Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Documented Life Project Week #20

The Documented Life Project Week #20, 2015! Moving right along with my next few pages completed. Here we go, quick post on this one.
May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)
May 16
Art Challenge:  Modeling Paste*
Journal Prompt:  Rising to the Occasion

I started this page with the luscious & creamy Dylusions paint. Next was my Donna Downey stencil and modeling paste. Once that was dry using a piece of hard foam and more Dylusions I hit the high points of the modeling paste. These paints are wonderfully bright and a little goes a long way. Once my paint was dry some stamping and words as well as journaling was added. Bam #20 done! All forward movement counts. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

DLP Mermaid Art Journal Page

Next up in the world of The Documented Life Project is week #19. I am ages behind & working on 2015 but as May is around the corner it is like I am ahead (so far behind).  I had a lot of fun with this one. Here is the prompt.

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)
May 9
Art Challenge:  Stitching
Journal Prompt:  "All that I'm after is life full of laughter."

I was feeling Dylusional. Her paints are super creamy & rich, they blend so well together. I made my background, used stencils & her black paint, so crisp! The entire inspiration came from the tag. I had made that & just kept on going from there. I have had the Prima mermaid stamp for ages and finally got the perfect chance to use it. 

The circles are using a stencil with embossing ink and powder. Very sparkly!

Dusted off the Stickles for the tail & hair of the mermaid. The little sea creatures and alphabet are Dyan Reaveley also. Love how this book is shaping up so chunky & full. The gals from Art to the 5th have another year of play going on you can check it out here.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Coloring Book Images in Art Journal

I had gotten stuck on DLP 2015 week #18, quite awhile ago. I knew what I wanted to do but I needed something. I must have been a tad bit distracted when I read this because my page has very little to do with the prompt. Texture ok my page has that in the form of stencil work and the wood feather. As far as the journal prompt I can stretch it a bit and say that part of the fabric of my life is arting with TV. I need something going to keep the list making part of my brain occupied. Quite often I just re-watch Supernatural episodes. In fact it has gotten to the point where I automatically get in creative mode when I turn the show on. I love some of the quotes from the show. So I suppose this page is about, one of the fabrics of my life. 

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)
May 2
Art Challenge:  Fabric
Journal Prompt:  The Fabric of Your Life

I started with a heavy stenciled background using distress inks. I took a page from my coloring book by Leisure Arts and painted using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. These are great to use as water colors. Simply spray some on a palette and use with water & a paint brush.I drew a line around the cut-out elephant & painted black acrylic paint to help the color book image pop. I added the beautiful wood feather by Southern Ridge Trading Company. Finally the journal writing was done with a paint marker. 

 The quote from the show is "You didn't need the feather to fly, you had it in you the whole time Dumbo." Using your color book images on art journal pages is a great way to go!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

My Life Project & the Thing About Teenagers

Hello inky friends, I am working on My Life Project. It is a slow moving ongoing scrapbook, project life combination. The intent is to get my life photos out of boxes and into a book. The fun part of this project is reminiscing about the adventures I have had. One of the reasons for this idea is having teenagers as a parent is forcing me to be on my A game. The wonderful thing about this age group is they tend to think parents are hatched as fully grown dictators with no way of relating to their unique period in history. Just telling this most brilliant group of individuals that I can relate is oftentimes quite useless. This is where photographically evidence comes in extremely handy. More about that in a bit.

 Today is my design team post on the Southern Ridge Trading Company's blog. I made an inky, messy, fun, totally over done page. I love how it pops the photo! You can hop over there to see close-ups and a walk through of techniques & products.

I am not a pink girl but I also wanted to enter this in the Words & Paintery March Challenge. I used lots of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist & Glam as well as Canvas Corp paper and 7gypsies paper, metal. This was a fun one but also has lots of meaning. I intend to also add a journal page with the story of how this page came about.

Therefore there is lots of pink! This challenge is what inspired me to scrapbook this photo. Their prompt is a Marilyn Monroe quote. It marinated in  my brain for a few days & the idea was planted. Funny now I look back on the quote, it has less to do with my journaling but it sparked an idea. Here is the quote "Nothing lasts forever. So live it up, drink it down, laugh it off, avoid the drama, take chances and never have regrets because at one point everything you did was exactly what you wanted."  The words that struck out at me were "take chances". The word "fearless" came to mind. The thing about becoming a parent is it brings with it a lot of fear. Suddenly it is not just you but this little person who completely relies on you for everything. Their life, health, happiness. I had no fear until I became a parent. Knowing what the answer would be I asked each of my kids if they saw me as fearless. Each of them gave me a variation of the same answer "no, you aren't much of a risk taker Mrs. Safety" was my 19 year old sons answer. Ha little does he know.

I looked back and thought of a time when I did just that, was fearless & took a risk. It would surprise my kids that many examples popped into my head. It also made me realize I need to tell them more of where I came from. This is the one I used for today's layout. I was a Canadian National Modern Pentathlete (equestrian, swimming, running, shooting, fencing) competing in an international event in Minsk, Belorussia in 1989. It was during the Soviet Union Communist Era. After the competition the team was supposed to go train in Hungary but we didn't have the proper funds. The Russian delegation invited us to come train in the USSR fully funded. They wanted to have a small training camp in preparation for the World Championships. Team Canada, 3 girls decided to go, with no coach or manager. I spent over a month Behind the Iron Curtain. It was an amazing experience.

I not only scrap booked this page but told my children the story. The word speechless comes to mind. I think it was very powerful not to just tell a story but to show the pictures. It made me realize this may be a better way to reach my kids when I am trying to impart knowledge or wisdom. Words are powerful but if my kids believe I hatched as the person they see today how can they think I have much to contribute? They haven't seen the struggle to get here. This will be an interesting experiment!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Vote for My Prime Blogging Project!!

I had the awesome opportunity to participate in the Prime Blogger Event at CHA in January. Fave Crafts are hosting a brilliant sponsor contest where the winner can win $1000!!! Here is my project.

You can click on my project here to vote and see the tutorial. Just scroll down until you see my project. I use lots of nummy products that I was sent from Sizzix, Testors Corp. Therm*O*Web. Lots of fun stuff!!! Please go give me a wee vote! Thanks for your support!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Guest Designer on Eileen Hull Designs

Hello Inky Friends, today I am the guest designer on Eileen Hull Designs! I was Eileen's lucky Minion on Paper Trail 6, which by the end of all our crazy miss-adventures I was promoted to Executive Minion. Not to toot my own horn but I am have had many promotions since then! One day when I finally get around to blogging about CHA 2016 I might tell you. For now on to the project! Drum roll please...

I created this Grungy Art Journal Passport Style book using one of my favorite Eileen Hull dies, the Passport Book by Sizzix. You can read the full tutorial.  So hop on over and please leave me a comment on Eileens blog and than go make this fabulous book!!! Have a great day!!


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