the unPlanner - week 7 sneak peek

I hope everyone is having fun with the project so far this year! I am loving everything about it and finding that I have reached a point in the process that making it "mine" is the most fun of all! I am no longer overthinking the project guidelines which makes the creativity part that much more exciting. 

Join us in the Art 5 Academy this year for creative year of unPlanning™. Loaded with content, free downloads, tutorials, community, closed FB group and more- this year is going to be our best yet! I can't wait to share lots of inspiration with you each week. You can find my peeks here, on my blog, and the full post with links and supplies in the Art 5 Classroom! I can't wait to see what you all create!

A Valentine Notebook

Earlier this week I created this notebook out of pretty patterned tape. These are super simple and fast to create and make the best little gifts. Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner I thought it would be fun to put a "be mine" twist on this project. I grabbed a few supplies- *here is a list of items that are similar to what I used* -glitter tape , fabric hearts, a fun brad, red and white bakers twine , a mini notebook, and a pretty paperclip from my stash. Using this tutorial you can  adapt these little notebooks to any theme or holiday! And the kids love to make them too! 

Have fun and Happy Valentine's Day! 

Upcycled Bird Valentines

I love being able to create with upcycled or recycled goodies. I have been hanging on to these pretty vintage bird coasters forever and decided it was time to make something with them. Fun, hanging Valentine's were the perfect project! Follow a few simple steps to make your own! 

1. Grab your supplies: I used vintage bird coasters, bright gold thread, hand dyed ribbon, and pink paper doilies. You could use recycled card fronts, old postcards, or even pretty paper napkins. Don't have any upcycled goodies to use? Cut up some pretty patterned paper to use as your substrate. 

2. Cut your doilies into quarters and align in the corner of your coaster. Stitch or glue into place.

3. Cut and tear collage paper and trim into heart shapes. Stitch onto your coaster or paper. 

I used some of my favorite hand dyed ribbon for this project. Try using recycled sari ribbon as a pretty alternative.

4. Stitch a short ribbon handle to your Valentine. Add doodles, marks and a journaled love note.

I love how funky and sweet these are- the perfect Valentine in my book!

Need an easy envelope for your Valentine? Try making these!

Draw a circle that is large enough to fold around your Valentine onto a piece of kraft cards stock, cut it out and stitch a collage heart to the center. Lay your Valentine in the center of the wrong side of your circle and fold the bottom half up.

Fold the top of the circle down followed by the left and right sides. Secure with a pretty sticker.

Have fun and Happy Creating! 

15 Minutes of Mixed Media™

This week I limited myself to a few supplies like I often do. The page wasn't flowing and I felt like I was moving slower than usual. I guess some days the creative juices take a bit longer to get flowing and with the timer ticking it proves to be a bit harder...especially because I work best when I can come and go from a project. 

I like to keep in mind that these are creative exercises. These are not meant to be complete or finished art journal pages. These pages are meant to be lessons in making time for art, practicing new techniques, experimenting with color, new products, ideas...these pages are springboards to the creativity that comes from just starting. That is why I rarely come back to these pages. If I finished them I couldn't look back at them and be reminded of the exercise in learning. Yes, learning. Always and forever learning. 

So just start. And set the timer. And then put your brush down and walk away when it sounds. And most importantly, start again the next day. You will be amazed at how much you learn about yourself and your own style. Happy Creating! 

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pretty patterned tape notebook

I love to find ways to incorporate everyday supplies into creative projects, so when I stumbled upon this patterned tape I knew I had to take it back to the studio. I thought it would be fun to use it to transform a plain notebook into something pretty. Today I am sharing the simple tutorial!

1. Gather your supplies. I used a tiny composition notebook, patterned "duct" style tape, a ruler, a pretty button, hand dyed ribbon and a little silver charm. 

2. First, cut your ribbon to a length that will allow you to wrap it around your book and loop it around your button. Stitch, staple or glue your ribbon to the inside middle edge of your front cover. 

3.  Next, lay your book open, paper side down. Measure across and trim tape, adding a smidge extra to allow give in the spine. Begin adhering the tape to your cover. I lined my tape up to the top and side edges and trimmed the corners last. Repeat until cover is completely taped.

4. Now stitch or adhere a button to the center edge of the front cover.

5. Wrap your ribbon around the book and loop the tail around the button and secure. Add a charm to ribbon tail and knot. 

This is an easy craft to do with the kiddos! Have fun and Happy Creating! 

* You can trim your tape so that your patterns line up. My cover was so busy I didn't worry about doing that this time.*

* THIS IS A LIST OF SIMILAR SUPPLIES TO THOSE USED IN THIS TUTORIAL*

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The unPlanner™ - Week 6 Sneak Peek

Welcome to February! My unPlanner™ is really beginning to look and feel just as I had envisioned and I am in love with the bold color and yummy chunky feel of the book! Here are a few peeks for the week!

Join us in the Art 5 Academy this year for creative year of unPlanning™. Loaded with content, free downloads, tutorials, community, closed FB group and more- this year is going to be our best yet! I can't wait to share lots of inspiration with you each week. You can find my peeks here, on my blog, and the full post with links and supplies in the Art 5 Classroom! I can't wait to see what you all create!

Valentine Tags

I love having a little something for the kids to share with their teachers or co-workers at the holidays. These little Valentine tags were so quick and easy! Using a small tag as the base, I just picked a few odds ands ends from my stash and layered them up to create this cute card! 

I love digging through the studio bins to find little tid bits that have been long since forgotten, leftover from past years' projects...it is a great way to clear out for the next best thing to come! 

Happy Creating! 

weaving & altered textiles

Weaving is my one true love when it comes to "downtime" crafts. Aside from being that "thing" that calms me it is a landing place for all of those altered and dyed textiles that I love to create and collect. 

HAND DYED WOOL YARN USING EARTHY PLANT DYES

I have been hand dying anything I can get my hands on for years and have grown to love stripping found fabrics into yarn lately. Together, with all of the beautiful store bought yarns out there, these make the most interesting, if not conventional weavings. 

STRIPPED JERSEY KNIT T-SHIRTS

STRIPPED JERSEY KNIT VINTAGE FLORAL FABRIC

For me, weaving is like a tactile, symmetrical version of art journaling. I reach for what catches my eye, paying little or no attention to the rules, and am always surprised with the results.