If you saw my video where I created the first “Junk Your Stuff” journal (you can see that video here) then you will know that I had a lot of leftover paper from the paper pad I used. I was determined to use up that paper so I set about making another journal and I call this one “Junk Your Stuff Journal 2”. Other than three or four sheets of the paper that I kept aside, I used up the rest of the paper pad. Yay!!! In this journal I also used up a bunch of fabric scraps, embellishments, ribbons and odd and end things I have had a while. I bound the journal with rings so it would expand easily and each page has three holes with large eyelets for stability. Each page of the journal is a 12 x 12 sheet of paper folded in half. Then, I stitched paper strips, tags, fabric strips and other things on each page. I just kept building layers and each page is different. I love this journal, it’s so chunky and fun. I don’t think of this journal as complete because I can keep adding to it. I haven’t decided what to actually use the journal for but I’ll think of something.
With Easter right around the corner I have had bunnies on my mind. Probably not a shock right? lol About two years ago I bought a bunny garland from Target (photo below) with the intention to take apart the garland and make something with it. As with most of my good intentions the garland wound up in a drawer. I decided this was going to be the year that I actually did something with that garland so, today, I took apart the garland and started playing. I created two canvases which I think are super cute and I have three more bunnies I will make something with in the next few days.
They are super easy to make and you don’t have to have a garland to make one. Just find an image of a bunny that you like, the size you like and print it out. From the image you can make a cardboard or card-stock bunny, decorate it, then use it on your canvas. One of my canvases is burlap and all I did was distress the edges with Walnut Stain by Ranger. The other canvas I used a piece of drop paper and glued it to the canvas. Then I added paint, some stamping (stamps are from Roben-Marie Smith), markings and some rub-ons until I was happy. Then I added my bunnies and some flowers and embellishments. I really love how they turned out.
These would make cute gifts no mater what time of year it is. I plan on hanging mine in my art studio year round and just enjoy looking at them. I hope you will give it a go.
I started my very first challenge March 1st. I have never committed to a 30 day challenge so this is a first for me. So far I have met the daily prompts but we are only on day 6. lol If you are interested in seeing the daily prompts I am posting just follow me on Instagram here.
Also, for the past few weeks I have posted Art Journal Snippets and Art Studio Snippets on Instagram. These snippets are just sections of an art journal page that I like. I may or may not like the entire page but there is always a section of the page that catches my eye. The art studio snippets are small areas of my art studio that I enjoy. I have shared a few snippets of how I like to store some of my tags in an old Singer sewing machine drawer, how I keep art cards on a piece of home decor hanging on my door, how I store extra paint and glue in a vintage kitchen cupboard as well as other things. I also filmed a video of the perfect example of an art journal page that totally went south but in the end I found snippets I loved. I have edited that video but honestly, I don’t think it’s going to make it to YouTube. I just can’t seem to get it edited to my liking. But, at some point I’ll share a photo of the journal page and some snippets of it that I really like. As for today, I’ll share some of the snippets I have shared on Instagram on my blog. I’ll be posting more snippets on Instagram over the next few weeks. I hope to see you there.
This past December I wanted to make some ornaments for my tree. While I love the look of typical Christmas ornaments and colors I found myself pulling out all sorts of colors to make my ornaments. I had just finished making some bracelets with wire and beads, you can see those in the previous blog post, so I kept with that line of thinking to make my ornaments. I made circles with wire leaving a tiny hooked area at the top of hanging, wrapped the wires with fabrics and fibers then wrapped the wire with more wire strung with beads. To finish off the ornaments I tied strips of ribbon all around the ornament and added ribbon at the top in the hook for hanging. I really love how these turned out. So much so that they never made it on to my tree. I hung them in a cluster in my art studio so I can see them every time I am creating. Maybe next Christmas I’ll be ready to use them on my tree. Until then, I get to enjoy them all year-long.
Thank you for stopping by. It’s always nice to see you. I hope you enjoy the photos below.
