Month: February 2018

Art Journal Inspiration and Resources

I love looking through books and websites at all kinds of art journal inspiration. Sadly, I’ve noticed that people don’t seem to be art journaling the way they were even a year ago. I don’t know what has happened but so many folks are leaving their art journals behind.

But not everyone.

Although I haven’t been regular in my art journal for a while, I am back to doing at least a little something in there every day. I know there are still those of us that remain committed to the practice of melding art with journaling. I thought I’d share some of my favorite art journal resources to jumpstart your art journaling practice.


  1. Art Journaling Tumblr – Full disclosure here, this is my Tumblr. I have been collecting some of the best art journaling from across the web since August 2009. With almost 4,000 pages posted, there is an abundance of creative inspiration to be found there. I hope you’ll take a look.
  2. Daisy Yellow aka Tammy Garcia – Tammy has been a great creative force in the Art Journaling community for ages. Any time I’m inspiration-less, checking in at Tammy’s place always jostles the muse and gets my mojo working again.
  3. Teesha Moore – Many of us would proclaim Teesha to be the creative behind the beginnings of the entire Art Journal movement. However you look at it, her pages are unbelievably original and tremendously inspirational. She is definitely someone you must check out if you are the slightest bit interested in Art Journaling.
  4. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer – Julie runs a regular feature on her blog,6a00d8341c766153ef01538ee81d43970b-800wi Art Journal Every Day, as well as sharing many, many other imaginative endeavors…from stamp carving, mixed media projects, and on and on. Definitely worth checking out her blog on a regular basis.
  5. Kelly Kilmer – Kelly is such an original influence in the world of Art Journaling. The journals she makes in addition to her completely original method of creating Art Journal pages are phenomenal. She has tons of online classes you can take that will really get you going, too.
  6. Dina Wakely – Here’s another wonderful teacher and artist that has her own style and is happy to share more tips and techniques than you can shake a stick at. She also has a line of paints, brushes, and stamps/stencils that are awesome to use in your art journals. Dina is also the author of Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage, two great books on the subject.
  7. Traci Bunkers – Traci is the author of one of my favorite books on Art Journaling, The Art Journal Workshop. If you don’t have it yet, you really need to pick up a copy…and quick. In addition, Traci’s blog is chock full of great ideas and inspiration.
  8. Eric & Dave, the Journal Fodder Junkies – These two guys have another unique perspective into Art Journaling. Their website/blog gives great ideas and their two great books, The Journal Junkies Workshop and Journal Fodder 365, are excellent looks into another viewpoint and different way of being creative between the pages. They really do rock.
  9. Mary Ann Moss – I have loved Mary Ann’s Art Journaling style for years. Not only is Mary Ann an awesome artist with great style and a unique perspective but her online classes are truly phenomenal. If you are looking for a great class to take, I suggest you grab her Remains of the Day class…it’s the best!
  10. Gina Rossi Armfield – Gina calls herself an Art Journaling Expert and she is definitely good. She is the author of  No Excuses Art Journaling: Making Time for Creativity, which has become practically a bible to many Art Journalists.
  11. Roxanne Coble – She is also known as “by bun” (but I have no idea where that is from) and I do love her style! Roxanne does many classes and workshops throughout the year and I am hoping to catch one in 2018! Besides, she loves pugs so that makes her totally awesome in my book already.
  12. Samie Harding – Samie is also known as Journal Girl and she one of the first art journalists I came across oh so many years ago. She remains one of my favorites, too. Samie has a style that is unique and pretty; it always catches my eye.


If it’s inspiration you’re looking for, you should be able to find tons through these links, blogs, books, and people. I am working on a list post of my very favorite books about art journaling and hope to have that ready for you in the near future. So many awesome resources to share.

If you have yet to begin your art journal practice, come along with us as we get back to the basics and start our art journaling from scratch BEGINNING HERE.

Now, go grab some inspiration and put some time and energy into your Art Journal!

Until next time…

Peace & Love,

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A New Crafty DIY Project

Thought for today: Even at it’s worst, life is still pretty damn good.

I have a brand new crafty DIY project to share today but first, a few thoughts to get off my mind.

Relaxing into Life

I am breathing so much easier after my last post.

Being so overwhelmed (which I know I did to myself) was really killing every part of my life because it sunk me into even more depression. I suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) so the winter months are especially tough on me. Throw in even more depression and *BAM*, the perfect storm of hopelessness.

I found that I was losing interest in everything…my blog, art journaling, all aspects of creativity, even my relationships were suffering due to that stupid depression of mine. I hate that things in my life that I love suffer because of my depression. It’s a horrible, horrible mental illness.

