Getting Artsy with StencilGirl and PaperArtsy



The Holiday season is here and I can't believe it is almost 2017! I think it's true what they say... "time flies when you get older". This year has definitely flown by so I'm looking ahead to the new year with creative anticipation. My goal is to make more time for my art in 2017. More time to just play and explore!

One of the ways I love to lose myself in creativity is working with wonderful products from companies like StencilGirl and PaperArtsy, and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the Blog Hop! (Make sure you read all the way to the bottom for details on an awesome giveaway!)


With the idea in mind that I needed a cute little notebook to start jotting down my creative ideas for 2017, I created this little notebook to stick in my purse. I had so much fun combining products from StencilGirl and PaperArtsy to create this inspiring, but simple little notebook.

Here's how I did it...

Supplies I used:

Small Composition Notebook, old book page, Fresco Acrylic Paint in Chartreuse and London Bus, Sea of Sciffs Mini StencilInky Circles Stencil, Ebony Prismacolor Pencil, Ink Pad, White Gel Pen, White Gesso, Glue Stick, Vintage piece of fabric.

Let's get started...


First adhere an old book page to the front and back of a composition notebook. I glued the pages down with a glue stick and then trimmed around the edges.


Apply a thin coat of gesso over the book page. I used an old credit card to scrape it on to get some texture and a messy look.


Stencil random placed shapes on the front and back with the Sea of Sciffs Mini Stencil from StencilGirl and Chartreuse Fresco Acrylic Paint from PaperArsty.


Then add random marks of paint with a palette knife.


Accent your stencil shapes with a sketch pencil. Don't worry about being perfect, just make fun sketchy lines.


With ink and the Eclectica {Everything Art} 03 stamp from Paper Artsy add images to the front and back cover.


With the London Bus Fresco Acrylic Paint from PaperArtsy add some color to your stamped images.


Add more stencil shapes with the Inky Circles Stencil and white paint and the Chartreuse paint.


Add a stamped word to the front of your cover with Eclectica {Everything Art} 03 stamp from Paper Artsy.


Add more detail around the edge of the cover with a the Chartreuse paint and sketch pencil.


Glue a piece of fabric to the spine to coordinate with your paint colors. I used a piece of vintage fabric. You could also paint the spine or use decorative tape.


Add some additional detail with a white gel pen and sketch pencil.


I had so much fun creating this little notebook! The stamps and stencils made a great combination! I love how the Fresco paint from PaperArtsy is translucent so you can see the layers underneath the paint.


I hope you enjoy trying this little project with some wonderful products from StencilGirl and PaperArtsy!


Be sure and visit the rest of the blogs on the blog hop for some wonderful projects and a giveaway! Keep reading below for all the details.


GIVEAWAY One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win! The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! (One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments. Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.

Blog Hop Order:

Dec. 21
Kim Dellow
Mary C. Nasser
Gwen Lafleur

Dec. 22
Jo Firth Young
Lauren Hatwell
Kristie Taylor
Tina Walker

Dec. 23
Clare Lloyd
Lin Brown
Anna Friesen
Janet Joehlin

Dec. 24
Kay Carley
Emma Godfrey
Cindy Gilstrap (You are here)
Karen Gaunt

Thank you so much for stopping by! Merry Christmas and Happy Blog Hopping!