Tuesday, January 7, 2014

First WOYWW of the New Year

There are a lot of things I like about January - all the Christmas things which I so look forward to are over, it's a time of new beginnings AND there is time in the Fun Room. This is the first time in three weeks I have been able to join in the trip around the world, curtsey of Julia at the Stamping Ground. I hope all my fellow WOYWW'ers had happy holidays and are also finding time to create.

Here's what my desk looks like now.

I finally broke down and purchased a Gelli plate as a Christmas present to myself and last night I tried  it for the first time....my first attempt was a real disappointment. Apparently it's not magic, and you do have to play with it. You can see my attempts in the upper right corner. I was so bummed I used my tried and true methods, and made this sheet. It made me feel much better.

It used a lot of the same colors as the disastrous Gelli print, but then I added a lot more layers. The double circles are made from an empty scotch tape roll. 

This little tin is holding pieces and parts of a challenge I'm partaking in. The challenge was for 365 days - which totally freaked me out - so I signed on for 31 days of January. Every day I make art. In the form of an inchie....a square inch. So far, I have 7 of them. It's pretty fun. I might actually sign on for the rest of the year!  I've made it part of our whole day - "I have to go make my inchie now" and everyone says, "okay", and once I'm in the Fun Room it's much easier to stay there!

I've made a couple of recent posts showing my favorite projects and my favorite journal spreads. If you have a moment, take a look!

Hope you have a lovely week ahead and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!


  1. Happy New Year Sara, hope it's full of fun, health, happiness and crafty mayhem!! I can't tell you how many times I've launched into a new project and it hasn't worked....I have to tell myself to read the instructions or look at a tutorial...and that does not come easy to me! I am a natural recipe ignorer, pattern alterer and general rebel, lol!! Perseverance is a hard word for me :-)
    Have you got this dreadfully cold weather too ? I can't even imagine the minus temps that some folks have talked about today! Stay warm and practise that Gelli plate :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 2 xx

  2. I have never used a gelli plate, or seen one used but hear about them all the time! love the sheet you have made. your desk looks so fun! Lx

  3. And this is why I stay away from impulse purchases lol! I have looked at those plates and said ohh, ahhh and I know I'd get it home and try and make a far, far worse mess then you did! Good luck with them and personally I kinda like your mess!
    Angie #81

  4. I'm so happy that you enjoyed my "21 Secrets" class, Sara AND that I could help you find that bracelet!!! LOL!!! Thanks so much for your blog visit and very caring comment. You've made my heart sing. I love knowing that you've embraced a lot of new techniques and are using them for very colorful beginning to the New Year. BTW - I truly enjoyed your previous post with all of your journal spreads. I also had to chuckle when I read your first reaction to your first Gelli plate project!!! I felt the exact same way!!! I remember thinking: "Is THIS what the big fuss is about?" LOL!!! Have a very colorful and wonderful New Year!!! Warm hugs! Terri ♥

  5. I broke down and bought all the supplies and made my own gelli plate this week. It is 9"x13" and cost me less then $5 to make! Easy if you want a larger one and I have heard it doesn't mold. I am going to do a blog post on it soon as I can play with it! Love the look of your desk. How can a desk be productive and be so neat and clean. Thanks for Sharing....Vickie #104

  6. Hi Sara
    I am another one new to the gelli plate and have only had it out once so I need to make some time for it. Your pink piece is lovely was that done using the gelli plate.
    Your tin is beautiful it is so pretty
    Have a great WOYWW today and enjoy the rest of your week
    Hugs Ria #6

  7. Gorgeous tin and loads of washi tape too, have fun with your gelli plate, I've not been taken by this technique YET! Thanks for the visit yesterday BJ#21

  8. No gelli page can be a disaster, they are all works of art in the making, just add more layers and they work out brilliant in the end. I do love the masterpiece you finished, excellent work and those rings perfect. I did inchies years ago and loved them, but I don't think I could go back to them, maybe one day. Good luck with the challenge and thanks for visiting.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 32

  9. Hi Sara,

    I have resisted all temptation to get a gelli plate! I do love the design you came up with - you just made it your own using the techniques you know - and look how GREAT it came out! I love the tin. I've been saving my Altoid tins and have only altered one. I love the distressed look of yours. On your desk I couldn't help but notice the woman with the pasties! I see you only used her face on the tin. tee hee

    Oh, and yes please save your bottle caps! I will be happy to reimburse you for any mailing cost and make you a pair of earrings, if you'd like a pair. I don't drink beer but I might start going down the beer aisle and look at the bottle caps, buy it and tell my friend to empty the bottles for me!

    It sounds like you had a great holiday full of family and friends. I've only been to Alaska once and that was on an inside passage cruise (Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord and Victoria, BC). It was the first week of June and we were the only cruise ship in the ports - it was perfect. I would love to go back some day and explore the interior of the state. Where are you located?

    Thank you for visiting me. And thank you for offering to save some bottlecaps!!

    Happy WOYWW!
    Peace, Kay (42)

  10. You can't even get gelli plates over here in South Africa, but they look like fun. I think its the same with every new tool, you just have to persevere and keep trying, eventually you won't know how you ever lived without it.
    I love the page you did, the colours are super!
    Happy belated WOYWW!
    Tertia #50

  11. Hi Sara! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind words! Have fun creating!!!

  12. I think you're so right about the Gelli plate needing perseverance - I was disappointed too at first, but finally got somewhere. You got there quicker than me - I love your layered version. The little tin is so cute - do we get to see some of the inchies?! Please?
    Alison xx

  13. Great post, Sara! I'm sorry I'm so late this week, but I'm happy to say that Mister is feeling better, so he's outside doing a bit of cleaning up of the odd leaf. I'm sorry that your first attempts at the peanut butter and Gelli plate didn't work for you. It is all WAY over my head, so I'm of no use, but I'll bet lots of these other creative WOYWWers will have advice for you. Your tried and true method turned out ace!!

    And wow, good for you to have a dedicated inchie project, maybe for the whole year! Guaranteed time each day in the Fun Room is an awesome start to 2014 for you!! Happy Belated WOYWW and thank you for coming to visit me! Enjoy the rest of the week!! Hugs, Darnell #12

  14. I'm sorry your first "go" with the gelli plate was frustrating. You should give yourself a pat on the back for being brave and trying new techniques. I know Julie Fei-Fan Balzer does a lot with her gelli plate, but I don't know whether she's got any "how to" videos or anything. The inchie project sounds really fun. It's hard to stick to anything every day -- other than eating and sleeping. ha, ha. Happy WOYWW a week late. ~ Laura #96 on this week's list

  15. Hi Sara! I am so glad that you gifted yourself with a gelli plate and didn't 'to give up after a few first failed attempts. A tually, not failed attempts, maybe just perfect right off the bat. :). I wanted to thank you so much for your inspiring comments you left on my blog. It makes me so happy to know that I inspire you and that it meant enough for you to leave a comment. I also love the sentiment you left on my comment about change being a good thing. I am excited about what may lie ahead. Congrats on your new house! I really hope we will be able to start ours this spring . Love, Candy

  16. Love your desk! Looks messy but it's art mess which is fab ;)

  17. Hi fellow Desker! Great print! I've heard it takes some practicing to get prints off the gelli plate that meet your expectations. I'm afraid I've been concentrating on my stash room purge and upcoming sale, so I'm a few sessions behind in CJS. And I've another online class starting on the 20th. Are you keeping up with CJS? I hope to be back to normal participation on WOYWW and blog visiting next month. Happy WOYWW! Nan G #9 a bit late


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