Sunday, September 22, 2013

Art Journal Cover

Well hello there my crafty friends!!  I have been wanting to create for a very long time an art journal.  Just by looking at our scrapbook albums, we can see how far we have progressed.  Have you been there??  Compare your first album to one you have just completed or are currently working on.  For me, the growth and changes has been incredible!!

Well, i've discovered that telling our stories is not always just about all the pretty paper.  Now don't get me wrong, I eat, sleep and breath scrapbooking, and I always will.  I have just discovered another step in the creative process that I want to succeed at.  It's called mixed media, and I want to document where I am today and where will my creativity take me on my journey into this fantastic world of creativity!  Remember, attempting to be creative is my escape from this crazy world we live in and my crazy day to day life.

I have been adding little bits of mixed media into my scrapbook pages here and there, but this is my very first strictly mixed media creation!!  it is the cover of my journal.  Notice the title, no rules, no limits!!

It was so freeing to me to just create, that there is no right or wrong!!  there truly are no rules and no limits to what you can create!!

I am truly excited to be sharing more of my mixed media are with you through this blog.  But as i said before, i will never stop sharing with you all my scrapbook pages, cards and tags!!  It's all part of the process  of creativity for me!

Here are a few close up shots of the front page of my art journal:

top right corner of journal cover
bottom left corner of journal cover

Thank you so much for stopping by my little creative part of the world!!  Please feel free to leave me a comment below in the comment box!  I would love to hear what you think!!  Have a great week everybody!!  Now, go forth and create!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fall Layout Sneak Peak!!

It’s hard to believe that it is already September, although the temperature outside does not reflect it!! Today is my day to share a creation over at !  This is the post that I shared!!

The layout that I am sharing today is kind of a sneak peak!  I am teaching a class in October at a retreat that will raise money for breast cancer!  I will be teaching 2 double page layouts, which have a fall theme, and this is one of the double page layouts!!  I had some pictures from my grandaughter’s first Halloween (she’s 2 now) and they were just perfect for this!!

The paper is from the Farmhouse fall collection.  The pumpkins and vines are from the Happily Ever After cart.  The leaves are from A Child’s Year cart.  The metal Hope embellishment is from Tim Holtz.  The twine and doiley are from my ever growing stash!!

All the paper strips have been distressed and chalked to provide that distressed feel.  The pumpkins have been stamped with a texture stamp I borrowed.  The leaves have been sprayed with olive vine glimmer mist and then chalked with a Mango Mai Tai powder puff.

And, what’s a layout without a few tags!  I just had to add a tag with some cornstalks, the stamp is from CTMH Abundance Holiday collection and of course it has been sprayed and distressed!  The journaling was cut at ¾ in. from the Plantin cart using the roly poly feature, and then I outlined the letters (just in random spots on the letters) with an orange colored pencil!  The smaller tags were also sprayed with olive vine and then stamped with the same stamp that I used on the pumpkins!  Then the finishing touch, I lightly painted all the pumpkins, leaves, small tags and letters with crackle accents!!

I hope that you enjoy this layout and that it inspires you to create a beautiful fall layout of your own!!  If you like what you see, please be sure to leave me a message below! I love to hear from all my crafty friends out there!!  And by all means, feel free to follow me by just signing up!!  Have a great day everybody!!