Wanderlust 2016 Journal

Hello Muses!  I'm starting my #2016ArtJourney with a bang!  I'm absolutely stoked at the year-long class the awesome hubster got me for Christmas.  I'm participating in Wanderlust 2016.  It's going to be a fun mess, I'm sure! Part of the class entails keeping an art journal interpreting different prompts that are given through the course.  Since I couldn't find a smallish journal that I absolutely had to have, I decided to make my own and I love how it turned out.

WanderlustJournal2016-1 Just look at it!!  That is an upcycled book cover.  And the imagery is perfect because art can be a rather religious journey right?  Don't hate.  You know you love it!

WanderlustJournal3Even the inside cover is awesome!  Because all arty roads lead to Rome!  (and maybe some to Jerusalem)  ::snort:: WanderlustJournal1I wanted to include some cool patterned papers inside.  I like a good challenging spread.  ::giggity:: I did make sure to keep them neutral so that my color choices aren't completely limited.

wanderlustJournal2You see some non-neutral pages in there?  Those would be the B sides to the two pagers.  Why not have some fun with colors and patterns right?

The size of my book is 5.5"x8.5".  I did have to cut those lovely 12x12's down to size.  Now what do you suppose I did with the scraps?

MiniJournalsI made some mini books!  These are about the length of my cell phone and about an inch wider.

MiniJournal1There are 12 pages in each book or 24 pages if you do front and back.  I see a cool little mini album in my future!

MiniJournal2Or perhaps a calendar?  Or maybe a mini travel journal?  Who knows but I do love having options!

Be sure to take a look here throughout the year as I'll be posting my journal spreads as I complete them.  Also, use #2016ArtJourney and share with the world what you are creating this year.


Art Anthology and Art Education Month

Good day Muses!  Did you know that March is art education month?  Have you stopped to wonder what this world would be like without art?  How does art help the community?  How does art help our children learn in school?  What does art teach our kids?

Mini Album 3

My project is up and live on the Art Anthology blog and I linked it up at Paper Issues for the "Paint By Numbers" issue.  This project is rather unique in that I asked my kids to contribute to it.  I asked each kid to decorate a page in anyway they wanted with the exception of my oldest, Madison.  Her art of choice is poetry.

As they worked on their pages, I thought about what they learn from art.  The results of these two ideas resulted in what I call an unexpected “2-fer”. I inadvertently ended up with two mini albums in one.  One side features the kids' artwork, the other is what they've learned by studying and making art.

Take a look and view a different perspective.  After all, the EARTH without ART is just…..eh.

Mini Album 1
An unexpected delight....

Mini Album 2

What does art teach our kids?  Art teaches perspective, tolerance, creativity, and imagination.

Mini Album 4 


Hiji Fall Mini Album

Hello Muses!  I can't believe it's been two months since my last blog post.  That is just terrible!  I've been crazy busy with the day to day life and whatnot.  Let's see if I can try to keep this ol' bloggity blog updated!

Today, I have a funky, fresh mini album up on the Basically Bare blog.  Here on Okinawa, there are many beautiful places to hike and swim.  I decided to take the kids to one of my favorite hiking spots, Hiji Falls.  The Funky Findings mini albums was perfect for documenting our trip because it has plenty of pages and envelopes to tuck tickets and extra photos into.

Hiji Falls Mini (BB) (1)

I used a bunch of bold, bright colors and patterns for this book.  You know me and how much I love loud colors and patterns.

Hiji Falls Mini (BB) (2)

Art Anthology
Sorbets and Velvets were perfect for the acrylic pages.  I applied it using a make up sponge and dabbed it through a stencil.  A super easy and fast way to apply any kind of paint medium and a surefire way to jazz up any background!

Hiji Falls Mini (BB) (3)

These two pages are super easy.  Just cut and paste paper!  A little bit of machine stitching and stenciling finish off the pages.  My Cameo came to the rescue with the perfect floral flourish to frame the photo of my son.  This album was  challenge because I currently don't have any Basically Bare embellishments.  I had to figure out how to decorate the book without using chipboard embellishments from other manufacturers.  Challenging but fun!  (Thank goodness for that Cameo!)

Hiji Falls Mini (BB) (4)

If you ever need a quick finishing touch, a quote works beautifully.  I found this lovely quote by Albert Einstein courtesy of Google.  I typed it out, printed it, and matted it for a simple tie together.  I found my nifty, cool little font from DaFont.com.

