Thursday, August 15, 2013

Christmas Mega Mini Part 3 - Embellishments and more!

This tutorial will be super easy. Not a long blog post like the others because I made a video solely for this section so you can physically see what I'm doing instead of reading it because obviously we're a visual group of people. :)

Here is the video of how to embellish your pages, add pockets, flip ups and some punch information! Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Christmas Mega Mini Part 2 - Assembly of the Album

Welcome back for Part 2! This will be the assembly of the album. I follow Laura Denison (this is the link to her blog) and her amazing YouTube videos on mini albums. She's an amazing scrapbook artist and her tutorial for making a paper bag mini is what I followed to make this album. So if you just click the link right HERE then you can follow her step-by-step tutorial on how to put the album together. The only difference between hers and mine was that I used more bags and I attach my covers last. I believe that's it. 

For this part of the album you're going to need:
  • Paper bags
  • Bone Folder
  • Adhesive 
  • Decorative paper for the outside covers
  • Paper for the inside lining (I just used aqua cardstock from Recollections to line the inside covers)
  • Chipboard
So here is the video of what I did for the assembly. 

I cut my "chipboard" down to 6 3/4" long by 6 1/2" tall. When you're finished putting your "units" together, decorate your pages with the paper and then attach them to each other. It's much easier to do it this way because you're not fighting with the other bags they're attached to. Set aside 2 bags for the covers and this is what you should have. 5 units, 2 chipboard covers and your 2 set aside bags!

Then you're going to pull out those papers for the covers and linings and cut the down to the same measurements as above. The plaid is the paper for my covers and the aqua is the inside linings. The Other piece is for my spine. I wasn't sure how fat it was going to be so I cut it at the height of my book which was 6 1/2" and left it cut at 12 inches long. 

And there you have it! Let's get this step done and we'll move on to part 3!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Christmas Mega Mini Part 1 - Materials

Hi everyone! I'm sorry that I'm a terrible blogger but I am back and ready to go! I've got my creative mojo back and I'm so excited to share this tutorial with you.

I am being obsessed with making paper bag mini albums. They're super easy and really cute. I'm getting a head start on my Christmas album this year because I made one last year and I never finished it. I made the entire outside of the album and then never put anything in it. This year will be different. Making it now (in August) so that all I'll have to do come December is add my pictures (which this album has TONS of room for because I made it too big)

Part 1 of this tutorial series is going to be your materials. So here's what you'll need.


  • Paper bags 
    • In this album I used 12 paper bags. You can use less. It just has to be an even number of bags.
    • There's a lot to choose from. Hobby Lobby and Michaels have their own brand. But I'm using Target's "Up & Up Giant Size Lunch Bags"
  • 2 pieces of 12X12 chipboard -
    • I use mat board from Hobby Lobby because it's cheap and is the exact same thing in my opinion. I can either get 35 pieces of mat board for under 5.99 or I can get a few pieces of chipboard for much much more. Hmmmm. which one to choose?!
  • Scissors
  • Your favorite adhesive 
    • In this tutorial, I used nothing but my Aleene's Tacky Glue. 
  • The paper pack of your choice. 
    • I'm using "Bright Christmas" by Recollections
  • Bone folder.
    • This is the most important thing you'll need in my opinion. 
  • Cutting board
  • Cardstock for your inserts
Optional Materials: 
  • Ink pads
  • Ribbons/laces
  • UTEE
  • Puff paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Circle punch
  • Whatever materials that YOU have that you want to use. 
Here's the video of what you'll need as well so you can see them! :D

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Old Book Sketchbook - Part 2

Part 2 - Covering the Book Covers

aaaand we're back in 3, 2, 1...

Hellooo! Now that you have all of your supplies together, signatures made and your book gutted like a turkey on Thanksgiving we are ready to cover our book. 

As you saw in Part One, I have a big box of fabric that I bought at a garage sale for $4. I chose a fabric that I liked for the cover and I covered it. 

