February is far too short a month and March always sneaks up on me. So I was actually surprised when Gail over at Mind Wide Open posted another challenge already. Except it’s not “already” – it really is March! And amazingly, I got mine done early this month. With my work schedule, I knew it was “now or never.”
I’ve been using the Mind Wide Open challenges as an opportunity to add to the art journal I made way back in the summer of 2011; it’s the first book I made in Mary Ann Moss’s most excellent “Full Tilt Boogie” class. (The first of literally over a hundred, which boggles my mind!) There are now only a few spreads left to do and I’ll be so stoked when it’s done. That means I’ll get to make another! Because I totally need an excuse to make yet another book!
(Wow. Okay, I think I need more sleep.)
So without further ado, here’s the beautiful image Gail provided for us this month. Like last time, it’s a background. I am ADORING these backgrounds; they are so versatile. I will definitely be using this one again.
And here’s the journal page I did in the wee hours this morning – mostly without caffeine.
A beautiful sheet of K&Company scrapbook paper and b&w polka dot deco tape were already in place. I tore out the image, distressed and inked the edges with “old paper” Distress Ink and added a pretty vintage lady. I cut out an additional butterfly from a smaller printout of the background and made some flourishes with “black diamond” Stickles. Here’s a shot of the whole spread, which isn’t nearly done yet:
I still need to “beef up” the left-hand page, which already had a butterfly tag attached from a Tim Holtz swap.
Since I had the journal open and the camera on anyway, I decided to take a photo of one of my favorite spreads. This one may not actually be “done” yet either; I keep revisiting it and adding more stuff.
Unlike this mermaid, my art journal is getting very, very fat! 🙂