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DIY Colorful Collage Wall Art

My brother and I were the only kids in our pre-school class that knew how to use scissors. And my mom was very proud of that fact.

It’s true, I’ve been making things since I was a kid and I’m so thankful for parents who also fostered my creativity. Years later, after I “graduated” to big kid scissors I received a pair of hand-me-down scissors from my dad. The scissors I received were the now oh-so-iconic Fiskars Orange-handled Scissors that are at home in artist studios, offices, kitchen drawers and even the Museum of Modern Art. My pair were my dad’s old work scissors from 1987—a year after I was born.

My dad is a printing expert and these plastic-handled scissors, which he engraved his name into the blade, were the scissors he used daily to cut pre-press printing film. Back in the day before things were digital, each image was transferred onto the printing plates via film transparencies, one layer for each color of ink. Layered together these plates would make up a preview of the soon to be printed images, books, and magazines.

I used these scissors all throughout high school and they got me through all my art courses in college. I’ve used them to clip coupons, make artwork, and cut gift wrap. They’ve cut herbs in my garden and opened many boxes. Now I keep this 30 year old pair of scissors in my home studio where they still get used on an almost daily basis.

50th anniversary

While my pair of scissors turned 30 this year, did you know that October 5th is the 50th anniversary of these iconic shears? These scissors were actually the first plastic-handled scissors to be made. In honor of the anniversary, I used my new pair to create three colorful collages. They are inspired my first pair of Orange-handled Scissors and their printing industry roots. I cut out and layered colorful sheets of vellum to mimic the way cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink are combined to make full color printed images.

DIY Colorful Collage Wall Art


Orange-handled Scissors
12″ x 12″ smooth, primed artist panels
Assorted colored vellum
Permanent spray adhesive
Squeegee (a credit card can also be used)
Scrap paper


  1. Use scissors to cut out the colored vellum sheets in various shapes.
  2. Arrange your design on the board to get an idea of your intended layout. Then one at a time, spray the back of each shape and place on the board. Use a squeegee or a credit card to smooth out any bubbles. Continue layering shapes on at a time until your design is complete.

Free Phone Wallpapers

I just adored these collages so much I decided to make them into iPhone wallpapers. And you can enjoy them too by downloading your favorite design below.

Download the petal stack wallpaper

Download the dot wallpaper

Download the flower wallpaper

Do you have a pair of Orange-handled Scissors? If so, what do you use yours for and what have you created with them over the years?








How to Help Houston


In place of the typical weekly link roundup, I’ve decided to share resources on how you can help those affected by hurricane Harvey. Growing up in Miami hurricane season always kept everyone on edge and although (thankfully) I haven’t personally experienced flooding like many are in Texas, my heart goes out to those affected. So many people lost their homes and are currently displaced. I encourage you to please help in any small (or big) way you can.

I also created the graphic above for your own use. Feel free to share it on social media or print it out to help spread a message of hope. You can download it below:

Texas heart with a white backgroundTexas heart with a yellow background

Ways to help

  1. Sponsor a family in need or request assistance (for yourself or someone you know) on Sugar & Cloth.
  2. Greater Houston Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
  3. YouCaring Fundraiser with proceeds directly benefitting the city + victim relief
  4. Donate to the Houston Food Bank
  5. Donate to the Houston United Way



September 2017 Calendar Wallpaper

to the moon and never back

With all the talk about the eclipse last month and the shorter days ahead, I thought it would be fun to create a moon phase wallpaper. It features all the phases of the moon that you probably learned in middle school but totally forgot about. And that’s ok, all you need to know is that you can add this terrazzo-like scene to all your devices. Links below!


Desktop | Desktop with calendar | Desktop with quote
Laptop | Laptop with calendar | Laptop with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen
Apple Watch

Design and illustration by Sarah Khandjian | downloads for personal consumer use only


If you’re having major wanderlust, check out some of the other whimsical wallpapers I’ve created.


How to Pack for 2 Weeks in a Carry On Suitcase

Whenever Kevin and I fly we almost always carry on our luggage. Not only does it save tons of time by not waiting to collect your bag at baggage claim it also guarantees that your bag won’t get lost along the way. So after traveling nearly every month of 2016 and several times already this year, I finally feel like I’ve nailed down my packing game. And that comes from someone who used to be a serial over-packer. I mean, last weekend I wore every item in my suitcase!