So for this part of the project you're going to need the following supplies:
  • Fabric of your choosing 
    • You'll need to choose a fabric for you outside covers and your inside cover (which will be in the next part of the video)
    • You will want to cut your fabric like this:
      • Length of the book + 2 inches (for a 1 inch border on the inside. 1 inch for each side)
      • Width of the book + 2 inches (same as above)
  • Glue of your choice
  • Bone Folder
    • This is just to crease the spine and allow you to have unsticky fingers when putting down your glue. 
Before I get to the video, I want to add some tips for you: 
  1. Please please pleaseee USE WHAT IS ON HAND. Do not go buy things just to do this project. If all you have is paper, you can do the same. exact. thing. Promise!
  2. You will want to take the top sheet of paper and use it as a template. DO NOT flip your template or your signatures will not be the same and therefore your spine will be off as well when you bind it.
  3. I learned the "Don't cut the edges and then put them into signatures" thing as I was doing this. Oh the beauty of learning as you go. :)
  4. When folding the fabric over, do the short sides of the book first and then do the long sides. It'll give you a cleaner edge in the end. 
Here is the video and I hope you enjoy. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or on the video!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Old Book Sketchbook - Part 1

Over the next week or so, I'll be putting together and series of videos showing you how to make your own sketchbook out of an old book. This first part will cover the materials you need to do this project and how to prepare your book for altering.

As I made the video it didn't cross my mind to take stills of what I was doing for the blog. I need to be better about that. But before I get to the video, I'm going to show you what's in the tool kit (I tell you about it in the video) that I have. It was a Recollections brand tool kit that I got from Michael's on sale and I ended up not using half the things that were in there so I put the stuff that I use the most in there. So here you go!

Part One: Supplies and Prep

From Left to Right: Plastic palette knife, bone folder, needles, extra Xacto blades, white Sharpie pen, my old Xacto knife, an awl and my new Xacto knife. 

The Supplies listed (without interruptions in the video) are the following:

  • An old book. Pick any size that you want. If you like small sketchbooks, buy a smaller book, if you like big books, buy a bigger book. It does not have to have sewn signatures (other artist's say that it MUST have it. I call bull!). Pick the book you like. (Note: The one thing you will want to keep in mind is the size of the spine. Mine is about 1 1/2 inches). 
  • Paper of your choice. For my book I am using Bristol paper. It's 100 lb paper and it's made by Strathmore. 
  • Paper trimmer. 
  • A ruler. 
  • An awl. (see above photo) to make your holes with
  • bone folder (see above)
  • fabric of your choice to cover the old books
  • Thread (again, personal preference. I just used regular sewing thread. Nylon thread is another option. Whatever's in your budget!)
  • Needle to sew with.

Okay. So here's the video! Have fun with it and leave your questions and comments!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Update and an Introduction!


First I want to start off by saying that I'm sorry that it has been such a long time since I had a post. There's been a lot of madness going on in my life. In March, I went through a very bad Depression spell. I could barely bring myself to get out of bed in the mornings for class. Then I got the flu (which made everything worse) and I ended up missing work for 2 full weeks. Then finals in school came along, I moved into my first apartment with my boyfriend and my roommate from the dorms and now I'm finally back to feeling a little more like myself and ready to get back to creating and making things to share with you all!

So I have a new series of videos that I'm going to make for you on how to make your own sketchbook out of an old book and a pad of paper.

I have part one all ready to go and I'll have it posted ASAP and the other parts will come along within the week!

Thanks for your patience and love,


Friday, March 15, 2013

Tracy Weinzapfel March Creative Dare

This month, Tracy Weinzapfel issued us a new DARE...DUN DUN DUN.

The requirements for the challenge were to use song lyrics that mean a lot of us and to use buttons. I am SO not a button person but I'm learning to love them after this project (because I can camouflage them!)
I thought that this Dare was going to go Titanic on me and then I would just throw it out the window like a frisbee. It started off the way that I wanted it to and then I added the buttons to it and I hated it. So I left it alone for a day or two and came back, picked a color scheme and my song.

This is a record. Yes. A vinyl record that I picked up last year at a thrift store for $1. It was extremely scratched and would never be able to play again. And since this was a music themed month, I figured I better use it. I chose the song "Carry On" by Fun because it lifts my spirits when I feel down. 

The poppies are the Donna Poppies by Unity Stamps that I won a few months ago. I stamped them down on a white 12X12 mat board from Hobby Lobby and used my blue/purple/white color scheme that I chose and used my water colors and colored them in. 

