Friday, February 27, 2015

DIY: Moleskine Peerless Watercolor Palette!

I recently invested in some Nicholson's Peerless Watercolors for my Documented Life Project art journal/planner. These highly concentrated mineral dyes have been infused in special fabric paper and produce super vibrant watercolors when activated with water.

Peerless Watercolors by Nicholson

The "Jane Davenport" Artist Edition contains 60 (2x2) Peerless Watercolor sheets.

"Jane Davenport"  Peerless Watercolors

The "Pretty In Pink" edition contains 6 (6x6) Peerless Watercolor sheets.

"Pretty In Pink" Peerless Watercolors

I was looking for a creative way to organize my new watercolors for "in studio" & "on-the-go" art journal play. I absolutely LOVED Julie Ebersole's DIY Portable Palette Tutorial on YouTube. She even provided a 'downloadable' Portable Peerless Watercolor Grid on the Ellen Hutson website for convenience. I simply "tweaked" a couple of Julie's super easy steps in the DIY process for my watercolor storage solution. 

Here is how I created my DIY Moleskine Peerless Watercolor Palette:                                  
Used a Recollections Punch to Cut
1 inch Color Samples
in the Peerless Watercolor Sheets

Randomly Arranged the 1x1
Watercolor Samples
on Julie's Downloadable 

Peerless Portable Palette
from the Ellen Hutson Website

Grabbed My Pentel 
Aqua Brush
from My Art Tool Cart

Swatched Each Color with
the Aqua Brush

Grabbed this Vintage, Navy
 2 1/2x4 Moleskine
Journal from My Stash.
It fits inside my Hand!!!

1. Grouped the Watercolor Samples into
Color Families
 (Reds, Oranges, etc). 2.Adhered the
1x1 Peerless Watercolor Sample to
a Page in my Moleskine Journal with Uhu Glue
(One Sample Per Page). 2. Swatched
the Color with my Aqua Brush.

Flip Inside My Moleskine
Peerless Watercolor Palette!

Repeated the Above Process for
All of the Color Samples.

 Added a Vera Bradley Binder Clip.
 And Voila'!
My DIY Moleskine

 Peerless Watercolor
Palette is Complete!

I absolutely LOVE the size & portability of this DIY Moleskine Peerless Watercolor Palette. There is also plenty of room to write notes and indicate my favorite colors on each of the journal pages. The best part of all is that the pages will 'wrinkle' and get all 'inky' over time the more I use it. OH YEAH! :D

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings to you,

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mixed Media Pocket Scrapbooking Layout Week #7!

My heart always beats faster when a scrapbooking company offers a collection with a "mixed media vibe". The latest "Love Notes" collection by scrapbooking manufacturer We R Memory Keepers is packed with BEAUTIFULLY designed paper by Amanda Rose Zampelli. The unique print marks, enticing watercolors & funky patterns are SO REFRESHING. This SUPER ARTSY paper was PERFECT for my Valentine's Day week mixed media pocket scrapbooking layout.

Love Notes Collection by We R Memory Keepers

Mixed Media Pocket Scrapbooking Foundation
for Week #7 Using the "Love Notes" Collection

Mixed Media Pocket Scrapbooking
 Layout Week #7 (COMPLETE) 

Week #7 Mixed Media Title Card Using
Unique Laser Designs "Lips"
Wood Embellishments.
You Can See the Step-By-Step
Picture Tutorial For This Mixed Media

Title Card HERE

Mixed Media "Hearts" Wood Embellishments
by Unique Laser Designs.
You Can See the Step-By-Step Tutorial HERE

"Hair Cut" & Scissors Icon Stamps
are from the "BeYOUtiful Plans" 
& "Garden Plans"
Planner Stamp Sets by Studio L2E

"Blow Out" & Hair Dryer Icon Stamps
are from the "BeYOUtiful Plans"
Planner Stamp Set by Studio L2E

Week #7 ~ Left Side

Week #7 ~ Right Side

Happy scrapping everyone! ;D

Much love,

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Documented Life Project February 21 Challenge (Week #8)!