Below is a solid plan of what I typically pack on a 2 week trip. There are few items not on the list that I always include, my travel essentials, if you will. These items are definitely worth a look because many have become indispensable, like my bright pink travel wallet.

What to pack

  1. Your favorite pair of jeans; mine are Madewell’s 10″ hi-rise skinny jeans.
  2. Pack a pair in another color; I like black ones because you can dress them up.
  3. Overalls. Definitely my most-worn article of clothing these days. Oh-so-comfy and perfect for fuss free adventures (the side zipper makes them easy to remove).
  4. Jumpsuit. Swap with your favorite dress if you’re not a jumpsuit kinda gal. I prefer this one lately because it can easily go from day time to night.
  5. Favorite tank top in 2 colors; perfect for layering. I love this because they aren’t too fitted and have a higher neckline to protect your skin from the sun.
  6. Striped t-shirt. It can be worn with everything!
  7. Sleeveless white cotton shell, similar. Pair with a great statement necklace for night time.
  8. Comfortable walking sandals. My favorite are Abeo Brynn sandals in brown leather. Available in 3 different footbeds perfect for long days walking or anyone with chronic foot pain like me.
  9. Sneakers. A solid colored sneaker like these gold Vionic Syra sneakers work with jeans and dresses alike.
  10. Comfy flats. Who wants to walk miles in heels? I love these Vionic Posey flats because of the good arch support.
  11. Cardigan. Perfect for layering and a must for chilly flights.
  12. Raincoat. If you’re heading to a destination where it rains often I like packing a raincoat because it can also be used a light weight jacket when it’s not raining. My Joules Coast Waterproof Jacket has a soft, jersey lining and comes in lots bright colors (and black too).
  13. Toiletry bag. I’ve tried tons over the years and the small Reisenthel Toiletbag one tops them all. It’s small enough to be carried in a backpack but large enough to hold the essentials including makeup. It’s available in tons of cute prints too.
  14. 2 bras. I like to bring a “real” bra bra (one with a wire) and a comfy bralette or two. My favorites are the Lively T-Shirt Bra (which converts to be a racerback) and the Lively Mesh Trim Bralette.
  15. Smartwool no-show socks; while they are kinda pricey I promise you’ll never wear another brand of socks again. They are the first no-show socks I’ve found that don’t slip off your heel! And even though they ae made of wool they don’t feel scratchy on your feet.
  16. Panties; whether you prefer bikinis, thongs, or boyshorts these are so comfy! 6 are shown above but pack more obviously.
  17. Rolling carry-on suitcase; I like this American Tourister Z-Lite 20″ suitcase because you can wheel it upright. Game changer when maneuvering in train cars and narrow airplane aisles.

Packing Tips

After traveling a ton, here a few of my favorite travel tips I’ve learned along the way.

Store things in your shoes! Mini lint rollers, socks, panties, whatever. This extra bit of space is super valuable and often gets over looked. Also, you probably already know this but try to wear your largest pair of shoes when you fly. So if it’s winter that means boots!

Pack a light weight scarf. It can be used as a wrap if you’re cold on the flight and it’s a great way to give some oomph to a previously worn outfit.

Did you know Google allows you to download a selected map area directly to your phone for offline use? This one is especially helpful when traveling aboard.  It even keeps all your starred locations so you can figure out how to get to that matcha cafe you saw on Insta. You just need to be connected to wifi and note that if you want to download a larger area (I saved the southern U.K.) it can take up about 1+ GB of storage on your phone.

Do you have any other packing or travel tips? Leave me a comment below!







Links to Love

No Bad Days.

Weekend ahead! I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend after having 3 migraines in the past week. What a doozy! I see weekend breakfasts and lots of time at the ranch in my near future! What fun things do you have planned this weekend?

This week I’m loving…

This pom pom task lamp.
Jeran makes the best drink recipes!
I think every interior door should be this color.
Matcha for your skin.
The cutest faux-leather tote.
DIY glassine-like treat bags. So fun!
Obsessed with this new top c/o Joules.


Love stickers? You can download my free sticker designs here!