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Whimsical Christmas Tree

Good morning everyone!  I’ve got a new art journal page for you today, created using Basically Bare’s 5×7 Artful Journal.  The watercolor pages are nice and thick and colors do not bleed through to the other side.  I actually saturated this page with color.

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  1. Stamp the stars using embossing liquid and then emboss with silver powder.
  2. Spray Ink Spot (by Art Anthology) or another dark ink onto your page, blotting and drying until you’ve reached the depth of color you are going for.
  3. Stamp your tree with Versafine ink onto a piece of paper, emboss with clear embossing powder, and cut out, leaving a wide margin.  I painted mine with Art Anthology Ferrari and Parakeet Sorbet.  I embossed the star with silver embossing powder.
  4. Add a trunk cut from a piece of paper and color with a dark brown paint.
  5. Die cut holly and snowflakes from cardstock.  I painted the holly leaves and then embossed with clear powder.  The snowflakes were embossed with silver powder.
  6. Stamp Merry Christmas in black ink and then emboss with green embossing powder.  Adhere everything to the page.
  7. I outlined Merry Christmas with a white pen.  I had also outlined the tree with a red paint pen but went back over it with a white pen.  Next I outlined the holly leaves and snowflakes with a black Micron pen.
  8. Finally, outline the page with a red paint pen.

You are done!

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Until later………………

Supplies Used:
Basically Bare 5 x 7 Arful Binder
Art Anthology Ink Spot Colorations
Art Anthology Ferrari and Parakeet Sorbet
Technique Junkies Star Power and Merry Christmas 2 stamps
Sizzix Movers and Shapers Mini Pine Tree & Holly Set and Mini Snowflakes Set
Clear Embossing Powder
Silver Embossing Powder
Red Sharpie Paint Pen
Micron 03 Black Pen
White Pen


Hello everyone.  Today I have one of the scalloped tags we carry that I want to share with you, along with some of the embellishments.

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I used the white side of one of the cardboard scalloped tags and sprayed it with Art Anthology Glorious and Peacock Feathers.  Next I stenciled on some Art Anthology Figi using a square stencil.

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I painted two of our Bird embellishments (one chipboard, one felt) and then added a paisley stencil that I outlined in black marker to make it stand out.

The sentiment if from Technique Junkies and was stamped using black Versafine ink.

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Supplies Used:
Basically Bare Scalloped Tags
Basically Bare Bird Diecuts
Art Anthology Colorations
Art Anthology Velvet
Technique Junkies Wings of Possibilities Stamp
Faber Castell Big Brush Marker
Square Stencil
Paisley Stencil

Until later……….

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Journal Cover Fun

Hi everyone!   I wanted to share some of the different ways I’ve decorated the covers of my Basically Bare Art Journals.

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This is the front and back of one of my 6×9 watercolor journals.

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I’m working on creating random backgrounds by adding any paint, mists, stencils, stamps, etc., that I might be trying or have left over after a project.  I’m getting some interesting backgrounds to use as future journal pages whenever I turn this into a true art journal.

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This is the front and back of one of my 5×7 watercolor journals.

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I’m already using it as an art journal.

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And these are the inside covers of the above journal.

What have YOU done in your journal lately?  Do you use it to note special events in your life or as a daily diary?  Maybe you use it as I do as either a way to create a specific project or as a place to put all your excess paint left on your craft mat after a project.  Whatever you do with them, art journals are all about YOU.

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Basically Bare 5×7 Art Journal
Basically Bare 6×9 Art Journal

Until later………..


Ordinary Moments Mixed Media Card

Good morning everyone!  Marilyn here and today I have a project I created with a couple of our Mixed Media Cards for our Mixed Media Card Set.

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I started out with the 3×4 acrylic card and stamped Lover’s Silhoutte from Technique Junkies using black StazOn.  Next, I took one of the 4×6 cardboard cards and removed the top surface, leaving the corrugated cardboard showing.  This I gesso’d then sprayed with Art Anthology Plush.  To make the butterfly, I used the Sizzix BigZ Butterfly Die with Texture Fade.  I then brushed on Art Anthology Juicy, Patience, and Plush.

I misted the entire thing (except for the acrylic) with Gold Fairy Dust and then added my sentiment, curtesy of Paper Artsy.

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Basically Bare Mixed Media Cards Set:  Acrylic and Cardboard
Art Anthology Colorations:  Plush, Patience, Juicy
Art Anthology Fairy Dust:  Gold
Technique Junkies:  Lover’s Silhouette
Paper Artsy:  Bricks and Mortar 1
Sizzix BigZ Die:  Butterflies with Texture Fade

Until later……………………

Find Your Voice

Hi hi, Kristin here sharing an incredibly exciting project that I have going on, a free six-week storytelling workshop: Find Your Voice 2015. Throughout this workshop, I’ll be showcasing one of my favorite Basically Bare products — the 6×9 Artful Binder.

