Behind the Art with Jen

 This kit really inspired me to look at all the things I'm blessed with.  My boys are one of my greatest masterpieces! I am always wishing that they know the joy of my love and hard work.  Even though my childhood was a very happy one with everything I could ever wish for, I worked hard to get where I am with my life.  I am an over-achiever by nature... I have a hard time doing anything halfway.  I want my kids to have that fire in them but more than that, I want them to be happy.
I love this photo of my youngest with a dandelion.  He was probably 2 in this photo.  Such an innocent and easy time  in our life.  To him, any day playing outside is a happy day!

I thought this stencil was perfect to go along with the puffy star stickers and the "wish" symbolism. I adore the sequins from Fancy Pants too! 
 The pocket upside down holds my journaling card.  Life is hard... being persistent is important and I want my kids to know that you have to work hard through challenges.  It's how you deal with the negative times and the disappointments that make your future positive. 

 So many lucky moments create my life... my wish is that my kids know such happiness even when live gets hard!


Behind the Art with Felecia

How do you measure "luck"? or for me blessing? 

I mean, if I were to take a look at MANY of the lives around me, I might think THEY were more blessed than me...

And, oh, my goodness, isn't that the easiest thing in the world to do?

I have a confession to make right here...I'm somewhat addicted to celebrity lives and lifestyles. Its a terrible, terrible thing to waste my time on. But I love looking at so-and-so's new house and who's wearing what on the red carpet and who's performance last night on that awards show was the best. 

With an addiction like that, you can see how easy it would be for me in particular to get wrapped up in all the great things happening on somebody else's journey. 

And I won't lie...sometimes I do wish I had just one pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and an Hermes bag...

But at the end of the day, I can only measure my blessings against my own journey. 

I wanted to use every single paper in this kit...the colors just spoke to me...it has SO much LIFE. so, I layered the bright and gorgeous papers over one another...as though perhaps you could see the past eras of my life behind that picture.

Incidentally, that picture was taken by my cell phone in my hotel room and then printed at the local Staples store just hours before it was used on this layout...which, considering that I was reflecting on my own journey was a really cool "and this is NOW" kind of effect.

The background paper is AH-MA-ZING! I rubbed a gray ink over it to bring up the wood grain texture. I was looking for some subtlety as well as a solid, foundational-feeling background. 

My life - so much good stuff...REALLY...No Hermes bag, but upon reflection, my journey has been pretty darn amazing. It seems worthy of a celebratory sprinkle of sequins and some bunting. 

And the statement that THIS is indeed "the good stuff"!

Peace, ya'll!


Behind the Art with Jen

 My kids love each other so much.  Yes, they argue and annoy each other but they would do anything for each other right now!  I hope they know how lucky they are to have a brother.  When I catch them being sweet to each other or offering to help each other, my heart is so happy!  I love that they play with each other.  I know there will be a time when the older one wants his own space and will grow out of the interests that they share but for now, I'm lucky!

 I scribble/ sketched the heart with a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist pen and some splatters with the Shimmer spray. 
 Journaling around the heart gives the page movement and frames the beautiful photo of my boys!
  I am a lucky Mom!  I love those sweet kids and love watching them grow up together!


Behind the Art with Melissa

Melissa here today to share with you a page created with the November kit LUCKY.

When I was pondering all the blessings in my life, my parents immediately came up.

I know that I am truly blessed to have parents who support me the way they do. They are always there for me. Really and truly, I am thankful for such amazing parents who have guided me on this journey of life. 

I'm thankful that they have let me explore on my own and have allowed me to make mistakes in order to grow. That is such a valuable thing and I am not blind to how much of a blessing that is.

 At the time of preparing pages using this kit, I was in the midst of a move. Once again, I was blown away by the generosity and support of my parents. Even at 37 years old... mind. blown. I know... I know... I'll always be my mommy's "kiddo" and my daddy's "little girl". I'm kind of okay with that.

But I know that most of my confidence and independence, has been a result of the way they have loved and guided me.

I hope, that if I ever have children, I can be the same way.

After finishing this layout, I realized just how rare I express my emotion to my family. We've never been a super emotional family. But our actions speak very loudly when it comes to expressing our love and connection. I think that's okay. Personalities are what they are and I'm so thankful for this outlet that I get to use, to express that emotional side.

I hope that you can be inspired by that and use our approach to visual journaling to express your emotions. Maybe you aren't very good at doing so verbally or face to face but, in an effort to get it out, you can use scrapbooking or art journaling to do so. It's so therapeutic and wonderful. I highly encourage it!


Behind the Art with Jen

 I love Autumn!  It is a time of change and color!  So, when I saw these embellishments and papers in this kit, I was smitten.
 The colors of Autumn are so rich and delicious!   A trip to a pumpkin patch was a perfect opportunity for photos with lots of rich color.  I feel so fortunate that I live in the Northeastern part of the country where the four seasons render colors all their own.  It is an amazing time each season!
 The textures of the fall show up with this kit.  The woodgrain, burlap, and cork are perfect for this seasonal page.
 I added some India ink, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gesso, and some twine to add more texture.
 Nature has the most perfect canvas and each month is a masterpiece!


Behind the Art with Melissa

Happy Tuesday!

I am here to share more with you about this page I created using the November kit LUCKY,

Lately I've really been pondering how blessed I am by certain friendships in my life. Especially those who are in my hometown. When I moved away to Chicago, I knew I wouldn't forget or replace those friends.  What I wasn't ready for was how much I actually missed them. So... upon moving back to the Pacific Northwest, I've kind of flung myself back into these friendships but, with more gusto and with more appreciation. There is no taking for granted going on right now!

I played lots with the stars and shimmer on this page. I wanted it to sparkle and exude how priceless and wonderful it is to have friends like Julie in my life!

Our visual journaling pages can either go into a lot of depth or... like this page... can be so simple and to the point. There isn't much more to say! I love this lady. I'm thankful for her and I love how having her in my life makes it sparkle! And I think this page really embraces all of that. 

Thanks for swinging by today! 


Behind the Art with Stacey

Happy November!  This is the month of Thanksgiving!  A time to reflect on blessings.  This month's kit is perfect for thinking about how lucky I have been in life.  I made a page about one of my greatest blessings, my husband.

I was drawn to the Thank My Lucky Stars journaling card.  It sums up how I feel about my marriage.  I like to use a bold statement on a page, usually one based on typography, so my feelings really pop out.  I used this selfie alongside my card, staggering them.
I used the cork word, blessed, because it is large and colorful.  I really like the rounded edges since I have many straight lines on the page.  I layered it with the scalloped edge that has the heart on it.  I also balanced out the title with the cork stars.

I used the pretty blue because I loved the contrast against the gray cardstock.  I purposefully cut a strip of the heart paper and put it across the top.  I chose other fun elements like the Happy cutout and the ticket.  I pick elements that convey my message.
I added journaling to record my thoughts about serendipity.  It kinda just happened with Steve.  And it was when I least expected it.  Here we are eleven years later, happier than ever.  I call that lucky.