And It Begins: Life Book 2016

Hello again, crafty friends!

I put together my projects for Life Book 2015, but there were so many pages, I had to make two albums.

I made the covers out of hard white mat board and covered them with the designer paper.  I didn’t want to make holes in my pages, so instead, I made some corners where the pages would be inserted, and glued them to the 11×17 paper I found at JoAnns.

PuttingTogether

This is when I found out I couldn’t put any more pages in the album even though I used three inch rings.

Binder

As you can see, I made a lot of art last year!

Pages

Life Book 2016 – Week One

Now, I start on Life Book 2016.  I’ve been working on my projects as fast as I  can so I don’t fall behind.  This year I want to conscientiously make all the projects because I’m still learning and I’m finding what I like.  I don’t want to get into a rot, so I feel that if I try all the different classes, I can learn new styles and more techniques.

The Warm Up

Tamara Laport, the genius behind Life Book has been conducting this series since 2012.  This will be my second year, and I enjoy going to my craft room and playing with all my crafty stuff.  I’ve also been able to take out different tools, paints, and stencils I haven’t used before.

Tam, is a very gentle, gracious, and giving person.  You can tell by her lessons and the details in each that se really enjoys teaching others what she knows.

The first week she did a warm up lesson about our word for the year.  I am struggling with overworking my art and so I figured that imperfection is better than getting frustrated.

ImperfectionIsBeauty

A closeup of the lotus:

I used a variety of stamps to make it imperfect.

Imperfection

I stamped the word beautiful and the lotus with a Unity Stamp kit.

Beautiful

These two are also part of the kit.

EverythingBty

YourBeauty

Main Lesson, Happy Traveler.

I chose a lamb and an eagle to be my traveling companions.  I gave the eagle a little bit of attitude!

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A closeup of my little lamb.  Yes, she’s blue, but she’s happy.

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A closeup of the eagle leaning on the tree.

girlTraveler.jpg

A closeup of the the traveler’s face.  Notice the doodling I did on her hair to add some dimension.

Face.jpg

I also did some doodling on the bottom left corner with a white marker and other doodles with the black one.

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And used a stencil on her cape and on the upper right hand corner.

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Tam added a pouch to her traveling companing, but I didn’t add one to mine because I fuzzed too much over my lamb and I just wanted to finish.

I’ve been working today on Week two, and will post the homework tomorrow.

Until then, happy crafting!

Carmen

5 thoughts on “And It Begins: Life Book 2016

  1. The way you bound your 2015 art is genius! The corners allow you to bind it without doing anything to the original pieces. Fabulous idea!

    I love your word piece. It exemplifies the beautiful you are focusing on. It’s so calm and peaceful and appealing.

    I love your traveller piece too and think it’s interesting that you chose an eagle and a lamb. It’s like they are opposites. Maybe they represent two sides of your personality?

  2. Thanks Laura! By adding the corners on the page it also allows me to take each page out without damaging it. As to my companions I was thinking about Jesus Christ, the lamb of God and the eagle represents God’s protection. What better companions to have in any journey.

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