Sunday, February 27, 2011

Vintage Gluebook Pages

Week one of Artful Pages is now complete and my head is spinning with ideas and information about gluebooks, collage, and the fundamentals of good design! This is one of the pages I created using the gorgeous background image shared by Mary Green in this post. {Don't forget the 20% discount ends February 28th!}

Once again, I tossed my supplies in a tote bag and headed for Barnes and Noble where I set up shop at a table and got to work! That's the beauty of the vintage gluebook. You only need gluestick, sharp scissors, pretty papers, and a book of some sort to start creating! I chose a blank Moleskine as the foundation for my gluebook. 

A serendipitous mistake led to the creation of these lovely stickers. I wanted to print out some of Mary's vintage images to use in my gluebook, and I accidentally grabbed a sheet of labels instead of cardstock!

I loved the stickers so much that I made more and they were perfect for creating page backgrounds, picture mats, and as little accents here and there. So easy to use too - just peel and stick!

I used a couple of discarded book jackets for the main elements of both my pages. I loved the artwork, and I thought it would be fun to include the book summary and a picture of the author. I'll be searching for more of these at the library sale table, used book stores, and rummage sales!

Quick Tip: If you want to tear the edges of your paper but still keep a fairly straight edge, simply fold the paper first then tear it. You'll have much more control over the end result.

The second part of the 4 week online class began today. Hope Wallace Karney is sharing Musings on Paper, an art journaling workshop. The photo above is a montage of some the class preparations she shared on her blog Besottment by Paper Relics.
Today was all about facing the blank page, definitely a common challenge for everyone.
I'll share my pages from this class when they are finished. If you want to join the fun just click on the Artful Pages image in the sidebar or visit here for more information. Have a very artful day!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fashionista Magnetic Board Tutorial

Need some vintage inspiration? Don't miss the May Arts/Graphic 45 blog week happening right now! I created a magnetic board using a rusty metal tabletop, ribbons from May Arts, and lots of goodies from the Fashionista collection by Graphic 45. Visit the May Arts blog for the full tutorial! Click here for a printable PDF.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Glilttery Giveaway Winner!

It's time to announce the winner of the Glittery Giveaway! I used a random number generator to select one of the comments and the winner is:

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Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2011-02-21 11:45:00 UTC
Comment #60  Charlene: Congrats, Kimberly...will spread the news!
Congratulations Charlene! 
Your fabulous glitter is on the way! Thanks so much to everyone who entered for all your lovely comments. Please stop by again soon!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Project Boxes

I'm an extremely messy crafter. When I'm in creative mode the paper scraps fly, the piles grow bigger and bigger, and tools and materials disappear before my very eyes. I've tried many different ways to get organized but nothing worked until... PROJECT BOXES!

I actually read about the idea of project boxes several months ago in one of my favorite books The Creative Habit, by renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp. She shared her method of creating a box dedicated to each project she was working on, and tossing in everything that pertained to that project. The boxes serve not only as a reference tool and storage for materials, but also as an archive when the project is complete.

The reason this tool works for me is because it's contained chaos! Yes, the box is a central location for all materials related to a particular project, but the contents don't have to be in any order. I can just toss in all the bits and pieces I need and grab the box when I'm ready to start working.

Project boxes can be any shape, size, or material. The boxes I chose were simple paper boxes with silver labels. I found them on sale at Michael's. They are large enough to hold 12 X 12 papers, but not so deep that I can overfill them!

I spent several hours yesterday working on a project for the Graphic 45/May Arts blog week {little sneak peek above} that starts tomorrow and the box was invaluable! When I needed magnets - in the box, pipe cleaners - in the box, ribbon -in the box. It was magical! I didn't have to waste time excavating the piles of materials that accumulate on my worktable. Project boxes are now a permanent fixture in my world!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Free Image & Discount from Green Paper

The gorgeous vintage image above is part of  the French Dictionary Collection offered by Mary of Green Paper Packages. The collection includes over 100 images of art deco alphabet, full color maps, and full page illustrations like this one for a mere $18! Mary graciously offered this image for you to enjoy, and created a discount code exclusively for my readers! Just click on the Green Paper Packages button in the in the side bar and type in serendipity in the discount code area and you'll save 20% on everything in the store! You'll find amazing image collections, online classes, and even a monthly collage club. The discount ends Feburary 28th, so start shopping now! Thanks Mary!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Findings: Artful Pages Workshop

