Monday, January 20, 2014

Art Journal.....Do you keep an art journal?

I love looking at Art Journal's that people create and I am in awe of them.  They just inspire me so much, I don't have to take on another "hobby" but I really want to start one.

I mean I can have one and just when I feel like working in it or when I have time I will.  I love quotes and I have tons written down and tons that I have pinned so I figured this would the theme of my art journal.  Just words that I like and use techniques I want to try.  After all it's art, or my interpretation of art, lol.

Now choosing a journal was the hardest decision for me.  I like the ones that were bound then I like the ones that were just pages and people put them in a small binder or handbook.  After I thought about it for a while I decided that a handbook was the route I wanted to take.  So I created my first art journal page on a 6x8 sheet of card stock with the idea that I would buy a new cute handbook.

This my first art journal page ever:

I was all prepared to find a handbook but then, as I was trying to clean up my craft area and I was getting all my 2014 project life stuff together I came across a book that I bought while at a resale place.  I love the the title and I knew this was exactly what I wanted to use. The title is "The Heart of a Woman" by Maya Angelou.

 I tore out some pages here and there to help thin it out a little and then I got started with the inside cover, here is what it looks like.

I am so excited to have this as my place to just be creative with just whatever comes to mind.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Starting off 2014 the right way....

Well we will see how well I can keep up, my goal is to blog once a week.  Realistically I know I will not blog everyday and not even every other day but once a week, I should be able to handle that.  Maybe, at least I'm going to make an attempt.

I figured I would start off the year with some picture of my "creative space".  I call it this because it's just that a space, an area in our game room/family room upstairs.  I do my editing here, my scrapbooking, my project life and any other crafty type thing I can come up with.

My area consists of a huge desk I got for $20 on craigslist, a kitchen island cart from Ikea, a white desk from Ikea (formally part of our family command station) and my newest addition the small gray metal cart I got from Ikea this past weekend.  I was so close to getting the Raskog cart but I saw this one and it was $20 cheaper and would do the trick.  Along the back wall I have these black metal shelves that hold albums, paper, tools I don't use, a typewriter that I got for $5 (currently not working), and then my daughter's sewing machine that I took over.

My area is functional but I long for the day that I can have a room to myself and I can do all cute functioning matchy matchy stuff. LOL

Sorry for the phone pictures but 1. I didn't feel like getting out my "big" camera and 2. If I wanted to make this post happen and have pictures I needed it quick and simple.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Old Photo & New Layout

I'm going back through old photos, trying to scrap some of my favorites that I never got around to doing.  I started scrapbooking in 2001 but then stopped after a couple of years. I finally picked it back up in 2010 and I haven't looked back.  I love making pages.  I have tons of photos that I took before I started scrapping and from my break.  I don't think I will ever run out of things to scrapbook, at least I hope not.

This photo is of my oldest daughter Alexis, I took this photo back in 2008 she was 13 at the time and I just started getting into photography more. I used most of the March Studio Calico kit and some stamps from previous kits the flowers are from the embellishment grab bag that I scored.  The white dots are made with Mr. Huey's Calico White mist on a polka-dotted mask, then I just stamped sentiments in between the lines and used the Amy Tan thickers that came in the kit for a tone on tone look.

Thanks for looking...