Saturday, March 29, 2014

Rainy Day Entertainment

I had sap to cook down and it was a very rainy day I decided I was going to catch up on my prompts for Journal 52. This is Week 11 Prompt "Stars" I kept putting this off, cause I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. With the task at hand of catching up, I decided to do this one first. I started with black card stock and stamped the larger star with versamark ink and embossing with silver powder. Then I stamped the smaller star with versamark ink and embossed in gold powder. Then I stamped a script stamp with versamark all over the card stock and rubbed with micropearl pearl-ex. I outline the entire piece with white acrylic paint then drew a scallop on with florescent pink marker (yep it doesn't show that here). I printed my words on a piece of paper that I drew a gelli print from, cut them out and adhered them with gell medium. The star was hand painted on with gesso and colored with watercolor pencils. I used white signo pen to highlight.

This image began as a gelli print and it is week 12 prompt "A Day in the Life of Me'  I used my micro pen by fabre castell and my white uni- ball pen. The flowers are colored with watercolor pencils

I was very happy to see this prompt this morning for I had planned on using this quote in my journal as an extra page. I seen another page on Pinterest with flowers in a jar with this quote that was beautiful. This also began as a gelli print, then I drew my flower and colored with mixed media: colored pencils, gesso and gelatos. I am very happy with how this turned out.

I also worked on another of my monthly inserts for The Documented Life Project. This is the backside of January. I used watercolor pencils, gelatos, gesso, fabre castell pens, white uni ball pen, and acrylic paint markers.
until next time.....thanks for looking.

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Little Fun

The "Creative" page is one my Wonder Kids are working on. We are suppose to do a "Selfie" page with things about us that we like or that could be worked on.  Next week we will finish the pages and then go over how special we all are and that God loves us just as we are.

The "Hope" page is the back side of my February monthly calendar page for "My Documented Life Journal" I wish I would have stopped with just the heart, I am not happy with the bottom section. It took away from the colors on the page where I did a resist with crayons and then colored over with gelatos. Oh well.

The next page is one I did for "My Documented Life Journal" for the week while I was away visiting 3 of my granddaughters, Gina, Julia and Sophia. I am going to have another granddaughter, Kara do a drawing for this weeks prompt "have someone else draw on your page...then finish it." I can't wait to see what she will do.

Until next time......

Thursday, March 27, 2014

3 Days in the Life of Grandaughters

As I sit through a car wash, it never ceases to entertain me the beauty of the colors during this one cycle. Oh and it smells nice to, two senses in one, love it. This was the beginning of my 3 day stay at Rob's watching the girls while Rob and Kim were away. I stopped halfway down for potty break, lunch and to get my car washed. 

 When I arrived the first thing the girls asked me was "What did you bring to do?" I told them Journals and they were excited. We got started right away after we unloaded all the supplies out of my car. Sophia was napping at the time. Gina and Julia were excited to start this new project and jumped right in with choosing colors. They thought it was great fun applying the paint with a credit card. I was working on Sophia's when the neighbor girl came to the door and asked the girls if they would like to go for a walk. Well they were so excited over their project that they turned Charlie down. A little while later the phone rang and Charlie was so interested in what the girls were doing she asked if she could come over an watch, well of course she could. But, when she got here we asked if she would like to finish  Sophia's for her and she agreed.

I just love the carefree choices the girls make, they don't stress if it matches. Just choose and go with it. I brought several items that the girls could use to embellish their journals and it seemed the bling was the most popular. Who knew?  They were introduced to mod podge, painting canvas with acrylic paints, drilling with a hand held drill, using a 3 ring hole punch and putting it together with binder rings.
As you can see they did a great job and I just love the bright colors and the way they designed their covers.

Next up was to create some journaling pages, they knew right away that they were going to Pinterest for quotes. Well this little Julia just loved those quotes and she was entertaining us with all the funny ones she could find. Then if that wasn't enough she called her parents and entertained them to. Oh the fun you can have with Pinterest and a couple girls. I was also amazed that the girls stuck with this to the end, I have envisioned they would get bored before the job was done. We worked for 5 hours. Oh and Sophia woke up and she kept coming around to see what we were doing.

