Dina Wakley Countdown: One Week to Go!

Posted by Cathie

Hi Everyone!

I’m excited to remind you that it’s only 1 week until Dina Wakley arrives at The Paperie to teach a whole weekend of classes. The event starts on Friday night with a Meet-n-Greet crop where you can purchase a signed copy of Dina’s book, Art Journal Freedom.

In her book, Dina shares inspirations and ideas, techniques and tips to help you art journal with ease.  A few weeks ago, Sara shared one of her favorite techniques from Dina’s book. Today, I’m going to show you how I used Art Journal Freedom to finish an art journal page that I started ages ago but was having trouble finishing.

Here’s the page I chose to work on.  (And just to keep it real, that’s what my desk currently looks like).

Book Pic 1

Using the design principles Dina covers in her book, I identified the following problems:

  • No white space. I painted the whole background blue and now there’s nowhere for the eye to rest.
  • Proximity problem. My elements are disconnected – just floating on the page.
  • No focal point. I didn’t start this page with an end in mind so there’s no dominant image.

My first step was to address the proximity problem. I sprayed some SC Mister Huey Estate Green through my favorite stencil, Blazonry by Balzer Designs.

Book Pic 2

Then I added some Mustard Seed Distress Paint through another favorite stencil, Dylusions 9×12 Dotted Flower.

Book Pic 3jpg

I was definitely on the way to solving the proximity problem but the SC Estate Green had dried much darker than I planned and I wasn’t happy. Still I was committed to moving forward so I turned to problem #3 and started working on a focal point.  I started with a heart shape cut from a scrap of watercolor paper and covered in Tim Holtz Tissue wrap.

Book Pic 4

I still thought the background was too dark so I sprayed some Dylusions White Linen spray ink to knock back the dark green.

Book Pic 5

I decided to add some color to the heart and sprayed it with Dylusions Funky Fuschia. I let some excess ink drip on the page to tie in the color.

Book Pic 6

But that didn’t work at all so I abandoned the heart in favor of stars. I sprayed a scrap piece of black cardstock with Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold. Then I punched out some star shapes and scattered them on my page.

Book Pic 7

And that’s when it all came together for me. I knew that I wanted to journal about the song, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.  I wrote the first line of the song and then some thoughts I wanted to capture.

Book Pic 8

I added some extra pen work like doodles and scribbles…


…and a punched a pink circle to put under one of the stars. To help the stars pop off the dark green part of the page. And here’s the final page.

Book Pic 10

I solved all the design problems on this page using Art Journal Freedom.  Now there’s plenty of white space for the eye to rest. I solved the proximity problem by overlapping the new elements with the ones on original page with my stencils and stars. And the page now has a focus with the title work and stars.

I hope Sara and I have convinced you to pre-order your copy of Art Journal Freedom. It’s a book I turn to again and again for information and inspiration. There’s still time to sign up for the Dina Wakley weekend so call The Paperie today to reserve your seat. You’re not going to want to miss it.

Thanks for stopping by!


Dina Wakley Countdown: Stencils

Hi all! It’s Cathie and today I’m talking about stencils. How in the world did I ever make anything without stencils? I just don’t know. They have become a staple for me and I use them all the time in my art journaling and on my scrapbook pages. I have a lot of stencils and some of my very favorites have been designed by our soon-to-be-guest-instructor, Dina Wakley.

Dina has released 15 lovely stencils through The Crafter’s Workshop  – my favorite stencil-making company. Their stencils are thin and flexible yet very sturdy. You can use them with every kind of medium from paint to ink to modeling paste and everything in between.

My absolute favorite Dina-style stencils are the silhouettes. I have the Sally Carly stencil and I use it all the time in my art journal.

I love these silhouettes because you get both the stencil and the mask so you can use both the positive and negative images. That’s a lot of creative possibilities!

Here’s a page where I used the mask to get the negative image.


And on this page, I used the stencil to get the positive image.


Of course, I love to use stencils in my scrapbooking, too.  Here’s a page I made using another favorite Dina stencil, the 6×6 Messy Circles.


I positioned the stencil around the page and spread modeling paste over it using an offset spatula. You can spread modeling paste as thick as you want but I went pretty thin because I wanted it to dry quickly. When the circles were dry, I randomly colored them with my Derwent Inktense pencils. All the other supplies (stickers, trim and cardstock) are from The Paperie’s June club kit.

