jeudi 31 juillet 2014

Get Messy || 06 and a prompt!

 

This is it : our forst prompt post. And it's a good one....You're invited to join the party!
 
 
This is my take on the prompt. As soon as I saw that great glittering net thing-y, I knew I could work it in to my prompt page. I love everything about the night sky (something I strongly missed in Hong Kong) and just brought all of these elements together on this page.
 
 
I cut the letters out of dark blue cardstock and put them on this lovely vellum from the Atlantic line by Studio Calico.
 
 
It got these beatiful stamps on a package from Japan. I knew I would use them someday.
 
 
How fun would this be?



This week was also very full in my From Here to There album. Here are my other pages. A visit to the farm:


Eating meat and vegetables from the farm is quite a tasty experience. Makes you think about additives and how they change the flavor of food.


That cow with the heart on its brow is my favorite. And the piglets tried to eat my toes!
 

A spread about my love and I and the partnership we share.


'Long days and pleasant nights' is from my favorite book series, The Dark Tower by Stephen King. I find it fits so well with the spirit of summer.
 

I am very grateful for my husband's support and his love.
 
 
A hommage to being outside, even if it's only on the porch.



I wanted the Mason jars be the common threads in the layouts.
 

After visiting so many aunts, uncles and family friends, I got to thinking about interiors. How they are set up, how they reflect the past or are very avant-garde. In this case, the past is very much alive in the places we visited.


I wanted this one to reflect the feel of these houses. Vintage. Muted.
 

Again with the Mason jars, this time with preserves, all lined-up in the pantry.
 

 Thanks for coming to my party! I hope you had a good time. Make sure you keep some energy to go visit all of the other parties happening 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 practise 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.

jeudi 24 juillet 2014

Get Messy || 05


We are still in full-on vacation mode. And what an amazing vacation too. We've been to so many different types of environments (beach, forest, farm, city) and it's been a pleasure documenting it all in my From Here to There album.
 

This is a quote I know Caylee will appreciate!

 
 
This forest walk was so cool for us. Imagine my kids -who have not had much exposure to nature- in awe of the surrounding trees and forest noises.


For the next spread, I wanted to document revisiting the beach where we got married. Just off a quaint village there is a huge rock with an arch in it. It is called Percé Rock and it is quite a sight to see. If you follow me on instagram, you've seen it creep up on my feed. It's beautiful and that place is even more magical to me now.


The paper on the left is from the Wildflower collection and is one of my favorites ever. I left it as is. For the right side, I used a vintage postcard of Percé Rock (this was actually our reply postcards for the wedding). You can't see the arch in the rock from this angle, but you can see how huge it is.


I have been using up every last piece of this gold flocked tissue paper. I love it.
 
 
I also added a vintage picture (from the 20s) of children on the beach. 

 
Our guests (and us) collected so many rocks and sea glass while the wedding was happening. I did the same this time around and made myself a miniature beach to add to my album. I put some sea glass, rocks, sand and a feather in a cut off piece of a 4 x 6 page protector and hand-stitched it closed. I quickly learned that sand goes through hand-stitching! So I added some washi tape to better seal it. I'm not sure yet how I'll add it in to my album.


 
I love moving everything around and creating new mini-beaches.

 
This last spread was all about my love for the seaside and what the ocean means to me.


On the left I use a whole bunch of Instax photos from a recent outing. I arranged them in a grid pattern. Underneath, I scrunched up some white thread and glued the pictures on top. The white thread being a metaphore for some underlying issues.
 

 
If you are like me, you have about 15 000 pictures of the sea, of the waves, of the surf. I love seeing them and remembering the sound of the waves crashing.  These particular waves are from the Indian Ocean. I took these pictures when we were in South Africa for my father's passing. We put his ashes into the sea. I have always felt a special relationship with the ocean, I give a lot to it and it gives me a lot in return. I have the utmost respect for it and it has always given me treasures to cherish like sea glass, porcelain, shells. I feel that this special relationship is even deeper now that my father is there.
 
For this page, I simply cut out the letters from two of these pictures.The words are adapted from a song quoted by Lexie Bridges on her blog.


Thank you for looking. I hope you are all enjoying the present moment, wherever you are.

PS: My album is too thick, I have to take out the pages to photograph them properly!

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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 practise 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.

mercredi 23 juillet 2014

Recent art journaling pages

Here are some recent pages in my Moleskine art journal. This is where most of my emotions run rampant. Where I confide my fears and worries. Where I can be bitchy if I want to and self-pitying too. It's one of my favorite places to be even when what I put in there is sad or hard or troubling. I always feel so much better after.
 


 
I have alluded to a recent friendship breakup. This has been gnawing away at me for the last few weeks (hence the emotional eating seen above heh heh). So I decided to help myself and take action instead of letting that person hurt me all the time. I redacted the writing because it is a little too personal.


But how incredible is this stitching? It's by an artist who embroiders these portraits. I found this image in the in-flight magazine and I regret not taking note of the artist's name.

 



Tomorrow I'll be sharing pages from my From Here to There album for Get Messy. In that journal, I document our wonderful summer and transition from Hong Kong to Canada. No darkness or angst in there, just love and light.

dimanche 20 juillet 2014

Recent Summer of Love pages

I've been working on a few projects while on the road. One of these is my Summer of Love journal, which is small enough to sit on my lap in the car. Since we were driving from Montréal to Gaspé - a 10 hour drive - I wanted to document my love for road trips in this journal. Road trips have always been part of my summers, whether it's going to Maine with my parents or heading out to see family with my own children. I love taking pictures of the open road, I love road trip food and the perfect kitchyness of many of the road stops we go to. This page definitely is about the freedom Ifeel on the road.
 

One of the prompts in the Summer of Love class is 'what do you dislike about summer?' Here is my answer! For this page I used images from a vintage children's book (Poucette) and some vintage ephemera. Quick and easy.
 

This page is directly inspired by my mother-in-law's garden. Seeing my children run around in it, smelling and trying to pick the flowers; their naked joy at being outside in a non-polluted environment, makes me absolutely happy. So this page has an overabundance of flowers and leaves and I love it.
 

Off again to enjoy the summer! See you soon :)

jeudi 17 juillet 2014

Get Messy || 04


Hello lovelies, welcome to my first installment of Get Messy from Canada :)
 
These two pages were made during a jetlag haze, in Montreal, my home town.
 

For this first page I wanted to go tone-on-tone. The wording helped me choose the color. Montreal is the place I call home. I so wish we were moving back here (and not Ottawa)!
 
 
Trying to show the golden hues...
 

Since I'm so happy to be in my city, I wanted to have this page reflect the burst of joy I am feeling. The paper strips were meant to look like a sunburst. Although you can't tell...from how I placed them.
 

On to these next pages, done in the car during our 10 hour road trip from Montreal to Gaspé where my husband is from.


Coming home is coming home to people who know and love you. My friends are my chosen family and I've missed them so much. Each of us has been through a lot in the last four years and I am so glad to still connect with them.
 



Just like my Get Messy namesake, Vanessa Perry, I am also smitten by the song from the Fault in Our Stars. I thought it fit in nicely with being reunited with my peeps.
 

The backside of this page protector holds a card to document the beautiful July super moon. On the bottom one, I documented stepping into our new house (not yet a home)! We went from Montreal to Gatineau (our new city) to receive all our things that have been locked in storage for the last four years.


And finally, a collage for my love of the open road.
 

Ten hours in the car is quite a road trip, especially with two kids. Regardless, we always have a great time and you can be sure that road trip snacks are definitely part of the reason that things go so well...


Thank you so much for taking a look.


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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 practise 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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