Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Cardboard Junk Journal Layout

Dear Friends,

Creating  Mixed Media journal pages are something I have started to indulge in of late.
But, my heart gives a leap when I think of using beautiful pattern papers or canvas boards to start with. frequent blog hopping brought to fore Cardboard as substrate. I have a huge collection of cardboard pieces, thanks to the online shopping gala!
These cardboard ended up being a junk journal - a place to experiment my creativity!

The method is the same always. Prepare the page by applying Gesso. Play along with colours - I chose Pink and yellow. Apply texture paste through stencil. Few stamping and embellish it .
A few close up of the pages.

Thanks for stopping by 


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Reading with my "Owly" Bookmark !!

Fellow  Crafters,

One thing you always miss if you were a reader is - a Bookmark. Many a times you would never find one and you either land up in missing the page or use some "out of the  box" items as a bookmark. For sure its not my story alone.

An avid reader by heart , I always love bookmarks. Always used to make sure that I collect bookmarks where ever I get them - sometimes free or at times spend money over them too - for those fancy ones. I should be saying that - am always tempted to buy bookmarks where ever I go.

This time around, thought of giving my "arty" touch some work in creating a bookmark for myself. With my habit of reading through whole night to ensure that I finish an interesting thriller, the only thing came into my mind was an "OWL" as a bookmark ! Here below, I wish to explain how i made my "Owly" Bookmark.

Its a  Super easy project, made using up those scraps lying around in my craft room and the Sew piercing tool with floss .  

Here's how to make them.

You will need:
  • Scrap papers
  • Sew Piercing Tool
  • Floss
  • Beads
  • Silicon glue
  • Googly Eyes

Draw Freehand Owl on a scrap piece of paper - don't blame me if my owl trace looks like a cat. :) 

Once you are convinced about the owl, or have compromised to the look, trace it onto pattern paper and cut it out. Use the piercing tool to pierce holes along the sides to create a border. My chequered Owl - took this pattern paper as I wanted to make my Owl a bit adorable - away from the cliché brown !

Use needle and floss to stitch along the holes. I chose blue color floss as it gels well with the pattern paper. Once stitched along the sides decorated it with  eyes and beak cut out from scrap papers.

Next I took floss and braided it and attached beads at the end. It was easy for me since braiding my hair was my daily routine during my school days to bring up a "studious" nature in me. Using the bead to lock the pattern is a bit difficult - you have to make sure that the knots you make into the floss is large enough to get "locked" inside the bead. Once locked use a drop of glue to seal it off.

To make sure that I dont leave it blanche, added googly eyes using silicon glue for more realistic look - and to add a bit of beauty !

Happy reading, Happy crafting and make sure you are watching the owl looking at you :)


Monday, 11 July 2016


Dear Friends,

Benefits of using monotone color schemes are many. It gives a sense of simplicity and harmony to the product and also makes it easier for the artist by eliminating the mammoth task to match the colors to be used.

This is my first attempt of doing a monochromatic art work. Benefits were many but frankly I found it challenging to depict a theme through just one color.

Me being a person who once in a while traces my path back into my memory lane, find that always monochromatic. No candies for guessing why I chose Black here.

An illustration of various stages this journal went through is given below.

Step 1

As usual, nothing in mixed media starts without Gesso. Give a nice coat of Gesso to the pages. I used art basics Heavy Gesso - White on the cardboard substrate.

Step 2

I chose Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Gears to provide the "mechanical edge" to the monochromatic art work and applied Ranger texture paste through it.

Step 3

The black tone - I wanted to use Distress Sprays - alas I did not have it with me. I went forward with Lindy's Spray. The spray usage was tricky. It was more of a "controlled detonation" so as to avoid landing up with a black sheet in hand! Had to dab out lots and also had to make sure in diverting the color flow to the needed places.

A word of caution
Be very careful when you spray darker shades.

Step 4

To add something from my "floral side" stamped floral image on to the background. Used strips of Tim Holtz tissue wrap melange on the inner edges of the page to depict my theme of "remembrance"

Next was to embellish with Mannequin from Tim Holtz Ephemera pack and square cuts from Tim Holtz Laboratorie paper.

Materials Used

  • art basics Heavy Gesso - White
  • Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Gears
  • Ranger texture paste
  • Lindy's Spray - Black
  • Tim Holtz tissue wrap melange
  • Tim Holtz Ephemera pack
  • Tim Holtz Laboratorie paper

Friday, 8 July 2016

The Mother !

Dear Friends,

A family is an eco-system that revolves around a pivot - Mother. And no family is complete without a Mother. Being a mom myself, I cherish every moment I spent with my kid. The Love , the warmth we give goes a long way and helps them to be a better person. Thought to make "The Mother" focal in my new mixed media journal.

Once the picture was decided upon I went about thinking how I could enhance it with a background which would match the real HERO in everyone's life. Out came my little box of die cuts and chose Ornate Frame Die. Its so Elegant and Charming - matching the lady in the center !

