoying my time art journaling with friends. I have a pen pal that I exchange two journals with via mail, and two co-workers I share art journals with. I also have one of my own that is a bit more personal. It is a great source of expression and release of anxiety. Art therapy!

Found objects collage

After seeing the the empty wall at SCRAP,  I decided it was time to create an ultimate creative reuse found objects collage. I collected small bits, toys, caps, lids, buttons, etc. and sorted them by colors of the rainbow. After gluing all of my pieces on, and finally coating with a clear coat to prevent dis coloring. I delivered it to SCRAP tonight at their new location on SW 18th and Alder in Portland, Oregon. The piece is 24″x34″ approximately.


Debbie’s Art Debut

chinese peony

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Flux Salon
515 SE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
(just south of Stark)

Please stop by for a refreshment and view my first exclusive display of my artwork! All of my pieces are at least 90% made from reused materials that I have purchased at SCRAP. In honor of my very favorite non-profit, I am donating 40% of the sales of my art at the showing at Flux Salon during the month of March…to SCRAP! (Any pieces sold can be picked up at the end of March).

see more artwork on the Gallery page.

Two pieces of my work showing at two shows in April

One of my pieces, “Next Please” is showing at Flux Salon at 515 SE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214 in honor of Sexual Abuse Awareness month. 

My second piece was accepted “Writer’s Block” to show at Whole Foods in the Pearl, 1210 NW Couch St.  First Thursday opening on April 5 from 5-8 pm, refreshments provided.  Artwork contains at least 75% reused materials.  This show is in honor of Earth Month and is presented by SCRAP (, and Whole Foods Market.

April is Sexual Abuse Awareness month. To increase awareness Flux Salon ( is showcasing a photo installation of survivors of sexual abuse. Also, all art on display this month was produced by survivors of sexual abuse.


New Book Design

While cleaning out my old office at work, I noticed that my co-workers were tossing out their tablets of paper because they just had a few pages left on them.  I collected all of them, and removed the paper, stacked it, drilled holes in it and created this new type of journal.  It is 98% reused materials.  ImageImage

Rebel Craft Rumble!!!

SCRAP Presents…

Rebel Craft Rumble 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 7 – 9 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St.

With pinking shears drawn and glue guns locked and loaded, a fierce group of competitors will battle for crafting supremacy at Rebel Craft Rumble.  See what kick-ass crafts they’ll whip up and if they can seam-rip the title of “Craft Master” from Craft Zine’s editor-in-chief and last year’s winner, Sister Diane Gilleland.  All bouts will be judged by local celebs.

  • Must be 21 or older to attend.
  • General admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
  • Tickets available at SCRAP or online
  • Admission includes a beer ticket for more rowdy fun!
  • Featuring the funky DJ Sacrilicious on turntables!

Contact: Kelley Carmichael Casey at SCRAP, 503-294-0769 x3,


May 19, 2011


Portland crafters get ready to square off at SCRAP’s Rebel Craft Rumble, June 15

PORTLAND, Ore. – Armed with scissors, glue and plenty of sass, some of Portland ’s best crafters are ready to go head-to-head in the ultimate SCRAP smack-down.

Local crafters who believe they’ve got enough game to earn the title of Portland ’s Craft Master will square off and put their talents to the test in front of a live audience at SCRAP’s annual Rebel Craft Rumble, June 15.  

At Rebel Craft Rumble, four pre-qualified contestants will compete against one another for who can come up with the best craft creations under dramatic timed “bouts,” using only the materials selected for them.  To make it even more challenging, audience members also can bid on craft items that contestants must use as part of their designs. 

“It’s a true test of wits and strategy played out on ultimate crafting stage. Talent, time and tenaciousness will all come into play. The rowdiness of the audience may certainly be a factor as well,” said Kelley Carmichael Casey, executive director of SCRAP.

The contestants’ creations will be judged by Julie Sabatier of Destination DIY, Lindsey Newkirk of Junk to Funk Trashion Collective and Jen Neitzel and Richard Fox of DIY Lounge.  The best competitor will participate in the ultimate challenge against reigning champ and Craft Master, Sister Diane Gilleland, editor-in-chief of CRAFT.

Rebel Craft Rumble will be held at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton, in Portland . Tickets are available at General admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door (admission includes 1 beer ticket). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and proceeds will benefit SCRAP.  This rowdy event is 21+.

As Portland ’s favorite place for creative inspiration, SCRAP provides an environmentally sound solution for individuals, families and businesses to donate reusable material and discover affordable, interesting arts and crafts supplies. At SCRAP, being creative means being kind to the environment – SCRAP diverts more than 103 tons of materials annually from the waste stream.  Located at 2915 N.E. MLK Blvd. , in Portland , SCRAP also can be found online

SCRAP thanks its hardcore sponsors for this event:  ReDirect Guide, Mid-America Overseas, Inc, MacTarnahan’s Brewing, Chinook Book and The Workshop.


“Old School Crafty” Audition

Yesterday, I auditioned with  Actual Industries for “Old School Crafty”!  It was a blast.  I interviewed in their really cool offices and the lovely ladies greeted me.  After my interview with Jean and Tiffany, I was handed a brown paper bag full of “SCRAPpy goodies.”  I get 15 minutes on camera to create a piece of wearable art.  I quickly cut out some flowers shapes out of some fabulous fabric samples, grab the hot glue gun, and start gluing together my pieces.  Then I discover pieces of wire!  I start adding wire between petals and leaves and give it some depth.  I add a safety pin to the back and now have a colorful, fun flower pin to wear! I don’t get to keep it though.  So, even if I don’t get to be involved, I had a great time and met some great people!

Here’s the ad for the audition:

You might have heard the term, “Keep Portland Weird.” Well, there’s a reason we say that here. Portlanders tend to look at things a little differently. Where one might see junk, others see opportunity. The people in this area value the “Do It Yourself” spirit. Maybe it’s that pioneer backbone that’s still lingering from our trailblazing forefathers. You may not have grown up knowing how to build your own bike, brew your own beer, or make your own clothes, but if you live in the Northwest, you’re bound to meet others who do, and will gladly show you how. That is what “Old School Crafty” is all about. Embracing that sense of community and artistic ability inherent in all of us.

In these tight economic times, we are all trying to be resourceful and come up with alternative ways to make unique homemade items. Not only is it good for the community to use re-purposed materials, but it also shows how one can think outside of the box and find new uses for items deemed trash. This is where the “Old School” craftiness really kicks in. Generations before us had to make do with what they had at their disposal. In the society that we live in now, our options are endless. We are only limited as far as our imagination can take us.

If you think you have what it takes to get crafty with Actual, then contact Tiffany or Jean at crafty @ today. We cannot wait to see who our first crafty MVP will be…

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