Behind the Art wtih Stacey

This month is all about energy.  I loved using the prompts to help me think about page ideas.  I decided to scrap about an event that gave me so much energy.  It was a unique experience that my husband and I shared together. 

We went to Sedona, AZ this past spring and it was a one of a kind experience.  We had our best day on the last night of the trip.  I don't think I will ever forget all the cool moments of that afternoon and night.

I decided to use rectangular elements and arrows to create a lot of movement on this page.  It is about the energy of the vortexes.  I think the back and forth of the lines creates a cool vibe.  I hand cut the title from a sheet of paper and grounded it with the arrow sticker.  I used the "Scenic Route" card to match the theme.

I journaled above and below the card, telling the story of the day.  We saw the most amazing sunset.  But the day wasn't about what we saw.  Instead, it was what we felt.  The energy was unbelievable.  We both felt the same sensation that God was with us.  Nature was fierce and amazing.  We were so solid. 

It was a moment that can't be put into words.


Behind the Art with Felecia

Energy comes in varying intensities...sometimes we find ourselves being too much or not enough for those around us...

I frequently find myself in a position of having more intensity than is probably healthy - and that my drive to get things done is far greater than that of those around me. 

Just as others do, when I reach the "end" of my reserves, I'm really really at the END...I crash...I get crabby and usually inert.

BUT before that happens...well...I always describe myself as a "doer." I DO things...I don't wait for others to do them...in fact that timing of events is probably my number one stressor. 

So when Rachel issued a challenge to the Inside Out members to explore intensity and how others respond, I was on the same page...I knew exactly what it meant to be too much, too hot...

This paper seemed so like my intensity...neat little rows, lots of things to manage, organize, get accomplished...

The texture is subtle - some items raised above others with dimensional adhesive...this too seemed like my intensity...from far away, you might not see it so much. But get close and there are a hundred things going through my mind. 

Acknowledging that I can be too much for some people is not the easiest thing in the world...I don't think anyone wants to admit that!  But its good to see it, know it, and put it on paper - like somehow it makes it more real for me. And more manageable.

Peace, ya'll!


Behind the Art with Jen

 It's Autumn and I'm loving the colors around Central New York!  My kids think it's magic to find leaves changing and how they look like someone took a paintbrush to them!  There is such a crisp energy in the air now.  Everything is a little cooler, a little fresher, a little more beautiful.  An evening run is easier because the air is not full of heat and humidity!  I love this time of year.  It is a re-energizing time of back to school, back to schedules, back to enjoying weekends because the week is crazy!

 I couldn't help but use the wood paper as a background for this page.  A bit of watered down Gesso and I was good to go with my layering.  Those vellum feathers were perfect for a touch of fall!
 I tend to move slower in the summer... it's hot!  But the Autumn has a crisp energy that livens my step!
 The colors give such a POP to the page as do the leaves on the ground!  I loved grouping all of these papers and embellishments together here in the upper corner of the paper.
 Is Autumn your favorite season?  What makes you energized?


Behind the Art with Melissa

Happy Tuesday!

So happy to be with you all here today.

The page I'm sharing with you today was inspired by one of our journaling prompts:

Lazy: How generous are you to yourself when it comes to ‘lazy days’ and giving yourself a break from the hubbub of life? Do you feel guilty when you’re not producing? If so, why? What inside you, or outside you, pushes you to create or build something in your life? How might you reimagine ‘lazy’ to mean something more like ‘self-protecting’? What would fit into your best ‘unenergetic’ day and how would it change the day after?

I really appreciated this side of Energy. In order to "bank it", we must fuel it, right? It's good to rest our weary bones. Take a nap! Go on vacation! Read a book! Go sit in a mall! (To understand that you'll have to see my Behind the Art from last week.)

For me, it is taking some time with God.

I'm not very good at sitting still. My mind wanders. Or I think about all the things I could be doing instead. But, when it comes to my faith, and how it relates to Energy, it is so important to stop. Rest. Take a break. Protect my soul.

The typewriter transparency is two-fold for me when it comes to this page. I like the idea of being transparent when it comes to my faith. God sees the deepest parts of me and I want to not try to hold onto something that I don't need. Also, the typewriter. It's pretty simple symbolism when one thinks about that... recording thoughts. Writing it out. Processing it.

