If it was possible to blow the dust off of a website, I think I just did that with my poor neglected blog! It has been about 2 and half months since my last post which is the longest hiatus I have ever taken. My time away hasn’t been on purpose but lots of things have changed since my last post so time has slipped past me. This year marks my 20th year in education and after three years as the Dean of my school, I made the decision (thankfully) to return to the classroom. It has been the best thing for me as I love the kids that I have but it has been a transition wrapped up in a learning curve. The new curriculum, new NYC expectations and juggling a very diverse group of children has taken a toll on my creative time. Finally, after almost two months of school, I think I have it all under control. Today, I actually spent time organizing my craft room for creative time and not student work. So, stay tuned for more blog posts and my NYC adventures! Hugs!!!
Where have I been?! I wish I could say that it’s because it’s Summer and I have been super busy having fun. BUT, that’s not it all. I have spent most of the Summer completing THREE courses for education. They were time consuming and tedious (especially for my Summer brain) but once I get the raise in my salary, it will be worth it.
I have been getting back into Project Life over the last 2-3 days and have SO much to get caught up on. I have missed creating and blogging but the courses needed to take priority or I would have put those off until the last minute. And, who needs the stress, right?!
Here are some pages that I completed pretty recently. They don’t need a ton of explanation because I talked a bunch about my process in the video. Hope you will take a moment and check it out!
These pages are from the end of March when the sun was just starting to peek out! It FINALLY started feeling like Spring in New York City. I think you can tell by the colors that I picked. As I look at this layout, there are SO many goodies from my stash. It has been so much fun looking through things that I have had forever and giving them LIFE in my Project Life album. See that “FOREVER” word? That, my friend, has been in my stash for almost 10 years. UNREAL! All of little flowers that are scattered all over the pages are from Jolee’s Boutique and have been growing (flowers, get it?!) in my art studio for a very, very long time. So, go digging in your creative stash. I am sure especially for Project Life that you have tons of tons of great things just itching to jump onto your pages.
I have been scrapbooking like crazy this summer! This post is going live on the first day of school here in New York City. My scrappy/artsy time will quickly become less but I still strive to make time for it daily. A friend told me that it’s important to always have a work in progress on my desk. That way I can pop into my art studio and work on it even for a few minutes.
I made a goal for myself to get up to date with my 2013 pictures and my scrapbooking. Well, that didn’t happen! I could say that I failed but I don’t feel that way. I spent a ton of time creating new memories (& yes, more photos) during a zillion cool things this Summer. So, my goal will have to change but at least having one keeps me focused on scrapbooking the pictures, right?!
These pages follow my usual “formula” for scrapbooking! (I did mention I would write about that sometime-add that to my list of goals!) The gorgeous flowers are Prima and are from Your Memories Here. I have really been into bright pops of color lately! I used to scrap mostly in soft, very vintage colors. Somehow that changed-maybe it was when I started exploring art journaling. So, check out Your Memories Here & leave a little love in the comments. I would be thrilled to hear from you!
I have been getting a lot of requests to make videos of my art journaling. Honesty, I rarely sit down and make a page from start to finish. Instead, I am always flipping through 3-4 journals adding layers, ephemera and eventually finishing touches.
This video is the first in a continuous series of my art journaling process. Each time I post a Flippin’ Pages Art Journal video, I will share 5 flips of the pages through my journals. I hope you enjoy the process!
Music By: Vanessa Trouble & The Red Hot Swing (My love Marty Bound is playing trumpet) http://theredhotswing.com This is their NEW HOT CD!
New York City is constantly changing. I know you hear that but it’s actually true! Marty and I set out for the Herald Square area of the city yesterday. He had a rehearsal and I was going to do some shopping. I usually window shop but I love the energy of the stores in the city. They are also always changing!
As we were roaming around for a bit before his rehearsal, stumbled upon this huge “tent” outside of the Macy’s store. It was the Macy’s Flower Show! I didn’t even know they had one but I was instantly intrigued! We went in and were instantly inspired by the gorgeous colors and decor. In true Macy’s fashion, it was beautiful and over the top. The fragrances and mix of flowers were beyond amazing. The show is only going for a few more days so if you are in the city, don’t miss it! As an artist, THIS is where I find my inspiration. Those unexpected moments can provide an equally unexpected muse-I can’t wait to combine colors and use (even more) flowers in my art!
