This one time I met Adele. No big deal, right? She performed a private holiday concert at a winery in Portland. My friend and fellow music lover, Caitlin, had introduced me to her first album, 19. This was before she blew up with her second album. Caitlin worked some magic, as she knew the owners of this winery and we were able to attend the event by working as security. Basically, we collected tickets and stood watch by Adele's makeshift dressing room until the show started. I remember Adele being really sick, which explains why she looks miserable here. I, however, was really excited and grinning madly.
This month's Scrap Our Stash challenge was inspired by this sketch, with an added challenge to use handmade flowers. I started with a mixed media background (something I hadn't done in awhile) using clear gesso and an array of spray inks. I was happy to read the twist for this challenge and knew exactly what I was going to do for the handmade flowers. I make and sell flower accessories out of die cut wool felt, freeform embroidery, and buttons. I've been making these flowers a lot lately and added four of them to the layout. I enjoyed bringing together two of my crafty hobbies. Play along, create a layout, and link up by May 29th to win a $25 Gift Card.
Several months ago I won an online contest and was given the Office Suite kit from Fancy Pants Designs. I was looking forward to designing with it before it's official release, but then never put it to use. I finally busted it out for this project. The lighter pastels are a departure from my usual palette and a good challenge for me.
I excited to share that one of my scrapbook layouts has been published in the book, Creating With Sketches V3, by Kristine Davidson! Published, folks! As a newbie in the scrapbooking world, I'm happy to be checking off paper crafting goals left and right.
It's funny to me that my last two layouts have featured concerts with big pop icons, as these were bit of a departure for me. I usually attend more indie, folky, singer songwriter shows. Truth be told, I'm not a huge Katy Perry fan, but I think she has some catchy tunes and I appreciated her more after watching her documentary. On the other hand, Jayden loves her so I surprised him with tickets for our ten year (dating) anniversary. Yep, we celebrate both the anniversary of our first date ten years ago and our wedding anniversary five years ago. I think these were two of the best days of my life and I enjoy any excuse for a celebration. The show was ridiculous, but in the best way. There were lots of wild costumes (both in the audience and on stage), background videos, and themes. I danced and sang non-stop right along with the plethora of adolescent girls in the crowd!
If you're interested in purchasing the Creating with Sketches V3 ebook, use the code V3Becky for a 10% discount. You'll find me on page 29! The offer expires on November 1st. The sketch book is gorgeous, with so many creative sketched and layouts. I'm very impressed with my fellow designers and can't wait to use this for further inspiration.
Of course, there's close-ups to share. I used a Heidi Swapp stencil with modeling paste and other Heidi Swapp goodies, like color shine and clear die cut embellishments. Most of the papers are from Amy Tangerine, along with her thickers and a stamp that I embossed and fussy cut. I added the Prism Vision glasses given away at the concert, as I like incorporating memorabilia from the event itself. I colored in the hearts behind the glass lenses with color shine and a glitter pen to model their effects. I think it's a fun, colorful layout and it came together quickly.
Last year I had the opportunity to get "friends and family" tickets for a Beyonce concert and I knew I couldn't pass it up. She wasn't playing near me so I had the genius idea to go see her in Las Vegas. I used to play a lot of poker and travelled to Vegas at least once or twice a year, but as my poker playing dwindled and my travels to other places increased, my trips there stopped. I was excited to go back and have been contemplating another trip recently, but I find that I enjoy myself there for 2-3 nights max and then it's time to get out and fast. The concert also happened to be around the time of one of my friend Josh's 30th birthday and he's a huge Beyonce fan. It worked out perfectly, really. The show was as showy as it gets, with beautiful video projections, pyrotechnics, lots of costume changes, and large dance numbers.
This layout was inspired by two challenges. The first was the sketch from Paper Issues, which I enjoyed and followed pretty closely. The second was the bingo card challenge from Scrap Our Stash. I used the row with the following: arrow, enamel dots, file folder, and three photos.
There are some layouts that you labor over and have a hard time seeing their direction. I have had several of those recently. This one was not one of those, as it came together painlessly and I really enjoyed the process. Here's some close-ups. I distressed, inked and sewed the top and bottom papers. I used paper and chipboard from Crate Paper's DIY Shop collection. I fussy cut the rollers skate, doily, and cassette tape. Most of the other embellishments are from various Heidi Swapp collections.
I spent my Labor Day weekend at the Gorge in Washington watching the Dave Matthews band. The opener was one of my all-time favorites, Brandi Carilile, and there was also a host of other bands at an afternoon music caravan, with my favorite being Blind Pilot. Three nights and four days of camping with great friends and fantastic live music at the most gorgeous music venue. What's not to love? The folks I went with have been upwards of sixteen times. This was my second and I'm already looking forward to the next one.
With this layout I left less white space than normal. I challenged myself to be less retrained, get extra messy, and add even more layers. I like adding items from the photo's experience like the campground bracelet and the ticket stub.
Closeups. Look at that dimension and shadows. I added lots of little details - washi tape, a doily, modeling paste dried and outlined in black pen, a couple Tim Holtz rub ons, stitching, a Heidi Swapp arrow sticker and some color magic ephemera, and border/heart/arrow stamping.
I've travelled a lot this summer and kept wishing I'd packed scrap or art journal materials. This was the first time I actually did it and I found time to get creative two days during camp. Of course, I over packed, but now I have a better idea of what's most useful to bring next time. I started two backgrounds with spray ink/stamps/stencils (including this one!) and art journaled the DMB experience.
This layout was inspired by two challenges. The first being Scrap It Girl's September challenge to use stencils or masks. I used three stencils in this layout, two were used with inking for the background, and the other for the modeling paste dots.
The second is Scrap & Play's school supplies challenge. I cut a lined journal card, added three different washi tapes, and wrote in the righthand corner. There's blue in the photo, the misting and watercolor background, and one of the paper layers. I'd actually originally planned to use more blue, but the green got the best of me.
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.
Every single day it's a struggle to love my body, but I'm working on appreciating it just as it is today. Not when I lose weight or stop eating carbs or get rid of my increasing wrinkles/sun spots/graying hair or imagine what it could be in a year if I exercised harder or if I had more will power. Or or or.
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