If you're interested in the studio project, my never-ending creative to do list, and the little guy, I hope that you'll continue to follow along with me here or on Facebook and Bloglovin'.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
-Thomas Merton


You're Invited to a Housewarming Party

I'm moving.

I've always wanted to own my own home - both literally and figuratively. We've, of course, already managed to accomplish this in the literal sense. Figuratively, though, I was still "renting" my online space and I thought it was due time to make a change.

If you're interested in the studio project, my never-ending creative to do list, and the little guy - going forward, this will be the place to find all of that and more. I hope that you'll continue to follow along with me there.

The most recent update on the studio project has already been posted over there and I'll definitely make it a point to put together a post sometime in the next few weeks explaining why I made the switch.

If you want to make sure that you definitely don't miss anything, you can also follow along with The Keeper of the Memories on Facebook and Bloglovin'.

Have a great week!


studio sunday - to change or not to change...

I thought it'd be fun to do a sort of process post as i worked through a page.  

I love ink and mist - love them! I use them on, more or less, every page... I started this page by pulling a piece of white grid patterned paper and using stencils w/ distress inks - the colors I used were worn lipstick and salty ocean.

I splattered a couple of color shines - primrose and teal. I really have no rhyme or reason with this type of thing - I literally just splatter it. wherever it ends up is fine with me.

these are the patterned papers I pulled for layering - love these colors!

I also grabbed a heidi swapp memory file. i'm going to write my journaling inside of it...

and then, it was time to layer up the patterned paper... I've gotten to the point in my scrapbooking where I try really hard not to let my perfectionism slow me down. I literally pick up each piece, ink the edges, and slap it down.

after all of my paper elements are added, I tend to splatter a bit of black color shine and ink around the edges of the page as a whole... gotta add just a touch of grunge to all my pink and blue, right? lol...

after that, it was all about finishing touches. I added the title... I didn't want to stitch the memory file closed, so I pulled the layered papers and photo and stitched just those elements. I added a bit of washi.. and, really, the only actual embellishments were a few veneers and buttons.

I love this page - I love everything about it, but especially the colors! this is definitely a color combination - pink and teal - that i'll use again.


so, curious what the story behind this page is and what the journaling might say?

change: (v.) to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone

my one little word for 2014... there's certainly going to be a lot of that next year, isn't there?

there's going to be a little one. my life will no longer revolve around me - around us - around work and scrapbooking. there'll be another little human being whose needs and desires will have to come first - before ours.

in the meantime, i'm going to have to live a healthier lifestyle. i'm not entirely sure what that means quite yet, but i'm working on figuring it out.

I need to start learning how to cook - maybe, even plant a garden in the spring. I need to plan meals ahead of time and shop accordingly. no more stopping somewhere and grabbing something quick to eat because it's easy.

I need to start exercising - walking, maybe... maybe, even yoga. something relatively low-intensity. I already went out and bought a pair of tennis shoes. I also bought several pair of yoga pants - more because they're comfortable, though, than anything else.

I want to make sure I document as much as possible. i don't want to forget a single thing. i want to blog about it - not because i necessarily feel that i'm an authority on any of these subjects - far from it, actually - but because you know what they say, "life is a journey..." and i want to enjoy every moment of it.

i want to remember everything.


have a great weekend!


studio sunday - studio calico december daily kit/our christmas story album

got my studio calico december daily kit and magical 12x12 paper pad in the mail this week... since it seems like all I do these days is sleep, I just got around to opening it up and making the first page tonight.

the album is going to be a 12x12 wrmk kiwi album filled w/ christmas stories - some from our childhoods and some from the last several years that we've been together...


