March has been a funny month so far. The beginning of the month was super cold, then the sun came out and we had a brief taste of Spring and then the snow and cold temperatures returned just to keep us on our toes and after another hint of sunshine the rain has returned to make us feel miserable again.
Meanwile in the studio there have been lots of projects on the go.
This card made using WOW embossing powders and glitter along with the fabulous quote stamp went up on the WOW blog a couple of weeks ago.
The theme for the month of March is Sparkles and the quote was the inspiration behind the card. It was a brilliant opportunity to go over the top with glitter, something which normally makes me nervous but it gave me great pleasure this time around. I only wish my photo would have captured how much the die cuts do sparkle, it’s amazing.
The beginning of March I did something a bit different and contributed to a new online magazine called the Creative Planner by submitting a coloring page for their self care challenge. If you’d like to download and use my colouring page or indeed read the whole magazine you’ll find it here. The Creative Planner are on Facebook and Instagram if you want to follow them too.
For a while now I’ve been sewing notebook covers in felt which have been very successful with orders coming in for custom sizes and applique designs on the front. I’ll continue to make these notebook covers which you can find here on my Etsy store at basementsixtyfive along with pen holders also in felt but I’ve also been making covers in canvas which brings other possibilities like being able to paint on it too. This little A6 version was made using canvas from Canvas Corp and I created a blog tutorial showing how to get the design on the canvas fabric. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more of this and others in the future. The design is of course my stamped houses which looks just so cool here on the front.
I’m still experimenting with different bullet journal layouts but the one thing I’m sticking with for now is my hand drawn style and the watercolour paints. I know this one is far from perfect but it’s definitely the style I want to continue with. The mini stickers come from Paper Pen and Plan on Etsy They’re just the perfect size too.
Have a good weekend everyone and I’ll catch up next week.
You know that thing when making a card seems a little bit mean to be saying “thank you for inviting us to stay for the weekend” or “we had a great time at your party” and it’s a bit late to be making a whole mini album which you know they’d love but you just don’t have the time? Well I think this might just hit the brief in terms of more than a card but not quite a whole album.
It’s my old favourite the one page mini book, the one where I start off with one big sheet of paper, in this case it was an A3, and coloured the background with a marbled effect using spray and folded it up into my mini album.
Here are a few photos which hopefully show the folding technique.
The resulting book has 8 A6 sized pages so enough for a few photos and some writing.
I wrote a little tutorial for the marbled background which you can see on the web site of Canvas Corp Brands here by clicking this link.
As you can see I created enough coloured paper to use for die cutting the stars.
I hope you try it for yourself. If you do I’d love to hear.
Two projects, two different styles and two very different finishes are on my table today. I’m flitting about between the two here, while one dries I add something to the other one. It’s a bit mad to be honest but while the ideas are in my head I have to do it otherwise it’s gone.
This top one is in the Traveling Art Journal for Canvas Corp Brands and I’m truly happy with how it’s progressing. Some acrylic paints, some watercolour and a bit of collage is all I’ve done so far. I’m finding at the moment that my journal pages aren’t as dark as they used to be and I’m leaving alot more white space. Maybe it’s a phase.
On the other table and in complete contrast I’ve got my sketchbook open to finish off a sketch I started yesterday in the garden. If you were to look at the sketch and the garden side by side you’d see I’ve enhanced the flowers big style. The border isn’t looking quite as blooming as that! After a cold and wet couple of weeks it’s gone into Autumn mode with several of my plants going totally to seed.
It’s my sketchbook and I can do what I want in it, right?
We’re getting ready to go off to Ireland at the end of this week but I’ll be back with a quick post on Friday.
It’s time for another spread from the Traveling Art Journal project for Canvas Corp Brands. My theme for this month is “Breaking Free” dedicated to all those people struggling with an illness and starting to feel more like their old selves again. For me that was anaemia and after six months of tiredness and exhaustion I finally feel like I’ve the energy to get out there and do what I want.
Using my Glimmer Glazes from Tattered Angels in my favourite colours, I painted on the colour in patches then used the edge of an old store card to print lines. I splattered a few random dots across the page to add even more movement to the piece.
The little hearts are given a bit of a 3D treatment to fly free from the page.
