Color a Journal Page in the Style of a Cute Nature Scene

by Elina Stromberg

Stamped collages provide an easy way to create beautiful and colorful pages into your art journal book. For this technique, you can mix and match stamps from various sets and take those small pieces of leftover papers and put them into use. Main images on stamped collages are like paper dolls; first, you stamp and cut out the body, then hair, clothes, and accessories. Finished pieces contain several layers; just like dressed paper dolls!

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours

Directions


Step 1

Stamp the main image on cream cardstock and again on brown, orange and patterned floral paper.


Step 2

Color the image face, hands, and legs. Add shadows and highlights to the brown hair and the flower-patterned skirt. Cut out. On the non-visible areas trim body image slightly smaller on the edges; this will ease the positioning of the colored and cut details.


Step 3

Using green papers hand-cut waves to build a landscape scenery. If you wish, decorate with stamped patterns.


Step 4

Ink the page background: Dab green ink on the bottom part of the page, and both lighter and darker blues on the top. The area in the middle may be left white as it will be covered with the green scenery papers. 
Create clouds on the inked sky by adding a hint of white gesso on top of the blue ink.


Step 5

Stamp trees on green patterned paper. Highlight the stamped lines with a color pencil. 
Cut out.


Step 6

Stamp flowers and stems on patterned or solid color paper. Color with color pencils and cut out.


Step 
7

Stamp small flower patterns on the layered landscape. Glue flowers on the background. Place the main image on the page. Stamp sentiment text on the bottom of the page. Done!

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • Art Journal book
  • Colorful pieces of leftover papers
  • Carabelle Studio – “The girl smiling” stamp
  • 
Simon Says Stamp – One With Nature
  • 
Studio Calico – Set 17179
  • Gesso – white
  • Color pencils
  • Scissors

Create A Triple Threat 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
  • 
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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Hand Craft a Twelve Page Photo Journal for the Year

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Ever wonder what to do with those special concert ticket stubs without dedicating an entire page in a scrapbook? Or how to capture an entire month filled with outings, adventures, and family events? Imagine artist Kyriakos has designed a clever 12-month photo journal to help solve the problem of collecting keepsakes without the clutter.

Choose a special moment of each month of 2017, preferably with a photo and save them in a 12-page handmade journal. The pages are empty envelopes that easily set together, creating pockets that allow one to store a ticket, a note and/or a photo of an occasion, a party or a moment in the month, while the opposite side can be used to write down a date, feelings or anything else that make that day special and need to remember. Use stamps, markers and stickers to alter it further during the year.

Directions

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 1

Stamp 12 envelopes on the front top to mark a header for a date or title. Keep the flap on the left side.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 2

Take a clear envelope and keep it open. Place some glue on the back of the flap of a stamped one and insert it in the first envelope up to the flaps’ crease, press to set. Fold the envelope to the first one and continue with the rest as above. When finished with all envelopes, place some glue on the book spine and secure with the bookbinders until it dries.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 3

Glue the book at the center of the light blue cardstock.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 4

Cut 2 pieces of the 12×12 paper, 1 inch larger than the book boards. Glue them on the book boards as covers.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 5

Distress the covers with the Celadon VersaColor and Pinecone VersaColor inkpads.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 6

Press the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad on the working surface and lightly mix with the heavy structure paste with the palette knife. Cover the cover with large strokes.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 7

Stamp words with the clear letter stamps and the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 8

Using the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad, stamp the months on the side of the canvas piece of fabric and distress the rest of it on both sides.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 9

Color the heart shape with the Silver Encore! inkpad and the letters with the Pinecone VersaColor inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 10

Turn the bronze metallic leaves into silver by embossing them with the Imagine Silver Embossing Powder and the help of the VersaMark inkpad.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Step 11

Glue the canvas with the stamped months on the bark piece, fold the fabric under and glue on the cover.

Imagine Artist Kyriakos Pachadiroglou creates a 12 month photo journal for collecting keepsakes throughout the year in 2017. Using VersaColor - Celadon, Pinecone, Encore- Silver, VersaMark, Imagine Embossing Powder - Silver.

Finish with setting the rest of the embellishments on the cover.

Now you have a photo journal that is waiting to be filled with all the fun event mementos planned for the year. At the end of the year, 12 moments will make a keepsake journey in 2017. Best of all, the same technique can be used with any size of envelopes and more pages can be added for regular journals or planners.

 

Supplies

Imagine
Other
  • 4 ½ x 6 ¼ photo envelopes in two colors
  • 2pc of 4 ¾ x 6 ½ book board
  • Light blue cardstock 4 ¾ x 6 ½
  • Kaisercraft – Alpha Cursive script stamps
  • 7gypsies – Par Avios clear stamps
  • Silver round studs
  • Metallic flowers
  • Heavy structure paste
  • Efco – 12×12 stripes paper
  • Craft wire – silver
  • Wooden shapes – numbers, heart
  • Binder twine
  • 8 x 3 piece of canvas
  • 4 ½ x 2 ½ piece of bark
  • Heat tool
  • PVA glue

 

 

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