Thursday, June 30, 2016


My Tesla Journal

I have been journaling in my Tesla Journal on and off for about a year now, and just wrote my last entry on Monday.  I am onto another journal now.  While writing in my journal I also did some artwork in it along with my journaling.  Sometimes it coincided with my writing and other times not. 
I must say though, I did enjoy this journal a lot!

When I cam to this page, the image was a large cog.  I saw it as our world.  I added some acrylic paint in the center to make it look like the seas and lands and added the houses and trees along the outside perimeter.  This reminded me of the song my Louis Armstrong.

Sometimes the artwork came before the journaling and other times the journaling came before the artwork.  In this case, the artwork came first.  I was trying to draw a Mehndi, but not sure if I succeeded or not.  In any case, I had fun drawing this.

This piece was inspired by a video I saw on portraits by Pam Carriker.
My first attempt at drawing a portrait.  Not too shabby.  I need to practice more, but following Pam's instructions made it so easy.

A fall leaf done with black ink and watercolors.  I am amazed at how well these pages held up to mixed media.

Last, but certainly not least, a "Journaling By 5s" page, inspired by Shannon Green.  This was so much fun.  Don't think about it, just do it!!  It takes you out of your comfort zone, but the rewards are worth it. 

These are just a few of the pages I did in my journal and I thoroughly enjoyed mixing the art with my journaling.  The pages in this journal were very good quality.  I would buy this book again and do it all over again.  
For now, though, I am onto another journal, which I am experimenting with.  
It has only been three days, but so far, so good.  

I like it!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Tag Book


Another entry in my "Quotes and Sayings" Tag Book.

I had fun doing this one.  I put clear gesso on the page, then added some watercolor to the background.  
The image is collage onto the page which I found in a magazine.  
I thought the image went perfectly with this saying.

I am having fun adding images to this book along with the quotes and/or sayings.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Baby Brag Book

Baby Brag Book Baby!

Yesterday, at my husband's job, a surprise baby shower was held for his boss.  
This is her first child and it is a boy.

For a gift, I decided to make her a Baby Brag Book for her to keep photos of her new little boy, which I'm sure she will have lots and lots.  This book was inspired by Jennifer of Jen of Eve Designs.  
I think it came out too cute!

Here are the pages for the photos.  They are for 4"X 6" size photos.  

I added a little envelope for her to keep a lock of the baby's hair or whatever memento she wants to put in.

Here is a picture of the front and back of the book.
I used bias seam binding for the bow, sprayed with grey ink.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tag Book

Quotes & Sayings

It has been awhile since my last post.  Actually, it has been quite awhile since my last post.  I have been busy and then I have have been busy.  But!  I still managed to find time to make a few books along the way.

I have always wanted to make a "Quotes & Sayings" book (Leslie Riley beat me on that one).  It was about 8-9 years ago when I first brought up the idea to my friends, but alas, I am just now getting around to it.

When I saw this "Tag Book" on YouTube by Jen of Eve Designs, I knew this was the book I wanted to make to put in all my quotes and sayings I have collected along the way.

It it made mainly from manila folders that I got at the Dollar Tree Store and some tea dyed papers.  The outside cover is decorated with scrapbook paper I had in my stash.  

As you can see I have lots of pages for quotes and/or sayings.

Front and back covers
I finished this book a couple of weeks ago, but it has been sitting on my desk waiting for me to put in a quote or saying or something.  I finally found a saying  I wanted to use for my first page.  

When I saw this I knew it had to be the one for my first page.

Thank you Jennifer for inspiring me!