Here is a page that Julia did, I think it is beautiful. She choose some papers to collage, glued them on with mod podge and then highlighted with  acrylic paint. Actually all three girls used the same technique. Julia used the quote "Be Thankful for This Day". I was truly thankful for time to spend with the girls, doing what I love and seeing the joy in their eyes as they shared it with me.

This is Gina's beautiful page. She had found the button earlier and after she choose her papers she then knew what she was going to do with her button. Good choice it matches perfectly. I love Gina's inspirational quote "Believe in Yourself, a Little More". I also love her heart.

I feel really bad I did not get a picture of the page that Charlie did for Sophia. I will have to try to remember to get it sometime when I am back down there. It is also beautiful and she put a wonderful quote on it for Sophia.
Monday morning we were up by 7:00 A.M. to make sure the girls were ready to meet the bus at 8:30. There was hair to do, breakfast to make, lunches to pack and bags to make sure they had what they needed. It was pajama day for Gina so she looked nice and comfortable for the day. The nurse, Bev, stays until 9:00 A.M. so she watched Sophia until I got back from the bus. It was another very cold morning, but the frost on the car was stunning. We tried to get a picture of it and this is the best we could come up with, actually its not bad. Gina held my navy blue coat outside the car window while I took the picture from the inside. You can see my red coat's reflection a little bit. With the girls off to school now I get some much needed Sophia time, a whole day. First on her agenda is the speech therapist, Steve. (I think) He was really good with Sophia, but he says that Sophia is just not into it today and was not responding very well. We all have off days and so can she. Next up was Jill and kindergarten. I also enjoyed watching how Sophia is learning her a,b,c's, numbers, colors and animals. Jill was also frustrated because Sophia again was very distracted and did not want to cooperate. I told Jill that because Rob and Kim were on vacation, Sophia maybe figures she can be too.
I am also quite thrilled with the relationship Sophia has formed with her dog, Harlee. Its amazing to see the dog be so relaxed with Sophia. I have always thought that dog was special, now I know she is worth her weight in gold and then some. They are very blessed to have a dog that is so trusting with Sophia. After the morning activities it was time for Sophia's feeding, then her meds, and then nap time. During nap time I decided to create a page for each girls journal from their grandma. Sophia's turned out blurry, it actually looks better than the picture shows. Julia's is "Be Yourself".  Gina's is "Choose to Shine" and Sophia's is "You are My Sunshine"

The girls had swimming after school so we quickly did up our homework and had something to eat then it was out the door for them. Sophia and I just chilled.

When ever I stay over night the girls love to tell stories just before bed, its one of our highlights. We each take turns telling a silly story, just off the top of our heads and its quite entertaining.

 The next day, Tuesday, was much the same up and out the door for the bus, then therapist and school for Sophia. I was leaving for home by 1:00 so I would not see the girls after school today. Bev, the nurse would be back and then when her daughter got off work at 5:00 P.M., they were taking all three girls out for dinner and to Kraynacks to see Bunny Lane. We seen this a few years ago and its pretty amazing. The store has quite a few displays done up very elaborately for Easter. Jill and I are taking her kids down Sunday before Sophia's party, I will try to remember to get pictures. On the way home I decided to treat myself to a stop at Pat Catan's for a little shopping. I found some exciting things for use in my journaling and also for my fairy gardens this spring. I made it home by 5:00 P.M. just in time to collect my stuff for Wonder kids and make it to the church by 6:00 P.M. The original thought was I could leave Rob's by 1:00 P.M. and make it home in time for a little nap before heading back out, but the shopping temptation was to big. Hey its a two hour trip for me to go to this store, so I felt justified. :)
 That was my 3 days in the life of Gina, Julia and Sophia. Gotta love it.
till next time.....

