New Year with New Projects!

We are now more than three weeks into 2016 and I’m sure we are all excited about the new projects that we have started this year!  As for me, I have made my creative resolutions and I’m ready to take on new challenges.  Last year I found it difficult to keep up with all of the great content that’s out there and it caused me to have a creative block.  This year, I’m going to forgive myself if I’m unable to complete all of the projects and prompts that I set out to do.  Being an artist is not about stressing yourself out over deadlines.  It’s about practicing your craft in a way that makes you happy!

This year there are going to be more great #hashtag events hosted by the Creative Arts Collaboration group on YouTube which I’m excited to be a part of.  Keep an eye out for those!

The other project that I’m excited about is The Documented Life Project 2016: The Unplanner!  I’m new to this project this year and since we are encouraged to make it our own, I’ve decided to combine the planner aspect with art journaling.  I wasn’t able to purchase the kit that was offered from Art to 5th so I’m using a wire bound sketch book that I have had for years but never used.  I started by gluing every three pages together to give them more stability for wet media.  I printed out the calendar pages on white cardstock and coloured them by dropping watercolour paints to make big splotches.  I used old scrapbook paper as a background to give it a little more colour.  I glued them down using adhesive tape.


Since we are encouraged to make this project our own, I’ve decided to do a weekly art journal page using the prompts that we are provided.  List making is also part of these weekly prompts and I haven’t decided whether I will do those or not.  I’m not really a list maker but I figure if there’s one that I’m drawn to, I can always put it into my book as a tip in.  I also want to use this as a smash book and keep little mementos throughout the year and write little notes about what is happening in our lives.

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The video below is the first week’s prompt using the theme for the month of January.  To get more information or to join the The Document Life Project 2016: The Unplanner, click on the link in the toolbar on the right.  As always I listed the supplies that I used below.  Thank you for watching!



Liquitex Gesso

Artist’s Loft Acrylic Paint – Neon Pink, Neon Orange, Neon Green, Neon Purple

Crafter’s Workshop 6×6 Stencils – Mini Retro Squares, Mini Bricks

Distress Ink – Dusty Concord

Impression Obsession Background Stamp – Spatter

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple, Jet Black

Dylusions Stamps – Write Between the Lines

Zoo Stamps

Micron 08 Pen

Alphabet Stamps

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Flower Stamps

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Thank you for stopping by!  Please let me know if you’re also participating in #DLP2016, I would love to hear how you’re using your Unplanner and maybe we can inspire each other!  Don’t forget to like, comment and share and enjoy your creative year!





#LoveFallArt – Art Journal Page – Gothic Lady (time lapse video)

This is my second video for the #LoveFallArt festival happening this weekend on YouTube!  This is organized by the Creative Arts Collaboration group and is running from September 17th to 20th.  The theme is Fall/Autumn and all you have to do is type in #LoveFallArt into the YouTube search bar to see an amazing variety of artistic and creative videos made specifically for this event.

I love art with a gothic theme.  Since we are heading into autumn and Halloween, I took this chance to make this art journal page.  I found the image of the shrouded woman in a magazine and have been waiting to use it.  I chose to do this page on a loose sheet because of its size.  The loose pages can be bound later into a book.

Thanks for watching!

#lovefallart - gothic lady#lovefallart - gothic lady1#lovefallart - gothic lady2Supplies:

Strathmore Mixed Media Paper

Distress Ink – Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade

Heartfelt Creations Background Stamp – Large Elegant Word Background

Recollections Cling Stamps – Haunted

Versafine Ink

UHU Gluestick

Scrapbook Paper

Tim Holtz Alterations Die Cut – On The Fence

Kaiser Craft Lace

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Recollections Floral Embellishments

Creative Memories Halloween Punch

Black Cardstock

Golden Soft Gel (Matte) Medium

Thanks again for watching.  Remember to go to YouTube and search #LoveFallArt to see other artistic videos.  And hit the like buttons and share and comment!  Have a good weekend!

Art Journal Page – Believe (time lapse video)

Hello again!  I’m on vacation this week and I thought it would be great to post another video!  This spread was done in my Moleskine watercolour journal and took about 38 minutes to complete.  I began with a layer of gesso and then glued some music sheet paper and patterned scrapbook paper down.  In the end you can’t see the scrapbook paper through the paint, but that’s ok.  It still gave a little texture on the page.  A complete list of supplies is listed below.

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Liquitex Gesso

Stickles – Star Dust

Dylusions Stamp – Word Love

Scrapbook Pages

Golden Liquid Acrylic Paint – Teal

Americana Craft Paint – Vivid Violet

UHU Gluestick

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Versafine Ink – Black

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal

Heartfelt Creations Background Stamp – Large Elegant Words

Flower Stencil

Dina Wakley Mixed Media Stamp – Woodcuts

Derwent Inktense Pencil – Deep Indigo

Thanks again for stopping by!  Please leave a comment, like or share this post if you feel inspired.  All feedback is welcome!

I Smashed New York City!

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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New York Trip!!!!

