"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Catching up on August DLP unPlanner

I'm a little late getting to my August month divider.  The theme for the month is: "And Then Again, No - The Power of Saying No."

I used the Bo Bunny divider for August that was in the DLP kit and watercolored some of the chevrons in the borders. I watercolored a black and white dotted paper and sewed it to front of the divider. The pocket and title is made from a Bo Bunny "Calendar Girl" paper collection I had bought which has one paper for each of the months. 

The tag was "built" on a kraft card stock using many layers of paint and stamps.  I typed the theme and added it to the tag which I have done for all the previous months. The ribbon is hand-dyed with Distress ink.

 Here is the divider with the tag in the pocket.

The reverse side of the divider is the monthly calendar. Again, I watercolored the chevron border and used tiny hexagon number stickers from The Reset Girl for the dates. I added cupcake washi tape on all the days of birthdays this month. And there are a lot of them! My oldest daughter, her boyfriend, my son-in-law, my husband, my husband's favorite aunt and I all have August birthdays!

And, last but not least, is this week's PAC. The art challenge was to create a self-portrait. Uh, no, don't think I can draw that! So I decided to do an image transfer of a photo of me as a toddler. The background was a painted piece I'd done for something else so I grabbed it and did a transfer with gel medium. Unfortunately I only had gloss medium and I prefer matte, so the result is a bit shiny. Also, the face transferred onto green and a bit of purple paint so it looks like I'm a bit sickly with a Rudolph nose. But I'm going with it. The butterfly was from a piece of wrapping paper.
This definitely isn't my favorite PAC, but ...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Trip to Chicago - that wasn't!

As it turned out, we never made it to Chicago last weekend! We arrived at Love Field at 6:00 am (yes, I got up at 4:30!) and as soon as we entered the airport we realized something was "wrong." There was a HUGE line at the ticket counters, the kiosks were not working and the monitor showed the first three flights to Chicago cancelled. Bill even tried calling Southwest, but was disconnected twice.

So, since we fly non-rev and there were at least 400 paying customers that were going to need to find available seats, we decided we were not going to make it! We were home by 7 and I promptly returned to bed! It was disappointing as we were going to visit our youngest daughter, Sara, and her fiancé and we hadn't been to Chicago in quite a long time. Oh well...

I'm still trying to catch up on the grand boys' scrapbooks, but I've gotten back to a few art journal pages in the past few weeks. I've missed it!

Both of these pages were "mop up" pages - where I clean off my brush or stencils when I still have product left over from another project. It gives a nice start to new pages and avoids a blank page.

Tomorrow I will be back with more DLP pages.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

I've been Scrapping!

I'm in Chicago for the weekend, but thought I'd post what has been consuming my days lately.

 Back a hundred years ago when I had my children, I never had time to do much in their baby books, much less scrapbooks. So I decided when my first grandson was born I would scrap the first year, with all its many milestones, for him. Then, three months later, my second grandson was born and, of course, I needed to do the same for him.

Fast forward three years and my third and fourth grandsons came along, again three months apart, so that meant being in the middle of creating four scrapbooks!

Four years later, I am still working - on the second volume for each of the older two and the first volumes for the younger two. I think I am caught up for Carl and Drew and will only do pages for birthdays, Christmas and special vacations/trips from now on. The babies' books still have a ways 
to go!

So here are some of the pages I've done in the last few weeks. Some of them, like the Zoo page, were done times 4! I'm mostly doing single-page layouts, but occasionally need double layouts for a larger number of photos. I've also sprinkled in several Project Life-type pocket-page layouts. These are pretty simple and nothing fancy. No flowers or bows for boys!

I'm having fun but what a job! I know it will be appreciated by their moms especially and will be fun to look back at all the special moments of their lives.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

DLP unPlanner - August

Can you believe it's August? Kids are starting to go back to school, but it's still super hot
here in Texas!

I've been delinquent in posting pages for the past few weeks. Two weeks ago, the DLP moderators posted the fifth week of July (since they post prompts every week on Saturday, that fell on July 29 so they considered it another week of July). I considered it the first week of August!  The only prompt was a PAC to incorporate two stencils. I didn't do one as I've done several cards with multiple stencils  in the past.

So now on to August! The August theme is: "And then again, NO - The Power of Saying NO". I have not done my monthly divider yet, but here are the weekly calendars for the first two weeks.