Believe me.

Since deciding to just relax and be myself here on my blog, my heart feels lighter as does my head.

So, moving on…

A Little Art Making

My husband can be hard to buy for and he actually likes gifts I have made for him in the past. For Valentines day this year I made him this watercolor heart piece.

I still have to mat and frame it but I really think he’ll like it.

Just by working on this little piece, I could feel my creative mojo stirring to life. Man o man, does it feel good, too. Welcome back my beloved imagination and inspiration, oh how I have missed you!


Crafty DIY Goodness

I picked up some bamboo cutting boards on sale a while back, not sure what I was going to do with them. I do that sometimes, buy things not knowing how they will fit into my creative juicy-ness. Always positive I’ll find a crafty way with my often crazy imagination. It’s something I’ve done for a very long time but I really need to curtail doing it. I realized that I have too much stuff so it’s time to do something with the things I already have in waiting.

But, I digress…

I needed to figure out how I was going to use these cutting boards…and I finally did!

There were three cutting boards and decided to do one for each of my daughters (who I miss so much since they both live away from me now) and one for my mother-in-law. I knew these three would appreciate a handmade something because, lets be honest here, not everyone is appreciates handmade things. To each his (or her) own.

But I felt sure these three women would enjoy something crafty from me…

So, I got to work!

What & How…

I decided I would use my woodburning tool to make them each personalized. After I finished woodburning the outline of each letter and looking at them, I felt something was missing.

That’s when I decided to use some wood stain inside each of the letters to really make the words stand out. It worked beautifully!

After letting them dry for a couple of days, I put a light coat of clear sealant. I let that dry for a few hours. Then I coated each with multiple coats of Dishwasher -Safe Mod Podge, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly before the next coat.

This will allow the girls and my MIL to all use these (on the backside) for cutting, then wash them and display the front side (if they choose) on a little plate stand on their kitchen counters. With this Mod Podge, the decorative side is protected and sealed, even when immersed in water.

I know they will be happy to get these little gifts. They aren’t a big something but they were made with lots of love…and I do think they look pretty cool, too. I just hope they each like them.

This is the one I made for my daughter Savannah.

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out and can’t wait for them to find them in the mail in the next few days.

*Doing the happy dance*

Coming up…

I’m hoping to have a lots to share with you soon so be sure to subscribe to my feed.

I have lots of projects to finish up and a couple to get started in the next few days. I’m going to try and do some work in my art journal, too. It has been far too long.

And hey, while you’re here, I’d love it if you’d drop a quick comment. I mean, just to let me know I’m not over here talking to myself.LOL

Until next time…
Peace & Love,

**(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links; that means if you click on and purchase any of these items, I will make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Also, I will never suggest items I don’t use and love myself, pinky swear.)

Working on Figuring Life Out

I swear that I had the best intentions when I started this blog. I’ve been pretty good at blogging in the past but I felt the need to change things up and get my own site and blog from there (here.)  I’ve studied all about the whole blogging world because I was trying to do this the right way. I WANT to be a blogger…a good blogger…but I’ve let myself become so overwhelmed with it.

So overwhelmed that it has made me unable to even work in my art journals in the past few weeks. It’s horrible! My creativity has suffered tremendously!

I would sit down to blog and everything would just start swirling and I’d just have to walk away. Every single time.

So I’ve made some decisions. It’s time to give myself some slack from that feeling of being overwhelmed. It’s alright to feel the way I feel and there is nothing wrong with taking things slow and easing myself back into the blogging world.

So I am.

I’m going to take it slow and ease back into blogging, slowly but surely. It is my hope to consistently blog a few times a week, but I can’t guarantee what I’ll be talking about on a regular basis, yet. That will come eventually but I can’t worry about that right now. One step at a time, right?

I’ve also added some new categories that I want to blog about, too…I’ve added Rants & Raves, Planner Love, Inspiration/Motivation, and my real biggie is My Weight Watchers Journey, which I’m super excited about even though I’m just getting started (trying to get healthy and lose this extra weight.)

I’ve been heavy to fat my entire life and decided not too long ago that I’m getting old and the time is going to pass whether I’m taking care of myself or eating myself to death. It’s time to do something about this body (and health) of mine…so I am.

If you’re on Weight Watchers, please drop a comment so we can connect. I need all the friends on the same path that I’m on that I can get. I’m doing WW Freestyle online only (for now) and I’m also a member at Planet Fitness and I’m working on being better about going and working out.

I guess you can see that I really am trying to figure this life of mine out, bit by bit. I will be sharing all my “stuff” here and I’d be super psyched if you’d stick around and journey along with me.

Back soon, I swear!