3 Easy Ways to Begin Art Journaling

Hi y'all,

Art journaling is so good for practicing or trying out new skills.  It's a visual diary of self-expression and often times for me a reflection of my faith.

There are three big ideas to keep in mind when you art journal.

1.  Perfection isn't for art journaling.  Mistakes teach you so much (like how to cover mistakes).
2.  It should be meaningful for you.
3.  It's just paper.  I heard that wise tidbit from the marvelous Dina Wakely.


First layer is paint
First layer is paper


First Layer is ink.

Here's a video showing how to begin using these three methods.


Which method will you try?

Blessings,

Carolyn

P.S  Next time we'll add luscious layers and textures.

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Materials:  Please use materials that you have in your craft room.  They will work great.  You might consider investing in Gesso and gel matte medium.





Covered Notepads make great teacher gifts

Yi y'all,

I have a real passion for scraps.  I have little bits of wonder in an old cigar box and scrap paper in a big  pretty box.  I imagine you have some scraps, too.  This project is perfect for using all of your wonderful scraps.
quick and easy gifts

I used  8 x 5 notepads that were cut in half.  One of my great friends shared them with me.  Your local printer or office supply store can usually cut notepads inexpensively.

For the cover, I cut heavy card stock  5 3/4 by 8 1/4 and then scored 2 5/8  and 3 1/8.  I secured the half pad with strong This to That tape.

If you look at the photo above, you can see that none of the cover decorations are the same size.  Because I used scraps my paper and embellishments are different sizes. I'm not sharing sizes of embellishments because I hope you use your treasures that you've saved. Besides I don't enjoy mass producing projects.  I prefer to keep things difficult!  I did attach everything with tape runner or wet glue.
Decorate the inside to cover the pad label.

Aren't you just itching to pull out your scraps and craft while being ecofriendly? 


 Being a teacher you survive by lists and lists, I know.  Do you have a teacher in mind for this simple, but useful project?

Blessings,

Carolyn

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Materials:  Most materials came from my scraps stash except for the This to That tape which is an Amazon Affiliate link.




Making a Bookmark

Hi y'all,

My family is full of book nerds.  We love to read.  I was realizing that I was using old receipts and scraps of things for book marks.  Once it was a dollar bill.  For a crafty girl such as myself this is rather silly.  I should make one.

Making this bookmark is fun!

The process video is below.  I film everything but drying times, and then seriously cut it down!  Sometimes over editing happens.  I chopped out the part that shows coloring the flower centers with a white gel pen.

There are two surprises on the video.  One is music from Kevin McCormick.  He's quite an excellent guitarist and I'm delighted he's sharing with us. To find out more about him, click here. There will be a link to El Noi de la Mare so you can listen to it again.


Did you see the sneak peek of the stickers?  My new product is called Paper Faith.  I chose my favorite wise words from the Bible, including words from my mother's and grandmother's favorite Psalms.   Enter a comment below to win a set of Paper Faith and Paper Poetry.  A random winner will be chosen.

What is our take away with this week?  How about read often and use your favorite wise words in your art?

What are your favorite wise words?  I would love to hear them!

Blessings,

Carolyn

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Materials come from my Etsy shop or Amazon where I buy most of my supplies because I live in the sticks.  Affiliate links cost you nothing.

Doodle Blossoms Stamp Set
El Noi de la Mare by Kevin McCormick and his daughter
gesso
Dylusions paints: Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Melted Chocolate
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Matte Gel Medium
Yellow Copic Sketch Marker
Red Copic Ciao Marker
Mustard Seed Distress ink
Micron Pen

Build a Scene Card

Hi y'all,


A few weeks ago I told you that I wanted to make the little birdie in the Love Letters stamp set fly and I did that!  It makes me so happy.  Here's a little video to show you how that was done.

The trickiest thing about building a scene is deciding which object is in front of the other.  That's why I stamped the birdie and then masked it so the birdie is inside the paper airplane.

Another favorite technique that I shared was using Distress Ink and clear embossing powder together.  You can have so many more embossed colors that way.  I always use Versa Mark ink first and then stamp the Distress Ink for an even and solid coverage.  Distress Ink can bead up on stamps.

You haven't seen the last of my Love Letters Stamp Set.  There are so many possibilities!
Fly Birdie, fly!

Thanks for popping in!

Carolyn

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Materials:  Most materials come from my Etsy Shop or from Amazon where I buy most of my supplies because I live in the sticks.  Amazon affiliate links cost you nothing.  I also use clear Embossing Powder from Simon Says Stamp.



New Release--Paper Poetry

Hi y'all,

I'm excited about my new product Paper Poetry.   I chose beautiful words from my favorite poets and using a lovely cursive created these stickers.  I must say inspiration comes from the strangest places sometimes.
Paper Poetry
I was staring at the side of my fridge--I don't remember why, and spotted some magnetic poetry.  I looked at all those words and thought wouldn't it be nice if those were paper.  Suddenly and idea was born.
inspiration
Paper Poetry is made of matte paper and lovely on cards, journals and mixed media.
They absorb inks, sprays, watercolor

Perfect for cards

Thanks so much for dropping in.  It was a pleasure.

Blessings,

Carolyn

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Materials:  Materials come from my Etsy shop Pink Bunkadoo or from Amazon where I get most of my supplies because I live in the sticks.  Supplies not listed are things I've had in my old cigar box for a while.  

Art journal page:
Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals  - Drop Dead Diva

New Stamp Release!

Hi all,

Can't wait to see you get a load of my new stamps.  Here, let me introduce you.
Blessings
This first set is right from my heart and I call it Blessings Stamp Set.  These are things that I say and write over and over.  It came to life in collaboration with my daughter, the lovely, and incredibly talented Elizabeth Layton.  I especially love this scripture snippet from Numbers.


The second stamp set is called Love Letters and is actually the first collaboration with Elizabeth.  We just kept fiddling with it to make it right.  One of these days the little birdie is going to take a ride in a paper air plane.


The last little set was inspired by my popular Mini Moondala Stamp.  This stamp set is called Moondala Stamp Set and I've barely had my hands on it.  That'll be changing.

Moondala



Thanks for dropping by and looking at my new release.  I appreciate it!
Blessings,
Carolyn

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