Come On Down

I’m not a fan of Summer, and being that it’s currently Winter down here in Australia, I thought this month I would share with you the mini album I made of our last family holiday in April.

I also wanted to tempt y’all to come visit our amazing and beautiful country, you know right now the exchange rate is really good!

We went to Tasmania, our second time, but this time we stayed put in a little terrace centrally located in Hobart, a short walk to everything awesome. My album cover looks like this:cover

It’s a Simple Stories SN@P! binder (8×6) with inserts. It was a prize I got last year. I coloured it with acrylic paints and stamped with bubble wrap. I use pocket pages frequently in my travel albums as I always have more images than journalling. This is the second page with a map of central Hobart, so I could pinpoint our accommodation. Also some pics of the beautiful old stone buildings in the heart of town.


We caught the ferry to MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, a private Gallery owned and built by a local Hobart boy who made a motza with internet gambling, this is one of his ways of giving back. We paid for the the best seats which were inside with complementary drinks and canapes, delish. MONA was amazing, not sure I liked all the exhibits but they were thought-provoking, and the grounds were exquisite. If you ever get to Hobart, it’s a must see. The serving boy on the ferry looked pretty hot in his uniform too.  2aAnd some pics of the grounds …….4We took a wilderness cruise down to the Great Southern Ocean It was more like a 3 hour jet boat ride. We checked out some fur seal colonies! The males live separately from the females and babies, and boy do they smell. It’s good to have the wind at your back when viewing the blokes. We were lucky to spot two albatross on the way back too. Again, another brilliant experience, highly recommended! 5There are plenty of other pages that I won’t bore you with. They are chock full of stories and pics. I do however want to tease you with some pretty pictures in an effort to tempt you to plan a trip downunder. Our land is an incredible experience you really must have at least once in your life, and right now you get $1.37 to the US dollar!

These photos were all taken by me with my Nikon D90 set on auto (yep, I cheated). First some scenerylandscapeAnd now the native animals. We got to pat the koala, and a wombat, as well as feed the kangaroos. Not the Tassie devil, they bite.animalsIf you got to here, thank you for reading my post. Now go make some holiday plans to come on down, you know you want to!!

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December Mini Book

Brrrrrr! Howdy, Gauchies….feeling wintry? Lori here, and I love the cool and icy inspo this month! For the past few years, I have participated in some kind of “December Daily”/document your December type challenge. This year I am following along with The Art Journaler’s 31 prompts (come play HERE) and I needed a cover for my mini book.

I started with two 8×5-ish pieces of chipboard and started patchworking papers and washi tape. I then used some white mist and stencil.

Document December mini book by Lori Wilbanks

I then smooshed some light modeling paste through a snowflake stencil and added some fine white glitter for sparkle. (I don’t clean my stencils, so you can see some yellow that hijacked it’s way on to my project…whoops!)

December Daily mini book by Lori Wilbanks

Then I added some silvery spray mist, a few extras and a title and voila! A wintry cover for my December documentation!

Document December mini book by Lori Wilbanks


December mini book by Lori Wilbanks

Are you documenting your December? Come play along with us!
That’s right…you get messy too!

Rustic Mini Album

Hi everyone! Sandi here. Today I am thrilled to share my mini book for our latest “Rustic” challenge. I had a blast with this challenge, and I know you’re going to as well. For me, I decided to use the gorgeous rustic colors as my base for this mini book of mine.

rustic mini album by Sandi Taloumis

I am such a fan of vintage trinkets, and this challenge gives me a great starting point to store all kinds of “old” goodies that I find along the way of my everyday adventures.

mixed media mini album by Sandi Taloumis

The rusty nail was something that I found, while walking one day, and I knew I would be able to use it for something neat… voila….I have used it!

mixed media mini album by Sandi Taloumis

The flower was given to me and after letting it dry out, the color was a gorgeous deep maroon, which went perfectly with my mini book that I created. I can’t wait to start filling this mini with all kinds of neat treasures!

I hope this inspires you to create something gorgeous for yourself….we can’t wait to see what you come up with!



The Rough Album

Hello there, Linda here!

As a Gauche Alchemy themed kits subscriber, I’m excited every month to see the kit’s content and what will inspire me. Chrissy is really a magic woman when it comes to putting these great kits together. There is always something in the kits that gets my creative juices flowing!

upcycled book cover to album

This time I used a children’s book as the base for an album. The Big Bird book was covered with black gesso on all the right pages and white gesso on all the left pages. I then went digging into the Nekkid Mixed Media Kit and used the wood ribbon and woodgrain punchinella as my inspiration. I painted the white pages and when dry, covered all them with various papers.

handmade art journal album

upcycle book cover art journal

I also used goodies from Ephemera Variety Pack and Mixed Media Color Kits.

punchinella album cover detail

I wanted to try a new way of bookbinding and I love how it turned out! I braided some hemp thread, not too tight, because then it would be hard to open. The book is now ready for some pictures and journaling!

book cover album journal

Thank you for looking!



Hi there peeps! Lori here to share my project this month! For about the past year, I’ve been working on drawing faces. I had the pleasure of taking a class with Dina Wakely in June 2012 and have been working on them since then. I also found a challenge recently to do 29 faces in September. Here are some of my favorites:

art journal faces

Anyway, after finishing the 29 faces in September, I actually FINISHED my journal! That, like, NEVER happens!

faces art journal pages

faces art journal inside pages

Here’s the cover of that journal:

art journal sketchbook before picture

I decided I definitely needed to revamp that boring old thing to celebrate actually finishing the journal! So, I took some Gauche goodies and made it happen! I started with some ephemera from the Ephemera Variety pack as a background. I used some punchinella first as a mask with some Dylusions sprays, then attached it as an element. I added several strips of washi tape and UmWowStudio square confetti and some letters from Tim Holtz.

art journal cover washi tape

faces art journal cover

Much better, don’t you think? :)

mixed media art journal cover