I couldn't even begin to tell you everything I used on this page. the background is tim holtz distress ink and heidi swapp color shine. that's the only problem when you start mixing multiple lines and adding vintage ephemera - you lose track really quickly. lol... if you have any specific questions, definitely leave me a comment and i'll do my best to get you an answer.

don't forget to take the time to capture all of your christmas stories.

have a great week!


studio sunday - journal in a jar

i spent some time today putting together what i'm going to call a journal in a jar.

it's a jar full of art journaling-related things on pieces of paper, ranging from colors to techniques to products.

if you're interested in knowing what all made it into the jar, here's the list:

colors: monochromatic, white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, blue, purple, tan, brown, black, gray, clear
geometry: circles, squares, triangles, diamonds, hearts, arrows, hexagons, chevrons, grid
surfaces: song lyrics, poetry, old envelope, handwritten note, book paper, sheet music, tissue paper/sewing pattern, tags, tickets, fabric, patterned paper, vellum, graph paper, canvas, washi tape, confetti, sequins, micro beads
ribbon, fiber, thread, baker's twine
texture: brayer, sponge, cheese cloth, bubble wrap, shelf liner, punchinella, doilies, roller stamps, foam stamps, rubons
techniques: resist, collage, ephemera, stamping, doodling, masking, stenciling, paper piecing, mosaic, handmade mask/stencil, handmade stamp, heat embossing, dry embossing, hand lettering, handwriting, finger painting, batik, photo tinting, image transfer, gesso etching, machine stitching, hand stitching
products: spray ink, acrylic paint, alcohol inks, pens, pan pastels, modeling paste, glass beads, mod podge, india inks, crackle paint, heavy body acrylic, clear embossing powder, utee, perfect pearls, chalks, watercolors, stickles, glitter, crayons, bleach, distress inks, distress stains

wow! what a list!

here's the finished journal in a jar:

i have no idea where this little jar originally came from, but i loved the lid, so... the tag was made on kraft with dylusions ink spray and glimmer mists, bombay inks, watercolors, and thickers. i also used a few of my favorite stamps for the background. i tied the tag to the lid with fibers and baker's twine.

such a cute little project - love it! i'm going to use it for the art journaling challenge on two peas and for days when i need just a little inspiration...

where do you get inspiration from? leave me a comment and let me know.

happy sunday!


when life hands you lemons... oh, and a bit of retail therapy

i haven't really been writing/making art much lately - it's just that, well... you know what they say - when life hands you lemons, make lemonade... but, what are you supposed to do when life deals you a crap hand?
under most circumstances, i can fake it... i can put a smile on my face and roll with the punches, but lately? well, lately, i just don't feel like it. i don't feel like faking it and i definitely don't feel like putting a smile on my face and rolling with the punches.

i just keep telling myself over and over again that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," but i'm still having a really hard time believing it...

at any rate, i did manage to talk myself into doing some shopping this week - a little bit of retail therapy is always good for one's disposition, right?

pat catan's is smack in the middle of work and one of my doctor's offices - probably not a good thing, but hey...

got an art journaling magazine, water brushes, a mini smash book, some inktense pencils and aquatone crayons, a few bottles of mr. huey's, and a few rolls of washi.

i'm thinking about using the mini smash book as a sort of gratitiude journal - a collection of things that i'm thankful for and that make me happy - something along those lines...

also, got my scarlet lime mixed media kit in the mail...

i don't recall seeing the video up on christy's site yet this month, so i have no idea what the project is, but it looks interesting.

oh, and i posted not too long ago about my studio being completely finished, so i just thought i'd share a quick picture of our bedroom completely finished as well...

there are two steelers blankets somewhere around this house - once i find them, i'm going to put one on my chair and one on the bed - i'm really not into the mixed animal print. it kind of clashes...

well, that's all for today. hopefully, i can manage to get something creative done sometime soon, but in the meantime, happy sunday!

thanks for stopping by!


studio sunday

saturday, after work, i stopped at staples and picked up a few of the martha stewart 5.5x8.5 binders - i'm planning on putting my art journal pages in them - just need to find page protectors for them. because i'm left-handed, i have a helluva time working in bound books. i also stopped at micheal's - ended up getting a few 9x12 paper pads because they were buy one, get one. i've been trimming 9x12 sheets down to 2-5.5x8.5 sheets for art journal pages. the paper pads i got this time were from canson - two of them were their watercolor paper - i'm sort of frustrated w/ the canvas texture the strathmore paper pads i was using had. they never seemed to give me clear stamped images.

instead of art journaling today, i spent some time catching up my plife. all of the pictures are printed for the first four weeks and put in their respective places. right now, i'm working on week five. i still have to add the memorabilia from the last two or three weeks - talk about chaos! lol... i will, one way or another, get this project caught up and keep it caught up.

