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Exciting News!!!

Roben-Marie Smith 2018 Design Team

I am so excited to announce that I am part of the 2018 Design Team for Roben-Marie Smith.  I have had to keep this quiet and bite my tongue for almost 3 months and boy was that hard to do. lol  I am so inspired by Roben-Marie and very excited to be a part of her team next year.  And, I am really looking forward to working with the other wonderful and very talented ladies on the team. Pop over to Roben-Marie’s blog to meet the other team members and share in our excitement. I hope you will join me in this awesome adventure.

See you soon!

Laurie

 

ATC Paper Bag Book

ATC Paper Bag Book

Again with the paper bags?  Yep…again. lol  And trust me there will be more paper bags to come.  This little guy is so cute. It’s a smaller bag and it was the perfect size for ATC’s.  So, this bag turned into a little ATC book.  If you aren’t familiar with what an ATC is it stands for Artist Trading Cards. They are little 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 cards you make to trade with other artist or to just make for fun of it.  If you would like to see how to make this book you can go to the link below and watch the process video.  I didn’t take more photos of the inside pages but you can see them in the video.  Start saving those paper bags. They make such cute projects.

See you next time. 🙂

Laurie

You can watch the video HERE.

ATC Paper Bag Book

Fabric Bead Charms

Fabric Bead Charms

Last week I made my first fabric beads.  You can see those in the previous blog post.  Of course I had to use them in some projects. I made some charms and a key chain.  I just love them.  They can hang anywhere. I plan to hang one on my purse.  I also used one of my beads on a long hat pin.  I forgot to take a photo of it but you can see it in the video and the link for the video is below.  I really enjoyed making these and I just love the way the beads I made and the other beads I used look together. I especially love the fibers on the beads I made.  I have a few other projects I am working on where I used my beads and at some point I will show them in a video and/or on my blog post. Until next time have fun creating!

Laurie

You can watch the video HERE.

Fabric Bead Charms
Fabric Bead Charms
Fabric Bead Charms
Fabric Bead Charms

“Just Play” Art Journal Page

“Just Play” Art Journal Page

I named this art journal page “Just Play” because that is exactly what I wanted to do…play!  I had a few stressful days and just wanted to relax and have some fun.  I used a few paint colors, a charcoal pencil, my sharpie poster paint pen and a few other things and just went to town.  I love to paint in a sketchy, painty way that would to some people seem “messy”.  But, that’s the fun for me and it keeps me from trying to create “perfect”.  I hope you will take some time to play in your art journal and just take a break from the everyday things in life we have to deal with and escape into your own “mess”. 🙂

You can watch the video process here.

Until next time.

Laurie

“Just Play” Art Journal Page
“Just Play” Art Journal Page

 

 

“Forgive” Art Journal Page

I was going through the photos on my computer and moving some of them to a backup hard drive when I came across this art journal page I created some time ago.  I left it on my computer because I like the colors so much and I love how the page turned out.  Also, it’s a tiny reminder to me of why I created this page and how on days I need it most to choose to  forgive and not hold on to anything bothering me. It is a gift I give myself and every time I do it I am free to go on with my day and enjoy the wonderful things it has to offer.  I thought I would share the journal page with you.  I hope you are  having a wonderful day.

Laurie

“Forgive” Art Journal Page

Sometimes You Just Want To Play

Art Journal Play

It’s playtime!!!  Your art journal is your playground.  When I have no idea what I want to create I might open my art journal and just put in some washi tape and a few scraps. Or, I might scribble with a black marker then add some paint color in random places.  It’s just fun to play in your art journal without a plan. It’s very freeing and opens up your mind to all kinds of creative inspiration.  I just wanted to share a few photos of some art journal pages from one of my journals where I was just playing around and having a good time.  Art is fun.  The process of learning is exciting.  Don’t wait until you think you have learned enough to start.  Just jump in and play and let the journey take you where it wants to go.  Just have fun.

Until next time.