Hi everyone! Today, I will be sharing my interpretation of the Documented Life Project challenge for this week. 

February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 21
Art Challenge: Repeating Elements
Journal Prompt: It's Worth Repeating

This was the PERFECT opportunity to dig into my treasure box of hand carved stamps for this 'repeating elements' art challenge & journal prompt.

Documenting Life Project February 21 (Week #8)
Art Journal/Planner Layout

I store all of my hand carved stamps in this black, metal box. I found this cutie at one of my local vintage spots for only $4. 

Vintage Metal Treasure Box

My Hand Carved Stamps Inside My
Metal Organizer

When I think of "repeating patterns" I can't help but think of all the amazing patterns by mixed media artist, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Her "Onion Skin" stencil pattern is my FAVORITE repeating pattern of all time. The onion layers remind me that my life is a "work in progress". God will lovingly 'peel back' things in my life that don't glorify Him to reveal the beauty of Christ.

Julie Fe-Fan Balzer's
"Onion Skin" Stencil

I recreated this "onion skin" pattern in one of my hand carved stamps. On the reverse side of the same stamp, I carved a repeating circles pattern. The large circle, arrow & flower petal stamps were also "must-haves" for this week's challenge.

I also wanted to somehow incorporate this "Indigo Pop" Vera Bradley floral pattern & color pallete in my layout.

Vera Bradley "Indigo Pop" Floral Pattern
& Color Pallete

Here is a 'step-out' picture process of how all the 'repeating elements' panned out:

Started with a Dylusions Ink Background
To Recreate the Vera Bradley Color Palette

Pattern #1 ~ Stamped 'Leaf Shaped'
Circles with Black StazOn Ink

to Mimic the "Onion Skin" Stencil

Pattern #2 ~ Stamped Circles
on Painted Deli Paper in Black Ink,

Cut Them Out & Adhered
Them to My Background with
Uhu Glue

Pattern # 3 ~ Stamped Flower Petals
Around the Circles in Black Ink

to Recreate the Vera Bradley
"Indigo Pop" Floral Pattern
Pattern #4 ~ Partially Stamped the Onion
Skin Stamp with Black Ink to
Frame the Layout

Pattern #5 ~ Stamped Black Lines Throughout
for Journaling During the Week

Pattern #6~ Randomly Stamped Arrows
on the Background with Silver Ink from

the Target Dollar Spot Section

Here is the final layout:

Left Side

Right Side


Documented Life Project February 21 (Week #8)
Studio L2E Planner Stamp Sets
Used in this Layout

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mixed Media Birthday Card Using Unique Laser Designs' "Circles" Cork Embellishments!

Hey guys! I am back today with another mixed media tutorial using Unique Laser Designs' "Circles" cork embellishments.

Mixed Media Birthday Card
Using Unique Laser Designs'
"Circles" Cork Embellishments

Here we go:

Started with a 4x4 Piece of Ivory,
Textured Card Stock

Grabbed these Super Cute
ULD Mixed Media
 Cork "Circles" from my Stash

Stamped a "Circles" Pattern
on the Cardstock Using the
ULD Cork Embellishments &
Dylusions Ink Spray

Added 'Star Dust' Stickles
to the Cork Embellishments

Outlined all of the Circles & Details
with a Black Uni-Ball Signo Pen. Distressed
the Edges of the Cardstock with Black
Archival Ink. Distressed the Edges of
the "Circles" Embellishments with
a Black Big Faber-Castell Pitt Pen.
Adhered the Cork Embellishments in
a 'tic-tac-toe' Pattern with Uhu Glue.

Mounted the 4x4 Piece of Cardstock on
Three Pieces of Patterned Scrapbooking Paper.
Added October Afternoon 'Daily Flash'
Alpha Stickersfor the Sentiment.
Colored the Alphas & Outlined each
Piece of Cardstock with a Black Tombow Pen.
Outlined the Alphas with a White Uni-Ball Signo Pen.
Doodle Stitched Around the Edge of
the Card with Black Thread.

Tied Black & White Twine
Around the Card for More Texture

Mixed Media Birthday Card (Complete)!

Thanks for stopping by today. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Much love,