Wednesday, June 1, 2022

New journal made with 'In the Past' AB Studios collection

 Hello dear readers, I'm back today to share another journal I made, this time using
the AB Studios collection 'In the Past'.

This time I chose to try my hand at a soft journal cover made from an old embroidered blouse and some black velvet. I added a little glass cloche that I made using some tiny shells and a bit of sand from 'my beach' nearby. I also added some seashells and glass beads.

You can find this collection and all of Ada's other wonderful products here.

Lots of soft pretty trims sewn onto the edges of my signatures so that they spill out of the book.


 I use either coffee or tea to darken and age my pages. Then I use different things I've gathered to collage onto the papers....old letters, doilies, vintage book pages, dried flowers etc.

Thanks for looking, have a wonderful time in the sunshine this month! 
I'll be back with my Spring Flowers journal that I've almost finished.

Love, Lisa xoxoxo

Sunday, May 1, 2022

New shabby junk journal!

 Hello lovely readers, it's been so long since I posted on my blog, 
my creativity comes and goes like a breeze across the shore. 

My mind is always turning and full of ways to use vintage textiles and papers. I have been making journals for quite some time now, and I want to share some photos of them over the next few months. The first one to show is a dreamy shabby journal that I made for a very sweet, very special friend.

I created all the pages in this journal using a kit full of soft shabby pinks with wonderful bits of different fabrics and laces that my friend sent me for my birthday. I decided to try my hand using a hard cover book I that removed the insides from, and then collaged over the front and back cover.

Here are some of the signatures:

I generally use a lot of plain copy paper that I dye with coffee or tea, and then collage
onto the pages using vintage ephemera, gesso, paints, and stamps.


I like to leave the ends of the waxed cord that I use to bind the signatures nice and long so that I can add some pretty beads and charms. I love how they add some glittery interest and little jangle when you are browsing the book.

I love creating pages with dried flowers. When I gather them, I immediately press them between wax paper and put them in a large heavy book. Later you can add them to your pages and then seal the flowers with either clear gesso or Modge Podge.

As a final note, when it comes to ways to add a closure to the book, I thought about ways to attach some ties. 
I sewed two pieces of a thrifted blouse directly onto the book cover, and then added a glittery brooch.

Thanks for looking, and I'll be back soon with another yummy journal to share.

Take care of each other!

Hugs, Lisa xoxoxoxoxo

Saturday, December 26, 2020

'Noel' for AB Studios

 Merry Christmas to all my sweet crafty friends!
I hope everyone has had some great family time and shared the warmth of this
holiday season with those closest to you.

The 'Holly Jolly Christmas' paper set by AB Studios is full of wonderful Christmas colours 
and patterns. I especially loved the page 'December'; it has a warm vintage feel to it,
and it really inspired me to create these mixed media journal pages.

The magic of Christmas is best seen through the eyes of a child, and I always
find myself feeling nostalgic around this time of year. My girlhood memories of longing
for the excitement of Christmas day, ripping through the presents, the special family 
dinner, all the wonderful times I have spent with my parents and sisters, come
flooding back to me. All the memories I make with my child, I hope he holds dear too.
We get our portrait taken together every Christmas - he's growing up so fast -
but still counts down the days through December. 
We sang some beautiful hymns, listened to the story of Jesus, full of rebirth and 
hope for peace on earth, and prayed for a better year coming.

I used so many pretty AB Studios products here, stamps, stencils and the wonderful 
Christmas papers. I fussy cut some wreaths, and added some watercolors.

You can find AB Studios shop here:

Here are a few close ups:

I've been creating handmade journals and really enjoying recycling all kinds of papers
including plain brown paper bags - I like to messily coat them with gesso and add stamps and 
some die cut shapes - here I cut some out of the paper 'A Holly Jolly'.

THE people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. They that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. 

                                                 Isaiah 9: 2, 6–7 

All best wishes for a healthy happy New Year to all my friends,

Love, Lisa xoxoxox

Saturday, December 12, 2020

'thankful' a new layout for AB Studios

Hello crafty friends! I hope everyone is doing well!

I am back to share a new layout I created the week of Thanksgiving with the wonderful 
AB Studios paper collection called 'Rustical Journey'.


