Today I started the preparation for the Inspirational Card Deck Swap 2013. I had not realized until I emailed Jessica Brogan, the hostess for this swap, that the quotes each artist puts on the cards actually have to be "inspirational". I had collected some quotes by famous actors and actresses, and had gotten some photos of several of them to use on my cards. But I went through and eliminated the quotes that weren't actually inspirational...only very funny! I can use those quotes and photos for making other ATC cards on my own. I took some pages out of one of the paper selections by Melody Ross that I bought on sale and glued the cards onto various pages. I had put glue on the pages first as I got to each page, so attached a few 2.5 x 3.5 extra cardboard pieces where I had already put the book binders adhesive. I had done this with a wet wash brush, so the paper got too wet and ripped off some of the design when I picked it up to move to another place to dry. But I am not worried it will add interest as I add another layer. When I cut the cards apart, they will each have a different back. I plan on putting some Silks Acrylic Glaze over these papers anyway and also my name and blog information, too.
I also did my journaling for the limited 10 minutes for "30 days in your journal" by Julie Fei Fan Balzer. I must say that for the last two days I have not had the supplies that Julie has, which she said is perfectly okay and that I could substitute with what I have. I did not have a transfer screen to do a screen printing effect, so I just used regular stencils and stamps. Some with my initials in a very scroll-y alphabet. I did not have a "frame" so cut one out of my Steampunk book from Dover Press. Today's video showed her adding a photo of herself and circling it with watercolor crayons. Again, I had no photo of myself so added puzzle pieces, some glitter and used my Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils to get a similar effect.
The last thing I did was paint a page in my smaller journal black. I am going to do the 8th and last Fall Fearless & Fly journal page. The colors for it are black with bright colors. I will be using my "Hot Shots" neon paints over the black. Have a good evening!
Card backing papers below.
My 3 days of journaling below. New page tomorrow!