samedi 28 février 2015

Awesome Ladies Project Creative Team projects || February

Tonight is Awesome Ladies Night over at Join us for a live chat and prizes and lots of inspiration. I'll be showing a few of my February projects. My first one involves these lovely neon tags.

I decided to try my hand at paint dipping. I picked a few different paints and textures and went for it.

I kind of failed! I don't like the results but I thought I'd still share with you. 'Cause it's all about the process right?

I guess I'm no good at dipping. I have to say that the quality and texture of the paint is super important. The glitter didn't work to my liking at all.

These are my favorite from the lot. They will find their way into a few mini-albums.

My second project is super fun. I'm making Insta albums for my friend and I. We are hosting our 40th birthday bash next month. We will have a Mad Men theme and a photo booth. So these will house our photos from the evening.

I'm using the gold We R Memory Keepers albums and three paper lines : Aurora and It Factor. The embellishments are from Aurora, Second City and my stash.

The Aurora line is one of my favorites of all time and the art deco feel of it fits our aesthetics perfectly.

This is just the base, can't wait to show you the completed albums!

And lastly, here is my contribution to the sketch challenge. This month's sketch was so fun and versatile. I wanted to make a card for my pocket scrapbooking album. Since I'm in a stash-busting mood, I picked some Plus One cards and cut them up.
I added some washi tape, cut up this photo of hubby and I and added the heart to anchor the design. The XO completes it perfectly. LOVE IT!

See you in class in a bit, awesome ladies!

jeudi 26 février 2015

Get Messy || Season of Love 03

Welcome fellow creatives. Today I am sharing some pages from Get Messy's Season of Love. I'm going into some dark places but also some places filled with light. And these darker areas are not limited to love relationships, but apply to friendships too.

If you're followed me for a while, you know that I had a friendship breakup in 2014. Someone that was very close to me for 15 years suddenly told me off and that was that. i had a very hard time acceoting what happened and tried in many ways to understand what happened.

Unfortunately, I never got the truth from her so I'll never know. But I suspect that some of these emotions were rampant.

How about some happiness? Oh YES! I took this photo of my husband while setting up for last week's 'Vs 52 portraits' and I love it so much. I knew I wanted to include it in an art journal page.

In keeping with the second week of the Season of Love's art prompts, I decided to print this picture on a transparency and use one of the E.E. Cummings poems. Here is the full spread:
The only 'problem' was that the ink never dried on the transparency! So every time I would touch the image it would come off. I noticed this after I had glued the image down on my page. I needed to figure out a way to stop the ink from spreading on the facing page.
My solution? I used some leftover clear adhesive book covering plastic! That way the ink wouldn't spread and I didn't have to use a wet medium to seal it. I actually really love the ghostly feel of the image and the extra layer the plastic cover gives.

I ended up adding a few of these square pieces of adhesive on the spread for a cohesive look.

And I used strips of transparencies and vellum to hide the ink stains I made while gluing down the image! An art journal fail that turned into a win!

 I have one last spread to share :

I used some big Elmer adhesive letters for this one (thanks for the inspiration Sharon!)

I also used this sewn paper page from a few weeks ago. So glad to have found a place for this in my art journal.

Yup. Don't wait. Do it now.


Get Messy Art Journal is gang of crafty vixens who are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We support and encourage one another on this journey of creating and learning and we would love for you to join us too.

mardi 24 février 2015

Babes Send Things || February edition

The February theme for Babes Send Things was Love | Hate and the technique was paper. I love everything about this theme. Lately though, I have been all about the love and I,m hoping my partner is in that zone too. So I made her a LOVE mini album. Something to fill-in and give away. Something just for her, a place to jot down self care methods that work. Or things that don't. She chooses.
Here's a peek:

lundi 23 février 2015

My travel journal

Oh it's a beauty! I saw it on one of my Get Messy friend's instagram feed. Blue Sky Papers was having a contest. But when I saw their beautiful handmade books and journals, I was smitten! Plus there is a cluster of constellations on the cover. Goes perfectly with my tattoo - match made in heaven!

I ordered it in January and it arrived just in time for our travels. Here is a detail of the cover. I wish you could scratch and sniff. The leather smells divine.

When you open the first flap, the moon is there to greet you. The Moon and I are great friends so this is just perfection.

The journal is 8.5 x 12 inches, just my size. The paper isn't watercolor paper. It buckeld a little when I made my swatches, but that is not something that bothers me. It is clearly more of a sketchbook than watercolor journal, but it will be perfect for what I have in mind.

I'm really happy and cannot wait to fill it up with our travel memories.
ps: I am not affiliated with Blue Sky Papers in any way, I just love this journal.

samedi 21 février 2015

Vs 52 portraits || 08

Anything for a costume party.
I love to dress up. Ever since I was a child and my sister and I would play in the big box full of costumes in our basement, dressing up has been a key part in any celebration. Last year, I had an Alice in Wonderland birthday party and it was awesome. This year, for my fortieth, I'm hosting a Mad Men themed party. And I'm always willing to bring out the alcohol at 9am on a Saturday to get a picture for the invitation. Ha!

vendredi 20 février 2015

Watercolors for the win!

I had decided to bring some watercolors on my trip to South Africa (I should be arriving there pretty much as you read this!). I hardly did any when I went to San mihguel for my art journaling workshop. And in between weedings and birthday parties, I intend to spend lots of time on the beach drawing, sketching and relaxing.
Here are my supplies. The travel Sakura Koi set (top right) I've had for three years and I love it. A friend of mine bought the Kuretake se (green box) and I was hooked. As I was waiting for the box to arrive, another friend surprised me with a wonderful palette of peerless watercolor paper (bottom right).

Here they are, opened.

So much color! I promptly opened up my new travel journal (more on that Monday) and made some color swatches so I could see which set would come with me. First though, I did a pen test page to see which pens bleed through the paper. I went with the Sakura Micron, the Pilot Fineliner, the Sharpie pen and the Uni-ball vision elite.
Then I spent all afternoon with my lovely watercolor sets. This is the Kuretake :


 The Peerless watercolor set:
And the Sakura Koi travel set :

Needless to say, it's really hard to choose. The colors are all gorgeous and saturated. The only thing that swayed me was size and weight considerations. So the Peerless watercolors are coming with me for sure. They are so easily transportable and have a perfect range of colors. Very grateful to my friend Cynthia for such a great gift ! I might take out the gold (yes, gold) pan from the Kuretake set and bring it somehow. because, gold.


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