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April 2013

A New Art Journal Page {with video!}

When I sent out a survey to my email subscribers recently they overwhelmingly said that they wanted more your wish is granted.  I'm going to try to film as I work and share those with you along with other technique videos.  Please give me feedback!  Do you want the whooooooole thing like I did with the video below? Or do you prefer it to be shorter in length, with minor parts that are chopped out?  I'm thinking of not talking so much too...maybe no talking, but add in visual notes? Is there any other kind suggestions and preferences you have?  -Speak, I'm listening.  :)

Ok, here's the finished page...

Art Journal 3I came across that quote online and just had to use it!  I also used the new Detailz Doilies dies with nice, thick Letterpress paper for each of the flower centers because the cool thing with these dies is that when you run it through your die-cut machine they get cut out and embossed at the same time. Love that! It works really good with the Letterpress paper, but you can use cardstock or patterned paper too, you just need to change up the "sandwich" your layer up before running it through the machine, here's how.

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The markers I used are Faber-Castell PITT® Artist Pen and Stamper’s Big Brush Pens. They are great to use directly onto the page or you can use them as a watercolor...both of which you'll see in the video.  And I also used some Dylusions and Adirondack spray inks.

Speaking of it is...don't forget to give me some feedback!  Thanks!


A Few Reminders....


Sponsors: Lifestyle Crafts, Faber-Castell


Happy Saturday Craft Book Review & Giveaway

Aren't you glad it's the weekend?!  I sure am!

I've been catching up on my craft book reading this week and I really think you'll like these books, I know I did! (Oh, and there's a giveaway below too!!)

Book Giveaway



Let's start with Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively With Color & Composition by Dina Wakley (visit Dina's site HERE).  -As soon as I heard Dina was writing a book I was beside myself.  I love, love, love her style and have taken a class or two from her online and was really impressed with the depth of knowledge & passion, and her ability to communicate it well in her classes, so I was hoping that her book was more of the same.

For the record, I purchased this book.  Which means two things....1) I want to support people I love even if I probably could have gotten a review copy and 2) these days I don't buy real books...I'm pretty much a digi reader girl...BUT this book has SO many awesome photos in it I just had to have it so I could hug and caress feel it in my hot little hands. (PS - I swear I'm not stalking Dina even if that last sentence sounded like it, LOL.)

Ok, so this book is beautiful, it also has fantastic content.  The chapters covered are...

  1. Tools and Materials
  2. Symmetry and asymmetry
  3. White space, Continuance, and Closure
  4. Proximity
  5. Dominance and repetition
  6. Color Basics
  7. Contrast with Color
  8. Color as a Composition Tool
  9. The Power of Black and White
  10. Putting It All Together

And, it also has a QR code you can scan for some digi content (a video & pdf) along with a resource section at the end of the book so you can track down any supplies and what not that you need.

While I've been art journaling and doing mixed media for a long time, I still found the tons of handy information inside that I can't wait to use on my future projects. -So if you're new to art journaling or been doing it forever, you will get something out of this book...after all it does have an overall 5 star review on Amazon. ;)




Vogue/Butterick Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing Techniques: Revised & Updated Edition by the editors of Vogue and Butterick patterns has been revised & update for even more great content, but still has all the great things in it that the original publication had from the 1980s.

I did receive a review copy of this book, which I'm happy about because I don't generally buy sewing books since I feel I have the general skills I need to do the sewing projects I do...BUT, this would be a very handy purchase, even for me! ;)

It really covers everything from Applique to Zippers and has step-by-step illustrations to show you how to archive each of the nearly 500 techniques. It is a fantastic sewing guide and has definitely earned a spot on my bookshelf for when I'm stuck on how to do something!





Let me just say, I love this book!  Sew Red: Sewing & Quilting for Women's Heart Health by Laura Zander.

I was really excited to receive a review copy of this book, besides the 28 fantastic (& red) quilting, home decorating, apparel, and fashion accessory projects inside this book, there is information on heart-healthy living and personal experiences shared with in it.  Beautiful projects + lifesaving information = a priceless book, in my opinion! 

