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Journaling by 5s, Part 3 (How hard can it be to stamp and stencil?)

The tragedy project continues. Today I completed step three of Journaling by 5s by Shannon Green. This session focused on adding pattern to the journal pages using stamps and/or stencils. Pffffft. How hard could that be? Well, actually it’s wasn’t that easy.

First I had to decide which stamps and stencils to use which in itself was a 15 minute exercise. Next was choosing the colors. For some reason I thought it was a good idea to pull out almost every ink pad I had thinking I’d do some colorful stamping. Yeah, right. I did have a sane moment, though,  and limited my paints for stenciling to black and pearlized white. 

It wasn’t long after I started the timer that I realized there was a lot of cross-contamination of colors going on and letting my Staz-On Ink pad sit open for 15 minutes was almost making me hyperventilate. I couldn’t use a stencil with an ink pad once it was covered with paint and I didn’t have time to clean off the stamps in between every color. 

So, as sadly this stage turned into black stencils and patterns made by a piece of bubble wrap which is usually one of my favorites. So much for colorful stamping and stenciling. Here is the result of today’s “play time”.

Starting point when I still had high hopes for this session.

Starting point when I still had high hopes for this session.

I did like the use of the background script writing stamp and used it on several pages.

I did like the use of the background script writing stamp and used it on several pages. Too bad it’s upside down!

Black ink bubble stamp.

Black ink bubble stamp.

I tried to use an ink pad with a stencil which didn't work so well.

I tried to use an ink pad with a stencil which didn’t work so well.

Yup! Black paint on bubble wrap. You've got to love it!

Yup! Black paint on bubble wrap. You’ve got to love it!

Even though Jounaling by 5s can be a little stressful, it is a lot of fun and I have  been learning a lot, both about mixed media and about my own art style. Stayed tuned for tomorrow’s session when I add focal images and words!

Time's up and I'm left with a really big mess to clean up!

Time’s up and I’m left with a really big mess to clean up!

From Flat to Fat

Happy New Year everyone! I know it has been a long time since I last wrote a post but you know how busy the holidays are. I am betting that all of you were too busy to read blog posts anyway, right? Well, now that the holidays are over for the most part I will show you something that I made to help me remember this wonderful Christmas time. If you have read my blog for a couple of months or more you will remember seeing my December Daily in the post, “Out of the Mess”.

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This is the unfinished version. The pages were all there but none of them, including the cover had been decorated. Well everyday in December I wrote down a little something I did and put aside some ephemera that corresponded with what I wrote down. Then every other day or so, I played with my December Daily and all the embellishments and ephemera I had so I could go back to it in the years to come and remember the fun times.
This is what my December Daily looks like now!

I didn’t show you all the pages but you get the idea. This is the second year I have made a December Daily and I love them. I had so much fun reading what I did at Christmas time last year I know this is a tradition I will hold on to. So now you can see how my December Daily (and my waistline) went from flat to fat over the holidays. Later this year I will post a blog when I start constructing my one for Christmas 2015 and I hope some of you will come and play along!

STUFFED!

A little over a year ago on May 27th, I posted a blog about smash books. I even showed one I made  myself. Smash books and junk  journals are what I call, ” Scrapbooking for the rest of us”. I haven’t gotten into proper scrapbooking yet, although I’ve seen some awesome mixed-media type layouts. Most of my photos are still lingering on my computer’s memory.The ones I have actually printed out are lingering away in photo boxes. “One day,” I tell myself. “One day!”

But what about the ticket stubs, playbills, receipts, candy wrappers, maps, postcards and other ephemera you want to hold onto?  All of life’s little papers hold memories that deserve to be remembered. That is what junk journals and smash books are for. And the best part of junk journals is that there is absolutely no talent required to fill one. You can tape, glue or staple your papers in. No particular order is required. Then you can add doodles, stickers, sentiments or nothing. It’s entirely up to you.

I have filled up the junk journal I made a year ago and there is absolutely no empty spaces for anything else. IT IS STUFFED. So here are some random pictures from my stuffed junk journal.

 

In my next blog post I will show pictures of the awesome new junk journal that I got from my friend Camilla in a swap. And if you’d like to make a junk journal for yourself, see my post from May 27, 2013. If you’re not inclined to make  your own journal, but still want one to fill, please visit my Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MossyCottage?ref=si_shop where I have many to choose from. Once you start “smashing” things into a journal you’ll see why it’s become so popular!

