Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tiddly Tuesday! Art Journal Style

Greetings All and Happy Tiddly Tuesday!!  I will first and foremost apologize for my bloggy absence this last week.  My house has been hit with a very fierce head cold!!  It's been around us for a month!!  First my DD, then DH, then DS..and last but not least...MOI!!  Jeesh...so as much as I've been thinking creatively this last week it's been very hard to drag myself to my desk which I miss OH SO MUCH!!  But, I was able to get my paper bag book started for my darling son!!  My dear friend Joanne did a wonderful video tutorial here on how to make these darling paper bag books.  I've had a few books done for a while and needed just the right reason to start creating with one!  This and NEXT week's challenge here at Tiddly Inks is to make a creation that has an art journal vibe to it.  This is something that I LOVE to do but I find very challenging.  I'm not entirely sure why but I struggle.  

I knew that I wanted to make a mini book for my son and I had the perfect picture to match the image that I love to use representing my son!  I printed out Christy's Geekatude (love him!) and colored him with my Copics.  My son will often bust out a tie over a t-shirt for school which always makes me giggle.  And recently we have started letting our children use older iPods with a mix that I made for them having suitable music for them on it, which were key during the couple of days we were sans power after Hurricane Irene.  So between the tie and the headphones I could not RESIST pairing the above photo of my son with Christy's image. For page one, I used the photo of my son, which I trimmed out and made into a "flap" of sorts.  My kids have always adored flap books so I figured why not incorporate that theme here!  The photo of my son is held with a piece of scrap cardstock, folded and attached to the photo and then the book.  He's held in place with a velcro dot.  I used all kinds of bits and bobs for texture and visual interest behind the photo.  There's a little pocket behind my denim "fringe" that holds a small card with a list of my favorite qualities that my son possesses.  It's there to remind him of how amazing he is.  =)  I added a tiny crown that I'd stamped and trimmed out and popped on top of his fabulous mop of hair. 
My second page features Christy's Geekatude. As you can see, I added the same crown on top of his head that I'd added to my son's head in the first page.  I used a Tiddly Ink skully border for my background which I stamped over with background stamps from Smeared Ink.  I used my circle nesties to matte Geekatude.  I used a rhinestone circle and a pin to further embellish my page.
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I do hope you come play with us over the next two weeks over at the Tiddly Ink Challenge Blog!! 


Jenn Borjeson said...

Meredith - this is AWESOME. Your son is going to love it - what a great idea. I love the whole thing. :) Hope you are all on the mend and that the sickies don't bother you again for a while. xo

Stephanie aka Nerdette said...

Wow this is very cool. I have never seen one of these books before.

I love all the details you added, the shredded jeans, Jack of Clubs and all the rhinestones. This is such a fun idea, way to go jumping outside just a "journal" page. I love the combo of your son in his ear phones and Geekatude. Sorry to hear about the power issues and your family being ill. Hope all will be well soon.

Loopylou. said...

hiyah meredith!!!
oh wow this is totaaly cool!!! love the bits of denim and bling and geekatude inside!! and of course the piccies of your little man in his headphones!!
huge hugs Lou xxx

Alex said...

Absolutely loving it Meredith! Gorgeous creation and what an adorable little boy you have there.

Larissa said...

Great pages Meredith! I love the cute picture of your son!


Jennifer Shults said...

This is fantastic! I love the collagey feel of this and I'm sure your son will LOVE it!

DonnaMundinger said...

Oh WOW! How fun is this!? Fabulous job and I'm gonna have to pop right over to see how to make a book like this myself. LOVE the pic and that darling Geek. Great work, hon! xxD P.S. Hope you and the family feel better soon!

mforquer said...

Meredith - I LOVE your take on the art journal - it doesn't look like you struggled at all!!! The layers and textures scream Meredith and I love how you added a photo!! Really truly wonderful!!!

Renee said...

Ohhhh I love all of the texture and details you put into this amazing page Meredith!!! Such a clever idea to add the photo as well. LOVE IT!!!

Marlena Peduzzi said...

This is just so fabulous! I just love how you put everything together!

Cheryl Valadez said...

Meredith, this is super cool! Your son must think you are da' bomb for making this awesome book for him ;D I love all of the scrumptious details, especially the shredded denim! How appropriate for a rough and tumble dude ;D Great project, lady! Hugz, Cheryl

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Wow you did a fabulous job with your art journal layout, so much wonderful detail!

I have an art journal link party at my blog each Thursday and would be honored if you added your link: http://jans-gonestampin.blogspot.com/2011/09/art-jouranl-link-party.html

It's just for fun and inspiration - thank you so much for the inspiration! Jan

Brodders said...

Meredith this is so so gorgeous, lots to look at and so many mediums x

Ellis said...

Fun journaling you've done! =)
Hugs, Elenor

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