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Saturdays Are Fun: 2011 In Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! Are you ready to ring in the New Year? We had a lot of fun with the Art Journal Caravan this year. There’s a lot to be grateful for. There was also a lot of notable events to happen in the world including

  • Republicans assuming control of the House of Representatives in January
  • protests oust President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia from power
  • protests in Egypt demanding President Mubarak be ousted from power, an uprising begins in Libya
  • Charlie Sheen is fired from the television show Two and a Half Men with erratic behavior that continues for many weeks
  • Donald Trump questioning whether President Obama was born outside of the United States
  • a major earthquake strikes Japan triggering a devastating tsunami
  • the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton
  • the raid on Osama Bin Laden and his death by the CIA
  • the space shuttle Atlantis lands on July 26 for the last time ending America’s space shuttle program
  • protesters march through New York’s financial district forming Occupy Wall Street
  • American Amanda Knox is released from an Italian prison acquited of murder
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s “oops” moment in the GOP debate
  • the passing of Steve Jobs – chief executive office of Apple, Inc.
  • Gadhafi is killed by opposition forces
  • and Obama withdraws all remaining U.S. troops from Iraq by December 31, 2011.

Instead of focusing on such facts as the ones above, my art journal pages were more emotional this past year. It would have been perfectly okay to journal about any current events going on, I just happened not to. Perhaps I’ll go back and do a few pages reflecting on some of those events now.

Tangie has a most creative and unique Adventure Quest! for December – a year in review freestyle challenge in the AJC 2011 forums. You get to roll the dice to decide how to approach your 2011 in review!

Here are some of the pages from this fun Adventure Quest! {December 2011} Let’s Roll…


Adventure Quest! {December 2011} by Heather aka sparklyduck

I rolled the dice and got 9, so my task was to summarize my experience with the Art Journal Caravan 2011 in 9 words. Honestly? Here it is:

This was the best year of my creative life.

BY TANGIE: Background paper from Steampunk Spooktacular, Candle from Thinking of Thee, Splatters and graffiti from Virtuosity; Splatter Graffiti – Nest; Splatter Graffiti – Gold; Splatter Graffiti – Mystic; Splatter Graffiti – Wonder, Frames from: Thoughts of Thee; Timeless Masters; Queen of Cakes; Orchid Elixir; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Creative Felicity; Um… oooooh, no, I’ve lost track of a few. I’ll update when I find ‘em!  Font: Don’t Step on the Momeraths.



Review by DALE

I have grown in so many ways, made so many wonderful friends and realised that, like calligraphy, art and photography, art journaling has become a passion!

Thanks for looking!

For this page I used:

Studio Tangie: Luminescence; AJC Parcel #49; Splattergraffiti – Paper Ink; Studio Rebecca: Violet; Studio Christina Renee: Pure Essentials backgrounds & textures. Laitha’s Designs: Vintage Carousel; Nicolle Young: Vintage show Drama Queen; Irene Alexeeva: Altered Ego. Fonts: Studio Tangie – Mad Hatters Font, Lauren Reid Designs – Sugar shock, Stamp Act Jumbled, Waiting for the sunrise




AJC Adventure Quest: Roll the Dice by sbpoet

For credits & larger sizes see at flickr:



Adventure Quest_Dec by rabbit

In which Rabbit & Arabella near the end of their quest.

We left our intrepid caravaners facing the dread-inspiring golden griffon, but rescue was at hand. The magician (for that is what he was), banished the creature with a loud incantation, then lifted his staff high above his head. There was a mighty crack & a grinding sound & the rock face beside them split in half & opened. To their great surprise the centre of the peak was open to the sky, & a gentle flight of stairs led up towards the prize. For there before them was the Tree of Eternal Joy, & hanging from it, by a slender gold chain, was the Pearl of Loving Kindness.

This is a reflection on my word for the year, kindness.

Those of you who have followed this year’s adventures of Rabbit & Arabella will have realised that they represent two aspects of myself. One, though intuitive & imaginative, tends to like a quiet life. The other is ornery & argumentative & likely to dig her heels in at inopertune moments. Rabbit isn’t sure she’s up for the 2012 caravan; Arabella can’t wait!

Bunny: Adapted from Lulu’s Egg Garden by Lori Davison
Camel: adapted from Tangie’s AJC starter pack
Rocks & wizard: adapted from Dragons Kit by January
Tree: ATC_4 by Holliewood
Egg & Background: Enchanted by Holliewood
Stairs: adapted from A Rose is a Rose by Holliewood
Pearl: adapted from Cherish kit by Scrappers’ Guide
Pair of doves: By Magic kit by Tangie Baxter
Single dove: Love & War kit by Holliewood
Gold flashes: Color Theory: Gold by Cristina Renee



#49 Review by MsKaty

I had a lot of fun with this but it took a long time! I used Tangie’s Parcel #26 and Parcel #32. The border is Tinker from Dawn Inskip. Fonts are DigsMyHeart and Tangie’s Bread and Butterfly.



Fly-Revisited by ArmyGrl

Following Tangie’s Dec. adventure quest, I rolled the “dice” and got a 6. So I decided to pick 6 creations this year that had some theme of flying–birds, butterflies, feathers, wings, bird cages etc in addition to my original Fly LO.

