Alexa Westerfield

Alexa Westerfield a.k.a. "Swelldesigner" is a graphic designer and social media maven for iLoveToCreate.com by day and a swell, crafty lady by night. She loves being creative in all ways, from photography and jewelry making, to decorating and trending. She runs the craft/design blog The Swell Life, where she shares DIY projects, photography, inspiring finds, and her passion for all things graphic design. Her work has been featured on Perez Hilton, Craftzine, CasaSugar, Curbly, Ohdeedoh, Threadbanger, and Discovery Channel's Planet Green web site.

The Girl who threw up at Blogher12

Yes, you read it right.  That girl is me. I decided to do a personal vlog telling you about my very disgusting experience.  I don't go into great detail (come on, I'm already admitting online that this happened to me, I don't need to give you all the gross embellishments). ...more
OMG I love you. I'm so sorry this happened and I'm even more sorry that I didn't meet you at ...more

10 Tips to Get Your Creative Mojo On!

[Editor's note: Swelldesigner's tips. They're awesome. My favorite is #10. No, wait, #5. My favorite for photography is definitely #1, which I am constantly reminding myself to do. -- Julie] I would consider myself a creative person, but I wholeheartedly will admit that sometimes it is hard to keep your energy up. Seems like there's work, family, and other stresses that can sometimes break our creative spirit. Here's a few tips fog getting your mojo back and letting that creative juice flow!...more
Really helpful tips! My creative mojo has suffered a lot lately, and I really need a jumpstart.  ...more

Colorful Mosaic Wall on the Cheap

{EDITOR'S NOTE: My friend, Alexa, never ceases to amaze me with her fabulous and stylish designs using basic shapes and vivid colors. Check out this mosaic wall art made from paper. This is a project I plan to do this weekend, it looks easy and very affordable! - Kathy }...more
That's incredible! I'm SO going to do this!more

Striped Tie Dye Rosette Flip Flop DIY

Tie Dye Rosette Flip Flop DIY...more

Sparkly Rainbow Pinwheel Tote

I love starbursts, color, and a splash of glitter here or there! I combined all three to create this super fun starburst tote bag!!! I think it turned out really fun...definitely something I will be proud to carry around :) Here's how you make it! ...more

Journaled Photo Mat Tutorial

So, this was supposed to go in Creative Techniques this past year and I was REALLY disappointed when it folded, cause this project was crafted by both me and my mom. ...more

Make your own Graffiti Rose Pin/Hairclip

Make your own Graffiti Rose pin/hairclipI have a little bit of a girl blog crush. Totally love what Alisa Burke has been doing lately on her blog! She is one talented lady!...more

Letter Lighting: How to Make a Font Lantern

Want a quick and easy way to make your space look super hip in only a couple hours? I wish I could tell you that this was hard, but it was sooooo easy. It just took the time to randomly stick vinyl letter type stickers in various sizes (I purchased mine at Michaels) to a plain white paper lantern. You could do this with really any kind of plain sticker....more

this would be adorable in my preschooler's room above his bed.more

Getting back to Simple Things

My Dirty Little Laundry Secret

Oh, the difference 2 hours can make!...more