The format for my baby books has been the same for 20 years, but products change, styles change, which means no two books are ever the same, but they are awesome to make, and awesome to look at. This is a new version of the "Look at You"-"Look at Us" two page layout. The first page is kept in a page protector. The second is an altered page, interactive and exposed to all who look at it. Ever since I was a kid, I loved being surprised by little stuff. Who doesn't love the unexpected when it makes you smile. This is what happens when you can pull stuff from the book. You're seeing the front, but who knows what will be on the back?
I loved doing this page. It begins with sewing the felt seam; a cool reminder to myself of what it is like to really sew. I picked up a few pieces of paper when I began this book. It's been a long time since I scrapped for a boy. What I realized is that there's girl stuff up the wazoo, but not that much little guy stuff.
This drove me to Dawn Inskip who is now selling through The Lilypad. I have always loved her work, and I love her scrap 4 hire policy. It works for me; a person who will use any one thing a dozen or less times. Also, I don't fussy cut - ever! What an advantage to be able to download Dawn's art into the Silhouette Cameo and turn it into a cut file.
There are a lot of word files in this kit. I turned this one into a tag.
I've also been playing with the Tim Holtz Distress Oxides. The background for this tag was created using broken china, marmalade, lipstick pink and fossilized amber. I dried it completely with a book on top to eliminate the warp. Today I stamp the cap and overalls. They got lost in the back ground, so I pulled out the pencils and colored them too. Also added the Idea-ology metal stars and some very tiny bling.
All of this goes together. What it proves is that with a small amount of time, a stamp, some ink and twistable colored pencils you can make art. This is not your everyday layout, and it was so much fun to do! ENJOY. . .
New 6X6 mixed media piece with a chain tassel added. The large beads and chain were purchased at Michaels. To that I added a fortune cookie and the dial from my stash. Love the color added with the two green beads I was given in the class that I took at CraftFusion several weeks ago. That class was a good decision. I now understand how to hold the tools, the correct way to close a jump ring and the concept of using jump rings to add elements. It's all about practice, practice practice.
A close up of the tassel. Just another way to kick my art up a notch.
Books and mixed media go together like a wink and a smile. While my piece dries, I am was able to work on much needed digital art work for the book I'm designing for my daughter Jen. I have not been doing enough digital work. Elements for this piece are from Amber LaBau, Lily Designs and Forever Joy. I am liking the work of Amber LaBau and Forever Joy enough to spring for the full kits. Currently I just have a small piece of each in my stash.
The second card exclusively uses the elements of a kit purchased from Flergs several yeas ago. Who can pass up a pea in a pod. . .or maybe that's a bean sprout.
I'm just turning the corner on the baby book. Designing baby books has been a passion of mine for years. It allows me to incorporate everything I've learned from 1996 to now and each unique. It's impossible not to ENJOY!
"THE SHOP" is open. . .
Working toward any goal, especially if you're a passionate perfectionist is exhausting. In the end, I didn't just create the shop, I re-designed the entire website. My original website was adequate, but not terribly inspired. This new website absolutely captures my vision of my new business, and each piece of the process found me loving it more.
You'll notice that all products in THE SHOP are discounted. I love the idea of the store, but it is an extension of my art. I love sharing, and I am committed to making sure that my fellow artists and hobbyists have a reasonable opportunity to experiment with the products that make our art interesting and fun. How can you enjoy you're art if you're worried about breaking the bank.
I hope you'll take a moment to check out THE SHOP. In the future as need arises or want takes over, I encourage you to remember Bloomingayl.com. Also, if you have questions, don't hesitate to ask. As time allows, I'm working on product descriptions, not from the vendors point of view, but from my personal experience.
Page one of double layout. Paper is from the FabScraps botanical line. It's all beautiful. I enhanced it with glitter in strategic spots; an inexpensive way to kick your project up a notch. I used Hobby Lobby flowers, and a wood piece that I covered in Finnabair glitter. Glitter is a change for me, but I like this product. I added a foil border to the tag and second stamped it using a Hero Arts flower stamp that I've had for 15 years. I love stamping in Tim Holtz browns. I finished the tag with crinkled seam binding and a piece of beige lace. In life it is elegant.
