Sunday, February 7, 2016

Imagine Monthly...

Hi friends!  I'm taking a class by a teacher that is brand new to me, and wowza I am having a blast!  The class is called "Imagine Monthly," and the teacher's name is Paivi Eerola.

Paivi is teaching us that if you put tons of really simple things together, you get something luxurious.  It takes the pressure off, and makes the creative process stress-free and so so fun!  We get one lesson per month, for six months.  Here's what I've made so far...

I call this one "Earth Goddess..."

and I named this one "Secret Garden."

I can't wait to see what we are going to learn in March!

You can still sign up if you want to - click here to find out more about "Imagine Monthly."

I love Paivi's teaching style.  She's very kind and encouraging, and oh so talented! Paivi has another class coming up later this month called Inspirational Drawing.  I'm thinking I need to take that one too!

Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a wonderful Sunday, my friends!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Artfully Inspired Life...

Hi friends!  We're closing in on the end of January already - wow!  I've been working in my Artfully Inspired Life journal, and I'm excited to share how it's going with you!

The concept of the workshop is to artfully journal your year; but I had to change it a bit, since I'm already doing that in my Book of Days.  I decided to go with a musical theme, and focus on lyrics.  Each month with learn a new alphabet technique, focus on a new word (of our choosing) and then use the alphabet and word to create pages.  Here's what I've got so far...

Joanne's classes are always so much fun!  I'm excited to find out what's in store for us in February - it's almost here!

If you want to find out more about the workshop, it's not too late - click here to go to the info page.

Thank you so much for visiting!  I wish you a wonderful week!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Tweaking the System...

Hi friends!  At the beginning of the year, I posted how I was going to assign a separate journal for each project, challenge, and class I'm doing in 2016.  Here's what the pile of journals looked like...
I was having lots of fun with all these journals in the beginning; but I started to feel overwhelmed at the idea of keeping all of them up to date.  You are probably saying to yourself - well duh!  But hey, I had to try it!  :)  A few days ago, I got a new idea, and I'm super duper happy about it!  Here's what my pile of journals for 2016 looks like now...

I've now got almost everything combined into the top journal, which I will call my Book of Days.  The bottom two are staying separate.  I shared my Fauxbonichi setup in the last post; and I will show you the Artfully Inspired Life journal later.  But for today, I want to share my Book of Days plan with you...

This journal will combine a handmade weekly/monthly planner, along with (almost) all of my art journaling, in a chronological format.  It will hold:

The Documented Life Project
No Excuses Art Program
Journal 52
Book of Days
and/or any other random journal pages I decide to make.  Here's how it looks so far...

I handbound the journal in an 8x10" size. The cover is canvas, and the inside pages are all 140 lb watercolor paper. I painted it an ombre pink with acrylics and gesso, but still need to decorate it and give it a title...

Inside front cover...

I did the intro page using watercolors and a technique I learned from Danielle Donaldson's "Watercolor Words" DVD...

Then, there's the January quote page...

There's a collage page, which I haven't started yet;  and then comes the monthly view.  Still a work in progress...

The weekly pages, complete with tip-in, of which I only have one finished so far...

Then, my plan is to add in any art journaling pages for January, after the last weekly page.  Haven't gotten to that yet, but I will.  :)

Michael and I laugh about how I am constantly changing systems, but I really think this one is going to work great for this year.  What do you think?

Do you have a system set up for your 2016 creative practice? Was it the first one you came up with, or have you made any revisions?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

Thanks so much for visiting!  Next time, I will share what's in the Artfully Inspired Life book so far.  Have a fabulous Friday!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Do you Kanban?

Hi friends! I hope your Tuesday is off to a great start!

I don't know about you, but I have days when I look at all the different workshops I've signed up for, and all of the different journals I have going, and my head starts spinning!  I can't decide what to work on first, and end up doing nothing but surfing the web, getting lost on youtube or facebook, and all of sudden hours have gone by and I'm mad at myself - AGAIN.  LOL.

I don't think I am alone in this dilemma, so I thought I would share with you what I've been doing to cope with it...

I Kanban!  Have you heard of it?  It's a free website that Michael turned me on to.  He uses it to track all of his college assignments; and I now use it to track my various journal projects too.  Here's a screen capture. (click the image to make it larger)
Right now I am using it in a very simplified way; but you can customize it to make it as detailed as you want to.  I've added a category under "to do" for each of my journals.  The little timer in the bottom left corner is called a pomodoro.  A pomodoro is a 25-minute timed session. Here's a closeup:

Here's how it works...