The bottom half are those amazingly adorable envelopes I was talking about earlier.  I plan to have the kids write down their favorite part of the day and tuck the notes inside.

Hiji Falls Mini (BB) (5)

This is a photo of Hiji Falls.  There’s no swimming allowed here anymore due to farm run-off and other not so friendly bacteria in the water.

Hiji Falls Mini (BB) (6)

These “falls” aren’t the actual waterfall but it was scenic nonetheless.  I used the other two tickets as a background mat.  Saving the simplest of items from an outing makes it super easy to use them as unique and relevant embellishments.

Hiji Falls Mini (BB) (7)

Who says Project Life cards have to be for Project Life?  I used some as photo mats here.  They worked beautifully.  I love taking a product and using it for something other than its original intended use.  It's another great way to stretch your supplies and your creativity.

Hiji Falls Mini (BB) (8)

Layer, layer, punch!  I did pull several threads of the canvas page to cause the edges to fray a bit.  Can you tell that I love to mix up color and patterns?

Hiji Falls Mini (BB) (9)

This envelope is where I stashed all of the extra photos I took of the hike.  I used some more Art Anthology Sorbet and a stencil to add some pizzazz.  I traced the stencil pattern with a white Uniball pen and added some micro rhinestones for pop.  Who says an envelope isn’t deserving of a makeover as well?

Hiji Falls Mini (BB) (10)

My youngest is ever the clown when it comes to photos.  She’s in her “nose flaring” phase, I think.  Add pops of color and don’t be afraid to mix it up!

Hiji Falls Mini (BB) (11)

Peel off the top layer of the corrugated pages to reveal a beautiful texture underneath!  This photo of an ancient fire pit works wonderfully with the “rough” background.  I dressed up a couple Prima resin corners with Art Anthology Colorations and Sorbet.

Simply getting back to the basics of working with paper, color, and pattern can make a mini album super easy.  Dusting off the punches and getting back to the roots can be very refreshing.


Supply List:
Basically Bare “Funky Findings” mini album

Art Anthology Sorbet “Frost”, “Rudy Pink”, “Baby Blue Eyes”
Art Anthology Velvet “Limeaid”
Art Anthology Colorations “Juicy”, “Waimea Bay”

Ribbon – May Arts, Webster’s Pages

Paper – Heidi Swapp “My Favorite Things”

Embellishments – Silhouette, Prima, UmWowStudio Flair, Heidi Swapp

My 2013 Favorites

This year has been a creative roller coaster.  Between being in a major creative slump, moving overseas, and reevaluating priorities I didn't make as many projects as I would've liked.  I did manage to find a few of my favorites though.

Because my creativity was so sporadic, I wasn't able to pick month by month so here they are in no particular order.

"Gorgeous" Card (May Arts)

Holiday "Dry" Globe (May Arts)

Wintery Birdhouse (May Arts)

Burlap "Adore" Wreath (May Arts)

Haunted House (VLVS!)

"Kawaii" Mini Album (UmWowStudio)

"Dahlia" Art Journal Page (May Arts)

"Adventure" Mini Canvas (May Arts)

University of Utah Wreath (May Arts)

"Here & Now" Mini Album (UmWowStudio)

My most favorite project from this past year was a whopper.  Unfortunately, I can't share it right now because it's being picked up for publication.  Talk about a great way to end the year!

Thank you for sticking around and following me on my creative wandering.  I do hope you all stick around to see what 2014 brings.  I have a few tricks up my sleeve and hope to start stepping out of my boxes a little bit more.

Happy New Year to all of you!


December Daily With Some Punch!

Wow have I been on a roll!  I have another May Arts project for you.  This time, we've teamed up with Scrapbook Adhesives.  I can tell you first hand, I use their stuff on a more than regular basis.  I swear by their foam squares and use them on just about everything.

Before I show you my project, here's the line up for today.  If you would like to catch up on the whole week, head to the May Arts blog for the complete list.  Leave some love along the way and you'll be entered to win a prize pack of various Scrapbook Adhesive products and 2 ribbon spools of your choice.

Christina Colón
Charlene Driggs
Candy Rosenberg

Now for my project!  I have decided to do a December Daily album for the first time.  Of course, if you know me, I'm not your traditional kind of gal, so I put my own spin on it.  My December Daily will document my chaotic reality with a touch of snark and attitude.

