Friday, March 20, 2009

Move Over Tim Holtz, Gloria is in the House!

I gotta admit that I think Tim Holtz is the most talented guy out there. Besides, a guy who likes to play with ink and paper?! You gotta love him, right? My friend Lori was showing us a "Tim Technique" at our LSS club meeting the other night, so I decided to come home and poke around on Tim's website - mostly because I was supposed to do a Tim Holtz inspired tag challenge for Crop Stop for today. I got inspired and pulled all my distress inks and a bunch of other stuff that was gathering dust in my scrap mess. Here is the tag I ended up making for the Challenge. (Go the Crop Stop Message Board, and check the Cuttlebug Folder for my tutorial on how to make this tag!)

While I was at it I made a few more tags for some other projects (which will remain secret for a few more days/weeks.) I just had the fever to play with all my inks and stamps. Then it hit me what I wanted to make! A number of years ago, I took an altered art journal class and I've since lost the journal (or given it away). But I remember how much fun it was to make and I have wanted to make another one for a while now. I also had to do a project for MOSD for today and I thought, why not use a MOSD Hip 2 Be Squared album and make another journal? And that's exactly what I did! Check it out!

I used two shades of green alcohol inks to color the front acrylic cover. Then I added my altered art piece to the cover. Each of the 6x6 Hip 2 Be Squared chipboard pages is a "chapter" heading. I then added 5-6 blank 6x6 sheets of heavy cardstock between each "chapter" for my journaling and artsy musings. I bound the whole thing with my Bind-it-All tool. Here you can see the inside front cover.

This is one of the chapter headings - Sketches. Each chapter heading has an altered tag art attached. This is the one I made for the Crop Stop Challenge. See how I used the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder on the Grunge Board hinge?!

Here is another chapter tag. This time I stamped on the Grunge Board butterfly. Very cool, right? Below are a few more chapter headings.

(This one is blurry, sorry.)

Below are a few of the journal pages. Besides being a place to journal, these pages are for trying out different art techniques. It's a place to play and be creative.

I adore this arsty book! And 6x6 is the perfect size! I hope you are inspired to make a mess, too! I will have more altered art coming soon! Once you get all this messy stuff out, it's best to make the most of it! Thanks for looking!


  1. Awesome idea, Gloria...I'm totally going to have to "lift" that idea, whoo hoo, you are AMAZING!

  2. Gorgeous stuff Gloria!!! Happy Friday!!!

  3. It seems like you had great FUN while creating! And the results are stunning!

    Love them all, but mostly the journal.