Sunday, September 18, 2016

Rubber Stamp Storage

I don't have a huge collection of stamps, but I do love the ones I have and I use them a lot in my junk journals. I was having a hard time storing them. First I kept them in a closed box with a handle- kind of a cardboard version of a vintage train case. Everything fit, but it was kind of a pain to have to pull out the box and open it just to get my distress ink or blending tool.

So then I went to a basket to have everything close at hand, but that quickly became a jumbled mess.

The other problem was with storing the cling stamps. I tried to keep them on their original acetate sheets and then keep all the sheets in a baggie, but that was also unwieldy. I'd try to get one sheet out and knock stamps off the other sheets.

So, what does a crafter do when she needs storage solutions? She hits Pinterest, of course! Here's the idea.

#papercraft #crafting supply #organization: Handy Stamp Storage Idea, craft storage, organise:

So that was great- I have all my cling stamps in old CD cases (makes me glad now that I hadn't purged all those things!), but I still had my wooden block stamps, ink pads and tools. I looked at what I had and the amount of space I had and I made a solution! Behold the Amazon Box/Pancake Box/Book Page storage chest!



After it was assembled, I gave the whole thing a coat of Mod Podge and added drawer pulls made of brads. I love that now I can just pull out the drawer I need and keep working! I posed the chest with my colored pencil caddy that I made a few years ago. Isn't it great that plain old cardboard, paper and Elmer's Glue can be transformed into something truly useful?

I'm on the last day of a week's vacation. It has been a lovely week of rest, relaxation, making things, going to the movies and out to eat with my sweetheart! Tomorrow- back to the grind...

I'll enjoy today and let tomorrow take care of itself. Happy making, Friends!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Documented Life Project, Week 37

This week:  add stitching to your card. Ironically, I've got another butterfly, but it wasn't really intentional. I was trying to make a lovely layered background and all I seemed to be making was mud! Finally, I put a layer of gesso over the whole thing and decoupaged a portion of a paper napkin down. And then... the heavens opened and the angels started singing!

From that point, it all got easier. I stitched around the outside, stamped the words onto dictionary scraps and then embellished it all with sparkly Sakura Gelly Roll pens. SO happy with how it all ended up. I guess that's the challenge of mixed media- keep working at it, trying different techniques and materials until you find the balance that pleases you.

Happy making, Friends!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Lovelight Journal

So pleased with this journal! It is the Lovelight journal. This one took some time. All of the lovely laces were from my stash and were sewn to the pages. It was a joy to put it together!










The digital download tags and journaling cards came from two immensely talented ladies:
Nicole from Accessoire and Debbie-Ann from Ephemeras Vintage Garden.

As soon as I have the listing up in my etsy shop, I'll link to it. Also have a video in the works too! I had a really good long weekend- super productive.
Happy making, Friends!

When Worlds Collide!

Junk Journals, Handwriting and Bullet Journals, oh my! These three things are where my energies have been focused lately and they all mashed together in this one project!

I joined the Facebook group #RockYourHandwriting to help improve my handwriting in my Bullet Journal (which has become the best planner I have EVER used, btw). In this project, I made my own little travelers notebook to house my daily handwriting practice.
You might remember the Queen Elizabeth II junk journal- these pages are part of the guts of the book I used. I've become inordinately attached to my book guts so this was really fun to make! 
Back cover is the inscription page- kind of a hoot to read!
Lord Cochrane in his youth.
And again in his 85th year. I'm sure he would be mortified to know that his glorious account of his career in Her Royal Highness's Navy had become gutted and repurposed! 
My title page
My BuJo inspired layout that I picked up from another group member on Facebook.

Happy making, Friends!

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Documented Life Project, Week 36

Here is my Personal Art Card for Week 36- the prompt was to add an organic element. After cutting out these beautiful printed butterflies, I also glued down these tender petals from a Deodar Cedar cone and added the flat back pearls. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

The theme for September is "Roll Call- being accountable". I made this divider from a long hoarded Chico's bag! On the backside I glued black cardstock and drew out my calendar. I LOVE September!

Below is a look back to the Week 2 PAC which was to start with a favorite quote and paint over all but one inspiring word. It's hard to tell in the photo, but I used a metallic marker and in person, it really shimmers beautifully.


That's it for me today. It's been a busy week, but it sure was fun to dig in today with DLP.
Happy making, Friends!

Friday, September 02, 2016

Credo


Three years ago, I was driving home from work and thinking about attaining and keeping balance in my life. When I got home, I wrote this letter to myself. It's been traveling around with me in various notebooks and I refer to it from time to time to remind myself of these essential truths. (Truths for me, in any case. I don't presume to speak for anyone else.)
It seems to me that it makes sense to put it here on my blog for a couple of reasons:

  • If I lose my handwritten note, I'll be able to find it here.
  • Perhaps it will be a help to somebody else (that's a nice thought!)
So here it is, just as I wrote it in 2013:

Because life is stressful, it is extra-important that you take especially good care of yourself.