Photo Credit:  I found this image on Google Images and printed it off on printer paper.

I used some thin squares to pop things up a bit.  Of course, my lovely May Arts ribbon and twine are beyond perfect for something like this.

 Be sure to keep checking back for updated photos of my snarky and chaotic December Daily!  Now you are off to Charlene's blog!


Supplies Used:

May Arts Ribbon
  *1/8" Diagonal Stripe Ribbon (424-18-14)
  *2mm Baker's Twine (412-94)
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares
Crate Paper "Bundled Up"
Studio Calico Handbook
Prima Chalk

Here & Now Mini Album

Boy have I been on a roll!  In all truth, this is a mini album I finished a couple weeks ago but haven't shared it yet.  I did this beauty for UmWowStudio using plenty of chipboard and flair mixed in with some May Arts ribbon.  Because this album is fun and I made it for my grandmother, I kept the colors light and bright. 

 I wanted this mini to show our adventures thus far here on Okinawa.  
Maggie Holmes' line for Crate Paper, "Flea Market", gives this just the vibe I was hoping for.
 I added some pages using Gauche Alchemy Ouchless Cardboard.  I love adding my own pages to albums.  Because I'm such a fan of mixing things up, I added some Chevron Confetti, Heart Confetti as well as some Geekery Flair to this album. A little heat embossing and a little glitter go a long way in making my chipboard pieces even more awesome.
One thing I do love, is my sewing machine!  I love that it can do all of these fancy shmancy stitches.  There you can see my eyelet trim, which I sprayed with some Color Shine, peeking out from behind.  Two birds, one stone!  I just dressed up both pages with one sprayed trim.
Gotta love how my youngest just hams it up!
Here, we have a heart from the layered hearts set as well as some "Oh the Places You'll Go" flair.  
 Yes.  They are holding a python and they loved every bit of it!
And there you have our adventures so far!  I love taking these photos and putting them all into a mini album.  Be on the look out for more!
Supplies Used:

Other Supplies:
Maya Road Mini Album
Imaginisce I-Rock
Canvas Corps Burlap
Crate Paper "Flea Market"
American Crafts Thickers "Hard Copy"
Martha Stewart Glitter

GlobeCraft Embossing Powder "Vintage Gold"
We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile and Eyelets
Liquitex Gesso
Liquitex Modeling Paste

Post Slump Fun Using Glitz Design, May Arts, and Gauche Alchemy

If you've been a follower for some time, you've noticed that I have been posting more sporadically and the projects haven't been all that and the bag chips is long since stale. 

I'm a lover of mini albums so I made this one from the ground up using some chipboard, acrylic, and ouchless cardboard from Gauche Alchemy.  I decided to play with Glitz Design's "Finnley" collection and because I love mixing lines, I threw in some "Wild and Free" and "Cashmere Dame" as well.   Of course, no mini album of mine is complete without May Arts ribbon.

After I finished my Dreamcatcher wreath, I felt rejuvenated and revived.  The project ideas started flowing in and I started gettin' busy!

Let's start with this new mini album I put together documenting mine and the kids' trip to Peace Prayer Memorial Park.  This is a very somber place as it is in honor of those who died during the Battle of Okinawa during World War II.  I wanted the album to still be light but not whimsical.

The park is beautiful, quiet, and peaceful.  There is an air of heaviness but it's not of a negative kind.  It causes reflection.

The park calls for everyone to pray for peace because war comes at such an extreme cost.

They say you can hear the cries on the wind as it sweeps over the cliffs.

It causes all of us to step back and to remember:

Thanks for taking a look!


Glitz Design "Finnley", "Cashmere Dame", "Wild & Free"
May Arts Ribbon (Chevron Twill  382-34-14, Faux Canvas 444-58-58-10, Grosgrain/Satin Double Band 373-58-46)
Mini Album (I made it myself.)
Prima Chalks
Sewing Machine

"Kawaii" Mini Album

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to be working with DeeDee and the rest of the talented gang over at UmWowStudio.  I love chipboard and I especially LOVE laser cut chipboard.  Throw some awesome UmWowStudio chipboard together with a divine Punky Sprouts mini album and you end up with messy fun and a treasured keepsake.

I made this mini album from my sister and my niece and since she is such a ham, I wanted to use fun and bright colors.