My journaling reads:

As I look over my creations of 2011, I find I have often used images of creatures that fly…birds, butterflies and angels. I’ve also
used feathers and birdcages–elements that represent flight or being caged in. At times my LOs are whimsical, like Steampunk
Reggie and Lizzie; with flight representing fun and adventure. Sometimes my butterfly or bird represents hope or something
desired, as my LO Hope depicts. In Still Searching, I am flying in a balloon with a bird cage attached. The door is open and only
feathers are left behind. Sometimes I feel I have yet to find my voice–I am an empty cage, still waiting to be filled. In Deliverance,
I am strong and powerful–I have found my wings and I am flying. But in Taking Flight, I realize that at times my goals and dreams are lofty. I need to ground myself and focus.
In my life I have taken flight in several areas…I took a photography class to learn to take better pictures, I went to many concerts
and plays (a goal of mine was to get out and live more); and I definitely took flight in my career by putting in a direct commission
packet and getting accepted as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army.

For this LO I used a template by Ju Kneipp as the base, 2011 Parcels 46 and 49, and Lost and Found by Studio Tangie.




Reflect 2011 by Sarah Barber Design


Julie Ann

Adventure Quest! {December 2011} by Julie Ann Shahin

Journaling reads: These four pages are my favorites that I’ve  created  in the Art Journal Caravan 2011. The first one in the upper left corner received the most comments. I really felt the mojo flowing that day. The quote on this page relates to my word for the year “fabulous” as I worked on living fabulously in 2011. I was indeed determined. I still feel determined. The next one I love for it’s color and vibrancy, and I still love every inch. I can’t believe it’s mine! In the lower left corner, this page reflects growth as I stepped out of my box. I love the messiness of this page. The last page I am super proud of. I created it for the Studio Tangie blog for the affirmation challenge. It is unique and original, and I get excited looking at the colors  and type. All  of   these pages reflect the amazing journey I took by participating in   the  Art Journal Caravan 2011.

Credits: Paper -Lost and Found, Steampunk Lab, Thankful Heart, Junque Journal, Los Muertos Tres, Journal Anthology 7; Elements – AJC11 Parcel 52, AJC11 Parcel 42; Border – AJC11 Parcel 46; Alpha – Junque Journal


Be sure to sign up for the Art Journal Caravan 2012!


Join “The Art Journal Caravan” with your Tour Guide Studio Tangie!  She’ll take you on a Fascinating Year Long Journey into the World of Art Journaling with both digital and hands on experience!

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 {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Saturdays Are Fun: Where I Live Holiday Edition

Happy Christmas Eve! Today we have a second Where I Live - this time a Holiday Edition featuring our creative team member Heather aka sparklyduck! She lives in Cleveland, OH, where I actually was born, and where my parents and extended family still live! Let’s take a look at Heather’s interview. It gives me warm giggly feelings for Cleveland all-over again!

Where I Live Holiday Edition Featuring Heather aka sparklyduck

What is the name of where you live, and where is it located?
I live in Cleveland, Ohio, in the heart of Midwest USA, right on the Great Lake Erie.

Cleveland Ohio aerial view



Tower City District, Cleveland By Christina Spicuzza


Did anything interesting happen here in history? Are there any interesting stories or events that took place here historically? What is where you live best known for?
The first thing that comes to mind is that Eliot Ness–who famously nailed Al Capone in Chicago–later became Safety Director of Cleveland and eventually made a mayoral bid here. Superman was created in Cleveland by Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster (of COURSE Superman is a Clevelander!!). Alan Freed, a Cleveland radio deejay, coined the term “rock ‘n’ roll” and hosted the first rock concert ever, here in 1952. In 1967, our Carl Stokes became the first African-American mayor of a major city. We were the first city to be awarded five All-American City Awards. Lots of celebrities hail from the Cleveland area, including Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Langston Hughes, President James Garfield, Bob Hope, Toni Morrison, Henry Mancini, John D. Rockefeller, and on and on.

Plenty of movies have been filmed here, including Shawshank Redemption, Men in Black, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but none more famously than A Christmas Story (remember Ralphie and his Red Rider BB gun?). The family home in A Christmas Story has been converted to museum for the film. The decor is exactly as it was in the movie, and is loaded with memorabilia, including the famous Leg Lamp in the front window… how fun. We have world-class arts and entertainment here, including our Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art and Playhouse Square Center (the second largest theatre complex in the country behind the Kennedy Center); the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame; and the massive, world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.

Despite all the great things that continue to come out of Cleveland (and I’ve really been modest reciting our virtues!), Cleveland is actually better known for its misfortunes, like the collapse of our steel industry; the Cuyahoga River catching fire in the 60s from pollution (although some local artists have even embraced this of late–you can now by t-shirts emblazoned with a Burning River Surf Club logo); the relentless short-comings of our sports teams, recently dubbed “a factory of sadness”; and our astonishingly bad public school system have earned us the nickname of Mistake on the Lake, something we all hate but can’t seem to shirk.

And I won’t even mention LeBron James.

A Christmas Story House & Museum, located in Cleveland, Ohio's Tremont neighborhood


What are the main Christmas dates in your country? (December 25, January 1, January 6, other)
December 24-25 are the main dates for Christmas here, and December 31 is a big party day for New Year’s Eve.


What does your city/town offer for the residents for the holidays? (Santa appearances, tree lighting, merchant open houses, kid activities)
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, the shops in our Tower City mall on Public Square (converted from our iconic train station) host music performances, train rides, Winter Wonderland for children, and tons of other holiday activities leading up to the main event: after sundown, there’s a concert outside on the Square, where Santa appears marking the official start of the Christmas season. Then he shoots light rays out of his mittens and the whole Square comes alive with twinkling lights from stem to stern, finally lighting up the big Christmas tree in the center.

