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Day 18: 30 Day Journal Project


“It’s difficult to get your creative juices flowing if you’re always being practical, following rules, afraid to make mistakes, not looking into outside areas, or under the influence of any of the other mental locks.”  ~ Roger Von Oech


This page is really about the journaling and processing of the ideas and I just didn’t have the energy (or take the time) to make it more than that. Maybe because of the very topic of this quote and the prompts for the day, I decided to be ok with what I did, and call it done.


I needed to do a quick page and get to bed at a reasonable hour. I’ve been letting each day’s project flow into the next day, and Day 17 with two double-page collages and a cutout door in between took lots of time. I didn’t reach my goal of 10,000 steps on Friday, but I did on Saturday.

What rules would be on your list to ignore?

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Day 13: 30 Day Journal Project


“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.

And the world will not have it.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you.

Keep the channel open.”    ~ Martha Graham


What a wonderful quote for our 13th day with the #30DayJournal project!

I went with my creative flow and the first thing I put on the page was the Henry David Thoreau quote. I have it on a card from Rem. I love it and it fit perfectly for today. The green curlicues were my response to the “vitality, a life force…”


I created a collaged peach because that is Rem’s nickname for me: Peach, or Peaches. This one even has some soft, fuzzy paper on it.  The magazine picture in the background is a peach orchard.



I traced the Graham quote on vellum and my journaling for the day is written in white pen on the peach trees, under the vellum.


Thank you for checking out the post for today!


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Day 8: 30 Day Journal Project


Leaping into the unknown was the prompt I wrote about on Day 8, #30DayJournal.


“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water” ~  Rabindranath Tagore

The two biggest leaps in my life were in 1998 when I quit my job and traveled alone to Italy for four weeks, and last year when I jumped out of a plane.


Late Wednesday night when I was working on this page, I wanted to check a little detail so dug out the journal I took on the Italy trip, and ended up sitting and reading for the next 20 minutes. I started writing in the beautiful little book a few months before the trip. I wrote about being very sad and lonely and nervous about my plan to spend a month traveling alone.

I look back on the trip with complete delight.  The sadness is not what stayed with me, so it was very interesting to discover these emotions in my journal. I was very proud of myself for having made the decision to go – doing something that the friends and family members who were getting married and starting families could not do as easily.  I saved money for a year, quit a job that didn’t seem to have much future for me, packed my bags and went to Italy!


My journaling for this page covers both pages but the writing is underneath the collage.  I remember talking to the therapist I was seeing about a year before the trip. I was seeing friends marry and have kids and my prospects in that area seemed pretty dim.  His question to me “What can you do that your friends with their jobs, families and commitments can’t do?” and my immediate response was “Travel!” His next question, “Where?” was answered with “Italy.” I guess somewhere in my heart I was just waiting for someone to ask the right question!

Rem gives me envelopes from his ham radio mail – so I have stamps from around the world. I added the Italia stamp for some authentic flavor on the postcard.


Yes, I was scared and the trip wasn’t a perfectly blissful experience from start to finish but I felt strong and capable. I stayed in hostels and a few small hotels – albergos. I met other travelers and Italians, I saw incredible countryside, artwork, and architecture, and soaked up the history and colors that were all around me every day. The food was delicious and I was very happy. Venice was a particular favorite, so I chose Venice for my collage.


Three months after I got home, I met Rem.  A very seasoned traveler, he’d been in Africa for a year and had been home for two months when we met.  We’ve been together for 16 years now.

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July 9, 2015 · 5:56 pm

Day 6: 30 Day Journal Project


“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” ~Marc Chagall

Loved this page! I had done finger painting on Day 4 and had a big pink heart that I pretty much knew was going to make it into the journal. I cut it into strips than into small squares. Than I covered and decorated the little inchies (slightly larger, actually), retaining the pink for the heart, keeping the white line and using other colors around the heart. I’m sorry I don’t have a photo of the original finger painting.


I included special details, like the paper for the tiny house is from a local map, there are pieces from gift wrap, greeting cards and old calendars from friends.  Items that mean something to me are part of the piece.


