Scrapbooking, Art Journal Style

Artful Adventures scrapbook layout using art journaling techniques.

If you are at all like many people I know, you have more things you like to do than you have time to do them! Any of you who have visited my Artful Adventures site before, know that I enjoy a variety of crafty fun. So what do you do when you get tired of picking and choosing what you’ll spend time doing? Give up because you just can’t decide? Of course not! I decided to combine some art journaling and stamping techniques into some scrapbook layouts. Since I know that many of you have basic stamping supplies, I decided to use just a few things, in hopes that you will give this a try!

I already have an art journal that is well suited to mixed media. However, if you don’t get your paper too wet, you will do fine with heavy card stock. You could also use mixed media or water color paper, and then just put them in page protectors when you are finished.

Since I wasn’t sure what colors or how bright my backgrounds might turn out, I opted to print my photos in black and white. I used “presentation paper” to print them. Presentation paper is a great option for getting great printouts without the expense of photo paper. Plus, it is more friendly for many projects you may want to use a printed piece for; easier to score and bend.

To start the background, I selected several colors and started with the lightest. I rubbed a small sponge on my ink pad and just began to randomly rub and swirl color in different areas of the page.

art journaling style scrapbooking background

Begin with the lightest color.

I then blended each of the other colors on the pages. Using a separate sponge for each color, or at least each color family. This was a blue color, which blended with the first color creating several green colored areas.

Second back ground ink applied to background

Added second color which was a little darker.

The third color was another blue, a bit deeper.

Another blue, and then a sunset hue.

Another blue, and then a sunset hue. Notice the blending of the inks.

Two facing inked pages for the scrapbook backgrounds

Here are the two facing pages.

I left it fairly light and airy. I find that if my pages get too much color on them, I end up adding something in white paint to lighten it up. This time, I decided to make sure I left more white area to start with. Besides, we are going to be putting photos on, which cover a good amount of the space.

Next, I began to stamp some interesting patterns on the pages, using two of the background color inks. They would become part of the background. When you are stamping backgrounds, you don’t need to make perfectly inked impressions. In fact, I like many of my images to be rather sparsely inked.

Imperfect inking on stamps can be fine for your backgrounds

You don’t have to always worry about perfectly inked stamps on your background.

Imperfect stamping

Imperfect stamping

chicken wire stamp used on background

This chickenwire look was fun to use.

Once I was happy with some texture on the background, I decided to use a stamp for a title for the layout. This time I wanted the stamp to leave a clear image. Often, when art journaling, it can be difficult to create a clear stamped image because of all the layers you have added; especially if your layers are more dimensional than ink. To take care of this, you can stamp an image on tissue paper and you’ll get a great image. Then you can adhere it to your page with matte medium, or even a thinned down glue that will dry clear. NOTE OF CAUTION: when you begin to use anything with water, you are going to activate any water based products. If you are using  dye based inks they will run, unless you prep them first. You can use a spray fixative or even hair spray to set your inks. I am not saying that hair spray is something you’ll want to use in your scrapbooking to keep it looking good over hundreds of years. However, if you want to create some fun pages like this, and you’d just like them to last through your life — go for it!

Get a clear image by stamping on tissue paper.

Get a clear image by stamping on tissue paper.

Once you adhere the tissue, it will blend into the background.

Once you adhere the tissue, it will blend into the background.

You’ll be able to arrange your photo, title, and anything else at this point. Simply use your regular adhesive on the back of the photo. I decided to use a heart stamp on the page. Then I did journaling.

Adhere your photo into place and add journaling

Adhere your photo into place and add journaling.

I adhered the other photo to the right side of the layout. Then I added a bit of stamping on top of the photo.

Background stamping can extend over your photos.

Background stamping can extend over your photos.

Rubb-ons are a great element to add to art journal-style layouts! If you have some rubb-ons that you can’t figure out what to do with, here is your chance!

Rubb-ons can create additional layers of interest.

Rubb-ons can create additional layers of interest.

I think we are ready for the reveal! You’ll notice another phrase stamped on tissue added on the right hand page, along with little clusters of hearts stamped in the darkest blue, stamped right on the page. A little row of the clustered hearts was also stamped on tissue and adhered with matte medium to the bottom of the left page.
Artful Adventures scrapbook layout using art journaling techniques.

I hope you’ll give this technique a try. If you’d like to learn more about art journaling, I am offering Scrapping Wonders readers a special 30% discount code for my Art Journaling Basics online class, good through February 28th, 2015. Use code: SW215

Cheers to YOUR Artful Adventures!



