This week was filled with so many emotions. My miracle twins turned 10, we had family visiting and I was just plain overwhelmed with life in general. Do you ever have those days? My mother tells me its ‘that time of the year’. I tend to believe her because it’s nearing the end of the year, yes I am aware its only October, but think about it- Fall in in full swing, the holidays are coming quicker than we think and then, its over and a new year begins. There are so many feels for me this time of year. I look at what I’ve done and what I still have yet to do and then I get crazy! Haha, not in a bad way, but crazy in feeling like I haven’t done enough. What does that have to do with this week’s journal page? Well, I got behind in accomplishing it. I have a bit of a ‘type A’ personality and when I don’t get things done on time, it tends to stress me out. I’ve been told, recently by a couple people actually, that its OK to just take a few moments for myself and just breathe.

So that’s what I did. I enjoyed my family, I focused on just taking a bit of time for myself and tried not to let the feelings of stress, inadequacy, and worry of looking like a slacker effect me. (It’s probably still there looming in the areas of my subconscious, but for now, we’ll just pretend I succeeded haha!)

I didn’t worry about setting up the camera and having to film this week. I thought about taking progress shots of the page but then decided that this week, I just wanted to play, and watch some Netflix while I did it. (Have you watched the series, Dark Matter? So good!) Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s a close up of the triangle details.

I can’t say that I am super comfortable with using the Gelli plates yet. It does take some practice, and my colors turned out a bit darker than I had originally planned, but I just enjoyed the process this week and played. I loved using the mini triangle plate, I even used that to make the leaves as well! I hope you had fun creating this last week, I know that I not only learned some Gelli plate techniques but I also learned that its OK to step back from the expectations I set for myself and just breathe.

Happy Creating!



Inspired By Challenge Week 19 Prompt

Hello My Creative Peeps!

It’s week 19 (already) and this week it was Karen’s choice. Here’s what she had to say about her pick:

“All right, it’s time to get out your Gelli plates – or an acrylic block – or a piece of flat hard plastic – to make a fun journal page for this week’s #inspiby. Now, I don’t have a 3X5 like Lisa Echerd does in her amazing video, but I do have a 5×7, so I will be playing with that. If you want to make one you can find YouTube videos to use gelatin, however, be careful if you try to stamp with it, it is much easier to break than the commercial gel plates.
What’s super awesome about this video is that she shows you a warm rich page she already completed and then demonstrates a cooler colored page made in a similar fashion. Since we focus on trying new techniques and being inspired by others, it’s very fun to see two pages created in a similar way that has a very different feel to them in the end.”

Thanks Karen! Wasn’t that a great video! Now, I know what you are thinking… Gelli Plate.. yeesh. I admit I am both nervous and excited about it as well! I can’t wait to see how Lisa’s video inspires you this week. Don’t forget to give her video a ‘thumbs up’ and also subscribe to her channel 😉  Be sure to also check out Lisa on the links below and show her some love!


As always, You have until Sunday midnight (whatever your time zone is) to post pictures of your creations to Instagram using the #inspiby tag. You can either recreate Lisa’s layout (please be sure to give her credit if you do) or just use it as inspiration when creating your own! Karen and I would love you to tag us as well! We look forward to seeing what you all create each week!

Have Fun and Happy Creating!

XO-Erin & Karen too!


Brayered Paint Halloween Cards

Hello My Creative Peeps!

This week I was crazy busy. I have so much to get done before the Happily We Go store launches and October is my busiest month as I have four of my five children’s birthdays to celebrate! Buuuuut, I am hoping to still find a wee bit of crafting time each week, mainly for my own sanity! (LOL)

For this week’s Inspiby, we were inspired by the gorgeous layout from Wilna. I didn’t feel like I had as much time this week to devote to a journaling layout but knew I could use the same techniques that she showed us in her video to create some Halloween cards. Hey, If there is a way for me to kill two birds with one stone, I’m going to do it! *wink

Here’s how I created the card:


I hope you enjoyed this week’s video! Here are the supplies I used to create this card:


Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Paints: Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre

Ranger Paint Dabber: Cheese Puff

Liquitex Ink!: Vivid Lime Green

Pebbles Halloween Die Cuts Pack

Gelli Roll Moonlight Pen: Orange

Carabelle Stencil: Mur en Pierre’s

Neena Solar white Cardstock 110lb

Brown heavyweight cardstock

Art Glitter Glue

Sookwang double-sided tape adhesive

Hand typed sentiments

Thanks for much for checking out this week’s #Inspiby and I can’t wait to see what you all were inspired to create this week!

Happy Creating!




Inspired By Week 18 Challenge Prompt

Hello My Artsy Friends!

