So with Facebook and Instagram there are so many options and this little old blog gets a little neglected, but think it might be the best place to post my photos. I have been a member of ClickinMoms for a while and although it says "moms" in the title it is a valuable resource for photographers.
Recently a photo walk was held in a number of cities and was a good push to get out and take some photos of Seattle. I sometimes forget how great the old buildings are around here...and since my kiddos are no longer kiddos it was great to get out and just shoot.
So I have been working on a scrap-booking system by Becky Higgins called Project Life. You will see it in Michaels and other stores this year and it has really taken off. Many companies offer monthly kits to enhance your projects...like Studio Calico. The point is to keep it easy, but you can see many examples of great pages. Ali Edwards is someone that really has taken her PL seriously and she is amazing.
I am trying to keep it simple so I can get through this year with all our activities and then compile a formal photo book with may favorite photos. I am finally on August and hope to get caught up by Christmas.
A little organizing in my studio to carve out a space just for this first...
So I purchased Ice Resin by the amazing Susan Lenart Kazmer months ago, and let me tell you this stuff is fantastic. I have used Rio's resin before with success, but there were a ton of bubbles etc. I was amazed that after pouring the Ice Resin that there were no bubbles. I could see them when I was mixing it but after pouring they were gone. I did run a flame over just to make sure, but the result was amazing. Here is a sterling bezel with a vintage french saint set in Ice Resin that I purchased a few years ago from Corey Amaro of Tongue in Cheek.
My youngest daughter wanted to go to Paper Source and was looking all around when she spied the tape...I know my fault. She came running over saying "mom, they have tape!"
Me "we do not need any more tape...you just got some for Christmas"
Daughter "Come see..."
I was looking at the washi tape thinking we did not need anymore when all of a sudden I saw turquoise blue chevron duct tape...well I definitely needed that:) So she got some washi tape and I got the duct tape. I think my husband will question the word "need", but I am sure you all understand.
Yes I do! Maybe obsessed...happiness is finding a color you don't have. I was loving that yellow chevron...oh letters...oh the numbers. There are so many options now a days and the uses are endless. I love to make cards and use them in my journal, but the other day I used them to decorate and seal a little gift box for a friend. Cute no?
I would take any class offered by Karen Russell. She is the best teacher and I credit my skills in photography to her. I just got back from a workshop in Oregon and hope to post about it soon, but it all started with her online class.
Finished a journal from the online class "Full Tilt Boogie" by Mary Ann Moss. Love this old vintage children's book I found at an antique mall on my way back to an airport! A lucky find indeed.
She teaches several other binding techniques in this class and I hope to make them all! I have taken 3 of Mary Ann's online classes and have to say they are the most entertaining and informative. I always seem to finish all the videos and even finish a few journals...her otheronline journal class "Remain's of the Day" is just as fantastic.
A few months ago I won a wonderful paper packet from French General. I follow Kaari's blog, and I hope one day to make it to her shop in California or her retreat in France. In addition to fabulous fabric, Kaari now has a line of great paper products. I created a Paris wish journal with some of the products...I hope to get back to Paris and this will be my little intentions book.
Included in one packet was this great fabric that had a sticky back...I used it like book cloth to join two canvas boards..perfect for my journal spine and then embellished the covers with the Jolee collection and a few vintage french finds of my own...
I painted a black and white copy of a photo I took in Paris and collaged with ephemera. Wish label by the talented Mary Ann Moss. I use them for packaging and in my journals...you can order the downloadable PDF on her blog.
back of journal more paper from Kaari's collection
spine done by using Teesha Moore journal making method.
I hope to use some more of the paper to create some collages to put in bezels for necklace...the possibilities are endless.