These boots

I finished a spread this weekend, and for some reason I’d choose the phrase “These boots are made for walking”. I don’t even like that song that much! LOL
I’ve decided that this year, 2015, will be a year when I challenge myself, try new doors and to be open for possibilities… Maybe that’s why it popped into my head?

Anyway… I wanted to try out the Finnabair crackle/texture paste and the art sugar I bought before Christmas, and I wanted to try a style I’m not so comfortable with. Not sure about the result, but I love the art sugar and the texture paste. I was a bit inpatient so I used a heat tool to dry the paste with, so I’m not sure if it crackled enough… Have to try it on more projects!

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I’m going to try to discipline myself around the blogging. I want it after all to be some sort of diary/logbook over my creativity… So I figured a blog-planner that works for me might help me on the way. Some structure to the creative chaos. 😉

Keep on walking.
Jos

Forests of the Heart

That is the book title from one of my favourite writers, Charles de Lint. He writes urban fantasy and I always get so inspired by him. To stay creative.
This book is good, but I think my favourite one is “Onion girl”, maybe I’ll do a spread someday inspired by that one.

I made this spread in June last year, but never got around posting it here. I’ve mainly used watercolours and a stencil from Tim Holtz I believe. The alphabet I can’t remember where I got from.

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Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

Love,
Jos

Spring cleaning

Well, it might be a little early for that since it’s probably a couple of months before we actually can call it spring.

But I have however cleaned out all the spam, about 2500 posts, from the blog, installed another spam filter, and made commentary possible again. I had to shut that option down since I was rapidly drowning in spam posts.

It feels really liberating. I’ve dragged myself from doing it and since I didn’t fix the problem I didn’t feel like posting new stuff. A catch 22 if you like.

But I’ve created so much since my last post. I even had time to create some albums and journals as gifts for Christmas. I’ll see if I can find time to post pictures of some of them and maybe some pics from our Christmas too. This winter has not been so white as some of the family members wanted, but eating candy and being home from school helped a bit.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your new year will be fantastic!
See you around soon.

Love Josefina

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Halloween book

I’ve been working on this on and off, much using the same technique as in the grungy journal I made earlier this year. The paper I’ve used is mainly from Marion Smith Designs “Something Wicked Halloween mini book printable”, but I’ve also used printables from Graphics Fairy, Memories Pictures over at Etsy (she’s got some awesome printable envelopes and background papers), and a place that’s called How to Haunt your House. They got fantastic bottle labels, for free, I used them a lot.

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This is quite a picture heavy post, and yet I haven’t posted every page in the book. I like how it turned out, a little chunky Halloween book. The size of it’s about 11 x 13,8 cm (roughly 4,5 x 5,5 inches).

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I’m not sure what the stitch I used when binding the book is called. I learned it via The Paper Addiction, but I’ve seen it in a couple of book binding videos over at YouTube too.

Next weekend we’ll be having a birthday party, and as usual he wanted a party with a Halloween theme. That will be a blast! Starting to collect good snacks and food at Pinterest.

Hope you all have a magical Halloween!
Jos

Making a journal

It’s been a while since last post. Life is taking me on a bit of a roller coaster these days, and it’s not always easy to keep up.

I do have however stumbled across a channel on YouTube where Michelle, the hostess shows and shares her gorgeous journals of different shapes and styles. It’s called ThePaperAddiction and I think I’ve soon watched all her videos there. Lots of inspiration and tips how to create your own journal. Now I just have to find some craft card, what ever that might be called here in Sweden…

Thought I’d share my journal, much inspired by Michelle’s folder journals, even if I had to construct something of my own since I didn’t have any folders at hand… The papers are from my stash of different papers, some are tea dyed and some are not. I did use a lot of Vintage photo distress ink on all the pages and all the tags, and of course I also added some bling.

Really like the look of it, and I expect to make more of these in the future. I think you should check out Michelle’s on YouTube and she also have a blog, is on Instagram and Facebook. She’s really a great inspiration, especially if you are as me, a big lover of grunge and distress. 😉

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The rest is dust

Love this quote by Vladimir Nabokov.
I had, however, a hard time with this layout. First it turned out all orange, and it was laying there a couple of days and I was feeling unhappy with it. Then I covered it with white gesso and started from the beginning. Like it better now.

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Used some scraps, both home made and bought stamps and some different metal trinkets. The food stamps I found last summer in Gothenburgh, bought a whole stack. 🙂
The background paper is from an old drawing pad and an old notebook.

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The edges are inked with distress ink, Vintage Paper, and I’ve sprayed the blue element with some Tattered Angel mist.

Now I’ll go out in the sun, maybe take a cooling dip in the lake. I love being on holiday! … even if it’s soon over.

Let the sunshine in!
Jos

To say no

For some reasons I’m ending up in situations where I find it hard to say no. Often I really like the person in question, but that is not always the case.
It’s like it’s bad to say no, like an insult. I’m working on that bit, to be more clear of what I want, like, and think. That involves sometimes being able to say no, instead of maybe.

I found this quote by Paulo Coelho that fits perfectly: “Don’t say maybe, if you want to say no”. I had to make a spread of it.

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I’ve used some printed pictures from Graphics Fairy, a page from an encyclopedia with some white acrylic paint lightly brushed over it, and some leftover paper (even an old dried up piece of tape). Then I added some stamping with my first ever home made linoleum stamp. Woohoo me! Some bling and what not… like a piece of washi tape to seal the pages.

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Stay true and don’t say yes or maybe because you have a hard time saying no. I’ll practise this more, maybe start with the family. 😉

Take care
Josefina