Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Merry Melody Holiday Junk Journal

I love this journal so much! It is made from a 9"x 12" clasp envelope. I first decoupaged book pages on all sides and then created two signatures using the digital download Merry Melody from Ephemera's Vintage Garden. I also printed up a few free images from Graphics Fairy. This was a lot of fun to make and there are many pockets and many tags for lots of holiday journaling. I hope to have it listed in my etsy shop very soon!

I also made a video- I found the experience this time very trying, so please excuse the silent video portion - last 5 minutes or so! Happy making, friends!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Blossom, a Mixed Media Piece

Hello! Meet Blossom! She sprung from my sketchbook into a mixed media piece that I am actually really proud of. I was inspired by Gabrielle Pollaco- I think her mixed media video tutorials are wonderful and I've learned a lot from her. What a wonderful age we live in when we have instant access to so much amazing inspiration and learning!

Anyway, I was watching this video where she added a paper doll piece that she made herself to a mixed media canvas and something just clicked for me. I'm always sketching and sometimes I really like the things in my book and feel disappointed because it is just stuck in a sketch book instead of being something that I feel I can display.

I had this little cutie in my sketchbook and, inspired by Gabrielle, I photocopied the page and then built a canvas to decoupage her into.

Of course, my "canvas" was just a piece of corrugated cardboard, but you know what I mean! Initially I could not see how she could fit on the canvas so I cut her in half thinking I would just use half of her- similar to these ATC's I made a while back.
However, after playing around with it for quite a while, it became obvious that more of her would fit than I initially realized. Unfortunately, I had only the one photocopy, so I just glued both halves down on the canvas and, in the end, I don't think it is obvious.
I finished off the edges with a floral washi tape that matched everything perfectly and added a sweet little neck tie made from an ombre ribbon. I hand lettered the quote on parchment paper using a purple Tombow brush marker, fussy cut the words and glued them onto the final piece.

I think she is sweet and slightly vintage looking. She also kind of reminds me of Jenny and Aaron's work with her bright blond hair and cute braids.

Anyway, I like her and I want to make more!

Happy making, friends!
Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Lost Spell Book of Beatrice Goode

I had such fun working on this crazy "spell" book! It's my first project using an altered book and it was really a learning process. The first thing I learned is that one should always remove more pages that one thinks are necessary. This book got SO fat! The second thing I learned is that the book used should have a very strong binding. The embellishments really test the binding.

In a way, though, both of these problems suit the story which is this:

In 1929, our protagonist, Beatrice Goode, was 10 years old when the stock market crashed. Her mother, who should have passed on her witchly wisdom to her daughter, was much too distraught over the family's reversal of fortune. They had to sell everything just to stay afloat and life after the crash was drastically different than life before. Beatrice had to create her spell book in an old novel.

Without further ado, I give you The Lost Spell Book of Beatrice Goode:

I did a video too, but the lighting was terrible! 

Anyway, it is a fun book appropriate for this spooky season! I don't think I'll be selling this one, but perhaps I'll use it record Halloween memories.

Happy making, friends!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Documented Life Project, Week 40 AND I'm on a Design Team!

First, my personal art card for week 40:
Fun challenge! Cover something up. I really had fun with this and further challenged myself to use a limited palette. The tissue paper that I used to cover the whole card came from Brave Girls Club- isn't it wonderful? In addition to all the delightful adjectives, it also has the logo so that is the portion I covered with my black "egg" shapes. Those shapes are a stencil I made myself inspired by some of Rae Missigmans. The little round beehive shape is from Ephemera's Vintage Garden's Vintage Queen Bee digital download- just one piece of a truly gorgeous collection.

Now... speaking of Ephemera's Vintage Garden.... I am now part of the Design Team!!!!
So honored and excited to be selected! I am still pinching myself and I can't wait to get started. I'll be making six projects in 2017 using some of the various collections that the talented Debbie-Ann Parent has created. If you are not familiar with Ephemera's Vintage Garden, it is a delightful collection of digital downloads for use in junk journals, scrapbooks, greeting cards, just about any paper craft you can imagine! Anyway, I'll share much more as I get started, but for now....YAY!!!!
Happy Making, Friends!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Documented Life Project, Weeks 38 and 39

Week 38:  Add black and white marks over color. I've been watching Rae Missigmam's videos from last year showing 15 minutes of mixed media. It's been so helpful and freeing! All of a sudden, I feel like, "yeah! I can do this!". So, needless, to say, I had a blast doing this card:
A little collage, a little paint and then black and white uni-ball pens. I really love how it turned out!

And then, there is week 39- add stripes. This was also really fun to do. I started with distress inks over an old book page. First, watered down in a wash and then pounced through various stencils. Then I took another book page and tore it into skinny stripes. I added the stripes and some hole reinforcers to the card, then stitched around some of the elements. When I got that far, I thought it looked a little like a city scape. I probably should have left it alone here, but I added a favorite line from an old Doors song (Hello, I Love You). 

I've been taking a little break from messy art work and playing around on Polyvore. It's really fun and I can do it on the couch! They have contests which help to focus my creative efforts.

Happy making, Friends!



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