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Documented Life Project; Week 8 Prompt: "Add a Flap to Your Flap"

"Add a Flap to Your Flap" I found this new stamp a couple weeks ago on one of my beloved shopping trips and knew I would use her somewhere in my journal. The strange thing was after I got to my shopping destination, I checked my fb page before going in the shop and a cousin of mine asked me if I had seen these stamps. She had just received hers. I told her they were really cute. Then while I was shopping there was a wall display of them, I did limit myself to just one for now. They are all so cute I had a hard time deciding on just one. Then a week ago I seen this quote on a art page on the Internet with a random search for ideas. I should have wrote down where it originated from, but sadly I did not. So kudos to who ever deserves the credit. Any how this is the flap and when opened this is what you see....

I just love this quote. Its whimsical and actually some days I do feel like that. lol. This was a lot of fun to put together and I do like the cutesie side of it.
With this page being done I am caught up with the prompts until tomorrow when they unleash week 13.

I had more sap to cook today and made for candy for the kids. If you haven't had maple sugar candy before I highly suggest you go out and get some....its soooo good.

My daughter and I went and looked at a house that is for sale. The sweetness of this situation is that the house is on the property that was once owned by my great grandparents and its an Amish house. I guess you would have to have the desire for a large simple house with lots of land to see how we could be so excited. We are too late, they think they have the house sold. sob sob. I really am not seriously looking  to move but if the right place comes along.....well just saying.

until next time...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Documented Life Project Week 12: Prompt "Cut Up a Magazine...Add"

 I am learning a lot about my Artistic interests....before I joined this group I had never incorporated pre- printed art (ie: magazine pages, articles, bulletin) into my own art projects. I had also thought that was a process that just wasn't me and I would probably never do it. Never say never!!!! That is one thing, along with others, that I am thankful for this group for. It makes you think outside the box with their given prompts. I had a lot of fun with this prompt and have decided I will look into pre-printed art forms a little differently now.

I did not have any magazines that I wanted to cut up. The only ones I have are gardening although they have a lot of beautiful colors in their pages, I was not willing to sacrifice them. So I have this stack of old beautiful church bulletins and I now have a new purpose for them. These three bulletins are the ones I used to create my page. I'm happy.

This past month I joined a postcard swap within my Journal group.  Vicki sent me this beautiful postcard and I thought it fit perfectly on my "Selfie" page. The postcard creates a flap and under the flap you can read a list of my things I could improve upon. I think it has added tons of extra charm to my page. Thank you Vicki.

Another postcard I received is from Sara and I decided that it fit nicely on my "Pinterest Inspired Page". It is also a flap and when lifted it says "Spring come soon" The colors that Sara used works wonderfully with this page and her quote was like it was selected just for my page. Thank you Sara.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Documented Life Project

Week 11: Prompt "Draw, Photograph, or Collage a Bird"
This is exactly how I feel flying away to warmer temperatures where the grass is green and flowers are blooming. Soon I keep telling myself.
This is my tip in page on the back side I will put some pictures that I had posted yesterday of my maple sap.
till next time.....

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Maple Syrup Season

I just love fresh maple syrup....oh and the maple tea before its at syrup stage. Many of you probably already know that it takes a lot of sap to make a little syrup, I call it liquid gold. My first and second harvest ended up being just one of these buckets 3/4 of the way full and I received 3 cruets and 25 little pieces of candy from two days work.

I will be putting some syrup and candy in each of the grand kids Easter baskets this year. So far the sap has been running pretty slow but the weather forecast is promising for next week.
While cooking down the sap I am able to keep myself busy with working on my Journal 52 prompts and I was able to finish off two of them.
Week 6 was "Love Letters" and I had this beautiful gelli print that I knew I wanted to put something special on. So I knew the only love letter I have ever read is the one from God...pure love, true love.
This has been my favorite gelli print, I just love the way the hearts turned out. The little piece of acetate was a scrap that I had from another project that I inked with alcohol inks.
The next project I worked on was prompt 8 "Found Poetry". I had picked out a couple weeks ago from a magazine some words for my "Found Poetry". I really didn't know about this prompt, but after I got started with it, I decided it was lots of fun. Maybe I will even do it again sometime.
I thought it had a pretty good message. This was another gelli print that I favored, the zentangle chain needs practice...lots of practice. I can work on that.
While being in business for 7 years I gathered a lot of markers and coloring mediums. But, they seemed to be all over the place with markers here and there, pencils in another place and so on. It seemed like nothing was ever handy. So, I had these bags that I really wasn't using for anything else and decided to organize all my coloring mediums here, then I could pick them up and take with me or just have by my side while at home. I can have them in my studio or upstairs in the evening while watching NCIS. I have discovered that some of the markers are dried up and my rub-n-buffs were hard, so I will have to root out as I go.
Here they are all organized and handy.
Now to figure out how to make all those bottles of paint more assessable , my watercolor crayons didn't fit in the totes either. So maybe another tote is on my list.
Until next time....

