Inside: how to make a textured mixed media canvas   Making mixed media canvases is one of my favorite projects to make. I love the creative freedom I have when I create not only of what I can add to it but how high can I go. Unlike cards or scrapbook pages when I make a mixed media canvas I don’t need to worry about keeping it thin or not bulky so I can add texture and a lot of it!     HOW TO ADD TEXTURE TO MIXED MEDIA CANVAS   Makig a textured mixed media canvas is easy and you can make it with a lot of materials: Modeling paste Chipboard Found items Fabric Paper embellishments Art stones Beads Paint And more…   To learn more about how to make mixed media projects with texture you can check out: How to make an art journal page with textured background Make a textured steampunk frame Add texture with …


  Inside: how to use paper scraps to make embellishments for scrapbook pages, cards, art journals and more.   I recently came to the realization that I have too many paper scraps. So instead of taking new papers for my projects I decided to try and use my paper scraps and reduce my pile. as it turned out it is not as difficult as I thought because once you challenge yourself to do something you come up with really creative ideas!     HOW TO ORGANIZE PAPER LEFTOVERS   When you have piles or drawers full of pieces of paper you first need to organize them so you’ll be able to efficiently use these pieces for the right project. The best way to organize these pieces is by size because that is the main factor you’ll need to consider when using them. The larger pieces can be tags, cards or even mini album pages and the smaller pieces can be …

Making a Family History Book Part 5

Welcome to the final part of the series. I can now update you that the heritage book I created won first place! So I guess they liked my ideas for an interesting original design…I hope you do to. I have a few more ideas to share… Make it Your Own Sometimes you have an idea but you don’t have the right supplies. I wanted to create doors, as an interactive mechanism to present the text in this page. However, I’ve already used a mechanism like that on another page so I didn’t want to repeat myself. I decided to use a paper that looks like a door and not just two paper flaps. The problem was I didn’t have the right size of paper. the solution was to scan the pattern into my computer and enlarge it to the size I need. Then I added them to my layout and inserted the text under them.     Layering One of the …

Art Journal Page: Don't make me walk

You’ve heard me say this before but I’ll say it again: Art Journaling is for EVERYBODY! You don’t have to be an artist or know how to draw to create beautiful pages. This page is so easy to make you’ll be amazed! The secret is the applying technique of the acrylic paints. Creating texture on an art journal page does not always require adding 3D supplies or materials. You can add texture simply by Applying the material you have in a different way. In this page I wanted to create the sky, but I didn’t want it to be flat. I wanted it to look like real sky with layers of blues and teals, lights and shadows. The way to do that was to use a few shades of blues and teals and apply them in a circular motion, creating movement and texture. To complete the sky I added white clouds with my finger and a little white gesso and …

Making a Family History Book Part 4

Welcome to the fourth post in the series! I hope you you were inspired to start your own family history book or to add some new ideas to the heritage projects you’re currently working on. More Photos space I’ve used interactive opening flaps to increase the space for text, but it is also a great solution for more photos space. Create an opening flap with text on both sides and add photos on the part under it. this will also create an element of surprise and discovery to the history book and give the viewer a feeling of exploring and discovering the history themselves.     Interactive mechanisms I’ve already explained how interactive mechanisms can increase space for text and photos, but these mechanisms can help you add content to the page. The same way you can use a theme to tell a part of the story you can use an interactive mechanism. In this page I created an opening …


  Inside: how to make a DIY paper bookmark with a magnet   When I was about 8 or 9 years old I used to read a lot of books, so many that I had a special position in the library. I was selected to be a special helper to the librarian and as part of my job I arranged books on shelves and mended torn books with masking tape – I guess I had good hands even back then 🙂 That job made me feel so important and accomplished and I think it was one of the most positive experiences I had as a child. Today I don’t read so much but books have a special place in my hearts. I could never read a book on Kindle or on the computer and if I do read a book its always a hard copy.       If there is one thing I hate is that people mark their …


  Inside: fun and easy doodling and simple drawings ideas to make in your art journal without any special drawing skills   For someone who doesn’t know how to draw I try to draw as much as possible because I want to practice and I like it. I’m not embarrassed by the lack of satisfaction or finesse of my drawings and I am contented with the simple and naive look they have.     DOODLING AND SIMPLE DRAWINGS   Doodling or simple drawings are sometimes ridiculed or not even considered as art. You might think whatever you want but when it comes to art journaling and making expressive pages that say what you feel I say there are no rules and you can make any art you want!   HOW TO MAKE DOODLING AND SIMPLE DRAWINGS   When you don’t know how to draw you need some tricks to help you make the doodling and simple drawings: Keep it small …

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