Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sketchy Challenge

I love summer, it gives me a bit of time to get caught up on doing things I love, like scrapbooking. I headed over to the Canadian Scrapbooker website for a little inspiration. Do the same and you could be published!!

This is this months Sketch!

Here is my take on it! I used Fancy Pants paper and stickers, 3L adhesives and Montana Marker ink. These adorable picture were taken by my dear daughter Brittany. They are so adorable!

Speaking of Canadian Scrapbooker, Friday is the registration day for the Calgary and Edmonton Carnivals!! You don't want to miss out on these events! I am teaching three classes at the Calgary event!
An art journaling class and two layout classes.... Here is the link:


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Here's a little something fun for the summer!Karen Ellis and I will be posting 3 "Creative Crossover" inspirational tutorials on how we use our supplies in our art and various crafting projects.  These projects will be summer inspired and will be posted on our blogs on the first of the month - July, August and September.  We hope you join us, try out some of the projects and have an artful summer!

Happy Canada Day! I can't think of a better way to celebrate then to kick off this little project with one of Canada's most talented and my dear friend Karen Ellis. How much more Canadian can you get then two Canadian Girls? One from Alberta, and one from Ontario, this time both tackling one of my favourite standby crafting supplies......Sharpie pens! 

For me summer is all about the camping, and one of my favourite little creative projects to take camping is Zentangles. It doesn't require much....just pens and paper! I wanted to try and figure out a way to create a bunch of tangles that I could then incorporate into my art journal later. I decided to create my Zentangles on sheets of tissue paper that then could be incorporated when I get back.

I started by creating a pretty basic tangle on my sheet of tissue paper. I used Sharpies for this for a few reasons; one they won't bleed when I add water or mediums to them, I love that they write so smoothly and come in a variety of tips, but most of all it is because the tips wont break off!! I used black here, but I think I am going to try some with colour on my camping trip this week!

I then tore up my sheets of Zentangles and using Gel Medium I added them to my art journal. I then sprayed Prima Color Bloom Sprays over the top and to finish added a little saying!

It's a quick page, perfect for a little summer creative break!!

To see what KAREN ELLIS did with Sharpies check out her blog!! : /

Monday, June 16, 2014

Inspiration Elevator!

I was asked to guest design for Inspiration Elevator this month and the topic was one that I actually get asked about often as a writer/designer for a magazine. I want to thank them for asking me back!!! Please follow the links to the other girls blogs there is some amazing and inspiring work there!
Here is the challenge....

Welcome to another month of Inspiration Elevator!

Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level;  to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane.
You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at our blog and catch us on Facebook and Instagram (soon!) too.

This month's challenge is issued by the innovative Michelle Hernandez. Michelle's style is about telling the story with a clean and simple, yet artsy approach, an awareness of current trends, and garnished with her use of chipboard and often neutral colours. Here is her challenge for us, in her own words:

The challenge for June 15th is- make a public scrapbook page. You are making a page to go up at work or to give away to a family member to put up in their space. In your blog post you will tell us how knowing this page isn't going in a book or in your home changed your style. Did you go all out and make something that is 3D? Did you suppress your love of a particular color or product? How do you feel about the page being public- outside your regular audience of scrapbook lovers who read your blog or open your books at home?
Here's a complete list of this month's participating designers!  We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month, then come on back and give the challenge a try yourself!
We have a couple of regular artists taking a summer hiatus and look forward to the return of Joanne Burton and Christa Uttley in the fall.
Meantime, if you've wanted to participate as a guest designer with Inspiration Elevator, just contact team lead, Ann at ann jobes at bell dot net 
Now it's your turn to get creating about art you share publicly, and share your blog link at the IE blog. We would love to see what you were inspired to make! 

Now I am not going to actually create a new layout but share the stories behind sharing a few of my past published layouts in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine.

This layout is about my oldest daughter and her boyfriend at that time. They were together for over a year but only in high school. I knew it wasn't going to be a "forever thing", yet I loved this picture and I wanted to document this important milestone in her life. I was very careful to choose a title that wasn't over dramatizing and committing them to marriage, but did capture how crazy close these too were. I also tried to balance the ironic paper, with grungy elements to make it more teen friendly. In the end she wasn't too embarrassed and her boyfriend actually asked for a copy of the magazine to keep. They have since broken up, but i know one day when she looks at her album as an adult she will be glad to have this reminder of their time together, and not too embarrased it was shared with all of Canada!! I hope!

This layout was one that I received the most feedback about in all the I have ever published. (PS: Thanks for the emails and comments ladies)

Its about my struggle with Bulimia and my weight. I put it all out there. It was very risky and a bit scary. Weight acceptance and issue are a hot topic in society. Many people still judge others who are bigger then themselves, and many people still judge themselves for being bigger then others.

When I choose product for this layout I choose burlap. It was very symbolic. When I was in my teens, I was only a size 7, but I was very curvy and pretty and a friend said it didn't matter if I wore a burlap sack, because boys would notice me anyways. A few years and a few pound later a very catty girl in a bar told my boyfriend he might as well be dating a lumpy sack for how awful my body was ( I was only a size 14 at that time). Either way for me, burlap very much spoke to me about my body.

