Get Messy | 014

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This month our prompt was to journal about things that we are thankful for. I’ll be honest, my first attempt turned out to be a pretty sorry looking page, but I have already done many collages of things that I am thankful for in the past, including this one for get messy so I decided to forgo that idea. As I was thinking about what my new page would look like, I decided to make one drawing that would encompass three different things I am thankful for: sunshine, travel, and community. While sunshine and travel might be fairly distinct on this page, I used the sharpie to make the inner details combine and work together to create the whole of the design, exemplifying community. This community being the people around me, my family, church, friends, Kevin – together we are all a community and I am learning how valuable a solid one is.

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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.

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Get Messy | 005

For this post, I followed a prompt revolving around the theme “Who Are You?” We could use anything, except a photo of ourselves. First, I decided to make a collage to get the creativity flowing, for some reason that always helps me. I added my name and sleep right after it, because it’s pretty important.Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosNext, I wrote about my “Where I Stand” pictures. I have pictures all over the place of my feet in all different locations, some by myself and some including the feet of others. I really cherish these pictures and I’d eventually love to dedicate a whole art journal or photo book to all the pictures I have.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosPhotobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosAnd I love photography. And apparently black and white. I love that there are so many photo mediums – the instax camera that I have has been just a blast and such a great conversation piece when I’m out-and-about.
Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosFinally, this is one of my favorite quotes. I really love the simplicity and waves. I’m not going to lie, I kind of wished that I lived a bit closer to the ocean…I don’t know if you can get much further away than Missouri (ok…that’s probably not true, but it feels like it!).
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Excerpts from my Journal, Part III

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DIY Light Box

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I realized the hype of light boxes a while back when I scoured the internet for clean photo backgrounds. Well a few weeks ago, I made one based on this DIY. I just found an old box, cut out the top and both sides with a box cutter and then glued tissue paper over the empty holes. I just used plain white card stock and lace fabric as a background. I’d like to get a piece of poster board to make it more uniform in the future, but this totally worked for now.

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I played around for a few hours and found that it worked best with my tripod and wireless shutter release.

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I think this will make for quite interesting photos, once I stop underexposing (letting in too little light).

Chalkboard Party Tray

I did some pinterest searching in November to find gifts for both Kevin’s and my mom. We wanted it to be handmade and unique and when I saw those REALLY cute chalkboard cheese trays, we decided to go for it. So, I went out and bought all the supplies to make them: wooden oval (in the wood burning section at Michael’s), chalkboard paint, and chalk. As I was checking out the paint label, I noticed that it said “do not consume” on the label. I got a little nervous and decided to go better-safe-than-sorry for this gift, so I also picked up some oven/microwave/dishwasher safe Christmas serving bowls. After doing some research when I got home, I found that chalkboard paint can be toxic if consumed, so if accidentally gets chipped or scrapped it can get onto the food and be harmful.

I ended up painting the whole tray with the chalkboard paint, let it dry for 24 hours and then re-coated it to make it more even. After that layer dried, I covered the whole thing in a layer of chalk to help it set. Then I washed it off with a washcloth, and ta-da.

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Excerpts from my Journal

Recently, I started an art journal. I wasn’t going to share it until I started looking back at previous posts from this summer and I love how Find Your Voice added more of a personal feel to my blog. It’s more about me and I tend to find myself loving that in other blogs right now. This one isn’t set up with specific prompts, but is more just whatever I’m feeling and includes writing, photos and doodles.

So far, I only have a few pages done but I love this creative outlet right now. Let me know what you think!

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If you have an art journal or anything similar, link up below – I’d love to check it out!

Fall Decor

Earlier this fall, my Mom found this pin on pinterest and asked me to make something similar. I went to Hobby Lobby for the sticker/buttons and I got the paper, leaves, and wooden tiles at Michaels. This project didn’t come with a tutorial or a link to the blog where it originated, so I just made it up as I went, plus it wasn’t too hard. 

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I used a paper cutter to cut paper the same size as the tiles. Then I painted F-A-L-L with one letter on each tile. I decorated with a few cute buttons and hot glued some thick twine to the back to hold it up. photo IMGP0026_zps202f1bac.jpgOriginally, we were going to hand this on our front door (pictured above) but my Mom liked it better against the red background, and I agree! It makes the colors pop!

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