It's a dream come true! An online workshop about collage, art journaling, altered books, and fabric books all in one! I just signed up for Artful Pages 4 Artists 4 Ways. It starts Sunday, and I just can't wait! I've taken a couple of classes from Mary Green before: Your Vintage Gluebook, and Collage Basics, and I learned so much from both of them. For more information click on the picture in the sidebar. I'll be posting about my projects over the next few weeks and I'm off to the craft store right now to pick up my supplies!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Posh Parcels: Presentation Pouch

Pretty Packaging can turn even the simplest of gifts into a posh present! A simple canvas pouch from the craft store gets a makeover and becomes a luxe way to present a lovely necklace! Check out the step by step tutorial and learn how to create a wired ribbon rose on the May Arts blog. Or visit here for a printable PDF of the entire tutorial!

Monday, February 14, 2011

100th Post Glittery Giveaway!

I love blogs! I love reading them, looking at all the wonderful pictures on them, commenting on them, and best of all writing on my own blog. I'm very excited to have reached my 100th post, so I'm hosting a giveaway of one my favorite products: Vintage Glass Glitter! If you would like to have the 2.5 oz jar of glittery silver goodness pictured above all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. One comment per person please. The giveaway will close at midnight {central time} on Sunday, February 20th, and I'll announce the winner on Monday, February 21st. Please be sure to include your email address with your entry. Best wishes to all the entrants, and a huge thanks to everyone who reads and comments on my blog!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Vintage Glass Glitter

Sparkle is my middle name {in my mind anyway!} so I love working with vintage glass glitter! I've posted several projects featuring it here on the blog, and it's one of the first supplies I reach for when I'm crafting. The intense sparkle, the way it oxides over time lending a lovely vintage patina, and the silvery shimmer make it simply irresistible!
Here are some tips for working with this magical product:


Just about any adhesive will work with glass glitter but here are my favorites:
Glass-Tac Clear
Glossy Accents
UHU Glue Stick
Glue Arts Extreme Adhesive Squares

Glass-Tac is specifically formulated to work with glitter. It has a thin, glaze like consistency that's easy to spread, and because it's white it's easy to make sure that you have covered all surfaces. The end result is more opaque than if you use a clear glue.

Glossy Accents is another good choice for glitter. Because it's clear, the finish will be a bit more transparent. Be sure to spread a thin, even coat for the best results.

UHU is my favorite brand of glue stick because it's fairly dry and won't cause paper or chipboard to buckle. Be careful to avoid clumps and make sure you've covered the entire surface. UHU comes in a purple color that dries to a clear finish and is a bit easier to see. It's great for running around the edges of cardstock or paper and then dipping in glitter to create a sparkly border.

Scor-Tape is perfect if you want to create crisp straight lines. It's a super sticky double sided tape available in four sizes as well as 6 x 6 or 8 1/2 x 11 sheets that can be die cut and then glittered.

Glittered items can be a bit heavy, so a super strong adhesive is a good idea. I love Glue Arts Exteme Adhesive Squares Minis for attaching small things like chipboard letters, and the larger half inch squares for bigger pieces.

The easiest way to store glass glitter is in a plastic container with a snap on lid or in a zip top bag. Both of these options allow you to simply drop the item to be glittered in the container, shake it until thoroughly covered, and then tap off the excess. You may want to use a small soft paintbrush to dust off any stray particles of glitter.

Small salt shakers, sugar shakers, or clear jars are great ways to store and display glitter and they look pretty too! A little shaker of glass glitter with a ribbon and a tag makes a wonderful gift for a crafty friend.

Useful Tips:

Dusting your hands with baby powder before using glass glitter helps keep it from sticking to your hands.

Wax paper is a great surface to work on when glittering. It allows you to add adhesive to items and spread glittered pieces out to dry without sticking. Clean up is easy too! Just crumple up the used waxed paper and toss in the trash.

Even ultrafine glass glitter is sharp and can cause tiny cuts. Use caution when working with the glitter and don't allow young children to use it.

A pair of tweezers comes in handy for holding pieces while you glitter them or placing them on your project.

