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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Art Journal Page #6

This page is a variety of new things that I tried.  I put watercolor on the page, then spread it around with a wet paintbrush.  I tried to used some masks and spray Glimmer mist over them, but it didn't work too well.  Lesson learned.  I used a template and distress ink to create the circles.  Then I added words I cut from a magazine and some punched flowers that I doodled in.  Then I stamped some images of writing.  This is where I discovered that my ink pad is in much need of replacing.  I think it actually turned out OK.  It was fun to do, and I learned a couple of lessons along the way.  What do you think?

Stay Crafty, My Friends!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Live Out Lout Mini Album, Part Two

 OK, here it goes...Part Two of my mini.  I am going to show you the finished product today.

The butterflies are cut from paper bags that I use to contain the spray when I do my spray inking.  I thought the layers of ink and glitter were super pretty and decided not to let that go to waste.  The flowers and die cut are from the paper line Antique Paperie by Colorbok.  I added the buttons and the foil stickers (from K and Co.).
 Here is a side view of it.  The yellow flowers are by Prima.  The fabric buttons are by the Colorbok line.

 I got rub ons from this paper line, and these die cuts are also from the line.  I layered 4 of them to create a pocket.
 These tags are what I put in the pocket.  They back can be used for photos or journaling.
 The next page.
 And the tags in those pockets.  Again, the flower pocket is layered diecuts.  The envelope came with this line as well.  I added the key diecut into the pocket, I made the tag out of scrap paper and the ticket is two stickers stuck to eachother.  You can see the tags peaking out of the inside middle pockets.  I will show you those later.
 The next page...I used a die cut "Memories" to create another pocket.
 And the tags in those pockets.
 The last page, the inside back of the book.  More pockets.
 More tags.  These all came from this line of paper.  Isn't it delicious?!
 Two of these tags were created from the packaging of the diecuts and such that I bought with the line.  The other two are scrap papers.  These tags are in the top loading pockets of the pages created by the folding of the base grocery bag paper.
These tags are journaling tags from the line, and some more scrap paper and packaging.  They go into the side loading middle pocket on each side.  I fit three tags in each one.

Well, that's it.  If you have any questions please let me know!

Stay Crafty!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Live Out Loud Mini Album, Part One

I made another mini album using a variation on my Double Zine Fold. This tutorial and mini you can see here.  I thought about how I could use the same concept to make a sort of "gatefold" mini. I also incorporated some recycling in this project, using an oversized grocery bag for the base of the book.  I am going to do this in two parts, the first being how I made it, the second, the final embellishment of it.
 I recycled a very tall grocery bag for this project.  I cut out the bottom and made it one long piece, then folded it lengthwise to make a long skinny piece.  Then I did a little measuring and created two zine folds, one on each side, with a 1" spine piece.  Each side is four "sections" and the spine piece.
 This shows the folded piece, after cutting the two midsections on each side.
 All folded up.

 It is hard to see, but the parts that become the front and back covers are 1/2" longer than the inside pages, so that I could utilize the middle pocket created by the fold on the inside.  You will get two top loading pockets and one side loading middle pocket on each side of the mini.
 After folding and gluing, I inked the book.
 I found these GORGEOUS papers from Colorbok called Antique Paperie at Jo Ann's.  OMG...Love this line!  The closure is seam binding by 7 Gypsies.
 This is the first opening...
 Then the first page opened,
 The second page opened,
And the third.

On the next post, I will show the finished project.  I think it turned out beautiful.  The final dimensions are 7 1/2" tall by 4 3/4" wide.  It has so many tags that you won't believe it.  I also used some interesting recycling ideas for filling it and decorating it.  If you have any questions about how I made the base book, please let me know.

Stay tuned, and stay crafty!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Art Journal Page #5

I just wanted to do a little tangling on this page.  I love doing this Zentangle work.  It is relaxing and fun.  I have not taken any classes, only learned from the multiple artists and posts I have seen online.  I also have some of the books about Zentangle.   I think it turned out kind of cool.  What do you think?

Stay Crafty, My Friends!

