>Too often, like many people, I tell myself that “starting right now I’m going to take better care of myself.” You know, exercise, healthy food and all that. And every time, like many people, it lasts a couple of weeks and then I fall back into my old habits. I’ve tried using visualization and positive thinking to reach my goal. But I guess I’m still not getting it, for this anyway. I don’t know. Maybe I need to read The Secret again.
Doing my Daily Art Cards is really helping me in trying to step out of my comfort zone. I’m giving myself permission to try new things, new products (in moderation), to make mistakes and messes. Anything goes on these. My intention at first was to use a different size for every month but I don’t know that I can find a total of 12 different card sizes. We’ll see. For March, I want to do more of a postcard size.
My thoughts are all over the place tonight. Sometimes I wish my blogging were more profound or witty or something else. But it isn’t because, well, it is me, my thoughts, my memories, my ideas. I have so many ideas brewing in my head that I don’t always know how to get started. For instance, a few weeks ago, I suddenly had a flash that turned into a story which I want to turn into a book for kids à la Neil Gaiman, with grungy looking illustrations and dark humour. But I don’t know how to get it all started. Not yet anyway.
March break is coming up next week. (Our version of Spring Break.) There are so many things I want to do but the week won’t be long enough! I need to spend less time on the computer and more time in the world. Or at least in MY world. You know, the one where it’s okay to talk to animals and imagine they talk back. Where it’s okay to have paint splattered on your hands and arms and clothes and maybe in your hair too. Where it’s okay to dance in the rain and chase snowflakes around.
I’m ending today’s post with another image. A new layout for my scrapbook. It’s completely different from anything I’ve done before. I love that cluster of vintage buttons at the top.
>It’s been a while since I’ve done any real scrapbooking. This page has been waiting to be done for months (since last spring I think.) I finally decided to do it yesterday. To start off, I sanded the edges of the pictures because I felt they looked too perfect (_I_ don’t even know what I mean by that but whatever…) I layered them over a cinema-themed paper and then assembled everything on another cinema-themed paper. Die-cuts, embellishments, journaling (in french) and voilà!
It’s not my best and not my favourite but at least it’s done and now I can move one. I also made an ATC last night for the 7/30/365 Art Card Project. I still don’t now how long I’ll do it but at least I’m doing it. I’ve also started a daily journal like this but instead of calling it a gratitude journal I call it “Every Day Brings Something New.” So the idea is to write down something that I’ve done, seen, heard, etc during the day that was completely new. I’ll try to post pictures soon.
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All patterned papers are from Costco (the 3rd series) and cardstocks are Bazzill. On the card, I stamped the face (unknown source) on glossy paper coloured with alcohol inks and then mounted it on a 1-1/2″ square chipboard. I did some paper piercing, added gold Stickles and used a gold leafing pen for some edges.
On the layout I used my Van Dyke Brown ink on the frayed edges of my stripped paper. All pictures are size 3-1/2″ x 5″. Ribbon is unknown source and all metal embellishments are from We R Memory Makers (bought the hardware kit yesterday.)
These aren’t my greatest creations but they are still pretty nice. I especially like the card. (BTW the inside reads “… il y a une fin.”)
Hopefully, this summer, I’ll be able to do some of my own scrapbooking.
…it’s best to follow. For a week, I’ve been looking at my pictures from New-York, wondering how to use them in a layout. I finally decided on a 2-page layout but then was stumped for colours. I brought my New York paper with me to SC and asked Catherine for some help. She suggested this gorgeous blue to match the Radio City neon sign and some white for matting and journaling. I picked up some Thickers for the title. But I still felt like it was missing something. Yesterday, as I was shopping with mom, I found the perfect gray to match with the page. Yep! That’s what I needed. On a whim, I decided to cut up one of the pictures (an original no less) because there was a big spot of light in the corner that annoyed me. And lo and behold, that was what pushed me to finish these pages! I spent all of today’s afternoon on it but it’s done, scanned and now posted online! Yay me! For the journaling, I searched my old diaries to find only a small entry about the trip, which was mostly about what I had bought instead of what I had seen! Darn teenagers!!! Oh well, at least I remembered some of the stuff already. I’m really happy with the final product. This was my first 2-page spread done all on my own!