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August 12th, 2015
front of mini journal showing gold embossing and rosette
 mini album back cover with stamped clock

I seem to be on a roll making these mini albums recently. I made this one after being made aware that a friend is celebrating a landmark birthday soon. I decided to make her a small scrapbook album using this design.

The instructions for making the fold are found here: Folded 3 x 3 Album with Calendar Focus.

The album uses one sheet of 12 by 12 paper, folded to make several 3 x 3 “pages”.  Each page has a pocket, resulting in seven pockets.

For the album front, I used bookboard for firmness, then covered with textured paper. I added a strip of thing gold metal that I had dry embossed using an embossing folder and the Big Shot.  I added a gold rosette made with a Tim Holtz die.

For the back cover, I used a larger strip of embossed gold metal, and a stamped image of a clock face. The text circling the clock face reads “The Best of Times.

Since this is a scrapbook, I used a digitally edited photograph for each page front, trimming with small embellishments such as rub-ons or stamped text.

I used a travel theme on the seven tags. The recipient has travelled quite a bit and taken photos. I used her own photos for the background images on the tags, and used Photoshop Elements to add a travel-related quote on top of each photo.

I tied the small scrapbook closed with a strip of beige organza ribbon.


June 21st, 2014

mixed media collage taught by jenniebellie This is the picture I made for Lifebook 2014, Week 21. It is taught by the mixed media artist, and the title given was Wonderful Words.

I did not complete the entire project as directed. We were meant to do a lot of journaling aimed at promoting self growth. Sometimes I am in the mood for self growth and sometimes I am not. This time, I was not.

The small filing folder-shaped image was supposed to open up to reveal pages of journaling. I did not do this. I simply made a folder shaped background and drew my girl’s face on the front.

The collage background is colored with various paints and inks.

I made the flowers from papers, eyelets and rickrack.  Some of the papers contain writing that I did on the paper before shaping the flowers.





December 6th, 2013

art journal entry with melted wax I am a less than enthusiastic art journal person. For whatever reason, the process just doesn’t inspire me. I greatly appreciate art journals made by others, but personally, not so much.

At Art for the Creative Mind, we had a challenge in which we were to use wax in our journaling. This is what I came up with.

I drew the bird and the tree freehand. Then I covered the page with melted candle wax. I attempted to colour the bird with melted candles of various colours.  I added a little stamping on top of the melted wax and some journaling with coloured pencils. Lastly, I punched out a few leaf shapes and glued them on.


I called the page “Cedar Wax Wing” in a fit of whimsey.



June 13th, 2013

z fold card open, showing photo of dogwood trees in blossom
z fold card closed, showing tag enclosed

I made this Z-fold card for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. The theme was “trees”.

I used a photograph that I took of a flowering dogwood tree. Dogwood is British Columbia’s official flower.

I sized and modified the photo using Adobe Elements and printed it out on glossy photo paper.  I guess you could consider this a form of scrapbooking, given that I used a photograph.

In the bottom picture, I showed a tag that I made and included in the card. The tag explains the legend of the dogwood and mentions its status here in BC.

Although I did not do much embellishing for this project, I did add a strip of gold sticker on the tag, and also some black and white fibre.

March 16th, 2013

card with four women and stamp saying Some of Us Are Too Cute to Take Life Seriously I have a favorite stamp that I rarely use. It’s a sentiment stamp that reads, “Some of us are too Cute to Take Life Seriously“.

Playing in Paradise Challenge #108 is to use a favorite item in the project. So voila! Here we are.

The card has a photograph of four friends who belong to an online mixed media art group.  I won’t name them but let’s just say that I am one of this motley group. The woman on the far left was not present at the meeting. She is with us in spirit thanks to the powers of Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.

The sentiment is stamped with watermark ink and heat embossed using a gold embossing powder.

I added a couple of little gold pins in honor of the member who excels at fabric art and tossed on a gold photo corner just for the heck of it.

I made three of these cards and they are going to the three other women in the picture.

Is this scrapbooking?  Sort of, I guess.

December 15th, 2012

heritage scrapbook page

This layout is entered in the Playing in Paradise Challenge # 97. The challenge indicated it was a Christmas challenge — and this is not a Christmas themed layout. It is in a book that will be a Christmas gift, however, so perhaps that will work!

I am making an 8 1/2 by 8 1/2 memory album as a Christmas gift for my cousin.  The scrapbook has a heritage theme. Most of the photographs were taken in black and white.

The woman in the photo is my late grandmother. The picture was taken in 1917, at a farm near Rapid City, Manitoba, Canada.

I have done the journalling  digitally, directly on the photo.

