Sunday, February 28, 2010

Your Life Spelled Out....

Last of the Catch-up blogs... Promise!
My health has been a issue again this week, nothing dangerous... just annoying. :O)
I've not been up to creating, I hope to get up tomorrow and get started again.
Meantime I've been tidying my creative-disaster-area.
I'm terrrrrrible about cleaning as I go.
Snippet and Bits and Pieces everywhere... it was PAST due!
Anywho... today catch-up is Your Life Spelled Out, weekly Art Journal prompts. I'm also doing the daily Writing Journal prompts but shhhh... those are just for me.
There are some aweeeeesome pictures on the Flickr group:
The Blog is here:

This wasn't a journal Prompt but the 1st Challenge. Scrapbook your 'Word' for 2010.
Mine was CREATE:

Prompt #1: Color

Prompt #2: My Pandora's Box

Prompt #3: Mirror, Mirror

Prompt #4: Ouch!

Prompt #5: My Voice...

Prompt #6: Not Afraid...

Prompt #7: Through Rose Colored Glasses...

Prompt #8: Victory!

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Year in the Life of an Art Journal...

Another day of non-creation today... instead some major-MAJOR de-gunging in the boyz bathroom. I have 4 boys ages 5 years up to 12... you do the math on un-cleanliness. ugh!
So I'm still playing catch-up on the Art Journal Prompts.
Today it's my "A Year in the Life of an Art Journal..."
These are bi-weekly prompts. I'm using a 5.5" X 8.5" Sketch Book for these.
Prompt #1: What... is holding you back?
Technique: Layers
Prompt #2: Hope...
Technique: Stencil

Prompt # 3: The Unknown
Technique: Sewing

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Heart the Art... Weekly Art Journal prompts for 2010.

I know I posted one of my 'pages' already...
But truly I can't fully express how much I'm enjoying doing the Heart The Art prompts!
Check out all the aweeeeesome pages here:
and the original Blog here:
I'm VERY pleased that the Jumbo Playing Cards are working out soooo well!
52 prompts + 2 covers = 54 cards!
I'm going to wait til they're all done to punch holes and mount them on Binder Rings... likely with some fluff & stuff to decorate. :O)

I started in Week 4 so I had a bit of catching up to do:
Week 1: Aim To...

Week 2: Someday...

Week 3: Clearly...

Week 4: Under Control...

Week 5: Thrive...

Week 6: Invisible...

Week 7: Never...

Week 8: Feel Like...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Betrothal Handfasting Ceremony Matchbox Scrapbook Album

September 26th 2009 we held an official Celtic Betrothal Handfasting Ceremony...
We gathered our friends & family together and vowed publicly to be married within the year. Everyone brought a ribbon to tie around our hands to symbolize their support of the union.
The Cross on the outside is the graphic we used on the programs for the Ceremony.
Yesterday I assembled this Betrothal Handfasting Ceremony Matchbox Scrapbook Album. Finished Album is 2' X 1 1/2' X 1/2' .
So cute!
Covered in Mulberry Paper.




Front Open:

Side 1:

Side 1 (part 1 of 3):

Side 1 (part 2 of 3):

Side 1 (part 3 of 3):

Side 2:
Side 2 (1 of 3):

Side 2 (part 2 of 3):

Side 2 (part 3 of 3):

Page in the Spotlight...

On Your Life Spelled Out:
Thanks Susan!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Making you OWN money... who'da thunk!

It's time again for the Bad Girls Project 52 Challenge...
#10 Art Money.
More about it here:
This time we have to make Art Money... what's that?
Check it out here:
Theme: Architecture
Required Materials: Tape
I was pleased to be able to use some great pictures we took last year at the Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau, Quebec (Canada). There are these beautiful 'ruins' that Mr. King had moved there and placed around the estate... arches, windows, benches and entire walls from destroyed local buildings. Arranged to look like old ruins... they are beautiful!
I printed one from inside the family home (Stone Angel) and one from out in the gardens (Falling Wall Corner)... on thick, thick mulberry paper.
I must admit it did take a little *chatting* with the printer to convince it that the mulberry paper wasn't snack food, but I LOVE the result.
It feels like real money, it crumples and reforms like real money...
I wish there was some way to make a touchy-feely blog so you could feel what pictures don't quite capture.
I bordered the 2 images with masking tape, tinted with ink... and placed a few random pieces around for journaling on.
I attached some vintage lace and some book 'leather' (water damaged vintage book rescued) and hand stitched the whole she-bang together. (ouch! I need a machine...)
I also stamped a few images (scrolls, hearts and key holes) over top after the journaling and sewing were completed.
This is the front of the Art Money:
This is the back of the Art Money:
Front before I started working with it,
alongside some of the unprinted mulberry paper scraps:
Back before I started working with it:
Scrunched Front:
Scrunched Back:
Angle shot of the front... trying to get a better shot of the fabric-like texture of the paper:
Side shots of the back, showing the hand stitching and again, the texture: