Easy to Make Artsy Gift Tag Holders Sure to Delight

Sherry Canino

I absolutely love to adorn gifts with my handmade tags on them. I feel like they are a special gift in themselves. I readily have them on hand since when I feel like doing something artsy but don't have a lot of time, I typically grab a tag to create.

Design Team member Sherry Canino is sharing with some delightful Artsy Gift Tag Holders for her latest Design Team project. We all give gift vouchers as presents and this project will help turn them into a really special item to give away. She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studio Stamps to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @sherrycanino #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

This got me thinking about creating a little holder for them to give them as a gift themselves. We all have those hard to "find a gift for" loved ones in our lives so why not create a little gift giving pouch with tags in it, that they can just grab one when they need it for that special gift.

I have created 3 tags to go into the little gift tag holder that I also created but this holder would certainly hold probably 6 or 7 if you wanted to add more. 

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"To give a handmade gift is to truly give a gift from your heart "- Sherry Canino - tweet that!

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This was so much fun to create and with the Laguna Dreaming Art Pops™ Collection super easy. The colors in this line make the tags perfect for gift giving on any occasion.



Going Deeper...

describe to us where you create. do you have a designated studio space or do you have to share it with your family?

I have often dreamed of having a studio space outside of my home, but a few years ago we moved into a bigger house that had a formal living room as well as a family room. Since it is just my husband and I and the pugs we really don't need both rooms.

So my formal living room is my studio, set up with daylight overhead lighting and great natural light from the 5 windows in the front and the back as well as a huge table for me to create on.

I was blessed to have a carpenter build me a huge shelf unit with adjustable shelves and it has everything I need. This allows me to create any time of day or night and never have to leave my home. It has become "my space" decorated with special art from other Artist friends and such.

I love that it's in my home and do not have any plans to change that.

what is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting off with mixed media and art journaling?

Advice that I have to offer for someone starting off with art journaling or mixed media is to just be yourself. Don't try to make your work look like everyone else just be authentic to you, that is how you find and develop your style.

Also be patient and continue to show up, we weren't born knowing how to walk we had to learn and practice and we fell down some of us a lot, art is the same, you will fall down but you will learn from that don't ever look at it as a failure moment look at it as a learning moment.

And don't forget to have fun!
 

>>>Want more inspiration from Sherry?  Check out her mini inspiration journal Tutorial.<<<


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Art Retreat Weekend in Bruges, Belgium

UPDATE: This event is now sold out.

You know I value creativity, and you know I value community. I’m excited to announce an opportunity that combines both of these (and more)!

If you set out to design the ultimate fairytale town, it would be impossible to improve on the dreamy, picturesque center of Bruges. With whispering canals, historic churches and cobbled lanes, this city has it all.

The natural (and architectural) beauty of the place is one of the many reasons I’ve chosen it as the location for an intimate, European art adventure - and I’m inviting you along!

 

Join me for an artful weekend retreat at a beautiful, private studio space on the Damme Canal from
August 30 - September 2, 2018.

My Creative Business Toolkit: The Video Edition

It's no secret that I LOVE technology and back in my college days, I won't say how long ago (Apple was just hitting the scene -- hint hint!) I was a programming major.  I know, right!?

I’ve been sharing my creativity online for a while now and I often get asked about the tech tools I use to record.

It is so rewarding to merge my love of art and tech in my creative life and business and I especially find joy in teaching others the techie side of things.

We all know the world loves video. The very existence of YouTube can attest to that. I think that, particularly as artists and makers, video is the most effective way to express ourselves online.  

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Nowhere else is it possible to create such inspiring, personal content that’s easy to understand, easy to consume and easy to enjoy.

Today I thought I’d share a round-up of the tech tools that make recording high-quality videos EASY. Tweet That!

Loom

Loom is a free tool that allows you to record yourself and/or your screen directly from your Google Chrome browser. It’s brilliant for quick “how tos” and your videos are incredibly easy to share.

Vimeo

I’ve been using Vimeo to host my tutorials and workshop videos for years now. They offer a whole range of privacy settings, making it the the perfect platform if you’re planning to teach online classes.

YouTube

People don’t often think of YouTube as a tool, but it’s fantastic for helping you reach a wider audience. As it’s a Google product, YouTube content will always show up towards the top of any search results… so don’t dismiss the idea of offering free creative videos.

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For live streams and screen share videos

I like to have an external webcam to film my live streams as it really helps to upgrade the quality of your video. I also like to use an external microphone, as I find this makes my audio much clearer and crisper without any muffling or interference. My tools of choice are the Logitech C920 webcam and Rode Lavalier mic.

For art videos and online workshopS

My filming setup for art videos looks a little different. I use the Manfrotto 420B Combi Boom Stand for simple overhead filming, attached to it is my lovely old Nikon 5150 and Rode Videomic. These upgrade the quality of my videos even more, which is really important if they’re going to form part of a paid workshop. Back in the day, I used an old Sony Camcorder with tapes -- I just dated myself, didn't I?

It’s worth mentioning that while these are my favorite filming tools, you don’t need these to get started. You can use a smartphone or an old “point and shoot” digital camera in the beginning. You can use your inbuilt webcams and microphones.

Technology is nice, but it’s not your focus, creativity is. Don’t let your fear of not having the right tools stand in your way. Go for it and have fun!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie


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Easy to Make Found Words Magnet Video Tutorial

Karen Gaunt

I am always looking for new ways to put my art on display around my home. It makes me sad to have my work shut away in my journals all the time where I can't enjoy it more often. Our creations should be out on display for us to enjoy ALL the time.

Design Team member Karen Gaunt is sharing with us how she got creative by upcyling some bottle caps for her latest Design Team project. Create your own magnets to adorn your fridge or to give away to someone special. She uses Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @karengaunt #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

I love to recycle objects into my art whenever I can, and these bottle cap magnets are the perfect project for this. Very few supplies are needed and they are simple and easy to make. I even have my husband trained now to very carefully remove the caps from his bottles and hand them straight to me!

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"Our creations should be out on display for us to enjoy all the time." - tweet that!

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These magnets grace my fridge now where I can enjoy looking at them all the time. They would also be a perfect little gift for a friend and you could customise them with your own special little message for them.



Going Deeper...

describe to us where you create. do you have a designated studio space or do you have to share it with your family?

I live in quite a small one bed apartment so I definitely do not have a designated studio! I do have a very understanding husband who has let me take over a portion of our main family room though. The space is small so I need to make the most of it. I have some great shelves and storage all round me so I am well organised. Honestly if I had more space I would just fill it so I am probably better off sticking to small scale!

what is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting off with mixed media and art journaling?

I know you are going to hear this from probably every single one of the Design Team but you really just have to start. Then you have to keep on going. This is a skill that you have to learn just like anything else. I have learnt so much from by daughter about expectations vs reality by teaching her how to read and to develop her drawing skills. She gets so frustrated when she isn't perfect straight away but she can't be, she is just starting. You wouldn't expect a child to read "War and Peace" right out of the starting blocks so don't expect a Picasso on your first attempt either. Slow, steady growth is what to aim for and you will be surprised at your results.

>>>Want more inspiration from Karen?  Check out her Altered Envelope Tutorial.<<<


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Positive Affirmations Mirror Video Tutorial

Kristi Nazzaro

Tis the season for Back to School. As I began thinking about what kind of project I wanted to make I kept this theme in mind. I remember back to school shopping and all the butterflies in my stomach leading up to the first day of school.

Design Team member Karen Gaunt is sharing with us how she got creative by upcyling some bottle caps for her latest Design Team project. Create your own magnets to adorn your fridge or to give away to someone special. She uses Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @karengaunt #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

I'm an optimist at heart. I always try and weave a positive message into my art. For this project, I decided to make a mirror with a positive affirmation for either a school locker (there's a magnet on the back) or a teacher's classroom. The mirror can also be hung using the fabric and ribbon loops on the top.

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"A positive message may make someone pause for a moment and think to themselves...I really am enough, just the way I am." - tweet that!

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Back to School time can be difficult for some children. In my mind I was hoping that a small mirror with a positive message may make someone pause for a moment and think to themselves...I really am enough, just the way I am. This kind of message isn't limited to children - we adults need to be reminded that we are enough as well - just the way we are.



Going Deeper...

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio and why?

I'd have to say that my GelliArts Gel Printing Plate is my most important tool as it is used 95% of the time in my art. I love that every tool of the brayer on the Gelli Plate produces a different color scheme. The Gelli Plate is such a versatile tool. I could never create without one.

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

This is an easy one for me - I adore working on shipping tags. I love the challenge of working small. I like to see just how much art I can pack on to one tag. They're versatile. They're stylish. They come in a million different sizes. I venture out of my comfort zone but altered art tags are always the home I return to.

>>>Want more inspiration from Kristi?  Check out her Altered Art Tag Tutorial.<<<


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How to fuel your creativity (with tiny tweaks)

Let's talk a little about tolerations.  What?! You know, those things we tolerate that cause us stress, frustration, wasted time... those things.

I'm getting real here now, and showing you one of my most embarrassing tolerations; laundry basket and suitcase living!

 
 

This drives me nuts and my husband just shakes his head.  I try so hard to put it all away and then little by little I allow it to creep back.  

What does this have to do with art?

Well, I’ve been thinking recently, about how easy it is to be passive - both in our lives and in our creativity.

It’s so easy to “put up” with things that no longer serve us instead of changing them. These unnecessary annoyances drain us of energy, impact our mood, and stop us from feeling as fulfilled as we could. Those laundry baskets have been there for months.  

The one small action of just putting it all away would solve the problem. It would save me time, irritation, and it would take me less time to actually find the clothes I need if I didn't have to dig through a laundry basket!

This approach of tolerating minor irritations has carried over into my creating more directly too.

For example, I just never sharpen my pencils. That means that most of the time, my choice of pencil is dictated by what still has a point. Crazy, right? I should be in control of which pencils I use in my work. I could open a store with the amount of Stabilos I have...that's a stretch, but you get the point!

How to fuel your creativity (with tiny tweaks).  Dealing with life's tolerations and how they affect your creative process.  @robenmarie Article by Roben-Marie Smith #art #mixedmedia #creativeprocess

Another example I have - and I’m sure you can relate to this one, is that I never clean out my paint tubes and bottles. I let them crust over, to the point where I can’t squeeze out any paint (or at least not without gunking up every pair of scissors I own). Instead of prompting me to use different colors, this just prompts me to… buy more paint. Again, it’s crazy. If I took those few moments to clean the openings of my paint bottles, I would spend way less, and take up (slightly) less space with my paint stash.

Here's a good one, and I am a bit embarrassed to admit it, but when my memory card gets full (they are all 64GB, which is huge) for some reason I just don't take the time to transfer the files to an external hard drive, freeing up space so I can keep filming.  Nope, I purchase another 64GB.  That is pretty crazy, I know.  

Honestly, I barely even notice the things I’m just tolerating now. I’m so used to my habits, that I can’t see where I’ve been holding myself back.

You're shaking your head, right?!  You have them, too!

But I don’t want to let my past actions keep me in a box. I want to clear space in my studio (and in my mind) for creative change. That means looking for my tolerations with new eyes, and taking a stand. Sharpening those pencils (I did buy a new an improved pencil sharpener). Cleaning those paint tubes.

Human beings tolerate what they understand they have to tolerate.
— Jane Rule

How do you know if you’re being held back by your own tolerations?

  • Do you surround yourself with stacks of unfinished projects, instead of either finishing them or putting them away?

  • Do you keep trying to sketch with pens that are drying up?

  • Do you use 50 paper clips to hold your journal pages in place, instead of 2 strong binder clips?

  • Do you create in semi-darkness, rather than replace that light bulb?

  • Are you using scissors gunked up with washi tape?

