Keepsake Journal: April

My memory keeping for April went a little awry! Somehow I deleted most of my photos, and lost the ephemera. Due to the frustration of it all, I’m behind…again!

But, I’ve decided to soldier on and make the best with what I have because my little organizer is busting at the seams with the next few month’s goodies.

This is a page spread I made with the brochure from a winery we visited…and club we joined 🙂 It was my birthday, and my daughter gifted me with a weekend in one of our favorite wine producing spots, Lake Chelan. We shopped, we ate, we talked, we drank copious amounts of wine. Girl’s weekends are the best!

This is the only photo that survived (don’t ask…I have no idea what happened!) The background piece is from a bag some lovely wine came in, I still have the bottle, it was a gift from my daughter. I decided to use a few “scrapbooking” tricks to give my lonely little photo some interest, which I have to say was pretty fun. I’ll be binge watching scrapbooking videos on YouTube soon!

So, since there isn’t much ephemera to work with, I decided to go all out with journaling while I still have the memories. I’m on the road right now, so I’m making due with what I packed. Luckily, I always pack lots of tags!

I attached the tags to vintage milk cap by pulling the strings through the hole, then stapled it to the page with my Tim Holtz “Tiny Attacher”.

Like I said earlier, my little memory keeper is bulging at the seams, so I’ll be getting May started ASAP. There’s a lot going on right now, so it would be great to get caught up, especially with the Holidays looming!

Hope you enjoyed “short and sweet” April,

Thanks for popping in,

Have a great week,

~Patty

Keepsake Journal: February

I set a goal that I would finish one month per week until I got caught up on this journal. We-l-l-l-l….that didn’t quite go as planned, but I’m getting closer!

Page Ingredients: gesso scrapes, tinted matte medium (hit the link for tinted matte medium recipe), paint circles, bubblewrap stamped, tissue paper

All I had to work with this month was photos, so painting and collaging the backgrounds gave the pages more interest. The great thing about this was that I didn’t feel as if I had to do as much embellishing. I might keep this idea going.

Also, this ended up being a great organizing tool because I knew exactly how many pages I needed too work on instead of going back and counting throughout. Ending points are awesome!

I punched a circle from the page he was working on as a backdrop for this photo, I don’t think he’ll mind. And I’m happy to say that I was able to get the crayon marks out of my carpet!

I used some vintage ephemera on these pages to fill space, and because they were handy (it’s called desk clutter). Another different element that might stay going forward.

If you think this is a cheeky way to show off my grandson, your half right…well maybe 75%.

I didn’t want to split up the photos for the following page spreads, so this one little photo got it’s own page spread. A fun opportunity to have a little fun with embellishments.

That’s it for February. I still have some more pages to do, but it will probably be more of the same.

I have a new journal waiting in the wings for March, and I’ll share as soon as I get that month done.

As always, thank you for visiting,

Have a great week,

~Patty

 

Keepsake Journal January Round-Up

I’m brushing the dust off January, and moving on to…February.

I realized that the only way I was going to catch up on this project is if I worked on, and finished, one month per week. I have to give my self goals with deadlines if I want to get anything done. It doesn’t stifle my creativity, it gets me off my procrastinating butt!

And look what I have to show for it…

…finished pages filled with cuteness!

That stamped circle on the left is part of what I salvaged from one of his art projects. He has kind of a “create, seek and destroy” artist method. But what a wonderful way to use kid’s art in your journals!

I wasn’t with him on this trip to the Children’s Museum, I printed this from a text photo. I usually keep my text photos for my *Becky Higgins Project Life app, but I’m not opposed to having multiple pics of this little fella.

Some fun stuff from a trip to Chuck E. Cheese. I had to do some pretty strategic cropping to get this to fit, but it’s finally home. It’s super fun to collect ephemera from my travels, but keeping it all organized can get a bit tiresome. Big win here though!

He wasn’t quite sure what to think of Chuck E. at first, then he wanted to get up on stage with him!

I loved having a library pocket to put journaling tags into from December, so I decided keep that going at the end of each month.

I’m really getting into using up my scrapbook ephemera in here. I’ve been holding onto some of this for years waiting for a home.

This photo is from a visit with our son, I’m not quite sure why I only took a photo of his pooch Murphy, but he’s awfully cute! Lil’ sweetie!

Well, there’s January for you. I’ve done a few more organizing touches to my keepsake journal tote to help move things along faster. I have lots on my plate, as I’m sure you do, so the more organizing we do the better, right!

I’ll be starting on February next week, and I’ll share that as soon I can.

Until then,

Thanks for popping in,

~Patty

 

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Keepsake Journal With Organization

You may be wondering when I’m going to write a blog post that doesn’t contain organizational tips. Not anytime soon, I’m still trying to get organized (hard to believe, right)! This project almost went to the wayside, marked Done,  until I scrolled through my photos and realized I still really wanted to keep it going.

These are the times I really want to remember, just the day-to-day fun stuff with some of my favorite people!

Sometimes I’ll add a little journaling to my pages, but not always. The journaling for the photo on the left is under that little tip-in. Anything goes in this journal, it’s just a fun place to hold onto memories.

My biggest problem was having all the bits and pieces spread in different parts of the house. I tried a few options, but this tote really worked out the best. This was my “Random” art journaling tote. I found that a lot of the “randomness” in it worked perfectly with this project, so it wasn’t a difficult shift.

One trick I happened upon was printing the photos with the dates printed at the bottom, super handy! My plan is to work on one month of memories a week until I’m caught up. I’ll toss each month’s ephemera, along with the photos, into this photo keeper until I’m ready to get started.

Because I had put this project on the back burner, it was a bit tricky coming up with some of these fun bits and bobs to art journal with, but I found a few things tucked around my art space. As I run across things, I paperclip them into this insert on the corresponding date, then jot down a note or two.

That library pocket on the right is holding a “To Do” list my daughter made that we were laughing hysterically about. I wrote the date and what we were laughing about on it, then popped it right in (love my pockets!). Many of these are not things I would put in a Project Life album, but definitely fun memories worth keeping and documenting. I hope she re-reads that list one day and laughs all over again!

I jumped ahead date wise with this page spread because I wanted to adhere it to the stronger pages of this journal insert. My grandson made this cute little page, put it up on the wall, then proceeded to tear it off the wall when he was supposed to be napping. I had a hard time rescuing it, but it’s safe now! (Fyi: I think my daughter colored in that flower, he’s more of a sticker boy!)

The little bug-a-boo!

The quality of the photos are not an issue for me with this project, my main concern is to get the memories down before I forget them!

So, there you have it, another bit of my organization. This keepsake journal would still be sitting on a shelf with no hope of getting worked on if I didn’t literally pull it together. Nothing screams procrastination like disorganization in my world.

I hope this post gave you some helpful hints towards pulling some of your sweet memories into a keepsake journal.

No Rules, just get them down!

Thanks as always for the visit,

Have a great week,

~Patty

 

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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