Discover Your New Look in the Lakeside Artist Studio

The Lakeside Artist Studio features articles from expert artists working in the fashion world and home decor fields. This week, two of our artists share some advice, as well as their original designs available right now!

Debra Shepard

Debra Shepard began designing jewelry while enrolled at the California College of Arts & Crafts in 1972. It was here where she first created her original threader earrings, seeking to achieve a new design that would make earrings lighter and more comfortable. After a successful career as an art director, Debra was inspired to return to her innovative jewelry ideas and build her signature brand, which has grown rapidly since 2002.

In the Spotlight: Designing Jewelry for the Red Carpet
“I want women to feel pretty, playful and feminine–with a genuine sense of ease and comfort.”


Marla Rae

Marla Rae is not just an artist. She is a woman who wears many hats. She’s been in the gift industry for 30 years, founded and sold an international candle company with her husband, Brian, and also started a Barn Festival on their property featuring vendors from across the country. When she’s not designing beautiful art for Penny Lane Publishing, Marla also teaches string art classes at her daughter’s “Art Bar” in Nebraska.

Where is Your Happy Place?
“Keep inspirational messages in the forefront. It’s amazing how much we are influenced by words alone.”


Fantastic Ways to Showcase Vacation Photos at Home

Whether you’re jetting off on a dream vacation, gearing up for a cross-country road trip or mapping out a fun summer activity schedule at home, chances are you’ll wind up with plenty of photos. All you have to do now is find a way to feature those great memories in your home. Don’t leave awesome snapshots sitting on your camera. Find out how to display your best shots with these fantastic products to showcase vacation photos.

Compose Your Creative Collage


Tell your entire vacation story with the 21-Photo Collage Frame. It allows you to arrange photos in a stylish way by alternating between vertical and horizontal display slots. The frames hold a 4″ x 6″ photo, each. Plastic pane protects the photos. The entire collage mounts vertical or horizontal to fit your space. The Set of Two 20-Photo Wall Collage makes it easy to protect and display vacation memories. The wall collage holds 10 horizontal and 10 vertical 4″ x 6″ photos in plastic sleeves. The reinforced eyelets allow you to hang it up a variety of ways. Showcase the most memorable photos from your vacation with the 8-Pc. Sentiment Wall Photo Gallery. It includes frames that protect photos behind glass, as well as shelves and words. The main frame holds two 4″ x 6″ photos. Accent frames each hold 4″ x 6″ photo.

Preserve Those Precious Pictures


If you’re looking for a storage option that also protects your photos, the 510-Photo Album fits the bill. The jumbo album allows you to show off 510 of your best 4″ x 6″ photos. Each page holds 5 photos on each side. The 3-ring binder design makes it easy to add and remove pages. You can also feature a cover photo. With the Laminator or Set of 100 Sheets, you can add a protective layer to photos. It has an ability to handle documents up to 9-1/2″ wide, using heat to laminate. It’s UL-Listed. The sheet set includes 30 name card sheets, 40 photo sheets and 30 letter sheets. Once you have your photos laminated, use the 1,600-Photo Organizer Case to sort and store. The 16 acid-free photo cases feature rounded corners that keep photos looking their best for years. Each inner case holds one-hundred 4″ x 6″ photos. An outer handle allows for easy transport, and the hinged design has snap closures to keep everything secure.