Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to Just Something I Made, I’m so glad you hopped over for a visit!CreativeSpacesVol3_Cover_WEBA few months ago my studio was photographed by the very talented Sam Breach for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine’s special issue Creative Spaces which hits the stands today.Creative-Spaces-Cathe-Holden-01I received my copy of the Creative Spaces magazine last week and it is one of the most amazing studio magazines I have EVER seen. Every single page of each fantastic feature is packed full of detail, ideas and inspiration from the studios and workplaces of not only the magazine publisher themselves, but inspiring DIY bloggers, talented paper crafters, and even a few of your favorite scrapbook and craft supply companies. They’ve included as well features on DIY storage, decor, and a marketplace for helping you create your own slice of crafty heaven. Here are a few shots of my studio feature, which completely rocked my world. You can find a sneak peek of this issue by clicking on the magazine’s cover image above. Creative-Spaces-Cathe-Holden-05Creative-Spaces-Cathe-Holden-04 Creative-Spaces-Cathe-Holden-06I am so honored and humbled to have my studio space among the ranks of some of the most talented creatives in the craft industry, many of which I have had the great pleasure of meeting and working with. I hope you’ll click below to begin or continue hopping blog to blog to visit the many who were featured and enjoy their unique peeks into this super publication.

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine

Cathe at Just Something I Made (YOU ARE HERE!)

Kristi and Kelli at Lolly Jane

Beckie at Infarrantly Creative

Haeley at Design Improvised

Tracie at Cleverly Inspired

Carola at Boxwood Cottage

Lina at Fancy Frugal Life

Lia Griffith

Jen at Tatertots & Jello

Jennifer McGuire

Jill Yegerlehner/Jillibean Soup

Amanda Coleman

Jen Gallacher

Becky Olsen

Stephenie Hamen

Jodi Sanford

Elle Price/Elle’s Studio

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Michelle Hill

Sherry Mendoza

We R Memory Keepers

Graphic 45

Cosmo Cricket

Fancy Pants Designs

Simple Stories

Chalkboard Blue

Stacy Cohen


Hazel & Ruby


Leave a creative space related comment below as your entry to win my extra copy of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking’s Creative Spaces Vol. 3. Deadline to enter is Monday, July 1, 2014 at noon, PST. One entry per person, please. Winner will be randomly chosen, notified and announced here shortly thereafter.

Congratulations to #23 – Terri Burson the winner of the Creative Spaces magazine Blog Hop Giveaway!

Want to see more Inspired Barn? Check out my studio tour post for my before and progress shots as well as more final studio pics.

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The New X-ACTO® Basic Knife Set and My FREE Crafters Sizing Guide

My appreciation for X-ACTO began in the early 80s with my first job as an ad agency paste-up artist- pre-digital era. I’ve had a #11-blade X-ACTO knife within reach my entire creative career- from graphic designer to professional crafter. So when I was sent X-ACTO’s recently reshaped popular knife set to check out and review I was over the moon.Cathe-Holden-X-Acto-Basic-Knife-Set-2 This new set is housed in a premium soft compression case which replaces the traditional wooden chest- so much easier to carry and store. There are magnetic slots on one side of the kit that securely stores the blades. The kit is very lightweight and includes X-ACTO’s most popular knives for precision trimming and cutting:

  • #1 for lightweight materials
  • #2 for medium to heavy weight materials
  • #5 for heavy weight materials
  • #7, #10, #11, #16, #17, #2, #18, #19, #22 & #24 precision knife blades

Cathe-Holden-X-Acto-Basic-Knife-SetCheck out the very cool X-ACTO® Basic Knife Set video here. The new set retails at $29.99 and will be available nationwide beginning July 1, 2014. This is an ideal gift for your creative friends and the perfect tool set for creative you.

