Thursday, May 21, 2015

Art Journal Love

Among my many adVENTURES is art journaling.  I must confess, however that I don't spend as much time as I would like doing it.  I found some inspiration from a fellow art journaler to alter and repurpose the book below as a canvas of sorts for art journaling.  While I started the project with zeal, I have not kept up with the journey.  I do, though, like the idea of using this book because it provides such an ample amount of space to just spread a lot of journal love.  So with inspiration at my fingertips, my goal is to continue and complete this art journal adventure.





Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Color Flow for Low Mojo

Lately, when it comes to inspiration the struggle has been REAL.  I am not sure if it is in the air, the water or what.  But my creativity game has not been where I need it to be.  In order to remedy this I have been scanning some of my photography, hoping that something in the images will spark something.
  

Here is a photo that I took while visiting a local arboretum.  I love how rich the color is on such tiny flowers.  Almost like they know that this may be their only moment to shine, because once all of the larger flowers grow they may not receive as much attention.

I pulled a color palette from the picture in hopes of creating a paper project (scrapbook layout, card, mini-album) using these colors as inspiration.  Wish me luck!  

What would you create using these colors?  What do you do when your mojo is low?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

It's Bokeh Time...Stamping Style

Are you wondering what exactly is Bokeh and how it applies to stamping? In the photography world Bokeh is the visual quality of the out of focus areas of photographic image.

This same look can be applied using your stamping products. If you haven't tried this technique follow my picture tutorial and make some beautiful cards.

In the photography world here is an example of Bokeh.....


Here is the card I made using the Bokeh technique


 With this technique I used inks, card stock and a piece of acetate in which I cute 4 different size circles using my circle punch. 

 I started off with a piece of White Daisy card stock. I inked up my sponge in CTMH pear ink. 

 I randomly made circular motions on the card stock leaving some white space for my second color. 

 I used the same circular motion using CTMH Pixie ink covering the white space. I also went over some of the Pear ink which gave it a third color. I noticed a little white space so I went back and filled that in with the pear ink. 

 Once my card stock was covered I grabbed my CTMH White Daisy pigment ink and the template I made earlier. 

 I placed the template on the card stock and inked up the circles with the white pigment ink. No rhyme or reason just covering areas with the different sized circles to give it the Bokeh look. You can even have a few of the circle attach to one another. 

 When I was done I took my sponge dauber and made a few random prominent daubes which really made some of the smaller circles stand out. 

 This was my finished card stock mat. Now all you have to do is embellish as you see fit. Below are a few more cards using this technique....

 This card I masked off a portion of the left side of the card stock leaving some white space. I used CTMH Rainy Day stamp set. I colored the image with Copics. 

 I used a die to cut out the sentiment and the camera. The camera was perfect considering we are taking about Boken...Say Cheese!! 

 I masked off the top and bottom of this card mat. I stamped the sentiment using the CTMH Happy To Be Friends stamp set. 

This one I added a few more embellishments to jazz it up. The stamp set is CTMH You're The Bomb. 

I can't wait to see what you create using the Bokeh technique!! 

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there :-)
~Shalana

Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

My mother looks forward to my crafty gifts on Mother’s Day.  This year I altered a chalkboard for her kitchen.  Mama Minnie is old school and believes in cooking a Soul Food Sunday dinner at her home regardless of Mother’s Day or any special holiday.  I picked up this chalkboard from Michael’s and added d├ęcor to compliment her kitchen. My mother is a decorator so I had to make it pretty and add some lace at the top.


Here’s a close up of the bottom. The items are all from my stash.  Chef Phoebe digital image by Robert Jackson was added. She is whipping up the batter for some hot water cornbread!  Although my mother does not wear that attire, I thought she was too adorable and added the perfect sentiment from Basic Grey.


Here’s a close up of the top.  Finally used the Jolee silverware and tied it to some twine to hang.  Then I found the stickers to add another perfect sentiment for the top.  She can add her menu to the front or back.  

Well it’s time to wrap it in a box for delivery.  Did you make your mother something crafty?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Scrapping My Stash - Pocket Page Style

Just when I thought I was getting into a routine with working full-time while the kiddos were in school, LIFE happened again.  I am suddenly, unexpectedly homeschooling two of my kids and find myself with less time to do traditional layouts.  I've been wanting to start "Project Life" style layouts and National Scrapbooking Day gave me the perfect reason to start.

Every May I donate a card-making party to charity.  This year, the party fell on National Scrapbooking Day, so I decided to document our photos from the last party to show them.   I create 3 cards as templates for the ladies and they always add their own personality to them. The girls had a great time, stamping, inking, and die-cutting.

 I really like being to able add dimensional embellies to these pockets.


You really don't have to buy the pocket pages supplies; you can use what you have on hand.  I took a bunch of journaling cards and cut them down to size, and layered them with scrapbook paper, and a scalloped edge envelope.  With only 30 minutes start to finish (printing and cutting photos and pulling out supplies) I think I can get do some serious memory-keeping done with this method, look out!

Materials used:
Journaling Cards: Mambo card-making kit
Wood Veneer Embellishments: Recollections
Washi Tape: Recollections

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, Kimberly


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Fabulous Mom

Hi!
Its Fabulous Mom Month.  Welcome to Spring and the month of Mom.  I created this layout to highlight a special day for me that was made even more special by my mom.  This Layout is  simply titled Fabulous Mom.

Lets gather our supplies to make this layout speedy.


Create your base layer.  I knew I wanted a white base and a few layers to add pops of color. These colors reminds me so much of spring!  The base layers and I slipped in a large doily.


Once the base layers are down add your photo and embellish away!


I don' t have many pictures of my mom , trust me I am working on it though.  Don't be afraid to you ANY pictures you have these are YOUR memories.


If you can remember try and Always the date.  You won't always remember.  No its not the most attractive element but you can add it on top of an element like I did her.  Also you can add it the back of you layout as well.

Use those stamps they are not just for cards!

When it comes to titles you can be as creative as you want.  Here I use a Heidi Swapp acrylic title and thickers.


Last but not least journal,journal...did I say journal.  A picture is totally worth a 1000 words and they are worth notating.

Take this month and acknowledge your mom, Step Mom, the office mom, anyone who plays the Mom in your life.
Toodles!
Emonie


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Two Sides of the Same Coin



It’s almost May and with the better (warmer!) weather, I’m in the mood to scrap! 

Today, I’m sharing something I don’t think I’ve ever done.  I used two pieces of the same paper – one placed on top of the other – to create my background for my layout.   

The top piece has circle cut-outs to highlight the paper underneath – which is a second sheet showing the reverse side of the piece on top.   

Maybe some pictures will make that a little clearer --- LOL!







Love your life, love your latte by Moanica Caston.  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Prima, Crate Paper; Wood veneer pieces, 3-d sticker, jewels: Prima; Yellow pearl sunburst: My Mind’s Eye; Letter alphas: American Crafts, Studio Calico, PDQ

The 3-D sticker was my inspiration for the title and the jewels placed around the page just make me smile.  And the best part of my over-buying?  I still have a third sheet of this paper left for another project -- I need shopping therapy!

Happy crafting,
Moanica

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