Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Calendar

I made my February calendar for the The Kathryn Wheel 2013 Calendar Challenge and have been journaling in it all month. I took my sweet time posting it, though. The curse of the working mother: never enough time!

I snapped a picture of the page before I put all of the journaling blocks on it. I like how the texture and colors pop off the page. Although journaling on all those hills and valleys has been interesting.

I finished up the January calendar as well. The hardest part has been taking a few minutes to journal every single day. In February I went two weeks without journaling! I have a whole week of "not sure what happened on this day" entries. Sad face.

While I was at it, I also created a title page at the beginning of the book. I re-purposed a found holiday card for the focal image. It seemed a shame to let such a beautiful laser cut star go to waste. Happy face.

I worked on my March calendar last night and made a beautiful page that I am quite smitten with. I hope to get a picture of it posted in the next few days.

How It Started

Tim and I go way back. Almost back to the beginning... It was December 2007 and I came across a creative holiday marathon being hosted by Tim Holtz called the 12 Tags of Christmas. WoW! Tim's style was like nothing I had seen yet or since. The world of papercrafting was on the verge of being turned upside down by the inky, grungy, distressed style of the creative genius of Tim Holtz. I have been an admiring fan ever since!

Not only is Tim's artwork a joy to behold, but he SHARES HIS TECHNIQUES openly for the world to learn from. Following one of his tutorials or videos is like sitting shoulder to shoulder with him. I can't tell you how much I have learned from this man!

The product line that has been created around him is phenomenal! First in quality and second in how they all complement each other. From his Distress Inks, stamps, grunge papers, and embellishments. It's enough to put a working girl in the poor house, I tell ya!

In 2007 my scrapbooking stash consisted of the bare necessities. I was focused on scrapping my older son's school years and my younger son's baby stages. The papers and products I had at the time were focused on those subjects. Seeing Tim's tags was an explosion of my senses; textures, deep colors, shabby chic accouterments.

Playing along daily was not something I could realistically accomplish. Getting ready for Christmas is taxing enough without throwing in a major craft project using products I did not even have on hand. It was fun to log on every day and see what wonderfulness Tim had created overnight. But I had to limit myself...

At the end of the 12 Tags of Christmas, I selected the tag I liked the most and purchased the products needed for that project. That was Day 9 - hardware holiday. Peeled paint and fired brick still are my two favorite Distress Ink colors.

Not too bad for the first tag I ever made. The next year, for the 12 Tags of Christmas 2008, I did the same thing. This time I picked two days that were similar, Day 10 and Day 5. I mashed up the techniques between the two days and created a hybrid tag. I was still very controlled in my execution. A big part of the distress/grunge style is letting go and getting inky. Something I have had to learn to do.

Last year Tim finally came to his senses and launched the 12 Tags of 2012. He created one tag at the beginning of the month and gave participants the rest of the month to play along and get their artwork posted. Even still, I was only able to complete two of the monthly projects. (Still working on building up my Tim Holtz stash!) In February, Tim launched the new tag program. I was glad to have more time to get my supplies, learn the techniques, and make the tag.

I played along again in November. I found that I enjoyed the process much more with the relaxed time constraints. From the first tag in 2007 to this one I can see a lot of improvement. I am learning to use more ink and to add layers of stamps, color and/or texture.

I thank Tim Holtz for opening my eyes and my creative spirit to this art movement. I feel like there is still so much for me to learn, but I am enjoying every moment of it. Well, maybe not the checkbook balancing part.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Butterfly Kisses

Here is the tag I made for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 - February challenge. I just wasn't feeling the love, so I deviated ever so slightly off the path with kisses. There is nothing sweeter than giving and receiving butterfly kisses.

I struggled with this tag and still am not that pleased with it. I had numerous trials and errors. Some tags all but make themselves, while others have to be coaxed along. I enjoyed using my new Grunge Butterfly stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs and the companion stamps and die.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Green Paper Collage Challenge

One of the artists I have come to admire is Mary Green of Green Paper. Her vintage glue books are divine!

At the beginning of the month she would host a collage challenge on her blog. She would select a few images from her vast collection of vintage/antique ephemera and ask participants to create a piece of art using at least part of each of the images.

I played along a few times and really enjoyed it. You can go back through the older posts on her blog and pick up the collage sheets if you would like to give it a try.

Precious - February 2012 GPCC
Fly With Me - January 2012 GPCC
Promise to Wed - September 2011 GPCC

Mary is on a "Grand Tour" and hasn't hosted a monthly challenge for quite some time. I really miss her and hope she will come back soon.