Page two features a large mat, that will hold a 5X7 or 4X6 picture. I may love design, but the most important part of any layout is in the photos and the journaling. I enjoy doing these small vignette's of flowers. The challenge I set for myself is to use what I have out on the table. I gathered the flowers and then added the mirrored stars, metal stars, the cool gold pieces that were heads to some Prima pins and a last minute find - the green Pebble accents. The two pages are perfect together.
At some point I needed a break, so I sat down to some digital scrapping. I pulled my supplies from Berna Datema, Lori Davidson and Tangie Baxter. In the same way I look for paper with elements that I can incorporate into my design, I look for the same attributes in a digital supply. When I added the Berna Datema tree, my thoughts were "Wow ~ look at all the places I can add bling". You have leaves that look like butterflies and each one is a design opportunity.
I have a busy week ahead. Number one on my list is to get the shop running. I will continue to work on this baby book and I'm truly excited about ideas I have for 6X6 mixed media pieces. Have to give a shout out to Andree who found some of the coolest metal pieces. Neither of us could tell what they were previously used for, but no matter, they'll be great in their next gig - they will be a joy to ENJOY!
Good friends Diane and Andree meet most weeks to spend a day crafting. They have done some amazing things. Yesterday I was invited to join them. They have been decorating wooden blocks ~ yesterday they did a little Halloween. These blocks are amazing. I on the other hand was perplexed - what to do? So I took the Tim Holtz Tattered floral die and the Stampin' Up flower punch to make flowers; I loved this idea because it's DIY and I was thinking ahead. These flowers will get used.
Toward the end of our time we took time to chill. I took a moment to show them how the punch worked. A little of this and that, and they made a flower too. I was impressed.
I may not be able to join them every week, but I plan on doing my best to get there several times a month. This play time was the best of all worlds ~ Friends, DIY, Flowers and Sharing ideas. Words of advice, take time to ENJOY!
This is a piece where everything fell into place. This was my first time using the flourishes for texture; absolutely elegant. The sprays were perfect together; a range of turquoise, green and gold. After applying the gesso, I sprayed the flowers multiple times, and pigments we're so perfect I had no reason to paint. As a person who doesn't like glitter, I am having to admit that I love Finnabair's glitter. The product comes in small vials with a top that allows you to sprinkle the glitter precisely where you want it.
I went away in the middle of doing this piece to spend a week with Jen. We had the baby shower. It was great fun. Everybody loved passing the cucumber and Jen received a great start in anticipation of the newest Bean sprout. All the celebrating was done in the sun room and this is the view that we had. Their new home is amazing. I was really excited because the farm has a very Scottish long haired steer.
Now I'm home working on this. I am a huge fan of "Pink Fresh". I love their strategic use of words like "document" that I can incorporate into my layout. Transitioning from girl to boy is slow going, but I have wonderful inspiration. The tag was based on something similar, but not the same done by Tammy Tutterow. I'm so thankful she was able to jump-start my creativity; such a talent that woman.
It's a good thing I have ways to spend my free time. I'm anxiously waiting for the "stuff" to show up so that I can open my store. Fingers are crossed that it gets here soon. I'm totally confused, but as always hopeful.
In the meantime I'm headed to a play date with friends tomorrow. I'll be hitting the pillow thinking about what I can I do to make the most out of this fun time. Gotta love retirement. I encourage everyone to go out and ENJOY!
Walked into my room this morning, and despite the mess, it felt like Christmas. I couldn't wait any longer for these
. . .One of the best things about ArtVenture 2017, and there were many, were these new waxes developed by Finnabair for Prima Marketing. They have been available in larger scrapbook stores for a bit, but I've been holding out. I changed my view when I bought hardware from Tractor Supply. Everyday stuff that looks outstanding on a mixed media piece.
