I joined the hop again with P. M. Artist studio and a bunch of other makers for the month of September and the Striking Sticks. This was so fun and I was happy to be back. It was like the idea to use sticks as a spine was there and waiting. If you remember the August project I did for Mrs. Sonya of Artsy Solutions and Multimedia Crafts Digital, I used sticks. I tried to make a raft, but my sticks were too small and it did good as driftwood.
As you can see, both projects are beach themed, but this one was a little more scary than the August project. Have you ever done something once and tell yourself you can’t do it again? This was one of those moments. I was so scared. I did it though and I’m so proud of myself. Would you believe that I painted another beach scene after this?
For this project I used jute twine, Himalayan pink salt, texture paste, gesso, paints, cheesecloth, coffee dyed paper, one of my digitals called My Desk Travel Journal, and my Bakers & Crafters sprays. I do have a flip-thrpugh video and a four part process video series. If you’d like to watch those, I’ll post the videos below.
I know it’s been a long while. I haven’t posted to my blog since July 26 or something like that. There has been so much going on between that time and now. If you want to know what’s been going on with me, check out the video below. But anyway, let’s get down to it.
I put together a project using my Breakfast Time digital. I made a cookbook with the most cooked breakfast items in my kitchen. There are a few tips in there as well. Some may be surprised that waffles aren’t on the list. I cook waffles, but for the number of waffles I need to cook, having two waffle irons isn’t enough. I will say, the pancake recipe in this book can be used as a waffle batter too. So hey, whoever this goes to didn’t completely miss out. I would love to get one of those waffle irons that you put the batter on one side and flip it to do the same on the other side. The thing is, I don’t have anywhere to put it. That would require letting go of some gadgets that I’m not ready to part ways with yet. I’m a baker as y’all know, so a lot of my gadgets are very much useful.
I had so much fun putting this together. The Breakfast Time digital started out with pancakes. I’ve been trying to draw some decent-looking pancakes for over a year now with no success. I was sitting with my daughter one night and asked her what should I draw. She said pancakes… Yeah, she took it there. So you know I had to make her proud. She already thinks I can fix and do everything. She thinks I know everything. Even after telling her and the boys that I am not a magician, a superhero, or a genius multiple times. Not to disappoint, I took it the extra mile and drew bacon, maple syrup, eggs, orange juice, and bread.
Here are a few pictures of the project. The only flip-through will be the flip-through in the video. Enjoy!
This cookbook will go up for sale in my store. At this time, there will only be one, but if you’d like to request one, let me know. I hope you enjoy the video, the post, and the story behind the digital. Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you in the next one.
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I’ll show you the actual butterfly journal in today’s post—the butterfly journal I was supposed to use with the Sweet Stuff digital…yeah, that one. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you see the big butterfly video.
I watched Einat Kessler’s video on making a butterfly album. I loved it! I thought to myself; I need to make something easy like that. Why do I have to be so complicated? So I made an example journal with my Liquids & Flowers paper pack and recorded the video using the August Peach paper pack. Both are 6×6 paper packs.
In Einat’s video, she made all of her pages like graduating cookie cutters, while I made mine like stairs. I don’t believe I made my spine as big as hers. Make sure you check out her video for the Mini Butterfly Album. She also has a link to the measurements for her album. I called myself writing them on the pages, but I also included them in the video description.
Enjoy! My measurements are at the bottom of the post as well. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments.
Here are the measurements for my journal:
Leave the cover sheet 12 inches long, but cut it to 6 1/4. It will measure 6 1/4 in. by 12 in.—score at 5 in. and 7 in.
Cut the first page to 6 1/4 in. by 11 in.—score at 4 3/4 in. and 6 1/4 in.
Cut the second page to 6 1/4 in. by 10 in.—score at 4 1/2 in. and 5 1/2 in.
Cut the third page to 6 1/4 in. by 9 in.—score at 4 1/4 in. and 4 3/4 in.
