Mixed Media Fireworks Journal

 by Mischelle Smith

Art journal featuring a sailboat and ocean waves.

When it comes to journaling, I’m a beginner. It’s been a fun transition going from die-hard stamper to the mixed media world and now into journaling. I’ve been able to bring many of my skills with me and I’m learning new skills daily. I wanted to do a spread in my journal that used Imagine’s color of the month Greenery and the artist challenge “You Feeling Me?” If you happen to be new to journaling, like me, then I’d recommend starting with a simple spread like this. I’ve discovered that my Memento Markers are the best journaling pens I have and they coordinate with the ink pads what I’ve used on my pages … LOVE that!

Directions


Step 1

Stamp Pear Tart onto Imagine’s mat several times. Using a palette knife, add shimmer Creative Medium to the ink and mix gently. Do not mix the entire color so several shades of Pear Tart show through the Creative Medium.


Step 2

Stamp Bahama Blue onto the craft mat and add into the Creative Medium mix. Again, don’t over work the mix.

Step 3

Adhere stencil to journal page with washi tape. Use a palette knife to apply the Creative Medium mixture. Apply the mixture onto the left page at the bottom and top. Set aside and let dry completely. Adhere Travel Notes stencil to page and color with Bahama Blue Memento. Repeat using a mottled circle stencil. Stamp randomly on the pages using VersaFine with travel theme stamps.

Step 4

Sketch a boat onto kraft paper and cut out. Wade pieces up and then flatten out. Distress boat with VersaMark ink. Set aside. Place a hard craft mat behind the right-hand page. Cut along the edges of the waves to create a niche for the boat. Place the boat in between the waves. Attach with On Point Glue. Use Tear It Tape to attach the right-hand page to the page behind it. Hiding the cut in the page and the back of the boat. Use Memento Markers to doodle and journal around the pages. Use Memento Markers to doodle and journal around the pages. Flick New Sprout and Bahama Blue Fireworks on pages. Spray pages with Frost Shimmer Spray.


 

The steps above can serve as dozens of variations on the inside pages of a journal. One could stay busy with these ideas for days! To transition to thinking of the front cover, I thought I’d break it up a bit. I love green and as soon as I sprayed a touch of New Sprout Fireworks on leftover canvas I knew I wanted to make a journal. The combination of green with aqua blue’s is a favorite of mine so adding Bahama Blue Fireworks with the New Sprout worked perfectly. Creating this cover was super easy … filling up the pages is what takes time and thought.

Directions


Step 1

Spray canvas scraps with New Sprout and Bahama Blue Fireworks. Let dry. Tear pages from old books, hymnals and dictionaries to add as pages. Modpodge the front and back of each page. Let dry.

Step 2

Lay canvas and pages in the order you like. Secure the center with a pin. Stitch the album together with a needle and thread. Draw a line down the center with a ruler and stitch on this line. Decorate the cover with washi tape, stamped sentiments, and hand-drawn elements. Personalize with your favorite quotes and phrases. Add any additional items. In the photo above, I included a butterfly stencil. Finish by flicking Fireworks onto canvas to match the base.

Supplies

Imagine

Memento Luxe – Pear Tart, Bahama Blue
Creative Medium – Shimmer
VersaFine – Tuxedo Black
Memento Marker – Tuxedo Black, Sky Blue, Rich Cocoa, Bahama Blue, Teal Zeal, Nautical Blue, Pear Tart, Danube Blue
VersaMark 
Fireworks! – New Sprout, Bahama Blue
Sheer Shimmer Spray – Frost
Daubers – Sponge and Jumbo
On Point Glue
Tear It! Tape
Palette Knives
Craft Mat

Other

Stencil Girl – Whimsical Waves, Travel Notes Mini
Close To My Heart – Stamps
Cardstock
Mottled Circle Stencil
Craft knife
Washi tape
Journal
Canvas Scraps
Old book pages
Modpodge
Foam Brush
Adhesive
Scissors
Needle
Thread
Ruler
Pencil

 

Cutting Class

If you have been paper crafting for a while you have probably made quite an investment in cutting tools. When starting out one might assume that a nice pair of scissors will do. But there are many different tools that have an array of features that make paper crafting easier, and often more fun! Some devices are made out of sturdy materials so they will last a long time but also makes them expensive. We hope to provide some insight on what to buy and when in order to avoid overspending on equipment you may not need…yet.

