Monthly Archives: August 2011

Portals Book with Caubin

Awhile back I came accross a project in the Art Journal Caravan Gallery, that was just so amazing I asked caubin if she would share how she made it! She generously agreed and has done some amazing work putting togther the “How To’s” for it! She’s even made a downloadable PDF file for you to keep (link at the end of the post)! I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart, for not only an inspiring project but going the extra mile sharing with all of us how she did it!

“Portals Book” by caubin aka Christina
You can see the whole book “put together in order” by visiting the digital version of the book she made {here}.

When Tangie posted the prompt ‘Portals and Transformations’ I was really excited about it. It was a prompt that spoke to me and that I was interested in. I immediately followed the tumblr that she recommended and kept the prompt in the back of my mind. I was busy with some other things and not quite ready to work on it but I was thinking about it. None of the ideas I was thinking of really touched me though and I’ve found over this journey that if an idea isn’t from the heart then the page isn’t going to be successful.

I kept coming back to the idea that no matter how beautiful the portal it had to actually lead somewhere in order to tell a story. That’s when the idea of having it literally lead somewhere came to me and once it did it wouldn’t let go. Everything got pushed to the back burner while I figured out if and how I could execute this idea!

The first thing I did was take some typing paper and scissors and tape and tried out some ideas for engineering the doors. I was pretty intimidated by this but I came up with what I thought was a workable idea. Each door would be a separate, 2 layer piece that would be inserted between two other pages which, when glued together would make up one page, front and back. For a long time I planned on using an old fashioned photo album/scrapbook that I had as a support structure for my book. This influenced a lot of my early decisions. The pages are 12″ x 9″ because that’s how big the pages in the supporting book are. There were going to be 10 pages, because that’s how many pages I could fit into the supporting book and still have end papers etc.

Once I had the engineering in place I designed the first page, to get an idea of how the workflow in PhotoShop was going to go. At that point I got with a friend and colleague to consult on how, exactly, I needed to lay everything out for it to eventually be printed. He pointed out that I was making things way too complicated and pointed out that since the front and back of each page were being printed separately all I needed to do was make sure that the back of each page was flipped horizontally from the front. Easy. We printed the first page to do a test. That was when I realized that the weight of the heavy coated paper we were using was going to be sufficient to support the book and I would not need to use the photo album to support the book. I did use it to bind the book though.

I moved on to the design phase. I had already decided the theme of the book was going to be places. I really love the whole idea of Place and the emotional reactions we all have to different places I collected photos from all over the world that I really loved or that spoke to me in some way and set out to design the pages. Many of my photos are by Trey Ratcliff of He’s a wonderful and generous photographer and posts full high res versions of his photos, asking only that you credit him if you use them and that you not use them for commercial purposes. For each page I placed the major photo or photos and then played with paper and embellishments. I used a lot of Tangie’s spatter graffiti on the pages. They tend to really blend well with a lot of things and tie a page together.

I ended up increasing from 10 to 12 pages. I chose scenes that led from one to another in an interesting way and that covered pretty much the entire globe. Since the viewer was going to be able to see the subsequent page through each door or window I made sure to check and double check that the ‘sneak peak’ was intriguing and beautiful. I left a black border along the binding edge of each page. I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to bind it and wanted to leave myself some play for trimming etc. and to fit into the binding area.

I’ve worked on a couple of fairly large projects and a tip I’ve found helpful is to use Adobe Bridge (if you have it, if not a windows explorer folder or MAC finder folder will work) to review the finished pages as you go along. I open the folder containing the final images in Bridge and set the thumbnail size fairly small. This lets me see the entire book at a glance. I try and not jump too drastically between tones but don’t want to end up with too many similar pages either. By looking at small thumbnails all together you can check the ‘color flow’ of the design. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, I loved the idea of jumping from the warm desert to the cool sea!

I had a time frame that everything had to be designed and printed before my vacation so I could do the assembly while I was off work. All along the plan had been that the back side of each page would just be a mirror image of that page. It hit me though that the back of each page was going to be seen side by side with the subsequent page. They had to match not the front of the page but the next page! I had more pages to do and not a lot of time. I made very simple facing pages for 11 of my pages (the first page didn’t need a facing page.) I met my deadline. In the end the book takes the viewer on a journey that eventually leads back to my hometown and some other cities that are important to me and ultimately ends with the only indoor scenes in the book, those of warm, comfortable, cozy home life. It brings you home in the end.

