Friday, 13 March 2015

Playing With A Few of My Favorite Things

One of my creative goals this year is to make an art journal page each week. Some weeks this is easier to do than others. This week, I decided to just play with some of my favorite things. I had a lot of fun creating this...

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You can see a lot of my favorite things here like plenty of cheesecloth and teal blue paint. I ripped and pulled the cheesecloth out of shape and then smooshed into Art Basics Heavy Gesso by Finnabair. Admittedly, blue has been a lifelong obsession and I have more than a few different brands of this teal/turquoise shade. I love them all. This one is Teal Heavy Body by Golden.

I also love bright colors. The many splats are Hero Arts Neon daubers in Orange, Purple, Pink and Yellow. I can't get enough of these daubers.

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Another one of my favourites - typing with my vintage typewriter. I tried to feed this page into the typewriter but it just wouldn't fit. Time for Plan B - a scrap of paper and my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (another fave).

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Loads of texture makes me very happy.

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Time for the embossing enamel by Stampendous. I love this stuff. This color is called Shabby Blue. Can you see the the white and gold dots/splats on the right? That's from the chunks of white and gold embossing powder and blue glitter that make this stuff so amazing. It is too thick for fine detail embossing like words or flourishes but it is so fun to use and there are lots of colors to choose from. I recommend the golds and silvers - they're amazing!

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I made this page in a mere 25 minutes which is super fast for me. I set the timer and worked as quickly as I possibly could. It was exciting and fun to work with a time limit. It forced me to do instead of think. I am a chronic over-thinker. I like to think things over and take my time instead of going for it. Now that I know a timer works for me,  I'm definitely going to try this again.

So, that's it for this week. I have started Pinterest board for my 2015 art journal pages and you can see them here. I hope you will check them out and keep coming back to see how I'm doing.

Have a great weekend!

Cathie

Monday, 9 March 2015

A Layout A Week: Layout #2 Confessions of an Over-Sprayer

This year, I am making 52 scrapbook layouts. It's a creative goal that I set for myself in January and one that I want to share on my blog. I'm hoping that keeping myself accountable will keep me on track.

Today, I'm sharing layout #2.

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I made this layout in January for a class I was teaching at my LSS, The Paperie. I learned a lot while making the layout but it isn't the one I ended up teaching in class.

You see, I'm an over-sprayer. When I spray ink or water, I spray too much. I just can't seem to help myself. And when I was making this layout, I sprayed so much ink and water on the page that the Thickers were actually falling off the page and falling apart.

Here are some of the closeups.

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I coated the Thickers in Art Basic Heavy Gesso by Finnabair before liberally spraying with the Prima Color Bloom sprays. The white gesso kept all the color from soaking into the burlap and helped the gorgeous color from the sprays show true. If I had sprayed directly onto the burlap, it would have created a darker effect - too dark for my page.

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So, I took what I learned from making this layout and made a second layout for class. You can find it here or on my Pinterest board here.

I like having this creative goal. It doesn't feel like pressure. In fact, it's a reason - an excuse, if you will - to make time to scrapbook each week. I don't feel guilty about scrapbooking because I'm working towards a goal. And not feeling guilty about making time to scrapbook is awesome!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie




Thursday, 5 March 2015

Scrapping on a Snow Day

There is nothing quite like scrapping on a snow day when the boys are playing peacefully together.  It's a rare and precious time when I am not needed to referee or mediate or serve and can slip away undetected and enjoy some uninterrupted scrapping time.

So, I decided to catch up on my 2014 Keeping Track of Life album and made this layout.

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The background paper is very old Basic Grey - the Kissing Booth collection of 2011. "Yeay, me!" for using up old product that's been hanging around my stash for way too long.

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Lots of layers from my collection of 6x6 paper pads and pieces of doily and threads that are on my desk. That's how I clean my desk - I use up what I like and throw away the rest.

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I layered all these layers on top of some light modeling paste from Finnabair's Art Basics line for Prima. I applied it through aTim Holtz stencil - Dot Fade -  with a palette knife then I sprinkled a bit of glitter on the paste. I love adding glitter to light modeling paste. I do it all. the. time.

I also added some splatters of Studio Calico's Mister Huey in Clay. This is one of my favourite Mister Huey sprays ever. In my opinion, it's the perfect neutral. I love it so much I've used 3 bottles of the stuff. I've heard it's been retired and I am going to miss it.

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And because once is not enough for me...I repeated the stencil, light modeling paste and glitter and splatters below the photo.

This is when the peaceful playing became rowdy and I had to stop scrapping and do some of the "mom" stuff I mentioned above. Luckily, the layout is done except for the journaling - the story of my scrapping life - and I'm calling it Layout 4 of 52 from 2015. (You can read about my 2015 Creative Goals here and see my Pinterest board here.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Inspired by Prima: A Class Round-up


Last Saturday,  I taught my first mixed-media scrapbooking class of 2015. It's one I've been planning and waiting for since discovering the new Prima lines: Finnabair's Art Basics and the Color Bloom Sprays. Sharing all these lovely supplies and the things they can do with my scrappy, mixed-media friends was the best way to spend a Saturday morning.

Last week, I shared a pic of this layout on my blog. You read all about it and see a few more close-ups here.

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Today, I'm sharing the second layout I made for class. We used the Art Basics Modeling Paste, Heavy Gesso, Clear Gesso, 3D Matte Gel and the Color Bloom Sprays to make this layout.

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That beautiful stencil is Blooming Florals from Donna Downey's new signature stencil collection which we used with the Art Basics Modeling Paste.

