Sunday, January 25, 2015

Art journal (DSD) and video

If you follow me, you know that I love altering journals so you can imagine how excited I was to get to play with Donna Salazars Denim Art Journal.  I can't tell you how much fun it was to create on the denim cover, and I can't wait to share the pages I create inside..

For now though, I would love for you to hop on over to Donna Salazars blog and check out the full project and watch the start to finish process video I created for it as well!

Donna Salazar Designs Products:
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Denim Art Journal
3D Foam Swirls
Lace Ribbons
Texture Ribbons
Canvas Ribbons
Mix'd Media Inx refill (indigo, sparrow, pewter, wisteria, denim)
Mix'd Media Inx (denim) Embossing powder
Sprightly Sprocket dies

Scrap Fx
Moraccan Tile stencil
love (hearts) you wordlet

Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a great week!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

"Payton and Birdie" Birdhouse mini album

Hi all!  
Well, I'm dusting off the cobwebs from around my blog corners so that I can start sharing with you all again.  I've still been busy creating I've just been horrible about sharing on my own personal blog.  You know how I love blogging. ;)    

Today I have a special project I created for "Heart of a Gipssy soul".  I received a beautiful birdhouse mini album kit full of fun papers and little trinkets.  I was so excited to get started!  

Unfortunately, like with mini albums in general I do have a tendency to freeze a bit when creating them.  I don't know if it's the small workspace, the fact that mini's are suppose to have similar complimentary pages, or maybe that you really need to keep them flat with limited bulky type of details?  I'm not sure what it is that scares me about getting started, but it did take me some time to get my feet wet.  Once I finally figured what I was going to do though, the process started to take off...

I was inspired by my children.  They are always making their own little paper books with the cutest little stories and illustrations.  So I decide take my sons lead and create a little story about him and his sister.  When Liberty was born he couldn't say her name correctly so he always called her "Birdie" so that is the theme of the title.  The story itself is pretty lame, but both kids loved it so that's all that matters right? :)

Remember me mentioning the "bulky" thing?  Well this is too bulky, and I need to get bigger rings so this is just an example to show the pages all sitting together.  The rest of the pics will just be the individual pages. :)

"There once was a boy named Payton.  He was a happy boy but sometimes he would get bored and lonely.  He wished that he had someone to keep him company"                   

"one day he was so bored that he couldn't take it anymore.  He decided to set out on and adventure to find a friend!  So off he went..."
"while searching through the woods he heard a strange noise up in a tree.   He climbed up and to his surprise there was a small baby alone in a nest.  He thought how lonely she must be too.  So he picked her up and took her home with him..."

"As they grew up together they became the best of friends. They lighted and played so well together."

"while they did have great times together, it wasn't always perfect.  There were moments that they didn't play so nicely"

"overall though they were to happy kids that loved each other very much.  Payton was so happy he found his little

I told you the story was lame but the kids loved the whimsical illustration...and the idea of them hanging out in birds nests. ;)

I encourage you to go check out all of the other beautiful things that Gladys has in her store!  Its full of all kids of wonderful goodies!  

Thank you so much for stopping by after me unintentionally going on a blog strike!  Your support is always appreciated!

Have a great weekend and an even better week ahead!

Friday, August 15, 2014

inspiration elevator-procrastination

Hi Everyone! Today I am honored to be Guest Designing once again with Inspiration Elevator!

Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level;  to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane.
You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at our blog and catch us on Facebook .

This month's challenge is issued by the amazing Jayne Morgan. Jayne mixes classic styling with fun and funky embellishments and artistic mixed media touches. Here is her challenge for us, in her own words:
Time(d) to Change
It's no secret amongst my crafty friends that my biggest hang up when scrapbooking is procrastination. Being a perfectionist can certainly benefit the end result, but quite often, we worry so much about the outcome that we forget to enjoy the process! On a couple of occasions when I've had to complete a tight deadline for DT calls or assignments, I've been forced to throw caution aside and complete a page within an hour. This for me in itself is a miracle, but the most surprising part was that I not only thoroughly enjoyed the carefree process, but the end results have been some of my most favourite pages. Here's lies the inspiration for this months challenge - I'd like you to gather your photo's, papers and a collection of supplies you think you may need, hibernate to your creative space and take 30 minutes to create whatever you like.........not a minute more! Contrary to what you may think, the pressure is off here. Chances are the final result will not be your best ever project as the time constraint is a little extreme (!), but it's a well known saying that creativity flourishes when we are willing to take risks! Enjoy the process.

So here is what I created in my 30 minutes:

I guess since I ran out of time before I managed to include my picture and other embellishments, this could be considered an epic FAIL!   However, I learned some things about myself and why it takes me so long to create my pages, so in that sense I still consider this a win.  One thing I discovered is that I'm a SLOB!!!  
Ok, actually I already knew that, but I was able to pinpoint where my time goes.  For instance, I spend a lot of time finding the right tools.  If I knew where my putty knife and paintbrushes were  I could have easily had about 5-10 extra minutes to add to this layout, but unfortunately, they were covered under layers of papers and embellies.   The other problem I noticed is that I overthink things. This isn't a new discovery but I was reminded of how annoying it is with this project.  

Let's face it, in scrapbooking...or art in general, the things we do really don't have to make any sense.  In fact, some of the best projects I've seen are when the artists include things that just don't really fit with a project or theme, but they use it anyway.  It adds so much interest and sets it a part from other works of art.  I did like how it was all coming together but it is driving me nuts knowing that its not finished with the pic and more embellishments. lol

Maybe I will challenge myself to another 30 minute limit!

Don't forget to check out what the rest of the team has created...

Here's a complete list of this month's participating designers!  We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month, then come on back and give the challenge a try yourself!