I had it all printed and ready to go. I needed to print two copies of each door, two fronts and two backs with enough space around them for the tabs I needed to insert them into the pages and two copies of each of the pages. The two copies were because I did not print this myself, I had it printed. If I made any mistakes in cutting or construction I was going to need spare parts!

It was so exciting to see the book come together as each page was done. I was really nervous and intimidated about joining the Art Journal Caravan but it’s been such a wonderful experience. I’ve learned a lot and gained confidence. I don’t know if I’d have tackled an actual paper project, much less such a complex one before starting the AJC. I’m good with big, complex projects on the computer but dealing with actual paper and glue is a whole other thing.

I didn’t have a cover or end pages yet but it was far enough along to show to people. As anyone who creates knows once you let a thing loose and let other people experience it they often react to it in ways you didn’t anticipate and make you see it in a whole new light. This was just what happened with the Portals book! Every person who looked at it saw it as a mystery, which I had never anticipated. They would peak through the doors and try and guess the next destination. A paper engineered book, is, by it’s very nature, fun, but I hadn’t anticipated the game people would make of reading it.

I made the cover and end pages and then bound it into the existing photo album. I just removed the pages that were in it and slid my pages onto the wire ring. At the suggestion of my friend I’m also going to get some tiny hinges and other trimmings and add them to the pages as well.

It was fun to make. It took some time and patience (and courage!) but was worth it in the end. It’s a project that I think would be easy to adapt to another theme as well, such as a children’s book (a peek-a-boo book would be fun!) or fun family album. If you’re ambitious enough to do a lot of pages you could make an advent book. You wouldn’t have to cut through both pages for that, you could just insert a scene behind the door. I think I’m going to do that. You could just get out all your ‘stuff’ and make some art. I saved all the doors that I cut out of the pages and all my spare stuff so I might just make myself a collage version one of these days.

In terms of size you could go bigger, to the full 11″ x 17″ if your paper is heavy enough or you could go smaller. Just be aware that the smaller you go the smaller your doors are going to be and the trickier they will be to install!

If you want to make one and have any questions feel free to ask, I’d be happy to help if I can.


Thank you so much Christina! I decided to add a gallery here in this post too so you could see all her amazing photos!

You can download the PDF on how to make the doors {HERE}!

Art Journaling 101: Creative Use of Typography in Digi Art Journaling

Art Journaling 101: Typography

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I believe many of us in this industry collect fonts as a passion. Tangie has picked up on this passion when she started her Foundry earlier this year with her own fonts for sale.  Not only that, she has given exclusive video tutorials on how to make the most of these fonts in art journaling to the Art Journal Caravan 2011 to watch at your own pace.  It’s not too late to join!


Today let’s look at some of the talented Art Journal Caravan members and Studio Tangie Creative Team members, and how they’ve made the most of typography and font use.  We’ll see the use of rhythm, energy,  repetition, and scale. We’ll see the use of constrasting fonts, casual fonts, and fonts used for readability.  We’ll see text paths, text circles, and fonts that guide your eye through the design.  We’ll see fonts that offer mood, hierarchy, and emphasis. We’ll see fonts with a crackled effect, decorative fonts, and handwritten fonts. Also we’ll see typography and fonts that break all the rules! Here we go….

The artists in today’s post include:

  • sparklyduck75
  • Yvonne55
  • jonee
  • janeagain
  • Grace
  • DALE
  • SpunMonkey
  • joamosatcharterdotnet
  • Tangie Baxter
  • gerryglow
  • tarthur
  • ginamichelle
  • wanderer
  • Serenoa


This page by sparklyduck75 demonstrates creative fonts use with {rhythm}, which is appropriate for the lyrics.

Art Journal Caravan #35 by sparklyduck75

Art Journal Caravan #35 by sparklyduck75

You have something no one else has, or has ever had:
your fingerprints, your brain, your heart.
Be an individual.
Be unique. Stand out. Make noise.
Make someone notice.
–Jon Bon Jovi

Everything by Tangie Baxter and friends, from
AJC 2011 Parcels 35, 33, and 15;
AJC 2011 Grab Bag; and
aMUSEing and Ultimate Art Doll kits.
Fonts: Tangie’s Chesire, Jabberwock, and MadHatter.



This fun page by Yvonne55 demonstrates a {casual} use of a font mixed with doodling. She’s backed the font with color and patterns.

Fight by Yvonne55

Fight by Yvonne55

Font is Jabberwock by Tangie Baxter
All papers (fillings) are by Tangie Baxter.

