Moms Never Get a Day Off…

But I took one today!! I have been sick all week and today was the first day I felt like a human being again. To celebrate, I took all the kids to school then came home and created for 3 solid hours. I had the house completely to myself, so I cranked up the Pandora, drug out all of my supplies from their various hiding places, and went to work!

The first thing I did was some catching up on my LifeBook pages. I am really far behind, but determined to complete most of the lessons before the end of the year so I can be prepared for LifeBook 2014 (registration just opened up this week!).

Here is my project from Week 30-a lesson from Dina Wakley. This was a quick and easy journal page to put together. I used some old book paper, a gelli print, some stencils, Dylusions ink in white and fuchsia, and Cobalt blue acrylic paint.

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The next page I did was also a quickie. It’s from Week 41 of LifeBook. I was going to use a gelli print from my stash, but since I had the time I figured I’d just make a new one :). I like the way the colors worked together on this simple, but pretty page.

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Well that is all I have to share for now. I hope to get at least three more lessons caught up over the weekend, but we will have to see how that goes 🙂

Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

I’m Dylusional!! :)

When I get obsessed I go all out…and that is exactly what happened when I discovered the awesome stamp sets by Dyan Reaveley!! I’ve been using the Dylusions spray inks for quite a while now, but never looked into any of her other products. Don’t ask me why, I can’t believe it took me so long 🙂 So I had myself a mini spending spree and ordered several stamp sets and stencils, as well as her Art Journal. Let me just say that I have quite a number of art journals with all different types of papers, etc., but this one takes the cake! The size is perfect and the papers are just made for mixed media. They hold up really well to all of the spraying, layering, and stamping. No buckling or curling at all. I am in love 🙂 With that said, I’d like to share a few pages that I whipped up using the stamps, inks, stencils, and magazine bits. I also used the Silks by Luminarte, which I am also in love with. The colors are really vibrant and I love playing with them!
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I have another journal that is small (5 x 7) filled with a kraft colored paper that I occasionally work in. I am using a heart theme throughout this one. I thought I’d share a few pages of this one also. It is still a work in progress 🙂
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Well, that is all for now. Stay tuned though, I have some really big and exciting news to share with everyone later this month. I can’t wait! 🙂

Having Some Fun in my Art Journal

I’ve been sneaking a few moments here and there in my art journal. It’s such a great feeling to just be able to work on a background or do a little bit of doodling. Eventually I will finish an entire journal! Right now I have about 3 books that I work in plus loose papers that will get bound together for LifeBook when that is done. 

So here are a few spreads that have been many months in the making. I find myself going back and adding things or redoing things all of the time, it seems I can never leave well enough alone! 

Right now I am having a serious love affair with washi tape in my journals. It adds just the right amount of color and pattern in the background. I love the fact that it is sort of transparent, so it doesn’t take away from your background, but rather helps to enhance it. I’ve also taken a tip from Donna Downey and started trying to use up some of those old letter stickers from Scrapbooking that I have in my stash. It’s been fun mixing and matching whatever I have on hand.

Take care of yourselves and have a fabulous weekend!

LifeBook Week 2 and 3

Hi everyone! Continuing on my LifeBook 2013 journey with a post this week on my projects from Week 2 and Week 3. Week 2 we had a bonus assignment from Monica Zuniga in which she is encouraging us to ‘set our True Intentions’ for the year. I’ve created a mixed media girl out of stamps that I had in my stash and a copyright free image I found (the face) online. These are words that I hope to remain mindful of throughout this year.
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Week 3’s lesson is from Christy Tomlinson, who is one of my most favorite artists. I was having a discussion with one of the ladies on LifeBook earlier today and she was talking about sell out artists and remaining true to yourself. I think that Christy is definitely someone who remains true to her style and I appreciate that about her. I also realized that I need to stay true to myself and my style as well. For a while I had it in my head that I when I’m taking these classes my stuff needs to be in the same style as the teacher. While I’ve enjoyed dabbling in watercolors and sketching, I truly know now that my real style is bold and bright and colorful. And that I can translate that style into the assignments and lessons. I’m not trying to make pretty, perfectly drawn pastel colored art. It’s just not who I am. It feels good to finally understand that and embrace it! So with that in mind, we learned a really cool foil and coffee filter technique to make a bloom. Here is what I did with that:
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Well, off to feed the kids some lunch. Hope you all have a wonderful day! 🙂

Laugh, Smile, Dream….

I did this double page in my journal about 2 weeks ago, but never got around to putting it up. Sometimes I feel brave enough to try and paint a person. They usually never have faces (I’m not THAT brave yet! LOL). I really love the way the colors came together in this page. I was in a calm and relaxed mood when this was being worked on, and I feel like that carried over in my choice of colors and words.

I hope you all have a great week and find time to make something pretty as well! 🙂