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Week 7 of 365 Somethings

I have a question for you today: How do you use your rubber stamps besides making cards? I seem to have a hard time using them other ways which is what I attempted during week 7 (February 12th to 18th.)

  1. I started the week with a card because I needed one for my secret Valentine at work (those of us who participated picked a name and I got the teacher with whom I share the classroom so I was really happy about it!) But this card is different because the heart is actually a pocket and I had tucked a square chocolate in there.
  2. While I was happy with the card I had made, I decided it wasn’t enough so I made a treat bag the next day. I was able to put a couple tea bags (caffeine-free mint tea) and, if I remember correctly, four chocolate squares (individually wrapped Ghirardelli chocolates.) I ended up giving the card to another co-worker and the treat bag to my Valentine.
  3. On Valentine’s day itself, I decided I was over the day’s theme! I used an old file folder and a variety of papers to make a journal/sketchbook. I have a set of stamps I had bought especially for journals so it was the perfect reason to use them.
  4. When you have too many stamps and too much cardstock, you make your own patterned cardstock! Here, I used border stamps over and over and decided to stick to tone-on-tone for the colours. Now, I have to challenge myself to actually use these cardstocks!
  5. Finally, another way I was able to use some stamps was by making my own wrapping paper. I used plain kraft paper (the kind you use to wrap breakables) and a couple of stamps repeated in a few colours. It doesn’t make a very bright paper but when you know it’ll just end up in the recycling bin, does it really matter?

I only have two more weeks to share with you before posting about other things like my March vacation and ICAD. I might also show you a few craft projects made by my students. Until then, I have a nice weekend!

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Weekend update

The past couple of days, I’ve been debating whether to keep blogging or not because I don’t get a lot of visits and certainly not a lot of comments. But then, I asked myself, why exactly do I keep a blog? While it is nice to receive likes, comments and various feedback, that isn’t the main reason for my blogging. I blog to share my passions, my creations and a little bit about my life. Arts and crafts are my main passion in life but I do have others. Music, movies, my cats, and, actually, my job are all things I’m passionate about. For those who don’t know, I work as an educator in an elementary school. I’m not a teacher, I work before school, at lunch and after school with a group of pre-k and kindergarten students. This year, I have the added task to teach them fine motor skills twice a week. I’ve been doing a lot of research and preparing lots of material for those activities so I’ve decided that I will also share that work here amidst my own personal art. And maybe a few cat photos once in a while.

Today, though, I’m only sharing two things. A zentangle I drew yesterday and a soft toy owl I made today. The zentangle is in the shape of a leaf as I’m still being inspired by this season. The owl is actually stuffed with rice so that it can be heated in the microwave and become a hand warmer. It is stitched by hand because that is my favourite way to work with felt. I love making these little softies so I want to make more in all shapes and colours.

Anyway, thanks for visiting and I wish you a lovely week!

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Weekend update

My personal schedule is changing this week with some dance classes on Mondays and Fridays so I might have to rethink my blogging schedule accordingly. I’ll let you know if I do. In the meantime, here are my weekend’s creations.

On Saturday, I made a greeting card for a friend of the family who just became a first-time dad. Mom had already assembled the 3D image of the dog and baby so I simply had to match papers, cut and assemble everything.

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On Sunday, I wasn’t feeling too well so I took it easy, watched a lot of old TV shows online and doodle on some leftover self-adhesive label paper to make my own stickers. I still have some of that paper so I’ll be making more stickers. I used a permanent pen so I can color them without smudging.

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Finally, tonight, after 3 hours of line dancing (yes, I line dance!) I went for a simple doodling session with a variation on scallop borders in my mini Moleskine journal.

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That’s it for today. Thanks for visiting!

 

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Groovy album

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been buying supplies and keeping them for “that special project” that just never seems to come around. I’ve been like that for ages but for the past two years, I’ve been trying to downsize my stash. I mean, how much stuff do I really need??? Not that much, really. And certainly not so much scrapbooking paper!

So, yeah, I dug through my piles of pretty papers and picked a collection I really loved but knew I would never find the perfect project for it. Until today that is. I made a mini scrapbook out of 6 sheets of patterned paper and some fabric tape.

Here’s my groovy album:

The papers are from the Love Bug collection by Pinecone Press. To make the album, I simply cut all sheets i half to make them 6″ x 12″. The, I folded them i half, except for one piece which I cut in half again to have two pieces of 6″ x 6″. Each folded folio is glued on one side to the back of another sheet. For the cover, I used my two square pieces and joined them with fabric tape wide enough to create a spine that accommodates my pages. And that’s it! A groovy 6″ x 6″ album that can be used for scrapbooking or even as a mixed media journal.

Thanks for visiting!

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Greeting card journal

A few years ago, I made a bunch of journals out of various papers and greeting cards. Since I still have a lot of papers and cards, I thought I’d start doing my greeting card journals again. I use 10 sheets of paper and fold them all in half to end up with 20 double-sided pages. 

I added a few tabs, journaling cards and stickers to some of the pages as well as an envelope at the back. 

This journal is a great size to carry around and write/sketch/art journal on the go. I’ll definitely make more. I might even send a few by mail to some lucky friends!

As always, thanks for visiting!

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Welcome 2014

2013 hasn’t been my most creative year. I’ve definitely neglected this blog and my creative habit for most of the year and I feel really bad about it. So I decided to end 2013 and start 2014 with a creative bang.

I rarely go on YouTube even though I know there are a lot of great vloggers and wonderful tutorials to watch. On December 30th, I decided to give it a chance and found a great tutorial on how to make a journal from greeting cards. I instantly was inspired to get started. So I rummaged through my box of greeting cards and picked all the store-bought ones I didn’t necessarily want to keep. I started altering them with paint on the inside and left them to dry before doing the rest. New Year’s Eve came and went with friends and family. Good food, good laughs, good time. On  New Year’s Day, I decided to finish my project and got out one of my many piles of paper scraps. Three movies later, I had this wonderful handmade journal and hadn’t spent one dime on the materials! Now, I have a pile of envelops that is begging to be turned into another journal! To be continued…

Every year, I choose a word to focus on during the following months. Last year’s words (simplify and balance) didn’t really work after all. These things happen. This year, I chose the word “fresh” as in fresh food, fresh air, fresh look at life, fresh start… I have quite a few plans in mind for this year but I don’t want to overdo it so one day at a time, one project at a time…

Have a lovely weekend!

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Lost and found

Mini album MC

So I got lost for a little while there. But fear no more, I found my way back. In fact, when I woke up (way too early) this morning, I declared today to be “Take back my life” day. What better way to do this than getting back to this little blog of mine which used to be such a big part of my life. And I have to say, I miss it. A whole lot! I actually have quite a few things to show you on here but we’ll start with the album above…

This is a travel mini-album that I created out of envelops and file folders for a friend so she could put photos of her trip to Europe. It took quite some time to make this beauty but I loved every single minute of it. The hardest part of the process was taking the photos and finally giving it to its owner! If you click on the photo above, it will take you to my Flickr album where you can see photos of all the pages.

I also wanted to let you know that I closed my Artfire shop but am working instead on opening an Etsy shop. Of course, I’ll let you all know when that’s done. And if there’s something in particular that you like to see in there, feel free to let me know.

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