"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Halloween "Row House" Swap

Recently I participated in a Halloween swap and just received my last one in the mail. We were supposed to send out three and receive three back.

These are the three I created and sent. They are almost identical. It's hard to see in the photo but there are little black fences on either side of the doors, a little black cat in front, and scary things in the windows!

And these are the ones I received - love them! I haven't yet decided how to display them. Maybe string them into a banner or prop in a tablescape.  Right now I just wish it would get cooler and feel more like fall/Halloween!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

DLP unPlanner - September

It's been another two weeks since I've posted. I stay busy enough to seem to avoid blogging! Keep saying I'll do better... We did babysit the two boys from Austin (ages 4 and 15 months) for four days and my husband has also been laid up with a bad bout of sciatica so those are my excuses!

The theme for September's DLP is "Roll Call - Being Accountable."

This is my monthly divider, using the Bo Bunny divider that was in the kit, along with a pocket and tag as I've done each month.  I use the tag to add the month's theme. I used similar colors of Distress inks for the tag and embossed the three hearts in white. The ribbon is hand-dyed.

On the back of the monthly divider is the monthly calendar.

This is the first week of September.  I'm using the kraft calendars this month.

The PAC art challenge for the first week was "Add an Organic Element." I used a previously painted card and stenciled a leaf in white. For the organic element I wrapped a stick from the yard with a fuzzy fiber and tied it to the top of the PAC. The words are very old clear stickers.

Here is the weekly view for the second week. The dates are an exclusive stamp set by Rae Missigman for DLP. I love it but it only goes to - luckily I was able to make "eleven" from the "seven" stamp.

The art challenge was to stitch on the PAC so I used a section of a "mop-up paper" for the base and added gelli print circles for the flowers and book page leaves. I machine stitched all in place and hand-stitched the tiny yellow circle of dyed paper towel in place.

And this is the third week, the week just ending. I used pink and yellow paints on the background but it turned out pretty dull because of the kraft card stock. I then used a small chevron roller stamp and white ink to lighten it. The dates are written on little banners punched from security envelopes.

The PAC challenge this week was to make marks in black and white over a colored background.  This background is painted with several colors; then I stamped the flowers in black and added white and black doodles throughout. Adding black and white marks to any project really makes it pop!

The List Ten for this month is to list 10 things you hope to gain as you grow older.  I printed the "list TEN" template on white paper and secured it to kraft card stock. I added colorful artist paper and colored hole reinforcers to the spine and border-punched the right edge. For the bullet points I used the centers of colored hole reinforcers. On the back I randomly stenciled a few colors and added some random items laying on my desk! I love being able to use up "stuff." Finally, I added paint splatters in pink and orange.



Saturday, September 3, 2016

Documented Life unPlanner 2016 - catch-up on August

As I explained in the last post,  I've been busy! Though I haven't posted, I have stayed current with each week's calendars and challenges.  So here's the remainder of August. With this month finished, we are now 3/4 of the way through the year with only four months to go! 

I have completely filled my second binder and will now have to start a third. I love how chunky my two binders are, but really wish they could all be in one volume. This photo shows the binder as closed as it gets! For this binder, I did not use the kraft one that was included in the DLP kit. I found this one at Target and adore the pattern so much I will not even decorate it. The black and white  make all the colorful inside goodness really pop!

Week 2 Calendar (I chose not to do a Dare 2B card this month)

Week 3 Calendar (week of birthdays)

List Ten - 10 Places You'd Like to Visit in the Past


Instead of using the regular List Ten template, I used a skinny, scalloped-edge page from the DLP kit. I used the centers of painted hole reinforcers for the bullet points. I covered the back with a painted collage sheet and added a "to do list" printed on kraft. Again, I love white pen on kraft!


Week 3 PAC

This week's challenge was to document a happy event during the week. Since it was my birthday on Friday, that was my focus. This was an old journal card (with the face, "me" and a colorful background printed on it). I added lots of paint and then adhered the macarons image from a planner printout.  I doodled a bit and called it done.

Week 4 Calendar

Week 4 PAC 

The challenge was to highlight a favorite number. I chose "4" for my four grandsons. I stamped several different sizes of 4's in gray and pink inks on the background and then stamped the large 4 in black. I then doodled in white to "highlight" the number.

To hold this month's 4 PACs I used another stacked page protector. The photo below shows the front; the third and fourth cards are on the back.

Week "5" - last few days of Aug.

Since there were only 3 days left in August, I used only half a calendar page. The colorful circles for the dates were pushed from an old Stampers Anonymous catalog. The scalloped border is cut from a security envelope. Love those black and white designs.

Monthly Pocket Picks

I changed it up this month for the monthly pocket picks. Usually I use a page protector and fuse tool to enclose the bits and pieces of my month. Since this month was so busy and I had lots of photos, I decided to create a card stock fold-out.  Below is the "booklet" folded up. I had to add a tiny decorative clothespin to hold it closed! The spine is made from a decorative file folder I found at the Target $ Spot. I like the black contrast with all the colors. Most of this booklet is covered with the artist collage papers that were included in the kit. They are the artwork of Rae Missigman and Sandy Keene (co-moderators of DLP).

 The top flap opens up and reveals a postcard I received from an art friend in New Mexico. It was so cute I wanted to save it.  I added a black tag with photos of Drew and Grant who we babysat early in August. To the right you can barely see a tag from some flip-flops I bought this month. This flips open.