For those interested here is the original journaling on this page:
I am often in the company of groups of woman and, as it usually does, the conversation ends up at place where we start discussing our weight. “These jeans make my butt big”, “I am trying this new diet trend”, or the inevitable “I want to lose this weight so I can do “such and such””.
I don’t participate in these conversations…I don’t judge anyone for their beliefs and I am the first person to applaud someone’s weight loss! I know how hard it is. Yet.. I am a
My story is long and complicated but to help you understand here is the short version. I come from a long line of big women. I spent my teen years terrified of being overweight. I wasn’t! I looked for a picture to show you, but in the few I have, I am wearing baggy sweaters and/or hiding my body. I was ashamed of my size 6-8 body. I was unhappy. I WAS BULEMIC.
When I was pregnant with Brittany I gained a huge amount of weight, and due to severe pre and postpartum depression and my genetic makeup the weight didn’t just slip off me. I was so unhappy and I spent the next few years feeling inadequate and unlovable.  I tried every diet, exercise and I yo-yoed my way through life.
Life through me a few curve balls and my focus switched from myself to a few more pressing things and when all was said and done I looked up and I realised how much time I wasted before trying to make myself “perfect”. It wasn’t an overnight thing but I slowly began to realize that I had a lot to offer the world and none of that was dependent on my size.

My life changed, as did the people in it. The “so called friends” who politely told me I was “Too fat to wear a swimsuit in public” fell away. New friends that saw my other talents, whose lives were too full of good things to worry about petty stuff began to support me…and I them. I don’t judge someone on their size. My friends are all sizes. Why would it be ok for someone to judge me that way? For the first time in my life I truly stopped caring what others might think and now when some says something to me about my weight I think about how small and insignificant their life must be for that to be a measure of how much they like someone or themselves.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Makeing Over Art

This 12 x 12 canvas is a remake of a canvas that I created for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. I loved the original project but the colouring doesn't work with my house, so I wanted to reuse it.

I started by giving the original a good coat of gesso.

You can still see a bit of the original colour showing through. I then added scraps of paper and ink. I even stamped an image from Unity Stamps onto my book paper and cut it out and added it with gel medium.

Material used: Liquitex gesso and gel medium, Clearsnap Mixed Media ink and Surfacez inks, scraps of paper, Unity Stamps, charcoal pencil.

For those of you who were following my Supreme Scrapbook Tournament posts... my final outcome was third place! I am over the moon happy with that. They are accepting sign ups for the next one right now. I challenge all scrapbookers with a blog to join up and try it out. I found the challenges really inspired me and pushed me to try new things.

here is the link

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The End is Near - part two - Supreme Scrapbooking tournament

So I won't lie, this challenge has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, it even included a few tears and gnashing teeth as I tried to figure the constraints of the rules... here are the rules for part two:

Layout size: 
two pages of 30,4cm x 30,4 cm

This is me!

Number of photo’s
Minimum of 4 differents photos in total

You must use:
Title: This is me!

All the objects that you choose in step 1 must be used on the project, no other embellishments are allowed!

All the sheets that you choose in step 1 must be used on the project, no other paper is allowed!
(at least half of each sheet you choose needs to be used by you!)

You may use:
White gesso only, as long (part of) the objects and paper are visible

* All techniques that you like (but no ink and paints and so on!)

Selfmade embellishments made out of your objects and/or papers
* A pen or marker for a journaling (max 20 words) - you dont have to do a journaling!

* glue, 3d tape, gluedots

You can not use:
* No other embellishments then the ones you choose in step 1
* No other papers then the ones you choose in step 1
* No ink, paint and so on
* No stickers, thickers, rubonons
* No glitter glue and so on

Just to refresh your memory here is what I had to use:

Here is a few things I did to transform my materials into my embellishments. 

 To stretch my white cardstock I gutted it. This gave me a base and white mats for my photos. I new with all this colour I was going to need those mats to make my photos pop. After all, photos are what is the most important element of scrapbooking.

To transform my paper towel I wetted it with water and a bit of Mod podge and embossed it with an embossing folder...this is similar to cold pressed paper making and gives you a beautiful handmade paper finish.

With the inner part of my paper towel roll, and my toilet paper roll I cut it into thin strips making loops and then glued that into a star burst. 

With my birthday candles I cut them into different sized chunks and gave them a shot of heat. I then used my finger and squished them into discs.

With my roll of streamers I adapted a technique that Leica Forrest taught me- I soaked the whole roll in a watered down solution of gesso and water. I had to separate that roll while wet and let dry. This gave it an ombre finish. I then created a very full ruffle all the way around my base sheet that I cut down a bit to make room. I then placed booth on top of my white gutted paper.

You can see what that looks like here. You can also see how I cut bias strips of the bandanna and made ruffles for my page. Also how I used gesso to soften the edges of everything with a dry brush technique.

My page is super thick!!! and crazy! Here is a numbered guide to where each recycled object went.

1)  white cardstock
2) a left over rolls of streamers
3) toilet paper tube
4)broken frame
5) Popsicle sticks
6) paper towel roll with only one partial sheet left
7) broken tape measure
8) leftover birthday candles
9) Pink Envelope
10) Black curling ribbon
11) Bandanna - ( it was a farm party)
12) blue and orange napkins
13) plaid paper plates
14) orange pattern paper
15) black polka dot paper
16) red XO paper
17) Black school ruled paper