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

Card Making…and ticking things off my list

“There is too much time in the day” said no one…ever! After ticking things off my To Do list all summer, I finally got down to something I’ve been pining to do for a very long time, making cards, and boy was it fun!

I guess you could say it started here. These cards were cut from some extremely bright cardstock from Michael’s several years ago. As you can see, they have seen better days. I used these for a different project that I changed my mind about, but let’s move on…

Here is a smattering of what I used to decorate the cards, doilies (6 inch! thank goodness I found a use for these monsters!), paper pieces, flower embellishments, heart stickers, a sharpie pen…

…and these sweet quote cards! I love these things!

I’ve become slightly addicted to buying paper pads with lots of fun stuff to cut apart. It used to bother me when pads had those pages, because I wanted the pages for my journals, and it seemed a waste. But, the wide world of paper crafting showed me the error of my ways, and now all is right with the world…my world…the paper crafting world…well, you know what I mean!

Ah, but let’s not forget the cards. Notice how I used the big fat doilies, clever right (there’s 100 in the pack I bought, daunting!)

I thought the journaling cards would be a nice touch for writing on the inside. I’ve already sent some of these out, and it was definitly a good idea. My writing is never streight, and I just love how they look! And now I have a new use for my huge collection of journaling cards!Here is a close up of the pen markings, the cards just don’t feel “finished” with out them.

So, there you have it, another project revved up and running. I’d like to do either a tutorial or a video on the steps and process. If your interested in one or the other, or both, just let me know in the comments. Also, your opinion of my little blog and posts would be much appreciated. It’s always more gratifying to write when you know someone is out there!

Until next time,

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Enjoy the rest of your week,

~Patty