Friday, October 12, 2018

Scripture Art Journaling 2018

I'm still following Stephanie Ackerman's Documented Faith 
and receiving her scriptures by a weekly email. 
But this year, instead of using a 3-ring binder notebook,
I'll be art journaling the scriptures in a spiral, 5.5" x 8.5" (14 x 21.6 cm) 
Strathmore Sketch book 
and hanging it in my kitchen this way so I can read 
and meditate on the scriptures while I do my daily kitchen chores. 
If you want to see details, click on the photo to enlarge.
I'll be sharing what I consider my best pages. 
I've doodled this introduction page. 
Ain't it cute? 
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Cover on front and back. The flower is a Stephanie Ackerman Sizzix die 
that I cut out on my Cuddlebug using white cardstock,
 then water-colored, Sharpie stitched, and glued the parts together. 
I may add more to the front later -- haven't decided.
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Here I repurposed some used note-pad tea-cups and water-colored a lattice pattern in blue
around the stenciled dots. 
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Can you tell I have a theme going here? smile!
I had been tracing a line for the scripture box with a pencil and ruler, but decided that making a window mask with a bit of clear packaging would make it easier to trace around 
and I could use it for eyeballing placement. I've been experimenting with spritz paint and used 
By the way, that "Salted Caramel" tea flavor is yummy! 
And low-cal, when I use stevia to sweeten it!
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May-May not only inspired me to design my page similar to her's but she also inspired me to use a separate sheet of cardstock and glue it to the page which prevents two foreseeable problems with using the sketch-book. The Sketch-book's pages are perforated near the spirals and I had been using masking tape on the backside of the pages to prevent the pages from tearing and also, since I'm a magnet for oopsies messes, I can turn the cardstock over if I make a mistake. I cut a 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock in half and then cut off a quarter of an inch from one side to make it the perfect size for the page. I don't have a cri-cut, only my Cuddlebug, so used what I had - a tea-cup stamp that I stamped twice (once on the cherry paper and again on colored cardstock), fussy -cut and assembled. 
Then I traced around a tea-pot favor that I've had for years. 
And while I can doodle scallops, I decided to trace around a new stencil that I die-cut from clear packaging using a Christmas gift -- a Tim Holtz On the Edge Sizzix scallop die.
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Inspiration: Monica of "Because Jesus Bible Journaling"

I doodled and stamped this scripture art journal page!
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Inspiration: a Tea-riffic  Card!
I decided to create ahead when I get inspired, so here's the next one! The sentiment is doodled and the cups are stamped, just like the above one!

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I didn't know if I liked my version or not of this one
but after I got it up in my kitchen, it began to grow on me. 

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My friend, Karen, gave me flyers from a Christian company called Prince of Peace, 
a tea that she regularly consumes. I fussy cut the tea cups, brand name, & a heart from the flyers and attached them to the inked masking tape background, then gave it a clear coat of mod-podge. The ink lifted a little and made the scripture strips look a little grungy. 

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Some more of my collection of Documented Faith
(click on link below)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Fabulous Freebies!

My current soapbox is to please find and use substitutes for those pre-1940s historical records that historians and genealogists such as myself use to document the stories of our ancestors. Former President Harry S. Truman said to learn about history, he read biographies, however, we cannot write or read them, if people destroy records while creating their artwork! 

Some of the records I'm talking about are the favorites of vintage grunge artists like accounting or ledger books, bills & receipts, old photographs and glass or plastic film negatives, handwritten letters or recipes, maps, newspapers, school reports, etc. Genealogists drool at the thought of another record to attach to their ancestors and there are websites scattered throughout the internet that love scans of old records. I know this because I have googled them researching my 3rd great-grandparents and have contributed to several. 

Tim Holtz (or your favorite vintage or shabby chic artist) has techniques and products that can transform your basic white or manila paper into antique looking works of art. You can also scan and print or photocopy old papers on your computer and then donate the originals to your local historical or genealogical society (most counties or states have one). You can also find reproducible, some free, images and papers online (check out Pinterest) to print off. And here are some of my favorites! 

Oodles of Doodles

Paper: Crepe, Tissue Ideas
Paper: Kitchen 
Paper: Kraft
Paper: Labels, Tags, & Wrappers
Paper: Miscellaneous
Paper: Office
Paper: Paint Chips
Paper: Printables
Paper: Scraps & Embellies

Monday, August 20, 2018

Brace Bling

A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with drop foot. My prescription was a steel brace attached to my  right shoe. I wondered how I could pretty it up, but didn't want to glue anything to the brace in case I got tired of it and then couldn't remove it.  So I saw these flowers at Pinterest and wondered if I had something here at home that would make something similar in my stash and yep, I did have something.  

I have no idea what I saved these pieces of Velcro from, but I measured the circumference of both my cane and my brace and I found two pieces that would work! 

If you want to make some Velcro pieces like mine,  overlap two pieces of Velcro about 3/4" inch so that the join is in the middle (mine have a stitched on tag board piece over the join which you don't have to have) with the loops on one side facing towards the back and the fabric that the loops attach to  faces towards the front. The whole length for the brace is 3 1/4" (inches) long and the piece for the cane is 4 1/2" (inches) long.  You can stitch or hot glue the Velcro pieces together. 

Next I found some flowers that were attached to wires.

I punched two holes in the cardboard with this teeny-tiny diameter hole punch . . .

and threaded the two wires through and pulled it tight. Then I twisted the wires closed and pushed them down into a spiral against the back of the Velcro strap, wrapped it around both my cane and brace to see how they fit and Viola! Almost instant bling! 

One flower. . . 

Or many! I could almost skip through a garden in these, don't you think? 😊

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20 Aug 2018

My cane flower didn't last long as it got knocked around too much, but I get compliments on my brace one frequently. I decided now that I'm using two canes because of vertigo and hip pain, I needed a station to park them at during the night. My husband found these Command - brand broom grippers at Walmart and I attached them to this cabinet next to my nightstand, so they are within easy reach when I get out of bed. And yes, I'll have to open both doors to get into the top cabinet if the canes are still attached, but that's no problem to me. 

Two tips I wanted to mention -- since January, I've been using a C-Pap machine for sleep apnea. (I also have a nebulizer for asthma). That's my c-pap up on my nightstand. I have a case for it and I take it when traveling as both are medical devices that I need.   I purchased an extension cord and that little stepping stool at Walmart in the children's department for $10.00 and poured some of the distilled water into a plastic water bottle with a tight fitting lid to take with us. The little stepping stool pops out as a little stand for my c-pap during the night if I sleep on the side of a motel bed without a nightstand. 

Also, the black cane's foam handle was beginning to split from wear and tear and we could not find a replacement. I saw a video at YouTube in which a lady had used tennis racket handle tape on her baby's stroller handle and yep, Walmart carries it back in the sporting goods department. I used a little decorative washi tape to fasten the end down and I'll tell you, the tennis tape makes  a most comfortable handle over the top of the foam.

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