“Curated Art Findings”

Playing catch-up as per usual! This is a page spread I put together with the leftovers from one of my latest ephemera packs “Curated Art Findings”.

As of this posting, there, are only three packs left. But, because I promised myself I would make a page spread out of the leftovers of all my ephemera packs going forward…here ya go.

I used images that have been floating around my studio for a few years that needed a home, this is a particular favorite! It’s totally pixelated because I got it off the internet and blew it up, but I love it. Kiss was the first concert I went to as a young person. Awesome!

I had one pocket left over thank goodness, I really enjoyed arting these up!

A selection of journaling tags to go with. Like I said, these sold really quickly, but there are a few left. Hit the link in my sidebar to get to my shoppe.

These were so much fun to put together, I’m hoping to get some more made as soon as I catch up on a few more things.

As always,

Thank you for the visit,

Have a great day!

~Patty

“By the Sea” Page Spread Process

 

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As part of my effort to downsize some of my art journaling supplies I have been pushing through and getting ephemera packs into my shoppe. I tend to have a few bits and bobs left over, so I thought it would be fun use some of them up in this olde junk journal. 

Truth be told, all of my art journals are on the olde side now. This is the first page spread I’ve done in a few months, and I thought it would be fun to share a bit of my page layering process.

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Paint scrapings of course, but printables on clear label paper is becoming a fave. I found a bunch of neutral colored options on Etsy. (I would share some Etsy links, but there are so many, I think you’ll have more fun searching on your own.) I tried to be strategic with the paint scraping because the photo at the upper left is of some sailors from the 40’s climbing up a coconut tree in the Philippines, how cool is that!

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Next is the larger pieces: Map, wave image, horseshoe crab, and scrapbook paper. Strange choices, but I’m liking the color balance.

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Medium type ephemera pieces, if you look closely you can see some ‘rub ons’. How long has been since you’ve seen any of those? I couldn’t believe they still worked. It took some doing between texts, questions from my everlovin’, a timer, and my dogs nemesis, the mailman…did he really need to knock!…but I digress…

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Many of the images I have left over are from vintage nature books. Easily available at thrift stores, and among my favorite to work with, especially birds. I love how rub ons blend the elements, I wonder if they still sell them.

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A close up of one of my favorite postage stamps and the sailors up the tree. You can see that I’m still using pencil to highlight around the images and layers.

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This sweet little bird has been floating around my art room for years. so long that I don’t remember if I’m the one who colored it in or if I found it that way, found a home at last.

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Here is a sample of some of the “By the Sea” ephemera packs in my shoppe, hit this link to see more and use the coupon code CUSTOMERLOVE20 to get 20% off your purchase. And as always, orders for $35 or more get free shipping within the continental U.S.

You will probably see lots of newness if you visit my shoppe, I’m going to have to play catch-up on page spreads and announcements, so look for that soon…I hope 🙂

Until then,

Thanks for stopping by,

See you soon,

~Patty

 

A Time For Gratitude

As per usual, it’s been a long time since I’ve tapped away on this ole’ blog. But, in my defense…I have a lot of stuff to sort through! I really shouldn’t be surprised that the steady downward path of my mood had something to do with not taking time out for creativity.

Although decorating the house has been fun, and I’ve worked on a few crochet projects, taking time to glue paper to page has been pretty spare.

Because I only have so much room to store my goodies, adding to the bulk by making more stuff has made me consider art journaling as a luxury. Art journaling is probably not considered a necessity to many, but it is essential to my personal well being. I know this because out of the commitment to downsize, I considered letting it go.

In my defense, this is another art journal re-do, that’s downsizing, right? (I don’t need excuses, I don’t need excuses…)

Here I “gratituded” about having a warm meal. It broke my heart to hear it’s been days since people in Texas have had a warm meal. I know that that is the least of some people’s worries, but that really hit me. I remember having to cook meals on a wood burning stove for a week, because of a winter storm and feeling blessed for a warm house.

This was a “list journal” from several years ago. I’ve joined many list challenges over the years, but they’ve never really worked out for me. If I’m going to leave a boat load of journals for my children to deal with when I’m gone, they might as well see what makes me happy!

This is what most of the pages look like after I’ve pulled off the listings an decor, quite the mess.

The “after”, covering things up with neutral colors.

I’m amazed at how much downsizing I have been able to do over the last few months ( my husband swears I’ve found a basement! 😂)

I found this little clown in my stash, adorable!

One of the things I’ve been working on this month is my Shoppe. This is a photo of my “100 Years of Backgrounds” ephemera packs. I use these all to give my pages a vintage, especially when working on scrapbook paper pages, I love the eclectic blend of old and new.

I still seem to be having a few technical issues in our new old house, but I hope to keep finding workarounds to keep in touch on my lil blog.

I’d love to hear what all of you have been up to lately, please leave a comment and let me know how you’re doing in these crazy times!

Thanks for stopping by,

Much Love,

~Patty

A Different Kind of Gratitude Journal

It has been a long time! I’ve been spending most of my time cleaning, organizing, and stocking up like the rest of the world. Isn’t a strange thing to be doing the same thing the whole world is doing. This virus really makes the world seem a lot smaller!

That being said, we have been self-quarenteening for three weeks now. Well, my husband has, I still go out for supplies now and again. And because I’m keeping that to a minimum, I’m trying to use my crafty stash as much as possible.

It probably sounds silly, but I find myself staring into space, pondering the current circumstances and as I look around the room, my eyes land on these little vignettes of happy!

So, I decided out of a sense of gratitude for my surroundings to take some snapshots and put them in a journal. I’ve been doing a lot of journaling through this in my lined journals, you know, the heavy stuff, but I wanted a fun place for my happy journaling.

“Trust” happens to be “my word for the year”, appropriate I would say!

Not only do I find some of my little vignettes inspiring, but also soothing.

Also, this is an awesome project if there is a little de-cluttering or dusting that needs doing!

Are there any inspiring, comforting, or grateful memories in your world that you like to document right now? If yes, I highly recommend trying this out, you could even create pocket pages with journaling cards.

I’ve been taking lots of pics and have come up with some fun ideas for decor in here, I’ll be sharing some of those soon. Also, I have a few new projects I’m working on right now, hopefully I’ll be sharing those soon too.

Until then,

Please take care of yourself,

Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you,

~Patty

 

New Video Up!

Hey friends! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve posted another video on my YouTube channel 

This is one of the journals I made last week for my shoppe that didn’t make it in because I fell in love with it! I’ll share a little more about it when I’ve worked on more pages…

…speaking of which!

This is the page spread I worked on in my video. If you would like to see the process, I’d love to see you!

I’m on my way back over the mountains before the snow hits them.

As always,

Thank you for stopping in,

Talk to you soon,

~Patty