Thursday, October 19, 2017

Day 19 Sneak Peek - 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns


Hi everyone! As part of the LeighSBDesigns DT, I'm excited to be participating in the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop sponsored by Terra. Above is a sneak peek of my Day 19 project featuring the image Oddleigh Lizard Boy and Spider by LeighSBDesigns. To see the entire project, pop over to the LeighSBDesigns Blog

Hey, while you are there, why not join the blog hop. There is a new project each day from the participating blogs. You can find the hop list in the sidebar on the LeighSBDesigns  blog. There are all kinds of prizes/blog candy to be won like a free single digi image for each of the weeks of the hop or Leigh's grand prize of 3 images which will be chosen at the end of the month. Check out the details on the blog. There is also a flash sale at Leigh's Etsy shop for the image featured that day by the DT member.


Sound like fun? You betcha :)

Life is good; art is spooktacular!
Bonnie

Monday, October 16, 2017

Joggles Art Journal Adventure - Week 42 Sneak Peek


Hi everyone! It's my turn to choose the prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure so for Week  42, I  have chosen the prompt Puzzled. I have used puzzle pieces on atcs and twinchies before but have never incorporated them into an art journal background. I also included other types of puzzles as well as a very puzzled looking little guy.

You can check out the full post, photos, and my creative process on the Joggles blog. Hope to see you there!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Day 15 Sneak Peek - 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns


Hi everyone! As part of the LeighSBDesigns DT, I'm excited to be participating in the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop sponsored by Terra. Above is a sneak peek of my Day 7 project featuring the image Tangled Witch Hat by LeighSBDesigns. To see the entire project, pop over to the LeighSBDesigns Blog

Hey, while you are there, why not join the blog hop. There is a new project each day from the participating blogs. You can find the hop list in the sidebar on the LeighSBDesigns  blog. There are all kinds of prizes/blog candy to be won like a free single digi image for each of the weeks of the hop or Leigh's grand prize of 3 images which will be chosen at the end of the month. Check out the details on the blog. There is also a flash sale at Leigh's Etsy shop for the image featured that day by the DT member.


Sound like fun? You betcha :)

Life is good; art is spooktacular!
Bonnie

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Day 11 Sneak Peek - 31 Days of Halloween with LeighSBDesigns


Hi everyone! As part of the LeighSBDesigns DT, I'm excited to be participating in the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop sponsored by Terra. Above is a sneak peek of my Day 11 project featuring the image Spell Caster Dark Fairy by LeighSBDesigns. To see the entire project, pop over to the LeighSBDesigns Blog

Hey, while you are there, why not join the blog hop. There is a new project each day from the participating blogs. You can find the hop list in the sidebar on the LeighSBDesigns  blog. There are all kinds of prizes/blog candy to be won like a free single digi image for each of the weeks of the hop or Leigh's grand prize of 3 images which will be chosen at the end of the month. Check out the details on the blog. There is also a flash sale at Leigh's Etsy shop for the image featured that day by the DT member.


Sound like fun? You betcha :)

Life is good; art is spooktacular!
Bonnie

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Day 7 Sneak Peek - 31 Days Of Halloween Blog Hop with LeighSBDesigns


Hi everyone! As part of the LeighSBDesigns DT, I'm excited to be participating in the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop sponsored by Terra. Above is a sneak peek of my Day 7 project featuring the image Wiccan Moon by LeighSBDesigns. To see the entire project, pop over to the LeighSBDesigns Blog

Hey, while you are there, why not join the blog hop. There is a new project each day from the participating blogs. You can find the hop list in the sidebar on the LeighSBDesigns  blog. There are all kinds of prizes/blog candy to be won like a free single digi image for each of the weeks of the hop or Leigh's grand prize of 3 images which will be chosen at the end of the month. Check out the details on the blog. There is also a flash sale at Leigh's Etsy shop for the image featured that day by the DT member.