My husband and I are heading out for an extra long weekend to New York city tomorrow!  Of course we have the typical list of sites to see and only three days to see them.  I’m the typical tourist that loves to see all of the major attractions with all of the other people that want to see the same things 🙂

I wanted to document our trip and as a rehabilitated scrapbooker, that was my first thought.  However, as we all know, when we get home from the trip, the photos tend to stay in digital form and working on that scrapbook becomes more of a chore than a relaxing escape.

My solution is to make a smash book on the go.  It’s scrapbooking without the pressure.  My only dilemma was printing pictures.  I know myself, and if I wait until I get home to print pictures, it won’t get done.  My second solution, I purchased a portable photo printer, a Canon Selphy (not a great name, but it seems to do the trick)  It prints using USB connection and inserting an SD card.  It also works through wifi if you install the dedicated app on your phone.  The print quality is quite good, my only concern is how long each ink cartridge will last.  This weekend will put it to the test.

I have constructed a travel kit pictured below.

travel kit 1I purchased a Smash Book (the black Mod style) and I’m taking a couple of the accessories that they make to go with the book.  The glue stick, Liquitex paint pens and washi tapes are to decorate the pages as I go.  The additional stamps, stickers, Inktense pencils and watercolours are to play in a mini Moleskin book that I’m also bringing.  This should occupy my evenings in the hotel room while avoiding being on the streets of New York after dark.

travel kit 2Everything except the printer fits into a an old package for sheets and is currently packed in the suitcase ready to go.  My goal is to finish this project on the go.  I have always wanted to document a trip while on the actual trip.  I envy the artists that sit down anywhere, make a quick sketch and painting, a little journaling about the scene and they’re on their way to the next site.  In my own way this is my travel journal for this trip and I’m excited to see how it turns out!

art journal page – wordherder

imageIt’s been so long since I’ve had a chance to write a post, let alone do anything creative!  Time management needs to be one of my priorities 🙂

This spread began without any real plan.  I knew I wanted to use bright colours with lots of different layers.  I had completed the background about a month ago but I didn’t know how I was going to use it until I saw the term “wordherder” from another artist.  Unfortunately I don’t remember where I read it or who the artist was but i can only assume she was describing a way of creating an art journal spread, perhaps composing found poetry by “herding” together random words.  When I read the word, I immediately connected with it.  I feel like it describes a lover and collector of words and that ‘s me.

I began as usual with a layer of gesso and glued down patterned scrapbook paper and book pages with Golden Soft Gel.

imageNext I scraped on a layer of metallic purple craft paint with a palette knife.  I tried to make it light enough to show the patterns through.  Orange and violet were the next layers, also scraped on with a palette knife.


imageimageI used a stencil to add white circles with my fingertip and stamped the checkerboard pattern in purple with a Tim Holtz stamp.  I outlined the circles with black ink and drew a border around the spread.  The stamped black circles were made with black acrylic paint dipped in a paper towel roll.

imageThe final touch was gluing down the title and the other random words from Tim Holtz’s Chit Chat stickers and adding some blue paint splatters.


Liquitex Gesso

Scrapbook Pages

Book Pages

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Memento Ink – Teal Zeal

Americana Craft Paint – Melon, Vivid Violet, Orange Twist, Lamp Black

Metallics Craft Paint – Purple Pearl

Circle Stencil

Palette Knife

Tim Holtz Checkerboard Stamp

Golden Acrylic Paint – Cerulean Blue Deep

Tim Holtz Idealogy Chit Chat Stickers

Plastic Alphabet Die Cuts (I think these were Maya Road, but not sure)

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art journal page – just write (journal 52)

just write 4This page was made for Week 11 of Journal 52 and “Just Write” was the prompt.  This was to encourage using our own handwriting as the focal point of the page, whether we journalled or copied something from another source.  I’ve been wanting to incorporate handwriting into my pages but for some reason it causes me anxiety, as I’m sure it does for many of you.  I’ve realized after completing this page that I am happier with the pages that I don’t put too much thought into.  I much prefer to sit down and experiment without having a finished product in mind.  These pages come easier and are more enjoyable.  The great thing about working my way through these prompts each week is that it takes me out of my comfort zone.  What better way to learn, right?

This page was done in my Moleskine watercolour book and began with gluing down a piece of scrapbook paper in the center.  I used gesso around the edges to try to blend the paper into the page.

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I used purple and white acrylic paints around the edges to create the border and scraped some doodles into the paint to make some texture.  I also painted some green doodles around the border to try to coordinate some of the green from the scrapbook page.  Next I stamped the checkerboard pattern in purple.

just write 2Then came the handwriting in the center.  I wrote about my birthday and the different things that I did that week to celebrate.  I doodled some more with white ink around the border and added the white circles using my fingertip dipped in gesso.

just write 3I finished it off by stamping the circles in black ink.

just write 4Supplies:

Liquitex Gesso

Scrapbook paper

Golden Soft Gel (Matte)

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paints – Dioxazine Purple, Light Green, Titanium White

StazOn Ink – Royal Purple

Tim Holtz Checkerboard stamp and Circle stamp

Uniball Signo Pen – White

Faber Castell PITT Pen – Black

Tim Holtz Distress Stickles – Picket Fence

VersaFine Ink – Black

Thanks for taking a look!  Please leave a comment, “like” or share if you feel inspired!