Mini Art Journals

It’s been a long time since I’ve shared about my mini journals, mostly because it’s been a long time since I’ve “worked” in them. I stopped writing in my art journals because sharing my journaling was leaving me feeling a bit over exposed. So I came up with this little gem.

It’s filled with freebies and inexpensive “$1 Bin” journals. The card at the left is a postcard covered in contact paper that I use to place between the pages to have something sturdy to write on.

Here’s a nifty trick you may or may not know about, these clips make perfect pen holders!

These little journals are the perfect place to use up those stickers and washi that have become less than inspiring (“in other words what was I thinking?”) but you don’t want to waste good money. I prep my pages ahead of time in the evening in front of a favorite movie. It’s kind of a no-brainer project after a log day.

I’m awful about writing in a straight line, especially if I have something on my mind I really need to get down on paper. So, I put washi in random places on the pages to help guide my pen, and the stickers are just a fun addition.

Just like in a book, a tag is a great way to highlight a thought.

Here’s my little collection, the three in the front are more art journals with a little bit of journaling. I’ve figured to a way to share these with out sharing my journaling,  so I will be writing a post about these later.

This is what I keep my minis in. It’s the perfect size to sit next to my bed if I need to hash out an idea or get something off my mind. I’m still working on the organization of it, I’ll share my progress on that later too.

I hope this inspires you to use up some supplies in an inexpensive, but fun way!

Until next time,

Thank you for popping in,

Have a great day,

~Patty

 

 

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Postcard Swap Tutorial…or not?

Today I thought I would share a short tutorial on how I made my postcards for the iHanna DIY-postcardswap, but it seems I had a few technical difficulties, i.e.: I accidentally deleted the photos…DOH!

Luckily, I didn’t delete all of the photos so I can give you a quick run down.

 I started out with some painted backgrounds, then adhered various botanical napkins, easy peasy. Some of the painted backgrounds were pretty ghastly, but the botanicals fixed that and actually made them quite interesting.

Then I embellished with the usual suspects: die cuts, postage stamps, washi tape, and chipboard letters (someday I’ll run out of these) Those butterflies at the top left were printed on Avery #8665 clear 8 1/2″x11″ shipping label paper. I purchased them from the Illustrated Faith Print & Pray shop. Follow the link, they are still available.

I just arranged the pieces in little clusters, then went around them with a #6B pencil, rounded the corners, and applied a layer of satin varnish to seal them and pop the color.

That’s about it for today. I’ve been staying super busy filling up my shoppe with Fall journal decor, Christmas journals, and ephemera packs, follow this link and have a look around. If you see something you like, use the coupon code CUSTOMERLOVE20 to receive 20% off your order.

As always, thanks for stopping by,

Have a wonderful week,

~Patty

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Page Spread of Lost Souls

Once in a while, I like to challenge myself to see what I can come up with using the funkiest of ephemera.

I have quite a few plastic photo keepers full of random images that I pull from to fill pages, some of them hover over the recycle bin once in a while, but get a last minute reprieve, and put away for another day. The other day I decided to give some them a chance…with a few fun additions.

The photo at the top right is some wall art I photographed 7 or 8 years ago, I  don’t know why I just couldn’t toss it, maybe because we were on vacation and it just wasn’t photo album material

To me, the challenge is to make random pieces fit together some how. I’m not sure I accomplished this, but I had a lot of fun trying.

So, if you’re like me, and you just can’t bring yourself to throw away your funky bits and pieces, try putting them on one page and see what happens!

See you soon,

Have a great day,

~Patty

(p.s. I’m hoping to write shorter blog posts more often, hope this fits the bill)

Taking a Breather

I made it on the other side of a huge goal! I’ve always wanted to get my Holiday shoppe makings finished well before the Holidays, as opposed to during, and I’ve done it!

I could stay busy till I drop with what needs to be done outside of making things for my shoppe, but I decided to push through and get it done. If you want to see what I’ve been up to, hit this link. I have a few more ideas I’d like to work on, but I’d really rather relax and have a little fun……case in point.

How cute is this? It’s a gift to me for a job well done! I’ve tried making nature themed journals in the past, but they always seemed to fizzle out, I’m hoping this one will stay the course. Actually, art journaling in general has fizzled out as of late, hopefully that’s behind me.

This page looks a bit “Spring-y”, with a little fall thrown in, but it ticks all the boxes: flowers, birds, washi…insect?

I found an old paper pad where I had jotted down some quotes quite a few years ago and decided it was time to give them a home. Another piece of flotsam put to use.

This page has been hanging on my wall waiting for a home for too long! I may color it in with pencil, but I love it just how it is. Again: mouse, bee, mushroom…sweet!

This is an example of some of the ephemera packs I made for my shoppe, I call them “Flora and Fauna”.

If you decide to visit my shoppe, and find a few things you can’t live without, be sure to use the coupon code CUSTOMERLOVE20 to receive 20% off your order.

Here is my latest page, I pulled a junk journal insert out of my shoppe. I think I may have to make more of these, they’re super fun!

It’s rather strange how relaxed I feel right now, it was totally worth all the hard work, and my studio is that much more organized too!

As per usual, I feel pretty guilty ignoring this old blog, and my Youtube channel, but there is only so much time in the day.

I signed up for the iHanna postcard swap again, so I need to get started on those now, I’ll be sure to take process photos to share.

If you’d be interested in receiving one, sight unseen, just post a comment and email your address to me by November 1st and I’ll get one out to you, international addresses included, (my email is at the top right).

Until next time,

Thanks for the visit,

Have a great week,

~Patty

 

 

About My Newest Adventure…

The last couple of months have been quite a rollercoaster ride with family challenges. But now I’m happy to say we’re on the other side of it all, and moving forward!

Well, at least that’s my intent!

Case in point: Dog on the left-1000 mph, dog on the right-5 mph, toddler in the lead-whatever direction or speed strikes his fancy. This has been my life lately! I don’t see things changing much in the future, I just see it with new eyes and a grateful heart.

I will be spending a lot more time on the other side of the mountains helping my daughter take care of this lil guy while she works, gets her education, and takes care of her new home.

Maintaining what I have re-established i.e.; my shoppe, this blog, and art journaling, from two bases of operation may get a bit tricky at times, but I’ll give it my best shot.

Before I took off to help her move in to her new home, I created a few pages to share on IG. Well actually, I got too busy to even do much of that.

Although, I did share this one, I didn’t say much about it. Cutting out images and giving them a new background is one of my favorite techniques. Polka dots and colorful birds, love it!

 This is a journal I pulled out of my shoppe because the original book pages were just to fragile to work with, I’ve had to do that with several of my journals.

I strengthened this page with a layer of gesso, paint scrapes, and washi sheets I picked up at Michaels a few years ago, also some skinny washi down the spine. I decorated with washi tape, a doily, and images. There is definitely room to journal, so I may go back and do that later. This is an image I pulled from a journal I took apart. I won’t go into the type of journal, just that it wasn’t my style. Waste not, want not I say.

A cute little piece that was floating around the studio.

More randomness that needed a home.

I have so much to catch up on because of being away for a week, but I hope to find time to work on my journals too.

I worked on some newness for the shoppe before I left, and I’ll share some of that soon.

Until then,

Have a great weekend,

Thank you for stopping by,

~Patty

 

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