A woman who works with her hands is a LABORER; a woman who works with her hands and head, a CRAFTSMAN; but a woman who works with her hands, her head and her heart is an ARTIST. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Monday, February 28, 2011

This and that

I decided not to be creative until the house is clean.  This might be a while.  I says to myself... wouldnt hurt to look at youtube videos.  Well most of them are just somebody creating art to music.  I am not very fond of this type video.  I like a narrator explaining what they are doing.   Oh I am allowed to doodle at work.  I am trying out zantangle.  Its pretty cool.  I am working on a dragon fly.  I didnt draw the dragon fly.  It is a coloring page.  I feel sure I could have but this is my first official attempt at it so I wanted to take baby steps.
Stinker Bell pushed the door open to my room and I expected her to spy the dogs and take off running, instead she calmly walked in jumped on the bed and started cleaning herself.  That cat has spunk I tell you.
Lastly I am going to combine all my blogs together.  Um lets see how it works.  If this blog gets ruined... well that would not be very much fun!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Common place book

By Oxford English Dictionary

commonplace book, not a dull or trite book, as the usual sense of ‘commonplace’ would suggest, but a writer's notebook in which interesting ideas and quotations are collected for further reflection and possible future use. In this sense, a commonplace is a remark or written passage that is worth remembering or quoting. Notable examples of commonplace books that have been published include Ben Jonson's Timber (1640) and W. H. Auden's A Certain World (1971).

I first heard this term while reading the series... a series of unfortunate events  (Leminy Snicket SP??)

I have several notebooks filled with stuff and been doing this for years ... who knew they actually had a name for them?
Not a Journal or a Diary.  A quote, fact and idea keeper.

As you can see the idea really intrigues me and I have been doing internet research on it.  This internet thing is awesome.  You can find everything and anything.  When I was in high school my art would have been on a total different level.  I would have access to techniques I would never had thought about.

"A commonplace book is what a provident poet cannot subsist without, for this proverbial reason, that 'great wits have short memories:' and whereas, on the other hand, poets, being liars by profession, ought to have good memories; to reconcile these, a book of this sort, is in the nature of a supplemental memory, or a record of what occurs remarkable in every day's reading or conversation. There you enter not only your own original thoughts, (which, a hundred to one, are few and insignificant) but such of other men as you think fit to make your own, by entering them there."

--from "A Letter of Advice to a Young Poet" Jonathan Swift

Another take on it which is much more down to earth or "American" speech

How to Start a "Commonplace Book"

By NMusch, eHow Member User-Submitted Article
I tend to be one of those people who like to mark up the books I read. Swept away in a great description? I mark it! Love the way the writer uses similes? I mark it! Want to put that reference in my memory? You guessed it . . . I mark it!

The problem is that I may never remember which book I marked for what clever turn of phrase or brilliant quote. Usually, if I want to look it up again, it's gone. Lost somewhere among the myriad tomes lining my shelves.

Then I discovered that there was a way to keep all my favorite sage sayings and bumper sticker sentiments in one single place. That's with a commonplace book!

First of all, what is it?

A Commonplace Book is different than a journal. It is a personal collection of things that have been read somewhere else and copied down into one place so they won't be forgotten. So if you find

poems, jokes, scripture verses, quotations, favorite passages from books or plays, or just an interesting idea that you enjoyed and want to save to read again and again, it is a fun thing to start.

People have been keeping Commonplace Books since ancient times. You might even be able to find examples in some libraries that date as far back as the middle ages. But it's fun to make your own, and you make up the rules about how you want to do it!

Ready to get started?

.Difficulty: Easy

Instructions.Things You'll Need:

•A special notebook that suits you:

•Could be leather, could be suade, could be something that's homemade.

•Could be ugly, could be sweet, could be something worn or neat.

•Could be spiral or bound with thread. Could be green or could be red.

•You get the point.

1.The biggest thing with you have to do with a commonplace book is remember to use it! When you see something that strikes your fancy, a poem, or a song, a joke, or a catchy phrase splashed across a billboard, write it down!

2.You can organize your notebook into sections if you like. You could have a section for poetry or song lyrics. You could have a section for favorite descriptions. You could include a section for famous quotes, or portions of political speeches. It's up to you. It's your book, and like a journal, it will reflect something about you.

My own collection is so random that it really has no form. It makes it fun to browse through, but I have to admit that if I'm really looking for something, it takes more time.

3.You don't have to copy everything down into the commonplace book. You can add clippings from magazines or newspapers. They might be headings or entire articles you want to save. You can save special announcements or brochures. You can put pages of personalized stationary that you've received. Add whatever strikes you as being something worth remembering.

