New Art Journal Pages & “Deck of Cards”

Just a couple of new pages I have done in my 8 1/2″ x 12″ art journal.

I was watching a youtube video and someone was making circles on their page using a stencil. I thought to myself “I can make that” (the stencil not the page 😉 ) So I drug out my old fiskars circle template and proceeded to make several circles on a piece of cardstock paper I had covered with clear packing tape. After cutting the circles out I used the stencil on this page to make the assorted groups of colored circles using acrylic paint. I got out a 12 x 12 Crafter’s Workshop stencil “solace” and used Heidi Swap Color Shine in peach to create the design behind the circles. I added a piece of that drywall mesh I mentioned in the previous post and then outlined the circles with sharpie pens that matched the paint I chose. After that I decided they needed to be more defined so I added the black. Down the right side I used a stamp (I cannot remember the name and the packaging is hiding from me right now) which I colored in more with a gel pen. I also used a grey Zig clean color pen around the circles.

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This page I used several colors of Faber Castell Gel stick Gelatos and water to make the background. I got a cheetah print stencil I found at Walmart and used molding paste to create dimension/texture. I dug through my misc stuff basket and found the puzzle pieces, scrap paper edge, music paper, and some line grunge-board scrap. I also used a piece of the paint-able wallpaper I mentioned in last post which was colored using Tim Holtz alcohol inks, then tore to fit where I wanted. I added some “dribble” using black india ink. I found some Heidi Swap 3d letters in my stash that you color yourself and used my hot pink bingo dauber on them. I toned them down to match the page better by using Tim Holtz distress ink in “dusty concord”. I then glued all the elements down using mod podge and Beacon 3 in 1 craft glue. I also used the Beacon glue to create the heart shape which I colored in using a Zig marker. I used more gelatos and zig marker around the page to blend everything together. I wrote my message using Sharpie paint pen and added some alpha stickers. Last I wrote a tiny note about what the page means (because my daughter asked) and added it inside a tiny vellum envelope which I glued to the page by the flap only. Kind of resembles a wall of graffiti I think.

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Finally here are the cards I mentioned. They were cut from 8.5 x 11 cardstock to be used as ATC’s but I never got around to making any. So instead I turned them into this little deck of prompts. I got this idea from a lady (Kiera Goodhand I think? I’ll have to google it…Just googled and its Kiala Givehand, I was close lol) who is selling her “mixed media inspiration deck”. I didn’t want the whole 52 cards in her deck and had other ideas I thought would be fun prompts so I made my own. Plus I am a cheap-ass. I wrote on each one using a sharpie (I hate my handwriting by the way). I covered the back using a layer from a napkin and mod podged them down. I was able to get 8 done with each napkin. After that dried I distressed them using walnut stain and then stamped the edge using a Dylusions stamp. These are pretty fun to flip through to get an idea or like the original creator said, “deal yourself out a few or grab one at random to help kick start or give you some help with a page you are stuck on.” So if you don’t want to mess with glue and all that, go check hers out and buy them.

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As a gift to myself I signed up for an online art class by Donna Downey. I thought long about if I wanted to do this and if I felt the cost was worth it. Thankfully it has a payment plan where its broken down quarterly and that sounded better on the purse strings. Here is a link to the youtube trailer video for that class for any of you who may be interested in signing up or just want to look at some cool art. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwMNr8eutvM

Happy Creating to all of you!
Lady Blue

Ticket Book & Fall Wreath

As I mentioned in my last post I started on making a little book to store all my movie tickets. You can see a couple of pictures of how the book began in that post. From that point I hit a mental roadblock on how I wanted to proceed with the book. However I did think of a fun way to decorate the lid to the box.

What I did was mod podge the popcorn paper into the center and then edged it with extra ticket stubs cut down. I had a title made up from when I originally was going to make a scrapbook page but using it on the lid kinda took away from how cute it looks like this.

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So I am going to put the title on the interior of the lid like so:

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After completing that and looking at some more inspiration I decided how I was going to finish the book. One of the things holding me back was what to do with the pages. I had cut some manila folders to use as the pages and some of them had the logo on them. Covering them with decorative paper to cover it up would require taking the book back apart and re punching a bunch of holes. Sounded too much like work instead of fun. I decided to use some black Gesso canvas primer to create a border and then added some decorative paper in the centers.

Like this:

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In the picture you can also see where I made one page smaller than the others. I did this alternating through the book having the smaller page near the top or the bottom.

Next came the task of adding parts of that scrapbook page I had already started that contained several of my tickets already glued down. I took the piece and cut it down, folded it, hole punched the corners to give it a ticket stub shape. Then I decorated the cover with more popcorn paper, bit of washi tape and some rub on letters. All tucked into a cute little “pocket” on the inside cover of the book. By the way do NOT use Beacon 3 in 1 crafting glue (amazing glue) to glue ticket stubs or receipts to anything if they are paper like the ones in the photo. Something about the glue causes the heat transfer qualities of the paper to completely black it out. Thankfully it only did it on a minor level on two tickets since I had glued them with something else first and was only doing some touch-ups. Test on a scrap of ticket stub or receipt first so you don’t ruin a special memento. On the rest of the tickets I used double sided tape.

