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Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Pour your heart out…

Art journaling is a great way to pour your heart out. If you’re feeling down or blue just start creating and a big smile will appear on your face. This art journal page is all about letting your spirit, happiness and smile shine through the dark background. I started with creating the background with dark sprays, Gelato and stamps. I added layers of browns and black so the background will be really gloomy.   Then I tore the paper and tucked under the tears flowers I cut from a patterned paper. The flowers seem to burst through the dark cracks. I also added a shine effect with yellow Gelatos to complete the look. I added a white and bright sentence with a white gel pen and doodles swirls and dots around it and in the letters to add to the happy feeling. Make sure to check out the step by step video tutorial to see how I created the art journal …

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Relax mixed media layout

Sometimes you get to take the coolest photo. I don’t have that chance often because my kids are big and don’t cooperate much with taking pictures. But this time it was just perfect. I had the coolest photo! I knew I would create a mixed media layout with it so it will shine! I started with the background. I created a patterned with a stencil and sprays. Then added more pattern with distress ink and a second stencil. I added torn pieces of patterned papers and tissue paper to add more color and texture. I also added cheese cloth which always reminds me of a fish net and goes well with the theme of the layout. I decided not to use flowers for this layout so I added different kinds of embellishments; pieces of old jewelry, sea shells, a string and words I cut from a patterned paper. I also added metal rings which I colored with alcohol ink. Check out …

Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Memory Time Capsule

As some of you know I lost my grandmother early this week. She was an amazing brave woman who picked up the pieces of her life after the holocaust, built a family and a life. I wanted to create a little something to put on a shelf above my work table so I can be inspired by her and remember her. I got an idea while finishing a masking tape. The empty roll reminded me of a clock and the idea just popped into my head, I’ll create a time capsule. I first covered the roll with patterned paper from all sides and then added an embellished house and felt trees. I wanted to create a scene in time from many years ago so I used an old photo of my grandmother with her twins, my mom and aunt. I added a picket fence and flowers to create a little garden. Then I added a bicycle and some chipboard birds …

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Interactive pockets mini album

You all know how much I love creating interactive mini albums, well…this case is no different. This time it’s a Basically Bare DT project with the Krafty Keepsakes vintage mini album, which is a really fun envelope mini album that is just waiting to be played with! First I had to remove the rings binding so it’ll be easier to work with the envelopes and later cover them with paper. Then I started to create my pockets. The idea was to add more pockets to the original pocket which is the envelope itself. I folded each envelope in a different way creating 4 interactive pages full of pockets. Then I started covering them with Bo Bunny The Avenues patterned paper. Finally I added embellishments from the collection as well as metal clocks, tabs and Prima flowers. I also created tags for journaling to go into the tags. Make sure to watch the step by step video tutorial to see how …

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
Altered Steampunk Notebook

Altering things is so much fun and environmentally good because instead of throwing stuff away you reuse them, upgrade them and alter them into something new and exciting! I always have a small notebook with me to write ideas, doodle things and make lists, so instead of living it as it was I altered it into a steampunk extravaganza. This is a DT project for Spellbinders that I had a lot of fun creating! Steampunk is basically a genre in art that combines Victorian age machines and mechanical parts with fantasy, science fiction and more to create art. So to create the steampunk look I used clock parts, springs, metal parts and embellishments in a collage of “moving” parts. I also created a dark look to the cover to enhance that look. The main focal point of the notebook is the mini shadow box created by upgrading the front cover and adding a the Spellbinders square bezel filled with clock parts …