Time again for another installment of Journaling with Julie, in which my sister in Jersey and I in Ohio recreate the art journal projects from the Tamara LaPorte book, Create Your Life Book. This lesson includes thinking of something you've done that you're not thrilled with and then letting it go and forgiving yourself. You write some things on the page, collage and paint and then draw a feather.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Friday, July 16, 2021
I found the cutest superhero and comic stamps at Whimsy Stamps and had to buy them. Our family is kind of big on comics. And we are definitely team Marvel and not DC, though Wonder Woman is a total badass and I love her. I knew I'd get a lot of use from these stamps since my husband has three brothers who love Marvel comics, and my sister and I used to read Archie and horror comics. Plus, our kids enjoyed comics too. At any rate, these stamps are going to be used.
Friday, June 25, 2021
I've never been a huge fan of card kits, in fact, I've only purchased paper with matching stickers or die cuts, not an entire huge kit, and it's mostly because I don't always like every item in a kit. But I did purchase a Spellbinders card kit recently because it was crazy on sale and I liked a lot of the items. It was half off the $55 price and had stamps, dies, a patterned paper 6x6 pad, die cuts, stickers, cards and envelopes and even sequins.
When it arrived, it was a ton of fun to open up and see all the goodies. And I sat right down to make some cards with it. For this one, I used patterned paper and some of the die cuts and stickers. Easy peasy!
Friday, June 18, 2021
Friday, June 4, 2021
Have you tried making the slimline card or mini slimline card size? I like the slimline size for a change and also I think they're a great way to disguise a birthday card that has money or a gift card in it, because you can put them in a regular business envelope. The size I use is 3.5"x8.5".
That way, if there's a bad guy looking to steal a birthday card, they'll flip past it. Now, I know you're thinking, "How often does that really happen, Char?" and I gotta tell you, I'm certain it happened to me and since I was stupid and used cash, $50 as a thank you to someone was gone. Now, I'm back to writing checks. So give it a shot to disguise your cards, plus, slimline design is fun to try!
This card uses die cuts and stickers from a card kit I got from Spellbinders on sale. They will sometimes put their card kits on clearance and I feel like I got a steal when I pay under $30 for stickers, papers, dies, die cuts and stamps that all go together. For the May 2020 kit I bought, I also got sequins and tiny puffy stickers. Head here if you want to see what's available right now. Not an affiliate, just sharing info!
Friday, May 28, 2021
If it's nearly June in Ohio, it's time for my climbing roses to bloom. They're called The Seven Sisters and I bought two little shrubs on sale at the end of the summer one year for just $5 each. This was when I was a mom to one (22or 23 years ago) and my mom and I would take my daughter and visit the area garden centers. We usually went at the beginning of the growing season to get flowers for each other for Mother's Day and then at the end of the season to get deals.
I based my coloring of the Beautiful Roses Slimline digi from Alex Syberia on the color of my roses. I picked pinks and added a little coral and a little red for them and chose grays for the leaves.
I like to color one rose at a time, so here's a little peek into how I layered the color on the last two roses.