Monday, February 27, 2012


is not something I have ever taken for granted. I actually consider myself lucky that i grew up with a father that had experienced very hard times. I think it strengthened him in a way that no education or job experience could have. It carried down to my brother and myself and I will hopefully pass it down to my children. Work hard, for more than money, with little honor and recognition. I think, most American s live this way, actually. As an artist, I find it ironic that in some of my downest times ( I know, downest.. is not a word but this is my blog) I have created the most meaningful art. Art is something that is meant to be shared but NOT promoted. True artists know this. The problem is the business people get in the way and suddenly people who used to call themselves artists now face the reality of whether a piece will make money or sell a style. They focus on techniques or sharing "this is how you make this" type blog postings and all the product looks exactly the same on the market right now...  THAT IS NOT ART my friends. I feel so saddened that the scrapbook and paper craft industry has taken to a BUSINESS rather than an artform. I will not bend and mold to SELL and promote your products for nothing in return. I cannot call "working with your products" making art. It just isnt' especially when a suggested theme, color scheme, style and tools are given in order to create... That is a worker bee.  I have spent years doing this. Then they wonder why the industry is falling... because only really artistic people stay with something this long. Everyone trying to get their product or name in the market ends up copying each other... and don't say its not true.. .try checking out a newly released scrapbook paper line right now and tell me that they DONT have chevron patterns or hexagons... even the paper itself.. double sided, catchy names on the strip at the bottom... BLEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I dare an artist out there.. and maybe it will be me to see it differently.  If I were to turn something like most of the companies  have presented at CHA  as a school assignment at Rhode Island School of Design( where I am currently taking college Fine Arts courses), they would laugh in my face and make me re do it. I would receive countless yet constructive and helpful critique. They want to see MY work.. not a copy of what they could create.  WHY don't the companies who produce the scrapbook products do the same? Because it is business.. NOT ART!

I was just recently told I would not be continuing with a Design Team . Instead of feeling sad or disappointed, I feel relief... I feel FREE.

.I will need to think about what I want as an artist. Who do I really want to represent. Design teams will NOT sell my paintings or get me more published. I no longer want to feel like someones puppeteer. I am an artist. I create my art the way I have been taught at school, guided from art mentors , studying the great masters and all mixed in with my OWN piece of it. Love, sweat and tears inside my work. Telling MY stories, sharing MY pictures. Teaching art is one thing, Putting on a show for art is another.
Representing someone else other than myself is doing injustice to me as an artist. Representing myself is freedom.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Uncharted Territory

When I first saw this fun collection of Donna's called Storybook, I immediately loved the sheet of eclectic images called Storybook Cards.  From cute glittery fairies  to army men and space motif's, there are images for all fun loving kids at heart.
I have an assortment of photos of my son Ryan. He is 12, has autism and is the love of our lives. He is sometimes a mystery to us and our life with him can be quite the adventure at times, so the space theme was just perfect.
I decided to use this cute collection to make a really fun mini album documenting some of my favorite photos of him.

For the base of the album, I decided to distress and edge some corrugated cardboard.

For the inside pages, I took a sheet of 12x12 cardstock, folded it in half, then folded in half again to make a 3 in square.
Run the cardboard and the pages through your bind it all to make holes so you will be able to bind the book together later on.

Next, I cut the large star out of one of the Storybook papers. I added some burlap ribbon adhered with a fabric brad and added the star with pop dot adhesive to the cover.

Take the sheet, and cut out some more of the fun images to add to the pages and decorate your book.

Here are some of the pages of the inside of the book using the other adorable pages in this line.

The greatest part of these pages is that for double spread layouts, the pages line up so it looks like one continuous scene.
With the addition of some titles, journaling and ribbons, the mini album is complete.  Another fun accent to add is some shaped chipboard shapes from Want 2 Scrap. In this album, I used puzzle pieces and a gear from Sprightly Sprockets. This line is perfect for kids albums and covers all themes from space, school, carnival... it truly is playful and colorful!
Storybook also coordinates perfectly with other playful lines by October Afternoon and Fancy Pants. Combining them with this paper line added some  fun accent's and made the book come to life.

Pattern papers, Donna Salazar Storybook, GCD
Brads, letter stickers and ribbon, Basic Grey
Ink, Mix'd Media Inx, Donna Salazar for Clearsnap
Wood accent, paper tickets and ribbon Maya Road
Sheer overlay accents, Fancy Pants, To the Moon
manila tickets, stapler, from Staples
Chipboard pieces, Want 2 Scrap
Stickers, October Afternoon

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Be My love

Oh don't you feel it in the air? The birds... the bees... all that red, all those hearts... or maybe its just an overrated Hallmark holiday. Whatever your belief is... its that time of year to express to our little extra loves how we are feeling!

Hi. Its Kim here with a lovable little Valentine card to share.
Donna's newest line Botanique from GCD is a new love of my life. Here I used a sampling of these gorgeous papers. THey all layer so well! I edged the cardstock with Mix'd Media Inx .
This butterfly is cut from her artistic paper and used her Fanciful Flight dies from Spellbinders. I added some pennant stickers with sentiments on them and a old fashioned piece of lace for texture contrast.
This paper line has lots of wonderful support from the cooresponging die cuts,  they match the Mix'd Media Inx colors as well as blend so naturally with paper of different textures etc.

Here is a close up of the card so you can see the distinction and uniqueness of each part.


Cardstock, Bazzill,
Inks, Mix'd Media Inx, Clearsnap, Donna Salazar Designs
Fanciful flight Die , Spellbinders, Donna Salazar
Artistic Labels, Artistic paper, Donna Salazar for  GCD
Botanique paper , Donna Salazar for  GCD
Lace, Maya Road
Buttons, October Afternoon
Stickers, Pebbles inc. and Crate Paper

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