You can experience the downtown lights on foot, or by horse and carriage, or Lolly the Trolly gives tours of the most dazzlingly decorated areas near downtown. Further out, you can take a pajama-clad train trip on the Polar Express, complete with dancers performing songs from the movie and serving hot cocoa, and a visit from Santa reading the classic story. The University Circle area which is home to most of our museums has Holiday CircleFest, where local school children and art students participate in a parade of handmade lanterns (gorgeous!), all the museums and local shops put on their holiday best, and you can finish your evening ice skating at Wade Oval.


From ice skating in University Circle, to the Zoo, Metroparks and Progressive Field, there are plenty of ways to get outside and fight cabin fever this holiday season. Photo from Clue Into

Our Great Lakes Theatre Festival does an awesome stage production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol which is an absolute must-see. The Cleveland Playhouse does live shows of A Christmas Story, and recently, a one-man show of It’s a Wonderful Life. The Cleveland Orchestra offers a breathtaking Christmas concert (I’m not kidding–I almost yelped, I was so caught away!), and also the spectacular Handel’s Messiah. Then there’s a list as long as my arm of smaller productions in community theatres, churches, and art houses, celebrity tours, numerous lighting displays, neighborhood tours and open houses, and Santa appears in every incarnation imaginable. Whether you prefer something secular or something religious, there’s PLENTY of stuff to do in Cleveland at Christmas time! I’ve been here my whole life and haven’t even begun to experience it all.


Tell us about anything that you think is special or different in your country or region at Christmas time?
America is special at Christmas time–any any other time of year–because of our great diversity, and that is certainly true of Cleveland. Ohio is often called the heart of the Midwest, and every political season, the commentators talk about how Ohio and Cleveland are a cross-section of everything happening in the entire country at any given moment. Every faith, every race, every lifestyle, every economic class and political persuasion is represented here. We’re enough of a big city to have excitement and culture and great energy, but near enough to our rural roots to have practical charm and friendly people. This is never more pronounced than at Christmas time, when our already-friendly city rolls out its carpet of warmth and good will.


What is the weather like in your town at Christmas?
COLD! Last year Forbes named Cleveland its #1 Worst Winter Weather City, which surprises me, because I thought it was kind of lovely (my husband said that’s because I didn’t do the shoveling). This year our average temperature going into Christmas season is expected to be about 31 degrees (F) with plenty of lake snow. One of my favorite things about this area is that we have four distinct seasons… and while I wouldn’t complain if winter were a little shorter, I couldn’t stand myself if we didn’t have snow at Christmas time.


Cleveland: America's Worst Winter City according to Forbes

Average Annual Temperature: 49.6°F

Average Precipitation: 38.7 inches

Average Snowfall: 58.9 inches


Do you decorate your home for the holidays? The best description of your home is:
Tiny. Teeny weeny tiny. We live in a small rental home right now, and if we have more than a couple guests at a time, it gets hard to move. So we don’t do a lot of entertaining, but we have a great time anyway. I’ve always been a giant Christmas head, and my daughter is blissfully of the same mind. All my husband asks is that we wait till after Thanksgiving to decorate, but that often means we come home from Thanksgiving dinner with our family and I have boxes of decorations in the hallway, ready to go. My parents are usually in town for Thanksgiving, so sometimes I wait till everyone goes to bed and decorate my brains out while they sleep (because they all tend to get Grinchy about the actual doing of it, but once it’s done, they love it). But now I have this little Sugar Plum Fairy who wants to help, too, and that is its own fun.


I share my home with:
My husband of nine years, Don, and our daughter Grace, who is almost 4 and on the cusp of world domination.


My favorite no cost/free thing to do for the holidays where I live is:
Cleveland has a number of free holiday events, but these are my two favorites:

The Cleveland Playhouse hosts a Festival of Trees every year, where local businesses sponsor and decorate a few hundred theme trees that line the halls of the theatre complex. Last year, my daughter’s favorite tree was completely constructed of pink feathers with baby angels all over. Some of my favorites have been the tree decorated with classic children’s books and characters, one covered in framed portraits of historic women, and an Amelia Earhart tree with a biplane zooming up right out of the center. Definitely magical, and creatively stimulating.


Playhouse Square Festival of Trees By debrakar

Then downtown right in the center of Public Square is the Old Stone Church, which has been there for over a hundred years and sits in pleasant contrast to the glossy high-rise buildings that rose up around it over the years. Every Christmas, they hold a free concert where their masterful chamber choir performs a selection of exquisite carols and hymns. I love this event, because it helps bring us back to a quiet, spiritual place of peace in the middle of all the holiday commotion, to meditate on the Centerpiece of our celebration.


What do you usually do on New Year’s Eve? Anything customs in your area of the country/world on this day?
America loves to party for New Year’s Eve. Everyone gathers to watch the ball drop on Times Square in New York City, and everyone makes resolutions to be better human beings in the coming year. They say if you don’t kiss someone at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, you’ll have bad luck all year.

We usually gather at my uncle’s house for food and games, and as midnight approaches, my cousin serenades us with Auld Lang Syne on his saxophone. Partying that late is tricky with a 3 year-old, so we usually cut out early, and I frankly enjoy not having to clean up that particular mess… don’t tell! But New Year’s comes between two big days at our house–Christmas and Grace’s birthday on January 3rd–so we stay pretty low-key.


What special things are you doing this year for the holidays?
My parents pastor a church in Michigan, and with Christmas Day falling on a Sunday this year, they can’t come to Cleveland to celebrate. So we’re going up there for the weekend, which will be great. Most of my family has moved to Michigan in the last several years, so it will be great to celebrate with all of them. After dinner on Christmas Eve, we always read the Nativity story from the Bible together, and say a prayer before distributing gifts. We open all our presents on Christmas Eve--we started that when I was a kid, because my night-owl father and I heartily agreed it would be better to sleep in the next day! On Christmas Day this year, my husband will be participating in a stage play at church, that my dad wrote, called “Joseph”, about the Biblical Joseph’s coming to grips with his responsibilities raising the Son of God. After church, we’ll have another smaller dinner and receive communion together. Then Grace can open her stocking, and we’ll enjoy the day playing games, building snowmen if the weather permits, and just having a keen time. I can’t wait!


