Monthly Archives: June 2011

AJC 2011 Parcel #27 Sneak Peek

Tomorrow is a new month and a new designer to collab on the parcels! I am loving the whole feel to this parcel! Oh you are gonna be so excited to see the whole thing tomorrow! But here is a little Sneak Peek:

I hope this gets your mind and creative thoughts moving!!

See ya’ on the trail!

July Desktop-Free for You

The end of June means a new desktop! I have fallen in love with the newest collab by Studio Tangie and Studio Rebecca; Steampunk-Maritime:


Steampunk Maritime The newest in the Steampunk series by mother daughter team.... Studio Rebecca & Studio Tangie! Contains 25 packages of delightful, aquatic enchantment! It's full steam ahead for your journal pages...

This desktop was a personal battle in my life, not to stay safe in the port, no matter what monsters are out there, go and experience the adventure.  I hope you enjoy it, and push your ship from the shore a little this month! You can download the desktop HERE. Please note the picture here is a low pixel copy and will look bad as a desktop.  The downloadable file is a full size for your computer.

~never lose your JOY


Art Journaling 101: Digital, Hybrid, and Hands-On Supply Basics: Color/Photo Printers

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Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

Art Journaling 101: Digital, Hybrid, and Hands-On Supply Basics

by Julie Ann Shahin

In this Art Journaling 101 Supply Basics Series, today I will talk about Color/Photo Printers.  It might seem an odd thing to start off with first, however, it’s a basic supply that is often taken for granted and overlooked in the discussion of supplies, yet as a hybrid scrapbooker, I get this question about what photo printer to use quite often.

Tip: Before I get to printer recommendations, let me talk a little about using inkjet prints in your art journals. Be aware that an inkjet print will not be able to get wet, or the inks will run, unless you want that effect. So your wet mediums like sprays, mists, decoupage, etc. will not be able to touch the print surface of the inkjet print, or your print will be altered, unless you want to alter it. The way around this is to take your inkjet print to a copy store, and make a copy of it on a laser copier, where the tone inks will not be affected by wet mediums. (I think “tone” inks is the correct wordage, you get the idea). Or you can spray your inkjet print with Krylon Preserve It, and then work with it in your medium of choice.

Hybrid Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Hybrid Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Printer Recommendations: I personally have been using a HP Photosmart D5460 Printer for several years, which is a stand-alone printer.  I chose this printer for three reasons:

1) I wanted it to be a stand-alone photo and document printer because if part of an all-in-one printer breaks, then you are not able to repair it and you have to buy a whole new machine;

2) it has 5 individual ink cartridges so you just replace the one small color cartridge when it runs out instead of a huge catridge;

3) high-yield cartridges are available so you can print many photos before having to replace the cartridge.  Both my husband and I have been using the printer without much complaint, the one being that you have to ignore the pop-up that says you are out-of-ink, and to continue printing until you truly run out of ink.

This printer is a standard 8.5″ wide printer which suits me just fine, I am not a professional photographer. I am just a hobbyist: at scrapbooking, art journaling, mixed media, etc.  This article will look at the same size printers. If you are looking for larger printers, you can check out this amazing article here.

One question I get often is how expensive is it to print?

  • I look for online deals, on ebay and on google search for ink and compatible inks. (See additional resources below for more info)
  • I recycle my brand-name ink cartidges at Staples which offers gift certificates in exchange.
  • Also I use compatible papers. Some printers require you to use only their brand ink and papers so consider that in your purchasing decision.

I am not necessarily recommending that you buy a HP Photosmart D5460 today, however, put it on your list of photo printers to review so you can compare pro’s and con’s of each.

