Saturday Sunday: The Mighty Smash Book

Often times traditional scrapbooks or journaling entail lots of expensive supplies, planning and aren’t always easily travel friendly. With smash books and glue books, you can just paint, glue, draw, doodle, write on the go and keep all your thoughts and memories with you without all the fuss of supplies. For your books, you can use old books, little notebooks, note pads, mix media pads of any size and so on…. anything you choose. You can even make your own smash book/glue book out of your own pages. It is that simple. You can even glue up-cycle envelopes to your pages to add your notes and thoughts on paper. For travel adhesive I recommend glue sticks. No mess and no fuss. As I say a lot, “The skies the limit.” I also use smash books for my master boards.

I have different sizes of smash books and glue books. Some are not finished; some are complete or some I will just keep adding to. They don’t have to be themed, or they can be. They can be random things you love or random things you don’t like so much. Anything goes. They are so much fun and you’ll enjoy them always. If you don’t have a lot of supplies to scrapbook the traditional way, I highly recommend you use this method. Below is a bigger size book I started in the beginning of February. This particular smash book will stay home.

Supplies you can use you probably already have:

Newspapers

Magazines

Junk Mail

Old Books

Old Wrapping Paper

Note book Paper

Wrapping Tissue Paper

Spiral Notebooks

Card Board from your groceries

Receipts

Your pictures

Pens

Pencils

Your kid’s old paints

Crayons

Postcards

Tickets

Stickers

Mini Watercolors kits for painting are great for travel and you just need one brush and a little water. I have one of those brushes that you can fill with water. So cool!

These are just the start of what you can use…

Don’t think about it, just get started and create. Make it your own. -Stephanie

Accessible Art: Free Form Medium

This weekend I pretty much stayed in bed nursing a broken small toe while working on a few art projects. Friday night, I hand sewed little patchwork collages to send to my friend for her art projects. My toe, foot and leg were in utter agony so I needed the distraction. When it broke, the toe literally went completely sideways and I had to put it back in place, then wrap it up. I couldn’t walk so I hand stitch and watch YouTube for the rest of the evening trying to forget the pain. I also worked on my textile art journal. The journal is made with 100% fabrics (mostly up-cycle material) and completely handed stitched. Each page is a pouch to hold mini patchwork collages that I’m making and a few pieces of paper with journaling about my art journey for 2020. I won’t share those until the end of the year.

For two decades or so…ahem, I’m not revealing my age, I collected store bought pattern paper. While I have fun using them, I didn’t feel challenged and I wanted to create my own designs for my art projects. Creative license and originality are important to me. I adore creating my own patterns and experimenting with new mediums. There’s a story there but I’m getting off track…Anyhow, this is one of the pieces I made on Sunday and she’s too pretty to cut into for my collage projects! I’m calling her, “Coral Rose.” I believe she will be happy in a shadow box.

Coral Rose

While I do use store bought pattern paper packs when they are on sale, I also make my own pattern paper and backgrounds. If you are on a tight budget, I recommend making your own pattern paper. It’s so easy! You can even use copy paper as your base.

For the picture below,  I wanted to make an abstract landscape for my inspirational journal. I do have a pad of mixed media paper so I used that. Then I gathered distressed crayons that are water-reactive and baby wipes. If you don’t have the distress crayons, you can use color pencils. I basically doodled/scribbled the colors then took baby wipes to blend the colors. It’s a lot of fun to play with these mediums.

Lanscape for scraps

 

Anyone can do it. You can even create these and tear them into strips to apply as texture for your journaling collages. For any mixed media project really. Free-form. Play. Relax. Enjoy.

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In the pictures below are squares I cut from a doodling page I made to use on my future collages. They don’t look like much now but when I apply with other mediums they will turn out great!

 

Baby WipesBy the way…if you use baby wipes (which I highly recommend using) please save them for your other art projects! They make amazing texture! I buy mine at the dollar store and I make sure they have as little chemicals added as possible.

 

 

 

 

Two pagesThese are two pages made from paper I used to put under other paper I was staining, painting to collect the splatters. The base page is from a mixed media paper pad I bought on sale years ago.

 

 

 

I don’t like to waste my paint or paper. They make for great scraps for your mixed media projects. I cut them up and applied them in an abstract pattern. I still have some of it left over so I will use it for another project. I love how these two pages turned out and can’t wait to journal with them.

scrap paper used for two pages

Other materials used for this project. Also, I will be applying clear gesso over the pages to seal them. If you don’t have gesso, you can use a gel medium or mod podge.

 

Here are a few more pieces I created this week and I will use them for various projects. As you can see, you can accomplish a lot from when you are laid up with a hurt foot! Ha! -Stephanie

 

Crafting on a Budget

Art Supply JarsMany would love to create art and get their craft on but they feel they don’t have the money for such an expensive hobby. Guess what? I get asked all the time  how I afford my obsession.  It doesn’t have to be expensive and you can use material around your home or from outside. Here is my check list of items you can use. The skies the limit!

