Monday, January 09, 2017

Paris in My Heart Travelers Notebook Ephemeras Vintage Garden Design Team Project

My first project for Ephemeras Vintage Garden Design Team is up on the Vintage Junk Journals website today! I'm so pleased with the project- a travelers notebook and I am beyond thrilled to see my work on the site.
You can see the video flip through on the site HERE.

Happy making, Friends!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Queen Victoria!

Does anyone else find this completely exciting???
Queen Victoria comes to PBS next Sunday, January 15th. I'm tuning in, how about you?
Monday, December 05, 2016

The Holiday Bear Lair 2016

I had a lot of fun decorating for Christmas this year. The sun was coming in so beautifully yesterday, I had to take a few photos before it moved on. The only thing I would change (and will change) is the color of the painted furniture. In my last apartment many of these pieces were in different rooms. Now they are all in one room and it's a bit of a crazy color kaleidoscope!
Aside from that, I'm loving the cozy plaid and the greenery.

This little desk in the corner has been in our family as long as I can remember and the plaid luggage was my grandmother's back in the forties! So cute, right?

I made the "Joyeux Noel" banner a few years ago and it's still one of my favorite things.

This year Pete will be playing Santa at an event at my work. I thought this little sleeping Santa was the perfect touch on his night stand.

A close up look at the banner. I used an embroider font that mimics wood and glittered with Martha Steward bronze glitter. The papers were from a scrapbook paper pad and I backed each letter with sheet music.

Close up of the desk- can you see that the little vest my brother is wearing is the one that is hanging on the twig hanger? So sweet! On the middle shelf are my snapshot blocks I made by decoupaging old photos onto wood blocks. They're such fun to play with!

I like the way the rest of the apartment turned out too and I hope to get some photos soon.

Happy making, friends!
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!