Beginner

At the beginning stage, there is a lot to learn about paper, ink, stamping techniques and adhesives used in projects. It is great to learn the basics of composition and design when starting out. Whether making a card, a banner or a paper flower arrangement, most of the learning curve is with the basic layout, color theory, and form. No matter the layout or project, you are probably going to need to cut the paper.

Drawing representing a basic paper trimmer.

Get a perfect edge of the perfect size (almost) each and every time! (User error does cause some heartaches.)

Besides a good pair of scissors, a basic paper trimmer and a few fun punches will be a great start. A trimmer allows accuracy in cutting measurements and straight clean lines. Once a few projects are made using a paper trimmer,  it is hard to go back. Many come with a slide style blade, but there also are guillotine styles. Another beginner essential is a paper punch. These heavy little devices offer basic shapes such as a circle, heart, star or a hexagon and can keep anyone busy for a long time. With a basic punch, the beginner can go crazy on creating paper garlands, adding dimension to a card design or making labels for other projects. 

They are kinda like the ole’ office supply hole punches on steroids.

$ – Paper trimmer $10-20. Do some research and go ahead and get a nice one. This device will be one of your most used tools no matter how long you’ve been playing with paper. Be sure to get one that offers replacement blades. Punches vary from $5-20 each. Beginning investment can range from $35 -$75.

Intermediate

Once the beginner has developed a strong foundation in layout and a working knowledge of materials then it is time to kick it up a notch with more complex designs. One way to do this is with a die cut machine. Die cuts come in basic shapes, basic words and alphabets, as well as more complex designs like flower sets, animal shapes, box templates, edge treatments, etc. The die and paper run through a die cut machine which may be manually cranked or electronic. It acts much like a punch creating perfect shapes. Die cuts can be much more delicate than punch shapes and you can find die cuts that do some really amazing tricks! Using die cuts can be quite joyful, but the price is significant. Once you are ready, invest in the machine and build your die cuts over time. As with punches, think about the variety of uses you will get out of each die when deciding on which ones to purchase.

Hand drawn image of a hand crank die cut machine.

You can get a workout while you create!

$$ – Die Cut Machine $50-$150. Again, do some research and get a nice one. One machine should last you for years. Wait for a sale or a coupon and pick one up. $15-30 for each die set. Your investment could easily reach $100-$200 quickly.

Advanced

Plotting and crafting meet at last! What takes someone from an intermediate to an advanced crafter is debatable. Since the digital machines are the most expensive, we reserve the price point for the advanced level with the confidence that anyone can make millions of great projects without spending at this level. While digital cutting machines are designed for easy use, we feel the advanced crafter will have the background and experience to get the most out of the flexibility and precision the plotter style machines offer.

Hand drawn image of a digital cutting machine.

It’s like having your very own crafty robot.

$$$ – Digital Die Cut Machine $200-400.

Whether you are just starting in paper crafting or have been crafting for years, we hope this review has helped provide guidance on purchasing tools that will match your needs. Of course, buy whatever devices you wish especially if you are on a Treat Yo Self mission! We recommend the above “levels” for the amount of use one can get before moving on to the next purchase!

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Be Fabulous Today with On Point Glue

Fine details can sometimes make a big difference in a project. Imagine artists use On Point Glue (a new product release for March 2017) to give those fabulous finishing touches to their work. Jessica Litman creates mini paper flowers on a clothespin for a planner. With a different approach, Martha Lucia Gomez adds embellishments to a card created with stencils and Fireworks! craft spray. Check out the directions on each project below! Want to find out more about this fabulous new product? See more here. It will be available in our Shop in March.

Jessica Litman creates mini paper flowers on a clothespin for a planner.

Flowery Clothespin Paper Clip by Jessica Litman

This clothespin paper clip can add a bit of DIY cuteness to a planner, gift, or workspace for any time of the year or any occasion. Jessica uses both Tear It Tape and On Point Glue, but for the fine detail paper quilling On Point Glue works the best.

Directions

Use tear it tape for almost any project. Double sided Tear It! Tape is great for heavier projects.
Step 1

Cut a piece of cardstock to the size of the large clothespin and attach the paper to the clothespin using Tear It! tape.

Jessica Litman creates mini paper flowers on a clothespin for a planner. On Point Glue.
Step 2

Cut a thin, long piece of pink cardstock. Roll pink cardstock into a circle. Let circle open a little. Using On Point Glue, adhere the end of the circle to itself. Hold for approximately 20 seconds before setting down.

