Art Party Friday: Art Journaling in your Bible

Aloha!!

Today I 11707563_694350685178_6892890875263353675_nhave a video post over on The Crafty Maven Getaway YT Channel. I am really excited because it is my first Art Party Friday post. Since I love using anything media on a layout you would think it would
be a piece of cake?!! Nope! I think that part of my problem was I wanted it to be perfect, and art journaling is more about theIMG_1722 process. The process of learning and playing. I also wanted todo it on a 12×12 piece of paper. Which could have worked, actually it does work, it’s just all that I put on it. There is this fine line to adding to much stuff on your background, and I am still learning that art.

Even though my layout, let’s call it that, because I used a photo on it too. The picture went perfect for the Bible verse I wanted to use as the journaling part (Proverbs 8:27-30). If I have to honest I think this is really where the layout/art journal page took that turn for me. I love the way watercolor fonts look, and that what I tried to do. I wasn’t feeling my paint brush tonight. It didn’t want to stay pointIMG_2651y, and I think this is key for a nice looking watercolor brush font.

I also think I should have picked a better color. I used a black, blue and grey types of colors, but the blue blended in to much with the background. It was very similar to the background colors.

Talking about the background, why don’t I talk a minute about that. I love how a lot of that turned IMG_2652out. I layered some colored cardstock on the bottom, in colors that reminded me of sand and the ocean. After I gesso’d them, I used some gelatos to highlight a few areas. I find I like to do this on art journal pages. It just helps add to the layers of colors and patterns. I used a stencil with colors that mimicked sand first.  Then I used a swirl stencil in teal and blue. It reminds me of waves so this was perfect. I also have a 12×12 stencil that has dots, splats and some other random stuff on it together. It is my favorite stencil!! The splatIMG_2647ters reminded me of the spray of water in my photo. I tried to use more blue acrylic paint with this stencil. I may have went a little crazy with this stencil too. But It really does look like the water is spraying up on the paper above the photo.

The photo is a picture I took just about 8 years ago when my husband and I came to Hawaii on our Honeymoon. It is a place could blowhole, basically it is where old lava fell into the IMG_2644ocean a long time ago and the air bubbles cause tunnels for the surf to come up from especially during high tide. The water sprays out into the air. It is so cool and it is awesome to see just how powerful the ocean can be! Nature is awesome!!
This photo reminded of that verse I shared at the beginning of my blog. I will talk about that more later, but first let’s finish talk about my page.
At this point in my page making process I was feeling like mIMG_2643y page was starting to look dark, and as dark as my photo looked, I really wanted a light and bright look to my page, and I wasn’t getting that. So I added some white paint on the edges and the edges of the cardstock holding my photo. I also then thought maybe some yellow would help, that was a mistake!! It ended up mak
ing my page feel more antique looking than bright and sunny. I think I should have left that out. I have learned my lesson. So to cover this mistake up I added some white texture paste in some spots. Maybe it helped maybe not, it didn’t make it worse.

I added a pattern paper behind the cardstock and picture. The Dear Lizzy Documentary Black, white and grey really makes the photo pop. This redeems my page a little.

Not every art journal page will be our favorites, and seeing that I havIMG_2653e only made
a few, in much smaller scales I am quite happy with my page. Plus I was able to add some shells we have collected from our beach trips to the page, and that looks cool.

Really the thing that I love is that, doing this page forced me to think about why I wasn’t doing this in my Bible in the first place!! This journey this page took me on brought me closer to facing my fears in art. I was afraid to journal in my Bible. I didn’t want to ruin my beloved Bible. LOL!! I am laughing at this. If you know me at all it may seem so silly. I am not afraid, of much. And to be afraid of a bible is even more crazy. Ruining one page in my Bible will not make me a bad christian or make God love me less. I won’t hIMG_2639ate me less, well maybe for a second, but then I will get over it. So what was I waiting for???
About half way through this layout, I pulled out my nice study bible, because it has great bargains, and my name all pretty on the cover. My Hubby bought it for me our first christmas married, with my new name! My husband went to college to be a pastor and he and I share a love for studying different versions of the bible, so this was special and fun. Through the years of our marriage the Lord has shown me many amazing scriptures in this Bible, so really it is fitting that I use it to do art journaling in.

I grab my gesso and acrylic paint and went into no mans land! Actually it was so liberating using my products on my Bible. I used a couple of stencils on the side, in the colors (minus the sand color) that I used on my big page. I totally love the way it turned out!! I mean WOW!

Now that it is all finished I wished I had taped this process and used this instead of my bigger page, but really that would be dishonest. It would me not sharing the journey I took to get this diamond. In the end it is the journey we take on our art journal pages that matters not the end result. Yes I love when it looks amazing the first time, or comes so easily, but it’s when we have to try and work hard that we grow IMG_2641and learn.
I added a little texture paste to help keep it light, I wanted my bible journal to mirror what I tried to accomplish on my big page. And the stencil looks like water spray anyway!! Like I said it went with the verses I was wanting to highlight. I love how God explains how he knew who we were gonna be like before we were born, that he cared for us and brought us with him, when he created the earth and seas. How we were at his side being his craftsman in this amazing world he created for us to enjoy.

