Friday, January 1, 2016

#52motleyjournalpages: 39-52, Mixed Media

I have been making a conscious effort to art journal the past few months. In October of 2015 I decided to forgo the bound book and began using loose pages I'd cut to approximately 7" x 10" size. It seems to be working and makes art journaling a lot easier for me. For now the pages hang on a beaded wire I have strung across my art loft. I will bind them myself...eventually. I haven't decided if I shall bind them monthly or quarterly, or seasonally....time will tell. I'll know when I know.  :)

Without further ado, here are my final 14 art journal pages for 2015.

it's really hard NOT to put words on a page 
one of my favorites

another favorite

i drop a lot of balls...obviously. :)

#52motleyjournalpages: 21-38, Digital Art

Happy New Year! 

Welcome to 2016! It's been a while and I haven't been sharing my art journaling journey with you. I feel the need to wrap up 2015 before I begin a new challenge.

Back in May of 2015 we welcomed a new puppy into our home...Mister Deeks, a delightful little Yorkshire Terrier. I'd forgotten how much work a puppy was with crate training, potty training and the constant supervision that was required. It kept me from my studio for quite some time. But I needed to art. During that time I opted to art journal on my iPad using a variety of applications: Procreate, Pen & Ink, ArtRage and Paper 53.

I enjoyed experimenting and playing with each application; checking out the tools, seeing what I could and could not do. Digital art is a completely different ball game. It feels different and takes practice. I'm still practicing. :) It did allow me to release my angst and tension though. There was a lot of chaos and you can see that in these photos. These were all about letting go of it all and getting a good night's sleep.

Next up, the final 14 pages I created in the Motley Art Loft!

Monday, December 14, 2015

My Creative Planning Journey

I started creative planning several years ago. I'd tried buying planners. Back in the day I was the girl with a bulky bag, carrying around a Day Runner. After discovering my creativity, I tried making an anal-retentive-left-brain planner that suited me, but never kept up with it. It was too rigid for me. It was too left brain and left me feeling defeated. I was too focused on perfection.

Enter Smash Book. 

The colored pages were perfect for doodling, noting, gluing and taping. That's where I started. My creative planning became a colorful blend of planning, documenting, journaling and scrapbooking/glue booking.

It morphed over time into colorful shapes for daily planning, notes, gratitudes, to-do lists, etc. I spent Sunday mornings sipping my coffee on the deck and doodling in my template; setting intentions. I received so many inquiries about it. I decided to try making planners.

The Perfect Planner

My own handmade planners have changed over time as well. I think I went through three formats over the past year. :) The great thing is, when I make something for me I can share it with you!

I bounce between simpler, quiet layouts and bursting with color layouts. I find that the more I add to the layout, the less I interact with it. I find the doodling and coloring meditative. It's a great way to start the week.

My planners often change in size too. I have made larger 7"x10" planners and smaller 5"x7.5" planners. Earlier this year I sweated over making faux-dori planner inserts. (These never made it to the shop). I've had two page layouts for monthly and weekly pages and I've had one page layouts. I often prefer the one page so that I can fold my planner over and still see the entire month or week. In one of my planners, I had incoorporated a fold-over flap for lists and to-dos.

I sometimes think I will never make the "perfect" planner, but I remind myself that I am always changing and growing and learning and evolving. My planners are too.

A Peek Into My Planner

My current planner was introduced in my last post and can be purchased through my Etsy Shop. If you prefer more room to write and collage, there is a Journaling Planner as well.

Here are a few snapshots of some recent pages in my planner.

I like to collage and glue things into my planner. Collaging & doodling is a great way to fill in space, or cover things up. I have a Polaroid ZINK printer that I use to print photo stickers from my phone. Sometimes I scan and shrink down doodles and art for gluing. I also use stickers I've purchased and made myself. Some of those you see in these photos are available in my Etsy Shop. Date stickers for weekly pages can be found in the Planners section. I also offer a couple of digital downloads you can print, cut and paste yourself. Each of my weekly pages is accompanied by a page with space for gratitudes, to-dos, intentions and notes. I don't always fill in this page for a variety of reasons. I typically will collage larger elements on these pages. Something I might need to hear or be reminded of or want to remember.

If you'd like to see more creative planning photos visit my Motley Creative Planning Album on Flickr.