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We also added two coats of Art Basics Heavy Gesso on top of the burlap Thickers to keep the Prima sprays from soaking in. Here are you can see how beautifully the Color Bloom Sprays blend together. They are so wonderful to use. The spray mechanism on the bottles is user-friendly and low-mess perfect for those of you who don't like inky fingers.

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I frequently use white watercolor paper for my mixed media layouts but for this one we used a wonderful pattern paper. Here you can see the pattern on the paper through all the mixed media layers. That's one of the benefits of clear gesso instead of white opaque gesso.

My next mixed media scrapbooking class is scheduled for Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 am at The Paperie.  I've already started working on my pages so keep your eyes on my Twitter and Instagram feeds for sneak peeks.

Thanks for stopping by!


Cathie

Monday, 23 February 2015

My 2015 Creative Goals

I've been thinking about what I want to do this year and I've decided to set some creative goals. Some of these goals are about scrapbooking and art journaling, some are not. Here's what I have.

1. Get all my finished scrapbook pages into albums. I admit it. I let my pages pile up. Unfortunately, no one is able to see or enjoy my pages sitting in a pile. So, the solution is to actually buy one scrapbook album a month and fill it up with pages.

2. Make one new art journal page a week. I can make as many pages as I want but I want to make at least one page a week. I also want to slow down and take my time with some of my pages.

3. Make one scrapbook page a week. I'm a scrapbooker and I love making pages. I think 52 pages in a year is enough but not too much. Only finished pages count and I have to put all these new pages in albums, of course!

4. Finish my 2014 projects. I still have to finish my 2014 Week in the Life, December Daily and Keeping Track of Life album.  Due to poor planning on my part, I didn't have the supplies I needed to finish the December Daily and Week in the Life projects. I have to take a little time and re-work these projects and finish them up. No big. My LSS, The Paperie is having a Spring Retreat in April. I'm planning to finish these projects at the Retreat if I don't get them done before.

5. Paint 4 canvases.  I want to try something new this year so I've decided to try a few canvases. My first canvas is already started. Check it out!

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6. A sketch/doodle a day. This has been on my list for years and I've decided to stop procrastinating and just do it. I started in January and share pics on my Instagram feed. If you're curious, you can see them there. My Instagram handle is cathiereed.

7. Finish reading 141 books by my birthday. I love reading. I always have. This is a way to make sure that I keep reading a part of my life.

8. Cook one new recipe a week. Cooking has become something I dread. In my family, we have a picky eater Gabe), a pretend-picky eater (Ben who is only picky because of his big brother), an allergy to wheat (me), and a foodie (Sam). Making everyone happy at meal time is impossible but maybe by trying new things, it will be more interesting and not such a chore.

9. Knit an awesome pair of socks. I have been knitting for years but I haven't made anything besides blankets, scarves and a few baby hats and booties. I'm ready to try something new. I have the wool, new needles and a pattern - time to cast on!

10. Knit a sweater. Same as above. This is really going to be a stretch. I'm nervous but I'm pushing myself. As an added incentive my niece, Kiersten, is a big fan of my knitting and has asked me to knit her a sweater. How could I say no to this sweet little girl?

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11. Master the cheesecake. I can't eat wheat and that makes desserts problematic. I love cheesecake (who doesn't?) and it's basically gluten-free without any fancy or hard-to-come-by ingredients. I've decided that this is going to be my go-to dessert this year. I want to become a Master Cheesecake Baker.

So, those are my creative goals. You can probably see how some of my goals overlap and that's on purpose. For example, I could doodle everyday for a week and that could also be my art journal page for that week. Or trying a new cheesecake recipe could be my new recipe for that week. This is all part of making these goals possible.  Going forward, I'm going to break these down on a month-by-month basis so it's not so overwhelming.

I'm going to set up some new Pinterest boards so I can keep track or (and share my progress). I'll let you know when they're ready.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Friday, 20 February 2015

Working through the "uglies"

Hello Friends,

Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite pages that started out as a disaster. It was definitely ugly which is why I don't have a before picture to share. Here's a look at the final page.

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It all started with an abstract background that I made by scraping all the Dina Wakley heavy body paints onto a single page. It was bad. A horrible page to look at but great for experimenting because I have nothing to lose.

With a little of my favorite Prima Art Basics 3D Matte Gel through my favorite Finnabair stencil, I created all kinds of dimension.


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Then I buried my mess under a coat of white gesso and set it aside to dry. Once dry, I started spraying with my Prima Color Bloom Sprays.  I used Polished Stone (my new favorite), Tea Stain (my all-time favorite), Glistening Waves, Gold Foil, Soft Teal, Cobalt, Emerald and Soft Sky. I sprayed and sprayed and imagine my surprise when page started to look amazing.

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Finally, I added some black gesso around the edges of my page and it came together.

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This kind of page is what I like to call a "flop-opportunity" because without failing first, I never would have made this page which I absolutely love. I learned a lot in the process and I finally used black gesso on a page. Just goes to prove that a total mess of a page isn't always a bad thing.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Monday, 16 February 2015

My Inspired by Prima Class at The Paperie

Hello Friends!

I am excited to share one of the layouts I'm teaching in my next mixed media scrapbooking class at The Paperie this Saturday. In class, we are using some of my favourite Prima products to make two Prima inspired layouts.

Like this one...

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This layout is full of Prima's Color Bloom spray, 3D Matte Gel and Heavy Gesso from Finnabair's Art Basics line. Here's a close up of the delightful texture and dimension.

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And here's another.

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I'm so excited to share these fabulous products. If you're curious about mixed media or the new Prima products then this class is for you. It's the perfect opportunity to try something new and fall in love with these beautiful products. For more information or to register for this class, please call The Paperie.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie