Are You Feeling Lucky?

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I’m a bit late posting this. I blame a wicked head cold that came on suddenly Monday night! Knocked me out for a couple days. I’m still far from better but at least I feel somewhat human again!! Barring the pounding and relentless sinus headache that is.

But enough wingeing!!

I have an art journal page to share for the monthly feature over at Practical Scrappers. Seeing as Monday was St. Patrick’s Day we were inspired by the prompt “Lucky me”! We also were given the additional challenge of incorporating collaged elements into our page.

Here’s what I created.

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An Art Journal Page for Practical Scrappers

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Happy Tuesday! I’ve got a lot to share with you today starting with my latest foray into art journaling.

One of the changes we’ve made over at Practical Scrappers this year is to introduce a regular Art Journaling feature. This month’s inspiration is a quote from Vincent Van Gogh.

“The way to know life is to love many things.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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An Art Journal Page for Practical Scrappers

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Practical Scrappers is launching a new feature this year that I am super excited about. Art Journal pages!

I’ve been dabbling with my art journal for a year or so and recently (as in two days ago) took a class with the aMAZing Donna Downey to learn 40 different techniques to make my pages … better. Can’t possibly make them any worse!! LOL!

This month’s prompt is New Beginnings – here’s my page.

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Another Pinterest Inspired Project for Practical Scrappers

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Today over at Practical Scrappers, we are sharing some projects inspired by posts seen on Pinterest. Are you on Pinterest? If so I would love to connect with you there. Here’s  a link to my boards, you can leave yours in the comments section.

Pinterest has become a fantastic way to gather images that inspire you and share your own projects and products in the hopes of inspiring others. I admit to losing myself a little bit when looking for said inspiration! Things like a 15 minute time limit are excellent tools to remember when surfing the internet!

For today’s post I created an art journal page. I’ve been horribly negligent of my 365 to 40 Art Journal!! With my 40th birthday now only 2.5 months away … I’d better get cracking!! Here’s my page.

Find Your Wings and Fly art journal page

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Be Fearless

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I am in the midst of a craft room re-boot so really shouldn’t be crafting … right? Ha!

Yesterday I watched one of the new video classes from Two Peas (this one) and was so inspired that I added a row of brads to the layout that I was making using this Elle’s Studio sketch. It all came together to look something like this.

The sketch is designed to be used by those doing Project Life but as you know, I don’t do that. But I liked the segmented nature of this and knew that I could use one of the uglier pieces of card stock I have just finished counting and organizing! The only papers showing are a couple pieces from a new (purchased before January 1st, with a 40% coupon and with Christmas money!) 6×6 MME pad, and an Elle’s Studio journaling tag from my stash.
I like the recap feel to this layout. A couple smaller shots of our decor and then the highlights from the day – new stuffies, all the Day/Nielsen cousins together and the adults Christmas Dinner table. The kids are getting old enough that things are starting to feel almost civilized!

Here’s a close up of the row of brads I added to the title block (above) and then (below) I added brads to the centre of some of the garland images on the journaling tag. Only one of those brads was from a Christmas collection. Man  it feels good to use a pile of stash items on a layout!! I think I am really going to like the new Scrap Your Stash series at Two Peas! 
A couple more detail shots for you.

And then my other crafty endeavour today … a page in my 365 to 40 SMASH book!
I started following Krystal Norton’s blog at the end of last year and today she had a new post all about being fearless. It really spoke to me and I just pulled out my SMASH book and got busy. 

I started with a base layer of gesso, then green acrylic paint slapped on fairly messily on purpose. I also pressed some of this packaging material we got from Disneyland into the wet paint to add texture but I think I may have covered it up with the flowers. Oh well. I know it’s there!! I wanted images of wings but couldn’t find them. These pictures of peonies I found in old magazines worked (I think peonies are such gorgeous, showy flowers – it’s as if they don’t care that they are overshadowing all other flowers in the garden!) 

I grabbed some letter stickers from my stash and spelled out my title. I still have a few supplies from The Upstart Crow at home, one of which is this gorgeous wing stamp that I am totally in love with. I stamped it then added the SOAR tag on top, smudging the stamp in the process so I stamped it again! I scribbled a bit of gold Gelato around the edges of both pages then once things were mostly dry, I did a bit of journaling.
The peony image was bigger on this page so a couple of tags, some Gelato and a phrase finished it.
It’s nothing super awesome but it makes me happy to look at it!
While we are on the subject of my 365 to 40 SMASH book, here are a couple pages I forgot to share with you last month. In the chaos of attempting to do a December Daily, work close to 30 hours some weeks, keep track of my kids and all their Holiday activities …. it got lost in the shuffle! Better late than never, right?

Purely playing and experimenting!
Thanks for popping in today. Have a great weekend!