  • Are you sulking about a skill you don’t have, despite already purchasing online classes to help you improve?
     

There are many things in this world we must tolerate, but blunt pencils should not be one of them. Tweet That!

What tiny tweaks could you do, if you knew they’d fuel your creativity?

Leave me a comment below, and share your story.  I am off to unload some laundry baskets!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

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Say "Hello" to the FABRILAGE Workshop

 **where collage a fabric unite **

Early Pricing ends on 9/24 so don't delay!

 

Happy Mail Art Pockets

Anna Friesen

I remember the first time I received happy mail. It was a little envelope decorated with washi tape, and inside were delightful little snippets of happy and life-giving words snipped from magazines.

Design Team member Anna Friesen is sharing with us how she has made her very special Happy Mail Art Pockets with us. Create a beautiful piece of Art to share with someone via good old fashioned pony express. Be inspired to make your own happy mail with her wonderful video tutorial. She uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @annafriesen #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

To see such a beautiful thing in your mail box is such sweet serendipity and it can turn a grey day into a happy one. Seriously. It happens to me often! Giving is special, but so is sending! I love sending cheerful art on the pony express! 

If you really want to touch someone, send them a letter.  - Australia Post - tweet that!

We can always use ideas to pretty up our mail art, right? Enter these sweet little pockets. I used a 5x7 gelatin plate to start the design. Rubber stamping on the plate is an easy way to add texture and shape to prints, and who can resist the whimsical images of Paperbag Studios stamp sets?! Not me. :)



Going Deeper...

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio and why?

I'd say stencils are my most essential tool. The shapes often spark an idea and if not that, they give me an easy start of color and shape.

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

The nuances of colour and the infinite ways hues interact with each other. It's a conversation and I want in on it. :)  


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The 100 Days Art Pops Collection Blog Hop, Giveaway and Tutorial

I'm Having a blog hop!

To celebrate the launch of my new 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection I'm giving away not one, but two awesome prizes for this blog hop! Tweet That!  

Prizes

Three spots in my new online class, FABRILAGE that opens on September 13.
One set of the Digital 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection to one of my lucky readers!  
Five additional sets of the Digital 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection for each of the other blogs in the hop.

Be sure to visit the other blogs in the hop and leave a comment to increase your chances!!


What are Art Pops™?

ART POPS™ are the mixed media art pieces inspired by the whimsical, saturated pages of my art journals. ART POPS™ provide bold and fanciful POPS of COLOR for your favorite projects including Project Life, Mail Art, Art Journaling and much more. Rock your world with ART POPS™!


How do you enter?

I'm glad you asked!  All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post and then keep on hopping across to all of the Design Team member's posts, leave a comment on them and be entered with more chances to win. Giveaway closes on Monday, September 11 @ 5:00PMEST.

Where do I go?

Here are the links to all of the amazing Design Team Projects so be sure to visit all of them, leave a comment and increase your chances of winning!

Blog Hop Schedule

Roben-Marie Smith  - That's Me!

Karen Gaunt

Anna Friesen

Kristi Nazzaro

Jenni Zmuda

Ashli Oliver

Tag in a Bag Video Tutorial with Roben-Marie Smith. Join @robenmarie as she walks you through this easy and fun tutorial as part of her #playingtagartchallenge. #diy #mixedmedia #tagart


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Tag in a Bag Video Tutorial with Roben-Marie Smith. Join @robenmarie as she walks you through this easy and fun tutorial as part of her #playingtagartchallenge. #diy #mixedmedia #tagart

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Fabrilage Workshop:
Denise, Lindy and Cathy
100 Days Art Pops™:
Jill R., Suzanne R., Funky Peacock Studios, Beth P.,
Cre8tive Cathy and Robyn W.

Here We Go - Altered Travelers Notebook

Ashli Oliver

A dear, dear friend of mine is moving across the country and I want her to have an easy to carry notebook to gather all of her road trip ephemera!

