Saturday, 1 June 2013

Mind Body Soul - Art Journaling






In just a few more days my NEW and FREE and AMAZING e-class begins!! This Monday, June 3rd"Being Me: 52 Weeks of Soul Searching and Loving Me" starts and I can't wait!! This course is straight from the heart, Girls. I am putting every little piece of ME in this class. The idea came about because I was sick and tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a stranger look back. When in the world did I become so frumpy and cynical and mad all the time?? Where had the fun and perky and sweet Leslie gone?? My energy  had all but vanished, eating everything in sight and not caring AND my creativity has been at an all-time low.

"Being Me" is for anyone wanting to add more light in their life. Be happier. Be healthier. Just Be. You will need a new art journal for this journey as well as a notebook or hard bound journal to jot notes in and answer questions. Just so you know I am a notebook kind of girl...spiral bound...college-ruled:)

Each week will have a Theme. Some of them include..."Making Lists", "Give yourself time", "Procrastination" and "What Do you long for?". I will have them posted either late Sunday night or early Monday morning. We will work one week on each theme...making journal pages, sharing in our facebook forum and doing anything else you are inspired to do (eat better, walk, clean out a closet, etc.).


This class is 100% free. Please share with your friends, on facebook, in your creative circles, etc. I want as many women taking this as I can!! We can all learn so much from each other!!:)

You do not need to sign-up...but it would be great to know how many of you right now are planning on joining us. Please let me know in the Comment section:)

Oh, also...do not get overwhelmed. You DO NOT have to do all 52 weeks!! You don't even have to art journal...just take the information and USE it in your life!!

And one more thing...so sorry for the new Comment thing...I hated putting that on here where you have to type letters and numbers before you comment but I was getting weird comments (SPAM) and it was annoying...so for now that will stay on:)

Girls...spread the word!! See you Sunday night!!! YAY!

PS...Please take my cute blog button that my friend Leanne made just for me!!! I would love for you to share!!:)


words written by scrapswordsmom
wordsofmeproject.blogspot.com


I am looking forward to this course.
Will you take a look?
Will you Join.?
If you do hope you have fun...

hugs Julie



Saturday, 5 May 2012

National Scrapbooking day







What is National ScrapBooking day?


http://nationalscrapbookingday.com




 The first Saturday in May is National Scrapbooking Day!

 May 5, 2012 National Scrapbook Day was started in 1994 by the well-known album company, Creative Memories and is celebrated on the first Saturday each May. Since 1994 scrapbookers all over the county celebrate their passion for Scrapbooking on this day!

 There are even online groups petitioning the US Government to make National Scrapbook Day a federal holiday! To celebrate this wonderful day, all you need to do is gather a group of friends and scrap! How wonderful right?

 There are many events, sales and contests centered around National Scrapbooking Day, and our growing list of events is a great place to start your search for a local crop to celebrate NSD 2012!

 If you are hosting an event, a special sale or running a National Scrapbooking Day Contest or Challenge, we welcome you to submit your information to the National Scrapbooking Day Directory. Happy Scrapping Everyone!

Words taken from http://nationalscrapbookingday.com/what-is-national-scrapbooking-day/


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What did you create today?

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Birthday Wishes

Sketch N Stash.


 Today the challenge over at sketch n stash is a Sketch challenge designed by Angie.

http://www.sketchandstashchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/






There are many birthday's today to celebrate.  I wish Ray Williams (an ex boyfriend) who is 42,
Chris Evans who is 45, My brother Mark Loring - who is 39, My nephew who is 14 and my Son's ex-girlfriend Lauren who is 17 today Many Happy Returns of the day to you all. I hope your day is memorable and filled with lots of love,laughter and fun.



I would like to share a card I made for the above challenge with you today.
The papers are from My Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress collection.
The image is from Paper shelter digital images


http://www.thepapershelter.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=72
Both have been in my stash for a while but I have not got around to using them.

Here is the card. It has the words Ray Punk written on the front. Ray was a punk in his youth and the image of the cockatoo made me  think of him.. I thought it was very apt.
It was a colour image that I re coloured using my Copic markers. I then added a glaze over the image.
 I distressed the paper. using my distressing tool from the Tim Holtz's range of products.


He was very pleased with the card.





Thanks for viewing this post.
hugs Julie.

Update - as usual I didn't manage to get it in the challenge on time. Maybe next time?




 

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Pearl Tree's and Magnolia fans

Good Morning Ladies.
 Have you discovered Pearl Tree's yet? If you haven't I bet your wondering what I am talking about.

