Showing posts with label journal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label journal. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Art Journal #3

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I'm back to art journaling! 
I love art journaling.  I'm on journal #3 since I first decided to dive into this art form.  

One of my favorite places to find journal inspiration is Pinterest! You can find my "journal" board here.  As far as materials I use, I tend to go for saved scraps from the mail or magazines, cute tape, photographs, paint, and a few store-bought papers and embellishments.  
My journals previously have been a Smash journal, and a homemade one from cardboard pieces.  The design of the pages were mainly collaged elements.  For this new journal I've been enjoying using collage, photographs, and watercolors/acrylic paints on the pages.  Adding in the paint element has been super fun for me.  From what I can tell, it seems like most people use mainly just paper elements and photographs or paint. Not necessarily both.  But I like both, so here it goes! 

This is a little work in progress view of a page I'm in love with and don't want to ruin by working too quickly.  My craft room/studio stays very messy while I work on my journal and I like that!  It's easy to pick right back up where I left off.  

So how about you? Do you art journal?  Why or why not? 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday favorites.

Did you use to watch the line-up of TGIF shows when you were a kid?! Family Matters...Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Step by Step...
Ok, nothing to do with this post but I seriously remember anticipating getting to watch these shows on Friday evening.  So funny! 

I have a post coming up soon about a real world look at my eating/working how a "normal" gal actually approaches health.  But who wants to read about that on a Friday afternoon?  Not me.  :)  Let's have some fun instead!  

I thought I'd share a few of my share-able art journal pages, along with some favorite links from the world wide web.  A few Friday favorites that will hopefully brighten your weekend before it's even started!  

I've been a lot more personal in this art journal so these are the pages I feel ok sharing for now.  I think of the verse that says Mary treasured these things in her heart.  I have learned lately to start treasuring more and talking less.  
My original goal was to create a page a day.  But let's be honest, some days you're just not feeling it or are running on very little sleep.  So those days wait.  

I actually went back yesterday and added a bit more excitement to some of the pages, more color, pattern, etc.  So what you're seeing today are the pages after I've worked on them several times.
You'll want to ponder this poem for a bit.... trust me.

Journaling much? 
I'd love to hear about it. 

The internet can be such a kill-joy, can't it?  
Sometimes, yes.  
So that's why I only stick to reading what consistently fills my mind with good, happy, thought-provoking things. 

Here are a few favorites for your Friday I encourage you to check out! 

and for extra fun, you should browse my Pinterest boards! I was going to put my favorite pictures up but realized I could never narrow it down. :)

Happy Weekend! What are your plans?
Please include: paint, warm covers, music, coffee, hand-holding, and photography. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Art Journal #3: Prepping to start.

Over the last year I'm happy to say I've created two art journals. 
I love that. 
This blog is so much a story-teller for me. But there are some things you just need paper and glue and paint and washi tape to tell.  It's the same reason I need pages to fold over when I'm reading a book.  I need to touch and feel and experience a journal and book, beyond the computer screen.  

My first journal I started and finished last February was a Smash journal.  I think those are a great starting point for art journaling because the pages are already decorated somewhat.  You can get as creative or quick as you'd like.  You can google "Smash journal" or an even better option, search on Pinterest to see what kind of journal this is.  The options are endless with a Smash journal and there are some really neat examples out there! 

The second journal I created was more of an art journal, meaning I made the pages myself and got a bit more expressive with paint, phrases, my words, and magazine pictures I'd cut out.  I LOVED, loved creating this.  You can see the full story here.

This time around I wasn't sure what direction to go. I loved my last art journal so much I wanted to be able to experience that same freedom and creativity in my new journal.  However, I wanted more of a book feel, instead of the cardboard pages with holes punched in the top.  That tended to get a bit messy when looking through the journal which is something both Anna Ruth and I do a lot!  

Today I want to show you what I decided to use for my new art journal.  I spent some time yesterday organizing the random bits I had stowed in Ziploc bags in my journaling basket to get fully prepared to jump in with both feet.
 I looked at quite a bit of Project Life supplies and loved almost every bit.  Except for the price tag.  The albums are just so expensive and a bit out of my price range for now.  Instead, I found this album at Target.  It is the perfect size and was found on the office supply aisle.  
I also bought this pack of art supply paper and am going to cut each large sheet of paper in two to fill the binder with.  
 Even though I liked the floral design that was already printed on the three-ring binder I decided to cover the journal in fabric.  I've had my eye on this fabric, designed by Juliana Horner, for a long time at Joanns.  I just couldn't justify the cost of buying a bunch, but yet it was so, so pretty!  So this journal was the perfect reason to buy just a tiny bit.  I hot-glued the fabric to to the journal to fully cover the outside.
Not the most perfect job in the world, but a good enough job.  I'll show you the finished cover after I add a few more embellishments.  
 The next thing I did to prepare for my new journal was organize the things I like to journal with.  I pulled out my most favorite berry basket (EVER) and put Instagram pictures in the front (printed from Walgreens), and all the little random paper bits behind it.  I save almost everything when it comes to paper.  Even the junk mail envelopes, because the clear insert where the address shows through is an interesting feature that can be used for a pocket on your scrapbook page.
 This cute box was one I saved from party supplies at Target.  Good job Target (as always) on including colorful and fun design EVERYWHERE, even on your packaging.  It worked out great for tape and magazine cut-outs I like.  Words, pictures, ideas....
 This jar holds all of the chipboard pieces and tags/labels.

