Monday, February 28, 2011

Feeling green today

Definitely full into GREEN right trees, green bugs, green tomatoes, green moss, green paper, green paint. Green is not my favourite colour, but green is so often my go to colour and I must admit that I do have a passion for lime, sage and mint tonings.

1. mystery wool from a suitcase, 2. Green spirals, 3. green garden seamless pattern, 4. The Green Field, 5. Green pattern, 6. Green Study 2, 7. Bucket of green modular origami bits, 8. paper letucce, 9. Green, 10. Green Leaves, 11. feeling green, 12. Crochet Flower Bowl, 13. Green Striped Tomatos II, 14. Green tag, 15. Green glass bits 1, 16. DSCN1469, 17. Green plates, 18. misc 34, 19. Green plate coral close-up, 20. Dragonfly Teapot, 21. Green pots anyone?, 22. green pots, 23. More buttons, 24. Beads at the Rings & Things Bead Show in Seattle Center - BeadTour USA, 25. Green tiles, 26. Green sweetgum ball, 27. Green Lines, 28. Green, 29. Green!, 30. Green Shieldbug

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Love learning Illustrator with Laura Coyle

For some time now I have been learning and building on my skills in Adobe Illustrator. After so many years working in Photoshop, AI was a whole new learning curve.  I have worked my way through  numerous online classes and workshops over the past few years to assist with the process and finally I feel that it is becoming second nature just like Photoshop. Like all skills, practice is the key and there is always something new to be learned and never ending possibilities to explore.

I love the process of learning. Whether it is learning a new craft....only a few more on my list to crack. Getting my head around new software and technology....Photoshop Lightroom is my latest challenge.Helping others to learn..currently guiding my little grandson to read, draw, make and create.....pure joy. Or the challenge of  laying new floating floors and working out how to make all the rooms and levels connect nightmare but getting there! LOL

So yet again I am indulging my love of learning and so very excited to be starting another course today with the fabulous graphic artist Laura Coyle over at  She is an amazing teacher and I love her fast exacting pace.She just shares so much  as well as her gorgeous smile. Psst......she also is a fabulous jazz singer. Her classes are definitely worth checking out and jam packed with so much info, live chats, step by step videos and class notes. 
Whatever you are in the process of learning... I hope it is a positive albeit rewarding journey.

My Crafty Journal for March 2011

With March only a few days away it's time for the next release for My Crafty Journal. I'm a green mode at the present time.. using green in my art journal, green on my scrapbook pages, playing with green fabric designs and enjoying eating green grapes. Hence kind of fitting that  I have gone with a green theme for March.

If you have only just discovered My Crafty Journal, you can hop on board at any time. You can purchase the complete sets of the Calendar/Planners either Monday to Sunday or Sunday to Saturday, or just gather up the Monday to Sunday sets as they are released each month along with the rest of the set.  No time like the present to get completely organised... 'a place for everything and everything in it's place'. To get started you may like to check out earlier posts and download the cover pages for 2011.

The March download pdf file includes 14 pages that you can print on card stock, matt photo paper or your favourite coated or copy paper. Print in colour or black and white, the choice is yours, and of course you can attach you own art, photos or embellishments as desired.
The green clover elements can be punched out and used as embellishments using a 1inch hole punch.

With the tabs, you will also notice (may need to pop on your glasses), that I have left a slight gap at the centre of each tab for easy folding. A bone folder can be used here for a nice crisp edge fold if you have one.

The folded tabs are easy to cut out if you first roughly cut around the shapes then fold in half. With the tab still folded, cut around the shape through both layers a few millimeters from the edge, leaving a small white border as shown above. Then simply glue the folded tab to the edge of the page divider.
(Note: If you want to use the tabs as labels,  use a fine permanent marking pen to 'fill' in the tiny gaps').

The preview here gives you a quick peek at what you will find in your My Crafty Journal download for March. Click here to download the zipped file. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. xxox

Sharing a few thoughts..... 
1.  I find that I need to have MCJ accessible at all times... not on a shelf or in a cupboard. Out of sight is out of mind... and out of reach. Usually this means MCJ folder is on my desk,  the sideboard in the kitchen, or my work bench depending on where I am 'working' during the day.

2.  I don't always journal directly onto my printed pages.. sometimes I find I need to journal when I'm not in front of  My Crafty Journal folder. So I simply attach my journaling (glue, staple etc) into place the next day. When I don't feel like hand writing I often journal in Evernote, print out the 'notes'  and attach them. Sometimes I have to fold up the page to make it fit withing the journaling space, which adds an element of privacy to my journaling which can be nice at times. Other days my journaling will just be a small hand drawn image/cartoon/ photo....whatever? I like this flexibility.. the key for me is to bring and gather everything together.

3.  Personally as I progress through the month, I like to use the back side of the divider pages for photos, doodles, quotes etc or add some art. I also find myself attaching bits and pieces collected during the month to the front of the divider pages as well ~ scraps of pretty paper, a card received from a special friend, fancy clothing tags, snippet from the newspaper etc. Yes anything goes!

Hope you are finding My Crafty Journal is working for you as you go about your busy crafty days. 
Have a great month!  I will be back with some more GREEN..soon.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Watching and Waiting........

Just sharing my thoughts today in the form of an art journal page I did this morning. Very hard to think of much else today. I love art journaling in it's many forms and am so glad to be part of  Tangie Baxters Art Caravan Journey again this year for Expedition 2011.

It is going to be a long night night for many thousands of Australians as Cyclone Yasi hits north Queensland. Our fellow Australians are in our hearts and our thoughts as they endure this horrendous storm with the courage  that Queenslanders and all Australians are known for.