Monday, October 23, 2017

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - En Mass Journal Returns!

Back in February of last year, I told you about a Junk Journal project I was starting - En Masse Journal. You can see the first post of how the journal began HERE.
The next post went along rather smoothly and on time (gasp!) HERE.
From there, I'm not sure what happened but the journal never made another appearance - because something got in my way (surprise surprise!) and I never got back to it.

So out it came for this week. Originally, I'd planned to run this the 4th Monday of each month. So I think I'll stick with that.
So here we are - October 23rd and I'm diving into one of the color sections of the Journal.

Originally, I had punched out all of the tabs for the journal, but had never sat down and labeled any of them. The initial pile looked like this:

I went to add them to the journal last week and they've vanished. Something in the back of my mind says I through them out when I was decluttering the space, not realizing what they were for and determined that when I remembered I'd just repunch them... so that's what I did. 

But this time... I labeled them and put them in place in the journal.. allowing a 2-page spread for each.  Here's a shot of the new tabs in place:

I used the tab punch as I had before for the categories. But the COLOR and ALPHABET tabs were punched from the new SU set  TABS FOR EVERYTHING from our current All Occasion catalog. I used Recollections cardstock for the colors. The letters were stamped using a retired SU set - Collage Alphabet, which I purchased from my stamping friend, Maggie  (aka Maggie's Cat House blog)

While I've not actually begun working in the journal, I can now that the categories and colors are in place. Each 2-page spread is interpretive. I can play however I want. 

I'm going to attempt to list the categories here - in no particular order just in case blogger throws me a curve in posting:

Circles, Finger Paint, Animals (wild), Tea & Coffee, Paper Dolls, Tags, Yarn & Fibers, Postage Stamps, Stars, Business Cards, Zippers/ Fastners, Textures/ Rubbings, Cowboys/ Western, Squares, Photos, Punches, Fabric, Washi Tape, Store Receipts, Faces, Triangles, Hardware/ Washers/ Gears, Glitter/ Sparkles, Colored Pencils, Buttons, Lace Doilies, Song Lyrics, Horse & Tack, Candy/ Food Wrappers, Quotes, Labels, Woven Paper, Markers, Rectangle, Leaves, Paper Scraps, Beads, Flowers, Crayons, Lists, Window Envelope, Security Envelopes, Dogs, Cats, Fruits, Vegetables, Birds, Books.

Then I added Holidays/ Season because I had pages left over in the signatures:
Snowflakes, Time, Valentine's Day, St. Patty's Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Wedding

As well as things I love:
Planners, Baby, Teddy Bears, Negatives, Flags, Witches, Water, Football, Hearts

There are also 4 FREE pages to whatever I might find that would make a good category.

I'm enjoying playing again.

First off, I apologize for falling off the wagon on the 13 Days of Halloween. I just ran out of time. I had the projects but could not get them posted before I had to focus on packing and leaving for the conference. Then my BIL/SIL visited for a week. Rhonda and I spent the best part of two days in the studio. I managed ALL DAY on Thursday where I put together my October Daily album together from start to finish! Well, except for actual inclusions - but the base of the book is done. I'm still debating whether to use it for this year or put it away and I'll be ready to go next October. We shall see. I'll keep you posted.

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WOYWW #436 & 13 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN - Day 11

This is Day 11. Hard to believe we are almost through the 13 days! As you read this, I'll be packing for a writer's conference in beautiful Eureka Springs AR. I love ES but October is definitely my favorite time to visit. The dogwoods have changed color and Halloween is in the air.

This is the third and final card that I started back on Day 4:

I made the banner as I did the others using the framelit squares but added a mat for this one. I added the three bats using the bat framelit in the Spooky Nights set. Once they were in place, I scribbled over them with some black glitter stickles to give them a little shine.

Only two more days left!
What will Friday the 13th bring? I do know I won't be doing an October Daily flip-through video. I will be in the conference all day. But I promise to have something special plus possibly a video play of all the projects I've done.

Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


One thing you'll notice is I keep my cards simple. I want anyone to look at my card and say "I can do that... but here's how I want to make it my own.'

I made that Recollections moon-glow cardstock as the focal this time. The three small images are from the Michael's tower baskets eons ago.. back when they were $1 baskets. These came shrink-wrapped in sets of 2. 

The bats are from last year's SU Spooky Fun stamp set, as is the greeting.

For the greeting mat, I used the retired Curly Label punch from SU. I punched one each in the black and in the moon glow. the black one, I cut in half then clipped each one off again in the curve then off-set them on either end of the sentiment mat. The entire mat is set on pop dots. 

As I look at this I see my squares a bit wonky. I've been using more glue and less tape runner. I don't know about you, but it seems the tape runner doesn't have the same longevity it used to. I can put adhesive on something today and within a couple of days, pieces are falling off. My office is climate controlled so I know that humidity isn't a factor. One of my favorite liquid glues to use, aside from the Mono-adhesive from Stampin' UP! is the craft glue from $ Tree. They come in 1.5 oz bottles, I believe, with a blue cap. They squeeze out in a fine line.. or if you do like I did and manage to break the tip off, you can just squeeze it out the hole and smear it... or apply with a brush for good coverage. 

What's your favorite adhesive to use? 
Creative Blessings!

Monday, October 9, 2017


I am going to owe you a day!
I logged almost 10,000 steps yesterday emptying all of the sewing stuff out of the studio, moving furniture and cleaning. Bob put together two 6-cubby units along the south wall and I shampooed the carpet. Today everything goes back. I can't get to the work table to finish the witch hat door hanger I'd hoped to show you today.

I guess the scary part of this post would be if I posted how my living room/ dinning room looks at the moment.
I'd rather show you the finished product later in the week.

So today, let's take a field trip!

In the mean time, I invite you to view my Stampin' UP! blog
HERE is today's post

You can scroll through the previous eight days to see what I've been doing with current Stampin' UP! sets

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Bob came home on Friday afternoon - six days earlier than was expected. And as is the case, we have been on the go ever since. Friday we went out to dinner. Saturday we drove to Lowe's in Sikeston MO (about two hours away) to pick up a few things we needed towards getting the house back in shape. We were on the go for twelve hours yesterday!

Today, I begin pulling everything out of the office that isn't in place, add in two cubby units in the sewing corner then put everything back -TODAY! So up before the sun to get today's and Tuesday's post up. I haven't decided what I'm doing for the 13 days of Halloween - Mixed Media post just yet. I'll be thinking about that as I pull stuff out of the office ;-)

In the mean time, here's today's card:

One of the reasons I love this blog in parallel to my Stampin' UP! blog is that I can use retired and non-su products here. Forcing me to use from my stash.  This card is a perfect example.

I used all Recollections cardstock. This is a black base 4.25x5.5". After folding, I used my Martha Stewart spiderweb border bunch. I lined the inside of the card with kind of a moon-glow yellow/orange cross to pull the same color in the mat behind the cauldron image. That image is one of the new ones in the Michael's Tower Bins for $1.50. I colored the top in a Japanese version of Wink Of Stella in a sparkly bright green. The bordering papers are cut from last year's SU Pick Your Poison Designer Series Paper. 

I didn't notice the 'stars' on the card mat until after I'd uploaded. They dusted of. But kind of cool as an initial effect :-D

Are you making Halloween cards? Passing out treats? What's your favorite Halloween treat? 
Creative Blessings!