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

 

 

 

 

Let’s Make A Cute Little Journal From Fabric Scraps

Fabric Scraps Journals

I’m starting to sound repetitive but here I go again with my “use your stuff” mantra. I took a break from my paper bag project to make some cute little journals using up fabric scraps and the rest of scrapbook paper pads.  Did I tell you about the paper bag project?  If not, in short, I am using up all the paper bags that I was keeping under the cabinet in my kitchen because I made a deal with myself that I could only keep them if I used them quickly.  I had planned to throw them away but I just couldn’t.  I love the paper texture and color so I kept the deal with myself and I am working on the paper bags a little each week.  There will be photos and a video soon.  But, moving on to the fabric scraps journal project.  I went through my fabric scraps box and pulled out all kinds of ribbon, lace, trims and fabrics and created cute little journals.  I also managed to finish up the papers in two scrapbook paper pads that I used to make the signatures in the journals.  They are very easy, cute and fun to make. And best of all there is no stress involved in creating them.  Take a look at the photos and watch the video and you’ll see.  Maybe you will be inspired to make one for yourself. 🙂

Laurie

Fabric Scraps Journal 1
Fabric Scraps Journal 2
Fabric Scraps Journal 3
Fabric Scraps Journals
Fabric Scraps Journals

 

 

Stamp It, Draw It, Paint It, Tag It!

Paper, Ink Pads and Stamp

Here I go again saying what I have said for weeks now….I want to use my stuff. lol  I had a small watercolor paper pad with 6 pieces of paper left in it and a half of a manilla folder left over from a earlier project so I set about using them up. I grabbed a tag stamp and several colors of Staz-On ink and got to work. After stamping the tag image on all the paper space I had available I drew some whimsical flowers on each one in pencil then started painting them and cutting them out.  I added some distressing and a thin coat of sealer to each tag.  To finish them up I put pretty trims through the holes of each tag,   I really enjoyed this process and plan to do it again in a little different way so be on the look out for that.  Below are some photos and a video link showing the process of making the tags.  I hope you give it a try.  Have fun.

Laurie

Tags Using Stamp, Paint and Ink Pads
Tags Using Stamp, Paint and Ink Pads
Tags Using Stamp, Paint and Ink Pads
Tags Using Stamp, Paint and Ink Pads

Calendar Journal Pages January through April Using 2016 Calendar For Inspiration

April Calendar Page

If you have followed my YouTube channel for any length of time you will know that I mark in my calendar every time I am in the studio creating. At the end of the year I have 12 pages of calendars full of leftover paint, stencils, stickers or whatever I feel like putting down on the page.  As I start marking in the current years calendar I create a journal page in the previous years calendar for the month that we are currently in using the original artwork of the calendar as the inspiration for my page.  I usually create a video to go with the page but this year I was a little behind so I only created Aprils page on video.  But, I did finish January, February and March.  So, today I am sharing photos of January through April calendar pages. There will also be a link to the video for Aprils page.  These are fun little journal pages and I enjoy doing them each month.  I hope you enjoy seeing them.

Laurie

January 2016 Calendar Page
February 2016 Calendar Page
March 2016 Calendar Page
April 2016 Calendar Page

 

 

 

“Higgy, Iggy & Jinka” – Using Stickers – Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties (Box Art Series H, I & J)

Higgy, Iggy & Jinka Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties (Box Art Series H, I & J)

I really wanted to show you how easy and fun it is to use your stickers to cover the bodies of the “Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties” so I made a video showing you how.  There are actually two videos.  The first one is of “Higgy & Iggy” and is specifically geared toward showing you how to use stickers to cover their bodies. The second one is very similar but I go a little more detailed with decorating the bunny.  I hope you will take some time and look through your stash of supplies and find things you love and put them to good use.  I am finding I love the use of the item much more than having it in a drawer.  See you soon.  🙂

Laurie

Higgy Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series H)
Iggy Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series I)
Jinka Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series J)
Higgy, Iggy & Jinka Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties (Box Art Series H, I & J)

Raid Your Kids Easter Baskets

Use Easter Packaging To Make Something Artsy

If you enjoy mixed media art then you will totally get this. lol Product packaging that you might normally throw in the trash can be used to make some really cute art pieces.  I have a video up giving you some ideas of how you can use the easter packaging from your kids or grandkids Easter baskets.  In the photo above you can see different packages that I kept when I made up some Easter packages for the grandkids.  Below I will show you a photo of something I created using some of the packaging or templates created from the packaging.  It’s a lot of fun and a great way to use up some trash. Give it a try. 🙂  Happy Easter.

Laurie

Mixed Media Bunny Tag Using Easter Candy Packaging
Mixed Media Bunny Tag Using Easter Candy Packaging
Mixed Media Bunny Tag Using Easter Candy Packaging
Mixed Media Bunny Tag Using Easter Candy Packaging

Small Altered Composition Book

Small Altered Composition Book

I have talked a lot about using your scraps and items in your stash and not holding on to them.  So, I have done just that and using my stash in my art.  I recently used a bunch of stickers on some of my mixed media projects but I still have several packages I had pulled out that I wanted to use.  I went rummaging through my drawers and found a small composition book I have had for a while.  I decided to alter it and use up all of those stickers.  I decorated the outside then went through each page and added a sticker to it. lol  I plan to use the book for little notes to myself on things I need to do or ideas I have for creating.  A sticker on each page will just add a little interest as I go through it making my notes.  I will show you a photo of the outside of the book but I did not take any photos of the inside pages.  Just imagine a cute little sticker in the corner or the center or even the top part of the page.  I have to say, it was a lot of fun throwing those stickers in the book with no rhyme or reason. I think I might do that again.  Find some of your old stash and use it up. It’s fun.  🙂

Laurie

Small Altered Composition Book

Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie “Ellie Elephant” (Box Art Series “E”)

Ellie Elephant Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series E)

In the previous post I shared with you my “Teacup/ Coffee Cup Cuties as well as a preparation video showing the types of things you can use to create these cute dolls and characters.  A few days later I created “Ellie Elephant” and showed you the process of how I made her.   She turned out so cute.  Below are photos of “Ellie Elephant” and a link to the video for her.  Maybe you will be inspired to give one a try. 🙂

Laurie

Ellie Elephant Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series E)
Ellie Elephant Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series E)
Ellie Elephant Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie (Box Art Series E)

 

 

I’m a little “Teacup/Coffee Cup Cutie”

Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties

I spent a couple of weeks just playing with my scraps, flowers, laces, trims, stickers and other embellishments that I am trying to use and not continue to “protect” them from being harmed and hiding them away in my storage containers.  lol  I was inspired to create some little characters while cleaning out my “odds and ends” container.  As I pulled out each item deciding whether I wanted to use it or lose I came across my  cone-shaped coffee filters. There are so many things you can do with coffee filters besides make yummy fru fru coffee but on that particular day I saw a dress or skirt and decided to make some dolls out of chipboard using the coffee filter as my inspiration.  I made some teacup/coffee cup girls, bunnies and birds.  They are so cute and so fun to make I wanted to share them with you.  Below I will put a link to the video as well as a FEW photos so you can see a handful of them and hopefully be inspired to make some.  I have also uploaded a “preparation” video where I share with you a few of the things I used to create my little dolls and soon there will be a video sharing how I made them so be on the look out for that too.

I hope you are feeling inspired and creative.

Laurie

Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties

Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties Bunnies

Teacup/Coffee Cup Cuties Birds