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 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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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