Here's the inside of the album

Want to see what I did with the fabulous chipboard?  The butterfly on the cover is pretty straightforward.  I left the layers as they were meant to be then painted the top layer with gesso and applied a fine iridescent glitter.

For this butterfly, I applied a coat of gesso then sprayed it with some Color Shine in "Georgia Peach".  When it was almost dried, I added a layer of glass bead gel.

For the floral embellishment, I decided to try and layer a couple different mediums.  The base layer is gesso then acrylic paint.  Once the paint was dried, I added blue glitter onto the flowers.  Here's where the fun is.  For the stems, I added a layer or Bombay India Ink.  Talk about color enhancement!

This star looks really cool.  It looks like it's covered in lace but it's not. That is washi tape!  I just taped over the star then trimmed the edges.

Can you tell I love playing with the chipboard?  There's really so many ways to alter it.  Just dive in and get messy!


Chipboard:  UmWowStudio
Album:  Punky Sprouts
Paper: Basic Grey, Sassafras Lass
Ribbon/Fibers:  May Arts
Embellishments:  Basic Grey, Sassfras Lass, Studio Calico
Paints, Mists, Mediums:  Art Anthology, Golden, Heidi Swapp, GlobeCraft & Piccolo
Tools:  WRMK Cinch


I Do Declare! That Is A Bubble Frame!

Hellooooo strangers!  Sorry for being so flaky and invisible lately.  Things have been chaotic to say the least, but hey.  We adapt and overcome right?  ;)  Well, today (and for the next 2 weeks) we have an awesome Paper Issues mini hop to ring in the new theme.  The theme for the next 2 weeks is "Patriots and Picnics".  Hop along with us and gear up for summer BBQs, Fourth of July, and good ol' American Summertime!  There is also a giveaway!  I know.  Sooooooo amazeballs!  ::snicker::

Here's the line-up for the mini hop:

Wanna know what's up for grabs and how to get your sweet li'l name added to the pot to win it?  Well, wait no mo'!  Well, head on over to the Paper Issues blog and become a follower.  Then, head on over to the Paper Issues Facebook page and "like" us.  Once you've done that, go back to THIS POST and leave a comment!  Easy-Peasy!  Would you like to see what's up for grabs?  A "Declaration" mini kit!  Each kit has 2 of each paper as well as the cardstock sticker sheet.  This is up for grabs until July 7th when the winner is announced.

Now for my project.  FINALLY!  I was asked to put this together for a special friend of mine, Stephanie.  We've been friends since the 9th grade so to say that I was honored to do this for her puts it mildly. She ordered a Bubble Frame Brag Book from Globecraft Memories and asked me to put it together for her using photos of her beautiful son, Mac.  Since her house is decorated with a rustic Americana flare, I figured that the mini kit The Awesome-Sauce Cassie put together using Pink Paislee's "Declaration" was PERFECT for this project.

Now for the delish close-ups.  Sorry.  No step by step how-to with this one...at least, not yet.  ;)

I left the journaling tag blank so that Steph and write a little note or something in it.

I kept the embellishments small and minimal because the patterns on the paper were just too fantastic and work well on their own.

I did use my sewing machine and sewed a crooked border on every page.  It's the subtle details that really work well with this projects.

I find that when I'm working with papers that are bold in color and pattern, black and white photos really work the best and make putting this project together a breeze.

Now that we've gone through my project, I bet you're wondering about the giveaway aren't ya?  Well, head on over to the Paper Issues blog and become a follower.  Then, head on over to the Paper Issues Facebook page and "like" us.  Once you've done that, go back to THIS POST and leave a comment!  Easy-Peasy!  Would you like to see what's up for grabs?  A "Declaration" mini kit!  Each kit has 2 of each paper as well as the cardstock sticker sheet.  This is up for grabs until July 7th when the winner is announced.
"Declaration" Mini Kit
Be sure to hit up our mini hop for more awesome ideas for our "Patriots and Picnics" theme.

A Sentimental Mini

Good evening folks! I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of a long weekend.  I know I am and I have a busy weekend coming up, so I'm going to go ahead and share this project with all of you.

Even though I am part of the Art Assembly team for Basically Bare, I sometimes like to step away from that spot and do something else.  For this next project, I did a mini album using the Tilly's Tabs mixed media album.  Since it's a mixed media album, what better paper to use than Christy Tomlinson's "She Art" and some embellishments from Gauche Alchemy and May Arts!

