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PB&Journaled Series

You guys! So while this post is well overdue, (because the PB&Journaled series has been up and running for a couple weeks now) I wanted to share this neat project with you here on the blog!

So, If you haven’t seen the paper bag journal tutorial yet, check out the video below:

 

Easy peasy right? Can I share a secret with you? I created this journal as a way to play on pages that didn’t stress me out. Sometimes when I work in a store bought journal, I panic. What if I ruin the page?  This journal cost me money, what If I make ugly art? Cue the panic. Laugh, you can totally laugh because I am sitting laughing at myself. It’s silly, but hey I am who I am! *Wink

So, I made the journal. I thought people might check out the video and be like, “oh, that’s nice.” and move on, but what happened next blew my mind! The PBJournal blew up! People started creating amazing journals and tagging me on Instagram! I was so excited! I shared all the journal tags on my instagram stories, which as you know only last 24 hours so I created a story highlight on my profile called PBJ Inspiration. You can head on over there and see all the journals people have created or search the #pbjournaled tag. Find the inspiration you need to get yourself into your art space and creating!

The PB&Journaled series runs every Tuesday over on YouTube so be sure to check it out! And if you create a journal- make sure you tag me so I can share your creation with everyone!

Thank you again for all your love and journal creations! Truly blown away by you all!

Mad loves and happy creating!

XOX-Erin

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Flow With Me: The Creative Flow Project

Hey hey hello!

I can’t believe it is already November! This time of year is always my favorite. Fall… *swoon*.. the leaves changing colors, that smell it always brings with it and of course it kicks off the holiday season! BUT, before we get to all of that, it’s Flow time! Continue reading “Flow With Me: The Creative Flow Project”

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Growth

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!

XO-Erin

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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:

Brayer

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!

XO-

Erin

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‘Small Beginnings’

Hello My Artsy Peeps!

So for the challenge this week I thought I would mix it up a bit! I had wanted to make another little mini book for myself to play with my watercolors, so why not combine the two! I decided to create my cover for the challenge. Check out my process video:

While the cover didn’t turn out exactly as I’d hoped, I still think it’s fun and will work for what I created it for, to play in! Here’s what I used to create the cover:

Chipboard cover

White Gesso

Ink Sprays: Lindy’s Stamp Gang- Titl a wheel Teal, Creme Brulee Creme

Dylusions-White Linen, Tangerine Dream, Funky Fuschia

irRESISTible Neons- Orange, Yello, Green

Faber Castell Big Brush Markers: Black 199 and Pitt Brush in Black

Sharpie Black Fine Point Pen

Uniball Signo White Gel Pen

Golden Heavy Body Acrylic: Titanium White

Art Alchemy Impasto Paint: Lemon Peel

Stencil: The Crafter’s Workshop TCW 493S

Stamp: Simon Says Stamp- Circle Doodle Background

Heat Gun

Scissors

Tim Holtz Sentiment Stickers

Scrap Paper & Paper Doily

Daniel Smith Watercolor- Moonglow

Collage Papers: Joggles- Deep In The Forest 2, The Paper Studio-Map/Script Decoupage paper

Matte Medium

Archival Ink Pad- Jet Black

I hope you were inspired to create something fun this week as well!

XO-Erin

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Watercolors & Stencils Technique

Ok, so I’m sitting in my studio with these gorgeous watercolors that I just received from Designs by Rachel Beth and I’m immediately intimidated. Have you ever felt this way about your art supplies? Continue reading “Watercolors & Stencils Technique”

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“Own Your Story”

Hello My Artsy Friends!

Can you believe this is week 12?! I’m just giddy with excitement! When I first chose this week’s featured layout (see the post about that HERE), I was under the assumption that it wouldn’t take too terribly long and it would have a gorgeous color payoff.  Well, I was right on both accounts! Continue reading ““Own Your Story””