Thursday, April 19, 2007

Gabi's Sketch Challenge

This was a challenge posted by my friend Gabi on her blog. I couldn't resist trying it out.

I think it worked well for these swim pictures. I am not thrilled with how it came out, but it finally got me to scrap some of the girls swim meets.
Thanks Gabz!!
If you want to try this challenge yourself check out

Friday, April 13, 2007


This blog entry is Part IV of the new Studio Friday mini series looked at from an artist's perspective in a different angle and light: "The Seven Deadly Sins"This week's topic for Friday April 13th: Sin #4: SLOTH!

This is a very interesting topic for me. Sloth is deifned bascially as the avoidance of physical or spiritual work....laziness.

The punishment in Hell is to be thrown into the snake pits....whoa...back the truck up...I am so not down with that!! So I guess I better get my lazy butt in gear!

Seriously, I really consider my art as part of my spiritual work. It is an improtant outlet for me. Getting the creative juices flowing keeps my mind clear & my spirit peaceful. My favorite thing to do is work on my Book of Me. The pages in that book are journaling & art combined. They are a true expression of me. I enjoy that I can do whatever I want with them & there are no boundries. No one needs to like them but me.

On occasion though the artistic process is not easy for feels so much like work. I struggle with creating. I feel when I am struggling like that I am forcing my art & not just letting it flow through me. This often happens when I am making something for someone else. Instead of having fun with it I am striving for perfection. When I do this it seems that everything I touch turns to crap. I am never happy with the outcome. I am trying to notice when I hit these slumps & take a step back. Just put down what I am doing & maybe try to work on something different. See if I can open the channel up again for the creative process.

What I notice is when I clog up the channel & deny the gift of art I am so much less fullfilled. I think often it is my ego that gets in the way. I am thinking about the outcome, what people will think, wanting the work to be impressive, & forgetting that what I love is the process.

When I am creating & in the zone...I am really peaceful. When I am in this space, the spiritual place of creating the work, I am happily busy.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Bad Habits....Who me?....No way!!

This was a topic posted as a blog challlenge by my dear friend Gabi. I had to laugh out loud when I heard it. My response was...bad habits...who me??... come on... I am perfect.... no bad habits here. Of course I was totally kidding. I am sure if you asked my husband he could list at least 10 annoying habits I possess right now without even thinking to hard & he absolutely adores me.

So the question is which of my bad habits am I willing to take out of my closet & let see the light of day?

I have a few bad habits...things I would love to are a few that come to mind...

1. Not cleaning up after myself when I scrap. My scrap room is always a complete & utter disaster.
2. Not putting my laundry away. I have stacks of folded clean laundry on my window seat at all times.
3. Eating way too fast. It started when my kids were little & I needed to eat fast so I could take care of them & now I have a hard time just relaxing & eating slowly.
4. Buying more scrap supplies when I don't really need them. I really should try to organize what I already have & not keep buying more unless it is something really cool, new, or different.
5. Putting important things in a "safe" place & never remembering where that "safe" place is.
6. Eating too much & not exercising enough.

All of these things I have tried to stop doing from time to time. I have often tried to change my ways. Sometimes I have even been successful for a short period of time. Eventually though, those old habits come sneaking back. It is funny how habits have some comforting factor. They are often behaviors that were developed to fill a need & even when they are no longer needed anymore it is hard to let them go.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Not just a scrapbooker....A life Artist!!

I was reading Ali Edwards' blog the other day & I came across this little piece & I just loved it...

A new name for scrapbookers/creative people who are into celebrating life through art: life artist. "Scrapbooker" just doesn't cut it - it is so much more than that name implies.

So, life artist it is

So who is a life artist? Do you take photos of your family, yourself, your environment, your world? Do you tell stories? Do you bring them all together onto paper, into your computer, onto a canvas (or some other cool concoction)? Do you create art journals with all kinds of wonderfully interesting pieces of your life and thoughts and emotions? Do you celebrate your life through your art?

You are a life artist.

I am a life artist.

And man, I love it.

I read this & I totally felt it in my body. This is how I feel. This is me. I was thinking right on go girl!!

