Sunday, April 12, 2015

The 100-Day Project: One Week In...

Hey there friends!  I just wanted to give you a quick 100-Day Project update...

So far, I'm right on schedule.  I just posted my 7th page on Instagram.  Here's what I've got so far...

Page 1 of 100 (in my mixed media art journal)...

Page 2 of 100 (also in mixed media art journal)...

Page 3 of 100 (Workshop assignment for Artfully Inspired Life - in watercolor journal)...

Page 4 of 100 (in bullet journal)...

Page 5 of 100 (Another Artfully Inspired Life assignment - in watercolor journal)...

Page 6 of 100 (No Excuses weekly calendar in watercolor journal)...

Page 7 of 100 (Assignment from "The Gifts of Imperfection" ecourse - in envelope journal)...

I'm really loving this process.  Knowing that I have to completely finish a page in one of my journals, photograph and upload it to instagram every day, has really helped me develop discipline, and is bringing a rhythm to my creative process that feels really healthy.  I'm surprised at how much I have felt like jumping around from journal to journal.  Also, it's not as hard to decide what I feel like working on, cuz I know that whatever I don't do today, I can always do for tomorrow's project.  I find that somehow comforting.  :)

I didn't do alot of explaining about these pages, so please feel free to leave questions in the comments if you have them.  I will do my best to answer them in the next post.

Are you doing the 100-Day Project?  If you want to leave your instagram name and project hashtag in the comments, I will cheer you on! Mine is #100daysofjournalingforshelley.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The 100-day Project...

Hey there everyone!  Last night I signed up for something on a whim, and I'm really excited about it.  It's called the "100-day Project."  It's for anyone (not just artists), and the point is to commit to doing an activity of your choosing, every day for 100 days; and share proof on instagram.


If you go to the site and click through to see what some of the projects from past years look like, it's pretty inspiring.

Anyhoo, I've been in a creative rut with my mixed media art journal.  I haven't completed a page in it since March 18th. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get back on track!  Sooooo, I signed up to (you guessed it), make and post an art journal page every day for 100 days.  I'm so excited! 

The guidelines I'm making for myself are:
1. The page can be in any of my journals, any style, any size.
2. It doesn't have to be pretty - just done.
3. I'm going to aim for 50% workshop assignments, and 50% freeform pages.  This is because not only am I behind on my workshop lessons, but I also want to make time for my own creative ideas.

The project starts tomorrow (April 6, 2015) and goes through July 14th.  I am using the hashtag #100daysofjournalingforshelley, along with the #the100dayproject that everyone is using on instagram, so come on over and cheer me on!

I will also be posting my journal pages here on the blog, but  I may post them in bundles, rather than every day.

Want to play along?  Click here for all the rules and info, and to sign up!

EEEK!  I'm so excited!  I better get to work setting things up!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Loosening Up with Journaling by 5's...

Hey there friends!  Happy April!  How goes it in your neck of the woods?  As we speak I am watching the most beautiful lavender mourning dove perched on the edge of the birdbath in our yard. He is holding on for dear life, cuz it's incredibly windy here today.  So windy in fact, that I had to go out and fetch our gutters that blew right off the house!  But the sun is shining and it's warm so I am happy!

Anyhoo, I have something fun to share with you today - I recently discovered a new thing called "Journaling by 5s;" a system created by Shannon Green, with the idea of making art journaling more casual, fun and quick.  It's like a game, where you race against the clock, and end up with 20 finished art journal pages when you are done!

I decided to give it a try, and want to share my results so far with you!

To get the whole scoop, visit Shannon's blog, or youtube channel; but here's the general guidelines:

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Journaling by 5’s
5-10-15-20

5 sessions--all in one day or just one a week...your choice.
10 prompts--2 per session, feel free to make substitutions.
15 minutes per session--that gives you 45 seconds per page so don't mess around!
20 pages--just one side of a sheet of paper, not both sides.

These are the recommended prompts for each session. You may make substitutions to fit what you have on hand:

Session 1-Background: Paint, Ink
Session 2-Texture: Collage, Recycle
Session 3-
Pattern: Stamps, Stencils
Session 4-
Focal Point: Words, Images
Session 5-
Details: Pen, Pencil

So far I have done sessions one and two.

