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Using Your Words

The amount of journaling that I include onto my art journal pages varies. Sometimes it takes lots and lots of writing to express what I’m feeling, but more often than not, a word or two will do the trick.

Usually I’ll flip through old books that I keep specifically for this purpose, looking for just the right words to cut out. Thing is, that can take a lot of time and that’s time I could be spending making pretty things, so I’m forever on the lookout for new text stickers to use in my paper crafting projects.

Imagine my delight when I walked into The Making Place Escondido and came across these beauties! I don’t know if they’re NEW new, but they’re sure new to me and I scooped them up as fast as I could.

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These are “Tiny Text” by Cosmo Cricket and I adore them. I like the font and how the letters are just a bit askew and the words and sentiments are fun and fresh.

I would definitely encourage you to shop around for a good price though. They’re listed on Amazon priced anywhere from $5 – $10 each! That’s just crazy talk right there, if you ask me. I paid $1.69. 2014-11-01 08.10.30

These are “Petite Diction” by Authentique. Different in style than Tiny Text, but I love them just the same!  Each sheet has a theme; shown here are “Adventure”, “Harmony” and “Favorite”. The words and sentiments on each sheet correlate to the theme, which makes it easy when I’m trying to convey a particular feeling or positive affirmation.

Again I encourage you to shop around. Amazon is selling them for just under $5. I paid $1.39.


Favorite Mixed Media Books

There are many great resources available, such as books, videos, and classes, to help us learn different art techniques.

While they definitely all have their place, as a lover of books I can’t help picking up new ones that catch my eye, especially when I have a coupon from the local craft store burning a hole in my pocket!

These are just a few of my favorite. They offer a good mix of useful techniques regardless of your skill level.


Books listed below, left to right.

~101 Mixed Media Techniques: Master the fundamental concepts of mixed media art

~ Printmaking Unleashed

~ Acrylic Techniques in Mixed Media

What Is Score-tape?

(Reposted as I seem to have deleted the original)

I’ve been asked by quite a few people now, “What is Scor-tape and where do I find it”

Scor-Tape is an amazing permanent adhesive. It’s double sided, acid free, heat resistant and has great “stick power.

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It’s the adhesive that I most use in my paper crafting projects, including scrapbooking, handmade books, art journaling and card making.

You can use it with foils, glitter and embossing powders and it’s much easier to work with than fluid adhesives when you want a sharp, crisp lines.

Scor-tape comes in a variety of sizes, although I’m partial to the 1/2” and I buy mine from Amazon because I’ve not seen it in craft stores near me.

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Uses For Washi Tape

I received a great question today on my Art & Whimsy

“What do you do with the (washi) tape? I’m trying to think of how much tape I use in a year…maybe two feet? Is this more for scrapping?”

That’s a really good question. There’s actually tons of great uses for washi tape. Aside from being cute, it’s functional. I use it for scrapbooking, art journaling, happy mail, wrapping gifts, blocking time/days off in my weekly planner, making flags on the end of paperclips, decorating the base of tea lights, or just candles in general, wrapping the cords of my various electronic chargers… the list goes on and on. I’ve even seen tutorials of people using washi tape on their fingernails to mask off areas for painting intricate designs with their polish. 2014-09-27 17.05.12

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