When I was a teenager, I doodled every page in my agenda this way.



This page by jonee uses {contrasting fonts} for ultimate impact.

Organize - not! by jonee

Organize – not! by jonee

It’s not that I’m so disorganized actually but I am a bit messy!

Gesso2 by Studio Tangie
ARTistrokes by Studio Ztampf
Femme by Birgit Kerr
Wordstrips by Birgit Kerr
Art Mask Addon by Phuong Ton
Kaleidoscope by Lynne-Marie, creations, Leona Sanford at Catscrap
True to Yourself by Pink Reptile Designs at Zig Zag Scrap
Quote: source unknown
Fonts: You are Loved, Old Typewriter



In this page by janeagain, the fonts {guide} your eye around the design. The distinctness in font weights help to  achieve this effect.

My Journey by janeagain

My Journey by janeagain

Credits: Dream and Discover, Deconstructed Journals vol. 2 and 3, Steampunk Bandwagon, and Prose by Tangie Baxter Fonts are Five, Seven and Two and Knave by Tangie Baxter and !Paul Maul



This page is an example of giving {personality/mood} to typefaces.

Art Journal Caravan #25: Catch by sparklyduck75

Art Journal Caravan #25: Catch by sparklyduck75

“To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life,” said Samuel Johnson.

AJC Parcel 25 by Tangie Baxter and Beth Rimmer;
Catch Splatter Graffiti by Tangie;
AJC Deconstructed Journals Papers by Tangie;
Water droplets from Field Notes: Spring kit by… guess who?;
Swirls and leaves from Sweetums Garden by Maya.
Fonts: Tangie’s Art Journal Font Chesire and AJF Jabberwock; also 2Peas_Goofball.



This is an example of using a {textpath} or perhaps distorting the text path by Serenoa.

Art Journal Caravan #25 Quiet Times by Serenoa

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #25 Quiet Times by Serenoa

Elements and papers from Studio Tangie kits – Golden Ocean, Briny Deep, Seaside Art Dolls, and Parcel 22.



This is a beautiful page showing a bold font with a {crackled effect} by jonee.

Light by jonee

Light by jonee

background papers (blended), blended butterflies – She Follows her Heart by Studio Rosey Posey
paper lace, leaves – Gypsy Rose collab by Studio Rosey Posey and Gypsy
Splatter Grafitti Celtic, AJC 11, AJC 33 by Tangie Baxter
stamp – Naturally by Pink Reptile Designs
butterfly – Creation 23 by Catherine Designs and Createwings
bird – ReCreation 23 by Catherine Designs and Createwings
beaded lace – Natural Abandon by Gypsy
stitched border – Cozy by Lynne-Marie
Quote by Rabindranath Tagore
Font (with effect) Cracked



This page by DALE shows us a {decorative} font from Tangie’s foundry.

The Good Fairy by DALE

Art Journal Caravan #13 Hope

The Good Fairy by DALE

If I had influence with the good fairy I would ask that her gift to each child be a sense of hope and wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life. If I had influence with the good fairy.

For this page I used:
Studio Tangie: Knave Font (just love it!!)
Studio Rebecca: Merrit
Studio Lori: Artist Faeries



The typography on this page by SpunMonkey creates {energy}.

Life – Make it Shine by SpunMonkey

Life – Make It Shine by SpunMonkey

Made with A Door Just Opened, Mock Turtle Art Journaling Font, Walrus Art Journaling Font and Paperworn Art Styles & BONUS Action by Tangie Baxter @ Scrapbook Graphics




This page by joamosatcharterdotnet demonstrates several typography details. One is {scale} as the fonts go from larger to smaller to create hierarchy.

JusT OnE kiSS by joamosatcharterdotnet

JusT OnE kiSS by joamosatcharterdotnet

just havin fun and practicing with the warped journal texting–trying to get back in the groove again. Took a long break…

Gotta thank my help:
(backgrounds) TumblefishStudios-EastisWestExtras and Juno-NotePaperOldies
(bird cage, asian lady, butterflybird and flowering branch) TangieBaxter-AlteredArtSheet65 and SheJournalsKIt
(fonts) TangieBaxter-AJF MockTurtle, TweedleDee and Dinah
(brushes) Redju-ArtisticPaintBrushes and EHI-PaintStrokes @ scrapgirls



This page by Tangie Baxter {breaks all the rules}. She flips words along the same line. She also outlines the fonts, and fills in the centers of the “d’s” , “e’s” , “a’s”, and “o’s” of some of  the words.

