Friday, April 18, 2014

Using Project Life/ Pocket Pages 3x4 Cards in Your Art Journal


I absolutely love documenting my family's life Project Life style. LOVE. It has made memories so tangible. My kids can grab a photo album, lay on the floor, and pour over the pages. Plus, for me it has become another creative outlet. I adore sitting down at my table with all my pictures and goodies ready to put a page together. With Pocket Pages memory keeping there are tons of 3x4 journaling cards out there to use. I mean tons! BUT, you don't just have to use them for pocket scrapping. They make GREAT additions to an art journal too. I love using all different kinds!

Today I am sharing a few pages in my current journal and I am using some of my favorite 3x4 cards from me & my BIG ideas. These cards are fun, colorful, and have great words or quotes on them. Perfect to add to your journal, right!? So, when you are in your local craft store, shopping online, or have a bunch in your stash (like me) - don't overlook those cards!

One this page I took the 3x4 card and cut up the quote. I used Mod Podge to adhere the quote to the background I had already created. I wanted to play with color first, then find an inspiring quote. This one by e.e Cummings was perfect. 

" It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. "

Sometimes on a journal page you may not want your journaling obvious. You may want it hidden. This mambi 3x4 card makes a perfect flap. All I did was distress the edges a bit, smudged some paint along the edges, and then  attached it on the top with washi tape. Now I can lift it up and write my secret thoughts underneath. Perfect. 

There are times when I want it easy. So I just use the whole card and glue it down. On the following page I just tore the edges a bit so there was not a hard line edge. Super fun. I really love the way it turned out. :)

I hope you're having a beautiful Good Friday!!
Happy Creating

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Adorable Dry Erase Board - Mambi Monday


It always feels good to get a little praise, right? I wanted to celebrate little "happy moments" here at my house and thought a changeable dry erase board would be perfect. 

I knew the new me & my BIG ideas jumbo stickers would be perfect. These stickers are SO much fun. The package I have called Inspirational, had this circular High Five sticker that I fell in love with. It was perfect! (You can find these cute jumbos at Michaels or in the mambi shop.)

I grabbed a $1 frame from my stash. It was already painted a really fun, bright aqua. I found a grid patterned paper in the Cool Kid mambi 12 x 12 paper stack. I used a strip of red paper with silver stars along the top to anchor the sticker. I peeled off the sticker and laid it down. Put everything back into the frame and I was done. SO fast! SO stinkin' cute! It took maybe 10 minutes, which in my book makes it even better. :)

Now, I (or anyone else in my family) can grab a dry erase marker and spread a little praise in our house. Of course we like to tell each other all the time. But, it's just a wee bit more exciting to write it down. 

So, GO...go right now and make your own!
Spread some praise. :)
Happy Creating!!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Altered Book Art Journal

Happy Sunday!
I sure am loving an extra hour of daylight today (I will gladly sacrifice an hour of sleep for it too). Are you loving it!? With my extra hour, I decided to work on a few projects. I have a bunch on the table. But, I thought I would quickly share the first page in an altered book journal I started.
I always have a stack of old books on hand for journals & mini albums. So I grabbed one from the bunch. I did glue the pages together with gel medium a couple of weeks ago to give the pages more strength. This is the first page created on the inside cover. I am really feeling a happy palette of springy colors like blues, yellows, pinks and oranges (adoring coral lately too!).
I needed this little reminder today. Sometimes I forget. ;)
Have a glorious start to your week my friends!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Inspiring Mixed Media mambi Word Art Frame

I always LOVE quick, easy projects, don't you!? The best part of this project was using something I already had in my house and I am sure you do too. I found an old frame I had laying around and decided I wanted to give it new life.
SO, the first thing you need to do is go grab an old frame. If you are like me, you probably have one sitting on a shelf that every time you think, "I need to do something with that!" Now is the time! :) Mine does not even have the glass anymore which is perfect.
Grab that frame, put on your favorite music and  begin to glue old book pages to it using gel medium or Mod Podge. Once that dries add some gesso. Now the fun really starts. Pull out your acrylic paint (I grabbed for some of my favorite shades of blue & sea green) and start adding some color. I love using my fingers. I really love the control it gives me.
Once the color was added in several layers, I added some white paint through some fabulous stencils I picked up last week. I also raided my embellishment drawer and found a Recollections metal piece perfect for the top after a coat of gesso. A couple of Recollections flowers for the bottom corner really finished off the frame. :)

What to fill the frame with was super easy. I mean...absolutely simple. The me & my BIG ideas 12 x12 paper SHEETS and their various different cards have SO MANY inspirational quotes to choose from. I knew that I wanted something super positive to hang where my cute kiddies could get a quick little "pep talk" for the day. How great is this one? I actually cut out just a portion for this one. I love it. It makes me smile. :)
All I did was add some pretty turquoise mambi paper to some cardboard. Then I mounted this fabulous quote to some gorgeous greenish wood grain paper. Finally put it together with some pop dots and it is ready to go! I love it!
I hope you like it too. :)
Happy Creating!
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