I know I am not the only one with a huge collection of awesome scrapbooking kits. I have been scrapbooking like CRAZY lately due to giving up all the deadlines. Back to the topic, I have been grabbing kits left & right and using up the WHOLE kit to get pages ready. I have been using my Close To My Heart scrapbook page books and setting up the pages for future layouts. I have a HUGE stack of pages that are all ready minus the pictures & embellishments. On days when I am ready to sit and scrap 12X12 pages, I simply print out the pictures that are listed in the books. OH-one tip: when you get scrap pages ready, write the name of the sources (and the page numbers) of your page map on the back of the layout. A few pics and altered embellishments and you can create a bunch of pages in one weekend afternoon.
These pages are so happy and bright! These are a few pictures of my FAB hubby, Marty, on our trip to The Hamptons this summer. What a wonderful mini vaca-we even took the pomeranians. I love scrappin’ pics of Marty-he is always so happy and fun to be around and it shows in the pictures!
Marty’s sketch was perfect for this month! We have spent time relaxing and traveling this month. Our trip to Montauk, NY-part of The Hamptons was the focus of my project. I love that picture of Marty looking out into the distance of the ocean. I saw these great tutorial on a blog using tissue paper and Matte Medium to make the background. Do you love the patterned paper? That is the Riddersholm paper that can be found on the Flying Unicorn Store site. I used a sketch created by Flying Unicorn Founder, Alda Stevens but turned it as a way to feature the vertical picture of my love.
Eileen Bellomo New York City
Eileen’s Blog Art Saves Lives
I was inspired by Marty’s sketch to do a 6×6 wall hanging. I interpreted the sketch pretty literally, as I wanted to do a summer-themed
piece for a friend.
I used Adirondack colorwash (denim) for the background, and everything else is either stamped images, carefully cut and positioned, or cut from
various papers and pieced together. All the details will be on my blog.
Nancy Brokaw Forest Hill, Maryland
Cruise on the Beach with the Plant Hope and Loads of Love stamp sets and a touch of surf boards from the Summer Mini catalog Summper Splash stamp set. My beach is actualy sand glued to the card stock – could use sand paper, but then you would not have the fun of the beach while making this project!
Julia Smith Midlands, UK
Julia’s Blog Stray Dreams Blog
Jumbled Up: For this month’s sketch I have used a whole mixture of techniques. I use a lot of sprays, not the branded type but my own acrylic mix of sprays. The background uses different masks and sprays. The sun element uses tissue sprayed over. There are two magazine picture elements, painted, sprayed and drawn over. The crab and tree are images that are printed and acrylic paint transferred. All of the elements don’t quite blend but they kindof do, so it is all jumbled up! But I like it how it turned out. Another great sketch Marty, thank you.
Michele Luxenberg New York City
Michele’s Blog Little Bird Creations Co.
Truth be told, I CAN’T STAND SUMMER! I don’t like the heat & the humidity. I don’t like being in constant air-conditioning but I have no choice! Oh, and i don’t like the beach, either.
So, as i was contemplating this month’s sketch and going through my stamp sets, I came across this Magenta stamp that I recently bought for myself. I love the promise of Fall that it brings! I love the look of the bare branches and birds. I can literally feel the cool Fall air when I look at this stamp! But in order to have a little “summer” in it (i don’t want to be a complete hum-bug), i used some watercolor crayons to create some sky and grass. I kept this card “clean and simple” as embellishments seem to take away from the images.
I stamped with Staz-On ink onto glossy cardstock and matted with Close To My Heart’s black cardstock. The card itself is made from Close To My Heart’s Colonial White cardstock.
