Monday, June 16, 2014

Craft Hoarders and StencilGirl Challenge

We were challenged by Craft Hoarders
to dig into our stash of supplies and get messy.
Seriously, we weren't given a product or a distinct prompt...
just bring out our inner divas and get messy!
Okay. I can do that!
I am a craft supply hoarder.
I feel the need to try out everything I possibly can.
That's how you learn, isn't it?
I have so many partial bottles of Glimmer Mist and Maya Mist 
and Mister Huey's Mist and Dylusions Ink Spray...
and even some home brewed mists!

Where to begin? Outside, of course, since I was going to make a big mess.
I gathered my supplies out in the grass with cardboard for a drop cloth,
a giant sheet of paper for inky run offs 
and more than two dozen 12 x 12 super heavy cardstock sheets..
as well as some book pages and random pieces of paper.
It's all from my stash and you never know what you might need next week!
I also grabbed a thick pile of stencils and 3 colors of regular Krylon Spray Paint. 

Then I started layering. Randomly at first.
Spray this, put it to the side. Spray that, put it to the side.
Try this, try that.
Go back to that one. Use a different spray.
Oh My. Layers and Layers of Fun!
It turned out to be a wee bit breezy.
I gathered rocks and bottles to weigh the papers and the stencils down
so they wouldn't blow away.
The ladder construction in the front walkway was useful for drying.

A little of this... A little of that.....
Spray some water on for drippage.

I was outside for over three hours making this mess.
It was BLISS! It really took me to a happy place!

Unfortunately, I only used up 4 bottles of old spray.

When one side was dry, I turned it over and did the other side!

Phew. I will be honest. That was exhausting!
I brought it all inside and cleaned up...then walked away.
Looking at it the next day was like....WOW!
I immediately knew that the big inky sheet was getting turned into a journal.

At this point I kind of wished I had turned it over and done both sides.....

 The huge sheet of paper was cut into 9" x 13" pieces. 

They were folded over into pages for 'signatures'.

I am no expert at journal making...
but in thinking about how this was going together,
I then folded them opposite with the white pages on the outside.
Some were getting glued together and I didn't want to hide the pretty side.
I kind of made a Five Hole Pamphlet Stitch to put it together.
Though I changed it up for myself by taping the pages on the ends of 
each signature together. 
I said I was no expert and this is what works for me.
I know I should really take a bookbinding class!

Okay, book signatures are together.... Now what?
I took one of the 12 x 12's of heavy cardstock I was 
playing with outside for my journal cover...

I cut the covers to size plus a quarter inch or so.

Glued and taped with a duct tape spine.
But NO... I am not done done yet!
A thin coat of gesso so you can see all the stencil layers....
More stencils...some smearing of markers and paints...
some stenciled words....a logo on the back corner...
some washi tape....a title with stencils and stamps....

There we go! Now I am done!

Thanks for visiting with me today!

Visit the StencilGirl Talk blog as well as the 
all week long to see both design team's works.
I used a whole pile of stencils and I will try to list them all! Thanks!
Thanks A Lotus Stencil (Andrea Matus DeMeng)
1700's Building Stencil (Carolyn Dube)
Buildings Stencil (Carolyn Dube)
Open Buildings Stencil (Carolyn Dube)
Uplifting Words Stencil (Carolyn Dube)
Dots and Dashes Stencil (Jessica Sporn)
Curvy Ladder Stencil (Julie Snidle)
Wheel in the Sky Stencil (Kae Pea)
GiGi Stencil (Lizzie Mayne)
LiLa Stencil (Lizzie Mayne)
Loopy Doily (Maria McGuire)
Stitch A Doily (Maria McGuire)
Seeds Stencil (Maria McGuire)
Circle On Circle Stencil (Mary Beth Shaw)
Greek Key Stencil (Mary Beth Shaw)
River Rocks Stencil (Mary Beth Shaw)
Trees Stencil (Mary Beth Shaw)
Mini Tower Stairs Stencil (Mary Beth Shaw)
Web Stencil (Mary Beth Shaw)
Compass Stencil (Mary Nasser)
Map 6 Stencil (Mary Nasser)
Damask Medium Stencil (Michelle Ward)
Fade Horizontal Stencil (Michelle Ward)
Circuit Stencil (Natalie Kalbach)
What's The Point? Stencil (Natalie Kalbach)
Crackle Stencil (Natalie Kalbach)
Cruiser Side Stencil (Pippin Schupbach)
Story Time Stencil (Seth Apter)
Numbers Stencil (Seth Apter)
Unfinished Stencil (Seth Apter)
Square Dance Stencil (Terri Stegmiller)
Inky Hearts Stencil (Terri Stegmiller)
Inky Circles (Terri Stegmiller)
Heart Grid Stencil (Terri Stegmiller)
Merry Go Round Stencil (Terri Stegmiller)
Broken Circles Stencil (Terri Stegmiller)
Bullet Holes Stencil (Terri Stegmiller)
Squiggles 6 Stencil (Terri Stegmiller)
Broken Circles 6 Stencil (Terri Stegmiller)

Hello. My name is Janet and I am a Stencil Hoarder.
Happy Arting!