One last thing I want you to know about where I live is:
Cleveland has had some hard knocks, but it is such a culturally rich city with great spirit, that never stays down for long. Ignore what you may read about the “Mistake on the Lake”–Cleveland, to me, is a city on the rise, with a lot to be proud of, and ripe with endless opportunity. I LOVE this place!


Cleveland's Ballpark turned winter adventure playground via

Thanks so much Heather for sharing your enthusiasm and love for Cleveland!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She blogs for on {Wednesdays: Art Journaling 101 – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Saturdays Are Fun: DIY Printable Holiday Gift Tags


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by Julie Ann Shahin, Social Media Team

Happy Holidays Friends! I’m sharing with you today ideas for DIY Printable Holiday Gift Tags. Tags for presents always ends up being the last-minute item for me, as I never remember about them from year-to-year, despite whatever ideas I see from other scrapbookers! Are you like me? Well, let’s change that now! Get ahead of the game and make some beautiful gift tags that are super easy with Tangie’s products! You can print them on cardstock or sticker paper and be ready for your holiday wrapping session.

DIY Printable Holiday Gift Tag Ideas

Here are 10 gift tag ideas for you to be inspired by. Credit list is at the end.

Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

1. Vintage Santa


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

2. Silver Glitter


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

3. Vintage Santa with Pipe


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

4. Vintage Christmas Tree


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

5. Vintage Santa Photo


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

6. Vintage Boy Photo


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

7. Vintage Card


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

8. Gingerbread House


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

9. Victorian Family


Gift Tag by Julie Ann Shahin

10. Religious


Credits Used in the Above Tags:

Fonts Used in the Above Tags:


Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She blogs for on {Wednesdays: Art Journaling 101 – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Saturdays Are Fun: Christmas Journals aka December Daily


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by Julie Ann Shahin, Social Media Team

Happy Saturday to all my friends out there! I hope you are enjoying your holiday plans. Right now I am waiting for my mother to arrive from Ohio, and she is going to help me decorate my Christmas trees, yes I have two, well, actually two and one-half! You saw my small feather tree last week, so that tree is already decorated, and I have a white tree in my living room and a green tree in my dining room. It was her idea to help, so I hope she’ll have fun!


Speaking of the holidays, is anyone out there keeping a Christmas Journal or as they are popularly known as December Daily? I’ve participated in a community-based online class for six years now called Journal Your Christmas and some of my entries can be found on my blog. It’s fun to go back and compare each year, and to take time each day of December to reflect on the meaning of the season, what it means to me personally. Some people do this real simple by just capturing a photo a day in December.

I’ve scoured the Scrapbookgraphics gallery for some examples of Christmas Journal/December Daily Pages, as well as Tangie’s best holiday products to share with you today!

Best Products for Christmas Journals

(New Holiday Products Coming Very Soon too! Watch Here!!!)

Field Notes III {Winter} By Tangie


Possible Christmas Journal Examples by the Studio Tangie Team Using Field Notes III {Winter} By Tangie




Hollie Day Dollie {An Ultimate Art Doll Collab Add On} By Tangie




Splatter Graffiti [Borders] Christmas By Tangie




Winter Wonder By Tangie

Possible Christmas Journal Examples by the Studio Tangie Creative Team





Alice’s Winter Wonderland By Tangie

Possible Christmas Journal Examples by the Studio Tangie Creative Team






Now for layouts from the gallery!


December Daily Page by svanderhaegen -click on image for credits


Dreaming of a White Christmas by DALE - click on image for credits



Santa Baby "Letter" by javamonster - click on image for credits



Winter Night by LazyKitty - click on image for credits



Christmas Joy by Scrappie Irene - click on image for credits



Christmas Decorations by madi - click on image for credits



Gman and the plane! by anneofalamo - click on image for credits



Magical Reindeer Food, Part 1 (Liam) by LovelyMissKait - click on image for credits



Christmas ATC #7 by chengie - click on image for credits


whispers become loud by anneofalamo - click on image for credits

Christmas 2009 by skyezak


Nutcracker by twinsmomflor - click on image for credits


Christmas Past by frani_54



Every Reindeer Loves Christmas by madigirl - click on image for credits



Mrs. Claus by madigirl - click on image for credits


A Christmas Story by DoodleBop - click on image for credits


I hope you are inspired for your Christmas pages!


Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She blogs for on {Wednesdays: Art Journaling 101 – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Saturdays Are Fun: DIY Art Journal Christmas Tree Ornaments

Hi there friends! I’ve taken my white feather Christmas tree, Tangie’s Christmas Banner Printables from her {Studio Box Workshops No. 3} Count Your Blessings, and a vintage Christmas storybook to make an Art Journal Christmas Tree. This is even a fun project that you can do along with your kids. Lots of images, please be patient while it loads.


DIY Instructions for Art Journal Christmas Tree Ornaments

Step 1. Open the blank shapes printable from Tangie’s {Studio Box Workshops No. 3} Count Your Blessings in your photo editing software. Measure your storybook page. Re-size the printable to the size of your storybook page. Print the shapes onto the storybook page.


Step 2. Cut out the shapes. It’s okay if the lines show because we will cover the edges with Stickles glitter in the next step.


