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Give Me Eyes to See

Hey girlies!  Happy Monday!  Today I’m gonna show y’all what I did with this wonderful tab page in my Haute Mess journal.  I’ve got a bit of a theme going in my journal right now so I’m rolling with it and continuing what I have going on and this is what is on my mind and on my heart so in my journal it goes!

 

Take a look at the process video for details on how I created this background using a technique I like to call “paint smushing”.

VIEW VIDEO HERE

It’s basically adding dashes of paint to your page or canvas then covering it with another paper or in this case I used a sheet of clear acetate so you could see the process take place.  You cover the paint with the second sheet of paper and smush it, smoothing it out so the paint can blend and come to the edges a bit.  Once you peel the paper up it makes a wonderful blended and textured design.

Make Craft Storage Pretty with Bad Girls Couture

In today’s culture, we are definitely working towards more recycling, re-purposing and up-cycling which is phenomenal for the earth and our pocket books.  When thinking of re-purposing an item as I sit at my craft desk, I come across a pet peeve of mine.  I like pretty storage, it helps to inspire me in my creating.  So as I sat there looking at my very un-inspiring small stack of drawers on my table, I had an idea.  Let’s make it PRETTY!  A sheet of paper, some ribbon, an alphabet stamp set, kraft paper and some glue…easy peasy!

 

You can see here just how uninspiring this little storage unit is, so lets make this bad boy PRETTY!
Cut out strips of paper to the height of each drawer, measure across but give yourself some extra length as this unit has a dipped in middle.  So I accounted for that.

Using a small alpha stamp set, stamp on kraft paper the category of items in each drawer. Cut them out, ink the edges and adhere to the drawer. Then add your choice of ribbon, this one was over an inch thick with design on each edge, I decided to cut it down the middle and then alternate the textures.

 

Do not forget the top to complete the look.

 

Hope this inspires you to repurpose not only items on your craft desk but all around your home.  The possibilities are endless.

 

Some Serious Bad Ass Fussy Cutting

When I see full sheets of paper with flowers and designs that can be cut out, I tend to go to town on it.  I am a true fussy cutter and find that when I am doing this fine cutting that it completely relaxes me. It is one of the few times that I can push out all the other thoughts and stay focused on what I am doing.  With the beautiful papers that came in the kit, there was a plethora of designs to cut out and go crazy with on this layout.

Just keep cutting out all kinds of designs and layering them with foam squares to give it dimension.

To add a little extra effect, cut and curl some paper and tuck it behind a piece that is adhered to a foam square, distress and ink the edges and add some pearl effects.

 

Thank you for stopping by!