  Pearltrees is a way of helping you to organize the web – visually.

  Pearltrees is a new visual bookmarking tool that utilizes a mind map-like interface to help you to organize your web page shortcuts in a much more intuitive way than the typical browser bookmark list.

 It also enables you to connect with other users who share similar interests, which places it in the same camp as other social bookmarking tools.

But Pearltrees is different – very different.

 Before I can explain how it works, we first need to get a bit of terminology out of the way:

 Pearl: A pearl represents a link to a web page.

 It’s more than that, however. It’s an interactive object that you can move around your visual map.

 You can also share it with others who “pearled” the same content and discuss it.

 Pearltree: A pearltree contains other pearls

. The closest analogy is to think of it link a folder that you can use to store pearls/URLs.
 Like a folder, you can expand and collapse it.

 I have created a pearl tree Connecting All Magnolia/tilda challenges.

You can scroll through each challenge and through each member of the design team with a click of the mouse.

This will save you lots of time, giving you more time to craft.

Check it out and let me know what you think.
 magnolia card challenges 


hugs julie







                             

Christmas Challenge #23 sponsored by Hein Design

Good night Ladies. It is nearly time for me to go to bed, as my pillow is calling.Before I go I would like to share with you a card I made for the Christmas Challenge (with sketch). The challenge is sponsored by Hein designs.
 http://www.heindesign.de/


The challenge is White on white.


image from Lily of the Valley.co.uk.


http://www.liliofthevalley.co.uk/acatalog/Stamp_-_James_Bear_-_Wrapped_in_Tinsel.html

I coloured the image using pencils.







The sketch to follow was designed by Nicole.

Thanks for viewing.
Hugs Julie








Lucky Me......

Good Morning  Ladies, Crafters and Friends.

It has been a while since i have done some crafting or blogging, so grab yourself a cuppa and some chocolate biscuits as you might be a little longer than you are used to. I do hope I haven't lost any followers.
To the dedicated followers that I do have I  apologize for not posting anything recently. No real excuses except for losing my Mojo, having health and family issues and using my laptop. What a nightmare!
 I decided to wait until i found a time that was good for me to sit and blog as my feet haven't touched the ground since the work was done on the outside of the house.

 My Laptop was so slow. It felt like I was trying to run my hard disc in a bath of thick custard. It took for ever to start up and every time I tried to do anything it would either slow down to a crawl or stop and the  internet explorer would shut down on me.
I couldn't use Google Chrome at all.









On Occasions I used my son's laptop when he was out and the speed was awesome and I used his i pod touch, to read and comment on blogs.I have been so tempted to purchase an I pod for myself. But then I thought to myself it is okay for a toy to play with but its not for everyday blogging.. It is too small.









I know February was a month of love but I wasn't feeling very romantic so I didn't create any cards. I love to share Love at anytime of year especially in February but this year I was feeling more wounded than loved. (That's a miserable story that I wont share here today)I should have made some birthday cards for February and March but could not get motivated. But I will share with you a picture of a gift I have purchased for myself. this is The first expensive gift I have ever bought myself that wasn't for the home or everyone's use.



lenova Desktop Pc


 Even though My youngest Michael had to use it on occasions until his need power supply arrived. And I have two friends occasionally visit and use it to catch up on their facebook. I am pleased to say that now that novelty has worn off the PC is solely mine.  So I have no more excuses for not blogging. I can't believe it is April already. I am not sure what happened to march, it has come and gone and nothing to share.












In February I celebrated becoming a year older and  planned to celebrate it alone. I thought that this way I couldn't be disappointed or hurt.  Last year My ego was bruised and my pride dented when I didn't receive a Birthday card from my family or friends. So this year I planned to spend it at home pampering myself. My plans got changed when my Eldest lad and his girlfriend decided to call to visit. I ended up cooking a meal for them both. I received a card from my mum, my step dad, my brother David and My Youngest son Michael. And to make the evening more special My brother Anthony brought me a card and that was an unexpected surprise as I haven't seen him in years. A close friend of mine send me a card and so did her son, My ex-boyfriend. Another surprise. So all in all it turned out to be a good day. Although I will confess I don't really want to celebrate getting older......













I am finding it difficult to come to term with the age that I am to the age my health makes me feel, to the age I feel in my mind and heart. And believe me there is a huge gap between all three.








The computer is currently in my kitchen but I know I must sort my craft room/office before anything gets spilled over it. I ruined two laptops that was sitting on top of each in the past by knocking over a cup of orange juice.I have actually made a start on my craft room, and with a bit of luck I should hopefully be crafting again in a few days....


