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11.22.2016

gobble gobble 'til you wobble | free download

11.22.2016  at 1:00 PM
Here's hoping that you, your family and friends enjoy your day of Thanksgiving.

My little gift to you is this free download in three colorways. Designed to print on letter size card stock or {my favorite} matte photo paper which really makes the colors pop. I use Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper for prints purchased from the I Love It All shop, so  if you have that, it's even better! Or, you can always upload to your favorite photo printing site and let them do all the work for you.


or click below




Download and print this cute little poster for your gathering. Trim it to 8x10 and the logo won't even show! It's just a whimsical reminder that we're all going to wibble wobble a bit more than we did the day before, so have fun with it.

Find more charming art prints in the I Love It All shop.


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30 days of lists | days 14 - 18

  at 8:00 AM
Wow, it's hard to believe it's almost December. And that means that registration is now open for the December 30 Days of Lists challenge. I thought it might be a good time to finally publish the rest of my lists from the September class, so here's days 14 - 18. Links to Days 1 - 13 are at the bottom of the post. And here's the mini book kit I used:


And the decorated cover...


THE LISTS

Day 14
My Favorite Teams

I crinkled this list horribly in my border punch and had to cover it up with the carnival tickets.  And the crinkle on the right side of the page, I just have to be happy with that, I couldn't think of how to cover that up.


And in my never ending search to repurpose letter stickers to find the letters I need, the "E" in teams is actually the number 3.

Day 15
Pets I Have Loved


I changed the title of this list up a bit. Honestly, I don't want another pet right now. The fur balls inside the house and the havoc our puppy is wreaking on my landscaping outside have me thinking the pets we have now are more than enough.

Day 16
Lies I Tell Myself


The arrow die cuts are part of the mini album design, you can buy your mini book here, and I just added the title to the flap...to read the list, one must open the flap. The page flags are from the Target Dollar Spot and sent to me by a friend.

Day 17
My Best Tips For...changed to My Best Recipes


The pink outline is from a sticker sheet where I just cut around the negative. The number one used in 17 is an exclamation point without the period since I ran out of the number one stickers in this set.

Day 18
Casting for The Movie of My Life


I have overheard my my Mother-in-Law, in the past, tell me that I'm the family's Cindy Crawford. I'll totally take that compliment and remember it forever!

I spent way more time on this particular list than I ever thought possible. I usually just look at the list prompt and begin journaling, but not this time. Would you have problems with this list or is a no-brainer for you?

DID YOU KNOW?

Registration for the December 30 Days of Lists challenge is open and you can register here! It's a quicker, shortened version of the March and September challenges, giving us all more time to spend with family, but still squeeze in a few moments to list in our journals. You know I'll be there, I hope that you'll join me:

DISCLAIMER | I am an affiliate of the 30 Days of Lists class and will earn a small fee if you use any of my links to purchase the class. As you can see by the number of times I've taken classes, I believe in this adventure and think you will enjoy it, too.

Helpful Links

See how I prepped a few pages for my September 2016 journal.
Find my list for Day 1 here.
Days 2 - 4 here.
Days 5 - 8 here.

Thanks for stopping in!

11.15.2016

art journaling in my field notes gratitude journal

11.15.2016  at 8:00 AM

I have admired the talents of many lettering, doodling and art journaling people on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. But, I just never felt that I understood it. You know? I was at a total loss to even know where to begin. I do consider myself a crafty person, but not necessarily an artistic person.

And then I just decided to get out and play with the girls' watercolor set. I still don't understand it any better, but if I don't try, I never will.


Oh man, am I hooked! I love it. Really, really love it. I love that the pages get a little crinkly from the watercolor. They get less so when I slather the page with some Gesso, but I kinda like it better when it's crinkly and textured.

Midori Standard Size Gratitude Journal  |  Field Notes Size Gratitude Journal  |  A6 Size Gratitude Journal 

I decided that I'm going to carry around this size Gratitude Journal with me in my purse {but it comes in other sizes}. I'll have it with me during the down time I have while waiting school pick-up lines seems like a great time reflect and document my thankful thoughts. It's quiet. There are few distractions. And it's a much better use of my time than scrolling around on my phone on social media.

PAGE DECORATION

I went ahead and decorated some pages with watercolors, stamps, washi tape, journaling cards and a combination of all of the above. For me, I find that starting with something other than a blank, white page encourages me to begin, to just do it.

I'm loving this new-to-me technique of using a stencil. I used a Copic marker with the brush tip end to highlight letters and numbers significant to our family. You can see how I did this by scrolling back to the last photo.