Here is how that turned out along with page #1 of the book:

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The little embellishments stick up off the page and add some nice dimension to it. The little ticket on the left page keeps the mini book from falling out the bottom.

Here are the next two pages:

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I still have 15 double sided pages to use in the future so lots of room for more tickets. Not sure how I want to dress up the cover yet but front and back both have a pocket where things can be tucked in. I also am thinking of ways to finish off the exterior of the wooden box.

Ok on to the next thing I’ve done, a Fall wreath.

I saw a post on a facebook “I made this” page of a wreath a lady made. I asked her a couple questions about it and she provided me this link for the instructions she followed. http://millionmoments.net/2013/01/how-to-make-yarn-wreath.html Off I went and bought my supplies of foam ring circle, glue, yarn and fall leaf deco. (The spray glue is really important). Sat down today and began work on it while trying to relax a headache away. Wind wind wind wind.

And tada here is my wreath hanging on my door:

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Hubby likes it and I think it turned out great.

Happy Fall and crafting!
Lady Blue

6 x 6 Mini Album Foundation

So I keep seeing this great little album with flaps and pockets that you can add goodies too. Well I found a video where this lady shows you how to make the foundation album you then add your own papers to. You can make up several of these in assorted card-stock colors that correspond to different seasons/occasion and then add the fun papers and extras as you see fit. Example, red card-stock for use with Valentines paper or Christmas paper. Or Orange/Black to make Halloween album. Having the foundation completed is over half the project so it would cut your time at least in half to make something fun for yourself or to give as a gift. Below is the video I used to make my foundation album. I was using my cell phone at the time to watch it and was still able to get all the great information I needed from it; so using your computer to watch will make it even easier for you. (I just paused when I needed to see her specific measurements) I used whatever 12 x 12 white card-stock I had, my Martha Steward scoring board, and that wonderful 3 in 1 Advanced Crafter’s Glue I raved about in a previous post.

Her steps to make the foundation album:

After doing all that here is mine:
Folded up. You may see my mark (suggested by her) telling me where the top is.

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Showing the three “sections”. You will notice where I attached a flap, that will be covered by whichever paper I decide to use.

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One of the sections opened up to show the two pockets created in the final step. She says in her tutorial you can choose which ever way you want your flap pockets to end up based on what side of the flap you attach the paper in that step. I choose to have them where the pocket opening is at the top when the flap is opened.

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Here is another video she did showing this foundation album after it had been decorated with vintage inspired paper. I will post one of mine once I have added papers and tags.

So much fun, I cannot wait to make more!

Lady Blue

Smash Book

My daughter and I hit up Michaels last week and found all sorts of fun goodies. One thing she really wanted was a smash book. I got her an 8 x 12 3-ring binder one because she liked the way it could have things added to it and it wasn’t too bulky that she couldn’t jam it in her backpack to take around with her. We also picked up a few things she could add to it such as little pockets journal spot cards, stickers. When we got home we did some trading of craft supplies. She shared with me me a couple of things she had picked out and I gave her some stuff from my stash so she would have more goodies to use in her book. Smash books look fun so the next day I went to JoAnns to see what they offered and I found one I liked that is a little smaller than 8 x 10, here it is. It has a “wood grain” chipboard cover that can be decorated which of course I did.

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This is how it looks inside. It has a few tabbed and un-tabbed pages to attach things on. I picked a 3 ring binder so I could add to it but I also didn’t want a big 12 x 12 one in case I wanted to carry it around. This worked out to be perfect for me at about 8 x 10.

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Of course the cover was naked and I decided to use paper to personalize it to my liking. While watching several smash book videos through Pinterest I heard about this great glue by Beacon. It’s called 3 in 1 Advanced Crafting Glue. Fast drying, super strong. I bought some while on my trip to use with the album. This stuff is amazing and I recommend you get some to use for those outer pages or anywhere you want a quick strong bond. (both Joann’s and Michaels had it)

I used paper that looked like denim pants and then used a dark blue for the binding. I used a black perm marker to color the edges of the binder before applying the paper. Why blue? Blue Crafty, Lady Blue, AF Wife, etc 😉

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After that I added these cute Canvas buttons available from CTMH and a strip of lacy ribbon I think I found at Joann’s previously. Before I glued down the lacy bit I put a couple of Tim Holtz brads through it. They have little clock pictures on them. In the middle you can see another piece of paper sticking out. It is a journaling card from Oriental Trading. I forgot to mention when I glued the blue paper to the cover that I created a pocket shape so I could tuck something into it. I plan to add some more stuff to the front and maybe the back once I decide what.

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Of course you can never have enough pockets or places to stash things so I glued this paper I cut at an angle to the inside front cover. Paper is from Die-cuts With a View Timeless Type stack. 8 x 8 paper pack. DCWV has lots of fun papers for any theme. You can see something tucked in the pocket which I will explain in a bit.

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Here is the back cover where I used a different paper from the same pack.

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And finally the insert, a mini album I guess you could call it. I made it buy cutting two 8 x 11.5 pieces of black card-stock, one length-wise and one across the center. Then I scored them in the middle of each across the shortest part and then glued the two together while leaving one side not glued to create an additional pocket (not shown here). Glued on some papers to dress up the pages. These are only half done so when I complete them I will give some more pictures.

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Paper is fun don’t you agree?

Lady Blue