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

 

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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Journaling Pockets

This was one of those weeks where I had a lot on my mind and knew journaling was the only way to give my brain a rest, if you know what I mean. There are two reasons I’m not a fan of writing directly on my pages. One: most of the time my journaling is of a private nature. Two: I’m not a huge fan of my penmanship. So pockets and journaling spots it is!

Here are some of the pocket choices, a small bag, a premade kraft library pocket, a tea stained coin envelope, and a thrifted vintage pocket replacement package (say that three times fast!).

As you will soon see, I went a little off track, but I used two of them.

Something I picked up years ago because I thought the graphics were so kitschy-cool. I didn’t realize that it actually still had a pocket inside, I will be using that in a future sewing project.

I slipped a piece of card stock down into the package to strengthen it a bit, (you can see some of the card stock in the little window) then I glued the envelope’s flap down onto the card stock to make the opening a little stronger.

You can almost see a large tag poking out of the top of the pocket, I have a fun way of making my journaling tags, I’ll be sharing about those soon.

Another envelope that I’ve hung onto for years. I’m not sure what outpost I ordered from, but I loved the package it came in. I filled it with a couple of large journaling cards. I have to say, it’s really nice to finally use up some of these things I’ve been hanging on to for so long.

A small paper bag that I’ve always wanted to find a use for. That bottom third is the bottom of the bag. I ran a line of adhesive along the sides and stuck it to the front of the bag to make a small pocket. Then glued the bag to the page. It opens up quite a bit, I could really fill it with a lot of tags and journaling cards, or maybe some keepsakes.

This is an idea I picked up on Instagram, it’s a greeting card. The gal I got this idea from didn’t say how she adhered them to her pages, so I just improvised. I glued the bottom and one side edge together with an adhesive runner, then glued the card to the page.

I just realized I could have just run the adhesive around three sides of the back of the card and made a second pocket! Hopefully I’ll remember that next time (I can’t wait to show more of that tag in a later post!).

This is what started this whole pocket making thing. I filled these journaling inserts in a mad frenzy of writing, and wanted to make sure I had plenty of journaling spots ready for the next time I needed to get thoughts on paper. Now my journal is bulging! Oh well!

As you can see, I still have a couple of pockets to work with. I’ll be sure to share them when they’re finished.

I hope my directions were clear. If not, please feel free to ask any questions ion the comments or email me, my email address link is at the top of my sidebar.

As always, thanks so much for dropping in,

Have a great week,

~Patty

 

 

 

Garden (journal) Progress

This is the time of year that my garden seems to get the better of me. Thankfully, this year I got a jump start on my weeding. It’s still not perfect, but we’ve been able to enjoy the yard a bit more lately.

It’s still early days, but there a few blooms out there, so I decided to snap a few photos before they fade (disappear). And what better way to use photos of flowers but in my Garden Journal.

Believe it or not, I didn’t use the saturation when editing this photo, crazy! This Rhodie bush is in the way back of our garden, it’s finally big enough to see from the patio.

Here are some of the photo options I cropped and printed to fit in my mini garden journal. This is a great way to incorporate some memories into an art journal without journaling. But I will be adding the date.

 My Bachelors Button. I’m proud to say that he has given birth to many offspring which I will be relocating this weekend.

I was pretty excited to use these particular flower cut outs that I wrote about last week for this project, the colors were perfect.

These Irises really are beautiful, but I think it was the sunlight that took this shot to the next level. I didn’t need to do much editing on this photo, it’s a tad pixelated, but it’s not going to be entered into a photo contest.

There you have it, a peek into my garden. Adding photo memories to this little art journal has given me lots of ideas for future projects. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so I’m sure this will translate to my next project beautifully, more on that in a couple of weeks.

I still have a few things to share about this journal that I will be talking about next week.

Until then,

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great rest of your week,

~Patty