…clearing her mind…

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Yes, it’s May, but I wanted to share this journal spread.

At the start of the new year, I chose my word for the year: Clear
I need and want to clear up my life.

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Clear and organize my scrap supplies so I can work

Clear my body of the junk that’s holding it back

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Clear out excess social media stuff so I can focus and not be overwhelmed

Clear out and use my art stuff

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Maintain a schedule of keeping paperwork from piling up, which leads to me procrastinating dealing with it.

Clear my life so I can enjoy it.

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Choosing a word for the year is pretty new for me.  I’ve done resolutions in the past, but last year was the first year I chose a word for the year.  This year my word is “clear”.  I want to clear up my life, in most ways.

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Clear up paperwork and keep a system of managing it so it doesn’t overwhelm me.  Clear my body and get healthier (and hopefully lose some excess weight that I lost and gained back).

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I also wanted to clear up my art stash.  Not get rid of anything exactly, but more organize it, that way I’m not constantly searching for stuff and can actually craft.  Paperwork extends to e-mail and stuff, too.  I don’t have to keep everything forever.

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So I had to do a spread in my little moleskine, which still doesn’t have a cover yet, but I’ll get to it.

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…up way too late…

Here’s my entry for Gauche Alchemy’s April mood board, full of color!  My kind of moodboard!  I’m also entering this for Sketches in Thyme Sketch #147

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The down pointing arrow on the top left is a transparency, it’s actually deep purple and says “WONDERFUL.”  And I flipped the sketch over.  Took me awhile to decide that, let me tell ya!  More pics soon!

Happy scrapping!

…in her happy place…

 

 

…and on a side note….it’s my birfday!  *sing-song* It’s my birfday, it’s my birfday. *cough* Anyway, so I turned 35 as of about 2AM this morning (apparently I was born a night owl :P).  It’s raining today, which I don’t mind, but I’m hoping to have some good arty crafty fun this weekend.  IN the meantime, I’ll present you with another spread from my little travel art journal.

“Art is my happy place”

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So I took advantage of some scrappy sales recently and got a bunch of scrap goodies 😀  One is an Amy Tangerine rubber wood-mounted stamp set.  These stamps are a good size and the wood block is huge!  I’ve got a fair amount of wood-mounted rubber stamps, but the wood part is quite a bit thicker on these Amy Tangerine stamps.  Oh, and have I mentioned I love these stamps!  There’s a square frame and then some brush script images and ths brush script phrase you see above,

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You’ll remember from my previous post that I made the backgrounds already with my Dylusions color sprays and some stencils.  I had actually stamped the “happy place” stamp before I did a lot of the other stuff, and worked around it.  I used the striped cloud and sun from a dollar bin Studio G stamp set with my blue and orange dye ink cubes from Rubber Stampede.  I’ve had these dye ink cubes forever, and they’re nice bright colors and they dry fast.

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So of course, I had to add brackets and arrows 🙂  I used a yellow pen to fill in the open letter spaces, as well as some other doodling.  I also used a Marcy Uchida brush marker in Peacock, a calligraphy marker in yellow, and my black pen for more doodling.

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I also splurged and bought a starter paint pen set, wihch came with the primaries (red, blue, yellow), green, black, and white.  I used the white paint pen to outline the stamped text.

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I had added some green chevron and multi-colored star washi tape and doodled the words.

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You can also see my other cloud stamp peeking out underneath.  I love how the random placing ot the clouds and text stamp made a kind of heart in the lower loop of the “y”.  Happy accident!  And just for a little scale, I snapped a photo of my journal next to my TH Distress Ink pad.

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…remembering…

…So the anniversary of 9/11 always feels odd to me.  I wasn’t in NYC when it happened, but I have a couple of relatives that were living there at that time.  It was a bit surreal, watching it on the television screen.  Even stranger was when they said it was an attack and not just one plane having a horrifically tragic accident.

This year I was not only actually in the city on the 11th, but also around the time of the attacks.  I really wanted to hear the bells that they ring at the specified times.  And at some point soon, I’d like to visit the memorial.  I’ve never seen the original towers in person, but it is very strange to see the city skyline in photos and such and not see the towers.  They were iconic.  And my heart goes out to everyone affected in some way by what happened that day.

As promised in an earlier post, here’s shots of my art journal spread, mostly writing down my memories of that day.

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Moleskine Art Journal…

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So following Ronda Palazzari’s artsy moleskine travel journal, I decided to make my own.  Since I’m working in the city (the Big Apple for those outside New York), my commute takes a bigger chunk out of my days.  Which means that it’s more important (for me, at least) to have some artsy fartsy time during the day, even if I’m not home.  I’m still working on a bag/container and just what I want to bring, but I followed Ronda’s initial instructions on making the journal itself.