I rarely make jewelry but when I was making my beaded charms last year I thought I would make a few bracelets just for fun. I made two bracelets using wire to make my bracelet shape. I took some wire, any gauge you like is fine as long as you can bend it easily, and formed a circle the size I would need to slip over my wrist. Then I made it a tiny bit bigger to account for wrapping various items around the wire. Once I got the size I wanted I looped the wire ends together and wrapped them around each other. Then I wrapped the wire with fabric and glued it at the end to finish it off. Then I wrapped fibers, trims and twine around the bracelet adding a bee charm to one of them. I tied the ends off to secure the trims. Then, I made a third bracelet simply by stringing some wood beads on a piece of monofilament I cut to the size I needed for my bracelet. I finished that one off with a jewelry clasp. Lastly, I made a fourth bracelet using garment pins. I just added some tiny beads to each garment pin and then hooked them together. I left one garment pin empty of beads to use for the closure. I love that they are so basic and simple. I probably broke a lot of “jewelry making” rules since I was just “winging it” but I’m ok with that. 🙂
Happy Valentines Day! It seemed like the perfect day to share this heart I made. I took some wire and formed a heart shape then wrapped it with fabric, and fibers. I also strung some tiny beads on some thin wire and wrapped that around the heart too. I added a large red wood bead at the inner tip of the heart and added a strip of fabric at the top to hang the heart by. Super easy and fun. I hope you all have a wonderful day today.
Happy February. 🙂 Here is another one of those projects I worked on a few months ago where I used a lot of my paper scraps and fibers from other projects. First, I covered a 5 1/4 x 10 1/2 inch tag by Ranger with scrapbook paper. Then, I gathered up some fabric, fiber and paper scraps and a few odd die cuts I had on my desk and started layering. When I was happy with how the tag looked I cut the word “Bird’s-Eye” from my dictionary and added it where the eye of the bird would go. I also cut out the definition of the word “Birds-Eye” and glued it above the bird. At the bottom I used two metal embellishments I had on my desk too. It was simple and fast to make and it helped me use up some more of my scraps. Creating can be fun, fast and easy. I encourage you to use simple pieces at your fingertips and create a cute, funky tag or journal page with them.
About a week ago I introduced Oscar to you in a video. I wanted to create a post for him here for those that prefer to follow the blog. Oscar is a Miniature Australian Shepherd. He was born into a “Toy” liter but based on his size we believe he will be a Miniature. We’ll see as he grows up. It doesn’t matter to me. All that matters to me is he is happy, safe, healthy and loved. Oscar is learning a lot of new things very quickly. At the time of this post he is almost 12 weeks old. I am learning too. Like today, I learned he does not like the sound of the VitaMix as I make peanut butter. He’s so cute. He fills my heart with joy and my hands and arms with punctures from his playfulness. I know this stage won’t last forever but for now, I’m the best toy in the house as far as he is concerned.
Can you believe January is almost over!!! All I did was blink and poof, it was gone. lol
I have a little project I worked on last year that I never shared with you guys. I have some rolls of burlap that I really love and I thought I would use some of it to create a little journal. Inside the journal I used up some 12 x 12 scrapbook paper I have had for a while. I just cut the 12 x 12 paper in half making them 12 x 6 pieces. On the outside I used a lot of left over fibers I had in my stash as well as fabric, trim and lace scraps. I used an old button and a piece of twine for the closure and the twine wraps around the journal giving it room to grow a little bit. The tag on the front of the journal is a tag I used to wipe off excess paint from another project. I left it in that ‘unfinished’ state and just glued it to the front of the journal. I really like how that looks. I also added a smaller bit of lace scrap and a button to the tag. I think it’s really cute and I love all of the texture and color it has. It’s amazing what you can do with your scraps and leftover papers. Give it a try.
A few months ago I was sitting in my art room making little pins using up some of my beads from various materials while I listened to classical piano playing on my cd player in combination with my sweet beagle snoring as she slept in her bed near me. I wanted to use up some of the beads I had kept in my bead box for a long time as well as use up some of the fabric beads I made earlier last year. I also wanted to use up some of the hat and floral pins I had on hand. I have two types. One type has a white top on the pin and the other has a green top on the pin. I wasn’t crazy about the green top ones for all the pins I was making so I took some of my Ranger Alcohol Inks and painted the tops different color combinations. I really like how they came out. You can use them on tags, ATC’s, in your journals and any way you can think of. Or, you can do what I do and just display them on a pretty pin cushion just to enjoy looking at until you have a need for them.