I didn’t finish it last night…but got it laid out and ready.


I completed it during my lunch break at work (homemade green juice in the bottle = lunch).


I also collected material for today, Day 7, (Next Post). But one last look at Day 6.


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Day 3: 30 Day Journal Project


“Her whole life shifted the day she started to tell the truth about what made her happy. I never knew it could be that simple, she said.” ~ Brian Andreas

Journaling in pencil first, then added gel pen to highlight some words.


Almost all the journaling got covered with collaged images representing things that make me happy, along with colored paper scraps and washi tape (washi makes me happy). Some words are still visible through the washi tape.


White paint, colored ink, gel pens and lots of doodling.


Working on my 30 Day Journal Project makes me HAPPY! IMG_0040



A young saleswoman said “you’re happy!” to me today when I was doing errands. I thanked her and told her I was doing this project and she said “you’re a happy person.”  I agreed, because I think I am.

It made me happy.

I’m happy that you are reading my blog.




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Day 2: 30 Day Journal Project


“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~ Rumi

I started with different river pictures: an aerial photo, a drawing from a calendar of the River Thames, a magazine picture of a bridge over a peaceful river, another picture from a calendar of a section of the Merced River in the Yosemite valley in winter, and a section of map showing the Merced River. I pasted these on my page and added “Day 2” with the date.


Next I used some white acrylic paint to tone down some of the yellow and pink in these pictures. I layered on some tissue paper as well.


Then I really got into it and forgot to take any more in-progress photos.

I collaged on some beautiful marbleized paper, rich in blues, teals and purple with black and gold, and started adding paint: first some almost white that I added teal spray ink to bit by bit and made big swooping curves.  Then with a smaller brush and more teal ink I added darker edges to the swoops. Finally, I took a small paintbrush and some watercolor paint in shades of blue and green, I dripped paint on and tipped the book every which way to let the paint roll down the page.


Gold ink and music washi tape finished the page.  I added some journaling with a paint pen, and the quote with gel pen.




The lighting isn’t great and it is late, but I’m very pleased with this process and the result.

Edit: Here’s a picture taken in daylight. To my eye, the page is somewhere between the two – the gold shows up a bit more than in the photo below, but not as much as the pictures above.


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Day 1: 30 Day Journal Project


“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ~ Louis L’Amour



More about this project here. Thank you for the visit.

#30DayJournal Day 1

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30 Day Journal Project for July

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I’m doing this! Do you want to join me? It is 30 days of journaling, starting July 1, with artist Lisa Sonora posting daily prompts and inspiration. You can learn more about it here.  It’s also free – how cool is that?

A few years ago I signed up for a different month-long project: 30 Days of Creativity, and I did it for three years, with some variation in my participation. Here are some of my favorite creations:


Day 6: June 6, 2013, Mosaic Poppies Art Journal Page


Day 28: June 28, 2013, Collage Sand Gild Stamp Art Journal Page


Day 3, June 3, 2012, Icebox Cupcakes


Day 21: June 21, 2012, Bleach Pen T-Shirt


Day 2: June 2, 2011, Embossed Tins


Day 26: June 26, 2011, Fused Plastic Bags

You can look under the 30DOC tab up at the top of the blog to see all the projects I did over three years.

Last May when I couldn’t find 30DOC online, I just skipped it. I don’t know if it happened or not but I wasn’t part of it.  Of course I could have done it on my own, but there is something about doing it with lots of other people that I find compelling.

I’m excited and a little nervous to be starting this 30 Day Project, #30DayJournal, because I know it is a commitment. But I also know that when I push myself, I come up with some of my most creative work.  I purchased a new journal for the project and I cleaned off my craft desk.

Here is the before…


And after.





Ready to go! Care to join me? #30DayJournal

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Art Journaling: Vacation Roadtrip


I thought I was the only one who made a visual packing list until one day I saw this on Pinterest.

It just works for me to have a visual reference.  Now I can update the list: I crossed off a pair of  yoga pants I decided not to pack and I accidentally left the sports bra at home. Do you make a packing list? Have you ever sketched your packing list?