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Documented Life Project Promt 5 "Add a Doodle Border"

"Add a Doodle Border"
My page for this prompt is much simplier than the last few I have done, but I am happy with it. How could I not be, I journaled my favorite song, it just speaks of my heart's true feelings. The only true love is the love of Jesus and my whole being longs for the day when I will be with him. I have a very strong stubborn will and to God only will my spirit yield. Ok, geesch I think I have gone on again.
This page was actually going in another direction, but that just didn't work out. So I added more layers and came up with this. I also added some scrap wax paper I had on my desk and some of my baby wipes I was using to dab up extra ink. Just a little extra texture and color.
A nice end to my evening was a phone call from a friend who I consider a brother. Thank you, God.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Documented Life Project: Prompt 4 "Write a Secret Message"

Sorry about two posts in one day....actually knowing my track record this is a record.
"Write a Secret Message" to achieve this I painted both sides of my journal and left the words "birthday". The secret is whose birthday is it? If you can read under all those layers of color, you would see. I love my new number stencil by Tim Holtz....well anything Tim Holtz is simply fantastic. One of these days I will be patient enough to do my page layer by layer, but I just get going and forget all about that. I stole lots of doodle ideas off pinterest, again I should have wrote down names as I stole them. Sorry. For my color I used acrylic paints, my lyra aquacolor crayons and inktense blocks. For pens I used uni-ball signo broad pen and faber castell pitt artist pens. The letters for I Create...I Am are stamps. Here are a few close ups.
Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Happy Mail and Art Swap

One of the benefits of belonging to The Documented Life Project is also being able to join all the wonderful swaps. This February I joined a swap called "Happy Mail" and a dear sweet lady sent me all this wonderful stuff that I can incorporated into my art journaling pages, thank you Tanya.
I also joined in on the "Art Swap" and I received this beautiful piece with a mermaid. I am planning on framing it and hanging it in my studio. It will be a beautiful adornment and it will made me smile every time I look at it. Thank you, Peg.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Road Trip and The Documented Life Project Prompt 10 "Make a List of Things That Make You, You"

Prompt 10: "Make a List of the Things That Make You, You"
I have already incorporated this task in on the "Selfie" Prompt for week 2, so I choose to do my page on "Be Yourself"
This week I strayed away from using stencils which I have used in all the pages so far, so I thought I would challenge myself to not using them. I was worried I would not be able to make the page busy enough without them. In the end I am happy, although I still favor the stencils.
Today being the first day of March, I though lets "Celebrate" the occasion. We have another winter storm moving in tonight and I thought I would like to get a road trip in before it got here. We have a fabulous scrapbook store but its 2 hours away from us. The nice thing is it is also the same direction as to where my son and his family lives, so I can justify the trip. On my way I stopped to take some pictures of the frozen creek. I think nature is beautiful and I certainly could see the beauty here. My concern is when it starts melting it could cause great problems for this town.

At the scrapbook store I found......wait for it....stencils. lol  I also found a wonderful doll stamp and wings to go with her. I am sure you will be seeing her eventually on one of my journal pages. I also stopped in at Michael's and picked up some of the washi tape they had on sale. I only had a couple colors and felt I needed a little more variety.
My next stop was to see my son and his family. Being that I was stopping on the spur of the moment, it didn't work out so well to see all of them. My daughter in law and their second child was headed out for a mother daughter sleep over. Their oldest daughter was off with a friend shopping and then the friend was coming back to spend the night. Their youngest daughter was napping, but I did get an hour in visiting with my son, and that made it worth the stop.
Until next time, stay well.


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