The Best of 2011

The best I can do is to share what research I’ve done today on photo printers, and here are some of the best reviewed photo printers of 2011. (Note: I am not affiliated with any printer manufacturers,  printer stores, etc. as I write this review)

I wanted to find for you a stand-alone printer, under $100, with the best reviews. Several websites thought this printer was the best for 2011:

#1. Canon  PIXMA iP4820 Photo Inkjet Printer

Canon PIXMA iP4820 Photo Inkjet Printers

  • Home printer under $100
  • Enjoy incredible 9600 x 2400 maximum color dpi
  • 5 individual ink tank system
  • beautiful, borderless2 photos up to 8.5” x 11,” web pages or documents all with amazing quality
  • Full HD Movie Print allows you to print still photographs from your captured HD movies
  • EasyPhoto-Print EX software
  • 2-way Paper Feeding and computer-free photo printing with a PictBridge connection
  • Fast 4″ x 6″: Print a beautiful, borderless photo in approx. 20 seconds!
  • ChromaLife100: photos last up to 300 years when using Canon inks and papers
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Canon Generation Green
  • September 2010 Readers’ Choice Award

The con to this printer is the high running cost due to using the Canon brand inks and papers, whereas one can save a lot of money buying deals on compatible inks and papers. Be careful to read reviews because some printers truly require the brand inks and papers or the prints will not turn out in good quality. Know what you want in a printer on this regard. I am not sure which printers on the market today require their own brand of paper and ink to turn out high-quality prints so to be sure to read the reviews. I can tell you many years ago I owned an Epson and that did require it’s own brand paper to produce a quality print.


The next printer can be found from about $125 – $350, and is for serious photographers.

#2. HP Pro B8550 Color InkJet Printer

HP Pro B8550 Color InkJet Printe

HP Pro B8550 Color InkJet Printe

  • lab-quality photos as large as 13 x 19 inches at home
  • a second tray to accommodate up to 5 x 7 papers
  • versatility of printing from your computer, from a supported memory card, or directly from your PictBridge enabled camera
  • laser-quality text
  • Thermal InkJet Technology using dye-based inks
  • 5-ink system
  • Up to 32 pages per minute- text
  • Up to 31 ppm – color photo
  • 13 x 19-inch color photo may be finished printing in as little as 95 seconds
  • LCD preview
  • 9600 dpi x 2400 dpi max resolution
  • 145 sheet capacity
  • USB hi-speed connection

The cons to this printer are that the dye-based inks have shorter lifespan but still last 100 years. It also is limited in printing on a a wide range of art papers, limited to HP’s Advanced Photo Paper. These con’s may be outweighed by the fact that this printer is less expensive yet still very impressive.



What are your scrapbooking/art journaling/mixed media printer recommendations?


Additional Resources:

2011 Inkjet Printer Product Comparisons $50-100

How to buy … a Printer by Frugaltech (video)

Buyers’ Guide to Printers

How to Buy Cheap Ink by PCWorld

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

VIP-Interview with Carolyn

You may have seen her work at Scrapbook Graphics under the screen name rajns, today you will meet her as Carolyn one of the ladies on the VIP tour of Tangie’s team! These ladies are taken behind the scenes to the craziness and banter of the Creative Team forum and see the releases before they hit the store.  It is an exciting time, and as we get to know and love them, you should get a glimpse of their lives also.

First off, the ladies are given a whole bunch of questions and they can answer as many as they want, or just a few to help us learn about them. Here are a few of the questions that Carolyn answered, and she said she did this on small amounts of sleep (must be that addicting art journaling habit keeping her awake), so all incoherent answers are from her and I did not change them! hee hee

