For my cover, I started by gluing on strips of paper that I printed on the gelli plate. I added some chipboard buttons, painted over them with gesso and once that was dry, I colored over them with gelatos and sprinkled on glitter. I ended up with more glitter than I wanted, there was a bit of a glitter explosion.
My first page is just a little bit about me. I drew on the girl, she’s sort of a self portrait? I was just drawing a girl on the page but I think she looks like me a little bit…
I actually drew the girl a few years ago in my sketchbook, (she’s inspired by the girl on the cover of this book.) but I ripped the page out to use in my art journal for this page. She was done in pencil, but I wanted her to stand out a bit more so I went over her features with a grey fine point pen.
All of that color is my current favorite medium- gelatos! I colored around her with different colors and than used a wet brush to smear them around and brush them out away from her, so that she was still black/grey and white.
I finished my journal with the quote and some doodling.
I’m super pleased with this page! It looks exactly how I pictured it in my head, which doesn’t always happen.
Do you ever just find a quote and know you need to use it?
I started by gelli printing some fun patterns onto newspaper, then I cut them into strips and mixed them up and glued them onto the cover of the small journal. I smeared silver and pink gelatos along the edges to just distress it a bit. After that I did some doodling (my favorite technique) and added the quote + some bling. I love this quote by Danny Kaye.
These prints are on the inside covers-
I really hope Heather likes it! She’s super creative when it comes to scrapbooking and I think she’ll like a little art journaling every now and then.
I’m also linking this to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog. I love their challenges.
Be sure to see what the other Document Life Workshop Creative Team members created with gift wrap. You’re sure to be inspired. 🙂
Has your radio stations started playing Christmas music yet? Ours started playing holiday songs about a week before Thanksgiving, but I’ve been listening to Christmas music on my phone for even longer. I love Christmas music- it’s so happy!
What’s your favorite Christmas song? Mine’s White Christmas. (The Bing Crosby version.)
Marina Johan and Michelle LaPoint are the other bloggers using newspaper and their takes on it are just lovely! Hop over to Balzer Designs to see what they did and take a peek around Julies blog! There’s so much inspiration. 🙂
Curious about how I made the girl? Well, I certainly didn’t cut her out by hand, I don’t have the patience for that. 😉 I drew her on paper and then scanned her into my Brother ScanNCut. I cut her out from black cardstock and placed her over the mixed media background I did.
If you get a chance, go see what magazine covers the other members of Document Life Workshop were inspired by!
For my second layout, I used this sketch by the Paper Bakery. I used border stickers and rub-ons for the strips behind the photos. (I had a huge stash of border stickers.) This sketch worked great with my 2 photos from the charity bike ride we did.
This art journaling page was inspied by some challenges at Simon Says Stamp. They’ve got a couple of great challenge blogs! I’m linking this to both the Monday “Got Ink?” challenge and the Wednesday “Thanksgiving” challenge. I already did a Thankful journaling page this year, but I wanted to do another.
All of those purple spots are alcohol ink, that stuff is so fun to play with! The leaves were stencils I used on my gelli plate, and they were so pretty I kept them to use on this page.
What projects have you been doing lately?
I used the tag I made a few days ago because it’s full of Autumn colors. I needed something for the background of my journal page though so I got out my gelli plate and went to town. I gelli printed multiple pages from an old old encyclopedia as well as a few tags. (I didn’t use those tags on this page but I’, sharing a picture of them below.)
For my journaling I used a Currently card by Rukristin, it makes a nice easy way to journal about what you’re currently doing/feeling. I added a strip of washi tape to the top to make a little pull tab, and I used my Autumn tag to make a little pocket to slide it behind.
Here are the tags I gelli printed when I was also printing my background for my art journal page. I cutmost of the stencils I used on my new Brother ScanNCut. I love that machine! I tried to stick with Autumn-y colors and I like how they turned out. 🙂
If you haven’t already, You should hop over to the Document Life Workshop blog to see the other takes on today’s Autumn challenge!
For the girl on the left page, I used my new Montana Sahara Beige marker. I’m so happy to have finally found a good beige marker.