Hanukkah Altered CD Mini Album

Every year I create a Hanukkah mini album for the holiday photos and every year it stays empty. however this year i made a promise to myself to add all the photos!The mini album is created from CD’s in red and yellow colors which are two important elements that need explaining.   Many Jewish holidays revolve around eating specific, traditional foods: matzah for Passover, hamentaschen for Purim and challah bread for Shabbat. On Hanukkah, Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil in the Temple that miraculously lasted eight days when it was only enough for one.Accordingly, Hanukkah celebrations revolve around the miracle of oil and the menu features fried foods (not very healthy I know). Crispy fried potato pancakes take center stage at the beginning of a Hanukkah dinner, and in Israel and elsewhere, jelly donuts, called sufganiyot, are the most popular Hanukkah food. Both foods have round shape like a CD which makes it perfect for a Hanukkah mini …


  Inside: how to make a one page wonder interactive mini album   Sometimes I’m in a strange mood, on one hand I want to make a fun, original and complex project but on the other hand I don’t feel like taking out a lot of supplies and making a big mess. My solution… making a one page wonder interactive mini album!     ONE PAGE WONDER INTERACTIVE MINI ALBUM   This project is the highlight of mini albums! Not only does it have many pages and can fit at least 10 photos, but it has pockets and flaps AND it is made from only one sheet of double sided cardstock. Making all these pages and interactive elements from only one piece of 12″ x 12″ cardstock requires careful planning, cutting and measuring. The best way to build it is with a detailed sketch.       HOW TO MAKE AN INTERACTIVE MINI ALBUM FROM ONE PAPER     Start …


  Inside: how to recycle tp rolls and empty cardboard boxes into a desk organizer   I was recently asked by a fellow crafter to complete the sentence: “you know you are a crafter when: ___”. Well the answer for me was easy… when everything I see I immediately think how I can make it into something else and what kind of craft project I can make of it. This was true when I had to throw some tp rolls and empty cardboard boxes last week and I thought why don’t I make something out of them instead of throwing them away. So it happened I was in need of a new and improved desk organizer…     RECYCLE TP ROLLS AND CARDBOARD BOXES   When you’re a crafter and you care about the environment throwing away tp rolls and food packages seem like a terrible waste. That’s why recycling has become so popular and one person’s trash is another …

Mixed Media Art Journal: Four Pages Set

Sets are always fun. You have everything coordinated and matched, colors, patterns and theme are already “talking” to each other and you don’t need to figure out how to make everything look good together. This is exactly what I was aiming for in this art journal set. I created four pages that are color coordinated, have the same theme and go together beautifully. The first step was cover all pages with gesso and seal them. Then I added Gelatos to create the background. I used baby wipes to add the gelatos to the paper. Each page got the same colors but in a different order so they will not look the same but still create a matching set. To create the set I wanted all pages to be visible at the same time so I created a gradual effect by cutting each page slightly smaller than the one under it. Then I added a pattern by punching it with a …

How to create Peeled Paint effect?

If you’re like me you really like easy and fun techniques to create striking effects. Well, this peeled paint technique is not new but it’s always great to use oth on paper and on canvas. In this Saturday MIXTRAVAGANZA video tutorial will be using this technique on a canvas. Start by covering the canvas with a paper to create your background base. If you’re using a double sided cardstock like me then check out the video to find out how to soften it with water and making it more flexible to work with so covering the canvas will be easy. Once the canvas is covered seal the paper with Gel Medium. Sealing the paper is very important for the next steps. If you’re doing this technique on paper the process will be exactly the same. In order to create the peeling effect, which is basically a resist technique, use Vaseline. Apply it to the areas where you want the paint …


  Inside: how to make fake snow for crafts and how to add it to a winter card   I love winter! Unfortunately I live in a warm country so winter here amounts to a little rain and cool, but not cold tempratures. I wish we had some snow… But since we don’t, only on one mountain peak up in the north, I have to be satisfie with fake snow on my crafts and cards.     DIY FAKE SNOW   Apparently there is more than one way to make fake snow at home and you can usually need only two ingredients to make fake snow. Change the quantaties in accordance to what you need the fake snow for. Here are a few ways: Mix together equal quantities of cornflour and bicarbonate of soda. Once combined, gradually add a very small amount of water into the bowl and mix together until you reach a good consistency. Mix 2 1/2 cups …

Mixed media Art Journal Page: Imagined

People ask me a lot about how I come up with ideas for an art journal page and how I think and find the right quotes. I have two ways of going about doing that. Sometimes I have a quote in mind, or I saw a quote I like on line and I start with that and build my page around it. Sometimes I have a technique I want to do, or scheme of colors I want to try and after I have an idea in my head i look for a quote to compliment that. This was the case in this art journal page. I started with creating the page first with an ink filler and water technique. then I added the word’s tape and continued from there. While I was working I got an idea to add a quote about imagination. I can’t tell why that particular subject popped into my mind…it just did. I think art journaling …

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