I made this album for my oldest daughter, Madi.  She is finishing up her first year of middle school in a couple weeks and before I know it, she'll be off to high school.  I plan on adding a few notes and a letter to this mini and giving it to her before she starts her freshman year.

Inside, it contains pictures of her, sentiments, and some mom advice essentially telling her to always stay true to herself no matter what and to just embrace and enjoy life.

I wanted to keep the album's appearance and styling true to Madi's personality.  She's very smart, eclectic, independent, girly, and zany.  She's very much her own person and doesn't give a rat's patooty what anyone else says or thinks of her.  She makes me proud!

Lace cover from Gauche Alchemy and bow from May Arts

I peeled off the top layer of paper to expose the corrugated board underneath.  I applied some gesso, glimmer glam and a piece of lace over the top.

Pennants are covered with washi tape

 To dress up chipboard, just slap some washi tape down on it.  For a simple background, dip a paint cap in paint then use it as a stamp.

Cabochon made using polymer clay and MoldMuse silicone molds

To keep with the eclectic mix of this album, I used to different patterns and color schemes.  I unified them with some May Arts deliciousness and Thickers in complementary colors. 

Another cabochon using the Lolita mold from MoldMuse

When mixing patterns and colors, keep the embellishments simple and minimal.  I used a Lolita cameo I made using a MoldMuse silicone mold and a Sassafras Lass cardstock sticker to keep the colors unified.

Some PVC Punchinella eye candy

A simple grid PVC Punchinella piece is all this page needs!

I used my Ranger mask with some acrylic paint to decorate the long envelope in the album.  I plan on writing a letter and slipping it in before giving the album to Madi.

Use bits and bobs from a Gauche Alchemy Color Kit to make your own clasp to hold the envelope closed.

Who doesn't love "Joe Dirt"?

The quote is from "Joe Dirt" and I think it's spot on.  Life's a garden so dig in!

What can I say?  I want her to soar above the clouds.

The last page is left blank so I can add another quote if I come across a fitting one or another little note.

I'm sure Madi will love and appreciate this little book.  I'm torn between looking forward to giving it to her and not wanting that time to come too quickly, though I know it will.

Thanks for taking a look!


Kids of Summer Mini

Good morning everyone!  Several of you may have seen this project when it was up on my blog last year.  I had to take it down because it was being picked up by Northridge Publishing for their Create: Mini Albums (Spring 2012)!  This was my very first time being published and to say it was exciting is putting it mildly.

I used the back pockets from old jeans as the pages, Fancy Pants "Summer's End" papers, and ribbons and trims from Gauche Alchemy and A Million Memories.

A key thing to remember, use appropriate adhesives!  It'll save a lot of exasperation!  I also used a lot of fussy cutting to make my own embellishments.  This is a great technique for the babes on a budget!

I edged each page with a different type of trim.  Some of them are lace, pom-poms, or even Punchinella.

Adding a few buttons to a project like this is a perfect, quick, and simple accent.

I don't usually pom-poms, but in this instance, they worked out beautifully!

The Mixed Media Color Kits are chock full of quick and simple embellishments.  A few more beads from the Lady Marmalade Color Kit and I call it done!

Thanks for taking a look!


It's a SNOW DAY at Paper Issues!

Good morning, afternoon, or evening, depending on what part of the world you are reading this from!  Paper Issues' theme from November 1 until November 14 is Snow Day!  Of course, what would THAT aptly named theme be unless I used Pink Paislee's "Snow Day" line?!  It's a perfect match-up and I had the perfect pictures to use.

I have been hoarding this Maya Road mini for almost THREE years now!  I didn't want to just use it on any ol' thing and I certainly didn't want to jack it all up!  This mini was really fun to put together.

The snowman on the cover is a wood embellishment from the line and I painted it white, used my DecoArt Snow Writer to give it a snowy look and sprinkled some Doodlebug Sugar Coat glitter on it.  I painted his hat black and added some My Mind's Eye and The Twinery twine.  I also used my Snow Writer on the "Snow Day" title as well.

The decorative edges were so easy to dress up!  Just paint and some twine on some of them and it was DONE!

