Friday, November 17, 2017


December Christmas Book

I make books.  I love making books.  I journal.  I love to journal.

Every morning I journal; morning pages.  I started this after I read the book "Artist Way", by Julia Cameron.  Some of you  may recognize the book and/or author.

I have been doing morning pages since 2011.  So, for about 6 years.  That is a lot of journals.  But, I enjoy the process and now have gotten into the habit of writing in my journal every morning.  I have been writing in a journal someone gifted me, since September 1st and will end November 30th.

I wanted to make a special book for December 2017.  Sort of a journal/photo album/smash book.  I want it to contain the memories that I will be writing about and places to add pictures.  A place to add ticket stubs or movies tickets or.... 

So, this is the book that was created.  It measures 8-1/2" X 8".  I love the way it turned out.

Since I did not have pages large enough, I chose to use cheap file folders.  I wanted the folders to be more paper like.  I also used 11" X 14" paper that I coffee dyed, which created a flap when folded.

I added some scrapbook paper to put photos onto.  Because the backside of the paper is white, I can use it for journaling.

I sewed in an envelop to put either embellishments or things I collect along the way that can not be attached to the pages.

There a lots of pages for writing, for photos, for smashing and whatever else I  may want to add to the book.

I made the front and back cover the same and I like how the plaid binding looks.  To me, it gives it an old fashion sort of feel.

Although I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving, I can hardly wait until December 1st gets here, so I can start writing in my book and adding all those other memories along with it.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Scrap Book

Left Overs

This little book is literally a "scrap" book.  
It measures approximately 9" X 6" and is a made with left overs.

I had a few pages left over from a mixed media paper pad.  I used the cover of the pad for the cover of my book.  I folded it in half and folded the few pages left in the pad for my book pages.  I had left over decorative paper from a previous book I made, so used that to decorate the outside of the book.  Tied everything together using a pamphlet stitch and there you have it.  A new new mixed media/journal book.

I used the hard back from the pad on another project.  

Friday, September 1, 2017

Calendars 2017

September 2017

Did you know "September" is a song by American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, written by Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis?

Did you know September is the only month with the same number of letters in its name as the number of the month (9 letters/9th month)?

Did you know until Julius Caesar's calendar reform of 45BC, September had only 29 days?

Did you know on average, September day more babies are born in the US than on a day in any other month?

Did you know in the UK, September 26 is the most common birthday for people born in the last 20 years?

Did you know September is the 9th month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the third month to have the length of 30 days?

Did you know September was originally the seventh of ten months on the oldest know Roman calendar?

Did you know September's birthstone is sapphire?

Did you know the birth flowers for September are forget-me-not, morning glory and aster?

Did you know the zodiac signs for the month of September are Virgo and Libra whose end and start are related to the equinox date?

Did you know September 4th is Labour Day and National Macadamia Nut Day?

Did you know September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day?

Did you know September 6th is National Coffee Ice Cream Day?

Did you know September 9th, 1850 California became the 31st state to join the Union?

Did you know September 10, 1847, the first theater opened in Hawaii, in 1935 Popeye was heard on NBC radio for the first time, in 1953 Swanson began selling its first TV Dinner and in 1955 Gunsmoke premiered on CBS-TV?

Did you know September 12th is National Chocolate Milkshake Day?

Did you know September 14th is National Eat a Hoagie Day?

Did you know September 15, 1949 The Lone Ranger premiered on ABC, in 1965 Lost in Space and Green Acres premiered on CBS-TV, in 1978 Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks to win his 3rd World Heavyweight Boxing title and in 1982 the first issue of USA Today was published?

Did you know September 16th is National Guacamole Day?

Did you know September 17, 1683, Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is the first to report the existence of bacteria and in 1916 The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, WWI flying ace of German Luftstreikrafte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France?

Did you know September 19th are Jimmy Fallon's and David McCallum's Birthday?

Did you know September 25th is Will Smith's Birthday?

Did you know September 29th is National Coffee Day?
Well it is...

Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017

CitraSolv Papers

Altered Papers

Aren't these papers gorgeous?
I think they are.

A couple of years back, I took a class with Cathy Taylor, altering papers with CitraSolv and National Geographic Magazines.

I decided this weekend to alter more papers.  This is what I got. 

As soon as I saw them, I knew they would make great papers to Tangle on.  Although you can still see the text, once these papers are tangled on with Zentangle Patterns, the text will disappear into the background.

I think some organic looking tangle patterns will look great on these papers.
What do you think?

Friday, August 4, 2017


Metal Point Mandala

This is an old technique called Metalpoint or Silverpoint drawing and was used before the development of graphite pencils.

Leonardo da Vinci and other masters used this method of drawing.  Many original Silverpoint drawings done by Leonardo da Vinci have survived today.

Over time the metal used in metal point drawings can change color.  Some of the masters drawings looked liked they used a red/brown pencil.  These were probably drawn with silverpoint.

The challenge with metal point is that the marks cannot be erased, so you need to work carefully.  The metal point does not smudge, however, so there is no need to worry about your hand smudging your work as with graphite pencils.

This Mandala was drawn on a canvas board with a metal point tip.  Drawing with a metal point is like drawing with a hard 4-6H pencil.

This Mandala was drawn with a metal point as shown in the black holder.  You can also use silver and gold, which will change in color as it ages.  The metal point and silver point will tarnish to a nice patina.

Overall I am very please how my first metal point drawing came out.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Calendars 2017


Did you know August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the fifth month to have the length of 31 days?

Did you know August birthstones are the peridot and sardonyx?

Did you know the birth flower is the gladiolus meaning strength of character, love, marriage and family?

Did you know the Western zodiac signs for the month of August are Leo (until August 22) and Virgo (from August 23rd onward)?

Did you know on August 1 1936, Adolf Hitler opens 11th Olympic Games in Berlin?

Did you know on August 3rd, Martha Steward with be 75 years old and Tony Bennett will be 90 years old?

Did you also know August 3rd is Watermelon and National White Wine Day (United States)?

Did you know August 5th is National Underwear day (United States)?

Did you know on August 6, 1890, at Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by the electric chair?

Did you know August 8th is National Cat Day?

Did you know August 12 is World Elephant Day?

Did you know August 13th is International Lefthanders Day?

Did you know August 14th is National Creamsicle Day (United States)?

Did you know August 20th is World Mosquito Day?

Did you know on August 21, 1888, American inventor William Seward Burroughs patents the adding machine?

Did you know August 22nd is National Eat a Peach Day (United States)?

Did you know August 24th is National Waffle Day (United States)?

Did you know August 26th is Women's Equality Day (United States)?

Did you know August 28th is Crackers of the Keyboard Day?

Did you know on August 29th it is More Herbs, Less Salt Day, National Lemon Juice Day (United States) and National Chop Suey Day (United States)?

Did you know August 31st is National Trail Mix Day (United States)?

Did you know on August 18th, my oldest daughter was born?  
Well she was!