My Mini Art Journal

I haven’t been spending very much time on my art journals lately. Sometimes the inspiration just isn’t there…so I decided to go look for it instead of waiting for it to find me.

It’s past mid April, and the ground is still too soggy to get out into the garden, so I thought I’d bring the garden inside.

Birds, bugs, flowers, small bits of cute that have been tucked away for the winter.

I’m embarrassed to say that I forget half the things I own. That insect is from a poster I bought a couple of years ago. As you can see, he was super easy to cut out.

This is a journal I’ve had for a few years. As sometimes happens with me, it stalled out, so I’m working on revitalizing it.

I’m definitely not afraid to tear everything out of a journal and start from scratch.

Luckily, this one only had a couple of unwanted pages. I’m actually going to add more pages to this little journal!

I splurged on some beautiful floral paper this week and I’m having too much fun positioning my bits and pieces as not to cover up the flowers.

I don’t even know how long I’ve had that bird sticker, probably 10 years. He’s finally found a perfect home.

I’m going to try something new for me, I’m going to attempt to work on one art journal at a time until it’s finished. My biggest problem is the amount of supplies I have out when working on so many projects, and then I get over-inspired and jump into new projects (actually, I get bored easily too) So lets see how this works out.

Well, that’s it for now. It’s still a tad gloomy out there, so I’m going to work on a few pages.

 

Until next time (sooner I hope),

Have a great day,

Thanks for the visit,

~Patty

Shoppe News: 12 New Journal Inserts!

The last time I made new journals for my shoppe, I was too lazy to post about it here. But, I am so in love with these new journals, I had to share!

The covers are made from vintage magazine and book covers.

Each journal is hand stitched with waxed embroidery thread. I stitched an envelope into each journal to hide the stitching on the inside. A perfect place to keep ephemera or journaling spots.

I added extra paper pieces to some of the journals for extra interest.

Some of the pages are just text, but most of them are pretty interesting.

And, of course they include a small assortment of ephemera to play with, including a handmade library pocket and journaling card, a tea dyed coin envelope, and a small decorative envelope.

I’ve decided to shy away from adding pockets and tuck spots into my journals. They are too easy for the purchaser to add, so I thought a few interesting envelopes to play with would be much more fun!

Please go check them out, and if you feel you can’t live without one, I am offering a 15%off coupon to my blog followers. Use the coupon code: CUSTOMERLOVE15 at checkout to receive your discount.

As always,

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great day,

~Patty

 

Making Room for Sweetness

There is somebody that I have been following for many years that mentioned the impact that cleaning, clearing, and de-cluttering has made on her creative life.  Now this is a great idea in theory, but it’s work, so I wasn’t too terribly interested in really getting serious about it…until this happened…

…making room for this sweet being in our home.

I love my art room, but I love him more! And what a great excuse to finally go through years of stuff to make it fit in here…

…the office.

Half the size of my old art room, with stuff already in it. That spells touching everything before even attempting to make it fit! (this photo is after working on all the crap on the floor!)

Fear not, progress has been made. I’m sharing this photo so you will appreciate my progress. This room isn’t as cute as my old art room was, but I’m hoping it will grow on me.

There are a few more decorating projects to be done like painting and such, but everything is cleaned and organized.

I actually have some empty boxes and space to fill, and I’ll need it, I’m not through!

I was also once told that inspiring decor helps your creativity, I’m inclined to agree.

In case your missing the theme here, I need a shot of creativity in my life, along with downsizing. Art has been pretty much put on the back burner as of late, because I’m just feeling a bit overwhelmed by all that needs to be done. When my husband retires, we plan to move into smaller digs, so this definitely needed doing.

My journal makings have become part of the decor.

Things I like to keep handy, and a perfect way to fill a corner.

This table sits right under a window, so no decorating here. This will be my only work surface in the room, which is why I didn’t mind filling the larger table with supplies. I’m hoping this will work. Please excuse the plastic table cloths, when the paints come out “It’s every man for himself!”…or woman.

There’s something about a clean space that makes me want to make a mess and get creative, I’m not sure if that’s just the nature of things, or my inner 10 year old jumping up and down.