Sound like fun? You betcha :)

Life is good; art is spooktacular!
Bonnie

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Day 3 - 31 Days of Halloween with LeighSBDesigns ~ a Sneak Peek



Hi everyone! As part of the LeighSBDesigns DT, I'm excited to be participating in the 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop sponsored by Terra. Above is a sneak peek of my Day 3 project featuring the image Lil Miss Oddleigh Witchiepoo by LeighSBDesigns. To see the entire project, pop over to the LeighSBDesigns Blog

Hey, while you are there, why not join the blog hop. You can find the hop list in the sidebar on the blog. There are all kinds of prizes/blog candy to be won like a free single digi image for each of the weeks of the hop or Leigh's grand prize of 3 images which will be chosen at the end of the month. Check out the details on the blog. There is also a flash sale at Leigh's Etsy shop for the image featured that day by the DT member.


Sound like fun? You betcha :)

Life is good; art is spooktacular!
Bonnie

Monday, October 02, 2017

Joggles Art Journal Adventure Week 40 Sneak Peek


Hi everyone! It's my turn to choose the prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and this week I decided to have a little fun with Triangles. Besides including a bunch of the geometric three sided shapes, I featured the design strategy, the visual triangle, to guide the eye around the page. I use the visual triangle often and in this case created three clusters of elements to make the points of the imaginary triangle.

You can check out the full post, photos, and my creative process on the Joggles blog. Hope to see you there!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rust and grungy goodness ~ another junk journal page


Hi everyone. A while ago when I was rusting some safety pins to use in my junk journals and other mixed media art, I used a couple of pieces of white cardstock to set the pins on in the sun once they came out of the soaking solution. When they weren't rusting as quickly as I wanted (yes, I'm impatient), I spritzed them with more of the solution and let them dry again on this same paper. Well, the pins turned out fabulous and ...Bonus...the paper they were dried on was equally awesome. Its rusty and grungy with amazing texture and imprinting. I just knew it had to be another page in my current junk journal. I folded it in half and then stitched around the edges, punched my holes for the binding, and then waited to be inspired.


The problem was that I didn't want to cover the rust and grunge and I just knew that I would want to pet the rusty rough texture. Yes, I do that...LOL. Anyway, I decided that a tuck spot on the diagonal would leave more exposed rusty paper so I went with that. I tore a piece of black cardstock to the angle I wanted and then tore a scrap of designer paper to fit inside the black one while leaving a border on both sides and inked the edges. These two pieces were then stitched on my machine along three sides  leaving the inner edge free to create another tuck spot. The pockety tuck spot thingy was adhered to the background along the outer edges so now I had two pockets to stash things for the price of one :) A die cut doily was scored and folded in half so that it could be wrapped around the outer edge, becoming an element on the front and back of this page.


Because I wanted to leave the rust as exposed as possible, I chose two skinny things for the lower pocket and one for the top pocket. A rectangle of map printed on kraft cardstock was inked and folded in half. Inside, gesso was spread over the faded floral pattern to knock it back so it could serve as a journalling spot. A Lay-away tag purchased from J9Scraps was inked on all edges and the back left blank for writing. The little envelope was a Graphics 45 embellie, into which I inserted a small printed tag from Pixel Market. The ticket from Vectoria Designs was wrapped around to the back which still leaves room to write.


The other side of the page is where the imprinting of the rusty pins was most noticeable. I added some circle and punchinella stamping with Coffee Archival to add to the texture and patterning. 



A 2.5 inch black band was cut and layered over with a 2 inch distressed rectangle of the same designer paper from the other side. This was stitched around and then the stack was adhered top and bottom to the background creating a belly band to hold ephemera. An accordion folded, inked, and sewn length of vintage book paper was centered on the band and was then topped with a die cut corrugated heart and a vintage button.


Here is the finished page with the goodies tucked under the band. There is a downloaded Western Union telegram form, a post card, and a railway ticket, all with journalling room on the back. This double page went quickly because most of the heavy lifting was done by the random rusting and imprinting done by nature.

