Art Journaling, DIY, embellishments, mixed media, repurpose, Scrapbooking, using scraps, Video

Documenting my quarantine experience through Junk Journaling

This video/post is a little different than my usual videos.

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I wanted to share a junk journal I created during my quarantine.

Here I will talk a bit about the creative work and progress, in addition to my thoughts and feelings as I created.

Making the Journal:

I used mostly collaging (my little scrap papers) throughout the journal. It started as a blank graph notebook. I had to remove many of the pages since it comes with 100 sheets and I certainly did not need that many! I will use the sheets I removed for other projects.

It had very flimsy pages so I opted with collaging to add heft and structure to the pages. The initial pages are somewhat scattered and disorganized (more details below) but I used bits and pieces of scraps and incoming happymail and cards from swaps. Other elements I used were drawings and doodles from my kids.

For adhesive I used plane ‘ol Elmers liquid and stick glue. I was not necessarily thinking “longevity” when making this. It was more so a therapeutic practice at the end of each day. I also did not document in chronological order. I spent some evenings just making backgrounds and others going back and adding pictures and elements and journaling.

The various cutouts and printouts were obtained via a link I got from the IG of @TraciMReed and it included a bunch of free files created and shared by very talented and generous crafters/artists. Below is the link for the files. Please visit link for full list of creators.

Free COVID-19 Scrapbooking Printables via @Tracimreeds on Instagram

 

Thought Process:

Times are different right now for us all. Things feel surreal, almost like someone else’s story and we are just trying to get through the pages as quickly as we can. At least this is what it has felt like for me. I have been with my boys and I have been thinking a lot about how often I probably take them for granted. Like, they are here, and I get to see them grow up, except that isn’t really true, because tomorrow is never promised. I am immensely lucky and privileged to have them in my life and have spent more time thinking of the “future” than of the right now, than I’d like to admit.

This time of uncertainty, of trying not to panic and keep my family safe, has been very reflective of living in the “Now” and that is what I have tried to document in this journal.

The first few pages in the journal seem messy, jumbled and disorganized. This is exactly how I felt when starting this project. I found myself going back to add, adjust, redo and finally I realized this was just me trying to “change” how I was feeling so I stopped going back and began to move forward.

As you go though the book, each page becomes more organized, with better color schemes and improved layouts. Again, this is reflective of my emotions and thought process.

By the end of the journal, it seems to “fizzle” but it was more that I had satisfied my need to express my emotions and feelings in this journal and I was ready to move on and let go.

I am quite happy with how it turned out and I plan to begin a new one based on this continued experience.

I hope that sharing this project and my thought process can remind other creatives (and anyone really) that sometimes in uncertainty and fear we can find opportunities to reflect on how we feel, why we feel this way, acknowledge where we are emotionally and seek some resolve, some peace and calm.

I wish you all health and comfort throughout these rough times and beyond.

XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, mixed media, stamping, Video

Non-Traditional Christmas Cards

Hi all! Today I wanted to share ideas for non-traditional Christmas cards. We can always try new ways to use old supplies for differing holidays and occasions. It can be fun to play with non-traditional ideas to represent traditional things.

Here I use dimensional mixed media panels to inspire the creation of these atypical, grungy type of Christmas cards.  These panels were made using a gel printing technique and layered with stenciling, spritzes and white splatters.

They all have a similar layout. I blended Distress Oxide ink over my stamped images to create a soft colored look. I also diecut silver glitter paper to put behind the stamped image to provide more contrast. To add an accent the cards, I adhered a 1″ strip of vellum topped with a snowflake strip, punched out of a Martha Stewart punch. And finally, I wrapped and tied a black and white twine over the layered strip.

For the full process on techniques used in making these cards (except for the mixed media panels) please check out the YouTube video here.

Below is a supplies list for available items I used in this project:

Kraft Cardstock

Non-Stick Scissors

Paper Trimmer 12″

Guillotine cutter

Foam Tape

Judikins Diamond Glaze

Scallop circle die

Black and white twine

Silver permanent marker

Black permanent Marker

Paper Artsy stamps

White Gelly Roll Pen

Maps, Text & Ledger pad (similar)

Xyron Mega runner

Versafine Black Onyx ink pad

Acrylic block

Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry

Distress Oxide Salty Ocean

Blending tool

Silver glitter snowflake embossed paper

Double sided tape

Kraft paper (similar)

Martha Stewart Crafts Deep Double Edge Punch, Snowflake

Vellum paper

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DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Throwback Thursday – Vintage cards and Alcohol Inks

Hello crafty friends!

It’s TBT AKA Li’l Friday!

For this throwback Thursday post I decided to go vintage. I also really wanted to use my alcohol inks which I have not shown love to in a while!

In the video for today I go through a few techniques I like to use with alcohol inks. I am by no means an expert! I have played around with these inks and learned from other crafters to better understand the dynamics of this medium. There are also many more techniques that can be applied to the use of alcohol inks other than what I have done here.

I have seen the use of gelli plates for transferring alcohol inks. I don’t have a gelli plate so I created my own transferrable palette using a piece of cardboard covered with cling wrap and coated with antibacterial gel.

For the blending tool I have felt pads. However, any felt will do. The best paper for alcohol inks is Yupo paper which I also do not have so I used glossy cardstock and that works just fine.

After playing with several techniques I use two of my backgrounds to create vintage cards with a Mother’s Day theme.

SUPPLIES (for the cards only):

Paper:

  • Glossy cardstock – Stampland
  • Precut patterned blank A2 card – Recollections
  • Sand color cardstock – Recollections
  • doilies – my stash
  • tags – my stash
  • Pattern scrap paper
  • Vintage image ATCs – Memories in the Making: ATC Collection Quotes by mom

Color:

  • Adirondack Alcohol ink by Tim Holtz in Caramel and Stream
  • Adirondack Alcohol blending solution by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Ink by Tim Holtz in Old Paper

Tools:

  • Cardboard
  • Cling wrap
  • Scotch tape
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • EK Success precision scissors
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Brayer – Speedball
  • Blending tool  – Tim Holtz
  • Scalloped Edging scissors – my stash
  • Corner rounder – my stash
  • Scrap twine
  • Bone folder
  • ScorTape
  • Foam Tape
  • TomBow glue
  • Glue dots
  • Enamel dots – Recollections