Thursday, April 24, 2014

Monthly Paper Kit Club

I've posted a few pictures on Facebook of the beautiful paper kit I received from Cathy Michaels Design... thought I'd give you all a closer look. I love these papers! I love the look of them. I love opening the package and finding all the goodies hidden inside.

Cathy's card with contact information just in case you want to join the club! :)

April's package arrived today. Can't wait to see what's inside!

Cathy Michaels Design Monthly Paper Kit Club

Monday, April 21, 2014

DLP - Week 15

I'm liking this little journal more and more with every week that passes. Not really the journal per se, but the way it's being used. I realize now that I could have used any one of the journals or calendars that I already had, but I went with the Moleskine. Don't know that I'll do that again, have to see if it falls apart before the end of the year or not, that's the true test.

The challenge for Week 15 was Monochrome! I think we need only to do one page for the challenge but I kept it going. Another spread I'm very happy with.

Have a great day!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DLP - Week 14

The group challenge was to write out your name and decorate it. My personal challenge was spring cleaning, and OMG it just gets harder every year. Thank goodness I have a small, (very small), place.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jennibellie's Journal Workshops

Jennibellie has a new Ning site! It's not like I don't have enough on my plate right now, but I thought I'd try the monthly challenges as I can work them around The Documented Life Planner, 52 Pick Up, and Joanne Sharpe's Doodle Arts class. Then I went and joined the Journal 52 Group on Facebook thinking.... heck, I don't know what I was thinking. I just want to see how long I can keep all the balls in the air!

She sure is a beautiful girl, isn't she?

April's Challenge was Messy Monochrome, black and white, and the use of one or two accent colors. I started my page with a stencil background that I painstakingly colored. I colored every little circle and outlined every flower and filled everything in. Then I slapped on this beautiful picture of Rhianna and covered it all up! I've always had a bit of a hard time covering up great backgrounds or what I think looks good enough, but I'm getting braver and not regretting it!

Come visit! Jennibellie's Journal Workshops

Thursday, April 10, 2014

52 Pick Up - Cards 13 - 24

Time to make 12 more cards for Stephanie Ackerman's 52 Pick up. I was going to get a jump on this and start early, so I gessoed 12 cards and let them dry...then Stephanie posted before I did anything else. Thank goodness!! Her idea to use washi tape turned out 12 of the cutest darn cards! I must admit I'm hesitant to cover up all the cuteness, but I suppose I could make more!

Here they are in their natural washi state. I don't know if they'll look this cute when I'm done!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DLP - Week 13

I'm happy with week 13! Our challenge was to have someone else start the page, so a friend just drew lines on the page and that was that. I used Cathy Bluteau's technique that I learned in her 21 Secrets class. It was one of my favorite classes and I think she's still offering it on her website at a reduced rate. It's definitely worth taking! I forgot how much fun it was to make these little decorative squares!

On the inside flap I used photocopies of two of my 52 pick up cards and just colored the hearts to give them more pop. The center page is a collage of some of the items I love using, vintage photos and flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In My Mailbox

It was a great week for mail! I ordered lots of goodies, art stuff, craft stuff, you name it. Two of my favorite things are these books that I love so much.

I've taken a few classes from Joanne and adore her writing and teaching style. This is a woman that absolutely loves what she does! I can't wait to dive into her first book and play. I just signed up for another one of her classes, Doodle Arts and Lettering, and plan on practicing some of those doodles in my DLP!

Art Journaling, by Stampington & Co, just gets better and better. I've been getting this hard cover magazine for several years and not once have I considered cancelling. It never gets old. I was so excited when I received this issue, the spreads are fabulous and there's a great article about Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, one of my all time favorites.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DLP Week 12

Our challenge for week 12 was to cut up a magazine and add it to our DLP. Easy, I thought, I've been cutting up magazines and saving them for eons. But for some reason, this one wouldn't come together for me. My heart wasn't in it. Mercury was in retrograde. Whatever, the reason, it is what it is.