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It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post or art journaling in general, really. So last night I sat down for a few minutes with my journal and some Alice In Wonderland paper dolls that I got from Stampington & Company.

I was a little hesitant, not having done much art other than #30Lists as of late, so I made a point to sit and play without pressure and decided that I would not dwell over anything that didn’t turn out as planned on my page.

I will warn you in advance that my page contains profanity, so if that offends you, you may want to skip this one 🙂

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Thanks for looking, I wish you a happy week.

Documented Life 2015 – Week 7

This week’s challenge was “Cover Up Good Stuff”. The challenge was designed to encourage us to build layers freely and not be afraid to cover up something we like in order to make way for something we might love even more.

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This past Sunday I had a little gelli plate fun with a new color palat that I stumbled upon. As often happens when pulling prints, I quickly built up a pile of that I loved and set them aside for later use. I hadn’t really planned to cover them up, per say, but I decided to trust the process and just go with the challenge.

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I selected one of my favorite prints that had been pulled onto deli paper, adhered it to my journal page with some gel medium and went to town building up layer after yummy layer.

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I used another print, also pulled onto deli paper, circle shapes that I punched out of yet another print, gesso, a stencil, paint, circle stamps from the Journal Impressions set by Paperbag Studios, markers, pens and of course my Stabilo Marks All pencil.

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I also used a print that I had previously pulled onto card stock, using the Art Deco Leaves template by Crafters Workshop. I cut out a row of the leaves and used a little more gel medium to glue it down. To make it pop a bit, I used my Stabilo and a waterbrush to fill in the negative space.

2015-02-18 16.30.04I’ve been doing a lot of introspection lately, peeling back the various layers that make up who I am and examining each one. It hasn’t been an easy process, but a necessary one. Doing so has helped me realize a few things about myself and the world around me, but more importantly, it has helped me realize that you know what, I Like who I am and while there’s always room for improvement, I AM enough.

Thank you for looking. I wish you week full of love, laughter and art.


Documented Life 2015 – Week 6

February’s Documented Life theme is “Layers You Will Love” and This week’s challenge was “When Not To Stop”.

2015-02-08 09.46.04I built up a couple of base of layers using gelli prints, that I had previously pulled, adhering them to my page with gel medium.

2015-02-08 14.58.02Once I had a base layer down, I went to town creating additional layers using paint, stencils, an x marks stamp by Paperbag Studios and a crackle stamp by Darkroom Door.

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I used my Stabilo Marks All pencil and a white pen to make some doodles and a bit of music sheet, that I used to punch out some circles, to create additional layers.

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Thanks for looking and I wish you all an art filled week!

Documented Life 2015 – Week 5

Hello to all my lovely followers. This is hard to believe, but I didn’t do any art at all last week. Real life took center stage and I just didn’t have any art in me. I’m happy to say, however, that I finally made my way back into my art studio and I gotta say, it felt good. I haven’t done week 4, but rather than fret over that, I decided to jump right into week 5 and get to week 4 whenever I can. This week’s DLP challenge was Under Paper.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE underpaper! There’s just something about the randomness of splatters, drips and brush marks on underpaper that really appeals to me. 2015-01-31 12.27.24 This was the underpaper that I used. It was covered with Dylusions from making various bits of happy mail. I especially like how you can see the word love and the hearts, which resulted from using the Teresa Collins Love Intricate Shape Punch and the Fiskars Heart Squeeze Punch to cut out some shapes and spraying them with Dylusions for the tags that I previously made. 2015-01-31 14.20.55 Since I hadn’t done any art in over a week, I was a little “art shy” so I allowed myself to just play around and see what developed. I started by cutting my underpaper down to fit on the two pages and adhered it with gel medium, to give me a base. Since I had some underpaper left over, I cut a “scalloped” shape and added it to one end with a little more medium. 2015-01-31 12.54.55 A couple of weeks ago, I’d treated myself to some stamps from Stampington & Company, which I hadn’t had the opportunity to play with, so I dug those out. 2015-01-31 14.22.10 Using a large numbers and letters StencilGirl stencil, from the December 2014 subscription set and a circles stencil from the January 2015 set, I added some additional layers in white. 2015-01-31 14.22.45 I stamped Dina Wakley’s Lonely Girl stamp and her Grungy Circles stamp onto book paper, cut them out and added them to my pages. 2015-01-31 14.21.57 I then used various pens, pencils and markers to add more texture and movement and gave it a border with Gelatos. 2015-01-31 14.24.18To finish it off, I added a sentiment that really fit something I’d worked through in the last week. Thank for looking! Wishing you an art filled week.

Documented Life 2015 – Week 3

This week’s DLP art challenge was “The Color Wheel”. I decided to challenge myself to keep it simple and embrace the negative space. Being one who tends to fill up every bit of the page with color, this was a bit of a stretch for me.

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I started by using a bit of gel medium to add a strip of music sheet to my page. On top of that I stenciled on a design using modeling paste and a Prima Stencil.

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Once that was completely set, I sprayed on some Dylusions in Postbox Red, London Blue and Lemon Zest and let it drip down the page. I heat set that and did the same thing with a bit of Acrylic Ink, for an extra punch of color.

