Monday, 15 September 2014

The Paperie's October Kit Sneak Peeks

Today, I want to share some sneak peeks of the projects I have made using The Paperie's October kit.  I can't tell you exactly what is in the kit but I can say that is full of pretty papers and gorgeous embellishments. I was especially delighted with the specialty papers and the gold lovelies in the kit.

Sneak Peek 1

Sneak Peek 2

Sneak Peek 3

Sneak Peek 4

I have had so much fun using this kit and I've used most of it.  I can hardly wait for you to see the kit and to share all the projects I have made with it. Call The Paperie today and find out more about their kit club.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

A Flip Through my Art Journals

Currently, I have 5 Dylusions journals in various stages.  This isn't unique to me. Many art journalers often have more than one journal on the go at a time. Although 5 does seem like rather a lot. I have two smalls: 1 almost full and 1 started recently. I have 3 bigs: 1 brand new, 1 almost full and 1 with no blank pages but when I flip through it I can always find a page that needs a little something.  That's why it's still in rotation.

I wanted to share some of the pages I've been making while on my blogging hiatus. Some of these pages are done and some are in progress. That's how I like to play in my art journals. For me, it's not about finishing pages it's about learning and experimenting.

This is one of my small Dylusions journals.

Art Journal Cover

 I have only recently started decorating the covers of my art journals. I was afraid I would "ruin" the journal if I messed up the cover. I got over that at that fear recently. Mainly because I often encourage others to face fear and make art anyway. And honestly, an ugly cover isn't going to ruin my art journal so what have I got to lose?


These pages are examples of work I do in my journal to prep for classes. The page on the left is for my art journal class on doodling on October 30 and the page is on the right is from the watercolor class I taught in August.

Implied Face

This is what I call an implied face. It's clearly a face but it's not a great face. It's part of my practicing. You can also notice my handwriting in the bottom right corner. It says "Golden Fluid Acrylics".  This note helps me remember what I've used on a page when I'm trying new products, techniques or prepping for a class.

Dina Inspired

This page is definitely inspired by Dina Wakley. I think one of the reasons I like Dina so much (aside from her being fabulous) is that she uses many of the colors (blue) and motives (circles) that I love so much.

Inspired by Traci Bautista

This page is inspired by Traci Bautista. Her style, color palette and design are so unlike my own but I am drawn to her work. That shape was something I cut from printer paper to use as a mask because I saw her use a similar shape. This is also a page where I was experimenting with making my own glazes.

Ben Collage

Here's another experiment. This time with my printer and a photo of Ben. I'm not sure what to do with page. I love it but I think it could use more...we'll see.

Work in Progress

This page started as a place to clean my brayer while making gelli prints. I love the colors. This is a work in progress and will get finished someday...or not. My art journal is not a to-do list so there is no pressure to finish anything.


And finally, I must share my obsession with abstraction. I love, love, love abstract art. I have a huge Pinterest board dedicated to abstraction so it's to be expected that it would turn up in my art journal.

And that's what I've been working on so far this year in my art journals. If you have any questions about products or techniques, please leave a comment below and I'll get back to you.

So, what about you? Do you have one or many art journals? Let me know in the comments - I'd love to know.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, 11 September 2014

My Teaching Schedule - September and October

I'm really excited about my fall teaching schedule at my fabulous LSS, The Paperie. I'm teaching art journaling classes each month and some mixed media scrapbooking classes too. Here are some sneak peeks and descriptions for classes coming up in September and October.

Art Journal Club - Layering
Thursday, September 25

I love layers. They are a fun and easy way to create interesting pages and projects. This month, our goal is to use a many mixed media techniques and products as possible and create 2 expressive and interesting art journal pages. We'll experiment with combining products so you can learn when to keep layering, when to stop and how to finish a page. This class is full of mixed media techniques and product information and is open to everyone - experienced art journalers who are looking for a creative and supportive community and beginners who want to learn about art journaling.

Art Journal Layering class  

Put it All on the Page
Saturday, October 18

In this class, we will create 2 multi-layered 12x12 mixed media scrapbook pages that make a big impact while using up product that may be languishing in your stash. We will discuss how to make the most of your stash and how to add in your favorite new supplies and techniques. This class is full of tips and techniques and will have you looking at your supplies with inspired eyes.

Put it All on the Page sneak

Art Journal Club - Doodling
Thursday, October 30

This month, we are going to try our hand at one of art journaling's most popular trends - doodling and pen work. We'll explore quick and easy ways to add doodles and pen work to finish off your art journal pages and we'll create an art journal page using nothing but doddles. This class is open to everyone - experienced art journalers who are looking for a creative and supportive community and beginners who want to learn about art journaling.

Doodling Sneak Peeks

For more information about these classes contact The Paperie. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I will share more information and pictures about class projects as we get closer to the date.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Around here...Summer 2014

Hello friends!

It has been quiet here for a long, long, long time but I have missed sharing what I've been working on and what I'm excited about and I wanted to try again. As a "welcome back post, I've decided to share a little bit about what's been going on around here.  This summer there's been lots hanging out, growing up and adventures for all.


Here's my Ben. He says the funniest things and gives the best hugs. He loves his big brother more than almost anything. He is crazy about the color green, Halloween, spooky things like monsters, zombies and dragons and Thomas the Tank Engine. Basically, he's growing up too fast.


Oh, my Gabriel...he is 7 and in grade 2. I'm still in shock about that -ha! He is all about Star Wars, Angry Birds Star Wars and Minecraft these days. He doesn't like to watch movies unless it's Star Wars. He loves his little brother and he's a pretty great big brother. He's excited about gymnastics and swimming but he wants to learn to ride horses. We'll see.

