Wednesday, May 26, 2010

This is a beautiful day worth celebrating

Today, I went over to Deedee's house, and we got to creative brainstorming.  We couldn't leave it at that, and I asked her to show me how to use stamps, and new ways to use alcohol inks and distress inks.  It was great.  She showed me how to clean and care for my new Tim Holtz stamps... She uses an awesome cleaner by StazOn.  It has a wonderful scrubber built in which makes clean up easy.  I was introduced to resist inks... oh the ideas.  I made a collage, and Dee started two tags.  Here's a few pictures to give you a glimpse into our day.  My collage says, "This is a beautiful day worth celebrating".  I think that pretty much sums it up.  Deedee has some awesome ideas to finish her tags, so we'll post pictures of those when they're all done!  After dinner we headed out to Archivers.  Oh my goodness, that store is incredible.  I can't wait to go back one of these days without the girls.  Note to self, three year olds and scrapbook stores (yeah, not so much).  I had to exit the store three times for "time-outs" because the twins kept screaming.  Yay for the stroller.  I saw some incredible ideas with embossing powders, and bought a brush pen, so I can use embossing powders on some of my paintings.  That's going to be an amazing new texture.  We stopped by Starbucks on the drive home, and now I'm just going to have to write down some of the ideas we came up with, so I can actually sleep tonight.  Fun fun.

Monday, May 24, 2010

A good day for a "Journal Spilling" adventure...

This morning I had to try out some of my new scrapbook supplies.  I started by looking through my new Journal Spilling book and gathering materials.  I found a piece of cardboard in the recycle pile, pulled out my new Tim Holtz inks, watercolor crayons, some bright page marker stickers, and colored staples, and then I started playing.  I worked quickly and started experimenting with the supplies.  When I was done, all my beautiful inks matched the new Tim Holtz paper stack that I bought and so I put my cardboard collage on one of my new papers and photographed it.  Then to make it personal, I pulled in a photo of Emma over the top in photoshop and voila.  Here's my creative "journal spilling" adventure.  I'm loving these new colors and inks, especially the distress inks.  They are super fun.  Now I've got to call Deedee, so we can get together and experiment!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Inspiring Books we picked up today!!!

The first one is called Journal Spilling - Mixed Media Techniques for Free Expression by Diana Trout.

The second book is called Image Transfer Workshop - Mixed-Media Techniques For Successful Transfers by Darlene Olivia McElroy and Sandra Duran Wilson. 

Oooh they are so super inspiring.  We can't wait to try out all the new techniques.  Super duper excited.

Today scrappage began....

What a great day.  Deedee Garcia and Angela Meijer (hereafter "we") were having a garage sale over at Deedee's house.  We decided to make collages and art journals at the garage sale, and got to creative brainstorming.  We were selling a bunch of scrapbook embellishments and collage cards, and we decided that we seriously need an etsy shop to sell all of our scrapbook and collage goods.  We've been getting together to do creative stuff together, and so we decided that we should start selling it all too.  The name of our shop is a combination of scrap, page and collage.... and it's pronounced the French way.  That way, you can hear the collage part of the name!  Spread the word and come back and visit lots and lots.  We plan to keep it full of all kinds of goodies and we'll photograph our creative sessions too.  We're going to fill our shop with supplies for your own creations, fun collage/scrappage artwork, and lots and lots of bling.

After our garage sale, we went to the scrapbook store in here in Ankeny, and spent our garage sale earnings on new arts and craft supplies.  Fun Fun Fun.