Maybe I'm just doing it all wrong, but I thought Project Life was about making scrapbooking easier? Ha! It's actually super challenging to take a pile of photos, and somehow arrange them to fit in these slots. I always end up with not enough portrait oriented photos, or I think I have the perfect fit for one page, only to realize I have to force everything else to fit somehow on the backside. I just don't have a lot of *writing* to do.
Yes, I could have filled a lot of pockets with unrelated embellishments and whatever, and I'll have to keep that in mind for next time. This time, I was super naughty and printed off a bunch of images from google search of shots that I was seriously lacking. Bad me! Turns out I tend to avoid scenic photography.
It really doesn't help that the photo lab won't print smaller than 3x5, and so I can't actually fit any photos into those cute little pockets like everyone else seems to do (which looks pretty fun). So a lot of my photos were cut in half, because I wanna play like the big kids, too! Ha. I'm determined to make use of the super awkward pocket designs!
Don't know what to do, but know you need to do something? Just choose something at random. Work really small. Film it.
Just listed a new ACEO pictured above! I love playing with hydrangea blossoms. I have too many hydrangea blossoms and not enough cards.
This card is available for purchase here.
I'm taking a break for a week to catch up with family stuff! Hopefully it won't be a creative wasteland, but things don't always go according to plan. I'll be back next weekend!
It's all work and no play around here recently so here's a list of my current top favourite materials I like to use for journaling and artmaking! I thought maybe it was obvious with all the videos, but it's still a question that is asked from time to time! In no particular order:
Medium: Cotman watercolours (Windsor & Newton)
Source: Any art supply store
This little set has lasted me so long that I don't even seem to save them for serious artmaking anymore. Except for red, which I apparently use a lot of! That white pan is practically untouched... what is it even for? My only wish is to be able to buy refill pans in store. For now I'm just refilling the old pans with the tube version and letting it dry up.
Source: thrift store!
Right now there are only two papers I use to collage: book pages and garment patterns. Both are available for less than a dollar and will last forever. There's a stack of pretty scrapbooking papers here, ignored.
Media: Gel medium, Absorbent ground (both Golden)
Source: Any art supply store
These are essential! The absorbent ground is life-altering and can turn nearly any surface into one useful for watercolour. Where have you been all my life?? I'm using the heck out of this. And when I'm finished watercolouring a canvas, I often seal it with the gel medium for a matte, plastic overcoat. And then I might add another thick layer overtop for mysterious texture. Worth every penny!
Medium: spray ink
Source: Lindy Stamp Gang, scrapbooking stores
I often forget to use these, but the "spray" texture is a fun one. For a while I was refilling empty bottles with diluted acrylic paints, but they tend to rot quickly and clog up. Doing the same with watercolour didn't produce saturated enough colour. So I'm keeping a small stock of official ink sprays on hand, and pretty much only if they're on sale. Plus, they're usually iridescent and sparkly! These three particular brands are good (though the Heidi Swapp has a stronger smell).
And that's pretty much it!
Apart from the usual pencil and pen, maybe some white paint... most of the fun is contained within this tiny collection of media. I like having new toys just as much as the next person, but I find I will always fall back onto the tried and true. What sort of things do you tend to use over and over again?
When I want to create something but don't have any clever ideas, it's a good time to make an ACEO. Low pressure, quick experiments! I stowed away my old box of transparency sheets (for overhead projectors) for a long time and decided to try little windows again :)
Maybe I should use them in a journal page? A PAINTING? The acetate can't easily be glued, but sewing through all of those layers is such a pain... This card is available here.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?