The first two pages of this bad boy are pretty simple, as is the whole album.  I used Thickers for the lettering and a JilliBean Soup corrugated frame.  I added some "snow" using my handy-dandy Snow Writer (I'm tellin' ya!  This this is hellah awesome!).  On the facing page, there's some ::GASP:: sewing using my ::CHOKE:: sewing machine!  Of course, I had to dress up the little floating snowmen heads with some awesome Twinery twine.

The next two pages are done in pretty much the same style.  I love dressing up pre-made embellishments.  Can you tell?  I added bling to the sentiment, the mittens, and everything else you see there!  I also changed it up a bit and used a Martha Stewart edge punch and wrapped the decorative edge of the album page in twine.  I know!  ME??!!

Yep!  You guessed it!  MORE SNOW WRITER!  And bling! 

More paint!  More bling!  And even more glitter on that snowflake!  The snowflake is another wood embellishment from the "Snow Day" line.  I painted it white then sprinkled some more Doodlebug Sugar Coat glitter on it.  I coated it using Diamond Glaze to seal the glitter in.  I blotted the middle of the snow flake so that the white paint peeks through.

And the last two pages of this little baddy!  The "Snow Day" page is actually missing to wood hearts that I painted and covered in Crackle Accents.  I am waiting for them to dry.  I hope they look like cracked ice.  We'll see!  The facing page are more die cuts that I layered.  The decorative edge is "stitched" with My Mind's Eye twine (I'm hoarding my Twinery stuff!).

I will edit this post with an updated photo of the hearts.  I was just so glad this turned out the way I wanted it to, that I had to share it!  This mini is very much a different style than what I typically do.  I hope you all liked it and if not....no biggie.  It's for me anyway!  ;)


A Simple Acrylic "How-To"

This is a super simple tutorial I put together for A Cherry On Top using Pink Paislee's "Vintage Vogue" and an acrylic mini album by KaiserCraft.  This acrylic album was also my first time ever doing one as well!

I think one of the most requested tutorials as far as mini albums go would have to be how to put together an acrylic album.  I know that these see through beauties are often intimidating and seem quite daunting at first.  I know that from experience!  Here, I hope to break that intimidation and show you that with a little bit of forethought and planning, they are actually quite easy to do.  Also, this acrylic album is my first time doing one too!

I used an acrylic album by KaiserCraft and Pink Paislee's "Vintage Vogue".  I also dressed up my album edges using alcohol ink.  Since I used sepia colored prints, the alcohol ink and these papers work beautifully together.

Now, the key to an acrylic album is PLANNING and THINKING BEFORE STICKING!  The way I did each of my pages is that I would hold a piece of patterned paper up against one side of the acrylic and see how it looked on the other side.  If Iiked the way it complimented the photos on both sides, then I would think about photo placement in order to hide the adhesive.
That leads me to the biggest question regarding acrylic anything.  Which adhesive do I use??!!  I highly recommend using any clear adhesive.  I used Zots and my ATG.  When I planned my page, I remembered to carefully place my adhesive so that I could cover it up on the other side with the photo, papers, or embellishments.
There really isn't a good way to show you how in a pictorial.  It's something that you are going to have experiment with and just jump off the edge with.  I will show you how my finished album turned out and give you tips and tricks as I go.

If you look carefully, you'll notice that none of my "edges" are glued down.  If I were to place adhesive on the very edges of the papers, then I would have to figure out how to cover that adhesive on the other side.  I also made sure that my embellishments did not extend too far past the edges of the patterned papers as they are not double sided.

Keeping the page designs simple makes planning both sides of the page super easy.  I kept my designs very basic by using circles and rectangles.  I tried to pick my photos for the backside of the page to compliment the patterns that showed through.  I also relied heavily on layering and pop-dotting to keep things visually interesting and to add depth.

Here, you can see the backsides of the pages peekeing through.  I used the papers that showed as added matting to my photos and picked my layering papers to coordinate accordingly.  This is where and why I recommend working within one product line for papers.  The papers do the work for you.

Here's another example where you can clearly see the backsides showing through and adding depth and coordination within the layers.  Once again, all of my adhesive is placed in the middle of my photos and papers.  That way, no matter what, it'll be covered by whatever you use on the reverse side.

I got so engrossed in making this album and figured out that it was sooooooooo ridiculously easy to put together, that I lost track of my pages and turned the back "cover" into a photo page!  OOPS!!  So, I just traced and cut out a template for a back cover out of the packaging from the album and covered it with coordinating paper.

