Friday, February 12, 2016

The Documented Life Project... 2016!

I've followed this project since the beginning. But, I have never actually jumped in to participate. 

Ahhhh... but this is the year! 
Not only do I love the combination of art journal meets planner, but the community of inspiration is over the top!
I am taking a very different approach than the lead artists. However, that is one of the things that attracted me most to this year's "unPlanner" - it is SO customizable! The other thing that put me over the edge and encouraged me to join in this year was the fact that a sweet friend is doing it too! We have such fun texting back and forth about our progress.

Ok, back to my approach...
I knew that if I tried to do each and every bit of the inspiration offered, I would fall behind, burn out, and get frustrated. So, I am adapting it to what I know will be easy for me to accomplish.

What is so different about what I am doing? Well, instead of a small binder, I am using an 8 1/2 x 11 Tim Holtz Folio. 

I created an accordion binding and adhered a monthly calendar within each slot. The accordion is then threaded with a ribbon. This allows it to completely expand, or completely contract. I am really excited about how it's coming together!

I am also using the calendar view to just journal and paint random bits throughout the month. I'm not relating to it so much as a literal calendar. 
This project also includes the creation of lots of ATC type cards. This is a new format for me and I am enjoying it!

With January under my belt, I am really excited to keep forging forward! I will keep you posted...
And, I am sharing lots of little snippets along the way, via Instagram too! 



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oh Brother... Put a Bird on It!

Hello and welcome to the last post in my On Brother series! If you aren't sure exactly what this is, just click on this LINK and all the prior posts will come up.

So... I think it is safe to say that I am totally in love with my ScanNCut! It can do so many, many things!

Like.... cut out this stamped little birdie... using a wonderful trick from May Flaum.

And this gorgeous vine piece...

Which came together very nicely on this little card! Along with plenty of mixed media action too...

I am in love!

The possibilities are endless and I have merely scratched the surface! I can't wait to play more...







Monday, February 8, 2016

Art. Paint. Journal. Play... A Bee in Her Bonnet...

Happy Monday! I'm back with another edition of Art. Paint. Journal. Play!

This time, I am painting a requested piece, out of the journal, that will get framed...


A bee in her bonnet, with an eagle's wing... the perfect mix of symbolism for the lovely couple that requested this piece!





I'm enjoying faces and have been binge watching many, many video tutorials and am playing with some new ideas...

More soon...

One last question before you go...
Supply list... Do you care? Is it helpful?
I didn't include one this time to see how many of you would notice. Let me know if you missed it! Thanks!

Friday, February 5, 2016

My Loves... 2016!

Every February, I work up a little mini album in which I write "letters" to each of my girlies and my husband.

It write all about what I am loving about them, right now. My Loves...
Not only is it wonderfully fun to put these together, but they are some of my favorite projects to look back on. This year, I put together a little process video as well! Let's have a look...
In addition to a small Martha Stewart Binder, I used LOTS of goodies from the Cocoa Daisy February kits, especially the Planner Kits.



As you can see, at the time of the video and photos of this project, I hadn't yet journaled in my book.

I plan to do that throughout the month of February...

It will be such a great way to really focus on my lovelies..

And all that I am truly blessed with...










Thanks for stopping by today. I'll see you soon!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Family Portraits for 2016

Hello! It's a new year and the Family Portraits Store (CATfile Designs) is coming out with all new and wonderful things! In addition to their new products, I have a bit of a different approach with my documenting this year...

Take a look...



I am excited about this approach!
And, I am loving the gorgeous Family Portrait products... 
They will work really well for me in my 2016 album, I just know it!

Here's to telling the story...



See you soon!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Art. Paint. Journal. Play... Closure...

Happy Monday! Welcome to a new addition of Art. Paint. Journal. Play....
I've been playing with my faces and trying to give them different expressions. I think I like the way this one turned out. 

Take a look...
Thanks for watching! See you soon!


Some, but not all of the products I used (affiliate links used)...




         
   

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