Collage Gratitude Journal Video and Life Updates

I hope this doesn’t seem redundant, but yes I have made another video.

IMG_4960It’s a process video of this Collage Gratitude journal, you can see the video here.

Announcing videos seems to be only activity on this blog of late, but I hope to change that up a bit some time soon with some shoppe news along with the occasional life updates.

I’m changing directions slightly on ‘this here blog’ because I share so many photos of my work on other social media, it felt as though I was repeating myself all the time, and I want the content here to be a little different.

Most of what I have been spending my time on lately is catching up on housework and decorating.

IMG_4947This set of drawers and shelf had been sitting naked for almost 20 years, I painted them over the weekend. It feels fantastic to finally get this done!

I’ve been spending the past few weeks going from room to room, making notes of what needs to be cleaned up, finished up, or gotten rid of. So, art making and my shoppe have been knocked down the priority list somewhat.  My house is really starting to look good, and it feels great! Having a laundry list of To Do’s in the back of my mind all the time was cluttering up my brain, and stifling my creativity.

There are still a few more pieces of furniture to paint, a few sewing and crochet projects to finish up, and some decluttering to do, but the more I do the less daunting it all seems.

I hope you don’t mind my switching things up around here. This is where I hope to post pix of my sewing and crochet projects, decorating, and shoppe updates, and keep most the art journaling photos on IG, YouTube, and Facebook. Just give me a follow if you want to see them.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks again for the visit,

Have a great day,


Yep! Another Video!


Well, I guess this video thing is going to happen on a whim. I woke up yesterday and just felt like making one. You can find it here.


In it you will learn a little bit about this collage journal I have been working on this summer.


And a little bit about my page making process.

I hope you like it. Please let me know what you think.

See you soon,


Well, I Finally Did It!


After much trepidation and angst, I finally made a video for Youtube! The logistics were holding me back, who knew a $10 clamp arm would do the trick. I’m going to be honest here, my olde brain doesn’t navigate technology very easily. So, this was quite an undertaking, but I did it!

Check it out, I even figured out how to put into my blog!

(Please excuse the overuse of “tidbits”, I was a little nervous. I was pleased with everything else about this video and didn’t want to redo the whole thing over one word.)

I’m hoping to do some process videos soon, I have so much to share at this point, it might get a bit out of control!

Meanwhile, I’ll be making more of an effort on this little blog in future, I miss all of you guys a lot!

Until next time,

Thank you for stopping in,


Just Checkin’ In

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Well, it has been little over a month since I last blogged, it seems like longer! I didn’t announce a break because I didn’t plan one, it just happened.

 I thought I would pop in quickly and let you know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, or less dramatically, stopped blogging.

With all the whirlwind visits and obligations since the beginning of the year, I just kept falling farther and farther behind on just about everything in my life. So, I decided to drop a few obligations and play catch up…


I’m slowly getting my house in order.


The “Great Weeding Project” is well under way.

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I’m in the process of reworking another “List Journal”, a summer theme for this one.

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I have managed to fill my shoppe up a little.


And, I try to start my day with some faith journaling.


I have even managed to get a long awaited project off the launching pad, Project Life. This is a digital version, but I have also taken 35 years of photos out of very old photo albums, organized them chronologically, and started putting them into Project Life albums, Yay! I’ll be sharing more on this soon.

This is my life in a nut shell. It has been a mad scramble trying to get everything done, but well worth it!

I’ve decided that writing on this blog once a week will work for me much better than three times a week, at least for a while just to free up some much needed time.

Thank you for stopping by,

See you in about a week,


A Faith Journaling Roundup


One of the many projects that I’ve fallen behind in is my faith journaling, but that sure hasn’t slowed me down from purchasing more devotionals! I’ve promised myself I won’t start any new ones until I’ve finish some of my older ones, so… IMG_3913Illustrated Faith has put out some new Print and Pray goodies in their shop, and the colors are just too yummy! I love instant gratification…ehem, downloads!

I started out by scraping some coordinating colors onto the page, stamped an ampersand on with paint, adding “thankful” and “grateful” in gold, writing the scripture down, then embellishing with star stamping and the ephemera. I colored in the stars and some small areas of the pages with colored pencil to pull more color out onto the page.


The last page spread in this devotional, I love the way it turned out! I was inspired by some scripture I had read that morning. It was fun trying to coordinate all the colors on this one. Of course it looks a little like a hippie bus, but you know that’s how I roll.


I wanted to do some journaling, so I folded some scrapbook paper in half to write in then embellished it. I LOVE my Tim Holts tiny attacher! I got mine at Joann’s with a 40% off coupon, they’re kinda pricey.


I started out with paint scrapes of course, used my wood grain stamp to mimic the wood grain in the scrapbook paper, and added pink sunbursts with a Tim Holtz stamp. As you can see, I’m finally throwing perfectionism to the wind with my ink stamping!


This devotional is officially retired! So many wonderful memories tucked inside it’s pages! Swoon!


Since I was on a roll, I decided to get my prayer journal out of moth balls. I wanted to do some journaling, so I decorated a tip-in. Not only do they keep your journaling private, it adds a pop of color and another opportunity to play with color. Love!

It feels great to have so many projects caught up. Now I can start some new ones with a clear conscience, and also apply some of the new techniques I’ve practiced along the way, so I’m sure you will be hearing from me soon.

Until then,

Thank you for the visit,

 Have a great weekend,