{June} Adv Quest Week #1 by Tangie Baxter

{June} Adventure Quest Week #1 by Tangie Baxter

Merritt by Studio Rebecca
Metal Momma by Holliewood Studios
Compendium of Daydreams, daydream & pause splatter graffiti, Celtic Traditions, Call of the Gypsy, dodo font, mock turtle font, plum pudding font, tweedledum font all by Studio Tangie



This page by Grace shows us a {sunburst} design placement of the text.

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #31 Organize by Grace

Art Journal Caravan Itinerary #31 Organize by Grace

Whim by Rebecca McMeen
Eliaz by Rebecca McMeen
Parcel 30 Gesso Textures by Tangie Baxter
Gesso 2 from Parcel 31 Grab Bag Madness by Tangie Baxter
Quote: Organize your life around your dreams and watch them come true. Author unknown
Art Journaling Font Dinah by Tangie Baxter
Art Journaling Font White Queen by Tangie Baxter
Art Journaling Font Mock Turtle by Tangie Baxter
Paperworn Art Styles by Tangie Baxter


This page by sparklyduck75 is a great example of several types of typography, in my opinion: {decorative font, scale, and rhythm.}

Art Journal Caravan - Hope by sparklyduck75

Art Journal Caravan – Hope by sparklyduck75

Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune without the words
and never stops at all,
-Emily Dickinson

Hope: a joyful and confident expectation of good.

Floral paper, branches, bling, Western Union telegram, and graffiti from AJC 2011 Parcel 13,
by Tangie Baxter and Studio Rosey Posey;
Blue flower from AJC 2011 Parcel 1 by Tangie Baxter and Rebecca McMeen;
Pink paper, notepaper palm fronds, graffiti splatters, and bird, all by Tangie.
Fonts: Chesire by Tangie; 2peas_PlatformShoes; TypicalWriter.

I also used a set of Tangie’s journal lines to arrange my text, but removed them after–just felt kind of structural, and I wanted my bird to feel uninhibited. Love the effect, though, in more ways than one: it was kind of calming, adjusting one letter at a time.




This page has fonts that {varies a distinct font with a neutral font}.

Know by SpunMonkey

Know by SpunMonkey

Made with What I Love to Do a collab by Tangie Baxter and Re Kneipp and Jabberwock Art Journaling Font by Tangie Baxter.



This page by gerryglow demonstrates a great use of a bold {handwritten} font.

I'm Going To by gerryglow

I’m Going to by gerryglow

Credits: BG and elements Happy to Be Me by Tangie
Doll is Happy Girl from Wish Bliss Studios




This page by tarhtur demonstrates {emphasis} with the different fonts for the words “courage” and “dreams”.

portal II - dreams by tarthur

portal II – dreams by tarthur


The fancy font is Tangie’s Jabberwock and the other is called Idolwild. swirl brush by KPeriet. I have no idea where I got the chicken image. It’s been in my gallery for years. If anyone knows the chicken’s owner, I will happily give credit.




This artistic page by ginamichelle is an example of {repetition}.

Fast and Free by ginamichelle

Fast and Free by ginamichelle

Credits: Journal Anthology 5 by Tangie Baxter…thology-5.html , template: by Lilacs in Bloom, fonts are TweedleDum and Tweedle Dee by Tangie Baxter



I love this page by wanderer for her use of  {warped text}, {text circles}, and {sunburst text placement}.

{Try} by wanderer

{Try} by wanderer

Tornado- my first attempt at Art Rage
Supermii- designed by me on, recolored in Photoshop
Glitter: Trixie Scraps
Background: Tommys Garage by Studio Gypsy
Fonts: Pea Tonya, Pea Danley,Pea NJH Script, Pea Chit’s Bits, Pea Bhea Script, & Pea Teran from Fonts for Peas



This page by SpunMonkey uses a journaling font for {readability}.

Itinerary 2 – I Can by SpunMonkey

Art Journal Caravan #2 – I Can by SpunMonkey

Scrapbook Graphics: Tangie Baxter – Seaside Art Dolls, Bee True, Various Collage Fodder Sheets, Painted Grunge Papers, Curious Adventures
Deviant Scrap: Clementine Design – Eleanor’s Avenue
Crowabout StudioB – Funky Birds and Borders, More Wild Things, Borders and Bits, Odds and Ends, Dirty Alpha
Sherrie JD – Body Farm
Teesha’s Land of Odd: Teesha Moore – Collage Sheets





This is a very interesting infographic by Noodlor, and blogged about in detail by Cliff Kuang here. I thought if you are interested in learning more about typography, this would be a great place to start!