Thanks for visiting today. I appreciate that so much! Who knows where this junk journal will take me next. It's certainly a place for experimenting and re-purposing...love that!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie


Monday, September 25, 2017

Another page in my Kraft, Black, & Cream Junk Journal


Hi everyone! It's been a while since I posted a page for my on-going WIP, my kraft, black, and cream junk journal. Sometimes life gets in the way of creating for the sheer pleasure of it. I managed to finish a couple more pages so I'm stealing away some time to share the first one here. Most of my pages are in the vicinity of 5.75 x 8.75 inches in size but I wanted to change that up a little so I chopped the length of this one to 7.25 inches. I like when all the pages are not the same and because these are unbound, I can go back and throw in some odd sizes any time I want. I added a punched border on the edge of the page before I stitched around the kraft background and inked the edges with Coffee Archival Ink. Black cardstock reinforcements were punched and adhered around the holes.


The same ink was used to edge the half doily which I used as a tuck spot. It had also been stamped with a Bo Bunny script stamp before it was layered over a strip of selvedge fabric with a fringed edge. I have become quite the hoarder of anything that I think might become an element on a junk journal page...LOL. On top of the doily and fabric strip, I used a scrap of designer paper which already had holes punched on one edge.


I wanted some space for hidden journalling so I folded a 5.5 x 8 inch rectangle of cream cardstock in half and rounded the corners. Coffee archival was used to edge all sides inside and out and faux stitching was added to the front edges only with a sepia Micron pen. I have had this fabulous bee printed burlap trim for ages because I love bee images so I decided to cut a circle around the bee and make it the focal of my little journalling booklet. I layered him over a scrap of  kraft paper with a star punched from it and then coloured in the star once it was adhered to the background. Over that was adhered a scrap of corrugated coffee sleeve inked around the edges with Coffee Archival and scuffed over the corrugation with white gesso. A tiny scrap of cheesecloth bridges the place where the burlap meets the corrugated paper, and an Idea-ology Big Chat sticker provided the word Imagine. The top right corner was finished with punched and inked text stars offset with some black ones to create a shadow effect, as well as three little black enamel dots. A tiny TH paperclip keeps this booklet in place under the tuck spot.


The reverse side of the page was quick and easy. A6 x 6 inch piece of designer paper was cut to fit and the edges were inked with Coffee Archival before it was adhered to the center of the page. Part of the kraft paper which I cut off to change the size of this page was stamped with a ruler stamp using Coffee Archival. This was layered horizontally near the bottom of the page, adhering only the left and right edges to form a band into which I could tuck tags. A strip of corrugated coffee sleeve was inked and adhered over that...love that texture and you can see the slight curve along the top edge.


The larger tag was created by stitching  a rectangle of map paper to one of coffee dyed paper both for stength and to give a journalling spot on the back. Before it was stitched, a music paper scalloped circle was inked and folded over the top edge so it showed front and back. A die cut and embossed butterfly with a threaded button center was adhered to decorate the music circle. The smaller tag was stamped with a second generation text stamp to make the text more faded and uneven. It was stitched around and then inked with Coffee Archival. A tiny envelope was die cut from kraft paper and the heart opening was layered on the back with a scrap of black. The word notes is a TH Chit Chat sticker. A length of lace became the small tag topper and it was held to the larger tag with another paperclip.


The backs of the tags were only embellished with TH rub-ons  to allow lots of space to write.

Thanks for joining me today. I appreciate your stopping by. I have another page for this same junk journal but I will leave that for another post. I am having great fun with this project and am not nearly finished with it yet :)

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, September 18, 2017

Joggles Art Journal Adventure - Week 38 Sneak Peek


Hi everyone. It's my week to choose the prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure and I chose the word Abundance. I'm hoping that people will focus on the wonderful little moments which each day holds, things we often forget to notice or might take for granted. It's easy to get caught up in the negative and what's wrong but I wanted to begin to document some of the things that make me smile or bring me a sense of peace or joy..."ahhhhh" moments. Once I started looking for these things, I began noticing more and more...I could easily have filled a second page and will have this one completely filled in in spite of leaving room to grow.