The supplies and steps I used were the following: (that you can see that is because the original stuff you can't see whatsoever:) :
*Gesso, just in spots of the record because I blended in 
  • Apple Barrel Acrylic - Purple Velvet & Admiral Blue
  • Vinyl record (find one that is old and unplayable, please! Save good ones for people who still play vinyls and appreciate them)
  • Mesh Tape (from Dollar Tree) 
  • Buttons (lower left in the picture. Well hidden because I'm not a fan of them)
  • Birdy came from a 4 pack of almost velvety birds
  • Donna Poppies Unity Stamps
  • White photo mat board (that's what the stamps are stamped on)
  • Purple and blue Koi watercolors (from my travel set and that's what color the poppies are)
  • watercolor paper (for the song lyrics)
  • Crop-A-Dile (I punched 2 holes at the top to be able to hang it on the wall) and matching purple grosgrain ribbon. 
Then I just added the music notes, circles and added more paint over the top of the mesh paint!

She now hangs beautifully on my dorm room wall. :)

Well. I hope you all enjoyed it and will share pictures with me if you make one too!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Video for the Pocket Album

Since I got a comment about how to fold the Simple Pocket Album, I decided to make a short video to explain it. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fine Tip Bottles.

I have a new thing I've come to love. These are the bottles (and how I put them together) that I used to make the lines and writing of my Tracy Weinzapfel February Challenge

These are the bottles that I bought from my local Hobby Lobby. They're $2.99 for the pack and I had a 40% off coupon for the 2 packs that I bought (2 packs fit my container that I have for them).

Speaking of the container...this is the container I bought, it was full of those nasty little heart marshmellows that tasted like carboard (as much as I love cardboard, not the taste). It was only $1.50 for the container and I wrote my favorite verse on the front in Sharpie Oil Paint Pen in white. 

                                     The six bottles and the 6 tips fit perfectly in the containers. 

Each pack of bottles comes with 3 tips that screw on. There are 3 different sized tips for each pack. A extra fine line, fine and a kind of thicker one. 

 To fill the bottles I did a 50/50 mixture of paint and water. When I'm making mists or these bottle type things, I always use hot water, I feel like it kind of dissolves them better and breaks them down a little better compared to cold water. 

 I used my 6 favorite colors for the bottles (and once they run out I'll alternate them). 

Then I just shake them up and they come out like this. 

 I store them away nicely in my new container and call it a night! 

I hope you all have a happy and creative day. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Simple Pocket Book Album.

I actually made this project in January right after I bought all the supplies from my local scrapbooking store. It was sitting there on the table and I absolutely LOVED IT and the owner was generous enough to tell me how to make it without having to pay for the class (I was going back up to school for the start of the Spring semester) and I just had to share this adorable mini. You can use it for a scrapbook, put tags in all the pockets, make it an idea book or whatever you want, really!

You'll need the following:

  • Six 12X12 pieces of double sided cardstock/papers (mine is the ADORABLE Cashmere Dame Collection by Glitz
    • I used the Gingham, Honeycomb, Chevron, Floral, Cherries and Banner (the Gingham was only used to make the piece that covers the binding)
  • I also bought the "Whatnot" embellishments that the store had (they were too cute not to buy!)
  • And you'll need whatever coordinating binding strips you want to use (I used black because it went with the collection beautifully)
  • Black stamp pad (I used one by Ranger)
  • Your preferred glue (I used Aleene's Tacky Glue)
Now the directions! :)
Take you first 12X12 paper and score it at 4" across (this will fold up to make the pockets) and then straight down the middle at 6". 

Score and fold the 4" mark, fold it up and glue down the left and right sides to close off the pockets. 

Do the same with the 6" mark and do this to each of your 12X12 pages. 

Then you'll need your binding cardstock/paper and 
Cut them at 1" across and 8" down. 
Score at 1/2 inch and fold. (For my album, I only needed 4 because I only had 5 papers.)
Then you can cut your outside binding strip at 4X8 
Score it at 1 1/4, flip it and score the other side at 1 1/4. 

Now that all your binding strips are ready, take a look at the pictures of my album and you can see where you attach them. You take the back of one folded page and attach the strip to the back of the first page and to the front of the other. 

I kept the pages simple and only used the embellishments that came in my "Whatnots" pack. 

 The beautiful swimmer girl is only attached to the pockets so that I can still slide things behind her as pockets. 

The embellishment on the left (and others like it in this album) are able to be used as pockets (I only glued down the left and bottom of them)

This embelly was one of the cards (like above) but I cut her out and attached her to the page and then cut out her words "Girls Just wanna have funds" 

I'm sorry that this was such a long post but I'm extremely excited to share this with all of you. And thank you, Deb for the amazing idea and project! 

