Sunday, November 29, 2015

Days 27 and 28 of NaNoJouMo: Catching Up...

Hi friends!  I have my pages done for days 27 and 28 of National Nonstop Journaling Month, and I'm excited to share them with you! Both are tip-ins to my Memory Keeping Planner Journal.

Awhile ago, I purchased the "Whimsical Watercolor Ultimate Collection," by Danielle Donaldson.  It includes her book "Creative Girl," and three DVD Watercolor Workshops.  So far I'm really getting a lot out of them!  My first page is a result of what I'm learning...

Day 27:
"Things On My Desk"

The second page is for the current challenge at the Documented Life Project. The challenge is as follows:

Art Challenge: Combine Stencils, Stamps & Masks
Journal Prompt:  "Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind."-Henry James

When I saw the "be kind" journal prompt, I immediately thought of the song "Uncle John's Band," by the Grateful Dead.  I love that song, and it brings back memories of singing it along with the crowd at many dead shows.  This prompted me to use the lyrics to the song as inspiration for my page.  I wrote out the lyrics in the background, and used one of the main lines as the title...

Day 28:
"Are You Kind"

Just for fun, here's a video for the song...

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope to have the final two pages done for tomorrow's post - see you then!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Day 26 of NaNoJouMo - Five on Friday...

Hi friends!  I'm back with my 26th page for National Nonstop Journaling Month.  This one is also in my Fauxbonichi.

On Fridays, the Fauxbonichi Journalers Facebook Group has a challenge called "Five on Friday."  The intent of the challenge is to help you use up your stash.  They post five things for you to try to include on your page, without buying anything new.  I love this challenge, as it gives me a chance to try to put seemingly random things together on a page and have them make some sort of sense.  LOVE THAT.

This week the challenge was...
1) Add a picture/photo/sticker/embellishment that represents something that you are thankful for. (the photo is of Michael and his new niece Susannah. I'm thankful for the new little addition to our family, and for a husband with such a big, open heart).
2) Something from your stash that was a bargain/great deal. (the little girl in the bottom left corner, is cut from an education pamphlet that I got at an antique store.  I got a stack of the little pamphlets, each one unique and full of vintage illustrations, for only $2.00 - a treasure!)
3) Add something that is related to the history of your ancestors/country. (the United States Wildlife Preservation Stamp from 1971)
4) Use a stamp or a sticker that you love. (I finally got to use my "rock, paper, scissors" stamp from Sweet Stamp Shop!  I just love it, but it's so random I haven't had an opportunity to use it in a project yet)
5) Add some orange to your page. (orange tombow marker and orange striped washi tape)

Day 26:
Five on Friday, November 27, 2015

There are only two days left in the challenge, and I have four pages to create in order to catch up.  Can I do it?  I hope so.  I will definitely keep you posted, right here.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I appreciate you so much!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Day 25 of NaNoJouMo, and a Reminder about the Top 2000 Blog Party...

Hey there friends!  How's it going?  I finished one more page (not the three I was hoping for - ha - what was I thinking?).

Day 25:
Thankful Things in my Fauxbonichi
I spent a lovely day with family yesterday, and documented it in my fauxbonichi. The "Ten Things" list and the turkey drawing were both challenges for this week in the Fauxbonichi Journalers group.

I also want to mention that Marit's Top 2000 blog party is coming soon!  Click here to find out more about this super fun annual party, which celebrates the Top 2000 songs of all time, with a daily parade of artwork made by blog readers (that could be you!)

I'm going to sign off now, so I can get busy with some more pages!  I plan to be caught up by the last day of the challenge, which is only 3 days away - eek!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Day 24 of NaNoJouMo: Sometimes You just gotta take your time...

Hi friends!  Did you miss me yesterday?  I missed being able to post, but I was working on my weekly No Excuses/Memory Keeping Planner page, and it took a long time.  I could've hurried up and finished in time, but I was having so much fun, that I didn't want to do that.  So, now I'm behind, but I'm happy with my page!  Here it is...

Day 24:
Week 47 in my No Excuses Planner Journal...
I included lots of stuff on this week's spread!  The tangles are from the Fauxbonichi Journaler's Tangle Tuesday prompt; the word "procrastination," (on Tuesday's block - it's kinda hard to read cuz it looks like a decorative border) is from the Hand Lettering Tuesday prompt from the same group. I've got some stickers and die cuts from both The Planner Society and Cocoa Daisy kits; and some of the lettering I learned from Pinterest.  I loved playing with colors this week, and filling up all the little spaces with stuff. 

I am going to take Thursday to be with family as we celebrate Thanksgiving; so I will see you on Friday with three pages to share!

Thanks so much for visiting - I really appreciate the kind words of support you've been sharing in the comments!  Have a fabulous Thanksgiving (if you celebrate)!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Day 23 of 30: Free as a Bird...

Hello and good Monday to you all!  I hope your week is getting off to a good start!  Mine is starting early.  I laid down around 5pm yesterday for a little napinski, and didn't wake up till 2:00 this morning - eek!  So now I am up for the day and enjoying the quiet of the pre-dawn world.

Today's NaNoJouMo page is one I did in my Fauxbonichi/Bullet Journal.  I am combining them these days, and enjoying the process of adding all kinds of little bits and pieces to record my day. I used inktense pencils and watercolors for the blue jay drawing, and discovered that the graph paper in my Inkwell Press journal held up really well!  There's no bleed thru or show through to the next page - yeayyy!

Day 23:
Free as a Bird

Drawing a bird was a challenge for The Fauxbonichi Journalers Facebook Group.
Today's simple pleasure is a Decade Thirty Instagram prompt.
My drop cap H is based on this alphabet from pinterest.