  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous stencil book, Janet!!
    Wow! So very lovely with all those layers!
    And those covers...AMAZING!!!

  2. This is a really
    fascinating stencil and journaling book.Congrats on a messy artistic fun way to create your booklet!

  3. Nothing like a little ink on your fingers to make you a happy girl! Love your creation! Thanks for being a part of the Craft Hoarders/StencilGirl Blog Hop!

  4. We don't hoard - we just have an over-abundance of fabulous items.
    Love your smeary hand - mine usually has some ink on it. If I ever get into the mixed media madness my hands will look like yours. I have the supplies but keep getting side-tracked into my greeting cards. thanks for the detailed instructions.
    Keep on accumulating goodies.

  5. wonderful color combinations. love this book.

  6. That is so awesome! My bliss does not produce a beautiful journal. I might have to find a new happy place!

  7. Love it! But honestly my favorite part was your hand. That is the true sign you were having fun!

  8. Love your book! The colors are great.

  9. Janet, i'm blown away how many stencils you have and how much fun you must have had outside, love the pic of your hand :) and love the finished book! im bookmarking this page for sure! Thanks sooo much for sharing all this messy fun!

  10. Love this idea. I have made some Gelli Journals but SG? I should do this. I have many (hoard) SG and others. I like this idea and plan to do one that is dedicated now.

  11. That is quite the list of stencils! Such a great post. Luved it!!!

  12. You did an amazing job! I have stacks of cereal boxes to use for pages and sprays and inks and paints and ink pads and.....yes I am a hoarder of wonderful things. Like many others I can see creative things made out of everything! Stencils have become one of my favorites! Loved your inspiration!

  13. Your hands look like mine. I like the pages but as Michael will tell you I get lost at pages. Nice job.

  14. Great work! The colours are brilliant!

  15. What a fun project. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. You sure did get messy! Woot! Thanks for joining the Craft Hoarders Anonymous team this week for our messy hop!

  16. Splendid job done with lots of hard work!!! Perfect colour combo and lots of messy art work put into making this journaling book!!!

  17. Love this! I want to try to make the journal,as you make it look easy,thanks !

  18. Great job love the journal, I am not good at book binding but this could be fun trying!

  19. A really lovely journal...mess is great fun.

  20. Wow all those inky yummies and the journal is beautiful from them!

  21. I love this project. It gives you so many ideas of how to make other journals and books. A beautiful project xx

  22. would be wonderful to have that many stencils loved the book and the colour

  23. Okay...and I thought I used a ton of stencils!!! I think you WIN! :))) Awesome project!

  24. You have a lifetime membership into the Stencils Anonymous. There are lots of here and we have a great time - as you clearly did making this great book! Love seeing all those stencils outside- and such great great papers you made!

  25. Well, you just blew me away. Fantastic!!!

  26. Very, very, very pretty journal pages -- you have a nice stencil collection and you know how to use it!

  27. Fantabulous book!! I am blown away by how many stencils you used AND that you listed them all. What an inspiration and I am going to get outside soon and just start spraying!! The duck tape was the best.

  28. Hi Janet. Thanks for the step by step in creating your very cool art journal. I love that you made all of the pages and made it specifically for this challenge. It's awesome! <3 Candy

  29. Hello, Janet, nice to meet you. I, too, am a craft hoarder.
    Does it ever end...?
    BEAUTIFUL papers, love the blues and browns.
    Love the book cover!

  30. That is so freaking cool, I love the colors, I never thought to bring it out side. Just love fellow hoarders. Beautiful project!

  31. Magic! What a joy of a post... so much inky fun and mess, and such a fabulous journal at the end of it all (and so many more fabulous inky papers to play with later too...). So envious of your crafting weather!! Totally brilliant inspiration, thank you.
    Alison x

  32. WOW you really looked like you had a ton of fun! Awesome! Love how your Journal turned out!

  33. Wow this is amazing! I love that you got so inky and used so many different stencils! So much fun, and way to use your hoard of stencils and sprays!

  34. Getting your hands a bit messy is a fabulous way to start the day,,, hee, hee, your journal and how you used so many fabulous stencils. Thanks so much for being apart of the hop.

  35. I don't know what I love about your post the most.... the book you made or the huge box of sprays & goodies or that you played outside!! :D Sounds and looks like your artsy play was lots of fun! Your book turned out gorgeous and I love you used so many stencils in one session!