Step 3. Use the Stickles Glitter Glue to line the edges of the shape. Allow to dry. I believe 24 hours is preferred to allow it to set. You can gently use a heat tool but be very careful as a heat tool can cause the Stickles to bubble.


Step 4. Repeat steps two and three for all additional shapes.


Step 5. Cut a piece of baker’s twine for an ornament hanger. Thread an embroidery needle with the baker’s twine. Take a dried glittered shape, and poke a hole where you want the twine hanger to be. Pull the needle through. Pull the twine off the needle and center it on the shape (ornament).


Step 6. Tie a knot at the top of the shape.


Step 7. With both lengths together, tie a knot at the end to form a loop.




Step 8. Repeat steps 5-7 for the rest of the shapes/ornaments. Now it’s time to decorate!

There you have it! Super easy and cool Art Journal Christmas Tree Ornaments! Enjoy.



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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 blogs for on {Wednesdays: Art Journaling 101 – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Saturdays Are Fun: Seasonal Photography Share

Social Media TeamHappy Saturday! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Today our topic is Seasonal Photography. First, we’ll round off November with Autumn Photography and then I’ll share with you Tips for Christmas Photography. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to share your photography as well online.

Seasonal Photography

Part 1: Autumn Photography

Shelli aka readingfool

Seasonal Photos by Shelli aka readingfool

Here’s a page incorporating Shelli’s Autumn photography. I love the window and all the colorful foliage. Beautiful!


Julie Ann

I am sharing with you images from inside my home, and also two bonuses: an art journal page and a photo workflow tutorial!

My photos are just “everyday-type” photos…

Seasonal Photography by Julie Ann Shahin

An autumn wreath hanging in my home for Thanksgiving


Seasonal Photography by Julie Ann Shahin

Thanksgiving Decor inside my home


Seasonal Photography by Julie Ann Shahin

Thanksgiving Salt N’ Pepper Shakers on my dining room table


Seasonal Photography by Julie Ann Shahin

Family “Art” purchased from a craft fair hanging on the dining room wall


Seasonal Photography by Julie Ann Shahin

Autumn Door Hangers


Seasonal Photography by Julie Ann Shahin

My kitchen table with vintage Thanksgiving candle



Part Two: Two bonuses from Julie Ann!

Bonus #1: Gratitude Art Journal Page

Thanksgiving Art Journal Page by Julie Ann Shahin

This first bonus I’m sharing is a Thanksgiving Art Journal Page I made on Black Friday as a reflection on the season and the year, inspired by Tangie’s {Studio Box Workshops No. 3} Count Your Blessings. I used her prompts to write the journaling.

Credits: (all by Tangie) – {Studio Box Workshops No. 3} Count Your Blessings- (word art, animals, prompts), Super Hero Bundle(stitching) , Easter Salutations (alpha), Gesso Journalers (gesso), Art Journal Font Dinah



Bonus #2 by Julie Ann

Photo Workflow Tutorial – Here’s a simple tutorial for editing a photo in a program such as Photoshop Elements. I used a few free actions from the internet. Let’s get started.

Step One.

I opened my photo in Photoshop Elements. In the Effects Palette, I pick the Photo Effects, and then I double-click on the free PanosFx Cropping Photoshop Action (available for PS and PSE). You can google it if you are interested.


Step Two.

You can adjust and move the yellow Rule Of Thirds cropping box that appears, line the sweet spots up to something interesting. Click the check mark to verify.


Step Three.

Double-click on the free DP Moms Perfect Workflow action. (Google it if you are interested in downloading please.) Follow the prompts. This is my secret “ingredient”!


Step Four.

Next,  the background to the left of the wreath is too distracting. I want to blur it. So I select the Magnetic Lasso Tool, or the Lasso Tool and select Magnetic Lasso.


Step Five.

Use the Magnetic Lasso Tool to select the area to the left of the wreath. Click often with the mouse tool for accuracy. Double-click when you are finished.



Step Six.

Choose Ctrl+C to copy that area you’ve just selected with the magnetic lasso. Then hit Ctrl+V to paste, it will paste the selected area as a duplicate layer.

Step Seven. Next we’ll Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur. I chose a Radius of about 12 just to blur it a little bit to give focus to the wreath. Click OK.


Step Eight.

I often like to finish off photos for my blog with a rounded edge. Flatten your web-sized image, then double-click on the free CoffeeShop Rounded Corners Action. Then save it for web. You saw my final photo above.

Seasonal Photography by Julie Ann Shahin



Part Three: Christmas Photography Tips





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 {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Saturdays Are Fun: Thanksgiving Digital Invite and Brush/Stamp Tutorial

Social Media TeamHappy Saturday Friends! Thanksgiving is almost here. This is one of my favorite holidays. I know I said Halloween is my favorite, ok, I love all of the holidays. LOL. What I love about Thanksgiving is having all of your family gathered around the table to share food and love. My mother had three sisters who each had between one to three children, so counting uncles and grandparents, the Thanksgiving table was crowded and that’s the way I love it. Fortunately for me, I married a man who has three siblings who each have between one to four children, counting spouses and my in-laws, again the Thanksgiving table gets crowded each year! This year, we get to host Thanksgiving at our home, bonus!!! I’ve been busy getting our home ready, and I am so excited.

Even though everyone knows what day, of course, and we’ve phoned them to agree on a time, I thought it might be a nice touch to send a digital invitation. I’ll share with you the steps I took to make this invite, and a special way I made the brush or digital stamp, whichever term you like to use, using Tangie’s products. Enjoy!


Finished Digital Invite for Thanksgiving by Julie Ann Shahin


Step One.

Open your background paper and crop it to size. I made mine 5″ x 7″.  I also opened a Thanksgiving word art element and dragged it onto the background. I also added a shadow to the word art to give it a little pop.