Type Guide by Noodlor

Shop Tangie’s Foundry.



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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Now Registering! Live Workshop in Las Vegas 2012

A workshop for all skill levels! We’ll transform an up-cycled journal into a one of a kind art journal. These hand-made journals are cut, sewn and created by me and my husband and one will be provided to each student! We’ll be learning through hands on techniques and activities! The activities and journals will be DIFFERENT than last year!

If you can scribble and write you CAN art journal in the style we’ll be learning!

Some of the things we’ll be covering:
*How to overcome the anxiety of that first BLANK PAGE staring back at you!
*Techniques with; watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, stamps, ink sprays,stencils, markers and more
*Basic collage techniques
*Using an assortment of “found objects” to personalize your journal further
*Some “off the wall” expressive drawing exercises (no straight lines required!)
*Getting excited about creative lettering
*What to journal and when & what to do when you’re stuck!
*How to transform some of the ideas into digital art

This is a place of no limits, a place of finding the artist in you!
We’ll get you started on your adventure in Art Journaling! 100% success guaranteed because art journaling has no  rules! Come join the adventure!



Some important things you need to know before registering:

1. This class size is extremely limited.
2. The registration fee is non-refundable as we anticipate a sell out, and we’ll be holding a spot for you ( you can transfer/sell your spot to someone else if you end up not being able to attend).
3.  Digisiscrapapalooza registration is NOT included nor is it required to attend my pre-conference class this year, but I will be going and I would love to have you join me! The event is organized by you can find all the information {here}.
4. Please contact me with any questions you may have {tangie at scrapbookgraphics dot com}.
5. I will communicate with you through your PayPal address please make sure you let me know if your email address changes or you will not receive important updates about the class as it gets closer!


Saturdays Are Fun: Good Words

Happy Saturday! Words have power unlike anything else. They can make us laugh, they can uplift us, they can give us hope. In our art, words add deeper meaning and significance. To give you some inspiration, here are a few quotes I’ve found recently that are my favorites!

Source: None via Julie on Pinterest


I love this quote! Doesn’t it make you want to make something RIGHT NOW?!???



May positive energy flow to you and to all you love.


Source: via Julie on Pinterest


This is so true for me! How about you?  My name is Julie, I am addicted to my computer.



What a great way to re-frame the idea of  fail-ing. Beautiful.



Amen. Do what you love, and delegate the rest!


Source: via Julie on Pinterest


Ah!!! Very deep indeed. Where does your mind go when it wanders?


I hope you are inspired by these words today, and are excited to make art! Have a great weekend. xoxo


Hot off the press: Flora Finery {Ultimate Art Doll Collab} and AJC Provisions {Parcel 35}

I LOVE the Fridays!

Why? Because of all the good stuff that is up at Studio Tangie!

What? There is another installment of the Ultimate Art Doll Series!

Flora Finery {Ultimate Art Doll Collab}

W/ BONUS! Assembled Dolls

by Tangie Baxter and sherrieJD

Flora Finery is the NEWEST addition to “sprout” in the {Ultimate Art Doll} collections!

Tangie has teamed up again with sherrieJD to bring you a collection of floral delight.
Let your artistic creativity “blossom” and your heart grow “wings to fly”!
With an amazing 175+ pieces of garden and aviary art doll fodder!
Made to work perfectly with the other collections in the series!

BONUS!! Assembled Art Dolls

You get 11 assembled dolls made by the wonderfully talented creative teams of Tangie and Sherrie!

For this week’s Parcel

Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 35}

Apprentice Art Box Edition

Have a very creative weekend!

Art Journaling 101: Visual Journaling Focus

Visual/Collage Journaling Focus


Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin

I’d love to share with you today my Summer Visual Journal. Inspired by collage, visual journals, and Smash Books – this journal  is still a work in progress.

My journal is more about using ephemera, photos, and journaling – than it is about using paints, watercolors, and getting your hands messy. Although one can feel free to use digitally painted items!



Since most of the items in my journal were cut out with scissors, let’s talk first about Detail Scissors. I have tried several brands and have my own favorites. The scissors have to be easy to use, the blade has to swivel around fine details easily. Sometimes larger handles get in the way. Here are a few types of Detail Scissors for your review:



Approximately $9.97

Fiskars 5″ Non-Stick Blades

Fiskars 9994-7097 no 5 Non-Stick Scissors. Non-Stick coating prevents most adhesives from sticking to blades. Great for cutting through glue, tape, labels and more. Compact size allows for detailed cutting. 5 inches overall with 1 3/4 inch blades.

