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

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