I don't scrap in order, I am not much into themed albums, I am not stuck in any particular style, I don't only scrap one size page, I love altered art, I do whatever moves me, & I love to create.

So yes....I am a life artist & man, I love it!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sometimes you just need to vent...

Before I start this I just want to say I have a fabulous life. I have a wonderful husband & great kids. Having said that I will admit that there are things that challenge me from time to time.

One thing that has been a source of frustration lately for me is trying to have a peaceful blended family. Both my husband David & I were married before & we each had two childre coming into our marriage. All four children live with us. Our boys are 11 years old, almost 3 months apart in age, and our girls age 9 are also about three months apart in age. It is really pretty cool, but not without its challenges.
The problem I have been having lately is managing the issues between all the personalities. It can be so difficult. Before I was married I was a single mom for four years. The kids & I were a team. Then all of the sudden after I get remarried a new husband & two more kids moved in. Wow talk about adjustments!!! We will be married three years on May 8th & all the kinks are not quite worked out.

It has been particularly hard on my kids. They went from having me all to myself & their own bedrooms to having to share their bedrooms, & also giving up some coveted mommy time to my husband & two new kids who really were in need of a mom in their lives.

I love my new life, but I would be lying if I didn't admit that some days I mourn the loss of my old life. Things were a bit more simple. I only had to answer to myself. There was no other parent that I had to consult before making decisions. I didn't have to deal with my kids needing more time with me. I didn't have to worry about being the evil step"monster." I didn't have to figure out how to get four kids to agree on something or anything.
On the flip side I didn't have a fabulous man to share my life with. I didn't have these two additional fabulous little people in my life. I didn't have a house so filled with love & energy I thought my heart could burst.

When I was a kid I used to say I want four kids when I grow up...I guess you should be careful what you wish just might get it!!

I am incredibly blessed & yes... sometimes I am cranky about it.

This was a blog challenge for one of my favorite scrapbooking boards...

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Decorating Eggs!

The girls & I decorated Easter eggs today. We had three different kits & just went to town.

I am glad they still want to do this with me. I love to decorate eggs & it is so much more fun when they join in.
It was funny I said to Rachel, "Hey go ask the boys if they want to help." & she said. "Oh but Kailey & I want to do it...I don't think the boys are really interested." I told her that she should ask them anyway. So she goes into the room where the boys were & wih a tone as if she was asking them about taking out the garbage she says, "You boys don't really want to have to decorate eggs do you?" Of course they said no...pretty smart girl. Although at 11 years old I don't think the eggs were more interesting than the Discovery Channel dinosaur show they were watching.
The girls had so much fun & I got some great photos. I can't wait to scrap them.

I have to admit, even when they aren't interested anymore, I will probably decorate a few eggs!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

My Scrap Space

I am a scrap addict. I have this great little space, a room, in the back of my basement.
It has three work stations, a computer, tons of storage, & my ipod. Everything I need. The problem is that when I create I am a total slob. Everytime I get it somewhat clean, I just want to create more & mess it all up again. I would love to be more organized & figure out a way to have a place for everything & everything in its place...but it doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon.

I sometimes think that the chaos of the room is what adds to my creativity. Othe times it seems that the clean work area just begs for me to create more & gets the mojo flowing. All I know for sure is that having my own space to create makes me a much happier person.

There is nothing better than to be down there working away, paint on my hands, ipod blaring, & singing on the top of my lungs!

The picture is of my daughter Rachel creating at one of the desks in my studio. I love that too, my kids can come down & join me. It doesn't get much better than this.

Signs of Spring

It is hard to believe Spring is here when you look out the window & see the gloomy rainy weather today. Rachel & I were out running errands & getting soaked as we ran from store to store.

This morning though I found some pictures from last Spring. They were pictures I took of the kids from a trip to our local Rita's Italian Ice. It was our first visit since they had opened up for the season. It is funny trees budding, flowers poking up from the ground, the grass getting greener....those are all signs of Spring. The one thing, however, that gets the biggest reation is when the kids see the sign "now open" at Rita's. It cracks me up, but that is one thing that let's my kids know that warmer days are ahead.

In honor of Spring I finally got those pictures into this layout & I am just loving it.