Summer Bucket List Documenting

Living in Eastern Washington over the summer has had many advantages. Spending time with my daughter and grandson is the most precious part, but the abundance of farm fresh produce is another. So, one of the things on my summer bucket list was to get some canning done…

…little did I know I would be canning for two weeks! I admit, not as exciting as most bucket lists, but I’m a homebody to the extreme!

My daughter has grape vines in her backyard, so while I’m making grape jelly, she’s making fruit roll-ups in her dehydrator. I didn’t have my tried and true pickle recipe with me, we’ll have to see how these turn out.

Because I wanted to have a small place to document my whirlwind of activity over the last month, I enlisted a project I have had in the back of my mind for quite some time, collaging and journaling on vintage recipe cards. I thought that having little cards decorated and ready to pop a memory or thought onto might be fun…and now I’m obsessed!

This is a perfect project to use up some of those tiny embellishments you might have laying around, these cards are 3″x5″

I made that little “file folder” with the paperclip to keep images that coincide with some of the memories I want to document, it fits perfectly into my little recipe tin. Memories going clockwise are: the gorgeous tomatoes I used for my salsa and marinara, the afghan I started back up, babysitting my grandson overnight, the flowers my daughter brought me on my wedding anniversary, and the macrame project I finally started.

Because I was playing catch-up as per usual, I jotted down all the memories onto some plain old index cards with the date for easy reference, they also fit perfectly into the recipe tin. Hopefully I’ll get caught up and have a pile of cards to journal on soon.

This is the other side of the above cards along with a few things I gathered to decorate with.

I have to admit to you that I have let art journaling and my shoppe consume my life over the years, something that is easy to do. But, I promised myself that I would try to balance my life out a bit more, and get back some of my old interests, like canning, crochet, and sewing. And I’m hoping that downsizing my collage projects might help somewhat, they’re like little postcards to myself.

I’m having too much fun gathering and organizing for this little project, so I’ll have lots to share soon.

Until next time,

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Have a great rest of your week,

~Patty

I’m Not Ready to Say Goodbye to Summer!

It may still “technically” be summertime, but I’m feeling some Fall in the air. Schools are starting back up, fruit is ripening on the trees, and people are talking about their favorite football teams.

It’s been such a fun and busy summer, I’m just not ready to let go!

Like I have a choice, right!

Anyway, I treated myself to a little creative time this morning, and thought I’d share what I came up with. I’m going to be adding “Trim” packages to my shoppe soon (hopefully next week) and thought I should start adding some to my journals., and I’m really having fun with them!

Well, I just wanted to pop in for a quick share, and work on my procrastinating ways with this blog, I’m finally getting the hang of posting on my laptop!

I would love to get your feedback on whether trim packs would be a good addition to my shoppe, let me know in the comments.

As always,

Thank you for stopping by,

I’ll see you soon,

Patty

 

 

Shoppe Newness!

 

As per usual, I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy. Luckily I have been able to spend a little time making for my shoppe. I will be the first to admit that my shoppe isn’t setting the world on fire, but I’ve managed to sell enough that some replenishment was due.

Here’s a new ephemera pack theme, “Down on the Farm”, full of mid-century children’s books images! (and all ephemera pack international shipping prices are now drastically lowered! Yay!)

You know, I love almost every aspect of running my little shoppe. Putting together themed ephemera packs…

New “Garden” themed Junk Journal Inserts.

…choosing pages and themes for my journals…

Junk Journal insert ephemera pack.

…organizing my shoppe supplies…

Junkity Junk Journals.

…and especially hearing back from folks that love what they have purchased. That totally warms my heart!

I’m happy, off in my little world making away, filling my shoppe with goodies.

 My biggest struggle is talking about it!  After days of planning, making, photographing, and listing in my shoppe…I’m kinda over it and ready to  move on! Not a great sales strategy I know, but there you have it!

Let me know if you have any questions about international mailing prices on ephemera packs. Here is a link to my shoppe: PattysArtJournals

So, there you have it, the latest and the greatest.

As always,

Thank You so much for stopping by!

Talk to you soon,

~Patty

 

 

Shoppe News With a Gift!

Some sweet, new art journals in my Shoppe today!

And through Monday, May 13th you will receive a free paper pack of your choice with each art journal purchase!

Just “Favorite” the paper pack(s) of your choice after you buy your art journal(s), and I’ll send it(them) along with your order!

Hope you find something you like!

Thank you for visiting!

And…

Have a great weekend,

~Patty

A New Art Journal, A New Video, and A Brave Decision

In my efforts to clean and declutter my spaces…and I mean ALL spaces, I decided that I still have too many half finished projects. So this quite-a-bit on the larger side journal needed to start getting worked on.

It was bound, full of pages (and potential) and ready to go…but never went anywhere, another one of those projects that left me uninspired. So, I took it apart and used the pages in other journals, all that was left was the covers and binding wires.

The other day it got a reprieve! And this morning I made a video of it’s maiden voyage (meaning I decorated a page)!

I haven’t gotten around to the journaling yet, but she’s ready to go!

I hope you will take a minute to stop by my YouTube channel and check out my page process video

Now about the “Brave” part. I’ve quit Facebook for good (I hope)! I know it sounds strange, but I almost got hacked again, I rarely use it, and seems more of a hassle than it is worth. I have control over the content in all my other social media venues, but facebook feels as if it has a mind of it’s own, like a gigantic monster…okay that’s a little over the top, but you know what I mean. But this is also another one of those “De-clutter projects” that I’ve been working over the last couple of years, a “Tech de-clutter”!

Anyway, I would really like your input on the subject. Please let me know your feelings about Facebook, good or bad, in the comments.

In the meantime,

Have a great week,

Thanks for stopping by,

~Patty