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It’s official…I have an art journal!

I have been suffering from creative block lately.  For months I have been silently building my craft supply stash, gathering lots of supplies; lots of media; lots of fun things to play with.

Today I decided that I was going to jump off the bridge into the crafting water and just go for it , so I randomly picked things out of my stash and this is what I came up with. My first art journal page.

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Who out there has journals?

I love to scrapbook, however I feel like art journaling gives me the freedom to explore my creativity and just have a good time.

In the very least, I was able to be creative.  That’s the important thing!!  I can see this being a good diversion when I have creative block in the future.

I’d  love to see your projects. Leave your links in the comments below.

Happy crafting!

 

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I’m such a little dabbly do-er…

I hate that I don’t have tons of time to blog.  My problem is I’m a perfectionist.  I see big, beautiful, brilliant blogs and I try to measure up to that… why?

I figured this out this weekend when I posted  in the Facebook Group I belong to that I had tried to make enamel dots.  I did the research by You Tubing videos for a foundation of preparation, and this is what I came up with using perler beads and pony beads:

First pic is my result with pony beads, the second pic is the perler beads.  My contribution to the Facebook group got almost 100 likes!  Wow I do have something to contribute to the crafting world!!

Here’s how I honed the instructions:

For the pony beads:  I preheated my oven to 450 degrees.  I used parchment paper on a cookie sheet and sat the beads down, hole up.  I ended up cooking the pony beads for about 10-15 minutes in my oven.  There was a slight plastic-y smell in the air, but they turned out perfect!

For the perler beads: I preheated my oven to 300 degrees.  I used parchment paper on a cookie sheet and sat the beads down, hole up.  I ended up cooking the perler beads for about 20-25 minutes in my oven.  Just watch them and when the little dimple from the hole in the beads disapear, you pull them out.

My tips:

Don’t take them out too early.  Wait for the hole to enclose and the dimple to disappear.  If you keep an eye on them they don’t burn up.

Use parchment paper, not wax paper.  They just slide off the paper into a storage container.

You can find the beads at Joann’s or any other craft store.  Buy them with a coupon and you will have enough enamel beads to last you the rest of your life!

Let me know how you do!