Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Painty Goodness

Pulled out my paints tonight so I could prep some tip-ins for my Documented Life Project.  Oh what fun I had!  I wanted to have tip-ins ready with color, rather than a blank white canvas.  I used four colors of Tim Holtz's Distress Paints . . . mustard seed, mowed lawn, broken china and seedless preserves.   I love to splat some color on my craft mat, spritz with water and swipe my pages through the color.  I actually probably like patting the pages better than swiping them as I don't like when the colors blend too much.  I prefer little splotches of the seedless preserves to add little pops of color.  On some of the pages that looked too muted to me, I sprayed some of Dyan Reaveley's fushia for a little added burst of color.  These pages will be great inspiration in my planner on any given week.  I think I will pick sporadic weeks to add these tip-ins so they will be a pleasant starting point when I come upon them.  What fun!!

Recently bought some great pencils that I love shading my daily calendar entries with.  They are woodless pencils and they go on so smoothly.  I love the colors!

Here's a sneak peek at my Selfie page for week 2.  I didn't finish the inside yet and I'm not too sure that I'm done with this outer page either, but I'm loving it just the way it is for now.

Week 4's prompt was a hidden word.  This page was lots of fun too!

Last week, week 7, we were encouraged to select a shape and use it over and over.  Since Friday was Valentine's Day, I'm sure I was not the only one to choose hearts.  Looking back on this, though, I wish I edged the hearts, but I didn't and I still love it.

What I enjoy about this Documented Life Project is that it keeps going and going . . . like the Energizer Bunny.  I can keep adding a little here and a little there, holding on to memories of these weeks that are just flying by.  Wasn't it just Christmas??

Monday, February 10, 2014

My Front Door

I'm having lots of fun with The Documented Life Project.  I've been working on it steadfastly and figured it was time to show some of my progress.  The very first week we were given the prompt of "my front door".  You could use your own door, draw a door you wish you had or whatever inspired you having to do with a door.  I chose to use my own front door.  It's nothing fancy, though I love my door.  I remember going to Home Depot and Lowes to pick out a new front door a couple of years ago.  I wanted a door with a window to let light into my dark living room.  I fell in love with this door.  We bought it and had my brother-in-law install it.  I love when I walk up to it when I come home.  At night, my stained glass lamp inside reflects so nicely through the glass.  I also love sitting inside looking out, watching my palm tree sway  with the gentle breezes.

I then decided on the inside spread to add little houses to signify the seven different homes I have lived in during my lifetime.  The quote on the right says, "There's No Place Like Home".  The butterflies were incorporated to add the Journal 52 prompt of "Up, Up and Away".  It's fun to try to work the two prompts into my weekly planner.

This is really turning into a fun project for me.  Can't say that I totally love what I've come up with each week but it's fun to play around with the different pages, a little here, a little there, until it is something I love.  And I'm totally loving the process!