Monday, January 27, 2014

Documented Life Project

Along with 4300+ other people I joined the Documented Life Project on Facebook.

I am not using the suggested Moleskine planner. Instead I am just using a plain spiral bound monthly planner. I don't have any important things going on in my life where I need more space than the 2 inch square for each day and if anything comes up there's plenty of room across the bottom for me to use so it works out great for me.

I did not do the tip-ins for the entire year in advance. I will add them as I go so I can put them anyplace on the page that feels right at the time. The same with the tabs; if I decide to add them they will come later in the year. I can see that it will be too thick for the existing binding before very long but I think the holes match up with a bind-it-all so I can add a bigger binding if needed.

I haven't gotten the cover done yet but here is my first month of completed prompts.

Prompt #1 was "your front door". It was hard to get a decent picture of my front door because I had to stand in a snow bank to take the photo! Just like Walmart you can kind of see our official greeters, Riley & Rufus, waiting to greet you at the door.

Prompt #2 was to include a selfie in some way.

Prompt #3 was to add something from the mail. You can't really tell but my mail addition is a clear plastic envelope that help sale coupons from Target pharmacy. I love this envelope. I can add artwork, ticket stubs, lists, etc. However, because it is just a clear envelope it doesn't really photograph well!

Prompt #4 was to write a message and then paint over all but 1 word of it. The word I left unpainted is "receive" which I also repeated on the sign the girl is holding. This piece for prompt #4 is tucked neatly inside the envelope from prompt #3.

 Prompt #5 was to doodle a border so I doodled a few of them.
These are a couple sections with an assortment of doodles.

That covers the January prompts and I am ready for February - bring it on!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

new image kits

2 fabulous designers at Deviant Scrap each have new image kits available.

First of all, Tumble Fish Studio has 3 new kits for sale, Nitty Gritty 3 (a personal favorite), Tinted Journal Cards and Little Things.

This is a mixed media journal page using images from the Nitty Gritty 3 kit by Tumble Fish Studio.

Also available at Deviant Scrap is a kit by Crowabout StudioB called Bit by Bit. This kit is filled with fun images.

This is a journal page using images from Bit by Bit from Crowabout StudioB.

All of these kits are available at

Monday, January 20, 2014

be kind

One of the monthly challenges at is to use a favorite quote. I came up with this journal page. My journal page did not start out with this quote in mind. I painted the page first and then used a quote that felt like it fit the piece.

It was karma that this quote appealed to me. My daughter and I had been shopping in the afternoon and were making up life stories of people we saw walking across a parking lot. Not all of the stories were gracious or even kind so I guess I needed to be reminded of this!

Hope you find time to do something creative today.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Learning to Fly

This is my first official post as a member of Roc Nicholas' Rubber stamp Design Team. I thought I would start out with a brief history of my stamping experience. I say brief because that's what my experience is... brief.

I have a lot of rubber stamps. I see them in the craft stores and always think that I can't live without them. Then I get them home, put them in the case and most of them never see the light of day again. I have a few favorites that I use over and over again for a background layer and forget about the rest. That's why I am looking forward to this design team experience. I'm hoping to come up with clever uses for rubber stamps in my art journaling for more than just background interest. Thank you for your patience with me as I learn...

This journal page uses Roc's Bird Princess stamp and learning to fly stamp. I've added a different head, skinny striped legs and a pair of boots to the princess and I separated the learning to fly words.
 The background is acrylic paints, the ruler is a decorative tape and the shading is pan pastels.
This next page is just a little fun because sometimes I have a weird sense of humor.
This page features Roc's Screaming Bunny stamp inside the bottom cup from Roc's Stacked Cups stamp.
All the featured stamps are available at
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I did it!!

I did it - I completed my final face for the Gritty Jane 40 portrait challenge. And, of course, I will share the final group here...

Number 36 - the background is, once again, pieces of painted sheet music. Her wings are pieces from a napkin. Her hair was a little dowdy so I added a few white dots.

Number 37 - This playful girl was for the optional prompt "window". Someone asked me if she is looking in or looking out - what do you think?

Number 38 - more of the napkin butterflies in the background here. She seems to be having a bit of a bad hair day.

Number 39 - I'm not sure why I can't get her tipped rightside up (and am not going to waste any more time trying - if it bothers you just tip your computer sideways). Too bad too, I kind of like her. Anyway, the background squares are a foam stamp that I made - it reminds me of an old mosaic window or something.

Number 40 - I really wanted to go out with a bang rather than a whimper but she is the face that showed up and I gave her a crown of approval.

This was a big challenge - I'm happy that I did it but am just as happy to have it completed. I used a medium sized Strathmore visual journal for all of my portraits and there was one page left at the end so I thought I would finish it off with one last face.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Miss Fancy Pants

Crowabout Studio has a new image kit in the shoppe at Deviant Scrap called "Miss Fancy Pants". It's a fun, circus-based kit loaded with possibilities. You can find it here.

This is a cut & paste molesine journal page that I made using images from the kit. You should check it out - I would love to see what you come up with!

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Cloud 9

There's a new image kit by Tumble Fish Studio in the shop at and you will love it so much you will be on Cloud 9....

Wait! Cloud 9 - that's the name of the kit! You can find it here.

Friday, January 3, 2014

the portraits go on (and on and on...)

A few more of the portraits for the Gritty Jane 40 portraits challenge.

Number 30 - looks a little sad because obviously she had stitches in one eyebrow.

Number 31 - deep thinker

Number 32 - one of the optional prompts was "home". this is my take on "home"

Number 34 - I painted her the day my Art Journaling magazine came in the mail so I used the cover sheet for part of her dress.

Number 35 - this one was for the prompt "headpiece"