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Find Your Voice 2015 is my FREE six-week summer storytelling workshop. The workshop is free to all, and you can resister at rukristin classes to access all of the classroom content. I’ll be using my Basically Bare Artful Binder throughout the workshop, but you can use any supplies that inspire you.

If you’re not an Artful Binder girl — I highly recommend the art journals, or the Tiny Tabs album; all available in the Basically Bare retail shop.

My workshop begins July 1st and new lessons will be released each Wednesday. Each lesson will be a mix of written content, photographs, worksheets, and creative projects. Each lesson ends with a challenge to help you start using the lesson right away in your creative storytelling journey.

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I kind of maybe agonized over the album for a solid month. How could I possibly decide the perfect base album for this kit, when the Find Your Voice workshop is supposed to be about discovering your unique storytelling voice? When I finally resolved that there was absolutely no way that I could come up with a universal perfect choice, I picked out an album that was easy to personalize and totally make your own.

The star of my project — the Basically Bare Artful Binder — is made from very very sturdy chipboard and will take excellently to any medium you might want to apply. It can be painted, inked, papered, stickered, washi-ed, penciled, markered — or just left blank, natural and beautiful. I personally will be papering mine up a bunch.

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The pages of the album are also just so awesome. There are tabbed chipboard pieces, watercolor paper, and clear acrylic ‘paper’ — I’ll be sharing tips, tricks, and techniques for each of these mediums — over the summer. Acrylic pages are my favorite and I can’t wait to share some of my absolute favorite layering techniques.

The album can be held vertically or horizontally, whichever you prefer. For this project, Find Your Voice 2015, I’m going to be using my album horizontally. I’ll be covering the chipboard inserts with the 12×12 patterned paper. I’ve already prepped my watercolor pages with watercolor edging in colors that match my papers.

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Grab your favorite Basically Bare products and Join me in the Find Your Voice Classroom this summer!

Hi, I’m Kristin (aka rukristin) and I’m a feminist scrapbooker, lady-blogger, and community organizer. I believe that as a woman, telling your story is both a radical and empowering act. I personally document my story with iPhone photos, colorful paper, and unique memorabilia. When I’m not working in my studio, designing products, instagramming, teaching classes, or packing orders in my shop, you’ll find me playing all the games and critiquing way too much pop-culture in my awesome mid-century home in East Lansing, Michigan. Find me at rukristin.com or @rukristin on instagram and twitter.

Gratitude Mini Album

Hi everyone!  Marilyn here today to share one of Basically Bare’s great albums.  For today’s project, I used the Oh So Mini Tabbed Album.  This is a great ringed album and you can personalize it with your choice of a variety of materials (chipboard, felt, watercolor paper, and/or acrylic).  For mine, I chose to go with all chipboard.

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I used a Farm House 6×6 paper pad to cover all my pages.

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I used mini Cabinet Card frames. and Found Relatives from Tim Holtz, and stickers from my stash.

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An assortment of rub-ons, Tim Holtz Photobooth Vintage Photos, and journaling tags.

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These albums can function as mini-scrapbooks, art journals, or photo albums.

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Or you can do what I did and just have fun with them.

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I always leave the backs of my albums plain.  In this case, I added white rub-ons to the top two corners and the middle bottom.

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Until later……………………

Looky! Looky! Peek-A-Boo! I See a Basically Bare Burly-Q!

AlbumShotPage2When I first saw the “Wonky WIndows” mini album from the Basically Bare catalog’s Mixed Media Spiral-Bound Album section (page 2) here, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I have a large collection of turn of the 20th-century burlesque dancers and comediennes and thought the windows looked like the “peep holes” in an early burlesque house. So, away I went!

The album has a variety of materials used as pages – corrugated cardboard, frosted acrylic, canvas, chipboard, and cardboard. It’s fun to decide how to use each one.

BurlesqueAlbum1I took the spiral binder off the pages so that I could move the color all the way to the edge of the pages – but you wouldn’t have to – I also found it easier to work on the pages as flat individual pieces rather than as an album. But again, that choice would be up to you. The Basically Bare album gives you a  lot of options as to how you want to best use them to suit your own way of creating.



BurlesqueAlbum4On the right side of this page, I made a mini-collage of naughty nineties ladies and used them on a Basically Bare medium sized dress form embellishment. These can be found on page 7 in the catalog’s Mixed Media Embellishments section. Remember, you’ll need to register in order to see the prices and place an order – but there’s no obligation to sign up!

DressFormsPage7BurlesqueAlbum5There are three pages (frosted acrylic, canvas and chipboard) which do not have window cut into them. It is your choice whether to separate the wonky window pages with these “spacers” or do as I did, which is put them all together at the end of the album

BurlesqueAlbum6I have to admit – I was looking forward to creating an all fabric transferred image-on-fabric collage on the canvas page – but I discovered my sewing machine must have been dropped in my recent move (darn those “Two Studs With a Moving Van” dudes!) and didn’t work. So I had to use regular fabric glue to put my images on the canvas. It worked beautifullly – and I did a little self-fringing of the canvas around the edges – but I missed being able to do some stitching for a change of pace!

