Monday, August 23, 2010
One of my favorite things to do when I was bored in school was to doodle. You would find doodles all over my notebooks, papers, and (sad to say) even my textbooks. I was never really "good" at it, it just occupied my time...that is, when I wasn't writing notes in class. Today it seems as if doodling has been taking on a much more "glamorous" form. It's no longer called "doodling", now it has taken on a new name & art form called "Zentangle". Of course it has been modified to follow a much more artistic approach to "free-hand" art, which includes repetitive patterns co-mingling together to form an almost "trick-the-eye" appearance. Remember those books you could buy that had hidden pictures in them--sort of reminds me of that..except those usually had a lot of color in them and Zentangles typically do not. There are books you can get at craft stores, and there's even more info, including tutorials, study plans, & supplies available on the official website for Zentangle.
While I like the idea of using these sorts of drawings to create art, then using them in cards/scrapbooking, papercrafting, etc, as in this blog, I can't see paying for instruction on the matter. So, I got online and scoured a few websites to see what kind of inspiration was out there. Then, I sat myself down in front of the TV with pen & paper and just enjoyed playing around with it. By organizing my lines, repeating patterns, and letting the ink flow, I was able to get the hang of it pretty quickly. And while not precise, by any stretch of the imagination...I like it!
Give it a try & just have fun! Lisa
|My first attempt!|
Give it a try & just have fun! Lisa
Friday, August 20, 2010
This was a fun card to make, and easy too. There's a great tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers website. I used the DCWV Mariposa cardstock for the base and used My Mind's Eye Confetti for the front of the card. I love my CTMH Stamps I used the Butterfly Wings stamp set and did a bit of embossing. I cut out the butterfly shape with The Ultimate Crafter's Companion. I added some Distress inks: Barn Door & Bundled Sage, some Martha Stewart turquoise glitter, a few vellum stickers, and finished with a bit of rick rack.
Sometimes it's just fun to play!
One thing I decided to do (after the fact) is add a pocket to the back page (using foam adhesive to give it extra depth) for her to add any handwritten letters and such that didn't make it into the book, or that were scanned in, so she could save them. I think next time I make a digital book like this, I won't try to do it in a day, as I did this one. But I'm happy with the results, and more importantly...Whitney loved it!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
During the summer I've picked up a few items at the Thrift Store that were pretty cool: an old "Windsor Club" pasteurized cheese box, some unused packs of Dolce & Gabbana blotter pads, a black Barbie box, and a wooden treasure box w/broken lock. My mom gave me her laminate samples as well, one of which I used in an earlier post in a heat embossed key chain. Also, as I tend to enjoy my chocolate when I'm crafting, the gold wrapper is another salvaged item that will be useful in a later project.
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. I'm not sure what I'll use these items for just now. But as I get to it, I'll add a new post. I do love that the cheese box fits the blotters just perfect as well as gift cards and such. But I'm thinking I'll use the blotters for ATC's (Artist Trading Cards), and the cheese box for storing them. More to come on that...but for now, I'm just enjoying the hunt.
Extra Bag Pieces: For Deco Layers – 5” x 5 ¾” (x2), & 5 ¾” x 1 ¾” (glue to front & back mat)
Assemble the pieces (outside cover - 7 ¼ x 4”, inside - 7 x 3 ¾, 2 gift card pockets 3 ¼ x 2 ¼ -- fold 2 larger pieces in half) with 1/8" Scor-Tape (this adhesive is Awesome! Double-sided strong adhesive that is on a roll you can tear instead of using scissors). I used a circle punch to notch out the middle of the inside wallet piece where the dollars will go, and used a corner rounder to give the corners a finished look. I created an ID card for their ICE information, and a personalized key chain out of laminate samples & embossing powder!