Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mini Portfolio in a Travel Bookcase for Eileen Hull

Hello Blogland, I hope you are healthy & safe during these terrible Covid-19 times. I want to start with a prayer for Nova Scotia which has recently seen the deadliest mass murder in Canada, &  has rocked the country. I lived in Halifax for 6 years & as you will see further down in this post, was the poster child (with my brother) for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Centennial Celebration. I have big time fondness & pride for the RCMP. My heart goes out to all those families that lost a loved one & especially RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson, who served 23 years. Thoughts & hope of healing to the people of Nova Scotia. It is hard to just continue on with a blog post. This book was made in December & is a random snapshot of travels throughout my life. When I look on it in the future it will link to this tragedy & not be easily forgotten.

Let's take a look on the inside. Using Eileen's newest diecut The Tiny Bookcase by Sizzix- You can see the outside case below but here is a photo taken when you open the flap of the Book Case. This project was definitely inspired by Tim Holtz who has had 2 larger size portfolios that were made of kraft & could be designed any which way. He also revealed a new Travel Folio in January at Creativation which measures 8.5"x5" and is already covered in patterned ephemera style paper. 

This project was sneaked at the beginning of April during Eileen Hull's blog hop. I will link the hop even though it was just a peek because there are links to many amazing projects as we celebrated the release of The Tiny Book Case & Tiny Book that fits in it. The word diecut is Eileen's & was cut out then embossed with her Glistening Glass Emboss.

Here is the portfolio book that I made to fit inside the Book Case. The case opens up & inside is this flip book which is removal-able & has mini pictures of some of my travels. It is soooooo small & delectable.  You can see by my thumb how tiny the photos are. For the photos I created a 4x6 page & copy pasted the pics sizing down then printed them out on my home printer. This was me in New Zealand, we lived there for almost a year when I was 8. 

Here is a photo from a trip down to Myrtle Beach. We stopped en route to visit DC. The ephemera & metal bits, most of it comes from Tim Holtz's Ideology line. I have printed out some postal stamps as well to add to the travel theme. 

Here is the photo of the poster that was on billboards around Canada & the world. My brother & I were in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia rowing about & saw the RCMP Officer & went to investigate. They interviewed us & took photos. Little did we know the RCMP were looking for a picture that could represent almost anywhere in Canada for their Centennial Celebration. They were taking photos all over the country. One of the reasons this photo was chosen was because we looked so natural in our life jackets.

Back in my athlete days I spent a month training in the USSR. We spent a week in Moscow & did a sponsor photo shoot in front of St. Basil's Cathedral. An incredible trip, it was a glimpse of Soviet life before the Iron Curtain fell. The team photo was taken by a member of the Australian Team Vicky Craig. 

Next up is Morocco where we lived for a year. So fortunate to get to know some of the Moroccan people, make friends & learn about their customs, culture & food. Oh the food!!!! 

My favorite thing to do in any books I make whether it be art journal, junk journal or photo journal is to add flips, tuck spots, tags etc. I love the interactive look & feel. It is easy to add these using washi tape for example. The metal word band not only makes the tag easy to flip but the weight helps hold the tag down.

The then tag flips up & shows just a few photos from our "Great Trip". An adventure that took us from British Columbia on the Pacific all the way across the US to West Virginia. The quote was printed from Pinterest & flips down to reveal... 

Ski day that was done just before leaving Vancouver. Did you know there is a ski hill, Mt. Seymour in Vancouver? It was a crazy fun day. 64 degrees in the city 32 degrees on the hill. Some of the movie Snow Buddies was filmed there!

The back page of my portfolio is from Canon Beach, Oregon. This was taken towards the start of the "Great Trip" adventure. One of the things I find as a Scrapbooker, it is difficult to resist putting every photo on a project & resist putting the photos in chronological order. This book shows it is just as wonderful to have an overview snapshot of travel. 

Here is the back of the Book Case just after cutting it out. It folds to create the box. I just didn't glue down the sides so my box simply opens up. There are so many possibilities with these dies!! I hope you check out what my teammates have created this month. So many great ideas can be found on Eileen's blog. In fact I have another blog post next week & we will be making a Tiny Fabric Journal!!! I hope you subscribe & check back. Now go create!


*Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.
**some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

Eileen Hull Tiny Book Case by Sizzix
    -Journaling Words (retired) but maybe you can get them here.  
Glistening Glass Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz- 8X8 papers - Etcetera,
                 metal clips, paperclips, ephemera, Story Sticks
Sizzlets Mat board by Sizzix

Monday, April 27, 2020

Journey Mini Passport Art Journal Page

Hello Stamping Fans, today I have a mini art journal or art card for Topflight Stamps. I hope you are staying safe & healthy & taking some time to do some art. I am finding even if I don't feel like it once I get going it does really help. The stress & uncertainty that I know we are all facing, gets pushed away when you art. Even if you don't feel like you can do something please just sit down with whatever your favorite product is and play it really does help. 
*Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.
**some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

Along those lines there are, as I said many artists giving generously of their time doing Facebook or Instagram lives. I am trying to focus on a few of my favorites as I do my Mixed Media Monday's Post. It really is a great way to get that creative juice going. This week is Seth Apter. If you ever have a chance to take a class from him do it! He is a great teacher & super nice human being. 

