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Monday Journal – Book Art Journal

It has been quite a while since I have gotten to do some art but I thought it was time for a Monday Journal.  Time to pull out my book art journal that I made by recycling an old book and covering it with a piece of leather.

Book Art Journal

I loved this paper (which is where I got the idea to use red on the cover) and used it for the inside front and back covers.

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I didn’t want to cover the old school illustrations entirely so just used a vintage plastic table cloth as a stencil over top.

Book Art Journal 3

I always collect paint chips when I am at the hardware store so used one of them to make my title with my hand carved “Art” stamp.

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I added a few stencils and had some old house stickers laying around I thought it was about time I used them.  The “Love” washi tape I found at Ikea of all places.

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The finger stickers I found at Ikea as well.  They had this whole paper section that had tons of great stuff in it.

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Hopefully now the art making will continue.  Sometimes you just need to get something down to get the juices flowing!!

 I’ll have some news later this week about up coming classes so stay tuned!!

Love Mini Album

Love Mini Album

The day of love is tomorrow :)  Just in case you were looking for something meaningful to throw together for a special person in your life, I thought I would share the love mini album I taught in class last night.

I picked my colour palette from an Echo Park paper pack called Sweet Day.  Then added a little craft and black throughout.

Love Mini Album1

The base of the album is all cardboard with a white wash over them.  I wanted to keep things simple as we only had about three hours to finish so the only paints I took out were my Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabbers in the colour palette.  I used them to make polka dots on one side and applied a tree trunk stencil in the same colour on the opposite side.  No brushes, no mess, it was great.

Love Mini Album2

 I didn’t want it to look too contrived so used different things for the numbers such as stamps, office stickers and Webster’s Pages Storytellers.  I also treated each layout as a separate piece.

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I used felt hearts, vintage buttons, blue graph paper to write on and black throughout to try and keep it a little more cohesive.

Love Mini Album4

I always have to use vintage papers in everything as well.

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Loving the little paper bags to use as pockets for the things that might not be for public consumption.

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 Hope you all have an amazing Valentine’s Day and are able to celebrate it with the people you love whether you are single or not.  After all, love is what makes your soul crawl out from it’s hiding place.

Scrappy Sunday – Donna Downey Class

Happy Easter everyone!!!!  Last weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Donna Downey class at Scrapbook Centrale in Montreal.  I was beyond thrilled.  I love going to Montreal for any reason but to be taking a class from Donna while there was pretty special.  We packed up the family and made a weekend out of it.  We even got to visit my cousin and her family.

We made a gorgeous little mixed media scrapbook album.  Here is the charismatic Donna in action.

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The album was filled with linen, burlap and book pages.  Three of my favourite things.  I brought pictures of our last anniversary snowboarding trip to Stowe, Vermont.  I printed them all in black and white on plain paper so I could wrinkle and distress them.

The framed picture on the cover is of Chris in front of the covered foot bridge in the village.

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The album was filled with Donna’s canvas goodies, some of which are no longer available like the letter titles.

Chris and I strolling around the village trying to take a picture of ourselves.

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The awesome watch piece is a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch.  I loved the feather wings and NEED to get my hands on some more of those.

The picture is of me at the Burton factory being inspired to go snowboarding, haha.

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Before adding all of the goodies we applied gesso to the cardboard pages.  I didn’t apply it evenly because I wanted some of the cardboard to show through which you can see a bit of on this page.  Isn’t that ruffle great under the title?  It is made from cash register tape, that Donna, so creative.

This is a picture of our favourite coffee shop that we head to every morning we are there.

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Donna is all about the masking tape and shipping tags which she calls “brown holes”, haha.  I am not daring enough yet to start using masking tape so when I got home I used washi tape here and there to ground the pictures a bit.

  The pic is of snow falling on the gondola at Stowe Mountain.  It was a beautiful day and trip.

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I never have any problem going to any of the classes by myself as everyone always tends to be pretty friendly.  They usually sit the “singles” at the same table as well so most people are in the same boat as me.  I was seated with a great group of ladies.  Here is one of my table mates Katerine.  She was pretty adorable as this was the first class she had ever taken and it was with Donna Downey, so lucky.  She seemed to enjoy herself and did an amazing job.

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Donna kept everyone laughing and thoroughly entertained.  Here she is helping another person at my table who was also from Ottawa.

