Saturday, March 15, 2014

"Have Spirit"

     I can't really explain how difficult is was to get something creative out this week. I have been completely absent to all social media and my blog because I have had nothing to properly show! IT'S BEEN ROUGH! I got a new camera, I got new lights, I had tons of ideas and things to record and make and do...but NOTHING WORKED. Nothing came out the way I wanted it and I literally feel into a black hole, was completely disorganized and yes ended up crying on the floor...hard! Hahaha, yes I cried. I shouldn't admit that but I think that this was my very first real, honest to goodness inspiration funk week. I literally hurt inside and couldn't function. All through school I had to create projects and there was an assignment given and told to me but now that I'm out of that, I give the orders and I stumbled and fell terribly bad this week.

     It is over with and done now, thanks to a visit to my grandmothers and working on her sewing machine, Jennibellie's Inspiration Station (WHICH YOU MUST CHECK OUT IF YOU ARE LOST OF INSPIRATIONAL MOJO!) and a good cry! I had managed to create the spread for my DLP for week 11 and I entitled it:


If you have ever watched the movie "Spirit" there is a part at the beginning where he is running through the beautiful land of the west and an eagle joins him in his run and everytime I watched it, it gave me goosebumps. The challenge this week was draw, collage or use a photograph of a bird and I choose this moment in Spirit. Little did I know that I was going to have a rotten week when I was sketching and preparing this part at my desk in the funeral home. As the week dragged on, I didn't know what to put as a quote underneath this collage. I sat at my grandmother's sewing desk this weekend and without thinking about it I wrote "Have Spirit". This collage almost knew exactly what was needed in order to prepare myself for next week. I need to have spirit, courage and guts to have a FUNK week. It's going to happen but all you have to do is allow it to happen and learn from it. Have the guts to push on because your art that you may hate or don't know what to do with, may very well teach you something!

Here are the remaining pictures of my spread for the DLP.

We ALL have those awful weeks and feel like we are just digging for some inspiration, but I cannot express enough how a get away or a different change in scenery and atmosphere can change the look of things and make you think different! 

I pray you get through your next FUNK week and that you,


P.S. - Here is the link for Jennibellie's Journal Workshop where you need to request to join the group. Once you are accepted, you can take her free class "Inspiration Station" which is under groups. It is totally free and worth it because it really does help that day or week that you need help with inspiration. GO CHECK IT OUT!

Oh and don't forget, if you are a DLP member, fill free to post your spread and challenges with the link below...

An InLinkz Link-up

Saturday, March 8, 2014

First Entry to the Documented Life Project

 The Documented Life Project that I am involved in on Facebook has been the best find of my life! It is a combination of a planner and art journal. Each week there is a challenge and this week was to write what makes you, you. The challenge part always goes on the top of the flap, which in this picture it is the right page!

  I put the main things down that make me, me or just things about me. God, my childhood, nature, vintage, crochet, fashion, stacked books, blogger, organized, travel, romantic, creator, artist, teacher, pink, floral, relaxation, BOY MEETS WORLD, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Austen and Darcy! Just to name a few...hehehe!

    This is just a weeeee bit closer to the "ME" page. I really wanted to put the pictures I took of the red rock formations from Sedona, Arizona! I wanted this in their because I believe I was born in the wrong state. Being out west REALLY make me happy! Bold colors, big skies, grand views and wide open spaces the whole works literally gives me chills. The first trip I had out there with my family, I will never forget crying at Yellowstone hating that we were leaving the next day!


    This is the left page involving all of my information on my blog posts and YouTube ideas. This will help me organize the week in what I want to post on a weekly basis! My favorite part is the little boy in the bed, he looks so comfortable and I admire that comfort and innocence spilling from the photograph!


Just a bit closer...I love the checklist part. My favorite stamp now and forever is that elephant stamp...BEST PURCHASE EVER, and for only a dollar!
 This spread is what you get when you open up the flap that had the weekly challenge on it! This section is where I do weekly scheduling for me students, work times, notes that happened during the week and so on. This week my aunt gave me that postcard fabric, total blissfulness there and the my ACMoore rewards card came in, who doesn't a good after receiving money in the mail.

I have a HUGE issue when it comes to making lists, I love making lists, hahaha! I put this behind my DLP pages to keep track with a birthday wish list and any other ideas, things I wanna save for, favorite things so on and so on! It leaves another tag at the top so that I can easily turn to it.

    In the very back I have the boring stuff, finances. I didn't want to make two separate books for the DLP and my finances so I put them together and they work quite nicely! This part I just added myself, it isn't part of the Documented Life Project.

  The weeks obviously need to be separated by monthly tags that will go on the top pages. As weeks go along and we enter new months, I'll tape them up there as I go along. I just thought you'd like to see them all and what is to come at the top.

The End, or at least for now! This is the back of my book! So I took a comp book and cut it up, punched holes on the sides and put metal rings in them to hold to book together. It works 
really well!

   Now, if you are the kind of person that is like me, where you want a planner but refuse to have it all black and white and boring and want it in an art journaling style...GO TO THE DOCUMENTED LIFE PROJECT ON FACEBOOK!

It is a closed group that you can easily join and the people there are FANTASTIC! Also there is a exchange through the mail called "Happy Mail" where you can send scraps, ephemera, painted pages, scraps of Gelli prints and so much more to people all over the world FOR FREE! Literally it is happiness in the mail!

If you are so inclined to join this group or you found out about it through my blog, fill free to post your work in the link I provide below my weekly blog post here on Clare Plantation! Next week I'll leave a link to kick start it all!

I hope I have inspired you and pushed you well and gently enough to go to Documented Life Project and share your greatness! It really helps you stick to something and create something everyday! It will be one of the best decisions you ever made.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Another Grand Studio Day

So, I got up real early this morning to head on over to my studio that I rent in town, about 15 minutes away from home, and started using some new lights a friend let me use! I made videos and took pictures for Etsy and very diligently worked on this journal page spread!

I had first decided to play with Hot Glue by creating the circles to the orange dotted flowers. That set off a nice relief to the page! I also found that the red polka dot tissue paper near the back is see through-able when glued down with Mod Podge and makes the layers look more interesting.

 I have been drinking peppermint tea in my T.J Maxx Mug here of late and I don't think I will ever go back to coffee!

Those blue arrows are a stencil that I made out of a CheezIt box! Oh and that peculiar looking stuff in the upper left hand corner, its dried up paint that I pealed off of bubble wrap! Just lather paint on the bubble wrap and let it dry. Then the next day peal the exes paint off and VOILA, you have fantastic texture! Be careful peeling it though, it breaks very easily!

I took a plastic stencil with a even rippled edge, slapped paint on a Gelli Plate and slid the stencil along the paint and then scrapped the exes off on my journal page! It makes nice and yummy looking texture!

And of course, don't forget to put a little bit of stamps! That "Art" stamp was one that I forgot completely about! I like the look of a lot of text and scripted words on a page! This page it 3/4s of the way down, I wanna doodle just a little bit more on it! I'll post them up soon.