Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A Dining Room Update...

My dining room table has been in our family since the 1980's. I remember my mother saving and saving for this beautiful oak set after she landed her first teaching job (after having kids) in the 1980's.
Anyhow fast forward to 2015. My mom's spirit is still with us all the time and I love, love, love this table and all the memories that come with it. However, the chairs, had sadly had it. I have wanted a fresh look for this room for a few years now and we finally did it this fall.
I have envisioned sort of a loungy feel for this area of my home. It is an open concept main floor, and I really wanted to unite the living room and dining room and still keep with really comfortable chairs!!!
So for this update I went with 4 fabric chairs, and a leather bench open to the living room.

From the front entrance, you can really see how the dining room opens up to the living room now, with no chair backs obstructing.
I am loving how the light colors of the chairs really bring some accent to the dining room, and also co-ordinate really well with the area rug in the living room. The bench, in a brown leather, also co-ordinates well with the brown leather couch in the living room.

We are so happy with this update to our home! Thanks so much for looking!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Such an inspiring day...

I visited the largest Arts & Crafts Sale in our area today, that only happens once a year.
It was so inspiring to see all the artists, that I wanted to get the day's memories documented right away.
I used my fairly new Fuse tool to custom create a page to hold what I had picked up at the sale...a beautiful pamphlet as well as a bunch of business cards from artists I would like to purchase from again.

It sure felt good to get back to doing some pocket pages after collecting all this information today!
Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Some quick rules...I have made for myself!

I have decided to make things really easy on myself this year, so I made myself one quick rule! Just 1...and that rule is...
Yes, that's right, anything can go in my album that I want to. Any color, any size, any media, any pattern, any texture...and any line of paper I may have!
Here is an example of one of my pages...
This is actually a picture of St. Nick himself that I found in a newspaper I had collected from last year. I didn't know how I would use this image so I began by sticking it to a more substantial piece of paper to bind.
Then I began adding my layers...
Colors are green, blue white, red, browns, etc.
Size is 8 X 12.
I have applied...gesso,
crackle medium (white),
distress ink in vintage photo,
acrylic paint in turquoise,
corrugated cardboard,
postage stamp from pinterest,
Lindy's spray splattered (Rudolph's Nose Red)...

hand stamped sepia archival ink,
embossed black powder,
inka gold (turquoise) &
hand-stitched some elements.
When you are doing a December Journal Your Christmas you can make your own rules. That's right. You can make them as limiting, or as freeing as you wish...because like mine...ANYTHING GOES!
OK, may I add one more rule before you continue...HAVE FUN!!!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

December Journal Start...

I know there are many decisions to be made when starting your December Journal Your Christmas with Shimelle. I want to share with you some of the starts I have made since going through my stash and why.
Size of Album
The size of album you choose can be for many reasons both practical and personal. For example, someone who is travelling with their journal may choose a smaller size.
Through the years I have made several sizes of December Journals. Traditional 12X12 pages, 6X12 pages, multiple sizes of pages in a 12X12 album, pocket pages, etc.
This year I am going with multiple sizes of pages 12X12 and smaller, and likely including pocket pages.
The reason I chose this size is that it leaves me with lots of flexibility each day, depending on the amount of pictures I am inserting, and the amount of journaling.
The reason I choose as large as 12X12 is also because I tend to do a lot of journaling, love journaling, and I have large handwriting.
I am also ok with using multiple sized  pages, as I do like the eclectic look of the album when it is done, at least for this particular topic. My style is also somewhat quirky, so the variety of page sizes lends itself well.

Binding System
As important as the size of your album is the type of binding you want to use...a regular album, coil bound, book signatures, etc.
This year I have gone with a 3-ring bound system and made my own front and back covers. I was feeling especially creative this year and wanted to do a custom cover and not be restricted to a certain album size and rings. If the book gets too thick I will bind it with ribbon. I have bound an album with ribbon before, and it worked quite well. This way my binding can be determined later. 
This type of binding system also lends itself to the place that I am at in my paper crafts right now. Currently I play with a lot of mediums in my scrapbooks and art journals right now. Therefore, I decided having each page free to work on would suit me best at this time.
Here is my front cover. I used a page from Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas. Cut it apart and re-adhered with gel medium to painted cardstock. I raised the 4 stamps with pop-dots (and you can even see where one has come off.
I then added crackle medium, Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays in red, green and gold, Tim Holtz distress ink vintage photo, Inka gold/3D stencil medium in copper, red, green.
Once the mediums were dry, I stamped on the Santa's sleigh and reindeer in sepia and wrapped jute ribbon loosely around the perimeter of the page.
The clear star is also attached to the album with jute.

