PREVIEW … Sisterhood Journaling 2018

“A Scrappy Tag Book” (inspired by Somerset Studio’s Jul/Aug 2017 issue)

Overview ….  Session 1, we will build our journal book by sewing 5 signatures together and then binding them with a scrap of muslin fabric. Session 2, we will create background color on 12 tags using Distress Oxide Inks and mount them into the book to sturdy the cover and fronts of each signature.  Sessions 3 through 6, we will ART JOURNAL.

There are two challenges.  FIRST is to use images from a mini wall calendar (approximately 8×8 inches or smaller).  They can be found at most stores selling wall calendars; I bot mine at Barnes & Noble.  I also used a book postcards from the same artist (Alphfonse Mucha).  Resources are shown below.

The SECOND challenge during weeks 3 to 6 will be to share a stamp, die cut or anything that goes with the others’ journals based on their theme and color.  In other words, if there are twelve sisters, each will share a little something with the other eleven.

BEGIN by collecting cardstock to go into your journal.  15 pieces of 6 x 12 inch CARDSTOCK (not text weight paper) will each be folded in half  horizontally to create the book size of 6 by 6 inches.  Each signature will have three of the 6×12 inch pieces (3 sheets x 5 signatures = 15 pieces of 6×12 inch cardstock).  Signatures can all be from the same line of paper, or like mine, they can all be different.  I used one of line of Graphic 45 for a signature, and two different lines of G45 for two other signatures.  The last two signature cardstocks were all mixed up with colors that went together.

The tentative DATES are Sundays, from 12:00 to 3:30p at Artsy Stamps & Papercrafts in Loveland, CO.  Cost is $60 for all six sessions, students provide their own supplies.

  1. January 28
  2. February 11
  3. February 25
  4. March 11
  5. March 25
  6. April.

Additional resources are ….

  • …. select “$2018 calendars”, then “mini wall”, then filter by width 6×8 inches; over 500 to select from at $7.99.
  • … search on “mini wall calendars”.
  • and for my art postcards.



See you in the New Year!!!


Mar 26 – Class Plan and Homework


Please bring to class …

  1. Small round paint brush (#2 if you have)
  2. Glue book
  3. Paper towels
  4. Baby wipes
  5. Rags
  6. Neutral cardstock … off white, tan, or light colored in your color palette
  7. Distress reinkers in your color palette, if you have …I’ll bring stuff to share

Technique 1 – twinkling H2O’s:

  • mist color pots
  • lightly stir color
  • clean off brush on pot edge, then in water, dab brush dry on towel
  • dip in color, test on scrap
  • color and shade as desired

Technique 2 – paint glaze

  • mix paint and gel medium, equal parts
  • scrape on paper with plastic card

Technique 3 – reinker to craft sheet

  • lightly drag reinker glass tip on craft sheet, do not squeeze
  • mist with water
  • lightly scratch stir
  • blot paper flat into color pools
  • drag edges in left over color

Technque 4 – distress crayons

  • mist small spot on craft sheet
  • dip small round brush into water
  • dab onto end of crayon to pick up color
  • repeat to achieve shade desired

Technique 5 – rusty hinge

  • dab on yellow
  • dab on rust … leaving half yellow showing
  • dab on rush … leave half of yellow and rush showing
  • blend slightly

Technique 6 – double stamping

  • using precision stamp press
  • place paper, align stamp, ink stamp
  • press to paper, reink & repeat!