Design Team member Ashli Oliver is sharing with us how she has made this beautiful and meaningful gift for her friend. Be inspired to customise your own unique Travellers Notebook with wonderful video tutorial. She uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @ashlioliver #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

I just love the fabulous Doodles and Daters Rubber Art Stamps that contains the journaling and list images. I was inspired to utilize those, along with the tab set to create a truly interactive notebook to hold her memories!

A pencil, coupled with white paint, can create endless possibilities!  Tweet That!



Going Deeper...

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio and why?

A Pencil! Boring, I know... but I feel like if I have a good pencil, I can create just about anything! And, if I could pick one more thing to go with that, it would be white paint. A pencil, coupled with white paint, can create endless possibilities! 

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

I love working with faces! I feel like they make my page come to life and just breathe personality into my project!


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Messy Art Zine Video Tutorial

Jenni Zmuda

Zines seem to be the latest fast approaching craze. I couldn't resist trying to make one myself. Once you get the hang of folding it, the possibilities are endless.

Design Team member Jenni Zmuda is sharing with us how she has made her gorgeous messy Art Journal Zine with us for her design team project. Be inspired to make your own one of a kind zine with her wonderful video tutorial. She uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @jennizmuda #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

You can use printer paper to make your zine. The thinner the paper, the easier it is to fold. I chose to use a page from a magazine. Its thicker and somewhat water resistant. Keep in mind the more medium you add, the more the paper may warp and crinkle up.

Let the words pop

I chose a page that had text as well as imagery. I love the little pops of words and pictures showing through adding to the visual interest. Some say my work, this Zine included, is messy. Well, they'd be right. LOL! I work very intuitively, without much thought or planning; layering on paint, inks, stickers and stamps.

Too much thinking gets in the way of the process. - Tweet That!



Going Deeper...

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio and why?

Hmm...there are so many! lol It changes from month to month. Right now I can't live without my Stabilo Marks All pencil. It writes on anything and never gets gummed up and unusable, like so many other pencils/pens.  But mostly, I can't live without a good quality gel medium. Something thick, and not too runny. Something that can hold lots of media in place. Liquitex Matt Gel Medium is a favorite brand.

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

Just being able to make a mess. To let loose without any rules or pressure. We put way too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect. Art, the kind of art I do, is very cut and dry. Slap it down and see what happens. Don't like it? Gesso over it and start over. There are no mistakes. Only opportunities for added texture.


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10+ Savvy Ideas for Creating on a Budget

It’s easy to get distracted by all the amazing art supplies lining the walls of every craft store.

It’s easy to believe that without investing in all of those materials, you will never create great art.

I, for one, have been lured by the colorful, textured and liquid delights lining the shelves of art supply stores.  Self-control is not easy when I walk into a Dick Blick!

But that’s a belief I want to change. Creativity is not about having fancy paper, or expensive paint, or the latest marker on the market. Creativity is about making something, simply because you feel drawn to do so. Tweet That! And the beauty of creating mixed-media is that anything has the potential to become a creative supply.

Don’t believe me?

Well, sit down, pour yourself  a cup of tea - I suggest Chai, and let's dive into my tips for creating on a budget.

Look at what you already have.

Our homes are filled with creative opportunities.

Substrates: Junk mail and cardboard packaging are great surfaces for your art, as are catalog pages (I love using Anthropologie catalogs in my art). If you’re an art journaler, you could bind your own books using all of these bits and pieces, or recycle an old book or diary. One of my favorite handmade journals is created with old book covers. 

Collage fodder: Collect things from your everyday life. Used stamps, receipts, gift wrap, old greeting cards, leaflets, postcards, images or words snipped from packaging, junk mail, and magazines… the list goes on!  Just about everything is fair game in my book.  If I "think" I might use it, I save it!

Printmaking: Look at the different tools that surround you that could create interesting patterns in your work. Cardboard tubes and old bottle lids are great for making circles.  I use an old metal ring that used to live on an overhead light in my studio.  It kept falling on me while I was working and it finally dawned on me that it would be perfect for creating arty circles.