Anyway, to see the entire page and read about my process as well as seeing step out photos, pop over to the Joggles blog. I'd love it if you did...hmmm, one more thing to add to the list :)

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sneak Peek of my Joggles DT Post - Cheeky Fairy Tags


Hi everyone! It's my turn to create a DT project for the Joggles blog and above is a sneak peek of part of one tag. I decided to make three tags which I can use in my kraft, cream, and black junk journal which I have been working on for a while now. I used some insect wings from a Joggles Collage sheet combined with Tim Holtz paper dolls to feature on layered tags. I also included some of my previously created ephemera paper elements as embellies. I love how these tags turned out!

To check out the full tutorial as well as step out photos, pop over to the Joggles blog where I take you through my creative process. I'd love it if you did!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sneak Peek of my LeighSBDesigns Tutorial Tuesday Post


Hi everyone! Today, it's my turn to host Tutorial Tuesday on LeighSBDesigns blog. Recently, Leigh created two amazing images for a contest on Markers! Papers! Digis! Facebook group: one a colouring page and another a single image. Both featured these amazing Tangled Maple Leaves and being a proud Canadian I just couldn't resist using the single image, Tangled Maple Leaf, for my project today.

Above is a sneak peek of my art journal page where I used the leaf image in three different ways. Pop over to the LeighSBDesigns blog to see the full tutorial and step out photos showing my process. When you get a minute, stop by Leigh's Etsy shop as well. You can see her other unique and inspiring designs...and just wait until Friday...oops, can't say more but stay tuned...LOL

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Sunday, September 10, 2017

U-Paint Metal Crafts Has Arrived at Joggles


The Joggles Design Team was delighted to learn that the Joggles shop would be carrying some of the fabulous metal pieces produced by U-Paint Metal Craft, a division of The Frank Morrow Company based in Providence Rhode Island. These metal pieces are detailed and light weight, providing wonderful focals and embellishments for mixed media projects, home d├ęcor items, and altered books. As a matter of fact, each team member couldn't wait to create an inspirational project to show you some of the possibilities.



The minute I clapped eyes on the detailed scales on this amazing fish and the cluster of shells, coral, and plants, I knew I wanted to create an under-the-sea themed 8 x 10 inch canvas. The long ridged curved pieces became larger plants for the little fish to swim through. To add colour to the metal shapes, I used Copic markers, alcohol inks, and Art Alchemy Sparks paint which has a wonderful shimmer. I added and subtracted to create shading and highlighting, adding darker colours for the shading and using the ink blending solution to remove ink where I wanted the silver base as the highlight.



The background was created with several Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays: Delphinium Turquoise, Bachelor Button Blue, and Sassy Sapphire for the water and Opal Sea Oats for the sandy bottom. Joggles Bubble Blast stencilling was added to the water by spritzing more of the Bachelor Button Blue Starburst Spray through it. Once dry, white Sharpie Paint pen was used to scribble inside the bubbles and Inktense pencil activated with water was used to shade many of them. Charcoal pencil was used to outline several as well. Joggles Background Noise - Sparks Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp was inked with Tree Branch Archival to add pattern to the sand. 



Shells and cheesecloth were added to the sand area to create more dimension and texture. Like the metal pieces, they were adhered with E6000 adhesive. 



Shiny little acrylic dew drops were added to the background to create points of shine as the bubbles come out of the fish's mouth.

What a fun mixed media canvas to create! I love these metal shapes and am so excited about the possibilities that the huge variety presents. To see the other wonderful projects created by the DT and featuring these U-Paint Metal pieces, pop over to the Joggles blog to see the joint post where all of them are shared in one place. Everyone did an outstanding job!

Thanks so much for visiting today.
Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, September 04, 2017

Joggles Art Journal Adventure ~ Week 36 Sneak Peek



Hi everyone. Once again it's my week to choose the weekly prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure. For Week 36, I'm asking everyone to Wing It. Now that could be literally like featuring anything with wings (butterflies, angels, fairies, airplanes...you get the idea) or you could wing it as part of your process like I did with the background. I wanted to use a cloud mask and ink but only had a vague idea about how to do what I wanted so I made it up...and learned a ton...as I went along :)

Above is a sneak peek of part of the page. To see the rest of the page and also see the step-out photos and explanation of my process, be sure to pop over to the Joggles blog. I cannot wait to see what everyone in the AJA Facebook group creates.

