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My 2016 Hybrid Version of Documented Life and One Little Word

I participated in The Documented Life project in 2014 and really enjoyed it. They changed their format in 2015 and it just didn’t really speak to me so I passed.This year however, they’ve changed it up again and they’re doing what they refer to as DLP 2016 – The unPlanner. It’s basically a planner with mixed media elements. A winning combination in my option, as it combines 2 things I enjoy.

Since I have my 2016 planner set ups done and they’re working for me, I decided to forgo the planner aspect of DLP 2016 and instead combine it with One Little Word 2016, another year-long project that I’m participating in.

My word for the year is INTENTIONAL so you’ll likely see that often in my projects during the year.

adjective: intentional
  1. Done on purpose; deliberate.

For this hybrid project I decided to use a Heidi Swapp Memory Planner. I created some mixed media style dividers and a dashboard using my gelli plate and also a title page to help me keep focus of my word.

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My intention is to take the weekly DLP2016 challenges that inspire me and incorporate them into my monthly One Little Word projects. I haven’t really decided just how much of OLW2016 I’ll be sharing her on the blog because it contains so much personal information. For now I’ll share the artistic elements.

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The Dare2B sheet is one of the downloads you get with the unPlanner project.

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A friend from India sent me a lovely mandala card so I incorporated it into my planner along with some cute clips.

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I hadn’t done last week’s DLP challenge so I did it this morning. Rather than list 10 books that have impacted my life, as the weekly challenge suggested, I focused on just one, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies. This book has changed my life in so many ways and I could not be more grateful for it. It has taught me how to recognize my own unhealthy thought patterns as well as giving me the tools to be free from them. I feel like there is still so much more I could learn as it’s definitely an ongoing process, but the positive effects of this book so far have been life-altering for me. I can see why so many people find success from attending cognitive behavioral therapy in New York City or similar to help them cope with feelings of anxiety, and it is something I should perhaps look into myself. I’ve listed some of the positive ways that CBT has impacted my life above.

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My version of this week’s unPlanner project.

Recently I’ve been spending time trying to sort out some old personal baggage and how it relates to my present day life. There have been some rough days while I’ve been working through this process. Some more challenging than others, but it’s all been a necessary step in my growth. This page is a visual expression of my recent struggles as well as a gentle reminder to be gentle with my self.

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If you’d like to learn more about either One Little Word 2016 or DLP2016 The unPlanner feel free to check out their sites.

Thanks for reading. I wish you a wonderful 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!




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.

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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!

Documented Life – Week 51

“Arrows” was this week’s DLP challenge and I had such fun creating these pages. It was a wonderful opportunity to document feelings of love and gratitude for my Beloved and all that he has brought into my life. Getting to play with the fun arrow stamps that I purchased from Paperbag Studios wasn’t bad either! They can be found HERE and HERE.

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To begin, I brushed on a base of fuchsia, blue and lime green acrylics, then a light layer of diluted gesso over it, to soften the transition between colors a bit. Not too much, you know how I love my vibrant colors!

Once that was dry, I misted on a bit of Dylusions Ink Spray in Bubblegum Pink over the Dina Wakley “Plastic Canvas” stencil.

Something I’d like to point out here is that unless you seal your Dylusion inks really well, they’ll activate with other wet mediums. When using them in mixed media, you’ll want to give some thought as to what mediums you’ll be layering over them.

To give my background a little more texture I used a silicone pot holder and black StazOn ink to stamp the pot holder’s honeycomb pattern onto my pages.

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I stamped the arrows onto some book pages, cut them out and ran them through my Xyron. I know that I’ve said it before, but I LOVE my Xyron and highly recommend it. It comes in so handy for art journaling.

2014-12-14 17.47.15Next, I stamped one of the faces from Dina Wakley’s “Face The Crowd” set onto a book page and painted her using gelatos and white paint.

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For her body, I hand cut a gelli plate print that I had in my stash and stenciled a design over it with an older stencil that I have in my collection, modifying it a bit to add in a few arrows. I don’t recall who makes it, but I believe that bought it at my local art supply store a couple of years ago.


I added the sentiment using some Tiny Text stickers by Cosmo Cricket.

2014-12-14 17.46.342014-12-14 17.44.53Although I haven’t been using the tip in as much, this week I decided to add in a fun Week In Review card just to document a bit about what’s been going on in our lives…. Life is good ♥.

Thanks for looking… I wish you a colorful week!

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