Monday, August 31, 2015

My Favorite Little Quote Books

I just got the second book in a series of quote books I love. They are the perfect little books of quotes, measuring only about four inches square. I like to keep mine on the table next to my chair in the living room. That way I can flip through them regularly for inspiration. There are so many creative artists and quotes featured; there are 400 pages with tons of quotes by a variety of artists. Not only are there quotes, but also happy little tidbits such as lists, recipes and inspiring people listed throughout. I found mine in a great local gift shop, but I have spotted the "Think Happy" book at the chain store Francesca's. I have provided the Amazon links below, check them out! They would also make a great gift for quote or design lovers.

You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job 2015

My favorite artists in this edition:

Becca Cahan  (in both books)
Veronica Chen  (in both books)
Aimee Myers Dolich of Artsyville
Unraveled Design (also in other book)
Lindsay Hopkins of Pen and Paint (in both), who made this quote below:

Think Happy, Be Happy: Art, Inspiration, Joy 2013

My favorite artists in this edition:

Alyssa Nassner
Steph Baxter (in both books)
Jessie Schneider of Yellow Button Studio (in both books)
Emily McDowell, also the cover designer (also in both)
Katie Daisy, who created this quote below:


Hope you have a happy day :)


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dare To Be Different Glittery Sign

Sometimes it's fun to just add a lot of glitter to your project! This sign started out cute with my hand lettering and stamped leaves, but it got so much better with some sparkle. I went over my title with a plum purple glitter glue, but it wasn't standing out enough from the brown, so I added a layer of pink on top. Then I went over the leaves in a lime glitter glue and added multi-colored glitter centers to make it pop. I used two to three layers on each glittery area to fill it in more. The bottom lettering was in white, but I went over it with a gold paint marker, which made the letters stand out more, rather than just putting the gold directly on the dark background. I finished it with gold dots accenting the leaves.

A close-up of the sign, which is still available as of this posting date in my Etsy shop. 
Post links to your glitter projects, I'd love to take a look!
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Diamond Rio Concert Layout

For today's Throwback Thursday post, I have a favorite old concert scrapbook layout. It's of a Diamond Rio concert from all the way back in 1998. This was when their song Unbelievable was out, which is such a fun song that I still love! It was an especially great concert, because we had front row center stage seats! And so some of the photos are of a weird angle, because they were right above us.

I really like the way this turned out, because of the fun techniques I used, and also the diamond patterns to mimic the band name. First, I created the title and journal block and printed it out on a transparency. I attached them with brads, adding blue strips and yellow paint behind the title. Then on the second page I painted the back in a swatch of red, which made the lettering stand out. I printed my favorite songs on colored paper and cut into them into paper strips, attaching with brads also. For the red background, I stamped a diamond foam stamp into a pattern using clear Versamark Ink and then I darkened it slightly with a cotton ball and black chalk. The black background was stamped with another foam stamp and royal blue paint. Then I distressed it with a stipple brush and black ink, adding specks of yellow paint using an old toothbrush. A yellow mat and blue paper borders finish off the layout.

This is what the pages look like together. I love making concert scrapbook pages and listing my favorite songs of theirs at the time. It brings back such good memories. I have seen them one more time since in concert, but I would still love to see them again.
Have a great day :-)

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