I don’t really have much of a green thumb, the few plants that I have are the hardiest I think because they’ve lasted the longest around my home. So when I saw this little guy along with other succulents I looked it up and the main word I read was hardy! Hee hee The colors change according to how much sun it gets and there may even be some sort of blooms sometime I think. Let’s hope I can maintain it and keep this little guy around for a while, it’s such a lovely addition to my photo shoots!
In the midst of taking a few photos of current projects I pulled my little plant in for my daily photo taking. My plan was to make a pretty mood board to go along the with new Jot challenge coming soon but nothing was turning out the way I had planned. It just wasn’t coming together, something was missing so I figured today was not the day and it would come together another day
So I’m sharing a few Project life pages and a sneak of a cute new Gratitude journal that I will share very soon. I like to make one every year just to play around with papers and think on the things I should be grateful for. It’s meditative and fun and the best part is there are no rules. You can see the one from last year here !
I've never been a big fan of Project life because I thought it was too time consuming but I have been finding it kind of fun recently so I'll probably complete more pages in the future!
I have always been a fan of journals though so you will be seeing one around here soon. I'm just putting the finishing touches on this new gratutude one for fall 2013. They allow me to linger a little on the subject of gratitude, I look for quotes and read poems. The middle part of this year was particularly tough! I think we all have some turbulent roads at times both inside and out, so it’s good to stop and take a moment to breathe and realize that life is really pretty amazing!
Sometimes I just like to make things, not really knowing what they will be... I especially like making things from nothing and all kinds of little scraps. I like to make the thing and then figure out what it will be. Sounds kind of weird, like working backwards but it's a habit that I've gotten into and new things seem to come from it and that's the part I like. How to have the appearance of chaos with an underlying neatness. I've been slowly growing into how I approach my projects.
There really is an art to discovery, I've learned that it's a sort of letting go that you have to do. The more you hold on to the way things should be, the harder it is to make new things.
You really have to fall in love with the process of discovery instead of what a project might be. Sometimes you'll like it, sometimes you won't but you will discover something new, something interesting or even something about yourself you never realized each time!
The very first photo in this post is the beginning of something but I'm not sure what yet! Hee Hee, I think it might be a hanging light cover or tea light cover of some sort. Either way I like it because It began as a book page and strips of tulle. If I was a better seamstress I'm sure it could become a skirt! Ha
I hope you all are making some pleasant discoveries this weekend! Thanks for stopping by!
I think today has been the best day so far of the season! It was a coolness in the air and a gorgeous golden hour just before sunset. The kind of day when you want to let the air blow through your fingers while driving and your cares sort of drift away even though you're caught in rush hour traffic!
In my search for different backgrounds I found another laying around that I had painted some time ago with chalk paint for my son. You can probably still see some of the scribble left on it. Yes, I'll have to do something about that! I still enjoyed making a little doodle on it myself and hope to make more in the future!
This was a layout I completed a few weeks ago and never got around to sharing. I had to use a little of that golden yellow that I love along with lavenders and pink!
I'm off to have a little green tea...Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful season we call fall! Can you believe that it's snowing in some places already? This is the time I really love living in florida!
To say that I have been involved in my photography lately is an understatement. I am smitten with the vast way one can explore many splendid crafty things through painting with photos. Once I'm inspired it's know turning back.
You could imagine my suprise when I realized I had an old piece of wood just laying around along with some other artwork! Just laying around when I have been desperately looking for any kind of reclaimed wood that would work well for my photos! It's rather hard to find but perhaps I haven't been looking hard enough before. So I through on a thin layer of gesso and wa-la, the perfect backdrop! I will definitely be playing around with all kinds of backgrounds now!
I believe you will find a few scrappy things in these photos, a few cards, a chalk drawing and a little glitter painting. My photo session got cut in half by some ugly weather so I will call this post Part I with more cards and crafty things to come soon!
I went searching for anything I could find in my stash in lavenders, purples and a deep wine color. These cards were inpired by that lovely faux bush of flowers, I am loving that deep aubergine color these days and I am constantly inspired by it!
Sharing a few more pretty blue things today. I made a few tags, played around with a little watercolor and tulle. Making these little inspiration pieces are just what I need to stay creative everyday. Do just a little if that's what it takes.
These are some of my favorite tear sheets from old magazines. I'm always on the hunt for beautifully styled pages. I love the rich tones here.
I'm a little short on words today. Just got inspired to style some lovely photos. I'm just about done with my blue infatuation (well hopefully).
The week is starting off pretty good here, I hope you're all having a wonderful week!
Hi everyone, I thought I might as well get back over here and post a few of my projects since I worked on so many over the last few weeks all in the name of the color blue! I've had projects coming outta my ears because I get so intriqued by colors. I want to see how it looks this way and thattaway! hee hee I created a little layered art piece to add to my collection of framed artwork and this is one of my favorites! The constrast of the blue and off white ornate frame is really striking!
This little layered background shape is perfect for adding layer upon layer of goodies. Plus also a good way to use those little strips of paper you may have leftover from other projects.