4.If you think that you will be collecting clippings, stickers, and these sorts of things, you can either glue them onto the pages of your notebook, or you can use a notebook that has built in pockets. I wouldn't recommend leaving things loose inside.

5.You can use different color pens each time you make entries into your commonplace book if you like. You might even add some illustrations if you're a doodler (er, I mean illustrator) in the truest sense.

6.Perhaps consider marking down the date each time you add something to your commonplace book along with where you found it. Even though a commonplace book isn't a journal in its purest form, it is a record of those things you considered good or worthy, and it's nice to look back and remember when you captured them or where.

A commonplace book is a simple source to save treasured truths or favorite funnies. It is an simple way to put all your favorite thoughts into one place, especially when they're so hard to hold onto any other way!

Tips Warnings
•Try decorating your Commonplace Book to suit your personality!.
•Keep it near enough at hand so that you can find it when you need it. If little Susie says "the darnest thing" it's likely you'll forget what it was if you don't write it down right away..

Read more: How to Start a "Commonplace Book"
eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2134860_start-commonplace-book.html#ixzz1F0Y3ZKuA

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It is a happy talent to know how to play~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Life according to Yahoo

What to buy and what not to buy at the dollar store according to Yahoo

Party Supplies
Cleaning Supplies
Greeting Cards
Easter - Valentines - Christmas Decorations
Pregnancy test (this one always gets me that they sell them but hey they said deal!)
Gift Wrap Supplies
Cooking and Dining Accesories

Dont Buy
School Supplies - Cheaper at wally world when school starts. Consider me there.
--- dont go for the double stick tape doesnt work
Pain Killers
Canned and Pantry foods (duh, Yuck)
Batteries and Electronics They put fake UL labels or the cords.  Shocking!

PS my socks stink

Thursday, February 17, 2011

cup cake card and template

I was inspired to create this cute cup card card from the Spring 2009 issue of Paper creations.  I will share the original picture when I get it scanned and uploaded.  It said to use a large die cut from sizzix.  Now I got three cutting machines and not one of them would fit that die.  I was not about to buy another machine for one Die no matter if I liked the card or not.  Besides, after mum got married and moved out I dont have the room for a lot of my stuff LOL.   I made my own template.  I have a PDF file uploaded to rapid share.  If you dont mind that annoying wait then it is yours to use.  I do ask you follow me or leave a comment or both.  I know shameless plug.  BTW this card was a valentines day card for my sweet 3 year old nephe.
I used glitter card stock for the frosting (well actually I used a glitter blank card form and butted the template to the fold.
The cherry was made from a 1 inch circle punch and a cut out green stem.  I used the 1 inch punch to ever so lighly nip the bottom of the green stem so it would curve.
The heart punches came from the dollar store or michaels.  Anyway I didnt pay more then a buck for them.  Great sprinkles if you ask me.
I tried to run the brown card stock thru the crimper but I only had my cheap plastic crimper.  I couldnt find the good fiskar one (dont worry I have now found it) but it probably would have made the cup to small.
All the colors of card stock came from Michaels except the glitter card blank.   The round scalloped punch was from Hobby Lobby and I think it was paper studios.  I do not know the size.  It was perfect what ever size it is!  I used a template for the envelope I created a long time ago.  I have created one yet.  It takes a very long piece of paper.  I used construction paper.  I am going to cut it in half and try to make it into two parts.  Lets see how that works.  Basically it is a cd holder with an extra piece that folds over.  The cup cake punch is from Martha Stewart.  I used the scraps of the pink glitter card and the brown card.

This is inside of the envelope. It worked better if the card was turned side ways instead of the up and down position like it is in the photo.

Well I wanted to be able to offer downloading the pdf file and every link i put in here it thinks it wants to upload it and not download it.  I am going to bed now.  I will work on it tomorrow.
so i fibbed one more try from file share
I found you can upload to google docs.  If this works I will be using this resourse from now on.
Ok this file link worked but just a bit of directions.  Click the BLUE DOWNLOAD button right underneath the screen shot of the template.  Dont click on another download or you will be directed some where else. 
Hope you liked this card as much as I enjoyed creating it and giving it to an awesome kid!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

check this www site out

I havent had a chance to explore it, but it looks like It is a place I would like to spend some series time at.

