Tag Archives: Tammy Brackett

Journal a Day June 27-Blister Pack Shadow Box


Journal a Day June 18-altered memo books


My dear Mama bought memo pads for me for my birthday! And my dear friend, Joy, decided she was going to get out of  scrapbooking and gave me bunches of creative material!

The results of these two fortunate events are altered memo pads. I took the help of Joy’s premade scrapbook paper and a few premade embellishments to create new covers for these little books.

My friend Tina made similar altered memo pads for Christmas gifts a couple of years ago. I like the fringe finishing but I also like the plain version. Fast and fun!


Journal a day June 15 Magazine Insert


Today’s journal is a simple altered magazine insert. l glued some pages together and then used paints and sprays to create backgrounds. I’ll use the journal as a premade background play space.

Magazine inserts are great journal templates as they are already pre made books with a stapled spine. I’ve used a lot of the magazine inserts as glue books. I really had fun with my gifted & thrifted and deep discount sprays.

Inserts are fun for kids. A little project like this makes a great memory book.

Journal a Day June 13 Dos a dos mini book


I discovered you have to click on each image to see my captions. Please click on each image to see my step by step process for creating your very own dos a dos minibook.

I really hope you’re enjoying this little series about my June Journal a Day Journey!

Please comment or leave questions below! Thank you for reading!


Journal a Day June 7- Angel Greeting Card Journal


Journal a Day June 7

Angel Journal made of recycled greeting cards with beaded spine.

This journal didn’t quite meet my hour to an hour and a half time frame but I wanted to revisit this technique I learned from Jennibellie. I opted to design my greeting card journal on a smaller scale than Jenny’s excellent work. I used five de-greeted the five inside signature cards by painting over the text, greeting and personal notes with off white acrylic paint. This does take a few layers of acrylic. You could manage the same sort of de-greeting by simple pasting paper over the greeting and personal info. I intend to use my Angel Journal as an a small art journal for my study of Archangels. So painting over the greeting allowed me to make the start of a “clean slate” on which to sketch and write.

I bound the Angel Journal using two cards that were bigger than the inside signature cards. I used a narrow greeting card as a spine for the book. I bound the Angel Journal with embroidery floss and scrap beads I had on hand. For the front choose a favorite Angel greeting card and glued the front of the card to the front of the Angel Journal.

This project was a complete scrap project. I used what I had on hand. The only thing that was purchased along the way was glue. I always have glue on hand so this project required no extra trips to the store or paper packs or other stuff.

You can make these journals quickly but if you choose the beaded spine, it does take a while. But the results are beautiful and would make a lovely gift for someone. You could also arrange the books in different themes: birds, flowers, nature, Santa, snowmen, Easter, etc.

So save your greeting cards or put the word out to family and friends that you’d like to have theirs!

Here’s the video from Jennibellie that teaches this technique.





June Journal a Day – June 5- Palette Book


“Hands to Work. Hearts to God”- Shaker Axiom

I’ve mentioned my pals Peng and Joy before. Both, much to my benefit, have been cleaning and clearing their art studios. They’ve been passing along their unwanted or unused items to me and I am incredibly grateful for their contributions to my creative endeavors.

Both are passing along lovely items that lie outside the scope of my budget. My budget is about food and utilities and that sort of stuff of life. I received beautiful watercolor paper scraps from Peng, and Joy sent watercolor pads to help with my Tamara LaPorte lessons. Joy sent along a palette for the Sennielier Watercolors and the palette along with Peng’s lovely watercolor paper scraps were a perfect match.

In Joy’s palette I can see her brushstrokes; her sense of color and her gorgeous handwriting. I used Joy’s palette as the cover for a collection of different types of watercolor paper from Peng. I bound the Palette Book with an O ring.

I intend to take the little Palette Book outside with me along with the very portable Sennelier Watercolor kit and try my hand at landscapes.

I love the LOVE I feel when I handle and use my Palette Book.I like that Peng knew I could definitely use the watercolor paper and Joy, I am sure, didn’t know her palette play would become the cover of a precious Palette Book!  I am so grateful for good friends!


Make it Monday- The Beauty of Boxes

Make it Monday- The Beauty of Boxes

I have always adored boxes. As a child, I wondered what was in them, all tied with ribbon. I made castles and kitchens from large boxes my daddy would bring home from work. I even made cardboard wings once while waiting on a wind storm so I could see if I could fly down the hill of my house. I was stunned recently to drive by that house and see that once daunting hill…so LARGE in my child’s eyes…so small in my adult view.

People know I love boxes of all shapes and sizes and they gift them to me for art projects. I avidly recycle boxes but many are emptied, flattened and stored for future art use. I use boxes as art canvases, cards, embellishments, and books.


I was lucky to stumble on Jennibellie’s cereal box art journal tutorial years ago and since then, have been steadily making all kinds of books from boxes.Here’s a link to Jenny’s blog. YOU MUST VISIT JENNY!


My latest fascination has been making junk journals from boxes as it affords me the opportunity to recycle junk mail and old papers and magazines into quite cool works of art.


But when I read posts about folks asking what they need to purchase to get started making art or an art journal, I cringe. Suggestions post in about stuff to buy. Sometimes really expensive stuff.Sometimes ALOT of really expensive stuff.

Repeat after me: Making art doesn’t require buying stuff.

You can get started with exactly what you have in your house today. Look around you, sweet people. Boxes make books, cardboard makes buttons, embroidery thread or even dental floss make binding. Paper is everywhere. Don’t think you have to purchase stuff to make stuff! #usewhatyouhave