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As Part of Seth Apter’s Buried Treasure project, I’d like to share a tutorial from my mixed media workshop:

How to create this dimensional crackled effect.

Great for all kinds of mixed media projects.

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

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I hope you are enjoying this series and will join me next Wednesday for Lesson 7. I’d love to see your projects that you create using these techniques do share them and any questions you have in the comments below.

If you are enjoying this series do tell others on your favourite social media sites.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

This is the strange case of the colour change Filofax!

After I missed the chance of a blue (light blue) A5 Finsbury on Ebay, I leapt at the chance to get an A5 one in Electric Blue from WHSmiths online sale. They had the A5 binder for £60 instead of £80. Ordered on the Friday it was delivered on Wednesday 4th June in the morning but…here’s where it gets strange.
Filofax Finsbury A5 in Electric blue

Filofax Finsbury A5 in Electric blue

Box or no Box?

I thought, being the more expensive and leather Finsbury, that it would be in a nice sturdy Slip case style box (as my mini had been) but no sexy Filofax branded box, just a flimsy white one with just a barcode sticker.

Sad box from WH.Smiths no sexy Slip case :(

Sad box from WH.Smiths no sexy Slip case :(

The binder did arrive in a padded envelope, and inside had a fabric wrap (like the material that comes round the rings).

There was a fabric wrap around the binder inside the box

followed by the clear plastic binder ‘branded cover’.

 Filofax Finsbury A5 came with Plastic wrap but no slip case.

Filofax Finsbury A5 came with Plastic wrap but no slip case.

The colour Electric blue or Purple?

The colour (which I like and prefer to the look on the website) I would call Purple, the blue end of purple nothing like the red tone colour bias of the Pennybridge or Malden but if you are buying online it doesn’t come up like the cobalt end of Elelctric blue as the pictures suggest either. Strangely though, when I tried to take a photo of it, through the lens it turns the blue bias colour you see online! So I took another picture with what in real life looks to me like electric blue pen.
Filofax Finsbury A5 with what I would call an electric blue pen for colour comparison.

Filofax Finsbury A5 with what I would call an electric blue pen for colour comparison.

Contents & materials

The contents varies from the Filofax own site, in that you get top-loading envelope in place of the business card one (a bonus in my case but be aware if you want lots of card storage) this is listed in the WHSmiths description though. Colours of paper varied too but that’s being picky.
Filofax Finsbury A5 inside.

Filofax Finsbury A5 inside.

The back inside pocket’s surface feels tacky/grippy, ie almost sticky to the touch, that pocket area feels like faux leather or vinyl not like the leather on the rest of the binder. It also looks a bit different material. I can’t decide if that pocket is leather or has just reacted to being against the plastic top loading pocket for storage.
Diary: Week on Two pages; YEY but..I’m not keen on the column layout version personally BUT since we are only just into June it was a nice surprise to find a complete 2015 diary included. I’d expected it to still contain 2014 so a nice surprise.
I love this Filofax, and the purple/violet cast to the colour, if that’s its standard colourway I’ll be seriously considering getting a Personal one too, I’d have leapt at that chance as they too were reduced on the WHSmiths site to £44 instead of £55. This is almost a review but I’ve not used it yet, so I’ll post again once I’ve ‘moved in’ to it.

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Pastel meets grunge! Check out the grime and layers to this piece. Another one to scan in to the computer for lots of options.

Paints used Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic. This will get some stamping and lettering added but at the moment I’m enjoying it just as it is.

Mixed media Background: Pink grunge!

Mixed media Background: Pink grunge!

Keep an eye out for this piece again in a digital mixed media mash up. Hope you like this one too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a free download with you. A calendar page for July 2014.

Free Calendar page: July 2014

Free Calendar page: July 2014

How to Use

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Click on File, then choose landscape option for paper orientation.
  • Click Print

To Change the size of the calendar

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Right Click and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • You can print it as, is or open a Word Processing program and insert the image. (Once it is on your machine.) This will give you more control of the final size of the calendar page.

Feel free to tell your friends about this offer and forward them a link to this site. If you missed this month’s calendar page you can find it on the Calendar Downloads page.

Let me know what you think, of these calendar pages. If comments suggest this is popular…it just might become a regular feature.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In todays tutorial, I’d like to share how to create this metallic mixed media paint effect. It would look great on boxes books and all sorts of projects.

Vintage Purple Distressed Panel

Vintage Purple Distressed Panel

Links

Mixed Media Workshop: Lesson 5 Purple Distress

I do hope you are enjoying this series and will let your friends know where to find this class on your favourite social media network. I’d love to see you work, do leave me a comment to let me know how you are getting on or with questions, I’ll try to help where I can.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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Do you love to personalize your Filofax? Here is a great way make your own diary pages and add your own style without the need for loads of coloured tapes ;) that curl and stick your pages together where you didn’t want them too ;)

Filofax Personal diary page, made with Serif Craft Artist software

Filofax Personal diary page, made with Serif Craft Artist software

I used Serif Craft Artist to design the page layouts and add their pretty background papers. I’ve made the page un-dated so it can be used at any time. Being one to get a bit board of too much of the same design, it also means each month could have its own colour way or you could use the same background paper to create dashboards for other sections of your Filofax. This design turned out MUCH paler than I had expected once printed, so I’m going to go with different colour scheme for next month.

Great tip from the wonderful people on Philofaxy was NOT to use ‘Print on both sides’ options on your printer but to go with printing just one side, turning paper and feeding it back in manually.

Just love Craft Artist, I’ve now got to the stage where I can have an idea in my head and us the software to make it happen. It took a while but not as long as it did with Photoshop. Since I now won’t be printing back to back it leaves the options open for going in and adding text for the month and day numbers for each page as I go.

Links

  • Daisy Trail. Where you can buy Craft Artist software and lots of Digikits to design with
  • Philofaxy Brilliant site for Filofax layout pages

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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Do you love to create backgrounds with mixed media then fall in love with them and just ‘save them’? Scan them into your computer and you can do so much more with them. This is a great way to be able to use them time and again. This was a really bright vivid photo layered over with one of my grungie acrylic backgrounds I showed you earlier in the week. Love the effect, what do you think?

Mixed media digi art. Floral photo meets acrylic painting

Mixed media digi art. Floral photo meets acrylic painting

Scan your favourite art projects into your computer

A while ago I was watching a tutorial on You Tube about someone making marbled paper, he said he scanned the results into his computer then could print them when ever he wanted too. Brilliant idea! I have played with acrylics and made some lovely backgrounds in the last few weeks and loved them so much they were going into the save box. Now I’ve scanned them into the computer at 1200 dpi, so I have the option of using them for digital art, or printed for papers for all kinds of things.

The images will be great for layering over other photos for grunging them up, perhaps making my own digikits to use with Serif software. Either way, its a great to design the backgrounds I love and be able to get more than one use from them. Its also great for card making/papercrafting or for using with all kinds of mixed media projects.

What if I paint something ugly?

We all do it, a background is going so well then you splosh on a new colour and hate what you get. You could try layering over it with papers or more paint OR just put the result in a box and ignore it for a bit. Your tastes change over time and if you come back to the piece another day, you often don’t remember the original plan and look at it with new eyes.

Take your favourite backgrounds and turn them into digital files for so much fun.

If you have a printer that has a scanner ontop, give this a go, you can bring your scans into Serif or Photoshop or similar and change the opacity of layers as well as adding all kinds of elements. Its a lot of fun and easy to do, I’m going to hunt through my box of favourite backgrounds and get scanning.

Hope you give it a try too, best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

 

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