Category Archives: Rubons

Directions to Discover…

time to play again in my “Spirit” journal

such fun to begin with a few blank pages glued together…

to see where they will lead…

my inspiration began with the icon images from a collage sheet using torn pieces of a page from a garden catalog where I had wiped off paint brushes and rubber stamps and gesso a long time ago…

I used matching paints to fill in the background adding some metallic rubons from Colorbox…

dry wall mesh and cheesecloth helped add some texture along with some stamping…

oftentimes the right words present themselves from scraps of paper and this time a failed (or was it) rub on attempt of words on the right ended up giving my pages an unplanned message…

I never sketch or really plan what I am going to create other than having an image or quote in mind usually working with what is close at hand (and that can be a lot to chose from if you know what I mean) …

letting everything unfold and happen is an exciting process…

thank you for your visit today you make sharing extra fun oxo 

“If we are facing the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” ~ Buddhist Proverb

‘Grandma’s Photos’ Zine

Linda’s zine was already wonderful when it arrived here in Virginia…

it’s first stop was to Margaret in Switzerland

I had such a lot of fun with it…

thanks to my friend Judy Post for sharing a 1930’s School Memory book with me a while back…

the bits I used for the left hand side are original pieces from that memory book…

Linda had already worked on the right hand page above…(vintage metal Kodak film clip, rubons, old negatives and photos, muslin bag, torn card from the mail that day)

I could have kept on going with this theme…

turns out I have quite a collection of faux relatives as I seem to be very drawn to old photos…

the thin piece of 8mm film strip I used above is a precious ingredient from Nathalie’s Rubyfloy shop

even the greeting card above had photos on it…the zine is already on its way to Carole in New Zealand…

I used the quote below on one of my pages and realized that it helps explain my long time fascination with photography…

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” ~Dorthea Lange

to each her own

here is my interpretation of the Wednesday Stamper challenge this week for “the world outside your window” theme…

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I created a postcard using a book page…scrap paper…a magazine fan piece…paints…inks…white rubons … along with

a favorite lady

and a stamp I find lots of uses for from the Toybox rubber stamp company

… Time of Your Life …

tic toc … time for another Wednesday Stamper challenge … this week it is all about polka dots

I used a square polka dot block stamp along with a vintage 13 cent stamp … a gift from a good friend …


the “overdue” stamp is an oldie but a goodie …

I am really drawn to the old fashioned wooden handled rubber stamps … they certainly don’t make them like that anymore …

Nathalie has been selling them like hot cakes and may have one batch left at her Ruby Floy etsy shop … be sure and check out her Steampunk Rusty Clips and more while you visit …


my journal pages were inspired by the talented and spirited Marit in The Netherlands … one of my special art sisters … she is guest artist over at Yvonne’s Do More With Less blog … you won’t want to miss her collage building tutorial and a chance to play along in the challenge there …


I started out with scraped paint pages … layering various papers and magazine images … a couple of rubons …

black Sharpie pen …rubber stamps and Pan Pastels for shading and rosy cheeks … I used a doll as a book holder … her feet held the pages back nicely

“It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right.  I hope you had the time of your life.” ~Green Day (click for a listen)