THE SETUP:
I decided to use this journal, which I created years ago, and never did anything with...

 It's a 5"x8" altered book, and I thought the title "play" fit just perfect, right?

It also had just the right number of pages.  Here they are, all laid out on my work table, along with a few bottles of paint, two brushes, a credit card and my water container.  Most of the pages are from the actual book, but there is also one scrapbook page, and one orange envelope in the mix.  A few pages already had a swipe of paint on them, but I plan to add more...


SESSION ONE - PAINT:
I set the timer to 15 minutes and began. Here's what I ended up with at the end of the 15 minute session.  It was fun!  and not hard at all to get all 20 pages done within the time limit...


SESSION TWO - COLLAGE:
I knew this one would be more difficult.  I set this session up at my computer desk...

I grabbed a bunch of papers from my "paper bits" box, and made one pile of neutral colored scraps to the right of my work area...

put my stack of pages in the middle...



and a pile of colored scraps to the left...

set the timer on my ipad to 15 minutes, and began...

when the timer went off this is what my work area looked like.  The small stack in the upper right corner are pages that I never got to.  LOL. 


Here is the unfinished pile up close.  There are seven pages left.  I will have to make up for their lack of collage in the later steps...

Here's how they all look after session two was complete...
I actually took the time to cut a heart on the first one.  What was I thinking?

I think I also spent too much time worrying about which colors would look best on the page.  HA. Live and learn!  :)


But I must say I had tons of fun, and I'm really happy with how they turned out...

even if the last seven are sans collage...



I can't thank Shannon enough for coming up with this idea!  The first two steps have been sooo much fun!  I will be doing the next three steps soon, and I will keep you updated!

Wanna try it?  Here's the link to Shannon's blog and youtube channel again.  Let me know what you think!  I hope you have fun!

Thanks so much for visiting! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Declutter Project Finished...

Hey everyone!  How's it going?  I'm excited because I get to share the results of my declutter project with you!  As I mentioned in this post, my declutter project was this antique desk in my studio. 



I LOVE this desk. It belonged to my Grandparents on my mom's side; and I have many great memories of it in their house.  Here is the before of how it looked on the inside...





First thing I did was empty the whole thing out, and give it a good cleaning and shining. I even got out the q-tips to get in all the carved nooks and crannies. Then I removed the door and put it away for safekeeping...





and here is the after...
 I even managed to put some stuff up on the wall to complete the look!

I filled the cubbies with bits and bobs that I use in my collage work.  Tags, labels, postcards, bakers twine, etc...


Thank you so much to Teresa Robinson of the Right Brain Planner, for issuing this challenge!  It got me going on a project I've been putting off for too long!  I am so happy to have my beloved desk all cleaned up! 

How about you?  Do you have any declutter projects going?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Updates in my planner journal and more...

Hey friends!  How goes it?  I've been having a blast with my No Excuses pages for March so far.  The color of the month is purple, and I've completely fallen in love with it!  Purple is not a color I've used all that much in the past.  I'm more of a pink, orange, turquoise and lime green girl; so it's been refreshing to explore a new palette.

Here are my first two weekly spreads...

Week One


 and detail shots...





Week Two:

 Detail...



This month, I'm trying a different layout each week, and it's been fun so far.  Right now I'm working on a circle layout, which is a whole new challenge!  I'll share that one with you when the week is done.


In other news, I've joined two new classes this month, and started two new subscriptions!  I just can't stop joining things!  Everything looks so fun - I cant resist!  LOL!  Here's the overview...

Workshops...

Imaginary Creatures with Carla Sonheim.  
Super fun, one week intensive on - you guessed it - drawing imaginary creatures.  :)  The class is over, but I'm not done with the lessons (ha, of course).  Here's one of the pages I completed so far.  These are watercolor blob animals and oh my goodness did I have fun making them...
They were easy and did I mention SO FUN to make?!!  A new type of drawing for me and I am loving it.


