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!

10 comments:

  1. I love these kind of books! Yours is lovely.

    Danielle

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  2. love your book paper flower! looks like a fun project.

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  3. Kim - OH KIM!! This is the most beautiful thing I've seen in the longest time!!! WOW! I cannot wait for your tutorial tomorrow and I feel that collecting Happy Tape is a very rewarding goal!! LOVE LOVE your new background and banner too!!

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  4. This is so wonderful!!! I think your flower is lovely- and those tags- THOSE TAGS!!!!! Be still my heart! :) I have yet to get any washi tape- and not sure how I've resisted- you are certainly a bad influence on that front! :D
    I have plans for my 7 gypsies.... need.more.hours.....!
    (love the new blog look too!)

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  5. Sounds like a perfect project for a winter's day! It looks fabulous. ::Jill

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  6. Kim,

    Love those Happy Tapes. Had not seen those, perhaps we need to get some!
    Your book vase is inspiring. I got caught up searching through several blogs. Now back to reality and retail.......thanks for break!

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  7. Beautiful project !!
    Those tags are awesome !!

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  8. First your email does not work.
    Here is the message I tried to send
    Despite many attempts I am unable to post the widget for Art journaling Every Day to my blog. Did you have a problem? How did you do it?

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  9. Hi Monica! Thanks for letting me know about my email. I will check it out to make sure it is working. To post the Art Journaling widget you need to save the picture to your computer, then go to add a gadget in blogger. Select the Picture option and include a link to the art journaling every day section of Julie's blog. Please let me know if you have any problems and I'll try to help

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