Archive | January 2017

JAN 29 – Class Plan and Homework

Here’s what I’m thinking – but please remember this is a journey and every path taken is beautiful!


  1. Come early at noon if you can.  I cleaned out my studio (again), and have free goodies.
  2. Paper engineering journal pages for letters A to D.
  3. Cut journal cover & back out of chipboard, cereal box or cardboard.  Or, you can bring ready-made journal covers.
  4. Two technique demonstrations — backgrounds & stencils.
  5. Individual help with journal design.
  6. Use Cherri’s hole drill press, deckle edge paper cutter, & alphabet sets.
  7. Stop at 3p so you can shop with your 10% class discount.

HOMEWORK between Jan 29 and Feb 12

  1. Work on design for journal pages A to D.  Paper clip design to journal pages.  Remember layers, layers and more layers!  We’ll review in class before gluing down.
  2. Create more journal pages for next alphabet letter set, or wait until next class.  There will be new paper engineering each week.
  3. Collect ideas for next alphabet letters.
  4. Bring a technique or a couple items to class that you haven’t used in a while to include in your journal.

PAPER ENGINEERING for your Journal Pages

Sisterhood Journal – Paper Engineering Ideas

Cherri will have examples to show in class and will help students individually.

  1. FLAP/FOLD OUT.  Cut paper to journal height, but leave the width longer.  Score at journal width and fold over.  Using a 5” height by 7” width journal as an example – cut a 12×12 inch piece of cardstock to 5 inches by 12 inches.  Instead of cutting to 7 inches wide, score at 7 inches, and fold over to make an interactive flap that will open.   The flap can be positioned on the outside of the journal, or on the inside near the ring binders.
  2. HINGE.  Using a strip of paper the length of your insert paper, cut to about 2 inches wide, fold in half vertically, and glue strip as a hinge to secure insert paper to journal page.  Also, a hinge can be created by cutting a 3 by 6 inch piece of paper, folding in half to 3×3 inch square and then securing the backside to the journal page.
  3. TOP/SIDE PAGE POCKETS. Cut two pieces of cardstock to journal page size.  Secure with Skor tape on three sides, leaving open on top or outside edge to create a pocket for a tag.
  4. ADD-ON POCKETS. Cut a piece of cardstock to the width of your journal, but only a quarter or a third as tall.  For the 5×7 journal this might be 7 inches wide by 2 inches tall. Secure with Skor tape on sides and bottom, leaving top open.  The add-on pocket can also open to the outside or inside, and again I’ll demonstrate in class.  And the add-on pocket could be a piece of cardstock secured to the middle of the page – the for 5×7 journal, this could be 4 inches wide by 3.25 inches tall.
  5. SHORTER/NARROWER PAGES. For the 5×7 journal, this would mean cutting the cardstock to 4 by 5 inches.  When the page is punched, and laid on top of another page, there will be a view around the outside to the next page.  It can also be made into a pocket with two sheets of cardstock.
  6. REINFORCEMENT STRIP. It helps strengthen your journal pages by adding a 1 to 1.5 inch strip to the inside edge of journal page where the binder ring is punched.
  7. HOLE PUNCH TEMPLATE. It is helpful to begin with a piece of chipboard cut to journal page size.  Punch your ring binder holes, and mark top and bottom edges.  Mini-binder clip this template on each new journal page to align all journal page hole punches.

TOOLBOX – Cherri’s Favorite Art Journaling Toolbox

Sisterhood Journal – Toolbox Recommendations (Bring what you can, but I usually have tools to share.)

1. Scissors (small/sharp/fine detail cutting)
2. Pencil/pen/paper pad for homework notes
3. Ruler
4. Bone folder
5. Paper clips and/or mini binder clips
6. Paper cutter/trimmer (6 or 12”)
7. ¼ inch hand-held hole punch
8. Paper piercer (awl, aka pokie thing)
9. ADHESIVES (including: UHU glue stick, Skor tape, tacky white glue with fine tip point, glue dots, pop-up dots)
10. Glue book (old magazine/catalog)
11. Small rag/plastic cup to wet for wiping fingers, baby wipes, dish towel/rag to dry hands and/or clean stamps.
12. Distress ink pads (color coordinated to your current project), and blender handles and pads (or make-up sponge)
13. Black permanent ink pad (Versafine, Archival, Momento)
14. FAVORITE TOOLS might include … deckled and postoid scissors, stylus & pad, sand paper/nail file, corner rounder punch, exacto knife, #2 round paint brush, rubber gloves, water mister, stickles.
15. ___________  Plus your own favorites …

BRING TO FIRST CLASS January 29, 2017

Sisterhood — Bring these items to class to begin your journaling

  1.  Paper
    1. THREE SHEETS of coordinating 12×12 inch cardstock, specifically 3 different sheets from the same paper collection, for example: Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook or Cityscapes, or BoBunny’s Kiss-the-Cook or Secret Garden. You may substitute a 6×6 inch paper pad for these three sheets.
    2. THREE ADDITIONAL SHEETS of 12×12 inch cardstock. These can be:
      1. More from the paper collection already choosen above, especially ones with a small print design or mostly neutral.
      2. Or, different 12×12 cardstock that goes nicely with your first three sheets.
      3. Or, paper from the BoBunny dots collections, again color coordinated to first three sheets.
      4. Or, a mixture of all three above.
  1. Your decision of what journal size you will create … best recommendations are 6×6 inch square, and 5×7 inch rectangle used vertically or horizontally.
  2. Chipboard, cereal box or cardboard enough to cut your front and back journal covers. I’ll have some to share. You may also use a ready-made cover.
  3. Ideas, words, quotes and/or images for the letters A, B, C & D.
    1. I will bring some stamps and goodies to share.
    2. FYI – the ATC size is 2.5 by 3.5 inches
  4. Alphabet stamps, paper or chipboard for letters A, B, C & D; again I’ll bring LOTS to share.
  5. Technique # 1 BACKGROUND STAMPS …
    1. I will bring all my Lost Coast Design stamps to share.
    2. Please bring whichever of these light colored distress ink pad that coordinate with your paper: antique linen, old paper, tattered rose, milled lavender.  P.S.  antique linen goes with everything! And the store has ink pads to share.
    3. We will use the store’s We R Memory Keeper’s Precision Press.
  6. Technique #2 STENCILING …
    1. A few of your favorite stencils; I’ll bring some to share.
    2. Your coordinating distress ink pads and blender tools, as listed in toolbox.

That’s all folks!