Thanks for popping by!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Decorated Paper Clips for my Kraft, Black, and Cream Junk Journal


Hi everyone! Whenever I have  a small window of time, I like to create embellishments for my junk journal. It lets me use up scraps, to finish things by working small, and to have some things ready to go when I have larger blocks of time to create new pages. Plus it's just plain fun! I love working small as a nice change from working on larger pieces of art. I used black 2 inch paper clips and kraft paper cut into 5.75 x 1.5 inch fishtail flags to create the first layer. A smaller flag shape was cut from designer paper to fit inside this kraft layer, leaving a border all around.


All edges of the kraft layers and the designer paper layers were inked with Coffee Archival Ink. A scrap of cheesecloth was also adhered to each designer paper layer, connected in some way to the focal image. Above left, I added a punched corrugated cardboard leaf, a coffee dyed and inked mulberry flower, and a threaded vintage button center. The one on the right has a bird die cut from vintage book text. The bird has a tiny embroidery floss bow and a rhinestone eye. Faux stitching was added to the border of the designer paper flag.


The faux stitching was continued on the left paper clip above. A canvas text printed banner flag was threaded with black and white baker's twine and adhered atop the designer paper. Layered over that is the cheesecloth and a punched corrugated cardboard star. Two brown half pearls finished that design. A small merchandise tag, inked with Coffee Archival Ink before two Idea-ology butterfly rub-ons were added, was adhered to the paper clip on the right. The cheesecloth was tucked under the tag before the tag was glued and also adhered with a brad.


The first of the final two paper clips had brown faux stitching added to the outside edges of the designer paper. A Recollections layered and printed kraft butterfly was adhered over the cheesecloth as the focal for this clip. The last clip has a corrugated cardboard (from a coffee sleeve) die cut heart placed over the cheesecloth and a threaded button adhered on top.

These were a lot of fun to create...so much so that I created a template for both layers to save me measuring each time when I make more. You will see one starring in an upcoming page in my kraft, black, and cream junk journal very soon. Thanks for visiting!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie




Thursday, August 24, 2017

Playing in my kraft junk journal - page 4


Hi everyone! I made some time to create another double sided page for my kraft, cream. and black junk journal. It seems that my mojo is alive and well when it comes to this kind of play, even though it's playing hide and seek for others :) To see the other pages for this same jj, click on the junk journal label in the sidebar.


First, I inked the edges of the kraft page with Coffee Archival Ink. I like the Archival Ink rather than the Distress Ink for this because it is permanent so it won't react to any wet glues or gel medium I might use and if it accidentally gets wet once finished, it won't run. I used the same ink to stencil in a few places with TCW Mini Tile Mania template. For this page, I decided to create a tuck spot along the right side and also the hole reinforcements using more of that fabulous Carabelle Studio black and white packaging paper. I folded in half a 3 inch wide piece which was cut to fit the length of the page and die cut a 3.5 x 1 inch piece of speckled tan packaging to layer over that. As I was stitching around the outside edges of the kraft page, I stitched through the two additional layers on the right side, creating a tuck spot on a tuck spot :)


I had seen various layered butterfly embellishments on Pinterest and had also used the idea on cards and mixed media projects. A gorgeous digital black and white butterfly image was purchased from Etsy and I sized it to 3.75 x 2.5 inches, then printed it on kraft, text, and white card stock. These were fussy cut and stitched together only on the bodies. In order to help the three layers show more distinctly, I used clear dimensional tape between the layers, placing it as close to the bodies as I could. This keeps the wings popped up even after the book has been closed. A tiny Idea-ology paper clip was placed over the heads to create a fun detail, and then the body of the top butterfly was filled with Black Diamond Stickles...oh, the shimmer! Before adhering the layered butterfly to the background, a length of cheesecloth topped by a scrap of mixed media paper torn from a pad were stitched onto the page vertically. This grounded the butterfly and added more texture to the page. When I glued down the butterfly, I made sure to leave the bottom right wing unglued so that my bingo card could tuck underneath, helping it to stay put.