Mesh bags (like the kind you get fruit it) can be used as stencils, as can pretty much anything with holes in. Look at anything that could leave interesting impressions.

Textiles: Different kinds of yarn, string and twine can be great additions to your mixed media projects. You can also chop up old pieces of clothing (those that are beyond repair) for fabric. I removed the trim from an old t-shirt and stitched it onto my art apron.  Take apart broken pieces of costume jewelry and use them as embellishments. Seriously, your imagination is your only limit when it comes to your creative tools! Tweet That!

Adhesives: Duct tape, electrical tape, fabric tape, masking tape, painter’s tape… it all has a different look, and could all be incorporated into your mixed-media projects.

Office supplies: Don't even get me started on file folders!  I love me some of those!!!  Mark-making tools can be found on every desk across the country - ballpoint pens, a Number 2 pencil, and colored highlighters. Ring reinforcers, neon post-its, sticker labels, newsprint paper, paper clips and staples could also be used in your art.

Seriously, your imagination is your only limit when it comes to your creative tools!
— Roben-Marie

Make your own.

Spray ink: Grab yourself an empty spray bottle and dilute ink, liquid watercolor, or craft paint. You can then use these to create fun, colorful backgrounds to work on.

Stamps: Carve intricate designs into wood, erasers and rubber, or snip shapes from fun foam to create simple handmade stamps. These work really well when dipped into craft paint - but don’t forget to wash them afterwards!

Stencils: Grab a craft knife and cut designs into pieces of card stock or acetate, then spray using your DIY spray inks.

Embellishments: Doodle onto scraps of interesting paper, or print using your handmade stamps, then cut around your shapes, these can then be added to your mixed media creations as embellishments.

Shop smart.

  • Shop at big chain stores, and rummage through the discount bins.

  • Coupons are your friend.

  • Explore thrift stores and flea markets.

  • Look online - you can often find heavy discounts on craft supplies there.

  • If you really want to try a fancy new supply, buy one or two of your favorite colors to experiment with first. You can always add to the collection later.

I want you to see that if you look at your surroundings with new eyes, you will find inspiration. You will find supplies to use in your artwork, and you will unleash your creativity, without bankrupting yourself in the process.

I’ve also found that using free or cheap supplies gives you permission to play. You stop worrying about “wasting” your nice paper, or paints, or markers.

Instead the focus is on the process, and that’s how it should be.

What are your favorite ways to create on a budget?  What is your favorite find or tip or trick? I would love to hear your ideas!

Have a blessed day!

Roben-Marie

Mini Inspiration Journal Video Tutorial

Sherry Canino

I love to create mini journals that I can carry around in my purse to jot a note down in or fill with inspiration. If you saw the size of my purse you would know that the journal has to be quite small for it to fit! LOL!

When I was going through the beautiful Art Pops™ Cards by Roben-Marie I knew that the size would be perfect for something like this.

Design Team member Sherry Canino shares her gorgeous mini Inspiration journal with us for her design team project. Fill your own custom journal full of beautiful images to motivate and inspire you. She uses stamps from Paperbag Studios and Art Pops™ to create this gorgeous piece of Art! @robenmarie @sherrycanino #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

The colors and creative elements in the Wait for Me Art Pops™ Collection was already an inspiration to me, so I felt it quite fitting to create a little inspiration journal with these products.

Inspiration is all around

I believe that Inspiration is all around us, we only need to open up our eyes to see it, our minds to know it and our hearts to receive it. Tweet that!



Going Deeper...

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can't live without in your studio and why?

 My most important tool would be my imagination - if that's considered a tool. When you use your imagination to come up with a project or idea its where the art starts. I can't live without my music in my studio, it's honestly where I draw a lot of my inspiration from and it definitely enhances the mood of the project I'm working on.

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?

I think I go through phases where I have a favorite product or element. Right now I'm crushing on watercolors, I haven't worked with them much so they are still a bit of a mystery to me and that really draws me in and excites me. I enjoy working with new elements that I don't already know what the end result will be.


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