Friday, June 29, 2012

{Best of Prima Ribbonistas at May Arts!}

May Arts is spotlighting the best of the Prima Ribbonistas projects on their blog this week! I shared 3 of my favorites, and you can also see amazing creations from 2 of the other Ribbonistas and win prizes if you leave a comment here!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

{Curio Journal}

So many of my favorite May Arts ribbons pair beautifully with the vintage vibe of Graphic 45, so I am excited that this week is a blog hop with these two amazing companies! I received products from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe Collection including pretty patterned papers, chipboard stickers, metal brads, and adorable mini metal clothespins. I decided to use them to jazz up the plain Jane cover of one of my art journals.

I'm fond of this journal because it's the first one I ever made using the coptic binding method. The covers are upcycled from a discarded book and the inner pages are mixed-media paper that's perfect for watercolors, paints, inks, collage, or anything else I want to splash on them! But I have to admit the plain cover could use a bit of sparkle!

I wanted to create a dimensional opening in the cover that looks like a peek into an old shop window full of curious and beautiful things. You could do this with a store-bought journal or even a composition book! Here's how:
*Cut out the center of a 2-piece chipboard die-cut and trace around it with a sharpie.
*Use a sturdy craft knife to cut out the opening. Sand the edges if necessary.
*Set the chipboard piece aside and decorate the cover as you wish. After the journal is decorated, put adhesive on the back of the center chipboard piece, place it inside the frame, and then press it down to adhere it to the first page of your journal. This will ensure that the placement is perfect.
{For my journal, I painted the cover with a little gesso, allowed it to dry, then used a baby wipe to add some Broken China & Peeled Paint Distress Ink here and there.}

After the gesso and inks are dry, the next step is to add some pretty patterned paper to the cover. I trimmed a piece of Olde Curiosity Shoppe paper 1" shorter than the cover on all sides. Glue the paper to the front cover, cut out the window with a craft knife and glue the outer piece of the chipboard as a frame for the opening.
Black sheer/looped trim from May Arts adds a finishing touch all around the edges of the paper!

I added some Graphic 45 stamped metal brads to the corners for a bit of interest. I removed the metal tines on the back of the brads by simply twisting them off, and used extra-small foam squares to attach them. Much easier than punching holes!

The journal is looking much better, but still needs a couple of finishing touches. A butterfly cut out from the Butterfly Specifics paper looks lovely perched on the corner of the frame. Fold the butterfly in the center after you cut it out to add some dimension and attach it to a corner of the chipboard window frame with a foam square. 3 metal clothespins with stamped words add an inspiring element to the edge of the cover.
Now I love my jazzed-up journal more than ever! Thanks to May Arts and Graphic 45 for sponsoring this fun project! Hop on over to the lovely blogs listed below for lots more inspiration and ideas! Happy hopping everyone!

Monday, June 18, 2012

{Garden Biss}

The gardens in our area seem especially lovely this year! We're doing our bit to add to the charm by planting a row of peppermint pink hydrangea bushes along the side of our house. I love the huge fluffy blooms of these plants, and they remind me of summers past when I was a little girl playing outside all day. My aunt lived next door, and she had one of these beauties in her yard. My brother and I were drawn to it like bees to honey, but we were forbidden to pick the flowers. One day, overcome with summer heat and the joy of playing tag in her huge yard, we stripped the bush of all its blooms and pelted each other with them in a "snowball " fight! I'll leave the consequences to your imagination, but even now I remember how much fun we had, until she came outside and caught us. I understand now why she guarded those precious blossoms, but it seemed obvious to me then that those big balls of petals were meant for tossing in the air with wild abandon! I'm not planning any "snowball" fights with my own hydrangeas, but you never know when the summer heat will addle your brain and make it seem like the best idea ever.

Monday, June 4, 2012

{Published in Pages}

Hello everyone! I am over the moon to let you know that 3 of my projects have been featured in volume 2 of PAGES magazine by Cloth Paper Scissors! It's long been my dream to have my work featured in a print magazine, but I always hesitated to submit anything. What if they didn't like it? My dreams would be crushed!
My sweet friend Michelle encouraged me to be bold and just do it, so I submitted some of my favorite projects, and here they are in all their glossy glory! And the best part is, Michelle submitted a spread from her art journal that got published too! How fun to be featured in the same magazine as my very dear friend!

One of the projects, the upcycled book vase, is very quirky and odd, but I love it anyway! I posted a tutorial for making a similar one here if you're interested.

The burlap and bling journal wrap is a project I created for the May Arts Design team. You can visit the original post here, or get a printable tutorial here.

I adore this gorgeous organza ribbon from May Arts, and used it for the spine  and the interior pages of a very vintage, very shabby altered book!

I want to give a big thank you to the editors at PAGES for sharing my work in their amazing publication! It's not often that dreams come true, and I'm so grateful that you made one of mine a reality!