Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Little Pocket

The Documented Life Project's challenge this week is to include a pocket in your journal.  I knew what I wanted to put in my pocket.

I recently received an email from Seth Apter, commenting on my Timeless blog post where I used his stencil.  He thanked me for using his stencil. I thought that was a very cool thing for him to do. Later in the week I received email asking if he could include my page on his blog, The Altered Page on July 31st. I printed both of these emails and put them in my pocket.

My journal is different than many in the DLP.  I'm a bit of a rebel and I don't usually need a weekly planner. I have been trying to document some of the fun or exciting things that are going on in my world so I thought Seth's emails would be perfect for my pocket.

The pocket is a piece of background paper and I used Tiim Holtz washi tape around the edge.  I used heavy duty double stick tape on the back of the pocket to make sure it stays in place.  

Color wise this page is very different for me. Most of my pages are filled with color.  This whole page was done in Sepia Archival Ink. I thought it fitting that I use Seth's Timeless Stencil again.  I am becoming obsessed with that stencil. I love the doodle quality of it. I also like how I can repeat the designs on it to create a pattern.  I bought the stencil because it looked like like there was a cobblestone road on it. Making a cobblestone street for some of my house stencils is on my project list.

As I look at this page again, it occurs to me that my friend, Pam is going to love it.  She is a huge fan of all things done is creams and browns.

Link: The Documented Life Project, The Altered Page

Saturday, July 26, 2014


This page is in honor of my friend who lives in Texas.  He is not a native Texan and is really suffering with the dry heat this year.

I started this piece with my recycled book oriented to portrait setting.... can you tell I spend a lot of time working with documents because I think portrait or landscape instead of horizontal and vertical?

Layer one is a piece of deli paper that I'd used for practicing with a stencil and black paint. Layer two is drips of aqua, pink and lime paint.  Layer three is wrinkled deli paper that had bits of glitter on it.  I peeled pieces of layer three off so that I would have some of the brighter colors peeking through. I still did not love this page.  

People ask me how I work and where I get my ideas?  Mostly, I just play and let the paint and whatever is around me speak to me.  This sun was cut from cardboard and has been sitting on my cutting table for several months. It is the negative of an Accucut die that we have at my office.  I have no clue why I cut it out... maybe to recycle a piece of cardboard that was in the office.

I put a thin layer of gesso over the cardboard and then finger painted two shades of yellow, orange and hot pink on it.  Then I turned my book to landscape and loved how it looked with the drips going sideways across the sun. The word HOT was written with a florescent pink and orange paint pen.

Now I love this page.  It always amazes me how a piece can go from OK, to ugly, to I love it so fast.

Link to:  Paint Party Friday, Artist Play Room, Art Journal Everyday.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


I am loving my Brush Pitt Pens.  I used them for the shading on this piece. It's very subtle and makes a huge difference.  

The first layer is a page from a ledger. I love the green color and the lines. I put a fine layer of gesso over it and then stamped with a Just For Fun background stamp in a couple of colors. Then I added green and blue over the stamping.  The flowers are cut from a couple of pieces of scrapbook paper and then stamped with a dot stamp, a hero arts word stamp or a The Angel Company weave stamp. I used ink and paint for the stamping to give the flowers more texture.  All the flowers, stems and the sun were cut free hand.  I doodle a bit of grass along the bottom.  

I took a friend's advice and did my lettering on a piece of tissue paper first. I was going to glue it to the page but the letters were too large for the space. Testing them on the tissue paper gave me more confidence to try them on my page. I'm happy the look a little different from my usual lettering.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hurry Up and Relax

Hurry Up and Relax... This is my The Documented Life Project.. Smash page.  I choose things from around this house. 

The flip flop is a doddle I did. The popsicle is by Lori W and the sunflower is by Nancy W. I cut them from post cards I received this summer.  The numbers are from my 23,000 blog post celebration.  The color one says jeggings.  It's part of a tag for jeans leggings.

