I love the fall! The weather is the perfect temperature and the trees look so beautiful. Continuing in that theme, I made this tag using a fortune cookie fortune from my growing collection! The fortune reads “Your world will always be colourful and full of happiness”. You can watch the process below on my YouTube channel. All supplies that I used are listed below with links to my Amazon store. Please “like”, share and comment and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel to see more videos like this one!
Supplies (with links to my Amazon Store to make it easy for purchase!)
My Smash book / scrapbook on the go was a success! My little travel photo printer worked like a champ and it made it much easier and more convenient to save the memories. Every night at the hotel I printed out the photos from the day that I thought captured the important things. Not every photo made it into the book but that wasn’t the objective. I just wanted to make a quick book to document the trip. I sorted the photos with any tickets, postcards, receipts and pamphlets that we picked up along the way. Each pile was then filed into the book so that all I had to do was start gluing.
Confession…did I glue and complete each page everyday? No. New York is a pretty exhausting place and we were really tired by the end of each day. But, by printing out the photos and organizing the separate pages each night, it made it much easier (and faster) to put it all together at the end. Thankfully, we took an extra day off at home to recover and I used that time to complete the book. It only took a couple of hours to get it together and there’s still room in it for another trip. I liked how each page already had a pattern on it (although some pages had cheesy journaling prompts that I covered up). This made me think that it would be easy to construct your own book with spare scrapbook papers that we all have in our stash. Some pages ended up being a combination of photos, ephemera and journaling and other pages were just photos, no journaling. That’s what I found great about doing this project, there was no pressure to make each page look “pretty”.
I definitely recommend this method of memory keeping. The portable printer worked great (take extra ink cartridges, they don’t last long) and my little travel kit came in handy. I will absolutely be doing this again on our next getaway.
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This double-page spread is the first in my new Moleskine watercolour sketchbook. The orientation of the pages scared me at first because it’s not the traditional shape and I was worried that a two-page spread would be awkward in this format. I tried to carry the theme across the page length-wise using some textured modeling paste, tissue tape, stamping and stickers.
The spread started with gesso as the base layer to prime the watercolour paper. The paper curled quite a bit at the edges as more layers were applied so I’m learning how to control that a little better (this may be futile!). The paint layer is a combination of two colours of inexpensive craft paint that had a metallic sheen to them. The beauty about art journaling is that you can use what you already have at home as well as inexpensive products. They still get the job done! Next, I added some texture using modeling paste mixed with Ranger Perfect Pearls powder. I was disappointed that the shimmer of the Perfect Pearls didn’t come through in the modeling paste but you never know these things until you try them! This mixture was applied using a palette knife through a stencil. This layer was finished with purple paint splatters using the same brand of metallic craft paint.
Next came the ephemera. The images are from Graphic 45 and the ticket die cuts are from Tim Holtz. I doodled around the edges of the tickets and added the sentiments with alphabet stamps. The postage sticker is also Tim Holtz and the number stamps are from Bo Bunny. I finished the spread by adding the white border using gesso and an old credit card.
This spread was a learning experience as all of them are! The colours are a bit dark for my liking and working across a long, two-page spread was a challenge. On to the next!
DecoArt Metallic craft paints – Moss Pearl, Royal Ruby & Purple Pearl
Tim Holtz tissue tape
Tim Holtz Alterations Ticket Strip die cut
Tim Holtz Ideology French Industrial stickers
Bo Bunny typewriter number stamps
Graphic 45 “Come Away With Me” journaling & ephemera cards