These albums really are easier to put together than they look.  The trick is THINKING BEFORE STICKING.  They do require a certain amount of planning and forethought.  It's really important to keep the design simple at first until you get comfortable with doing them.  You can use any adhesive  as long as you remember that it needs to be covered on the other side.  I do hope that you will approach these albums with a bit more understanding and clarity.  They really are easier to do than they look.

Paper Issues Blog Hop!

 Hola party peeeeeople!  How's everyone doing this fine Friday morning?  What better way to start of the weekend than with a not-so-little, ok MASSIVE, PAPER ISSUES "Tree Huggin'" blog hop?!  That's right!  It's a blog hop full of fun, inspiration, and give aways!  

How can it get any better than that?!  It can!  For this blog hop (which means ALL gosh dern weekend) you can save an EXTRA 25% in the Paper Issues store!  Holy mega-discount, Batman!  

Should you choose to partake in the awesomely awesome Paper Issues sale, you will need a handy dandy coupon code.  Oh, but my pretties, you will find the coupon code at the END of this post!  Ok.  Fine.  Twist my arm.  To enjoy the 25% off in the Paper Issues store, use coupon code "HOP25" at checkout. 

I have a li'l sumpin' sumpin' to give away myself!  I gotta getcha readin' my blog post somehow and I am not above a little bribery...or as I call it, leverage.  MUAHAHAHAHA!

Now for the business at hand.  You should've arrived here at my li'l bloggity blog from Wendy's blog.  If not, then you can check the pecking order and get your bearings from my list below or you can find the master list at Paper Issues

 Wendy Antenucci 
Christina Colón (you are here!)
For my project for this awesome hoppity hop, I put together another back pocket mini.  I thought the upcycling was perfect for the "tree hugger" theme.  I also decided to use some papers I've had in my stash for a while and rummage through my scraps drawer.  While making this mini, I plowed through what was left of my Pink Paislee "Daily Junque" and Websters Pages "Trendsetter" lines.  Pffffft.  Who says you can't breathe some life into old stuff?  Pish posh I say!
 I hacked a couple pairs of old jeans that were too worn out to donate and came up with this mini especially for this hop.  What can I say?  I like to stay in touch with my inner tree hugger.  

 Yup.  That's me and my brood plus one of their friends.  We had an outing at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach this past summer.  

This is my crazy and fun friend, Michelle.  Even grown ups have to play every now and then!

Same day, same outing.  After visiting all of the wonderful sea life at the aquarium, we decided that lunch at Bubba Gump's Shrimp was more than appropriate!  LOL!

And there you have it.  Short, sweet, and to the point.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Repurpose into total FABULOUSNESS!  

Since you stuck around and read my blog this far, here's where YOU get to cash in.  I am giving a way a prize package of some BRAND NEW papers and a few other delectable goodies to go along with it.  

BRAND NEW 2011 Christmas Line from Three Bugs and other goodies!

 All YOU need to do is leave a comment below and tell me how you reduce, reuse and repurpose into fabulousness!  If you have a project to show, include the link in your comment and I will be sure to come by, check it out, and leave you a little loooooove!

Off you go, my lovelies!  Make sure you head on over to Kimmie's amazing bloggity blog and check out her amazing and inspiring projects...and leave some love along the way!  

Happy Hopping!

Gauche Alchemy Upcycled Awesomeness

Good morning, my twistedly wonderful beauties!  I hope everyone had a rockin' and kick ass weekend full of much fun, laughs, and debauchery.  I, unfortunately, did not have a party-hearty weekend.  Instead, I've been just pluckin' away working on some more creative goodies for everyone.  More on that later.

Today, I get to FINALLY share with you the best idea for a mini I've had in a long time.  We all love to be savvy, thrifty, and innovative.  Well, do I have the project for you!  I recycled some parts of some old jeans that were just too worn out to donate.

Denim has become a big trend in the creative arts industry.  We've seen flowers, trims, and other embellishments made from denim.  We've even seen the pockets from jeans used on scrapbook pages.  But have you ever seen the back pockets used as mini album?  No??!!  Well, you can now scratch that off of your bucket list!

I created this mini album exclusively for Gauche Alchemy and it is chocked full of Gauchey goodies!  I used Fancy Pants' fall release, "Summer's End".