1. Do you have any animals? What kind?
Our shih tzu  lhasa apso mix, Chewie (Chewbacca Voldemort), who has taught me lots about life!    He turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy and he chewed on everything!  Next dog we are naming Obi.  Not short for Obi Wan Kenobi, but obedient!
2. When you are scrapping, what are the sounds around you?
Ipod tunes or terrible tv shows.  The shows I enjoy usually don’t win awards and often only last one season.  I love the noise of tv shows, especially if I have already seen them because I don’t really watch them, I listen.  They are just background noise.  For some reason I love the sounds of certain voices.
3. Do you dance like crazy, when no one is looking?
Yes, at it looks like I am having a seizure while riding a merry-go-round.  Remember Elaine’s dancing episode on Seinfeld?
4. What would subject or material would you like to see in a kit from Tangie?
Architectural!  I love old buildings, castles, ancient ruins.
5. What do you sing in the shower, if you do sing (we know you do!)?
I only sing 1-2 lines of a song and mumble the rest because I am terrible at remembering lyrics -except for one song, “One Tin Soldier”.  Why that one? Learned it at camp and it hasn’t ever left me…
6. Do you buy cookies or things from kids that knock on your door?
Of course!  I love that the Boy Scouts now have the option to buy a thing of popcorn to be sent to a soldier serving over seas.  I get to help the Boy Scouts, a soldier, and I don’t have to sweat the calories!
7. Where is your dream vacation?
Any place with really old rocks in the shape of something(that’s how my family describes the vacations I’ve dragged them on….) I love ancient history.  The first time I saw ancient Greek ruins I lost my breath.  The part that is really my dream is the instant travel part!  I do not do well with the transatlantic flights and I am a bit of a princess to travel with so to be able to see Nero’s Golden House in the afternoon and be in my own bed at night is my dream!
8. Can we get a snap shot of at where you create?
My happy place! See below.

9. If given a complete freedom to start afresh, what profession would you choose and why?

I can’t answer that one yet but give me time.  I just left my job to do just that!

My family tried to help me come up with fun facts for the ATC – here the ones that didn’t make it to the final ATC
I own the MacGuyver box set and I actually watch it.
My husband and I once renewed our vows with an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas.
I tried to get my Beatles obsessed daughter to skip school for a DAY to fly to Arizona to see Paul McCartney.  She said no – she didn’t want to miss school.

Oh I am in love with that studio! I mean I told Carolyn, I was in jaw dropping awe of it! I create out of a milk crate at this moment, and her studio is a joy to see! I have  included one of Carolyn (aka rajns) pages, so you can see her work on the Art Journal Caravan:
Her chosen word Trust, and I trust you have enjoyed this little interview and come back next Sunday to meet another of the lovely VIPs!
~never lose your joy

Saturday’s Are Fun Series: Map Trend Watch

Saturday’s Are For Fun: Map Trend Watch

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Julie Ann Shahin, Social Media Team

by Julie Ann Shahin

Welcome to my new Saturday’s Are Fun Series. I’ll be posting on Trends (Fashion, Home, Scrapbooking), Vintage/Flea Market Finds, Altered Art, and other fun things every Saturday.

Trend Watch: Everyday I spend about 15 minutes or so, checking out what my friends are pinning on Pinterest. “Map Love” is popping up over and over and over again.  There are many ways you can use maps in your scrapbooking and art. Here is a closer look at this emerging trend:

Source: via Stephanie on Pinterest

You can frame maps of the places you’ve lived and make a lovely vignette.



Create a bird die-cut or hand-cut silhouette for use as an embellishment.


Source: via Sara on Pinterest

Recycled maps make stylish prize ribbons and rosettes, also an emberging trend.

Source: via Sara on Pinterest

Vintage maps are used for bunting, another big trend also ongoing now.


Source: via Renee on Pinterest

Need a book cover? Wrap it up in a map!


Source: via Renee on Pinterest

Need a gift idea? Decoupage a map onto a thrift store bangle!


Source: via Renee on Pinterest

Be Eco-Friendly and recycle maps into gift bags!!!!!



Source: via Debbie on Pinterest

Maps make pretty paper flowers!


Source: via Debbie on Pinterest

Upcycle your wooden clothespins with maps!





Source: via Debbie on Pinterest

Diecut butterflies from maps and frame them into art.




Source: via Elena on Pinterest

Style your home with map hoop art!



Source: via Elena on Pinterest

Find comfort with these colorful map pillows.



Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Make double-layer punched butterflies for beautiful embellishments.


Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Feel worldly with these map coasters under your wine glss!


Source: via Amy on Pinterest

A cute paper-piece tree is made from maps!


Source: via Debbie on Pinterest

Decorate with garland!


Source: via Karey on Pinterest

Scrapbook inspiration


Source: via snapsandscraps on Pinterest

Take a map and create wearable art!