Thanks so much for visiting today!!! I appreciate you!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Day 22 of 30: National Nonstop Journaling Month...

Hi friends!  I'm so excited to say that I have finished the last page of one of my art journals!  My page for Day 22 of NaNoJouMo is the inside back cover of my "Follow Your Own Beat" journal.  Here's how it turned out...

Day 22
Step Into My Shoes
Cutting and pasting random bits of colorful paper is one of the most calming activities I know of.  Would you agree?  These are just bits out of my scrapbox.  I added a few words cut from magazines, cuz they spoke to me in light of the current situation on this planet. The joyful jumping boys just made me feel happy.

I am planning to do a flipthru of this journal after the challenge is over and I have a little more time.

Thanks for visiting!  I wish you a heavenly Sunday!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Day 21 of NaNoJouMo - Finding Strength...

Hi friends!  For today's journal page, I completed my take on Donna Downey's Life Book lesson called "Finding Strength." It ended up not looking much like the class project, but it definitely was inspired by it, incorporates some of the techniques, and represents finding strength to me!

Day 21:
Finding Strength

For more info on the Life Book workshop, click here.
For more info on NaNoJouMo, click here.

Thank you so much for visiting!  I wish you a superb Saturday!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Day 20 of NaNoJouMo - Bloom...

Hi Friends!  Today's page is another intuitive painting that started with left over paint swiped on the page, and evolved a little bit at a time from there.  The finishing touch was the bits of white paint marker on the flower, and the book page cutout...

Day 20:

For more info on the NaNoJouMo, click here.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I will see you again tomorrow!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Days 18 and 19 of NaNoJouMo - Catching Up...

Hi friends!  It's a catch-up day today; I've got days 18 and 19 of the NaNoJouMo challenge to share with you!  Both are intuitive paintings, inspired by Lifebook 2015 Lessons...

Day 17:
Stripes and Flowers
(inspired by Flora Bowley's Lifebook lesson on intuitive painting)
Flora's lesson was all about playing with layer after layer of randomness, until an idea or image presents itself.  This is another one I started a long time ago, and finally finished.  Love the process and plan to use it more and more in the future!

Day 18:
 Listening to my Inner Child
(inspired by Chris Zydel's Intuitive Painting lesson in Lifebook 2015)
This is the first of a three-step process in Chris' lesson.  It requires you put a five minute time limit on yourself and paint like you are three years old.  I started with crayon scribbles (which you can still see peeking out in the middle of the painting); and added lots and lots of drips.  It's a fun process, and  great way to get a journal page done quick!

For more info on NaNoJouMo, click here.
For more info on Lifebook 2015, click here.

Thank you so so much for visiting!  I hope you have a fabulous Thursday!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Day 17 of National Nonstop Journaling Month - This week's Planner Page...

Hi friends!  Sorry I'm a bit late with posting today's page.  I always do my memory keeping planner page on Sunday nights, and this week it was a little more time-consuming than usual.  Not sure why - some weeks just take more time than others I guess. 

Day 17:
This Week in my Memory-keeping Planner...
 This week's pages are full of emotion - both happy and sad...
I added in two flaps to show my new art supplies that arrived this week; mostly stuff for upcoming workshops.

I want to give a special shout-out to Carolyn Forinash Kirstine and Angel of Hope Animal Rescue for helping us out this week.  We had a sweet little stray kitten show up at our door last week. We don't know where he came from, and despite exhaustive efforts, we couldn't find his owners. Carolyn and AOH were kind enough to offer him shelter and help him find a forever home.  With Carolyn's blessing, I am sharing her Facebook post about the little guy here (isn't he adorable?!)... Thank you so much Carolyn and Angel of Hope!

Here's the whole spread with the flaps open.  At the bottom of the right page is a buddhist prayer that felt right for all the emotion of this week...

For more info about National Nonstop Journaling Month (NaNoJouMo), click here.
For more info about Angel of Hope Animal Rescue, click here.

Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Day 16 of NaNoJouMo: Fauxbonichi...

Hi friends!  It's day 16 of NaNoJouMo, and my page for today comes from my Bullet/Fauxbonichi Journal. I've included the elements from the Fauxbonichi Journalers "Five on Friday" prompt, which include:

1. The fifth sheet down in a paper stack
2. Something calendar related
3. An image of someone special
4. An arrow or two
5. A clock

Day 16:
"We All Grieve In Our Own Way"
The bird on the flower is hand-drawn and colored with Tombow Markers. He is inspired by a photo I saw on pinterest.  The two little kitties are stamps from the Cocoa Daisy December planner kit.  I colored them to represent Willie and Johnny.  :)  The alarm clock is a stamp from the Sweet Stamp Shop.

I wish you a beautiful Monday!  Thanks so much for visiting!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Day 15 of NaNoJouMo: Nite Magic...

Hi again friends!  I love meeting like this every day!  I hope you are enjoying it too!

It's day 15 of National Nonstop Journaling Month - we're halfway there!  Woo hoo!!!  Today's page is one of those that I had barely started, and then gave up on cuz I wasn't happy with how it was going.  I wish now that I would have taken a picture for you to see where it was when I gave up.  Drat.  I will remember next time.  Anyhoo, last night I tried again, and - on a new day, with a fresh perspective everything felt different, and I had alot of fun with it. 

Day 15:
"Nite Magic"
"At nite, when the world has slunk back into it's cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical hour."  ~H.P. Lovecraft

It's no secret that I believe in the magic of night time.  I am at my happiest and most productive when I stay up all night and sleep during the day.  This however, makes it difficult to live in the real world of dentist appointments and lunches with friends.  So I go back and forth, trying to find the balance which continually eludes me.  Do any of you resonate with this?

For more info on NaNoJouMo, click here.

Thank you so much for visiting!  I appreciate you!