Rekindling the Romance

I haven’t made a full-on technique heavy page in a while, the kind that involves paint, gel medium, inks, wiping up the mess I made afterwards, and the feeling that I was Picasso for a day.

I was coming home from a meeting at work and I was waiting for our hospital shuttle that day, I realized I was an 8-minute walk from my local art supply store. I had about 40 minutes or so to spare so instead of people-watching, I went over to Blick and got myself some modeling paste and a tube of titanium white acrylic paint. I had some techniques I had been wanting to try from some back issues of Somerset Memories. The guy at the store was kind enough to offer me an extra large plastic bag for my purchases when he saw I was also carrying some three-ring binders I got as part of my committee responsibilities. If there is one thing I love about this city is that almost every business establishment is big on customer service.

When I got home, I whipped out my stencils, got my acrylic paints together, and got my hands dirty.

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I used some white acrylic paint to wash over my patterned paper. It was a sheet of Bo Bunny that had an image of blue tinted bricks on one side and a rather bold pattern on the other that I was not so excited about. I mixed some red and white paint to get the pink and mixed it into the texturing paste and used a Studio Calico chevron stencil for the background. I then misted the page with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine mists in Gold and Chartreuse and some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Banana Pudding (my husband again commenting on how the company names their colors based on food). Using this as a base, I layered a doily and a book page from my monthly kit as a mat for my photos. I Used some coordinating paper and sticker embellishments from Bo Bunny’s Ambrosia collection, and some flower embellishments and a couple of butterflies. I painted the chipboard title with acrylic paint to coordinate with the page as well.

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I remember now why I loved doing these pages. I realized I miss wiping ink and paint off my hands after and the beautiful textures I end up with. Most of all, I enjoy how this lets me be spontaneous and keeps my hobby exciting. I think I just might start making these pages more often.

Sketch Challenge

It’s finally fall, weather’s getting cooler, and sweater weather is just around the corner. It’s also been quite misty lately.

Normally, you can see part of Seattle’s skyline.

This one was taken Christmas eve last year. The mist has been making the drive a bit interesting but I think it’s just another part of Seattle’s charm. I think I may want to stay here for good now. And now that my travel nurse days are over (for now), I can finally get back to my Scrapbook Kit subscriptions. I’ve also started to do sketch challenges again. I miss the challenges and how they stimulate my creativity.

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This one is for Scrapbook Circle’s Sunday Sketch Challenge. I haven’t worked with photo sizes other than 4×6 in a while so this grid layout proved a little challenging. I did enjoy making the layout, though.

Another challenge is with Color, Stories, Inspiration. This is challenge # 142

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They have a really neat way of doing challenges. They give you prompts, and color palettes to work within and it’s great for stimulating you to think outside the box and outside of your comfort zone.

I still have a few more challenges to do. I’ve also been keeping up with keeping up my planner. It’s been really helpful in getting me to do stuff and prioritizing my activities.

Planner plans

I signed up recently for Marcy Penner’s Agenda Class at Studio Calico. I am hoping it would help me set up my planner to how I can use it effectively. I have recently taken on a little bit more at work so I needed a way to organize my responsibilities at work, at home, and with my crafts.

I started setting up my new planner. I had shown in a previous post a tutorial on how to upcycle a three-ring binder and turn it into an organizer of my own. It was then a search to find the perfect inserts for the organizer. I went to diferent websites looking up downloadable planner inserts that would work for me. I found a grid pattern template over at this site. I tried printing it out in my own and discovered my printer did not support borderless printing. Not to mention printing the sheets back to back and making sure they match was close to impossible. I tried to make my own version using the grid settings in MS Word but still the not being able to print borderless gave me issues.

Luckily, I found some A5 size grid paper from Konukuniya, a bookstore here in Seattle which sells stuff from Japan. I used markers to pen down my own weekly and monthly pages and made inserts from patterned papers “laminated” with scotch tape. I made a dashboard with sheets of frosted shrinky dinks (transparency sheets seemed too flimsy). I found an A5 sized binder on clearance at Staples.

