Tuesday, April 28, 2020

This would be a good time

This would be a good time to…
  • Clean out the storage shed
  • Spend more time in the studio
  • Make cards
  • Fill scrapbooks and photo albums
  • Paint with inks and watercolors
  • Continue Bible journaling with renewed commitment
  • Change the sheets more often
  • Have video calls with friends and family (even though they have always lived hours away)
  • Learn to barber a man’s head, just one man’s head but still…
  • Plan meals and corresponding shopping trips
  • Stop using paper plates for most meals
  • Play tambourine and bongos with Sir Henry on the guitar
  • Sit on the patio more often
  • Introduce each other to our favorite movies
  • Make bread
  • Share family recipes
  • Practice deliberate kindness
  • Pray unceasingly

Monday, April 27, 2020

So many Thank you notes

So much gratitude, so little time. I have more blessings than I can count. 

I went "back to basics" a month ago and made a thank you card using rubber stamps by Stampin' Up, beautiful metallic paper from Anna Griffin, Memories brand ink, my Fiskars 12" cutter, and a bone folder. 

The result was this cleverly folded beach themed card.The pattern, as with all patterns in recent years, was found on Pinterest.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

I stopped Scrapping

Somewhere between collage art, visual journals, altered art and card making, my scrapbooks fell by the wayside. Scrapbooks, my legacy art, one of my favorite hobbies, just didn't seem as interesting to me and I stopped. I didn't stop meeting my creative friends for day long (occasionally weekend) retreats, I just stopped making scrapbooks.

one of my Project Life layouts from 2014, the year I began Project Life

My devotion to legacy art, my term for scrap-booking, hasn't ended. My commitment to cherishing memories remains strong. I continue to love collecting  actual scraps of paper from notebooks, tickets, lists, event programs and the bottom of desk drawers. Every person who knows me will confirm that I still adore taking photos.

Enter Project Life(tm). Project Life products are designed by Becky Higgins, a celebrity in the world of scrap-booking, to provide an easy and creative way to document your life. Her initial premise was to use "pocket pages" and create one page every week filled with photos and notes and souvenirs. 

I LOVED this idea. It felt like visual journaling and scrap-booking combined forces to be my new super hero. 

When I first tried Project Life I thought I'd do a page every week just like Becky suggested. Sadly, I didn't have the strength to meet the weekly goals. However, I quickly decided that this was the best way to preserve my memories and document my wonderful life. It moved my photos from the camera to the page with speed and creative freedom.

Naturally, I have found a way to make page creation last longer by writing loads of notes and by creating miniature works of art to go in at least one of the many available pockets. All in all, it's been a fun experience. I've been doing it since 2014 and I love it.