Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Dancing in the Rain and a Giveaway!



Welcome to the "Embrace the Rain" Stencil Test Drive, using my Rain Stencil from Stencil Girl.



and featuring the amazing creativity of:


On Wednesday, I am off to Art-Is-You in Nashville. The Art-Is-You retreats are nurturing, full of creativity, and lots of fun.  I wanted to have a special journal to record my time there, and decided to make one for this test drive! 

I was inspired to make the journal in the shape of a cloud because I was using the Rain stencil, and I'll be on Cloud 9 at Art-Is-You!


Here's a quick video to show you how I made it.


I hope this inspires you to create your own journal.  All you need are some old boxes, paper, duct tape, a rubber band, paint and stamps, and a playful attitude!  I got the idea to make a duct tape journal from watching Diana Trout's wonderful videos here and here, and to use the grocery boxes from Jennibelle's terrific cereal box tutorial here


Don't forget to visit  

to see how they used the Rain Stencil!

GIVEAWAY ANNOUNCEMENTS:  The winner of my flying tulips stencil from the Windows and Doors Stencil Test Drive is Chandra Merod of Juniper Goods!  Congratulations Chandra.  Send your snail mail address to jessicabethsporn (at) gmail (dot) com and I will send it right out to you!

And comment on this post by Sunday for a chance to win one of my handmade journals (the one with the rubber band and yellow duct tape binding in the video).  Let me know you follow my blog and Facebook page for extra chances to win!

Linking to Simon Says Stamp and Show, Anything Goes, and Glue it Tuesday at Artsyville.

Thank you for visiting! I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can.

58 comments:

  1. what an amazing form and wonderful to see how to do such a journal Jessica!
    Fab!

    thank you once again!

    xxx Susi
    ART-JOURNAL-JOURNEY

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    1. Hi Susi -- You are the winner of my handmade journal! Send your snail mail address to me at jessicabethsporn (at) gmail (dot) com and I will send it to you!

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  2. I'm new to you and your blog, and now I am intrigued! Is it to be that my art will take a side trip after this visit?

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  3. Love your new stencil and the test drive! Will have to rewatch the video .
    I do follow you rblog - love your art!

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  4. Thank you for the great video! I love the stencil and the girls on it. And thanks for the opportunity to win your great journal! I follow your blog for several months and i am really inspired by it!

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  5. What a wonderful and rich work! I am really touched!

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  6. Congratulations to Chandra!
    Thanks for the chance to win one of your journals!

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  7. Love how you came up with the cloud shape. :) Just wonderful! I love this stencil. :)

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  8. I'm a follower and now I'm checking out the video.

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  9. Nice journal. Its a wee bit fast but I can go back and hit pause when I want to see better. Thanks

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    1. Hi Elle - thanks for letting me know about the speed. It's good feedback.

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  10. That was a great video Jessica. You are so creative. I love the unique shape of your journal and the way you recycle food boxes for the covers. Nice work all around!

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  11. Awesome! Thanks for sharing your creativity, Jessica! I love your videos and adding your ideas to my bag of tricks! Hugs, Stacey

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  12. Beautiful as always Ms. Jessica! Have a fantabulous time on your adventure! Can't wait to hear about your journey. Hugs!

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  13. WOW Jessica what a great stencils and a great work. I love this stencil very very much and it is so nice to work with that.
    Marvelous
    Lovely greet Marja
    (marjascreativity)

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  14. Beautiful indeed! Love the cover and all your special journaling spots. Have a wonderful trip!

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  15. I happen to love the rain so this is one of my fave stencils of yours Jessica! You've created such a wonderful journal for your Art Is You trip. I'm sure you're going to have an awesome time-enjoy!

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  16. Jessica...gorgeous stencil! I love your art journal pages as well. Each one so beautifully designed and I adore the colors. Thanks for sharing your lovely stencil and your amazing uses for it at Simon Says Stamp and Show. I'm off to check out Marjie's blog. She's so fun! <3 Candy

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  17. WOW! What a cool journal!!! I love the cloud shape and how you used the stencil! I love love love it!

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  18. Amazing journal and what fun to make!! Have a wonderful trip!

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  19. Standing and Applauding, my friend.. that was fantastic. Speed was great, as I know us filming and editing folks have to cut down on the time too. The notes you wrote were perfect. What a great book to bring with you. Wish I were going too.