Mixed Media Art
Milliande art community for Woman

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A sweet valentine number

****I havent gotten around to the pictures yet but they are coming****
I made this little notebook to fit in my valentine’s art box. I hate the word Craft so I call all my boxes art Boxes. I have photo boxes dedicated to a holiday so I can keep all the supplies organized. There are a lot of decorated photo boxes on the market and I try to pick one for that particular season that matches the theme. I keep punches, die cuts, misc scrap papers and stickers in the box. Since I have so many stamps they are located in 6 12x12 plastic bins. Each drawer has its own theme and I can pull it out and carry it with me. I have a one layer rule so I don’t have to go digging for them. What I was missing from my art boxes were note pads to write down projects that I saw on the internet or television. I can also tuck saved DVDs in there. (I have windows media and I can record and save the shows on DVD. How cool is that?) I first realized the need for a notebook when I was matching Martha Stewart (YES I DO WATCH HER! She cracks me up). Most of the notebooks I have are standard size and would not fit in the art box. I have a load of small journals I had planned to repurpose at some later date. Problem is the house is a total disaster and finding them would take longer then what I would want to spend. I spotted a composition book (also to big) but I remembered my sister was giving one cut in half wrapped in fabric. Light bulb, I could do that! Bonus, you get two. So when the new school year begins, stock up. Last year walmart sold them for .25 cents.

I am going to write a quick how I did it with out photos. It is pretty generic so I don’t think any pictures are needed to follow. I changed my mind and decided to add pictures after I typed of the how toos. Pictures are a good thing. So I will be showing you the pictures for the second half of the composition book. This is a project that does not need to be followed step by step. If you find a better way to cover the binding, please do so. Show and tell please! How I did it is just a jumping guide.

I decided to make a halloween one.  So now it is Confession time.  I goofed.  I should of cut the paper going in the wrong direction.  The Skulls should be horizontal.  The lines inside the book are horizonatal.   The pictures have been taken and need to be edited.  I have a DLSR camera and they need to be cropped and resized so it doesnt take forever for the pictures to load. Supplies
Composition book
Cutting board
Adhesive, I used a glue stick. Use any paper glue you would prefer
1 12x12 scrap book paper for each book
Card stock and or colored paper matching your scrap book page
Heavy box cutting Knife
Metal Ruler
Sand paper
Bone folder (use to burnish paper when gluing and making crisp folds)

Determine the size of the book you want. I decided to cut it in half. I measured and found the middle.

Place a cutting board under the composition board

Place the metal ruler where you want to cut

Begin to cut.

This is not a one time or a two time cut. Be patient and make several clean cuts through all the paper. I have no real practice cutting papers so mine wasn’t as clean as I would like it to be. But the note book is for me and I am happy with it.

Sand the edges if you think it is needed. I folded the paper over the edge so I skipped t his part.

I cut my chosen scrap book paper in half so it would be 6x12.

I applied the glue stick on the back of the paper (just the center really) and the cover and pasted it down.

A note on the position, I put the paper a bit over the black binding. I let the paper over lap the edges. I cut triangles out of the corner so I could miter the corners. I opened the inside and glued the left over edges inside the covers.

I used card stock or color paper and covered over the black binding. Depending on the thickness of the paper you may need to double it up so the black binding will not show.

You could cut the “new binding to the exact size. I over lapped everything and glued the extra inside to cover the imperfections of the cover and because it has been my experience that the paper might peel off the composition book cover. I have seen where some have sanded the edges so the paper would not peel.

If you choose have the new binding paper be wrapped around inside, you will need to cut out a notch on each side because of the way the book is binded.

When I looked at the cover I was not pleased with the edge of the paper that covered the binding

I fixed that by covering it with ribbon.

Ribbon is a fickle thing when it comes to glue. You can see the glue thru the ribbon, even glue that dries clear. So I glued one end of the ribbon inside the cover, used no glue when I brought the ribbon across the cover and glued the other end inside. I could have used my sticker maker and put adhesive on the ribbon. I use the small one shaped like an X when I put adhesive on a ribbon. I could have also used a sticker ribbon or maybe make my own paper sticker ribbons with other papers. I could have attached the ribbons with brads.

I cut a two piece of ribbons to the length I wanted to use as ties. I glued those inside the back and front cover, about center way at the end making sure they align when the book is closed. Basically you will have oh approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ribbon inside the front/back cover and the rest will be hanging outside.

I opened the inside of the book and each side of my book has the folded scrap book papers, the ribbons, and the binding glued down. Not very attractive. Measure a rectangle slight larger then cover that has nothing glued on it. Our goal is to cover all the edges. I used the same paper I did for the binding and cut out two pieces. I centered them and if you measured correctly, it will hide all the paper edges and the ribbons ends.

Close your book and add your extra embellishments.

Monday, February 7, 2011


- because when you ARE imagining you might as well imagine something worth while-
Anne of Green Gables