Before I left for CHA show I slipped my new Dylusions Journal into my suitcase. You never know when inspiration may strike and I was pretty sure CHA would be a great place to find it. Not only was I able to christen my new Dylusions journal while in Las Vegas I was able to include many of the wonderful designers and fellow artists I met at the show in my layout. I call this my “Creative Yearbook”…or “Art Journal with the Stars!”
First off, I have to give a shout out to my girl Anita the Artful Maven. Girl knows how to pack for some artsy fun on the go! Anita hosted an evening of art making for the two of us while we were at CHA. We skipped a night on the town to get our ink on before the last day of the CHA show.
I created this page with cut outs from Tim’s Sizzix Alterations catalog, Stampers Anonymous stamps, Distress Ink, Clearsnap Fairy Dust Glitter, and Idea-ology pen nibs, tissue tabe, and remnant rubs. The show girl and map of Las Vegas were found in magazines around the hotel.
Isn’t the Clearsnap Fairy Dust glitter pretty? It comes in a super cool salt shaker for adding a dash of sparkle
I outlined some of the stamped images with a white sakura pen for impact and added Idea-ology mirrored pieces for extra shine. The paint brushes were found in my stash and complement the pen and paintbrush stamped background.
The last day of the show I brought along my journal to have all of the designers I met sign. I wasn’t able to get everyone since some had already returned home. Next time I know to plan ahead and get creative earlier.
I’d also like to mention that it is a good idea to spray your page with Dylusions BEFORE you have people sign it….another lesson learned
I really wanted this art journal page to “Capture” my experience at the CHA show. This display of cardboard letters found in the Basic Grey booth pretty much sums it up!
Being in the Sizzix booth with Eileen was definitely the highlight of my trip to CHA (If you missed yesterdays post on Sizzix you can check it out HERE). Another big highlight for me was meeting all of the Ranger Ink Signature designers! As you all know I’m a BIG Ranger fan, and meeting the people behind the products I LOVE to create with pretty much made my year!
Meeting this guy was a top priority. The one and only Tim Holtz in person! He’s super nice and loves to share techniques, tips and tricks. I’ll be sharing a few new Tim techniques I learned from the master himself soon (psst…I’ll give you a hint…it’s gonna sparkle!).
Next we have the Queen of color Dyan Reaveley. She is an absolute delight! Her new customizable Dylusions ink pad is an artists dream come true! Just spray with 3 of your favorite Dylusions colors and stamp in style! When you get tired of your color combo just “Run it under the Tap”…thats a Dyan Reaveley direct quote
Seeing Dyan’s fabulous journals in person was the ultimate ocular experience. Inspiration overload!
Ah yes and I couldn’t resist sharing a pic of Dyan’s trusty Tea set! She’s a girl after my own Alice in Wonderland loving heart!
I happened to catch Wendy Vecchi with no one else around towards the end of the show one day. Her new Archival ink colors are just marvelous and mix well with all of the Distress Ink colors. Notice the large washer wheels? They are covered with various colors of her embossing paste and swiped with her new archival inks! Truly awesome effects!
If you notice what Wendy is working with on the craft sheet, it’s Tim Holtz new Industrious stickers colored with Wendy Vecchi’s new Archival Inks. I can’t wait to try out all the new techniques she taught me…just waiting for my inks to come in
Here’s a pic of some of Wendy Vecchi’s art in her booth. Absolutely gorgeous full of whimsical vintage imagery and bold but beautifully muted tones.
Aside from meeting my favorite designers I was pleased as punch to meet and hang out with some of my favorite Designers/blogger buddies Anita Houston The Artful Maven and Linda Ledbetter of Studio L3. I’ve been a long time fan/friend of these lovely ladies and it was so wonderful to finally meet them for REAL!
If you are attending a trade show, conference or creative retreat an “Art Journal with the Stars” type layout is a great way to commemorate your creative memories. Tim Holtz signed my page “Enjoy the Journey. Dyan Reaveley signed it “Life is art…live yours in color!” Indeed I will Dyan. Indeed I am Tim.
Have a starry eyed day!