Step Two.

Open the silverware element.


Step Three.

Go to Edit, then select Define Brush, and in the pop-up box, click ok.


Step Four.

Create a new layer. Select that layer for the brush layer. Click on the brush tool. In the tool bar, click on the drop-down menu for the brush, and you will see the new brush as the very last brush. Select it. Click on the color picker to select a color for the brush layer. I picked a color from the word art. Stamp the brush onto the brush layer.


Step Five.

With the brush layer selected stil, go to Filter and select Filter Gallery. You can play around with different effects until you find one you like. I picked pewter edges and kept the preset numbers. Click ok. I gave the silverware a shadow for a little depth.


Step Six.

Open subway word art from Tangie’s Thanksgiving Art Journal Workshop. Drag it onto the invitation. Change the blending mode to Multiply.


Step Seven.

Add any additional text as necessary. Save your file as a layered .psd file in case you want to make changes later, and as a web-sized .jpg file. You are ready to email your invite to your family and friends!

Finished Digital Invite for Thanksgiving by Julie Ann Shahin

Have a Happy Holiday!


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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 {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Saturdays Are Fun: Spotlight on scrapper2009

Happy Saturday friends! I thought it would be fun today to focus our spotlight on one of the art journalers from the Art Journal Caravan 2011 Gallery. I picked Pam (scrapper2009) because of her style to inject unexpected elements into her pages, and to merge many items seamless-y (if that is a word) together. I hope you enjoy this spotlight and find inspiration today! (All images posted with permission.)


Spotlight on scrapper2009

It's Me by scrapper2009

First, I thought it would be appropriate to start off with Pam’s (scrapper2009) Self-Portrait page for the Adventure Quest! {AUGUST 2011} Self-Portraits [Community Book Project]. It’s a magical page, with fabulous layering and blending. Take a look at Pam’s description below.

Pam: This one had to be the most challenging yet…but it’s done and it is me, in a very general perspective. I think it’s acceptable as a signature page because it’s rather quirky (like me), playful (like me), and colorful (also like me). The detached head that is still magically alive is also like me: I often spend lots of time with my head in the clouds detached from planet earth. Now, I must add, that this is the “me” that most of the world does not see, just my buds. Everyone else gets a subdued version of these qualities along with my very serious, introspective, and conscientious side that likely plays some part in mediating a balance. And I mean NO ONE sees my bozo hair (which is really brown but I made it red for this page as it looked more interesting) except friends.

As always, thanx so very much for taking a peek at my page

Several yummy kits were used: Tangie Art Dolls; Tumblefish Studios Odd Magic, Journal Words; BRimmer Artdoll Therapy, FCD Steampunk, Mermaids, Ode to a Muse, Inner Voice; A Rockwell Overlays; Crowabout Studios Borders


Next, terror dive: A brilliantly conceived page! Love the blending, and the fun quirky things like the panic button and the little skeleton. The font work for the journaling works very well too.

terror dive by scrapper2009

Itinerary #43 {Verb: Terrify}

Pam: When I saw the itinerary, it did not take much thinking to recall what terrified me most in the past: heights! OMG, it was panic city there for a while. I can joke about it now and I still prefer terra firma, but the fear is thankfully gone. Now, when I’m cleaning the gutters, it’s not a fear of the height but a fear of falling and breaking a hip or something that makes me think twice.

As always, thanks for taking a peek

Credits: Brim Night of the Uber Undead, ARockwell Overlays; TFS Sightly Sinister; Holliewood Art Journaling, Stark; TFS At the Beach, Celestial Set, Media Militia Hot air Balloons


Itinerary #45 {Verb: Nest}: This page looks like ART to me. I love it because the style is so different from my own yet I would love to try this. Gorgeous!

ParadEYES by scrapper2009

Itinerary #45 {Verb: Nest}

Pam: Of course the first thing that came to mind with the word nest was a bird. Well, for me, not just any bird but one with a Pair o’ Eyes aka Bird of ParadEYES. It’s somewhere at this point that I find I must just be entertaining myself with the play on words because it cetainly is not straightforward, and the more works it takes to play, the less it lends itself to pure enjoyment. Be that as it may, I liked the bird and put her to paper and magnolia tree in bloom in hopes that someone else might find her cute as well.  Which reminds me of something and old friend once wrote on a bar napkin:

A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay -
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music

As always, thanks for taking a peek

Credits: Holliewood Teddybear Picnic, The Collector, Art Journaling 2; TFS 49 Birds; Crowabout Studio More Odd People & Borders, Borders & Bits



This Portal page is fabulous. I love the font work, and the expert positioning of elements. All around great design and wonderful art journaling. If you read Pam’s description, it hits home with our recent Art Journaling 101 article where one person’s trash is another’s treasure. This is treasure! the other side by scrapper2009

Pam: This portal page was from an initial inspiration when reading the itinerary for May. I’ve since seen so many more worthy pieces of art in this gallery that I almost scrapped this one. The “nays” won. I guess this represents how I regularly, at some level, strive to or at least think about, breaking through to a more positive, free, giving state. It reads:
I found an island in your arms,
A country in your eyes
Arms that chain
Eyes that lie
Break on through to the other side

As always, thanx for taking a look

Credits: ARockwell 3 step Overlays set 4 and so shabby 15; LDavison Prince in the City and Worms frames; Crowabout Studio B Zettiebird Junction, Wildthings; Holliewood Studios Junkyard, Artbox, Topiary Garden; Brimm Fashionistas; FCD Innervoice; PKnox Absolutely Acrylic Arrows; font is “Trashed” by GSeguin


Itinerary #45 {Verb: Nest}: Wow! There is so much going on in this page, I just love it. The owl, the dog, the nest, the heel, the flowers, etc. Fabulous color.

