Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Art Journal

I wanted to share this sweet journal page I painted a couple Sundays ago. 

She is clothed with strength and dignity,
    and she laughs without fear of the future.

Proverbs 31:25

Man, I love that. It is such a good one...such a heart filler.  

Happy Sunday Lovelies...may your week be filled with laughter.
Happy Creating,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Adding Gesso to a Layout

Lately, I have realized a few things about my creative self... 

1) I am obsessing over certain things like gold & navy, hot pink, all things herringbone, doilies, & Wilna Furstenberg (Her style is GOR-geous) 
2) I hoard Americana paint, chipboard albums, 3x4 Project Life style cards & scrapbook letters
3) I miss my art journal when I am away from it too, seriously feel it. If I don't make the time to express on those pages...I am two steps shy of crazy.
4) If I was stranded on a deserted island I would want my family, water, & gesso. ;) You know I am not really being serious. But, I LOVE using white gesso. I use it all the time on pretty much everything.

SO, naturally when I found this GOR-geous picture of my daughter and knew I wanted to use it for a mambi Design Team project...OF COURSE, I had to whip out the gesso. Naturally. 

I don't ever really like anything super "perfected" when I am doing a scrapbook layout. Whether it is a 12 x 12 page, mini album, POCKET PAGES spread, or any other project I am working on. I like a bit of messy. I want the paper crinkled up on the edge, the layering staggered, nothing measured, gesso or modeling paste smeared somewhere, & ink splattered. Of course I love a pretty end result. However, the mixed media artist in me loves an imperfect bit of mess. :)

Now, you can see plenty of pretty paper (HERE is some) and darling stickers. But, to add some "mess" interest & texture I added some gesso along the seam where I connected the two papers. I layered some beautiful paper, SOFT SPOKEN stickers, Mini Banners, & some mambi Clear Expressions. Once the stack was glued down, I added some pretty golden yellow ink splatters. 

It is super soft and just the right touch of color. I love the way it looks with the black & white photo too. :)

Thank you for stopping by! Leave a comment, so I can come by and say "Hi!"

Happy Creating,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School 3x4 Lunch Notes


It's that time of year again! Back to School is in full swing in our house right now. It has been a blur of activity the past two weeks as we adjust to our new non-relaxing, non-flip flop wearing, missing summer schedules. :) It has been a bittersweet return to the hustle & bustle of school. My youngest entered Kindergarten this year, so I am missing my little constant companion. But, let's be real....I know I can find things to fill my "alone time" pretty quick. 

One of the things I love to do during the school year is sneak little notes into my kids lunches. I don't add a note everyday, but when I do I know they love the reminder that I am thinking of them. 

So last week, during my "alone time" I started making a bunch of cards with some school themed me & my BIG ideas paper and goodies. Here are a few that will make their way into a lunchbox soon!

The base of each card is a folded piece of white card stock. I like to make the finished card to measure 3x4 so it can slip right into my page protector in my Project Life album. 

The construction of each card is very simple. I don't want the card making to become too time consuming. All the fun products makes it super fun. All I do is jot a sweet note inside & pop it in their lunch. I think my son will love seeing this one!

My daughter, who has officially become a "big kid" in fourth grade (where did that time go!?) loves getting a little message from Mom too. Man oh man, do I ever have to savor these elementary school years! Don't you feel the same way? I know pretty soon I will be sticking notes in her purse as she drives off to college. Yikes!

Also, I LOVE just using a 3x4 journal card like this one above that has a great message on it. I can just turn it over, write my message, and pop it in. Either way is special. Either way let's my kiddies know that I am thinking of them. Either way - they both know they are special. That makes this Mommy very happy!!

You can check out all these fun products in the mambi shop right HERE.

Happy Creating,

Monday, August 4, 2014

Art Journaling with Stickers - mambi Monday

I always LOVE adding words to my art journal pages. I don't always add words or quotes, but more often than not I feel the pages are not complete until they have words. One fun and easy way to do that is to use stickers. Now, I don't know about you - but I have a ton of stickers. It also doesn't help that my favorite place is the scrapbook aisles at Michaels.

Today I wanted to share some of the different ways I have used stickers in my journal. Since today is Monday, I thought I would use some fab mambi stickers. :)

On this page I created a background using acrylic paint and doodled with some pens (Pentel & Gelly Roll). I loved using my new favorite paint colors - Navy Blue & Gold. The Follow Your Heart is a clear sticker from me & my BIG ideas. These stickers come in black & gold too!! 

I can't wait to use more of these on my pages. I would suggest using some gel medium or Mod Podge under & over the stickers. Although they really stick well, this will help them stay put for the long run.

I have been wanting to use these super large letter stickers in my journal for a long time. I love their size! Of course they come in all sorts of fonts and patterns, but the ones I used today were plain white. Perfect! I could make them any color I like. First I painted them with two shades of blue. Once that was dry I painted some gold over top. To add a bit of depth, I went around th edge of each letter with my black Pentel pen and a light brown Faber Castell Artist PITT pen.

I think these letters would be perfect for a home decor sign or some subway art, don't you? Hmmm, maybe I need to add another project to my list. :)

Finally, I added this really cool Choose to be Joyful sticker to this sweet girl. I cut the sticker apart because I didn't like the way it looked on the page as one piece. Don't be afraid to whip those scissors out and snip away. 


Once the sticker was Mod Podged down and dried, I used my favorite black pen again to add some interest around the edge. I don't want the page to look like a completed page with a sticker slapped on top. I want the sticker to blend into the background. Using pen or more acrylic paint always helps!

There it is! Three pages, using three different kinds of stickers  - and making me super happy. :)

You can find the stickers I used right HERE

Happy Creating,