And, speaking of gifts, here’s one from me to you. A free printable with all those little measurements that are good to keep handy when crafting and shopping for materials and supplies.Holdens-Crafters-Sizing-Guide-X The Holden’s Easy Handy Crafter’s Sizing Guide. (A mouthful I know, but the wording fit so nicely into that lovely vintage label graphic found in an old book.) The printable guide features two rulers, one with inches and one with centimeters/millimeters. There’s also width visuals and rounds in both standard and metric. Holdens-Crafters-Sizing-GuideDownload the sizing guide PDF file (that includes two sets of graphics on one letter-size file), and print to white or colored paper or cardstock. Do a test print run to check for measurement accuracy. You may need to adjust your printer’s settings to print at 100% and not scaled to fit media. All printers are different so you’ll have to play with your settings to get the best results.Holdens-Crafters-Sizing-Guide-02 Once printed, trim down and through the side rulers at the grey trim marks as shown, allowing ruler increments to bleed off the side of your guide.Holdens-Crafters-Sizing-Guide-03 You can fold guide in half along the dotted line for tucking into your bag, pocket, or sketchbook. I keep one at my desktop for visually referencing the size of supplies I purchase online such as ribbon widths, bead sizes, jump rings, cabochons, wooden disks, dowel rods, vintage ephemera, and so much more.Holdens-Crafters-Sizing-Guide-01Happy crafting!

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Home Grown Logos: Logo Design

My long career as a graphic designer began in the Midwest two weeks before graduating high school in 1983. I spent half of my junior and senior years in Commercial Art studies a vocational school and was hired into the art department of an advertising agency just before graduating. Four years later I promoted to Senior Art Director and later moved to another, much larger agency. Ultimately I landed on the West Coast and started my own design firm, Holden & Company, in Santa Rosa, California, specializing in wine and food branding, packaging and promotion. Years later, babies came into our lives and I whittled my work down substantially in order to stay at home with them. I focused my work on the niche of design I do best- logos.

After many successful years creating brands for others, I ventured out into new territory- professional crafting, and created the blog you are reading now. I slowly gave up logo design to focus on craft industry work, but just recently decided to put my designer hat on once again and take on logo design work in addition to my crafty ventures. After all, in one year each of those babies will be off to college and every little bit of extra income will help.

Below is a large sampling of logo work I have done for a wide variety of clients, with a few testimonies to follow. If you looking for new branding, you can learn more about my process and rates on the INFO page of You can contact me via email through the website. In addition, I’ll soon be updating my design blog over at Farm Fresh Creative, so if you’re a designer, check there often for good stuff.

Home-Grown-Logos-LOGOS-470Home Grown Logos Client Testimonials

VanLeeuwenLogosphotos“Cathe did a wonderful job creating the now iconic Van Leeuwen logo.  Aside from the tremendous result, working with Cathe was a pleasure.  She was always extremely professional, responsive and met every deadline, generally unheard of in this business.”

Ben Van Leeuwen
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
Brooklyn, NY

i-musicnetwork-logos“I found some of Cathe’s artwork by accident on internet. Loved the style from the first moment on. Our company decided to work with Cathe for a few logo designs. The results are fantastic and she met our requirements after the first short briefing.”

Toni Götz
iMusicnetwork (Brands: Paramount, Nautilus)
Kirchheim, GERMANY

CCASAlogosphotos CATECOlogosphotos“I have worked with Cathe Holden creating two completely different brands. Both brands have been a big success, and a part of what makes a good brand starts with the logo. With one brand I had the name and Cathe created a logo that truly captured what my vision was. Simple, classy and two colors. And of course that it looked like it had been around forever. The second brand we brain stormed and came up the the name and the look together and this time only using black and white.  Again timeless.  If you want a professional logo at an extremely fair price, Cathe Holden is your logo designer!”

Catherine Bergen, President
C CASA and Cate & Co.
Napa, CA

PARATVSlogophotos“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Cathe on our brand identity for both PARATVS Cigars and COR DEO Wine. Her design aesthetic was exactly what we were looking for. She is a talented artist who very much understands the perspective of the client and can help guide and articulate those needs – with great care and attention — into stunning designs. She’s responsive, approachable and really understands the fluidity of the logo design process. She makes the client feel comfortable along the way and does a great job communicating her ideas. Working with Cathe was very synergistic and educational as well. We’ve received numerous compliments on our branding program and she’s brought to life our passion for cigars and wine.”

Thomas S. Kim, President
Thomas Capitol Partners, Inc.
Washington, DC


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