Monday, October 24, 2011

FREEBIES - More Free Journaling Spots

Here are some free journaling spots for your downloading pleasure. Just right click to save and print at any scale you like. You are free to use them in all personal projects and things that will not be sold to others. I'd love to see pics if you do use them in any of your own personal projects!  The arrow journaling spot is great if you plan to do some stamping in the header.

If you like the freebies please leave me a comment. Thanks!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Re-purposed Baby Formula Can & Art Journal Page

     My new baby boy goes through cans of baby formula like crazy. He is allergic to cow protein and has to use this special corn based vegan formula that is $25 a can! Yeah crazy. It's the bulk of our food budget right now. But it's worth every penny for him to be healthy and happy.
     So as a result I am left with empty bans, lots of empty cans. I am already using them to hold art supplies, but I ended up tossing most of them, which I don't like because I know there is a way I can recycle these.
     Yesterday I took a can and decided to decorate it with some nice scrapbooking paper. I used my Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springrime paper and made myself a pen holder for my bedroom. I loved how it came out. So now I think I will make one for my swap partner on Swap-Bot in colors she likes. I want to start making more of these and send them to my penpals and swap partners as extras. Thet are great for pen-holders, make up brushes, art supplies, etc. I want to find homes for these extra cans, and not throw them away anymore.
     It feels so good to re-purpose something. It feels right. :)

Here is a page in my art journal. I have been making time every day to work in it and it has been keeping me centered and not too freaked out about my operation in THREE DAYS!  *gasp* This entry is about love, about all the things I am grateful for in my current relationship with my fiancee. We forget all the little things people do sometimes, and I wanted to make a tribute to all those little things. I've been very into the pink/orange color combo lately, it's so bright and cheery.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

NanoWrimo & Surgery & Time!!

Holly cow! Where is the time going? Already this coming Wed I am having surgery, I have been a anxiety filled nervous wreck the last two days. This morning I cleaned and did some artwork to try and calm my nerves, but I hate surgery, needles, scalpels... ugh.. dread.

Then I realize Nanowrimo is starting in 9 days! So I am of course going to give it a try again this year. I've signed up every year for the past four years and never finished... so I am not expecting to finish again this year... but I have to try again. If anything it is a lesson in failure and getting back up and trying again. So I am going to try! And hopefully this year I wil have enough creative juice to finish.

Wish me luck this week. I'm so scared for my surgery and just trying to stay brave.  :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Free Printable Journaling Spots

Good morning everyone! So I've posted some free printable journaling spots for you all to use in your personal projects. If you use the I'd love a comment letting me know how you liked them or better yet I'd love to see photos of how you've used them!

These journaling tags are 4x5 but you can scale them down if you need them smaller. For mini albums I scale them to print at 70% and then they are cute little tags that go great in pockets.

Let me know how they work for you.

I've made them in two colors... a set in grey and a set in black. I hope you like them!

Black Journaling Tags

Grey Journaling Tags


Friday, October 14, 2011

FREEBIES - Printable Stationary

So I was searching the web for some cute stationary to buy for my penpal swaps over on Swap-Bot and I realized that there is a significant shortage of cute stationary out there for those of us trying to keep snail mail alive. It's understandable as most people use email rather then sending of a letter through the post. But you know what was a total surprise?? I was talking to my boyfriend about "stationary" and "writing paper" and he looked at me blankly....he had no clue what stationary was!  Is letter writing the old fashioned way really such a dying art? I mean what can be better then sifting through a pile of junk mail and finding a hand written letter from someone across the world? It brings me such joy. It's the reason I do swaps and have penpals... because I want to look forward to something in my mailbox that I did not have to buy, or order, or pay for.

Anyway I will be making some printable stationary for those of you who want to embark on a snail mail exchange. It will be free...I just ask that you please leave me a comment saying hello, or better yet, if you are feeling ambitious.... I would love a snail mail postcard!!

Here are some printables I've created. One is a vintage style greek goddess, one a Breast Cancer Warrior, and the last is an edgy black and pink cupcake.  If you click on the image it will open the PNG format of the stationary where you right click to save, or you can click on the link which will take you to the Flicker version which is a JPEG file.  I personally think the PNG prints out sharper, but not everyone's computer is PNG compatible.

I hope you like them!



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

More Mail Art

moon & angels mail art

I've had a few mail art swaps this month and have had a lot of fun making the pieces.

This moon & angel piece kind of came from nowhere. I was just working with colors and shapes, then I found the image and when I got it down on the piece I knew the male had to be a guardian angel, not a love interest. I don't know why, I just had this strong urge to make him an angel. So I created his wings and did some shading and I love how it came out.
The quote says:

"If you're feeling lonely for the one you love, look to Heaven, in the sky above."

It made me a bit emotional when I was working on this peace. I have to admit, I cried a little.  *blushes*

The second envelope was for a ATC swap on Your Paper Pantry. I didn't have to decorate the envelope, but I felt inspired so I did. Again, all my favorite colors the pinks/blues/purples with black.  I used a quote from Christophere Reeve that I think is very fitting.

I hope my swap leader gets warm fuzzies when she opens her mailbox and sees all the colors.

Save the Ta-Tas ATC cards for swap
I made simple ATC's for the swap, even though they were not very simple to make. It was a breast cancer awareness theme so I made some blinged out bras with my favorite BCA sentiment: "Save the Ta-Tas." I really wanted to keep it upbeat and positive, with a little whimsey. So I like how they turned out. I can't wait to get all the ATC's from the trade. This will be my second "official" online ATC swap. I'm loving it.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mail Art

I'm doing a swap on swapbot and I decided to do some mail art on the envelope. I was in an odd mood and the envelope reflects it.  :)

Anyone else do mail art? I love decorating my envelopes. It's like spreading color into a dull white and grey postal world!

 I used watercolor crayons for the base layer, then I applied some white and interference violet paint with a brayer and dripped some pink pearl liquid acrylics on the top layer.