Documented Life – Week 50

This week, our weekly Documented Life Project challenge was to pick a fantasy vacation spot and create a packing list. Since I was fortunate enough to have had my main dream vacation fulfilled a few years ago, spending 3 weeks in Italy, with side trips to Germany, Austria & Switzerland, Spain is now at the top of my list.

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I wanted to keep this layout simple so to create the base I rolled Dina Wakley media acrylics in Ruby and Tangerine onto my gelli plate to get an ombre effect and pressed my journal, face down, onto it.

I then pulled a print using the Lace Doily stencil by Kaisercraft onto deli paper and cut out the Spanish couple using my Silhouette Portrait. A little fluid medium adhered everything to my journal and I added my packing list around the edges of the circle.

Thank for looking!

Create Pretty Mail Art Envelopes In Just Minutes

2014-12-07 09.30.01I love mail art happy mail! It’s a beautiful thing to open up your mailbox and find, in a sea of bills and junk mail, a gorgeous work of art sent in the spirit of kindness and generosity.

The thing is, as much as I enjoy sending it, I don’t always have a lot of time. However, late last night inspiration struck as I was pulling prints off my gelli plate!

If you’re like me, you have gelli prints piling up faster than you know what to do with them, because once you get started… well you know how it is!

That being said, I’m always on the lookout for fun and different ways to use my prints.

2014-12-07 09.03.17So last night I grabbed my envelope punch board from We R Memory Keepers, a few gelli prints and cranked out some mail art envelopes in literally just a few minutes.

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If you want to add additional elements to your envelopes you can, but you certainly don’t have to. This is an envelope that I created from a leftover print I pulled for last week’s DLP challenge, “trace a hand”.

2014-12-07 09.06.35Here’s another one made using a print that I pulled a while back using a stencil from Traci Bautista, again no additional stamping, painting or doodling; it’s ready to go as it.

2014-12-07 09.06.54 2014-12-07 09.06.17If you have more time and want to jazz up your envelopes even further, you can. These 2 envelopes were made from prints using stencils from KaiserCraft (red envelope) and a Traci Bautista (orange envelope). On both of these I added additional elements. A few doodles, some stamping using my own hand carved stamps, and even some wonky stitching.

I’m so excited, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner! I’ll definitely be able to get more mail art out now AND keep my stock pile of gelli prints down to manageable levels.

I got my envelope punch board from Amazon, details HERE, but if you don’t have one, you can find an envelope template online and cut your own.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed the post. Wishing all my lovely followers a fantastic, art filled week!

Storage Solution For Cling Mounted Stamps!

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Stamps shown here, From Paperbag Studios and Purple Onion Designs

Although I’m fortunate enough to have a dedicated art studio, I’m always on the look out for ways to maximize my creative space. For me, that means organization and oftentimes organization = containers. Swoon… I LOVE a good container, but they need to be functional. I work to make my creative space as functional as possible so that I have more time to spend creating, rather than sifting through “shtuff” to get to what I need.  So my lovely follower, I’m excited to share this latest storage solution with you! Cling mounted and unmounted stamps are becoming much more commonplace these days, in large part due to their affordability. They also tend to take up less space than their traditional, wood mounted counterpart and they yield a nice clean print. I tend to purchase unmounted stamps in a full sheet, mount them using EZ Mount and cut them apart myself. Although I’ve been doing this for a while now, one of the major drawbacks, at least for me, has been an inability to find a proper storage solution… until now! While sitting in my studio the other day, sifting through a basket of stamps I’d recently mounted, I thought “there Has Got to be a better way to store theses!”. Then I remembered that Stampin Up sells some of their stamps in plastic cases and I figured if I could find a similar case I could use them for storage, so I set about to search Amazon and came across THESE, exactly what I was looking for. They’re basically DVD cases without the hub. 2014-12-04 07.12.36I eagerly gathered up the supplies that I’d need to create this storage solution: paper trimmer, cardstock in whichever color you please and empty DVD storage cases. You’ll also need your cling mounted stamps and some ink, I used StazOn in jet black. 2014-12-04 07.14.18 I cut some white cardstock to size, making sure it fit into the plastic sleeve on the outside of the case.

