Monday, February 29, 2016

30 Days of Lists - Preperation

It's that time of year again where a few minutes of each day is filled with a bit of listing!  I know I didn't do the usual run up to this challenge but that doesn't mean I didn't prepare for it in a big way!

I like to make a different sort of journal for each month's list - using all sorts of different techniques.  For this month's challenge, I wanted to make a Concertina Journal using craft tags.

My craft tags are Kraft paper tags by Ranger.  I used Tim Holtz Tissue Tape to bind each tag to the next creating hinges.  I did actually over count how many tags I needed and therefore have extra.  Oh well!

Once all my tags were hinged together, I gesso'd over both sides lightly.  I wasn't going for full coverage but enough coverage so I would get true colors with my paints.

Speaking of paints - you know how I love my bright colors.  This was going to be a rainbow of color!  I used various DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics as well as Snow (Titanium) White Americana acrylic.  No, I did not go in a ROYGBIV pattern, I just went with what I felt like!  Pink, purple, green, turquoise, orange, yellow, blue, and black.

When the whole journal is stretched flat, it is several feet long.  I'm so glad the tables in my studio are "long ways" so they could accommodate it all!

As each color section dried, I added some white so my pen would show up in the "list area", stamped circles of white and black, smears of black with a palette knife, and lines stamped with a credit card.  I also used the 5 x 8 Dotted Flowers stencil by Dylusions to add dots and circles in white and one of the base colors in each color section.

To add the date to each tag, I used a 1" circle punch and vintage dictionary paper.  I adhered using Matte Medium after stamping the number in black archival ink and Dylusions number stamps.

Here are all of my tags:

As always, just before listing starts in earnest on the first of the month, the ladies over at #30Lists encourage a Warm Up Blog Hop using the lists from March 2011.  Here is my contribution to the blog hop.

 This year's March #30Lists Challenge marks my one year anniversary of participating in this listing challenge!  I am officially and seriously hooked on it.  It's so small and easy to take with me where ever I go.  I know a lot of folks who list do so without creating such an elaborate and time consuming journal and theirs always turn out so beautifully.  I just really enjoy trying out something I've never ever done before on this small scale.  Although I think "small scale" is maybe relative.

If you're participating I would love to know about it!  If you've never participated you really should!  Visit to find out all about it!

As usual, I will be sharing my daily lists on Instagram with a weekly recap here on the blog.

Hope to see you and your lists soon!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Documented Life Project - the unPlanner - Week 8

We are skimming right through February aren't we? 

The big news this week is that my youngest daughter turned three on Wednesday!  We had a fun little party with just the family full of noise makers, princess crowns, and a cake she picked out herself.  It was great fun!  She got her first bicycle which she's been asking for since before Christmas and she is just "thismuch" too short for it.  She'll grow but it's super cute watching her!

The center of my two doodled flowers are stickers I made using more gelli print scrap!

I used Black Marble Dylusions paint to paint the back of this page (as well as the tag below) and my white Signo pen to doodle a fun little design.

This week is a List Ten week... "Things I Should Have Never Done".  The list is really quite long and much of it not fit for public consumption - don't worry, there's no criminal history to be regretful of, but like most people, there are regrets in my past.

To counter act the bad joojoo brought up from the list, I painted my tag black on both sides before adhering my list.  I doodled a lotus flower and added positive words using my white Signo pen.

My word for this week is "Impavid".  I came across it while reading but I'm not sure exactly where anymore.  It means "fearless".  Something I'm really trying to come to terms with this year.  Being fearless in my art and life in general.  I can say that I really am breaking my own boundaries with my art and trying things this year I would never have tried last year - such as using washi tape as a base layer for a page which I've done twice this month!

This week's PAC challenge was to "add a gratitude"  I chose to create two PACs.  They both started out as gelli prints and I used a Faber-Castell stencil to create the white circles.  I even pulled out my sewing machine again and got truly brave by sewing my PACs into a sheet protector!

I had a spare tag lying around that I'd sprayed with Dylusiongs Ink Sprays.  I came across this quote and it really spoke to me so I had to include it in my unPlanner.

That's my share this week!  I hope you enjoyed and I'll see you back next week!

Until then,

Friday, February 19, 2016

Documented Life Project - the unPlanner - Week 7

Welcome back to another DLP Week!  We'll start off with a view of what my week has been like leading up to Valentine's Day!

I use a variety of pens to document with, including a wonderful set of colored Uni-Ball Signo Angelic pens.  They show up so wonderfully on kraft paper.

I decided for this month I was going to incorporate quite a bit of washi tape as well as some word stickers that I don't use nearly as often as I should.

Here is my week in review.  Kinda busy but not too much.  I got the line work done on my new tattoo yesterday!  How awesome crazy fun is that?  Lots, let me tell you!  I'm getting a Gypsy Owl tattoo.  I'm super excited to have found such a talented local artist that I totally mesh with and who has nailed exactly what I wanted.

The back of my Weekly View page has this fun bright design on it.  I actually created it while I was working on my Monthly Theme Challenge and I enjoyed it so much I just had to carry it over.  Love those mandala stencils by the Crafter's Workshop.  I use them over and over again!

The challenge for this week's PAC was "Shades of One Color".  For some unknown reason I am really very much into Valentine's Day this year (usually I am a scrooge and a half about ooey gooey mushy love junk) and I've decided to use pink.  This is another mini File Folder by 7Gypsies.  I used it to practice what I learned from Kate Crane's Journal Soup class again.  This little figure was so much fun I know I will be doing many more in the future!