WATERCOLORS AND STENCILS

So let's begin with my new love of watercolors. Using the stencil from the Dollar Spot at Target, I alternated between blue and several greens and varying intensities of paint on the brush and then added a sticky note to the left side.


With the paint that was left on the stencil, I placed a mini shipping tag on top and got this.


I used a different stencil, this one by Heidi Swapp, and worked on getting an ombre effect. It wasn't large enough to cover the whole page and I didn't stagger it to cover the whole page, thinking that I might use that white space for journaling.


Before using the stencil for the watercolors, I used some medium molding paste to make this page. Since it was the same design, I thought it might be fun to layer the stencil that was still wet with the watercolors on top of the molding paste to get another layer of texture.


WASHI TAPE

This is the reverse side of the page with the paint covered mini shipping tag.


A pennant shape made from a book page scrap and a red shipping tag both held in place with washi tape.

STAMPING

Combining watercolors, washi tape and stamping to create this page layout.


I stamped the mason jar on the right side and embellished the washi tape strip on the left with a journaling spot.


I use this stamp I designed in the Original Gratitude Journal and decided to give it try here, too.

JOURNALING CARDS

Adding in journaling cards gives one the opportunity to have more pages, or to add another layer and sometimes both. On this layout, I stamped the background and layered a journaling card on top.


By adding washi tape to the top of this Project Life card, I will be able to lift the card and add some {hidden} journaling underneath.


Do you see how I added enamel dots to the bike tire spokes?  Clever me.


This journaling card was attached to the page on the reverse side by adding a strip to the back. So the front is the bike and the back is blank and adhered to the adjoining page with washi tape.


RANDOM TECHNIQUES

Attach stickers in random ways.


And even doodle, if that's how you roll.

THE ORIGINAL GRATITUDE JOURNAL


The Original Gratitude Journal still appeals to me so much. Turning the pages to see what the next page design will be is so fun and full of promise. There might be room to doodle, stamp or just write. And that's part of the allure of a mixed media journal.


What's your preference, a mixed media journal or a notebook insert full of blank pages?


And, did you know that the December 30 Days of Lists challenge is now open for registration? It's a quicker, shortened version giving us all more time to spend with family, but still squeeze in a few moments to list in our journals. You know I'll be there, join me here:

DISCLAIMER | I am an affiliate of the 30 Days of Lists class and will earn a small fee if you use any of my links to purchase the class. As you can see by the number of times I've taken classes, I believe in this adventure and think you will enjoy it, too.
Helpful Links


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9.26.2016

30 days of lists | days 9 - 13

9.26.2016  at 8:00 AM
Lists are a way of life for me. Some, like the 30 Days of Lists challenge, are fun. Others, like my To Do lists, aren't cute or decorate or fun.

#lists #smashbook #scrapbooking #journal #30daysoflists

THE LISTS

Day 9
This Weekend's Plans


Yeah, we're party animals here at The Love Shack. The journaling card was one that came in the embellishment pack {each mini had different selections} and I attached it with some paper tape. The Right Now arrow was part of the free printables I designed for everyone who registered for the class.

Day 10
When Things Don't Go My Way


The journaling card from Day 9 wrapped around to this side of the page and I embellished it with a chipboard button. A stick pin was used to attach the journaling card and an arrow helps to highlight that this is the Day 10 list.

Day 11
On My Calendar This Year


Using the back side of the stick pin, I added some washi tape and cut it into a pennant shape. You can see more detail in this post. For the journaling card, I scored and folded it, attached it to the back side of Day.

Day 12
Things That Didn't Seem Like A Good Idea At the Time


This coin envelope {sold in sets of 25} came already stamped with the words "Today Was" in the mini book I am using, I just added some Amy Tangerine Thickers to highlight a word in my journaling.

Day 13
How I Stay Busy


This page on the right was already pre-embellished with the white tag and washi tape. You can find them in sets of 10 for $1.00 here.  I again practiced my hand lettering to form part of the list title and used some glittery chipboard letter stickers for the word busy. For the date, I just stamped several times, in random spots, on the envelope.

THE CLASS

I so enjoy this concept and think you will, too. You can create your own journal, buy a journal from my shop, or just post your lists on Facebook or Instagram. There are no rules, just fun!


DISCLAIMER | I am an affiliate of the 30 Days of Lists class and will earn a small fee if you use any of my links to purchase the class. As you can see by the number of times I've taken classes, I believe in this adventure and think you will enjoy it, too.


MORE LINKS

See how I prepped a few pages for my September 2016 journal.
Find my list for Day 1 here.
Days 2 - 4 here.
Days 5 - 8 here.
Similar 30 Lists mini albums are here.
Read more of my 30 Days of Lists postsincluding past class lists I've taken.


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