Finding the Glitter

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

First things first, I hope you all enjoyed Norine’s packaging as much as I did. Sooo much inspiration! Today I have something quite different though, and rather abstract. This week my crafting became intense art therapy. I picked up a bunch of mixed media supplies from Love is in the Details and couldn’t wait to get started. I began creating some texture on a canvas with texture paste and Tim Holtz’ “hickory smoke” distress ink.

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Unfortunately I didn’t take any step by step photos, but will make sure to do that for Sunday! I didn’t plan too much for this piece, but rather let my hand swirl the texture paste and distress ink in a soul soothing way. This last week we had a death in my husband’s extended family (and the extended family is very close) so the news hit hard. Death never asks when the time is right and we got to feel how immensely people’s lives get disrupted, especially around Christmas (sending love to all of you who have and are experiencing this!). Sitting down, mixing, swirling product, and  sprinkling glitter and mica flakes has been extremely therapeutic.

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I ended up adding more black after we heard the news of our cousins death (the family had lost their 16 year old son, less than two years earlier, and now their second, and last son passed away at 15), but still added more glitter and flakes. I don’t have the entire ‘interpretation’ of the final piece, but came to the conclusion that perhaps this is what our hearts may look like, opened up.

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The black may be fear, confusion, anger or even despair. But amongst the black, if we look hard enough, we will find glimmers of hope—glitter and pearly mica flakes. We’ve spend a lot of time with family the last several days and to see this family grow closer and closer, cousins are more like siblings, the words ‘in-law’ don’t exist, and instead, everyone becomes like immediate family. If you knew this family, you would understand how brilliant those sparkles shine in the midst of utter despair. This family is far from perfect…families are torn apart, children pass before parents, all the ugly stuff you can imagine, and yet they always pull together. On our way home from the Christmas gathering yesterday, I mentioned how insanely close this family is, and the response I got was that we are this close because of everything we have been through together (most of which has happened in less than two years).

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The darker the ink splotches, the brighter the glitter.

To all those who have suffered a loss this Christmas, my heart goes out to you. I hope that in this dark and utterly confusing season, that you may find even the slightest glimmer of hope. May peace and love fill all of your homes!

Thanks for letting me share a more personal side of a project. I’ll make sure to have photos of the products I used and more step by step photos next time.

Lots of love,

Natalja

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This post was written by Natalja on December 27, 2017

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Honeymoon Album 2.0

Happy National Bikini Day!

Bikini Day is the anniversary of the invention of the bikini in 1946 by a Parisian fashion designer, Louis Reard. It’s also just a regular old Wednesday for most of us, i.e. me.

…but in keeping with the bikini theme, I have ANOTHER honeymoon mini album to share with you.

See the first one here.

As soon as I saw the Crate Paper Oasis collection in person I knew it would be perfect for our Mexico trip. Plus, you can never have too many mini albums documenting the best 2 weeks of your life!

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This mini album is basic; I kept embellishments to a minimum in order to let the photos shine.

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The base of the album is simple. It’s a few pieces of 6×12 white cardstock scored then sewn together down the middle. I also added a large glassine bag & a piece of striped acetate into the stack before sewing it all together. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could bind it by hand with embroidery thread or just use 6×6 cardstock then hole punch it.

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There’s tons of sewing in this little album - I really put my little blue 1950’s sewing machine to work.

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The picture on the left was taken at the ruins beside our resort - in the middle of a sudden downpour.

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Since the acetate is see-through, I made sure to cover both sides to cover my adhesive.

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I made the vellum pocket by simply folding a long piece of leftover vellum then sewing all around the edges. I love that it makes room to hold extra little photos of us on Isla Mujeres. We met up with my aunt and uncle in Cancun for the day and loved exploring the little island in our golf cart.

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How do you glue your sequins down? I use mini glue dots; they seem to be the easiest & best for me.

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The center flap is the closed end of the glassine bag I sewed into the album, and I used it just like any other page.

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See? Bikini paper on National Bikini Day!

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My parents joined us for the second week of our honeymoon - I know, I know, we’re weird.

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Those little white alphas are Kaisercraft - available in 5 colours once the store re-opens. If you haven’t heard about the HUGE, awesome changes happening at LIITD, read Lori’s post here.
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For the other half of the glassine bag I added a strip of pineapple washi tape (cute!!) to keep my extra photos in.

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There are tons of gold accents in the Oasis collection - right up my alley.

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And pineapples - which are all the rage right now.

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The picture on the left is us exploring at X’elha waterpark - one of our favourite things we did while we were in Playa del Carmen.

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Did you know you can sew through wood veneer?? Yup. Just make sure you adjust the settings on your machine first. I set my tension really low & increase my stitch length.

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The vellum SUN tag is a piece from the Oasis specialty paper - gold foiled vellum. One of my favourite Crate Paper specialty papers EVER. It’s like a whole 12×12 sheet of embellishments for less than $3…how can you go wrong?

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And of course, a little extra embellishment on the back of the album.

A surprisingly sturdy mini album made with just cardstock. Neat, right? I’ve really been feeling mini albums lately - so expect to see a few more in the near future.

Any questions about this little book? Ask me in the comments!

Have a great regular ol’ Wednesday - and if you’re lucky enough to be celebrating National Bikini day, enjoy that too!

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