Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sewing 101

My daughter bought her first sewing machine yesterday with the money that her Grandmother sent her. It was an interesting day that included a trip to the library for a sewing 101 book - a day of laughter & a little frustration:) Now its time for trick or treating.
Happy Halloween Bloggers!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Art Journal Page

When I created this art journal page it was Sunday evening. I journaled about my hopes for the week. I am trying to stay more positive about the start of the week, enjoying something each day. I have to say though I am still looking forward to the weekend! One day away . . .

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

My New Bound Art Journal!

I finished binding/creating my own art journal. Now I just hope that it holds up:) I'll let you know if it makes it through all the gluing, painting, ripping, and collaging.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Art Journal Pages

This is the result of just playing in my art journal and not thinking while creating. I just glued, painted, and then journaled. It was kind of fun to just stand back and look at the finished product & try to make sense of it!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Movie Recommendation

It has been a busy few days with having to work on Saturday - yuck! I am so glad that it is Sunday. During this busy, chaotic week I made time to go to the movies with my daughter. We went to see the movie, Where the Wild Things Are, on Friday evening. I recommend it to anyone - its magical!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Past Photos

I love looking at past photos & thinking about the changes that have occurred since that time. Wow its almost insane too consider all the changes that have taken place in my life.

I completed a journal page with this old photograph of my daughter & I & then wrote about the changes (the journaling occurred in the evening not the morning - still working on that goal:) .

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ocean View

I love the Adobe Photoshop program. I decided to change my view from my front window. No longer is it a view of a house, but of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. If only life was like a photoshop program:)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


After using that small book for my art journal, I felt overwhelmed looking at the large blank pages staring back at me. So I decided that I would journal on one side and create a collage on the opposite side. My plan is to journal in the morning and collage in the evening. I'll let you know if I stick to it, mornings are a little hectic here:)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Think Monday . . . Think ATC

Today's theme for Think Monday . . . Think ATC was punk. I loved the theme. I used images from Teesha Moore's Zettiology collage sheet - thought they fit punk perfectly!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Art Journal Page

I have always wanted to try the Caran d' Ache water-soluble crayons. I finally picked some up at the craft store & I am already in love with them! You just dip the crayons in water and start writing or doodling. The doodles/writing on my page is the black water-soluble crayon. I highly recommend buying a set if you enjoy art journaling.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Art Journal Completed!!

I love the feeling of completing an art journal & the starting of a new one. My mom sent me the journal behind the completed one. I love it & its small so I plan to use this art journal while I bind my own. I plan to use Traci Bautista's book, Collage Unleashed, to walk me through the steps of book binding. Wish me luck!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"Bucket List"

A coworker was telling me that after watching the movie, Bucket List, her & her friend created a bucket list (i.e. list of things to do before they die). One of the items on their bucket list was to see Cher in concert & guess what - they flew to her concert in Las Vegas & said that it was an unforgettable experience! You have to wonder if they would have made it happen if they hadn't recorded it on their "bucket list".

I journal back & forth with my friend & we created our own version of the bucket list - I figured why wait, might as well start now! Our list is 30 things to do in our 30s! & when we hit 40 it will be 40 things to do in our 40s:) What would you put on your bucket list?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Morning Journaling

I was looking at a recent blog post about morning pages (see pinchmetoseeifyouredreaming - link on side bar of my blog) & I decided to try it out. I usually am in the art room late in the evening, working in my art journal. I never really thought about the difference between recording events vs. just being in that moment & journaling whatever comes to mind. It was fun to just change things up. Give it a whirl, when you wake up in the morning tomorrow - start journaling!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Think Monday . . . Think ATC

Today's theme for TMTA was autumn impressions. Autumn makes me think of home with the trees turning bright, beautiful shades of red, yellow, orange, & gold. Just thinking about it makes me miss home:(

On a lighter note for today, my daughter & I went to the movies to watch Fame. It's a good one, catch it at the movies if you still can!

Credits: Time stamp & home image from Life's Journey collection from K & C Co.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Good Finds

I went to Barnes & Noble bookstore today & spent time looking through all the new art magazines (i. e. Somerset Memories, Art Journaling, & Somerset Studio, etc.) & browsing the art books (i.e. Image Transfer Workshop, Journaling Bliss, & Wreck This Journal, etc.). There is so much inspiration right at our fingertips - check out the craft section next time you visit a B&N and you'll see what I'm talking about:)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

enjoying Saturday

After working 12 days in a row, it feels like such a relief to have a day off. I haven't blogged for a few days because of my work schedule. I really missed the art room aka "bat cave". This week helped me realize what is important to me.

Credits Female image & ruler transparency from artchix studio collage sheet.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Searching 4 Balance

"What I dream of is an art of balance". by Henri Matisse

Monday, October 5, 2009

Think Monday . . . Think ATC

Today's theme for TMTA was cities. So I chose one that I would love to visit . . . Paris, France. I did something different for this ATC. I took a photocopy of one of my chubby book pages and cut it up and used on the ATC background. I have read that other collage artists use photocopies of their art journal pages/art work and use the photocopies in future art. I enjoyed updating the elements from the chubby book page & recreating the look of my original collage.

Credits: Artchix collage sheet images.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Art Journal Page

I had to work this weekend. I really missed being home, spending time with family, & of course the art room (which my husband has coined as my "bat cave"). I managed to complete one journal entry this weekend amongst the work day.

Credits: Images from artchix studio collage sheets.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Art Journal Page

One of the many reasons that I love art journaling is that at times it becomes more about self-discovery than documentation of daily events.

Credits: Sculpture in Taos, NM & transparencies from artchix studio collage sheet.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Collage Canvas Friday

looking for hope.

Credits: Female image from artezine, Clock stamp by Stampin Up, Grunge board by Tim Holtz, and rub-on transfers by 7gypsies.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Stop & Smell the Roses

Just a reminder to slow down & enjoy every minute. At times I dread the days ahead because of some anxiety provoking task or another, but I'm trying to just remember that every moment holds potential even in the most unpleasant of situations.

Credits: Girl image from artsy collage & time stamp by stampin up.