Laurie

Art Journal Play
Art Journal Play
Art Journal Play
Art Journal Play

 

Dried Flowers Canvas

Dried Flowers On Canvas

This is the last project where I was able to use some of the beautiful flowers I dried from a mother’s day bouquet from my family. I wanted to use the loose petals that fell from one of the flowers so I added them to the bottom of the canvas as if they came off the single flower on the side of the canvas.  I loved the scrapbook paper I had in my scrap bin so I made a flower-pot to use the other dried flower spray I had left.  I used old book text to make the leaves and I used  old music paper at the top and bottom just because I liked it.  There is a thin umber brown glaze coating on top of the canvas to give it a bit of an aged look.  There is a video showing the process of how I made the canvas. I hope you enjoy.

Laurie

Dried Flowers On Canvas
Dried Flowers On Canvas
Dried Flowers On Canvas

“Bird” June Calendar Page Using 2016 Calendar For Inspiration

“Bird” June Calendar Page

This is the June Calendar Art Journal Page that almost wasn’t. lol  Sometimes things just don’t go very smoothly when you are creating and this was one of those times.  But, its times like this that make me love the pieces that come out the way you want them to even more. And it is times like this help me appreciate the process and learn to look past a “pretty face” and see that the fun is in the journey.  Without the journey of ups and down, good and bad, pretty art and not so pretty art we might miss something important in our learning process.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss a single step in my art journey.  Thank you for joining me on my journey and I hope you are on one of your own.

Laurie

“Bird” June Calendar Page

 

 

Coffee Bag Tags

Coffee Bag Tag

Coffee anyone?  Smells sooooo good even after it’s gone. lol  As I was making this Coffee Bag Tag the smell of coffee was wafting through the air especially when I used my heat gun to do some drying. So you can imagine that I was wanting coffee quite often through the process but I managed to wait until “coffee time” to have some. However, I did not wait to create this tag. It was a lot of fun and I have plans to make more and possibly turn them into a Coffee Bag Tag Book.  Yes, I think I might just do that. 🙂

Laurie

Coffee Bag Tag
Coffee Bag Tag
Coffee Bag Tag
Coffee Bag Tag

 

 

 

 

 

“Information You Can Use” (All Because Of Scraps) Art Journal Page

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

I was in the mood to play in my “All Because Of Scraps” art journal the other day so I gathered up some scraps and glued them down on the page.  Below are step by step photos of the process.  It’s fun, relaxing and a easy way to use up scraps in your scrap bin.  Give it a try.  You  never know what you will get just from using scraps.

Laurie

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

Step 1: Starting with a blank page, I glued down scraps from my scrap bin on the page using a glue stick.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

Step 2 : I glued down some borders I have had in my stash a long time. I cut them into different lengths and glued those on top of the scraps with a glue stick.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

This is what the page looks like after the borders were glued on.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

Step 3: I also had some negative space die cut scraps in my scrap bin so I pulled those out and glued them on top of the borders with a glue stick.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

This is what the page looks like after I glued on the die cut scraps.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

Step 4: I painted around the shapes of the negative space die cuts.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

Step 5:  I used white paint and a floral stencil all over the page.

Step 6: I used blue paint and a floral stencil all over the white stenciling.

Step 7: I used black paint and a letter stencil over the blue stenciling.

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page

Step 8:  I added some words to all of the bottles.

Step 9: I painted a small section with a little bit of white paint so I could add a title.  Then, I added the title “Information You Can Use”. This is just a partial sentence I cut out of a magazine. I thought it was interesting so I added it.

Step 10: With a black Posca pen I outlined the title, the bottles and the words on the bottles. Then I added white dots around the black outline on the bottles using a Sharpie White Poster Paint Pen (water based) marker.

Step 11: I mixed some raw umber and glazing medium together in equal parts and painted it over the entire page. I let it dry just a few seconds then I wiped off the excess with a soft cloth leaving a light stained color on the page.

Step 12: I sealed the page with a light coat of Mod Podge.

That’s it.  I love how it came out. This page would not exist if not for scraps.  But it DOES exist now All Because Of Scraps! 🙂

“Information You Can Use” Art Journal Page