Sunday, August 2, 2015

Road Trip Summer 2015

Before I share my grand
summer road trip,
This is what I've been working 
on since my return home. 
This is the cover of one of 
the journals I will be featuring
in my next on-line workshop.
I've been putting most of my 
art time into getting all the
samples made and taking oodles 
of photographs of everything. 

It's been far too long since I've updated
my home here on the web. 
I'm blowing off the dust and
pulling down the cobwebs.

It's been a busy summer.
We; my daughter, her boyfriend and I
(hubby sat this one out at home)
 began the season with a jam 
packed, whirlwind trip west.

***all photos courtesy Brittney LaFond***

In a week's time; we drove from our 
home in Minnesota to Denver Colorado.
(our first time there)
with brief pit stops in Iowa and Nebraska.
While in Colorado we visited
Denver, Boulder and Golden.
From there we flew to Las Vegas Nevada.
Mountain vistas far below.
(my 2nd time there and my daughter and her boyfriend's first)
We spent 4 day's in Vegas
at the Luxor Hotel.
We spent time walking the strip and seeing the sites.
had an outrageous time on Fremont Street 
and drove to the Hoover Dam 
which is pretty darn awesome.

And on our last day in Vegas we drove 
to Los Angeles, California.

We attended CineGear Expo at Paramount Studios.
(CineGear is a trade show for the television and movie industry)

We visited Santa Monica Pier

and ate dinner ocean-side at an awesome restaurant
and then watched the sunset on Venice Beach,
which was quiet; a surprise since
we'd been told to expect it to be crowded.

 We only had a handful of hours for our visit to 
California so we kept within one area 
and made the best of it.
We saw a lot of it from the car,
driving briefly through the iconic
Beverly Hills, seeing the 
giant 'Hollywood' sign way off in the distance,
past streets I knew by name but 
had never been on in person. 

Seeing with my eyes and gathering 
sweet memories that will remain 
in my heart for a very long time.
I want to go back sooner than later.

We drove back to Las Vegas, grabbed a few hours 
of sleep and then hopped on a plane 
back to Denver where we spent another night
and then drove back to Minnesota the next day 
We arrived home at about 2 in the morning,
exhausted. We had a fun filled adventure.
I'd do it again in a heart beat.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Coming Soon!!!!

Coming Soon!
Infinity and Eternity
The Class.
One journal 
8 spines all inter-connected
holding 80 pages.


One Journal
16 spines all inter-connected
holding 160 pages.

In my newest class offering
I will be teaching how to make
each of these journal styles in both an
all paper construction; no sewing required
as well as my original sewn 
constructions in each design.

Both of these journals have been featured in
Stampington's publication 
Art Journaling magazine.
The soon to be released
Summer 2015 issue
featuring Infinity
which will be available in July
and the 
Winter 2015 past issue 
featuring Eternity.

Stay Tuned. Details soon.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Chirp 2

Another little 'Chirp' journal 
is flying the coop.

It's been a dreary weekend
so I've been keeping myself busy.

Rainy days are very inspiring 
and I get a lot done.

Hope you are all 
having a wonderful 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Unexpected Accidental Fragment Birds


These 2, sweet little birds 
were unexpected, unplanned 
and accidental.

They started as fragment leftovers 
from another project I was work on.
As they fell to the table, I saw birds
and now they grace the cover on this-

It is 10.5" tall and is 8.5" wide and 
has 10 fabric hinge pages of
140 LB watercolor paper bound inside.

There is a fabric pocket on both the 
inside of the front and back covers 
of the journal and tucked in each is 
a packet of collage bits and 
paper elements to get you inspired.

This journal is now in my Etsy shop. 

I'll be creating these smaller journals 
through out the summer months.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tapestry Fragment Journals With Fire-starters

My newest journal creations.
These journals are a 
rich tapestry of 
textures and colors; 
layers and layers of 
fabric and tactile goodness. 

They feel wonderful to hold 
and are a delight to look at. 
They are constructed almost 
exclusively from scraps.

The cover is repurposed denim which 
is covered and stitched with layers of fabrics 
that I hand painted, stained and distressed. 
It is fabric I've saved over the years; simply
waiting for the best project to use it for and 
these journals were it. 
I then added another layer of fabric bits that
have been sewn together which add even
more texture to the covers. 

Of course I had to add a couple of pockets
to the inside covers to hold stuff 
and then chose to bind papers into
each one. 

I added a variety of both plain watercolor papers 
along with heavy wieght pages harvested from books 
to create the pages for this journal. 
These pages were bound fabric hinge style.
I filled this journal with 140lb watercolor paper, 
then bound the pages in pamphlet style, each 
folio is reinforced with a fabric hinge for added durability.
The journal and the pages will handle mixed media applications very well. It is a sturdy handful of a journal. 

I've included and eclectic collection 
of paper bits and ephemera harvested
from a variety of books and magazines. 
They include both vintage and new papers 
which can be used on the pages. 

I call these bits of paper 'fire' starters. 
Something to get on the page to ignite and inspire 
your creative energy.
'fire-starters' packet
Another little packet of paper stuff
just for fun lives in the back pocket.
This journal is up for adoption in my Etsy shop. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Off- LIne

I'm going to be 
off-line for a 
couple of days, 
working an event.
See you all 
on the flip side.
Have an awesome

Life With A Photographer In The House

It's everywhere I look.
This is what our home often looks like before a shoot. 
This is our living room....sometimes.
That giant tent like thing is a soft box.
Behind it sits are not so small TV,
though it looks to be doll housed size here.
And if you look closely you'll 
find our dog Fibi, who looks tiny,
she is small but not that small!!!

Everything in the room 
is dwarfed by that  
 massive light fixture. 

I believe these lights are
for contacting aliens on other planets. 
They are huge.
Ah see this. I knew it.
Alien life form.
(a.k.s also known as Scott)
Brittney's cinematographer boyfriend 
messing around.

Those black boxes on the floor.
They were used to fire up the lights 
and was pretty sure the house was
gonna explode. 
If anyone has a studio space
that they can lease for cheap,
or barter for, let me know.
I'll happily pass on the information.
#I want my living room back!!!!

All photos courtesy Brittney LaFond