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  20. As I shared on facebook,great video and I love this journal and how you made all those shaped pages. Inspiration in the rain - fab. xox

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  21. What a treasure! Thank you for making this vid.
    I really like "seeing" other people work and what their desk looks like.

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  22. You've been busy! Looks awesome!

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  23. Enjoyed watching this video, I have never really made a journal before and I feel so ready to start one now!!! Thanks for inspiring....

    Pam V.

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  24. how cute. The journal looks like it's made from fabric, but by the list you have, it isn't! Anyway, good luck with the stencils - a favorite product of mine to use! {:-Deb

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  25. Fun journal, and I love the recycling! (if I followed your idea and did gesso when I have a few piled up I might be better about trying to make these! lol). Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial, and for the inspiration! hugs, Kimberly

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  26. Fab stencil, and you made a book...wow!!! Every page is great, and I love the tuck away places!

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  27. Such a sweet mini-art-journal... love the collages and tiny bits and figures on the pages!

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  28. Your little journal is wonderful.

    I absolutely positively LOVE that new stencil!

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  29. Hi, Jessica, and thanks for the tutorial on making your fab mini. It will make the perfect journal for recording the special moments that are about to happen at Art-is-You (Corrine told me about it, but it was too soon for me to attend--planning on it next year!) I am loving your stencils. I have LIKED you on fb and already follow your blog! Also have had your "thingy" on my sidebar on my blog for a few months!

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  30. Hi, again, Jessica...just visited the Stencil Girl website and did a bit of shopping, but your RAIN stencil is not yet on the site. Do you know how long it will be before its up for sale? There are a few that I want, but don't want to order now and then pay for shipping again when RAIN is available...not cheap, just "thrifty"! ;-) Kay

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  31. oh, I fall in love with black and white one...

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  32. BEAUTIFUL WORK! Thanks so much for linking up with us over at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

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  33. Love the form of the journals. We used to make things like this when I was teaching, and thoise kids were always so proud of their own, specially shaped journals. Valerie

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  34. I follow your blog and Facebook. Love your stencils.

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  35. Very talented with creating wonderful stencils and love the notebook ~ Have a splendid at your art workshop ~ am sure you will ~ Enjoy ^_^

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  36. Dear Jessica,
    your rain stencil is looking amazing. I love the look and your Picture. Also I think the Colors black and blue are in a perfect harmony.
    Happy PPF and hugs
    Erika

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  37. Great video! Your journal is gorgeous.. I'm so happy to learn about the duct tape binding idea, and using rubber bands, too. I've made a few cereal box journals a'la Jenniebellie, but it's nice to see other options. Thank you!!

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  38. Love the journal! Just goes to show how creative artists can be. The new stencil is great! Have fun at your retreat. Happy PPF!

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  39. always good to reuse packaging and loved how you used yours, fab video Jessica. Also love your journal and all its great pages. That is certainly a wonderful stencil. Have a great time at the retreat. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  40. I LOVE that journal! I also love the stencil. Partly because, well, my name is Raine!

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  41. like the cloud journal. great idea.

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  42. like the cloud journal. great idea.

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  43. Beautiful use of the new stencil, Jessica. Have fun at the art retreat!

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  44. Excellent tutorial...I have made one similar but this is sooo much easier!! Great job...and I might use my fancy duct tape from micheals for it!! Thanks very fun post it turned out beautiful!! Have fun on your trip!

    Hugs Giggles

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  45. Love your tutorial and stencils! <3

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  46. The tutorial was inspiring enough ! I love rain and so the journal with the cloud and the dancing girl is my favorite ...lovely :)

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  47. Love the journal - the stencil. I would be on cloud 9 as well - HPPF

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  48. what a fun retreat that sounds like - and Nashville's not terribly far from me. Rad journal! Will look at video tout suite

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  49. LOVELY stencil - I love the energy in them - and good luck with your trip! xoox

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  50. What a cute and fun little journal!! Thanks for the fun blog hop! I love following your facebook, and I've sent a subscription request in to your blog!

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  51. Love these stencils, especially the silhouette of the girl.Your journals are wonderful. I should come back and check the video and try to make one like this.Thank you for sharing.

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  52. I am so glad I found your site....thanks to Nathalie! I have an addiction to stencils and yours are fabulous!! Dancing in the rain is a must! Thanks for the video on how you make your journals. I have tons of those Starbucks cup thingies saved and now have a way to use them up!! And I never ever would have thought of using the pasta box...thanks and I look forward to following your blog.

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