Thursday, November 20, 2014

Inside Out Visual Journaling November: LUCKY challenge #1

This month's theme at Inside Out Visual Journaling with Rachel Kaufman is LUCKY.
Some of you know that I have had major health problems recently and I feel very lucky that, no matter how wrong things are going, they could be worse.  I have written a couple of pages for the first prompt of the month and I ended up art journaling two layouts about this prompt.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Yes, This Day 8 with Liz Lamoreux

Yes, This Day 7 with Liz Lamoreux

Yes, This Day 6 with Liz Lamoreux

This day I was particularly not feeling well so I did not get to do the exercise but I will go back later and fill in the second page.

Yes, This Day 5 with Liz Lamoreux

Yes, This Day 4 with Liz Lamoreux

Friday, September 26, 2014

Costume time! Arrrr..... It's a Pirate's Life for Me!

Beat the rush!  Handmade Costumes.... great for Halloween, Cruise Ship Pirate Night, Disney trips, Pirate's League, Birthday Parties, or just for your imaginative play!

Can make all sizes and even do custom colors.  Visit my Etsy shop for more details!

Yes,This with Liz Lamoreux Day 3

Today's prompt was short and sweet and something that I have been trying to incorporate into my daily schedule for a little while now.

Yes, This with Liz Lamoreux Day 2

So I went a little overboard with the prompt for day 2 (it really hit home with me where I'm at right now).  I journaled about my new MAJOR health issues and how it affects my outlook on life right now.  Then I made pages about things I find beauty in and that make me happy :-)

Yes, This with Liz Lamoreux Day 1

Like most people today, I don't have much time.  Life is hectic and ANYTHING can happen at ANYTIME.  I love to paint and create things, I actually like housework, and I love spending time with my family.

A while back, Liz Lamoreux had an Inner Excavate Along based on her book.

 I was introduced to this through Effy Wild. and we all played along.  It was great fun and I learned a lot about myself.

This week, Liz started another free 10 day adventure called Yes, This.

In my very limited time with kids and art and cleaning and health issues and costume making , I have found a few minutes here and there to participate.  Here are the day 1 journal prompt pages..... quick and easy!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Art Therapy Journal SFTIO Kit "Thrive"

Last year I subscribed to a kit club called Scrapbooking From the Inside Out
( ) and LOVED it!!! But I was trying to cut down on expenses to I had to stop my subscription for a bit.  However, a year later, I started back up.

This scrapbooking/mixed media kit club is like no other.  It is actually therapeutic and has themes each month with writing/journaling prompts, music playlists, thematic quotes, a pinterest idea board, a private facebook community page and so much more!

This month's theme is "THRIVE" and this so works for me right now.  I have been working making lists for things I need to work on personally in my art therapy journal.  I will be sharing my work for week 1 of this month's theme.

I just took a composition notebook and glued a couple of pages together and gessoed the ones that I was going to art on and left the ones for writing alone.

First, I took the writing prompts and just wrote on the paper.

Next, I found a quote from the selections that really stood out to me with this theme.  
"My mission in life is not merely to survive; but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style" -Maya Angelou

left side of spread

right side of spread

 inside of right side flap

I was also compelled to do another layout with a few more quotes that were along these same lines/theme.  In order to THRIVE, you must Laugh, grow, and bloom.  That is what these quotes were all about.  I feel like I need to do more of that.

left side of layout

right side of layout

I hope you enjoyed my art journal therapy layouts.  If you are interested, please check out the website and kit club.  They have fabulous resources and a wonderful, supportive community.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Art Therapy Journal Pages

Here are three layouts that I have been working on in my art therapy journal.  I also do a lot of writing on the pages in between but I will just share the actual artwork that resulted from my musings and personal rantings.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Smashbook Art Therapy Journal

So I'm in my second year of Lifebook with Tamara Laporte ( ) and have learned so much from Tam and all of the other artists.  They have helped me grow as an artist and as a person.

This week's lesson was from Catt Zelda Geller ( and MAN am I so excited!  I have been thinking about how to go about the whole Art Therapy Journal and this method was perfect!  I LOVE the way she puts together her smashbooks and makes them so personal.

I used two of my pieces of art for the front and back cover.  I glued them to a plain composition notebook and reinforced the spine with some washi tape.  Since the art was printed on my printer at home, I sprayed them with fixative and then, after that dried, went over it with matte medium.  I then glued two of the interior pages together at a time using a glue stick.  One thing I love is texture.  Catt showed us how to crumple up the glued pages and then use paint to add color to the outside of the book (view the pics below to see what I mean).

I then used the first pages to free write my intentions for this art therapy journal.  I dated it and signed it.  I am not posting pics of it for personal reasons :-).  Turning to the next page, I did a quick, playful art journal piece using a pic of myself and the "Brave Girls Club" ( patch that I had been saving for a special use.... I admire Melody Ross for her bravery when dealing with her personal issues. 

Anyway, this is just the first art therapy journal entry for me.  There will be more and I am so happy that I have finally decided on what format to use.

Just FYI... Tamara Laporte has an awesome FREE mini-class called Art, Heart, and Healing..... check it out!