This card was inspired by one of Seth's recent Facebook lives where he played with his new embossing powders. Topflight Stamps happens to carry both the stamp set & his embossing powders.  I simply painted the background with a few Fresco Finish paints.

This art journal page uses Seth's newest PaperArtsy stamp set release called ESA 13. I embossed the circle with Sea of Tranquility on card stock.

The background once the paint was dried was embossed with Crusty Copper using the cool letter like background stamp. The journey stamp is the title & stamped with Archival Ink in case color was added it would not smear.

To finish it off a Tim Holtz paper doll was added & a Clippings Sticker was distressed & added as well. If you want to follow along with Seth's Facebook Lives go to his page here.
He also has a creative group on Facebook that is filled with great art & wonderful folks so if you play with his supplies you can post your creations, join in the challenges etc. It is called the Seth Apter Creative Community. Now go get inky!

Remember if you put in my code karenbearse you save 12% off your order. 

Seth Apter stamp set ESA13 by PaperArtsy
Seth Apter embossing by Wow 
Fresco Finish paint by PaperArtsy in Cerise & Mermaid
Tim Holtz paper doll & clippings sticker.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Passport Journal Mini Art Page #the100dayproject

Hello Stamp fans, let's make a passport size, mini art journal page today for #the100dayproject! First I want to say I hope you & your family are safe in this super crazy COVID world. Please stay home if you can & let's kick this virus back to zero. Many thanks to the 1st Responders, the medical community & essential workers who are out there everyday helping to keep us all safe. You are the front line heroes in all of this. 
*Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.
**some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

One of the best things to come out of this horrible situation is all the inspiration that is happening. So many artists are giving back by hosting free videos, live tutorials on FB & Instagram. I am trying to support as many as I can by sharing their links on social media. As a working artist most of our incomes have just stopped. Please support these artists if you can by purchasing their products. This page was started while watching and arting along with Tracy Evans from AAll & Create. I will link to her video below.

It is Mixed Media Monday on Topflight Stamps so off we go!!!! I won't go into too much detail as you can see what was done in the video step by step. Tracy did much more to her tags & I love all the detail. I plan on following all the steps at some point to see what I would end up with but for now...

Let's Get Started!

I decided to use my new & older Dyan Reaveley paints for this page. I love them!! The pink is Tropical Sangria, quite different from her other paints the neon cocktail paints are translucent. The green is new- Island Parrot & the old stand by & one of my favs is Vibrant Turquoise. 

Love These Stamps!!

I used AALL & Create Tracy Evans stamp on this one... #267 Nature Elements. These stamps are huge! They each measure 5 1/2" ish x 7 1/4" & there are 2 of them. So many fun details which are great for adding subtle stamping for backgrounds. You will want a large acrylic block if you want use the whole image.

Time For Some Texture.

I used the chain link fence image portion of the stamp to add some subtle texture with Lemon Zest. You do have to look closely to see it. I am tempted to add more on top so it shows up better.

Next the mushroom portion of the stamp was stamped on my background using VersaFine Clair in Nocturne. This ink works great on these stamps especially if you are inking the whole stamp. They are nice & juicy & stay wet long enough to get the image. I just love how it stamps on top of acrylic paint too. 

The mushroom images were stamped on white card stock with Archival Ink & cut out. Once dry, the paint was watered down & used like watercolor to get some blending in.

After that the mushroom were adhered over the corresponding image & the edges were trimmed off.

The final touch was to add some words & bling. 

I made my page much more simply then Tracy's sample- but it shows that you can play along with these videos even if your project ends up being quite different or only some of the techniques are followed like in my sample. Even if you were to only get a back ground done in these trying times it is progress!

Here is a screen shot from Tracy's video which is linked above, she did this cool tag accordion. Love all the little details she put into it.  If you want to join in with Tracy when she does her Facebook live you can join in here

That is it for today, stay safe, stay home if possible & take this time to do some art therapy! It really does help the anxiety & worry. Now go get inky! 


Tracy Evans stamps by AALL & Create- #267 Nature Elements & #46 Hearts
Dylusions Paints 
Archival Ink 
VersaFine Clair by Tsukineko in Nocturne

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Tiny Bookcase April Blog Hop for Eileen Hull

Hello Fans of Eileen Hull, I am here with my Tiny Bookcase for our April Blog Hop!! Today is the big release event which is full of fun!!! Here is the important info!! Make sure you check out all my teammates projects!!!! The links are below.

Here is my Travel Book Case, inside there are tiny treasures that show a lifetime of travel. You can check it out the finished book here with lots of fun details on making the tiny photo journal book.

At noon today we are having a party over on Eileen Hull Designs!!!! We hope to see you there! Special guests, VIP commentators, balloons... come rain or shine! ***if you missed this you can still watch the video replay- just go to Eileen"s FB page & find the video from April 1st- a lot of samples were show & also lots of laughs & sillyness!!

Karen Bearse *** you are here


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