Month: February 2017

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CutCardStock Design Team Announcement and Sample Haul

I am very pleased to announce that I’ve been picked to be a part of the 2017 CutCardStock design team. Every month I will be creating two themed projects made with CCS products and featuring my process on their blog. I will also be cross-posting here, because why not share the love?

I am trying to figure out whether or not I’d like to do video process of all my projects. Looks like precedent is set with everyone doing step-by-steps with photos, so we will see.

The schedule for the next year has been set. March’s theme is Spring/Sympathy and we have to use the curious metallic cardstocks, so I am already starting to plan ahead.

For now, take a look through my haul of goodies. Can’t wait to show you how I use them in the coming months!

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DIY Traveler’s Notebook Insert // Standard Dot Grid // Hand Sewn & Heat Embossed

Traveler’s Notebook inserts are basically just massive pamphlets. You can make them out of 8.5×11 sheets of paper and you can print whatever you want on them. I decided to use a dot grid pattern, so that when I draw my calendar boxes and lettering, it’s easier to keep straight. I found the pattern on the internets for free from Papernerd and printed it front to back. Everything is explained pretty simply in the video.

If you’re interested in handmade TN inserts or journals in general I may be interested in working them into the shop inventory. Just let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d be happy to personalize them with heat embossed calligraphy, too!

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Plan With Me February Week 4 – Introducing My Personal Bujo

Starting a fresh weekly spread and introducing a little black journal I am using for personal things!

A lot of my time off-camera this week was spent with my personal bujo, as well as growing a new relationship with my Pigmentology bujo. I realized that collecting lists was key to keeping me organized/on-task and I definitely wanted to continue doing that. Am looking forward to keeping more collections for projects in the coming weeks.

I am making a new dot grid insert and starting fresh for the month of March, so this spread will be the last weekly until end of February/start of March.

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Mixed Media “Word” Series Part 2 – “Chaos” – Video

Continuing this series with the word “chaos” for inspiration feels about right when considering the state of the world at the moment. I just sort of went with it.

I had grabbed this hardcover book about the cinema at a used book store for a dollar – the spine was coming away so I gutted it with the intent to make a new journal. That part is in process, but the gutted part I saved for such projects as these.

I knew I wanted to submit this piece to a local show and mostly wanted to focus on making it look and feel cohesive. I experimented with layering mediums that I don’t normally layer and some happy accidents occurred along the way.

For those interested, I promise to update if/when this or any of my other pieces make it into a local exhibition. I have been working on some other things behind the scenes..!


 

 

To shop some of the items used while making this mixed media piece, check the links below:

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Plan With Me February Week 3 – Task Managing & Stamping with Tombows

In my last (first) planner blog/video I walked you through my old planner and showed you how I learned from my past mistakes with my old weeklies in my traveler’s notebook. Now, going forward, I am using the first insert in my notebook for weekly planning and using aspects of the bullet journal system to keep me organized.

If you’d like to learn more about proper bullet journaling, I really recommend checking out Boho Berry and her videos. I am not following the “bullet journal” guidelines strictly, but rather using them as an inspiration and incorporating them into my own planner process.

This was a great start to the week and a fun way to bring some life to my spread by using the Recollections fruit stamps with Tombow markers.

I ended up adding even more to it once the cameras were off, especially as I went about my day and changes some plans around.

What I really love about this system is how flexible it is. If I don’t get something done it is no big deal to simply move it to the next day, or whenever I can get it done. Tasks that are priorities get done quicker and the ones that are not quite priority fall a bit behind, but that is natural – I am happy to see how it influences my work flow.

I am hoping to get into showing how I use my other two inserts quite soon, so I hope you’re enjoying these planner videos as much as I enjoy making them!

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Past Planner Flip-Through & Weekly Spread “Plan With Me” Lettering for February

I am really a hot mess when it comes to using paper planners. But I am determined to make it work for my business especially, because I have found a lot of methods with bullet journaling to be quite beneficial, and I find the process of writing things down/sketching in a planner to be therapeutic. Everything seems a lot less overwhelming when you get it down in bullet/list form or break it up into chunks and manageable tasks.

I normally use the notes in the phone for EVERYTHING. But I’ve used planners on and off over the years, to some success. Most diligently since last year.

In the video above you’ll see as I go through a Moleskine planner from 2016 that didn’t work out well for me due to paper issues. I then switched to a traveler’s notebook that I bought from Callicrafty on Etsy, which I’m much happier with. I lost sight of my goals and started incorporating too much personal tracking/life managing into a calendar that was supposed to be single-focused, so I’m glad I was able to review things and identify that.

Going forward, my goal will be to keep this travelers notebook for Pigmentology-related content only. That way I can schedule Youtube videos and shop updates and other things all in one place without everything getting cluttered and overwhelming.

So we’ll see how this goes, and I hope to keep updating… Especially as I intend to start making more books/notebooks and inserts. I used to do book making a lot in college, for some reason it had been intimidating me, but then I gutted an old book today and got my mojo back. Or I will once I get the signatures stitched in.

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 5 – Eclipse

The #52CafeCards Challenge by Marta of Maremi Small Art (Facebook group page is where most of the action happens) continues!

For “eclipse” I wanted to focus on some watercolor techniques but really had no idea how it would all come together. Lots of the time when it comes to layering, it’s all about seeing how things build up and going from there. So I started with a book page, covered it in gesso so that the colors would lift if I needed them to, and went for it.

You can see from the video that not every step of the process turned out how I wanted. I definitely will be utilizing these techniques in different ways for future projects, but I really love how building up the layers creates such texture to the final result.

I contemplated removing more of the paint through the stencil, but decided against it. Once I got the black eclipse on there and outlined in white, I was happy with how it came together.

Coming up next will be the prompt “folk” – and hopefully some other videos on the horizon soon!


 

To shop some of the items used while making this piece, check the links below:

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#52CafeCards Challenge – Card 4 – Dragonfly

The #52CafeCards Challenge by Marta of Maremi Small Art (Facebook group page is where most of the action happens) continues!

The “dragonfly” prompt immediately made me thing of summer. Or when I used to float in the pool at my grandmother’s house in Florida and a dragonfly would buzz right into my hair. I see them skimming across water on a loop in my mind.

I had a bunch of cheesecloth on hand and thought it would be great to create a base texture. Gesso sticks it on and simultaneously primes the surface for the opaque watercolor.

I wanted the dragonflies to have lots of dimension so I embossed them twice. I considered going back over and over again but didn’t want to overdo it. I may experiment again soon with techniques that involves building embossing powder onto itself.

This card came together quite quickly, as all of these are tending to. I especially enjoy that I am sticking to a typewriter title for all of them that says something simple. As some are flat and some are more 3D, it is nice to have a unifying design aspect to them.

“E” for Eclipse is up next, and soon, as I am catching up all at once after a bit of a break. The video just has to be edited. Then will come “Folk” – which I have no idea what I’ll do with, but I immediately think about music?


 

To shop some of the items used while making this piece, check the links below: