Wednesday, 20 May 2015

All Done: December Daily 2014 Part 2

Today, I am sharing the second half of my December Daily album.

The second half of this album is harder to finish - at least for me. It's harder to stay focused and interested and excited.

That's why I like to have a plan. It's the trick to finishing a big project like December Daily.  My plan is pretty simple: put pictures in pockets, fill in the gaps with pattern paper, add journaling and embellish.

I just have to stick with the plan.

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"The Plan" helps me bring stories and ephemera together - like the notes I left in the boys' advent calendars.

I love advent calendars - I loved having them as a kid and I love sharing this tradition with my kids. This year, I tried some new ideas and I wanted to record it. Instead of 25 days of candy, I added notes that let them stay up past bedtime or have extra electronics time.  Some treats were extra special - way too big to fit in it the calendar so I hid them. I put clues in the calendar that would help the boys find these special treats.

I knew that I wanted to tell that story so I kept the notes in empty pockets in my December Daily album. I have found that putting things in the empty pocket pages in the album for my project is a great way to store ephemera until I'm ready to use it.

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I'm also a big fan of task batching when I'm working on a big project. I find that putting all the photos in pockets at once, writing all the journaling at one time, embellishing all at once - it's easier and faster to focus on one task at a time. It's the only way I can put it all in there and get it finished.

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I put in cards that Ben made - like the one with the train.

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I punch holes in Christmas cards so I can add them to the album.

By the way, the best punch for adding ephemera to albums is the We R Memory Keepers Power Punch.  It punches through just about everything. I like the 1/4" but it comes in other sizes.

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Yep, I put it all in there. On a day when I didn't have pictures or a story to tell, I added To-Do lists.

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I did manage to get some of my mixed media art into my December Daily. I made this tag for The Paperie's blog and put it in. Just because.

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Of course, I had to note that this was our first Christmas without Mac. She's been gone a year now but I still miss her. I will always think of her at Christmas. Years ago, I bought an ornament with her name on it. I still put it on the tree. I think I always will.

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And there it is...done!

I am always telling my scrappy friends how great it is to have December Daily albums and I am always encouraging them to try it. A December Daily album is an amazing thing but you don't have to finish it. Having just the journaling or just the photos to look back on would be amazing. At least, I think so.

Right now, I'm happy to put it away. December will be here soon enough and then I'll be happy to take it out and enjoy it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Monday, 18 May 2015

All Done: December Daily 2014 Part 1

One of my Creative Goals for 2015 was to finish my 2014 December Daily. I finished it at The Paperie's Spring Retreat a few weeks ago.

I started putting my album together in December and decided to make a mixed media album. My plan was 25 mixed media pages during one of the busiest months of the year.

Big mistake.

Instead of reveling in creative goodness, I was bogged down and overwhelmed. I got carried away with an idea when what I really wanted was a finished album.

So, I abandoned the idea of making every page a "work of art". I picked up my pocket pages and it all came together for me. First, I put all my pics and ephemera in the pockets. I had taken pics and notes during December so I knew what went where. Then I filled in any gaps with pattern paper and added my journaling. It took a whole day - like 12-14 hours but I am so. so. happy it is done.

Here's a look at the first half of my album. You can click on any of the pictures to see closeups.

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Most of the supplies come from the Freckled Fawn Very Merry Embellishment kit. Anything else, like pattern paper or washi tape, came from my stash. Actually, some of the washi tape came from my stash and some from my friend, Wendy's stash.

Please check back on Wednesday. I'm going to share the second half of my December Daily.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Friday, 15 May 2015

Still Art Journalin'

At the beginning of the year, I set myself the challenge to make an art journal page a week.

I have wildly ignored that plan and have absolutely no intention to get "back on track". Art journaling is not about "plans" or "planning". At least, not in my world. Nope art journaling is about  playing and experimenting. It is about doing.

And that brings me to this page.

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I was working with a glaze in my favorite color - Dina Wakley's Turquoise - when Ben handed me this red tag that he had made. So, I used it and some of my other favorite things.

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Favorite things like thread and cheesecloth...

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and drywall tape with round holes...

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and Hero Arts Neon Daubers.

