Index Art Card Bag Book

Index Card Bag Journals

Not long ago I made some little journals from paper bags and called them “Rag Tag Bag’s”. I made these journals from bags that are smaller than the ones you see in the photos on this blog post.  I had said that I would be using the larger bags to create index card journals as they are the perfect size for the larger index cards.  So that is what I did and you can see the photos below as well as a link to the video showing you the process of how I made one of them.  I loved making these bag journals. They are so fun and easy to make and you can make them in any style you like.  Referencing the photo above, I made the journal on the left using Tim Holtz Apothecary Bottles die. I chose this die because I wanted to use some flowers I had dried that were given to me for Mothers Day and I thought they would look cute with the die.  The second journal in the photo is an art card journal.  There are six index cards all made with scrapbook paper, scraps, drop paper and Gelatos.  This is the one I created on video.  I plan to make more journals using paper bags, at least until I am sick of paper bags. lol

Laurie

Dried Flowers From Mothers Day
Dried Flower Index Card Journal
Dried Flower Index Card Journal
Dried Flower Index Card Journal
Dried Flower Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal
Art Index Card Journal

 

 

“Reach For It” Art Journal Page

“Reach For It” Art Journal Page

After playing in my Dylusions art journal the other day I decided to make another art journal page the next day because I enjoyed playing in the journal so much the day before.  I didn’t have a plan just like the previous day and I seem to have more fun that way. I wanted to use up more of my “stuff” so I decided on the journal paper on the left side of the page, some washi tape and a bunch of paper die cut flowers I have had in a box for some time.  By the way, that box does not dwindle. It’s still as full as ever.  What is up with that? lol  Then, I set about just playing and I like what I wound up with.  I need to make an effort to journal in my art journals at least once a week.  🙂

Laurie

“Reach For It” Art Journal Page
“Reach For It” Art Journal Page

 

Fun Fabric Strip Flowers

Fun Fabric Strip Flowers

I have a couple of drawers full of flowers I use in my creations.  I have gone through those drawers and using up the flowers pretty fast. I am close to being able to move all the flowers into one draw.  I have learned over the years what I do and don’t like so in the future I will be more selective when I buy flowers.  Then, you have to account for taste changes.  What I once liked could be something I don’t like after having it in a drawer for 20 years. No more of that.  That stuff has to go.  So, I took some odd flowers I had and added my strips of fabric to them to make them flowers I like and will use.  There is a video on you YouTube channel if you would like to see the process of how I made them.  It was fun to use up old stuff and create something ‘new’ that won’t go to waste. 🙂

Laurie

Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers
Fun Fabric Strip Flowers

 

 

 

 

“Happy Flower Girl” Prim Play Art Journal Page

“Happy Flower Girl” Art Journal Page

I was in the mood to do some playful art journaling so I grabbed up my larger, and sorely neglected, Dylusions art journal and started slapping down some paint without a plan other than just have some fun.  After a while I started seeing some sections of the pages that looked like a flower and hair so I started building on those areas.  That is how this playful, prim looking girl showed up.  I call her “Happy Flower Girl” for a reason but it’s a little personal so I’ll leave her story to your imagination. I think I have more fun when I have no plan and don’t care what the outcome is so I need to stop hiding from my journal and use it more often than I do.  Have fun playing in your art journals. 🙂

Laurie

“Happy Flower Girl” Art Journal Page

“Friendly Flowers” May Calendar Page Using 2016 Calendar For Inspiration

“Friendly Flowers” May Calendar Page

Each month I create a journal page in my calendar for the previous year using the art in the calendar as inspiration for my page.  May’s calendar page is called “Friendly Flowers”. I used a piece of paper bag from my “Junk Your Stuff” project that had the words “friendly flowers” on it because I thought it was so cute.  I really enjoy working in my calendar each month and as the year goes by I mark in the new current calendar so that when the year is over I can start creating in it for the following year.  Here are photos of the May calendar page and a link to the video.  I hope you feel inspired to do something creative. 🙂

“Friendly Flowers” May Calendar Page
“Friendly Flowers” May Calendar Page

 

 

 

Creating Pages In My “Junk Your Stuff” Junk Journals From Paper Bags

My Personal Junk Your Stuff Journals

I decided to create a Part III video to the “Junk Your Stuff” Junk Journal From Paper Bags project. I wanted you to see how I work in my journal and hopefully give you some ideas and inspiration for working in yours journals.  I also mentioned in one of my videos how the “Pockets and Posies” pockets would look great in these journals.  I made one and love it. There will be photos of it below.  Here are some photos of the pages I created in my junk journal as well as a link to the video showing you how I created it. I hope you feel inspired.

