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Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Art Journal Page: Eyes



Today I’m sharing a photo tutorial on the last page spread in my art journal. This Art Journal Page: Eyes came out really colorful and it was a lot of fun creating it. If you think I drew these eyes well you would be wrong… I printed them.     Art Journal Page: Eyes First I started like I always do. For this page I used a lot of acrylic paints and different patterns of stencils to create a colorful pattern on the page. I try to use small and large patterns with contrasting colors. This way it comes out looking like a big mess but this is how it’s supposed to look. To add even more images that are too small for stencils I use stamps with different colors of ink. Make sure to use permanent ink so it will not react with the paint later.     Next I glued the eyes with gel medium. After that I …

Friday, March 10th, 2017
5 Ways to Make Your Photos Pop



If you’re scrapbooking (and you better be) you’re probably looking for ways to make your photos noticeable on the layouts you create. Today I have 5 Ways to make Your Photos Pop. The photo is usually the focal point of the layout but it’s always a good idea to make it pop even more!     5 Ways to make Your Photos Pop Use Interesting Shapes My favorite shape to use is a circle. This is not a shape you would expect a photo to be so it’s surprising and draws your eyes immediately. You can also cut your photos into an oval, heart or even diamond shapes. Another great idea is to cut the photo along the lines of the image on it. For example: a person sitting, dancing or just standing.                                     Use Contrasting Colors Put a white and black photo …

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
The Best Giveaway Ever!



I just came up with the The Best Giveaway Ever! I think it’s a new idea or at least I never saw it done before! I hope it will not be too tricky to understand but I’m sure you’ll get it and you definitely will not want to miss it!   The Best Giveaway Ever! This is how it will work. Please read all of the items to fully understand how you can win! 1. The post about the giveaway will be pinned on my Facebook fan page. Click on the link to go there. 2. The prize of this giveaway is a goodie bag full of great items like papers, stickers, embellishments, stamps, stencils, paints, mixed media mediums and more!  3. However, the goodie bag is empty until you fill it! The more people you tag in the comments of the Facebook post the more the goodie bag grows!! For every person you tag another item goes into the bag. …

Sunday, March 5th, 2017
Art Journal Flip Through – Tips on How to Complete Your Art Journal



There is no feeling like this in the world. Well… maybe there is, but finishing an art journal cover to cover is one of the top good feelings in my book. Today I’m sharing an Art Journal Flip Through – Tips on How to Complete Your Art Journal with a little video that will take you to an art journal journey.     Art Journal Flip Through – Tips on How to Complete Your Art Journal When you start an art journal it looks like there are so many pages that you’ll never finish it. But the idea is not to finish it but to have fun creating it! This is a journey that you take equipped with a suitcase full of inspiration and imagination. This creative journey is not only fun but it can also be liberating, educational and even emotional. And that’s OK… this is how it’s supposed to be!     Here are my tips for completing …

Friday, March 3rd, 2017
My Steampunk Projects Essential Materials



One of the questions I get asked a lot is what are My Steampunk Projects Essential Materials. I think steampunk is still one of the mysteries of crafting for a lot of people and many are unclear as to what steampunk is and how to create a steampunk project.       My Steampunk Projects Essential Materials Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West” (Wikipedia). So basically steampunk for me is a lot of metal, cogwheels, mechanical parts etc. To achieve the steampunk look you need some essentials: Metal Parts This is I think the most important element of all so I’m going to break it down a little: New metal pieces You can get metal pieces in two main places: craft stores and Home …

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Art Journal Page: Create



Sometimes art journal pages just create themselves. This is exactly what happened with the Art Journal Page: Create. From the moment the idea popped up in my head until it was finished only about 35 minutes have passed. This is one of the quickest pages I ever created.     Art Journal Page: Create The first thing I did was to stamp the area of where I planned to draw my hands. I wanted the page to have an industrial look so next I added some cogwheels. I created them with a stencil and black paint. The next layer was of cogwheel stamps with orange ink.        Once I was happy with the look of the layers I drew my hands and painted around them with black paint.     Then it was time to add more images and texture to the black background. I used the same stamps I used for the initial background only this time …

Sunday, February 26th, 2017
Tag Mini Album with Graphic 45



Here’s a little sneak peek of my Tag Mini Album with Graphic 45. This mini album is full of interactive goodness inside. Lots of pockets, flaps and 3D embellishments. You might have thought that interactive designs are only for 8×8 mini albums but you can also create them on smaller tags!       Tag Mini Album with Graphic 45 I created this tag with the amazing Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection which was recently brought back. I just love all the images on the paper like flying pigs, butterflies and boots with wings. I created this mini album for the CreativeWorld show in Frankfurt where I demoed it at the Graphic 45 booth. While being in the booth I continued working on it and I added many more details and interactive mechanisms. You can see all the details and the photos of this tag mini album on the Graphic 45 blog! You can also see my other projects there under …

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