 To me there aren't any scrapbooking papers around that can touch the vintage beauty of AB Studios. This collection 'Rustical Journey' has beautiful images of doilies and flowers, very pretty and so unique. I started with the sheet called 'Start your Journey', and then layered on some tags, watercolors, a few charms and ribbons, and some Prima flowers.
I also used an AB Studios stencil and  two AB Studios stamps.

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Here are a few details:

I found this vintage photograph in my stash and I sat staring at this old house thinking about how important our homes are to each of us; it's where we live, grow, and make memories that last a lifetime. We just moved from our town we lived in for 14 years and the change was hard for me. But on the bright side we now live in Florida, very close to the ocean which I am still pinching myself over! The landscape is so beautiful - the tallest trees I've ever seen, swaying with Spanish moss, and the huge wondrous sky lights up in pinks and oranges most nights. I can't wait to explore my new surroundings...this is a dream come true! I found the words 'I am thankful' on one of the papers from this collection and it is exactly what I'm feeling these days. Hoping that everyone has family and friends to share the holidays with and can feel grateful for all of our blessings, even through these difficult times.

Thank you for looking, see you soon,

Lisa xoxoxox

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

'Wonderful' tags for AB Studios

Greetings my crafty friends! I have been playing with my AB Studios papers....
this time working with the collection 'Somewhere', so delicate and pretty,
that it inspired me to create a couple of tags with pink roses and a vintage touch.


I started out with a piece of cardboard and covered it with pieces of AB Studios papers
then used a stencil with white heavy gesso. After all that dried I added some pink Lindy's 
Stamp Gang sprays. I added one of AB Studios transfers that you apply by rubbing on the 
backside of the transfer, it looks just like a stamp. I can imagine all kinds of fun ways 
to use these transfers.

One of my favourite ways to use chipboard is to emboss them with metallic powders - 
I love it! First I cover the chipboards with a layer of thick white gesso and I heat them
up with the heat gun so that the gesso bubbles creating a nice rough texture. 
Then I messily embossed them in gold, love how they turned out!
AB Studios has so many beautiful products for mixed media... 
You can find Aga's shop here - AB Studios.

I added a few seashells from my trip to St. Augustine....I collected quite a few and 
found a pretty glass jar to keep them in on my table to remind me of the ocean.
Heaven on earth is siting on the soft sand watching the sunset and the sky light up
with the most beautiful pinks and purples......listening to the waves softly crash the shore.

Thanks for looking!
See you soon,
Lisa xoxoxox

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A wonderful day


Warm greetings my lovely friends!

As soon as I saw the large vibrant bursting with color roses in the collection called 'Never Never Land' I knew I would create a page flowing with reds and pinks.  I added a vintage photograph in a little adorable frame that I cut from the paper called 'Craftland'.

'a wonderful day'

I created a watercolor background, and used heavy white gesso with a AB Studios flower stencil to add texture, then created a bouquet of roses in a circle. 

There have been several brand new collections released - so pretty! There's even a Christmas collection too. You can check out the AB Studios shop

I've had so much fun going back to creating my pages - I absolutely adore this collection.

Thanks for looking, see you soon,

Lisa xoxoxx

Saturday, August 15, 2020

'love for old things' my first layout for my brand new design team....AB Studios!

Hello dear readers!

I am so delighted to be a designer for the new A B Studios design team! I have long admired Aga's beautiful watercolor flowers....also so many other beautiful products for mixed media art. Wonderful chipboards, stencils and stamps. What a joy to receive a big box of supplies :)  

So I am back to share a layout I created recently, with the absolutely beautiful papers from AB Studios. This collection is called 'Love for Old Things'....sounds perfect for me because I feel so inspired by anything vintage and I was really missing creating mixed media art!

'Love for Old Things'  

I began with the paper Sheet No. 5 'Pure Vintage' and added lot of gesso with a doily stencil,
some Lindy's Spray's and layered some pretty ornate frames that I painted white and then rubbed with some gold wax. I added some bits of vintage jewelry, and lastly some transparent foil butterflies that I cut out and have fluttering up the page.

You can find AB Studios products here at the shop :

There has just been a new release of some new paper collections, so be sure to go have a peek:)

Some close ups:

So grateful to Aga for inviting me to be on her design team! What a sweet and talented lady she is....
Well, I have some new collections to play with so I will share some more projects soon...
Thanks for looking! 

Hugs, Lisa xoxoxox

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