Thursday, 27 August 2015

It's Vacation Time

It's time for me to formally take a little blogging break and enjoy the very last days of our summer vacation. We have a family trip planned and then it's quickly back to school time. In the meantime, you can find me on Instragram and Twitter. @cathiereed is my handle for both accounts.

I will be back in September rested (hopefully) and full of ideas (definitely).

Here's to enjoying the final days of summer vacation.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Week in the Life: Monday edition

Well, that was fun.  Monday is not my favorite day of the week (sorry, Monday) but yesterday was a lot of fun. I took 58 pics on Monday and mostly on my iPhone. Like so many people, I always have my mobile phone with me and that makes it so easy to take pics on the go. I am planning to take my fancy camera on a few field trips this week but I am so grateful for my iPhone - especially during Week in the Life.

Anyway, here's a look at our Monday.

After 16 years of faithful service, our washing machine broke on Saturday. It's going to take 2 weeks for a replacement to arrive so it's off to my mom's in the meantime. (ps: Thanks, Mom!)

A MEGA ice cream sandwich on a summer day.


One of my tricks for getting through the Week in the Life process is to take a few shots of our environment - our home, cars, coffee mugs, favorite clothes, books - the items that are a part of our everyday life but we overlook completely. They are great pics for filling empty pockets and some of my favorite to look back on.

There is something about Week in the Life that I just love. Maybe because it's familiar and maybe because it's exciting.

Week in the Life also makes me want to tidy up! I'm constantly working around piles of clutter. I'm either taking pictures of it or cropping it out of shots. Still, it's what our life is like around here. I'm trying to get over the fact that we live with piles of things in our home. It's what we do and tells you something about us. If you look closely at those piles you can see things that are a part of our everyday life even if they drive me crazy. 

So, that's our Monday and I am really looking forward to Tuesday.

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Monday, 17 August 2015

Scrapbooking Vindicated

Last week, I had one of those moments when I felt like my scrapbooking was vindicated. I scrapbook for my own joy because I do love this hobby but I love that moment when some one is flipping through one of my scrapbooks and they get it.

I was showing my nieces the scrapbook I made after a family trip to Ontario in 2009.

Back in 2009, I had planned to scrapbook on the road but that didn't happen. Instead, I enjoyed the holiday, took way too many pictures and finished the album when I got home. Here's a look at some of the pages from this album.

The girls loved looking at all the pictures and hearing the stories about them that are in the album and I loved sharing it. I absolutely scrapbook for my own joy but being able to share it...well, it's a great feeling. I don't scrapbook to experience that feeling of "yeah, they get it" but I certainly relish it when it comes along.

And that brings me to Week in the Life. It's the project that is totally awesome with a little bit of what-have-I-gotten-myself-into thrown in. It starts today and I wasn't sure if I was going to play along this time. I have family in town and we are not in any kind of a routine or schedule. Plus, we go on vacation in less than 2 weeks - there is so much to do and I won't be able to work on the album until we get back. And did I mention my washing machine is broken???

But...but I just can't let it pass me by. I just can't miss one of my favorite scrapbooking projects because I'm "too busy". So, I'm grabbing my pens and cameras and diving in. I'll take as many photos and notes as I can and put it together later.

Sharing that old vacation album with my nieces reminded me that while I like making scrapbooks,  I also like having a record to look back on. I like seeing the pictures and stories paired together. Maybe I forgot that for a little while.

So, here's to an inspiring and vindicating moment. And here's to creating and capturing many more.


Friday, 14 August 2015

Experimenting in My Art Journal

I've been experimenting with embedding things in my art lately. I've been having quite a lot of fun with embedding cheesecloth into pages like this one and this one.  This week, I wanted to try something new. So, I found some beads in my stash and tried embedding them in some modeling paste. Very much like these pages by Louise Nelson.

Here's what I came up with.

Here's how I made it:

1. Spread a layer of modeling paste on the background. I spread mine over the background paper with a palette knife. It was just like icing a cake.

2. Sprinkle the beads into the modeling paste while it's wet. I moved the beads around a bit with my palette knife to get them in the "perfect" spot. If I had my time I would have just left them alone - lesson learned.

3. Set aside to dry.

4. Add a coat of gesso to the entire piece. I applied it with a brush to give everything a nice event coat of gesso. Set aside to dry.

5. Add color I used Dr. Ph Martin's Bombay India Ink  but you could use practically anything to create a water color effect like Dylusions Ink Sprays, Prima Color Bloom, Gelatos, etc...I chose the India Ink because they are permanent when dry. To create the background, I added color then spritzed with water to get the ink moving around the page.

6. More drying. I used my heat gun to dry the page in between colors. I was impatient but you can set it aside to dry.

7.  Add journaling. I used my China pencil to write "Forgiveness". I have been thinking about it a lot lately. It just seemed to make sense to get those thoughts down. I blended the word with a wet brush. Then I added more water to create drips. Finally, I added some journaling with a pen.

8. Add some white paint splashes. Finally, I added some splashes of white paint just because.

Here are some closeups.

My favorite part about this page is the India Ink. Using my favorite colors always makes me happy
 and experimenting with new techniques and products in my art journal is definitely one of my favorite things.

Here's wishing you some creative time this weekend.

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Done is Better Than Perfect

This month, I am having fun with family and friends who are home for a visit. Hopefully, the weather will hold and we can enjoy the end of summer.  I'll still be around and sharing new content on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

This page has been sitting on my desk for ages and I finally decided to bite the bullet and finish it.

It's one that I started as part of a class for my LSS, The Paperie, in September. I loved how the background turned out so I'm still thinking of turning it into a class...we'll see.

You'll notice that my obsession with cheesecloth continues. For this page, I adhered it to the background using gel medium and coated it in gesso so I could add more layers.

And here's another of my favorite things...stencils and modeling paste (Both by Finnabair for Prima). I have been layering modeling paste over things lately. I like the organic and imperfect look especially when I "cook" the modeling paste with my heat gun.

Here's another look at the cheesecloth. I like to pull and tear my cheesecloth out of its original shape. It's easier to create folds and dimension to make it look more interesting.

Another element I have been enjoying lately, is layering lots of pattern paper under my photos and journaling. This isn't anything new to mixed media scrapbookers but it's something that I have been playing with. I simply layer a sheet of paper under my photo and cut around it. Then I add another sheet of paper, and cut around it. I repeat the process until I'm happy with my little stack of pattern papers. It's a simple process but I like it and it's helping me get my journaling on my pages.

And there you have it a little inspiration for your Monday. I hope it helps you finish a page or project that has been hanging around your desk a little too long. Remember what Dina says, "done is better than perfect!"

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