1.  I click on the category I want to work on, and start the timer.
2. After 25 minutes the alarm goes off and you get a five minute break.
3. During the break, I do stuff like check facebook or stick a load of laundry in the washer.
4. After five minutes the alarm goes off, and I click on the next category on the list and click start again.

I also keep a list in my fauxbonichi that I update every so often. The little green dots mean I have started the project.  Once I've completed it, I highlight the whole line.  On Sunday, I managed to get through the whole list - one pomodoro at a time...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 Fauxbonichi Pages...

Hi friends! I can't believe a whole week has flown by since I've posted! Here's what's been going on in my new Fauxbonichi...

The book I'm using is this Research Notebook.  I'm super happy with the thick gridded paper, and the size (8.5 x 11") allows me to fit lots of stuff on each page - yeayyy!!! (Unfortunately it looks like it is now unavailable; but I did find this one that looks very similar, in case you are looking for one)

One thing about these pages is - they take a long time to finish.  I'm slow, and I don't want to hurry it up - what fun would that be? So I've decided to do bits each day instead of trying to  complete an entire page/day in one sitting.  For example, I've starting completing the heading (except for the weather) the day before, and then filling in the writing the next day. I also sometimes will put the extra things on (like the journaling prompts) on separate days as well.  This is working a lot better, and allowing me to continue playing in this book daily, while completing my other projects at the same time.  Love that.
I did not take that beautiful tree photo.  I got it from the internet.  I love the way the light shows through the frosted branches.

Ever thought about doing this kind of journaling?  It's lots of fun and so relaxing!  The Fauxbonichi Journalers group on Facebook is a great place to start.  It's a fun and super supportive community. Check it out here.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I will be back soon with updates on the other projects I have going.  How is your January going?

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Happy New Year! How's it going so far?

Hi friends!  I can't believe it's already January 9th - eek!  How are you doing?  Do you have any fun creative projects going for the new year?  I've been super busy, but having a great time!  I love this time of year so much - everything is new again! 

This year I'm trying a new approach to journaling, by giving each project/workshop/challenge, it's own journal.  It's been fun setting this up, because each journal is a little different in terms of size and paper type.  (More details on that to come). Here's what I've got so far...
Left to right:  Book of Days, Wanderlust, Fauxbonichi, Artfully Inspired Life, Documented Life and Journal 52. 

I'm also taking part in No Excuses, and a workshop called Imagine monthly.  Haven't figured out how I will approach those just yet.

Here's a list of the journaling workshops I'm taking, with a short, "unofficial" description.  There's a link for each one that will take you to the page with more information and registration info.  I hope it's helpful...

Book of Days
Teacher: Effy Wild
Goes all year.  In-depth with multiple elements, such as: monthly themes, oracle card pulls, daily journaling prompts and much more.  Focuses on mixed media.

Facilitated by Everything Art, with 26 guest teachers
Goes all year. Combination of  learning about mixed media product usage and miscellaneous techniques. Focuses on mixed media and exploring a variety of styles.

Artfully Inspired Life
Teacher: Joanne Sharpe
Goes all year.  Fill up a mixed media journal with beautiful art, new lettering techniques, and journaling.  Focuses on watercolor and lettering, and lots of bright colors!

Documented Life Project 2016: The UnPlanner
Teachers: Art to the Fifth Women
Another year-long project, that uses a ring-bound planner system to document memories in a unique and artsy way. 

Imagine Monthly
Teacher: Paivi Eerola
This class goes for six months - January - June, with a new mini-class each month.  The intention is to get you thinking outside the box to create art that is uniquely you!

I'll be back soon to share how it's going with each workshop.  So far, I am LOVING them all!

I hope your new year is going well so far!  Thanks for visiting and I will see you again soon!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

It's New Year's Eve! And the last day of the Top 2000 Countdown!

Hi friends!  Yeehaw!  It's almost my favorite holiday - New Year's Day!  I get so excited this time of year!  The anticipation of a fresh start, plus all of the new classes starting up!  Inspiration truly is everywhere right now!!!

Before we get to that tho, I want to pay tribute to this year, and celebrate one more day of the Top 2000 Party!  Today, we are counting down #258 - #1!

You know that feeling you get when you are listening to a song, and you think "wow, this is the most beautiful song ever written?"  That's how I feel when I hear this song.  The fact that it's #68 and it's only 1 year old, tells me I am not alone...

by Ed Sheeran

I couldn't decide between two versions of this song to share with you, so I'll give you both!

