Thursday, October 28, 2010

Meaningful Journaling - Part 2

I guess this has been on my mind longer than I thought....lol. It's funny how you will keep getting messages from things around you when you open yourself up to change. This was a message from myself.....I did this over a month ago and had kind of forgotten. I filled the lined paper from Crate's School Days with journaling about how her smile can brighten my days....simple, I know but this really incorporated the journaling into the design for me.

 I combined lots of different lines - you know I love mix and match - Crate Paper: Snow Days, Paper Doll, embellishments from Book and Snow Days....then some crochet pieces from the Chip Chop Shop.


This misting is one of my own mixes - Luminarte Pigment Powder and Rose Madder ink.....so intense and gorgeous. The transparencies are some I printed from a Hof3 digi brush to keep the circle elements going.


*****I really appreciate the great responses to my question about creative journaling idea - one thing that I really loved was to keep a journal on hand to record those things you want to tell about later. Ok, so simple and obvious, but wow!! I think that will really help me to create more meaningful journaling. Thanks!!*****

Crate is doing a give-a-way in response to this idea - check it out for your chance to win some Crate goodies!!

And I've been working on my painting and it feels so good.....had some incredible revelations this week....been spending some quality family time......had a couple of magazines arrive......and we're ready for Halloween in this house! Busy but wonderful! Wishing the same for you. :)


Monday, October 25, 2010

Meaningful Journaling

I feel I've really fallen down on one of the jobs of a memory keeper. Telling the story. So often, I scrap the perfect photo, not that there is anything wrong with the perfect photo, of course. Or I showcase the amazing new product lines for the manufacture, which is my job. But heartfelt journaling has taken a back seat in my creativity. I want to change that.

What brought this all to mind is Brandin's journey on the Webster's Pages Blog - I've taken over the Monday posts, giving out the assigments and ideas for completing them. This week the assignment is, you guessed it: Creative Journaling. I came up with so many ideas for journaling and then went to find some of my pages to demonstrate, and came up a bit flat....what an eye opener. So, let me fix this issue immediately!


This layout is created with a combination of the new lines from Webster's Pages: Sweet Season, Wonderfall and Hollywood Vogue.  I painted the background paper (Wonderfall) with a wash of blue paint to give a more contrasting backdrop.


I went back and journaled around the edge of the page with a Signa Uniball pen in white - really thinking about how I am feeling about Emma's age right now.



I used some the adorable new velvet leaves and berries here - mixed with the Bloomers. A mixed color title really added a pop to this page for me. Along with some free machine stitching to accent.



I was hoping that you would share with me some of your ideas for creating heartfelt or meaningful journaling on your pages. With your permission - I'll put some of them together and visit this topic again next week. :)

Thanks for your help!!! xo

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Heart, Art and Healing Class

I've been loving this amazing FREE online class: Heart, Art and Healing by Tamara Laport. For the first time, I feel somewhat confident drawing and shading a portrait. Not that it's perfect, but it's going in the direction I want to go.


I'm going to make my own art journal using the watercolor paper I used here - so this will be a 2 page spread. This is painted with DecoArts Acrylic Gesso, Caran de Arches soluable wax crayons and graphite pencil. Some stamping and multiple layering with text stamps and others.



It feels pretty vulnerable to put this out here. Just part of my journey right now. Getting deep into me, we all have our inner demons to deal with. Thanks for letting me share it with you.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Photos onto Patterned Paper - Pt. 2

Just sharing some close-ups of my other project from last week's video - Printing Photos onto Patterned Paper. Here I used the same technique as before - a light coat of gesso (or acrylic paint) over patterned paper and then printed my photo - this time, I made the photo a little more graphic and cut it into a tag shape.


Lots of yummy Crate Paper, here.....from Restoration, Paper Doll and School Days. I love mix and match!The hybrid elements are from Parisian Anthology by Hof3. I love the look and dimension it adds layered over the splattered paint.


A detail shot of the photo:

I printed another photo onto a transparency to give this a translucent effect. And some random machine stitching to hold a few things together.


All in all, a successful combination of mixed media and scrapbooking, I think. :) This makes me really happy as that is something I am trying to work on.

Have a great rest of your week!

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

WonderFall Blog Hop Winner

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us on the Blog Hop!! The response was tremendous!! I enjoyed reading everyone's comments and hearing about favorite fall activities.

Congrats, Romy!! You are the winner of the Webster's Pages WonderFall prize on my blog!


Please email me your address at crafty75@gmail.com and we'll get your prize out to you. :)

Thanks again, everyone for your visits and comments!

And something special from the Brave Girls Club for you this morning....this really spoke to me and maybe you need to hear this today, too. Hugs.

Dear Incredible Girl,

One of the best ways to nourish your soul is to seek out and do the things that totally absorb you in happiness, things that call to you...things that you are naturally good at and things that fill you up.

It's important to balance your life with the things that MUST be done AND the things that we do simply because of the joy that comes in doing those things.

Life is meant to be enjoyed and not merely endured. There are simple and small things that we can do that will refuel our souls. We all need to make time to do these sorts of things if we want to live meaningful lives. We will be better at everything that we MUST do if we take time to do what we LOVE to do. We will be better wives, mothers, friends, daughters, sisters, aunts, partners and coworkers.......and we surely will FEEL better every minute of the day.