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I forgot scissors so my lovely neighbor Nancy loaned me a pair.  Thanks lady!!

Donna Downey Class

Here are some more Ottawa ladies.  You might recognize the one on the left.  It is Stephanie Pouliot who used to teach at the Scrapbox.

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It was such a pleasure to meet Donna and her husband Bill.  I realized after I left that I hadn’t gotten a picture of him :(  True salt of the earth people.

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If you ever get a chance to take a Donna Downey class I highly recommend it.  You won’t be disappointed.

Hope you are having a great long weekend!  Don’t forget to get some creative time in to nourish your soul!

Scrappy Sunday – Paris Mini Book

Paris Mini Book

I was watching the classic “How to Steal A Million” the other day starring one of my favourites, Audrey Hepburn.  The entire thing is based in Paris and it made me remember my Paris trip many moons ago and how I still hadn’t done anything with my photos.  So, I thought it was about time to make a Paris Mini Book to put all of my memories in (before I forget them:) and to have out for all to see.

I found this old Paris picture book at a school book sale a couple of years ago and was keeping it for just this occasion.

I took the entire book apart, cutting off the front and back cover with an x-acto knife but keeping the inside pages to add to my book later.  I had what was supposed to be a wall hanging (sold at a dollar store), took it apart and used it as a stencil for both sides of the front and back covers.  I love this thing because it is much bigger then a typical 12″x12″ stencil and a lot less expensive.

For the title I grabbed my chipboard letter jar and picked different letter types to spell Paris.  Partly because I didn’t have all the letters in the same font and partly because I like the randomness.  I just added a bit of black ink to each of them to make them a little more cohesive.

I just cut my Eiffel Tower out a piece of scrapbooking paper I had and added Layerable Flowers from Maya Road.  But first, I took the layers separately and rubbed them right onto an ink pad.  The largest one in black as the background is red, then the next layer in red.

Then just topped it with a Basic Grey button.

I wrapped a vintage inspired ribbon all the way around the front cover and added a couple Industrial Chic charms.

On the inside cover I pasted a map of the Paris Metro and the first page is from the original book and is covered with pictures from L’arc De Triomphe as that was my first stop off of the Metro when I arrived in Paris.  My pictures will be added later.

The insert pages are from the original book, scrapbook pages and a linen mounted map of France I cut up.

Then the back of the book is a plastic sleeve that I put my itinerary in and the cover has an arial view of the entire city, super cool.

I just popped two holes in everything and bound it together with two rings.  Now I finally have an inspiring place that is worthy of such a trip.  Layouts to come soon!

Misted Mini Album with Kelly Purkey

As I said previously, Crop & Create Ottawa was amazing!! Here is Catherine (speaking) the organizer with her ladies, Jen (director of customer happiness), the designers, Kelly Goree, Kelly Purkey & Vicki Boutin.

 One of the reasons it was so great was because I got to take a misted mini album class with Kelly Purkey.  She is the cutest thing and super talented to boot.  Here she is, getting us started in the classroom. Showing us the cover of what our albums should look like.

Here is my album and it is not exactly as we were shown, but it never is with me :)

Kelly was so friendly and easy to talk to.  Here she is helping a fellow student out.

The album was 5X5 and was created using a pad of 6X6 Studio Callico paper which we cut down.  The left over bits we used as flags and embellishments.  What a great way to use up scraps and have them all co-ordinate.

All of the misting was done with Mister Hueys and the colours were so dark and saturated, it was fantastic.

We used letter thickers, wood butterflies and stickers as masks.  The wood butterflies were great for this because you could just flip them over and use the wood side when you were done.

I am a huge fan of orange so I was pretty happy with all of the colours used for this album and not to mention the stamps.

I have to admit, I had never really used much of Studio Callico’s stuff before but after this mini album class I am in love.

The back cover, which was chipboard sprayed with Mister Hueys over an awesome Studio Callico stencil which I adore and must get my hands on.

This is Kelly and I near the end of the night and event.  Funny how I look pretty haggard from all the painting and crafting all weekend and she still looks fresh as a daisy, haha!  These gals are pros.

Up next, or in a few days, my technique class with Vicki Boutin.  Stay tuned…

 

Scrappy Sunday – Wedding Mini Album

This week I decided to do a little wedding mini album tutorial.  So, I pulled out my Webster’s Pages 12″ die cuts.

