Sunday, October 21, 2012

Altered Books and Storage

So today I set out to find some books with good binding so that I am able to alter them into art journals. I used Christy from Gulfsprite's video to help me find good books to use. I absolutely love all her altered art journals and wanted to try books instead of making my own, although I love making my own too!! :) You can check out her video here... CLICK ME ! I went to the Goodwill store in my area and to my surprise they had a large selection of books that were donated. I spent at least 30 minutes looking through the different books for the right binding. I was looking for signatures that were sewed in as apposed to glued. I found plenty. I chose these 3 because of the size. They are not to large and don't have that many pages as larger pages and books tend to intimated me :(. 
They all have signatures that are sewed in and nice thick pages that I think would be good for altering. I can't wait to get started!! They were only 1.99 each!! This was the first time I had ever been to a Goodwill store and surprised to see all the things that people donate and how big some of the selections were. I have already started another art journal (one that i made) so now I have motivation to finish that one so I can start with one of these books.  I also went to Goodwill looking for storage help. As you have viewed in one of my previous post about my small craft area, I need storage solutions. I didn't find anything that I could use. :( In cleaning out my daughters room I came across this plastic 3 draw thingie (I don't know what they are called) that she wasn't using and fit perfectly in the little space that I had by my desk. It got me in the mood to clean and go through some of my scrap stuff to see if anything could be given away or eliminated. I am very happy with the out come. With this new added storage I was able to clear more space off my desk and from one of the cubby holes in my desk. I used it to store my scraps, stamps and supplies (pastels, watercolor pencils, pens, color pencils ect. ) This
makes me happy. I now feel like I  more space although I probably don't its just now I more organized which is good too. Now comes the big project, making room for the baby! I was thinking about getting a corner desk to see if that helps with room. I think it will I saw one and it was only $119 at Ikea. I might have to invest.

Well i'm going finish washing clothes and to art journal now thanks for reading!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

My First COMPLETE Art Journal!!!

So after 14 months, yes over a year, I finally completed my first art journal! I am so excited and can't explain the feeling of it finally being complete. I keep flipping through it and I am amazed. I did a youtube video and will post some detailed pics of the pages. In other news we had our 2nd trimester ultrasound and found out we were having a BOY!! We are so excited!! I had already started shopping and bought all boy stuff so happy that I don't have to make a trip back to the store.  Some of my pages may reflect classes that I took with some of the awesome art teachers on the web. I really enjoyed all the classes and I am slowly coming up with my own style. It's very exciting to see how me and my art has grown over the year. Anywho here are the pics... hope you enjoy!

It's finally complete!

the first page

page from 30 days of art journaling with gulfsprite 

class with Ady Almanza

class with Ady Almanza

page from 30 days of art journaling with gulfsprite 

I misspelled doodle lol but i still love this page

One of my favorite pages

first time attempting a transfer and it didn't work :(

part of a class I was taking with Willowing


So this is the last page and it reads "what we call the beginning is often the end, and to make and end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from...."

Love that quote and its very fitting for the start of my next art journal that hopefully will not take me an entire year to finish lol. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Giveaway WINNER!!

I know I promised to post the winner yesterday but I was feeling a bit under the weather. :( So since there were so few entries to the giveaways (which makes me sad :( , only 7 entries total from my blog and youtube) I decided to combine the entries and will do just one big giveaway instead of 2 smaller ones. I put all the names in a list:

1. Linais Jorge
2. bb smith
3. Maria H.
4. Ayseperla81
5. Ezia Auditore
6. maria (from my blog)
7. Maria (from my blog)

I went to and use the random number generator and this is what number it came up with:

#3  MARIA H. is the WINNER!!! Congratulations!! Please email me at with your info so I can send off your package.

I would love to do another giveaway before the end of the year so keep a watch out and we will see, hopefully we have more people sign up next time!! :)

Sunday, October 7, 2012


I’ve been having so many problems getting motivated to scrap, junk journal or art journal.  I know its partially because of my scrap area. After I got married I moved from my mothers house into a 2 bedroom apartment with my husband and child. We are hoping to get a house by the summer of next year but I still need a space to scrap and journal until then. Most of my scrap stuff is still at my moms house because I just don't have the space here. 

I have a small corner in my room where my desk and “stuff” is set up at the moment but it just feels so crowed to me and it doesn’t make me want to be creative. On top of that im 20 weeks pregnant and I have been wrecking my brain to come up with a solution for keeping my scrap area and having an area in my room for the baby. Not an easy task at all. My room is not small but not big enough for a desk and a crib. Something  has to to go and it looks like it will be my desk, which would mean no more scrapping until we get our house unless I come up with something.  So there is the layout of the room and currently trying to figure something out. We have the TV on a TV stand now but if we mount it that would add more space and I would prolly be able to fit everything. We will see!! I will have to keep you guys updated on my progress!!

I have also been working on more flowers!!! I have a simple flower I have made here and if anyone would like a tutorial just let meknow and I will be glad to do one for you!! The blue flower is made from one of my husbands old work shirts that got tore and the other one is made from poly satin. I got the poly satin at hobby lobby!

Now for some fun stuff! GIVEAWAY! 
So like I posted I am going to do 2 giveaways. One here on my blog and one on my youtube channel. You can sign up for one or both to double your luck. If you win both then I will just send you one BIG gift. Here are the rules:
  1. If you sign up for either giveaway you must be either a follower of my blog or a subscriber to my youtube channel. 
  2. Leave me a comment under this here post, if you have any suggestions for my room that would be GREAT!!! ; For youtube leave me a comment under the giveaway video!!
  3. You have a week to enter. The deadline is Oct. 13 and I will announce both winners on Oct 15th
  4. Good Luck!!