Anyway, I have a few more moves to make, so I better get at it. I just wanted to check in and share the latest.

Have a great weekend,

Thanks for the visit,

~Patty

Gratitude Journal Progress

You know, I almost decided not to write a blog post about my gratitude journal because it’s pretty much all I’ve talked about this year. But then again, it’s pretty much all I’ve worked on this year. Well artistically anyway, so yeah.

I’m happy to say that I’ve made it through the Holidays, and am now poised to get caught up on January. Between the weather and staying busy catching up on everything else around the house, there’s not really too much to document, so that should go pretty fast.

On the left is a remembrance page of a day out shopping with one of my best friends. To the right are tags I collected from my latest wardrobe revamp. This is something that happens about as often as Haley’s Comet, so it was definitely worth noting!

More shopping and dining out with my daughter on the left there, and some Christmas snuggles between my daughter and my grandson on the right.

You may be wondering if I will actually remember any of this in the years to come, which is really valid concern, so I will be covering that point soon…like after a couple of photos soon.

How cute is that!

On the left is a piece from a Christmas card, and on the right is a label from a super tasty beer my son brought over for me to try, so good.

And that’s it for December, whew!

Now to the documenting part…

I decided to use a vintage library pocket to put cards and tags in for journaling.

I adhered lined paper on the back sides. If you look closely, you can see that I journaled under each date that corresponds to my pages. This is new to me, and I love it! There’s nothing earth shattering about my journaling, I just don’t like the way it looks on my pages, so this is a perfect fix for me!

I just gave myself a “high five”…okay, don’t judge me! 🙂

I’ve been spending the last month catching up on so many things, #oneword2018, Lara Casey’s PowerSheets, Project Life, my planners, Oy!

I hope to be ready to share how I’m doing my “Word for the Year” soon, I’m still working out some of the details.

So, until next time,

Thanks for popping in,

Have a great week,

~Patty

 

Gratitude Journal Organization

Last week, I promised a post about my art journaling organizational process, and here it is a week later! I know, I can hardly believe it myself (insert surprised look!)

First, I’m going to show a little of the art journaling tote I’m using for this project.

 I purchased this tote from Hobby Lobby on a 50% off sale, which made it about $12. It’s got loads of pockets and such, but it’s the plastic photo cases I’m going to talk about today. As you can see I have labeled them, and this is where the “process” comes in. It really saves time on having a pile of ephemera to sort through. As I go through each layer, I know which case to grab. I’ve been using this technique over the last year or so, and it really works for me

First layer “Background” pieces: I like to use these on the scrapbook or painted pages to give them a vintage look. Sometimes, I’ll scrape a little paint over them so that they will “blend” into the background.

2nd layer “Paper pieces”: scrapbook paper, origami paper, photocopies of fabric, anything with color or pattern.

3rd layer “Medium ephemera”: these usually consist of the focal piece along with large die cuts or random images. As you can see, I’m building my layers from larger to smaller.

4th layer “Small ephemera”: tickets, small stickers, die cuts, images.

Finally, “Extra small ephemera”: the usual suspects, only smaller.

After all my layers are built, I go around most of the pieces with pencil for contrast. I use a “General” 8B pencil with a “Helix” cap eraser. I use the paint brush to brush off the eraser bits as not to smear the pencil lines. That pencil sharpener  is a Kum AS2, super awesome!

(I’m not paid for sharing links, I just want to be helpful)

Last but not least, the ink stamping. The date stamp of course, but using my decorative stamps kind of went to the wayside, so I’m trying to get back into the habit.

The finished product, a page of my daughter and I shopping before Christmas.

I hope you can see how I built the layers on this page. There is a video of my process here, I just wanted to share a little of the organizational aspects with you today.

I’ve made quite a few promises to myself this year, writing a weekly blog post being one, but also quality instead of quantity. Two to three art journal pages a week is quite enough, those daily challenges can be a bit daunting.

There are lots of other things I have in the works to scale down, use what I have instead of buying, and using my own ingenuity, I’ll share some of that in my next blog post.

Until then,

Thanks for dropping by,

Have a great day,

~Patty