To tuck into the larger pocket, I inked the edges of a Bingo card as well as a library card. Both were free digital images. Both were then stitched around the edges. The backs of both were also inked around the edges. Lines were stamped on the Bingo card and a simple vine design at the the top of the library card. 


I needed something small to tuck into the small flap and noticed a house shaped off cut from a book page which had been made into a fishtail flag. It was already folded in three which I thought would be perfect for a little hidden journalling so I inked up all the edges with Coffee Archival Ink and then adhered the middle section to a piece of black card stock cut slightly larger than the house. This gives strength to the fragile paper and helps the house shape pop. A Stampotique Heart stamp was applied to decorate the blank space on the front. A knotted piece of lace finished off the flap.


The reverse side of this page was initially treated the same as the front. The edges were inked with Coffee Archival and the edges were already stitched. Stencilling was applied here and there with the same ink and Kaisercraft Dots and Dashes stencil.


A #8 manila tag (3 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches) had previously been coffee dyed so it became the base for the layering. A piece of corrugated card stock was cut smaller than the tag and a rectangle of black and white toile paper was cut smaller than the corrugated layer. A strip of black and white ticking striped paper was adhered to the bottom of the toile rectangle and then the three layers were glued together. Where the stripe met the toile, a length of lace was adhered and two buttons which had been sewn together one on top of the other were adhered to the left end of the crocheted trim. A length of music paper, which had been folded in a wonky zigzag and inked, was stitched and then adhered at the bottom of the tag. The tiny tag had been stamped with Coffee Archival and a text stamp, inked around the edges, and then butterfly rub-ons were added. A small piece of the same lace trim was folded and adhered as a tag topper before the tag was adhered to the flat lace trim.


The top portion of the tag has a wooden frame from Gorjuss Girls which was inked with Coffee Archival and then faux stitched with black pen. A sweet image from Paper Whimsy was adhered to the back of the frame before it was glued to the tag. To finish off the tag, a length of sari silk was used for the topper.

Now the page needed a pocket to hold the tag, so a 3.5 x 6 ish  rectangle was cut from the striped paper, scored on the sides and bottom at .5 inches, and folded in. This allows the pocket to have a little more room to accommodate the embellies on the tag. A doily and a scalloped circle were sliced in half and layered onto the top edge. Stitching was done all around the edges, keeping the extra 1/2 flat so that the stitching didn't catch it. All edges were inked with Coffee Archival as was the heart die cut from old book paper. Once the heart was adhered to the black scalloped circle, a vintage threaded button from Gram's sewing box was added. The final touch, which I didn't capture in a photo was to add the music paper reinforcements to surround the holes on this side.

Thanks so much for popping by today. I really appreciate you doing that :)

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sweet Junk Journal Tags

Hi everyone! This is a quick little post to share some sweet little tags I created for use in my junk journal...either the kraft one I'm presently working on or a future one because I know that I am now totally hooked and won't stop at one :) The tags are three sizes ( 7/8 wide x 1.5 inches long; 1 3/8 x 2 5/8; 1 3/4 x 2 5/8) and began life as white tags with white strings. They had previously been coffee dyed, mostly as an experiment to see how they held up to the process. All of the tags were baked to dry and then ironed to get them as flat as possible.


I had purchased some sweet children images which came in 3 sizes from an Etsy shop which seems to have disappeared. The images came with a digital mixed media background. I printed the 1.5 inch size and fussy cut the kids because the background didn't fit the colour scheme I wanted and I also like the look of fussy cut images. All of the images were edged with a black Pitt brush marker.

