Friday, November 6, 2015

The Journal Buddy Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and happy Friday! Yay! Let's have some creative fun by hopping on a little blog hop today, shall we? A handful of my favorite creative pals and I are sharing our "anything goes" creations using the Journal Buddy by Yvonne Blair Designs. This fun little flexible tool is great for keeping lines straight, using the wavy edge (which I incorporated in my design)  for all sorts of effects, and so much more. You're sure to be inspired by the talented artists sharing their creations with the Journal Buddy. Join us in this fun hop, leave a comment on each of our blogs and you'll be entered to win...


A Journal Buddy and Yvonne's 4" x 8" Inky Art Journal!


Blog Hop Artists Include:

Annette Green (You're here!)
Cheryl Boglioli www.cherylboglioli.com/blog
Linda Ledbetter www.lindaledbetter.com
Yvonne Blair www.yvonneblair.com


My creation uses the Journal Buddy along with the new and super cute 4" x 8" sized Inky Art Journal. I have to say NOT ALL ART JOURNALS ARE THE SAME. If you're an art journaler, you know the hassle of pages that don't stay open flat. You clamp them, you tape them down, and you just can't stamp well on them because they won't lay flat. WELL, let me tell you: Yvonne's Inky Art Journals lay flat. Every single page! They are specially designed to do so an they are a dream to work with. The pages are super thick and nothing seeps through, even without gesso.


With that said, let's get the show on the road!

I used the 4" x 8" Inky Art Journal and created this fun spread using Yvonne's Journal Buddy and her wonderful stamps from Impression Obsession. (More details on those in a moment.) I was inspired by artists like Candy Colwell and others I follow who have used magazine people in their art journals. I had never tried it before and started flipping through magazines recently and found this cute girl's freckly face and wrinkled-up nose, and she just made me smile!


To begin, I laid a few die-cut waxed paper doilies on my pages. These were leftovers from some cardstock die cuts I made recently. They help the detailed pieces pop right out of the die easily, and they stay intact nicely so I keep a stack of them just in case.


I totally forgot to gesso the pages, I was so excited to get started. But it didn't matter one bit and I liked the manila coloring of the doilies. I sprayed my pages with Tattered Rose Distress Stain Spray.


Next, I stenciled the Tim Holtz "Flourish" with Bundled Sage Distress Ink in the doily spaces.


Then I stamped Poppies Alone with two different ink colors across the bottom and up the sides a bit. This is one of Yvonne's stamp designs for Impression Obsession.


I stenciled more flourishes in the pink areas to fill it out more.


Then I swirled inks where the poppies are stamped. 


I used a fingertip sponge dauber to control where the ink went.


I cut my girl out of the magazine and laid her into position without adhering her yet. I used the Journal Buddy to make a pencil mark across the page and the girl's forehead.


Then I cut along the line and adhered my girl onto the page.


Across the wavy line I hand lettered "I Choose Happy" thickening the letters. I added a soft shadow around my girl's face with a Stabillo art pencil and smudging it with a damp finger.


I laid the Journal Buddy back down on my pages and blended some Salty Ocean Distress Ink above, then used a marker spritzer and a Salty Ocean Distress marker to make a splattered texture.


Rather than stamp directly onto the journal page (it always scares me that I'm going to mess up) I stamped instead on a piece of tracing paper with black archival ink. I cut closely around the stamped areas and adhered the piece to my page with multi-medium. It's magical how it just disappears! This great stamp is also from Yvonne and is called Choose Happy.


Onto a plain piece of white printer paper, I stamped a script background, then spritzed with several colors of Dylusions spray inks. I punched tiny flowers once it was dry.


The flowers adorn the wavy edge at the top and are also adhered around the pages. I added some script stamping to fill in some of the open areas of my pages with red ink to tie everything together.  


I punched a few more flowers from green cardstock, then cut them apart to make tiny leaves and I mixed those in here and there around my pages.


To finish off, I used a Pumice Stone Distress marker to make a soft shadow on my adhered pieces. These pineapples were an afterthought. They came from some Basic Grey scrapbook paper in my stash. They were pink, so I thought they'd be fun to add in here. I love this stamped sentiment, don't you? It's so true, and it was the inspiration for my pages today.

I hope you enjoyed it, now continue on the blog hop to see what these other creative gals have up their sleeves. Thanks for stopping in!



37 comments:

  1. Love these colorful art journal pages, Annette. I like choosing happy too!

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  2. Absolutely adorable art journal pages, Annette! Your magazine girl is so perfect for your sentiment! Beautiful background and great tutorial, too. Just looking at your pages makes me happy!! Thanks for the shout out, too. It makes me feel good that you liked my magazine girl art pages. Girl, you are so talented. It looks like you are a natural at using magazine girls in your art! Love your pages!!

