Introducing Jan Garber

We’d love you to meet new BlogStar Jan Garber! She’s sent us a clever post today to remind you of our July Challenge – Citrus Colors. Be sure to check out our Challenge post for the linky tool where you can link your own creations.
Plus – Join us tomorrow and all next week when we play with clear resin and our stamps. Wow…you won’t believe what we’ve made!
Here’s Jan:
What wonderful colors for SUMMER!

Lime Green, Lemon Yellow, and Orange!

The challenge for the month of July here at Stampendous Impressions is to use the refreshing colors of
That’s what I have done in this Garden Journal made for my friend who lives in Iowa!

I am originally from the St. Louis area, and 15 years ago I relocated to Arizona.  A friend I went to high school with, also moved. But she went north to Des Moines. She still enjoys the Spring and Summer flowers in her backyard garden, while I sit indoors and watch the cactus out my window! (LOL!) I DO get to have a chuckle in the winter, however, when she texts to say she’s shoveling two feet of snow from her driveway! 🙂

It is my hope that she fills this journal with tons of photos and memories! 
I started with a blank 6 x 6 canvas mini album cover and back.
I began by covering the back canvas piece with pattern paper, being careful to fold it over
the edges and glue securely.  I cut a piece of “solid” paper to cover the inside and the cut edges of
the pattern paper. Next, I punched the holes for the 1″ bookrings.
I decided that I wanted to make dividers for the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons.
So I cut 3 acrylic pieces from recycled packaging and again punched the holes for the bookrings. It wasn’t
until I had all of the insert sheets cut to size that I rounded all of the corners.

Please excuse the reflection in the sheets.

The day was overcast and cloudy
and I HAD to get my photos taken before continuing!
I then stamped a Jumbo Cling
onto the front of each of the clear dividers!

Next, I carefully considered what information my friend would want to include.
I printed these on my computer, then cut to size, rounded the corners, and punched the holes.
This should enable her to keep a nice record of what needs to be purchased or done at the beginning of
each season.  I included two each of the
“Growing in my garden:” sheets for each section,
knowing that she has soooo very many gorgeous plants and flowers in her yard!
(I also printed lots of extras for her to use in the coming years!
I made three of these pocketed inserts to be used behind the acrylic pages as background for the
stamped see-through flower images.  Any additional infomation can be kept here, such as
receipts for plants or idea photos.

CD pocket for a “Virtual Tour” of the garden!


I stamped the Jumbo Tiger Lily onto the canvas front in brown Momento and
heat embossed with “Dark Bark” Stampendous embossing
.The look was amazing! It really popped right off the canvas!(Of course, I forgot in my excitement to color it, to take a photo!)

This is what the finished Copics colored image looks like! Can you completely blend on the textured
canvas? No, not really, but I drew my markers across the image carefully, pulling the color to the inside
from the outer edge, and it turned out surprisingly well!
To add some soft color around the image, I air brushed in green and yellow.

NOW, to put it all together!

Topping off the prettiness (is that a word?), I sprinkled Color Fragments

and Glass Glitter in
several hues.

A tiny, sheer butterfly has found a wonderful place to land, and the soft ribbons and lace
make for the finishing touch!

I can’t wait to see this album in a year and see what gorgeous memories she has stored there!

And I can relive the gardens I miss, too!

Thanks for joining me for this fun project!

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