March 05, 2015

DIY Mixed Media Project Life Cards

I'm sharing these mixed media project life cards I created on the Love my Tapes blog today, which you can see here.

I don't do a weekly project life album, but I use a mix of regular 12x12 layouts and pocket pages in my scrapbook. I have a pretty good collection/stash of premade project life cards but I wanted to create some of my own mixed media cards!

My inspiration for these is Heather Greenwood. I love her project life style! 


I started by cutting cardstock into normal pocket page card sizes (3x4, 4x6") and covering them in black and white washi tapes. I toned down the bold washi tape with a coat of gesso as well.


Next I gave them some color using Shimmerz spray inks and let those dry. After that I adhered some transparency titles (by MAMBI) down.


And there you have it! I love them! I also think that the photos below would make some really cool phone backgrounds, so I might just have to set one on my phone. Feel free to do the same if you want. ;)


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March 04, 2015

Paint + Paper

Hey guys, Happy Wednesday!

I've been testing out a new blog feature here on the blog, Art Journal Wednesdays. The problem is that I don't always have new pages to share, so I'm renaming this feature to "Paint + Paper" and I plan to share my art journal pages, scrapbooks, project life pages and card. That way it's more open, and I can share things other than JUST art journal pages.

I feel like I never share just layouts or cards anymore, so I'm excited for this feature. Today I'm sharing a little of everything.

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To start off,here are some art journal pages I made recently (for the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge).

I actually printed out a poem onto patterned paper and then outlined a few words I wanted to stand out and painted over the rest. It's a fun technique.

You can do it with journaling, a poem, a book page or newspaper, etc. Make up crazy stories by using random words, or try and make sense.


For this next page, I made a list of "things I love". The background is made from embossed washi tape (you'll see a post on that soon!!), with a bit of gelatos and stitching.


This last art journal page is pretty simple, just a painted background with doodles and a quote I love.


I make and send a lot of cards so I'm always making extra hello and thank you cards. Here's one I made recently using some new supplies I got.

 

I don't do weekly project life spread, but I do use pocket page protectors for some photos and events and work them into my scrapbooks.





Do you do any paper crafts or art journaling?
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Book Review- One Zentangle A Day


Zentangles are so fun to do. If you haven't tried this neat drawing technique, keep reading and then grab a pencil or pen and start doodling. It's super relaxing!


Let's start with the official description of the book:

"One Zentangle A Day is a beautiful interactive book teaching the principles of Zentangles as well as offering fun, related drawing exercises. Zentangles are a new trend in the drawing and paper arts world. The concept was started by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas as a way to practice focus and meditation through drawing, by using repetitive lines, marks, circles, and shapes. Each mark is called a "tangle," and you combine various tangles into patterns to create "tiles" or small square drawings. This step-by-step book is divided into 6 chapters, each with 7 daily exercises. Each exercise includes new tangles to draw in sketchbooks or on tiepolo (an Italian-made paper), teaches daily tile design, and offers tips on related art principles, and contains an inspirational "ZIA" (Zentangle Inspired Art) project on a tile that incorporates patterns, art principals, and new techniques."

I have nothing but good things to say about this book. You want this if you want to learn how to zentangle and want to learn lots of interesting repetitive patterns.

Beckah gives you an introduction to the art of zentangling, the basic supplies you'll need to start zentangling, extra supplies for ZIA (zentangle inspired art) and even how to make the "string" that is the guide of your zentangle.

This book is meant to be used every day over the course of 6 weeks, learning patterns every day, as well as tips on shading, understanding and using color, defining your style, etc.


I haven't been using it every single day, instead I've been reading it and practicing the patterns in the my sketchbook (pictured above).

As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, I have nothing bad to say about this book. It's perfect in my opinion. Beckah Krahula has written a wonderful book full of gorgeous patterns and helpful tutorials.

You can purchase and find out more about the book here.

If you want more zentanlge inspiration, maybe check out 500 Tangled ArtworksA Showcase of Inspired Illustrated Designs, which is also by Beckah Krahula . I reviewed that book too if you want to know what I though about it, click here.

*I was compensated for this post with a copy of the book, but opinions are my own!

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March 03, 2015

DIY Foiled Tag

Hey guys, Today I wanted to share this tag and card with you that I shared on the Helmar blog. I made the tag using Helmar's QuickFix Adhesive Runner and some transfer foil.

When I was at the CHA show in California earlier this year, I noticed that foiling was all the rage! I'm loving this trend, I think foil is super cool. If you are too, here's how you can get the foiled look!


Start by using your Quickfix Adhesive Runner to create a pattern on your tag. I did stripes.


Next, take a piece of transfer foil and place it down on top of your sticky adhesive. Rub it down and then peel it off. The only places that the foiled should stick to would be the adhesive tape stripes.


I decided to use my tag on a card, so I used my Quickfix Adhesive Runner to attach it as well as the other small paper embellishments. For my chipboard hearts, I grabbed my 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and placed a dot of glue on the back.


This is a pretty easy way to get the gold foil look, right?

Have you done any foil transfers? What's your favorite method?

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March 02, 2015

Make it Monday

Make your own Marbled Stationary using this tutorial.

Create some gorgeous Semi Precious Stone Soaps using this tutorial.

Make a Marble Moon Phase Wall Hanging with this tutorial. (You know I love space themed crafts!)

Learn how to make a Arm Knitted Cowl using this DIY.

Create some Fabulous Fabric Plants with this DIY,

Make your own Soy Candles with this tutorial.


Do you have any fun, crafty plans for the week? I'm having lunch with a friend today and than making a few things. :)

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February 27, 2015

DIY Resin Arrowhead Necklace

Hey everyone! Happy Friday!
I wanted to let you know that I am up on the Amazing Mold Putty blog with my last post as their featured artist for the month. If you want to read the full tutorial, hop on over there.


For this project I decided to use some arrowheads that I got at a rock shop while I was up in Oklahoma early this month. But this is a resin post, so of course the necklace isn't made from real arrowheads...

I used Amazing Mold Putty to make a mold of my real arrowheads and then used Amazing Casting Resin in that mold to make resin arrowheads. Then I used those arrowheads to make this necklace. 



You can see in the photo below the real arrowheads (on the left) and the resin arrowheads (on the right. I could have made them black, like the real obsidian arrowheads, but I like color...


Hop on over to the Amazing Mold Putty blog for the full tutorial.

If you're looking for some good quality resin or mold making materials, their products are fantastic!

Have you worked with resin or made your own molds?
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