Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Wordless Wednesday...

Lumpfish. Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium - Petty Harbour, Newfoundland.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Mini in a Month: July edition

A few weeks ago, I share my wild enthusiasm for Stephanie Bryan's mini a month project. Today, I'm sharing some pics of my progress and some thoughts on the process.  You can see the first set of pages in this album in this blog post.

So, picking up where I left off, here is the finished polka dot duck feeding page. I added some Thickers from my stash, an Amy Tangerine diecut and some ink splatters.

Some more Amy Tangerine diecuts and some ephemera from a trip to a local mini-golf course.

I added photos of the boys playing golf on the inside and punched holes through the whole thing.

The next page is made of two 3x4 photos adhered back to back. The first picture is of some pocket treasures.

The back side is a picture of my work-desk.

This will be a journaling page. Journaling is definitely something I want and need to add to this album. I may journal on a tag and attach it or type up some journaling and stick that down.

 To make the page, I simply layered vellum over a sheet of watercolor paper. I didn't adhere the vellum to the paper because I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it or not. It's good to have options, right?

I love this pic of Ben eating cookie batter. I'm going to add journaling and leave it pretty simple.

Here's the other side. Sadly, this pic doesn't require much journaling because our July has been pretty sad weather-wise. It's been so cold and rainy that we've all been calling it Julember. *sigh*

I added some polka dot vellum for a bit of variety and a 2x2 divided page protector.

We live in the woods and we see lots of local wildlife this time of the year. We had a visit from a baby bunny one day in July. It was pretty exciting because Ben is crazy about rabbits. He loves them and it made his day to see this little guy.

Here's the b-side. I have to figure out how to use my Fuse Tool so I can seal in those wood veneers. The wood veneers are left over from a package of Cosmo Cricket wood veneers.

And here's what the whole thing looks like.

So far, I'm happy with how this album is coming together. I spend time editing photos each week and then I put it together on the weekend.  My mini-book process is to add all the photos and then go back and add the journaling and embellishing.

I do like the size of the 4x4 album. The small pages are just big enough for some embellishing but not so big that I spend a lot of time fiddling with design. I confess, I sometimes like to move things around and around to see what's going to look "best". I can't really do that with this album size because there are that many places I can put things.

Even though July has been a crazy month, it has been easier than I thought to get my pictures in the album.  But it won't be finished until I have all the pics taken, printed and put in there. That's ok. That's part of my process.

I still have one last post with this album. I'll finish up July and share the pics next week.

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Around here: July edition

It has not been a typical July around here. I was expecting much less work and way more sunshine. Instead, it has been a work-busy, blerg-weather month. Still, we managed to have some fun and threw in a few family adventures thrown in.

Here's a look at our July.


I am putting together my July mini-album using these pics. Keep your eyes open for an update on that project later this week.

Of course, summer isn't over yet. Starting this week, we are going to enjoy a month of friends and family coming home to visit. I am looking forward to some creative time, a quieter work schedule and a more active social one and lots and lots of sunshine.

Fingers crossed, people, fingers crossed.

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Storing Diecuts, Bits and Pieces

I am a sucker for diecuts. For me, they are loot bags - full of colorful and fun inspiration. I like to open a whole pack and use them all but that doesn't mean I don't have leftovers. Who doesn't? What's strange, at least to me, is that diecut packaging isn't much good for storage once the diecuts are open.

Happily, I have a pretty simple solution for storing any left over diecuts...teacups!

I have a bunch of these pretty teacups left over from my blue glass collecting phase back in the 90's.  I never did use them much for tea but I just couldn't ever let them go. Luckily, they are great for holding diecuts.

Best of all, if you have saucers...they stack.

The saucers are also great little trays.

It's easy to dump a cup's contents onto the saucer, pick what I want and then pour the contents back into the cup when I'm finished.

Here's to using what you have to store what you love!

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Make Mine Mixed Media: Cards Edition

This week, I'm excited to teach my first Mixed Media Card Class at my LSS, The Paperie. Here's a look at the cards we will be making in class.

 We'll be using some of my favorite techniques and lots of products from Finnabair's Art Basics Line for Prima to create colorful and creative cards. Did I mention quick and easy? Oh yes, mixed media cards can quick and easy. No promises about clean and simple though - ha!

Space is limited so call or email The Paperie today if you want to grab a spot.

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Playing with My Brayer

I love my brayer. It's a Speedball like this one. It came with a bunch of rollers which I never use. I've had it for years but I didn't use much until I got my Gelli Plate. I also use it to build backgrounds like this one.

Basically, I squirt some paint on my craft mat, roll my brayer in the paint and then brayer the paint onto my art journal page. I like the look of paint brayered on paper. It's completely different that using a paint brush, don't you think? Lots of visual texture but no dimension.

Anyway, then I turned the background into this page.

I drew circles on the background with my china pencil - I love that pencil.

Then I painted gesso around the circles using my fingers. Finger painting is always fun. While painting with the gesso, it smeared the lines of the circles. I didn't mind that at all. In some places, I actually encouraged the lines to smear and blend.

Then when it was all dry, I retraced the circles using my china pencil.

There you have it. There is nothing very complicated about this page but it was a lot of fun to make.

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