Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Journals, Journals and more Journals!

Happy Tuesday!

If you've had a chance to view my previous post you would have seen my latest Design Team project. I spent all of last week working on it but I was glad that it turned out just as I hoped. This week I am left with the aftermath (Ugh!)..

As I was cleaning up my mess I also found myself reorganizing some of my art journals. Boy, I never realized just how many Art Journals I have! The picture below doesn't even include the five additional journals that were out of reach.

I really enjoy making my own journals and they all vary in size and paper type. However whenever I do need to purchase a journal my main concern is if they can sustain all the gesso, paint, etc. One particular journal I like to use is The Dylusions Art Journal by Ranger as it is inexpensive and decent quality.

Most of these aren't completed but some are close..hahaha...

So because we are discussing Art journals today I thought I would share a quick little tutorial for a quick simple journal that can be made at a moments time with little supplies.

Step 1: Gather your supplies

- One sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper or anything similar that can be cut to size as it will be used for the cover.
- Twine or embroidery floss
- Hole Punch
- Corner Rounder
- Score Board & Bone Folder
- Heavy Cardstock or Basic Printer paper will do especially if you don't use to many wet mediums
- Scissors

 (I used We R Memory keepers, Martha Stewart, Hemp Chord, Cutter Bee scissors and Prima paper)

Step 2: Score all your blank sheets of paper in half and stack one inside the other to form one thick signature. (At this time you will want to trim your paper accordingly if you should decide to make a journal of a size that differs from the standard 8.5 x 11)

Step 3: Repeat step 2 with the sheet of paper that is to be used as your cover

Step 4: Make two marks toward the center of the page about 1.5 in. from each edges and then punch holes where you made your mark. (Repeat these steps for your cover sheet)

Step 5: Run the twine twice through both holes (make sure your cover sheet is in place) then tie off.

And there you go! A quick and easy art journal for any day of the week. You can also use this as a type of planner.  I hope you enjoyed today's post and don't forget if you like what you see please subscribe to my blog and you can also follow me on YouTube.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

DT Project #2 All Done!

Hello Friends,

As I've mentioned before I currently design for a local scrapbook store called The Creative Escape and my DT box for April was full of amazing Tim Holtz goodies! Now for those who don't already know I am a big fan of Mr. Holtz, so you can probably imagine how excited I was to work on this project.

It started with a plain Ideology Folio and it became a fun little place for beautiful family photos. Sadly though this wonderful little project had to be given back and I don't know if it's just me, but sometimes it's not easy having to part with these projects. Just below are a few photos and here is a link to my YouTube channel for a quick flip through video that I took literally last minute.

 Front and Back Cover

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Whimsical WaterColor

Hey Guys!

Just wanted to share a new video with you today. I created this using mostly water color mediums such as paint, gelato's and pencil. Enjoy :)

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Simon Says Stamp Challenge #5

Hello Darlings,

Thank you so much for joining me today for the reveal of my fifth and final entry of the SSS Monday Challenge I really hope you liked my journal pages. If you have any questions about anything you have seen on this blog feel free to leave a comment below. Don't forget to sign up by email so that you won't miss out on any new posts to come!

So for the background on these pages I used some craft paper for the base then added gesso and paint. For texture I used tape and corrugated cardboard.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge #4


I guess I'm doing a lot art journal sharing these days because I have another page for you guys. Once again this also is an entry to the SSS Monday Challenge. I will keep this post short and sweet as I still have one final post in regards to this challenge.

The background on these journal pages are full of texture. These pages are some of the first journal entries in this book and I guess I had to much fun spraying and inking everything..Hahaha.. I used ribbon and fabric strips for the quote in addition to distressing etc. I don't even know if I can recall all the different techniques that may have been used. My most favorite thing though is the vintage photo!

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Entry #3

Hello Friends,

Another day another entry! My third submission for the SSS Monday Challenge is another page from my art journal. My art journal is a great place to experiment with new techniques and to just LET GO and DO instead of THINK. The way I see it each new page is an opportunity to just make a mess and see where it takes me. Sometimes I create something I don't like at all but as I build layers it eventually turns into something I'm satisfied with. I do try to create my pages from start to finish but it doesn't always happen that way. I also tend to work on multiple journals at once. For example if I have any excess medium that I don't want to waste I will apply it to the pages of another journal and  then I can come back to it later.

Here is an example of what I meant when I said I like to just DO and not think. I started with a blank page that I covered in white gesso. I had no real idea of what I wanted to do or what colors I was going to use. I did however have an idea of what mediums I wanted to use so I gathered my supplies and just played. This spread is the result of scrap tissue, washi tape, India ink and water color. It has become one of my favorite pages because of its simplicity.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Entry #2

Happy Saturday!

It's cold and it's rainy today so that means LAZY SATURDAY! Well lazy is a bit of an understatement because there is so much to do around the house. So with a nice cup of freshly made coffee (loving my Chemex btw!) in hand all I need now is my art journal. Speaking of which, before I go I want to share my second submission for the Simon Says Stamp Make Your Own Background Challenge which is a page from my art journal.

The background is a combo of paint, stamping and an old piece of shelf paper.