For the past few years I have been very interested in scrapbooking as a way to journal your life and use art to depict certain moments in time. I’ve been inspired by a number of people within the industry (Ali Edwards is a genius) and I use their work as creative fuel (Becky Higgins, Elise Blaha, Elizabeth Kartchner, Ann-Marie, and Amy Tangerine). The beautiful way they capture a day, an event, a holiday, a personal success and put their own personal mark on it is so encouraging and motivating. I am currently working on Becky Higgins Project Life and will be taking part in Ali Edwards 31 Things online course starting later this week. I’m also working on Ali Edwards One Word project.
I find “Life Art”, as Ali Edwards defines it, to be therapeutic. To lose yourself for hours and be able to concentrate on nothing else but layout design, colors, graphics and mixed media is probably one of the most soothing and rewarding ways to deal with the curveballs life throws you. Right now I am finding that making cards is a great way to keep my hands moving, my brain engaged and my artistic side fully satiated. To spend an hour cutting, adhering, designing, writing and watching what started as a vision come together into a cohesive piece of art is the best mood elevator. Here are some of the cards I’ve been working on. I do it for no other reason than the wonderful feeling of accomplishment and inspiration.
For the longest time I have watched these women (Ali, Elise, Lizzy, Becky, Ann-Marie, Amy) do things that astound me and fill me with hope and excitement. I have worked alongside them, quietly, expressing myself through scrapbooking, and daily documenting and “life art.” Basically, I have made stuff. And I love what I’ve made. And I look forward to seeing what I will make. I have had this site for quite some time and haven’t really known what to do with it. I have been trying to find my footing. Suddenly, it all seems so clear. I’m not afraid to take a step forward and share the work I love with all my heart. I’m looking forward to starting the 31 Things adventure, to continuing the One Word adventure and to creating my own adventures along the way. I’m looking forward to sharing this all with you. But most importantly, I’m looking forward to having a small space to hang my work, a virtual hook.