A bland die cut did not do justice to the excellent image. So gave a coat of distress crackle paint Rock Candy. Once the cracks appeared, smudged it with Brushed Pewter distress paint. This gave the Vintage effect to match it with the monochromatic picture.

Once the frame was finalized, the background had to be prepped up. Used red, yellow and white acrylic paints for the background. To give another dimension to the work, got the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Flourish and applied Ranger Texture paste over it. Viola - the background was ready for the frame.

Finally embellished it with few flowers and leaves - you may hardly see any of my creations deprived of flowers. The leaves are from Sizzix Die - Garden Greens. To give a shine and gloss to the leaves - I embossed it using Fern Green embossing powder.

Materials Used

  • Image Courtesy : gomakesomething.com
  • Distress crackle paint rock candy
  • Brushed pewter distress paint
  • Ornate Frame Bigz Die
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Layering Stencil - Flourish
  • Ranger Texture paste
  • Fern green embossing powder
  • Sizzix Bigz Die Garden Greens
Linking this to Frilly and Funkie Challenge : All in the Family

Altered Empty Duct Tape Rolls - A Tutorial

Dear Friends ,

Altered duct tape roll into a trinket box !

I love to alter things lying around and its quite therapeutic too. Whenever am in dearth of creative ideas I start to do such alterations :) 

There is a tutorial below explaining how it was done.

Step 1

Collect empty duct tape rolls. The Nomads that we are, we do have a big bunch of empty duct tape rolls and we never run out of this.This is typically 2 inches in height.

Step 2

Stick two empty duct tape roll together one above the other using any glue of your choice to give a 4 inch depth to the trinket box.  Did I say earlier that I use GESSO ? Yea, I use it a lot. Have given a wash to the "roll well" with a generous coat of GESSO.

Step 3

Cut two circular card board, one for the base which would be exact diameter of the Duct Tape Roll and another one which would be couple of millimeters. The wider one is to be used as the lid and the smaller one is the base. Glue the base on to the roll and give that too a neat coat of GESSO. The lid is not glued for obvious reasons ;)

Step 4

Now comes the tough part of the exercise. Choosing the pattern paper for the duct tape roll and the lid. This can be contrasting or similar in color but make sure they compliment each other. Embellish the work with items of your choice.

This is my second trinket box - first one can be viewed here. Lazy that I am, was not in a tutorial mode then. :)


Monday, 4 July 2016

Journal Page "Enjoy"

Layouts are fun to make and there is no dearth of inspirations around . There are a few crafters of my  personal choice whom I follow religiously. One among them is Martha .

Enjoy the Little Things in Life

Someone rightly said "Enjoy the little things in life because one day you would look back and realize they were the big things".  We would have lost many of those "little things" already however, now on, We need enjoy those moments when life gives us !! I have kept this in my mind when making this Journal page - that inspired me to keep the little butterflies which were etched into my mind from my childhood village memories.

In this project, have used images from old magazines, cut into circles and have used water soluble pastels to provide a smudged look to gel into the background.

Materials Used
1. Gelatos® :Faber - Castell
2. Kaisercraft stamps
3. Urban Stamp - Butterflies
4. Gesso
5. Water Colour pencil : Faber - Castell


Linking this to LESSology : Challenge #59

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Earth - A Floral Beauty !

Fellow Crafters !!

Technology is great, Internet is brilliant, Everyone has a train to catch or a place to reach. As part of all this excellent deal, did we miss something ? Did we go missing ?

In this mad rush, we forget to stop and observe things around us. Around you and me there are lot of things to observe, learn and get inspired. Am very fond of flowers and there are no prizes for guessing why Flowers end up as focals to many of my creations.

To start with, was very happy to get "Stampendous Stamp : Hummingbird and Flower" in my hand and had started using it  - did I say I love flowers ?

For this, Stamped "Stampendous : Hummingbird and Flower" onto Cardstock, fussy cut it and coloured it using Water Colour pencil from Faber - Castell. A tip for you - you can cut multiple pieces of them and stick together with a good glue to create an pseudo three dimensional effect - "Paper tole" it is.

I said, Focal is important, so is the background. You can use your ideas to create a background that would ensure that the focal jells into it. In the project, have used images from old magazine cut into circles. Every beautiful thing in nature is a circle ? Including Mother Earth. They were pasted on to thick card stock which is my frequent substrate for journal. Used Water soluble pastels to color this before arranging the focals on to it. One suggestion is to keep the background simple to ensure that the focal always remains in focus and the view is not distracted by a gaudy background.

Materials Used
1. Gelatos® : Faber - Castell
2. Kaisercraft stamps
3. Stampendous Stamp : Hummingbird and Flower
4. Gesso
5. Water Colour pencil : Faber - Castell

Happy Crafting


Linking this to 
Stamps and Stencils : Floral Frenzy
Country View Challenges : Have fun with Circles

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

"Discover" Mixed Media Journal Page

Hello Friends ,

Mixed media is one way of expressing what you feel. This time I have created a Mixed media Journal page with the title "Discover" . 

