Sunday, April 29, 2012

Art Journal

I had just expressed to a friend how I seemed to have lost my creativity, when I got an email from someone asking if I was interested in an upcoming workshop at BizzyB in September. She put a link to Dina Wakley's blog and I found a video on 'warming up.' It suggests that we need to warm up before creating, and showed how to make a journal page with no expectations. 
I was excited to get started and try to let my inner artist play. I am not that loose with my crafts, I usually like to have my work clean and linear. So I was anxious to see how this would work out.
I went on a hunt for a book, one of 3 that I have, but I only found one that I had already used for something else. So I ended up having to make one. I found some watercolour paper and cut it to size. I sewed it and bound it into a cover. It took a lot longer than I expected, but I like the end result.
After completing the book I used ink, paint, spray glitter, chalk and any other mediums I could find. I used some masks and finally some stamps.
When it dried I found a couple of sentiments and added them too. I was inspired to write in it. Here is the finished product.
The second pages reads, "Get off your butt and create."
I am hopeful that I can make many of these pages.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Easter Treats

I wanted to make a little something for the kids at school, and although I searched for an idea, I couldn't find anything that I loved. So I came up with these.
The first one was too labour intensive, the second one was too big, so the third one is the one I liked the best.

Here is the tutorial. Enjoy.
Cardstock 11" x 2 1/2"
Patterned paper 10 3/4" x 2 1/4"
Cardstock strip 1" x 9"
Scallop punch
Circle punch
Scrap cardstock

Cut cardstock and patterned paper.

Adhere paper to card, then score at 3 1/4, 3 3/4, 7 1/4, 7 3/4, 9 1/4 and 9 3/4

Punch out an oval between the 9 1/4" and 9 3/4"

 Fold score lines and adhere the smallest flap down to the inside. This will leave the oval shape open where you put the mini chocolate bar.

Cut a 1" x 9" strip, score at 2 3/8", 3", 6 1/2" and 7 1/8". Wrap around the box and adhere to the other end, to make the belly band.

Punch a scallop circle and a circle. Stamp the image on the circle, adhere to the scallop then to the belly band.

Slide the belly band onto the box and you are done.

I also added a sentiment on the inside flap.

 I like the smaller size with the belly band. When there are lots to make, finding ways to cut down the time is essential!

Hope you can find some use for this tutorial.