XYZ Journal

The "XYZ" letters I have had in my studio at least 8+ years.  I thought they were cool, however, I didn't have a home for them until I thought of making this journal.  The cover technique was one that I learned in an altered book workshop several years ago.  The Tim Holtz thinlit gears are perfect for this cover look of industrial along with a couple of other elements that I had.  Red electical tape was applied as an extra design element.
The large red "5" was an earring that I took apart.  I save a lot of 5's for my "Fifth Child Studio" name.
 Apparently I enjoy making tabs as my recent journals are packed with them!
Below are a few of my favorite pages.
I love stamping the tea cup several times and then stacking them.  I liked how this page turned out and I will probably repeat this process.
Okay - I couldn't resist using this image from an old year book from a medical collage.  His smug look was calling out to me to alter his appearance.  I fussy cut the lense part of his glasses and inserted a distress ink color background.  Glossy accents was then added.

"Listen" Journal

This vintage book cover was in such great shape that I decided to add my ephemera on the cover without any other preparations.
Below are a few of my favorite pages giving me the opportunity to use up paper scraps from other projects.
I call these journals "smash" journals too as it's my way of using bits and pieces.

There are so many funny quotes that I have collected - I like pages that make me laugh.
I usually make a western theme in my journals.
I love making layouts with a strong color theme.


The batik material was a perfect match for the cover design - I love how that happened!

I followed Dyan Reavely's technique for cutting pages and reinserting them. (see last photo)
I love this bird image and I use it quite a bit!

Few Fav's from Algebra Journal

When I took the latest Tim Holtz Chemistry 103 class, I created the new techniques in a Dyan Reaveley's journal from Ranger where I had taken the signatures completely apart. I loved being able to try the new techniques on both sides of the signature pages and then choosing whether I wanted them in the finished journal or not. I was also able to determine the order in which the pages appeared. It was super easy to make a Copic binding when I finished making the backgrounds because the holes were already punched. I also divided the pages into three different color themes.
I love all the layering that happens when you use the distress inks, stencils and rubber stamping.
My book is packed full so I was not able to have it lay flat when I took photos.
I love my new city, Minneapolis!
I have always loved this rubber stamp image in my collection.  I researched his name to read about him - super interesting!
I fuzzy cut an image that was from an vintage Christmas card and added it to my page.

Coming Soon....

It's been soooo long since I posted that I almost forgot I had a blog!

I have four finished journals that I'll be sharing photos plus other tidbits in the next few days.  The vintage algebra book will be posted first.
It's packed full of delicious goodness!

Happy Halloween!

Tim Holtz posted a project by Emma Williams on his blog and the use of the Tim Holtz die cut for the scrolling trees was all I needed for a jump start on inspiration.  I am so lucky to have a huge collection of cigar boxes - I can grab from the attic anytime I want to make a shadow box.
I used all the Halloween items that I already had in my studio.  The detailed fence is a Tim Holtz die cut.  I love his designs!  It did take me some time to remove all the tiny bits after die cutting but so worth all the effort.  I embossed the fence using detailed black embossing powder and it really gave the appearance of a black iron fence.
The miniature pumpkins came from Michaels Craft store and the wood letters are... of course, a Tim Holtz product!
This was the first time I used the spider web product.  Super cool.

Don't you love the "Found Relatives" that Tim Holtz has?  I have lots of vintage photos, however, none for a particular theme like Halloween.

So this is what I was doing in my studio on Saturday.... having fun!

My New Toy

My new toy - it's in wonderful condition and it's perfect for my art, especially ATC's! I believe my typewriter is either a 1933 or 1934 model. Everyone should look so good being so old!

I purchased the vintage typewriter stand for $6.00!  It was a "score" moment!

Dessert Queen

My Aunt Dorothy is an amazing Iowa farmer's wife.  She made the most amazing desserts and was known in our family as the "Dessert Queen".  I was over the moon when Somerset Studio featured my art honoring Aunt Dorothy.
The photo I used was taken on her wedding day in the early 40's. 

Thank You Somerset Studio!

Somerset Studio did a great job photographing some of my pages in the recent "Women of Grit" article.  I wanted to share some of the pages that were not featured along the altered cigar box that I made to hold all the pages.

 I used zipper pulls that were salvaged which made the perfect handles for the wardrobe.

I used quotes from famous women for each page.  The faces are from my rubber stamp collection and the dresses were Dover Clip Art from the 1920's. 

Love the Journals

My completed journals have filled the lawyer's bookcase in the living room, filled two large boxes and now my bookcase in my studio. I'm not sure where I am going to put my future completed journals.... I am pretty darn sure I am not through making them!

Storage Option Dream

On a recent antiquing trip, I found this vintage counter with all the drawers in wonderful condition.  It probably came from an old hardware/feed store.

I dream of a studio space that would easily have the space for such a piece!

Road Trip

My amazing husband of 45 years of marriage planned a wonderful two day get-away to Minnesota's Itasca State Park.  This is where the Mississippi begins as well as home to the oldest white pine forest dating back to the 1700's.

We even had the adventure of climbing the old Ranger's Fire Tower which was about nine stories high and worth every step to see the bird's eye view of the surrounding forest.

One lake in particular, Mary Lake, had such crystal clear blue water and the perfect mirror images of the shoreline.
(Photo above) This is the Mississippi River where you can cross on the rocks to the other side - about 25 feet and two feet deep.  Lake Itasca is on the other side of the rocks.  Such a beautiful spot.  I did not take the adventure crossing as I am still in recovery from major foot surgery.