I hope you found this inspiring. Happy Journalling to all! See you soon!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving To All...

Okay, it is that time of year here in Canada, where we all get stuffed, including the turkey. This year I have decided to put a little different spin on pumpkin pie for dessert by serving...
Layered Pumpkin Dessert
Of course I can't take any credit for this recipe and I have copied the recipe here and provided the link to where I found it on Kristyn's blog here:
  • 1 cup Flour
  • ½ cup Butter (softened)
  • ½ cup plus ¼ cup Pecans, chopped
  • 8 oz. Cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 3 cups Whipped topping, divided
  • 2½ cups Milk
  • 3 sm pkgs. White chocolate instant pudding mix (or vanilla) - 3.4 oz. boxes
  • 1 - 15 oz can Pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin spice
  1. Layer 1: Mix flour, butter and ½ cup pecans together. Press into a sprayed 9x9 OR 9x13 pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees, then remove and let cool.
  2. Layer 2: Blend cream cheese and powdered sugar, add 1 cup of the whipped topping then spread over cooled crust.
  3. Layer 3: Mix milk, pudding mix, canned pumpkin, pumpkin spice and 1 cup whipped topping until smooth. Spread over top of layer 2.
  4. Layer 4: Spread remaining 1 cup of whipped topping and sprinkle pecans.
  5. Let chill for 3 hours or until set.
Tomorrow we'll have the feast, but the dessert is made today.
 I'll keep you all posted as to how it turns out!

Friday, October 9, 2015

My December Journal...Getting Started...The Stash!

Season's Greetings Everyone! Just kidding it is only October, I know. I thought I would make this blog post for anyone who is doing their own December Journal and may be wanting inspiration or help.
Feel free to leave questions or comments below. (You can also find the previous years' completed December Journals in the blog from Decembers of previous years.
So, for many, many years I have completed a December Journal Your Christmas...I believe since 2007.
This year I seem to be prepping earlier than I ever have, but I think it is for good reason.
 I am doing this mainly because I know I will get busy doing other things in December like baking, shopping, visiting,  working, etc. 
So to begin with let's dig through my stash...again, I hope this inspires you, or gives you ideas of what you may want to do if you are thinking of completing a December Journal.
Old books: These I have been gathering since last year from thrift stores and charity book sales. The illustrations in here are awesome to incorporate into my journal.
Coffee Dying: Some pages from the books above, as well as tags, ephemera packaging, and even old patterned paper can be turned vintage instantly with a little coffee dying. Here is a sample of what I have done so far.

Paper: And more paper. Yes, I have quite a collection of Christmas paper including Graphic 45, Bo Bunny, DCWV, Echo Park, Carta Bella, as well as some large paper pads from Michaels.

And last, but not least...
Ephemera and embellishments: These have been collected everywhere from my LSS to the dollar stores, printed off the internet, and even packaging and freebies.

I hope you have found this to be helpful and inspiring! I plan to have more posts to follow of my December Journal. Happy journaling and thanks for browsing.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mixed Media & Graduation 2015...

Sooooo, I have torn myself away from my art journals long enough to get some scrapping done.

One of my projects for this fall and winter is my son's graduation from June 2015. The reason I am determined to get this project done, is because my daughter graduates next June 2016! Yep, call me crazy. Two in a row!

Since I have become so used to  addicted to using mixed media goodies, I really had to continue to play with them when I started this scrappy project.

This is a more formal page than my usual style, but it was a graduation, and we were pretty dressed up...for us that is!

The original paper came from a Craft Smith - Indigo Gold paper pad. It had some blue fern leaves on the left and some shading on the bottom right hand side..
I then added...
flourish stamps by Rhonna Farrer (Autumn Leaves) inked with Tim's Faded Jeans distress ink
watercolor twinkling H2O moss green - with a stencil
Heidi Swapp paper flower cutouts - inked edges with CTMH Hollyhock ink
Faber-Castell Texture Gem - gold dots

and added some doodles here and there....

I am happy with the simplicity and prettiness of the elements of this layout!
Thanks for looking!