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  3. Great choice for your happy girl! She has such a cute smile and works great with Yvonne's sentiment. I love the way you've layered your stencils. Lots of layers of interest without looking cluttered. I think I'll choose happy today.... ;-)

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  4. I too choose HAPPY! What a wonderful saying - love the journal. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Love the colors and composition, great piece!!!

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  6. Great pages! A joy to watch your process.

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  7. Love to be happy and love the step outs. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  8. This turned out totally charming in every way Annette. What a great use of all Yvonne's items and a SUPER FINE inspiration. Makes me want to get everything and play - NOW!!!!!!!! Just gorgeous creativity here. LOVE LOVE LOVE. j.

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  9. Love the idea of stamping on tissue paper - going to try that soon !!!

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  10. Annette, every time I see your art journal pages, I'm inspired to start journaling myself. I love your colors, and happy to see you use the magazine cut out. It's perfect for your quotes! This is just brilliant and a page I'd turn to everyday! Hugs!

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  11. Annette, your art is always above and beyond, and your journal pages are exceptional. HAPPY works for me too.

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  12. Really nice journal page - love the sentiment with that smile!

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  13. OH MY GOSH!!!! I am in love with your page!!! IN LOVE!!! Every little detail is amazing! and I CHOOSE happy too!!! hehehe...Thank you from the bottom of my heart for playing along!!! I am in awe girl! in awe!!! I'm going to scraplift parts of this...hehehe....amazing!!!! hugs.

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  14. Your choice of stamps and colors is wonderful. The pages are beautiful and inspire me!

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  15. Again, I have to say how much I love that Yvonne's journal like flat. Great journal page(s).

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  16. Love your page! It is a happy page. I love the fact that Yvonne's journal is flat when it's open.

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  17. You simply cannot beat HAPPY & this face says it loud & clear! Cool looking journal too with it opening so flat :-)

    Sally

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  18. Love your journey from blank page to the beautiful happy finish, and Yvonnes curve tool is a must have!

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  19. OMW Annette this is A-DORABLE! .....I choose happy too!!

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  20. i love your page... it makes me smile!!!!
    and you are so right, not all journals are the same!!! i love that this one lays flat!!
    thanks for sharing it with us!

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  21. Wow!! Beautiful page and I love how you used the Journal Buddy!

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  22. Art journalling scare the bejeebers out of me. :) Thanks for such an awesome tutorial!!

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  23. Wow, loved this - QUESTION what did you use to adhere the magazine page and did you use it on top side of the image too? I never seem to be happy when I use a magazine page and must be doing something wrong cause I love your use of it. Thanks!!

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  25. Love this! The colors and layers!!! Miss making art with you! You are so inspirational with your talent! So thankful for your blog so I can still see and scraplift from your work! Now off to the craft store!

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  26. I am all about Happy. This was a well done page and so cute. I just loved that you used your wax paper die cuts on the page. Thank you for sharing the new tool and the art journals.

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  27. It certainly is a great sentiment. I just love how you used those doilies and your stamped and stenciled layers look amazing - and that girl's face, it is so perfect for the sentiment. I love the flowers too, gorgeous colours. A happy face and a very happy page! Anne xx

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  28. Beautiful! Very colorful. And Yvonne's stamped sayings are right on! TFS!

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  29. Love hearing exactly how art journal pages are constructed as I am a beginner. Very nice job.

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  30. Awesome job on your journal pages! I'm always so afraid of "messing up" that I haven't even gotten started yet. Thank you for the step-by-step tutorial!

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  31. Love your journal pages. How uplifting! The colors are great and neat tips for using the leftover wax paper die cuts and stamping on tissue paper (I get so anxious when I stamp on a piece that is near completion). I love the concept of art journaling and plan to start a journal after the holidays.

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  32. Love your journal spread, Annette! It was such a great idea to use the magazine photo of the darling gal and place it with that sweet sentiment! I love the way you used the Journal Buddy Tool too. That background is stunning too!

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  33. I love your page Annette. They are not colours I normally work with but they look so good together. Thank you for sharing the steps. Also, the Journal Buddy looks like a great tool. I'd love to win it!

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  34. lovely .... thanks for the deets on how to get the look. good info on the journal

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  35. Love your layers, such a cool technique with the waxed dollies. Also like your journaling technique on tissue paper( must try)! Such a fun journal page and sentiment !

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  36. How Fun. Love the curve on the photo. I enjoyed hopping with you.

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