Week 1

The first week I went with a background of pink, yellow and orange - probably inspired by the Texas heat!

Week 2

For the current week I used a foam floral stamp and stamped repeatedly over the background with a turquoise ink and blended with ink to create the background. We are going to Chicago this weekend to visit my youngest daughter and her fiancé so I will have lots of stuff to add to
the last few days of this spread.

The PAC challenge was to use collage.  I started with a painted background and added a strip of the inside of a security envelope on the right side. Over that I added a small piece of tissue tape. The bird image is a black and white print-out left over from some other project. I lightly colored it with my new Prima water-soluble oil pastels. The scalloped border at the top is another security envelope - I love saving these pretty patterns! Then I stapled a small piece of hand-dyed ribbon to the top and doodled around the outside edge.

Friday, July 29, 2016

DLP unPlanner - July

A few weeks ago I posted the beginnings of the July pages in DLP unPlanner; today I'm posting the rest of July.

July's theme was "I Vote Yes" - Saying Yes to New Experiences. Not sure how closely I followed that theme but July is done!

Below is the calendar for the second week of July when I was on my retreat.

The prompt for the PAC that week was to use a stencil. I posted this before I went on my retreat but to refresh your memory, here is that PAC.

Weekly view for third week of July. I used a darling line drawing of Lindsay Ostrom (from an ad for her class) which I colored and glued onto the calendar. I love her girls!

Week 3's PAC art challenge was to use a black background. Although it's hard to see in the finished card, I did start with a painted black card! Then I stenciled over it with a dark violet, added circle stickers and embellished into flowers with several layers of paint, rolled a chevron roller stamp with white paint over all and finished up with lots of machine stitching with orange thread. (I was trying to duplicate what Rae did for hers and it ended up being similar but different!)

The List Ten for Week 3 was to list ten favorite or meaningful gifts you've received.  I used a small piece cut off from a calendar divider I had partially used (about 5" square) and covered it liberally with paints, stencils, stamps, doodling etc. and added the list.

List Ten front

 I did the back similarly but added a vellum quote to the center.

List Ten back
Here is the fourth week (current week). As you can see, I have not filled in Sat. or Sun. yet! The background was done with scraped Dylusions acrylic paints and a light wash of white ink with a chevron roller stamp.

The challenge for this week's PAC is to use a border. I found a scrap leftover from some crayon melting/printing experiments from years ago. I glued it to the PAC base and added a cut scalloped paper border which I doodled on. I saw the flower shape in the print so outlined it with black and white pens to define it.

I included the four PACs into my planner by stacking them in half of a 4-pocket page protector. I used decorative paper and painted reinforcers for the spine with added stitching and then closed the right edge with washi  tape.

The end of the month is my favorite - the Monthly Pocket Picks (adding bits and pieces of memorabilia to a page protector to document the month).  This month I used a full page protector and added my own custom divisions with the Fuse tool. I love using black tags with white pen!  These pockets include highlights from July - Drew's 4th birthday, my annual retreat, little Mitchell's very first haircut, the Grapevine stamp convention, a few purchases and a little shaker pocket to commemorate the 4th of July.



Can't wait to start August!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A little something for me...

When the "She Blooms" paper collection from Bella Blvd was released, I just had to get it. I loved all the bright colors and fun flowers and the touch of black and white. (Click on the link to see this collection if you haven't already seen it.)

Tracy (owner of The Little Blue House) did a beautiful two-page layout sample using the collection and I finally got around to duplicating one of the pages. It is perfect displayed on the 12x12 Bo Bunny clipboard I got at Christmas. I will use this for any future granddaughter I might have, but in the meantime, I will try to find a decent photo of myself and keep this in my art room. It makes me happy just looking at it!

Friday, July 22, 2016

And one more...

I forgot to post this last project from the retreat. It was hanging up right in front of my computer
 and I didn't "see" it!

This is the little banner made from toddler-sized jean pockets. Aren't they just the cutest? 

This project is super simple - add some squares of patterned papers to each pocket, make and adhere a rosette and a few pieces of ribbon, and add letters. I added Stickles to the letters and the edges of the rosettes. The pockets are threaded on a piece of twine with torn strips of fabric between each one. Easy peasy!