I've shared this beautiful 6X6 mixed media piece before. Now I want to write about the elements used to create it. The central pieces that anchor the design are basic washers; I'm partial to the lock washers that remind me of a pigs tail. Simple stuff, extremely inexpensive; it can be bought in bulk for as little as $2.49 per pound at Tractor Supply.
What makes mixed media so fun is a combination of the common and unusual. As you begin to pull together elements, think out side the box and do what you ENJOY!
oLeft this sitting out in my studio last night knowing it would be my AM inspiration. I had so much fun yesterday playing with this Relics and Artifacts piece, along with some plaster casted pieces using IOD molds and Frank Garcia's Artisan Powders.
Knowing that I'm going to be out of town the next week, I didn't want to tackle anything too ambitious. I had casted the plaster a few weeks ago. I selected black, clay and rosewood Artisan Powders to color them with.
This is what I got, although the deep rich clay doesn't show as well as it does in life. The actual piece is a light terra cotta with deep brown highlights. I love this natural look and there are so many colors to choose from. Frank Garcia has moved on to turquoise, blue and magenta ~ rich colors. The secret in all this is to be patient and continue to blend the powders until what you see is what you want. Don't settle for anything less.
Laying down the powder is the beginning. In the top picture I spritzed the piece with gold spray. Not completely happy with what I got, I came back in spots with Metallique gold paint. I am absolutely in love with the work of Sandra Evertson and her "Ambassadors". I settled on Finnabair's glitter and some Prima bling to kick my little piece up a notch. One of these days I'll have the time to decorate Ambassador style.
While I was in studio, my good friends Diane and Andree were hunting for treasure. They brought me this door pull. It is the perfect starting point for my next piece. I'm not usually a big fan of door pulls because of the screws in the back; too often the height is wrong. Waking up to these two pieces was inspiring.
I want to draw some attention to the background. I departed from my usual circles, squares and diamonds to used a "coffee spill" stencil along with the flourishes. I scrapped monochromatic for a combination of blues, greens and gold. Anything that moves me outside the box is worth the effort. There is no right or wrong, there is no best or worst. It's all about evolution. . .ENJOY!
When you have a decision to make, too many options make it difficult. On the other hand, I've been in a 9X12 rut, not always creative. This little 6X6 cradle style canvas was begging to be used. There is a lot to be said for working on a smaller substrate - I had the canvas, I had all those cool washers, nuts and bolts, plus a bag of jewelry finds that I picked up last Tuesday. Add to that a couple of flowers. It was fun to do. Added benefit, I realized that this is the perfect answer for teaching this style of mixed media. It's a perfect size to practice design and technique. Can hardly wait for others to ENJOY!
The friends - Karol, Sandy, Gayl and Diane. . .
and here are the pounds of loot. I found the bag of metal odds and ends at an antique store in Pine, and then we stopped at Tractor Supply in Payson, where they sold hardware by the pound. It's a bit of a drive to Payson, but no more Home Depot for me; I'm hooked. Depending on the finish or metal this stuff can be purchased from $2.79 to $4.79 per pound. OUTSTANDING! More importantly they had these cool screw thingies that I've used before; they were from a cannabalized piece of Ikea furniture. I was out, and Tractor Supply had them. So excited.
This was one of those magic days spent with friends. Want to give a shout out to the Mogollon Moose. We had a fabulous lunch; chicken salad sandwich, the "Hen" version, Quinoa salad and for dessert we split a chocolate covered salted-carmel tart to die for. It was actually picked as this years best of the Rim dessert; no argument from the four of us.
Now I'm home, the two baby books are finished and I had to pull out the loot; what treasure. I am so excited to have time to work on some mixed media before traveling to Alabama next week. After doing 5 craft events, I know diversity is key. I need to move beyond canvas, and when I'm working on canvas I need to move beyond my comfort zone - the 9X12.
Recently I came across a 6X6 cradle style canvas that I'd smeared with texture paste. Here it is sprayed. Not sure what's going on with this thing, but it won't dry. Picked it up yet again and my hand looks as though I've been finger printed.
I don't care. . .I'm here to make it into something and I will ENJOY!