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Yes, all my favorite things all layered up together. It's a loose and easy experiment in collage. 

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It was a chance to follow the unexpected - the tag made by Ben - and see what would happen if I used it. And what did happen? Well, I had fun and Ben was so happy I used the tag. The whole thing from start to finish was joyful.

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Yes, I'm still art journalin'. How could I stop?

Thank for stopping by!

Cathie

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Pocket Page Scrapping: Yay or Nay?

I say Yay!

I'm not a Project Lifer.  I tried but it just isn't it for me.

I like the pocket pages though and luckily I have so so many after my failed Project Life attempt.

I use them a lot. They are a great way for me to scrap the stories and photos I don't put on a 12x12 layout. To be more precise, I use them to make mini books for the big projects like December Daily.

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I finished my 2014 album at The Paperie's Spring Retreat in April and I will be sharing all the pics and some thoughts on the process next week.

I always use pocket pages for Week in the Life.

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I'll be sharing more pictures from this project next week too.

I also use pocket pages for cute pictures...

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and events or stories with multiple photos. I'm a single photo kinda scrapper but that doesn't mean I only take one photo. Now, I have somewhere to put those extra photos so people can see them and enjoy them.

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I like that I can make these pages simple or interactive. I like that I have so many options when it comes to sizes and configurations. It's all up to me.

For me, pocket scrapping is faster.  I can quickly finish the projects that are important to me like Week In the Life or December Daily and then have time left over to play in my art journal or make mixed media layouts.

Honestly, I wish we had had pocket pages all along.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie


Monday, 11 May 2015

Now Where Was I..?

Life has gotten really busy these days. Thanks in large part to a great contract that I'm working on right now. I like having something different in my life. It shakes things up even if that means a shortage of free-time by which I really mean creative time. I haven't made much of anything since The Paperie's Spring Retreat.

That's ok.

It's all going to be ok. (deep breath)

I know that I will get back to making things really soon. I can't stay away for long.

In the meantime, this week I will share some of the things that I made at The Retreat.

First up, this page. The only 12x12 page that I made at The Retreat. I know! I only made one 12x12 page at a scrapbooking retreat. I'll share how that happened on Wednesday.

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This page was all about trying a new stencil that has quickly become a favorite. I bought the 12x12 Harlequin stencil by Finnabair at The Retreat and used it with the Art Basics modeling paste.

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I let the paste dry and added a thin coat of gesso. Once that was all dry, I used my personal overspraying technique with Color Bloom sprays.

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I used my-absolute-favorite-and-must-have-spray or as Prima calls it Tea Stain with Soft Tea, Deep Teal and Precious Stone. I kept spritzing and drying and adding lots of layers until I was very happy. Then I stopped and let it all dry.

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While the ink was drying, I layered up some papers from Prima's Bella Rouge A4 paper pad. Then added some thread in gold and black and stuck everything down. Finally, I added some random stamping with my favorite text background stamp by Hero Arts, Friend Definition.

I loved the page just as was. Try as I might I just couldn't add a title or any journaling so it's going on the back. It's not there yet. I find it hard to journal at The Retreat. I like to have time to think about my journaling sometimes - this is one of those times. 

I plan to frame this page. This picture has a lot of meaning for me and I'd like to look at it for a little while longer.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Cathie


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

I've Been Thinking About Journaling...

I've been thinking about journaling. Probably because The Paperie's Spring Retreat is in a few days. I've been organizing my supplies, making kits, printing pictures and evaluating projects.

In the process, I found this page.

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It's one I made at the last retreat. It has lots of texture, ink splats and lots of dimension.

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Yet, I found it in my unfinished pile that I like to call "The Undones".

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And I wondered if it was because there was no journaling. I don't remember having a story in mind when I made the page but maybe it needed one to give my picture some context.


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I was worried it might "ruin" the page but I did it anyway. I did a rough draft first - I admit it. Then I grabbed my pen and wrote. I figured if I ruined the page, I could just make another a page without journaling.  And do you know what? I love it. I don't think I ruined the page at all. I think it's better for the journaling. I'm glad I did it and I'm going to do more of it. I plan on getting lots of practice this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie