Monday, June 30, 2014

White on White

Happy Monday! We have a new challenge for you up on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog.

This week we are talking all things "white."

There really are so many shades of white, from cream to navajo and with applications from nautical to patriotic to winter. How will you use white this week? Will it be with gesso? ink? pen? Or perhaps you will transform simple white cardstock…

I just can't seem to get enough of white lately. I just love layers upon layers of varying shades of white. There is something so soft and ethereal about that look...
To create this mixed media piece, I layered up lots of my scraps, in varying shades of white...
 ... along with a Crate Paper Prize Ribbon, some lovely die cuts, and the slightest bit of green watercolor to pull in the colors from that crate paper embellishment...
Once I had them all glued down with Matte Medium, I finished things off with some misting and pen work. Such a quick and easy way to make the most of my scraps!


Now it's your turn! I can't wait to see what you do with white this week.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Roundup and Recap - June 2014

Hello, hello! June is coming to an end... so, I believe it's time for a little R and R. And by that, I mean...





That's right! Welcome to the end-of-month newsletter style post, here at The Mailbox.

This is the time and place where I will share what has caught my eye around the web, things I am loving, what I hope to try soon, and more...

Let's jump right in, shall we?

When looking back at my posts from this month, it seems that I was on a mixed media kick...

Like my altered We R 4x4 album:
And there were several others. Let's just say that things have been a painty, messy, fun time in the studio lately!



Just yesterday, I was pondering what I might share for this section of my Roundup this month. Within the hour, I received the email from Two Peas In a Bucket regarding their closing. This really was not what I was hoping to share here. So sad and seemingly sudden to us from the outside looking in. 

If you have read my Creative Journey series, then you know what an impact the resources available at Two Peas had on my scrapping.

I have seen various thoughts and opinions all over the interwebs regarding the closing. Positives, negatives, speculations, etc... I won't be adding to that here. I don't feel it necessary. What I do know is that Two Peas was I place I enjoyed frequenting, I spent countless hours and dollars. I learned. I shopped. I pinned. It will be missed.

As with most things, I was late to the party. I have only been scrapbooking since 2011. In those three short years, I uploaded 890 project to the Two Peas Gallery. 890! 

I always loved having an "online portfolio" of sorts. It crossed my mind for about 1/2 a second that I should download my projects and upload them to a Flickr set or something. Then, I came to my senses and realized what a glorious waste of time that would be! HA! So... for posterity, here is a screen-shot of my first layouts:
I do have photographs of every project I have ever made, archived on my external storage. So, they are there for me, but not for you. But, I am pretty sure that will not keep any of you awake at night. :)

I did, however, spend a fair amount of time having a minor panic attack about all of the paid content that I had invested in that "lives" at 2 Peas. Well, thanks to Google and a little time, I was able to archive what I have paid for and for that I am very pleased. YAY!

However, the question remains... where to go from here? 


Well, to elaborate on the above mentioned closing of Two Peas...

I always liked participating in a public gallery. And while I rarely posted on the 2 Peas Forum, I did enjoy perusing it from time to time.

So... where are you all heading?

I spent some time today checking out various options... Studio Calico, Cocoa Daily, Gossamer Blue, Get it Scrapped, Scrapbook. com...

Here's the thing, though... I don't sub to a kit. Is it OK to participate in a kit club's community if you don't subscribe? I am just not sure how that works or if I would feel "right" doing that. Is that weird of me to think that? Thoughts?

Also, for me to want to visit a website daily and to participate in the gallery and forums, it has to be easy to use and visually pleasing. And by visually pleasing, I mean simple. I really don't want to be staring at the "Times Square" of the internet, if you know what I mean...

So... tell me, where will you be uploading to? What community are you planning on participating in?

  • Perhaps a decision on where to have my online gallery?
  • Some fun projects at A Flair For Buttons.
  • A video or two!
  • Lots of Camp Scrap fun. Will I see you there?
As always, thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Time For A New Brain...

Hello there! Do you remember my art journal turned calendar?
I affectionately refer to my yearly calendars as "The Brain." Well, as with most brains, some function better than other...
Each year, I evaluate and tweak The Brain to hopefully meet my needs in the coming year.

So, lets take a look at what worked about last year's Brain:
- It was pretty. Let's face it, if it looks good, I am much more likely to use it.
- It was sturdy. The Dylusions art journal that I used really stood up to abuse.
- It had plenty of extra pages to allow for lists, doodles, and ramblings.
- It was simple. (Calendar pages for each month, followed by plenty of space for writing. Nothing else to clutter ye ole Brain.)

Now, what didn't work?
- It didn't fold. 
What? Let me explain... You know how a spiral notebook can fold back on itself? Well, this book didn't do that. This proved to be clumsy when I was out and about trying to write something down. I am pretty sure the receptionist at our dentist's office was not impressed by my calendar's width of 20+ inches that required me to move her beautiful display of Sonicare Brushes just so I could nake a note of our next appointment. HA!

- It required too much adhesive.
I really didn't think this would bother me, but any time I wanted to add a copy or flyer to my Brain, it had to be cut down and glued to a page. Bah...

- I missed the weeks.
I don't always fill in each and every day on a weekly calendar spread. Monthly tends to be my fall-back. Even still, I missed the option of having the weeks there, just in case.

So... now what?

Well.... it's time to make a new Brain, that's what!

I might have jumped for joy when I spotted this Mead "Hybrid" Notebook at Target. Please tell me I am not the only one who gets giddy with such things?
I seriously had to refrain from buying the entire stock! I mean, really - this could quite possibly be the perfect notebook. What if they stop making them? Ahhh - but, I had a rare moment of self control and only brought one home with me. Ok, wait. No. I bought an extra one... for my mom... promise :)

So, what has me so excited about this notebook?
- It's flexible. 
Oh yeah, baby! It is indeed a 3-ring binder by function. The rings come apart and pages can be added. But, at the same time, because it is made with fabric and plastic, it will wrap around itself and fold over, much like a spiral notebook. WHOOOO HOOOOO!

And since it does function like a 3-ring binder, that means I can add in cool things like pocket dividers and such. It even came with some!

It's the little things in life...

And speaking of fabric, I have mentioned in my monthly Roundup and Recaps that I have been wanting to play with fabric. So, here we go! We are going to decorate this baby with some lovely fabric picked up at my local quilting shop...
To get started with my design, I have an 8.5x11 sheet of plain white cardstock and am just playing around with the composition of my fabric scraps...
Coming together!
I like how this is looking, so I quickly tack each piece down with just a touch of tacky glue...
 ... and head to the sewing machine. I want this to have a messy, patchwork look...
 Stitches done. Now, for a bit of white paint to give this fabric a mixed media feel...
With the first application of white done, it's time to adhere my title with loads of Matte Medium. 
See? LOADS of Matte Medium. Why so much? Well, this Brain of mine is going to get used and abused for at least a year. I don't want any of those lovely letters falling or peeling off!
With that completely dry, now I can adhere my collage to the front of this fabulous little notebook!
Matte Medium to start...
 Filling in the gaps with white paint...
 Adding some more fabric pieces...
And then... I was brave! I took this baby to the sewing machine. I had a regular needle, went REALLY slow... and didn't break anything! YAY! I wanted to do some stitching at this point to insure that my collage would stay put and to add to the patchwork feel. Here you can see what the back of the cover looks like. 

Some fastidious folks might get a little twitchy seeing this all the time. Me? I actually love it. HA! But, I suppose it could be covered up very easily with another piece of paper or something.
 Now, for some finishing touches....

I added some more white paint here and there and am now just brushing on some glitter in certain areas. For more info about this technique, you can check out a video I did here.
 Patchwork and paint...
Fun embellishments...
Gorgeous fabric...
And there we have it!
 The Brain!!!
 I found some lovely printables on Etsy from Polka Dot Posy to use as my calendar pages. 
Since I operate on a "school year" type calendar system, I have already been filling this up and using it daily. I am happy to report...

So far, so good...

The Brain is off to a great start!

Thanks for joining me and I will see you soon...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sweet Darling Butterfly

Happy Monday! We have a new challenge for you up on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog.

You have them (we all do) – those products that don’t get used nearly enough. Perhaps it is a stamp or maybe it is a particular ink color. Whatever your particular product or technique is – this is your chance to get it used and share!


I decided to put this lovely butterfly die cut to use! I have had it for a bit, but don't use it often enough...

I ran several neutral cardstocks through my Sizzix and am playing around with some tone on tone action...

I like the idea of these being part of the background, so I am going to adhere them to the page using some Matte Medium...

While this will dry clear, the brush strokes will show so I have made a point to place them all in the same direction...

Now, with it all dry, I can play around with some Gesso and watercolor. I love the way the color settles into the crevices in the butterflies...

That's dry and I've placed my picture. Now for the embellishing! I have chosen to leave some of the insides in tact in the die cut shapes. I like the unexpected quality of this. Plus, anything layered over wood veneer is fabulous in it's own right...

With the embellishing all done, I applied some rub ons and added plenty of white penwork...

And there we have it!

My sweet darling, full of butterflies!

Now it's your turn!

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