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Launching a youtube channel takes a lot of time…


June 30, I was honored to be a participant in Shannon Green’s Inspiration Conspiracy video hop. I was invited early this year and since then I have done a major sprint to learn new technology. I was not born with a mouse in my hand and haven’t had jobs that required me to learn much more than very basic computer skills. Shannon’s invitation meant I needed to “learn” youtube and I needed to learn to shoot a video in a tutorial, over-the-desk style.

Shannon was a remarkable and encouraging teacher and cheerleader. I created a video about making tie dyed bookmarks for Inspiration Conspiracy.  To date, it’s received over 1300 views, which is a lot considering I’m completely new to creating videos and I don’t really know what I’m doing.

Since June 30, I’ve been recording how to and instructional and show-and-tell art videos daily. I’m steadily improving my skills in Movie Maker; learning to edit, add and control music, add photos, and other cinematic skills.


I’m also working full time so there’s that as well as this….

I also launched a yoga practice over the past month and a half. I’m 45 days into a daily yoga ritual. Whether it’s Goddess Pose or Hero Pose or Yoga for Complete Beginners (I am raising my hand- that’s me) or Yoga for Anxiety ( a personal favorite), starting my day on a mat has worked wonders for my physical and mental health. I’m really grateful to Adriene at Yoga With Adriene. She is my personal yoga trainer.

I realized last night, I’d allowed my blog to lapse. And I don’t want to lose connection with my writing again. Did I mention launching a youtube channel takes a lot of time?

Thanks for reading and allowing me to be a part of your day!



Journal a day June 15 Magazine Insert


Today’s journal is a simple altered magazine insert. l glued some pages together and then used paints and sprays to create backgrounds. I’ll use the journal as a premade background play space.

Magazine inserts are great journal templates as they are already pre made books with a stapled spine. I’ve used a lot of the magazine inserts as glue books. I really had fun with my gifted & thrifted and deep discount sprays.

Inserts are fun for kids. A little project like this makes a great memory book.

Journal a Day- June 6-Photo Wallet Mini Notebook


I dislike purses. I like to have my hands free, so the times I must carry items about, I usually opt for a backpack. Pockets in jeans are essential to me. Ok. Pockets period are essential to me. Did I mention I didn’t enjoy carrying a purse?

I love these small folded wallet minis and have made them before. I’ve conducted a few workshops where I taught kids to make them as well. It’s a brilliant one sheet of paper project. You can create them in a theme for holidays or for special occasions. Each 12×12 sheet of scrapbook paper will make one book. Each book has six pockets and a couple of slider pockets perfect for carrying business cards.

Best of all this little mini journal slips blissfully into a pocket!

I carry these journals with me when I go to the museum or visit a historical site. They’re perfect to note small details. They’d also be great to take notes in workshop or class.

Here’s the tutorial from Hollybeary Creations.



June Journal a Day- Canvas Book June 3


“Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.”- George Eliot


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It’s Sunday morning and I’m posting my June Journal a Day for Friday and Saturday and today. I got a bit behind in my posting because Friday night, we went out. We are both freelancers. That means, we don’t go out…or have vacations…or days off…Basically all our time is spent working. Freelance= work all the time because you never know what might happen to your income streams! Last week was a good week for Mr. Freelancealot so he treated us to dinner out at my favorite restaurant, a trip to the arcade to play skee ball and pinball and shopping for jeans for me which was fruitless. I can find clothes that fit. They have Winnie the Pooh on them or the words “I love my mommy.” So no new jeans for me.

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So catching up this lovely Sunday morning with Friday’s journaling project which spilled over into Saturday because of having fun Friday night.

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My friend Peng sent me an remarkable pile of Happy Mail as she was Kon Mari-ing her craft supplies. She sent along a piece of canvas fabric with a note that she thought the piece could be a cool journal cover. Because I am fairly ignorant about working with fabric/ canvas,  I contacted her about what media to use. She suggested Pitt Pens. So a-coloring I went! After the piece was colored, I glued it together and used a sewn binding method to secure a booklet of 24 pound white paper into the canvas cover. I also created a string and button closure.

I love this because it was Peng’s idea. And a fine one it was. This book is precious to me because it originated at my friend’s home. It soaked up the good vibes of her art studio and then it landed in my art studio. Her idea melded perfectly with my June Journal a Day project. And we all know, two heads are much better than one when it comes to putting flesh on the bones of an idea.