  36. What a wonderful mess you have made,lol. Great book.

  37. You are right my friend, you are a stencil hoarder!!! But so am I and that is a GOOD thing!!! Your play is so FUN and it turned into a beautiful book! I don't even want to know how long it took to link all those stencils you crazy girl!!!!

  38. Thank you for the step-by-step directions. Wonderful journal.

  39. Wow! You really DID go to your happy place! Good for you!

  40. Wow, that is SO MANY STENCILS. Have only tried acrylic paints with stencils. This makes me want to give the sprays a try. Will skip the home brewed mists use some ink sprays that I bought for acrylic painting. This would be fun to do in a journal book that my kids are making.

  41. What a mess! Mess is good! It's healthy and good for the soul!. What a stencil hoarder! I think we should all go outside and create beautiful papers.

  42. One of these days I will have as many stencils as you!!! Love the inky hands, look like mine!! ;)

  43. Lovely books! It looks like you had a wonderful day!

  44. Your book are beautiful! I wish the wind would die down some here so I could try this outside.

  45. Wow, this is all the details. Thanks for the tutorial and thanks for being a part of the Craft Hoarders/StencilGirl Blog Hop!

  46. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay fun!!!! I could just feel my inner messy unrestrained artist squealing with delight as I looked at each of your photos. LOVE the results. Thanks for sharing.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  47. I am in love with your book. The colors are my absolute fav! (and my hands look like that so often you had me laughing).
    Absolutely fantastic!
    Thanks for hopping with us!

  48. That book is fabulous! I love the way you created your signature clever and smart and amazing. The covers are layers of inky goodness. Thanks for including us in the process, and thanks for hopping with us over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  49. Beautiful book (and hands I might add LOL) and what fun! Looking forward to my next day off to get outside with some sprays! Thanks for your ideas!

  50. Now that looks like a fun day! Loving all those layers!

  51. Great journal...and whenever hands are covered in inks & paint, you know you've had fun!

  52. Oh my goodness! I want to play outside like this! Thank you for sharing! Your journal is quite inspiring! Aloha!

  53. Hello Janet. I am also a hoarder. :)

    Your blog entry was awesome! I have a few stencils and unsure of how to use them. Your post was inspiring- basically just have fun, get messy, get inky! Love it!

    Thanks for the inspiration! I am your newest follower!

  54. Janet and your stencils! Great journal for your upcoming journaling. Waiting with great excitement

  55. What fun! I think I know what I am doing my next art day ...

  56. Fabulous journal - I love your inky hands Janet !!

  57. I love your project is stunning!

  58. So much fun to see you turn these pieces of paper into such a beautiful book. Thanks a million Janet for using my stencils as part of the project!

  59. Fabulous job and you do have a TON of stencils!! Wish I lived nearer!!LOL! Love the project and also go outside to do my work sometimes.

  60. Oh My what a wonderful result of all of that playing! Just goes to show you what a stencil hoarder can accomplish! Great work - great journal cover!!

  61. Janet! You inky mess you! I love your book and all the wonderful fun steps you posted! Awesomeness!

  62. *laugh* I do this too - and get my hands all inky. I was fun to see how your journal cover developed.

  63. This post was spectacular! I love the results of your exhausting play time...great, great job! Thank you for sharing :)

  64. I LOVE seeing your process!!!! It DOES look like FUN!!!! LOL Even if it is MESSY!!!!!!!!!!:D AND I LOVE your pages too!!! (What I could see!) I WISH I had some of your stencils!!! LOL WONDERFUL JOB!

  65. wow... you did use a whole bunch of stencils. it's raining where I am... so won't be doing it outside. ROFL. Have a great day

  66. This looks like so much fun... just love how it came out! Makes me want to go play right now :)

  67. It's raining here. I wonder if I dare try this on the living room carpet? Ulp! Great fun, thanks for sharing !

  68. I feel this urge to go color my lawn! Thanks so much. Oh, and your improvisational bookbinding techniques are good enough you could teach the class.


  70. Awesome tutorial! I think there are lots of us with a great collection of stencils! I love using mine:) and you can never have enough!

  71. Such a great idea and tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  72. I love making books. This is awesome!

  73. Amazing transformation of plain paper into a gorgeous journal!! Such fun to see an artist in action! Beautiful result. . .love the bright colors! Impactful project!

  74. Very cool! And I love how the cover turned out! Beautiful pages and wonderful ideas! I have a ton of sprays too. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  75. I love your papers and the journals…awesome!

  76. Hi Janet :) you really out did yourself! Beautiful work and fun to "watch" your process.Thanks!

  77. That is beautiful! I like making books as well. You did a great job, I like the tape. The pages look fun too :)

  78. You have used these in a really different way. I like it!...bea

  79. What a great book Janet. Fantastic way to use the stencils and all those supplies!

  80. love the use of all those love!! peace & paint michel