Friday, 21 November 2014

Doodles in My Art Journal: A Class Recap

Hello Friends,

As I mentioned earlier this week, I have an art journaling class scheduled for next week. You can find out more by reading this post or contactingThe Paperie.

Today, I want to share a recap of last month's class which was all about doodling.  There are as many ways to doodle as you can possibly imagine. Some of my favorite doodlers are: Alisa Burke, Joanne Sharpe and Traci Bautista. Traci has a wonderful book called Doodles Unleashed

 I have learned a lot by taking their online classes and reading their books but it wasn't until I really practiced doodling that I finally found my doodle. It looks something like this...

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and like this...

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I call it a swirly-doo. For my class last month, I experimented with mixing stamps and my swirly-doo and came up with this doodle...

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I used a girl from Dina Wakley's Scribbly Girls set and doodled her some hair. Most everyone in class commented on her similarity to Medusa.  I used only one pen, my favorite, the Sakura Pigma Micron. I used the .01 nib but I have many different sizes of this pen. It is just the loveliest black and great for doodles.

I also created this girl to share with the class...

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This time, I used a stamp from Face in the Crowd  set again by Dina Wakley and doodled a dress for her. I'm not much of a stamper but this worked for me.

Here are some closeups...

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I used a bunch of pens and markers in my doodle pen basket - mostly Sharpies and Tombows - and doodled as many flowers as would fit.

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I mixed colors, traced in black, added dots and used lots of different nib sizes but I kept my doodles very similar. It's a great way to add order to a colorful or busy page.

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I feel like I have finally figured out my doodle-style and that feels pretty good. I'm still learning and experimenting and practicing.  There is so much great inspiration out there, how about sharing who your favorite doodlers are in the comments? I love discovering new artists and new inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

FIx My Page!: Upcoming Class

Hello, hello!

It's almost time for another art journal class at The Paperie. Next Thursday, we're tackling the big question of how to fix a page.

We all have art journal pages that have gone out of control - either wildly or mildly - and this month we're going to try to save a page or two. I have a few conventional and unconventional ideas on how to approach the problem of a "broken" page.

Here's an example of one of my "fixed" art journal pages.

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It took a lot of layers and working through the uglies...

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...and I end up a million miles away from where I started but I couldn't be happier with how this page turned out.

A broken page is an opportunity to be fearless in your art journal because if your page is already ugly or broken what have you got to lose by adding one more layer?

I hope you can join us. For more information, please contact The Paperie.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, 17 November 2014

Do we absolutely always need to journal on a layout?

Hi Friends,

I have been thinking about journaling lately. Largely inspired by this stack of layouts that I made at The Paperie's Fall Retreat.

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Each one makes me happy and I had so much fun making them. I used some of my favorite new products -  the Prima Color Bloom Sprays and products from Finnabair's line by Prima. I also used wood veneers and diecuts, vellum and enamel dots - my scrapping staples.

I always wait until I get home to journal. Well, I'm home and unpacked and that means it's time to break out my favorite pen because these pages need journaling.

Or do they?
Take this page, for example...

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It's a cute picture of Gabriel trying to make a snow angel in a few centimeters of snow. Funny, right?  I want to add the date the pic was taken and Gabriel's name - just in case - but that's it. My title provides all the journaling I need to tell the story.

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The story seems obvious - just by looking at the picture you can see a little boy excited about the first snowfall even though there isn't enough snow to play in.

Do I need to write that out? Maybe but I'm choosing not to.

I think a page without journaling is a nice break for whoever is looking through my scrapbooks. It's a page where their eye can rest before moving onto the next page.

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We scrapbookers know that journaling is important but no one is showing up to judge our pages and how well we tell our story. Dina Wakley says, "done is better than perfect" and I completely agree.

Do you?

I'd love to know what you think about journaling. Do you write it all out or do you skip it completely? And what about this page, do you think I should add journaling? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Ghost of My Christmas Plans Past

Yes, it feels a little early to mention Christmas. I mean, we're not even half-way through November and around here there are bags of Halloween candy yet to be eaten.

But, if you're crafty then it's time to get started because once we get into December, well... we're all too busy to justify making anything crafty for ourselves if we can even find the time to make anything at all.

So, I'm taking a lesson from the Ghost of My Christmas Plans Past. You know what I'm talking about...those projects we pinned and planned but never ever made because Christmas is the most wonderful (aka busiest) time of the year. That lesson is to make the crafts now, long before Christmas arrives.

First up, these ornaments I made for an upcoming class called Holiday Hoopla. It's a daylong class hosted by The Paperie on Saturday, Decmeber 6.

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These ornaments are fun and surprisingly simple to make.  I think everyone will be surprised and little bit glittery, of course.

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Here's a closeup of their glittery loveliness. 

Holiday Hoopla is always a lot of fun. It's a whole day making crafts with crafty friends. How could that be bad? This year, there are 6 instructors and we are each making a different Christmas ornament. If you're local, you can find all the information about Holiday Hoopla here or you can call The Paperie to book your seat.

I have a big Christmas crafty plan that requires more than a few of these little trees. I'm going to make a bunch a create a new advent calendar. I'll let you know how it goes.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, 3 November 2014

The Week That Was Week In the Life

Hello Friends,

I am back after a very busy Week In the Life. It was an exciting week - lots of Halloween happenings, a special anniversary dinner and regular life. Hence the eerie quiet on the blog.

I'm in the printing photos step which comes just before the putting-it-all-together step. Here are some of my favorites from the week...

Pumpkin Carving on Wednesday

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Ben changed his costume at 12:25 pm on Halloween. Oh. Yes. He. Did!


So, we had 2 Luigi's this year.

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Then a very special anniversary dinner with 2 wonderful friends.


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There is so much more that I want to scrap from my Week In the Life. Andt I will scrap them this weekend, in fact, because I'm going to a 4-day scrapbooking retreat hosted by my LSS, The Paperie. My plan is to come home with a completed Week In the Life album.

That's pretty much all I have in the planning department.

That's weird for me. I normally have a plan and know what I'm doing. This year, I know what I don't want this album to be. I don't want to document exactly what I'm doing at 10:12 am on Wednesday morning. I don't want it to be a minute by minute detail of our lives. I want more - more interesting stories, more thoughtful journaling (which is not the same as more words) - a more interesting album, I guess.

It's something I've been talking about a lot this time around...wish me luck.

I promise to share pics of the completed album because I will finish this album. Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Our Tuesday: Week In the Life

Hello Friends!

Here are some of my favorite photos from Tuesday.


That's my life with a gamer boy, friends.


My first cup of the day.


Our only maple tree sure is lovely this time of the year.


Ben just getting up. He loves those pajamas.


He painted a pumpkin in those PJs.


And he made faces in those PJs. They are clearly Buzz Lightyear PJs but he calls them Boba Fett pajamas and he wears them all. the. time. If he's not wearing the one of two pairs of these PJs that we own then he's wearing a pair of PJs from the "B" pile. That's definitely something I want to capture in this album.


This is the state of my desk right now - eeeeeep!


Those toes...


that smile...


that's my Benny.


The story of clutter continues in the kitchen.


Right now, the apples taste so great. I can't get enough of them.


Tuesday is the one day out of our week when we don't have to be anywhere or do anything in particular until Gabriel gets out of school.

The rest of our Tuesday was pretty routine - pick up Gabriel from school, head to gymnastics, groceries and then home to make supper, homework and bed. I don't have pictures but I'm ok with that. I'll capture it with journaling.

I want to collect all the information before I tell some of the stories of our week - like a collage of the food we ate this week, the video games Gabriel is playing, what we wore all week (sweatpants or PJs or jeans) and how the boys love to eat mini muffins but not the same kind. I want to combine big picture stories with stories of the mundane instead of favoring one over the other.

I think the big picture stories will be richer and more interesting if I tell them when the week is over. It would be even better if I could shift my focus to include all of us. What are we, the parents, wearing/eating/doing/watching?

This is part of making my WITL different. I'm trying to figure it out as I go along because I can't help but wonder what my finished album will look like if I'm more thoughtful about the stories.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Our Monday: Week In The Life

Hello Friends!

I am sharing pics from my first day of Week in the Life 2014. I took about 75 photos yesterday. Most of them with my DSLR. The morning light in my living room isn't great in the morning so I made those pics black and white. 


Gabriel all ready to go to school.


Me and Ben hanging out.


A Lego truck Sam made for Ben.


My computer and morning coffee. I love taking pictures of the technology in our lives. Technology is everywhere but components like game systems, computers and phones are always changing.


Board games are very popular around here.


Taking Ben to preschool.


Running errands with Gabriel after school. We had a lot of rain yesterday.


But we also had blue skies. This is the view from my front patio.


After supper, I went to Costco and snapped this shot from the parking lot. This area of town has seen so much development in the last 10 years. I wanted to capture what it looks like now.

I also took pictures of the things in our lives like..


the toys, and..


the never ending piles of laundry - and...


the clutter *sigh*.

Looking at these pictures, I realized I didn't get any pictures of me or Sam yesterday. I'm going to work on that for the rest of the week. I don't want to leave us out of an album about our lives.

If you're doing Week In the Life, I strongly recommend going through your photos at the end of each day. It is a great way to keep tabs on what you've captured and what you've missed.

Thanks for stopping by today!