Monthly Archives: November 2014

A gift from the heart…..

A gift from the heart…..

I don’t think I’ve created anything that was quite this emotional to complete.  I have a friend who asked me to do the cover of a journal for her.  She has a friend who is sitting with her father who is dying and she wanted to give her a journal to write in and asked me to make it for her.  I never gave it much thought until I sat down to create it. I was flooded with emotions that quite honestly surprised me!  It brought back allot of memories of sitting with Dad that last week of his life and it hit me just how personal this was going to be to create for me.  She told me her friends father loved the outdoors and could I make the cover accordingly.  I had some birch bark at home and burlap.  I went outside on my deck….in the snow…. and collected some pine cones and branches from my lilac tree.

Art journal supplies

Once I started to create, it just sort of flowed and I decided since I didn’t know her or her father, I would create something I would love to have to record my thoughts and emotions as I went through this very difficult time.  My father also loved the outdoors and so I hope I captured something she will connect with when she sees it.  As I went through each stage, each thing I attached had a special meaning.


The birch bark is such an interesting medium.  The birch tree is constantly adding layers to it’s bark.  Each layer is like tissue paper and it has layer after layer.  It has such a soft feel to it and can be used to make a multitude of things.  If you love the outdoors and nature in Saskatchewan….this tree is one of your favorites.


The twigs are from my lilac tree and it’s by far my favorite of the flowering trees in Saskatchewan.  The flowers are this beautiful pale purple color and have the most amazing fragrance I can smell as soon as I come up the back stairs on my deck.  They only last a couple of weeks, but are so worth it.  I chose to put the key with the wings and the clock on it as it signified the passing of time and the fact that her father will soon be joining the angels and earn his key to the Kingdom.  I put the burlap and the twigs onto the existing spine of the book with twine to signify wrapping our arms around what we love and holding it together tightly.


The quote spoke to me as soon as I read it.  When I spend time outside in nature it just automatically calms me.  I truly believe nature has a soothing and healing capability and it often helps me to sort things out.  The pine cones are again a native tree to Saskatchewan and they have the most amazing smell to them.  There’s nothing quite like the smell of a pine tree.


The heart with the two birds on it symbolize her and her father and the love she has for her father.

I hope she loves it.  I’ve never met her and I don’t even know if my friend told me her name but I feel this connection with her.  I hope she feels the love with which this was put together and my hope that she finds some healing within it’s covers as she journals in it.

Until next time my friends….



Through the eyes of a child

Through the eyes of a child

Do you sometimes wish you still had the innocence of a child when you looked out at the beauty of the world?  At the things around you and to be able to express pure joy without the fear of being judged or laughed at?  It would be nice some days to be able to just let go and be childlike again.  I found this quote and built a page around it.  I decided to work in my Strathmore softcover Mixed Media 5.5″ x 8″ journal that I got from Limor Webber’s store Limor Webber Designs.  I’m really loving this journal.  It only has 90 lb paper in it but the pages are awesome to work on the and the cover is sooo soft!

I pulled out my trusty Lindy’s Stamp Gang Industrial Chic set….I haven’t used that set in a while and I love the look of these colors.  I also used my clear Gesso for this page and love how it allowed the true colors of them sprays come through and not be muted by a white Gesso.  A few layers…..some stamped images for some background texture and of course, some stencil and modeling paste had to find it’s way onto the page.

I started with the Steampunk Sepia and laid down a layer to start building up my background.  Then I took my Faber Castell PITT artist pen in Cold Grey III and one of my background stamps from my Stampers Anonymous Graph & Croc set and randomly stamped little portions of the stamp.  I really love the absolute subtle look the grey ink gives to the background.  I then took my Black PITT big brush pen and a small script stamp I have and again stamped it randomly onto the pages. I took the Rusty Lantern Lime spray and the Shabby Turbine Teal and sprayed then in just a few spots on the page.


I had some burlap and tried to make a little banner with them.  They were pretty good before I tried to adhere them to the page with my Gel Medium, but they kind of kept fraying and I kept losing pieces and by the time they were down I sort of had blob triangles….lol.  I fussy cut and tore a few images from some scrapbook paper I had from a grab box I’d received from Limor, too my Faber Castell Whipped Spackle and a palette knife and randomly applied some on the areas i wanted my images on the page.  I took my brick stencil and also did some light random brick areas as well.  I colored the burlap, traced around them with my Stabilo All pencil and wet it down with a small amount of water on my brush.

IMG_3828 IMG_3829

Took my charcoal pencil and did some shading around the bricks and my Grey PITT pen and did some shading with it around the three images and around the outside edges of the pages.


I wrote out the quote, added  some black splatters and I was done!


Off to go and see what else I can get some inspiration from.  I kinda feel like maybe playing with some water color or something….

Thanks again for checking in…..until next time.



List of products used:

Strathmore Softcover Mixed Media art journal

Liquitex Clear Gesso

Lindy’s Stamp Gang – Industrial Chic

Stampers Anonymous Graphic & Croc background stamp – my stash

Script stamp – my stash

Burlap – my stash

Faber Castell Whipped Spackle

Faber Castell PITT artist big brush pen – Cold Grey III

Faber Castell PITT artist big brush pen – Black

Stabilo All pencil

Brick stencil – homemade on my Cricut

Liquitex Professional fluid Acrylic – Carbon Black (splatters)

Pilot Perma Ball journalling pen

Catalyst Shaper Tool “01”

Thank you to my GIRLFRIENDS…

Thank you to my GIRLFRIENDS…

It’s challenge time over on the Mixing It Up Everyday Facebook group.  My friend Sandee is the creator of this page and we do have allot of fun.  I actually won the October challenge and won a gift certificate to Stampendous.  I was pretty excited about that!  This month’s challenge is to do a project around the theme of being thankful.  I decided to take a bit of a different twist to the thankful theme…..I have some napkins I’ve been wanting to try on a page for some time and this just seemed to be the time…..and the quote just sort of fit in to this month’s theme…..well, at least in my mind it did.  ;o)

I used my up cycled encyclopedia again for this double page journal page.  I’m seriously loving this book. I started out by putting a light wash over the pages using my Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Shot from the Under the Boardwalk collection called Pop Rock Purple.  I then put a light coat of the Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso over as it’s a thinner Gesso and works very well for a wash look.  I took my Faber Castell PITT artist big brush pen in Cold Grey III and one of my Stampers Anonymous background stamps from the Graph & Croc set and randomly stamped on both pages.  I really like the subtle look the Cold Grey pen gives to the background stamps.  I then took my napkin and adhered it to the pages using my Faber Castell Gel Medium.


Next I took my Faber Castell Whipped Spackle and my  homemade brick stencil and my Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil and applied it randomly to the page.  I shaded the bricks in and around the napkin pieces with my Stabilo All pencil and blended it out.

IMG_3824 IMG_3823

Added my quote using my Signo white gel pen, some Faber Castell Gelato in black around the edges of the pages and done!


Thank you for the challenges Sandee and for keeping the group in order…..or trying to at least!

Thank you also for dropping in and I look forward to seeing you next time as well.  Please feel free to leave me any comments.  Enjoy your day!



Products used:

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Under The Boardwalk Flat Shot – Pop Rock Purple

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Pitt artist big brush pen – Cold Grey III

Stamper’s Anonymous Graph & Croc background stamp – my stash

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle

Tim Holtz Stencil – Dot Fade

Homemade brick stencil

Stabilo All pencil

White Uni-Ball Signo  gel pen

Faber Castell Design Memory Craft Gelato – Black Licorice