2015-01-20 20.19.12I gave my page a few splatters of Dylusions, in Black Marble and stamped a bee, from the Scribbly Insects as well as my sentiment, onto a scrap of music sheet, cut both out and adhered them onto my page.

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Overall, I’m pleased with the results. I’m glad that I challenged myself to embrace the negative space and welcome all that white into my journal.

Thanks for looking, wishing you a wonderful week!

Documented Life 2015 – Week 2

Keeping with January’s theme, The Blank Page and How to Face It, this week’s DLP art challenge was to work with gesso so I decided to do a gesso resist using Dylusions Spray.

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I started by sponging on a layer gesso over a couple of different stencils onto my pages. I used Mosaic Swirl and Swirly Garden.

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Once the gesso was dry, I sprayed my pages with Dylusions in Vibrant Turquoise, Bubblegum Pink and Fresh Lime.

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The gesso resists most of the spray, allowing the stenciled design to come through.

2015-01-13 20.22.54 I stamped a border using Dylusions stamps and some doodles, and did a bit of random stamping to add a bit more layering.

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I stamped Collaged Hearts, by Dina Wakley, onto book paper, cut them out and adhered them with gel medium.


I also added a few pieces of gelli plate transfer tape that I’d previously made.

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I’m still trying to find a good routine to help keep track of all my artistic endeavors this year and I’m not quite there yet, so I spaced it and forgot that DLP is now also giving us journal prompts. I added a quote that came as part of the stamp set… oh well 🙂

Thanks for looking!

Documented Life 2015 – Week 1

This was the first week of The Documented Life Project 2015 and there are a few changes. There will now be a monthly theme, a journal prompt and a weekly challenge. This month’s theme is “The Blank Page and How to Face It!” Our art challenge is Book Paper and our journal prompt is “Be Your Own Goal Keeper”.

Each of the wonderful ladies at Art to the 5th were generous enough to share their take on the challenge as well are their individual process, which are available HERE. Here’s my take on the first DLP2015 challenge. 2015-01-03 12.48.45I chose not to do a double page spread, but that may change week to week, depending on what else I’ve got going on. I laid a base of various pieces of torn book paper that I adhered to my page with fluid matte medium, placed the Diamonds stencil by Dylusions over top of the wet paint and wiped it off some of it using a baby wipe in a few areas. I then added a few more pieces of torn book paper on top of that and gave them a light wash of white paint.

I used the flower stamp from Paperbag Studios’ Mixed Media Essentials set, stamping it onto book paper and cutting around the edges. Using a Stabilo Marks All pencil, I roughly sketched out stems and leaves and went over them with a water brush. I painted in the leave and added a few details, then adhered the flowers onto my page.

I used StazOn ink and the Flutter stencil by Kaisercraft to stamp on some butterflies to give the page some movement and added various marks and doodles, as well as a border, using my Stabilo pencil again.

I finished off my page by printing my goals, cutting them out, edged them in black and running them through the Xyron. 2015-01-03 12.49.41 Thanks for looking!

Documented Life – Bonus Week 53

This week’s challenge was to Draw or collage something that begins with the first letter of your first name. This is what I created using B.

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I look forward sharing The Documented Life project 2015 with you!




Recycled Art

What’s a girl to do when she receives a delightful Harry & David Gourmet Gift Box? Why, take out the packaging and create art, of course!

I enjoy the challenge of creating something out of ‘nothing” and it’s always nice to seize an opportunity to repurpose recyclables.


These are the materials that were used to package the contents of the gift box, just look at all of them!

My Beloved couldn’t resist a chuckle as my inner craft hoarder emerged and I excitedly unwrapped pears and smoothed out their wrapping. I was especially excited by the gold foil & just couldn’t wait to use it. I really can’t say at this point what excited me more, the edible goodies or these “found” ones, but I’m leaning towards these, my trashcan treasures!


For this layout, I gathered up my found objects, some of my hand carved stamps, acrylics and a few of my favorite pens and I just played.

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I got great texture from incorporating layers of the gold foil and paint.

IMG_7717Hand carved stamps and paint pens create visual movement.

IMG_7716A couple of text stickers for my sentiment.

imageIMG_7715To finish off my page, I punched out a heart from my scrap stash and sewed it onto a bit of the salvaged ribbon.

It was an enjoyable page to create and I have to say, that although its but a small contribution, it feels good to further my current recycling efforts and incorporate some of it into my art.

Wishing you a wonderful week!



Documented Life – Week 52

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This week’s DLP challenge was “Document your family holiday traditions”. With the holiday in full swing, family in town and life’s regular demands, I didn’t have a whole lot of art time this week so I decided to keep it simple.

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I started by dry brushing on a base of light blue of acrylic, then airbrushing a darker blue over snowflake stencils using my Copic airbrush system.

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Next, I painted a snowman couple and dressed them up with caps and scarves that I cut using my Silhouette Portrait, making sure to give my snow woman girl pink, rosy cheeks.

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To complete my layout, I added some of our holiday traditions to hearts, cut them out and ran them through my Xyron to adhere them to the page.

2014-12-25 00.28.00Lastly, I added a bit of journaling around my snowmen for added visual interest.

Thank you for looking. It’s been a pleasure sharing my DLP layouts with you for the last 6 months and I look forward to sharing 2015 with you as well.

Happy Holidays!

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