mardi 31 mars 2015

March 30 days of Lists || the wrap up

Here are my last lists from this edition. I really love the way my notebook turned out and best of all, between this round of 30 Lists and my travel journal, my scrap pile has been halved ! See you all in September :)






lundi 30 mars 2015

My Constellation travel journal || 02

Here is the second half of my travel journal. This is a Constellation Sketchbook by Blue Sky Papers. It is so lovely. I'm so proud of this beautiful journal.

This is my favorite sketch of the whole journal!

With the guide map open:

Who doesn't love a sequin enveloppe?

What makes me extra happy is the fact that I have so many pages left in the journal! Ready to document the next adventure.

samedi 28 mars 2015

Vs 52 portraits || 13

Food and I - part 2
Yes, those words. They all have been said to me at one point or another in my life, some by my own parents, some by myself. Eating disorders are not about being thin. They are about control. About trying to have some form of control when you feel that you have none. It is easier to control your food intake than to get to the root of that performance anxiety. It's easier to throw up those feelings of insecurity than to address the situation that makes you feel this way. It's easier to feel those physical pangs than to admit you are not perfect.
Just like I feel that I am a smoker who doesn't smoke, I live with these misperceptions of my own body. I always say that I am a pendulum, swinging between feeling good about how I look to utter discouragement and devastation. There is no middle ground. I am wiser now and I understand my triggers, the people who sabotage me and, most of the time, I am able to talk down that inner voice. But those words, the feelings they stir, those stay with me always.
If you are interested, these art journals address this issue :

vendredi 27 mars 2015

Awesome Ladies Project Creative Team || March projects

Hey! Another month, another Awesome Ladies Project sketch challenge! I loved this month's sketch, it was exactly what I needed to be inspired. I decided to turn it into the introduction page to our trip to South Africa last month. Here is my contribution :
My second project is one that is very close to my heart lately. I've been thinking about some of my issues, especially pertaining to self-esteem. I've come to realise that I like it when people see me as I am and I want to see others as they are also. I want my children to grow up to be confident, caring adults. So I thought I'd give them a place to tell me in their words about who they are.

So I made each of them a mini-book. I used different 6 x 6 papers so that they would have lots of blank pages for their drawings and collages. I took an Instax of each of them and put it on the first page.

 I decorated a few pages using the Second City embellishments, but left loads of space. This is for them to fill in. I sometimes added prompts but not too many.

I even snuck in a Currently card! Can't wait to see what they'll write down.
They were SO excited when I gave them their albums. I can't help but share their reaction here :)


Tonight is Awesome Ladies Night! Come and join us for a live chat and prizes here :

jeudi 26 mars 2015

Get Messy Art Journal Blog Hop!

This week we are wrapping up Get Messy's Season of Love. And what a Season it has been! I thoroughly enjoyed the prompts. I feel like a lot of them took me to places I would not have necessarily gone or inspired me to try new techniques. We are having a blog hop to help participants explore and see new blogs and inspire each other. The blog list is at the end of this post.
Meanwhile, I have three spreads to share with you this week. They are partially prompt related, but definitely inspired by Love, by Heart, by being a Woman.

For this spread, I used the petals and flowers from my Maid of Honor bouquet (my sister just got married). I had pressed them while we were on our trip and they kept their radiant color. The writing is from a Jacques Brel song:
'J'avais apporté des bonbons. Parce que les fleurs, c'est périssable. Et les bonbons c'est tellement bon, bien que les fleurs soient plus présentables... surtout quand elles sont en boutons....'

It's the story of a man courting his lady love and he says 'I brought candy because flowers are perishable and candy is so good although flowers are much more presentable, especially when they are in buttons...'. Of course this translates horribly, you must take a minute to listen to the original :

My second spread once again uses the heart imagery. I was thinking about the fragility of hearts and of flowers. Of how we offer them up with so much hope, sometimes to be dashed and bruised, sometimes to be held dearly.
I kept this one simple, just that woman's vulnerable eyes, flowers and the heart.

I love how the vellum lets the flowers peek through. Pssst, I glued it down using plain old scotch tape!

Last one for this week and a definite change of tone. I read the whole Ashley Judd controversy, I saw the Afghan woman get beaten and murdered by an angry mob of men, I hear (and read) all of the disgusting ways women are being talked about and portrayed in the media and I'M OVER IT.

That is enough, things will have to change. I'm feeling all biblical here, the 'an eye for an eye' type of biblical. Oh, to have such power.

Thank you for coming by and taking a look at these pages. Here are the links for the blog hop! Do leave a comment when you visit a blog, they are always appreciated.
  1. Zinia
  2. Emily
  3. Dawn
  4. Lauren
  5. Elizabeth
  6. Lauren
  7. Tanyalee

Get Messy Art Journal is gang of crafty vixens who are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We support and encourage one another on this journey of creating and learning and we would love for you to join us too.

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