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Baby Album

We have some friends who are expecting their first baby, and after seeing the UStream Class by Laura from Following the Paper Trail, I had to make an album for them!  I used the Simple Stories papers and cardstock by Bazzill.
 I love the colors in this line of baby papers!
 It is a paper bag book with her "Stack the Deck" binding.  The bags are done in such a way to make the pockets on the edge of the bag.
 Each bag has three pockets, each of the outer pockets have a cardstock tag, sized to fit a 4x6" photo, and a journaling tag from the paper line.
 Each of the inner pockets has two cardstock tags that also fit a 4x6" photo, and I did a little decorative punching with my Fiskars edge punch.
Six bags in all...36 tags in all.  I think it turned out cute!

Stay Crafty, My Friends!

Friday, February 17, 2012

An Update on my Recipe Index Binder

 I made this double-three-ring binder to use as an index for my recipes.  I just wanted to show you what it's starting to look like.  I have about half of my favorite recipes and their locations in this book, and I have already used it.  I just put the name in the book, where it is located, and now I can find them so easily!
This book is working out great!!!  It is making it sooooooo much easier to find my recipes now.  I could remember what the recipe was, but where it was had become such a problem.

Stay Crafty (and Hungry), My Friends!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Purse Sized Notebooks

I have seen notebooks made out of bingo cards all over the place, and now I have one of my own (and so does Jackie!).  I got some cards in grab bags and I went through my "found papers" and made up these little goodies!  They measure 4 1/2" by 5 1/2" total, the pages are quarter-letter size.
 I used the paper doilies I punched a while ago, and inked them.  I layered them with a doily punch I just got from EK Success, and then layered some vintage bottle caps that I got in a grab bag as well.  The label is a Tim Holtz ruler sticker with some Adorn It letter stickers.  I used book rings to bind it and a little ribbon to decorate them.

For the inside I added a library pocket with a card, and a Tim Holtz ticket.

Thanks for looking, and remember to stay crafty!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Recycled Greeting Card Journal

I found the coolest tutorial from Jennibellie here, on YouTube, and I just had to do it.  She makes the most awesome journals for art journaling.  I love this!
 I used some page kits I bought from DCWV, called "A Colorful Life".  I thought it was super appropriate for this project.
 The binding can either be beaded or not, and I decided to raid my stash and use up A BUNCH of my funky cool beads.
I layered some images from the paper line on the cover, and added some of the epoxy stickers to it.
 Some of the cards make pages, and some create pockets.  She shows some of her pages painted, some covered with paint.  I chose to make them all covered  with this delicious paper.

 In the pockets she puts mini journals. She did tutorials on several different ways to make a mini journal.  I did paint the pages for this one.  I totally just experimented.  These turned out cool. These are also made out of greeting cards.
 Some of the pages.

I need to make the rest of the mini journals to go in the pockets, but you get the idea.  I love how this turned out.  My first thought is to put my favorite quotes into this journal.  Your thoughts?

Stay Crafty!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Mini Junk Journal Organizer

I am doing another swap on Mini Album Scraps, and this is the result of my efforts!
 We were supposed to create a mini organizer, that uses 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pages, has 4 dividers, and a minimum of 50 pages (which includes dividers, pockets, etc).  The base colors are supposed to be neutral (black, brown, off white, white) and our partner picks an "accent" color we are to use for the book.  We were also not to use a lot of embellishments, unless they were paper, so that the book would be flat and easily fit into a purse without damage.
 Valentina, from Quebec, is my partner.  She said she loves vintage, pastel, cream and teal.  She also likes flowers and fairies.  This is what I came up with.
 Inside the front and back cover I used a coin envelope and stamped 2 tags to go in them.  I made 4 dividers and tabs so she can write whatever she wants on them.  I also covered 4 binder clips with coordinating papers, and put one on each divider.
 This is hard to see, but the black page is a pocket page...
 One side is empty, but the other has a library card with a punched butterfly.  I put 10 pages of plain paper in each section, and stamped the front of them with something.  Some are word stamps, some are flowers, some are flourishes...
 In between the 10 pages I put one card that I covered with paper on the back.
 I also have large tags that I folded up, secured with decorative paper tape, and created pockets for two tags.  I inked hole reinforcers to use for them as well.
 Each of these tags are stamped on the back.  Oh, I also inked all of the pages except for the plain ones.
 The back of the tag page, and the next divider.
 This pocket page is different in that I added another piece of paper inside of the fold to create a second pocket.  I did this with 2 of the 4 pocket pages I made.
These tags are in these double pocket pages, and I put some on the other side as well.

Thanks for looking, and wish me luck, I sure hope Valentina likes it!

Stay crafty, my friends!