Friday, August 17, 2018

Art Journaling Blog Series Day 5


I'm doing a Blog Series on Art Journaling at mousaha.com this week. I'll post sneak peeks here with the corresponding links each day. These art journal pages all have the following common threads-
  • photographic ephemera as the focal point 
  • layers created with table scraps (stuff left on my desk after finishing bigger projects - giving them new life instead of discarding them) 
  • the page is completed in 30 minutes or less
You can find the fifth page right here

If you do create some pages along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Art Journaling Blog Series Day 4


I'm doing a Blog Series on Art Journaling at mousaha.com this week. I'll post sneak peeks here with the corresponding links each day. These art journal pages all have the following common threads-
  • photographic ephemera as the focal point 
  • layers created with table scraps (stuff left on my desk after finishing bigger projects - giving them new life instead of discarding them) 
  • the page is completed in 30 minutes or less
You can find the fourth page right here

If you do create some pages along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Art Journaling Blog Series Day 3


I'm doing a Blog Series on Art Journaling at mousaha.com this week. I'll post sneak peeks here with the corresponding links each day. These art journal pages all have the following common threads-
  • photographic ephemera as the focal point 
  • layers created with table scraps (stuff left on my desk after finishing bigger projects - giving them new life instead of discarding them) 
  • the page is completed in 30 minutes or less
You can find the third page right here. 

If you do create some pages along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Art Journaling Blog Series Day 2


I'm doing a Blog Series on Art Journaling at mousaha.com this week. I'll post sneak peeks here with the corresponding links each day. These art journal pages all have the following common threads-
  • photographic ephemera as the focal point 
  • layers created with table scraps (stuff left on my desk after finishing bigger projects - giving them new life instead of discarding them) 
  • the page is completed in 30 minutes or less
You can find the second page right here

If you do create some pages along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Art Journaling Blog Series Day 1


I'm doing a Blog Series on Art Journaling at mousaha.com this week. I'll post sneak peeks here with the corresponding links each day. These art journal pages all have the following common threads-

  • photographic ephemera as the focal point 
  • layers created with table scraps (stuff left on my desk after finishing bigger projects - giving them new life instead of discarding them) 
  • the page is completed in 30 minutes or less
You can find the first page right here

If you do create some pages along with me, please use the hashtag #mousaha and tag me on Instagram @mou.saha.studio and on Facebook @MouSahaStudio.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Tutorial: Desk Top Organizers


I love organization products. I have such a wide variety of baskets, boxes, carts and shelves! I am also inspired by my supplies, so I like to have them on display on my desk. So, I put my stash away in boxes on shelves and leave smaller quantities of certain things out in smaller organizers within my reach when I work at my desk. These items get used up and replenished or rotated. I even make my own organizers or alter existing ones using my crafting supplies. Here are a mini magazine holder style organizer and a washi tape box I created using Sizzix dies by Eileen Hull and Courtney Chilson. 

Supplies:
Now, let me walk you through the steps.


To die-cut the Card Box, Planner Storage & Organizer, create the following Sizzix Sandwich -

To assemble the Planner Storage & Organizer, fold the tabs of the die-cut Planner Storage & Organizer along the crease lines. Apply adhesive on the tabs and press to the facing surface.
TIP: Because the mat boards are thick, you may need rubber bands to hold the shape while the adhesive sets.



Use gel medium to add a layer of tissue to the Planner Storage & Organizer. Seal with a top coat of gel medium. Once the medium dries, add some colors to the Planner Storage & Organizer with Gelatos colors or you favorite paints.


Embellish the spine of the Planner Storage & Organizer.


To die-cut the Washi Tape Box, create the following Sizzix Sandwich -

NOTE: You will need to die-cut two of the short side pieces and three of the long side pieces (two for the sides and one for the bottom) to complete one Washi Tape Box.


Cut along the crease line of one of the long side pieces with scissors to create the bottom piece.


