Time for some life updates

Well friends I see it has been quite a while since I came on the website and chatted with you. Last we talked I was opening a vintage booth. That led me to go full bore into selling vintage online and that kind of took over things. Then Covid hit and as for all of us, everything got turned upside down. With working on trying to grow my Etsy business my art has been put to the side honestly. I did get to take some wonderful Dyan Reavely online classes for a bit there and then things got back to semi-normal. As of January 2021 I did close my vintage booth I was excited to open in 2019. It was a great learning experience but now I am just fully online and in 2021 I began also selling on ebay. So I just wanted to pop on and say that I do hope to be getting back to art and I do hope to be posting for you here again but you may start to see a mix of vintage and art as those are both of my loves.

Thanks for stopping in. Talk to you soon.

Where have I been?

Where have I been?

Good Morning Guys,

I can’t believe it has been since June that I last touched base with you. I took the month of July off because of life. July is always busy here around the house as that is our month for family visiting out of town with the kiddo’s that are on summer vacation. It is always good to take a little time to recharge your batteries. Then inevitable I got sick again with another cold that wiped me out for the end of July and now we are in August.

In amongst all this, something exciting happened for me. If you follow me on Youtube you know back in May I took a trip to see my sister in Texas and we went vintage/junk hunting. I had so much fun! I have always loved treasure hunting on top of doing my art. Well, when I got back an idea started churning in my mind. What if I set up a booth somewhere, I could do that. Find treasure, fix them up, give them new life and sell them. I went with this urge and I got one! I now have a permanent setup in Daytona Beach Florida, inside Nicole’s Beach Street Mall.  I applied for the booth in June and opened my space on August 3rd. There I sell handmade, upcycled and vintage-inspired home decor and gifts. I keep larger pieces there like furniture I buy and paint up. I also went and updated my Etsy shop and there I will keep my mala necklaces, handmade bracelets, and smaller items. All of this has been a major shift for me and has kept me super busy.

Now some of you may be wondering what does this mean for my website and art. Well, I now have Side Street Market which is the division of my business that will be the in-person shop and my Etsy store. I am keeping Side Street Design LLC. You will see a shift in my blog though as I open up from just mixed media and journaling to also DIY and life notes.

I will have more DIY posts on flipping items found for resale amongst my art journaling. I hope you all will stay with me on this new journey and bare with me as I work to find my new balance. As an artist, we need to grow and I am excited to share this new journey with you all.

Here are some photos from my booth setup. My wonderful husband and parents helped me set up.

If you are local to Florida you can find my booth inside Nicole’s Beach Street Mall at 140 N Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

My Hubby(John) and Dad checking out the wall space The guys working hard
All setup. Found upcycled decor, handmade vintage-inspired frames, upcycled furniture, original art

I painted this chair using Debs DIY Paint in Bohemian Blue and Mermaid Tail, Sealed it with a top coat and finished it with an IOD Transfer

Thanks for stopping by guys and stay tuned for new DIY and Life posts along with your old favorites using Ranger products.

Dina Wakley Collage Collective Small Art Journal Page

Dina Wakley Collage Collective Small Art Journal Page


Today I am back with another color theory share in my small Dina Wakley Media white art journal. I just wanted to take a little time and make a quick page and this journal is always just the right size. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to work on. Do you have that issue sometimes? I knew I wanted to do something but wasn’t sure where to start. I decided to start with color and let that be my inspiration. I grabbed my Dina Wakley color charts to pick out three main colors. Then I also took out my Dina Wakley Media Collage Collective book and collage tissue to help me accent once I got going. Sometimes when you don’t know where you going its best to grab out your favorite supplies stick them in front of you, pick one color and just start. Inspiration will kick in.

1. I took out my Dina Wakley Media Small White Journal.
2. I grabbed my Ranger Ink Gelli Plates and my Three (3) scribble stick colors (blackberry, lime and tangerine)
3. I used my gelli plates as my stamps. I wet the scribble stick in water would draw on the plate and used
the plate to stamp my journal page. This is how I got my background.
4. When I was done with two colors on the gelli plate I wanted to add another “texture” so I splattered using my scribble stick. You dip the end of it in water and dip a brush in water, then flick the brush off the end of the stick to get splatter.
5. Make sure you dry your page very well, and even use a paper towel (VIVA brand doesn’t leave marks) to dry your page.
6. Now I brought in my Dina Wakley Media Collage Collective book. I looked for pages that has some of the colors of my journal page. I tore out a face image and some backgrounds. The face and a quote from another page I used as focal points. I looked for a gray page and tore that into vertical strips to put behind the face and quote to add more layers.
7. I used the heavy Dina Wakley Media collage gel as the pages were thick
8. Once I got that all good and dry I wanted more black to kind of ground the page. I took out some Dina Wakley Media Collage tissue and tore up a few bits to add some black to the page. Applying it with the gel medium.
9. Back to the heat dryer I went until the page was no longer damp.
10. Lastly, out came my stabilo all pencil that I used to create a border and add text. I then wet to darken the lines.

I am amazed and excited each time I dig into my Dina Wakley Media supplies. They just so well together, and with the Collage Collective book and the Collage Tissue, it really makes it easy and quick to create fun, interesting pages.

