Monday, August 22, 2016

Journal Monday - My Happy Planner

Good Monday friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

This past week I didn't really do anything with my art journal, BUT, I did grab hold of my Happy Planner and got a little creative.

My Happy Planner "Follow Your Heart" is a
July 2016 - December 2017 one.
I bought my Planner a few months ago because, you know, all the cool kids were doing it.  It certainly wasn't because my life is particularly busy and in need of planning.  I work.  I come home.  I sleep.  I work.  I come home.  I sleep.

So needless to say, my planner was looking kind of pitiful.

Late last night I was flipping through my planner and thought, you know what, I'm gonna put something on these pages!

So, me being me I grabbed the nearest magazine (that just happened to be Teen Vogue) and a pair of scissors and my trusty gluestick, and I started flipping through, cutting out, gluing down.


What do any of these pictures have to do with my life in particular?  Not a darn thing really, other than I saw them and I liked them, so I put them on a page to stop it from being blank and boring.

It started with Yesterday (Sunday) and the dancing girl and the word "Happy"  and then I found a bright colorful ad, and then a couple of other images to fill in the blanks.  And my finished pages are colorful and fun.

This prompted me to dig out my old 5x7 Iris box that I once used to store words for my Found Poetry, and start going through it.  This box is small and compact, and can hold a couple of pens and a small glue stick as well so could toss it in my bag and travel with it if I wanted.

Gee, I wonder why this call this
machine the "X"?
Meanwhile I need to find where I put my Xyron X, which is also PERFECT for making stickers the in a size that would work with my happy planner.  I've had mine for several years now, first used it to make stickers for pen-pal letters and journal pages.  I wonder why I quit using it so much?

I have plans for doing more in my Happy Planner in the upcoming months.  I'm going to be making a Daily Habit Tracker starting in September for one thing.  I have a mood tracker that I've not been using and I need to start that again.

I've been looking into bullet journaling, and since the Happy Planner has graph paper I can work my favorite bullet journal ideas into my planner.

There is also a Fitness Planner extension that I'm going to use to make my own fitness planner.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WIP Wednesday #15

Happy (end of Wednesday) my friends!

Sorry this is coming so very late in the day but I'm just getting home from work, after spending the entire morning at the hospital for a surgical consult.

I still having started stitching on my Zenbroidery woman.  If her eyes were open I bet she'd be looking at me rather disdainfully.

I didn't do the washi tape/toothpick craft either, but I did do this!

www.blogbourne.com/how-to-create-paper-feathers-from-recycled-materials/?mref=nonersays

Yeah, its on a different site than this one, but I'm trying to post some things at places where I might actually earn a few cents (cause this starving artist is about to have to pay out of pocket for a surgery!)

So, what have you been up to this week?

Remember, this linky is open ALL WEEK LONG, so if you start a project feel free to jump on in and add your link!

Also, pass us around!  The more eyes the better!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WIP Wednesday #14

Hello my fellow creators!

I'm sorry to have left so much time between posts.  I've been a crafting slacker and ashamed to show my face just to say, "I didn't do anything." again and again and again.

This week I finally put my Zenbroidery in a hoop.  I still haven't actually stitched a thing on it, but its ready just in case.

Here is what she looks like out of the pack.


And here she is in her hoop.  I think I'm going to start with a satin stitch on her lips.


I'm also putting together the stuff to make a couple of projects for here an another site I write for.






Washi tape, toothpicks and book text (not pictured) will be involved in my next projects.
What do you think I'm making?

I also plan to pick up some craft feathers today (or soon), and if its not too early I plan to have a Fall Candle craft soon.

So, what have you been working on?  Please, share your projects with us!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday #13

This is my next project!

I've never done embroidery before, but I have cross stitched.
I have a couple of adult coloring books, and this, Zenbroidery, is like adult coloring but you do it with thread.

Meanwhile, share something with our linky!

Don't worry if your WIP isn't actually "crafty" in the technical sense.  As you can tell from the WIP I'm sharing below from Noner Says, there are lots of kinds of WIPs that you can share.

