Monday, February 20, 2012

Round Robin Altered Book: "Girlhood"

This darling book, "Girlhood-With A Touch of Pink", belongs to Rachelle & it is just as sweet as can be!  Here are my pages created in Rachelle's book:

Now, off to finish my pages in Carla's book, "Paper Dresses"; I'll be posting those later today.  Bye for now!

Lovely Daze

I've been really enjoying a few days off work & using the time to get creative, explore new friendships & savor the beauty of my everyday world.

This past Friday evening, I met up with 2 new art friends, Kaprice & Tracye, to visit & play in altered books we are each busy with.  We decided to call our little group "Journal Junkies" & we'll each be making a themed journal that we will then swap among each other; our themes are Garden (Kaprice's book), Travel (Tracye) & Dress Up (me).  I'll be posting pix of our creations in our books as those come about.

Saturday, I attended my first art journaling class at the Stamp Art Shoppe in Roseville, CA. & it was WONDERFUL!  Our instructor, Karen, is so much fun & has an amazing depth of fabulous techniques to show us; we'll meet monthly for an entire year & I'm thrilled to be on this journey to explore the world of art journaling!  

A sign posted in the classroom is a great reminder to just jump on in & give it a try:
Here are my supplies I brought for the class:

Playing in my class journal; our assignment is to write a 4 word "self-help" sentence; I immediately thought "art feeds my soul" & that's what I wrote!  I will continue to explore this thought within the pages of my journal.

Later that day, after my class, I strolled through a nearby neighborhood & came upon a lovely tulip tree in bloom, complete with a bench beneath; perfect spot to sit a spell, don't you think?

The sky was blue, the weather was mild & the tulip tree's blooms were soooo pretty:

Much too nice a day to be inside, so I ended up at a favorite spot along the river for a cocktail & to enjoy the sunset:

Missed catching the actual sunset on camera, but love this silhouette of palms against the dusky sky:

What a beautiful day it's been!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rockin' the Round Robin - Part I

It has taken me quite some time to complete my pages in the first book I received from Pen Stuart's altered book round robin (RR), but FINALLY I have finished them!  Visit Pen's blog here
There are 14 books in this RR from artists all over the U.S. plus several in Australia-WOW!  The book I've just finished working in belongs to Kaitlyn Brannon & has "Night" as its theme; Kaitlyn created this lovely cover for her book:

And here are the 4 pages I created inside:

I wrote a haiku for this "dream" page; it says:  "At night, dreams take hold.
Our world becomes limitless
and we are set free."

"Nightlife" - the sassy lady has a faux fur collar made from soft black fiber I had in my stash

"Nightingale" - the bird image is from packaging that held an acrylic stamp; it was too pretty to throw out!

"Stand by Me" - lyrics from the classic song..."when the night has come & the land is dark & the moon is the only light we see...stand by me."
Now, off to create in the next 2 books for this RR plus create my pages in the second RR I'm playing in.  More to come on my creations for those, so stay tuned!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

How Fun...I Won!
Yesterday was a "happy mail" day-Wheeeeeee!  First, I discovered I had won this great rubber stamp from Two Peas in a Bucket:

"Love Grows" rubber stamp by Penny Black

Next, I had a package from my brother, Paul, that contained a Valentine's card & other fun items with wishes for a happy heart day!

And, finally, I received another altered art book to create in for one of the 2 round-robins I'm playing in (I'll have a post up tomorrow with more on that).  Here's a sneak peek:

Ta-Ta for now!