You can watch the whole process over on my Youtube channel: Dina Wakley Collage Collective Page

Here are stills of the pages:

I hope this quick little page will inspire you. Grab your collage collective or favorite ephemera and just go to town. The best times are when we are goopy, covered with paint and sparkle! Enjoy.

Below you will find the list of supplies. Note: These are affiliate links which mean I do receive a small percentage of any sales made. This helps me to keep running my website and Youtube channel. Thank you as always for stopping by!

If you are unable to see the thumbnails here is a link to the list: List of Supplies

June 2019 Side Street Design Studio Monthly Art Inspiration Challenge

June 2019 Side Street Design Studio Monthly Art Inspiration Challenge

Happy Saturday,

Phew is it really June. For most people that means kids out of school, summer plans, summer vacations. For makers like me, I am thinking about the fall holiday season. I know I know it’s still months away right, but my brain is going. I am thinking of all the wonderful tutorial videos I want to make and share with you guys for the holiday season. So on top of that brainstorming, I took a little holiday myself this month. I went to visit my sister in Texas and in doing so rediscovered my love of vintage treasure hunting! So expect to see some of that mixed in on my site now as well.

Now I know what you are really here for so let’s get to it! It’s the second Saturday in June, which means over on the Side Street Design Studio Facebook Group I have released the June prompt card and challenge. If you would like to follow along please be sure to click this link, and head on over to the page and join in the fun. You can easily download the prompt card there and post your own version of art. Join us as we strive to think outside the box each month and come up with new ways to love our favorite supplies.

Here were this month’s prompts:

So for this month I went to work in my Dylusions black journal and took on the challenge of shimmer sprays. I love collage and I was determined to use it with these water reactive sprays. It was a little bit of a challenge, but in the end, I loved the result. I also have noticed I am on a bit of a cat theme lately it seems. Nothing wrong with that though. We got to go with what we feel.

You can watch the process video on my Youtube channel: June 2019 Side Street Design Studio Prompt Challenge

Here are photos of the finished page:

So here are some tips and tricks I learned from doing this page:

1. You can use a white china marker to write over Dylusions sprays when they are dry and so far the spray has not absorbed the white!
2. If you want to collage over shimmer sprays, apply the collage medium to the back of the tissue off page, then gently place the tissue on the page. Use a brush on top of the tissue to gently dab it down. Do not apply the collage directly to the page or all your colors will run.
3. Remember Dylusions Sprays are water reactive so although they dry they will reactivate if wet. Keep that in mind if you are journaling, so you know how to work your we layers first.
4. Have fun! Keep pushing thru!

I look forward to seeing your work over in our facebook group!

Below you will find a list of all supplies used. Please note these are affiliate links which means I do receive a small percentage of purchases made. The proceeds go to help run the blog and my youtube channel so I can keep sharing my passion with my crafting family. Thank you.

If you are having trouble seeing the thumbnails check out the list of products here: Product List

Dina Wakley Media Artist Trading Cards

Dina Wakley Media Artist Trading Cards

Happy Wednesday,

I am trying to get myself back into the swing of things after spending a wonderful extended weekend with my sister in Texas. I don’t have a blog post on it yet, but if you head over to my Youtube channel I do have a VLOG of the weekend and our treasure hunting. You can find the video here: Weekend in Texas 

Today I have a final set of ATC’s to share with you. When I went to the back to back retreat in March I had made a set of Tim Holtz Fairy Wing Atc’s and a set of Dina Wakley Media ATC’s. This post will be a share on how I made the Dina Waklely Media ATCs and I finally remembered to take some in-process photos for you. I promise I’m going to work on that, but you know how it is you get started and fly thru and then your done before you know it.

So for this piece I used:
1. A piece of Canson Watercolor Paper 11″ x 15″
2. I prepped it with clear gesso.
3. I then applied scribble sticks both dry at first and then dipped in water.
4. I dried the page well.
5. I then added some of the Dina Wakley Collage Tissue with Distress Collage Medium (I know now the Dina Wakley Gel Medium works much better to make her tissue transparent.
6. Once I dried that all again, I did splatters with the Dina Wakley Media paint in “Ancient”
7. Again I let that all dry and then cut the paper up into 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ cards.
I believe I made 18 out of one sheet of paper.
8. Next out came the Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform, my Distress Archival Ink in Black Soot and several of the Dina Wakley Media Stamps.
9. I did one image per card and then went back with the Dina Wakley Collage Tissue quote sheets to add quotes to each card.
10. When the cards were all dry I made borders using a black multiball pen.

This is a great way to use your favorite designer or to batch make cards if you have an event coming up. Start with a large sheet and make a massive background. It looks completely different once you have it all cut up.

You can watch the full video here on my Youtube Channel: Dina Wakley Media ATC’s

Here are photos of the process:


I hope these mini treasures will inspire you to pull out some of your favorite stamp sets and get to creating. This is alway a great way to make batch mini presents or little thank you notes. If you an etsy shop owner wouldn’t one of these be fun to include for your customer as a treat! I can’t wait to see what you create, be sure to tag me on social media so I can see @sidestreetdesignllc.

Below is a full list of supplies used. (Note: these are affiliate links, which means I receive a small percentage of any sales made that help keep my blog and Youtube channel going)

If you can’t see the thumbnails, here is a link to a list of supplies (LIST)