Travelling is an inevitable part of our life . Travelling helps us discover who we are and at times helps us enlighten us. Here, I have used one such picture captured during our travel. 

Its difficult to jot down "how" to create a Mixed Media Journal. Its like swimming. You need to be in the pool to learn it. However, I would attempt to give you some tips which I learnt through multiple attempts (some successful and some not so successful) I made.

Priming the page with GESSO is a must before you do anything. This gives "tooth" to the mediums to hold on to the substrate.

Next, I applied texture paste / Modelling paste using Prima Sunrise Sunset Stencils - Checker. This gives a third dimension to your 2D attempt.

Lindy's Spray Mist : Caribbean blue is used to create the "wash" apprearence to the background. This is heat dried.

A few checkers were outlined using water color pencils to highlight them. I love the black and blue mix with a tinge of greenery ! Added a few layers of pattern papers to enhance the appearance of the image.

Arranging the embellishments is another art. You should be knowing what to use, where to use and when to use. This again is gained from experience - you may have multiple "not so successful" attempts - however never give up. 

Materials Used

  • Deep Red Cling Stamp-Dogwood Flowers
  • Gesso
  • Prima Sunrise Sunset Stencils - Checker 
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Fancy flourish
  • Metal Embellishments
  • Lindy's spray : Carribean Blue and Summer lovin sun
  • Watercolour Pencil


Linking this to : 
A Vintage Journey - Texture or Embossing Paste
Simon Says : Add Some Shimmer

Friday, 24 June 2016

Handmade Journal Tutorial for Itsy Bitsy and Sizzix Blog Hop

Handmade Journal !

Fellow Crafters !

Good Morning ! Remya here. I am super excited to be engaged into the Design Team of Itsy Bitsy.

Who does not want a repository for all of the things that interest and inspire you - Something thats handy where you could engrave your memories . A Journal is the answer. If its one which is made by your own hands it becomes very special for you !

Lets get started with the tutorial on how to make this Lovely Journal to jot down your memories and store pictures of you and your loved ones. We would also learn to use "We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile" and its buddy "Eyelets" which would give an aesthetic look for your Journal. 


Step 1

This journal has seven signatures. Each signature contains tea dyed papers enclosed in Black Card Stock.

I Love to dip every bit of paper to stain it with tea giving it an aged look. Even though I do not restrict myself to any particular style, Vintage always is my favorite. 

Take Black Card Stock measuring 8" x 7.5" and fold it by the longer side making it an enclosure of 4" x 7.5". Make seven such sets. The tea dyed papers measuring 7.5" x 7.25" and fold it too by length making it of the dimension 3.75" x 7.25". 5 tea dyed papers are used per cardstock enclosure hence 35 tea dyed papers in total. You may alter the count according to your requirements.

Step 2

In this step we are getting into creating the bind for the Journal. This is made by Chipboard. Cut two Chipboard pieces (8.25" x 4.75") for the front and rear cover and 1 chipboard piece (8.25" x 2.25") for the spine . Cover it with Black Card Stock as shown aside. Make sure that the edges of the cardstock is folded and glued on to the inside of the chipboard.




Step 3

Stitch each of the signature at the center fold on to a thick cardstock (8" x 4.25"). The length of this card stock is a bit lesser than the spine and the width is in excess by 2". The width is excess so as to ensure that it gets equally glued on to the front and rear covers to give a firm grip.

Now arrange this bundle on to the Spine centrally. Glue it (2" on to spine and 1" each on front and rear cover) and wait for it to dry completely before proceeding.





Step 4

Once this has dried up, glue pattern paper of your choice on the inner side of the covers. For this we have used double sided tacky tape.

The signatures are not decorated so that we could jot down things on it or paste some lovely pictures.

Step 5

To give a unique and classy look for the spine externally we decided to make a "Shoe-lace pattern".

For that take a pattern paper of your choice (8.25" x 4.25") and Black Card Stock of same size to reinforce its strength. Stick them together. 

Fold them and Cut in center so you have 2 equal pieces

Arrange the 2 pieces together and punch holes equidistant. This helps to punch holes on both papers together and we would not miss symmetry while weaving.

For Punching holes we use We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile. Its a very convenient and easy to handle tool. With this tool you can punch holes of various diameters depending on the product you choose. Convenient rulers are present so you can figure out exactly where you want to punch the hole for your projects.

You can use it to punch through

  1. Paper and Card stock
  2. Thick chipboards
  3. Leather
  4. Thin tins
We can add beauty and strength to the holes by using contrasting eyelets.

A word of caution. To fix the eyelet, keep the Eyelet in the position as shown in the Crop-A-Dile. Make sure that this is adhered in order to safe guard the tool.








Step 6

Now lets start to tie the "shoe-lace" along the Eyelets

Ribbons standing in for Shoe-lace. For more clarity  I have taken pictures to show how to do it too. Stick this onto the spine. 

Decorate the front and rear cover using pattern / decoupage papers of your choice.

Your Journal is ready for filling with you memories ,  thoughts and pictures of your loved ones.



Materials Used

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