Be a Mermaid

Catherine Moore has some very cool images to use for a mermaid theme. This page is a canvas page that was prepared with gesso. I used a collection of blue and green dye stains on top of a stencil. I also misted the canvas with water mopping up the extra moisture with a paper towel. I stamped the images on separate paper, cut out and then adhered to the journal page. I loved how this paged turned out!

Keep Room in your Heart

Random texture was made on the page before inking by pressing gesso through burlap and then I allowed to dry before proceeding. There are very tiny raised bumps on the page which resisted the inks. Using brown tone Distress Inks on canvas created a look of leather which I love making. I think Lynne Perrella's image goes so well with the quote I chose. This was made in my new Dina Wakley journal.

Courageous Woman

I love this quote..... and Lynne Perrella's stamp image.


I never tire of using bird images in my journals. I especially enjoy this particular quote.

Crow's Feet

This is a page that I completed in Dina Wakley's new mixed media journal. Some of the difference surfaces are a challenge for me but I enjoying the process immensely. I'll be posting more as I finish pages. This page is burlap and I made a tag for the backside to give the page support.


Thank you to the late Lisa Englebrecht who taught me how to do canvas/fabric pages. These pages are canvas in the Dina Wakley's mixed media art journal. I had so much fun with the painting, sewing, layering of textiles and then calligraphy as suggested by Dina herself. I am happy with the result. It's good to keep in mind her mantra of "Oops, oh well!"

Ticket for Imagination

I have several journals that I am currently working on. While paint dries in one journal, I can prepare canvas with gesso and then move to my other journals of inks and paper collages. Instead of posting several entries from the same journal, I'll be posting randomly.

Thoughts about ART

These two pages are from my Dina Wakley mixed media journal on the watercolor paper. The sentiment is one that I have used in one of my journals from a few years ago. I thought I would give Maxine a new identify which is one of Tim Holtz paper dolls. The second page is an image I found in a recent magazine at the office. I think it is suppose to be Audrey Hepburn but hard to know as I didn't take time to read the article. I did, however, change the original image by replacing the picture she is looking at by using one of my own frames and a snippet of my own made "art paper" using alcohol inks. I think I will do a few drawings myself of this figure - I love it so....

Bill & Sara

Don't the new hipster stamps from Tim Holtz make you smile?! When I stamped the goat and ostrich, it made me think of my husband and me as a couple. I think the quote is perfect....

A few favorites....

I absolutely love Dyan Reaveley's journal made by Ranger!  Oh my goodness, you have the freedom to use all types of mediums - super nice!
I tend to make background pages using different colors, stencils and stamps.  Then later, I make my journal pages that work with the backgrounds I made. 
I wasn't sure what to do with the pink/red and bits of green but then Christmas called out to me.
This has become one of my favorite pages that originally was a bit of a nightmare.  I turned the too dark purple into a lush deep midnight blue - perfect for angels.
This spread was done using paints instead of inks. It's a challenge to letter on top of paint - so I probably won't make too many pages using paint, however, I did like how this turned out.

Tag, You're It

I resisted adding art on top of my tag when I completed the background. I so loved the background that I created for approximately 30 different size tags all using the same colors, stamps and stencils. When I found the fish, I thought they would be perfect for this tag!

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.