Meantime, if you've wanted to participate as a guest designer with Inspiration Elevator, just contact team lead, Ann at ann jobes at bell dot net 
Now it's your turn to get creating, and share what you can make in 30 minutes on your blog link at the IE blog. We would love to see what you were inspired to make! 

Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Canvas Corp Brands file folder card


I'm dropping in to share a couple of cards I made using Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels, and 7 Gypsies.

For the base of my card's I used the 4x6 file folder's from Canvas Corp, and then started to add my layers.

I liked the fact that I had a nice sturdy ready made card to create the fact that it is a file folder added a little interest I think. :)
 For this particular card I layered 7 gypsies maritime paper in strips along with some drywall tape.  Then I had part of a package that I had from some brads that I had bought forever I decided to add it to the front as well, then painted and misted over the top.

I sort of treated this like I would altering a mini book cover.  

4x6 naked file folder (canvas corp)

The next one is a little more simple, mainly just some background work...

Lots and lots of fun texture...

4x6 naked file folder (canvas corp)

Btw,  "Jack frost" is one of my go to mists now.  
It's some seriously beautiful, vibrant color!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  

Hoping everyone has a great weekend!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Video tutorial "Don't believe everything you think"

Hi everyone!  I'm slipping on the blogging thing.  I will be sharing several projects with you over the next couple of days to catch up!  

For now I have a journal page to share, including a start to finish process video.
I've been very much into journaling this month, as you will see soon...
This particular journal page is for Tattered Angels and Canvas Corp brands.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Challenged by Riikka...

Today I have a special post to share.  
I was asked a couple of weeks ago by the super talented Riikka to take part in a blog hop of sorts.  The idea behind this blog hop is to answer some questions and then challenge some other creative types to answer those same questions and keep the theme going.   I was so honored to be asked, so a BIG thank you Riikka!

Lets get started...

1) What am I working on?

I've been working on my first art journal spread.  I tend to alter journals all the time but never actually create in them.  I decided it's definitely over-do.  Unlike my super hero friend Riikka, I don't work ahead too much.  Mainly because my assignments and/or product usually come on a monthly basis.  I'm such a procrastinator though, that it wouldn't really matter if I did get them sooner! lol
Something I'm working on as well.... ;)

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This is a hard question to answer...   I'm not sure that my work is different for any apparent reason?  As mixed media artists we all use a lot of the same techniques, but most of the time we have our own style when doing it.   I have been told that my style is usually recognizable in a gallery, but I honestly don't know why?  lol   

You can check out some of the techniques I use on my Youtube channel though if you are interested. :)  
This is one of my first video's and has been the most popular so far...
Very humbling to have so many people interested in it.


3) Why do I create what I do?

I know most people scrapbook for the sake of keeping memories and I do some memory keeping (I need to do more), but my main reason for creating is because it's therapeutic!
There is just something about the entire process of painting onto a page and getting a little messy...watching mists drip down the paper...or even watching paint bubble under the hot pressure of a heat gun.  I love the process, even if I don't love the end result every time. :)

4) How does your creative process work?

It is never the same.  Sometimes I'm inspired by a picture, sometimes the product, or sometimes I just create a bunch of different backgrounds at a time and just decide what will happen afterwards.  I feel most comfortable lately with just creating and not really knowing where it will end up.  A project can go through many stages while creating and it can go from awesome to horrible really quick!  The cool thing about mixed media is that we can always turn it around again by adding more layers.  Its never truly a loss...  
The only problem with this way of creating is that sometimes it can be time consuming getting a project to be the way you really want it to.  I am not a fast or productive scrapper at all, although sometimes I do surprise myself.  :)

I can say though, that most always I start with a stencil,  gesso. and modeling paste in hand.

(some blasts from the past below...)

So there you have it!  If there is anything else you are curious about don't hesitate to ask. 

Now to pass this challenge along to a creative master...

Adrienne is amazing and has a style all her own.  Her pages are usually so dramatic and whimsical and I'm usually drooling over each and every one of them.  I so wish I could get into her head at times just to see how she comes up with the designs she does!  

For now though, I will just challenge her to these questions.  

Can't to read all about it next monday Adrienne! ;)

Thanks for stopping by everyone! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Canvas and burlap banner

Hope everyone is having a great start to your week!
Today I'm sharing another fun Canvas Corp first attempt at making a banner.

At first, I was a little intimidated because I had no idea what to do but then I decided once again to "just have fun" and not worry about the outcome, and the canvas and burlap banners didn't fail me with that!

I really had no clue where I was going with it, but since I was going to "just have fun" I started with my favorite thing to do and that's making backgrounds!  So I took each individual banner and started creating with the Scrap Fx ripple stencil, modeling paste, gesso...and Tattered angels glimmer glazes. (complete product list at the end of the post)

I kept the embellishing minimal and just topped off the banner with canvas/burlap shapes and then added my 7gypsies letters...

Instead of adding string and clothespins to hang the banners I decided to take the burlap trim and glue it onto the pieces to give it a border.

My second favorite part of this entire process was ripping up the denim and canvas 12x12 sheets!  Maybe I have some hidden anger issues or I just like to destroy things???
Whatever the reason it was very therapeutic ripping up strips of fabric! lol

I decided to make a more simple type of banner using the 7 gypsies scalloped circles and added them with mini clothespins and twine...

Those cute little flowers were sent to me by a dear friend who I love and adore so much...they were perfect for adding just the right amount of pink on the little banner. 
 It tied together the two banners nicely!

Canvas Corp PRODUCTS

7Gypsies products

Tattered Angels

So have you ever made banners?  
I would love to see them if you have....just share a link in the comments section to your blog and I will come check it out! :)

Hope you're having a wonderful week!