 

 

 

 

A Christmas Album

This is not a post about Bing Crosby or Burl Ives because it’s not about that kind of Christmas album. Sorry!  This is just a shorty little post to show you a Christmas mini-album I made for my friend Camilla. We decided some months ago to do a Christmas mini-album swap with each other. The only real rules were that the album could only have six pages and it had to be a mini versus regular sized album. I think both of us did our best to cram as much photo real estate as we could in the six pages.

Last Friday we got together for tea at Pinkadilly and exchanged albums. The one she gave me is awesome. I cannot wait to take pictures and make notes to put in it. 

Here are pictures of the album I made for her. Almost every page has two pictures, one with the page in tact and the second with the flaps open and tags and such pulled out. I hope Camilla will enjoy filling this album up this season!

Camilla and I decided our next swap will be junk journals! They will certainly be less formal but fun none-the-less!

 

Remember December

Wow! I know it’s been a while since I last posted a blog but this lady has been very busy making, taking and selling. I had a great show in Richmond and now that the dust has settled I am ready to make some great Christmas memories. The problem is, I won’t remember all the great stuff I did even a year from now, never mind 20 years from now. So I found a wonderful and easy way to keep my memories for each December. I will have to add this to my “day late and a dollar short” list of paper crafts because apparently this specific type of journal has been around for many years. I’m talking about a December Daily which has a page, or space, to write a little bit about what you did for each day in December.

Most of the December Daily journals I’ve seen on Pinterest and Youtube use nice new paper lines with all the coordinating embellishments. If you know me, however, you know that is not my style. I decided to create my December Daily in the Junk Journal style using only stuff I already had on hand. I won’t bore you with a page by page description because it would be January before I got it all written down. Instead I will just let you look at the pictures “gallery” style. 

Before you look, however, I just wanted to mention a few things. First, the cover is made from the top of an old ornament box that I layered over some vintage wrapping paper. Second, there are envelopes, manila file folders, a piece from a box of cards, a manila mailing folder, a brown paper bag, a little white paper bag, old Christmas cards, a coin envelope, old book pages and tons of embellishments in this journal. 

I had a lot of fun making it and plan to add more embellishments and doodles each day I write in it. Even though you won’t be able to make your own December Daily for this year, I encourage you to grab a notebook and write down the highlights of each day this December so you can remember all the good, bad and ugly times you may have. I guarantee you will be glad you did in the years to come! 

A Not So Mini Mini-Album

Once again I’m about 2 to 3 years behind the trends in paper crafting, but I say, “Better late than never!” I have a really fun project to show you. It is a TP roll mini-album. Yes, that is TP as in toilet paper. Now before you all go, “ewwwww”, I am just using the cardboard paper tube from inside the roll. Nothing more, I promise. This mini-album was inspired by two things. The first is the “Fruit of the Spirit” found in the Bible in the book of Galatians. The second is friendship. As the title states, however, I added a lot of embellishments to this mini-album so it’s really not so mini anymore. No further ado, I’ll just show you the pictures.

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Here she is in all her glory. I added lots of ribbons and lace to the binding rings to hide them a little. There is a multi-layered mulberry paper flower and a 3-D sticker that says, “Cherish”.

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Here is a blurry picture of some charms I hung from the rings. There is an antique bakelite button, a filigree heart and a colored mother of pearl flower.

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Here is the love page. It has pretty gold and teal ribbon and a teal flower.

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Joy has a three-dimensional vine and hummingbird stickers for decoration. Both are outlined in glitter. Yeah, glitter!!!

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The peace page is adorned with lace, some vintage millinery flowers and a little blue satin ribbon.

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Patience has a metal (?) I found in my stash and ran some lace through it.

fos6Kindness is one of my favorite pages. I love the graphic. I just added wavy white and blue trim because it is water-like and some tiny colored shells.

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Goodness has two beautiful ladies enjoying a book. There are two layered flowers adorning this page.

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Faithfulness shows two ladies picking flowers. The page is decorated with flowers and silk leaves.

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Gentleness shows two ladies out in their finery. Gold sequined ribbon and little shiny black buttons go well with their fashions.

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Self-control is embellished with floral 3-D stickers that also have glitter! Yeah, glitter!!! Oh wait. I seem to be losing control.

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The inside of the back cover has 3-D stickers. One says “Thinking of you” and then there are two dragon flies. One also has glitter. Yeah, glitter!!! Easy, Helen.

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The back of each page has a journaling spot for putting descriptions of the pictures on the tag, favorite quotes or just something that needs to be remembered.

