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

Hellooooo!

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 with...plus 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 ago...so 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.  

Products:
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...


PRODUCTS:
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...

Hi!  
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

Hi! 
Hope everyone is having a great start to your week!
Today I'm sharing another fun Canvas Corp project...my 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! 





I

Friday, June 27, 2014

Canvas Art journal


 Hi everyone! 

Today I want to share a project I created for Canvas Corp Brands.

I used the 6x6  canvas stitched book, and had so much fun just creating!

That's what I love about Canvas Corp, the products really promote creative play and they are just so easy and inspiring to work with!

 So here is the front cover of the book...
I chose to go grungy with this it.  
I love all of the frayed string from the outside of the stitching on the album so I didn't worry about trimming it down, but if you like a more clean look you can just trim it and/or even add a little mod lodge or gel medium to the edges to prevent it.


For the "Pocket" I used a canvas Circle shape.  You can find it here.  I misted the circle and then stamped "create" with the 7 Gypsies alpha stamps, then  I cut an end off and glued my paintbrushes inside the pocket.

If you look closely you can see where I also used the alpha stamps in the background...
Here, I used the canvas fringe on the binding of the book and added some eyelets.

 
I decided that I didn't want any rules with this book.  I was just going to create and have fun! 
So each page is different and doesn't necessarily match the next...


For now I just created the backgrounds on the pages, but will add to them over time...


I love using the high impact paints and then misting them with water to give a water color effect.  That's what I did with the pink circles here. 
As you can see, I didn't prime the pages with gesso...instead I used the gesso to add the details.

What I was amazed with was that the mists didn't leak through to the other pages???
I really thought that since I didn't prime the pages, I would have splotches on each page from the previous ones...but no color bled through!   

^^^^
Except for the tiniest bit on this page that came through the stitches.  
I really liked the look and thought about going around the stitches a little more to see if I could create a border, but I chickened out! ;)


Not sure I like the splotchy paintwork I did on the top picture, but that's what I love about this book...no worries...I can just paint over it and try something new!!!



This is a close up shot of the back cover page.  The back page is the only page that was fully primed, and you can still see all of the texture from the canvas.

Other Products used:

I should have actually made a list because I'm pretty sure I've forgotten some... :)



Don't forget to stop by the new Canvas Corp Brands website and shop around!

Thanks for stopping by!
















Thursday, June 26, 2014

Video tutorial (multi-layered background technique)

Hi!
This is a drive by post! ;)

Just wanting to share a video I made showing a fun layered background technique using the Scrap Fx Number cluster stamp and lots of yummy Tattered Angels paints!