On Point Glue is great for small intricate projects.

Step 3

Put a circle of On Point Glue onto the clothespin. Press pink circle onto the glue. Cut two thin pieces of green cardstock. Roll each green cardstock into an oval. Adhere the end of the oval to itself. Hold for approximately 20 seconds. Attach green ovals (or flower leaves) near the pink circle onto the clothespin. Cut another piece of thin, long pink cardstock to start a second flower and repeat previous steps. Attach second flower to the bottom of the large clothespin using On Point Glue and let dry! Enjoy a new handcrafted pin!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Large Clothespins
  • Cardstock – purple, pink, green
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors

 


Martha Lucia Gomez creates a card with Fireworks and On Point Glue. yellow, black, pink, gold.

Fabulous Shades of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez

Stencils are one of my favorite items in my craft supplies and they’re the best tools with inks and sprays. In this project, I combined these elements to create a dimensional background and to keep the shimmer only Fireworks can offer. This fun technique can be used with any kind of stencils for cards or journals.

Directions

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. black, yellow, shimmer, ink, spray.

Step 1

Take a piece of cardstock and secure your stencil. Spray paper with Dandelion Fireworks and Tuxedo Black Fireworks. Keep in mind that the effect obtained with the sprays is unpredictable, but you can obtain less intensity of the color when you apply the spray from afar and more color when you apply it closer to the paper.

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Step 2

Remove your stencil and clean it with water. Place stencil again over the paper with a little adjustment of the original image and select the color of ink that you want to apply. Apply the ink on the free areas. I chose the pink from the Kaleidacolor Baby Powder and I applied the ink with a brush.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. stencil, pink, gold, black, swirls, shimmer.

Step 3

Remove the stencil and clean with soap and warm water. Add another layer of color. Combine colors of ink or use only one.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. On Point Glue is a great fine point glue for embellishments.

Step 4

Paste the decorated layer over the card base using Tear It! tape. Cut a sentiment using gold paper and apply the embellishments with On Point Glue.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. With the On Point Glue, you can control the amount of glue for intricate projects and delicate details as die cuts and rhinestones like I did on greeting card.

Step 5

Finally add the black stripe to the side as an accent. One of the features of On Point Glue is it also works great for larger or heavier pieces.

Fabulous Shades Of Fireworks by Martha Lucia Gomez. pink, black, gold, fabulous, shimmer effect.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Cardstock
  • Gold paper
  • Hero Arts – Swirl Stencil
  • The Ton – Fabulous Die Cut
  • Black rhinestones

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Pages and Pages of Love

Nothing says LOVE like a bit of shimmering and bling! Jowilna Nolte and Elina Stromberg each created page layouts using gorgeous shimmering effects with Fireworks sprays and Embossing Powder. Jowilna’s page can be pasted into an art journal or used as a gift while Elina’s page shows a bit of scrapbook super talent with her own personal photography skills.

Jowilna Nolte creates a journal page with embossed diecut geometric heart and cover the page in Fireworks shimmer.

Jowilna mixed two different colors of Fireworks sprays onto a craft mat then dipped a sheet of graph or patterned paper into the mix. It is cool how the shimmer from the two different colors blend. She then assembled the journal page by adding an embossed die-cut heart, ribbon and a decorative hat element using a brad. Bind into your art journal or use it for a gift.

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Heart silhouette
  • Ribbon
  • Brad
  • Hat embellishment
  • Gold thread
  • Patterned paper

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Elina Stromberg’s reflection:

In addition to paper crafting, I love to take pictures. I have thousands of photos of my precious family, and the best shots often end up on my scrapbooking layouts. If I print pictures in advance without a special layout design in mind, I prefer converting the photos to black and white before printing. With B&W photos I have more freedom to choose whatever colors or patterned papers for my layout, without having to match the papers, colors nor embellishments to the color palette on the photo. So handy!

For the background of layout, I chose a sheet of heavy watercolor paper. Watercolor and mixed media papers tolerate wet media well, leaving the paper nicely flat after drying. If I had chosen a simple uncoated scrapbooking paper I would have had to prepare the paper with clear or white gesso before misting the pink Fireworks! on the page. To make the shimmery, rich Fireworks! color run on the paper I sprayed the color gently with water. Once dry I decorated the colored area with a few die-cut elements and stamping. For coloring the flowers I used pink and white All-Purpose inks. Those are my true favorites! All-Purpose inks are as simple to use as watercolors, but they are opaque and let you have more control of the color.

