Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Life Journal....finished and bound

I started doing a documented life journal a few years back. First going off of a group, that started the documented life group on facebook. They did prompts for art projects etc and after a while I started feeling like, we were all doing our journals the same. I didnt want to have a book at the end of the year that everyone else had, I wanted MY LIFE, MY WAY in MY OWN style at the end of the year.  It seems that even now that the journals being done are just sticker books to me and lets see how pretty we can make it. That is fine for some people but I cannot find myself doing those. When I started the life book group, everyone had a special journal to work out of and I could not afford to purchase said journal so I used a .25 cent comp book, that was on sale at Walmart. Knowing that adding things to the comp book would make it very fat and would be wedge shaped at the end of the year, I decided to take it apart. I cut the sewing down the binding and then took out the lined pages. I then separate the pages into 10 page booklets and sew them back together. You can add saved junk mail envelopes in between the pages too if you like, to add little pictures too etc. 
I then purchase little calendar pages and washi tape in and sew as well to make it sturdy and so it lasts into designated places. You need to count out the days and get all the number of pages you need for your journal. I also tape and sew the tabs on top . I failed to take pictures of how I bind it together, so will do that at the end of the year and show you then .But you have to wait till the end of the year to see how large your journal is going to be in order to make your cover and binding for it. 
Here are some pictures/snip-its from this past years journal. 











































My journal a place to place memories, to vent, to brag, to talk about how life is hard, my fight with depression , my health, life moments etc. Some might find it boring...but it wasnt made for them...it was made for me.  So if your going to make one...dont do it to  make it pretty and random..make it your own, your style, your life.  

Friday, December 30, 2016

special order finished

 Made this special order Christening album for a return customer. 
She wanted it to be chipboard album and the front cover to be white textured paper and lots of bling. I think I have accomplished that for her!I so love the rolled roses on the cover. 
 The pages are out of order somehow in the upload...arg. This is the page 7-8 of the album. again I brought the textured white paper through out as the photo placement areas or tag pockets

 This is page 1-2. 
 Pages 3-4 another large pocket page and a photo placement. I included places to journal by pictures. I love the pearl runners i found to add to pages. 
This is page5-6. I hope that she likes it. Now to get it packed up and mailed out in time for the occasion.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Its been awhile.....

It's been awhile since I last posted. Boxes were packed, truck was loaded , broke down in 106 degree heat...but finally made it to our destination. After living in a place that brought nothing but unhappiness we finally made the decision to get the heck out of Kansas once and for all. Kansas was not good to us, that is for sure! We made the big move back to Nebraska, the good life, which is its motto and let me tell you...that is sure the truth. After years, 9 of them, of living in a state where people are not friendly and unexcepting of you, being in Nebraska where everyone is friendly(minus my sons neighbor who likes to park his truck in the same place every day even though its public property....) it still comes at a shock to me that people will actually talk to you...who have no idea who you are... ! I think I might stand there with my mouth open, totally in shock after years of feeling like we lived in seclusion , that I am actually being talked too, and not hullucinating, or dreaming...people accept me, dont look through me...but act like we are old friends...its still shocking to me...but I love it. 
I love that I am able to see my 2 oldest boys pretty much daily, my grandsons too..Now just to get my youngest son out of Kansas and here with us...life will be compete. 
 We have not found a place to live yet...not because we have been looking...we havent yet. We are staying with our oldest son, while my hubby who has been in law enforcement for 19 years, is recouping from all the years of stress. We have a little space set up down stairs to hang out and do our things. He playing games, me art. 
So I have started a painting, which will take me a while, they always do usually , as I go with spurts of inspiration, think its from years of depression while living in Kansas and feeling like I was slowly losing my self and almost my will to live, especially after my boys grew up and moved out. So this journal page I have done, mixed media piece, the sentiment really hits home for how I have been feeling. Im still not all the way "me" not all the way there yet..but I have good days at least. I hope that I will continue to make progress and find my way back to me...to happiness. Moving here was a big leap back into that happiness..that is for sure.  Thanks for stopping by and not giving up on me.  Just livin the good life....in Nebraska.