Hello my sweet bloggie friends! I'm back with you today to share my second Zeus and Zoe project featuring the beautiful products from this month's sponsors Donna Salazar and Couture Creations.
I was inspired to art journal by the Donna Salazar dictionary pages so I chose to highlight: artistic, journal and happy.
I like to use my excess inks and paints in my art journal so that nothing goes to waste. So I flipped through my art journal and found this page filled with the over sprays of a previous project. Next I dug through my Zeus and Zoe kit and found an unfinished page that never made it onto another project along with jump rings and it hit me! Create an art journal page within an art journal page, does that make sense, lol? I punched holes on my art journal page and the mini album page I found then connected them with the jump rings, easy peasy right?!
Then I began by adhering torn and inked strips of Donna Salazar papers from the Natural Beauty collection.
Once I figured out the basic design, I focused on adding the layers of inks and paints to grunge it up a bit and give it my "Norma twist" ;D. I used a doily stencil with an acrylic dauber to create texture. I really like the way the acrylic paint puffed up. This allowed the inks to really get in those groves to help define the shape.
With all the stencil work done, I started layering more of Donna Salazar's Natural Beauty papers and even ran some through my sewing machine. I used a beautiful flowing vine stitch, distressed and inked all of the edges. Next I added the dictionary strips that I wanted to use. I highlighted the edges with fluid acrylic using my finger then outlined the entire strip with a black pen. I created a small banner using the Donna Salazar Natural Beauty die cut pieces. To give them a little more presence in my design, I glued them on some of the paper and cut around them leaving about a 1/4" border. Then I added the Natural Beauty Chipboard Alphas with a little pen work to make them pop.
For the insert, I focused on journaling about why I love to art journal. I wrote:
"These pages are so much more to me than a place to learn through my creative play.
They see me through the darkest days. With each layer, the troubles of the day fade away and I'm transported to my happy place."
This is so true for me, my art journal gives me wings to soar above whatever challenges I might be facing. I truly believe in the the healing power of art. Being creative has a wonderful way of lifting the soul and one of the beautiful things about art journaling is that it can be done with no expectations or pressure. You don't have to worry about incorporating a photo or story. All you have to do is play, let the page become whatever it wants to be. If you don't like the way it's turning out, just keep going. Add another layer of paper, ink or paint; whatever you want until you feel that smile on your face and twinkle in your eye. You know the feeling you get when you're so happy with what you've just created.
For the cover, I used a page from a mini album that I received in my Zeus and Zoe kit. It already had paint and stencil work on it from before. I was gonna use it on a layout but ended up leaving it off. So all I needed to do was add some of Donna's Natural Beauty paper, a little more stenciling and chipboard alphas.
To finish off my pages, I added some doodle work, strips of torn fabric and cording from my Zeus and Zoe kit. I also added the key and hanging sign Couture Creations dies. I love the grungy feel of these art journal pages and the bonus mini page tucked in. If you've never art journaled before, I encourage you to give a try. Just remember to have fun and JUST PLAY!! It's also a wonderful way to use up all those scraps, odd letters and embellishments you have laying around. Well I hope I've inspired you to give art journaling a try!!
Oh and don't forget to enter this month's challenge: My Favorite Things!!! There are wonderful prizes up for grabs including this autographed kit from Donna Salazar, so get to craftin peeps!!
The Main Prize
Donna Salazar is a wife, mom, grandma, artist, designer, teacher and kid at heart. Her playful nature tends to come across in her products and classes because she believes that art should be fun. Donna is known for blending contrasting elements to create what she calls her “Girlie Grunge” look. Donna's style is especially appealing to mixed media artists, however her love of flowers and all things sparkly seems to appeal to crafters of all types and styles.
Donna is a licensed designer and has product lines with 5 different companies: Clearsnap, GCD Studios, Spellbinders, Want2Scrap and Zutter. Donna offers free video tutorials, e-classes and a LIVE webshow, called Tuesday Tutorials, where she gives away lots of prizes from her partner companies and/or original artwork created during the show!
An Australian owned and loved brand, Couture Creations is the culmination of 20 years experience in the scrapbooking industry. From its final inception in 2010, Couture Creations has been devoted to producing expertly designed, high quality products overseen by veteran designers and crafters for a result that is both simple and elegant.
Couture Creations is part of Artdeco Creations growing collection of quality craft brands available worldwide. Distributed through a network of the best industry representatives in scrapbooking and craft internationally, Artdeco Creations has the ability to test and meet global expectations for quality and precision beyond local trends and markets.
Also included in the Random Winner Prize Pack is this 6x6 paper pack from Donna Salazar:
Thanks for joining me today and have a BEAUTIFUL, INSPIRED day!!!