I used the crosshatch stencil on this layout because I like to think that my faith and the rest of my life are interwoven. It's what holds me together. And taking these moments of resting, finding comfort and peace in those quiet moments, help me be stable and live out the hubbub of life.

I also used some tilting. Think balance. Balancing it all in the day to day! Balancing my energy with moments of quiet time are what will make me thrive in life. I also like that thought of using the feathers. I find feathers to symbolize protection. I'm protecting my soul when I make time for those moments to rest and refuel.

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Behind the Art with Stacey

I try to make at least one deep, insightful page for each kit.  One where the topic is all about just  me and reflects where I am right now in life.  I have been faced with some challenges the past few months that have thrown my energy off a bit.  I decided to scrap about what makes me handle these types of life situations.

I am usually a very linear scrapper, but I decided to tilt a bit to reflect the freedom of the page.  I wanted to convey a feeling of ease and belief that life will be okay.

To create the pink background, I used the stencil from the kit.  I sprayed using the pink mist.  When it was dry, I cut a rectangle and layered it under the transparency and the photo.   I also layered some feathers under the photo.  Feathers represent a lightness that reminds me of the spiritual.

I carried the feather theme onto the bottom half of the page, using the stickers.  I shared some pretty personal information about my beliefs.  I like to put my deepest thoughts and feelings on paper so that I can put it out into the universe.  It helps me to feel grateful and grounded.

This page came out with the exact feeling I wanted it to!


Behind the Art with Felecia

I often get the comment from people that they don't know how I do all that I do. Lets face it, I don't probably know how to adequately relax...

On the other hand, I tend to be a process person...hyper-aware list maker...

And driven to do some things the exact same way each and every time I do them...

It just works for me. 

One of those things, the thing that pumps me up for the day and gets me really juiced up is my morning routine...its always the same...

The fact that its the same every day is both energy saving (process!) and energy boosting...my morning routine is filled with things that will keep me moving through the day.

I get up at 5...(sometimes before that, but usually 5)...then I have yogurt and ancient grain granola and a read a little scripture. Then, after a shower, I have coffee - really good, really strong, really amazing coffee (thanks to my sweet husband).

My morning is a very orderly thing...but how does one convey both order and energy on a layout?

I chose to do it with some layering...some mist, some cut outs, some inked edges, a transparency...but its all very neat and orderly at the same time...

One not-so-secret secret is that I often choose visual dimensions over actual dimensional embellishments on my layouts. I prefer flatter layouts...So, in this case, there are layers of may different sizes and materials, and while they are all flat, they create visual dimension for my project. 

I discovered long ago that some things happen very naturally for me - like getting up early and liking to eat breakfast.

If I just go with those things and put them together in a very organized way, the process becomes a springboard feeling energetic and alive the rest of the day...

Peace, ya'll!


Behind the Art with Jen

 Hi friends!  Are you one of those people that like to have a lot going on all the time or one that builds a lot of down time into your day?  I wish I was smart enough to build down time in but I totally overbook myself and feel that if there is time, I should fill it!  I am doing multiple things at the same time and don't know what to do with myself when I don't have a deadline or have extra time on my hands.   It's a sickness, I know.  I do have to have a rest day once in a while where I cancel all plans and be lazy!
 I have people ask me all the time how I juggle it all... to be honest, I have no idea!  I just have a lot of energy that needs to be directed to tasks.  I also sometimes just have to do things because otherwise I won't be able to sleep!  LOL!  I also think that I overestimate what I can actually physically do in a day's time.  I do prioritize and let go of some things that aren't as vital.
 Weekends are sometimes those times when I say "screw it all!" and put my feet up outside or under a blanket to veg out.  I just need to.  But most days I'm pretty antsy if I don't have something to do or look forward to doing.
The colors of these papers were vibrant and amazing!  I did use some of the calmer colors from the more solid papers to add a bit of calm creeping into the chaos.  When I do need to rest/ relax, I usually read a book, or sit outside and watch my kids play while and sip a cold beverage.  I still need to do something but it's relaxing to me.

When do you need to recharge?  Is it something you have to do or something you are forced to do?  Relaxing is not easy for me... I have to be forced either my exhaustion, being sick, or just told to rest.