Get Messy | 013

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Happy get messy day, friends! I am feeling so inspired this week both by the beautiful weather here in the midwest this week and also by the gorgeous creations that my other Get Messy friends are posting. photo IMGP0079_zps04a93333.jpgAfter our amazing photographer gave us our engagement photo gallery this past weekend, I decided to print a few out to use for this week’s pages. I have been trying to add new elements to my pages so when I found some little wood veneer hearts and arrows for a steal at hobby lobby, I just had to buy them and use them all up. I painted them gold and then added a faux wood look to the left-hand page to tie them together. photo IMGP0080_zpsd2b95a35.jpg photo IMGP0081_zpseebbc6ae.jpg


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Get Messy | 012

This past week, I kept a new small moleskine in my pocket. This allowed me to doodle and write during lunch and any other time that an idea came to mind.

Here are a few of my doodles from this week:
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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Get Messy | 011

It’s amazing to me that I can think about this project for almost a week with no good ideas or inspiration and then it just hits me out of the blue on Wednesday nights. (And thank goodness it does, too!)  photo 6C758720-086D-452F-A6E6-4B08BA8C5067_zpswxhpskdp.jpg I found this fall picture in one of the thousand wedding brochures that I have been handed in the past 5 months. It says, “Dear fall, please take me away. Wrap me in sweaters. Let the changing leaves fall and chai tea all day long.”  photo 0C28E7B5-B544-4521-9B25-E4AFF7B33ED3_zpsbjvdefxm.jpgI am quite pleased with the simplicity of this one. You should know that I am a huge greeting card hoarder. While looking at a stack of them, I got the idea to cut out pictures from those cards. I just know that this is going to be one of my favorite up-cycling trends because it’s sentimental and gives me something to do with my lovely card pile.
 photo F0497CD6-8887-41F7-B281-B9A08F8AF085_zpskckzivw9.jpg This page was made because someone told me that I am an artist. I’ve always thought of myself with separate titles (photographer, blogger, painter, art journaler) but never by this one. To me “artist” is a highly connotated word that to me feels like something to big or strong to describe what I do in this space.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Get Messy | 010

It’s autumn and I love it, all I can think about is perfect football weather and leaves changing colors.

 photo IMGP0004-001_zps57861fac.jpg I got pretty crazy with the gold sharpie but used no other supplies. And I loved the simplicity of just that little bit with a lovely sentiment from a favorite childhood book. Also, I can tell that I have been working on my handwriting, because it is getting better – faux calligraphy though? LOVE IT.
 photo IMGP0008-001_zpsc2fd9062.jpgFor the second page, I just drew a leaf. It started as a rough draft for an embellishment for the first page but then it got too big and I ended up finishing it instead. GOLD GOLD GOLD, I love you.
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Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Get Messy | 009

This week we had a prompt and it was the first time in 9 weeks that I’ve dreaded a Get Messy Thursday.

Journaling Challenge: Live your adventurous dreams on paper. What would you love to do, or at least try, if you had the courage to live more adventurously?
Art Challenge: Try a method or material you’ve never worked with before.
IMG_3700.JPGHA! Well apparently my new method is to wait until the night before and hope for the best, because that is exactly what I did. I also tried using both coffee and rit dye to add more texture to the background. It was a fun process but I got impatient and it wasn’t enough to just have the paper dyed. So, I added a recent picture of me and some gold paint around the edges. Wah-lah.
IMG_3701.JPGFor the second part, I wrote about the most amazing Chai Tea ever and it probably doesn’t make a ton of sense if you were to read it because I wrote down the left side and then down the right side after.
IMG_3704.JPGFinally, I tried the technique where you put a piece of packing tape on a magazine page and then soak it in water. Eventually the magazine paper rolls off to reveal a transparency. Cool stuff.

As far as the journaling prompt, I said, “If I were more courageous I would travel as if money were no object. To see the beautiful scenery that I can only dream up in my head. I would hike and try every new food and language. If I were courageous, I would use my blog to start my own small business or at least start writing more things.”

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Get Messy | 008

Here we are, week eight!

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I got inspiration for this one from a picture that I took over the summer before a family shoot. I choose “Oh Happy Day” because it reminds me of the song by Aretha Franklin. It’s mostly funny to me because my cousin used to scream “NO HAPPY DAY” any time it came on.
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So the actual picture…it’s different but similar and they evoke the same feeling, so why not? I love flowers.
 photo F5B74FD4-CCC2-4EF5-80AA-88C5BC08470F_zpsci9q3ekp.jpgI calligraphied this one earlier in the week when I was reflecting on the things that I need to be working on. I even drew the flowers with the pen, which was so much easier to me than writing is but I’m finally starting to get the hang of the pen angle as well. I like the sketched look for this.
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Finally, my bad day regime. You know, just in case.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

Get Messy | 007

It’s safe to say that after seven weeks, I am still absolutely loving this project. Each week is something new and I never thought I would make it this far.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos I started out with water colors this week….and the first two pages I painted are just straight up not worth showing anyone. So here is the third one that I tried. I was reading distracted by an email when I decided on the words. They weren’t even said exactly, but after “practicing” and totally hating it, I decided that I probably just needed to be a little more patient about what I was working on. Ironically, the smudge marks are from me not letting it fully dry before touching it. It kind of makes the page perfect to me now. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos This one I actually have had made since last week. I have been contemplating the things that really make me happy in life while trying to figure out how much of the time I spend doing those things. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it’s a good start. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos This is probably my favorite page so far, just because it includes a couple things from the list above and gold, which is quickly becoming my favorite color. This is the first time that I have ever torn pages out of a book and I hated it. It still feels weird, but I did chose a book that I bought for $0.50 and that Kevin has a duplicate of…so that makes it better, right?

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