Free & easy tutorial for making a handmade Wine junk journal

I have made this wine journal for my dear sister Cathie for her birthday.  She and her husband love to wine taste and I thought that this handmade diary would be a perfect gift.

I covered a 5×7 paper notebook with maroon designer paper.  Before covering I had used clear heavy gel through a stencil to embellish the front cover and rubbed gold acrylic paint to highlight the design.  I also purchase some wine dimensional stickers from Michaels and glued them on to the cover.  Finally, I used some silver holographic duct tape that I got at the Dollar tree to cover the spine of the book.

wine journal CathieHere is a close up of the journal with the elastic tie and a journal charm that I made to keep it together.wine journal Cathie 1I made the Wine tasting notes on my computer and resized the image down so that it would fit the pages in the journal.  Behind each tasting page is a page envelop to keep any information behind the form.

wine journal Cathie 3 I stamped and cut out some wine embellishment to put inside the notebook and added some journal stickers to dress up the pages.wine journal Cathie 2journal add onsThis wine journal is simple and not hard to make but it is a heartfelt handmade gift for a dear sister.

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Somerset Studio published one of my scrapbook pages

Thank you, Brianne Martin the managing editor of Somerset Studio for including my work in the Winter 2016 Gallery edition of the magazine. I am so honored to be in this wonderful publication. My friend Kim Collister is also in this edition of the Gallery.
Here is my mixed media scrapbook page; Pistol. I made this page to  honor  my Grandmother, Dee.  She was a wild and captivating woman. Born in Mexico around 1900 and then grew up in Calexico. She was a woman who loved life and men. A person who lived a juicy life.

The style was inspired by Finnabair, a Polish artist who does some remarkable mixed media collages.

Scrapbook hertiage page of my mom and her sister in 1947

I have been working on putting a family history scrapbook together.  This photo is so sweet and innocent.  I used the lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel’s song , Bookends.  The lyrics are perfect for this layout.  I wish I could have known my mother when she was so sweet and new.ImageImageImage

My great grandmother, a scrapbook page for my family history book

This is my great grandmother who was named Martha Fritz Meier.  She came to America from Germany as a child.  She married my great grandfather when she was 18 and living in Minn.  They came to California and she had 11 children.  Unfortunately, my great grandfather died early and my g. grandmother had to support her family.  She was a strong woman who lived to 88 years old.  The contrast between the two photos ; one when she was about 40 and the last right before she died at 88 are both so beautiful.ImageImageImage

Mixed media collage scrapbook page my grandmother and her two sisters around 1924

Worked on this last night.  This is my grandmother and her two sisters.  It is a sweet time when they were young and the world had not made its imprint on them yet.  My grandmother is Elizabeth.  I used stencils , flowres, crystals and sprays to make this layout.Image

starting new 2014 art journal smash book

For the last two years I have started to seriously journal and smash at least once a week.  You would not think that is so hard to do but finding the time and inspiration is sometimes difficult.  Here is the cover of the new journal that I just finished   I made a digital photo background on PSE  then I added some tissue paper to make some layers on the bottom.  I added wood cutouts of people to represent my family, gears, stars and the year 2014.  I painted all of them.  The clock is a metal embellishment and then I put Swarovski crystals to make the cover sparkle.  I put the collage on a piece of vintage paper and added a Graphic 45 ruler on the bottom.  The title of the journal is “2014 ; a year for change and travel”.  We shall see what it brings.  I will try to document the pages here in my blog.  Good luck to you and your families this year.ImageImageeImage