Top flap open revealing the front of the left flap

The left flap is dedicated to my birthday. There are photos of flowers I received from my husband and the cards I received. The title, as well as the sequin border, were cut from one of my cards and adhered to the page. The label and ribbon are from the box of chocolate that Kelly and her family sent me, along with their note.

The center page has photos of all the boys and activities we did last weekend in Austin. On the right, I covered the back of the shoe tag with black paper and added a photo of an art piece I received in an art swap.

Top, left and right flaps opened

Lastly, this is the back of the booklet. Since we stayed a few extra days, I added a few more photos from that time as well as the stickers from the 2 ERs we visited!

 And with that, this binder is finished! On to September and the last quarter of the year!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Life Happens!

I'm back after a few week's hiatus. Lots going on here. We had 5 immediate-family birthdays within a week, babysat in Albuquerque, the kids from Austin surprised us with a visit one weekend, and we joined Dana and her boys in Austin with Kelly's family last weekend. 

On Sunday before we were to leave, my husband was taking photos of the boys in the bathtub and twisted his back. Within an hour, he could hardly stand up or walk. We spent 6 hours in the local hospital's ER and couldn't drive home until Tuesday. With no improvement, we then went into the Dallas VA ER Tuesday night. Still no improvement so went back today. After driving over there (almost an hour) and waiting for awhile, they sent us to the Ft. Worth VA Clinic. After waiting several hours there, we had to leave without seeing a dr. We were hoping for an x-ray or something but now will have to wait until after the holiday weekend. Very frustrating for me, but much more so for him!

I'll leave you with a few pics that we tried to get of us and the four boys. The first ones with the girls and I are ok. Then we took some with all of us and those were ok. But then we tried to get one with Bill and I and the boys and everything went downhill! The little ones were done and wanted their moms. Have you ever tried to hold on to a squirmy 18-month old? 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Catching up on August DLP unPlanner

I'm a little late getting to my August month divider.  The theme for the month is: "And Then Again, No - The Power of Saying No."

I used the Bo Bunny divider for August that was in the DLP kit and watercolored some of the chevrons in the borders. I watercolored a black and white dotted paper and sewed it to front of the divider. The pocket and title is made from a Bo Bunny "Calendar Girl" paper collection I had bought which has one paper for each of the months. 

The tag was "built" on a kraft card stock using many layers of paint and stamps.  I typed the theme and added it to the tag which I have done for all the previous months. The ribbon is hand-dyed with Distress ink.

 Here is the divider with the tag in the pocket.

The reverse side of the divider is the monthly calendar. Again, I watercolored the chevron border and used tiny hexagon number stickers from The Reset Girl for the dates. I added cupcake washi tape on all the days of birthdays this month. And there are a lot of them! My oldest daughter, her boyfriend, my son-in-law, my husband, my husband's favorite aunt and I all have August birthdays!

And, last but not least, is this week's PAC. The art challenge was to create a self-portrait. Uh, no, don't think I can draw that! So I decided to do an image transfer of a photo of me as a toddler. The background was a painted piece I'd done for something else so I grabbed it and did a transfer with gel medium. Unfortunately I only had gloss medium and I prefer matte, so the result is a bit shiny. Also, the face transferred onto green and a bit of purple paint so it looks like I'm a bit sickly with a Rudolph nose. But I'm going with it. The butterfly was from a piece of wrapping paper.
This definitely isn't my favorite PAC, but ...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Trip to Chicago - that wasn't!

As it turned out, we never made it to Chicago last weekend! We arrived at Love Field at 6:00 am (yes, I got up at 4:30!) and as soon as we entered the airport we realized something was "wrong." There was a HUGE line at the ticket counters, the kiosks were not working and the monitor showed the first three flights to Chicago cancelled. Bill even tried calling Southwest, but was disconnected twice.

So, since we fly non-rev and there were at least 400 paying customers that were going to need to find available seats, we decided we were not going to make it! We were home by 7 and I promptly returned to bed! It was disappointing as we were going to visit our youngest daughter, Sara, and her fiancé and we hadn't been to Chicago in quite a long time. Oh well...

I'm still trying to catch up on the grand boys' scrapbooks, but I've gotten back to a few art journal pages in the past few weeks. I've missed it!

Both of these pages were "mop up" pages - where I clean off my brush or stencils when I still have product left over from another project. It gives a nice start to new pages and avoids a blank page.

Tomorrow I will be back with more DLP pages.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

I've been Scrapping!

I'm in Chicago for the weekend, but thought I'd post what has been consuming my days lately.

 Back a hundred years ago when I had my children, I never had time to do much in their baby books, much less scrapbooks. So I decided when my first grandson was born I would scrap the first year, with all its many milestones, for him. Then, three months later, my second grandson was born and, of course, I needed to do the same for him.

Fast forward three years and my third and fourth grandsons came along, again three months apart, so that meant being in the middle of creating four scrapbooks!

Four years later, I am still working - on the second volume for each of the older two and the first volumes for the younger two. I think I am caught up for Carl and Drew and will only do pages for birthdays, Christmas and special vacations/trips from now on. The babies' books still have a ways 
to go!

So here are some of the pages I've done in the last few weeks. Some of them, like the Zoo page, were done times 4! I'm mostly doing single-page layouts, but occasionally need double layouts for a larger number of photos. I've also sprinkled in several Project Life-type pocket-page layouts. These are pretty simple and nothing fancy. No flowers or bows for boys!

I'm having fun but what a job! I know it will be appreciated by their moms especially and will be fun to look back at all the special moments of their lives.