The title was die-cut from purple cardstock, and before gluing down on the page I heat-embossed the bottom parts of each letter with gold embossing powder. That’s an easy way to make your title pop!

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Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 12 x 12” watercolor paper
  • Solid color papers – purple, white, light pink
  • Patterned papers
  • Altenew – stamp, diecut
  • Wycinanka – stamp
  • Acrylic stamping block
  • Sizzix – diecut
  • Die cut machine
  • Heat tool
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors

 

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Gorgeous Wintergreen Art Journal

by Jowilna Nolte

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New Year, New Beginnings and a New You bring with it so many possibilities. This year is a great year for new color combinations and new adventures. To celebrate, I created a fun art journaling page in Wintermint Green. It’s a fresh color with a myriad of opportunities to be creative and several reasons to be inspired.

 

Directions

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Step 1

Paint art journal pages with wintermint green chalk based paint. Leave paint to dry and then stencil images on the background using Pearlescent Jade Brilliance ink and a sponge dauber.

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Step 2

Add Mint Green All-Purpose ink drops onto the stenciled background. Lightly mist with water and let the ink run. Heat set with a heat gun.

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Step 3

Mix a small amount of Pearlescent Jade Brilliance inker into embossing paste. Mix the paste until it has a consistent color and no more white is visible. Apply the colored paste through your stencil using a palette knife. TIP: Work in a single direction when applying paste to avoid the paste running underneath your stencil and causing smudges. Leave the stenciled images to dry completely. The Brilliance gives the paste a nice shimmer.

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Step 4

Spray scrap white cardstock with Electric Green irRESISTible Texture Spray and leave to dry. Punch 5mm circles out of the cardstock.

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Step 5

Adhere the textured dots to the center of your stenciled firework sprays. Unscrew the nozzle from the bottle and splatter small drops of irRESISTible onto the background. Leave to dry. Add definition to the stenciled fireworks images using a graphite pencil and White All-Purpose Ink applied with a small paintbrush.

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Step 6

Splatter Copper irRESISTible onto the background. Unscrew the lids for the irRESISTible Texture Sprays and use the applicator tubes from the bottles to color in chipboard numbers and leave to dry. Adhere the numbers and patterned paper strips to the journal page.

wintergreen art journal page by Imagine Artist Jowilna Nolte

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal
  • Echo Park – Fireworks Stencil
  • Hole Punch
  • Paintbrush
  • Simple Stories – Patterned Paper
  • Anna Griffin – Embossing Paste
  • Chiswick – POP Paint
  • Hole Punch
  • Chipboard Letters
  • Adhesive
  • Heat tool

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Triad of Planner Awesomeness

We are always amazed at the unique and creative ideas our Artists In Residence create every month. January is all about planners as we expect January to be the season for resolutions, goal-setting and planning. Jessica Litman, Martha Lucia Gomez, and Jennifer Vanderbeek show us a powerhouse variety of planner crafts including DIY washi tape, and designing your own planner stickers. We love these resourceful ideas. Share them with anyone you know who is a planner geek!

Martha Lucia Gomez shows you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Jessica Litman

Washi tape could be one of my favorite embellishments for planners. It easily breaks up pages into different sections, adds color to all white pages and is just fun! This project came out of my need for a variety of washi tape colors without spending a lot of money!

Jessica’s Directions

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 1

Lay tissue paper flat on craft mat. Create small polka dots on tissue paper using irRESISTible Pico Embellishers.

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 2

Let sit until dots are not quite dry, but just damp. Cover tissue paper with shipping tape. Push over dots to create a tie dye effect. Set aside to fully dry. Cut into long strips.

Jessica Litman show you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 3

Run the strips through Xyron sticker maker. (Make sure the shipping tape side is facing up.) Peel off tissue paper from sticker backing.

Martha Lucia Gomez shows you how to make your own washi tape for planners and journals. #planner #journal

Step 4

Adhere to your planner, cards, or roll up over an old tape dispenser!

Jessica’s Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Packing Tape
  • Xyron – 3” Disposable Sticker Maker
  • Scissors

Martha Lucia Gomez

I made my own “washi tape” with traditional mailing labels and different inks and texture. I’ll share how I did it so you can do it yourself.

