Saturday, December 31, 2011

Video Tutorial on how to make the bag book


Here are the instructions on how to make the Trader Joe's bag book I last blogged about.
The video may not be perfect, but it was my first try.
I hope this tutorial is clear and helpful, feel free to comment and ask questions.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Trader Joes paper bag books

 Hello everyone, hope your holiday season was a good one. Today I'm sharing with you the books I made the week before Christmas. All of them are made from Trader Joe's grocery bags.
The two above turned out to be my favorites. 

This project started from bunches of Trader Joe's holiday themed bags, all which I saved for the interesting tags and garland strips printed on them; but when I finished taking apart the bags, I had some leftover bag ends, so I got the interesting idea to try making another junk book, or in this case several junk books.

On the one book (left side in the above picture) I used some brown card stock from my scrapbook pile and used a roller stamp to make the pretty red flowers; then I cut the main label from one of the bags, and added some green garland at the top with marker pens. The inside has a total of two signatures made from the one side of the bags.

On the right is the mini album I made of bag ends, that's the second one I made after my first try on the grocery bag book (see below)
 In my opinion, this book came out cute. It was my first try in making a book out of paper bag ends, and it worked.  Adding the handles was a last minute idea, and I was very pleased with the cute results of a shopping bag/book. It's a one signature booklet with inner cover pockets.  

(I plan to give instructions on how to make your very own bag/book at a later time, so stick around.)

From side view on my two holiday books, I used the garland strips that came on the bags as a decorative spine. These two were a little more complicated than the first book I made. 
In case you're wondering, I used the wiggly lined garland strip for the book on the right, because to me it looked like bacon. 
 For my holiday booklet, I used one of the tags to add interest to the inner cover. And as you can see, I used the back part of the bags that had instructions on how to use the garland strips and tags; which if folded into signatures makes very interesting pages to work on (See below).
 This is the middle of the book where the two signatures meet.
Last on the Trader Joe's book list is the inner cover of the (bacon book) as I call it. I just used handle parts to strengthen the edge, then wrapped the garland strip around around the cover. And to fill in the blank spot where the ends meet, I added a star that also came on the bag.

Hope you guys enjoy, stick around for upcoming instructions in the future. :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Illustration Friday "Separated"

 Two best friends, once were together, now are separated by a screen. Their connection is only kept through the computer world, never getting to touch each other, barely getting to see each other.

This picture was an idea I've had for a long time, but I didn't push myself to make one till now.
What drove me to make this picture? Well, it's connected to a true story, my story to be precise. The girl on the right is me, and the girl on the left is my best friend, Olivia.

I've been in an art rut lately; I haven't been in the mood to do anything too complex, which is why the the drawings are quick and squiggly. To speed things up, I colored the image digitally, and added a background from my collection of digital background images.
 Here's the process, above is the colored image before I added the background, and below is the very imperfect pencil sketch.

This is the first pencil sketch I did; I tried taking a little more time on it, but soon became frustrated and went for something faster.  I was very displeased with how the left side turned out, so I tossed the picture aside and made a different one. 
I'll probably find some use for this one in the future, maybe use it in one of my books.

 I'll leave you to view, and hope you like my complete work at the top.

A specialty Christmas card

A very recent project I finished, is a special Christmas card for my voice teacher. It has a little inside joke behind it, but before I get into that, here are a few details on the making:

All of this was done digitally, all I had to do was get the perfect picture taken of my head. I added the sails and poles to the ships, and gave the picture a cloud background; then added my head and drew in the wind swirls. After all was complete I added the phrase, "I saw three ships come sailing in on Christmas day."  And inside the finished card added my catch phrase, "But my heavy breathing blew them away."  That's the inside joke, because I have very powerful lungs according to my teacher, and can keep going and going.

In case you're curious, here is what I though about using for wind, but after looking at it for awhile, I realized it just didn't work as well, so I went with the other image. I can say I had fun making this card, and digital art has become a very strong part of my style these days.

Happy viewing, hope you enjoy yourself.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vintage Style Scrapbook Goodies

Yes, more art goodies to add on to the pile of other art goodies. You could say this is an extremely early Christmas gift, recently ordered from amazon. Above (from left to right), is a pad of double sided paper, a package of decorative adhesive strips, and a package of double sided die-cuts which I poured into an old cigar box for easy management.

  My main reason for wanting this pad of paper is because I've been working on a journal page from over a year ago, and strongly craved the dinner sheet that came in the pack. My hopes were for the papers to be metallic or glittery like the specialty sheet I purchased so long ago, unfortunately they weren't, but I still love them. 
 In the above image you can see the dinner paper I so badly wanted for my specific project. On top is the metallic sheet purchased separately long ago, and beneath it is the flat, double sided sheet. I worked around it's plainness by using clear embossing powder; I may show you how that turned out in a later post. 

 Something I eagerly rummaged through, and was delighted with, are the die-cut images. Putting them in an old cigar box found from a yard sale made rummaging for the right image quick, and enjoyable. I absolutely love the pastel shades of the Cut N' Paste paper collection; it's like color therapy to me.

Last on the goody list are the perfect decorative adhesive strips. Some of them are glittery, and for some reason I received three in the mail, but they all cost the price of one. I'm not sure what happened there, but all I can say is, "BONUS" and leave it at that. I've already used one of these on my recent project, and they're really fun, I recommend them. 

 Hope you guys have a good week. :)