Monday, September 30, 2013


I absolutely LOVE how this spread turned out!  (I think Pam's gonna like it too!)  Pam's theme is "Definitions" and her book is a dictionary.  There are several parts to it, so the artists in this AB RR were given the "d," "f" and "i" sections to alter.

I had stumbled across a beautiful definition of the word "Inspiration" awhile back: "Inspiration: Revelation a divine influence arouses feelings awakening creative vision."  I tucked it away from safekeeping thinking I would have the opportunity to use it in a project one day.  Pam's book provided me with the perfect opportunity to bust it out--especially since "inspiration" was included in the sections we had been given to work in and, nobody had taken it yet!

I had also found these two head images in a magazine last year and kept them knowing that I would be able to use them in a future spread.  This was it!  I liked the idea of putting them face-to-face (more like nose-to-nose).  Then I cut a window in the head on the left to reveal the definition of inspiration in the dictionary.  The definition on the dictionary page (in the box behind her mouth) could not have been more perfectly centered!  I used a packing tape transfer for the two heads.  

To highlight the definition that I found, I die cut letters (did you know there are 12 i's and 12 e's?) and colored them with Distress Stain (red brick) so they would be better visualized.  I glued them down along the outline of the heads.

Once in awhile, a spread comes together rather effortlessly.  Here is an example of how previously "saved" elements magically came together and allowed me to create this beautifully "inspiring" spread.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

A (Very) Loosely Interpreted Self-Portrait

So I was tasked with doing a self-portrait chunky page for Hope this month...I gotta tell you, I am NOT my favorite subject!  Unlike the other players, I was determined NOT to be so literal and use an image of myself to create my self-portrait.  But, what to do, what to do?

I had been playing around with napkin transfers for an AB I was preparing for another RR and found myself drawn to an unusual Halloween themed napkin I had in my stash:  a burning Jack-O-Lantern.  I liked the flames.  I started to tear the napkin into long strips and began gluing them down onto a 4" x 4" piece of watercolor paper.  Fire, burning...They say the eyes are the windows to one's soul, so I decided to use a transparency of an eye as an overlay and came up with this very loose interpretation of "self-portrait."

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Boiled Books...Round Two

I have found boiling books to be a relaxing way to spend a lazy afternoon.  Here is how I spent a recent Sunday afternoon.