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Here is one of the tags that goes in the end of the tube. Pictures can be mounted directly onto  both sides of the tag as it is made with heavy cardboard.

So there it is, my first ever toilet paper roll mini-album that turned out not so mini. I love the way it came out and can’t wait to make some more. If you are so inclined to try make one yourself, there are oodles of videos and samples on Pinterest. Just do what I did to collect enough rolls. I told my husband and son there would be a fine every time I found an “empty” in the trash can. Miraculously, I now find them all in my office!

Get Smashed!

I recently came across and idea (the idea is not new, only new to me) that I think is really appealing and fun. It has to do with archiving things like ticket stubs, play bills, receipts, cool graphics and other interesting ephemera (this is a 5 cent word for paper items). What I’m talking about are Smash Books. These are not scrapbooks or journals as we know them. This is more like a place to store the little oddities you don’t usually include in scrapbooks. Most smash books have little journal passages, doodles and other artwork added among the  “smashed” (glued or taped) ephemera.

There are many smash books available for sale in craft shops and through websites. I, however, wanted to make my own. After watching what seems like thousands of “How to Make Your Own Smash Book” videos on YouTube, I started creating my own. What appeals to me most about smash books are the envelopes, flaps, tags and hidden spots they have for storing your junk treasures. Here are some pictures of my smash book. Please keep in mind that this is only the book itself and I have not “smashed” any bits into it yet!

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Front Cover

Inside front cover has a pocket to store extra papers to use while "smashing'

Inside front cover has a pocket to store extra papers to use while “smashing’

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Page stamped with boxes ready for quickie journaling.

Bingo card with clear enveloped attached to stuff bits into. Also paper clip to attach stuff outside.

Bingo card with clear enveloped attached to stuff bits into. Also paper clip to attach stuff outside.

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Page with a pocket made from a game card washi taped to the paper. A blank tag slips into pocket and can be journaled on or covered with ephemera.

Vintage green envelope to fill with treasures. A butterfly cutout makes it pretty.

Vintage green envelope to fill with treasures. A butterfly cutout makes it pretty.

Back of the envelope with text from an insurance ad attached. Also another tag. This one also has a small envelope pinned to it for more storage.

Back of the envelope with text from an insurance ad attached. Also another tag. This one also has a small envelope pinned to it for more storage.

A bingo card with file tag adhered for quickie journaling.

A bingo card with file tag adhered for quickie journaling.

 

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A piece of vellum that has been stamped two ways!

A manilla envelope that has been aged and stamped. The two paper bands hold the game card in place. I can glue stuff to the back of the game card.

A manilla envelope that has been aged and stamped. The two paper bands hold the game card in place. I can glue stuff to the back of the game card and store stuff in the envelope.

An aged manilla tag that has a metal file drawer tag. The paper in the metal can be taken out and written on the other side.

An aged manilla tag that has a metal file drawer tag. The paper in the metal can be taken out and journaled on the other side.

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Inside of back cover has a pocket to hold more goodies to use for “smashing’.

Back cover

Back cover

Various pens, water color pencils, hole punch, small scissors and other tools to use for "smashing".

Various pens, water color pencils, hole punch, small scissors and other tools to use for “smashing”.

Glue stick, washi tapes, paper clips, etc. for adhering stuff into the book. Also more paper bits to make my "smashing' more interesting.

Glue stick, washi tapes, paper clips, etc. for adhering stuff into the book. Also more paper bits to make my “smashing’ more interesting.

Again, keep in mind that this is the book only. I have not added my ephemera yet. I hope to fill it up with things I collect this summer. I will post some “smashed” pages when I get them done.

If you are interested in starting your own smash book or still don’t understand the concept, check out the multitude of videos on YouTube.

I wish all of you, my dear readers, a “smashing” summer!

Journal Page 4

For those of you still reading my blog, Thank you. I know it must be tedious to see  someone else’s art work day after day, however, I promise I am only going to post a couple more. I said I wanted to try art journaling so I have to give it a fair shake. I will make this short and sweet. Today’s prompts that I am using from Daisy Yellow are:

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tree or petals

magenta

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painted polka dots

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This is my third journal page using prompts (I didn’t use them on the first page) and I am finding that I can combine certain prompts like magenta and painted polka dots which I did on this page. The more I look at this page, the more I like it. It started out as a piece of an old paper binder page.

