Monday, May 25, 2020

Planner Pages For Topflight Stamps

Hello Planner Fans, this Mix Media Monday for Topflight Stamps let's make a planner page!!! You can use this technique for anything you want, an art journal page, art card etc. I hope you are staying healthy in these troubled times & making time for some art. I struggled this week but forced myself to play, it made a big difference in my mental health. *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.
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When times are tough & play is needed sometimes it is easier to get inspiration by "scrap lifting" the art of copying. I noticed a mini art journal page that I really like and decided to take it & make a planner page. One of the things I am trying to do in my planner is showcase things that are different in our lives because of Corona Virus. My daughter loves Dunkin Donuts iced coffee & we are making it a Friday treat to get her & one of her isolated friends coffee & a doughnut.

Here is the page I copied on the left side. I just made a few small adjustments. I took the colors from the  photo as my color palette & changed to a different stamped image. Easy peasy & just a fun play but also the simple  act of accomplishing a page felt great. Mind games are good in tough times! You can get the tutorial for this page here.

Good luck this week friends, take it easy on yourself & make some art! 


Paper Artsy Fresco Finish  Paint in Amethyst, Snowflake, Smoked Paprika. 
Stamps- Sara Naumann by PaperArtsy- ESN 41 & ESN43
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Arrow Page & Trees

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Eileen Hull EBook is Here!!

Very excited to be among these awesome artists with projects in Eileen's Ebook. It is showcasing one of my favorite book dies the Pocket Notebook. A lot of these projects you can adjust to make any size book & there is so much awesome inspiration.

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I have 2 projects in the Ebook that are 2 of my favorite books ever! Also you can find at least 50 projects in this book as well as a gallery of finished books to look at for inspiration. A lot of hard work & a ton of talent went into this book so you will definitely want a copy! At $12.97 that is only .25cents a project!!!!  You get yours here. Thanks for your support happy crafting!!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Where Does Your Inspiration Come From?

Hello Topflight Stamps Fans, on this Mixed Media Monday we are looking at where does inspiration come from? Is it from the museum, or books, online tutorials or videos? If you look for it, inspiration is everywhere & if you are in the zone you can be inspired by something as simple as the back of a cool car. 
*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!

Sometimes I may be inspired by something like a tag & then once started I go in a completely different direction but the original inspiration is evident in the piece. Right now I am working on a planner book for the month of May. The 1st page is going to be the title page. Supply list with links at the end of this post. Remember you can save 12% off your Topflight Stamps order (some restrictions may apply) if you code in karenbearse.

Although inspired by this tag by Rachel Greig of Darkroom Door Stamps (DRD), my creativity went into a different direction & I ended up using all the fun things & making a collage page. This was fun to just pull out a bunch of product and have a play.

Here is the video that inspired me, it is a flip though of Rachel's awesome art journal! The tag page is at the 9:06 min point but I encourage you to watch the whole video! You will want to check out Rachel's & subscribe to her You tube channel. 


Let's Get Started!

I started out with an Elizabeth Crafts die cut for my planner. Just plan white card stock will do but in hind site it would have been better to get my back ground done 1st & then cut the page out. Doing the cut 1st meant that I had to re-punch the binder holes. Tear & glue some book page, music or book paper. Glue stick is great for this part as it is low on water & the paper won't ripple. The next layer was using Andy Skinner's Rice paper which has the bonus of being a bit translucent so the book paper can be seen underneath.  I just tore random pieces out and glued them down. This paper has such a richness to it & is so dynamic. It comes in 2 packs. 

Time for Some Background Images

Next up was to add some background images. One way was with a stencil & some Glimmer Mist- the red stars are nice & shimmery. 2nd was some background stamping using inks with the Cogs & alpha texture stamps. Darkroom door has all sorts of great stamps for making this type of background called Texture Stamps.

What About A Title? 

I knew I wanted the Story title from Seth's stamp set as well as the word May die cut. I just love the look of embossing powder for titles, it really makes them pop. I went with this lovely Jade color. I didn't think of it until after but Emerald is the birthstone of May so that works wonderfully. I embossed on white & pattern paper but chose the white with some Roasted Coffee distressing. The Title didn't fit so I tore it into 2 pieces which worked well to bring some balance to this busy page. 

Tag Time!!! 

This is my take on Rachel's tag. I used some of the Rice Paper to cover a tag. A bit of background stamping  & May which was die cut out of black card stock. Adding the black did help calm the busyness a bit! 

These images from Darkroom Door Steampunk Squares Collage Stamp were perfect to add some pictures to the page. This stamp type comes in all sorts of images with matching stencils as well. They also link in well with the background cog stamping.  

Then it was just a matter of assembly. Not 100% sure that I love how busy this is so I am going to leave it for now but I may add a layer of gesso over some of the background images like the book paper to tone it down a bit. Sometimes you just need to wait & see if it grows on you. Thanks for joining me today, I hope you get the chance to get inky!


Darkroom Door- Collage,
                        Texture Stamps
                        Steampunk Squares
Seth Apter ESA13 by PaperArtsy 
Visible Image Look Forward With Hope
Stencil Dark Room Door- Starry Night
Rice Paper by Andy Skinner 
Glimmer Mist in Cherry Pie
Prism Inks in Roasted Coffee & Smoked Paprika. 
Elizabeth Craft dies- 1741- Retro Alpha & 1745 Retro Number Trio. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Create Art Fabric Tiny Book for Eileen Hull

Hello Blogland, here today with a fabulous "Create Art" fabric journal using the newest diecut by Eileen Hull... drum roll, the Tiny Book! This book is so stinking cute!! It measures a very small 2 1/4 x 3" and yet has so much potential to be so many things!!! This month of May the Inspiration team is all about flowers & nothing says flowers like butterflies!!

