Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Inspired by Prima: A Class Round-up


Last Saturday,  I taught my first mixed-media scrapbooking class of 2015. It's one I've been planning and waiting for since discovering the new Prima lines: Finnabair's Art Basics and the Color Bloom Sprays. Sharing all these lovely supplies and the things they can do with my scrappy, mixed-media friends was the best way to spend a Saturday morning.

Last week, I shared a pic of this layout on my blog. You read all about it and see a few more close-ups here.

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Today, I'm sharing the second layout I made for class. We used the Art Basics Modeling Paste, Heavy Gesso, Clear Gesso, 3D Matte Gel and the Color Bloom Sprays to make this layout.

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That beautiful stencil is Blooming Florals from Donna Downey's new signature stencil collection which we used with the Art Basics Modeling Paste.

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We also added two coats of Art Basics Heavy Gesso on top of the burlap Thickers to keep the Prima sprays from soaking in. Here are you can see how beautifully the Color Bloom Sprays blend together. They are so wonderful to use. The spray mechanism on the bottles is user-friendly and low-mess perfect for those of you who don't like inky fingers.

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I frequently use white watercolor paper for my mixed media layouts but for this one we used a wonderful pattern paper. Here you can see the pattern on the paper through all the mixed media layers. That's one of the benefits of clear gesso instead of white opaque gesso.

My next mixed media scrapbooking class is scheduled for Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 am at The Paperie.  I've already started working on my pages so keep your eyes on my Twitter and Instagram feeds for sneak peeks.

Thanks for stopping by!


Cathie

Monday, 23 February 2015

My 2015 Creative Goals

I've been thinking about what I want to do this year and I've decided to set some creative goals. Some of these goals are about scrapbooking and art journaling, some are not. Here's what I have.

1. Get all my finished scrapbook pages into albums. I admit it. I let my pages pile up. Unfortunately, no one is able to see or enjoy my pages sitting in a pile. So, the solution is to actually buy one scrapbook album a month and fill it up with pages.

2. Make one new art journal page a week. I can make as many pages as I want but I want to make at least one page a week. I also want to slow down and take my time with some of my pages.

3. Make one scrapbook page a week. I'm a scrapbooker and I love making pages. I think 52 pages in a year is enough but not too much. Only finished pages count and I have to put all these new pages in albums, of course!

4. Finish my 2014 projects. I still have to finish my 2014 Week in the Life, December Daily and Keeping Track of Life album.  Due to poor planning on my part, I didn't have the supplies I needed to finish the December Daily and Week in the Life projects. I have to take a little time and re-work these projects and finish them up. No big. My LSS, The Paperie is having a Spring Retreat in April. I'm planning to finish these projects at the Retreat if I don't get them done before.

5. Paint 4 canvases.  I want to try something new this year so I've decided to try a few canvases. My first canvas is already started. Check it out!

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6. A sketch/doodle a day. This has been on my list for years and I've decided to stop procrastinating and just do it. I started in January and share pics on my Instagram feed. If you're curious, you can see them there. My Instagram handle is cathiereed.

7. Finish reading 141 books by my birthday. I love reading. I always have. This is a way to make sure that I keep reading a part of my life.

8. Cook one new recipe a week. Cooking has become something I dread. In my family, we have a picky eater Gabe), a pretend-picky eater (Ben who is only picky because of his big brother), an allergy to wheat (me), and a foodie (Sam). Making everyone happy at meal time is impossible but maybe by trying new things, it will be more interesting and not such a chore.

9. Knit an awesome pair of socks. I have been knitting for years but I haven't made anything besides blankets, scarves and a few baby hats and booties. I'm ready to try something new. I have the wool, new needles and a pattern - time to cast on!

10. Knit a sweater. Same as above. This is really going to be a stretch. I'm nervous but I'm pushing myself. As an added incentive my niece, Kiersten, is a big fan of my knitting and has asked me to knit her a sweater. How could I say no to this sweet little girl?

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11. Master the cheesecake. I can't eat wheat and that makes desserts problematic. I love cheesecake (who doesn't?) and it's basically gluten-free without any fancy or hard-to-come-by ingredients. I've decided that this is going to be my go-to dessert this year. I want to become a Master Cheesecake Baker.

So, those are my creative goals. You can probably see how some of my goals overlap and that's on purpose. For example, I could doodle everyday for a week and that could also be my art journal page for that week. Or trying a new cheesecake recipe could be my new recipe for that week. This is all part of making these goals possible.  Going forward, I'm going to break these down on a month-by-month basis so it's not so overwhelming.

I'm going to set up some new Pinterest boards so I can keep track or (and share my progress). I'll let you know when they're ready.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Friday, 20 February 2015

Working through the "uglies"

Hello Friends,

Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite pages that started out as a disaster. It was definitely ugly which is why I don't have a before picture to share. Here's a look at the final page.

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It all started with an abstract background that I made by scraping all the Dina Wakley heavy body paints onto a single page. It was bad. A horrible page to look at but great for experimenting because I have nothing to lose.