  • I have used these for years are they are great all-purpose detail scissors. I love the non-stick coating feature.


Source: via Julie on Pinterest


Approximately $13.00

Tonic Studios 404 6-1/2-Inch Spring Cut Scissors

Kushgrip is a patented soft grip material designed to increase your comfort Locking mechanism for safety

Kushgrip covering allows for better control

Fine tip for extra detailed cutting projects

Kushgrip – make your hands smile

  • This is my newest purchase and I really like these a lot. I reach for these the most and trust them to get the cut I want.


Source: via Julie on Pinterest


Approx. $7.99

Fiskars Fingertip Swivel Craft Knife 01003314 a

Fiskars Fingertip swivel craft knife, paper cutter. Fiskar’s brand ambassadors were wowed when they got their hands on this hot new product! We think you’ll feel the same. It is the latest innovation! For detail-type folks (or those willing to try their freehanding skills) the Fingertip Swivel Knife is ideal for cutting intricate designs and flowing shapes.

  • I received this product for free at a scrapbooking convention and am almost afraid to use it. I haven’t experimented with it enough to be confident with it.


Source: via Julie on Pinterest


Approximately $9.00

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 817 Kushgrip Non Stick Micro Serrated Snips

The Micro Serrated Snips are ideal for detail cutting

Non stick coating makes these scissors resistant to rust and minimize adhesive build up

Kushgrip handles for comfort

Includes protective plastic cap for storage

  • These scissors have been on my wishlist for a long time. I have tried them out and they are ideal. Warning! Don’t be lured by imitators and knock-offs as they are not the same. You will waste your money if you buy an imitator.



Source: via Julie on Pinterest


Approx. $3.88

Judikins Detail Scissors

Designed for intricate paper cutting; this fine detail scissors are made from surgical stainless steel to give you trouble-free operation for years to come. Great for cutting lighter weight paper and also works for embroidery! (For best results keep a separate pair of scissors for cloth and paper). Contains one pair of Details Scissors (4×2 inches). Judikins CTS11.

  • I can not recommend these scissors as I’ve never used them or heard of them except from one online message board. I recommend reading online reviews before purchasing.




Approx. $2.60

Precision™ 4″ Craft Detail Scissors

  • Ideal for very detailed, precise paper cutting.
  • Manufactured to cut effectively and precisely with ease through a range of materials from paper to fabric to leather and cardboard.
  • A great addition for any Crafter’s tools.
  • Right and Left Handed. Lifetime Guarantee.
  • I can not recommend these scissors as I’ve never used them or heard of them. I recommend reading online reviews before purchasing.


My Summer Journal

Summer Journal Cover by Julie Ann Shahin

This journal is a hybrid journal with lots of paper + printables. Lots and lots of goodies from Tangie’s kits, such as the butterfly and clock on the cover above.



Inside Cover and Page 1 by Julie Ann

On the inside cover, the postcard folds down. The envelope on the right is from a magazine perfume ad.



Dedication for Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin

Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Travel wish list with journaling on reverse side



Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Contrast large numbers with handwritten journaling


Art Journaling by Julie Ann Shahin



Summer Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Mix travel ephemera with scrapbooking ephemera



Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin

Remember to journal about the weather



Summer Journal by Julie Ann Shahin


Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin



Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Mix in cut images from magazines with printables



Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Use envelopes for hidden journaling


Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Feel free to get whimsical



Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin


Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin


Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Use photobooth-style photos for memorable events



Closeup of Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin


Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin


Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Capture your love for the beach with printables



Closeup of Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin




Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Summer Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin



Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Mix real vintage ephemera with printables



Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Lots of room to add doodling later



Summer Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Inside Cover – collage


Thanks for letting me share my Summer Journal, in progress. It has been really relaxing to work on it while watching T.V. or just sitting in my dining room listening to the sounds of nature through the open windows.


Remember to shop Tangie’s store for all your printable needs!

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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Saturdays Are Fun: Brilliant Color

“Life is about using the whole box of crayons.  ~RuPaul”

For the Love of Color! I do love color. You won’t see very many monochromatic scrapbook or art journal pages in my gallery. There is nothing wrong with monochromatic pages, in fact, I think they are beautiful, but I just never know how to stop adding color!

