Monday, March 3, 2014

3 day class with D J Pettitt

It has been a Long time since I've added anything to my blog.  But last week, through the weekend, I took a 3 day class at Artful Journey in Los Gatos, with DJ Pettitt.  This is the 5th or 6th time I've taken classes from DJ and every time I learn something new!  And This time, for the First time, I actually got my journal bound!  I have 3 other journals yet to work on, but this time, I Finally got away from my accountant's mentality of having to line everything up & be sure it is straight & equal.  And just got going with paints, and the sewing machine and actually got some free stitching done.  I want to do a Lot More and try for stitching images on my old unfinished journals.  I haven't added any journalling or images yet to this journal, but the journal itself is painted and bound and ready to go.


























I have tried for nearly an hour to rotate the 3 pictures below.  They are not in this format in my saved images.  But they upload to my blog this way. :-(  Now I remember Why I stopped posting to my blog!  When it works, it's great.  Then it takes Way too much time trying to figure out how to do something simple like rotate a picture! :-(  If anyone knows how to do that, I'd appreciate the help.



The picture below is the back cover.  I did paint over an image and it looked ok.  But there was a ridge around the picture and I couldn't get rid of it.  So I am regessoing it and might use some moulding paste to smooth that out.  Then repaint.









Saturday, September 7, 2013

Orca's Island Travel Journal August 2013

We've been back from Orca's Island for a couple of weeks now.  This was our 10th year we celebrated our anniversary on Orca's Island.  This year was our 30th. :-)

I've been sick this past week, with not much energy, but I wanted to use the time for something productive so I pulled out the journal I barely started working on when we were on Orca's, and started adding pictures, receipts, maps, etc. to it each day.  By yesterday afternoon I had all pages ready to go. Then realized they were all 1 page, not folded pages for a signature, so I googled bindings and found the coptic stitch could be done with single pages.  Although I used Stonehenge paper which is fairly strong, I decided on 3 rows of binding and then added 3 (sometimes 2) eyelets to each page as well as the covers.  This morning I Actually Bound the book! This is a FIRST! :-) I'm Happy.

Although I started adding washi tape, outlines, etc. to the pages, I have not yet journalled on any of the pages.  I hope to start that this afternoon and maybe continue while watching the first season Football games, out in the yard tomorrow as the weather is absolutely Gorgeous today and through tomorrow. 

My next goal with travel journals will be using acrylic paints & a somewhat heavy wash to create pages ready to start adding to on my next trip or trips. I think binding this way was very Easy and it allows me to work on 1 page at a time, rather than working in a bound book.  If I want to use watercolor paper & paint....it can be bound in easily with all the other pages.  And I'm not limited to a certain number of pages.  This journal got Quite Thick, but it's fun to hold & flip through.  It lays flat so I can easily add to it.  I Hope I'm on my way to Always having journal pages with me, glue stick, tape, journalling pens, washi paper and my pogo printer and try each day to just add stuff to pages.  I can work further on them when I get home. 

Although, being sick allowed me the time for this.  I'd prefer to Not be sick. LOL  But hopefully I'll Make time to work on more travel journals. :-)















Wednesday, May 29, 2013

UH OH!!!

We just returned from our yearly trip to Pismo Beach for a big Memorial Day family golf tournament and barbeque. And This year, Lena G's in Morro Bay was Open on Tuesday on our way home!  Ahhhh, I Love this Shop! I could spend Days in here! BUT, good thing I Couldn't....the bottom picture is my bootie from 45 minutes in the store.  $$$$ later!  Whew it adds up! But I Love the vintage trims that I wouldn't be able to find whenever I want.  So I end up grabbing too much.  But I Did add a couple of pieces to a Tim Holtz shadow box book I started last week as soon as we got home last night!  And I hope to add a few pieces to my painterly book from DJ Pettitt's class last February soon.









Friday, May 10, 2013

Tim Tag April 2013

I got Motivated after doing the May tag and posting.  I backed into Tim's April tag.  Maybe I'm just trying to avoid work since it's Friday! LOL  But this has been Fun.  And I'm posting to my blog again. Thanks Tim! ;-)

Tim Holtz tag for May 2013


I Loved Tim's May tag so finally decided it was time to do another tag.  Last one was Christmas 2 years ago! LOL  Mine didn't hold the colors the way Tim's did...........I might give it another try.  But I was happy with the end product.  This is the first tag I've done that I haven't copied Tim's Exactly.  I Love All of his work.  But now that I've tried...........it wasn't as horrible as I thought to try my own. And this might get me to update my blog again soon! :-)

Sunday, July 29, 2012


I flew to Southern California this weekend and was Thrilled to be able to take a class from Anna Dabrowska from Poland.  She is an Amazing artist with such a Fun Personality.  She shows her work on Pinterest and Facebook as Finnabair.  I SO Hope to be able to take another class from her, hopefully longer like a 3 day mini retreat.  Although in One Day we accomplished a Lot.  

I am happy with what I did below.  But did hope for something more like what Finn does.  I love her design and her colors.  I'm happy with my design arrangement, but I think I still need to work with colors.  This is the front & back of the book.  We started working on pages to go in the book, however time ran out for Debbie & Gloria & I and we had to head to the Burbank airport to fly home.  I am hoping to work more on some pages & post those at some point.  

Check out her work.  All of her journals she had with her in class are on Pinterest.  I LOVE her work!