So are you curious what has been taking up my time?

for the readers that have not got bored and have got this far, thank you and well done for staying awake.Please continue reading to find out what I have been spending a lot of time doing......

 the first site responsible for my procrastination is  Facebook. 
I have been Playing games against my son when we are not at war with each other. And it doesn't matter how hard I try I cannot come near his score on games such as



Diamond Dash. My highest score is 646,049.
My son's highest score is 875,919.
He has been first in this game ten times and I have yet to come close to first.


Collapse! Blast 10,283,100
and my son's all time score is 34,114,84



Facebook is very addictive. I remember when I first visited facebook it consumed all my time. But luckily I got bored with it and carried with other interests. It is coming to that point again the games are becoming repetitious and no longer stimulate me. So here is hoping that I find my Mojo and start my Crafting again. I have recently contemplated selling all my Crafting materials. Although I am usually organised I do find the crafting materials take over the downstairs making it looked cluttered. As I suffer O.C.D. it drives me nuts. I also spend more time organizing my materials than I do crafting. or should I say i suffer C.D.O in alphabet order the way it should be.....


Have you discovered Pin Interest yet?
If the answer to this question is No! I will have to respond by saying...
O My Goodness! You can't be serious.

 Head over there straight away and check it out! A wordd of warning this site can seriously affect your getting those chores finished today. this is also another addictive past time. So! You don't believe me. Let me know what your thoughts on this  pinboard-styled social photo sharing website.























Here are a few of the things I have pinned. If you want to see more of my boards please take a look and if you like them come follow me or Pin to your board. The boards will show you what type of things interest me or the style of things i like and you must view my wonderful collection of boots











Let me know what interests you and if you have any pinboards yourself. Thanks for reading.I would love to know you have popped by, so let me know and I will come and visit you.
Happy crafting.
Hugs Julie

Monday, 30 January 2012

Me,Myself and I


Hi! What a cold day it is today here in Aberdare. The snow has been falling all evening, making it a cold morning to wake up  too. I have an intolerance to the cold and this weather plays havoc with my joints. I can wear gloves and craft but its a nightmare to draw or write with gloves on. Enough of my grumbling your here to join me in the celebration of the good things in my life not the miserable things.

So!.......

Today I would like to share with you My new Art Journal/Sketch book and a small book that I made to celebrate Me.

There is a challenge over at http://sarahhurleychallenges.blogspot.com/ to Celebrate the good things about oneself.
So this is what I would like to share with you.....................







My first page of my Art/sketch book.

On my first page I have used some left over pieces of paper from my stash and An Artist trading card from the stack I have made and used it to decorate my first page. I apologise for the picture being so light but this was the best picture I could take with my camera. Also the papers are very pale.







A doodle of a bird.







On This page I have attached an Atc that I made to represent self.  The title of the Atc is Me, Myself and I.
There is a sticker of an artist within the paint palette holding a paint brush. There are words around the edge, to represent my personality. e.g Feisty, Faithful, Energetic, Genuine girl, inquisitive, smart and mom. There is also a peel off of  a pair of boots  on the Atc. These were added as I like boots of various designs and used to wear different types of boots when I was able. Now they are just collecting dust at the bottom of my wadrobe. Many pairs have only ever been worn once.

The paper behind the Atc was stamped with various flourishes of mine and then I doodled a green bird behind this to match the green on the edging of the Atc.


I have also a small book to show you with a little more detail of Who I am. or should I say The things I like about myself.







The writing reads I am s Seeker of the truth.




The writing below the eyes reads VISAGE.
I am Observant.
I am sightful.


The writing reads I am creative.
I am a Poet.
I am an Artist.
I am Unique.
I am a Mother of two grown up sons.
 There are another two pages like the ones above that read
I am honest
I am trustworthy
I am a good friend.
I am loyal.
I am a Giver.
I am helpful.


This reads I love Japanese Art
and I love Japanese Culture.








This tag is inserted between the opening in the next page.


and the adjacent page reads I love Butterflies.





When I first started crafting Butterflies and Oriental stamps were the first stamps I ever bought and I made  many butterfly Artist trading cards.



And to add something interesting  to this post check out this site...... for a bit of fun
http://www.pow33.com/creek.htm
Here you will visit the enchanted forest where you power animal is waiting to approach you and ask to be part of your life.

Uncannily The animal that came to me was a Butterfly.

Are you seeking a life time companion or extra support for just one event? Do you need help with a
particular relationship  or a challenging period of your life. Are you seeking the answer to a particular
question? If so then visit http://www.pow33.com/creek.htm today.