Please allow me to share my love of color with you today with some fun and brilliant color photo finds! Also at the end, I’ll share some of Tangcie’s most colorful offerings and some gallery findings!


Exotic gypsy lamp and color love, photographer unknown as this was P’inned from a private blog



The aqua blue background just takes my breath away. Photographer unknown.



The wall colors anchor the jewel colors in this room.



Fabulous creativity in this decor. Source appears to be thanks to the watermark.


Source: None via Emily on Pinterest


Brilliant pink! I love pink, don’t you? Photographer unknown.



More pink, what a daring color for a house exterior! Photographer unknown.


Source: via Emily on Pinterest


I would love to take a walk in the woods here! Flower Forest Posters at, found on





Source: via Emily on Pinterest


This is the Dutch landscape in May. Source:




Brilliant bokeh photography! I believe there is a tutorial here:

DSLR Bokeh Tutorial



Source: via Andrea on Pinterest


Fun an colorful cupcakes. Self taught cake magician from the uk. who loves all things cake.




Yum! via


Source: via Amy on Pinterest


“Be The Rainbow.”


Source: via Kristi on Pinterest


Colorful doors, very summer-y! Source:



Neal’s Yard, London. Photographer unknown.



Awe-inspiring! Source



Beautiful piano via Courtney Walsh, Telling Stories



Source: via Jessica on Pinterest


Computer Wallpaper via Wallbase


Source: via Tricia on Pinterest


Zip! by By Pink Flutterby ƸӜƷ © OFF



Rainbow Braid via Pinkyjinx


Source: via Amy on Pinterest


Yummy pom poms! via


Source: via Amy on Pinterest


Postcard via Kelly Bumford



Colors of Holi



Fabric by Robert Kaufman








Source: via Amy on Pinterest


Wreck This Journal (Fill the Page with Circles) by kittypinkstars




Found in the Scrapbookgraphics Art Journal Caravan 2011 Gallery

Here is a collection of the most colorful and fun pages recently uploaded to the Art Journal Caravan 2011 Gallery. Aren’t they most delightful? Please show these artists some love by clicking on the images and going to their page to give them some praise!

AJC 2011 - #27 Observe by Artgirl - click to give love


Fan For Life by SpunMonkey - click to give love


Forget The Series by RucolaDesigns - click to give love



AJC#28{Foget} by digiprincess - click to give love



Week 27 Observe by Hollie H - click to give love

Light by SpunMonkey - click to give love


AJC 2011 - #4 Stretch by ArtGirl - click to give love


Itinerary #33- Light by jaedde - click to give love


Tangie’s Colorful Products

Gesso Messy! Episode No. 2 {Gelato} By Tangie

Gesso Messy! Episode No. 2
I am so in love with gesso these days and I got a good chuckle out of the fact that “Gesso Messy”  sounds exactly like “Just SO messy”– a fitting name for that ooey, gooey, painty-like white stuff us mixed-media artists are always raving about!
The good news? You don’t have to get YOUR hands messy!

This “messy episode” comes with 4 clusters.


Hey Doll--It's Summer {Collab W/ Spun Monkey Designs} By Tangie

I’m thrilled to present my newest collab with Spun Monkey Designs!
You may have seen her amazing work in our gallery here at SBG as a collage artist and now I’m excited to be debuting her first kit with me!

Hey Doll – It’s Summer! School’s out, the days are longer and the nights are warm. It’s all about fun in the sun!  Bright and quirky, perfect for your art journal pages and scrapping those sunny memories!


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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: Paper & Ink, Paper & Ink Splatter Graffiti and Gesso Messy, AJC Provisions {Parcel 34}

It’s Friday again, so what better way to start your weekend by taking a peek at Studio Tangie!

Paper & Ink

Serendipity… Ink.
Affinity… Paper.
Epiphany… Combine.

A plethora of ink and paper style drawings and die cuts.

Included are 30 Elements and 8 papers.

Splatter Graffiti [Borders] Paper & Ink

Made to match the Paper & Ink kit, perfect to add that little bit of grunge to your pages!

Gesso Messy! Episode No. 3 {Paper & Ink}

Get messy, go Gesso Messy with the ooey, gooey, painty-like white stuff.
Coordinates with the Paper & Ink kit.

Art Journal Caravan 2011 Provisions {Parcel 34}

by Studio Tangie and Studio Ztampf!

Another delightful addition to the AJC Provisions.
This month Studio Ztampf! is Tangie’s collaborative partner.

