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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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.
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! 🙂
“Junk Your Stuff” Intro – Junk Journals From Paper Bags Part I
“Junk Your Stuff” Intro – Junk Journals From Paper Bags Part II
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.