Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Week #38 ~ Pocket Scrapbooking Layout & How I Use Hidden Journaling Cards!

Real estate is "prime" in my weekly pocket scrapbooking layouts. Hidden journal cards are not only a wonderful way to disguise personal journaling, they also help reserve the 'center stage' in my layouts for my photos & journal ephemera. 
A 3x4 hidden journal card.
This week, I decided to go with a single page protector layout instead of a double. Because my layout space was limited to a single page, I created a hidden journal card booklet to house all of my journaling notes for the entire week. I simply used washi tape to adhere two 3x4 journal cards together.
The front cover of the hidden
journal card booklet.
I had plenty of space to journal diagonally between the lines.
Inside the journal card booklet.
The front & back covers of the booklet. Just
overlook the fact that my camera journal card is upside down :D.
Week #38 ~ Pocket Scrapbooking Layout (COMPLETE)!
And, there you have it! Please let me know if you have any questions!

XOXO Shelley

Friday, September 26, 2014

Featured Friday Fav ~ Week 38 Title Card Tutorial Using Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks!

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks are quickly becoming one of my favorite "on the go" art journaling supplies. Not only are these colorful babies easy to pack 'n roll, they are also super CUTE!
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks &
Storage Tins
Here is how I used the Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks to create this mixed media background for my Week 38 title card.
Started with a 4 x 6 Piece of Patterned Scrapbooking Paper.
Used Black Ranger Archival Ink to stamp a Piece of Paper.
Added 'Week 38' using Cursive Alpha Stamps.
Used Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks & Stitched Circle Stamps
to Create Rings Around #38.
Added Dates Using an October Afternoon Date Stamp.
Pulled this Mixed Media Flower I Created From my Stash. 
I Used Black Dimensional Paint to Create 
Doodle Flower on Painted Kraft Paper.
I Cut a Portion of the Flower & Adhered it with UHU Glue to my Journal Card.
Outlined the Flower with a Black Signo Uni-Ball Pen.
Used Tim Holtz Distress Ink & my Homemade Stamp to Add Gray
Arrows to the Background.
Used Tim Holtz Distress Ink & my Homemade Stamp to
Add Pink Arrows to the Background.
Used a Black Signo Uni-Ball Pen to Doodle Around the Circles & Arrows.
Used my Maggie Holmes Roller Sentiment Stamp to Stamp "Little Moments" in
Orange Around all of the Edges.
Used a White Signo Uni-Ball Pen to Tone Down all of the Black Doodle Ink.
Used a Sakuru Pink Gelly Roll Pen to Create Doodle Circles Around the Edges.
Splattered Teal, Gold, & Pink Heidi Swapp Color Shine Ink
All over the Journal Card.
Distressed the Edges of the Journal Card with Black Ink.
Retraced "Week 38" with a Faber Castell Pitt Pen & Black Signo Uni-ball Pen.
Added Gold Foil Dimensional Embellies on Top of the Gray Arrows.
Outlined the Gold Foil Arrows with a Black Signo Uni-ball Pen. 
And, VOILA'!! My Mixed Media Week 38 Title Card is COMPLETE!
Happy Weekend, Everyone!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Put it in the Pocket" ~ Pocket Scrapbooking 101-5 "The 411 on Pocket Page Protectors"!

Essentially, pocket page protectors house & protect all of the photos, journal cards, & other personal ephemera inside your pocket scrapbooking album. You can find the pocket page protectors either online or in the Project Life scrapbooking section at your local arts & crafts store.

I enjoy using the Becky Higgins Project Life "Design A" page protectors in my weekly 12 x 12 layouts. Each sheet has four horizontal 4 x 6 pockets & four 3 x 4 vertical pockets. 

Project Life 
"Design A" Page Protector Layout
The "Design A" pocket page protectors are usually sold in big (60-count) or smaller (12-count) packages.

Project Life
"Design A" Page Protectors ~ Big Pack (60-count
There are several other pocket page protector layout orientations. You can download this FREE, user-friendly "Photo Pocket Pages Design Reference" sheet from the official Becky Higgins Project Life website to help guide your purchasing decisions.
Project Life
Photo Pocket Pages Design
Reference Guide
I store all of my pocket page protectors in this 12 x 12 Black & White Stripe (Heidi Swapp Edition) Project Life binder album.