i spent a little bit of time working on move more, eat well.

i also started working on a scrapbook page, art journal-style...

i absolutely love this background - the stencil is from the crafter's workshop - 12x12 chicken wire. i'm in love with quite a few of the crafter's workshop stencils at this point.

i'm planning on finishing this up and posting it within the next few days...

hope everyone else had a productive sunday as well!


studio (2012).

once a year, i post pictures of my current studio - in the last several years, the space itself hasn't changed much - just a slightly rearranged version of the prior year...

these first two pics are the room as a whole - it's incredibly narrow - about 8x10.

this is a picture of the closet - it's the "holding space" for "overflow" - blank canvases/paper/project kits/blank journals and a whole-lotta other stuff. i used a binder ring to hang my masks/stencils on the handle.

the next picture is of the shelf to the left of my desk - there's one of these black wire shelves on each side of my desk. all of my supplies are organized into baskets on these shelves... on this shelf (from left to right, then top to bottom), are rubber stamps, acrylic stamps, embossing supplies, claudine hellmuth paints and paint dabbers, india inks and alcohol inks, basic acrylics and heavy body acrylics, mini-albums, gessos and gel mediums, fabric, completed projects, and supplies for specific projects.
next, is my desk - ofcourse, my sewing machine and laptop have a home on my desk as well as smaller baskets that hold my most-used stamps (christy tomlinson and tim holtz) and pens and pencils - that was actually a recent change because i was getting tired of getting them out/putting them away all the time.
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studio (2012). continued...

the other shelf on the right side of my desk (from left to right, then top to bottom) holds punches, mixed media texture supplies, ink pads, pan pastels and perfect pearls, miscellaneous art mediums, stickles and shiva paintsticks, tools (crop-a-dile, corner chomper, tiny attacher, etc.), adhesives, chipboard, and supplies (baby wipes, paper towels, wax paper, etc.).

the tool box is full of metal stamping/jewelry making supplies and the basket on top of that is watercolors, oil pastels, neocolors, etc.

these two sets of iris cases are full of scraps - organized by color. the organizer on top my parents made me for christmas last year. the basket is full of rub-ons. the jars are full of small embellishments. the albums on the floor are olw, mmew, and plife.

the infamous black bookcases are (from left to right, then top to bottom) vintage ephemera, acrylic paints, my cricut, sprays/mists, more ephemera, my color baskets (white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, tan, brown, black, gray), my cuttlebug, thickers (organized by color), plife supplies, ephemera, all other letter stickers, xyron, multi-color embellishment and writing/art journaling books, scrapbooking books, jewelry making books/art journaling books, and more ephemera.



studio sunday

i made s/o take a picture of my hands. lol... they are covered in spray ink.

i was playing w/ studio calico mister huey's for the first time tonight - now that's some vivid spray ink!


i can't imagine life... art journal page

this is my first page using my own handwriting. journaling reads -

i can't imagine life w/o balance - w/o work - w/o play - w/o art - w/o love - w/o everything... b/c w/o everything - life would be dull... it would be bland... it would be meaningless... and meaningless is not a life i ever want to live. meaningless is pointless.

these are the most recent four pages all together - there are things i like and things i dislike about each of them, but all in all, i think they're a promising start to the world of art journaling. i mean, after all, when i started (if you click on the art journaling label on the right side of my blog and scroll all of the way down), i was merely playing around w/ techniques and not to much actually making pages.  


for the love of books (and reading about being creative)...


i love to read. i love to be creative. what could be better than reading about being creative, right? lol...

yesterday, i got my most recent order from amazon.

twyla tharp. the creative habit.
rice freeman-zachery. creative time and space.
rice freeman-zachery. living the creative life.

a week or so ago, i had also gotten an order from amazon. 

sharon soneff. art journals & creative healing
sue williams silverman. fearless confessions.

these should keep me busy for a while.

it'll probably be a while before i have any reviews of any of these books because i tend to read several books at once. not that this is really all that big of a surprise to anyone, but...

my initial thoughts, after skimming through each of them, are that my favorites will probably end up being "creative time & space" and either "fearless confessions" or "the creative habit."

we shall see.


making lists...