And this green container was perfect for holding the journaling cards I'll be using!

I set all the containers, along with my watercolors, alphabet stamps and stamp pad, all together in this favorite basket of mine.  

And guess what? I've already journaled!  My goal is to journal one page a day, preferably in the morning after I've read my bible. 

This morning I woke up earrrrrly and read my bible, drank some water, and journaled a page before the girls woke up.  And I have to say I was my best self when they woke.  :)  Or at least, as close as possible to my best self before coffee. 

I'll share more of my journaling process soon! 
Are you journaling?
I hope so. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Finished: My First Art Journal

Remember how I started the PAGES series and was introducing you to the idea of art journaling? 
Well, I kinda have to apologize because I ran ahead and finished.  I hope I left you standing in your tracks, art journal in hand with your mouth hanging open.  Because that would at least mean you started the art journaling journey TOO and wouldn't that be a fabulous thing?!

But if not, maybe this post will inspire you to jump right in! 

Something unique about my personality is that I love to share.  As soon as I finish a project that I like or even love I immediately want to share it with someone.  Either by giving it to someone, sharing the idea on the blog, or by gathering friends together to give it a try.  Finding that many brave souls to clear schedules and expectations with to share each project hasn't really happened for me yet.  

So today, grab a cup of caffeine and something sweet and let's share, shall we?
 I don't know what it is about art journaling that is so incredibly soothing and relaxing to me.  A perfect Friday night is me, tucked away in my craft room, with easy listening music and visits from Brett, popping in to see what I'm up to.  He is tremendously interested in MY interests.  Sweet man that he is.  
 I used a lot of magazine pages, photographs, paint, tape, and art journaling cards for this particular notebook.
 Some of the journaling cards were left blank, so that I can go back and jot a note down later.  A lot of the pages have my current dreams, realities, hopes, prayers, etc.  for this current phase of life.  

This art journal is a piece of my heart.  It shows exactly who I am, entering 2014.  
I've read thoughtful post after thoughtful post the last few days, beautiful and broken summaries of 2013.   Goals, ideas, words for the year for 2014.  

I always say that photographs say things to me, that words can't. 

These photos are my recap of 2013 and my "hello" to 2014.  
It's going to be a giving year, full of imagination, wonder, surprises, and probably some brokenness.
I'm ready. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pages lately.....from the PAGES series!

 My friends, I must be honest. 
With the arrival of Christmas season, Betsy Grace's first birthday, Christmas cards, photography sessions.........I just haven't gotten around to my art journal pages quite as much.  But, I did pull a few pages together here and there over the last few weeks and I definitely intend to get back to this more regularly.  It's something that soothes and makes my eyes happy afterwards. :)  

Here's a look at what I've been up to lately! 
I used my newest pack of Instagram photos from Origrami on some of these. 

Journaling any? 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Now what? Choosing a theme for your PAGES

Have you joined in with the art journaling series I'm doing?  Sometimes it's rather lonely on this side of the screen because I don't know if anyone else is interested in the ideas I'm posting or not.  But as the great Julia Child once said "Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it."  And this my friends, is something I am tremendously excited about. 
So you all know how much I love creating and jumping right into projects.  But I'll admit, this art journaling even had me stumped at first.  I had all my pages assembled (catch up here!), a ton of magazine clippings and other supplies but just didn't know where to start.  I mean, what was I supposed to do with it now? 

So, I decided to think of one theme and gather pictures and words that related to it.  For this particular theme I was thinking about this autumn and how rich and lovely it's been.  Anything that had kind of an orangey/yellow color scheme or words that reminded me of where I am personally this autumn I chose.  I laid it all out on the counter like this, before I ever made my first page.
It was much, much easier to choose from these items to create a few pages than look at ALL my supplies at once.  Here's a look at the pages I ended up creating. 

Some are left with extra room to write, like this particular one.  I can always go back later and write down my thoughts.

See, that wasn't so hard!  
My only criteria for myself is that I must make each page to the best of my ability and LET GO of perfectionism.  No being too hard on myself! 

These pics were taken with my phone because I'm working on this journal most often at night or for a few minutes while the girls nap.  It's such an easy little breather to fit in.  

So tell me-are you art journaling yet?