My Pocket Page Protector Organization Album
The "sheet lifter" just inside the album cover (pictured below) keeps all of the pages from being damaged while flipping through my album.

Project Life Sheet Lifter
Project Life "Designer Dividers" keep all of my pocket page protectors nicely organized inside my album.
Project Life Designer Dividers
I organize each section of my pocket page protector organization album by "Design Type".
 Divider Tabs View of my 
Page Protector Organization Album

We R Memory Keepers & Studio Calico also manufacture pocket page protectors & a variety of other binder album accessories. I encourage you to spend some time exploring all of the wonderful options that are available out in "scrappyland".

Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment with any questions you may have. 

Up next in this series, "Put it in the Pocket" ~ Pocket Scrapbooking 101-6 "The REALITY of Photo Printing".

Thanks a million! 
Shelley :D

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Workspace Wednesday ~ "REDEEMED" Junk Girl Industrial Storage Unit Transformation!

THIS industrial storage unit was the FIRST THING I spotted when I went by one of my FAVORITE local vintage boutiques last Wednesday. It was sitting outside the store right next to the street. I was TOTALLY afraid to look at the tag. Just knew it was gonna be at least $100. I have to admit, there was a little fear in my heart as I slowly flipped the tag over to check out the price. $37……..WHAT????? NO WAY! The lady standing right next to me asked me if I liked the piece. "YEAH", I said, without hesitation! She proceeded to tell me that she is one of the store's vendors and that she found this beauty in an old warehouse in downtown Baltimore. I asked her if the price tag was correct. She said, "Yes, it's $37!" SOLD!!! This SUPER COOL lady was THRILLED that I actually "GOT IT"….that I actually saw the same beauty in this piece that she did. I thought to myself, "Who wouldn't, this baby is GORGEOUS!" LOL!

I couldn't get this treasure in my car fast enough. It's SUPER HEAVY & SUPER BULKY, but I DID IT! I just kept looking at it in awe. It was all rusty, damaged, & considered by many to be old junk. In my mind, all I could see was the beauty of the transformed piece. I just couldn't wait to take my new find home.

As I was driving home, I just kept thinking about that huge piece of metal in the back of my car. What is it about this thing??? It's just rusted metal. Then, it finally hit me…..I am that piece of metal in the back of my car! I am that old, rusty, damaged piece of junk that God chooses to crown with His love, grace, & mercy.  I am so very GRATEFUL for the Lord's transforming power in my life. God no longer sees MY "damage" & "rust". Praise the Lord, I AM REDEEMED! 

The original industrial storage unit.

OOOOOO….Liquitex Spray Paint 
at my local Michael's store.

A shade of BLUE, of course!
Liquitex Cobalt Blue Hue 6

Rust inside the drawers.
Rust & damage on the side.
First spray painted drawer.
Light coat of spray paint on top of the rust.
Two cans & coats of spray paint.
Used this sanding block to
distress the edges & expose
some of the original rust.
Exposed "grungy" edges after distressing.
Painted storage unit under my workspace desk.
Added some "glam" by adhering these blingy knobs to the drawers.

Glam shot.

Wooden stamp storage in bottom drawer.

Top two drawers are empty (at least, for now).
And VIOLA'!!! I just LOVE this piece.
I hope you enjoyed this DIY storage transformation. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Week 37 ~ Pocket Scrapbooking Layout!

Hey guys! I received this super cute butterfly journal card from my fellow mixed media friend, Carolyn Albro. Her journal card color pallette compliments my September Gossamer Blue kit BEAUTIFULLY. I HAD to stop hoarding her artwork, and just use it!

Here is Carolyn's original 4x6 journal card.
Mixed media journal card by Carolyn Albro.
I made a 3x4 journal card out of her butterfly focal point.
3x4 Journal card by Carolyn Albro.
I attached the two leftover pieces with washi tape to create another 3x4 background journal card.
The second 3x4 journal card
(background only) by
Carolyn Albro.
Here are both "beauties" showcased in my layout:
Week 37 ~ (Left side)!
Week 37 ~ (Right side)!
Week 37 ~ (COMPLETE)!
Thank you so very much Carolyn for your AWESOME journal card! I absolutely LOVE it! 

Much love everyone, Shelley