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Tape it pretty

tape

I went to Paper Tales yesterday. It’s a local scrapbook shop. They have some really great stuff there. I had an AmEx gift card that I hadn’t used yet, so I decided to use some of it there. I found some adorable decorative tape on the clearance table (that would be the tapes on the right side of the pic, minus the very bottom one, which I already had).

One thing I love about their shop is they are in our new neighborhood, so I can go any time and just drop in for a few minutes – without having to plan a trip or waste gas. They are very welcoming and friendly. And they have classes just about every week.

In fact, I am thinking about taking one of these classes next week. Specifically, the one about Grace Notes. I got to look at the sample yesterday (but forgot to snap a pic) and it is adorable. There are pics on their site, if you want to see how cute it is. I had thought about that one or the calendar book, but decided I liked the Grace Notes book better. I could use a gratitude journal for sure.

In the past I have bought pre-made journals. And I still have a ton of them, as they’re great for note taking (especially work stuff) and “just” writing to get stuff out of my head (like in The Artist’s Way). But when I want to doodle or do some art to go along with my writing, I am finding that I love making my own books. Even if some of the pages are pre-made (like some scrapbooking papers), there’s something about putting together your own book:

 remains mash-up journal

It’s addicting. Especially if you get involved in any of Mary Ann Moss’ online courses. You’ll never look back.

Pretty soon I’ll have a whole stack of my own books to add to the massive stash of pre-bought books I already have. Or maybe I’ll just have to sell some of those. They make great gifts, right?!

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I miss (my) Art


Journal of Interest - more inspiration

So it’s been weeks, maybe even a month or more since I’ve done anything with my art journals. I don’t have a dedicated space for making art, so each time I have pull everything out and put it back when I’m done. And to keep my son out of things, it has to be done after he goes to bed. And recently I’ve been working after he goes to bed, so no art time for me.

I miss it.

I read artsy blogs, especially by those who do art journals. I see cool things I want to try. I feel inspired. Yet I don’t do anything about it. I have a feeling it’ll be that way for at least the next six months or more. It is what it is.

That’s something that will still be waiting on me when I get back to it. It is patient. No judgment. No rules. And I actually look forward to getting back to it at some point. And maybe someday having an office / studio where I can leave things more accessible. Very high up on shelves, of course, but easier for me to use when inspiration strikes.

That’s such a lovely thought.