Thursday, January 22, 2015

Takeover Thursday!

Happy New Year everyone!   I'm back talking over Wendy's blog. 

Have you fallen for the planner craze that's sweeping through the craft industry?  

I have always used planning tools, an old notebook, a calendar on the wall, my cell phone...anything to keep me on track.    I've taken inspiration from all the company's making planners and made my own from what I have.  Not because I don't like the ones available but more over because I like to be different and I'm committed to using what I've got (so I can buy more!)

A couple years ago I won a package from Basic Grey, but just set it aside as I don't really use small binders, so I thought I could use that. 

I pulled out all the supplies I had left from that win and went to work assembling it.

I soon realized I didn't have near enough inserts so I grabbed a smash book I had filled, went to the back of it and cut out the remaining pages.   I lined them up with the binder, punched holes and inserted them randomly.   

That made me think about all the scraps I have lying around, or older paper I have that's a bit too thin for my pages..well let's just say the book will be a work in progress and possibilities are endless! 

For the cover I pulled out my mixed media supplies and played.  I applied gesso to the front, covered it with a light coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint and scribbled on some gelatos (OH how I love those things) 

Inspired I grabbed my new Prima Stencil and applied heavy modeling paste through it.  I was hopeful it would absorb the color from the gelatos, but when I want that it doesn't happen!  So I began applying paints to color the flowers. 

Finally the band on the side bothered me so I took some chipboard Thickers and painted them with Distress Paint in Aged Mahogany and Picked Raspberry. Once dry I used my Matte Medium to apply.  They are stickers but I find chipboard needs to be glued.  A little accenting with paint on the edges and I call it done.

I used similar techniques on the back..that I love!! 

So 2015 is in the works, I have a lovely binder to put my notes and ideas in, and a place for things to go before I scrap them. Best of all I was able to creatively use my stash. 

I hope you take some time to play and have fun this month!


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