Me and Sam

And my, Samy...he had a wonderfully gourmet vacation in France. He loves baguettes. These days, he's working like crazy. It's his thing. I think he's happiest when work is really busy. He still thinks the kids are hilarious - I love that about him. It's sweet, right?

And me? Well, I have a major crush on France. I can hardly wait to go back. Until then, I am loving the lovely weather we're having. It's the perfect for my favorite accessory - scarves. I've been reading a lot lately and discovering so many new-to-me authors.  I'll share more about that later. I've also been making lots of stuff - scrapbook pages, mini books, art journal pages and...all kinds of stuff.  I'm planning to share lots going forward and I hope you'll come back and see my projects, pages and ideas.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Let's Art Journal

I love art journaling. A lot.

It makes me happy.

Naturally, I want to share all that is wonderful about art journaling and because I have a fabulous LSS, I can! The Paperie is helping me share my passion for art journaling in a new series of classes and my first one is this Thursday night.

This month, it's about inspiration. We'll talk about supplies, how to prep pages, how to approach a the blank page and so much more. I have so much I want to share.

Here's a look at the pages I made for the class.

Art Journal Club_Jan_1

Art Journal Club_Jan_2

And finally...

Art Journal Club_ Jan_3

I'm really excited and I can hardly wait to start with this new series. There's always room for one more. Just call or email The Paperie to reserve your space.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, 23 January 2014

around here...

So, what's new with you?

Around here, we're either sick (Ben) or getting sick (me & Sam).

Ben is sick

Before that, I was playing with The Paperie's February kit. It has fabulous Thickers and there's a sheet or two of patterned paper that I just love and am in danger of hoarding.

Paperie Kit_Feb 2014
I'm working on some projects for classes I'm teaching at The Paperie. Here's a page from my upcoming Art Journal class. It's all about getting started and finding inspiration.

Art Journal Club_Jan_1

Here's another from a mixed media class for kids called, An Artistic Altered Book. I'll post more about these classes a little later. You can see The Paperie's January schedule here and February schedule here.

Kids Altered Book Class_1

I'm also organizing and purging - mostly purging.  Seems like everyone is doing a little of that - must be a January thing.  I call this project "approaching minimalism" because I'm not sure a scrapbooker can actually be a minimalist. Especially when I'm anxiously awaiting the release of new CHA 2014 products like this, and this and this whole line.

All in all, it's been a busy and creative time. I like this kind of busy. Here's hoping for a quick recovery so I can get back to "business".

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

My December January...Part 3

This week, I've been sharing the pages from my December Daily. You can see my previous posts here and here.

So, without further ado...

Dec Daily 10

The green page with the wood veneer stars and glitter drips was one of my foundation pages. I adhered a foil Santa is on the other side and wasn't paying attention so this is actually upside down from how I designed it. Turns out, that I prefer it this way.

The other side is an envelope I punched using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope board. This thing is amazing. I promise. (keep your eyes open for a post on it in the future) I punched the envelope from a sheet of paper that I believe came from a Studio Calico kit. Then I put all my lists from this Christmas inside.

Don't worry...

Dec Daily 11

I taped it up with lots of washi so there's no peeking. I want the lists in my album but I don't want anyone looking at them just yet. Some secrets need to be secret, right?

The other side features some shots from December 24. The boys were wild and crazy that day - taking apart the couch and playing with the cushions while I was on the phone.

Dec Daily 12

Then some shots featuring some of my favorite Christmas Eve traditions and a bit of journaling. The journaling came much later but I don't mind if my journaling isn't in the moment all the time. I like reflecting on things, too. It's another part of the story.

Dec Daily 13

And then the big day. The boys would have opened everything in 10 minutes, I'm sure. I managed to slow them down to 45 mins so I could grab some pictures.

Dec Daily 15

I'm sorry that I didn't take any pictures of the rest of Christmas Day - the people that visited us, the boys playing with toys, our Christmas dinner in our home in 13 years. That's right, for the 13 years Sam and I have been together, this year was the first time we ever cooked Christmas dinner. And I don't have any pictures - waaaaaaah.

Of course, there's nothing I can do about it. So, I'm trying to let it go and make a note to ask someone to be the photographer the next time I'm cooking or whatever. I did remember to write out our menu and journaled some thoughts about the day on the shipping tag with the gold glitter star.

Dec Daily 16

I finished up the day with a picture of the boys sliding in the backyard with their new sleds. And the backside...

Dec Daily 17 our tree before going to bed on Christmas night. I think that's a great way to end a December Daily. And something I might do every year.

I also included all the cards we received this year. I love to keep cards. So, I tucked them all into a page protector and included another foundation page on top of all them to make it look nice. The Thickers are from an old Paperie kit - Spring of 2013, I think. I stuck them on top of the page protector because there really wasn't any room inside the page protector. And just behind the cards are the letters the boys received from Santa this year.

 And that's my December Daily. I hope you enjoyed you looking at it. I must confess that I love pocket page scrapbooking for this kind of project and I will definitely use this type of album again.

And speaking of album. Here's a look at my completed album.

Dec Daily 18

Everything fits and you can see that the Christmas cards are adding the most bulk. That's ok with me.

And here's the spine. I'm not one for decorating album covers but I felt that I needed to add a little something to my albums to keep track of which year is which.

Dec Daily 19

I added a little Glitter Pow paper and some Thicker's from The Paperie's December 2013 kit.

And that's it friends! Another year of December Daily done. I like to get my DD finished before Feb so I'm pretty happy that I finished it way early this year. Makes up for the one I have out that is still undone, right? Maybe I'll take some of the leftover time this month and finish that one up. If I do, I'll be sure to post pics here.

As always, if you have any questions about products or techniques used, please leave a note in the comments and I'll get back to you.

Thanks for stopping by!