Monday, July 21, 2014

Lots of Creating!! {photos}

Live a Joyful Life

This month I have been so busy CREATING! 
I thought it would be fun to share some of my creations with you.

Have you heard about the Documented Life Project?? It has become my VERY FAVORITE thing to work on!!

My pages from a few weeks ago

It's part planner, part art journal.

My pages from last week...not quite finished

5 amazing and very different artists have combined their talents to bring us this very addicting project!!

Click here to meet each one and join in the fun.

This project has inspired me so much that last week I created a notebook just for my spiritual thoughts, favorite scriptures and prayers.

And speaking of inspiration...Stephanie Ackerman has been motivating me to not only create, but to study my scriptures and document my faith. So between the two...this book was meant to be:)

Another project I've had a blast with this summer is Daisy Yellow's Index Card a Day.

Since June 1st I have been painting, collaging and doodling on 4x6 index cards.

Tammy provides prompts for each day...however I have put my own spin on the challenge and LOVE it!!

Each week I pick my own week I used vintage girls, words and acrylic only. (see above cards)

The week of the 4th I only used red and blue spray ink, a few stencils, vintage images and a set of K&Co. die-cuts.

I really love how these turned out!

I make sure and date each card. I have been using lined notebook paper and a Sharpie.

The week of July 7th I used various images, acrylic paint, rub-ons and doodles.

This is one of my favorites from the entire challenge!

I LOVE this card!! There is is just something about that little girl's expression.

Last week Dina Wakely's Scribbly Bird stamp set came in the you know what I did:)

Some of the birds I stamped directly on the cards...while others I stamped on book paper and cut out.

Each cards background is one color...I used my gelato's and water for that.

I am so into stars!!

My favorite one

If you have been thinking about purchasing these bird stamps...DO IT!! I had thought about it for months then just did it!! There are so many uses for these darling stamps!! I bought mine here and was impressed with their fast service:) 

This week my sweet family and I are headed to Las Vegas!! Dave and I have been 12 times and always said once our kids were old enough we would take them, too. So THIS Wednesday, bright and early we are OFF!! Looking forward to getting away and having FUN!!

What have you been creating this summer?? Are you going anywhere on vacation?? I would love to hear!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Happy Me

"A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days....a schedule is a mock-up of reason and order...willed, faked, and so brought into being."  -Annie Dillard

Since I put it out there that I was going to take steps each day to follow my dream....I have. I have been creating and dreaming and living my life with intention.

What dreams are you working on??

Monday, July 7, 2014

Making Time for My Dreams

"Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that's what you do with what you have left."  -Hubert H. Humphrey after his cancer surgery

Last week I posted this....

Ok so TODAY is the day I stop looking at everyone else living their art dreams and TODAY I am SHOWING UP to MY dreams. MY art!!

I was just so tired of reading about everyone else, seeing there art, watching what they are doing and not doing anything myself. I realized I spend most my days LOOKING rather than DOING.


page from my art journal

Last week I made a schedule that I can follow. One that will allow me to get what I need to get done around here and leave plenty of room to CREATE. To write and let the ideas flow.

I haven't been this excited in a very long time!!

a piece of my Brave Art

I am still enjoying the Index Card a Day Challenge with Tammy from Daisy Yellow and am in love with the Documented Life Project from the Art to the 5th gals. I even signed up for their fun mini class and LOVE IT!!!

I was soooo inspired by all my creative energy that I am working on my next completely FREE art journaling class..."Happiness Is..." This class will be filled with lots of technique ideas/photos, prompts, and even a few prizes thrown in!! Look for "Happiness Is..." THIS FALL. 

Just  a few more photos before I head out the door for my walk...

This is my beautiful daughter...Emma. She painted this self-portrait last year. I LOVE IT!! So much that it sits on my mantle:)

How CUTE is that??!

Girls, I hope you are taking time for you. Time to create and fill yourselves up. Please let me know what projects you are working on!! I would love to know!!