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Since diagram was one of the prompts I figured I could let these lines show through a  little bit. The paper was covered with gesso and stamped with a tree-like vine. Then the whole thing was covered in orange which is a color I never use. But the point of this, for me, is to stretch myself and get out of the box!!! I rubbed a little red paint into the gesso print to add a little ombre effect. Next the graphics were glued on and the diagrams doodled on. Yes, I doodled! I didn’t like it at first, but when I went back to distress the whole thing with ink, the doodle lines smeared a little bit, creating a great effect. Finally the little boy got his magenta polka dots painted on. So here is the result:

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I think it turned out well. This picture is not so great and the page looks better in real life. If you haven’t started your art journal yet, what are you waiting for? 

 

 

 

Journal Page 1

Okay, if  when you read my post from yesterday, you will see I have jumped into the deep end of art journaling. I won’t go into all the details again, you can read them from yesterday’s post. I did say, however, that I would try to post a journal page each day this week, so here is today’s page.

pageI chose the 1/2 page pocket for my starting page. I thought because it is small, it would be easy. HA!

page3I used Gesso for the first time. It was fun and I did glob it on in some places. In the future I will use more but because of drying time, I mostly kept it kind of thin this time. I also played around with the colors cream, pink and red, which is really not daring at all.

page1Then I went through one of my ephemera stashes to find some words and images. I use these same two little girls way to much in my art. (But they are so cute!)

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Here is the end result. It is a tribute to all of the BFFs I’ve had through the years. I am so blessed because I have had many. I’m doubly blessed because, thanks to social media I am reconnected with All of you!!!!

page5The little tags come out.

page6This is a close-up of the pocket.

page7And here is a close-up of the tags.  My BFFs names are written with white gel pen (never used one before and I love it). So how do I think I did on my first attempt at art journaling? Well, good and bad. Here’s a quick list and then I’m off to make day two’s page.

Good-Got to use gesso for the first time which allowed extra surface textures. I also go to use a white gel pen for the first time, which I really love. I got to pay tribute to all the lovely ladies who have helped make me who I am.

Bad-This is not art journaling. It is simply making a collage on a journal page. It was way too thought out. It proves I am a control freak with OCD.

Good-Now I am one step closer to understanding art journaling for when I try again this evening.

Tune in tomorrow to see if I can “let loose and be free”!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Art What????

As a mixed media artist I am always trying to learn about new techniques, new products, new trends, new diversions to avoid doing laundry, etc…Well, I found a new way to make art. It has actually been around for a long time, but it is new to me. It’s an art journal. I know, you’re thinking, “An art what?”

An art journal is exactly what it sounds like…a journal in which you make art. Now before I lose most of you because you are not “artists”, let me set you straight. ANYONE can make an art journal. If you don’t believe me, or if you don’t think your interested, hop on over to http://www.daisyyellowart.com.  This is an awesome website just filled with great pictures, inspiration and how-tos for art journaling. On the homepage of Tammy’s website, you will see a menu along the top. Click on the “Art Journaling 101” button.  She will give you all the tips you can handle. As a matter of fact, I’m not even finished reading that page!

But if you’d like to try making an art journal, just remember there is no right or wrong way to do it. And as Tammy says, “It is about the process, not the end result.” She also describes it as, “Playing with colors and words and images. Doesn’t that sound like fun. We all need more play (and less laundry) in our day!!!

Today I am going to show you how I made an art journal. Not the art part, as that will come later, but the actual journal book part. I made this last night out of stuff I literally had laying around. The funny part is that I went to a craft store today and I saw a pre-made journal from a famous maker for $12.99. It was made from basically the exact same things mine is.

Well, here we go….

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Gather a bunch of different pieces of paper and cardboard. I suggest heavier papers (like water color paper) because you want it to be able to withstand paint, glue, pictures and a whole bunch of “whatever else moves you at the time”.

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Cut the pieces to the same size. I chose 5″ x 7″.

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I stitched this smaller folded piece down one side to make a pocket for tags.

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Using a hole punch, make as many holes as you like. I made three.

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I used these rings to hold the journal together, but you could use ribbon or sting (or a rubber band) just as well.

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I wanted my pages to be different so I mixed up the order they went in.

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I used a heavy cardboard for the cover and back so my journal will hold up.

And there you have it. I can easily add more pages if needed and I can take out pages to work on them without getting the rest of the book messed up. All at zero cost.

I urge you to try making an art journal AND making art in it! We take ourselves way too seriously and this is your little space to play “like a kid with a new box of crayons!”

P.S. I am going to TRY post a finished page from my art journal every day this week. I recommend you don’t hold your breath!!!!!