 

 

List of materials:

  1. Old Clothes.
  2. Boxes-Any kind!
  3. Nail Polish
  4. Up-cycle Coffee Grounds. I keep mine in a glass jar to reuse later.
  5. Old make-up
  6. Q-Tips
  7. Paper from mail.
  8. Newspapers
  9. Magazines
  10. Make-up brushes
  11. Old books
  12. Old bed sheets
  13. Buttons
  14. Bottle caps
  15. Old Wrapping paper
  16. Wrapping Tissue paper
  17. Napkins
  18. Paper Clips
  19. Fallen wood sticks from your trees outside
  20. Weeds
  21. Roots
  22. Grass
  23. Leaves
  24. Acorns
  25. Sea Shells
  26. Plastic Grocery bags
  27. The tins from cans
  28. Plastic Knives
  29. Forks
  30. Make-Up Sponges
  31. Cotton Balls
  32. Toilet Paper Rolls
  33. Egg Cartons
  34. Food Coloring to make Paint
  35. Wine Corks
  36. Safety Pins

The list goes on…You will be amazed at what you can create with items from your home or from the outdoors for that matter. Get in the habit of thinking twice before throwing something away. You might be able to create something wonderful from it.

If you need adhesive-it can get pricey-I use Mod Podge Matte-Mat in a pinch. You can get it at a Wal-Mart for cheap or use a coupon to purchase a bottle at your local craft store.

I don’t have a lot of money so when I need to purchase art material-like adhesive, I have a jar of change I save for purchases like that. Also, I purchase painters tape at the Dollar Tree among other supplies from there.

I create art with the items I have listed above all the time and I have a lot of fun with them. This year I will be posting about mixed media art you can make using theses items. My next post on creating art will be about what you can find at thrift stores and places like the dollar tree to add to your art supply.

I hope you all had a lovely day yesterday. See you again soon!

Stephanie

Stitch Mindspace: Calm

Mix Media Image for bannersThe movement of hand stitching slows my mind down and clears out all the day’s clutter. I’m able to focus and explore my creative side and be at peace with myself. With stitching the sky’s the limit. There is no right or wrong way to stitch. Your expression is your own. My stitching is free form and without the industrial look-if you will. When beginning your journey in finding your inner stitch-as I like to call it- you will be astonished with how quickly you grow as a person and your outlook on life!

Brush your fingers along the fabrics and adsorb the colors and textures. Be in the moment. You’ll be inspired. You’ll be at peace. Calm. -Stephanie

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Creative Journey With Heather Hall

Today my friend Heather Hall is a guest on Layered Pages to share her creative journey with us. When I met Heather a few years ago I was thrilled to discover her creative side and it is always exciting to discover another paper crafter. Let’s get our craft on! 

Heather HallThank you for visiting with me today, Heather! Tell me how you got into card making?

I started making cards in the mid 90’s when a group of women where I lived started sharing different crafts that we did…. teaching each other. We got together once a month to work on new project and talk.  We talked a lot.  I learned to stencil, cross-stitch and card making.  Card making has stuck with me as it is so much fun.

 Is there a specific style you stick with or do you mix it up?

I like to try new techniques all the time, but find I revert back to simple but fun to make, as my favourite. I have been to card making classes and learned many new styles, but I also check out Pinterest, as there are so many creative ideas on there. Most of the time I try to take an idea and make it my own, using what supplies I have on hand. Online videos also give me many options.

 Are your cards available for sale and where can people reach out to you?

At the moment my cards are not for sale, I make them for family and friends, but my goal is to eventually sell them but I am not there yet.  I hope is to get this going in the New Year. So, stay tuned.

What are some ways you upcycle pieces you might use to make your creations?

I like to use other cards I receive to add to my new cards. I also try to save all my little scrap paper, using them in other project to not waste anything.  I like to reuse ribbon and lace from clothes, gifts and from supplies given to me.  Unique items like buttons add dimension to cards. I would like to add things like fabric to my cards, but haven’t done any yet. I love fabric and texture, so that is my next thing to try. I want my cards to be able to go in the mail without too much cost, so I can’t add too much bulk to it. I look forward to experimenting though.

How much time a week do you spend on your card making ?

I try to be creative a few hours a week at the moment, but in order to start selling them, I would like to expand my time to a couple of 7-hour days per week

Card making III

What advice would you give someone who wants to get into card making?

I would suggest that if you want to get into card making, that you find a group in your community, where you can meet and share stamps and supplies. To start out you will need to have a few basic items like a paper trimmer, adhesives, a few ink pads, card stock and a couple of stamps you really like. With these in hand you are ready to go. Card making supplies are available at many stores and online.  The sky is the limit, but working with others and sharing will help you to get started, without much expense.

Most important to me is to have fun, start out with a simple design and move on from there.