Halloween book

I’ve been working on this on and off, much using the same technique as in the grungy journal I made earlier this year. The paper I’ve used is mainly from Marion Smith Designs ”Something Wicked Halloween mini book printable”, but I’ve also used printables from Graphics Fairy, Memories Pictures over at Etsy (she’s got some awesome printable envelopes and background papers), and a place that’s called How to Haunt your House. They got fantastic bottle labels, for free, I used them a lot.

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This is quite a picture heavy post, and yet I haven’t posted every page in the book. I like how it turned out, a little chunky Halloween book. The size of it’s about 11 x 13,8 cm (roughly 4,5 x 5,5 inches).

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I’m not sure what the stitch I used when binding the book is called. I learned it via The Paper Addiction, but I’ve seen it in a couple of book binding videos over at YouTube too.

Next weekend we’ll be having a birthday party, and as usual he wanted a party with a Halloween theme. That will be a blast! Starting to collect good snacks and food at Pinterest.

Hope you all have a magical Halloween!
Jos

Making a journal

It’s been a while since last post. Life is taking me on a bit of a roller coaster these days, and it’s not always easy to keep up.

I do have however stumbled across a channel on YouTube where Michelle, the hostess shows and shares her gorgeous journals of different shapes and styles. It’s called ThePaperAddiction and I think I’ve soon watched all her videos there. Lots of inspiration and tips how to create your own journal. Now I just have to find some craft card, what ever that might be called here in Sweden…

Thought I’d share my journal, much inspired by Michelle’s folder journals, even if I had to construct something of my own since I didn’t have any folders at hand… The papers are from my stash of different papers, some are tea dyed and some are not. I did use a lot of Vintage photo distress ink on all the pages and all the tags, and of course I also added some bling.

Really like the look of it, and I expect to make more of these in the future. I think you should check out Michelle’s on YouTube and she also have a blog, is on Instagram and Facebook. She’s really a great inspiration, especially if you are as me, a big lover of grunge and distress. 😉

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The rest is dust

Love this quote by Vladimir Nabokov.
I had, however, a hard time with this layout. First it turned out all orange, and it was laying there a couple of days and I was feeling unhappy with it. Then I covered it with white gesso and started from the beginning. Like it better now.

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Used some scraps, both home made and bought stamps and some different metal trinkets. The food stamps I found last summer in Gothenburgh, bought a whole stack. :)
The background paper is from an old drawing pad and an old notebook.

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The edges are inked with distress ink, Vintage Paper, and I’ve sprayed the blue element with some Tattered Angel mist.

Now I’ll go out in the sun, maybe take a cooling dip in the lake. I love being on holiday! … even if it’s soon over.

Let the sunshine in!
Jos

To say no

For some reasons I’m ending up in situations where I find it hard to say no. Often I really like the person in question, but that is not always the case.
It’s like it’s bad to say no, like an insult. I’m working on that bit, to be more clear of what I want, like, and think. That involves sometimes being able to say no, instead of maybe.

I found this quote by Paulo Coelho that fits perfectly: ”Don’t say maybe, if you want to say no”. I had to make a spread of it.

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I’ve used some printed pictures from Graphics Fairy, a page from an encyclopedia with some white acrylic paint lightly brushed over it, and some leftover paper (even an old dried up piece of tape). Then I added some stamping with my first ever home made linoleum stamp. Woohoo me! Some bling and what not… like a piece of washi tape to seal the pages.

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Stay true and don’t say yes or maybe because you have a hard time saying no. I’ll practise this more, maybe start with the family. 😉

Take care
Josefina

Journal on Monday at France Papillon

I’ve been following a blog run by France Papillon for a couple of months. She does the most incredible art journaling! She also share her work process on YouTube under the title Journal on Monday (JoM).
Now she’s celebrating her 100th JoM video and has asked her followers to participate and share their work. At first I didn’t think of participating, but then I thought why not!? So, below is my contribution to the Journal on Monday celebration. This is also my first time sharing my art journal process… a bit scary…

I started doing art journals late this spring, so I consider myself still a newbie. I love it! I can finally enjoy creating without that stupid voice in my head saying it must be perfect, it have to be “right”. It’s the process, and exploring techniques, that matter… and go with the flow.

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Anyway… I used my new Moleskine watercolour book, the small sized version of it. I’m also trying some new acrylic paint and the wording I’m going to use is: ”Do more of what makes you happy”. I’ve found lately how important that really is. To reduce all the things you think you just must do.

