Tag Archives: Inspiration

Yoga and the artist- Lion’s Breath


This morning’s pose/Pranayama (yes, it is a combo deal!) was empowering and fun. I like sticking my tongue out and pouring my breath out like a lion. I am a Leo girl so this pose/Pranayama was right up my alley. Thank you Yoga With Adriene!

This is what I’m working on now in my Sunroom Studio. This is a page process in my art journal all about meditation….


After I finish my Artist’s Way Morning Pages, I read something inspiring and lately that has been the remarkable book The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson. As an artist and a freelancer (writer and publicist) it is a challenge to survive financially from one month to the other. Honestly, at the end of the day when I get everyone fed, I say a simple prayer of gratitude. “Thank you Jesus that you gave me the ability to feed everyone today and keep a roof over my head and keep a floor beneath our feet.” I’m a big prayer. I pray constantly. I flip a switch and the light comes on, I say Thank You. I run a bath of nice warm water and that’s a Thank You moment too. Everything, and I do mean everything, is essentially a Thank You moment.

So Marianne’s book is particularly helpful to me as daily financial life is a huge challenge. It’s risky to be a freelancer. But I have been in freelance land for so long, I accept the challenges as well as the ginormous blessings that come with being able to use my creativity to make a living.

It’s part of my job to create pitches for my clients. I create radio pitches for airplay, pitches to send to venues the artist would like to play, pitches to magazines to write stories about my clients. Today, Marianne talked about a friend who was a clever screen writer but who shook in her shoes when she tried to pitch a project.

“Her mind could formulate a pitch, but only her spirit could be inspired and inspire others. In summation, there are Four Rules for Miraculous Work Creation
Be Positive
Send Love..
Have Fun
Kick Ass
– Marianne Williamson, The Law of Divine Compensation

I have difficulty with the have fun part of this equation, but I am determined to try harder. I like the Kick Ass, Amen part though.

Wishing all of you a happy, positive, loving, fun and kick ass evening!




Journal a Day June 27-Blister Pack Shadow Box


Journal a Day June 18-altered memo books


My dear Mama bought memo pads for me for my birthday! And my dear friend, Joy, decided she was going to get out of  scrapbooking and gave me bunches of creative material!

The results of these two fortunate events are altered memo pads. I took the help of Joy’s premade scrapbook paper and a few premade embellishments to create new covers for these little books.

My friend Tina made similar altered memo pads for Christmas gifts a couple of years ago. I like the fringe finishing but I also like the plain version. Fast and fun!


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 13 Dos a dos mini book


I discovered you have to click on each image to see my captions. Please click on each image to see my step by step process for creating your very own dos a dos minibook.

I really hope you’re enjoying this little series about my June Journal a Day Journey!

Please comment or leave questions below! Thank you for reading!


Journal a Day Roundup- June 11- Inspiration Mini


Today’s Journal is an Inspiration Station style mini journal. I learned this technique from the fabulous Jennibellie. Google Jennibellie and you’ll find all sorts of tutorials, tips and techniques. Jennibellie’s Inspiration Station class is a free class at https://journalworkshops.ning.com. I highly recommend it!

Here’s a photo tutorial of how to create an Inspiration Station type journal. Basically you use one sheet of any sort of paper and a folding technique. Jennibellie explains this fully at her ning.com site.

Here’s an accompanying video. I so hope you’ll try this. It’s lots of fun and the journals are small and easy to manage when you’re working from a lap desk.






Journal a Day June 7- Angel Greeting Card Journal


Journal a Day June 7

Angel Journal made of recycled greeting cards with beaded spine.

This journal didn’t quite meet my hour to an hour and a half time frame but I wanted to revisit this technique I learned from Jennibellie. I opted to design my greeting card journal on a smaller scale than Jenny’s excellent work. I used five de-greeted the five inside signature cards by painting over the text, greeting and personal notes with off white acrylic paint. This does take a few layers of acrylic. You could manage the same sort of de-greeting by simple pasting paper over the greeting and personal info. I intend to use my Angel Journal as an a small art journal for my study of Archangels. So painting over the greeting allowed me to make the start of a “clean slate” on which to sketch and write.

I bound the Angel Journal using two cards that were bigger than the inside signature cards. I used a narrow greeting card as a spine for the book. I bound the Angel Journal with embroidery floss and scrap beads I had on hand. For the front choose a favorite Angel greeting card and glued the front of the card to the front of the Angel Journal.

This project was a complete scrap project. I used what I had on hand. The only thing that was purchased along the way was glue. I always have glue on hand so this project required no extra trips to the store or paper packs or other stuff.

You can make these journals quickly but if you choose the beaded spine, it does take a while. But the results are beautiful and would make a lovely gift for someone. You could also arrange the books in different themes: birds, flowers, nature, Santa, snowmen, Easter, etc.

So save your greeting cards or put the word out to family and friends that you’d like to have theirs!

Here’s the video from Jennibellie that teaches this technique.