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Saturday, August 30th, 2014
Faux Leather TP mini Album – THE PAGES!

WOW!! I got so many amazing responses. Thank you! I’m so happy you liked this mini album as much as I did. Wasn’t it really fun and easy to make? Well…after much anticipation here comes the second part…THE PAGES! We’ll venture into these beautiful pages and learn how to create them one by one! Let’s get started! This album is full of interactive surprises. Pockets, flaps and more… as well as handmade embellishments that will take your breath away. Some of the work is delicate and requires patience but believe me, it’s worth it!   Since TP rolls are already pockets, that part is rather easy. All you need for this part is to add tags. I used scraps of paper from Tim Holtz papers to create the tags. To embellish the tags I add a cogwheel or sticker to each one. The most challenging pages were the corset opening page and the butterfly embellishment page. They took a long time …

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Faux Leather TP Steampunk Mini Album

I love techniques. I love finding new ways of using old unwanted or unneeded things, namely recycling and reusing. I love mini albums. I wonder…if only I could come up with an idea that will combine all three…. Wait!! I found it…a faux leather mini album made from toilet paper rolls!   This fun project started one day as I realized how many TP rolls we throw away all the time. I really wanted to do something with them. I’ve seen TP mini albums before but I wanted to do something different and incorporate a little mixed media, techniques and messiness.     I transformed all TP rolls to pocket pages that look like leather and believe it or not kind of feel like leather too. I’ve used a special technique to make that look and you will not believe how easy it is! You only need water, Glycerin and a spritzer. You wet the rolls, crumple them a few times …

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Mixed Media Canvas – "Layers of Color"

Sometimes all you need are a few stencils and paints and you can create an amazing work of art full of colors and shapes. If you are not the artsy type and you want to get your legs wet and your fingers dirty this is the easiest way to get started with 12X12 canvases. It’s all a matter of coordinating your color palette and using the right kind of stencils. The right kind of stencils is not necessarily by a specific company, or in a specific size, what matters is the pattern, the shapes on the stencils and their size. The idea is to layer different patterns and different colors and create a rich design. Start with the lighter, palest colors as background and add bolder colors on top of them. if you want to keep layering more texture and patterns add lighter colors with large patterns on top of the stronger colors so they will stand out. There is no right …

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Mixed Media Altered Paintbrush

I’ve been wanting to alter a paintbrush for awhile but I just never found the right one. All the paintbrushes I could find always seemed to be too small. I wanted a big paintbrush so I can treat it like a canvas and so a mixed media creation on it. Well… I finally found one, or my husband did. A 6″ paintbrush with a wooden handle (much easier to paint than plastic)…what a joy! I wanted to create a colorful, happy scene with lots of flowers and give it a homey feeling by adding a white picket fence and a street light. I started with covering the paintbrush with gesso and then stenciled the entire surface of the paintbrush including the bristles. Then I colored it with spray paints creating a multi colors textured background. I added the fence and the street light and embellished with layers of many bright colored flowers. I also added more textured with cheesecloth and lace …

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Back to School – 30 Freebie Lunch Box Notes

I can’t believe school is around the corner (for some it has already started). I look at my kids and I can’t believe how fast they have grown. The other day a friend wrote she doesn’t understand the crying moms on the first day of school. I have to admit I was a crying mom when they were younger but now I’m over it.   However I still like to make them feel special and loved with a little note in their lunch box. This year I decided to create my own lunch box notes. So far I have made 30 loving notes for an entire month and I want to SHARE them all with you! Click on the link and download the file. Print the file and cut the notes. I made them all squared so cutting will be fast and easy. I plan to create more notes, hopefully a different one for each day of the year and share them with you in …

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Ready, Get set, De-stash! Fun Quote Book

The best supplies store is my studio. I have so much stuff it’s unbelievable! So I decided to challenge myself to create something only from the leftovers I can find around my studio. I started looking around and found a stack of 6X6 papers by MME that could be a perfect base for a mini album. But I didn’t just want to create a mini album, I wanted it to have a purpose. So I decided to create a special mini book for all the quotes I find and love. To have a more interesting book and not just 6X6 pages I added all kinds of tags, scraps of paper, journaling tags etc. as pages as well. Some had to be prepared, folded, glued or cut to fit the size and mood of the mini book. This was a super easy, super fast and super fun way to use scraps I don’t need anymore, leftovers of unused papers, old collections’ …

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
There Is No Place Like Home – House Projects

“Storms make trees take deeper roots” Dolly Parton This quote speaks to me so loudly. In the last four weeks this is exactly how I feel. Those out there who fire rockets and want us destroyed just make me more determined! This is my home, it’s the only place we have in the world. It’s my family’s and my friends’ homes and we are here to stay.While thinking and pondering about this I realized I made a lot of house theme projects during the years probably because this subject is important to me. I wanted to share these projects with you because I know this subject speaks to you too. This is a layout I created with a photo of my mom and aunt when they were little girls. I created a background with bright colors as a childlike scene with flowers and a house. Happy, fun and nostalgic page. My first video tutorial more then a year ago. Time flies …

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