Permission to Play with Mindy Lacefield.
This is an 11-month class that started in February, and there are 18 lessons in all.  The concept of this one is to play like a child with your art, and that really appeals to me.  I'm a big fan of Mindy's work, so I'm excited to learn from her.   So far, I've only done the first lesson, but I'm having a lot of fun already.  Here's how it turned out...




The two subscriptions I started this month are The Right Brain Planner, and The Art Journaler.  These are both monthly downloads from Teresa Robinson.  Teresa's style is so cool, and her writing is very thought provoking.  A bonus is that she has a very active and fun facebook community, that I've already been learning a lot from!  There are so many things you can do with the information you get in the subscriptions.  My current plan is to use them in bits and pieces to add depth and interest to my planner journal, and I've already started doing that.  Some people make monthly booklets with them which also sounds fun.   Check it all out here if you are interested!

Alright, I guess I better stop for now.  Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  I really appreciate you! 

Linking up with "Art Journal Every Day"


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Workspace Wednesday - Declutter Time...

When Teresa Robinson, of Stargardener's Right Brain Planner, issued a challenge on facebook, to declutter one thing by this Sunday, I knew just what I wanted to do...

This is one of my prized posessions.  It is an antique secretary desk, that belonged to my Grandma and Grandpa Thompson.  It resides in my studio...




 Inside, it has lots of cute little cubbies.  I have a vision of making it look really cute by stocking it with all kinds of vintage ephemera that I use in my collage work.  I haven't done it yet tho.  This is what it looks like inside right now...

So, this will be my declutter project.  Think I can do it?  I'm excited to try!

How about you?  Do you have a declutter project that needs addressing?  Maybe now's the time???

I will be back with the results when I am done.  Wish me luck, and have a great day!

Monday, March 16, 2015

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March Guest Artist At Scrappin' Sisters...

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited and honored to be interviewed as the March guest artist over at the italian challenge blog called "Scrappin' Sisters."  I'd love it if you come on over and leave me a comment!  That would be so awesome!  Plus, Scrappin' Sisters is a really cool challenge blog, maybe you will want to play along!  Here's a sneak peek of the page I made for their challenge...
 Can you guess what the prompt might be?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Life Book 2015 is Fun, Fun, Fun!

I'm so glad I signed up for Life Book again this year!  I've been having a blast with the weekly projects, and actually keeping up!  Here are the latest three pages...

This one was called "Favorite Favorites," with Lynn Whipple. It was so much fun filling up my jar with random favorite stuff...


The next week we learned gold leafing with Mati Rose McDonough, which I had never tried before!  I will be doing more of that cuz it was magical!


I just finished this one last night.  It's called "Layers of your Heart," with Tam LaPorte...

In the background, I wrote the lyrics to an old song I Love by World Party.  It speaks to the theme of gratitude so perfectly, I had to include it!

In the pocket is a little booklet of hearts, that fans out to look like this...


I'll leave you with the video for the World Party song I mentioned.  I hope you enjoy it!


Thanks so much for visiting today!  I hope you have an awesome day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Finished Alchemy Cards...

Hi friends!  I'm excited to share my finished alchemy cards with you!  As I mentioned in this post, I took an online class from Mindy Tsonas called the Inner Alchemy Circle: Air-Coven, Animal Spirits and Archetypes, where we made a deck of 28 alchemy cards.  I found the class not only super fun but enlightening as well!  Here's how I finished off my deck...

Here is the finished deck.  Mine actually has 29 cards, because I added in a raven card (since the raven is my spirit guide).  In the middle of the circle is a box I've had for many years, which is the perfect size for the cards!  Yeayyy!

The images on the cards were all found either in magazines or on the web.  
(The cards are for my personal use only.)






 I created the backs for the cards with painted blank newsprint (packing paper), one of my favorite raven stamps, and a simple typed label.  I also laminated them with my hubby's laminating machine, so I can use them without worrying about wrecking them.

See how nicely they fit into the box?  


Today, I'm excited because registration is open for Mindy's next circle gathering!  This time we will be focusing on the element of Water.  I'm looking forward to exploring new ways of designing another deck of cards to add to my collection.  I'm thinking maybe collage this time?!  Want to join in? Click here for more info.

Thanks so much for visiting today!  I appreciate you!