With a little of my favorite Prima Art Basics 3D Matte Gel through my favorite Finnabair stencil, I created all kinds of dimension.


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Then I buried my mess under a coat of white gesso and set it aside to dry. Once dry, I started spraying with my Prima Color Bloom Sprays.  I used Polished Stone (my new favorite), Tea Stain (my all-time favorite), Glistening Waves, Gold Foil, Soft Teal, Cobalt, Emerald and Soft Sky. I sprayed and sprayed and imagine my surprise when page started to look amazing.

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Finally, I added some black gesso around the edges of my page and it came together.

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This kind of page is what I like to call a "flop-opportunity" because without failing first, I never would have made this page which I absolutely love. I learned a lot in the process and I finally used black gesso on a page. Just goes to prove that a total mess of a page isn't always a bad thing.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Monday, 16 February 2015

My Inspired by Prima Class at The Paperie

Hello Friends!

I am excited to share one of the layouts I'm teaching in my next mixed media scrapbooking class at The Paperie this Saturday. In class, we are using some of my favourite Prima products to make two Prima inspired layouts.

Like this one...

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This layout is full of Prima's Color Bloom spray, 3D Matte Gel and Heavy Gesso from Finnabair's Art Basics line. Here's a close up of the delightful texture and dimension.

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And here's another.

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I'm so excited to share these fabulous products. If you're curious about mixed media or the new Prima products then this class is for you. It's the perfect opportunity to try something new and fall in love with these beautiful products. For more information or to register for this class, please call The Paperie.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie




Friday, 13 February 2015

Getting back into swing of things...

Hello Friends!

I know it's been a while but I promise that I have been busy making art and trying new things that I am excited to share with you this year. Today, I'm sharing one of the pages that we'll be making in my Art Journal class next week. Each month, I get to share my passion for art journaling at my LSS, The Paperie. We hang out, chat and make art journal pages - it's a lot of fun.

This month, I'm sharing my love for the Prima Color Bloom sprays and the Art Basics line by Finnabair. These products are just so lovely and so wonderful to use. I can't get enough of them!

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Here's a closeup...

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I'm not much of a stamper but these Dina Wakley stamps are some of my favorites. I love to use them. These two are from Face in the Crowd and Scribbly Women.


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I'm also inspired by layers of collage. I love how little bits and pieces catch your eye and draw you in.

Each month we make two pages and I'll be sharing sneak peeks of art journal page #2 on Twitter and Instagram. My handle is cathiereed for both Twitter and Instagram and if you follow me you get to see my latest projects in progress.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Cathie

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Dec 1: December Daily 2014

It's time for December Daily.

Perhaps you've heard of it. It's a project that's a quite a lot of awesome with a little bit "What have I done?"

Usually, I have supplies pulled and foundation pages started long before Dec. 1. This year, there's a lot less prep and lot more improv. I'm not worried though. I know that as long as I take pictures and journal it will ok to put it all together later.

I don't have any prepped pages or baskets of supplies arranged to share but I do have a plan. I'm going capture one story a day, using the Simple Stories Sn@p album system and the Freckled Fawn Very Merry Embellishment kit. ps: I love that kit!

So, here's our December 1.

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The journaling reads: Today is all about traditions - a huge part of the season and beginnings. We've been playing Christmas music for a while and reading Christmas stories at bedtime. And more than a few decorations have crept upstairs. In spite of all these signs, the official start of Christmas (for me) is Dec. 1. Now, we can really start the celebration with advent calendar treats and our Elf on the Shelf (Thomas-Luigi) returned.

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The paper is by Prima and the gold number 1 is from the Freckled Fawn kit that I embossed with gold embossing powder. I also dipped the edges of my journaling cards in Versa Mark ink and then more gold embossing powder a la Kristina Werner for a little something special.

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I printed my photos in black and white because the morning light in my kitchen is the worst. Fortunately, a few clicks in PSE 10 and you would never know there was a problem.

And that's my 2014 December Daily started. That's pretty exciting, isn't it? I will definitely share more pics and updates here on my blog so make sure to follow along.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Build a Bunch of Backgrounds

Good morning, Friends!

I want to talk a little today about a class I'm teaching at The Paperie on Saturday, December 13 called Build a Bunch of Backgrounds.  Like almost every art journaler, I rarely throw out a good background. You might need one to make a page like this...

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This background is a leftover I made for my mixed media watercolor class in September. I loved it and knew I would use it someday. Having extra mixed media backgrounds in your stash is a good thing. Why?

1. No fuss. Having this background on hand, made it quick and easy to make a lovely mixed media scrapbook page in no time.

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2.  No muss. Ok, the making part was a bit messy but by the time I used this page, weeks and weeks later, everything was bone dry and mess free.

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3. Using your art. I love making art and then using it and sharing it. Anything that makes that process easier is win-win in my books.

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Please note, we won't be making this exact page in class but stay tuned because I have lots of sneak peeks planned. I hope you'll join me at The Paperie in a few weeks to build a bunch of your own backgrounds. For more information, please contact The Paperie.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathie