Friday, August 15, 2014

Word Up LOST

My turn as the word smith over at OLW.

Here are my thoughts on the word LOST.

There are so many things changing in my life right now. My son’s are almost out of highschool and moving in slow and steady increments away from me as a mother. They are gone a lot and there is less they need from me. I am adjusting to the role of support player instead of coach.
My husband and I are finding ourselves alone more. That takes adjusting to as well. We spent so many years missing each other and now, it’s almost like we need to re meet each other. It’s exciting, interesting and honestly a bit scary.
On top of that I am now on the far end of forty. I never really felt much anxiety about getting older, but something is shifting inside me at the the prospect of turning fifty. Part of it is a strange and unfamiliar vanity I have been feeling. The other part I think, is a fear that there is so much left I want to do and maybe I am feeling like I am running out of time? Not sure really.
I spent so much of the past 17 or so years feeling so certain. Now I am adrift, and yes, some days lost. I say my prayers and do the next right thing. I don’t know where I am headed but I am moving forward.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cocoa Daisy August 2014 Modern Vintage

It's on sale and you should definitely try to scoop some of the goods up.
The DITL kit is fabulous.  The whole darn thing is great.  Check it out at Cocoa Daisy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July Inspiration Elevator Challenge

The ladies at Inspiration Elevator graciously invited me to play along with them again this month.

Welcome to another challenge at Inspiration Elevator.

Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level.  We want to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking; to stretch, sometimes uncomfortably, to create something fresh.

We are also honoured to welcome a guest challenger this month, team alumni, creative and busy Sue Sykes, a regular contributor to Canadian Scrapbooker magazine and manager of their sketch site.Here is her challenge for us, in her own words:
"We all know that the contents of our bags, whether it's a handbag, a satchel, a clutch or a backpack, reveals a lot about ourselves. This month, create a layout about the contents of your bag on any given day. Be sure to include the stories behind any unconventional items."
As a further challenge, use one of the items on your page somehow!

Here's a complete list of this month's participating designers! We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month, then come on back and give the challenge a try yourself!
Guest Challenger: Sue Sykes 
Jayne Morgan
Wendi Robinson
Lisa Moen
Joanne Burton
Michelle Hernandez 

Now it's your turn to get creating about what is in your bag, and share your blog link at the IE blog. We would love to see what you were inspired to make!

This one was hard for me at first.  I am not someone who scrapbooks about things like this usually.  But I ended up loving what I did and it really made me giggle how much crap I carry around in my big yellow bag.  I work a lot and usually am gone 12/14 hours a day.  That bag has a lot of stuff in it day to day.  It's actually too big.  I can never find anything!

Using yellow as my main color was really fun.  I just started playing with the background with gesso, acrylic paint and watercolors.  I took out some yellow stickles and had fun playing with that on the wood veneer pieces as well.  

Hope you will play along!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cocoa Daisy's July Kit View Finder

July is here!  Sunshine, hot days, cool nights and a happy me.  Really enjoyed creating with this month's kit, View Finder.  It's on sale at Cocoa Daisy.   The kits are always filled with lots and lots of good stuff but this month seems like there is even more embellishments and my favorite thing is the sewing template by WeR memory makers.  I am going to have fun with that one!
This is the mood board created for the kit, doesn't it make you want to go on adventures?

Here are my layouts using the kit.

Happy Fourth of July to all your Americans!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

One Little Word Word Up #84 LIGHT

It's that time.  Word up #84 brought to you by the lovely Lisa.  Check it out at OLW.

I can so relate to what Lisa posted about having things to look forward to.  I really love what everyone created.  So beautiful.

I too must have light in my life.  The winters here in Missoula can be so dreary and without sun for many days on end.  Then Spring comes and with it the gorgeous light of sunshine.  Our summer's are spectacular.  We often have weeks on end of blue skies and sun.  It is stunning to me how much my mood changes and my spirit lifts.  I do know however that during the winter I need to make my own light.  With prayer, art, exercise and simple acceptance of the darker days.  The light is on the inside.

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Blog Tour and Interview

Last week my lovely friend Lenna from *Creative Lenna* invited me to take part in an ongoing virtual art tour.  It is designed to help artists meet and connect to other artists.  I have know Lenna for many years since we both lived in Connecticut.  I took an altered book class with her and that is how I got hooked on scrapbooking!

My assignment is to answer 4 questions:
What am I working on?
How does my work differ from other work of it's genre?
Why do I write/create what I do?
How does my creative/writing process work?

What am I working on?

