Friday, April 22, 2016

Fast flat card

Working through some of my older stamp sets, I wanted to use Petal Prints one more time before putting it up for sale.  I'll list these older stamp sets on my Etsy shop in the coming weeks.

For this card I mixed a lot of old and new using some of the new Gelli Arts minis which are such fun.  The card is for a business number 10 envelope.  These cards take a bit more cardstock but are a great alternative for some designs as well as when you are short on card envelopes.

Here's the process video:

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Using stickers, 6x6 and 12x12 from a collection

I seldom have so much of a collection.  However, I got the Basic Grey warehouse and then I ordered more stuff while I could.

For this Valentine layout I used some of the stickers and 6x6 papers to create a banner and then used 12x12 papers as well.

The video also has a section on creating part of the title on the Silhouette near the end of the video.
Check out my classes on using 6x6 paper pads and creating titles and text on the Silhouette on the classes page. 

Here is the process video at YouTube:

And here is the sketch:

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Believe- Wall Decor (video)

For $3 I bought a plain thick chipboard word at Hobby Lobby a few months ago.  It is Paper Studio and it was one of those 50% off all Paper Studio sales.  I planned to do it for Christmas but never got around to it.  Now I'm glad I didn't.  I used colors from my guest bedroom/craftroom and can use it year round.

To cover the plain chipboard, I gelli printed thin materials like tissue papers, dictionary paper and deli paper.  The video shares the gelli printing as well as covering the chipboard piece which is easy if a bit messy.

In my Etsy shop is a sampler pack of papers perfect for gelli printing.  I also put together more packs and renewed the listing for bookpapers as the first one sold out. Thanks to my customers! The shop is here.

Here's the process video for this project:

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Musical Holiday - Process Video

My husband loves Christmas music.  So the last couple of years we have sought out opportunities to go to holiday music events.  This past season we went to a recreation of a 1940's era radio show complete with live jazz band, singers, letters read from the troops and a few corny jokes.

We also went to my old high school for the choral concert.  Now I don't remember how many people were in the chorus when I was there but I'm guessing not more than 50. There were hundreds of kids in this chorus!  So many that they had to perform in the aisles for some of the numbers.  I understand that choras is the new 'in' thing.

For the page, I created the star out of 6x6 paper.  Check out my new 6x6 paper class here.

Also I used some music paper. I've put together some kits on my Etsy shop if you would like to add bookpaper to your papercrafting stash.  It is really fun to work with.  Check it out here.

And here is the process video:

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Monday, April 11, 2016

6x6 Paper Pad class is here!!!

Oh, those wonderful little 6x6 paper pads really pack a punch!   These little gems give you a great variety of paper for the money.  I bet you have some in your stash.  In my new class, see how to use them for backgrounds, titles, journaling blocks, embellishments, and borders.

In the class, we will ....
  • organize our paper pads and scraps to make them super easy to use.
  • create several different backgrounds in whole sheets and cut into shapes.
  • layer a mix of papers from two different collections
  • make embellishments from mini journaling blocks
  • create custom cards for your pocket page layouts
  • create a background for a two page layout
  • find ways to use the solid 6x6 companion prints
  • use a large 6" design to its maximum effect
  • create die cuts with extra pop.
  • stretchhhhh our 6x6 papers so they seem much larger and get more than 6" from a 6x6 paper.
My classes always have lots of extras so look for ways to use stencils, punches, die cutters and many design tips for your pages.

Class contains over 5 hours of video in 12 lessons with 11 step-by-step process videos for brand new layouts.  The class PDF has 10 scrapbook sketches and a supply list for each layout.

Layouts feature 1 photo, 2 photo, 3 photo all the way up to 6 photos per layout and are a variety of styles and subject matter.

Designer 6x6 paper pads for this class are from Simple Stories, Fancy Pants, Basic Grey, Crate Paper and Authentique.  Except for a few scraps, all are newer collections from Fall 2015 and just released 2016.  You can apply the lessons to any paper line.

This self-paced class is available now.  After registration is completed, you can watch the videos anytime you like.  The introductory price is only $20 US.

Click here for the class description and purchasing:   CLASS PAGE

I hope you will join us to get the most out of your 6x6 paper stash.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Cooking Class with 6x6 Papers

For over 25 years, I've looked for a local cooking class and I finally found one.  Sur La Table opened a location about an hour from me.  I took a class on Spanish cuisine in February and loved it!  The paella I made here at home was a big hit for Valentine's day.

For the photos from class, Basic Grey's Herbs and Honey collection was perfect.  I had quite a bit of the 6x6 papers but only some scraps of the 12x12 left.

For this 2 pager, I used the 6x6 as mats and the larger pieces as a flap that hides the recipes from class.  Stenciling helps guide the eye from the photos of our process to the finished dish.

If you like 6x6 papers, get those pads ready!  I have a brand new class coming in just a few days with 12 lessons full of ideas for your 6x6 paper pads.  Seven of the lessons are already uploaded but I like to have everything completely done before a class is made public.  I'll post here and send a newsletter mailing about the class as soon as it is ready.

In the meantime, here is the video for this regular process video (not part of the class):

And here is the sketch:

Thanks for watching!

Friday, April 1, 2016

To gesso or not to gesso?

That was the question I received a few weeks ago from a YouTube viewer.  I was asked if I gesso my pages first.  Actually, I think many people do but I don't.  I tried gesso  - a thick white primer paint -  a couple of years ago when I first experimented with art journaling and couldn't see much difference.

Still the question nagged me a bit.  I hadn't tried gesso on my Strathmore journals and I hadn't tried it with gelli printing, something I do often.  So I did this experiment.  The right hand page is gessoed and the left hand one isn't.

Here's the process video where I share what I did and some thoughts:

Spoiler alert!  I really won't be changing my process much after this comparison.

Thanks for watching!
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