mardi 30 septembre 2014

July Project Life pages

Yes! I managed to finish these pages last week. Here is our month of July. First let's start with the cover page of my second 2014 album. All of the maps are so fitting for our return home to Canada.

This spread has my new favorite color combo : black, white and that coral/peach. Love it. July 11th to 13th : this was just a half week, but oh so full of being reunited with friends!

July 14th to 20th. This was the start of our vacation. Before leaving for Gaspé (a 12 hour drive), we went to our new home in Gatineau (a four hour round trip from Montreal) to set up some of our things. So, lots of road trip pics! That warranted a little insert to showcase them all.

And then some views of our days in Gaspé. I love the page on the right so much. It's a good overview of our vacation : beach, love, good food, good friends.

July 21 to 27: this week is on six pages because we did so many cool things while we were in my hubby's family. The day spent at his uncle's farm was a highlight, especially for the kids. And I fell in love with a cow with a heart on her brow and with a kitten that I wanted to bring home.

The following Thursday, we tried to go camping but were completely rained out. At least we got to throw rocks in the sea before it happened.

The last part of the week was spent seeing friends again and playing outdoors.

And suddenly, it was time to go to Montreal for the second half of our vacation. We cut the return trip in two by stopping in an inn halfway. These pages (especially on the right) have my second new favorite color scheme : turquoise, orange and black. LOVE!

Happy to be done and moving on to August.

samedi 27 septembre 2014

Inspiration blog hop - answering questions about my creative process

Last week, my lovely friend Lauren asked me if I'd like to participate in an inspiration blog hop. Of course I said yes and was thrilled that she thought to include my blog. Basically, it's a chance for me to explain my process and to point out some others who inspire me. So here goes :

1. what are you currently working on?

I always have three or four ongoing projects. Right now, those include my Project Life album (catching up on this summer), 30 Days of Lists (I've participated in the last 5 rounds), my Autumn Get Messy journal and my everyday Moleskine art journal.

Here are a few of my recently completed art journals :

2. how does your work differ from others?

I don't know. This is a tough question, because everyone works so differently or comes from a different starting point and is going to a different place. I can only say that my style has evolved so much. I started art journaling regularly in 2012. I've gone through many styles just from trying out new techniques.

But the basics I've always returned to are paper, scissors, glue and journaling. They are the constant in my pages now. I'll add some vintage elements, acrylic paint, sewing or sequins, but these materials are not my base.

I'd say my work is definitely still evolving and that is the great thing about art jounraling: it is fluid and you can grow and explore, push your limits through this medium. Love that.

3. why do you create?

Because I have to. If I don't, I'll explode or implode. Either way, it has to come out and I'd rather it be on paper.
I create because I have something to say about something that is happening to me or in the world.

I create to make sense of it all or to come to terms with the fact that it makes no sense.

4. what is your process?

My process varies slightly according to what I'm working on/in. I have my everyday Moleskine art journal. This one is like a diary where I can put down my thoughts or whatever is on my mind at the time.

My process is very organic for that one : 1-have a thought about something, 2-look for the best way to express that thought, 3-art it out.

I also love to make themed art journals. These journals tell a specific story (inspired by Kara Haupt's classes).  In this case, I will pull out some specific elements that I'll want to put in that specific journal - kind of like making a scrapbooking kit.

I like the fact that by limiting the ypes of ephemera used, you can get a cohesive look and that helps the story to be told.

It helps me not to get distracted by 'pretty' and tell the hard things too.

Basically, using Mary Ann Moss's analogy: I follow the bright shiny ball and see where it leads me.
Well, there you have it. Thanks you for taking a peek into my creative world.
I'll send you over to three amazing and inspiring people. These are Mary Ann Moss, her blog is my favorite ever and she is a wonderful artist. Her friend Pam Garrison is also an amazing inspiring woman. Both of these lovely ladies, like me, always have many fires burning bright. And finally, a project close to my heart, by Kara Haupt who is a super inspiring woman and who has been developing her Babe Vibes website which is fantastic.
So go check these out and enjoy! Thank you so so much Lauren for giving me this chance :)

jeudi 25 septembre 2014

Get Messy || 14 and a prompt reveal!

Hey hey heeeeyyy! Today I'm really excited to show my pages because we are revealing our take on the prompt for September. Here's a reminder of the prompt itself :

Journaling Challenge: Live your adventurous dreams on paper. What would you love to do, or at least try, if you had the courage to live more adventurously? I would, for example, like to live on a houseboat or a train wagon.

Art Challenge: Try a method or material you’ve never worked with before. Be adventurous!

I knew what my dream adventure would be, but I was really stumped by the second part of the prompt, the actual 'art challenge' part. I do try to master new techniques and try new things, but it's a fact that I always return to my paper, glue and scissors.

Then I saw this image on my Pinterest feed with the caption 'embroidered teabags' :

image by Kim Carter

I visited her site and fell in awe! in love! in wanting to embroider tea bags too! I love the texture that the teabags give to her pages. So here is my take on the prompt, using this technique and my sewing machine :

 In 2013, I went to visit my friend Jen Buck in the south of France. She and her husband Didier own and exploit a little winery called Colline de l'hirondelle. It was an amazing experience, a few days spent in a tiny French village called Douzens, where the streets are just wide enough for one car at a time, the sunlight is golden, you can swim in the river and stop by the market on the way back and the food is organic and tastes the way it should. Take a look :


I mean, really, how amazing does that look? Three days was not enough. It was such a treat to spend some time there after the craziness of Hong Kong. I would love living like that.

Back to the prompt : I chose two pages in my Autumn journal and placed the tea bags (for the record, these are used mint tea bags) on the pages without gluing them down.
I stitched the bags down with Marie-Antoinette my trusty sewing machine. Some of these stitch settings I had never used before so that was also part of the exploration. Because of the construction of the jornal, some place were hard for me to stitch in. For example, that stumped stem on the right.

I wanted to give an organic feel to the page by stitch drawing some grass and tall stems. I was going to try and draw flowers on the tea bags, but I ended up prefering not to do so. I love the look of the different colored thread.

I love the way the edges of the tea bags curl up, they add really great texture. I never would have tried this if it wasn't for the prompt.

I was going to write out my title with stitching, but I wasn't able to move my journal easily, so the 'I' became a kind of weird sun shape!

I LOVE the backside of the pages and the raw thread at the bottom.

Of course, sequins for the magic of that place and that memory.

Lost in the details...

Please go ahead and check out my lovely friend Jen's blog. It's bilingual and you'll be introduced to some fine, organic wine. Tell her I sent you :)

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.

lundi 22 septembre 2014

30 Days of Lists || week 3

Here are my lists for week 3. Still loving the color scheme from the papers I chose this round.

The 'Cozy back' card is by Life Love Paper.

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