Source: via snapsandscraps on Pinterest

How cute are these easy tags?


Source: via Alina on Pinterest

Here’s a great map-themed scrapbook from Martha Stewart.


Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Map tags can be punched while watching T.V.


Source: via Sara on Pinterest

A map is a fast and easy way to decorate a monogram letter.



Scrapbook inspiration



Child’s play can be had with map-covered blocks.


Source: via Amy on Pinterest

Need to jazz up your frames? Wrap them in maps!


Source: via Sara on Pinterest

A sew-fun flower just begging to be made!


Here are some of the Studio Tangie products that are map-related, you might have some in your stash already, and feel free to stock up! Click on images to be taken to Tangie’s Store and see additional previews.

Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 19} By Tangie

Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 19} By Tangie



Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 03} By Tangie

Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 03} By Tangie



{TBD Classics Collab} Mehndi Caravan By Tangie

{TBD Classics Collab} Mehndi Caravan By Tangie

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

Hot off the press: Steampunk Maritime W/ Studio Rebecca and AJC Provisions {Parcel 26}

It’s Friday, and that means new stuff at Studio Tangie!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
~Mark Twain~

Steampunk Maritime, the newest in the Steampunk series by mother daughter team….

Studio Rebecca & Studio Tangie!

Contains 25 packages of delightful, aquatic enchantment! It’s full steam ahead for your journal pages…

Steampunk Maritime

by Studio Tangie and Studio Rebecca

Get Steampunked, Maritime style, and have a look at all this gorgeousness!

Since I cannot possibly show you EVERYTHING, I’m going with a few images,
but have a look at the product page where every.single. package is shown!

Also in the store, your weekly Parcel…

Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 26}
Apprentice Art Box Edition

Enjoy the weekend!

{Thursday Nonsense} The Fun is Huge!

Upon reflection of what I should ramble about today I realized that I hadn’t mentioned on the blog that I was recently on the Paperclipping Digi Show! It was an amazing time and I felt so honored that Steph (from The Daily Digi) and Izzy asked me to be on! The topic was on art journaling and so I did wax on…and on…and on…! ;) It was so great to talk about something I am so passionate about and I hope we can nudge a few more people over to the world of art journaling or “visual journaling”! If you want to listen to the show you can find it on iTunes or {here} at the site! Also if you listen you will hear a big announcement at the end! You might want to check out this {site}! :D

Well I’m off for tonight, I’ve got my sister and her 4 kids staying with me for 2 weeks starting tomorrow night–so there is still much to prepare! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that you have some time to create!

AJC 2011 Parcel #26 Sneak Peek

The year is half over! I am stunned! Then Tangie showed me this week’s parcel and the video that goes with it! Once again, the Art Journal Caravan shows itself to be not only a place to create, but a place to learn how to do those things we see other places.  I love to learn and this technique is just awesome.  Oh I want to tell more, but I can’t, so instead here is a sneak peek:

See you on the trail!

Sneak Peek – Coming June 24th

I have to tell you, this is one remarkable collection! Studio Rebecca and Studio Tangie together in a wild, wild time! Take a sneak peek:

~Never lose your joy


Art Journaling 101: Why Art Journal?


by Tangie Baxter

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #8 by Tangie Baxter

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Julie Ann Shahin, Creative Team Member

Art Journaling 101:

Why Art Journal?

by Julie Ann Shahin

You may have heard of Art Journaling and have wondered “what is all the fuss? Why should I Art Journal? What will I get out of keeping an Art Journal? I’m already a ( ____”insert noun here such: as scrapbooker or a card-maker or an artist or a photographer___), why should I try this as well?”  Let me give you 3 reasons to Art Journal.

Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there. Did you know that right and left shoes were thought up only a little more than a century ago?

Bernice Fitz-Gibbon quotes

by Julie Ann Shahin

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #20: Understand by Julie Ann Shahin



I believe anyone who wants to exercise their creativity muscles can benefit from keeping an art journal. Just like any other muscle, if you don’t use it often, it will get weak.  If you don’t have time to work on your normal project, you can whip up a quick art journal page just for the fun of it to keep your creative juices flowing.

