Enjoy Life Calendar Board

I apologise for not posting sooner, I promise I haven’t dissapeared again,  I am happy to report that I have been busy making a right old mess with the paints and inks 🙂

On new years day I decided to make a collage from a sheet of 12×12 board which came with our new 2014 calendars, its seemed a shame to throw it out as it was a nice piece of card so I decided to re-purpose it.

To begin with I covered the whole thing with white gesso, then I added random scraps of torn papers all over the card till I was happy with how it looked, at this point it looked like this:


Next I covered the whole thing in gesso:




Then I covered it with random colours of green and yellow acrylic paints and built up the layers:





Finally I added a distressed edge all the way around the board using a sponge and a brown dye inkpad, I also added the quote you see taken from a sheet of scrapbook paper and added a few bits of bling to finish it off:






Out With The Old Pocket & Tag Planner Art

For 2014 Im going to take part in the documented life project (http://www.robenmarie.com/blog/2013/12/14/the-documented-life-project.html)

For this challenge you need a planner (although you could use a journal or any book you have) and each week there are going to be new themes and challenges released.

To help me get back into the swing of creating again I decided to give it a whirl, and up until today I hadn’t done anything with my planner because the challenge doesn’t officially start till January 1st!

Below is my planner all ready for the new year 🙂


I removed the piece of paper that was on the front of the planner and decided to use it to make a pocket for my book:


First of all I glued random papers all over it and let the glue dry:


Then  I decided to make a background for a tag on a sheet of card using the same method as above:


I glued my tag to the back of the paper, then cut round the shape of the tag so that I would get a random background on my tag:



Next I folded 2 tabs on the back of the pocket so that I could use them to glue the pocket to the book:


Then I trimmed off the front to make it look tidier:


I decided it needed more colour so I sprayed them both with ink:


I used my heat gun to dry the ink, once they were dry I added the finishing touches and then glued the pocket inside the planner with the tag inserted, which you can see below:





Alpha Challenge Letter Y Journal Page

I’ve finally finished my Letter Y for Yellow journal page for the Craft Barn Alpha Challenge Blog, the reason it took me so long to finish is because I couldn’t decide what to do! All I knew was that I wanted a yellow page because yellow is my favourite colour.

To start with I painted my journal page yellow and then glued on random scraps of paper:


Next I painted over it with more yellow acrylic paint:


It looked kinda bland and didn’t have enough layers so I started stamping various round shaped bowls onto the page with black gesso to give it some interest:


Then I forgot to take more pictures of what I did next!

I painted over the page again in yellow and liked the contrast between the light and dark areas on the background.

I added some circle punchies of book paper and glued them randomly over the background.

Then finally I stencilled on tiny dots using a different shade of yellow.

Next I decided I wanted yellow flowers so I painted some white paper flowers I had in 2 different shades of yellow and assembled the pieces together using a brad.

For the leaves I used a die cutter to cut them out (a bigz die) and stamped the leaves with a pattern stamp using green ink to colorise them.

I then glued the leaves and flowers onto the page along with the dictionary definition:


Here’s some close ups, you can still see the glue as I didn’t wait for it to dry!






Here’s my little helper who sat next to me as I finished this page:


Trish Bee

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Don’t Compare Yourself With Others Journal Page

I found this quote on Pinterest which really resonated with me, so I just had to use it for a journal page.


All too often we look at our own work and think it looks drab or childish compared to other peoples creations. Sadly It’s a human trait, but it can paralyse us and make us unable to create out of fear of not measuring up to our impossibly high standards.

We should give ourselves a break and just create for the sheer joy of it!

Anyway enough of the ranting, here is my journal page I made in response to the quote.


Close ups:





I challenge YOU to go make a journal page using the same quote too! If you do don’t forget to share the link to what you create here!

Trish Bee

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