The background was paint with Tim Holtz Distressed and Adirondack paints.  Everything on this page reminds me of summer. 

The Hurry Up and Relax quote is a stamp from the dollar bin at Michael's.  Even it reminds me of summer.

Monday, July 21, 2014

I Love Cotton!

I grew up in the south. I remember seeing fields of cotton growing when we left the city for vacation. I still see cotton fields from time to time when I visit my home town.  A cotton field is beautiful. It looks like a field of snow in the middle of the summer. This page is done for the Journal 52 Fashion Challenge. I didn't want to do clothing... instead I wanted to do fabric.  Cotton is my favorite fabric. 95% of my clothes are made of cotton. I love the soft, smooth feel of cotton. It is not scratchy against my skin. I own a ton of cotton knit items... T Shirts, capri pants, sweats and of course cotton jammies of all kinds.  What could be better than a comfortable pair of blue jeans and a flannel shirt on a cold day?  I could go on and on but I think you get the point... I love cotton.

This page is done in my recycled WordPerfect manual. The background is painted with green craft paint and then I journaled in huge scribbly writing with a green/red crayola colored pencil. (I called this type of writing my Carolyn Dube Scribble writing.)  I went through my dust cloths to find a pieces of plaid flannel and denim. I glued the fabric to discarded pieces of card stock to give them a little stiffness. I used a Sizzix die to cut the flowers. I found green brads in my stash for the centers of the flowers.  

Next I used one of the pieces left from cutting the flowers as a stencil and stenciled matching flowers in blue on the background of my page. The word Cotton was cut from a 1.5 inch set of dies from Sizzix compliments of my neighbor who bought that alphabet last winter.  The letters are cut from chip board and painted with watered down red craft paint. I used a small piece of a credit card to make the designs on the letters as well as the marks on the background. The letters are glued down with heavy duty double stick tape.

Link: Journal 52, Carolyn Dube, Artist Play Room

Friday, July 18, 2014


The weekend of my birthday, I took a Mixed Media Class. We learned about different mediums and collage. It was a great two days. One of the ladies gave me a paper towel to use and of course I couldn't use it to clean up once I saw the pretty butterflies on it.  

The background for this page was done with that paper towel. I peeled the layers apart glued it with matte medium. I love how the book text shows through. The words and other elements are from a Seth Apter stencil that I purchased from Stencil Girl and acrylic paint.  Stencil Girl has wonderful stencils.  This page was done in my Things That Fly book. 

Link to:  Paint Party Friday

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Flip Flop Repair Shop... I Wanna Go There.

My vacation started out with a bang.  I went to visit, Ann and we celebrated her birthday. I used the picture that was on her party plates as my inspiration for this page. 

The flap was designed by Ann for a swap she was in a few years ago. We found it when we were going through some of her supplies. I added the flap like a mask for me tiki guy. It says, Margaritaville, Flip Flop Repair Shop. Is that perfect for my journal or what??? 

Using an actual paper plate in my journal wasn't as easy as it looks.  Paper plates have layers of paper and some kind of coating to make them waterproof. That is great when you are eating but causes a bit of extra work if you are using it as part of your art.  I sprayed the back of the paper plate with water and proceeded to peel at least 4 layers off the back so I would have just the thin colored layer left. The process requires a lot of rubbing and patience so you don't end up with holes in your design.  Then I trimmed around the tiki guy so he would fit on my page.

The background is a paper napkin from a set I gave Ann for her birthday. Only collage artists appreciate receiving a package of napkins as a gift.  I loved the multicolored border on those napkins. I saw in tiny letters that the napkin was designed by Jane Davies.  All the pieces were glued in using matte medium. The tape down the right side is the Scotch Expressions Decorative Masking tape. I used it to hold the the Tip In. This tape by Scotch is wonderful. I like it so much better than regular Washi Tape because it holds so much better.

I love this page. It is so me and so Ann. I hope my page bought a smile to your face.

Link: Artist Play Room   Expression Decorative Tape