My Latest Journal Addition…and coming clean

Over the past few months I have been adding black and white embellishments to my pages to give them a little structure, a little color can go a long way, and I find that pops of black gives the eye a place to rest. But it occurred to me this morning that I may be giving the wrong impression when I share my pages on social media.

Namely, that I can draw! …I Can’t!

Of course there are those lucky people out there that because sketching and drawing is like breathing will say ‘I just need to try harder’, but it’s really a matter of too much self criticism on my part. Oh, the Angst!

 And when there are super talented people out there creating beautiful illustrations, I say why not support them! This is a printable from Illustrated Faith’s “Print & Pray Shop“. All I did was put my printer on ‘Black and White’ and print it up on clear sticker paper. Easy peasy!

The other thing I need to come clean about is the fact that I don’t know how to do script writing, or any other decorative writing for that matter. If you look closely, you can see the sticker paper, so I fussy cut as much as I can to minimize the “taped” look.

 I made a few sheets of these by googling “positive words” and writing them in ‘Word’ with fonts I really liked, then printed them up on Avery 8665 clear sticker paper.

I have about 30 of these words to choose from in my arsenal now. Another benefit of having these words printed out is that I can move the word around the page to see where it will work the best before committing to where it will land. I’m not always very good at judging how big or small my writing should be to fit on the page or around an image.

It’s fun to choose a word that captures my feelings at the time I’m working on a page. Not quite journaling, but sometimes one word is sufficient.

So there you have it, I’ve come clean!

I put a few links in there to help you find a couple of my sources, I don’t get paid, just thought they’d help.

Gotta go now…lots to do!

Thank you for stopping in,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty

My “Camp Reset” Journey

I’m not sure what happened, because I’m not much of a joiner, but I went to “Camp Reset” this summer, and it’s been a blast! It’s a virtual camp put together and run by Cori at “The Reset Girl, and it’s all about self care and goal setting, and boy did I need it!

My usual routine was to jump out of bed and start ticking things off my to do list, but since “arriving” at camp, I’ve changed things up a bit. I wish I could say that self care is my new “jam”, but I’m pretty stubborn and definitely set in my ways…

…but a few changes have been made…

…and I’ve created a couple of “self care kits”.

I was shocked at how many products I had tucked around the house with good intentions.  I pulled any hand and feet care products into a vintage suitcase in my bedroom, and the rest of this into a smaller basket in my bathroom. And now I use all of it! Amazing!

My “cabin”.

Located in my sewing room, this is creativity central in my home. When camp is over, that fabric covered foam core will become my new vision board. Making a vision board was one of the camp activities, but I wanted one where it was more “in my face” so to speak.

The suitcase in the previous photo is now my Faith journaling organizer. I haven’t said much about that on my blog because I was still working out how organize prayer time into my schedule. But, after watching Cori’s Youtube video on how to put together a prayer binder (on continuous loop) I’m pretty much set.

Above is a bible journaling page I did during “Chapel Day” at camp. Oh my gosh, it was so much fun! I went to a Catholic camp as a kid, so we had chapel everyday and Mass on Sundays, so this really took me back to camp as a kid. This page is a “tip-in” style of bible journaling that Cori prefers, and I think I prefer it too.

Art journaling activities. You know I was on board for this!

And YAY…I added another piece to my never-ending list of creative pursuits, Discbound  notebooks!

I started my Camp Handbook in a large 3 ring binder because I needed the freedom of moving things around, but I just didn’t like it. I hesitated at the expense of investing in a whole new system,  but I’m glad I relented, I love it! I’m going to make another discbound notebook for another project soon, so I’ll share some photos and how-to’s on that later.

Camp isn’t over until next weekend, but I have a few irons in the fire, and I didn’t want to put off sharing this for too long.

Cori, aka; The Reset Girl, will be hosting a “Winter Camp” in January, at least that’s the plan. If you don’t know her work, here are a couple of links help you find her: YouTube channel and Website. She loves all things paper crafting, so you will find her website full of inspiration.

I hope you will find Cori’s community as inspiring as I have!

Until next time,

Thank you for visiting,

Have a wonderful week,

~Patty

YouTube Video Up!

It’s been too long since I’ve been on this ol’ blog, but I’ve been keeping busy! Filling up my shoppe with newness, visiting family and…

wait for it…

…I finally made a process video! Yay! applause, applause, applause…It’s about dang time!

Just hit this link: Patty’s Art Journals and your there.

In the video I talk a bit about how I’ve been struggling with this journal insert I decided to ink the heck out of. Gad!

But it has a happy ending, because I really like the way this turned out.

So, if you decide to pop over to my YouTube channel, I hope you will enjoy the “show”!

As always, thank you for stopping by,

Have a great week,

Patty

Keepsake Journal: February

I set a goal that I would finish one month per week until I got caught up on this journal. We-l-l-l-l….that didn’t quite go as planned, but I’m getting closer!

Page Ingredients: gesso scrapes, tinted matte medium (hit the link for tinted matte medium recipe), paint circles, bubblewrap stamped, tissue paper

All I had to work with this month was photos, so painting and collaging the backgrounds gave the pages more interest. The great thing about this was that I didn’t feel as if I had to do as much embellishing. I might keep this idea going.

Also, this ended up being a great organizing tool because I knew exactly how many pages I needed too work on instead of going back and counting throughout. Ending points are awesome!

I punched a circle from the page he was working on as a backdrop for this photo, I don’t think he’ll mind. And I’m happy to say that I was able to get the crayon marks out of my carpet!

I used some vintage ephemera on these pages to fill space, and because they were handy (it’s called desk clutter). Another different element that might stay going forward.

If you think this is a cheeky way to show off my grandson, your half right…well maybe 75%.

I didn’t want to split up the photos for the following page spreads, so this one little photo got it’s own page spread. A fun opportunity to have a little fun with embellishments.

That’s it for February. I still have some more pages to do, but it will probably be more of the same.

I have a new journal waiting in the wings for March, and I’ll share as soon as I get that month done.

As always, thank you for visiting,

Have a great week,

~Patty

 

Shoppe Newness

I’ve been beavering away in the shoppe this week, and wanted to share some of the highlights, and offer a 20% discount!

Here’s what’s new:

Sweet “Little Golden Book” art journals.

I try to buy the most vintage versions of these books, so a lot of these are from the 50’s. Hence, the “Well loved” look.

Some Granny Chic paper clips.

I try to make the backs of these cute, because of the page turning thing.

I went in a different direction with these art journals. They have a rustic, vintage look to them.

If you want to see more details of all this goodness, pop over to my shoppe by clicking the word shoppe, or the link in my sidebar.

Also, if you find something you can’t live with out, use the coupon code: CUSTOMERLOVE20 at check out and receive 20% off your entire purchase.

See you soon,

~Patty