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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
How to Create a Clean Look in Your Art Journal

There is a misconception that art journal pages should be busy, with lots of colors and packed with techniques. But I want to show you How to Create a Clean Look in Your Art Journal. An art journal page can be simple and clean with a lot of white space as long as you like it. Here is how you can create such a page in your art journal:     How to Create a Clean Look in Your Art Journal The best material to use in my opinion is water colors. Water colors have a transparent soft look that is perfect for a clean look yet colorful. I didn’t have anything in mind when I started the page. I just took my water brush and started adding color to the page.   Usually at this point I get an idea of how I want to continue. But if I don’t I simply add more color or shapes. Sooner or …

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Scrapbooking Tips: Creative Title

Today we continue our series on scrapbooking inspiration. Today’s episode: Scrapbooking Tips: Creative Title. A title is an important ingredient on a layout and can add a unique look to the entire page. A creative title will always boost up your page and add extra interest to it.     Scrapbooking Tips: Creative Title I always try to come up with new ideas for titles. It’s not just the content that matters it’s also the shape and design of the title. One of the main ways I use to create interesting titles is to match the title to the design. This layout is all about the passage of time and how it moves quickly. The paper has clocks on the background so I created a title that echos that theme.     I used the word TIME that was already printed on the paper as the first part of the title. Then I added the word FLIES created from some …

Sunday, September 11th, 2016
Scrapbooking Tips: How to Create Landscape

I got a lot of requests for scrapbooking ideas and techniques so I’m starting a new series: Scrapbooking Tips. Today on the first post in the series I’m sharing Scrapbooking Tips: How to Create Landscape. My goal is to share tips and ideas on creating scrapbooking pages with what you have in your stash. I want to help you use your stash and create affordable, fast and fun pages.       Scrapbooking Tips: How to Create Landscape Creating landscape with grass, trees and more is very easy and doesn’t require expensive materials or fancy techniques. How to create grass? For this technique all you need is a green wide ribbon. Pleat the ribbon and adhere it to your page (if you want to create the landscape don’t adhere it yet). The pleats create movement like the moving grass.     How to create a tree? To create a tree use scraps of brown and green card stock. Cut a …

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
What is Gelli Printing?

If you never heard of gelli printing or you don’t what it is then the What is gelli printing? post is the right place for you to be. There is a lot of talk about gelli printing lately and you see almost everywhere online. There is a good reason for that..it’s incredibly fun, it’s artistic, it’s easy and the results you get are nothing short of amazing! I know I use the word amazing a lot and I get excited easily about artsy thing but this is something that I recommend for everyone even kids because it’s truly awesome!     What is gelli printing? All you need to start gelli printing is a gelli plate and some acrylic plates. gelli printing is a form of art called monoprinting and previously in order to do it you had to have a press to transfer the paints from the plate to the paper or fabric. Today there is a new thing …

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
How to create 10 Amazingly Easy 5 Minute Projects

I love 5-minute projects especially when I’m pressed for time but want to create something. Today I’m sharing How to create 10 Amazingly Easy 5 Minute Projects you didn’t even know can be created so fast. These fun easy projects are the perfect crafts when you fill your fingers itch but don’t really have time to sit down and create something more elaborate like an art journal page or a layout. If you have the materials at hand 5-minute projects are not only doable and fun but can be just the right last minute gift or item you need.   How to create 10 Amazingly Easy 5 minute Projects   Steampunk magnetic bookmark     If you’re like me you are still reading books and probably need a cool bookmark to keep your place right? I’m loosing mine constantly so I created a magnetic bookmark which is very hard to lose… even for me 🙂 Alphabet Book     Kids …

Sunday, May 1st, 2016
Fussy Cutting Like a Pro

I got asked a lot about fussy cutting after submitting my Graphic 45 design team audition projects, which all had a lot of fussy cutting. I admit fussy cutting might not be for everyone, because it is time consuming and requires patience. You also need good vision so you’ll be able to see all the details of the image you want to cut. But if you do want to try it here are a few tips that will help your fussy cutting look professional.     Fussy Cutting Tips Scissors: first you have to have a good pair of scissors. i’m not loyal to a specific brand but i do look for some important features in my scissors. they need to be small, very sharp, have a pointy tip and good grip. Keep a pair of scissors like that for cutting paper alone and make sure they are not used to cut any other material. Pre-cut elements: when you find …

Friday, October 30th, 2015
How to Age Paper – 6 easy technique to make paper look old

If you want to give a pristine white paper a browned, unevenly-colored aged appearance and parchment-like texture you need to use an aging technique. I love using my own aged paper for my vintage and steampunk projects. It’s also very cost effective because you only need a few ingredients to create this effect instead of buying lots of expensive paper. There are a few techniques to age paper: CoffeeI’m not a coffee drinker but this aroma filled powder can be much more than just a bevarage, it can be used to age paper and give it a brown antique look.There are two ways to acheive this effect: Painting with coffee Dipping in coffee Tea Tea staining will give you a lighter color and more suttle result than coffee. You can use the tea bag itself to stain the paper directly or dip the paper in the tea. You can dry the stained paper in the oven or in a sunny …

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