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First I applied some white gesso on both sides, through a Tim Holtz stencil, using a ordinary make-up sponge.

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When that had dried, I went outside to add the fluid acrylics. First I sprayed the pages with water and then added the acrylics, two different greens and one light blue/turquoise. I also added more water so the colour would flow and spread over the pages.

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When looking close you can see the gesso layer giving the spread a bit of texture. Since we’re at our summer cottage right now, and there aren’t so much room, I let the spread dry outside together with my other art journal, an altered book.

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When everything was dry I’m trying out some embellishments. One of the embellishments is probably from our rowing boat. It’s a thick flake of colour I found at the bottom of the lake when taking a swim near the old boat house. I also decide to add some stamping with my homemade stamp. I’m using a somewhat iridescent turquoise hobby acrylic paint for that.

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After that I added some Distressed Ink, the colour Vintage photo, around the edges.

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Added some colour to the printed embellishments, using both water colour and acrylic. Both pictures can be found at The Graphics Fairy. I also added some stamping using bubble wrap and a screw cork from an old cream packaging.

This is how my spread looks when finished. After gluing everything down (for the big paint flake I had to use double sided tape), I added some colours with a pen around the fish, the swirl and the text.

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I hope you like my spread and the process. I had a great time doing it and I think I gave the phrase “green fingers” a new meaning when I had finished it.

Looking forward to see what the other participants will be sharing.

Take care.
Josefina

Shadow box

Today I decided to alter the little paper box I bought earlier. I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do with it. I sort of just went with the flow.

I added some paper from Graphic 45 and some pictures I found on Graphics Fairy. The background behind the lady and the crown is a playing card, with some texture paste I added through a stencil. I also sprayed the inside of the box with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise.
The embellishments are some stuff I had laying around, brads, paper clip, sequin and button. The stars I cut out from a paper-scrap I had, can’t remember where it came from.

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Hope you’re having a great summer!

Love,
Jos

 

Vacation

We’re on vacation. The first days of your vacation is like Friday afternoon… only longer. Love it!

We’ve gone to our cottage, hanging out with my brother- and sister-in-law. Today it’s raining, but that’s OK. I’ve done some crochet, gone to the small flee market and even did some cleaning!
Ha! Now I don’t have to do anything more today… maybe play some games.

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The crochet pattern is from A Creative Being and is called Picots and Petals Mandala, you can find it here. Loved working with this pattern! It worked up really fast, especially as I used Drops Paris cotton and a 4 mm hook.
The interesting part was that when I added red it suddenly turned to a Christmas doily…

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We went to the small flee market up the road after lunch and I found a small book and two small boxes. The book I’m going to alter into a small art journal, only using the covers. The boxes, I think I can use for some alteration and assemblage. Almost the best thing is that they were free! My husband bought a soda siphon and we got my things without any cost. Isn’t that great!?

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In the afternoon my mother-in-law invited us for some freshly baked vanilla buns and chocolate cake. Totally delish.

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Pretty much a perfect start to a vacation.

Hope all is good with you. Whether you’re on vacation or not.
See you!
Josefina

New header

Changed the layout and header. Yay! Love the picture I used for the header. It’s a spread I did a couple of weeks ago. I still haven’t added any word or journaling… not sure if I want to…

The original spread looks like this:

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The layout might change a bit, but for now it’ll make do.

Have a good one!
Josefina

Book binding

This is going to be a pic heavy post. I would like to show my first book I’ve stitched together my self. Weeee! Loved making this, every picture is chosen because I like it and off course the book is in mainly green and blue. The book is rather small, something like 12,5 cm (or 5 inch).

It’s made in Coptic stitch and I watched all video tutorials of Laura Lein-Svencner before I started… and during. It’s great with You Tube! You can stop and pause at any time, I’ve used it much when teaching myself to crochet.

The covers are made out of old cardboard I had laying around, always saving good boxes to use… someday. I’m such a hoarder…
First there are two pics from my wip, and then there are pics of every page I’ve finished. I’ve used many different scraps of paper, some I know is from Basic Grey, but much are just stuff I’ve had for ages. The picture of the badger I’ve had since I were like 7 or something. Isn’t he pretty?
Ok, so here we go. Hope you like it. :)

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I still have a couple of pages left to fill, but I do love my little book. I haven’t made any journaling, but this feels like a sketchbook where I’ve tried to use different techniques and material. The page with the star in green and blue, I’ve used alcohol ink, never used it before. So, a great way to try new stuff.

Thanks for watching.
Love,
Jos