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.

 

August 11th, 2015
front of mini journal showing stamped head of vintage lady
 mini journal fanned open
 mini journal fanned open showing calendar theme

It is perhaps a bit early in the year to be making a calendar for 2016. However, that is where my muse lead me. This mini journal, calendar themed, is made from folding one 12″ by 12″ sheet of scrapbook paper. The instructions for making it are here: Folded 3 x 3 Album with Calendar Focus.

I made this mini journal for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, an online mixed media swap group. We called this project Swapped for Fun.  The list owner mailed each participant an identical stamped image. It was the woman’s head that you see on the cover of the journal. We each made a project using the stamped image. We were free to do anything we wanted with the image. The idea is to see what different approaches the members will take.

After some consideration, I decided to use it as the front cover decoration for a small calendar journal. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils, then cut it out using a circular die cut and the Big Shot.

The words “Calendar for Year 2006” are computer generated, as are the printouts of the tiny calendars.

The front and back covers are made with heavy, glittery scrapbook paper, as are the seven tags that are tucked into the page “pockets”.

I decorated with die cuts and occasionally with stickers.

I left the backs of the tags white, but stamped a meaningful word on the back of each, using black ink.

I closed the mini journal by attaching two silver colored decorative buttons to the front and back covers, and running peach colored ribbon through the holes, as shown.

I hope my swap partner likes this project. It was interesting to make.

April 4th, 2015
heart shaped hand made book, fanned open
heart shaped hand made book, wide open.

This is Week 10 in Lifebook 2015, taught by Tamara LaPorte. Its called Layers of Your Heart.

Should you be interested, use this link to visit the Lifebook site: Willowing Arts Lifebook 2015.
For this one, we drew and cut out a number of paper hearts. I used six.

We decorated each heart differently. Each heart represents something we appreciate or are grateful for.

When completed,k we attached the hearts at the bottom tip using a brad or other fastener.

My favorite is the top one, which is blue and has a circular design made with a brass stencil and modeling paste.

March 21st, 2015

doll shaped book This is a project from Lifebook 2015. The project is called Community of Heart Book, and the instructor was Jill K. Berry.

We were shown how to cut out the paper-doll-book shape, which was loosely done the way we made strings of paper dolls when we were kids. The dolls fold up at the “seams” to form a “book”.

We decorated each doll-page to resemble one of our loved ones. Each loved one is holding or showing something that is near and dear to their heart. So I have the football fan, the wine connoisseur, the elegant lady and the gardener.

Each doll has a flap cut in the lower body. Inside the flap, we have written private messages to or about each member.

My book is made from scapbook paper augmented by acrylic paint,  hand drawings and colorings and hand cut embellishments, such as the football and the wine bottle.

If you wish to know more about this year long course, in which you can save all videos to your disk so you can work at your own speed, the link is: Willowing Arts Lifebook 2015.

February 7th, 2015

fat book cover made from jigsaw puzzle My swap group, Art for the Creative Mind, is planning a year long project in which we exchange page for a “fat book” or chunky book.

Fat books or chunky books are books that are four inches by four inches square.

I actually made this book cover a few months back. It is made from a jigsaw puzzle. I painted over the front with a gel medium. When dry, I turned the completed jigsaw upside down, and then glued white card stock on the back.

I cut this into the appropriate size for my fat book covers, and punched a hole in the corner. I will use a binder ring to hold things in place.

The theme is “Many Colours”. I thought the colours on this jigsaw made it appropriate.

July 8th, 2014

A few days ago, I posed pictures of a star-shaped mini book that I made, with a “travelog” theme.

This is the video demonstrating how to make a star book, and showing the inside pages.

May 7th, 2014

journal covers made from a completed jigsaw A while back, I saw a YouTube video showing how to make journal covers out of jigsaw puzzles. I thought it was a neat idea, and since I am a jigsaw puzzle aficionado, as well as a maker of art journals, it was a project that was meant to be.

I used a small 500-piece puzzle from the Dollar Store. I stayed away from a landscape or an image of a specific scene. It would have made complications when cutting.

This puzzle, with the all-over design of candy and lollipops, was easy to cut.

It made enough for one 9 1/2 by 6 1/2 journal and the covers for one 4″by 4″ fat book . There was a strip left over that I will use for inchies or some other type of embellishment.

I bound the books with simple binder rings from Staples.

At some point, I might add an embellishment to the front of the cover, if I get motivated to do so.

The video that I used was made by one of my favorite mixed media artists, Corrine Stubson. Here it is:

December 20th, 2013

image transfer on front of mini album calendar
back of mini album calendar
 mini album calendar fanned open
sample tags for mini album calendar

I found the inspiration and the instructions for this mini album at The Scrapbook Fan Blog.

The mini album itself uses only one 12 by 12 sheet of cardstock or thick scrapbook paper, strategically folded. It makes seven pockets for tags.

I challenged myself to make this entire album using odds and sods from my stash.

The book itself is made from a Tim Holtz scrapbook paper, and decorated with the animals from the same TH series.

I created tags using some scrapbook paper that seemed to match the TH papers fairly well. I decorated the tag fronts with more of the animal pictures. On the back of the tags, I used stamped sentiments combined with black rub-ons.

For the front of the book, I did an image transfer using an image found in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. I transferred it directly onto the scrapbook paper using Gold’s Gel Medium, then I stamped the word DREAM on the front using brown ink.

If found one of my calendars had tiny months for 2014 — so I cut them out, darkened them with Distress Ink, and attached them to the surface of each page.

I used a couple of round things in my stash. I think they are called boshers . I glued the boshers in place and tied the book shut with ordinary string.

December 16th, 2013

front of tag calendar book
inside of tag calendar book
back of tag calendar book
cat looking at tag calendar book

My ragdoll cat, el Gordo, appreciates my tag book calendar. I made this project for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind, in December of 2013.

The calendar was swapped. The cat stayed with me.

I used a square of scrapbook paper that had 12 calendar pages. The pages were blank, so I used a marking pencil to write in the days and the year.

On the front, the year 2014 is made with stickers. The vintage girl is cut from scrapbook paper and the swirls are stamped images.

The pages are tags, although a little on the wide side. I punched holes on the top and fastened the book together with a binder ring. There are six double sided pages, plus a front and back cover.

October 31st, 2013

altered spool book, open
altered spool book, closed
altered spool book, inside

This altered spool book was a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. We were to use a large spool and make a “page”, as shown. The theme was “It was a dark and stormy night.”

I found a large, wooden spool at the Dollar Store. I removed the thread and painted the spool black with black, acrylic paint.

Rather than use paper for the page, I discovered a strip of old film in my stash. Since it was the perfect size, I opted to use it.

For the image to cover the film strip, I generated a computer image using a couple of pictures. One picture was a stormy sky that I took in the Skagit Valley in Washington State one year. The other image was a picture from Graphics Fairy Blogspot. To add the specific Halloween images, I used a free Halloween font fount on the Internet. It was one of those fonts that makes pictures rather than alphabets.

I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 as my photo editing software.

After printing the long photo strip, I glued it to the film strip, then attached the film strip to the spool as shown.

The brown element on the top (and also on the bottom) is simply a couple of buttons from which I have removed the shank.

I added a length of black ribbon so the altered spool book can be tied together.