These words just resonate with me right now. Coming to Hawaii as a young child of 7/8 it really impacted my life. I fell in love with this paradise. But I never expected to really come back. And I love how God has orchestrated things soIMG_2637 that I could come back here and enjoy it as an adult. When we found out we were moving here just about 3 years ago, I was teaching a ladies bible study and
I remember God telling me he was allowing us to come here, because I would have never asked, and he knew my
heart. Like WOW!!

Yes, coming here has been bittersweet with my daughter getting cancer right before coming but I think Satan knew what this place meant to me and he tries to steal and destroy the things we love. But I never let him take my joy, and these verses remind me of that and God has made me his craftsman.

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I know I have gotten really personal, but I feel like in order to share my work my stories are part of the things I create. I am a crafts man or better said a woman!! My stories are what make me me and part of the reason I chose what I do creatively.

I am really glad I took that scary leap of journaling in my Bible. It really is what I love about this crafting session. I now plan on doing more art journaling in my bible too. I may make some pages I don’t care for but if I am focusing on the journey and the words I will love it more anyway and learn.

I am writing this blog as my video is getting ready to upload, the pre uploading stage.  When it is ready and up on the Crafty Maven Getaway YT Channel I will link that video here so you can see my processIMG_2636

I hope this weekend you crafters take that leap you have been afraid to take!! Remember sometimes we make it worse by overthinking things and so
metimes when you actually leap you don’t fall!!

If you do something crafty this weekend and want to share it I would love to see what you create!! I am only Facebook and instagram, my links are in the about me section. Here is the link to The Crafty Maven Getaway Destination group I created for the YT Channel too, which I am a big part of.

Until next time, have an inspired weekend!!!

Hannah

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August Clique Kits Pep Rally


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Aloha Scrappers!!! Welcome to my scrappy place!! I am taking part again in the Clique Kits Pep Rally. A bunch of us blog and post some of what we made with our August Ambrosia Kit using the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss collection. If you followed the  list I should be the last post you are seeing today!!! If not you can stop back at the Clique Kits Blog and go through the rest of the line up or stroll to tIMG_2507he bottom and go through the list down below!!

I love the summery and fresh colors from this collection. It is perfect for someone living in a warm place all year long!! But I also love how versatile this kit and collection is too. The layout I will be sharing with you today is some leftover photos I had from my brothers wedding last August. It was nice reliving that beautiful, even though it was hot, day bringing two families together.

I used a professional picture that my brother and sister in law give me of the wedding party and paired it with some random photos I took of things from around the wedding. The wedding was decorated to have a country flare but very romantic, with hanging glowing lights and pretty flowers matching the bridesmaids yellow dresses.

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I loved all the country touches of the lemonade stand and classic and simple white vases for holding the drinking water. Our custom mason jar cups were a fun touch too. The orchards where the wedding venue was held also held a romantic and country charm. I wanted to capture this all with my layout.

The citrus theme of the collection added a nice place to start. The thing I loved though the yellows and grays of this collection were the perfect balance of brightness and softness. It was perfect for wedding photos. I love how I could scrap a wedding and not feel over the top wedding but also tie in the lemonade theme from my photos.

I started with blue acrylic paint mixed in with some white pearlized paint. I used a wide paintbrush so I would get bigger brush strokes on the page. I added hints of yellow watercolor to the corners to tone down the dark blue but also so I could tie the yellow in the photos and in the papers together.

IMG_2570I layered a few of the neutral grey papers and a little yellow behind
the main photo of the wedding party at the head table. I also used a piece of vellum from the Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy Collection from my stash as a layer. I gold foiled squares picks up of the yellows and was perfect!!

I had smaller photos from around the wedding venue that I lined up uneven under the main photo. I used that amazing lemon slice paper under the small photos. It was perfect. I love how busy it is so it draws your eye into the group of small photos. If I would have changed anything on my layout, I would have maybe made my small photos a little lighter. The dIMG_2510arkness of them looks fine on the light yellow patterned paper, but I feel they make the venue feel a little darker than it really was during the day. Streams of golden sunlight shined in through the trees and it was magical.

I used as many of the lemon themed embellishments as I thought could work. Plus I figured I wouldn’t have too many places where I needed them. The wood veneer, add on from the collection were perfect on this page. I love that texture the wood gives but it tied really nice nice with the country feel of the photos.

At the bottom I added a cluster with pieces of paper from the top half of the layout. It was a nice place to add more wood and embellishments, I like really the acetate lemonade cup! I thoIMG_2508ught I might want to journal in one of the circles, but later decided I needed more space so I journaled on the right bottom side of the layout with a blue journaling marker.

