Journaling by 5’s – Part 4 – Art Journaling Video

Stencil Storage Video!

So, after a few requests on Facebook, through the various creative groups I belong to, I finally did a little video of my stencil storage solution.  It’s not really “finished”, but you get the idea, and a little peek at my *VERY* messy studio lol.

Here’s the link to the “J” hooks that I used to hang my stencils.

They look like this:

J hook

istencils Discount VIDEO – AND GIVEAWAY!

The day is finally here!  I know you have all been waiting with baited breath!  I am finally able to release the discount on stencils from istencils, exclusively available to my blog and Youtube followers.  Are you ready for the deets?  Yah?  Okay then.

15% Discount Code is


For use on your ENTIRE ORDER from

April 29, 2013 – May 6*, 2013

*Oops.  Artists aren’t good at math.  lol.  I put the wrong date in the video.  So, you have an extra day to save 15%.

How AWESOME is that?  I am so incredibly IN LOVE with their stencils.  And, I am not just saying that because they have asked me to.  (although they have) – I approached them, after ordering some of their stencils, and using them in my art journals.  They are extremely high quality.  They’re available in lots of sizes.  There are over 2600 to choose from.  Wow.  Here’s a little blurb about them, copied from their website:

“We have one of the largest online selections of stencils for home decor, custom clothing and more, including many different wall stencils, letter stencils, graffiti stencils and airbrush stencils.

iStencils is a collection of select artworks of different artists from all over the world. Every iStencils stencil is masterfully laser cut from the highest quality materials by the friendly folks at, for user friendly, hassle free stencils that anyone can use. Most of our stencils are made from durable (yet highly flexible) 7 mil Mylar which is strong enough to use again and again, but thin enough to achieve incredible detail wherever you choose to stencil. All of our stencils are reusable, easy to clean, solvent proof and with proper care, your stencils will last a lifetime.”

With iStencils the possibilities are endless!


You can use any iStencils stencil to decorate any aspect of your life.


Each of our stencils starts at just $4.99, quite a bargain when you think of how many things you can do with stencils.


Stencil Design Ideas:

  • Customize shirts, tank tops, hoodies, pants and even shoes.
  • Decorate your laptop or notebook.
  • Personalize a canvas bag or backpack.
  • Create colorful and innovative crafts with our art stencils.
  • Transform your boring white walls into a brilliant work of art with our large variety of stencils for walls.
  • Airbrush your car, truck or bike with professional looking graphics for a fraction of the price.
  • Paint a stencil on a glass door.

They also have EXCELLENT customer service.  I am in Canada, and I received my stencils within a week!  They offer flat rate priority mail shipping – ONLY $2.99 to U.S. customers.

So, I put together a video of me playing with my istencils, on my gelli plate.  It ended up being rather long, but I didn’t want to cut anything out, and I decided to actually talk through the video (instead of time-lapsing).  I hope you can hear me okay.  I have a soft voice to begin with, and I’ve had a bit of a sore throat, so my voice is a little crackly.

In addition to the 15% discount with the discount code “kimmerbe” (April 29-May 5 2013 only), istencils has generously offered a

$25.00 gift certificate

to be used towards your purchase of stencils from istencils, for one of my blog readers!  YAY!  How awesome is THAT?  What do you have to do to qualify?  It’s easy.  Just go to the istencils Facebook page, and “like” them.  Then, come back here and leave me a comment to indicate that you have done so.   That’s it.  Easy peasy.  I will choose one random winner on May 5, 2013.  If you already “like” istencils’ Facebook page, no problem.  You can still enter to win.  Just leave me a comment here, and let me know that you are already a fan of these fabulous stencils.

And, last but not least – a completed art journal page, using two iStencils that I did not use in the video, on a background that I created in the video.  The web is a Bad Ass stencil.


Giveaway Teaser

City Girl

Hello my friends!  I’m excited to share a journal page I did as part of Christy’s “30 Pages in 90 Days” workshop.  This session is closed to new members at the moment, but she will be running it again starting in June.  I may be a bit biased, because I do teach for Christy’s other site – Art Geeks, but this course is AWESOME!  Seriously, it is the BEST art journaling course I have ever taken.  It is packed full of videos, pdf’s – three videos minimum for each page.  A video each day, for 90 days!  I am having so much fun, and learning so much.  Love.

I used my current favorite stencil by the Crafter’s Workshop for the cityscape.  I love the way it looks like the buildings are glowing.  I used iridescent paints, and a white Uniball Signo marker to outline each building.City Girl


Finish in Five – Episode 4!

Another video in my series of “Finish in Five”


Stencils, Stencils, I Love Stencils!

Stencils are the new stickers. For the longest time, stencils were boring, dated, and passe. But recently, new, improved, and totally hip stencils have been hitting the market. I found on Youtube, and ordered some immediately!

Here’s a little bit about iStencils from the website:

“We have the greatest selection of stencils for home decor, custom clothing, crafts, and more. iStencils collection of stencils includes over 2,600 designs…ranging from trendy wall stencils to exclusive airbrush stencil designs. All of our stencils are available in a range of sizes from 5×5 up to 36×36, & with prices starting at $4.99 they’re perfect for your next project.

iStencils stencil collection includes designs and artwork from several artists all over the world.

We are working with artists and designers world-wide to bring you the largest comprehensive stencil catalog. Whether you are looking for classic designs in damask stencils, craft stencils, popular alphabet stencil sets or latest in DIY home decor…you’re sure to find what you are looking for at iStencils!


Stenciling with iStencils stencils is fun, easy & inexpensive.

Regardless if you’re a beginner or an expert, iStencils makes stenciling effortless. All of our stencils are made from durable (yet highly flexible) 7 mil mylar which is strong enough to use again and again, but thin enough to achieve incredible detail wherever you choose to stencil. All of our stencils are reusable, easy to clean, solvent proof and with proper care, will last a lifetime.”

As noted above,  the base price is just $4.99 USD for the smallest size. Considering how often- and with so many different materials- you can use these stencils with, I think it’s a fair price. I love the 8×8 format- which is great for using in my art journal.  However, the larger 11″ x 11″ is fabulous for using on the 8″x10″ Gelli Arts gelli plate.

Here’s a video of me playing with my stencils on my gelli plate.

So now it’s time to disclose- I got samples for review.  But my opinions are honest and my own- I wouldn’t say I liked them if I didn’t. And frankly, I would refuse advertising to any product that I felt was sub-standard. So there it is.

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