Thursday, November 12, 2015


Hello Hello
I'm here again with another one of my art journal pages, can't remember now which order this one fell in but it is probably my most self expressive. It's no doubt that each of us has multiple layers that make up the whole of us and quite honestly I think that if mine had to be interpreted through art, this is how they would look.
Some soft and sweet, some chaotic and in complete disarray. There are bits and pieces here and there, where as others are just a tangled mess with no sense of order what-so-ever. Then finally there are the oh so few random sparks, these are the layers that I want to capture and compose for I believe these are the pieces that make us unique and allow our inner spirit to shine.
The way this piece even came together is somewhat ironic, I was sitting at my scrap table debating on whether or not to clean it up or forget the whole craft session. I decided to attempt to clean up, hoping that would help get my creative mind to engage and in the process found several waste pieces and odd die cuts laying about so I thought to myself, " could probably just use these instead of trashing them." and viola a page was created.
Now obviously once I got started I went full circle: I got out my paints, my washi tape, some crochet trim, I did some stitching along the sides, even used textured paste with some stencils and ultimately well...created an even bigger mess, that I eventually had to clean up anyway, but boy was it an eye opener and therapeutic actually.  I have held on to scraps for years thinking that they would serve some purpose later and then several months go by and I end up tossing them but now...all I can say is ...WOW!
Although I don't craft near as much as I use to, probably not even half as much as I did a couple of years ago, I still enjoy the process of getting my hands dirty, my fingers inky and sticky with glue because that's when my mind starts racing. I love it when a new idea takes hold and won't let up until I give it a go. That's the moment of magic and it's exciting and exhilarating yet daunting because you never have a guarantee that it will turn out the way your mind's eye sees it.
But you know what?
That's okay...sometimes you just gotta do it anyway...and trust the your gut...close your eyes and see it...look at it from every angle...concentrate on it in your mind...then...just give it a GO!
thanks for peeking
just B

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mixed Media Mini

Hello Hello
Here I am, I have finally found my way out of my book and back to reality. Today I thought that I would share with you this mixed media piece that I made for my oldest daughter. 
I started with white card stock and using a couple of background stamps, stamped them with teal and purple ink then using my spray mists in matching colors I sprayed them until they were covered. Setting them aside to dry I then made their cover.
For the cover I used black card stock and sprayed it with the same mists that I used on my white card stock, then I set to make the flowers. Going once again to my white card stock, I stamped several sizes of flowers out, then finding the matching die, I cut them all out. Once they were all in front of me I used a metallic paint to match my spray colors and painted all of my paper flowers.
As my flowers set to dry I went back to my original paper that I did my collage work on and using a die, cut them out to make coin envelopes. Once I had them all cut I folded them up and adhered them closed accordingly. Then I proceeded to attach them together along the short bottom end of each, making what essentially looks like an expanding file folder, but coin sized...fancy 'eh? 
Now that all my pieces were together, it was time to assemble the whole piece, so using red line double sided tape, I adhered just the short bottom end to the inside of my black cover. Now this is important that you only adhere the bottom edge, because if you adhere the sides any further, then your booklet won't have any 'give' and therefore make it really frustrating to get anything in or out of the pockets.
Now that I had the expanding pocket file finished, I needed to make some tags for the journaling. So once again using white card stock and some of my other acrylic stamps, I set out to make another collage piece, spraying it with the same spray mists so that all the pieces would have a uniform look. Going with a light pink card stock, I decided to use a different die to hold the actual journal lines, once they were cut I added them to the tags. 
Once all the tags were done I decided I ought to add some kind of closure to the booklet, just in case my daughter decided to keep a photo or souvenir in one of the pockets so finding the simplest solution (keeping in mind this is for my nine year old) I used a Velcro dot and at first this was the perfect closure...
this happened
I added all these colorful fibers to each tag because well they are awesome and they totally look awesome on the tags because they match so my Velcro dot won't work, it just keeps pulling off the black cover.


Now eventually I know I will come up with a more reliable solution but for now, it just remains unclosed
does this bother me?...
why yes it does...
I'm dealing with it and moving on (lol) and as I said I will figure it out sooner or later.
So there you have it my mixed media expanding file booklet.
Hope you like...if you have any away...I'm ready
Thanks and have a fabulous day!
just B

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Hello Hello
What a fantastic week
I can't even begin to tell you
 For those of you who don't really follow sports (I don't usually either) I do want to inform you... because it is my pleasure to do so...that after 30 years my hometown baseball team finally did it again.
And I'm stoked!!!

The Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 7 to 2 in game 5 of the World Series Sunday Evening!

Thank You Royals

The World Series Parade happened yesterday in downtown Kansas City and although I had to work and therefore could not go...I am so extremely proud of our baseball team and completely emotional after just watching the video of it through one of our local news channels. What an achievement for our boys in blue and for our ball club, so extremely happy!

go royals!
just B
Royals photos are from google search images