My Latest Obsession: Mood Boards

And it all started out of frustration!

Sometimes there are so may moving parts to my projects, I have a hard time remembering all of them…so I make lists. That’s great, but even then, I’ll loose my place on the checklist. And really, how inspiring is a list?!

“Happy Mail Mood Board”

As you can see this combines elements with lists, and even some room for detailed notes…game changer. There is so much more to this than words and ephemera, it’s also a springboard for more ideas (and probably a new mood board)

“In the Garden” ephemera pack.

It started with this page spread. I got flustered with constantly referring to my notes and thought instead of making a “memory page” when I was finished making an ephemera pack for my shoppe, I decided to make the page spread ahead of time to remind myself what “goes” into it as opposed to what “went” into it.

“Art Journaling” page.

Now, you’re probably going to think it’s a bit silly after all these years to need a reminder of the elements that go into one of my page spreads, but it’s not. When I decide to create a page spread I’ll usually go through some of my old favorite art journals for ideas, especially if things aren’t clicking.

Now I have an idea book to refer to when (not if!) I get stuck!

If you look up “Mood Board” on the internet, you will see these used for home decor  and fashion ideas, I think you can use them for just about anything creative you are working on, like cards, a quilt, or even a crochet project.

The beauty of this is there’s no more hunting around for the perfect art journal for inspiration, it’s always where I can find it, right above (or on) my desk.

I made this journal by printing “dot grid” onto white card stock and  binding it with the covers of a large vintage book, but you can make something like this in a binder, an art journal, or something to hang on your wall.

I have quite a few more ideas for ephemera packs and other projects, so this may become a series, so I hope you are as excited about my new obsession as I am! 🙂

As always,

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Have a great day!

~Patty

 

Junk Journal Pages

What happened to July!? It turned into one of those months that everything happened, I had a hard time squeezing everything into it…guess the blog didn’t make it. Lol!

I’ve been trying to keep up with the downsizing project, and it’s actually been pretty fun, especially in my craft rooms…Yes, I have two now 🙂

Making the time to finish up olde junk journals is on my priority list right now. I’m afraid to look at how old this one is, I’m sure there is a date in there somewhere.

I’m happy to say that I actually journaled on that card in the pocket, something that I don’t do unless I have something on my mind that just won’t settle. Me hubs (my husband) has had a couple of health issues this month, so that took a little air out of my tires. But, things are looking up as we work through it.

I spun my wheels on a few projects that didn’t seem worth the time this month, but water under the bridge, it kept me busy.

To the point, this is why I started art journaling to begin with. The combination of art therapy and journaling is the perfect fit for me. I sent in an art journal to Stampington’s “Art Journaling” magazine a few weeks ago, hopefully that won’t turn into personal drama, my last one was sent back saying “thanks but no thanks”.

Well, I just wanted to check back in and say hello. I’ll keep working on downsizing olde art journals and hopefully take the time to post as I move along.

As always, Thank you so much for stopping by,

Have a wonderful rest of your week,

~Patty

“Garage Sale” Ephemera Pack Giveaway

You might be wondering what I mean by “Garage Sale”…or maybe not. 🙂 It’s probably pretty self explanatory, I NEED TO GET RID OF STUFF!

So, I dug through a few boxes and containers and came up with 4 giveaway packs.

The plan this time is that 1 will go to my blog followers, 1 to my Facebook peeps, and 2 to my IG folks, I’m going with the amount of engagement.

I’m truly sorry to say that this time I will have to keep this in the continental U.S. because of cost, but I will try to have one that I can open up to international mailings soon.

I plan on having a lot of giveaways going forward!

So, if you are interested in entering my giveaway, all you have to do is comment on this post.

I will be running this through the weekend (ends Sunday, June 27 @6:pm PST)

The more the merrier, I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you for visiting,

Good luck!

~Patty

 

Arranging Memories

If first impressions mean anything, this page spread has thrift store written all over it! Maybe it’s the funky little Ernst tag I picked off of a long ago find, or the thrifted collection of yellow vases…

I guess it stands to reason since I get at least half of my art journaling supplies from thrift stores, but that isn’t why I’m writing this post. I wanted to share a technique I use once in a while.

This is a selection of brick-a-brack I pulled out of my junk box, along with some pics I wanted to use for a kind of memory page.

Tip: Take a photo of the arrangement you’re finally pleased with to refer back to before glueing elements down.

Here’s the deal, I still have so much to do to get our house and lives together in our new home, and because I’m not able to spend any amount of uninterrupted time at my art desk, and the chances of being able to remember what the plan was is virtually nil, I do this a lot more often now. This is a great way to consider what’s working and what is not. Some of the smaller elements usually get changed, but it’s nice to have the structure down.

This page spread is a combination of memory keeping and stash busting.

Gardening is one of my true loves, and I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to start a small garden this year. There were a few plants I couldn’t let go of, we’ve had this rose bush for about 12 years. We bought it for my daughter on her birthday, it loves eastern Washington! Maybe it will make it to her garden some day.

Gardening, cleaning, decorating, downsizing, it doesn’t seem to end…but it’s a labor of love! I picked up some paint chips on one of our many trips to the hardware store. Awesome pops of color in a huge range of options…and free!

I found that old teal playing card when dismantling a lower shelf in my new sewing room. I’m pretty sure that it was lost back in the 60’s by one of the original homeowners. I added the lil’ peanut butter girl, something my grandson is addicted to right now, every time he comes over he goes through a half a jar!

The photo is of the the top of a shelf on my sewing table. Turning our extra room from storage to useable space is one of my latest projects, it’s slow going, but I’m making progress.

This daisy looks a bit moth eaten, but in her defense, she’s over 20 years old! My husband and daughter planted these daisies from seed, and I managed to keep this one all these years.

It’s been a wonderful experience to start a new life in a new town surrounded by keepsakes and memories. That’s why the organizing and decluttering project has been taking so long, we’re filled to the rafters with memories, and I would prefer to take my time making decisions on what goes or stays.

This page spread links the past with the present in a very meaningful way for me. As you can see, I’m not a huge fan of journaling on my pages. I like the idea of getting a different impression or memory each time I look at my pages, words tend to anchor a particular meaning to the page, I prefer seeing something different each time I look at it. I definitely like my “non-pen” journals the best!

I put the supplies list at the bottom of this post. I would be more than happy to do this more often if it’s helpful. Please let me know in the comments if this is something you’d like to see 🙂

Well, I hope that was a helpful tip.

If not, I hope you enjoyed the ramblings!

As always,

Thank you so much for your precious time,

Talk to you soon,

~Patty

 

Supplies: Photos on matte paper, vintage playing card, vintage magazine and book images, paint, ink stamp, postage stamps, washi tape, paint chips, word strips, carnival ticket, die cuts, vintage wallpaper piece, scrapbook paper pieces, #8 graphite drawing pencil

“Curated Art Findings” Page Spread

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