Right now I am working on staying positive, healthy and balanced.  I have just emerged from some  health issues.  It was depressing to feel so badly on a daily basis.  It is interesting what happened on an emotional and spiritual  basis.  I often would feel very sorry for myself when I would have to work  a full day not feeling well.  I do not have an option not to work and I felt bitter about that.  When I met with a doctor and finally got some answers, one of the things that she shared with me was that my active job is probably what keeps me doing as well as I have been.  What I thought of as a burden is actually a blessing.  Being physical on a daily basis, despite not feeling good, is exactly what my body needs.  Since then I have had quite a transformation in acceptance.  I feel very empowered and at peace with many things I had been struggling with.  I am far less judgmental than I used to be.  I never thought I was but it was there, deep under the surface of things.  I am trying to trust my life as it is.

A wonderful part of my day is usually after work when I walk.  I try to walk every day.  It really helps me feel good physically and mentally.  I also take lots of photos.  Sometimes  I post to Instagram.
I always have lots of subjects with two teenage sons, 6 grandchildren and all the little things I like to notice during my day at clients houses.  Noticing the little things help keep me centered and focused on the positive.


My photos usually make it into my art journals and scrapbooking.  I have been designing for 
Cocoa Daisy for several years now and love using the kits to play and fill my obsession with paper and pretty things.  I also am involved with an amazing group of women who get together on line once a month and create a project with one word.  One Little Word is a wonderful jump start to my creative process. Scrapbooking is a huge part of my creative outlet.  This is one  of the layouts I created for the June kit.  I am really doing a lot of background stamping and watercolors on my pages.

I was having a little trouble feeling inspired to create scrapbooking pages and with some advice from a friend I started really playing and having fun in my art journal.  That helped a lot.    

I am also getting ready to start some canvas work.  Stay tuned!

How does my work differ from others in it's genre?

This is a difficult question to answer.  I think like many scrapbookers, I enjoy experimenting with various art supplies on my pages.  My scrapbooks are sort of art journal like and my art journal pages are often like scrapbooks.  

Why do I write/create?

Because I have to.  It's what keeps me sane, happy and content.  Creating art is just part of 
who I am.  I have always made things, since I was a young girl. It fills an emptiness inside me I think.  It's a magical process that always leaves me hopeful.  I don't blog as much as I would like to but I love writing as well.  I journal almost every day and have a lot to say!  It's helps get all the mess out of my head.  

How does my creative process work?

Honestly I do not create every day.  I work a lot.  I am not making excuses it's just what is.  I usually enjoy some creative time every weekend.  I love creating in the late mornings/early afternoons.  Sometimes with silence, sometimes with music.  Deadlines often are part of my process as well!
I usually start with a color or photo in mind and go from there.  Play is very important to me.

Okay, last but not least is my list of 3 artists who inspire and delight me.  It was hard to pick just 3 but I hope you will enjoy there talents and blogs.

Ronda Palazzari is an amazing artist, designer and book writer.  She designs stencils for Crafters Workshop.  I met Ronda when she asked me to be a part of the One Little Word challenge blog.  We then worked together at Cocoa Daisy.  She has been such a good friend to me and always encouraging.  She is incredibly prolific  and professional with an amazing body of work.  

Marie Johansson is an incredible scrapbooker.  Her work is so creative and she is always trying new techniques and using materials in such interesting ways.  I met her at Cocoa Daisy.  She is such a sweet friend and in her real life, a cardiac nurse.  Hence, her nickname for herself, the nutty nurse.  She lives in Sweden and some day I am going to travel there and visit her!

Anna Bjorklund is also from Sweden.  She also designs for Cocoa Daisy.  I have always admired her beautiful photos and work.  She moves effortlessly between art journaling and scrapbooking.  Anna also is an inspiration to me because she has a very demanding job, young children and some how manages to continue to create and amaze.  Anna will of course be included in my future adventures in Sweden!

Please check out they're blog posts next monday June 9 for their very own blog tours.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cocoa Daisy Boho Gardens

I know it's not officially summer yet but it feels that way to me.  Sunny skies have hit Missoula Montana and I couldn't be happier.  What a difference a little natural vitamin D makes!

Taking a break from scrapbooking and playing in my journal has really helped me.  I have been so inspired that a I actually went back to 12x12 this month for the June kit.  It's filled with bright colors, lots of pink and a good sprinkling of black.  I love it!  The papers, embellishments are all gorgeous.

Boho Garden is on sale today at Cocoa Daisy.  It's going to go fast!

This is one of my favorite galleries in a long time.  I had a lot of fun with this kit.