To nourish your mind, soul and body, you must attend to your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

For the mind, hold yourself accountable for rational thought. Ask yourself,"Is this thought true?" Make an effort towards positive thought- look for the good rather than dwell on the negative. Provide some mental stimulation for yourself in the form of new ideas, classes, workshops and books. Keep the brain engaged!

For the soul, it is important to monitor your feelings. Because our feelings are determined by our thoughts, we start there. The way you feel will affect how you think and behave. That is why you must be aware of and focus on all three of these elements. To "live" in only one element is to throw off your balance- a wheel that is not balanced will wobble and eventually crash.

Feelings can be overwhelming. It is so important to express them (or "discharge" them), but it's also important to test them with rational thought. Again, is it true? They are not good or bad, but they may lead to erroneous thought. Feelings are also indicators that change may be needed in your life. Use your feelings to initiate a dialogue with yourself and those you trust to see if your feelings may be prompting you towards a change of course.

For the body, we attend to our behaviors. The body is part of the trinity of good balance. The way we nourish our body with our behaviors will have a large impact on the other two:  mind (thoughts) and soul (feelings). What nourishes the body? The essential behaviors are rest and sleep, healthful eating, movement, creating beauty and contributing to a higher good. If you will engage in these behaviors, you will find it easier by far to attend to your thoughts and feelings.

It is tempting to me, as I write about each element, to view that particular element as the fulcrum upon which the other two elements hinge, but that is incorrect. You are a wheel, travelling through your time on this earth. The three elements are your inner bearings helping to keep you balanced, allowing you to roll without wobbling- all are equally crucial.

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So there you have it- ramblings from a long commute! I hope you find value in it. Happy making, Friends!
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Documented Life Project, Week 35

If you are not familiar with the Documented Life Project (DLP), it is hosted by the fabulous ladies at Art to the 5th and it's a year long project. There are new prompts every week for a Personal Art Card (PAC), which really is the same thing as an ATC or Artist Trading Card. Aside from the PACs, there is just the fun of putting together your framework each month- a divider, monthly calendar, weekly pages and then fun things like the "List TEN" cards or "Dare 2B" cards which often provide thought provoking prompts. 

I've been following along for the whole year. I discovered Art to the 5th while planning our wedding last fall and it was a welcome break from planning. They offer all kinds of classes, videos, etc. and I found it so inspiring to just make art for art's sake. I also discovered art journaling during this time so I was really jazzed and signed up to play for 2016.

Of course, January came and I was completely depleted! After the wedding and Christmas, I was feeling pretty worn out and felt that I had no creativity to bring to the project! I jumped in anyway and I'm awfully glad that I did. For me, it kept me moving along even if my muse had left the building. Every Saturday morning, new prompts are published and it's been a great thing for me to set aside this one morning a week devoted to art. 

I can honestly say that I wouldn't be making junk journals or working in a bullet journal if not for the time I devoted to DLP. It has opened my creative side in wonderful ways and now art is a part of EVERY day rather than just once a week!

So, anyway, here are some pics of my DLP "unplanner" which was the theme for this year.
Front Cover - acrylic paint on chipboard. This is my second cover- the first was dry wall mud textured and run through stencils like the back cover below. Unfortunately, it was too thick, too gloppy and the embellishments fell off! I like my second version better!

Back cover- I do like this technique and will do it again, but I'll use a light hand like I did on this!

Here is the opening page. The back of the front cover was painted black and then I crumpled tracing paper and glued it over the entire surface. I really like this effect. The January divider page is next. You can really see my lack of inspiration! I decided to just be clean and simple. "Going out on a limb- trying something new" was the monthly theme. A sign hanging from a tree limb seemed appropriate.

Week 1 PAC:  incorporate 16. Hmm, doesn't get much more basic! I also incorporated my word for the year. Strange how profoundly important the choice of word has become as I've embraced my creative pursuits more fully than I ever have before- my first love. Not just embraced making art, but becoming serious about sharing it, becoming involved in the online community and hopefully, getting to a point where I make money from it too. 

This week's PAC. Week 35 - incorporate your favorite number. This was really fun- 
  • glued a book page to cardstock, inked the edges, 
  • stamped five stars and then 
  • encapsulated 5 metal stars under a layer of tracing paper sewn to the card on all edges with a zigzag stitch.
It looks better in person and it's pretty cool the way the stars shake around in it.

So, that was a long look at the Documented Life Project. Thanks for making it all the way to the end! I hope to share the current card each week along with one from earlier in the year.

Happy making, Friends!