Monday, May 18, 2015

Building a New Journal

I spent the morning deconstructing an old hard bound discarded book, painting large pieces of paper for pages and then rebuilding the old book into a journal to better suit my needs.

This is a new workshop that has been designed exclusively for the "Rooted Women" group at THRIVE in Waterford, Michigan. We'll be taking an old hard bound book and we'll rebuild it, start to finish, into a very personal journal over the six week course of the program.

To learn more about this group and others offered by THRIVE, please see their website.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mandala Journal

I spent a little time adding a few new pages to my Mandala Journal.  I realize that the more I work in this journal the less traditional my Mandalas become.

But then again, it's my journal and I can make up the rules as I go!  It is one of the many joys of journaling ... you can make and break any rule that you want!  You can view more pages from my Mandala journal on my website here.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Bottle Cap Beads

I started making some of these beads out of old bottle caps a few years ago.  I quickly stopped and lost interest when I realized how much work they were.  Recently, I ran into the few I had made and decided that I really loved them.  Now, I was determined to make enough for a necklace.

I made roundish ones that I drilled holes in to so I could string them for a necklace ... 12 ruined drill bits later, I achieved this.  I also made some that are somewhat oval in shape. I decided that soldering rings to these instead of drilling holes made more sense .... mostly because I was now out of small drill bits. Not quite sure what I'll do with these yet.

Now that I have that out of my system for the time being, I am on to other things ....

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Journal Book!

Dawn Devries Sokol has come out with yet another fabulous book of Journal Pages. I feel honored to have my work included in this publication!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Getting ready for Pennsylvania!

While packing up supplies for my upcoming trip to PA this coming weekend, I was distracted and decided to play rather than pack.  I ended up with these 2 new spreads in my "Urban Ranson" journals.  I had far too much fun, but now back to gathering supplies and packing...

I also started to pack up supplies for  "The Mandala Journal". It took everything I had in me to keep packing rather than take time to play in this journal also!

As almost everyone is surprised at the size of these Mandalas when they see them in real life, I thought I would mention that these are 8" in diameter ... not the size of drink coasters that everyone seems to think.

Oh my goodness ... it's a terrible thing to love what you do as much as I do. It's so hard to do what I am supposed to be doing rather than spend all my time journaling.

"Over the Edge" The Fun size version  is also being offered in Pennsylvania this weekend ...

... at "Charmed I'm Sure Studio".  You can purchase a slot in any of these workshops here. This is a link to the Workshop descriptions if you'd like more information.  We'd love for you to join us .... We'll assume that I'll continue with the preparations and get ready in time!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

"Over the Edge" Workshop

This workshop is being offered at "THRIVE" in Waterford, Michigan ... coming up VERY quickly! April 11th. 2015. Register soon to avoid missing this opportunity!

Also being offered at "Charmed I'm Sure" in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on April 18th, 2015. Register here for this workshop.

Below is a class description and here are several additional photos of this technique packed journal.

After numerous requests, the classic “Over the Edge” 
journal of page shapes and edges is making a come 
back, only this time it’s “Fun Size”!  This luscious little 
journal (4 1/2" X 6 1/4") is a power packed version of 
the original.  We’ll work on getting those pages to "pop" 
(no one likes dull flat pages) and make the edges of 
those pages sizzle (gilding on steroids). This class will 
help us break away from the traditional rectangular 
shaped page. We’ll explore ways of developing and 
making other shapes for pages giving our books more 
dimension and interest. The importance of the often 
neglected edges of pages will be emphasized. Ingrid’s 
original book "An Instructional Guide for Going Over the 
Edge" will also be available for viewing many examples 
which displays a plethora of possibilities.  You need 
only bring a few sheets of paper and a few simple 
supplies that you probably already have on hand and 
the rest will be supplied!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

ATC Play Day at THRIVE

We all had a great day at THRIVE yesterday making Artist Trading Cards. An incredible mess was made and oodles of fabulous ATCs were created!  Some of which are pictured below.

We had a group of about 20 very creative individuals that all had a great time.

The next event I will be facilitating at THRIVE will be the new fun size version of "Over the Edge", which is coming up VERY quickly. It will be on April 11th ... a mere 2 weeks away. Please contact me for registration info at -

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Workshops at "Charmed I'm Sure" in P.A.

I'll be in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania at the "Charmed I'm Sure" Studio of Jean Van Brederode on April, 17, 18 and 19, 2015!

Here are a few photos of the Mandala Journal being offered on Friday the 17th.   Thought I'd mention(as so many people have told me that from the photos they thought the journal pages were coaster size), I'd like to let you know that the pages are 8" in diameter. However, I do also like the idea of making a smaller one ... workshop for the future perhaps.

We still have room in Saturday and Sunday's workshop ... "Over the Edge" and "Urban Ransom". Do consider joining us for one or all classes!  We'd love to see you there!

You can see more photos of these journals on my website.

Friday, March 13, 2015

FREE ATC Play Day!

Free ATC Play Day at THRIVE

Saturday, March 28th 2015 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
THRIVE - 7633 Highland Road, Waterford, Michigan

Come join us for a FREE Play Day at THRIVE making Artist trading cards!  These are 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" mini works of art that you make for trading, giving away or keeping (they are never sold). Come join us for an hour or the full day.  Please pre-register with Ingrid through her blog, Facebook or email, just so we know how many seats to have available.  Light instruction and materials will be provided, but feel free to bring (and perhaps share) magazines &/or collage materials. If you plan on staying the day consider bringing a sack lunch.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mandala Journal

I had the luxury of having a bit of extra time and I spent it working in my Mandala Journal.  I love working in this journal because of the format. Sometimes it can be a challenge, but it is a very pleasant shape and size (8") to work with. 

This is one of the workshops I will be teaching at Art and Soul in Portland next week. There are only a few extra available seats in the class, so grab one while you can!

You can see more photos of this journal on my website here.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Free Play Day at THRIVE! March 28th, 2015

Seriously ... Who doesn't LOVE Artist Trading Cards?
Those little 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" mini works of art for trading or keeping (never sold).

We'll be having a FREE play day at THRIVE in Waterford, Michigan making ATCs! Stay for an hour ... stay for the day. I'll be there from 10 am to 5 pm, providing light instruction and all the materials you'll need.  But, feel free to bring your own magazines to cut up or any other materials you'd like to include or share.

I'll bring lots of samples of ATCs to show ... I'll even bring some journals for you to look through.

All I ask is that you register so we know how many seats to have available.  You can do so by emailing me, leaving a comment below or you can leave me a message on FaceBook.  Hope you'll join us!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Itching to make a new Junk Journal

I'm still adding photos to my newly revamped website.  I'm beginning to think it will never be finished.  I'm just about to the point of saying "It's good enough ... I'm done".  However, there are still several things I feel I have to take care of before I can call it done.

I added a few more photos of this Junk Journal I made in Portland, Oregon a few years back while teaching at "Art and Soul".  It was a great time .... and I am going back in a few short weeks again!  I'll be teaching some of my favorite workshops.

There is still time to register here.  Do consider joining us for a fabulous time!

To see more of this journal, go to my website here. Working with these photos and seeing the journal again makes me want to make another File Folder Journal / Junk Journal. They are so much fun ...and such a great way of using up all those paper treasures you don't have the heart to throw away.

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