Monday, January 13, 2014

Catch Up: Nov. thru Jan

Bonjour! :)

You'd never know it from my blog, but I HAVE been keeping up with my calendars.

Here is November all finished. This was the month I started spending more time on the writing in the date squares. I had fun experimenting with different lettering & it makes the finished calendar look more.... hmm.. polished? I don't know, but I like it. :)



I evidently forgot to take a photo of my December calendar before I started filling it out. But here it is at the end of the month.




Notice how Sally's side is a mix of different colours like her dress, while Jack's is black & white & green. :)



And I have already started filling up my January, which is the first calendar in my new journal!


Oh you're wondering about the empty space between the rows?
It's because I am combining my calendar page page for this month with my photo pages.

In this journal, I started doing photo pages which usually span 1-2 weeks & they look like this:


I wanted to try to combine my calendar with my photo pages for awhile, but the pages in this journal weren't big enough.

Since my new journal is 8x12 I thought I'd try it out. :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Making Christmas, Making Christmas!

Hello there!

So, once upon a time, for many years when I was younger, I made a whole bunch of handmade Christmas cards for all my friends. I can't quite remember the last year I did this, but I would guess it was around 10 years ago.

Well this year I decided to revive that tradition.

OH MY GOODNESS was it a lot of work!!! o.O I started 'em the first week of December & was still working on the last few right up until Christmas.

I'm glad I did it but it really was exhausting! lol

So here are some of the cards I made. I apologize if some of the photos are extra blurry- sometimes I barely finished them before I had to seal 'em up & run to the post office.





I had to make these long, skinny cards to fit the letter sized envelopes I had left after I ran out of card envelopes.  I actually like them a lot & think I will use the same shape again. :)


Some non-traditional cards:



That is only about half of the paper cards I made!

I also made some digital cards:



And a few hybrid cards (hand drawn elements incorporated into digital cards)



What do you think?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Inchies, Twinchies & Betwinchies

'ello! :)

These are my designated inchie, twinchie, & betwinchies pages which are now all filled up! :)
(another sign that this journal is soon to be retired..)


Most of them are quotes from shows I've been watching or lyrics from songs I've been listening to.





This page of adorable monsters I made all in one sitting. I make products with these little guys for my Etsy shop  all the time, but I realized I've never kept any for myself. So now they have their own page all to themselves. :)



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November & Some Pages

Hello!



My calendar for this month is pretty simple. Just some cute stickers from Echo Park's "Totally Teal".



And while I haven't been very good at keeping up with my BLOGGING lately, I HAVE been slowly but steadily filling up my journal.

Here are a few of my pages:
















Sunday, October 20, 2013

October

One of the things I like about doing the calendar challenge is that even those months when everything is CRAZY, you will still have completed SOMETHING. :) Sometimes weeks go by where the only pages that I touched were the calendar pages.
It also means I have to blog at least once a month to share them! :)


I had my October finished on time, but evidently I forgot to take a pic before I started filling it in... >.> hmm....

The background is black & charcoal paint applied with a babywipe over coloured cardstock.
When I made this journal I used a whole pack of bright cardstock.. which I unfortunately got sick of about halfway thru (I'm fickle like that). I like just the little bit of colour showing thru the black however. :)


This is a little ink & water doodle I did after drooling over Daniel Torrente's stamps all day.

Notice the missing 26th? Yeah? It disappeared somewhere between the cutting & glueing... I'm still hoping it turns up lol


Thursday, September 5, 2013

September

Yes,  I know, I haven't posted anything since LAST month's calendar... :(
I blame the heat lol
It's been over 100 °F for a good portion of this past month... and some days, when we were lucky it was only in the high 90s!  It makes me lazy, all this heat.


Here is my August all filled out.. with lots of whining about the heat. lol



And September ready & waiting. 
The colour combo is because of this set of letter stickers I had.  I never would have thought of using aqua & red together otherwise, but it's very pretty. 

I was out of glue when I made this month's calendar, so instead of cutting out squares for the dates I just masked them out with painter's tape. 


Sunday, August 4, 2013

August

It's that time again! :)
My July calendar all filled in:





And rere is my calendar for August ready to go!



There is a lot of different ideas pulled from various places.. Originally I wanted these label stickers from October Afternoon's 9 to 5 collection.. or some "back to school" themed paper (since I am a substitute teacher & the school year starts up in August). I couldn't manage to get ahold of either of those however, but I incorporated some of the elements I liked. The colour scheme is pulled from the 9 to 5 (i never would have thought of using the orange!) as well as the type-writter & the clock. And I have the ABC, 123 school theme :)

I really like Kate Crane's layered, textured background & wanted to do one like that... except I don't have Dylusions or stencil's or anything, so I did a lot of experimenting!


The first layer is some black acrylic swiped on w/ a credit card. I used some cheap alpha stickers I don't like much, as well as the left-over negative space as stencils & masks. (If you stick it to something like a tee-shirt first it makes it less sticky & repositionable so it won't tear your paper)

Next layer: watercolours in various blue/green shades!


Some stamping using acrylics & random objects: pencil erasers, glue-stick lids & empty tape rolls.

And lastly, some stamping using my make-shift stencils.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Finished Flip Thru

My last journal is officially retired & I am only working in my Princess journal now.  So I thought I would share some of my favourite pages and do a little flip thru as a way of saying goodbye :) lol


My "travel" page... the left page is an awesome Paris notecard a penpal sent me.. and some other little bits & pieces from happy mail. On the right is a postcard my best friend's mum brought back from Las Vegas.


On the back of the postcard, I've collected all the stamps from mail I've gotten.
And of course- there is my lonely little girl page, which I believe I shared previously, but she is still one of my favourites. :)


A page with quotes from one of my favourite Youtube shows.

The poor little bumble bee girl, wishing for rain!


A pretty page with no real meaning or purpose other than to experiment & use pretty colours!!  (The hand opens up to a pop-up heart)

If you want to see more, here is a flip thru video :)
(fair warning- it is NOT fancy! I have an ancient camera, my hands are shaky & I have an unexpected visitor at one point!)

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Journal Pages

I have been playing with lots of different styles in my new journal :)


The girl on this one was a little drawing experiment.. I wanted to draw something kinda stylized & cutesy. I liked how she came out, so I cut her out & used her on a journal page.

Playing around with cheap stickers & painters tape, using them as masks...

A kind of Kelly Kilmer inspired page...



I got some prints of several of my drawings & did a little scrapbook page of Morbid Little Girl & her Shadow Monster boyfriend!




The Chillingsworth Manor paper pack had these little tickets for things like graveyard tours.. which I thought would be exactly the type of thing a zombie girl & her monster boyfriend would do on a date ;)





Just drawing & lettering in ink... going for a kind of story book feel :)

Simple but pretty page- magazine cut-outs, paint & patterned paper

But I had the most fun making these kind of pages:

Just scraps, stickers, sticker waste & a bit of washi tape collaged together to make a super pretty page! :)


Another one, featuring a lovely ACEO I got from  Jessica Grundy's Etsy shop