Monday, January 4, 2010

heart the art! (week 1)

have you been over to gina's blog, tyggereye art to see the first prompt of her weekly journaling inspiration, ♥HEART the ART?! i have, and it's a good 'un! but before we get to that, howsabout i show you the little book i made to hold my 52 pages for the year?

(patterned paper: prima & a bit of love elsie packaging; chipboard letters: making memories; bling & rub-on letters: k&co; clipart banner: anahata katkin; stickpins: joann essemtials; chinese charm: oriental trading; epoxy stickers: michaels; labels: dymo; bookring: staples; ink: colorbox; other: velvet flower, misc. ribbon scraps, chipboard; adesives: xyron, uhu gluestick, tombow mono runner, 3m foam tape)

of course, i didn't need to make a special home for these; i just happen to really loooooove makin' little books, and it seemed a perfect opportunity! afterall, there are loads of cool pre-made journals or blank books out there (gina decorated one of her beloved moleskins); or i could've chosen to make individual atc's, or tags, or digital layouts; or to use the prompts in my existing art journal, or on my blog, or... ok, well, my point--and one of my favorite things about these year-long journaling projects--is that there are as many ways to approach them as there are people who participate! if you feel like trying this on for size, don't think you need to buy or make anything particular to do so!

(you needn't publicly *share* your answers either, if you are a bit shy about it; but if you'd like to, gina has set up a special flickr gallery just for us!)

ok, so anyway, the prompt for week one was "AIM to...?" and here is my page:

(hand carved robin stamp: tyggereye art; branch rub-on: hambly; flowers & leaves: prima; sparkly alpha & star stickers: making memories; white cardstock: staples; pen: uniball signo; other: body art gems, copic outliner, watercolor paints, prismacolor pencils, glimmer mist, vinyl lace used as a stencil, 3m foam tape)

well OF COURSE you knew i was gonna use gina's gorgeous robin stamp for the first time on my inaugural page, right? i mean, it had to be done, even if it hadn't been the perfect fit...which it was, actually! i'd been experimenting with glimmer mist a month or so ago and made some cool background paper with a lacy pink pattern on it. now i realize lacy pink doesn't ordinarily leap to mind as a background for a robin on a branch, but when i sat him on there i thought he looked cool, so i painted in a bit of blue sky in the blank bits of paper et voila: he's sittin' in a flowering tree! (can ya tell i am ALREADY jonesin' for spring or WHAT?!)

text reads, "#1: experiment/learn/play more...make a mess...don't be "safe"...have FUN!; #2: spend more time with friends and family and banish the toxic time-wasters!; #3: pare down, clean out, sell off, donate, use up, re-purpose...less stuff=more creativity!"

so what are YOUR aims for 2010??


  1. I'm already behind if I do this fab weekly challenge. Yes, I did know you would use your new hand-caved stamp; at least I *hoped* you would!

    Your front cover is perfect! See now I am too intimidated to start :)

    My 2010 aims?
    1. Finish teacher Christmas gifts.
    2. Catch up on blog comments before 2011.
    3. Learn to use my new Pazzles that Santa (aka dhDH) brought.

    #1 Still has me shaking my head and asking myself, "What was I thinking?"
    #3 I took it out of the box yesterday afternoon. DH set it up for me in no time (so good to have a computer/technology husband). I now can turn it on. I've watched the same video tutorial 3 times. I need help :)

    I think I'm going to love it once I figure it out and get used to it...

  2. I actually almost started this weekly challenge because of you. I even got out a journal, counted the pages, did some math, and came up with A Plan on an approach and EVERYthing.

    So my AIM this year is to not do TWO weekly journal challeges, and I am already off to a great start with this one.

    For my other 2010 non-challenge, I got out LAST year's pack of cards and looked at them. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

    I will continue to live vicariously through your marvelous effort, my dear. xo

  3. what a fabulous idea! I will check that site out!

  4. Gorgeousness!!!! I absolutely love the book cover and the page. Wow you made that robin look awesome. Great page. :) Getting down to necessity should have been on my list too!

  5. Love that awesome birdie in her flowery tree. I've started my page and hope to have it finished by weekend. I did a lot of play with it yesterday & had fun, but had to spend time letting layers dry. It's a new thing for me creating in steps rather than finishing a project all at once ... I think it will be good for me.

  6. Be a better mom and better house keeper! BLEH to the second! :P

  7. I'm like June...I'm already behind...I AM going to join in on the've totally inspired me...

  8. Gasp!!! Totally and utterly GORGEOUS! *sigh* Love those pinks and blues!

    Hope you are having a most fabulous start to your year!

    (-: Heidi

  9. ryn: yeah I saw the post Julie did isn't that cool??? I was very happy. Thanks for the z skilled label. haha I love it.

    So since you live up there in snowville should I just bring up my boys get em a sled a we can craft for a few hours. haha I'd have to get them industrial warmth coats. They're Florida boys. brrr Never seen snow.


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