Junk Your Stuff Journal Page
Junk Your Stuff Journal Page
Junk Your Stuff Journal Pages
Junk Your Stuff Journal Pages
Junk Your Stuff Envelope Journal From Paper Bag
Junk Your Stuff Envelope Journal From Paper Bag (Inside)
My Personal Junk Your Stuff Journals

“Junk Your Stuff” – Junk Journals From Paper Bags

Junk Your Stuff – Paper Bag Junk Journals

A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out a cabinet in my kitchen where I keep plastic and paper bags. When I saw the stack of paper bags (see above photo) I had kept from grocery shopping trips I thought, hmmm, I don’t need all these bags so I will throw them away.  At the time I was saving them I was thinking I really wanted to make something artsy with them but the stack kept growing and nothing artsy was being made.  So, I grabbed the entire stack and set them on the counter to be tossed out when I was done.  When I was finished with the cabinet cleaning, I walked over to the paper bags and picked them up to carry out to the trash can.  But I hesitated. The crinkly sound the bags made and the feel of the paper was sooooo appealing. lol  I thought, ok, I need to make something with these bags. But I made myself a deal. I could keep the bags as long as I actually used them to make something. If I didn’t start using them that week they were going in the trash. So, I took them up to my art studio to await their fate. lol  The very next day I started making my Junk Your Stuff journals.  I worked my way through each and every paper bag.  Then, I went through my drawers and storage containers and pulled out all kinds of stuff I have been wanting to use up to decorate them.  I have to say I am very pleased that I used all of the bags and I love how they turned out.  I hope you enjoy the photos below and there is also a link to the video where I show you how I made them.  Now, go Junk Your Stuff! 🙂

Laurie

Junk Your Stuff – Junk Journals From Paper Bags
Junk Your Stuff – Junk Journals From Paper Bags
Junk Your Stuff – Junk Journals From Paper Bags

“Junk Your Stuff” Intro – Junk Journals From Paper Bags Part I

“Junk Your Stuff” Intro – Junk Journals From Paper Bags Part II

Pockets And Posies – Two Pockets From One 12 x 12 Paper

Pockets And Posies

I am trying to use up a pad of scrapbook paper, which by the way will take me 50 years lol, so one day I sat at my desk and played with a sheet of paper until I came up with a pocket that I liked.  I was able to make two pockets from one 12 x 12 sheet of paper.  I randomly machine stitched fabric scraps on some of the pockets and paper scraps on the other pockets.  Then I added some fabric flowers I made a long time ago.  They are really easy to make and super cute.  Check out the photos and there is also a video showing you how I made them.

Pockets And Posies
Pockets And Posies
Pockets And Posies
Pockets And Posies

Rag Tag Bag – Yeah, baby! Yeah!

Rag Tag Bag – Inspiration/Quote/Art Book

I’ve been talking about my paper bag project in the last few videos I have put up on You Tube.  So I must be on a paper bag kick because the other day we went to the grocery store and we bought some Ginger Beer, a non alcoholic beverage, that is awesome and has “ginger bite” to it but that is beside the point.  We have started asking the person bagging our groceries to wrapped the bottles individually because for some reason they want to put the bottles in a plastic bag all together unprotected, but that’s another story. lol Anyway, now they put each bottle into a small paper bag.  Of course I kept them and could imagine all sorts of cute projects.  I wasn’t about to let them sit around too long so I sat down the other day and made some little journals that can be used for inspiration, words, quotes, photos or anything you like.  There isn’t much room for growth with this design so keeping it simple is best and they turn out so cute.  So how did they get their name you ask?  Well, “Rag” represents the fabric I use. “Tag” is because I used tags on each page.  And, “Bag” is because, well, it’s a bag. lol  Check out the photos below and if you would like to know how I made them hop over to YouTube and check out the video.

Rag Tag Bag – Inspiration/Quote/Art Book
Rag Tag Bag – Inspiration/Quote/Art Book
Rag Tag Bag – Inspiration/Quote/Art Book
Rag Tag Bag – Inspiration/Quote/Art Book
Rag Tag Bag – Inspiration/Quote/Art Book

 

 

Let’s Visit The Flower Pot

The Flower Pot

I have a scrap journal where I use up a lot of my paper scraps by creating journal pages with them.  I take leftover scraps and glue them to a blank page.  Then, I use the designs in the scraps to create a page or I paint in areas of the scraps or I just get inspired along the way and an idea comes to my mind and a page evolves.  The other day I had some extra scraps and I was in the mood to create in my scrap journal.  After glueing down all the scraps I was inspired by all the tiny flower cuts in the paper so I used up some leftover paper flowers I had cut from one of my dies a long time ago for another project and away we went.   I really like how this page turned out. I hope you do too.

The Flower Pot
The Flower Pot