BurlesqueAlbum7For me, one of the fun things about the acrylic pages is to find a way to use both sides of the page without the back sides of the images on one side showing through on the others. It’s a fun, easy challenge – like a children’s puzzle on a paper placemat in family restaurant!

BurlesqueAlbum8On my backpage, I chose to put a very brief history of burlesque – which actually started with Aristophanes (446-386BC)  – so it’s true when they say there is nothing new under the sun! However, the bawdy ladies that we think of as burlesque dancers and comics came into popularity at the turn of the twentieth century.


Because I found this album so difficult to photograph, I made a very short (minute-and-a-half) video of the pages turning so that you can see the images peeking through the wonky windows. Hope you enjoy it! You can see it here.

I thank you for visiting – and I hope you enjoyed our brief little tour through the wonky window world of turn of the century burlesque with Basically Bare!

Pick up the Basically Bare products I used in today’s layout, and the full line of Basically Bare embellishments, albums, and more at www.basicallybare.com/shop. You will need to register in order to see the prices and place your order!

See you next time!

Tristan                                       BadicallyBare


What the Heck Do I Do With All These ATC’s?


We’ve all been there. Realizing we’ve been swapping ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards) for a decade or longer – and having received literally hundreds if not thousands of wonderful miniature works of art – and having absolutely no idea what to do with them. They definitely must be saved – they’re far too precious and beautiful to be thrown away – and stuffing them out of sight in shoe boxes and the like in closets just doesn’t do them justice.

That’s when I discovered the Basically Bare Mixed Media Spiral Bound Album “Tiny Tabs.” This 5 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ wide wire spiral bound album is constructed of chipboard and acrylic tabbed pages. And, because I was going to use the album to showcase other art work I didn’t use the album to its full potential, it is strong and resilient and will take sprays and inks and almost every medium you can throw on it! I only used soft gel medium to adhere printed papers to the chipboard pages.

I had just received a PLP swap (Pocket Letter Pal), so I had a collection of nine ATC’s from one person (Tammy van Erp of Canada) which all went together beautifully, and I decided to combine them with the provocative words of poet JP Bloch. I printed out the poems I wanted to include on black cardstock and ran them through the Heidi Swapp Minc machine and gold foiled the writing. It doesn’t show up at all well in the photos, but it’s a knock out in person!


I chose to trim the bottom edge of each page, but it’s not necessary, I just liked the way it looked…and enjoyed the way it felt being held in the hand.

Here are a few photos of the other pages of Tammy and Jon’s work being showcased in the Tiny Tabs album. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s the perfect album for storing and showing off your collection of ATC’s (or small photographs).

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The acrylic tab pages are just terrific to divide your album into sections if you would like (I used them them to separate the different areas of life the poems in each section pertained) – or you could use them like the other pages and have an addition tab to add a note or journaling.



One of the other super things about the Tiny Tabs album that I just love is the way the album is constructed, which makes it possible to ‘fan’ open and display as a sort of paper sculpture rather than just a book or photo album. It makes it intriguing and makes you want to look further and see what’s inside!


So get yourself a Basically Bare Tiny Tabs album, get those ATC’s out of those shoeboxes and drawers, and start showing them off in real style!

Thanks for visiting!



Here Kitty Kitty

Good morning!  I’ve been working with tags again since Basically Bare makes some truly awesome ones!  This time, I worked with a couple of digital stamps from The Octopode Factory.  The swap I was participating in was themed Chesire Cat.  Weeelllll, me being like I am, I had to be a little quirky with my Cat.

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Cool Kitty?  The top one is on his way to a new home and I kept the bottom one for myself.  So, why don’t you go grab some Basically Bare Tags and see what goodness you can come up with!

Until later………….

Supply List:
Basically Bare Standard Rounded Tag Set
Basically Bare Standard Cut Tag Set
Art Anthology Sorbets
Art Anthology Colorations
The Octopode Factory Digital Stamps

Tag, Your It!

Good morning everyone!  I got to playing around with some of the tags that Basically Bare has and fell in love.

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I first took a couple of the chipboard tags, painted, gesso’d, sprayed, stenciled, and then fussy cut some stamped images (with a slightly suburban theme), and came up with the front side.

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I then used a couple of the watercolor paper tags and did the same thing, this time using a cityscape stencil that I fussy cut for my images.

I then glued the watercolor paper tags to the backs of the chipboard tags.  I’m thinking I’ll create a tag book with them, just as soon as I figure out the contents.

Basically Bare’s tags are extremely versatile and lend themselves well to just about any kind of mixed media application.

Okay, your turn!  What can you do with our tags?

Until later………………

Supplies Used:
Basically Bare Tags (chipboard, watercolor paper)
Art Anthology Velvet
Art Anthology Stencils
Stampotique Stamps
TCW Cityscape Stencil