Bonus points to anyone who can tell me the significance of the numbers "394"!

Another small tag!  This one is a gelli print.  Just loved it so much I had to include it.

This week's Dare2B word is "Creative".  I attached this to a black #10 card that I embellished with washi, painty circle reinforcers, some doodling, and a piece of dyed pink crinkle ribbon.  On the back of the tag I added a list I decided to use for "Things I Love About Creating".

That's my week!  Full of love and sweetness.  Still not sure why I'm feeling it but I'm going with it!

Have a great weekend y'all!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Documented Life Project - the unPlanner - Week 6

Welcome to the month of February and Week Six of the Documented Life Project - the unPlanner.  Let's dive right in, shall we?

My divider for this month started out as a gelli print on bristol.  I cut it down to size and sprayed the back of it with Dylusions Ink Sprays.  I let it dry over night.  On the front I used a handmade bird stencil, Black Marble Dylusions Paint, the Arrow Border (large) stencil by Dylusions, a white Uni-Ball Signo pen, and some word stickers.  The back of my divider was sprayed with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in white through a Dina Wakley Crafter's Workshop stencil.  I added the birds and hearts (stamps by Dina Wakley), some Valentine themed washi tape, and added my Goals and Words to meditate on using my white Signo pen.

I sprayed a #8 manila craft tag with dylusions inks, added some stamps (Dina Wakley), a piece of coordinating washi tape and used a black Stabilo pencil for the circles.

I've never used tags before this challenge and I am finding out just how much I love using them!

My Month View page - full of things I need to do for this month.  I chose to do the monthly Theme Challenge on the back of my Monthly View page again.  I like doing that and think I will continue putting it there.

I used strips of different washi tapesand added layers of turquoise and white paints.  I added some pink triangles through a Heidi Swapp stencil and then added a pop of orange using the Rosetta stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.  I outlined the orange with a black Stabilo pencil as well as wrote the words "love" and "leap".  I used alphabet stamps to create the rest of the words and included a quote from Tim Holtz's Big Chat stickers.  I love love love how this theme challenge turned out!

I just completed an online class by Kate Crane (Journal Soup) which was so much fun.  I had to use some of her techniques to create my PAC for this week.  This PAC is actually created on a mini file folder by 7Gypsies so is larger than the standard ATC/PAC size.  The collaged head is by Crowabout StudioB and the word "journey" is from my stash.  I enclosed the whole thing in a page protector and added stitching around it.  Loved the lessons from the class and will definitely be using them more often!

 Here are some more tags.  The #8 tag with the bird is the "pull" of extra ink from the tag above.  I love how it blended.  The stamps are by Dina Wakley again with elements of black Stabilo pencil.

The black tags are #5 size and I used a white Uni-Ball Signo and a purple Uni-Ball Signo Angelic to doodle on them.  I love to doodle white onto black, especially while I'm at work.  It's fairly quick and easy and it doesn't require many supplies.

Here's my Weekly View page for the week.  The dove on Friday the 12th is a die cut (Martha Stewart paper punch) made with my own gelli print - it matches the sides of my page.  I used my new Xyron Sticker Machine to make it a sticker!  I think I'm going to have lots of fun with that new machine.

I seem to be full up with the love bug this week and to celebrate Valentine's Day in my own special way, I included a little tid bit of things I love about each of my daughter's and my hubby on the back of my Weekly View page.  I added lots of Valentine's Day themed washi tape and used a few Dina Wakley stamps to decorate.

Well that's my share for this week!

Are y'all participating in DLP this year?  If so, how are y'all finding it?  More difficult, easier?  I'm finding my stride (I think) with it and am really enjoying the quickness of it.  I do miss art journaling though as I'm not doing much of that these days.  But this is a fun project to really get myself thinking in different ways!

I'll see y'all next time!

Until then,

Friday, February 5, 2016

Documented Life Project - the unPlanner - Week Five

Hello and Happy Friday again!  We're well into February by now but I'm sharing the last week of January today.  I've been crazy busy creating lots of fun journal pages this week.  For some reason I've decided to jump into doing Journal 52 with both feet so of course I'm running to catch up.  I'll be posting about that soon.

Until then, enjoy my quick end of the month pieces...

Anyway, to end January I added a page to the back of my last Weekly View with a glue stick and washi tape.  I want to include a little "What Did I Accomplish" section for every month.  That way I can see quickly what I managed to get done in a month.  And yes, paying bills is an accomplishment!

This strange thing on right is my PAC for the week.  The prompt was to let someone else draw or mark on your PAC and you finish.  I gave a gelli printed background to my oldest (who's 14) and she promises me this is supposed to be a velociraptor.  Some sort of conglomeration of bird plus reptile based on a comic she reads.  I have no clue!  I added a few marks with a Stabilo All pencil, some turquoise splatters and inked the edges.

Well that's it!  I told you it was short. 

 Ok, so that's not quite it.  Because of the way the weeks are falling this year, my Weekly View page for week five is actually in the month of February.

The little foxes, leaves, and star stamps are from a set by Gorjuss (the fox girl). On the back of this week's page I attached a To Do list and a list of new art supplies I am seriously coveting.

I'll see you back next week with a much more exciting share.

Until then,

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