In a nutshell, I got a 3-pack of the black moleskine journals with lined pages (the small one, about the size of a passport), then proceeded to use my glue stick and glue every 3 pages together to make them sturdier.  After that, I grabbed my Dylusions sprays (I wanted bright, flat color, and they’re what I have in that department) and a bunch of different stencils (I kept to the small ones, mostly 6×6 and one small handmade Styrofoam).  Mostly TCW (including Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s mini punchinella, and Ronda Palazzari’s Well-Rounded), a Heidi Swapp (chevron) and a Prima one (the raindrops).  And I started spraying 😛

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I made sure to flip over the stencils and press them into another art journal.  Don’t want to waste any of that gorgeous color and awesome texture!

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Yeah, I started writing this one before the photos.  It’s a spread I did for the anniversary of 9/11 that I’ll post about later.

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So I didn’t get to take a photo of my first page before I arted and journaled it all up, but it started with the blue and purple.  Everything else was added during a lunch break.

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I added some die-cuts I cut from patterned paper and a water-soluble crayon on the inside of an envelope.  I also stamped the border, asterisks, arrow, and Amy Tangerine roller stamp, along with an alpha stamp set.  Then I doodled with a black gel pen.

I’ll post more as I finish the spreads.  And feel free to ask any questions!  Happy scrapping!

…playing with new goodies…

So I won a couple of giveaways and also made an order  that came in and was LOADED 😛  So I’m finally using a photo (two copies because I just have to scrap 2+ photos) that I took of my son wrapped in his frog hooded towel after his bath.  The photo is a couple of years old, I think, and it’s a perfect close-up, clear shot of my little monster (affectionate term, honest! – well, usually 🙂  This is my entry for Kreative Koncepts Sketch Challenge 28

“That’s the ticket”

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and here’s the sketch:

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Definitely a mix of old and new.  First off, the really like this paper, the whimsical doodling rocks, and the reverse side is the same design with the colors reversed.  It’s from a manufacturer that I don’t really go for usually, but this caught my attention and I grabbed two sheets 🙂

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I stared by doing some mixed media.  Dylusions sprays and then paint through stencils.  I made sure to try to keep the stenciled designs in a contrasting color to let them shine.  Then i added several strips of old and new washi tape.  After I put down some of the tape, I decided I wanted to put some more down under the photo.  Problem: I’d already glued it down and added gesso around the edges.  So what’s a girl to do?  I pulled out my self-healing craft mat, Fiskars multi-tool (include an exacto blade) and cut somewhat widely around the entire area.  Now I had to figure out what to stick the tape too.  Enter heavy duty patterned paper that I didn’t love anymore.  It happened to have the same shades as my layout.  I glued the larger part of my layout down, leaving the hole for the photo spot.  Added some foam adhesive and it’s good!

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I was trying to figure out the hexagons.  I don’t have those, and I could have cut some from patterned paper, and at some point I might do that just for the future, but I had some patterned paper with tickets lined up.  An idea was brewing.

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I fussy cut the tickets, covered them in gesso, then using my HS honeycomb stencil, I sprayed Dylusions Cut Grass, Calypso Teal, and a mix of Lemon Zest and Postbox Red (to make orange), making sure each layer dried before spraying the next and shifting the stencil between colors.

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Then I took an alphabet stencil (dollar store buy, three in a pack) and used my Tattered Angels Almost Black.  After that came time to play with a new stencil and medium.  Dina Wakley’s Plastic Canvas (I attended her class at Scrapper’s Playground, Woot!) and modeling paste were applied to the tickets.  When the paste was finally dry, I determined where they were going to go on my layout (approximately) and drew pencil lines on those tucked under a layer so I knew where not to add stuff.  Then I broke out my mini alpha stickers and some graffiti-esque rub-ons and went to town with phrases, etc.  I lastly added a black border with my sharpie.

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I made my own “flair” from some gelli-printed paper and a chipboard star.  I also used some other scraps (the black and white paper on the right actually says “freeze frame”, and I played with a piece of orange cardstock.  I open sprayed it (no stencil/mask/anything) with Dylusions Postbox Red.  Then I added some blue paint through my DW Plastic Canvas stencil.  After that was my HS chevron stencil and black paint.  Then I decided to use my postage stamp border punch on one edge.  I really liked it, but didn’t want to use the whole thing, so i cut off a small piece and still have the rest to play with.

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I also added other stash stuff.  A feather, chipboard bracket (I love brackets!), an Amy Tangerine frame, some older Fancy Pants die-cuts, as well as black thread to help anchor the tickets and triangles.  The title is alpha stamps and Colorbox pigment ink in orange and blue and larger blue alpha stickers.

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Whew!!  Check out the Kreative Koncepts blog for tons of eye candy and great tutorials!

P.S. I’m thinking of changing my blog theme to either a dark pattern or lighter color scheme, for ease of read, etc.  Any thoughts?

P.P.S.  I tell all the details of my work because I like to know how people make stuff.  I’m debating cutting down on the how-to in some way.  Do you like the tell-all details of my crafty ways or simple is better and you can comment and ask me?

As always, thanks for looking and happy scrapping!