Here's a quick post sharing some cards I've made lately. With many of these I explored resist techniques using distress markers and clear heat embossing. I really enjoy the results and look forward to experimenting more.
Here's my third scrapbook challenge this week. Hot damn, I'm on a roll! It's helped to have the last week off of work. This one was inspired by the Scrap Around The World blog and this fantastic mood board. I enjoy that this blog features international work and they encourage art journals and mixed media participation.
Update 7/4/14 - While I didn't win, I won honorable mention for this layout. I'll take it! The winners were gorgeous and impressive. Not too shabby for my first set of challenges.
In the last two challenges I tried to incorporate as many mood board aspects as possible. Similarly, I had initial plans to incorporate bikes, flowers, and stripes into this one. Instead, I focussed on two features. First, and most evidently, the colors white, black and yellow. Yellow used to be one of my least favorite colors, but it's grown on me in recent years. So much so that I painted my craft room a light shade of it. My second inspiration from the mood board was the theme and word love, as this is one of my favorite photos of my sweetie. I wasn't feeling this layout until it all came together and now it might be my favorite to date.
Inspired by Life.Paper.Scrapbook, I'm participating in another mood board challenge! So much to love about this mood board - the colors, the layers, the theme of travel and adventure, the whole shebang. I didn't know it at the time, but I believe this is why I started a blog in the first place. I wanted to connect with a community of other creative folks and I think these scrapbook challenges are the perfect way to do just that. I could (and do!) spend hours looking at other scrapbook blogs, pinterest, and instagram photos. I'm inspired, learn techniques, and share with other crafty folk. And, if you know me, you know I'm motivated by a challenge and the possibility of winning something. It's perfect, really.
In anticipation of my upcoming trip to Puerta Vallarta (less than 3 weeks now!), I used a photo from my last trip to Mexico with two of my dearest friends. I'm continuing to experiment with mixed media backgrounds on white card stock before adding layers of fabric, paper, and embellishments. I'm a slow scrapbooker, taking hours to decide where to place small details, but I really enjoy the thought process.
I'm participating in my first mood board challenge inspired by Jot Magazine! The colors are a little more natural and muted than those I typically gravitate towards, but it's gorgeous and I appreciated the challenge. The mint is fantastic. I'm totally enamored with this online magazine. I really don't know anyone into scrapping so it's nice to find such a thriving and inspiring online community. I'm so excited to participate in more of these that I have two more already in the works for other challenges.
I used one of my favorite photos of my pup, Bruno. It was a warm summer day, we'd just played ball, and she was totally blissed out. She's our spitfire of a dog, high energy, free spirited, and keeps me on my toes. I had the name Bruno picked out before getting her, knowing her personality, or her sex. She totally fits her name and, while I didn't think about it prior, I've since found it appropriate that the word "no" is in her name.
This page was in honor of Oregon becoming the nineteenth jurisdiction with the freedom to marry for queer couples. We attended the Oregon United for Marriage victory party held at Montgomery Park. It was a beautiful night with gorgeous friends. Inspired by the scrapping of Umenorskan, I started with a mixed media background using a variety of stencils, stamps and drops of spray ink. This is much different than the type of scrapbooking I did years ago. I like the idea of starting with white paper and building layers with ink and paper before adding embellishments. I'm looking forward to much more experimenting.
I have an insatiable need for creativity right now and I'm thoroughly enjoying all forms of paper crafting once again. I've been so focused on other forms of creativity (mostly quilting and embroidery) the last few years that it's been a long time since I've busted out my stamps and dug through my stacks of paper that have been collecting dust. Art journaling helped me rediscover my interest in scrapbooking, only this time I'm integrating mixed media techniques. This is a messier, less refined, and free-form type of scrapping and I adore it. Namely, it lets me use my scrapbooking tools in new ways.
Here's a recent page I made for my friend Katy's birthday in tribute to her two adorable dogs.
Week five of Brene Brown's e-course highlights the importance of music, song and dance in living a wholehearted life. Don't I know it. While my favorites have changed throughout the years, music has always been vitally important to me. I've often dreamt of being a singer, playing an instrument, joining a band, and going on tour. My first career aspirations were to be a singer, namely Madonna. Much to my family's disdain, I loved to sing, loudly, and with lots of emotion. Unfortunately, I wasn't gifted with any musical talent whatsoever. For real. While my voice leaves much to be desired, my enthusiasm for music continues.
Now one of my favorite activities is attending the concerts of the musicians I adore. With summer quickly approaching, I'm particularly thrilled about the onset of outdoor concerts. Portland has some fantastic venues and I have a slew of amazing concerts lined up in the next few months. My wallet cries, but my heart is happiest watching live music, singing along with friends, and dancing as the sun fades.
This week's art journal prompt was to create an authenticity playlist with a song that lifts you up, a song that you love to dance to, a song you want to sing along to, a song to get you through tough times, and a feisty song. Creatively, I believe this is my favorite art journal spread to date and the process came easily. The hardest part of this journal was determining my favorite song for each category. I quickly decided not to limit myself to just one and picked three songs for each. As I was creating the page, I had an actual playlist of these songs on in the background. Our house is typically filled with music, but it was little louder and there was even more dancing this week.
Here's some closeups of the pages and my favorites for each category.
What is my superpower or that thing I'm area I excel? What's the kryptonite or the aspects of my superpower that aren't serving me well? These are questions I continued to explore in week 4 of Brene Brown's art journaling e-course. This is also the week that prompted me to finally share my blog with others. I'd been blogging for weeks, but had only shared it with a couple folks. In declaring that I will own my superpower, I decided I will own my creative expression and share it publicly via facebook, instagram, and pinterest. Here I go being vulnerable and letting my protective walls down. I kept asking myself, what am I so afraid of? Why am I hiding my passion from others? I am an imperfect artist or writer and why does that matter to me so much? What am I losing out on for fear of vulnerability?
I also kept ruminating on this quote from Teddy Roosevelt that Brene shared in Daring Greatly: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
I stewed on several ideas (and had a productive therapy session where I explored this further) before deciding upon "leader" as my superpower. I've spent the last few years trying to shy away from being a leader, both socially and professionally, but it's who I am and I'm working to own it. Of course the kryptonite came to me easily.