Sunday, January 29, 2012

Full Tilt Boogie Exposed

So I mentioned in a previous post that I took Mary Ann Moss' Full Tilt Boogie course a couple of months ago.  Her art journaling style is really unique which intrigued me.  She instructs you through several different book binding styles using an old book, removing the signatures and sewing in found papers, scrapbook papers, etc.  I've really enjoyed working in this journal, although I must admit it can be a bit limiting since it's really just collage and doodling.  Given that only a few supplies are used, it's easy to work on it anywhere so it lives along side my favorite living room chair and I work in it when I'm with the family watching  TV.


 Stacy Closed

Stacy Open

 Vacation in Fallbrook


Mom Closed

Mom Open


 Peace Love & Happiness

Friday, January 20, 2012

My Goddess Aurora

So I'm taking Tam Laporte's (of Willowing) collaborative Life Book 2012 course and lesson number one was to create a goddess that you could relate to and then think about (and list your personal goddess qualities).  I chose the Roman Goddess Aurora also known as Goddess of Dawn.  I chose her for no other reason than the fact that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE mornings.  The earlier the better.  Something about the calm of the morning just resonates with me.  I'm happiest when the sun has JUST risen and all is quiet and still. 

Here is my spread.  I'm pleased with it, although I really need a lot more practice on painting faces...but that's okay, I'm more interested in the journey anyway. 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

15/15/15 Spread - Hallowe'en in Wonderland

I just completed an art journal page as part of the 15/15/15 round robin I mentioned in my previous post.  This is a spread for Pandora's "Hallowe'en in Wonderland", an Alice in Wonderland Halloween themed journal.  I was really hesitant to get started in her journal as I'm not particularly a fan of Alice in Wonderland!  And, to be honest I don't even remember the last time I saw the movie. I suppose if my son was a little girl, I would have become a fan by default...but, that's just not the case.  As a result, I had NO IDEA where to start.

On the other hand, the Red Queen images from the 2010 remake of the movie have always been intriguing to me so I decided to start with her and then see where it took me.  First I needed to do a little research on her character and quickly realized she is one tough lady...thus the caption!  After I completed her, I started on her masquerade mask.  After all, every queen needs a proper Halloween costume and the rest just came together. 

Now that I've completed this spread, I'm inspired to watch both the original and remake of Alice in Wonderland.  Go figure!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


What started out to be 17/17/17 is now 15-15-15 (+1).  No I have not lost my mind (shhhh...maybe sort of!).  But NOT in this case as I'm referring to an art journal round robin consistently of 17 artists, 17 months, 17 journals that kicked off a couple of months ago and totally went off the rails the other day.  I joined with excitement and enthusiasm and so did my fellow artists.  What was to follow was totally unexpected. 

Here's our story...

It was a rocky start to say the least but due to the resiliency of the artists invovled, the entire round robin  never imploded.  Instead, the round robin took a right turn...or more appropriatetly, a turn in the RIGHT direction and now it is 15 artists, 15 months, 15 journals (+ 1 artist) who rejoined once the dust had settled.

I have found there are people in this world who instead of looking inward and seeking help when needed, will look outward for constant support to the point of draining the life out of others.  Once they have sucked the life out of their victims they will move on leaving scars and questions in their path.

This my friends, was the way of the founder of 17/17/17...

Once the participants and rules of the road were establised, my fellow artists and I would receive a burrage of emails about said founders mental illness, suicide attempt, terminally ill husband...blah, blah, blah.  Really?  I thought it odd from the start that someone would share such intimate details with a distribution list of absolute I never responded.  Either way, some of my sweet and empathetic counterparts did.  Offering support and words of encouragement and sympathy. Her sad tales always included apolgies for her absence in communicating, meeting timelines, etc. 

She was constantly forgiven until one of the artists accidently found her quite active on other sites. 

Instantly the truth was out.  What a fraud!  She was nothing more than smoke and mirrors.  Constantly seeking (at least in my mind) "poor me" attention.  It got tiring.  I  believe in supporting my fellow man...but being abused or falling victim to co-dependency to a woman I only know (BARELY) online is an entirely different matter. 

I'm thrilled to report that the remaining (mentally stable) women are talented, empathetic, funny...I could go on and on!  We are now drama free to be 15-15-15 and it feels FABULOUS!  Check out our blog!  We have a Facebook page too.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The American Scrap Book

A couple of months ago I took Mary Ann Moss' (Dispatch From LA) Full Tilt Boogie Class and absolutely loved it.  For my journal I decided to use a vintage book.  I just couldn't find a vintage celluloid album (that's what she uses in her class) that I was happy with that wouldn't cost me a years salary!  What caught my eye about the book I ultimately chose (okay, I chose a few but used this one!) is the emblem on the cover "The American Scrap Book".  So very fitting and beautiful.  I removed the "guts" from the book (saved them for future use of course!) and sewed in 12 signatures consisting of a variety of paper; envelopes, ledger paper, brail paper; scrapbook name it, I used it.  I also sewed paper together using the zig zag setting on my sewing machine.  This made for a very ecclectic mix of signatures.

To follow is a sneak peak of the book and signatures.  I just started working on actually journaling yesterday.  This week I had a lot to reflect I figured it was now or never!  Once I complete my first few spreads I will share them.  

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Holiday Baking

I devoted the entire day to holiday baking.  It's been a few years since I REALLY baked for the holidays so it was really fun to get into the spirit of it. 

This year, I not only baked for the annual family Christmas dinner that I host...I also baked for charity.  My department at work decided to adopt a family this year for the holidays.  Soooo, being the perpetual party planner that I am, I thought it would be a good idea to host a bake sale at work with all of the proceeds going to the family we adopted.  Me and 6 other bakers elected to bake at least 6 dozen of something or other for the bake sale.  Only requirement is that it's home-made. 

Here's my round up: 
Cream cheese peppermint bars, oatmeal toffee cookies,
peppermint thin mints, oreo cookie truffles & snicker fudge. 

Thank goodness most of these treats are leaving the house on Tuesday (for the charity event) or I might over-indulge.  In the meantime, I need to steer clear of the refrigerator in the garage.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Wichtel Ornament Exchange

Over at Milliande there is a Wichtel Ornament Exchange going on whereby you need to make a vintage looking ornament and send it off to a secret recipient.  Mine is leaving for England today.