Back So Soon?! …you betcha!

Under the heading of “reasons/excuses” in my last blog post as to why I haven’t been keeping up with my blog is the amount I post to Instagram, the redundancy factor. But, I’m also realizing that not everybody likes IG or FaceBook (I’m not a fan of FB). So, whether or not I post to IG or FB will no longer have anything to do with my blog posts.

That being said…

Here’s a little something I worked on last night.

I felt as if all I did over the weekend is play “catch-up”! I needed a little art time to counter balance the steady onslaught of To Do lists! In other words, some Me Time!

This vintage post card has been making the rounds from shelf to shelf for a few months now, I just wasn’t sure what to do with it. My usual M.O. is to stick it in a container of some sort and forget about it.

The problem was, it has all this wonderful writing on the back and I didn’t want to just glue it into a journal willy nilly and loose all those memories. I think this card is from 1910, it’s a little faint.

Luckily for all concerned, I just happened to find my photo corners the other day, so problem solved! And now somebody else’s keepsake has found a new home.

It occurred to me that underneath this card would be an excellent, secret journaling spot, that may or may not ever happen.

I would really appreciate your input on the Instagram/FaceBook issue. How do you feel about these social media outlets? Do you prefer a blog? Or all three? Please let me know in the comments. Personally, I feel as if blogs are a little less noisy and a lot more friendly!

Thank you for the visit,

Have a great day!

~Patty

August Memory Journal Catch up…and my page process

Yes, it has been a while. There are too many reasons/excuses why I’ve been gone so long to try to explain, so I’ll just get down to it.

I spent some time in January catching up on May thru July in my Memory Journal and posted the photos on Instagram. So if you would like to see more of these pages, search the hashtag #pajmemoryjournal on my IG account, and you will see just about the entire journal.

I have had a lot of people ask me for a video tutorial on my layering process, but time is a bit of a squeeze right now, its everything I can do to keep up, so the videos will have to wait a bit.

This is a store bought journal insert that I wanted to use up, but the page prep is the same as in the journals I make and sell. I try to prep the entire journal in one sitting to make the process go a little smoother. There’s nothing like cleaning up paint after every page to discourage forward movement!

Either I use this little bubble wrap stamp, paint scrapes, or stenciling as the first layer. I use a makeup sponge to apply the paint to the stamp so it doesn’t get too goopy (I’m pretty sure that’s a word).

I don’t usually do a second layer of paint, but because I’m working with plain paper, I felt it needed a little contrast. I wanted to have a “spray painted” look, so I kept the makeup sponge dry and just did a light stamping with it in spots.

The last prep work layer I do is random pieces of tissue paper. All I use is a glue stick, some wax paper, and a brayer. If you don’t own a brayer, not to worry, all you really need is the wax paper to help you press the tissue paper down so it doesn’t tear because it’s sticking to your fingers.

I understand that I do a lot of these, so I may have left out something…or two, please let me know if you have any questions.

Now, a finished page…

A photo of relaxing in the back yard with wine, business cards from restaurants we ate at, and photos of my grandson playing learning games on my iPad.

There is still a lot I need to learn about memory keeping, and there is so much info out there. So, one of my go to YouTube channels is Traci Reed, she puts out 2 to 3 videos per week! Amazing! You should check her out!

This journal isn’t too terribly exciting, but it’s the accumulation of small moments that gives our lives it’s deepest meaning. (the little schnookims!)

So, there you have it.

I have a few fun changes coming up in my world. I’m still working on the details, but I will be sure to let you know about them soon.

As always, thank you for popping in,

Have an awesome weekend,

~Patty

My Latest Journal Addition…and coming clean

Over the past few months I have been adding black and white embellishments to my pages to give them a little structure, a little color can go a long way, and I find that pops of black gives the eye a place to rest. But it occurred to me this morning that I may be giving the wrong impression when I share my pages on social media.

Namely, that I can draw! …I Can’t!

Of course there are those lucky people out there that because sketching and drawing is like breathing will say ‘I just need to try harder’, but it’s really a matter of too much self criticism on my part. Oh, the Angst!

 And when there are super talented people out there creating beautiful illustrations, I say why not support them! This is a printable from Illustrated Faith’s “Print & Pray Shop“. All I did was put my printer on ‘Black and White’ and print it up on clear sticker paper. Easy peasy!

The other thing I need to come clean about is the fact that I don’t know how to do script writing, or any other decorative writing for that matter. If you look closely, you can see the sticker paper, so I fussy cut as much as I can to minimize the “taped” look.

 I made a few sheets of these by googling “positive words” and writing them in ‘Word’ with fonts I really liked, then printed them up on Avery 8665 clear sticker paper.

I have about 30 of these words to choose from in my arsenal now. Another benefit of having these words printed out is that I can move the word around the page to see where it will work the best before committing to where it will land. I’m not always very good at judging how big or small my writing should be to fit on the page or around an image.

It’s fun to choose a word that captures my feelings at the time I’m working on a page. Not quite journaling, but sometimes one word is sufficient.

So there you have it, I’ve come clean!

I put a few links in there to help you find a couple of my sources, I don’t get paid, just thought they’d help.

Gotta go now…lots to do!

Thank you for stopping in,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty

YouTube Video Up!

It’s been too long since I’ve been on this ol’ blog, but I’ve been keeping busy! Filling up my shoppe with newness, visiting family and…

wait for it…

…I finally made a process video! Yay! applause, applause, applause…It’s about dang time!

Just hit this link: Patty’s Art Journals and your there.

In the video I talk a bit about how I’ve been struggling with this journal insert I decided to ink the heck out of. Gad!

But it has a happy ending, because I really like the way this turned out.

So, if you decide to pop over to my YouTube channel, I hope you will enjoy the “show”!

As always, thank you for stopping by,

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