Using torn scraps of French text and music paper, as well as scraps of packaging, ephemera, and washi tape, tiny collages were constructed on the two larger sets of tags. Some background stamping  was done first before anything was adhered to the tags themselves and the edges of the papers were inked with Coffee Archival ink or in some cases black Big Brush pen. Words were added either with Idea-ology rub-ons or Chit Chat Stickers. which were then outlines in black.


Embellishments were added to finish each tag. In some cases, it was cheesecloth, burlap, or a die cut envelope placed behind the children's heads. In others, lace or burlap trim, punched hearts, stars, and flowers were added. In all cases, string, ribbon, or raffia were used as the tag toppers. The outside edges were inked with both Coffee and Jet Black Archival ink and three were given doodled borders just to change them up...and because I am a mixed media type :) Simple Coffee Archival Ink stamping and the same edging took away the plainness of the backs.


The four smallest tags were not given any images although I did have some that would fit. Instead, the paper was adhered (I used gel medium) and embellies were added. Things such as a coffee dyed mulberry flower with a button center, hearts punched from book paper or corrugated coffee sleeves, a punched card stock star, or a bit of cheesecloth with an Idea-ology brad were used to become the focals. Faux stitching or doodling was done as a border on three and the original coffee dyed strings were used as toppers...although that can easily be changes. The same inking was done to the edges of these tags as was done with the larger ones.

Thanks for popping by today. You know I love that!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, August 21, 2017

Joggles Art Journal Adventure ~ Week 34 Sneak Peek


Hi everyone. Once again it's my week to choose the weekly prompt for the Joggles Art Journal Adventure. For Week 34, I'm asking participants to create or reference a mosaic or patchwork design for their page. I have a ton of scraps from previous projects...off-cuts, mop-up pieces, pieces where I changes my mind, or scraps from play sessions. I wanted to create a mosaic tying these pieces together into a cohesive design and playing with details as I went along. I love this kind of process and the challenge it presents.

Above is a sneak peek of part of the page. To see the rest of the page and also see the step-out photos and explanation of my process, be sure to pop over to the Joggles blog. I cannot wait to see what everyone in the AJA Facebook group creates.

Thanks for popping by!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Friday, August 18, 2017

Kraft Junk Journal Page 3


Hi everyone. I have another double sided page to share which I created for my kraft, black, and cream junk journal. Each page has holes on one edge and fits into a binder type system. To see the first two pages you can look here (pg.1) and here (pg.2). I am playing with different types of paper, pockets, and tuck spaces, learning as I go and having a blast! For this 5.25 x 7.5 inch page, I chose to double a coffee stained sheet of copy paper and stitch it together along the edges to create a pocket. I punched the holes on the left side first so that I could stitch inside them, thereby preventing the tags inside from blocking the holes. A 1 inch half circle was punched from the open end on both sides and then all outside edges on both sides were aged with Coffee Archival Ink.



To make the tuck spot on the front, a page of old book text was folded in half. Two triangles were cut from another page of the same book paper, taking one section from the top and another from the bottom so that the text from all three parts run in the same direction. All edges of the triangles and the folded background were inked with Coffee Archival Ink and then the edges of the background topped with the triangles were stitched by machine, fastening it all together and creating two tuck spots. To dress up the triangles, a scrap of cheesecloth topped with a star punched from packaging were adhered on each.


Now came the fun part of choosing what would tuck in there :) I had an adorable trading card image of a little girl but I wanted it to tuck into both triangles. It was a little too small so I backed it at an angle on a larger rectangle of black card stock. Problem solved. The other piece of ephemera is a Monopoly card from an old game. Both the image and the card were inked around the edges.


The back of the pocket page had these awesome coffee stains which I was reluctant to cover. A length of crocheted lace was adhered over the stitching beside the holes. A tiny post card tag from an ephemera pack was inked and then adhered only on the half containing the hole. This created another tuck spot.


A 3.75 x 6 inch rectangle of designer paper was corner-rounded, inked, and folded in half to create a journalling spot inside. It was held shut with an Idea-ology paper clip decorated with a length of tiny coffee dyed rickrack. Also tucked under the tag was a row of vintage tickets, inked front and back on the edges. To add a little something extra to the page, a wooden word spelling love was inked and adhered to the post card tag.