Cut the fourth page to 6 1/4 in. by 8in.—score at 4 in., 4 1/8 in., and 3 7/8 in. Scoring at the 4-inch mark is optional. I did this because it made sewing on the fifth page easier.
Cut the fifth page to 6 1/4 in. by 7 in.—score at 3 1/2.
Leaving 1/8 of an inch on each side, glue the pages together.
In today’s post, I’m going to be using up some happy mail! I’ve only been crafting since 2019, but I find it so hard to use happy mail. Some things I can’t bring myself to use or I separate them for a project and never use it. Well, we’re going to break that habit. If you need to break that habit, pull out all that happy mail and start organizing it.
I currently have a small bin with happy mail I wanted to use for a journal. When I figured out that the grungy, vintage, steampunk, anything old-fashion, and dirty looking was my style, I got to work. I separated all my happy mail. I put the distressed-looking items in one bin, the happy, colorful stuff in another, and the stickers in another. All those bins are full and I only knocked them down slightly. It’s time to change that.
With the project I’ll be sharing here, I used the rest of the kit that I won from Mrs. Pham. One, it was smaller than all the other batches I have. Two, it can’t fit in with the other stuff. Three, I didn’t want to put it with everything else if I could because it would’ve gotten lost in the sauce. I did well with this one. I have only a little piece of pearl wrap left, the envelopes, and some sticky dots.
Here’s another simple project for everyone. One stamp, one journaling cad. For this project, I used a Crafty Individuals stamp and some scraps. I did a little coffee dying (not on camera), stamping, a pinch of watercoloring, and paper burning. I want so bad to make this a series. We’ll see! Enjoy the video posted below!
Two weeks or so ago, Mrs. Pham of Livie’s Lovelies by Pham made a video about a challenge with some quick ephemera. The challenge was to make a card and send one back to her and make another to send to a friend. I won the kit and took on the challenge. Even though I’m not big on making greeting cards, I still thought it’d be fun to do it….it was and I did it. I made her a card as I was supposed to, but while I was making that card, I added a twist. I’ll be sending her the card, but I’ll also be sending her the goodies I made in the video with some pieces for her to make her own. She can take on the challenge and keep passing it along or she can keep the supplies for herself.
How Did I Pick What To Do?
I know Mrs. Pham likes my layered projects. So what better way to bless her with some layered goodies and some stuff to build her own.
I’ve been on this scraps crafting lately. I haven’t been shopping for anything but tools, and I hardly do that. I have so many paper packs and store-bought stuff that I want to use and/or get rid of. I find it more fun to use scraps. I went as far as thinking about chopping all the paper up so I can use it that way. Paper scraps are fun.
How to Participate in the Challenge
The rules for this project are similar to Mrs. Pham’s. You can participate if you’d like. Share with others, share with me, and I’ll share with you.
The rules are as follows:
Make something easy and small (a greeting card, tag, cluster, embellishment, etc.)
Build a kit and send it to a friend
The only requirement with this challenge is if you request a package from me, and I send something to you, you must participate in the first round at least. The first round consists of sending something you made with items in the kit and returning one to me and sending the other to a friend. If you want to carry the challenge on, build a kit and send it. If you want to stop after the first round, just send the item you made with no kit.
If you have any questions about the challenge, comment below.
This month, I took the index card art to a different level. I made flat cards for the first two months, and this time around, I didn’t want to do so.
I tried to stick with a bit of a grungy spring theme. Flowers, pinks, blues, yellows, and a few other colors.
At first, I didn’t like how it turned out. I got up, cleaned up, and walked away. I came back to add my finishing touches. Some gold…. I feel all my mixed media projects need gold or something related to it….well not my art journal pages.
I also recorded this in a different way. I decided to get a canvas blanket, roll it out, put my yoga mat under it, and created. This video is gonna be a bit of an odd one. I got up so many times. It’s easier to be at my desk creating versus being 3 feet away and unprepared. 🤣