Welcome to the June Monthly Muse! Our focus for the month is one of the best things in the world…. ART SUPPLIES! As lovers of art journaling and mixed media, it is only natural we love the products used to make our works of art: paper, paint, gesso, fabric bits, washi tape, inky marks, doodles, art dolls, stitching, ephemera, and So. Much. More. Each week in the month of June, we will emphasize certain art supplies routinely used in art journaling and mixed media art. To get us started, Week 1 is all about things that fasten. This includes: -tape -washi -stitches -staples -paper clips -clamps -clothes pins -eyelets -brads -string -metal bits (like a buckle) -fasteners -pins -buttons -flair (because they look like brads) For week one, I ask that you emphasize the use of “things that fasten” in your work of art. What you choose to use it up to you. But since this is a challenge, I ask that you use at least three DIFFERENT categories of things that fasten. For example, you could mix washi + staples + stitches OR mix brads + paper clips + tape. How many of each item you use is up to you – the minimal challenge is at least three unique items. And you are welcome to use more! I feel I have a pretty good list above, but if I did not list something you would like to use, give @ArmyGrl a tag and I’ll be happy to add to the list. Here are some visuals of fasteners: I hope you can see from the Journal Cards and Alpha, just how open-ended this challenge is! The journal cards are full of washi and the alpha contains stitches. So feel free to get creative and think outside the box. Monthly Muse Challenge Rules and Guidelines: 1. You must create a new layout for this challenge. You may create any style (i.e., clean and simple, artsy, pocket style etc.), with or without a photo. Create any size page you wish. The Art Muse is for everyone. Have FUN! 2. Be sure to follow gallery guidelines when posting (at least 50% current TLP product). 3. Please post your layout to the Art Journaling Gallery HERE by Midnight July 2nd. And post your layout in this thread by copying the "Share BB Code" to the right of your gallery image. Each post, regardless of the week posted in the month of June earns you one chance to win a $5 coupon to the TLP store. Thus, 1 Muse = 1 chance to win 2 Muses = 2 chances to win 3 Muses = 3 chances to win 4 Muses = 4 chances to win 4. June Week 1: use at least three unique fasteners in your layout. I went with a traditional styled layout for this challenge. Towards the top left, I used a clamp, flower with button, and two staples. I used an alpha with stitching. And, I used two pieces of digital washi.