Emotions Journal Layout

Hello, Everyone! Jenn here! Today I want to share my Emotions art journal layout with you.

Have you ever wanted to draw faces in your journal or other mixed media? If you have but you think your drawing skills won’t allow it you need to try these stencils! Rita Barakat designed them for this exact purpose.

These stencils are sold in a set In Rita’s Etsy Store here.

For this layout, I used the Sweet Sisters Flower stencil.

I also used The following stamps by Rita Barakat

Fairy Garden Background Stamp
Art Foamies Heart Wing

To create journal layouts like this one, start by creating a background. Use a combination of inks, sprays, and acrylics with stamps and stencils. Random ink sprays and splatters, combined with stamps brought this background to life. Once you have a background use the face stencils wherever you want them on your page. Add color to eyes and lips using pens or colored pencils as I did. You can also incorporate embossing powders as I did with mine. I used the Art Foamies Heart Wing stamp and white chalk ink. Stamp on the page and sprinkle with an iridescent pink embossing powder. Heat set the embossing powder with a heat tool.

Here are some more views of my process. Thank you so much for viewing my post! I hope that you are inspired to grab some of these stamps and stencils and get inky and creative with your journal!


In this photo, you can see where I started with thinner black lines and then started writing the script around the hair lines.


Adding white dots with a gel pen to the hair strands added more interest. Also, add some stamping with the Fairy Garden Background Stamp. This does not have to be perfect! Art is whatever your imagination creates! Add touches of color using bright gel pens or colored pencils. I used a distress marker in a fleshy pink tone and traced around all of the face lines to add dimension.

Thanks Again For viewing My post Today! Until next time, Jenn

Handmade custom Ornaments

Good morning peeps! Oh my goodness this is a busy month! I am running from one thing to the next! Who thought it was a good idea for everyone to do some type of performance during Christmastime? Anywho TODAY I am teaching live on Ustream for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft! We will be making all three of handmade custom ornaments!

This class will be held on Ustream on Wednesday (12/16) at 2PM EST with Rita Barakat.
RSVP here
*To enter our Ustream giveaway, comment in the social stream or chat box during the Ustream show.  Winners will be announced at the end of class.  We’ll be giving away three sets of the Creative Lettering Kit.  To enter in our grand prize, go to our blog after the class and leave a comment.  The grand prize winner will be announced the next day on our blog.  The grand prize will consist of the following prizes: 3 sets of the Stamper’s Big Brush Pens in the colors of your choice and the Red Gelatos Set.

I hope you will join me! And good luck!
P.S. Did you know I am on Periscope? Follow me and don’t miss my live artscopes!
Rita Barakat Mixed Media Artist, Illustrator and Designer & Educator. From wall murals to itty bitty minis you can find her work in various hospitals, corporations, family homes, manufacturer websites and magazines. She designs for Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® and freelances for a variety of manufacturers

Fun Finds!

I am not really into cards but I did make this one today with a sketch from 52sketches52weeks. I did a lot of fun techniques today, got out some old product I had and had some fun! First lets talk about the butterfly!
The base of the butterfly is actually from a VP paper. I cut it out, inked the edges and used a little memory maker glitter glue.

The top layers of the butterfly are the plastic packaging – you get it when you buy stamps or other various embellishments. I cut two pieces using the butterfly as a stencil. I then used a Versamark ink pad to stamp swirls on the wings. Then I took a dry paintbrush to my very

cool and iridescent mica powder! I brushed it on and wiped away the extra with a paper towel. These are the coolest products and best of all I just found out they are made in the USA! You can mix these with water, use them dry or use an adhesive like the Versamark pads. I wish you could see how pretty and vibrant these really are in person! After the two top layers were done I bent them in half and adhered them to each other and to the base butterfly with tiny glue dots.

I used my favorite standby stickles down the center of the butterfly. I made the antennae with rhinestones (paper studio). I also stickled the edges of each layer of the butterflies.

Lets talk about the color squares! I started with green paper, inked them a little with my “brilliance” grey ink pad. I added clear embossing powder and embossed them with my heat gun. Then I added alcohol inks to two of the squares! Magenta and blue. I wish you could see the effects- the camera doesn’t get the very cool depth and glimmer effect!

The bigger square behind that I used this very neat stuff called glitz spritz!
in this color! It is so pretty in person! It has this tye dye, metallic, iridescent effect going on! This and the mica powders are made in the USA and they can be found here

Look at these colors! I bought this stuff years ago at a craft show, loved them but didn’t know how to get more. Gotta love the Internet! I looked them up and found out that they are still in business, are made in the USA and have great prices!

The last part of the card was stamping the last layer (or first depending on what order you go in!) of the card, inking the edges and adding the leather photo corners(making memories).
A ton of techniques in one card!

Oh and I just found out that another one of my favorite things is also made in the USA – get a load of this! Yumm!!! Love Sees Candy – OK I know it’s not scrapbooking but hey what’s scrapbooking without a little chocolate! This one is my favorite- the scotchmellow! You wont catch me eating dark chocolate very often but if you do this is it! Dark chocolate, marshmellow and carmel!

(Of course it’s not this big in person! LOL!)Growing up mom always bought these- nut and chews, yummy yummy! We don’t have this store anywhere close to us so I have to drool online until we make the next road trip!And Easter is coming so I leave you with this beasutiful work of art! I love chocolate!

