I love a good stencil, so I've been adding a few Stencil Girl ones to my collection with their monthly kits. (disclaimer: I'm just a happy customer, they didn't pay me to write this blog post.) I used the 9" x 12" peacock stencil from the January 2014 kit for these postcards I made for a postcard swap.
(disclaimer: I'm just a happy customer, they didn't pay me to write this blog post.)
Here's a close-up of it...
For the swap we needed to have a 6 word sentence that's a life memoir on it, so this was mine.
I used my ScanNCut to create the cards...to create it I just took the heart shape, duplicated it, and then overlapped them slightly where the card's spine would be. Next I scanned in my gelli printed paper so that I could line up the cards and the painted part of the paper I wanted to use.
Here's how it looked when it was cut out... Next, I just added some embellishments... Quick and Easy AND cute! So easy that kids could even do it!
Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.
It's taken me awhile to get back into the swing of things at home and here on my home-sweet-home online. I'm back on track eating clean and healthy, getting exercise in everyday (thanks to yoga and my new Fitbit!), and I'm working on getting caught up on all the email you've sent me and whipping up some blog posts. Yay me!
So without further ado, here is the reveal video of all the awesome art my Instagram friends created in our art journal swap...
As you saw, my original journal (see photo below) was lost in the mail...which is sad, but it's just what happens sometimes when you're mailing things between different countries. I am so thankful for Sandie though. She organized getting all the ladies to create new journal pages for me AND created a new journal for me too. So sweet of her!!
2014! Can you believe it!!! It seems like yesterday was Y2K, LOL, and yet here we are. Well, with the start of the new year comes about a million different crafty, scrapbooking, or mixed media ideas and classes and I've heard a lot of great things about The Documented Life project, and I love all the things I've seen people do so far, but the "problem" with it for me is that I already scrapbook Project Life and I keep my calendars and to-do lists digitally so, for me, it doesn't really have a place. BUT, like any great idea, I've altered it! I decided to grab a big 8.5" x 11"ish calendar book instead of a moleskin and use that. And instead of recording my to-do's, schedule, and appointments I'm recording my gratitude, blessings, and notes from my quiet time with God.
In the monthly calendar section I'll record my daily gratitude.
And add some doodling and artsy stuff as the month goes on. Here's just a start of what I have...
Each month has a "notes" section that I'll journal something in. Here's this month's...
My One Little Word for this year is "joy"...joy in the good and the bad through my relationship with Jesus.
I will post photos of how this project/my life is going through out the year. I think I'll label them "soul journal" so you can click over ---------> there in the categories and find it if you need to.
This weekend I'm at Fitcation '13 in beautiful Paso Robles, CA! I'm really looking forward to all the exciting activities and connecting with fellow bloggers "in real life". It's so easy to stay home and work when you have a work-at-home business, but I'm realizing more and more how important it is for me to make those connections with other women who are in the same boat. Plus this particular get together is going to rock!
Well a new month means a new art journal page to do in my #FJSWAP art journal. In case you're new here, here's the scoop on it. Some instagram friends and I are swapping art journals every month...and it's so fun! I'm also happy to report that I've got over my fear of working in other peoples journals. :)
So here's my finished pages for this month:
I actually recorded a video of me making this page, you can check it out here or watch it below. Now we're supposed to keep it secret who's journal we have each month, but since the owner of this journal added the loops of beads to the cover I'm pretty sure she can guess who's this is LOL. (So if this is your journal then don't spoil the surprise by watching this video!!)
And here's some close ups of the finished pages...
I love, love, love my gelli plate for making mono-prints! I have a big box of papers that I went to town on painting so now I have a ton of fodder for collages and other mixed media projects. I dug through my box to find a couple of sheets to use to make a paper quilt and then cut them into 1/5" strips. I then adhered them to a sheet of 12" x 12" paper.
I put them down in a patchwork like fashion so that it would look quilt like.
Then I did zig-zag stitches down every row.
And then framed it. I initially hung it up here, but I think it's too small to go there so I'm moving it to another wall...but I really like how it turned out. Ignore all the dog stuff in this shot...it's a real life photo. ;)
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