Cara’s Creative Adventure Begins

being creative

Let me introduce myself.  My name is Cara Brandon.  I am a wife and a mother of a young lady and son.  I am a preschool teacher.  I want to let you know the reason for creating a blog, and my journey.  This first post is going to be a bit well, wordy.  Stick with me!!

My adventure to be creative started in childhood.  As it does for most of us.  One memory that sticks out is bedroom closet.  My closet had two large sliding doors.  Perfect place for a collage, right?  When I was about 10 years old I started pasting motivational words, pictures, favorite bands, and most of all pictures of the gymnasts (that I admired at the time).  The closets were COVERED top to bottom.  It was my creative outlet.  My motivational board.

From there, my journey takes me to community college where I took Art History classes.  I loved them.  I could sit and watch the instructors’ slide shows for hours and be mesmerized by them.  I found myself reading more than I did in any other class.  Looking deeper into the history of the Artist.  The Art History classes were electives.  I was going to school to be a teacher.

I did not pursue Art History then because of fear.  Fear that I would not find a job. Fear that I would not be “good enough”.  I was not an artist.  I just loved Art.  So, I went the safe route and became a teacher.  (More on that in a minute).

While at community college,  I decided to jump in and try a pottery class.  I had always wanted to throw pots. Make gorgeous vases, bowls etc.  So I thought, what the heck I’ll try.  Right off the bat the teacher said we will have peer critiques of your work.  Wait, What? I thought.  Um, I just signed up for fun, and to learn how to make a bowl.  I didn’t want my peers judging my work.  This dampened my venture into being creative.  One of my projects I made a clock that the gears were breaking.  I thought it was pretty “profound”.  My class, well, they did not. The feeling of being picked apart was horrible.  I finished that class and didn’t sign up for another one.

After college graduation,  I did decide to try something else.  This time my desire was stained glass.  I took my first class and I was in love.  The glass, the colors, working with my hands.  It was amazing.  I bought my own grinder, and glass and I was set.

My mom has a dear friend who is a through and through stained glass artist.  My mom wanted me to meet her since she knew I was so excited about stained glass.  I did.  I saw her work.  It was incredible,  Her studio, incredible.  Instead of blossoming from meeting her, I withered.  I had self-doubt.  I didn’t realize then that she started somewhere.  She probably took a class and bought her first grinder at some point also.  No, my twenty-something version of myself thought.  Well crap.  I won’t be able to do THAT.  So, my stained glass went away.  I still have my grinder, and the glass.  I still have a small fire burning for it.  I know that when the time is right in my life I will do it again. (More on this also. )

Back to the journey.  Fast forward to my mid 20’s and my life in San Diego, California.  I signed up for a drawing class.  So now, I thought, I’ll try and draw.  Well guess what.  I did the same thing as I did with stained glass, and pottery. I didn’t give myself a chance.  I wanted to be at the end of the road.  To be the best.  I didn’t want to go through the pain, of trying and “failing”.

So, back to my teaching.  I found over the years that I love younger kids.  I love being the first experience a child has with school.  I love teaching special education students also.  So I found the perfect job.  I am a preschool, special education teacher.  Not only do I have a class of special needs students. I have a class with typical students and special education students.  I love the variety this lends to my day.

I also love being crafty with the students,  Mixing colors is one of my favorite things to teach the students.  I love learning how to teach students the process of making art.  Ripping, cutting, and gluing.  I love construction paper, and tissue paper, glitter, and stickers.  All things make my heart flutter.

So add my love of all things crafty and my new found a-ha moment.  Just like the quote says,  To be creative, lose the fear of being wrong!!! Lose the fear!!! My mom always says, enjoy the journey.  I am now 43 and I am just now getting that!!! Enjoy the journey.  I don’t have to be the best, most unique.  I can enjoy the process.  So, that is what this blog is for.  It is for my Creative adventures.  I am going to record what I am doing.  What I am learning on this fun, twisty journey.

