Who's with me! Raise your hand!
But before I get started with that.....I have to tell you about a new workshop that's hit the crafty blogworld....."Sweet Six Studios".....Can we just talk about the line up here for a second?!?!
Cheryl Dack of Rosey Posey Confections
Heather Kowalski of Pretty Petals Boutique
Natasha Burns of Artistic Creations by Natasha Burns
Jenn Hayslip of Sweet Eye Candy Creations
Holly Abston of Holly Doodle Designs
Analise Sledd of Sugar*Sugar!!
I mean, please, those names alone conjure up nothing but beautiful creations and gorgeous eye candy. I was so excited I signed up on the spot!
Here is a peek of a couple of the projects that are to come.........
Natasha designed and hand illustrated the label. And Holly's frame above is so gorgeous it doesn't even need a photo. Here is a list of the different workshops they will be offering......
~Personalized Cupcake Toppers by Jennifer Hayslip
~Lovely Fabric Lanterns by Heather Kowalski
~Yummy Hanging Pillow Pocket by Cheryl Dack
~Decorated Bath Bottles by Natasha Burns
~Sweet Wallpaper Photo Frames by Holly Abston
~Flower Brooches by Analise Sledd
~6 more to be announced soon!
So click here if you want to be a part of the fun! Sweet Six Studio Hope to see you there!
Before I get started with my new journal, I would gratefully (and tearfully I might add) like to thank the person who made this post possible. My awesome friend Jennifer. She has cheerfully volunteered to watch both my boys, in addition to her own three, at her house today so that I can get some art done. Thanks Jennifer!!!
Ok...with all those important announcement aside....I decided that I'm going to post about my progress with this next journal. So, if you would like to join along, please do. Ever since I started my summer journal (which will be turning into a fall journal unless I complete the last of the pages) through Teresa's e-zine, I have fallen in love with the whole act of art journaling. I love the freedom it provides, how it sparks new ideas, and mainly, how it has been teaching me not to be afraid of "mistakes." That's been a huge one for me and something I know that stifles my growth in art. So this next journal, which I have titled "From Here to There in 4,786 Easy Steps" is to help me chart and account for my goals in the upcoming months. Above is my cover which still needs to be completed with the title. At the time I took the picture, I wasn't sure what the cover would say....now I have it and I will show you it with my next post.
Here is the back of the cover and the first page of my journal. I put one of my favorite quotes that I got from Kari's blog some time ago. I LOVE this quote. It really speaks to me right now and I decided that it would be the first thing I see upon opening the book. On the first page I used vintage ledger paper so I can list all the goals I would like to achieve within that month. I purposely used restraint in embellishing my book. I know myself well enough to know there is a fine line between embellishing and procrastinating. Know what I mean? I didn't want to get so caught up in the design and details that the goals that I actually want to accomplish took a backseat.
So after the first page which list the goals for the month, I will then have 4 more page spreads signifying each week of the month. And a last 5th spread to reflect on what was and wasn't accomplished. Here is the first week......
I will write what was accomplished from the list in addition to what was holding me back. I think it's so important to recognize what keeps us from completeing a task. For instance, I know perfectly well that "being too busy" never prevented me from taking 2 hours out of my day to design a "snarkful" magazine cover, set up an "office" for the CEO of Tomfoolery for the crown tutorial, or make fun of People and their crazy slimming secrets. However, "I'm too busy" seems to always work when I have a list of personal "to do's" that seem daunting and impossible.
So if you want to join me in my quest for crossing off some things on my to do list in a very artful way, I will post a new page every Friday representing each week. This Friday I will finish my cover and have the pages I've shown completed so it will all be ready by the 1st of September.
In other news.....guess who went back to school shopping!?!?
If there is ever a better excuse to buy a 120 count crayon box for yourself, I can't think of it......
Talk to you soon! Karin