Glass glitter comes in a tremendous range of colors and grits. The ultrafine{100 grit} is my favorite for most projects, but the 90 grit is a little chunkier and adds more texture and maybe even a little more sparkle.

Be sure to stop by the blog on Monday for a glittery giveaway!

Love Birds Banner/Album

May Arts Ribbon and Glue Arts teamed up this week for a crafting extravaganza! Check out the tutorial for my Love Birds Banner/Album over on the May Arts blog.

To create the banner/album I used my very favorite tape runner in the whole world - the Glue Glider Pro! In my fifteen plus years of papercrafting I think I've used just about every tape runner made, and I can sincerely recommend this one as my favorite. It's so easy to change out the cartridges, there are a variety of refill options, and it never jams up or breaks!

And of course I had to use my Ivory Satin/Pleats ribbon from May Arts! I can't seem to make anything without it these days. This ribbon is so beautiful. It has a luscious, silky sheen and is very versatile. The same goes for my other favorite - silk ribbon. I'm slowly collecting this incredible ribbon in every size and color available. For this project I used the 1.25" Ivory. Gorgeous!

The project also features parts of a wonderful chipboard birdcage book from Maya Road.

Vintage Glass Glitter adds incredible sparkle and a lovely vintage patina as it tarnishes over time.

I used a dreamy palette of creamy ivory, soft blue, and a dash of brown, all accented with silver and aqua glitter. But it's easy to customize this project to any occasion simply by changing the patterned papers used!

Be sure to visit May Arts and Glue Arts today for great inspiration, projects, and giveaways!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Upcycled Book Vase Tutorial

As promised, here is a mini tutorial for making the upcycled book vase. The technique I used to create this project is one of my favorites! It's quick, easy, only requires a few elements, and can be created with a variety of materials. I've used library card pockets, coin envelopes, and of course these 3 x 3 vellum envelopes I found at Joann's. I've dubbed it the "honeycomb" because the  finished product reminds me of the cells of a honeycomb when opened. Although this particular set looks a bit more like a flower because of the v shaped cuts.

All you need to create your own vase is a sharp pair of scissors, Scor-Tape or other double sided tape, and 7 vellum envelopes. {I used 3 x 3 but any size that fits within your book will work} Oh! And a book of course!

For a different look, you can just trim the flap off straight across. But cutting a curve on the back of the envelope creates the flower effect.

Be sure to tape around the edges of 2 of the envelopes so that the ends will be completely secured to your book pages.

Almost finished!

Center the envelopes in the middle of your book and press firmly on each side to make sure they are secure. Pop in the posies of your choice and watch them bloom!

Quick Tip: You may notice in this picture that I have placed a small binder clip to hold a section of pages together on each side of the opened book. This is necessary to make sure the book will remain open. You could substitute vintage clip on earrings, tiny clothespins, anything that will bind the pages together.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Creative Therapy

I don't know about you, but the winter blues have had me in some definite need of creative therapy! Piles of ribbon, stacks of paper, and enough craft supplies to stock a store are tumbling off the table in my studio, but my make-it mojo seemed to have fled out the window! Until I stumbled across this post on Julie Balzer's amazingly colorful blog.{thanks Michelle!}
I decided to join Julie's Art Journal Every Day project and yesterday I created the upcycled book vase/art journal shown above. I'm not sure if it's funky or just junky, but I had so much fun putting it together!

I started with a tattered book that I found called The Countryside Companion. It's filled with lots of great pictures of birds and trees, and other countryside findings.

I used 7 vellum envelopes for the vase. {mini tutorial on this tomorrow!}

Paper flower made from old book page, vintage glass glitter, a scrap of tulle, and a pipe cleaner. Oh! And a very sparkly button!

I decided to make some tags to fill the pockets {when they're not on vase duty!} I grabbed some shipping tags, materials from my ribbon pocket mood board, and my latest obsession: Happy Tape!

Happy Tape is sticky strips of Japanese washi paper and so fun and easy to use! I ordered the Gathering Birds 3 pack on the left, and the Natural 5 pack pictured on the right. My new mission in life is to collect every pattern and color!

Four happy little tags...

Three happy little tags...

and one last glimpse of a very happy art journal!
Now I'm off to play with paint and paper! I wish you lots of happy crafting every day!