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Entries in stitching (8)


The Documented Life Project - 8/9 (Week 33)...

The Documented Life Project

August 9, 2014 - Week 33 Challenge - Use your "under paper" in a creative way.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration. 






I gathered a piece of my painted "under paper" and an Instagram photo to start.


Next, I cut the "under paper" into strips and pleated them while I stitched them with black thread.

I found this old book paper sheet that I used when I was making stencil prints and liked that it would contrast with the bright colors in the "under paper" so I glued it to my main page with a glue stick.

I used a white pen to make doodle marks on the base page.

To finish, I used a glue stick to attach the paper strips and words!


My Instagram photo was printed via Groovebook.  Have you heard about it?  For $2.99 a month, you get a photobook filled with 100 photos you upload from your phone.  The quality isn't "super" but for 100 photos at $2.99 it is a bargain!  Use my code to receive your first book free: SMITH14268



You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore


The Documented Life Project - 5/31 (Week 23)...

The Documented Life Project

May 31, 2014 - Week 23 Challenge - Practice gratitude - write what you are grateful for each day this week.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration. 

I know we normally finish our challenge pages before the week starts but for this one I have created my page and will add to it daily per the challenge. 

Supplies: Wait for Me Art Pops™ Cards and Stickers; Karen Foster Designs Funky Alphabet Stickers; Balzer Designs Weekly Circle Stamps; Simple Stories DIY Boutique Stickers, DIY Label Stickers and DIY Alphabet Typeset Stickers.


You can find us HERE:


Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs
Lorraine Bell
Rae Missigman
Sandi Keene
Barbara Moore


Art Journal Love - Clouded...


Stitched Fabric Pillow Cover Purse...

Interested in learning how to turn a plain pillow cover into a fashionable clutch?  Check out the directions on the Stampington & Company website HERE!


Inspirational Door Hanger Tutorial...

I found some chip board journals at Michaels the other day in their 50 cent bin.  I rummaged around and found quite a few nice shapes and decided each piece could be altered into pretty door hangers. Have fun creating your own!

Have a  blessed day!



-Chip board journals (Michaels)
-Fabric strips
-Washi tape
-Glue stick, scissors, sewing machine and 1/4" hole punch
-Computer generated quote or phrase
-Muslin fabric or duck cloth
-Book paper
-Gel medium or glue dots
-Black pen


1. Use hole punch to add a second hole to the chip board shape. Doodle around the edges with a black pen.

2. Trim a piece of muslin or duck cloth to fit your base. Stitch your phrase/quote to old book paper and stitch to fabric base.

3. Tear a strip of fabric and run it through the sewing machine, creating pleats as you stitch.

4. Cut your fabric strip so you have two pieces.  Stitch them to your fabric base above and below your phrase/quote.

5. Using a glue stick, adhere your fabric piece to the chip board base.

6. Tear another strip of fabric and pull through the holes in chip board from back to front and tie each end in a knot.

7. Attach a variety of washi tape pieces to the top of the chip board base.

8. Using gel medium or glue dots, adhere a few buttons.

These pretties are being mailed out soon and I couldn't bear to send them in plain envelopes so I stitched up some inky papers to create artsy envelopes and now I am happy!


Upcycled Calendar Cards...

Looking for a way to upcycle those old calendars?  Here is a super quick and easy to way to turn them into pretty cards.


Old calendar (I used one made by Wendy Brightbill.)
Washi  tape
Text paper from an old book
Glue stick
Sewing machine
Card stock and envelopes
Lace scraps
Assorted paper punches

Using a glue stick, adhere pieces from an old book to the front of the card and flap of the envelope.

Punch assorted shapes from the calendar.

Glue assorted shapes to the card and envelope.

Add pieces of assorted washi tape.

Add a scrap or two of lace with a glue stick.

For a finishing touch, add decorative stitching.


Art Journal Love - WHISPER...

Acrylic ink, dye inks, sewing machine, collage papers, washi tape, arrow stamp by Pam Garrison, shipping tag, oil pastels, India Ink, black pen, Small Circle rubber stamp by Paperbag Studios, various stencils by The Crafter's Workshop and Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate.


Art Journaling with the Gelli Plate...

Acrylic ink, dye inks, sewing machine, flower foam stamp (Claudine Hellmuth), washi tape, stabilo pencil, Pitt Pen, Arrow stamp (Pam Garrison), various stencils by The Crafter's Workshop and Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate.