Saturday, January 5, 2019


Happy New Year!  Hope you had a wonderful holiday season.

I love the beginning of a new year as it feels like a fresh start.  I know there are plenty of us on this happy little planet that make the same resolutions each year, myself included, and have very little follow through.  I have made a commitment to myself to not let this year like one of the many that have come before.

There are big changes going on in my life right now, some good, some scary, and some are just the natural order of things.  It's this last one that I struggle with the most.  I've never been one to resist change but at the same time I've never been one to fully embrace what goes away when change happens.

Along those lines, I am once again going to play along with Ali Edwards' One Little Word class.  This year, however, I am committing to actually "doing the work" and fully embracing my word.  The concept is simple, if you are not familiar with OLW:  choose one word (or acknowledge the one word that has chosen YOU) and invite that word into your life.  The idea is to embrace this word to help manifest whatever it is you want to achieve for the coming year.

Every year I choose a word but I don't have much follow through.  This year I have made a commitment to myself to be an active participant with my word, to fully embrace it, and to see where it takes me.  My word for this year is JOURNEY.

I chose this word because there are many changes I want to make in my life this year and I realize that in order to accomplish these changes I first need to acknowledge that this isn't going to be a quick fix, one and done scenario.  I recognize that this is going to be an ongoing process and I believe the word JOURNEY pays proper respect to this revelation.

I'm all about using up what I have (since I've collected a whole store's worth of supplies over the years).  I decided to use this Close To My Heart Album that I have had for a couple of years now.  I love the colors in it and I had a ton of journaling cards that I purchased with the album.

I've already completed my cover page:

That little "Remember" pocket holds the goals I have for this year.  There are a couple in there that will be quite the challenge.  But I believe I'm up for it.

So let me know: 

  • Will you be playing along with OLW?  
  • Do you make resolutions or set goals for the new year?
Until next time, 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Happy "Fix"

Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere.  A little about me:  I am a traditional 12x12 paper scrapbook artist that likes to experiment with mixed media and make cards with my scraps.

I've had a blog before and gave it up (without backing it up - silly me) because life got in the way.  While I didn't have a large following, I did missthe writing part of blogging.  So I decided to give it another try.  Let's just jump right in, shall we?

I am a big fan of Vicki Boutin and try to follow along each week when she does her Facebook Live videos.  I may not always create something wonderful, but it does get me outside my box a bit.  If you don't know who Vicki Boutin is, or maybe you do and just have not ever tried your hand at mixed media, I urge you to check her out Vicki Boutin.

This past Friday Vicki's Facebook Live video utilized her art crayons in the neutral set, sencils, and her glaze.  I only have the rose gold glaze, but in the video she combined the gold glaze with the rose gold glaze combined to create a beautiful champagne color.  I added some butterscotch alcohol ink to my rose gold to see if that would give me a similar color.  While it didn't produce the color Vicki had, it did give me a beautiful gold tone that went well with the color palette of the neutral art crayons.

Here's a comparison of something with the rose gold versus what I combined with the alcohol ink.  You can see the contrast below.  I think next I'll try mixing in another color.  This opens up a whole new world of possibilities!  

Now I think I just have to have the white irridiscent glaze!!!

What about you?  What little "fix" did you stumble across that you think you might enjoy again and again?

Until next time, create something beautiful!