Many of us have had our lives touched by heart issues, in fact a friend of mine had a heart attack a couple of years ago...she is my age.  Big wake up call!!!  Heart disease is the #1 killer of women!! That's why it's so important to share this information with other women, and also to support campaigns like this (a portion of the proceeds of this book will be donated to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health in support of The Heart Truth®).

Check out some of these projects


Beautiful, eh!  Well, my friends at Jimmy Bean's Wool want to giveaway a copy of this book to one of my readers!!  Lucky you!  


To enter to win:

Just leave a comment here on the blog post you are currently reading about what project caught your eye...or share your heart story with us!

I will draw a random winner from all the entries on Saturday, April 27,2013 and will promptly email them.  Winner must reply within 48 hours or a new winner will be drawn. 

Open to USA residents only.

Disclaimer: Jimmy Bean's Wool is providing the prize for this promotion at no cost to me. Prize fulfillment will be done by Jimmy Bean's Wool and I will provide them with the winners name, postal address, and email address. I received compensation for this promotion.

Comments are now closed and a winner has been notified




A little mini-book (with a free tutorial download)

In my last post you I mentioned that I was doing some guest design work for Little Yellow Bicycle...well, here's my newest project, you can read the blog post about it over HERE

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As you can see, it's not a big book but, it's cute & little...the perfect little brag book.

The book itself is constructed with just one sheet of 12" x 12" patterned paper, but you can use other sizes too, like I have with the mini art journal I use in my Art Journaling 101 online workshop (there's a tiny peek of that art journal HERE).  For a limited time you can download the instructions on how to create this mini book HERE, for free!  I also made this video over on Curious so that you can see how it goes together...sometimes seeing it makes more sense.
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Here's the first inside page, I tried to keep them pretty simple and clean...

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And the next...

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And the last one, with my nieces and nephew....
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And here's the last page...
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I can't believe I actually scrapbooked!  Woo-hoo!! 

What crafty projects have you done recently?  Leave me the link below in the comments & I'll stop by and check them out!


sponsor: Little Yellow Bicycle


My Sanity Keeper: Art Journaling

Things have been very crazy around here lately, from finding out that our 11 yr old Golden Retriever's crucible ligament has snapped and needs trying to decide what to do about where to live (they are raising our rent a crazy amount) there are times when I'm barely keeping it all together.

Enter art journaling.  Well, God first, then art journaling.  ;)

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I really should get better at posting what I create, but for the most part I'm busy in the making and doing and either forget to take a photo or I'm laying in bed at night thinking that I should have done so and am just too tired to do it!

Well, today I'm doing it...albeit late!  I made this art journal, my "For The Love Of Art" art journal, a couple of weeks ago for the Little Yellow Bicycle blog, you can read the post HERE.

They had sent me their new Naturals collection of products to work with which was really fun! Here's the cover...

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And the rest of the pages {click on photos to enlarge them}, I used some of the collection of quotes I have saved...

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Well that's it so far...I'll post about the art journaling swap I'm doing soon!! Fun, fun!


AsteriskAlso, in case you haven't heard, it's not too late to join us at 21 Secrets of Art Journling! It's a great community of people learning more art journaling and mixed media techniques online in the comfort of home.  Hope to see you there!!


Letterpressed Baby Boy Cards

Hi there!

The guest post I wrote is up on the Lifestyle Crafts blog...go check it out HERE.  (And if you leave a comment there you'll put a smile on my face! Wink, Wink!) They sent me a great Echo Park Paper collection: "All About A Boy" to work with and here's what I created with my Letterpress...

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For all the cards I used leters from the Scholastic Printing Plates, and of course orange letterpress ink. I love how it pops!

This first card is my favorite, 
Baby - blog - Erin BassettSee how the bottom flips up to keep it closed? I popped up the button with some foam adhesive so the lip of the paper would catch on it.
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Here's another one...
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And then I decided to change up the words...
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Baby - blog - Erin Bassett

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21 Secrets


Oh, and I'm so excited that 21 Secrets opened up this week! I love me some online mixed media workshops!!! It's not too late to join us either! Go HERE for more info.






*Sponsor: Lifestyle Crafts, Echo Park