To see more of this months pages from the other Travelers go to the CCB blog here.
I’ll be back later on in the week with more inspiration.
Well, almost back anyway. Clare and I had a bit of a session making Travelers Notebook inserts but sadly Clare had a paper cutter crisis and ended up binning it for something else. She promises to get back to it next week so I’ll hold her to that.
I turned it into a tutorial for Clare to follow next week and anyone else who wants to know how to hand sew a binding. This is the finished booklet. I think uit looks quite smart. I used a piece of Canvas Corp paper called Bikes And Baskets for my cover.
To make my notebook you’ll need a piece of scrapbook paper for the cover and I used 14 sheets of A4 watercolour paper at 125gsm. I find this perfectly adequate for what I want to do with my journal, any thicker and it’s hard to fold. You’ll also need a knife and ruler, pencil, cotton thread and a needle.
Fold all of your papers in half and place them all inside one another.
It’s easier if you make a stitching template before you make your holes, you can use this again and again. I used a 7 hole stitching method (you always want to have an odd number of stitching holes). Find the middle of the page then make three marks either side of the centre hole at 3cm, 6cm and 9cm.
This is my stitching chart if you can follow it. So basically starting with the centre hole stitch from inside to out leaving a small tail of thread on the inside. then it’s back up through hole number 2 and out through 3 etc until you’re back in at number 6 where you jump over the middle hole and go out through 7. Continue going in and out until you’re back in the centre hole again.
If that’s a bit confusing here are the picture steps.
When you’ve finished sewing, trim the sides and round the corners and you’re done.
I’ll be back again on Friday from the Studio.
Have a good week
This past year my art Journals have been left on the shelf while I concentrated on other things. I didn’t know how much I missed it until I got involved with a journal project with Canvas Corp called The Traveling Art Journal. Over the course of a year, a group of us are sending out our journals to friends all over the world where they’ll be worked in before being sent on their journey and finally arriving back home to the owners. Along the way it’ll make a fantastic monthly project on the Canvas Corp web site for anyone who wants to follow our progress.
For my journal I chose to make a Travelers Notebook style binding with two simple hand sewn books inside. The pages are watercolour paper so should stand up to most mediums and as the paper was very white and stark, I tea dyed every page to give it a bit more character.
I used, texture paste, inks and stamping to create a background and collaged some papers and images on top. At the time of creating the page, the weather was anything but Springlike so I added the title to reflect how I was feeling while I was working.
These are the tea dyed pages before putting them together in the journal. I loved how they came out, it made them look so old.
If you want to see how everyone else created their journals and pages then go to the Canvas Corp web site here and follow along monthly to see how it’s going.
Have a good weekend
Who documents December in a special journal? This random pile is a few of my journals from past years including an altered book, fabric, faux dori and a mini file folder for Instagram photos, I’ve tried them all.
This year I’ve decided to go once again with an altered book but this time I’ve taken the pages out and used only the cover.
I thought I’d go with an elastic style binding to hold the pages in which will enable me to reuse the cover next year.
I used watercolour paper for the inside pages as I can paint, glue and do almost anything I feel like to them without them falling apart and just as a bit of an experiment I decided to tea dye the paper for a bit of a vintage feel.
Oh boy I had no idea that it would make me so happy once the pages were dry. To be honest, I really should have done it before I sewed the pages together as it was a bit of an afterthought but I was so happy with the colour, the staining and even how the pages curled and buckled once they’d dried. I was positively squealing with delight.
I’ve three books or signatures of five papers each sewn together on the sewing machine and these fit through the elastics in the cover.
The cover has been decorated with firstly some Collage tissue paper from Canvas Corp along with some lace, tags, stickers and a few sequins.
I am more than happy with it and can’t wait to dive in.
I’d love to know if you’re going to document December in any way? Let me know.
Have a good weekend.
Even though I really didn’t want to let my Summer journal go I know it’s time and I have to be realistic and welcome the season in.
Decorating my Autumn planner was just the start I was looking for to get me in the mood.
My Autumn planner cover is a piece of grey felt which gives me an instant warm and cozy feel. The journal inside is a simple Moleskine but covered with perfect Canvas Corp papers
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