All that was left was to fill the inside of the pocket. I decided to keep it simple, adding a double sided page torn from an old teacher's math book as well as a piece of  an old map which was blank on the other side, leaving lots of room for writing. It was edged with Coffee Archival ink on both sides. To add a little interest to the peekaboo cut out circle, two circles (one 1.5 inch and the other 1 inch) were punched from the black and white checked packaging paper. These were folded in half and adhered to the tops of the two insert pages so that they showed in the half circle openings on both sides of the pocket. I also like how it brings that same black and white detail from the stars to the other side of the page. Repetition lends continuity.

Thanks for stopping by today to check out my latest junk journal page. If you haven't already discovered this group, I highly recommend that you check out the Junk Journal Junkies Facebook group and JJJ Chat group. There are amazingly talented people there who very generously share their knowledge as well as their talent. I am so inspired by their projects and regularly follow the links to their YT videos. So much fabulous inspiration!

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie

Monday, August 14, 2017

My Kraft Junk Journal - Page 2


Hi everyone! I'm here to share another Junk Journal page which I created for the JJ I started here. For this page, I decided to use a 5.5 x 8.25 glassine bag which I purchased with some other fabulous ephemera from an Etsy seller called J9Scraps. I can't say enough great things about Jeannine's products and customer service. She sent my treasures, all carefully and beautifully packaged, the morning after I ordered. She's awesome! Anyway, I started by punching the holes in the sealed ends of the bag and then cutting and adhering book printed reinforcements. That gave me the line where I wanted to machine stitch, both to add the detail and also to prevent the tag from blocking the hole openings.


I adhered strips of TH ruler stickers to the top of the front section of the bag and both the front and back of the back section. I did this to strengthen the glassine so that it would stand up to the tag being pulled in and out. It also looks fun :)


The tag created to fit inside the glassine bag was cut from the same kraft paper that came with the book. It was cut to 7.25 x 5.25 inches with the upper corners sliced off at an angle to create the tag shape. All sides were machine stitched and then inked with Coffee Archival Ink using a mini ink blending tool. Stencilling and stamping were done on the tag with Coffee Archival Ink using  Carabelle Studio Weft Fabric and Numbers template and a TH spatter stamp. A stack of layers was created with a piece of handmade text printed paper, a ripped strip of music paper, two torn pieces of corrugated coffee sleeve, and an Etsy image which had been stitched around. All pieces were inked around with Coffee Archival Ink before anything was adhered. A corner from a coffee dyed paper was tucked under the right side of the focal image and a vintage threaded button was added to that. Overlapping the image and layers of the background, was a strip of striped and frayed fabric with a black Big Chat Sticker adhered on top of that. A little extra stitching design was added with a VLV stamp to tie the music paper to the background on the right side.



The back of the tag was stencilled with TCW Harlequin Stencil and the same spatter stamp using Coffee Archival Ink. A journal spot from Bo Bunny was cut to fit the tag as a tuck spot. Both the journal paper and the tag were inked around the edges with Coffee Archival and the journal page was adhered to the tag only along the flat edge. The butterfly, another TH sticker (which I've had for years and never used) was glued to the flap.To create a topper for the tag, a length of measuring tape twill ribbon was folded in half and stapled to the top. To disguise the loop where the ribbon was folded, a threaded vintage button (thank you, Gram) was adhered on top of it.


Two pieces of ephemera, from an Art-C package, were edged and stamped with Coffee Ink and attached to the tag with an Idea-ology tiny paper clip. The back of the Toys tag was stencilled with the same Harlequin stamp and a scrap from the journal spot was added to the top edge. The music paper has another song on the back of it.

So not only am I loving the creativity which is tapped (and challenged) by the Junk Journalling process as well as all that I am learning as I go, but I also am totally loving using things that have been in my stash for ages and mostly ignored. It's amazing when you change your focus, how you can see uses for things that you didn't bother with before. Anyway, thanks for joining me today. I appreciate your company :)

Life is good; so is art.
Bonnie