City Girl by scrapper2009

Itinerary #45 {Verb: Nest}

Pam: I think of a nest as “home” where I live, where I raised my offspring, where I walk my dogs, where I shop, where I go to church, and that would be the city. Though the sticks are becoming more attractive as I move on in years, I’ll always be a city girl at heart.

As always, thanks for taking a peek

Credits: Holliewood Void, The Collector, Thing Finder, Art Journaling 2; Cryztal Rain Art Therapy, City Scapez; SherrieJD RinTinTIn



Adventure Quest! {May 2011} Portals & Transformation: Pam makes it looks so easy to make these kind of vignettes with various elements that don’t go together yet she fits them in seamlessly.  Don’t you love the highway zooming past King Kong?

stuck by scrapper2009

Adventure Quest! {May 2011} Portals & Transformation

Pam - It reads: “After a hundred years of being stuck in this rabbit hole, it’s time to stare down the beast and get outa this place, if it’s the last thing I ever do…”

Credits: Studio Tangie Emily Penned, AJC2011 Parcel 12, The Foundry “Bill” font; ARockwell 3 step Overlays set 4 and so shabby 15; ; FCD Ode to a Muse and FSA; Holliewood Studios On the Road 1, Topiary Garden, and Art Dollies 2; Crowabout Studio B Get Funky

as always, thanx for taking a peek You’ve all been so kind…


Do Not Crush: Wow, again! A mix of illustration elements with realistic-looking elements for a wonderful and expressive art journal page. This is a topic we all can relate to, I’m sure of. I love Pam’s inspiration song, as she includes the lyrics below.

Do Not Crush by scrapper2009

Pam: No special reason, itinerary or adventure quest that inspired this one. I guess it was all the luscious kits and other goodies that met one of my muses along the road a couple nights ago Tiny, fragile creatures revive themselves near me, heck I may have even had a hand in turning on the spigot…But as Sting once sang: (yes, some sort of music is always somewhere on my mind—and there goes Willy)

And if I built this fortress around your heart
Encircled you in trenches and barbed wire
Then let me build a bridge
For I cannot fill the chasm
And let me set the battlements on fire

As always, thanks for looking

Credits: Gypsy Mercurial Trench; Madame Magpie borders; BRimm Art Dolls, Steampunk Art Dolls; Tangie Arsenic and Old Lace, Splatter Graffiti Borders; Holliewood Metal Mama, Junk Yard, Art Journaling; TFS Greg’s Anatomy, 49 birds, Etcetera; Crowabout Studios Creative Team Peeps, Orange Juice Collage Sheet


Itinerary #11 {Verb: Test}: This, to me, is genius! I love how she created her art doll with the T.V. as the body, helping to give the message of the page. There is another layer of depth with the broken egg-shell at the girl’s feet.

fragile but functional by scrapper2009

Itinerary #11 {Verb: Test}

Pam: When preparing the credits for my completed project, I realized that the “test” I used is the noun form And not the verb. Oh well!

Credits: Font: Windsong, Tosco Zero, You are Loved; Elements: Studio Tangie Art Dolls,Collage Fodder; SJD Labels Vol1; Deviant Scrap Colorsplash; ARockwell Shabby Patterned Overlays; Gypsy Mercurial Trench, Tumblefish Studios Disguised, Bathing Beauties; Itkupilli Girls Just Wanna Have Fun 2; Holliewood ArtDollies, Thingfinder, Junkyard, Void; Brimm Fashionistas; KP Photo Wraps


Itinerary # 10 Simply Started: I Jumped…: This is a beautiful scene, and I’m always jealous of pages like this as I have such trouble with them. Pure fantasy, and I love it!

Jumpin' Jiminy Bimini by scrapper2009

Itinerary # 10 Simply Started: I Jumped…

Pam – Reads: Upon spotting the Bimini Road, I jumped feet first with raw excitement into the crystal sea. It would have been a hard landing but for my golden wings!

Credits: Font is Tangie’s AJF Mock Turtle, Golden Ocean, Briney deep, Bounding Main; Redju, Textured overlays 5 and Wings, Gypsy Mercurial trench; Downunder Studios-”here comes autumn”; FCD mermaids, background, boat and hippo are mine scanned or otherwise altered

Thanx to all for looking


Adventure Quest! {October 2011} Soundtrack of My Life!: You can tell, along with her other pages, that Pam just has a lot of fun making her pages. Although this page is about fear, this page features creatures that are  so creepy they’re cute, or maybe it’s just me? LOL. At least, Pam had fun being in the Halloween spirit in October.

fear by scrapper2009

Adventure Quest! {October 2011} Soundtrack of My Life!

Pam: I cannot get out of the Halloween spirit, lol, so my song for week #3 is a bit creepy and anxiety provoking. I was not a Clash fan but the song was a hit single in 1981: Should I Stay or Should I Go? It was Punk Rock and the tense energy does fit the anxiety of the question; and the question had been a familiar one in the past. Here, she can stay amidst the fire and menacing creatures, or venture forward to a relative unknown where a tiger threatens her passage and a tornado sweeps the landscape, but beyond there may be possibilites…

Some of the lyrics:

Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?
If you say that you are mine
I’ll be here ’til the end of time
So you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

One day is fine, next day is black
So if you want me off your back
Well come on and let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go now?
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
An’ if I stay it will be double
So come on and let me know!

Should I stay or should I go?