I folded them in half and used double sided tape to stick the backsides to each other.  For the outside cover I took a simple file folder and traced around the die cut.  I then folded it back on itself to cut both sides at once (much more efficient that way:).

I applied ink straight from the pad to the edges of all the pages to make them all a little cohesive and to cover up any extra space there may have been between die cuts.

I also applied some green acrylic paint using a Ranger Paint Dabber.  Here is the finished cover.  The file folder works really well for this.  I only glued the back part of the album to the back part of the folder as there are already built in creases to accommodate for thickness.

Before gluing down by title, I flipped them upside down and sprayed them with the graphite Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to add some interest.

All the of products used were from Webster’s Pages.  Aren’t the cameos just gorgeous!!!

The round flower looking ones are called princess petals, such an appropriate name.

I just love how all of their papers and accessories just flow.  Kind of takes all the guesswork out for you.  I literally had an idea, sat down and finished this within a couple hours.  Even with the constant interruption of children flowing in and out and climbing on my lap, haha.

I tried to keep things simple as I will add more details once I get some pictures in and figure out my layouts a little more.

A wedding mini album would be a great gift idea for that special couple getting married in your life.  Pretty simple but yet so meaningful.  There is nothing better then a gift made with love.

 

Owl Mixed Media and Mini Album

I have always had an affinity for owls.  Their beauty and the seemingly peaceful calm they posses is inspiring.  I have had an owl journal for years and painted this owl mixed media piece representing Chris and I a few years ago.

Aren’t we cute???

I have come to realize that owls are all the rage right now and you can find them EVERYWHERE!!  You would think being such a big fan, I would be loving this, but for some reason, I was not.  I guess it made me feel like everyone was going to get overloaded with all of these sacred creatures and then be sick of them, including myself.  As humans, we are fickle that is for sure.  Then I started thinking, what does it matter?  They will always be special to me, haha.

So, I am preparing a few sample mini albums for Molly over at The Village Quire.  It is an adorable little shop on Richmond in Westboro with cards and all kinds of adorable things btw.  I thought in honour of these amazing birds, I would make an owl one.

I thought the cover was missing something so I added this adorable charm to it.

The base is just a chipboard album I purchased at Micheals.

I first painted all the pages white then covered them with paper using a matte medium (Modge Podge would work as well).

Once they were dry I added some paint to create a bit of texture.

Then it was all about simple embellishments with stamps, card stock and various ribbons.  Of course I had to us felt, one of my loves.  I also added a little owl with pearl eyes on each page.

Now, it’s your turn to embrace the hibou and go make something.  Don’t forget to come back and share it here with me!!

Time For An Art Journal

I am currently doing this fantastic on-line workshop given by Jeanne Oliver and in doing so I have finally been convinced that it’s time for an art journal.  Thought it might be a good place to practice some new techniques before committing an entire canvas to it.  Also, might be a good place for all of the ideas swimming around in my head.

I have combined a few of her techniques and thrown in some of my own.  This is what I have so far.  You will have to excuse the pictures as I wasn’t at home while I was working on this so I took them with my phone.  First, I cut the covers off an old book with an x-acto knife and modge podged (I am sure that is an official verb by now isn’t it?) some ephemera onto the front cover.  I even put an old map of Manhattan from a travel book.

I looked through some fashion magazines and found an image that appealed to me and took down the colour a bit with silver polish. Watered down white acrylic paint was applied to cover the ephemera.  I then needed to add some texture so I took out modelling paste (which is white) and added some teal ink to it and used one of my plastic doilies as a stencil to apply it.  I also took the end of a toilet paper roll and dipped it into the excess to make the circles on the upper left side.

I put colour back in by painting over the girl.  More texture was added with stamps, rub-ons and the felt butterfly.

I shall keep you posted on my progress.  I have some interesting ideas on how to bind it all together.  TO BE CONTINUED…

**UPDATE** See the completed journal here.

Thank You Mini Album

My in-laws have been amazing help lately so I didn’t want to give them the average thank you card so I whipped up a square mini album that folds into itself. I haven’t given it to them yet, so shhhhh! I tried to keep it simple but I am happy with the way it turned out. Here is a link to a tutorial for making the album. http://www.pagesoftheheart.net/artman/publish/article_1036.shtml