I put this page together in our motel room in Ukiah.  I added color later. Even though I walked on other days, this was the last day I made note of my steps.



I have a date stamp that has about a dozen phrases that I can stamp with the date.


After the first two spreads, I didn’t manage to do daily journaling. I carried my (big) bag of art supplies into what ever motel we were staying in, but these were actually done during the second half of the trip when we were at Sea Ranch.


I got the idea for this spread from an old issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.  Awas an article by Jacqueline Newbold described preparing a watercolor art journal before a trip. Lay artists tape out to divide your page, paint a background across all the resulting squares and rectangles and then when you are on your trip, you have a grid ready for both artwork and space for text.


In my case, I’m journaling in a re-purposed book and I’ve used gesso to cover over the text and prep my pages. I used washi tape to make a grid and painted a watercolor background. But the washi tape pulled up the gesso in some pages.  I also need to do more research on what black pen will write on the gesso.

As we drove along the Avenue of the Giants, I was humming and even singing “This Land is Your Land.” So of course I wanted to include that in my page from that day!

In spite of the challenges, I was very pleased with how these pages turned out.  I collected free maps and newsprint guidebooks that are given away because they’re loaded with ads. But they’ve also got some photos that I was happy to use in my journal.


This spread has some paper from my stash as well as washi tape.  I also used a new circular date stamp I picked up at Scrappers Edge in Eureka.




I used some of these new materials from my shopping haul at Scrappers Edge on my next spread.


These are my favorite pages from our trip.

I used ink sprays, embossing powder and gold Mica Gilded Fragments from the Stampendous Frantage Encrusted Jewel Kit, and some of the stencils.




Heart Bead in Arcata has a beautiful business card that I used on this spread.  I didn’t find any new treasures but I enjoyed looking through the store.


My last two-page spread represents an overhead view of a flight of beer, and the names of the different breweries we visited.


There’s the new circular date stamp again.


I stenciled the background and wrote in the names of the brew pubs.

Inexpensive number thickers from Dollar Tree and letters cut out from a travel brochure combine in the page title.


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Art Journal: Inchies

Inchies Two Page Spread

August was a month for healing and building up my stamina.  Oral surgery on July 31st really sapped my energy and I have done very little crafting.  I’m almost back to my regular work-out routine and finally have some time and energy left for crafting.

Inchies are 1″ x 1″ decorated squares of paper or fiber and are mini works of art – they can be painted, collaged, stamped or hand-drawn.  They are sometimes traded in sets of 6, 9 or 12, but I made them for my Art Journal.  I used many types of paper including watercolor paper, card stock, magazine pages, maps, sheet music, vellum, old calendars, dictionary pages, and other paper ephemera.

4 inchies

When I started, I thought I would do a page of inchies. I laid them out in rows of 4 but I decided rows of 5 would look better.  Once I filled one page, I kept going until I completed 70 inchies.  I found the small size very satisfying and delighted in coming up with different designs and embellishments.

70 inchies

Multicolored stripes from an ad in a magazine were used as waves in the ocean and as a cheerful background for a happy face sticker.

Just another fish in the ocean

A scrap of paper doily inked a blue-purple became a lace fan for a sketch of a Spanish lady.

Spanish Fan

Although I used many different colors, I stuck with orange and green with some purple for my overall color theme.

Mostly Orange

Mostly Green

I looked at things with an eye to how they might be transformed into an inchie: junk mail with a picture of an orange safety vest became a square, parts of a chocolate bar wrapper appear on three squares, and a business card for a Psychic I found on an early morning walk made two inchies with the addition of some washi tape and sequins.


Palm Reading

I made tiny collages with layers of different paper.  I searched through my scraps for little bits and pieces to use.

tiny collages

When I completed enough for both pages, I had to decide on the layout.

Draft layout

After gluing all the squares in place, I realized my little crescent moon was upside down, so I carefully peeled it off the page and put it on correctly.

Moon & Sun

I don’t know that I’ve gotten this little inchie-bug out of my system.  I think maybe a birthday card made with inchies will be my next project.

Sorry for my lack of posts in August. Thank you for your support, patience and continued visits.

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