Sunday, September 19, 2010

when it rains it pours

well i have been feeling a bit overwhelmed you know that saying when it rains it pours well i've been feeling it and maybe you have too. so the journal prompt: write how you feel today

1. i found a picture that i thought represented how i felt

2. i used tissue paper and craft paper to embellish my page.

3. i used markers to draw scallops and made a nice journaling section for my page.

4. i used a paint maker and let the paint  drip out a little and then i use a napkin to smear it.

love and cupcakes


here's a little pre view

ill be back later to post the whole journaling page but here is something that will hold you over until then.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

windy days

 i thought since it was fall that i would journal about one of my favorite things i love doing during this kind of weather.journal prompt: write about something you love doing during the fall season. 

1. find some old book pages or you can rip them from a book. i used two

2. use a picture you feel represents the weather or what you love doing during the fall

3. glue the book pages to create a background and layered the picture on top.

4. i used Japanese masking tape to add some color, and i also used paint pen to draw scallops on the edge of the picture to create some visual interest 

full page


love and cupcakes


Friday, September 17, 2010

Show and Tell:Friday Fun Edition


the first batch


♥ is calling

open your eyes


Day 1 : cover

Life Story Journal 9

Best Friends 09 Book : Page 4

This Path I'm On


These are a few of my favorite pages i have found on flickr!
Peace & Love


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Technique: masking tape block out

I came up with this idea after one of Jes's painting projects ( i was kinda jealous of the pretty colored mask after you peal the tape off)

1. Tape with masking tape/ or blue painters tape any shape you want.
2. Pick a color you want and paint the whole page that color even over the taped areas. Wait till the page dries.
3. Find an image you feel represents the page ( i chose Florence because i am kinda obsessed with her at the moment.) Glue down.
4. I added two different types of Japanese masking tape to my pages to add a little more color and texture to my page.
5. You are ready to journal: What ticks you off, for me it was not believing in my ability to create good works of art. this is for you to be real with yourself so don't be afraid to let it all out!

 (closer details of my page)

Peace & Love,


Monday, September 13, 2010

Getting Supplies

I think i should take time in saying this because when i first started out art journaling i was super confused and intimated. Especially when it came time to gather supplies, i was that person in the craft store looking at all this stuff and getting so overwhelmed that i had a panic attack. after taking one of polka dot robots journaling classes i realized that i didnt need to freak out over not knowing what to get. Here are some of the things i really love using in all my journals.

1. Paint.

I love paint, No I LOVE PAINT! any kind of paint. it can instantly change the color of the paper to something you can work with instead of the white page you have an instant fear to. Jes sometimes uses watercolor to paint her pages (you know the cheap dollar sets) and she gets some beautiful rich bright colors for her pages. I like to use acrylic paint just because i have it. if you have some basic colors you can really mix anything that suits you.

2. Paper.

I find that i use really cheap old books that i find at the thrift stores or at discount stores. I have been using pages from a hardy boys book to layer on my pages. I also use scrap booking paper but i don't spend to much money on it i always look for the clearance aisles because they have tons of it on sale. you can get some really amazing papers for really cheap.  i also use the inside of envelopes you know like when you open a bill and they have a pretty pattern inside.

3. Source images.

I get most of my images from catalogues. a few i subscribe to are : Anthropologie, Toast, Jcrew, and Free People.
(i have had trouble getting urban outfitters catalogues because the website doesn't really work for me but when in store i tend to grab a couple when they are lying around)
I also use magazines like Nylon, Marie Clare, and the in store H&M magazine.
I sometimes print out images but for me it takes way to much effort for me to plug in the laptop to the printer.

4. Embellishments

I like to use Japanese masking tape ( i got mine in anthropologie but you can get it at or try google.) i also use regular masking tape and just paint over it with my acrylic paint. that way i can make it any color i want. i also sometimes use lace or ribbon. I have seen people use buttons, fabric, and odds and ends in their journal as embellishments.


I use a lot of different types of pens my favorites are the micron fine tips they come in a pack. i also use paint markers, colored pencils, i some times write in with acrylic paint with a paint brush i usually will try any kind of solid pen until i get a desired result

6. Every day odds and ends.
i always tend to find things people think as trash to use in my journals. like using a paper doily(some restaurants serve their hot drinks with a doily) or gallery show hand outs (when on a weekend trip we went to Columbus and they had small fliers for you to take to remind you of a show. there you have a free artists print for you to use in your journal.) or if you buy online like etsy some people send business cards with your purchase there is another embellishment you could use!

7. The glue that holds it all together!
I use Tacky glue. you all know the kind the one in the gold bottle. for me it holds everything down even fabric. some times i also use a mini stapler but thats only to make sure the lace/fabric stays in place after using tacky glue.

I hope this helps to get your small stash of stuff going. i know when i started vivs small post on how to gather the supplies i needed really helped me!

Peace & Love,

Images found and


Fall Confessions

(full page view)

Today i thought it felt like fall. So i decided to do a page in some of my favorite colors and papers.

1.I chose some old book pages (courtesy of the hardy boys) and i layered them to cover most of my page. 
2. I went through my scraps of scrap booking paper and found some pretty blue wallpaper like paper and used it to add a little more interest on the sides of my page. 
3. At the top i used some Japanese masking tape just to add one more color (you can also use regular masking tape that you painted over with paint)
4. I grabbed an image from a catalogue that i thought fit this topic and placed it slightly overlapping the bookpages and the scrap booking paper.
5. You are now ready to journal : what makes you feel like fall Or what traditions you feel you have when the leaves change color? 

(detail views on the page)

Peace & Love,