Can you believe that September is already at its end? Fall is here! Hooray! (Well, OK, it’s not exactly here in Texas yet, but hoping cooler temperatures are on the way!) So for week 18, I searched long and hard for something fun, painty and had some white space. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with white space! I see all this space and think, “Color, there must be color everywhere.” I found the perfect layout when I saw ‘Feather Art Journal #26’ by Wilna Furstenberg.  She created this journal layout in a series of 4 layouts featuring exactly the same pieces, just different colors, and configurations. (If you have the time, check out the other videos in the series. They are truly inspiring as well and what an awesome way to play in your journal!)

Wasn’t that just fabulous? I’m super excited to brayer, drop and doodle with paint! Wilna does such a fabulous job explaining how to do each step. If you don’t have a brayer, I’m willing to bet using the side of an old gift card to swipe on the paint would work. Remember not to get too caught up in doing exactly what Wilna does, but listen to your guts and go with your creative flow! Have faith in yourself and the courage to push beyond what you think your limitations are. You just might surprise yourself!

Be sure to check out Wilna on her links below and show her some love!

Wilna’s Blog:

Digital Art Shop:



As always, you can recreate this layout, or just use it as inspiration when creating your own. If you do choose to recreate, please be sure to give Wilna credit.

Remember you have until Sunday midnight (whatever your time zone is) to post your art journal layout, or whatever it is you were inspired to create this week, to Instagram using the #inspiby tag. Be sure to tag me (and Karen too) in your posts as we love seeing what you create each week! I can’t wait to get into the studio and get inky!

Happy Creating!



Monsters & Zombies Oh My!

Hello All and Happy Sunday!

This week, I decided to take a different approach to the Inspired by challenge. I recently acquired these awesome dies from Tim Holtz and seeing as the prompt this week was a spooky one, I thought why not make up some Halloween cards using the art journal techniques from this week. Check out my video below!

To make the cards I used:

Heavy Weight Black Cardstock

Dylusions Paint Pots: Crushed Grape, Squeezed Orange, Fresh Lime

Dylusions Ink Sprays: Tangerine Dream, Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, After Midnight, Pure Sunshine

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays: Witch’s Potion Purple, Golden Sleigh Bells

Lavinia Stamps: Tree Half R2

Creative Embellishments: Halftone Circle Stamp

Distress Oxide Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Peeled Paint

Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Neena Cardstock: 110 lb Solar White

Tim Holtz Dies: Thinlits: Monster, Zombie

Sentiment: Close To My Heart Stamp: Wicked S1108

Distress Stains: Monster: Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint,Walnut Stain

Zombie: Shabby Shutters, Twisted Citron, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap

Faber Castell Big Brush Markers: Black 199, Deep Scarlet Red 219

Art Glitter Glue

Sookwang Doubled Sided Adhesive Tape

I hope you had as much fun as I did creating this week! I look forward to seeing pictures of your layouts on Instagram!

Happy Creating!



Inspired By Challenge Week 17 Prompt

This week was Karen’s choice, and here’s what she had to say about her prompt pick:

“For this week’s #inspiby, Gerda had me at the first brilliantly bright layer in her black Dylusions journal. I love the chalky yet almost water-color-like effect she got from the purples and oranges. From there, she just adds more depth and interest with each different product she uses, and I love to see the page develop before our eyes. She includes distressed die cuts and ghostly stencil silhouettes with white highlights, and she uses distress oxide inks – which I adore.

This “Don’t Be Afraid…Art Journal Page” is just a super fun and spooky page overall! Add to the fact that it’s Halloween themed, and I thought it was perfect for fall. I hope you are as inspired as I am to create a spooky fun page inspired by Gerda van Dijk.”
Thanks Karen! I love everything Fall and Halloween themed and am already dreaming up ideas using the gorgeous fall colors. If you don’t have a black journal, no worries, you could always paint your pages black or perhaps glue down black paper into your journal. If you recall weeks ago, I did this for one of our prompts with good results.
Be sure to check out Gerda’s YouTube channel. Show her some love by subscribing and Liking her videos! You can also find her on Google +.
As always you have until Sunday midnight to post pictures of your Inspired by layout on Instagram using the #inspiby tag.
You can also tag both Karen and me in your posts, we love seeing your creations and following along with your art journey! Don’t stress yourself out over the deadline or supplies. Use what you have, create when you can, and most of all just HAVE FUN! Can’t wait to see your spooktacular pages this week!
Happy Creating!
XO- Erin and Karen too!