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Stamps shown here, “Journal Impressions” by Paperbag Studios.

Taking one of my recently purchased stamp sets from Paperbag Studios, that I had previously cling mounted, I stamped the images onto my cut piece of cardstock using StazOn Ink. I’d like to point out that this storage solution is great for most any cling mounted stamp, it’s not limited to self mounted stamps! 2014-12-04 07.17.53 Because my stamps had been mounted on EZ Mount, as shown above, they clung securely onto one side of the case.

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Stamps shown here, “Journal Impressions” by Paperbag Studios.

Lastly, I slid the stamped piece of cardstock into the plastic sleeve on front of the case. This allows me to easily see at a glance which stamps I have in each case. No more sifting through baskets for me… Wahoo!!

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Stamps shown here, from Purple Onion Designs & Paperbag Studios.

Since I will eventually be storing these on a shelf in my studio, when I get my new label maker for Christmas, yes, I really asked for a label maker :), I’ll attach a label to the spine of each case, indicating its contents and the designer, for future reference. Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this blog post, please take a minute to follow my Art & Whimsy blog so you can have emails delivered right to your inbox!

Documented Life – Week 49

Our DLP challenge for the week was to trace a hand on our page. I wanted to give the challenge my own little twist, so I traced my hand onto a piece of cardstock, cut it out and used it as a mask to pull some prints from my gelli plate.

I had originally intended to use one of those prints as my tip in, but ended up liking the hand itself much better and decided to just go with it.  That’s one of the many joys of creating, finding something unexpected!

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I wanted the hand to be a part of the layout from either side so I added some doodles to the side that didn’t have the monoprint.

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Thanks for looking!

Handcrafted Books Can Be A Cinch

I spent the other morning in my art studio crafting books with my Cinch Book Binding Tool, by We R Memory Keepers. I created a few different types of books in a short period of time and thought I’d share with you just how fun and easy book binding can be with the Cinch.

I received mine a few months ago and have used it a few times, but with the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be a great opportunity to whip up a few gifts and make it a handcrafted holiday.2014-11-27 09.27.33

2014-11-28 15.53.17There are a couple of different versions of the Cinch available; one punches round holes, the other square. Mine was purchased from Amazon and I opted for the square holes. You can find more info about it HERE .

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This first book was created with a mixed media background, using dictionary paper, alphas, paints, inks, stamps and pens.

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For the inside of the book I used heavy drawing paper and incorporated a few extra bits like a mini file folders, a few journaling cards, a mini paper bag and although you can’t see it in the photo, I added in a few of my own gelli prints cut down to size.

You can add a variety of different elements to your books to really personalize them, like calendars, artwork and even photos.

If you are into mixed media and using a gelli plate, this is a fabulous way to use up some of the gelli prints that you likely have piling up. You can incorporate them into a junk journal.


The other type of book that I made, the one I’m most excited to share with my fellow scrappers, is one that I created using my stash of Project Life cards!

With my focus more on mixed media these days, I find that I’m doing fewer scrap layouts, yet I have more kits than I care to admit just collecting dust. This is a great way to use some of them up.

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2014-11-27 16.45.41For the demo I’ll show you here, I chose the Sunshine core kit and selected both 3×4 and 4×6 cards.

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Taking care to align the cards properly, I inserted them into the Cinch to punch the holes.

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Next, using wire cutters, I trimmed a Cinch binding wire to the appropriate size, placed it on the pegs along the side of the Cinch and threaded my cards onto it.

2014-11-27 17.26.39To close the binding wire, I inserted it, along with the threaded cards, into the slot in the back and cinched it closed.

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To jazz it up a bit, I added some ribbon along the wire binding and there you have it, a Handcrafted Holiday gift that is sure to touch someone’s heart.

These little books make great gifts because of their versatility. They can be used as Smashbooks, photo albums, day books, recipe books, even small art journals; the possibilities are virtually endless.

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A view of the inside of the book.

Thanks for looking!



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