Thursday, March 31, 2011

Signs of Spring

The signs of spring are everywhere and there are people who wonder if there is a God. The beauty of the natural world around us screams to us that He is there. The beauty hits us full in the face when we walk out our doors, it is a beautiful expression of a loving and powerful God. He is the creator of everything that we see in nature. The Bible says that if he cares enough to feed the Sparrow, he cares for you and me.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Start of my Remains of the Day Journal

Cover Ready to be filled

Detail of cover

My Pile of Scraps

Half Pages

Full Pages

This is just the start of my Remains of the Day Journal. If you have never heard about this class you should check it out. I really like how the videos are spaced to show you each step and how she explains the reason she does each thing. The printouts are great so that I can work with them right on my workspace. Here is just a teaser of the work that I accomplished last night. I have been making scrap journals for a while now and when I saw this class a few months back I really wanted to take it. I had seen journals like this being made all around the blog world and I knew I just wanted to know why she did what  she did and how she did it. I am glad that I did. this is a very awesome class. So go check out Mary Jane Moss' Dispatch from LA.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Flowers for sale

 Price: $8.00
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This flower pin/hair clip is made with all new fabric and the center is a vintage bead that adds to the charm of the piece. I can also make these in custom colors just leave a comment and let me know what colors you would like. On the back is a hair clip/pin combo and it can be worn either way. I have 2 in stock. The other flower has a large cream vintage button in the center. The size of this flower is 5"(inches) across.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The View from My Lens


The beauty of God’s creation is everywhere these days. I love the sight of spring flowers and the smell of the cherry blossoms. They really whisper of a wonderful Creator who cares enough to make the flowers bloom each spring and who cares for us and know us by name. Where every you are today take a look around and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and know that He is only a prayer away in every situation that you might be facing. When you have no one else to turn to. When you have more burdens than ways out. When you feel all alone in this world. Remember that He is always there to help you. All you need to do is trust in him and ask him to lead you in the way you should go. He will help you no matter how dark the trial is you can let Him in and His light will show you the way through. Remember there is no storm that He cannot not calm with just a few simple words “Peace be still” and the storm has to obey. One of the most helpful things that I always try to keep in mind whenever trouble comes my way is, “ He will always bring us through the trial if we have the faith to stand up and ask Him to help us”. You might not have the strength to make a loud cry for help, but He can hear you even if it is only a whisper.

I have been through trials that I never though I would make it through, I have faced situations that I thought I would lose it all, but God has always stepped in right on time to help me through. His time is not always our time, but he will come through even if there seems to be no way out. He has helped me to see that I cannot walk this path on my on but I need His hand to guide me and to help me along this journey.

We are hear to make a difference in this world and not just be here. We are called to be a witness and stand out from the crowd and not be like everyone else. I know what it is like to feel like I have to fit in or blend in, but that is not what I am called to be. I am called to be a light in this world and not fade into the darkness. This world is filled with darkness and we are surrounded on every side, but light and dark don’t coexist and if we are the light we need to SHINE. This is not the post that I set out to write but these are the words that come from my heart and I hope that you are open to receive them and let them light your path and help you to see that God has his hand in your life and you can overcome any situation that you face if you will let Him lead the way.088

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Scrapbook Sketch #3

sketch 3
Here is the long awaited sketch #3. I would love to see some finished pages with this sketch so if you create a page please post a link in the comment section and I will post a link as an update to this post. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

An experiment with photography


I decided to choose an object and photograph it in various locations and using various settings.



These were fun to shoot, let me know which one you like best. I am trying to play around with this camera, and using various focal lengths and aperture settings.

Friday, March 18, 2011

More Inspiration

Here is the promised journal pages. I hope that you are inspired by the pages as I was when I created them.



These pages were created in a spiral bound journal that I purchased from my local Hobby Lobby. I do not remember the name of the manufacture but the pages are fairly think and hold up well to watercolor crayons and colored pencils. The markers that I have used have done well and It has not bled through. I have used Faber Castle Pitt pens in various shades of gray and black and they have worked well. The second picture uses clothing tags as a border around the page. Tags these days have come a long way and designers use them to “Brand” their clothing so why not take advantage of this great pieces of Ephemera.



These pages were painted with a scraping technique using a old gift card. I then used black and white images of both of my girls to create a page for each of them , about each of them in my journal. They were excited because I created pages for them in my book. I really like the way that they turned out. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Inspiration Wednesday

DSC00653I know that most people post their inspiration post on Mondays, but I felt like being a little different today. I have been working like crazy in my journals over the blog break that I took during the month of February. I have a lot to post so I will warn that this will be a picture heavy post. I decided to try out my new camera with a few stylizes pictures of my pages Alisa Burke Style. I love the way that she styles her pictures and how the focus is not on the whole page but small glimpses of the image. Please let me know what you think, as I am trying to learn a new camera by take a lot of pictures. The brown journal is from Papersource and has brown craft paper pages that are very thick and are great even with heave markers use has little to no bleed.
I was trying different lettering styles with this page and focusing on using only black and white to make a very monochromatic page.
Supplies used on this page:
Faber-Castle Pitt brush pen in black
Prismacolor colored pencil in white
This page is just another example of me playing with lettering styles. I had planned on making a page a day for a week but stopped after Monday. I might still go back and add pages in this book for the rest of the days of the week.
Supplies used:
Faber Castle Pitt Fine point black pen
Martha Stewart Craft Markers
The items that are drawn on this page were from a Ballard Design catalog that I was “Window” shopping on this day.
Supplies used:
Faber Castle Pitt Pens in Black Fine, and Brush
I saw this page on another blog on one of my blog hops and had to have my own version for my journal because I feel it is very true.
Supplies used:
Faber Castle Pitt Pen fine in black
Prismacolor colored pencils
This is the pages that I created in this journal and so that this post is not too long I will end it here. I hope you like what you see and leave a comment and give me some feedback. I will be posting more pages the rest of this week.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A New Camera and Viewpoint

I have a wonderful new camera, a Sony DSLR a230 and I love it. I will be taking some shot of my latest journal pages soon. I have completed a good many and Have a couple in progress.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Quilted book cover


I created this quilted journal cover. I made this with some scrap fabric that I have laying around and I really like the way that it turned out. I quilted it with a large grid pattern.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

An enjoyably creative month


Girls day road trip feb 11 055

I have really enjoyed the month off and feel like I have refreshed my creative outlook. I am planning on coming back with a vengeance. I will be posting things over the next few days that I have completed over my break. I hope you will come by and check out the tutorials that I will be posting soon.

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