Here is a closeup of those modeling paste circles.


And here’s another page I made using Dina’s 6×6 Spilled Hearts stencil and the Goosebumps dauber.


Goosebumps works great with stencils. It’s easy to use and dries quickly.  Once dry, I colored over the hearts through another stencil, Blazonry by Balzer Designs, using my Inktense Pencils. I used a damp paper towel to buff the color off the hearts and like magic, they appeared.



So, those are a few of my favorite stencils designed by Dina Wakley. If you’ve seen one or two that you would like to own, just call or email The Paperie.  They are getting ready to place a special Dina Wakley stencil order so now is the time to stock up!


Hope you’re all enjoying Cathie’s Mixed Media posts! She has a fantastic 7 Layer Layouts Class coming up in one week, on Saturday, June 21st. We still have a couple of spaces left, so give us a call (726-5323) to sign up! Everyone will go home with two layouts finished. Here’s a SNEAK PEEK on Cathie’s blog – one of the layouts is in the shop behind the cash desk! You should also check out Cathie’s Index Card a Day posts – awesome techniques to try.

Holiday Tag Blast: Day #11

Hi everyone, it’s Meghan again with my last tag of the month (and probably the year)! I’m not even joking when I say that visions of Tags have been dancing in my head every night for the last week while I slept.

This week I discovered yet another favourite thing when I was making wedding programs for a client of Rubber Boot Brides. The Hero Arts & Sizzix Medallion Embossing Folder. I’ll share those pictures another day and another time. For now, here are the rest of the supplies I used on today’s tag…


Broken China Distress Ink, Ink Blending Tool, KaiserCraft Silver Rhinestone Strip, Freckled Fawn Washi Tape, Crystal Glitter Ritz, 1/2″ Scor-Tape, Quickie Glue Pen.

First I put my white tag into the Medallion Embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot. Then I die-cut a piece of scrap paper into a circle and adhered with the repositionable EZ-Dots Runner over the center of the medallion to create a mask. Next I blended Broken China Distress ink around the masked circle, then removed the mask and adhered my “Merry” Silhouette die-cut with Quickie Glue.


Look at that fine detail! Had to had more bling, of course.


I put some Washi Tape across the bottom of my tag, then put some 1/2″ Scor-Tape over it and sprinkled Crystal Glitter Ritz over the top. And what does that give you? Glitter Washi! Be still my heart. Am I the only one who swooned just a little bit??


Here’s my finished tag, I coloured some white ribbon with a mix of RV61 + V9 Copic Markers to create that magenta colour matching the “Merry” circle. All of our tags are displayed in the hallway leading into the store, hope you’ll come by and see them! We’ll be back tomorrow with our last tag of the season…

But before then, Wendy has some pictures to share now – I’ll pass this post over to her! 🙂

Mary Ann has had her Silhouette for a couple of years now and as our mutual friend says, “she can make that thing sing!”  Mary Ann popped by to show us some amazing images she cut with her Silhouette Cameo and we thought we’d share them here with you.

silhouette images #1

silhouette images #2

These images are cut out of glitter paper – some of which The Paperie has in stock…

in stock glitter paper

and some POW Glitter Paper by American Crafts which we’ve ordered – they really make those gorgeous die-cuts sparkle!

If you’re new to Sihouette then you’ll be happy to know that Mary Ann has agreed to host a Silhouette get together at The Paperie in January so she can share some tips and tricks with us.  If you’re interested, email us and we’ll try to pick a night to accommodate… I wonder will Santa bring me a Silhouette this year?

Have fun!


Holiday Tag Blast: Day 10

Happy Thursday everyone, it’s Wendy back again with another tag! This one ties in with our Mojo Monday Washi Tape Challenge too, check out the red washi’s I used at the bottom of my tag.


I cut out a Tag using the Tim Holtz Tag & Bookplates die with one of his Ideaology Paper Stash Kraft resist papers, then used my ink blending tool with Broken China Distress Ink to go over the whole tag. I spritzed the whole thing with Perfect Pearls “Pearl” Mist for a little shine. Next I added my Washi tape and then stamped over the whole tag using my Impression Obsession Tree Line background stamp with Jet Black StazOn Ink. 

I used ivory cardstock to cut out the rectangular bookplate, stamped my sentiment on the inside piece and distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Then I used my ink blending tool with Evergreen Bough distress ink to shade the outside part of the bookplate, distressing that with Vintage Photo ink as well.