If you have been scared to try a new technique, an art journal is  the place to do it.

by Spunmonkey aka Jo

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary: Reinforce by Jo aka Spunmonkey

Where a scrapbook or a card may have a certain style to it, an art journal can get as messy and as ugly as need be as you explore in it. This is the place to experiment if there is no other place.  One such resource for encouraging you to try new things is the book Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith (

Here is a page I did in my own Wreck This Journal Book, a prompt to poke holes in the page… something that I never would have considered doing before, as I said, an art journal is all about experimentation.

Wreck This Journal

Wreck This Journal Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Since this is the blog for Tangie Baxter, I will take a moment to say that if you are interested in learning new techniques in both digital and hands-on art journaling via online video instruction by Tangie herself, you will be treated to such delights by joining the Art Journal Caravan. Instructions on how to join are here.  You can watch see an example of Tangie on Youtube with her Junque Journal tutorial here, parts 1-3.

Junque Journal Intro by Tangie Baxter



Some people like to write in their art journals as a diary and add illustrations to it. Some like to use their art journal for their favorite affirmations or quotations.  Some like to use their art journal for cathartic emotional healing.  (See this Flickr group: Healing thru Art Journaling) It would be up to you whether to keep these pages private or to share them with others. Sometimes the sharing of the page is what is more helpful when you get positive feedback from an online community of other art journalers, whether a Flickr group or Art Journal Caravaners like the group at

by JoAnn aka joannknnrd

Art Journal Caravan: Itinerary - Paused by JoAnn aka joannknnrd

Often it is helpful to find creative prompts that will jumpstart your journaling in this process. Whether you google art journaling prompts or decide to join and use the Art Journal Caravan Friday Itinerary Prompts with Studio Tangie,  you’ll find yourself filled with inspiration.

Source: via Michelle on Pinterest


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If I haven’t convinced you so far, then perhaps just the sheer joy of  “PLAY!” is a good reason to crack open an art journal, and just have at it.

  • Do you have scheduled “Me” time?
  • Is your scrapbooking or other craft-time really “Me” time or are you doing it for others, are the pages about you or about the ones you love? Is it really “PLAY”?
  • When was the last time you totally lost track of time in free play?
by Jo aka spunmonkey

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary: Travel by Jo aka spunmonkey

Art journaling gives you PERMISSION TO PLAY! Yes, we, as adults, have a need to play just as much as children do in the goal of living a balanced life. “Grown ups forget to play. But play, it turns out, is just as important for adults as it is for children. Adults spend too little time at play according to research, and would benefit greatly from spending more time at it.” (Source: Dr. Tian Dayton)

by Julie Ann Shahin

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #2: Thrive by Julie Ann Shahin

Play gives you a chance to have a break from your everyday “role” as a businessperson, Mommy, Daddy, etc., and have a chance to take on a different role – here for example, as an artist.  Plus you get to experience such positive feelings as:

Involvement Complete focus and concentration, either due to innate curiosity or as the result of training.
Delight A sense of bliss and positive detachment from everyday reality.
Clarity Great inner clarity and a built-in understanding about the state of affairs.
Confidence An innate sense that the activity is doable and that your skills are adequate to the task. Additionally, you don’t feel anxious or bored.
Serenity A sense of peace and an absence of worries about self.
Timeliness Thorough focus on the present and a lack of attention to the passing of time.
Motivation Intrinsic understanding about what needs to be done and a desire to keep the moment of play moving. 





The above art journal page was created by Teesha Moore, who happened to be interviewed by Tangie recently. You can read the interview in the Art Journal Caravan forum, if you are a paid member.

Art journaling gives you a chance to practice new techniques, speak your mind, and just have fun. If this sounds like something you would like to start now, you can join us at the Art Journal Caravan 2011.

by daniaj
Hybrid Art Journal – Not Complicated by daniaj



Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Tuesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com


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