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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
3 Reasons to Hand Write in Your Art Journal

I know some of you don’t like using their hand writing on their art journal pages. But I want to share my 3 Reasons to Hand Write in Your Art Journal and offer a new way of looking at your hand writing.     3 Reasons to Hand Write in Your Art Journal It’s Versatile When you write your quote or sentence you have endless possibilities. You can decide on the font, the size, the color and the shape. When you use a stamp, a sticker or cut out letters you have to compromise on each of those things. When you use your own hand writing you can match the letters to the page and give then the exact look that you want.     On this page for example I wanted to show that different is good. So I wrote different letters with different shapes and sizes to get the message across. You Can Practice Your art journal is …

Sunday, February 12th, 2017
How to Find Art Journal Supplies for Cheap

If you were wondering How to Find Art Journal Supplies for Cheap I have a few ideas for you. The best place to find cheap supplies for your art journal is at the Dollar Store. I know there isn’t a Dollar Store in every city or country but there are versions of it or cheap stores for toys or stationary. You’ll find these supplies in all of them.     How to Find Art Journal Supplies for Cheap Art Journal Art journal doesn’t have to be a fancy one. Any sketchbook or old book can be an art journal. You can even use a coloring book with sturdy pages. Just cover the pages with white paint or gesso so the page will be white and prepped for any medium. Gesso Gesso is an opaque and matte paint that is used to cover canvases or prepare surfaces for being painted. Think of it as primer for your art journal. Gesso is …

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
What I Do When a Project Goes Wrong

What I Do When a Project Goes Wrong is something I get asked a lot. I’m not perfect and sometimes my projects go wrong too. They might not come out as I envisioned them or even worse they turned out ugly, at least in my eyes. I admit it doesn’t happen often but when it does happen here’s what I do…     What I Do When a Project Goes Wrong Accept it This step is not easy. In order to be a crafter or an artist you have to accept the fact that sometimes things go wrong. There will be times when a project you worked on will not be as you wanted. You will look at it and not be happy. You need to accept that these things happen. As talented as you are some things just don’t work out. It doesn’t say anything about your talent or ability as an artist. Save it I always try to …

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
5 Mistakes You Should Make When Creating

This post title: 5 Mistakes You Should Make When Creating is confusing a little right? Nobody likes to make mistakes or fail. We all like our projects to be perfect and if they don’t come out like we envisioned them we usually throw them away, at least I do. BUT if we don’t practice failing and feel comfortable with failure, we can’t really move forward in your creativity. If we don’t learn to take and embrace risks, we may never discover something truly special. So today I wanted to talk about 5 mistakes you should make when creating in order to discover or make something creatively unique.     5 Mistakes You Should Make When Creating Mistake #1: Break the fundamental rules of design. When you first start creating, you spend a lot of time learning how to make your projects look well-designed. You learn all the rules of design including proportion, scale, and balance. Once you’ve become familiar with these rules, you …

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
7 Reasons to Create with Mixed Media

Mixed media is my favorite way of creating. I love everything about it. Today I’m sharing my 7 Reasons to Create with Mixed Media. But first if you want to learn more about mixed media and what it is you can take my FREE mini class: 4 Essentials You Need to Know about Mixed Media.     7 Reasons to Create with Mixed Media #1 There is no right or wrong Mixed media is one of the most forgiving art forms. There are no rules and everything you do is right. As long as you like it you can’t go wrong. #2 Flexible results If you can’t get the effect you want with one medium, use another! There are many techniques and materials to use to reach an effect you want. For example if you want raised patter use a stencil with modeling paste or thick acrylic paint or even heavy gesso. #3 Anything goes It’s the perfect excuse to collect …

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
5 Tips for Adding Photos Correctly

Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to add photos to your scrapbook page? Here are my 5 Tips for Adding Photos Correctly. It’s important to know how to adhere photos correctly; otherwise, within a few months the photos might become loose or have dark spots from using the wrong kind of glue. You’ll agree with me that this could be really annoying after all the hard work you put into your scrapbook.     5 Tips for Adding Photos Correctly Tip #1 Use the right glue Inexpensive glue sticks tend to leave little bumps under pictures if the glue doesn’t adhere to the back of the photos smoothly. Over time, the glue can become brittle and begin to flake. Another issue is the acid free issue. Some people say that the acid free thing is an invention made by the glue companies so they’ll sell more glue. If you agree with that or not the …

Friday, October 28th, 2016
3 Principles of Interactive Design

One of my favorite paper craft techniques is interactive design. I’m just fascinated by all the moving parts that can be created from paper: flaps, pockets and inserts. They don’t only make every page or mini album much more fun to create or look through but it gives you a lot more “real estate” for more photos and journaling. The feeling of unexpectedness you get when you don’t know what you’ll discover next is simply amazing and I think everybody should try interactive design at least once! Here are my 3 Principles of Interactive Design.       3 Principles of Interactive Design The interactive mechanisms, which are the moving parts of the design, can sometimes seem complicated and difficult to create but if you follow these 3 simple principles you’ll find out they are much easier to create than you think. Measure, Measure and Measure     Interactive design is first of all a very accurate technique. It’s even …

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