The small blue rosettes are hand made freestyle, using blue card stock.

The second side of the layout will have the same colors, but in reverse. It will show a photo of my late mother and my late grandmother standing side by side.


December 15th, 2012

two cd mini albums with theme 12 days of Christmas

two cd mini albums with theme 12 days of Christmas
two cd mini albums with theme 12 days of Christmas

I made two CD mini albums this holiday season. One is a gift for a friend, and is essentially a small scrapbook. The other is a decoration with the theme, 12 Days of Christmas. The latter was for a friend I have not yet met in person — a Secret Santa gift in our group, Art for the Creative Mind.

The CD or DVD disks are covered with scrapbook paper, and bound with card stock hinges. The hinges allow the book to be opened, or to fan out like a flower when stood upright.

I used the Joys of the Season cartridge for the Cricut. You can get Cricut information at this Amazon link:   cricut personal electronic cutting machine

The dancing girl and dancing man on the front are made with Memory Box dies and the Big Shot.

The red rosette is made with the Tim Holtz rosette and the Big Shot.

The gold snowflake in the center of the flower is an old pair of clip on earrings. I removed the clip on part with wire cutters.

See the video below for the inside look, and to see the mini albums standing upright.


November 20th, 2012

CD album, front and back
CD album, front
CD album, fanning open

I made this small CD mini album as a Christmas gift for a friend. Essentially, it is a small, hand made scrapbook with accordion hinges for binding and covered CDs for the layouts. Since I have altered CDs, this project is also considered altered art, I suppose.

I have made CD albums many times, but this is the first one I have done designed with Christmas or winter holidays in mind.

The layouts contain photographs and are decorated with die cuts made using the Cricut Expression 2 Electric Cutting Machine .

The cartridge is Cricut Cartidge, Joys of the Season.

On the back, I made two die cuts representing Ladies Dancing. The ladies are from the Joys of the Season cartridge.

On the front, to represent  Lords a Leaping, I used a die from Memory Box.

Other miscellaneous trim include stickers, ribbon and of course, scrapbook paper.

I have entered this project in the Playing in Paradise Challenge #93.

April 17th, 2012

outside covered of altered book with house shape
altered board book fanned open to display doors
inside layouts of altered board book with house shape

I have been working on an altered book. I haven’t made one in ages. At one time, I was a big fan of this art form but for a while I lost interest. Now they seem fun again.

In any case, the project was to make a house-shaped item with a theme of “Garden Adventures“.

This is my offering. I started out with a Telletubbies kids’ book that had a shape that somewhat resembled a house. Adding a roof made of corrugated card stock made the house shape more pronounced.

The book has six inner layouts. The right side of each layout contained a door that opened to a scene.

In my project, I placed a garden photograph behind each door. I tried for a different garden theme for each page. Since I used only photographs that I took personally, I was limited to what was in my digital collection. There is a photograph of a rock garden, a vegetable garden, a rose garden, a hanging basket, a flowering tree and of a field of flowering tulips (agricultural gardening).

The entire project is distressed,since I hoped to replicate a weather beaten garden shed.

Tomorrow I will post a video demonstration that I made of this board book — or is it a scrapbook? Or is it an art journal?

You be the judge.

January 10th, 2012

ATC made using journaling under ice technique I made these ATCs (artist trading cards) for a swap. We are working through techniques using a different letter of the alphabet each month. This month, the technique had to start with J. I created my own technique for this, which I named Journaling Under Ice.

They don’t show up too well here, but in real life, the technique is quite nice.

Supply List:

1. Card Stock for backing

2. Printer paper in color of your choice

3. Watermark ink such as Versamark

4. Clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)

5. Heat Gun

6. Alcohol Inks in color of your choice

7. Embellishments as desired

How to:

Prepare a page of journaling. You could do this by hand using colored pens and paper, or you could use computer generated journaling, as I did. I used MS Word to write a page of nonsensical journaling. I selected a font that resembled hand writing and used brown for my text color. I printed this out and cut the page into pieces of the size needed for ATCs.

I glued these paper pieces of card stock that was 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches in size. I smeared watermark ink over the journaling then sprinkled with UTEE.

I used the heat gun to melt the UTEE, adding more UTEE as needed.  You could choose to continue adding UTEE and melting it until you have a thick layer of “ice”.  You can also choose whether to heat the UTEE until it is smooth as “ice” or leave it bumpy.  Real ice that freezes outdoors is often bumpy.

When the UTEE has hardened, sprinkle various colors of alcohol inks over top and swoosh that around a little if desired.

Decorate your card as desired.


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