Positive Flow

This week I was tired. Do you ever feel like the pressures of life and the day to day have just gotten you down? This time every year, it happens to me. Fall, which happens to be my favorite season also seems to be my hardest season. Allergies are at their worst here in Texas (well for me anyway), its the transition of getting back into the school routine and the start of the holiday season looming before me. Have you ever felt that way? Well this week, for the ‘Inspired By Challenge’, I created my girl with positive affirmations that flowed from her. Reminders to myself that it’s OK to feel the way I’m feeling and that it doesn’t make me less of a person, a mother, a wife, a friend- whatever hat you have donned, you are ENOUGH. I didn’t make a video this week, I was late in posting this, but ya know what, that’s OK! Everyone needs to stop and take a breather now and then and I am not going to let myself, well, beat myself up.

To begin, I grabbed my Dylusions landscape journal. I had yet to create in this journal and I thought this week was the perfect layout to break it in. I started by collaging some papers onto the pages.

I used some handmade papers with real pressed flowers, some decoupage papers from Deco Mache and The Paper Studio and kraft paper. I randomly ripped the papers and glued them in with matte medium. Then I took some white gesso and using my fingers, I painted it around parts of the page. With a charcoal pencil, I drew in my girl. I grabbed my watercolors and colored in around her to help warm up the layout. (I can’t tell you which brand I used because I created them myself! *wink) Using a fountain pen I wrote in the affirmations and positive notes to myself along the strands of her hair. Then using the charcoal pencil again I framed the layout.

Here is a close-up of my finished layout.


Sometimes you just need to quiet the negativity in your mind and just follow the flow of creativity. In the end, I really enjoyed creating my girl this week and many thanks to Toni for taking the fear out of drawing faces!

Happy Creating All!



Inspired By Challenge Prompt Week 16


Hey hey hello!

Wow, it’s week 16 already and this year is just flying by too! This week, I thought we would bring together a lot of techniques that we’ve already learned along with one new one, FACES! Yes, I know, It’s exciting, yet scary too! That’s why I chose a layout from Toni Burt this week. She has these gorgeously drawn faces on top of wonderfully collaged and painted layouts. We know how to collage, and paint layouts, and in the video below you will see how you too can incorporate faces into your layouts as well.

Isn’t that page just gorgeous! Toni seriously has some of the most beautiful and girly pages. They make my heart happy! I love how she zooms in when she’s drawing the face so you can see just how she maps it all out. I can’t wait to see how you all create your faces this week! I’m just tickled!

As always, you have until Sunday midnight (whatever your timezone is) to post your journal layout to Instagram using the #inspiby tag. You can either recreate this layout (if you do please be sure to give Toni credit) or you can just use it as inspiration in creating your own layout this week. Also, it doesn’t have to be an art journal layout, it could be a tag, a card, or whatever you feel inspired to create this week. There are no rules, no pressures and if you fall behind, just catch up when you can. This challenge is just about learning new techniques from amazing artists and having fun while doing it!

Be sure to check out Toni on the links below and give her some love!




Have fun this week and happy creating!




Watercolor Journaling Page

Hey Guys!

So this week’s prompt was inspired by Irit’s beautiful watercolor journaling page (see post HERE for details). I was excited about using the watercolors because it gave me a chance to break out my neon brights watercolor collection from Cloves and Honey, and you all know that if there is ever a chance to use neons, well, I’m going to use them! (haha)

I kept it pretty simple. Check out the video below.



To create this page I used:

Zeta Wirebound watercolor sketchbook

Neon Brights Watercolor Collection from Cloves & Honey

Fountain pen with Borealis Black ink from Noodler’s

Uniball Signo White Gel Pen

Sharpie White Paint Pen

Thank you guys for checking out my challenge post! I look forward to seeing your creations, so be sure to tag me when you post them to Instagram.

Happy Creating!



Inspired By Week 15 Prompt

It’s #inspiby time again! This week was Karen’s choice and here is what she had to say about her pick:
 I chose a great watercolor page by Irit Landgraf. I loved that she kept it fresh and simple, and I loved the products she used. I just got a Dina Wakely Art Journal – THANK YOU ERIN! and I have been a bit nervous about breaking it in. I think this will be my first page in it!
Irit also uses several products I don’t have – the Jane Davenport products, which look amazing! However, I have some other watercolors to play with and some different India-ink both water soluble and non-water soluble pens to see if I can get some similar effects.

What I enjoyed the most was the overall bright airy quality of the page: the free-hand doodling to start with, then layers of gorgeous watercolor followed by more accents and detailing in both black and white scribbly sketches. I hope you are as inspired by this page as I am, happy journaling!
Thanks Karen!
As always you can recreate the prompt this week (*If you do please be sure to give Irit Credit!) or just use it as inspiration when creating your own journal pages. You have until Midnight Sunday to post pictures of your layout to Instagram using the #inspiby tag. Karen and I would love to see your creations as well, so we would love if you tagged us in your post!
Check out Irit on all the links below and show her some love!

Can’t wait to see what you create this week!

Happy Creating!

XO- Erin (and Karen too!)