Jan 24

Documenting Life using the Hobonichi Planner

HobonichiYes the Hobonichi and in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, because I didn’t until about a month ago, you can see all the product here on their website. This is a planner where you can use it as a planner, journal and document your day after it happens. I was first introduced to the Hobonichi, by Soaphouse Mama, you can read her blog post here. Then I searched You Tube and Instagram and fell in love with this form of journaling. I ordered mine on Christmas Day, but the company was closed for the holidays so I actually didn’t receive it until last Friday. I couldn’t wait until then so I started the process of doodling my day in a personal journal. In order to stay true to starting off the year, I made photo copies of these early days and glued the copies into my Hobonichi.

Document

I doodle

Doodling

and add stickers

Journaling

Even print out logos of places we go

Cut Outs

The journal I have is small enough to fit in my purse so I can pull it out anytime, jot a note, make a drawing or slip a note in so I do not forget something.

I’ll be posting more as the year moves forward~ Happy Doodling! Rebecca

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Jan 22

2015 One Little Word~ COURAGE

One little word 2015New Year, New Word…Right?! Of Course! One of my favorite things about the new year is taking the One Little Word class by Ali Edwards. This year my word is COURAGE. What is interesting about this word, is it started popping up the last year. There was a saying in a fortune cookie I had that talked about courage, I purchased a bracelet with the word stamped, it just kept popping up in my head. It seemed like this was my next step in my journey as an artist. I found my passion and last year I persevered and researched the ins and outs of getting my art into the world… so what now. I have the desire and a very BIG dream in my heart but I find myself getting nervous, insecure and even scared. WHY?!? I know I ask myself the same thing so this year it’s about COURAGE! Stop Dreaming and Start Doing (I read a great blog post today by Jeanne Oliver that stated just that) I took this quote from her: Just dreaming about it won’t get you there. I have to make a plan of Action and actually take steps toward my goals and dreams, have Faith, even if I have no idea where it might lead me.

One Little Word 2015

and my quote for this year

Courage quote

Let the steps begin~ Rebecca

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Jan 19

Party Cats are in the House

Party CatsI have my new series of Party Cats out on my Etsy Site, Check them out here. These were so much fun to make and I could see myself making more of these cute kitties in their party hats. There are a total of six cats and each Cat has their own personality. Let me introduce them. First we have Chelsey and she is all about the SPARKLE

Chelsey

Next if Frank, Sophisticated  and Charming

Frank

George Washington and he is always ready for a celebration

George Washington

Sprinkles, who insists on Cupcakes and Red Cat Eye glasses at every party

Sprinkles

Jersey Girl, what is lurking behind her flower brooch, watch out she is known to be a trickster

Jersey Girl

And we all know Mr. Fluffers, there cannot be a party without him. He is ALWAYS ready to PARTAY and where are the crab cakes?!?

Mr. Fluffers

And there we have it…now let’s party!~ Rebecca

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Jan 18

Inking up a Background~ Scrapbook Page

Camera StampThis week’s challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is about inking up a background. I LOVE ink and use it in almost every single one of my projects, dyflusion by Ranger is my go to spray ink. I haven’t used the resistance technique in a while, so after stamping and embossing watercolor paper, I sprayed with green ink.

Ink and distressed

I took a 2″ circle punch and cut the inked watercolor paper. I used the punched paper as a stencil to ink up my background paper

Ink and punch

I layered my 4×4 photo with different scraps of paper

Layered paper

Added Washi Tape

washi tape

And veneer wood embellishments to the punched circles

more embellishments

Finished the page with a heart stamp…my new favorite stamp

stamp hearts

Saved lots of room for journaling

Final layout

So happy to have completed another 12 x 12 page!~ Rebecca

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Jan 13

My Love 2014~ Mini Album

My Love CoverLast year I purchased a handmade mini album from Ashli aka SoaphouseMama’s Etsy site and started filling it with photos I have printed from my instagram feed. I love the 4 x 4 size photos. I finally added the final touches to create an album filled with my loves of 2014. First I went through and added paint and stamps

My love for hats

Then doodles, washi and heart stickers

My Love Art

Filled the book with photos of the milestones

My Loves Birthdays

and memories

My Loves

And yes the CATS

My cats

These are just a few of the pages. I really LOVED working on this mini book. The thing I enjoy post about mini albums is they can be quick and just fun. It’s nice to set them out on the coffee table or desk for others to enjoy. The good news…I have plenty more to work on!

Happy Tuesday~ Rebecca

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Jan 11

1951 Heritage Scrapbook Layout

Flower ClusterThe first Simon Says Challenge for 2015 is mixing old and new Friends…in supplies. Here is my new supply and actually it’s a “new to me”, I found this die cut for $0.99 at a thrift store with several other diecuts for my Sizzix… YIPEE!!

New die cut

One of my challenges/ goals that I have put in place for myself this year is to use up some of my pretty paper I have had for several years. So all the paper I have in this project is from my stash. I also am working on my heritage photos and this one is of my Great Grandmother in 1951, she is the one on the far right. Isn’t her hat Fabulous?!

Old photo

For the background, I used a doily stencil and spray ink in Cranberry color

Stencil Background

Since I will be layering, I wanted paper dollies to be part of this layout, so I inked one of them too using the same ink

Inked Doilie

Nice little layer

Layered Paper

Placing the die cut above and below the picture, creating a frame

Die cut in place

Need to add a pop of color, I reach for my flower container and find these yellow paper flowers to create a cluster

A bit of Yellow

Gold Accents

Gold Stickles

And here is the final layout.

Final Layout

I love that my Great Grandmother dated EVERYTHING and gave a brief description on all her photos. So I was able to journal the correct information. I’m working on and finishing up several scrapbooking projects and hope to share them this week. ~ Rebecca

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Jan 11

New Art Release~ “Always” Heart Mix Media Art

Happy Sunday! It’s been cold and raining here in Central Texas, just staying above the freezing mark not to cause those icy roads. Thanks Goodness! I wanted to give a quick update to my Etsy Shop. I just released a new Series called “Always” and it’s all about colorful Hearts. Each print includes hearts with small hearts and one with two larger hearts. I really thought these resembled families and loved ones. There is a total of 8 different designs. I have wood block prints in sizes 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2′

wood block prints

And Stationery, all of these are blank inside for your own lovely message

Stationery

And if I can toot my own horn, I now have them in nice neat stationery boxes. Yes I’m proud of the way they look :)

Cute Stationery Boxes

Hope you enjoy your day! ~ Rebecca

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Jan 08

A Happy Birthday Necklace

Tomorrow is my baby girl’s 9th birthday and she has been admiring my New Party Cat Series (Yes she is one of my biggest fans). I have been putting some mock pieces together and when she saw this particular print, she fell in love. I thought it would be perfect for her to wear on her birthday. These necklaces are super simple to make. First, I start our with painting the wood pieces. I made one of each size because I wasn’t sure which one I was going to use.

Paint wood pieces

I cut the print and attached to the wood pendant using Matte decoupage and a roller to make sure all the air bubbles are out

Glue prints

Once dry, I attach a jewelry bail using E6000 glue

Attach bale

Now to paint the wooden beads, using the end of a paintbrush is pretty handy (learned this from Everyday is a Holiday’s Mixed Media book)

Paint Wood Beads

Splattered the red ones with white paint

Splatter paint

Put sealer on the pendant and hung beads from the bottom of the pendant using wire and a jump ring.

Final Necklace

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl~ Rebecca

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