Thursday, May 09, 2013

Gecko Galz National Scrapbooking Day Project

Hello Friends!!
Happy Thrusday!!
It is my turn to be featured at Gecko Galz
I am not a "Scrapbook Page" kind of gal, as most of you already know, but to celebrate National Scrapbook Day, we were each asked to do some kind of "Scrapbook page."  I finally decided to do an Artist Journal.  I am super happy with my two page spread!  Thank you Leanne, because I have been wanting to do one...and just have not got around to it.
I had bought my youngest son a really nice big artist sketch book last year for his birthday.  Yesterday I asked him if he knew where it was...and believe it or not my Sweet Hubby, and both boys is in the garage sitting on a table under the big box of Soy milk!  Really??  I was more surprised that they all KNEW where it was (everything gets lost in the Hudson we end up with two or three of everything).  I went out to the garage and found it, dusted all the dirt off of it and brought it in.  The pages are kind of thin, so I used a glue stick and glued two pages together (so it would be more sturdy).
I started off with putting a piece of Ranger's Tape down the center where the pages met, so hopefully that would keep the pages together, and if I were to add a lot of paint, it wouldn't seep to the other pages.  Then I printed out one of the Dapper Dan digital papers from Gecko Galz.  It has different scripts, types and old papers all on one sheet, already collaged, so I just ripped it up and added it to my pages.  I used a matte decoupage medium, applied it to the back of my pieces and my page, then simply placed my pieces where I wanted them.  
This is the upper left of the left page.  you can see my clusters of images from Gecko galz.  I used the Time Flies (clock faces through out pages), Autumn Leaves (birds on branch),  and Butterfly wings Digital Ephemera pieces, which you see above.  In the upper left you can see where I used some Stazon Jet black ink and one o the Garden Icons' clear acrylic stamps, also from Gecko Galz.  
I used an olive green copic marker to do my journaling and to draw some free hand leaves around my folk art roses.
Here is a look at the lower left.  I used some more of the clocks, and  Papillion Jewels from Gecko Galz as well as some of my own die cuts that I have created using images from the Graphics Fairy.  My journaling says "I took 100 photos to get two that I liked."  That is not a lie...LOL.  I added a little crown of forget me nots to my  The bluebirds are one of my favorite die cuts I made.  
Here is a look at the right side below.
Again I used many of the clocks, and a little fairy from the Pixie Children Collage sheet from Gecko Galz.
I used plain computer paper to print out all of my digital papers and images.  They work great for layers...not too bulky.  Some of my die cuts were cut from 80lb cardstock (I used ones I had left over from other projects), and they were kind of thick.  So I prefer the thin paper.  The adorable kitty is from a new Vintage Cats and Dogs collage sheet you can get in my Etsy shop.  The kitty looks like our two kitties, Mr. Kittens and Mr. Snuggles.  I used my filbert brush and a mix of green paint to paint some simple leaves, then shaded them with a darker mix, using an angle brush.  I shaded the edges of my page, and around all my clusters of ephemera, to set them all apart from the pages.
Here is a look at the lower right page.  More clocks, bluebirds..and a gorgeous Rose and Pansy.  You can see the stamp I used well here to the far middle right.  I also used the Art Glitter Designer dries clear Glue and Ultra fine Metal Tip and outlined all my pieces, then applied the #85 Crystal Art Glitter.  This is my favorite cluster :0).  I also used a mix to add some plain coral pink circles that I then shaded with a darker color to look like old folk art roses (minus the strokework...I perfer them this  My journaling to the right says "I will always be a Gecko Gal."  This was the first DT that I auditioned for, lead me to play with Digital images in GIMP.  Totally Changed my paper crafting!
One last look at the whole page. 
I am so happy with how it turned out, that I will be doing some more of these.  I had a TON of fun!  Maybe I can become a scrapbooker....Heather  Since it is a book, I kept my pages flat...but I can't promise that I won't add some lace or ribbon...because while writing this post..a few things have popped into my head.

Now don't forget to visit Gecko Galz to see the rest of the DT's pages!!

I will be sharing with the following places
Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy
Make it Monday:  Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting!!


  1. This is so gorgeous, Heather! Love the soft colors.

  2. Love it Heather, sweet pics of you too! ~Diane

  3. Wow Heather! Spectacular pages. Love the story that went with it.

  4. "...under the big box of Soy milk!" LOL I bought one for myself a few months ago and it's sitting on my shelf under another book that is topped with a couple tubes of paints! LOL

    This is wonderful! Great all the Gecko Galz goodies you used as well as all the glittery sparkle!
    BOLB Hugs!

  5. Awesome pages, Heather! I don't scrapbook either, but this, I may just try! LOL Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Heather, this is totally gorgeous!! Glad you were able to find the book!! ~ Blessings, Tracey


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