Thursday, June 23, 2011

How Much is Too Much?

Where should I start?  I've always enjoyed viewing others creative art journals.. they're small albums/books of crafty wonderfulness.  Perfect if you don't have photo's to scrapbook, or you want to just be creative.  But they've always seemed a bit intimidating.  My crafty/scrappy fb friends and friends from blogs appear to work on their DAILY.   Daily??  Oh no way.   You see, I love the idea of journaling, writing my "story" for future generations, a treasure to find long after I'm gone.  It's a great concept.  Then I read what I wrote in a past entry.... seriously?  I suck.
Another concept hit the scrappy/crafty world.. "ME" kits and Me albums.... monthly pages about yourself.  Yeah, I never jumped on that.. I don't get in front of the camera much to start with.  And I use to think, "Wow, you must really be stuck on yourself!" to do these... UNTIL I stumbled across a blog titled...
Scrapbooking From the Inside Out  It's a blog, it's a monthly kit... it's a cool concept.  Emotional Scrapbooking.  They say keeping a journal is therapeutic, scraping can be too.  I really like this concept they present, but I'm too cheap to buy the kits.  (But a friend DOES and they ARE fabulous.)
I do own LOTS of journals.  I'm addicted to them like scrapbooking, stamping, photography, books and pens... I even have a cool METAL journal (the cover is metal) and had once attempted a circle album with some friends.  (oops that BOMBED) so I have this journal...   jump forward now.

I recently learned of another fabulous blog...  How Much is Too Much  It encourages your creativity and encourages you to use your STASH.  I have to online friends who participate regularly and are even DT members (you guys ROCK).  I had to start following.  Then I did my first challenge.. and now taking my cues from this weeks challenge #174... I've done something I think is COOL.   I took this weeks challenge, combined it with SFTIO's monthly inspiration "Optimism" and created an art journal page!!!  Cool huh??  I figured I can journal in between challenges, giving me almost an entire month to ponder Optimism and two weeks to work on the stuff challenge!  So here's the scoop, what I used and etc.   I'm sorry this IS a long post but I'm jazzed on this!!

- Using mainly light colours, and it must include at least a bit of yellow (for the summer solstice)
- 1 circle (for the sun)
- 7 different types of flowers (if you want to, try making one or more handmade flowers)
- 7 rub-ons or stamped images
- 24 other items

My light colored papers were scraps of Basic Grey.  One was my base and the second I tore, inked the edges w/ TA Mists and STITCHED to the base.
My circle was a doily, but I accidentally covered it entirely.. so one of my rub-on's play double duty, being a circle too.
The 7 flowers were one left over creation from a previous challenge, one ancient Prima, one chipboard element, one tiny sticker, one STAMPED image on muslin colored w/ watercolors, one green MM floral brad, and one Heidi Grace sticker.
My 7 rub-on/stamps were a huge black rub-on placed on the base paper, one corner border on my inked stitched paper (but again covered up), one numerical rub-on placed on the muslin tag, one STAMPED image of the flower, one partial quote (Memory is a way...), two CIRCLE rub-on's and one more corner rub-on the corner of the stitched paper & photo.  Oh almost forgot, one "stitched" rub-on.
My 24 items are a combination of  11 green epoxy Pebbles, two brads, one hat pin, one muslin tag, one rhinestone embellishment, one floral tab, 6 staples, one "schmear" of gesso, three pink "Dew Drops", one scrap of paper w/ Optimism printed on it.. totaling technically 28 items... WHEW!!
ALL of this crammed onto my journal page measuring 8 3/4 tall x 5 1/2 w.....  So I'm ready for the next challenge!!! LOL


Fi said...

I know exactly what you are saying here in your post. Its funny I started a Art Journal in 2002 but my concept was to do a page and then send on to a friend so that they could see how to use a product, ie gesso and stamping so a bit like a teaching tool as well. I have been also thinking of late to start another but for me personally. Anyway I love your take on HMITM very arty and very inspiring, can't wait to see more.

Hugs Fi

Debbi Tehrani said...

Oh, Shaunery, this is just gorgeous! I love the idea of starting this art journal. I think that kit concept is really a neat one. And how cool that you're using that as inspiration for your journal. Love all the "technique-y" stuff you've done on here. The colors are beautiful and so wonderful with that photo, which speaks optimism with the sunset and quote. And yellow is such a happy, hopeful color. Gorgeous bits and pieces on here!

Anna-Karin said...

Wow, gorgeous art journal page Shaunery! You used so many great details and the photo is perfect for the theme. Love the tag with the flower and all the fun bits and pieces. Thank you so much for doing the HMITM challenge!!

scrapbookertink said...

This is such a good idea, love it.

Debbie said...

What a gorgeous creation!! Love all the bling and embellishments. I think it's so cool that you're using our challenges as art journal inspo! I want to try that! Thanks for playing along with us at HMITM.

Debbie said...

What a beautiful creation!!! Love the bling and all the embellishments. I think it's really cool that you're using our HMITM challenges as inspiration for your art journal. Thanks for playing along!

Elizabeth Joy said...

yeah shaunery, so glad that you checked out the HMITM blog!!! this creation is so beautiful! i can't wait to see more of your stuff from our challenges ;)

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