Karen Patton Central Florida
Karen’s Blog Fiber Art Gram
This month’s sketch made me think of the colors of summer and heat. The Background paper came from a Stampington Mag. It’s called “Fearless on the Page-Artist’s Paper by Mallory Fisher w/art elements courtesy of Erin Kenepp”. The palm tree and crystals are from Big Memories Ideas – Soft Spoken embellishments. I used Archival Vintage Sepia to distress edges and on some of the paper. Also, rubbed gold Stickles and white and yellow Studio G Glitter Glue into the background. I know my card is very simple this month but it just didn’t seem to want anything more done to it. Enjoy!
Let me first tell you the story about Marty’s July Sketch…
Most of you know that my dad passed away at the end of November after a two month battle with brain cancer. Marty’s dad passed almost 11 years ago. Father’s Day for us was bittersweet-bitter for the obvious reasons, sweet because it was Marty’s 40th birthday. (ironic, eh?!) Since Father’s Day, this white bird sits on a window outside of our NYC apartment around 9:15pm every night. That little bird remains there all night long and by morning he is gone. It is not often that you see an all-white bird in NYC. My friend Corris has lived here all her life and said that she doesn’t remember seeing any. This sketch is out of love for that little bird of peace…hope you enjoy the design team’s creations!
New York City
The white bird really inspires me. I wanted to keep with a very clean, simple color palette for this card so used creamy white colors. I had that resin bird in my stash for quite some time and this project seemed like the perfect time to use it.
New York City
Michele’s Blog Little Bird Creations Co.
The stamp is from Magenta’s new collection and was stamped with black StazOn on glossy cardstock. I smooshed Distress Ink Pads onto my craft sheet (Tumbled Glass, Forest Moss, Red Rose, Pumice Stone and Spiced Marmalade) and used them with water and a small paintbrush to color the image. The image was then mounted onto black CTMH cardstock and then onto a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card using “Vanilla Creme” CTMH cardstock.
Julia’s Blog Stray Dreams Blog
A Whole New Outlook – I have been drawing a lot lately, I have always wanted to draw more but never plucked up the courage or had the mind space til now, so this is one of the first face that I drew that just seemed to fit perfect in that setting of the windows against the building. She’s not trapped by any means she is just looking at a whole new outlook which is what drawing has done for me. I have used some text paper inked in the background, brown stazon for the Tando brick background stamp which is the first thing I thought of when I saw Marty’s sketch this month. The window frames are lollipop (popsicle) sticks, inks, painted and distressed. I even had a go a drawing the little birdie myself !!!! Another great sketch Marty.
Stillwater, Oklahoma, home of the original Hideaway Pizza, Red Dirt Music scene and Oklahoma State University (OSU)
Kathy’s Blog Creating the Hive
What I got from Marty’s inspiration this month was the images of brick, which are man made in contrast to the bird which is nature. Bricks have straight lines and hard material in comparison to the curve lines of the bird and soft feathers. I had some crochet flowers that I had made earlier this year in my stash and embellished them with silver grey sequins. The crochet flower centers are from Melody Ross. Pink flowers are tissue paper that I hand molded and Glimmer misted. The centers are frayed fibers from canvas wall hanging. Paper cutouts, leaves are from the Mariposa collection. Text border is Melody Ross. My mom had gave me a zip lock bag of miscellaneous jewelry pieces which I wanted to put on a project instead of just laying in a drawer. Little details of contrast were the pink eraser dowels for the top and a little wooden clothes pin at the earring trim bottom edging. This will probably an on going project as I find other small and sentimental pieces of jewelry to attach to the canvas wall hanging.
Connie Deibler Harrisburg, PA
Connie’s Blog Connie Stamps
I really liked Marty’s sketch and thought of creating a design very similar to the actual sketch (bricks and a window) but ended up with this design. I have vintage on my mind a lot lately so I used my scallop punch in the center of the top and bottom and threaded a piece of ‘First Edition’ dictionary picture through it. I added a black daisy made with the daisy Big Shot die and added some Very Vanilla Seam Binding and an antique brad. Thanks for looking!
Nancy Brokaw Forest Hill, Maryland
This card feature’s Stampin’ Up in color Poppy Parade card stock and Designer Series Paper and the fabulous Herb Expressions stamp set. A little white ribbon and flower for accent. The Designer Series paper reminds me of a vintage wallpaper in a victorian home. I love the simple lines of this card. Enjoy!