"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Daily

Have you heard of the popular December Daily project originally conceived by Ali Edwards? It is like Project Life but specifically for December, to document the special and everyday moments during the holiday season.

I decided to jump on the bandwagon this year for the first time. I created my "album" a few weeks ago so I would be ready to go.  There are as many December Daily albums as there are people who participate - I am going to use a Traveler's Notebook style journal which I created "from scratch." I used heavier card stock for the pages as I like to use more wet media. This is 6.25" wide and 8.25" high. 

I used kraft card stock for the cover embellishing with lots of odds and ends - papers, stickers, die cuts, alphas, ribbon and bells. I made a few clips from embellishments to add some color and fun. (The pom pom clip is from The Little Blue House and is so cute!) The pages are sewn in with baker's twine and I added two rusty bells at the ends to jingle when I use it.

I'm already behind as it's Day 4, but I hope to catch up now that I'm home for awhile! Can't wait to start...

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I'm Back - and November Catch-Up

I returned last night from Albuquerque and had fun babysitting the two boys, but a few weeks with a one- and four-year-old have worn me out! One day I took them to the Abq Balloon Museum for story time and craft hour. They had a blast (though you wouldn't know it from the look on Grant's face) and it was a nice change of pace from staying in the house!

November Documented Life unPlanner Update

I've been trying to stay current with the DLP planner but haven't been home long enough to do much posting!  Here's Week 2 - the background is "smooshed" paints and I added several cutouts and die cut leaves.

The art challenge for the PAC this week was to start with a photograph. I had a duplicate 2" x 2" photo of all four grand boys so I used that along with some stitching and doodling on a pre-painted background.

 For the Dare2B card this month, I decided to use "thankful." I added a black card stock spine to an art pop card from Roben Marie Smith and wrote my list with a Faber Castell Pitt artist pen.

I switched to kraft card stock for Week 3 and used a chevron roller stamp with white ink for the background. The yellow flowers were stamped with paint and stickers added to centers.

This week's art challenge was to use pen and ink only. I loosely sketched a scene I'd seen on Pinterest and watercolored it to evoke fall trees. It came together so quickly.

I used the back of the Dare2B card to add my List Ten. This month's prompt was to list your life advice in ten words.

Week 4 is also kraft card stock (the back of week 3). Again, I scraped a few paints on the background and added Art-to-the-5th circle stickers (halved) for the dates.  I also doodled white white pen to brighten it up. For Thanksgiving Day I glued on a stamped and colored fall wreath that I found in my stash.

For this week's PAC we were to explore pointillism. I struggled with this one. I finally used a gelli-plated and stamped paper for the background  and just kept adding dots in a few colors to enhance the abstract design. It's not my favorite! When I finished I felt it still needed a focal point, so I added the stamped and gold-embossed title.

I added all four PACs to a cut-down pocket sleeve, embellished with a stripe spine and scalloped border.

There were still three days to go for November, so I added a kraft half-page calendar for this partial week.

I didn't have much ephemera for my monthly pocket picks, as I spent most of my month babysitting one set of grand boys or the other.  Instead of my usual pocket page protector, I used a large black tag to add some photos. I love black tags embellished with white pen and colorful hole reinforcers.



So that was November!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas Shadowbox

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, filled with good food and fun times with people you love. We went to Austin to visit two of the grand boys and had our feast at our oldest daughter's house. Now I'm home for just a few days before leaving again for babysitting in Albuquerque next week!

This month I participated in a holiday shadow box swap with my online art group.  I created this shadow box with a wintery Santa scene.  The box is painted a dark blue and the background has a portion of a beautiful patterned paper with a church, houses and snowy trees which I fussy-cut. I made the snow with texture paste, sprinkling on mica while it was wet. The tree and light are purchased items (I added alcohol ink to the "glass" of the light to make it shine, but it's not visible in the photo). The Santa is a vintage Victorian "scrap," which I cut out, added Mod Podge for added strength and glued a piece of rigid plastic packaging to the back to get it to stand. I added a painted wood title piece and red bells for feet.  I covered the back with a coordinating paper from the same collection and added one of the journaling cards from the collection to sign my name.



Yesterday I received the shadow box that was made for me by Judy. I love it - it's a Tim Holtz divided configuration box filled with all sorts of Christmasy items. The entire box is covered with a vintage-colored snowflake washi tape and embellished with a printed twill ribbon, a little glass knob and ornate metal feet. Isn't it spectacular?

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

DLP unPlanner - November - Week 1

Hello from Albuquerque! We are busy with two littles this weekend. They have way
 too much energy!

This is my weekly spread for the first week of November. I stamped many fall leaves for the background and added some paper strips. The leaf in the lower right corner is a metal one I received in a swap. I thought it looked perfect on this page! The days of the week are the Art-to-the-5th stamps that came in the original kit. I love them but can only use on the first weeks as they only go through #10.

This week's PAC art challenge was to add something from the bottom of your purse or wallet. I found an old receipt which I cut up and painted for the hearts. I also used the bar code strip at the bottom but when I covered it with gel medium, much of the ink came off. I then added some glitter tape over it.  The background is a "dirty" paper towel that I scrunched and glued to the card base. I love all the random fall colors.

Note - the "smudge" that appears in the center of the smaller heart must be a light reflection since it's not on the original.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November DLP unPlanner 2016

November's theme is: Changing Seasons - Redefining Priorities

For the month divider I used the November one from the Bo Bunny packet, colored the borders with gelato and added a pocket from the Bo Bunny "Calendar Girl" paper line. I used an old tag I received from a swap and colored it heavily with Distress Inks and Heirloom Gold spray mist. I added the title for the month with a Dymo labeler.

November Monthly Divider

Tag - before

Tag - after

I used the monthly view already on the back of the divider, again coloring the borders and adding some stickers and washi tape. I punched small maple leaves out of painted paper for the dates.

Monthly view

I am leaving for Albuquerque to babysit again this evening and will be gone for several days. I will try to upload and post about the first week's spread.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Remaining October PACs

The last two PACs of October are finished!

Week 4
Art Challenge - Repeat a Pattern

For this card I used an under paper (previously painted scrap paper) as the background. For the repeating pattern, I cut small rectangles of a gold candy wrapper and stitched horizontally through them. I used a variegated thread and left the tails for extra texture. I looked through my box of "found words" that I save from book pages etc. and found this appropriate phrase. Done!

Week 5 (actually just one day!)
Art Challenge - Incorporate the First Letter of Your First Name

Again, I used a pre-painted scrap and glued on a few other scraps. I found the "S" clip which was perfect for the focal point. I also added a border made from overlapping s's. To finish, I added scribbles at the bottom with black ink for some added texture and depth.

On to November!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

October DLP unPlanner 2016 - Week 4

More catchup...

This is Week 4. I was at my art retreat this week and working on various projects (I will share later) so not much on the calendar.

Since Oct. 31st fell on Monday, I didn't want to use an entire weekly page so I used the back of a darling Halloween card I received. (See second photo.)

Here is what I did for my Monthly Pocket Picks. I used another full sheet protector and fused pockets in it according to the sizes I needed.  Once again I used a black tag for some photos of the month. I love how that looks.



I still have a few October PACs to catch up on so will share those next.