ID Badge Turned TN Pocket

I recently started journaling in a B6 size Travelers Notebook.  The inserts that I use in my B6 journal are 5″x7″.

My husband went to an event where he was given an extra large ID badge holder, similar to the one pictured below.  It measures approximately 7 7/8″x4 1/2″.  You can find them HERE.


Being the great husband that he is and knowing not to throw anything away before checking with me first, he asked if I could use it for anything.  My current B6 journal is a Sojourner Journal from Rowena.  It has an exterior pocket on the front but no interior pockets.


When my husband asked me about his ID badge holder, I thought, “Hey, I may be able to turn that into a dashboard/pocket for my journal.

First, I collaged both sides of a piece of thin cardboard.  The cardboard I used was the thin kind that you find on the front and/or back of your scrapbook paper pads.  You could even use a piece of card stock.  I simply glued bits of collage elements (papers, stickers, etc.) with a glue stick.  I also added some doodles with a black pen and a white gel pen.

Next, I used a corner rounder to round the edges of my collaged cardboard.

I took the cardboard and ran it through my laminating machine.  You could also just use packing tape to “laminate” your cardboard.  Once it is laminated or covered in tape, simply trim around the cardboard leaving some of the plastic/tape around the edge so that it doesn’t come apart.


Finally, I measured the distance between my first elastic and insert in my journal and the last elastic/insert in my journal.  That distance creates the spine of my pocket/dashboard.  I then took packing tape and taped together my collaged cardboard, turned dashboard, and my pocket.  I taped both sides, extending the tape approximately one inch on each side of the pocket and the dashboard.  I also cut almost a half circle in each end of the spine (packing tape) to allow it to sit comfortably under the elastics of my journal.ID-Badge-TN-Pocket-5_web

And here is my dashboard/pocket inside of my journal.


I hope you enjoy this tutorial and if you make your own dashboard/pocket for your journal, I would love to see it!

Easy Gelli Printed Journal

Before I attended the Artiscape Artists Retreat last month, I made several mini gelli printed journals to trade with other artists at the retreat and thought that I would share the process with you.

First, create the pages of your journal by making lots of prints on your gelatin plate.  Be sure to make prints on both sides of the paper or if you print on one side, you can glue two pieces with wrong sides together.  I used just regular office copy paper.


Choose your cover papers (I used 98lb. Mixed Media Paper) and cut to the size of your journal.  Also cut your printed papers but cut them slightly smaller than your journal cover.  Also choose a one sided gelatin print or patterned paper for the inside covers of your journal and cut the same size as the journal cover.


Decorate your outside covers.  I chose to use watercolors and stamps to decorate my covers.  I then embellished them further and added stitching with my sewing machine.


Next, I folded the covers, printed pages and inside covers in half and used a bone folder to crease them really well.  Then I laid the papers down in this order: Cover (face down), Inside cover paper (face up), then the printed pages one on top of the other.


Once I had them placed together so that that inside papers were not hanging over the edges of the cover and inside cover pages, I placed them on the sewing machine and stitched all of the papers together down the middle.  Glue down the inside cover papers to the inside of the covers and there you have it.  Easy gelli printed journals.


I hope you give this fun project a try.  Do you have any fun projects that you love to do with your gelatin prints?  I would love to hear about it!

Papier-mache Project

I was shopping at Hobby Lobby when I spotted a papier-mache deer head that I just knew that I had to have.  Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the whole deer and antlers motif.  Of course I could never hunt or kill a deer, or any animal for that matter, so I thought it was quite fitting for me to buy a premade one to decorate in my own style.  I purchased the deer head for $24.99 I believe but of course I have a Hobby Lobby app on my phone and used a 40% off coupon 🙂

I started the deer by painting the entire thing with gesso.


Next I glued napkins on to the head (not the antlers) with Matte Medium and painted the antlers with acrylic craft paint.  Be sure that you peel off only one layer (the printed layer) of napkin to use for this method.  Use the printed layer to glue on the deer head.  After the matte medium and paint dried, I distressed the deer a bit with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.


I then painted a wooden base, found in the wooden objects section of Hobby Lobby, white before I used E6000 glue to adhere the deer to the wooden base.


After looking at it for a few days, I decided that the base needed a little something extra, so I used Liquitex heavy body gold paint to add gold around the outer edge of the wooden base.

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I scrounged up all of my paper flowers that I have accumulated over the years and glued them randomly on to the antlers with E6000 glue.

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And there you have it!  A deer friendly mounted deer head with flowers 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this project and if you give it a try, I would love to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Painted Zipper Pouch

I don’t know about you, but I am constantly looking for pouches and containers to store my art supplies in.  Especially when I am on the go.  I finally decided to make my own pouch.  What better way to get exactly the size that you want and the exact design that you want.  I began by deciding my size, which measures 15″x15″, when it is sewn together.  Then I cut two pieces of cotton canvas slightly larger than my desired size that I want after it is sewn together, which was approximately 1/4″ larger on all sides.  Once my two pieces were cut, I painted gesso on one side of each piece.


After the gesso dried, I sketched my design on one of the sides of canvas that had gesso on it with a Stabilo All pencil and began painting in my design with acrylic paint.


As you can see, I chose to paint what I usually love to draw and paint…a face 🙂  I then added my background behind my girlie.  I created the background with found objects and just dipped them in acrylic paint before stamping them on to my canvas panel.

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I think the first found object is a small clear lid from a container and the second is from a roll of tape.  It’s amazing how many found objects can become great tools to create texture in your artwork!


I then used the same background stamping technique on the other canvas panel, on the side that was painted with the gesso.  The only extra technique that I added on the back panel was adding white paint spatters.  I just added water to my paintbrush and dipped it in white acrylic paint before smacking the brush against my finger to make the paint splatter on to the canvas.


After both canvas panels were dry, I stitched them together, then added a liner and a zipper.  Here is the finished product.

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