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Happy New Year! To me, the new year represents a new beginning, and I love an opportunity for a new beginning. I try to view each day even as a chance at a new beginning and a fresh start.

I completed my artistic goals for 2013. I’m a very goal-oriented, to-do-list kind of person. I like to have a feeling of accomplishment, and crossing finished items off of a list gives me great satisfaction. I think goals are very important – I don’t want to simply drift through life. I want a plan, and I want to accomplish something worthwhile. That doesn’t happen by accident.

I must say I failed miserably with my 2012 goals. I’ve hardly done any arts and crafts the last couple months – I’ve been very busy at work and haven’t felt very motivated at home to work on my projects. But it’s a new year, so I will leave 2012 behind and look forward to 2013.

I have 18 goals for 2013 – ambitious, but I like to aim high and give myself way too much to do!

Here are my artistic goals. Perhaps they can inspire you to create some goals yourself, or if you have some, perhaps you would like to share?

1. Bead one ornament.
2. Do a journal page every day/every other day for a month.
3. Buy one piece of art.
4. Buy and start Tangie’s Photoshop course.
5. Buy the Tangible Planner and accessories.
6. Finish buying metal-stamping supplies.
7. Buy resin and start using.
8. Make Julian’s scrapbook.
9. Submit 3 to 4 projects.
10. Finish going through Photoshop.
11. Continue practicing soldering.
12. Art & craft with Lily once a month.
13. Add Christmas things to Flickr (or put everything on Pinterest?)
14. Bead something from a magazine.
15. Take a class.
16. Blog twice a month at least.
17. Blog updates – new background, page for publications, signature, fancy photos, about me, update sidebar (quotes)
18. Continue working on digital projects

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One of my annual artistic goals is to take a class. I had wanted to take a class at Bead Fest earlier this month – there was this one class taught by Mark Lareau that I was particularly interested in. Unfortunately I waited too long, and by the time I decided to register, the class was full. Bummer! He’s got some books out though, so I’ll have to take a look and see if the technique is in one of them.

Anyway, I have all these other arts & crafts books, but I never do any of the projects in them. So I decided to take a day off from work and have my own workshop at home, and try out some new techniques.

I chose Collage Discovery Workshop by Claudine Hellmuth.

by claudine hellmuth

I love her retro-whimsy style. Her book has a lot of techniques, and most involve simple, every-day supplies. I only had to buy a couple items to have everything I needed.

Much of the focus of the book is creating interesting & textured backgrounds on which to create a collage. Here are my attempts…

playing with background techniques

It was really fun to try new techniques. These are the ones I did:

Elmer Glue crackle – my favorite!
Masking tape layer
Tissue paper layer
Contact paper shapes
Rinse aid resist
Etching into wet paint
Plastic wrap texture

As noted my favorite was the Elmer Glue crackle. This is so cool!

glue crackle

At first it was not working so well for me. But then I decided to just put gobs of glue on, and I really watered down the paint, and voila!


To me, it’s not a crackle so much as a more organic, almost webbing effect. At least that’s how mine turned out. It was rather warm and humid in my house, and that may affect the results. It’s a very easy technique – you just put a thick layer of Elmer’s Glue-All on the paper, and then lightly brush watery acrylic paint on top. Let dry, and admire!


I also liked using the masking tape, tissue paper, and rinse aid resist techniques.

Here is my masking tape background. You put strips of masking tape all over your substrate and paint on top, and then use a damp paper towel to rub off some of the paint. I’m making this one into a collage, using Ms. Hellmuth’s technique for creating her “poppets”.

wish upon a pink star

My goal is not perfection, or even to make a finished piece. I just wanted to play without worrying about the results. I’d like to make a couple collages with the other backgrounds I created also.

I hope you have enjoyed looking over the results of my “play day”! I highly encourage taking a day off and doing something that you love to do!

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I finally finished the April page in my calendar journal. Here it is…



For the background I used Distress Stains in blues, and rubber-stamping with white acrylic paint. It’s hard to see the designs of the rubberstamps; maybe I needed to put more paint on them? I tried outlining the designs with white pencil but it didn’t add much.

The journaling squares are paper from the The Rockstar stack by DCWV; I splattered it with the white paint to add interest and to help blend it with the background.

Off to my May page!

Have a great day!


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I’ve been frustrated lately. I feel like I’ve accomplished little so far this year. I did finally finish my March page in my calendar journal at least (two days ago!). And I got my Mom’s necklace done.