After I had cut apart my jeans, I was actually going to throw these away!  About 3.7 seconds later, I came to my senses and started cutting the pockets off.  When I went to pick up my stack of pockets, I had my epiphany!  I was looking at my next mini.

I honestly could NOT believe how easy it was to put this little baddy together.  The denim truly does all of the work for you.  SIGN ME UP!

I used a plethora (isn't that such a fun word???) of shtuffs from Gauche Alchemy.  My page trims are from the Lace Variety Pack and I used Punchinella e-ver-y-where.  A word of advice, if you want the biggest bang for your buck regarding lace trims and the versatile punchinella, Gauche Alchemy is most definitely the way to go.  It will take me months to use up all of it!
Now, because I only had the papers from Fancy Pants (major CHA score!), I had to make my own embellishments from the papers.  Good thing I have a love for fussy cutting!  All of the cute little birdies, leaves, trees, and what not are all cut from the papers.  Another great tip to making your dollar really stretch, look at your paper as more than just paper.  There are a wealth of embellishments right there in that 12x12 area of goodness.
Here are some more close ups of the other pages.  

I used various little yummies from the Gauche Alchemy color kits, Envy, Blue Streak, and Lady Marmalade.

The tickets used on this page are also from Gauche Alchemy.

I hope you feel inspired, to reduce, reuse, recycle, and create something FABULOUS!  Please, puh-lease, upload your wonderful "upcycled" projects to our Flickr Group.  I am ALWAYS checking out our group for new projects to love on and to get inspired by!   

Please, head over to the Gauche Alchemy blog and read about the month long birthday bash going on in honor of Gauche Alchemy's 3rd birthday.  There's a HUGE prize up for grabs, the "available by subscription only" ACME kit...for FREE for a whopping *3* months!  Holy moses!  Say wha???!!!  There are also other prizes up for grabs including a Postal Prize pack!

Tag Mini Album Class!

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone has had a good weekend so far!  I know we've had a pretty relaxing one, but a wet one.  It's rained most of the weekend here, but that's a good thing.  We need all of the rain we can get.

We had a blast at the ACOT online crop this past weekend.  Originally, this post was of the sneak peek of my tag mini album class.  Well, instead of re-posting, I just decided to edit this post!  I know!! I'm lazy!!!

For a step-by-step how-to, just click on the title of this post and you will taken directly to the class thread.  For the pictorial, just click here!

Thanks for taking a look!

This Bugging Mini Is.....

...FINALLY FINISHED!  I call it my "bugging mini" because it's been lurking on a shelf just stalking and taunting me to finish it!  I could have swore I put it in a drawer, and like those creepy clown dolls, it crept it's way back onto my shelf!  I covered this album last year or something and was just "waiting for the perfect photos" to put in it.  Well, we know that's a crock o' poo.  I just got lazy and didn't want to be bothered with it....until now!  Like a fine wine...turning into vinegar...it just needed to age...and age...and age.....

I didn't really keep to one specific theme throughout the album.  Instead, I did each page to reflect the personality of the photo on the page.  The "Keys 2 Me" album is focused on my family.  After all, they are in fact the keys to my heart...and sometimes my sanity (in that they hide the key to the sanity compartment of my brain).

Here are the pages for Andrea and Julia:

Andrea is  my independent and opinionated one.  Julia is DEFINITELY the ham!  She just cracks us up all the time!  And I LOVE that photo.  You can bet that will make it's way into a 12x12 at some point!

Jerm and Madi!  Jerm is one "cool guy" and Madi is catching flies!  I love photos like these!

And here is the family feline, Pookie.  Looks are deceiving.  She's not really sleeping.  She's actually really pissed!  I got her that sweater with a skull and bow on it.  I put it on and she was NOT happy!  She's not an aggressive cat at all.  She just lays there, shoots me dirty looks (yes, she's facially expressive!!!) and pouts.  But she's awesome!
And of course, the "odd" pages:

Products used:  Basic Grey mini album and "Urban Prairie" papers and fibers, Tim Holtz distress crackle paint and key, 7 Gyspies rub-ons and stamps, BoBunny "Sun Kissed", K & Company layered flowers and butterflies, and Maya Road chipboard bird and acrylic embellies.  The felt on the cover is by Queen & Company felt fusion.  There is also a smattering of glimmer mists, Cosmo Cricket, Making Memories, and ColorBox.

Thanks for taking a look!