I am very excited to share my first project for the Roben-Marie Smith Design Team 2018. I am in love with Roben-Marie’s Art Pops collections. They are so vibrant and colorful. I decided to create a doll using Roben-Marie’s cards, stickers and stamps. She was really fun and turned out so darn cute. I invite you to watch the step by step process video. Just follow the link I give above or below this post to Roben-Marie’s blog where you can find all the information you need to watch the video and make your own mixed media art doll.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A month or two ago a YouTube subscriber asked me if I had a video on making fabric beads. I did not have a video about it because I had never made any paper or fabric beads before. She asked if I would mind showing my take on making fabric beads and I said I would. When I had some time, I sat down and started making some fabric beads using scraps from my scrap bin. I found it relaxing and fun to do. Once I had a few beads made I then made some charms with them. They are so cute. So, there is now a video on how I make my fabric beads and next week I will share how I made my charms. A link to the beads video is below. Use up some of your scraps and make some pretty beads. It’s fun. 🙂
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.
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