this is how i'm keeping track of my personal goals this year - a simple checklist. i print a new one each week... there are four categories - wellness, chores, creative, and personal - all of my personal goals are separated by category and scheduled for the week. i don't get too crazy about checking each item off every day. the big picture, really, is just to have a list that i can refer to - a visual reminder...

i'm not the most productive/focused person as a general rule. i definitely tend to just meander from project to project - whatever i feel like doing at the moment - see, not very productive/focused - or, maybe more accurately, not very disciplined.

i mean, i try... i really do, but i'm just not.

there are some things that i purposely do all at once, once a week. there are some things i try to do everyday. really, ofcourse, the goal is to have as many things checked-off as possible at the end of each week, but it's not a job, atleast not the last time i checked, so... some weeks i accomplish a lot and some weeks i accomplish a little, but, at the very least, i'm able to constantly see my personal goals and to always have them in front of me.

live and learn.


what i'm working on...

just a quick post showing what i'm working on...



My Favorite Art Journaling Supplies - Front and Center

These are my favorite art journaling supplies - front and center... From left to right - Christy Tomlinson stamps, pens and markers, and Tim Holtz stamps.

I love having these out on my desk.

For the longest time, all the stamps were in their original packaging, which was a real pain-in-the-you-know-what - taking them out and putting them away each time I used them - so now, this is their home.

studio sunday

here we are - another beautiful sunday spent playing w/ all of my favorite mixed media/art journaling supplies.

all of the stamps are either tim holtz or christy tomlinson.

this one's a bit more "grungy" than i would've liked, but hey... these things happen, right?

thanks for looking!


studio sunday

lately, i've gotten into the habit of making weekly to do lists. one of the things that's on my list each week is studio sunday.

i was putting away laundry in our bedroom earlier this afternoon and mentioned to s/o that from 7pm-11pm, i planned on working on my art journal pages - no ifs, ands, or buts about it...

today, i finished up one of the pages i started last sunday. i have another one started as well, but as usual, i like to overcomplicate things, so...

last week, i only managed to finish one page. better luck this week!

if anyone knows of any good black pens - by that, i mean pens that write over mists and watercolors - please let me know... i've tried zig pens, faber castell pitt pens, copics, and micron pens - i'm about to try a fine point black sharpie. it justs seems that, more often than not, black pens do not want to actually write over mists and watercolors. it drives me crazy!

have a great week!


project life sneak peak

just thought i'd give a little sneak peak of what i've been up to in my project life album.

the first thing i did was label each week - these aren't "permanent" week cards - just "place holders."

the reason i used the "place holders" was because i haven't been printing pictures daily or even weekly, but i did want to make sure that i get any relevant bits and pieces from everyday life in their respective weeks, so... i slip those things into pockets as i collect them.

 this is just a glimpse at what i've done thus far for week one. i added all the 4x6 pictures. i made a week card. i also made several matching journaling cards.

looking forward to getting the last several weeks caught up.

i originally planned on doing this project a month at a time - i'm not really sure, though. we'll have to see how it goes.

thanks for looking! have a great weekend!


paint and paper...

another one of my art journaling experiments...



art journaling assembly line-style

i've gotten to the point where if i'm going to gesso something, i'm going to gesso several somethings because i go through brushes like you wouldn't believe to begin with - may as well use them for more than one thing, right? and well, in all honesty, it's nice to have multiple pages/canvases prepped for when the mood strikes.

on sundays, i usually gesso art journal pages - just in case... tonight, i thought i'd take it a step farther and not only prep the pages, but also start making the backgrounds, which is always lots of fun.

it's always fun to show up at work on monday mornings with inky hands. lol...

here are some pics - just because...


she art

i ordered all of the christy tomlinson she art stamps, more or less, as soon as they hit the scarlet lime mixed media shop.

this is the first art journal page i used them on - the background was done using bombay inks (which i made mists from) and glimmer mists, some of the stamps are tim holtz stamps - the distressed criss-cross and the she art girl are both christy tomlinson stamps. i colored her with neocolor crayons and a water brush.

the only other two things i used on this page were black stazon ink and a black faber castell pitt pen.

love her!



i've been meaning to do something with these pictures - a lo for the crop w/ the organize challenge gals - think i'm moving on to bpc classwork now.



one little word (2012).

i finally chose a word for 2012 - or maybe, more accurately, a word chose me...

definition from http://www.dictionary.com/

fo·cus   /ˈfoʊkəs/ Show Spelled [foh-kuhs] Show IPA noun, plural -cus·es, -ci  /-saɪ, -kaɪ/ Show Spelled[-sahy, -kahy] Show IPA, verb, -cused, -cus·ing or ( especially British ) -cussed, -cus·sing.

