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Inspired By Week 27 Prompt

Happy Monday Y’all! The holidays are official kicked into high gear! I don’t know about you but its a stress mess time of year, but taking those couple minutes to force myself into the studio to create helps alleviate some of that feeling. I wanted to finish of the Inspiby year with some holiday prompts, so for our second holiday prompt I am bringing back an artist that we have previously featured. Say Hi again to Nika Rouss! It’s hard not to want to choose her every week as her art journal pages are all so inspiring! Continue reading “Inspired By Week 27 Prompt”

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Inspired By Week 21 Prompt

Hello, Hello My Inky Friends!

This week’s prompt we are going to try a little something new. We are going to art journal with a photograph! Yep! It’ll be like combining scrapbooking with art journaling, which honestly, is kinda a big thing right now! Continue reading “Inspired By Week 21 Prompt”

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Inspired By Challenge Prompt Week 20

Hello my fellow creatives! Week 20 is here! I hope you had an enjoyable Columbus day (here in the US) or Thanksgiving Day (for the Canadians)! My kiddos were off and we had fun relaxing and getting our wiggles out bouncing around in a bounce house!

This week I wanted to try something different. We’ve gotten to try so many new things over these past 20 weeks, and well this week, I wanted something that could not only work for our art journals, but perhaps be created to hang in our houses, or maybe make smaller and send to friends this holiday season. When I came across Erika’s (Winterlia Designs) video, I knew it would be my choice for this week’s prompt.

Don’t you just love her accent! Erika explains the process so well, and I especially appreciate her advice on using a spray glue versus what she did in the video. Its always so helpful when artists tell us what didn’t necessarily work well for them and what we might be able to do to have an easier time creating! Think of all the stencils we have lying around the house that you could use this technique with? Well, maybe you aren’t all as obsessed with stencils like I am, but I have a feeling, that even if you didn’t have one, you could easily just cut a design from some heavy cardstock and use that as well!

We also get to use spray inks again! Hooray for easy peasy! This is going to be SO FUN! (and did I mention quick!)

As always, you have until Sunday midnight (whatever your timezone is) to post pictures of your creations to Instagram using the #inspiby tag. Don’t forget this is just for fun, so relax a little! (I know this is definitely a lesson I am trying to learn myself!) Be sure to tag Erika so she can see how her art inspired you this week, and as you know, you can always tag both Karen and me too! We just love seeing your artwork and following along with you on your art journey!

Be sure to give Erika some love on all the links below along with a ‘thumbs up’ on her video!

Winterlia Designs          Twitter             Instagram            Facebook          Pinterest

I can’t wait to see how this week’s prompt inspires you!

Happy Creating!

XO-Erin

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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