My most recent venture started last summer when I bought a Happy Planner.  This opened the flood gates for all things crafty.  I bought the planner, then I needed the Washi.  Then I needed the sticker books, and the paper pads, and more Washi.  Then I saw that there was such a thing as happy mail where people swap planner items.  This led to flip books, and pocket letters.   Then this of course led to stamping, card making, scrapbooking etc.

With all of these new found creative outlets I want to record my journey.  Who knows where this will take me!  Maybe to inner peace. Yeah right!!  Who knows, but here goes!!


Love From Lizi Design Team

I am beyond thrilled to be part of the Love From Lizi Design team!  I love her kits!  I am so honored and touched to have my photo next to some amazing and talented card makers!!

Here is a link to her Shop!!

I’ll be back soon with an unboxing and 10 cards from the March Kit!!!



Here is where you can find all of the Design Team members!!  Hope you check them out!

Name Instagram Blog YouTube
Denielle Whicker


Cara Brandon


Scott Pegg


Tina Smith


Laura Gallimore


Alicia Havernak


Jennifer Taylor


Karen Warner


Sara Oliver


Erin Reed


Charlotte Ehrukainen 


Rainbow Junk Journals

Well hello Blog.  It sure has been awhile!!  I am so glad to see you!! I have many exciting things to share!!!  Let’s start with the most recent!!

I’ve added 6 new journals to the Etsy shop CaraBrandonCreations.  Here are a few pictures. 🙂

I’ve also added some Junk Journal Color Kits.  For those who are Junk “Journalers” and need some cool fabric, lace, ribbon, vintage buttons, and retro ephemera I’ve created journal kits in each color.  Here are a few pictures of those.  (They are also listed in my Etsy shop. )

I also have flip through videos of each Journal.  You can find those here.  YouTube

I would have to say this is one of the biggest projects I’ve done as far as paper crafts goes.  I made the Orange Journal first and I was then inspired to create the entire rainbow.  I love all things rainbow!! It could be the preschool teacher part of me.  It could just be I love bright and vibrant.  ( I do like a pretty pastel pink too).

These colors.. make me smile!!  In Preschool color mixing and showing 4 year old’s that Red and Yellow mixed together makes Orange is one of my FAVORITE things to teach!!

I love using bright colors to decorate my classroom.  Here is a picture of my classroom a couple years back.  Hard to tell from this Photo.  (I’ll have to find better ones) But I have lots of rainbow colors going on. 🙂


When I was younger the Color Kittens book was my favorite!!

color kittens

So I think all things bright and saturated with color have been inspiring to me for a very long time.

It has been so fun, scary, frustrating and exciting making these 6 journals.  I have learned so much about listing items in Etsy, and posting videos on Youtube and getting the “word out there” with my videos.  Again, another creative adventure milestone!

The Adventure Continues with Design Teams!!

I can’t believe it!!  I am so excited!! I decided to apply for two separate design teams, and they both said YES!!  You never know if you don’t try… Right!!!

The first is for ideas2come.  The owner’s name is Heather and she has an Etsy shop and Facebook group.  She recently introduced me on her Facebook page, this is what she said,

“Say Hello to Ideas2come new Creative Director Cara she has an awesome channel
Please go and check her out.”  Bursting with excitement!!!

I am so excited to be working with Heather on ideas for her Etsy shop.  She will have Junk Journal Kits in her shop soon.  I will have more on that in an upcoming blog.

The other Design team is for Junk That Treasures.  On Etsy the shop name is JunkThatTreasures.  The owner of the shop, Sarah just sent me all kinds of Junk Journal goodies that I will be using in my projects.  I am currently uploading the unboxing video to youtube.  I will have that linked below so you can check out the selection of fun stuff in her shop.

With being on the design teams I will be making some crafty things and videos to go along with the items.

Please hop on over to Etsy and look for Ideas2come

here’s the link,




Thanks!!! More to come!! Stay Tuned. 🙂