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Sample page:

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The dividers:

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Week on two pages:

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When the class is finished, I hope I will be able to incorporate what I’ve learned. Will keep you guys updated.

 

Of Random Monuments by Random Roadsides

Last year, I went into travel nursing for a bit and somehow I ended up in a small town in the northern part of Nebraska. My husband and I drove there from San Antonio and he helped me get settled where I was going to be staying. Eventually he had to fly back to San Antonio. We were on our way to the Omaha airport and we drove by this monument by the river close to the airport. We really weren’t sure what the monument was for but there was a nice park around it so we decided to stop by and hang out while waiting for my husband’s flight (we arrived in Omaha about an hour too early). We took turns taking each other’s photo. It was about the early part of summer or late spring then but it still felt a bit chilly.

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I used mostly patterned papers from my Bo Bunny pile. I’m still working on using up my older supplies. I haven’t been making OTT pages as often lately so it was an interesting and inspiring challenge. I broke out my sewing machine and did some stitches on the top and bottom doilies and on the patterned papers as well. I had some chipboard pieces I also wanted to use up.

I stopped by Blick and picked this up one day:

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Love how these gelatos are so versatile. You can use it dry, or use a water brush and use it like watercolor (orange doilies), or you can even shave off a pile of it, pop it into a spritzer bottle, add water, and use as a mist (bigger green doily). I mixed these guys with some Pearlex powder to give it some sheen and painted the chipboard pieces with it.

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Close up shots of the page:

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I also used up some swirly bling from my old stash. I still have a long way to go to use up these papers, but with some mixed media ideas I might get into artsy pages again even if it’s just for a while. It was a refreshing break from my usual style and I enjoyed making the glittery mess.

A Study in Pink (and black, and glitter…)

Continuing on to my quest towards organizing my mess of a craft table, I bought these boxes from Scrapbook.com with my monthly haul.

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I whipped out my trusty Dymo Labeler and grouped together my patterned papers and cardstock, my thickers, alphabet stickers, specialty papers, and towards the end I even had 1 more box left and decided to use it as my “use it or lose it” box. I still have remnants of patterned papers from years ago that I have felt like I have outgrown. Before I started shopping at Two Peas on a regular basis I would go to my LSS and purchase paper pads. There wasn’t much variety, mostly it was K&Co and store brand papers. I bought a whole bunch of K&Co papers years ago when a went through a distressed paper and prima flowers and lace phase. I still do an occasional romantic-ish page now and then so I’m able to work my way through my remaining stash. The rest got shipped off to my niece to use on her school projects and cards and such.

I also used to receive packs of Bo Bunny collections every month, complete with sticker sheet, embellishments, journaling cards, layered stickers, and occasionally a set of coordinating acrylic stamps. I still do love them but matching them to my current pattern paper supply is a bit challenging, especially the Enchanted collection. It’s black and white patterns with lots of swirls and cherubs and glitter, a bit OTT next to my American Crafts and Studio Calico, and Basic Grey and such. The only logical way would be to use them with my cardstock. I saw a video from Glitter Girl about monochromatic layouts. She had different shades of pink paired with black and white. Although she used chalkboard themed patterns and elements to pair with the monochrome pink, I decided to try it using the Enchanted collection and maybe some pieces from my scrap paper pile.

 

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I used some American Crafts thickers and Mini Market alphas for the title, some stickers from my various sticker books, and some left over patterned paper and cut outs(also by AC). I guess it’s not looking so bad for a first try. Maybe with a bit of practice I might just finally get it right.

I also dove into my Bo Bunny Alora collection pack. The patterns are a bit bold but the colors are brighter and easier to pair with my other supplies. I had some 6×6 pads and 12×12 sheets from AC’s Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, and the Summer collection, a card from Project Life, and used the gems from the Bo Bunny collection pack.

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I still have quite a few (a lot!!!) of my old papers that I need to either use or put in the purge pile and send off to some other happy home. Hopefully I can find some project I can use them on other than my scrapbook pages. Although with the holidays coming I just might be able to use up some of them for some happy mail days.

P.S. Yes, I am a Sherlock fan

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