Assemble the Washi Tape Box by applying adhesive to the tabs and pressing them to the facing surface. 
The long strip with a crease line down the middle will act as a hinge for your box lid.


Cut a dowel slightly longer than the width of the Washi Tape Box. 
Attach a die-cut circle to one end of the dowel to keep the tape rolls from sliding out. I pushed a mini wood finial at the other end of the dowel so I can take the rolls out when I needed. Do not use adhesive with the finial or your dowel can not be taken out of the Washi Tape Box.


I wanted to add a flower to decorate my Washi Tape Box. To die-cut the leaves, you'll need to create the following Sizzix Sandwich:
  • Place the other Standard Cutting Pad on top and start turning the handle of your SizzixBig Shot Machine Only (White and Gray). The rollers in the Big Shot machine will propel the entire sandwich through the machine and you’ll have your die-cut pieces ready.

Decorate the Washi Tape Box with tapes, paints, flower and leaves.


Slide your washi tape rolls into the dowel and place the dowel inside the Washi Tape Box and push the finial to hold the dowel in place. Close the box lid.

You can create as many of these as you want to keep your studio and art desk organized and create a personalized handcrafted look for your home that will inspire you every time you step in to create art!

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!   

Monday, August 06, 2018

Tutorial: "Amazing" Trinket Box


My mom had this powder mauve crushed velvet pillow-top trinket box with a golden latch which I loved to explore as a kid. In it were semi-precious stones, some of them family heirlooms, that I held up against the sunlight with my tiny fingers and watched them sparkle. They looked so magical as the light revealed streaks of colors hidden in their hearts. My imagination traveled to far-off places with these translucent enchanting gems.


Even as a grown-up, I still find trinket boxes to be fascinating! Lately, Jia, my youngest, is starting to enjoy Tinkerbell and other fairy stories. This made it the perfect time to make her a fairy trinket box of her own.  

Here's a list of supplies, I used to make the Trinket Box:



To die-cut the Trinket Box, create the following Sizzix Sandwich -
NOTE: You will need to die-cut two of the arching pieces (the part from which you cut the window for the front) to complete one box. You don't need to cut the window for the second piece because it will go at the base or back.



To assemble the box part of the Trinket Box, fold along the creased lines, match up the flaps and apply adhesive to hold the two side pieces together. Attach the base piece with adhesive. 

TIP: Because the mat boards are thick, you may need rubber bands to hold the shape while the adhesive sets.


Cut a piece of clear acetate with scissors to fit behind the die-cut window. Attach it with adhesive.


Attach the front and back pieces of the Trinket Box to the two long edges of the spine with adhesive.

Attach the assembled box to the inside of the back cover.


Paint the box with Gelatos colors and blend them with Gesso using a paint brush.


Once the base layer of colors dries, start adding embellishments to your Trinket Box.


Be sure to paint the insides of the Trinket Box as well.


I wanted to add a fairy to my Trinket Box and some flowers and leaves. To die-cut the Fairy and leaves, you'll need to create the following Sizzix Sandwich:

  • Place the other Standard Cutting Pad on top and start turning the handle of your SizzixBig Shot Machine Only (White and Gray). The rollers in the Big Shot machine will propel the entire sandwich through the machine and you’ll have your die-cut pieces ready.
Paint the fairy and leaves as you like and set them aside while you decorate the base of the Trinket Box. I attached a piece of patterned paper to cover up the adhesive joints. 

Use the cut-out oval shape from the window as a template to mark the spot where you'll add your fairy. Apply Gel Medium around the marked spot and sprinkle in silver glitter. Let the glitter sit for some time and seal it with a top coat of gel medium. Some of the loose glitter will fall off and that's okay. The glitter, of course, is totally optional. I added it to mimic 'pixie dust'.


Mount the fairy to the painted oval shape and mount the oval to the center of the box. I added some leaves and flower to the fairy to finish. 

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. I had so much fun making this Trinket Box and I believe you'll too!

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!