As always, thanks for looking

Credits: Tangie Gesso 2, Brim Night of the Uber Undead, Steampunk Art Dolls, Niche in Time, Steamtown Detectives, Jewels of the Nile; ARockwell Overlays; TFS Sightly Sinister; Holliewood A Rose is A Rose, Void; FCD Inner Voice; CrystalRain Hi Lightz, Splats, All Hallows Eve; FCD Day of the Dead; TFS Odd Magic


Thank you Pam for sharing your talent with us!

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 {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Saturdays Are Fun: Round Robin

Here’s a new twist on the usual scraplift! It’s a Round Robin, and there are three of us participating in the Round Robin. The first person picked a layout by Tangie to scraplift. Then the second person lifts that scraplift. The third person lifts person #2. Let’s see if the third layout looks at all like the original by Tangie! Go ahead and scraplift us if you want, join our fun!

Now I have to say, if I can brag, that the creative team went above and beyond. You’ll see for yourself their breath-taking work. I will say now that I didn’t even attempt to compete as one of the artists participating in the round robin.


Round Robin

Here is the original layout by Tangie:


Here's To Love by Tangie Baxter

Here’s to Love, Here’s to Forever
my toast for week AJC 2010 #31

CRD-Collector’s Plethora, UACII & Authentic Artistry
Studio Tangie-Industrial Velvet, Field Notes, Muse-ical Theatre, Journal Anthology 1,
JenU Designs-Printer Block Alpha


Scraplift #1

Cheryl aka gonewiththewind

Round Robin Layout by Cheryl

CREDITS: Arsenic and Old Lace by Studio Tangie; As If By Magic by Studio Tangie; Field Notes I by Studio Tangie; Field Notes IV by Studio Tangie; Thoughts of Thee by Studio Tangie; inspired by “A Toast” by Tangie Baxter; font is Jefferson


Lift of Scraplift #1

Heather aka sparklyduck75

Round Robin Layout by Heather

The photo is my paternal great-grandparents… ugh, they make me weep.

CREDITS, all by Tangie Baxter: Queen of Cakes / Marie / Midsummer Night / Orchid Elixir / Mehndi Caravan / Studio Remnants Portfolio / At the Ballet / Journal Anthology 7 / Silhouettes

Lift of Scraplift #2

Julie Ann

Round Robin Layout by Julie Ann Shahin

Credits: Abundance of Asia, Journal Anthology III, Floral Finery, Silhouettes, Steampunk Band, Field Notes, Gypsy Call, Merry Autumn, Midsummer Dream, Perennial Paperie, Vintage Lullaby, Cordial Thanks ATC Collection, Halloween Magic, Parcel 16, Curious Elements Lot 79c, Field Notes Spring, Art Sampler, Emily Penned Chapter 2


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 {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Saturdays Are Fun: D.I.Y. Altered Hybrid Crow Halloween Decor

Happy Saturday! Halloween is almost here and it’s not too late to finish up your D.I.Y. projects. I have one more project to inspire you, an Altered Hybrid Crow/Halloween Decor!

I saw this crow on sale at the drugstore, of all places, and knew I could make a fun project with it!

Altered Decor by Julie Ann Shahin

Here are the instructions:

Step 1. (You can also get PDF  instuctions for a similiar altered crow and template for the hat at The Quilted Doll)  I picked out the digi label, ticket and digi patterned papers by Tangie that I wanted to use, and printed them onto matte photo paper (see photo below).  I used matte photo paper instead of regular paper because I wanted a sturdier, almost cardstock-like paper in order to make the crow’s collar.


Step 2. Next, I started painting my balsa wood round container. First I started with a coat of almond acrylic paint.


Step 3. Then, I added black to the edge, and went over the black lightly with almond again.


Step 4. I added black steaks to the sides as well and washed over it with almond as well.  Later, I also did a wash with white.


Step 5. Paint the lid black.


Step 6. Cut the strips for the collar 1″ wide. The lower collar is going to be 20″ long. The upper collar is going to be 18″ long.  If your paper is 12″ long, for the lower collar – then you need two strips, one = 1″ x 12″ and the second one is 1″ x 8″. For the lower collar, you’ll need: first one is 1″ x 12″ and the second strip is 1″ x 6″.

Step 7. Fold the strips every 1/4″. Fold the second strip the opposite from the first strip so it lines up to glue together.


Step 7. Take a black piece of cardstock 3″ x 3″. Punch a circle about 1.5″ or large enough to fit over the crow’s neck. (My circle punch was too small so I used my scissors to cut in a larger circle).


Step 8. Use another circle punch or I used my Coluzzle circle template to cut a  2.5″ circle over the smaller circle. (I’m pulling back the paper in the photo below).


Step 9. Put glue onto cardstock ring, and adhere pleated paper for lower collar. Glue ends together.



Step 10. I didn’t photograph it, but at this step I tied on the ticket with twine that I printed when I printed the papers, so that it would be between the two collar layers.



Step 10. Repeat Step 9 for the second layer, adding to the first layer. Slip the collar over the crow’s neck.



Step 11. I glued the printed label “toil and trouble” onto the container.

Step 12. I used a utility knife to make pinhole slits in the lid to get the wire in the crow’s feet through to attach the crow to the lid.

Step 13. I adhered the vintage costume pearls to the lid.

Step 14. I cut out the hat with the template from the patterned paper I printed. I adhered the side to make the cone.

Step 15. I threaded a bead and added it to the top of the hat. I adhered tinsel ribbon from My Mind’s Eye around the edge of the hat, and glued it to the crow.  Voila!



Altered Crow Decor by Julie Ann Shahin

Altered Crow Decor by Julie Ann Shahin




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 {Wednesdays – new day} and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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