Sometimes I just feel like giving up my arts and crafts. But I know I would be miserable. So I will just have to keep going, little by little.

Here is my March page…I think it turned out really pretty.

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

march calendar page

I have an idea for a digital art project, and I’ve been slowly going through my collection of vintage photographs of women, looking for suitable photos to use. This will definitely be a long-term project; I don’t expect to be done until next year!

I’ve also been gathering supplies to make some Christmas ornaments that I am planning to submit to Somerset Studio. I’ve been wanting to make something for the Christmas issue for a couple years now, and I’ve decided to actually do it this time. Unfortunately our printer is broken, and I can’t do much more until we get a new one. Which hopefully will be reasonably soon.

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happy birthday!

So another year has gone by; and here I am another year older. When I turned 40 last year, I had high hopes. They didn’t quite pan out. But 41 could be the best year ever!

Yesterday I watched the “Birthday” episode of AbFab. I think I will watch that every year for my birthday. I totally love when Edina’s mom says “and when will you be 50 dear?” She knows just how to get to the heart of the matter. And really, is 40 such a big deal? Or 41. 50, on the other hand….

I made the above little birthday collage; everything is from the Fairy Tea Party collection by Ellie Lash, from scrapbookgraphics.com.

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The first few weeks of January are so busy for me at work….I finally now have time to post again. I feel like it’s been forever! For some reason when I don’t post for a while, I always find it difficult to get motivated again…

But here I am!

I mentioned in a previous post an article in Somerset Studio by Kate Crane, featuring her beautiful calendar journals, and how inspired I felt to make my own.

That was in December, when I was too busy with holiday preparation to start anything. I started working on it on New Year’s Eve; it was very slow going and I was afraid it would be February before my January page was done!

But I finally finished it…and here it is.

bonne annee

I’m very happy with how it turned out. I wanted the colors and feel to be wintry, but not just white. I wanted a little color. The photos don’t quite do it justice.

The background is several layers of paint and rubber stamping. The squares are 1.5 by 1.5 inches, and are scrapbook paper, dry-brushed with gesso and edged with gold or silver ink. I used German scrap along the edges and corners; it was originally gold but I painted, stamped, and inked over it.

As I was working on my journal, I made notes as to what I wanted to write in it for each day. After a couple days I started to worry a bit about how much I really had to write about. Let’s see, I woke up, exercised, went to work, came home, made dinner, did some laundry…exciting stuff!

Then one night as I left work I caught a glimpse of the full moon – it was huge and orange and looked so cool. And it occurred to me that I could write that in my calendar journal. The journaling doesn’t necessarily have to record what I did that day; it could be a thought, an observation or impression, song lyrics, or whatever I feel like writing.

I was relieved, because otherwise I might have a lot of blank squares in my journal!

And I’ve started the February page. Hopefully it will be done before February starts!

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So how does 2011 stack up? Not as wonderful as I was expecting, but I keep high hopes, and I am willing to give 2012 everything I’ve got.

Here were my favorite occasions:

1. Celebrating my 40th birthday with my family at one of my favorite restaurants, Fountainside.
2. My niece Gwen’s 5th birthday party.
3. Our anniversary dinner at Augusto’s – delicious!
4. My son Julian’s 20th birthday dinner at another favorite restaurant, Maggio’s.
5. Camping at Black Moshannon with my dad’s and stepmother’s families.
6. My daughter Lily’s 5th birthday party at Bounce U.
7. Lily’s graduation from pre-school.
8. My cousin Carla’s wedding (to husband Curt).
9. Going to Dutch Wonderland with our brother-in-law Ed and niece Gwen.
10. Staying at my dad and stepmom’s cabin in Dushore, and checking out the Dushore Days festivities.
11. Attending the Bezel Boot Camp class, taught by Kim St Jean, at Bead Fest.
12. Our mini vacation in Ocean City MD.
13. Lily starting kindergarten.
14. Thanksgiving – one of my favorite holidays.
15. Seeing Tori at the Academy of Music.
16. Winning the Cornerstone award at work.
17. My brother-in-law Darren’s cd release party, and the dinner that I treated Marc to at Chifa beforehand, to celebrate his birthday.
18. Christmas – my favorite holiday.
19. Celebrating my nephew Owen’s first birthday.

And so here we are. It would seem that 2011 was pretty good then. And 2012? I am still working on putting together my goals, but I expect great things to happen, for all of my family and myself. I can’t wait to see what the days hold!

Wishing you a very happy New Year!


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