If you make one too, send pictures! Also, if you have any questions about the construction, leave me a comment!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Simple Mini Album for a Friend

As most of you know, baby books are an addiction for me and so is making books out of them. You can see one project I made with one here. I thought I'd done a blog post on more of them but I guess I didn't. I'll make sure that makes it into the schedule. :)

But here's simple album I made for one of my friends that just started her own embroidery business. It was her birthday on the 18th and I made her this to use as a catalog or scrapbook for what she makes/made!

The covers of the book were made with just plain cardboard that I painted pink (her favorite color) and used my Disney Classics Cricut Cartridge to use the Tweedle's bow in her other favorite color. I outlined the bow with black glitter and used my Cricut (Ornamental Iron 2 cartridge) to cut out the words of her Business.

The inside pages are the sturdy kind from a baby book that I rounded the edges with my Crop-a-Dile corner rounder and painted them black. 

 For the back cover I did the same as the front but put when he business was established (I signed it afterwards) and I also bought her metallic markers so that she can write on the black pages. I just used some binder rings to keep everything together.

Tracy Weinzapfel February Creative Dare!

I know. I know. I've been a bad blogger and haven't updated every project just like I said that I would. 
BUT. I do have a bunch of projects to share with you and the first one is the February Creative Dare from Tracy Weinzapfel . This woman pushes my creative limits THAT'S FOR SURE. :) I participated in my first swap through her and our Mixed Media Facebook Group is a great place to meet new amazing artists and friends (even though I'm the baby of the group!). Okay. Enough with the mushy gushy blahblah. Haha. Here's what I made for this month!

The prompt was to make something using something on your bucket list. So here's my page in my Big Mama Journal (she's 11X14). 
Go to Seattle, WA

For this page, I kept it simple. Sometimes that's the best medicine. I gessoed the pages, mod podged the picture of Seattle (printed from Google) and embedded it in the background with gesso around the edges to make them disappear. Then I took my giant bottle of black Tempera Paint (Not DecoArt! Sorry!) and started started to circle the picture with a mixture of white paint and the black to get a gradient effect to it. 

The blue is "Bahama Blue" by Americana that I squeezed into a little bottle that has a fine point tip (got them from Hobby Lobby. 3 for $2.99) and just started to make the circles and make them drip. I blotted them with my wash cloth and got another effect!

I used the same color to write "go to seattle, wa"

Overall, I'm satisfied with it and I'm starting to get used to this sketchbook for my mixed media. I'm determined to fill it by the end of the year and so far so good! :)

I hope you take the challenge or join our group to become inspired and take a chance and push your limits.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

It's already the 3rd day of Februrary

I honestly cannot believe it. I haven't really been doing much. My beautiful shoe storage didn't last long because it fell off the door. I did finish the Lucy portrait (just not the one I started in my sketchbook, ironically enough) and I love the way she turned out.

I originally had it drawn in my massive sketchbook but I was so afraid to start it. So I took a 12X12 piece of photo matting board that I got at Hobby Lobby and I redrew her onto the board and painted her using gouache. I use the Reeve's brand of gouache and it's in the violet and white. Those are the only two colors I used on Lucy herself. The background is turquoise gouache by Reeves as well. I'm really proud of her. :)

I just did this painting about an hour ago. I had originally had another idea for this elephant but then I fell in love with another idea that was in my head so I decided to go with that one because it was in my head. 

I used a grid for both of these paintings and I'm finding that they work really well for me. If you want to know more about how I did it (it's kind of a process in my head) just send me a comment or e-mail me. In the end, I'm extremely proud of both of these paintings. 

I hope you all have a creative day!

Monday, January 7, 2013


Living in the dorm rooms, I have no space for any art supplies and I have been in a bind this semester with storage ideas because I'm living in a smaller place. I've been using 2 of my dresser drawers for art supplies and I just cleared up a bunch of space with this little gem of an idea. I think it came from Jean in the Mixed Media group I'm in on Facebook and I love it. So THANK YOU, JEAN!!! It's absolutely genius! :)

Total cost = about $11 (little expensive for me but I had to make it work for my own sanity).
SO! Grab yourself an over the door shoe rack from Walmart/Dollar Tree/your preferred retailer AND HANG IT UP. Haha! That's it! Unfortunately for me, the doors are too thick for the wire hooks that come with the organizer so I had to buy 4 3M hooks (the ones that hold about 3 lbs each). I followed the directions, hung it up and filled it with most of my stuff that I use all the time or were causing clutter somewhere in room. Needless to say, I'm happy!

Here are some of the stills I took and there will be a video tour at the end! :D

Here's the video!