Martha’s Directions

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Step 1

Take a label sheet and place a stencil over it. Secure the stencil with masking tape. Apply Creative Medium Iridescent Turquoise to the stencil.

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Step 2

If you want to intensify the color, mix the Creative Medium with Memento Ink first. I added a few sweeps of Paris Dusk and Memento Desert Sand on the craft mat and mixed them with the palette knife to darken the color. You don’t need to remove the stencil to change the colors, just keep it in place and apply your different combinations. Let dry.

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Step 3

To change the design and texture take a different stencil and place over the same label sheet. Secure it with masking tape. Apply VersaMark directly with the pad over the free areas of the stencil. Remove the stencil and apply Gold Embossing Powder. Melt with the heat tool. Finally, take a border stamp and stamp it directly over the sheet. I used several different border stamps with Brilliance Ink – Pearlescent Jade.

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Step 4

Remove the labels from the adhesive sheet and resize them according to the size of your planner.

Martha’s Supplies

Imagine

Creative Medium – Iridescent Turquoise
Memento – Paris Dusk and Desert Sand
VersaMark
Embossing Powder – Gold
Brilliance – Pearlescent Jade
Craft Mat

Other

Label sheet
Stencils
Heat Tool
Joy Clair – Aztec Background Builder Stamp


Jennifer Vanderbeek

I love my planner, and I like being able to add quick decorative accents to it. Stamps are a fabulous way to do that, but I plan as I go and frequently update my planner away from home. This makes planner stamps less than optimal because of all the gear I’d need to carry with me. To solve that problem, I sat down with my stamps, ink pads, and a whole lot of label sheets to create my own stamped planner stickers! Here’s my 2017 planner decked out in DIY stamped stickers!

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Create small beverage stickers using either StazOn or VersaFine and color them in with Memento Markers. Small stickers work great for small planner stamps to mark regular events on a planner page.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Another pitfall of stamping directly into a planner is the inevitable mistake or mis-stamp. Stamp calendar layouts onto small, 2” square stamps in order to avoid mistakes in stamping.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

List-making is a big part of planning. Using 2” x 4” address labels are perfect for long to-do lists.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Create pearlized stickers by blending Memento and Brilliance inks with an InkBlusher. The resulting blends can be used as-is or layered with white stamps to create a layered look. I halved the layered stickers to get double the stickers for my efforts!

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

These arched stickers are great for displaying larger images like the Julie Nutting planner girls. Stamp the image with black ink and color with Memento markers.

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Spray glossy labels with different shades of Walnut Ink on 2” round labels and let dry. Spraying ink creates randomness on the page which looks like planets once the excess label paper is removed (the spare bits could be cut into interesting shapes with scissors or punches to maximize the supplies).

Jennifer Vanderbeek makes stickers with Memento, Brilliance, Walnut ink, and Memento markers.

Once stamped and trimmed down this collection is a lot more manageable to carry for planning on the go compared to the supplies that went into making them!

Jennifer’s Supplies

Imagine
  • VersaFine – Olympia Green, Vintage Sepia, Crimson Red
  • StazOn – Spiced Chai, Ivory Black
  • Memento Marker – Rhubarb Stalk, Rose Bud, Tangelo, London Fog, Desert Sand, New Sprout, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Lulu Lavender, Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa, Bahama Blue,
  • VersaMagic – Sage
  • Memento – Lulu Lavender, Rhubarb Stalk, Summer Sky, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, New Sprout, Potters Clay, Desert Sand
  • Brilliance – Coffee Bean
  • Walnut Ink – Willow, Walnut, Lilac, Terra Cotta, Cherry Blossom, Java
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InkBlushers
Other
  • Avery – 22805 1.5” Square, 48363 2” x 4” Rectangle, 18660 1” x2 5/8” Clear Rectangle, 41568 ¾” Round, 80508 2.5” Pearlized Scallop, 22809 3” x 2.25” Textured Arch, 22807 2” Glossy Round
  • Waffle Flower – Currently, Currently Drinking, Calendar, Planner Dates stamps
  • Studio Calico – Story Builder stamps
  • 
Hero Arts – Clearly Kelly Work Planner, Food Planner stamps
  • Julie Nutting – Craft Day stamps
  • Acrylic blocks
  • Interim Photos and Captions

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