Now, don't be shy, come share what you're working on. All kinds of art and crafts are welcome to share their progress.

Also, feel free to snag our new WIP Wednesday Button and link it up!




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Monday, July 18, 2016

Journal Monday - Handmade Journal

I am an active watcher of art journal videos on YouTube.  Some of my favorite Art tubers have a certain day that they share art journal videos.  One does Monday's.  One does (or used to do) Wednesdays.

I've been toying with the idea of sharing my own art journals here on Monday's.  Sharing one (or all) of the spreads I do in a day.

I already have a collection of art journals, but thought I'd make Journal Monday here at A DIY Day even more special by making my own journal for it.

So today, between playing with my boys and going to see Ghostbusters, I managed to make this:


I think it is quite lovely if I do say so myself!  But can you guess what it started out life as?  Keep reading and you'll find out!

After watching a YouTube video where a woman was challening people to make 5 Junk Journals a week for 5 weeks, I thought I'd like to make one.  5 a week seemed a bit too much for me, but started with 1 seemed okay.

So I ran to my recycling box and I rescued this:


That's right, the base of this beautiful journal was a Kraft Mac and Cheese box!


First I opened up the box and cut off all the tabs like so:


After that I used some prints I had pulled off of my Gelli Plate using a live fern as a mask.

One print was used on the outer cover, the second was used on the inner cover.  I used Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue to glue the pages down.  I love the fast grab because it sticks quick and I don't have to clamp thing down, but it is SO thick.  I think I'm going to try to find a thinner glue next time.

The inner pages are recycled too.  They are a cardstock of unknown poundage.  They were scraps my husband brought home from his old job over 6 years ago and have been sitting around the house waiting to be used since.

 I cut the scraps to fit my book (which is tall and narrow).

I made 4 signatures of 4 pages and each, and bound them in the book using a 3 hole pamphlet stitch.  I didn't use waxed thread, I just grabbed some DMC floss in yellow.


The words on the front read "Where I take a break from my day" and they were taking off of a magazine page.  I used paint the same colors as the journal cover to take the white off of the wording.

Once it was all said and done I thought I did a pretty good job.


What do you think?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WIP Wednesday #12

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

That's right, this WIP Wednesday is also the day that I was born!

This past week I cut some strips to make some paper beads, but then realized I cut them all wrong and tossed them out.

I still have 2 TP tubs on my desk begging me to finish that particular craft, a white dinosaur wondering why I painted it white and set it aside, and a cross stitch wondering if I'd ever pick it up again.

I'm a procrastinating crafter right now.

Meanwhile, share something with our linky!

Don't worry if your WIP isn't actually "crafty" in the technical sense.  As you can tell from the WIP I'm sharing below from Noner Says, there are lots of kinds of WIPs that you can share.

Now, don't be shy, come share what you're working on. All kinds of art and crafts are welcome to share their progress.

Also, feel free to snag our new WIP Wednesday Button and link it up!
 



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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WIP Wednesday #11

Happy Wednesday Friends!

Was this past week productive for you?

I had that pesky wisdom tooth taken out.  The dentist joked that I should make a necklace out of it.  I did keep it.

I have bought myself a Happy Planner. Since it doesn't start until July, and it is only June, I had to fix that.  So I've been making pages for the planner.  Like this cover page for June:

A magazine ad, glued to cardstock, cut do wn to size.
And this mood tracking chart:


Also, I snapped a picture of this painting where I work.


You are suppoed to hang photos from the clothespins.  But I'm thinking about making something similar as a mixed media canvas and leaving off the clothespins.  Don't really have a long narrow canvas though, so we'll have to see.

Meanwhile, share something with our linky!

Don't worry if your WIP isn't actually "crafty" in the technical sense.  As you can tell from the WIP I'm sharing below from Noner Says, there are lots of kinds of WIPs that you can share.

Now, don't be shy, come share what you're working on. All kinds of art and crafts are welcome to share their progress.

Also, feel free to snag our new WIP Wednesday Button and link it up!


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