First - my favorite - an acoustic gem...

and here's the official video - also lovely...

I want to thank Marit Barentsen, for hosting this awesome party again this year!  It's always a hilight of the year for me, and I appreciate all of the hard work she does to coordinate it.  Thank you Marit!  Don't forget to hop on over to her blog and see the final creations from everyone!

Thank you so much for visiting, and I will see you in 2016!!! 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Day Six of the Top 2000 Party...

Hi friends! I can't believe it's already the second to last day of the countdown!  I have somehow strained my left wrist, so I'm typing this post with one hand.  Ack!  You might know I would injure myself right before New Years Day, when all my new journaling classes start - LOL.  Oh well. Maybe I will miraculously recover overnite! I hope so, cuz tomorrow's page isn't finished yet!

Anyhoo, today we are counting down songs #567 - #259. I have two pages to share...

by Avicii
I was really inspired by the video for this song!

Check it out...

Here's my second page for today...

by Bon Jovi
I love these old scrapbook pages. They bring back such good memories of Scrapping The Music!

Here's the video. Enjoy!

Head on over to Marit's blog to see all of the artist's creations!

Thanks so much for visiting, and I will see you tomorrow for the last day of the countdown!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Day Five of the Top 2000

Hi friends!  It's time for Day Five of the Top 2000 party!  Today we are counting down from #872 to #568, and I've got two pages to share with you...

When Michael and I were in Las Vegas last year, we saw the show "Rock of Ages," and it was awesome!  It was a story built around all the big 80's rock songs - SO MUCH FUN!  When I saw "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake on the list, it made me think of Rock of Ages immediately; so I did a little tribute...

by Whitesnake
The photo is scanned from the program that we got at the show.  I did the background with Dylusions Spray Ink, and added lots of stickles glitter.

Here's the video for Here I Go Again.  Classic 80's stuff here!

And here is a scrapbook page from the days of old.  I loved making this one...

by Jason Mraz

This video really makes me miss summertime!  Check it out...

Don't forget to check out Marit's blog to see all the artwork submitted for today's songs!

Thanks for visiting and I will see you again tomorrow!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Day Four of the Top 2000 - singing along with Justin Timberlake and Jason Mraz...

Hi friends!  We are moving right along with day 4 of the Top 2000 party, where we countdown songs #1180 - #873!

Again, I have two pages to share; the main one that I made for my Top 2000 journal, and another older scrapbook layout....

by Justin Timberlake
This song has ALOT of lyrics, so I filled the whole background with them; and everything else went on top.  I made a mask from a photo I found online and sprayed some dark dylusions and adirondack mists over it.  There are so many good lines in this song, it was hard to choose one to highlight!

Here's Justin performing Mirrors on the Ellen show...

I am having fun throwing a few of my old scrapbook layouts into the mix this year.  Here's one that pays tribute to #962...

by Nina Simone

Enjoy the video...

I hope you are enjoying counting down the Top 2000 songs with me!  Click here to go to Marit's blog and see what everyone is creating!

Thanks for visiting and I will see you tomorrow for Day Five!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Day Three: For What It's Worth and Love Shack...!

Hey friends!  I've got two pages to share for today's portion of the Top 2000 party, which is counting down from #1487 - #1181 of the Top 2000 songs of all time!

This first song was written by Stephen Stills, and is actually about the Sunset Strip riots of 1966/67; but is also considered a vietnam war anthem.  I feel the lyrics still apply today. In my collage, I merged photos of protests from the 1960's through now...

by Buffalo Springfield

Enjoy this classic video!

Moving along to the second page...

When I saw Love Shack on the list, I immediately thought of a layout I did years ago for the Scrapping the Music challenge blog.  I had so much fun with this one, I wanted to include it here. It stars my two buddies Johnny and Willie...

by the B-52's

Check out this live version of the song...

Thanks so much for visiting, and don't forget to head over to Marit's Blog to check out all the other artists work!

See you tomorrow for Day Four of the Top 2000 party!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Day Two of the Top 2000...

Hi friends! We are moving on to day two of the Top 2000 party!

The song I picked for today goes in a bit of a different direction than yesterday...

Coming in at #1806, it's "No Rain," by Blind Melon
I used watercolors for this one. I wanted to create a completely different feeling - more light and whimsical.

This is seriously one of my favorite videos of all time!  I just love the little bee girl and her search for appreciation. I can certainly relate to this message...

I hope you are enjoying the Top 2000 party!  Click here to go to Marit's blog and see what songs everyone created art for on day two!