Saturday, April 18, 2015

No Sew Fabric Mini Album

I love creating mini albums but not always use paper. I try to challenge myself to try new materials and see what kind of mini albums they would make. Today I played with fabric. And the best thing is that this mini album doesn't need any sewing at all. So if you don't have a sewing machine or don't know how to sew you can still create this mini album! All you need is some ink, acrylic paint and stamping objects to create this fun project! I'm sure there are some fabric pieces in your stash you can play with...right?

For this mini album you can use any type of cotton fabric or cheesecloth. It needs to be flexible and thin enough to be folded and its texture needs to be the kind you can paint on because it will be covered with gesso to prime it. felt, for example will not work here. This is basically the same process as creating a canvas for the wall only without the frame. We will prime the fabric with the gesso so it will seal the fabric and prevent any absorption of the mediums we will be adding.

Once all the fabric pages have been primed and thoroughly dried we can start adding the patterns, words and colors to the pages. I used Ann Butler's pigment ink by Clearsnap that is suitable for fabric and is permanent after a heat set with a heat tool or an iron. The color scheme I chose was teal, purple and black. I also used black acrylic paint. As usual, I didn't have a plan, so I started adding colors and shapes. The important thing in creating this type of project is layering. Layer colors, words and shapes to create an interesting page with a message. I didn't add photos but it is definitely something you can add. Just make sure everything is completely dry so the photos will not be stained or wet.

To create the different patterns on the page I used Ann Butler's 2" Faux Quilting Acrylic Stamps and found objects like TP roll and an old credit card. You can use whatever objects you have to create stamps in any shape or size. I also used the really cool martha Stewart brushes to add all kinds of lines. Make sure to dry each page before turning it over to work on the other side.

Here are some of the supplies you'll need for this project. Some of these are affiliate links which means if you click the link and make a purchase, I get paid a few coins. This helps me keep on blogging and sharing different projects with you. Thanks in advance for your support, dear friends!

White Canvas Fabric
Fabric Ink
Martha Stewart Brushes
White Gesso
Letter Stamps

Fabric Tac

For all the tips, tricks and a full process check out the video.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Giveaway No.2!!

Crafty April Website Launch month is so much fun right?!
Well...let's pump up the fun with another giveaway!!

This giveaway is all about tools! This is not your regular giveaway with a bunch of supplies that run out after awhile...NO, this is a giveaway of inspiration!

You will get an assortment of tools that can be used again and again and again! 
It will boost your crafty inspiration and put you in the right mood to create!

So which tools are you getting?

* Rhinestone & Crystal Pick Up Tool with a special mat.
* Clay Tool Set
* Quickie Glue Pen
* Crafting Pouch : a multi purpose tool for crafters
* Music Note Punch
* Clear Stamps Set

To get this GREAT giveaway you need to:

1. share the website with a link on your social media sites 
like Facebook, twitter, google+, blog, instagram etc. 

2. Leave a comment with the link to what you shared.

Have fun sharing!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Online Classes

One of my great passions is teaching. Being able to share my knowledge with others, inspire them and help them create fills my life with joy. For awhile I've been searching for a way to teach beyond the weekly Saturday MIXTRAVAGANZA video tutorials which are limited in time and content volume and I'm happy I found a way.

My new online classes are all hosted on a private classroom that gives me, as a teacher, the option to teach in a variety of tools like PDF files, links, video tutorials and more as well as interact with my students. Each class has a class forum that is dedicated to the class subject only and allows the student to ask me questions, interact with each other and upload their projects.

Each online class is self paced and can be watched as many times as needed. You get a life long access to all the content in the class.

There are many online classes out there some of them teaching the same subject I do. However, my aim is not just teaching a subject or a project. I want to share my knowledge in a way that will inspire you, motivate you and make you happy. I want to give you the tools, techniques and secrets to create with no fear and freely.

All classes have logic behind them. I didn't just create a class for the sake of earning money (that too inter-ACTIVES was created when I realized although many interactive projects can be found online there is no one comprehensive, step by step method that takes you from A to B in a progressive process and teaches you how to construct an interactive paper mechanism. So I designed this class starting from the easiest mechanism to the most complicated in order to create a mini album "catalog" of interactive designs you can refer to whenever you want to create an interactive project.

of course) but there is a reason why I created these classes and not others. For example:

The Creating 101 series was designed to help beginners start learning different crafting genres from the first step. You can find so many amazing art journal pages on line and tutorials but, again, no comprehensive one process class that takes you through EVERYTHING you need to know to start art journaling. Until now.

I also wanted to offer one free mini class because I believe in sharing as much as possible. I initially created 4 Essentials thing you need to know about mixed media as a series of 4 blog posts. But I wanted you to have the option of re-accessing the content and ask questions so I added a few things and created a mini class.

I'm so excited about this new adventure and i hope you'll join me.
I can't wait to see you in class!

Oh... almost forgot. A few of you who will register for a (full price) online class will get a special surprise...

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