My happy place

In light of recent events I must admit it has been very difficult to scrapbook. Sad but true, yet understandable. So since I haven’t been scrappin’ I thought I might show you my “scrappy space”. When we moved last time ( 4 years ago) I told hubby we had to find a house that would have a room for all my scrapbook stuff! We bought a house that has 6 bedrooms and one room that could be converted into a bedroom or den. We did it so that if the kids wanted to they could each have their own rooms. Well a couple don’t like being alone in their own room so lucky me I took over! This is my “scrappy space” I have a lock on the door so if I have to leave in the middle of a project I know it won’t be disturbed while I’m gone! These are under my counters- storage for paper pads, club kits, stuff I’m collecting for future albums. A friend of mine got me these boxes when her work got all new laptops. Of course I couldn’t leave them that way so I painted them to match my walls and stamped them. I have high counters so lttle fingers dont touch anything they shouldn’t! I have bar stools in here too (not pictured) but I tend to scrapbook standing up! Lots of embellishments are seen here- if I don’t see them I tend to forget what I have and won’t use them. See that black cabinet? my smart hubby called me when he saw that a local grocery store was throwing them during a remodel! I painted the fronts, added scrolls that I cut with my cricut and they are as good as new! For free! That’s a great price!

This space is where the closet would have gone! I finally found bookshelves that fit this space! See those red cubbies? I house all my chipboard letters there – by the letter. The photo boxes houses surplus adhesives, ribbon, 4×6 photo paper, pictures, mini albums, ect. Glass candy jars house glitter, ribbons with words printed on them, bling, chatterbox chipboard, and acrylic letters.

The little black cabinet was actually made for cd’s but I found it very handy! This whole section houses all of my tools. (cutters, staplers, die cut machines…)The brown underneath was a gift from our friends! Isn’t it beautiful!?! They made it and surprised us! We all knew exactly where it was going!!!LOL!

Sometimes I get crazy ideas and it works! I love the orange on the wall! I just did it with my acrylics and it’s hard to tell but it has this whole texture effect to, light and dark- I don’t know but I like it. I used my cricut for the saying on the wall in black. Love that saying! The plaque in the middle was also a gift from a friend – it cracks me up! “Then God said “Let there be chocolate”, and there was chocolate. God saw that it was good and He seperated the light from the dark.” (I love chocolate)
My “clip it up house” my acrylic stamps. I needed to do that so I would use them! (Out of sight , out of mind.) My friends DH put that bar up in the window to house all my flat embellishments! ( I had way too many for the “clip it up!”)

Here is another corner the word “create” and the flourishes I actually painted on the wall. I used the Cricut for the other saying. The TV in this picture actually stopped working recently and my DH bought a flat screen! We don’t have tv but I watch “smallville” dvd’s while I scrap. Every now and then I throw in a “women of faith” dvd.

This is a close up of my lamp – It was actually a plain off white lampshade! I bought the lamps at home depot for $20.oo and altered the shade! I took the same paint I used for the walls , watered it down so it was super runny. I put the paint in a little spray bottle and sprayed the fabric shades until I liked the color. While it was drying I cut those fun shapes out of black cardstock with my cricut! I used krylon spray adhesive to adhere them to the inside of the shades! Another crazy idea that worked and I love the way it came out.
Also in this room are those little altered frames with my favorite scriptures and quotes. (A few posts back – a tutorial) So tommorow I should have some new layouts to display.
Thanks to all who have been praying for my DS – he is needing it. I can tell he’s feeling better because he is so irritated with me today! I would not let him go camping with his friends! I know, I am so mean. Here he is with over 30 stitches in his face, his cheek looks like he has a softball in his mouth and I won’t let him go camping! Teenagers!! Drive you crazy – but you gotta love them. Things are getting back to normal around here!

More Goodies!

Oh this stuff is so cute! I was able to finish two more layouts today! Same kit from Vintage Plum, I love these papers! Music paper is from Jenny Bowlin, the lacy border was not in the kit from K & CO, the rub ons are from Hambly. Those totally awesome birds and the other pattern paper is Vintage Plum!I cut the little bird out and gave him brad eyes. I added a little glitter to his crown with stickles and inked the edges! Can we talk about the branch? That’s from the brown wrapping paper! I tore off a piece, painted, inked, added glitter, glue and twisted it together! After it dried I used pop dots to adhere it. It was fun to make, totally messy but I love the effect!This one is from a sketch from 52 sketches 52 weeks – Julie has some great ideas!This little folder that says “read me” is the journaling for this layout – it has personal info and I don’t wan to put everything on the internet! LOL!

Oh and so many ladies have stopped by and left such sweet comments! Thanks so much! TFL!

Just for fun- tutorial

Want to make an easy decoration? I love quotes and scriptures and I wanted a way to put them up so I could be reminded of them all the time. So what a better way than to frame them? First of all I wanted to do a group so I bought a bunch a dollar store frames, took out the glass and backboard. I did not find them all in black so I painted them all with black glossy acrylic paint. (If the finish is shiny you may have to sand them and/or prime them) I measured the inside space for each frame. I typed my favorite quotes and scriptures printed them on solid cardstock and cut them to fit in each frame. I matted them with printed paper.

Paint ribbon:
When I get an idea I have to act on it; I did not have orange ribbon to match so I painted the ribbon I already had in my stash! To make sure the ribbon is not super stiff add water to acrylic paint (I love acrylic paint so versitle and easy water clean up!) The consitency should be runny, like water. I painted white fabric flowers to match!

After the ribbon was dry I put the ribbon around the frame, leaving a loop on the top and stapled it together, right inside the frame. I put a brad through all my flowers and throught both sides of the ribbon. (The petals covered the staples)

I measured where I wanted the paper to hang in the frame. I stapled the pattern paper (the mat for my solid cardstock) directly to the ribbon.

Over the staple I used my tape runner to adhere the carstock quote and/or scripture to the printed paper.
And there you go!

Easy, inexpensive decoration and inspiration! Enjoy!
Oh! Just for your info. These are hanging in my scrapbook room, which has a whole wall that is orange – I am obviously on an orange kick right now! TFL! 🙂