Please don't get sucked into the falsehood that taking time to nourish your soul is selfish and futile. It is ESSENTIAL. It doesn't take anything away from anyone...it only adds to the goodness that you already have inside of you.

Be brave today and do something that puts a smile on your face...just for the sake of doing it. Little miracles will happen....you will see.

xoxo

Monday, October 18, 2010

Printing Photos onto Patterned Paper - Video Tutorial

I recently created this video for Crate Paper showing some ideas for printing your photos onto patterned paper. Here's one of the projects using this technique.




Printing Photos onto Patterned Paper from lucy edson on Vimeo.

This technique worked really well with this photo that wasn't as in focus as I would normally like. (I think there was some salt spray on my lens....lol.) If you don't have any gesso on hand, white acrylic paint would work, as well.

I adore these negative strips that were the sweetest gift from Ayako Katayama, who makes them....aren't they fabulous?!? These are self adhesive and oh so colorful! Thank you, Aya!!

And a fun mix of embellishments here: Crate Paper, Making Memories, washi tape, another cool embellishement from Aya (the bottle cap) and paint smeared letters.



Also I printed some of my digital brushes onto transparency - these are by Rhonna Farrer.

A close-up of the photo texture from the paper and paint:


I'm working on cleaning off my desk this morning and watching this video, so I can pull out my paints. Hope you had a great weekend!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Garden - The Color Room

I was so inspired by the colors in this weeks palette from The Color Room. Adding the pop of deep purple to the gold and charcoal from Crate Paper made a striking combination. And this photo couldn't have been a better fit!


Hybrid frame by Kitchy Digitals and the gorgeous doilies are dyed by Leeann Pearce - from her ChipChop Shop.



A close-up of the stamping - the flower is a stamp by Christine Adolph combined with a another - but I can't remember the name - I lost the label....lol.


And the palette that inspired it all!



Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, October 15, 2010

WonderFall Blog Hop



Hi and Welcome!!! 

I'm so glad you made it here for the Webster's Pages WonderFall Blog Hop! I love fall and living in Florida, I really miss the changing of the leaves and traditional appearance of fall. Having beautiful fall papers, like this line from Webster's Pages, brings back so many memories of growing up in the mid-west and the wonderful fall colors.

I had the pleasure of working with these photos from fellow design team memeber, Ellen Sosnoski. Ellen has 2 adorable little boys, so I got to scrap a boy page for a change! :) I combined some of the 6x6 pages, journaling cards and stickers from the WonderFall line to create this page, along with some of the gorgeous new netting and the teal bloomers. I hope I did her proud!







Would you like to win a bit of WonderFALL for yourself? Each design team member is giving away a set of WonderFALL journaling cards and a set of our scalloped sparklers! Simply leave a comment telling me "what your favorite fall activity is" to be eligible for the drawing. Make sure to visit each design team members blog to increase your chances of winning.

Speaking of design team members.....head over to Ellen's blog next to see her lovely creation!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What's Happening?

Just a little update of the week......lots of fun stuff going around at the Edson house. :)

I just saw the cover for the November issue of Artful Blogging.....my heart actually skipped a beat......do you recognize the little girl in the top left corner?!?!? Believe me, I was already excited knowing about the article on my blog coming out, but this....thank you, Somerset!!!


And getting ready for the WonderFall Blog Hop for Webster's Pages on Friday.....make sure you come back by and visit the design team's blogs....lots of inspiration and chances to win Webster's Pages product!




And this amazing FREE class.....I'm signed up, you should, too!!!

willowing.ning.com



Ready for Halloween? My little Jack-O-Lantern is......she came out of the bathroom yesterday, saying, I pulled my other tooth....hahaha. Em is so funny about that, she has pulled them all herself and never even tells me, until it's over!



I think I need to go clean off my desk in my studio and scrap this one...lol.

See you soon!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Somerset Memories Fall 2010

I had the privilege of being published in this gorgeous magazine this month. Somerset Memories never disappoints, a wonderful mixture of scrapbooking and artistic projects. Of course, I could be a little biased. ;)





Happy weekend to you all!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Some Thoughts on Color

Working with color is one of my favorite parts of scrapbooking. And adding that pop of color, contrast or complimentary color is what makes my heart happy. I don't really have any formal art training, just know what I like and have read about. When I was a quilter, you mostly designed by light, medium and dark and the contrasts in the blocks were what made your design - of course, color was a key role there. And that has continued into my scrapbooking.

I love to see layouts that are pastel or white but never seem to pull it off unless I add black or a strong complimentary color. It is just what works for my eye.

In this layout, I combined papers from Sweet Season and Hollywood Vogue, both from Webster's Pages with a hit of complimentary magenta for my color pop. The photo is a new fave, I shared recently when I talked about photo actions - this one is Allure by Florabella.


The stripped chipboard was painted with DecoArts acrylic paint to make my photo really stand out.

A little ink splatter from a re-inker, I think it was Pine Needle by Ranger and Tattered Angels Caribbean Blue. I've been pulling out my old sprays that I made and playing with those.....wow, so much fun!


Some the new Webster's Pages embellishments shown here, also.....the netting flowers, I added in a Sparkler button to the center and the peacock feather from one of the bouquets and some bits of netting from the gorgeous new collection. And everyone's favorite the Bloomers...I love them cut apart and used as individual flowers.


Hope you are having a great week, I'm getting ready to do a bit of housework this morning and hopefully get into the studio for a few minutes. See you soon!