I finished off the layout with a few puffy stickers, the Pink Fresh Studios  IMG_2448button beads, and dark blue mist. I didn’t add a title because the Perfect Day wood veneer was just the right touch for the layout title.

Thanks for stoping by and taking a look at my layout!! I hope I inspired you to use a collection in a different way then maybe they intended. I love the way this way of thinking looks in my albums.

Make sure you have checked out all the talented ladies sharing in this Blog Hop, I love seeing what everyone created with their kits and it gives me more inspiration to use up the last bits of my kit too!!

Until next time, Aloha!!!

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August 2015 Line-Up
Clique Kits https://cliquekits.wordpress.com/
Gia http://www.giaaloha.wordpress.com

Erica http://ericarosecreates.blogspot.com/
Sophie* https://colorsgalore.wordpress.com/
Sandy G.* http://www.thepinkcamera.com/
Megan www.craftymeggy.com
Emma Pescott http://emslifedocumented.blogspot.co.nz/
Mariah www.fun2scrap.blogspot.com
Cassandra* http://www.thescrapperinme.blogspot.sg/
Donna* http://scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Aliza* http://peopleofthescrapbook.blogspot.com/
Kim Allen Kimsscrappyblog.blogspot.com
Tyra http://justtyra.com/
Karrie cookedupbykarrie.blogspot.com
Evi ortes http://lifewithevi.blogspot.com/
<<<  Hannah https://scrapbookpagesandcupcakes.wordpress.com/  >>>>>>  (ME)

**There is a link for the Company that took the pictures for my brothers wedding. I wanted to make sure I gave credit to the amazing photographer who took that photo.

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Scraplifting: Shopping @ Swap Meet

Aloha Scrappers!!!   I have been super thrilled at the response from the YT channel that I started this month, The Crafty Maven Getaway. I love seeing all the layouts that scrappers are creating based on the inspiration pieces and from watching the videos on the channel. It really makes up for all the hard and fun work I have been putting into the Channel and all the other aspects that go into building a YT Channel. I can’t believe how much I have learned and all the inspiration I am getting from the viewers!!

Susan Brochu, a fellow scrapbooker and blogger, her blog is so happy1www.littlethingsbigdays.blogspot.com, has shared several layouts that are so inspiring. Her first layout from the first week’s inspiration piece, just screamed out to me to bescrap lifted!! I loved having a chance to use this inspiration piece too. I am loving the pineapple craze, and i recently started using lots of pops of black and white, am love the way that looks.

I had been playing around with watercolors earlier that day and writing with watercolors. The big I designed was cute but I thought it was kinda busy to use the whole 12×12 sheet as a background. When I seen the striped section on Susan’s layout it made me think about that sheet I just watercolored. There was dots and the word Smile across the paper that mimickeIMG_2236d the striped paper. I love how this totally happened by accident!! A Happy Accident!!

Because the paper I designed was on white cardstock I really wanted the rest of the 12×12 to have a pattern on it, or at least color. I ended end picking a light aqua/teal colored striped paper to follow the direction pattern, this paper was from the Dear Lizzy Fine and Dandy collection.

With the thought that the pillows have lots of different patterns I wanted t mimIMG_2238ic that with the layers under my photo. I love layers and even though Susan only used a couple of layers I wanted to stay true to my style, and I used 4 layers behind my photo, which is printed at about 4×4. I used some plain pink cardstock for a neutral color and pattern. I also used pineapple paper from webster’s pages. a fun and fresh black and white dot from Seven paper from Studio Calico. and a water print from the Poolside Collection.

I used the SevenIMG_2235 paper to make photo corners, I used the corners on all the corners. Susan just used two, but I felt like it needed corners on all sides to draw your eye in toward the photo and the middle of the layout.

The original Layout had a cluster of godies under the left side of the photo, I started there with word strips in matching colors, I then thought it needed a few strips at the top to help balance it. I added a few chipboard pieces that matched the theme IMG_2233of the photo. Which was shopping on vacation with my mother. We went to the Aloha Stadium to the Sway Meet. It was hot and sunny. To refresh ourselves we got a local coconut to drink and shaved ice for the kids. What doesn’t go wrong with shopping and ice cold tropical drinks!! I love going to the swap meet to find cool local foods and little goodies, like necklaces and jewelry. I finished with enamel dots and thought it looked finished. I made sure I added a short title at the bottom, just describing the photo,I felt like this was enough and not to journal.

This was fun toIMG_2232 create. I love being inspired by others and taking a concept they have and making it my own!! I hope that i have inspired you to pull out your favorite layout by another scrapper and make it your own!!

Hope everyone has an inspired weekend!!

Aloha, Until next time!! Hannah IMG_2211

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