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.

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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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Documented Life – Week 48

This week’s Documented Life challenge was to depict gratitude in a creative way. I had such much fun creating this layout, the challenge just may be my favorite one so far! It was a wonderful opportunity to sit and think about all the many things that I have to be grateful for.

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For my base I used torn pieces of sheet music and added a layer red and orange acrylic over it. For the flowers, I hand cut the petals out of gelli prints that I had previously pulled and stashed away for future use.

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2014-11-23 15.24.53I finished it off with a few more pieces of torn sheet music, a bit of stamping, some doodles and marks, a bit of paint sponged over a piece of punchinella and of course all the many things that I am grateful for.

Thanks for looking!

Got 15 Minutes? Create Mixed Media!

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I get asked a lot, “how do you find the time to do art”?

I try to create art every day. Whether it’s creating a layout in my art journal, practicing face sketching or just laying some backgrounds for future use, I do my best to allow myself that creative time each day because it’s good for my spirit.

Art makes me happy, relieves stress, and through the process of self-expression, art has helped lead me to some insightful conclusions about myself.

So how do I find the time? My short answer is that I make the time, I just don’t always have a lot of it. Sometimes all I have are a few minutes before work, but I assure you that you can do a lot with 15 minutes and I’ll share some tips so that you too can maximize those few minutes that you can carve out between work and family life.

  • When I have 15 minutes for mixed media I usually work in a 5.5 x 8 Strathmore journal, like this one HERE, but you can choose to work in whatever sized journal you’d like. It doesn’t even have to be a journal. It can be an ATC, an index card, whatever you’d like.
  • Generally, I’ll work with just 2 or 3 colors for the sake of time. In this example I used red, yellow and orange.
  • I set my timer for 15 minutes and begin. I don’t feel rushed, I just do what I can in the time that I have.
  • To prep the page I scrape some gesso on with an old gift card. I apply my base layer of paint in the same manner, then use a dry brush to blend. Applying in thin layer allows for fast drying. Typically, by the time I’m done blending one side of my page, the other has already dried. Side note: because I’m using such thin layers of paint during this process, I use mainly Dina Wakley media paints because they offer good coverage and are deliciously vibrant.
  • I use rubber stamps, such as the ones from Paperbag Studios that I used here and various pens to make doddles and marks.
  • If I’m going to journal, I add just a few words in disguised handwriting, rather than lots of writing or worrying about making it fancy.
  • Another tip is to clean off your brayer, paint brushes, even your stencils onto your blank journal pages when you’re arting, so that when you sit down to 15 minutes of mixed media, you aren’t starting from a blank page. I do this mainly in my face sketching journal, but it sure comes in handy.

With these few simple tips, you too can create mixed media art in just a few minutes!

I was first inspired to create in just 15 minutes by the very talented Rae Missigman. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to check out her blog and videos which can be found HERE. You’re sure to be just as inspired as I’ve been to see the magnificent things she can accomplish in just 15 minutes; she’s amazing!

Oh! While you’re there, check out her new rubber stamp line, NATURAL ELEMENTS, they are fantastic and sure to be a great addition to your mixed media projects.

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I created this art journal entry on Thursday morning before heading to the office; it took me just under 15 minutes.

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By the time I was done with this layout, I felt energized and ready to face the day. I find that, for me, these few minutes in the morning really help set the tone for the rest of the day.

I encourage you to give it a go, I think you just might be surprised at what you can do with just 15 minutes. Enjoy and Have Fun!

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Trash Can Treasures

I go through quite a few baby wipes when I’m getting my art on, but I try to minimize some of my wastefulness by recycling them into my art projects and happy mail that I send out. Just a couple of days ago I used some wipes that I had already used to clean up Dylusions spray inks, spritzed them with a bit more color and let them dry.

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When my colorful baby wipes dried, I tore off a couple of strips, added a strip of paper that I had stamped some lettering on and stitched the edges using my sewing machine. Voilà: instant tag.

As you can see, I’m a novice sewer, but I like to think that my wonky stitching  adds extra character to my pages. Yeah, lets go with that. 🙂

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And here’s the new tag in action. I added it to my a recent DLP challenge where we had to incorporate a map.

You can recycle used baby wipes for various things such as adding extra texture to your mixed media projects, both over and under paint / gesso, sew them together to make a banner, or spritz them with more color as I did HERE, then tear them into pieces and add to your layouts for extra visual interest.

There are likely many more uses for these little trash can treasures. If you have other crafty uses, please share, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Documented Life project – Week 47

This week’s challenge was to incorporate a map of our state or the world. I must’ve stopped reading after “attach a map”, because I missed the “of your state or the world” part and used a map of downtown Seattle, a trip that I took with my Beloved a while back.

No matter, I decided to roll with it anyways. It was a wonderful trip and I’m happy that I got to add some of those wonderful memories to my art journal.

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I’ve opted to no longer incorporate the planner page for DLP so I had 2 pages for my layout.

I used a leaf shaped cut out from a gelli plate print that I previously pulled, various pens for doodling and some of my new Paperbag Studios stamps.

I also got to use my new sewing machine for the first time to sew the Seattle tag which I created out of baby wipes! As you can see, I’m a total sewing novice, but it was fun. It’ll be great to be able to add more stitched elements to my layouts from now on.

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The heart element underneath the Seattle tag I created from a brochure that we got while on a tour during our trip. I placed a heart shaped stencil over it, gave it a little airbrushing then cut it out.2014-11-16 17.14.11

For the tip in I used a scrapbook journaling card and added a photo us that I took this weekend.

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Documented Life Project – Week 46

This weeks challenge was to incorporate fabric onto our page. What I had planned to create isn’t at all what turned out, but I’m happy with what resulted, despite having had some issues with the white dimensional paint. It was also a fun opportunity to try out some of my new stamps from Paperbag Studios!2014-11-15 01.24.33 2014-11-15 01.26.18 I used a Traci Bautista stencil and my gelli plate to pull a print onto canvas then cut it out. I used fabric dimensional paint, gel pens and fabric markers to give it some color then added the one word that I’ve been carrying with me for a week now… Grateful. 2014-11-15 01.25.30For this page I turned to my box of happy mail and this card, sent to me by my friend, Jana, jumped out at me. I cut some hearts out of the left over canvas to give it a pop of the turquoise color and week 46 done!

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