This time around I played with fabric to create this fun & funky cover. I also used some of Eileen's other dies & lots of Tim Holtz. The cover is fabric from Tim's both inside & out. I especially loved that Eileen's butterfly fit perfectly in a piece of the fabric that was an owl but it looks completely like a butterfly! 

What Is Inside?

The inside of this tiny journal has 3 signatures which I will show you as the tutorial unfolds. The signatures are a combo of junk journal type ephemera, stamping & diecuts as well as pages for writing. There are some pockets as you can see here filled with fun tags, tickets etc. 

Let's Get Started!!

 Cut 1 cover using the Tiny Book diecut with Foam Adhesive. 

 Making The Covers.

Gather your fabric & decide which you want for the outside & inside covers. Don't cut it yet. Take your foam Tiny Book piece & peel off one side of the adhesive. Place on top of the wrong side of your fabric.  Cut around the fabric leaving about a 1/2" extra. Peel off the other side of the adhesive & place on top of the other fabric, laying it on the wrong side. Cut around following the same size cut as the other side of the fabric. 

You don't have to but I sewed around the edges of my fabric avoiding the foam. Then I pulled some threads to make it look aged. This is the base for the cover done. Simple isn't it? 

Time To Make The Inside Booklets!

While I made these books way back in January I thought I would point you in a direction to get some backgrounds done. Tim Holtz has been doing a weekly video demo & some of the techniques would be great for background pages... you can find them all archived on his Facebook page or on his blog. This is a technique I love using to make grungy book pages. Spray with different colors of Distress Stain, dab on some Distress Oxide spots, dry & then randomly stamp. These papers end up so crunchy & fabulous.  

Here is a photo of creating the 3 booklets or signatures while having some nummy coffee. I cut the paper for the booklets 4.5" long x 3" tall. Each signature has a cover or 1st page that is a sturdy scrapbook paper. The papers are folded in half width wise & slip into each other to create books. 

 Putting It All Together.

I used Tim's paper from different paper packs & added ephemera, chat words, paper dolls. Just had fun adding stuff from my stash. The books should only have 3-6 papers each so you can sew through them. If you don't machine sew no worries you can see a different way to put the signature in this blog post- go right to the end of the post & I explain it.

Once the booklets were made it was time to sew them into the cover.  I started with the middle book just because it was easiest. Sew the book into the middle of the cover. After every pass clean your needle with a wet wipe. It will pick up the adhesive from the foam. 

Sew the front signature on the left side of the middle book. It is a bit tricky & clamping your book into the cover with binder clips may help to keep it in straight. Then sew the last book in on the right of the middle book as shown in the picture. You can see I left about a 1/4" between the books.

As you can see from the photo my last signature in the book did not sew very straight. This is why I would suggest binder clips. * Hot Tip- make sure if you sew your signature together with a machine that the stitches are not too tight. I was rushing to get my sample made for Creativation and the stitches were tight. The papers started ripping out like they were perforated. Yikes. Glue & washi strategically placed helped solve my problem.

Create The Cover!

For the cover I used Eileen's butterfly from her set Birds & Butterflies. The fabric was lined with a square of foam adhesive & cut out from Tim's Halloween fabric. The owl eyes look just like a pattern that a butterfly or moth would have- so cool. Layers of tulle & cheesecloth colored with Bay ink was added under the butterfly.Yes details can be fun! 

The quote was created by cutting a piece of cereal box & heat embossed. Once cool the quote was added. *Hot tip: Normally I would just use a clear emboss on top but I found out that if you hear emboss these stickers the heat melts the words away!! So I added a layer of Glossy Accents. It domes naturally & create an epoxy look while drying clear.
My closure is from the pocket notebook diecut cut out of Kraftex, embossed & then scuffed with ink to make it pop. The strap is attached to the band with some beads for decoration on the outside.

I punched a hole with a cropodile in the middle of the book between the last 2 signatures, added an eyelet to give it some reinforcement & tied the elastic with a knot in the inside. 

Just a few more photos to show you some of the inside to wrap it all up!  Here is a page using the Tag & pocket on the left & the bird on the right. You can also see where I made decorative tabs for each book. 

 Here is the inside cover & 1st signature. Lots of tags & ephemera here!

This page has a ticket as a wee pocket with some ephemera on the right & an inked stamped page on the left. Can you believe that is not stitching but a stamp? Looks so real. Ok that is plenty for today!!! I hope you enjoyed this project & you get a chance to play along. Stay safe & healthy & go get inky!!


Eileen Hull diecuts by Sizzix- Tiny Book, Birds & Butterflies, Pocket Notebook
    *dies that are discontinued but you may find in Eileen's etsy shop - Bookmark/Tag/Pocket,  Credit Card Sleeve (die cut the quote is on) & Colorblend in Bay for the cheesecloth piece. 
Eileen Hull Foam Adhesive by Therm*O*Web
Tim Holtz- Fabric, Ephemera, Stamps, Tags by Sizzix.
Ranger- Glossy Accents, Distress Ink, Distress Stains & Archival Inks.


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