Posts Tagged ‘mod podge’

Chalkboard and Clipboard Organization

Yay – i finally have the video up!


In this video I show you how to organize yourself especially if you have ADHD and need to see your projects at a glance in order to not forget about them. I paint a chalkboard wall and then mod podge clipboards to pretty them up. Later I write on the chalkboard wall to denote the contents of the clipboard. I’m pretty jazzed at how it all has come together. The disorganized part of me is very happy to have added this new tool! I hope you enjoy it too! If you like it why not Pin it to your Organization or art board?  Thank you!

Love, Violette xo

Organizing with Collaged clipboards

As you all know I’ve been on an organizing kick and my latest idea is to create a series of clipboards that are dedicated to certain projects and then have them hanging on a wall that has been partially painted with chalkboard paint. If my projects are not seen easily then i forget about them and then panic sets in when it comes time to work on them.

clipboards_PicMonkey Collage

Here are the clipboards I Mod Podged yesterday using copies of my art, magazine clippings, junk mail and wall paper samples……….


A collage fodder jumble Smile.


I’m in the process of creating a video of the entire project which will hopefully be done by Wednesday – Friday at the latest. 

Come see me soon on Craftylink!

I’m pretty excited as later this month I will be interviewed by Martiel Beatty on Craftylink for Tuesday Schmoozeday and will be doing a giveaway of my Teens Dream Journal DVD. In order to listen to the video interview live and to enter the contest you must join the group – Click below.


Go here for all of the details and watch the slideshow or watch below:

Violette’s giveaway on Craftylink

There is so much Crafty goodness going on at Craftylink I just can’t believe it!  So many wonderful how – to’s, swaps, classes and fun ways to connect with other creative spirits!  Your crafty cup will surely runneth over Smile!

That’s it for today – back to recoating my chalkboard wall.  See you on Wednesday!

Love, Violette xo

Art Journal page repurposing


I liked the art journal page i created yesterday so I decided to print it off and glue it to the front of a new composition book (those inexpensive books for taking notes? Click on the link for more ideas on how to cover these books). I love repurposing pages that are favourites. When i have an inspiring cover on a blank book I’m more likely to use it – how about you?


I glued the page to the book with mod podge.  I dropped a puddle of mod podge onto the cover and scraped it on with a discarded credit card for even coverage.  Then i carefully placed my printed journal page on top smoothing it out making sure there were no bubbles. 


I added some fine glitter to a couple of spots – dabbed some mod podge on first to adhere the glitter. You need fine glitter for this step otherwise the tape on the next step will poof out.  Next i used strips of clear packing tape over top to make the cover more durable. For that funky look i adore so much i decided to add a checked decorative duct tape to the spine. Voila!  I have a colourful and inspiring notebook to store ideas and notes in! Smile

Here’s a little idea you might want to pay attention to – give your glued cover some time to dry (probably at least 2 hours) before adding the packing tape to it.  In my haste to have this book ready to photograph for you this morning I put the tape on before the glue was dried – check out the discoloration on the woman’s neck.  I poked a couple of pinholes in the area and hope the glue will dry.

Free Mixed Media Workshops

If you are looking for a bit of art inspiration and instruction you might want to sign up for Strathmore’s Online Workshop Series. You can sign up for Traci Bautista’s or Cathy Johnson’s class – both excellent classes.  I know that the Summer is a slow time for many people – it’s the perfect time to hone your skills and learn a few tricks to add to your artsy toolkit.

That’s it for today – I’ll be babysitting my wee grandson Cillian this afternoon!  See you tomorrow!

Love, Violette xo

Sunshine Coast Dream Zine



Happy 4th of July to my American friends!  Enjoy the celebrations today!

Yesterday i was doodling on a scrap piece of paper and came up with this small illustration of a girl (me) carrying a tree under her arm.  I have a tree that i regularly hug in a nearby park.  The other day while hugging my tree i told it that I would take it with me when we moved to the Sunshine Coast. Smile Of course i meant just metaphorically since my tree is at least thirty feet high.  It got me thinking how desperately i want to move to the Coast.

I decided that i would create a small zine – (this one is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches) and I’d put all kinds of images, photos, thoughts and affirmations about living and moving to the Sunshine coast in it.  It would become my Dream Zine that i would return to time and time again to create the energy of moving to the Coast and eventually manifesting that move!  It’s been two years since I began talking about moving to the Sunshine Coast – ever since Mr. G and I went there for a holiday – do you remember that’s when i broke my wrist kayaking? 


Of course i HAD to glitter the cast too!


This is me painting my cast so that i could be happy rather than sad every time i looked at my broken arm. I like to call it turning lemons into lemonade.  Travelling around the coast with a funky painted cast was fun as it generated lots of interesting conversations. Even though i was unable to kayak during our holiday Mr. G managed to paddle me around in two man kayaks and in a canoe.  The injury didn’t stop me from falling in love with the pristine beauty of the Coast. 

For those of you interested in my process for the little zine – i just mod podged a piece of a pattern to cardstock and added my sketch along with some collage items i created in the past.  I’ll show you more images as i work on the zine!

Have a lovely day!

Love, Violette xo

Rescue book Portfolio, playing with glitter and an interview!

Rescue book portfolio by Diana Trout

Here is a great little video by Diana Trout on making a portfolio with a rescued book.  Diana gives you clear and concise instructions so you can create a great place to store all of your loose journal pages!  Diana is gearing up to teach some workshops so if you are interested in learning some of her techniques then check out her website for dates and times!

Many thanks to Cendrine Marrouat for interviewing me (the first instalment) on Thank you so much Cendrine! You might find out a few new things in this interview!


Been having fun mod poding and glittering for the Teens Self-Esteem Journal DVD! 


Well that’s it for today – i need to get busy and get some work done.

See you tomorrow!