Creative Team Inspiration

For more inspiration, check out the Studio Tangie Creative Team gallery!

Want to see how the Caravan is traveling along? See all the amazing pages here.

Have a great weekend!

Art Journaling 101: Buildable Art Journals Part 2


Buildable Art Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Buildable Art Journal Pages Plus* by Julie Ann Shahin

As promised last week, I am sharing my updated Buildable Art Journal Pages with you today. Hello all! xoxo

I started the pages from this to this to —–>what you see above and below.


Buildable Art Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

Buildable Art Journal Pages by Julie Ann Shahin

I used Tangie’s Buildable Art Journal Pages plus I also did some creative Word Art on notebook paper as you can see.


Buildable Art Journal Planner Page by Julie Ann Shahin
Buildable Art Journal Planner Page by Julie Ann Shahin

The above page is direct from Tangie’s {Studio Box Workshops No. 1} Buildable Art Journals. I used it to journal our trip to the Jersey Shore last week, and about family visiting from out-of-state over the weekend. After it was printed with the digital gesso overlay, and the digital days of the week on it, by hand, I doodled and journaled with my markers – which included Copics, and Sharpies.



Art Journal Page Cloesup by Julie Ann Shahin

Here are my other pages that I completed this week. One was a doodling page with the base created from Tangie’s Buildable Art Journals, and the other was just a notebook paper that I used to make word art on.

First, let’s look at the Doodling Page and inspiration.


Buildable Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin (doodles)

Buildable Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin (doodles)

Doodles Closeup by Julie Ann Shahin

Doodles Closeup by Julie Ann Shahin

On this page, I used various markers: Copics, Tombows, and scrapbooking markers. The Copics and Tombows work best on printed inkjet paper, and the scrapbooking marker works for small areas but not for larger areas.  There are also stickers on this page, and some water-soluble crayons too. Working inside circles was a neat creative challenge that I haven’t done before.

Second, here is my word  art page. Since my weekly planner page above was based on our trip to the Jersey Shore this week, I looked for a quotation on travel. “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent in the ideas of living.” Miriam Beard

This was a fun page to experiment with different styles of lettering and doodling.


Word Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

Word Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

The steps to creating this page were to

  1. write out the quote varying the lettering for each word
  2. add the lines between the words (I know sometimes this is usually done first)
  3. color in the words
  4. doodle in the spaces between the lines
  5. color in behind the words
  6. color in the doodles
  7. add details


And I’d like to show you some of the talent that inspired me:

First, two examples from my extremely talented friend JoAnne Sharpe, (who offers art journal workshops in Fairport, NY if you are in the area -email her to join her email list, email is on her blog):


Love the flowers



I hope you are inspired and have fun with Tangie’s Buildable Journals!

{Studio Box Workshops No. 1} Buildable Art Journals By Tangie

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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

Saturdays Are Fun: A Look At Fall 2011 Fashion

Saturdays are fun for shopping for clothes.  After all, shopping increases endorphins. And since Fall is fast approaching, with crisp Autumn days, and chillier temperatures,   it’s time to update our wardrobe. So let’s look at the new trend fashion trends popping up on the internet, maybe you’ll find something  to add to your closet. Clothing trends often influences graphic trends and vice versa.  First, let’s look at color:



We’ve often seen the Pantone Color Report for each season.  This year’s report has jewel tones mixed with peaceful, serene beachy neutrals. Yet here is an interesting chart below, a breakdown on how the designers actually used the colors, and which are the favorites, with Deep Teal (19-4914) a favorite for Women’s Fall Fashions and Cedar (16-9526)  for Men in 2011. A surprise, for me, is Raspberry at #5 for Men.




Source: via Jackie on Pinterest


First to jump off the Pantone Color Chart is coral, aka Emberglow (Pantone 17-1547). What a fresh and lovely hue!


Source: via Jackie on Pinterest




Will coral + gray be the new yellow + gray this fall? I love it!



Love the heels!



Mustard aka Bamboo (Pantone 14-0740) is striking against blue.



Missoni for Target Until September 12th! Lots of vibrant fall color! Great chevron pattern.





More eye candy:

Source: via Lori on Pinterest




Love the boots.



Source: via Desi on Pinterest



A trend this season is the Aztec print:



Source: via Desi on Pinterest




Favorite looks from H&M:



And tips for you:

Source: via Lori on Pinterest



From the runway:


Russian Fashion Week Fall 2011



I hope you find something nice and comfy to cuddle up in for the autumn days ahead. Enjoy your weekend! xoxo




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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