The last finishing touches were the Studio Calico Wood Veneer Birds (coloured with Fired Brick Distress Marker), some Hero Arts lace trim over the Washi Tape at the bottom and some ribbon. All done!

Stop back tomorrow for a mini Silhouette Showcase, featuring some amazing things Mary Ann has cut out with her Silhouette Cameo for her December Daily album. Meghan will also have a quick tag to show you using one of the dies Mary Ann supplied… here’s a sneak peek!


Hope you’re having a wonderful week, don’t forget that ALL Crafter’s Workshop Templates are 40% off TODAY ONLY!


Lawn Fawn Friday!

We’re taking a page from Lawn’s Fawns blog and hosting our own Fawny Friday today, showcasing some adorable clean and simple cards that Wendy made using some of her fave stamps. Hope you feel inspired!

EDIT: Lots of interest in the “Season’s Greetings” card, which was inspired by an awesome tutorial by Lawn Fawn Design Team member Chari Moss. Watch this video from the Lawn Fawn Youtube channel to see how Chari made her card.

Check out Meghan’s tag in the post below, also featuring Lawn Fawn + Hero Arts stamps! 🙂

Holiday Tag Blast: Day 4

Hello everyone! It’s Meghan again and today I’m back to share another black tag that features white embossing! I’ve seen a lot of cool cards lately where the artist has used Copic Markers to colour over white embossing, and the effect can be ultra cool like the card seen here —–> Click <—– (made by Therese Calvird).

Neon is all the rage these days, and I really wanted to enter the Moxie Fab World: Keen on Neon Challenge but I didn’t think I’d have time. Until I thought… why not combine blogging for work AND pleasure? Between her Moxie Fab Blog and Pinterest, Cath Evaldson is probably my #1 source for inspiration. That, and being surrounded by hundreds of amazing products at my fingertips. Every. Single. Day.

Okay, let’s begin! First I stamped the tree image on a scrap of black paper with Versamark and heat set using white embossing powder. I used some Copic Markers from the Limited Edition Anniversary set to colour the embossed lines of my tree and then cut it out. Although the markers aren’t actually neon, they really pop against the black background to create that trendy neon look.

Christmas Tree 008

Next I cut apart my Lawn Fawn “Season’s Greetings” sentiment so I could easily ink up the letters that I wanted. I cut up A LOT of my acrylic stamps, I know it gives some people palpitations, but it truly makes the stamps even more versatile. I inked up the “eetings” in greetings when stamping the second part of the sentiment with Versamark. NO, I did not CUT off the “gr” – now that would be zany 😉

I added the “tw” with my Versamark Pen to customize my “Season’s Tweetings” message. This particular sentiment worked like a dream for this technique because the font looks handwritten. I also used my Versamark Pen to add the falling snow as well. The little bird is from another Lawn Fawn set. I thought I was being really clever but a quick google search told me that this is not an original idea.


Below is a look at all of my supplies with my tag. I used Lawn Fawn “Let it Snow” & “A Birdie Told Me” stamp sets, Hero Arts “Tree with Circles” stamp, Versamark Ink, Versamark Pen, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, and Copic Markers: Strong Red (R46) Maize (Y35), Yellowish Green (YG06), Orange (YR68), Petroleum Blue (BG07), Hollyhock (RV55).


White Embossing Powder is possibly my most favourite thing – you might even see it on every tag I make during our Tag Blast. I love finding new ways to use it, especially when it involves dusting off my Copics! Here’s my finished tag 🙂

Christmas Tree 007

Merry and bright, am I right? Definitely a clean and simple effect, just the way I like ’em.

We hope you’re enjoying our tags! Wendy is back on Saturday and Sunday to show you what she’s been up to. If you have a chance to get crafty this weekend, we’d love to see what you make. Our “Tone on Tone” Mojo Monday challenge is going on until Sunday so don’t forget to enter to win a fun prize! Versamark is a GREAT way to acheive a tone-on-tone look on your cards.

Studies show that looking at cute animals throughout the work day can boost productivity, so here’s a picture of my kitty just for you. He likes to curl up and sleep in this undersized basket. I’ll dig up another picture for you next week 🙂

Christmas Tree 005

We’ll be back later today to show you a wicked awesome set of cards that Wendy made with some of her Lawn Fawn stamps! Non-stop inspiration here on the blog this month!