Friday, May 26, 2017

Welcome to Life Documented Week 22!

Rebecca Janousek here as your host for the week! So let's get into Week 22!

Monthly Theme - Bold & Bright
Quote - "Boldly be a Pop of Color in a Black & White World"
Prompt - Layer stencils and use baby wipes to erase and soften
Technique- Make a shaped flap/page in your journal

So I was trying to utilize some of my more unloved supplies this week, once of which is my stencils and even my new scribble sticks! So this week I found a way to use them together! (Don't worry if you don't have the scribble sticks! You can use oil pastels, pastels or even crayons!)


I started out by quickly gessoing my pages then I scraped some pink and yellow paint over the pages 


I grabbed a stencil and some baby wipes and rubbed away some of the paint! 


Then I did the same thing with some lavender paint and a stencil. 


After the purple I added white paint and used the wipe and stencil again. I just love the effects that this technique leaves you with! 


I used my scribble sticks to make rectangles on the page for the days of the week.


I traced out a heart on some scrap paper and some hot pink card stock then I stapled it to the side of my page to make a fun flap, lastly I added some extra hearts around the page and I went around them with my scribble sticks! 

Well friends thanks for another fun week! I can't wait to see what you all create! 


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Welcome to Life Documented Week 21 With Anna

Hello, all you lovely documenters! 

Anna Friesen here, and privileged to be your guest this week here on the blog for Week 21!

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Monthly Theme: Bold and Bright
Quote: "Whatever is TRUE,
whatever is NOBLE,
whatever is PURE,
whatever is LOVELY,
whatever is ADMIRABLE 
- if anything is EXCELLENT or PRAISEWORTHY - 
think about these things. 
 - Phillipians 4:8 NIV
 PROMPT: Use stencils to decorate your backgrounds
TECHNIQUE: stencil randomly and loosely, using only portions of the stencils.

If you know me at all, I LOVE stencils, so no surprise that I chose stencils as the prompt. Haha!

My Week 21 consists of a weekly view over both pages in my Moleskine journal, and a tip-in with pockets. I decorated both sides of the tip-in, and the tip-in also serves as a tri-pocket. Tri-pocket? That doesn't sound right. But you probably get my drift- you know, three pockets. ;)

Weekly view:

I started by building up lots of paint using a brayer, brush and even a palette knife on the page using lots of white, neon purple, and hot pink paint.

Next, using my old calendar stencil as a guide, I penciled in my day spots with a black Stabilo All pencil. I placed them randomly.

Next, I took a small brush and activated the pencil to make it look messy and watercolour-ey.

Did some touchups to tame the wetness a little, as the water wanted to move everywhere, blotting with paper towel ocasionally. No scientific method here, just learn as you go. And LET GO of the notion of perfection. LOOSE, people. ♥♥♥ Like our Rae Missigman does things, right? ♥

Then I splattered the whole page with the Stabilo All and a wet brush. LOOSE. MESSY.

Next, I grabbed my favouritest stencil ever - a little circular one from StencilGirl, part of the April 2016 Stencilclub set. I LOOSELY, RANDOMLY sponged with paint through the stencils. See pic below of the actual design versus what it looks like on the project. :)

Then I added some green stenciling using a floral stencil from the November 2016 Nature and Nurture club stencil from StencilGirl.

I also swiped some chartreuse paint by the journaling spots and stenciled in some black spots with another little stencil gem from the April 2016 club stencil set.

Next I stamped with pumpkin orange, using the beautiful floral stencil again.

A grid-stencil was next. I used the bright pink, as I wanted this bolder.  I added it in three places over the two pages.

First tip-in: 

Next comes the facing tip-in. I don't have a lot of step-out photos to show you, but I started it by gelliprinting my heart out, then stamping on to the gelatin plate with a stamp from Paperbag studios, called Scrap and Journal Tools, designed by Roben-Marie Smith.

I added some reinforcements, and stamped with hot pink and lighter pink, using the gelatin plate as my "ink pad". I also pulled a print over the existing print where I had just stamped with the loaded and "stamped" gelatin print. I penciled in lines for added detail.

Next, came turqouise paint through the floral stencil, added in a little bit more details, and done. I love how juicy and messy it all looks.

Next, for the quote, I created little spots with the black Stabilo pencil, then wrote over it with a white gel pen, accenting the lovely adjectives with extra white, and outlining those words with a pink gel pen.

Then I sewed around the words and the outside edges. Later, I sewed the back tip-in to the front, sewing in the three pockets as well.

Second tip-in:

Gelatin magic with the grid stencil.

Add white and use the print with the grid marks.

Brayer with green over the print.

Add more white again.

Brayer more green on the print.

Stencil with white on the edges.

Then pink with a different flower on same stencil.

Smudge some white and green paint towards the bottom of the print.

Add white over the wet green, which makes the flower a light green.

Add turquoise blue to some areas with the Thorny stencil.

Stamp with black using the same stamp I used previously.

Add black dots with the dot stencil again.

Add some collage paper to some areas.

Outline the pink flower with the black Stabilo All pencil.

I had added some words to the left edge, but removed them, as I needed to cut down this print to fit into the journal.

Lastly, I stitched all around the edge, then sewed the two tip-ins together and sewed in the three pockets.

I used sari ribbon to the tags. (Gelliprints I cut down into small tags to fit the pockets. I will do some private journaling this coming week on these tags.)

Then I added washi tape to the top edge, and attached to the right hand side of the Moleskine page.

And there you have it. A very long blog post, but I hope I gave you some ideas on how to decorate with stencils. :)

Paint Colours Used: 
black and white paint
Martha Stewart Party Steamer, Marmalade, Snow Pea, Granny Smith, Camella Pink
Americana Bahama Blue
Craft Smart Pool Blue

Thanks for visiting!
Looking forward to seeing how you interpret the prompt for this week!

♥♥♥  Anna  ♥♥♥
Instagram: @annawho