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Mini book with creative team member Mary Syzmanski
Posted Mar 21, 2018

 I recently purchased some blank 12×12 cardstock and love making mini books out of them. This is a simple technique for making a really cute little book.
You only need paper, scissors and glue, and you can decorate it any way you choose.  I wanted to highlight Shawn’s awesome stencil collection here, so I used 7 great background stencil she designed to complete the first side. On the back, I used a simpler abstract technique- brayer the colors on and use one stencil sheet with a pop of white to finish it. Fold, cut, and viola! A cute little project that takes about an hour to complete. 🙂

My Supply List:
12×12 White cardstock 
Shawn Petite stencils-
     Geometric Triangles
     Stacked Stones
     Background Words
     Round Abouts
     Old World
Various acrylic paints
     Golden Fluid Acrylics
     Gelli Arts Acrylics 
     Americana Decor Chalky Finish
     Art C semigloss, metallic and ultra chalk
LIQUITEX White Gesso 
7 Dots Studio Quote Sticker
Distress Embossing Ink
Personal Stamp Exchange Gold Embossing  
Pigma Micron Pen- Black 01
Scotch Expressions Washi Tape
Bone Folder
Ranger Glossy Accents
Cosmetic Sponges
You can see more from Mary here: there’s a group and a page- I’m more active in the group.

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!


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Posted Mar 21, 2018
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Hello there! I’m Shawn Petite

I’ve been teaching and creating for well over 25 years. About 15 years ago I found my art soul mate in mixed media, and it changed my life! I love the story that can be told by combining paint, texture, ink, paper and—really anything that you can imagine.

But what I’m truly passionate about is being your guide, walking with you step by step and helping you become your own hero in your creative journey.

Along my path, I’ve learned that the creating art also creates a healing space. Life can be messy and complicated and painful, but something about a paint brush can help heal your soul. I believe—no, I know—you are worthy of love, and I want to teach you to know that about yourself. Join me on this journey of art and inspiration!

1 Comment

  1. Carole Morrison

    Mary, this video was wonderful!!! I’m so glad that you chose this little book to show us……I have always wondered how the cutting and folding was done!! Thanks so much!!!
    Carole from Chicago


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