I found a little blue ticket from time spent at a local fair, a stamp, some string and also made a little blue tulle flower to layer with. This was a lovely frame found at hobby lobby...I might just have to go and get the bigger size while it's still available. I love using inexpensive old frames, their in craft stores but you can also find them in your local goodwill or salvation army sometimes too.
And I couldn't resist stopping by without posting a new layout. And believe it or not there's actually a little journaling on it as well. I just had to dive into the chalk trend by buying myself a few Project life cards from We r memory makers. They are really cool and they give me a chance to use my white sakura gel pen too. Here I used a black marker for journaling but used my white gel pen to mark on the photo.
I always have a little stash of illustrated cards lying around that I practice my sketches on and I thought why not use them for a layout. I cut them out and used them along with some other leftovers from my stash to create the bottom portion of the layout.
This layout was fun, I think I'll be using a few more of my leftovers on other projects.
So that's all for now, be back soon with some news to share and one or two more projects to complete my little infatuation. I've already begun to pull colors for my next little adventure. It's might just include alittle mustard yellow and gold...
Happy Wednesday everyone! I'm spending my morning working on a few post, editing photos and a little styling. It's rainy and cloudy outside and just right for me. I'm getting ready to pull out the scarves and comfy socks for cooler days like this. October couldn't be a better month to me! Don't you just love it when the seasons change and the air is cleaner and there's a sort of excitement in the air?
I've been finishing up some things for my color inspiration post and thinking over what they mean to me and why I like to do them. I don't think that I could focus as well without a theme of some sort. Honestly I'm a little scatter brained when it comes to crafts and usually I'm all over the place. These color inspiration post always help me focus! Having an element like color keeps me on track and motivated to create! Whatever it takes to stay creative is what I say!
I experimented a little with this layout and used some lovely tulle along the edges of the top of my layout. I love it's softness and how it creates an eye catching boundary. I have a few yards of tulle in just about every color now!
Oh how I love a repeated element on a layout to give make it special and these watercolor hearts just pop! I used my Staedtler watercolor crayons on a sheet of watercolor paper in an ombre effect and then drew and cut out each heart. I machine sewed them just to give a little texture to the page!
I created this little banner, and oh it is my favorite little project I've done so far! It's so easy and simple to make! I'll share more soon!
So this week has been quite a busy one as far as projects! I still have more...a few cards, tags (a project for a new design team) and a little index card mini!
The adventure continues into my little color crush... It happens a lot when I get enamored with an object or color and I have to follow where it takes me. Last week I started pulling out everything with blue tones in it. I can't quite place what started it; I have to think really hard on that one, it may have been pinterest, yes always blame it on pinterest! Hee Hee
I went exploring, pulling paint cards and watercolor splotched scraps! I like to display pretty things that are often overlooked on their own but inspire when they are placed on a mood board or other artsy display! Searching and styling is the fun part!
Against a backdrop of other things I wanted to share a few cards I made using my STAEDTLER watercolor crayons! I always enjoy using them because they make such pretty ombré backgrounds to use on projects! They are so versatile but I need them in neon! ... Hint hint STAEDTLER! Ha
The above photo reads..."sun-bleached bones were most wonderful against the blue-that blue that will always be there as it is now after all man's destruction is finished." - Georgia O'keeffe.
Blue is a color that will always come and go in all it's shades. It's the color of the sky and sea... It's a casual color but also daring and ambitious!
I think at times I enjoy the color blue more than others but I love all of them, they become something else with other colors next to them! Their always worth exploring! I hope I've inspired you to try a little blue or lavender!
Take care! Happy weekend!
I had gotten away from it for awhile but all the while creating layouts, I still doodled and sketched my little heart out. Maybe I needed a break from incorporating my drawings into my layouts I don't know or maybe I was not very inspired to do so. Either way I got to making a few things this week and felt the need to add them. Along with my color crush of pinks, lavenders and saturated blues I got to adding a little fun back into my layouts!
I think I may have just needed the time to work on my illustration skills and focus solely on them alone rather then creating them just for layouts. I hope to keep at it through all seasons ahead. You might see some doodled trees and stockings in the future and also a few autumn leaves. Love them! Ha
I created the background using gelatos! Just mix with a little water and glue into a sort of paste, adding water as you need too. Just enough to splatter. I usually hold the paint brush over my paper and sqeeze it over the page. Or just simple throw the paste over the page. You can play around with different ways to flick the paint. Then I sprinkle a little clear glitter over it!
I had fun with this one, sort of making a little story on a page, all about flowers of course. There's a little journaling on the back, just a little quote to remember. "Something great is always happening." And it is if you really think about it. It just helps to push the negative stuff out of your head!
There's more in store and I hope you really like blue! hee hee, because it is my color crush for the week!
Hi, I'm kim a paper artist and I am slightly addicted to scrapbooking! I love paper,art, photography, and home decor! I started this blog to share my projects, photos and just a little of what inspires me and touches my heart!