1. a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity: The need to prevent a nuclear war became the focus of all diplomatic efforts.
2. Physics . a point at which rays of light, heat, or other radiation, meet after being refracted or reflected.
3. Optics .
a. the focal point of a lens.
b. the focal length of a lens.
c. the clear and sharply defined condition of an image.
d. the position of a viewed object or the adjustment of an optical device necessary to produce a clear image: in focus; out of focus.
4. Geometry . (of a conic section) a point having the property that the distances from any point on a curve to it and to a fixed line have a constant ratio for all points on the curve.
5. Geology . the point of origin of an earthquake.

verb (used with object)
7. to bring to a focus or into focus: to focus the lens of a camera.
8. to concentrate: to focus one's thoughts.

focus, for me, is going to about finishing what i start and about paying attention to the details...

here's the necklace i made tonight - this will ultimately end up being a charm on my one little word album for this year.



twelve new habits for twenty-twelve

my resolutions for twenty-twelve are going to be structured a bit differently than in the past - this year, it's all about doing something creative everyday.

1. take a photo - these photos will ultimately end up being a part of my plife, but the point is to get into the habit of capturing the mundane, the everyday - the things that we all so often overlook and take for granted
2. write - this isn't so much a matter of creating a new habit, but of restructuring an old one - this year, i've been writing every week. next year, i want to make time to write every day - no excuses.
3. art journal - even if it's only for 20-30 minutes, this is an exercise more in discipline than anything else. i love art journaling, but it's something that seems to take a backseat to everything else.
4. scrapbook - i rarely scrapbook anymore. next year, i plan to use prompts and challenges to churn out more pages. some of the ones i'm considering? creative therapy/the effer dares. other suggestions are welcome. again, even if it's only 20-30 minutes a day.

5. plife - i'm still up in the air as to exactly what format i want to use - i'm still torn between the "standard ali edwards-style" and the more "art journal - a la karen grunberg's weeklong art journal-style." i just know that i want an everyday album at the end of the year.
6. read a book -  as far as i'm concerned, you can't be a great writer, if you never read anything that's been written by a great writer. my goal is to eventually be published, so... it seems only natural to me that i spend time reading those who have been published.
7. wellness charts - a.k.a. my "3 meals, 3 miles" program - the idea was to eat 3 healthy meals each day, and run/walk 3 miles - the ultimate fitness program. lol... i wanted to document this in a weekly "chart" and, maybe, add it to my move more, eat well album.

8. mixed media/altered art project - this is simply a matter of using my stash - i have so many printer's trays and blank canvas lying around in my studio - time to start putting them to good use.
9. a mini-album - doesn't matter what... doesn't matter how complex, or how simple... again, simply a matter of using my stash because mini-albums (as much as i hate them) are another thing that i have so many of.
10. take a class - i definitely want to be careful that i'm not taking classes simply for the sake of taking classes, so... this is going to be something i'm going to have to be careful about, but overall, i've loved taking so many classes this year.
11. move more, eat well - i signed up for move more, eat well w/ cathy z - i think this will work nicely w/ my "3 meals, 3 miles" program. i'd like to do my weekly "charts" right alongside this class, so...
12. one little word - i signed up for ali edwards' class this year and didn't make it past january. i want to try again next year. i'm not exactly sure how this'll work, but one way or another, i'm going to make it work. 



a heartbeat - well, two - at my feet...

crazy, isn't it? these two love eachother like you wouldn't believe - most of the time. right now, they're lying side-by-side on the floor in my  studio giving eachother kisses...


soul restoration 2

this is the beginning of my book for soul restoration II.

love melody ross's classes - they're so inspiring!

i literally just started this book and i actually think this class is going to take two of these canvas books, so i'm really hoping i can find a second one of these b/c i want to decorate the covers together, so they match...

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