Monday, July 19, 2010

Art: Journaling in July: page 2 spread

I can't believe July is almost over, where has all the time gone?! I was hoping to have more pages in my journal finished, but I guess with everything going on lately, 2 is good :)

Anyway, I started this page a few weeks ago. One dusk evening, it was cool enough to sit outside and talk with the family. We even let the kiddo stay up later than his usual bedtime. As we sat on the deck, the lightning bugs started to come out and play. Well I just felt like a kid at that moment. I grabbed the kiddo's hand and told him to follow. 

What resulted was a few hours of catching lightning bugs in our hands and letting them go. The look on my son's face when one bug decided to hang out and crawl around his open hand a bit was priceless. At one point, he asked if we could catch them in a jar to keep. When I explained to him that lightning bugs need to be free to live and not kept in a jar because they'll die, it seemed to hit home.

We've since spent a few evenings together, just he and I, hunting down, catching and letting go of our glowing friends. And there's been no mention of glass jars since :)

This page I played more with layering of different kind of papers. I used my favorite vellum for the faery's wings as well as the jar. I drew out a shape of a jar on regular paper, glued some glitter swirls, and covered the jar with the same shaped jar cut out of vellum. 

The quote says...

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul ~ Moshe Dayan

The blue background is mainly watercolor with some blue ink accenting the ridges and folds of the paper after the water color dried. I'm still trying to get the hang of the water color background. I think my pages have something to do with it not working all that great. The water just soaks right into the page. But for the most part, I really like how the background turned out.

The other background is Distress Ink in Tea Dye by Tim Holtz. Oh My Gosh do I love that ink! I went to his website and spent all afternoon looking at all the products that he puts out and all his videos. It's gotten me really excited about paper crafting. Michael's is definitely my new favorite paper crafting store. They have a bit more of a selection than my beloved AC Moore. 

My next page is in the works already. I find that I get inspired for the next page as the previous page is nearing completion. I've read about some techniques over on Craftster and that just kick started the creativity even more so. They were techniques for ATCs, but I think they would work just as well for an altered journal.

Well it's time to get back to work on my swap items and get them ready to send out before our camping trip. I will definitely be bringing some paper crafting supplies with me to work on, since I've already started thinking about working on a page there lol. 

Happy Crafting!


  1. They are both beautiful and I love the stories :) TJ is such a wonderful little boy!

    I have nothing done! :( I feel a little sad about it but I'm so drained!

  2. Oh, it's beautiful! I really love it. And you're right, where HAS the time gone? I really must get my own second page finished; I refuse to let this month pass with only having done one! Great work again, by the way. Did I tell you that I LOVE it?

  3. I LOVE your pages, they're beautiful! The fairy is so dimensional and shimmery and I love that quote! This month is really getting away from me too... I feel like such a slacker for not posting more for you guys. Perhaps it'll become journaling for a few months blog party, lol!

  4. Andreann: Thanks! Honestly, you have every right to have nothing done. You're creating another being! That's creative enough for you for right now :)

    Roisin: Thank you! Yes, you've mentioned that you love it. But I still enjoy hearing it! I look forward to your second page! Can't wait to see it!

    Danni: Thank you! I got the quote from one of my favorite quote sites The Quote Garden. I have to thank you though. You've opened my eyes up to a new creative outlet that I am truly enjoying. I'm game if it becomes a journaling for a few months party lol.

  5. Beautiful, beautiful pages!! So inspiring!!

  6. OMG!! I love your journal pages. I feel like taking mine out and getting some done now, too!!

  7. Thanks! I need to pull it out and work some more on it. I've set it aside because things have just been so crazy lately lol.


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