How I Stay Organized

Planner are everywhere these days it seems and of course I had to go ahead and jump on the bandwagon. It was a toss up for me on whether or not I wanted the Passion Planner or the Erin Condren planner. I opted for the Erin Condren planner for the simple fact that I could get it before the new year and I wanted to have my planner in my hands by January 1st.

I also watched this great video by Jennifer McGuire and she ended up selling me on the Erin Condren planner, you can watch her video here.  I adopted a lot of the tricks that she shared that she does with her planner for my planner such as changing the break up of my day into work, personal and to do instead of listing it as morning, noon and night. I am working on making this planner work for me and have been really enjoying it since I got it.

I have been using my Close To My Heart inks and Memento inks to customize my planner along with the Year Noted stamp set from CTMH and the Waffle Flower stamp set that Jennifer McGuire suggested. I really enjoy finding the inks that match the planner as well as stamping my little check boxes for my work stuff and my to do lists. During the month of February I haven’t been using it as much because I have been way to busy with becoming a new teacher but it is a must for me to get back to using it. When I am not using my planner on a daily basis I start to feel lost.

I have not decided if I am going to use my planner for teaching stuff yet but I think at this point I would really like to keep the teaching side of things sepearate. I have checked out the lesson plan, planner that Erin Condren sells but I am not sure that I want that either, so for now I am sticking with my planner and only using it for my personal needs.

I created this short video just sharing with you the inside of my planner and how I use it.

Do you use a planner and if so which one and how do you use it?

make it mondayCheck out the other ladies for the Make It Monday blog circle.

Planner crazy? Connie is sharing tips to customize planners on the cheap!

Gotta run? Melissa  shows you how to keep a collection of photos together to scrap later with Photoshop Elements Organizer 

Alison hops on the planner bandwagon and shares her crazy life with you! .

Lisa  shows you a peek inside her practially perfect planner! 

Put your office supplies to work… in your scrapbooks! Alice shares creative tips.

Karen is showing us how she tags her digi-content in Artisan.


Teaching & Crafting Can Go Together

I haven’t officially announced that I have become a 7th grade teacher in a very short time! My hiring process went very quickly, at least it did for my family. The plan was never for me to go back to work so soon after having the baby but when opportunity knocks you have to take it. Any who, now I am a 7th grade Language Arts teacher and I am finally getting into the swing of things. I have only been teaching for about 3 weeks and I have some major work to do to my room.

First up on the agenda for me is creating a word wall! I figured the best way to make this happen was to get my Cricut involved. I have been wanting to design a banner for the longest time with my Cricut and figured this would be the perfect opportunity for me, plus what better way to bring my two loves together, crafting and teaching.

I created my word wall banner using my Close To My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge and the newly released Fontastic Font, you can grab the cutting file for it Here. This file is for design space but if you need a craft room file just let me know I would be happy to make it for you! I originally used the canvas feature in design space to plan out my letters and to get the right sizing of the banner.

word wall banner

Word Wall Banner in Design Space

I really enjoyed putting this banner together and I can see myself making many more. The Cricut cut all the pieces out beautifully and I really enjoyed this new Fontastic Font that just came out this week. I embossed the doilies that I cut out with a new Anna Griffin embossing folder and I fell in love with how they turned out. I cant tell you enough how well Close To My Heart paper cuts in the Cricut and then you add in the white core that shows through when the paper is embossed and I am in love! Yes I am in love with paper and I feel that I must have every color of Close To My Heart paper that is available.

Embossed Doilie for the banner

Embossed Doilie for the banner

I did have a travesty that has occurred in my house, after making this beautiful banner I realized that I have absolutely no ribbon to go with it. I am currently working on crocheting something so that I can string this banner up in my classroom this week. I am hoping to finish that task this week but you never know, life may just get in the way of that happening.

Completed Banner

Completed Banner

Here are all the pieces of the banner that is currently just waiting for a crocheted ribbon so that I can hang it up in my classroom. I am so pleased with the banner and I think the embossed doilies are my favorite part of it! I am sure I will be finding other ways to bring my crafting techniques into my classroom before the school year is over. Do you have any suggestions of other things that I can make for my classroom?

make it mondayNow check out all the other wonderful posts for this Make It Monday!

Connie from Clicky Chick Creates is sharing a Cuckoo for Girl Scout cookies? made custom banner, perfect for booth sales!

Alice will help you scrapbook a teenager.Which can be a challenge!

Not the story you’d expect.Melissa, shares An Anniversary layout with a twist

GinaZee has been MIA until MIM. What has she been up to? UPcycling for sure, but what else? I made a card for my Valentine out of bits and pieces. 

Does your household have a “Birthday Season”? Alison is getting ready for hers with these cute Flip Flip Invitations.

Lisa’s sharing a “love-ly” project in this week’s #MondayMojo post.

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