MAR 12 – Class Plan and Homework


  1. New Background Technique:  Stamp, restamp & stamp again
    1. Using stamp with significant “solid rubber”, ink stamp well.
    2. Stamp once, then without reinking, restamp twice moving the stamp slightly to right and left.
    3. Repeat “three stamp step” until paper is mostly covered
    4. Using blender tool, softly color any unstamped background area.
    5. Blend slightly more color on outer edges.
  2. Embossing Folder Techniques:
    1. Example 1 Try new embossing folder spray; creates sharper & more distinct embossing.
    2. Example 2 Smudge ink onto embossed paper, adding highlights and low-lights.  Embellish with “art alchemy acrylic paint”.
  3. New Product:  TommyArt
    1. Begin with embossed paper.
    2. Apply “chalk color” paint using blending tool (use only a dab of paint, measured with stir stick).  Dry slightly.
    3. Apply “wax or timbrilla” product using a small rag. Let dry slightly.
    4. Using a clear small rag, polish wax.  Enjoy!
  4. Old Technique Revisited: Ink Pad on Craft Sheet (group together)
    1. With distress ink pad directly to craft sheet, smudge three this spots, not touching.  Can be same color or different colors.
    2. Mist inked craft sheet.
    3. Drag paper across misted ink.  Blot until craft sheet is dry.
    4. Dry paper, repeat with another color.
    5. Also try technique with reinkers for more pigmented colors (touch reinker lightly to craft sheet and drag to draw a squiggly “S”.  Mist reinker, spread randomly with stir stick. Drag and blot paper into ink.
    6. Dry and iron.
  5. Cherri’s Stained Glass Technique:
    1. Use a stamp with “strong outlined image and holes to color inside” (similar to coloring book).
    2. Stamp with permanent ink, let dry over night.
    3. Color with pencils.
    4. Use black soot distress ink pads with 2 inch square of Cut & Dry felt, smudge over colored pencils.
    5. Use post-it-note to cover spaces where no black soot smudge is wanted.
  6. New Paper Engineering:   Use “on the edge” die cuts for 3/4, half &  quarter size width pages
  7. Individual help with journal design.
  8. Also To Do:  Use Cherri’s alphabets, hole drill press & big shot/die cuts/embossing folders.
  9. Use a technique or a couple items from home you haven’t used in a while.
  10. Stop at 3p so you can shop with your 10% class discount.


HOMEWORK between Mar 12 and Mar 26

  1. Continue working on Journal design.
  2. Create more journal pages.
  3. Collect ideas for next alphabet letters.
  4. Find two more unused/seldom used items from home to include in your journal.

FEB 26 — Examples for flag page, shaker box & peek-a-book page

flag page, 8 inch wide vellum, score 7 times at one inch spacing, fold like a fan, clip into place for positioning, then affix with skor tape.


flag page, second view


Shaker box, bottom right corner, six layers of die cut built up, plus acetate or transparency.


Shaker box, close up




Peek-a-boo page, closed


Peek-a-book page, open

FEB 26 – Class Plan and Homework

CLASS PLAN February 26

  1. New Technique:  Build flag page with vellum paper (as a group).
    1. Cut vellum journal height (or narrower), by 8 inches wide.
    2. Skor seven times at one inch intervals, at 2″, 3″, 4″ …
    3. Fold back and forth to make an accordion fold.
    4. Place 1/2 inch or two x 1/4 inch skor tape on each end fold.
    5. Lay and paper clip into place before removing skor tape liner.
    6. Affix.
  2. New Technique:  Create shaker box.
    1. Tacky glue 5 frames together, aligning top carefully.
    2. Black Gesso or paint outside edges, if desired. Heat set/dry.
    3. Affix transparency sheet with Skor tape to frame stack.
    4. UHU Glue 5×6″ card stock to cereal box or chip board.
    5. Die cut another frame from above cardstock/cereal box.
    6. Affix to frame/shaker box stack with Skor tape.
    7. Add shaker box to journal page with goodies inside using 1/2″ skor tape & enjoy!
  3. New Technique:  Create “pick-a-boo” spread using “mover & shaper” die cut.
  4. New Technique:  Use “on-the-edge” die cuts for “quarter, third and half pages.
  5. New To Do:  Use Prima sprayed cardstock for corner, border & flourish die cuts.
  6. Product Sampling:  On ATC size cardstock, use Distress Collage Mediums — vintage, matte, crazing.
  7. Product Sampling:  On ATC size cardstock, try edging & painting with ArtAlchemy Acrylic Paints.
  8. Individual help with journal design.
  9. Also To Do:  Use Cherri’s alphabets, hole drill press & deckle edge paper cutter.
  10. Use a technique or a couple items from home you haven’t used in a while.
  11. Stop at 3p so you can shop with your 10% class discount.


HOMEWORK between Feb 26 and Mar 12

  1. Continue working on Journal design.
  2. Create more journal pages.
  3. Collect ideas for next alphabet letters.
  4. Find two more unused/seldom used items from home to include in your journal.

PAPER Engineering Examples

Outside flap … can be right or lelft



Inside flap … can be right or left



Page layering … pocket with open top & tag; flap sealed on top & bottom to create pocket with tag



Page layering … full page with tag used as quarter page.



More page layering examples



Layering … 3/4 page over full page



Bottom POCKET… full page width, approximately 1/3 page height



Side page POCKET … folded cardstock 3/4 page width, taped on top & bottom to create side pocket



Center page, add-on POCKET. Cut pocket, secure on top of page on 3 sides, add tag.