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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 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 10


A little look at the journals I’ve created by following my self created challenge to make a Journal a Day for JUNE!

What was I THINKING????


Journal a Day June 9- Inserts for your midori


Here’s a video about making inserts for a Pizza Box Midori Style Notebook. These little inserts are of course, perfect for midoris but they are so neat that they make nice gifts all by themselves. This is an easy craft and perfect for kids and adults as well.

If you’d like to know how to make the midori notebook, see my June 8 post.

Have fun!


Journal a Day June 08- Pizza Box Midori



I kind of fell in love with midori style travelers notebooks a couple of years ago. It was in December and during my end of the year down time, I stumbled on the remarkable world of personal planners and planning. Although I never quite got the hang of using a personal planner -my life and work seems to plan itself in a spiral bound notebook- I did make a few midori style notebooks from things I had around the house. Last year, I made inserts and put them in my etsy shop and was happy to sell quite a few.

Though I never quite got the hang of planning, I did meet a lot of really cool, wonderful, fascinating planning folks and I treasure those friendships more than I can say.

My Journal a Day for June 8 is a midori style travelers notebook I made from a pizza box. In this case, a Red Baron Pizza Box. Boyfriend loves Red Baron.

I also recorded a video about how to create this fun, easy, kid friendly craft from things you probably have on hand.

Have fun!


June Journal a Day – June 5- Palette Book


“Hands to Work. Hearts to God”- Shaker Axiom

I’ve mentioned my pals Peng and Joy before. Both, much to my benefit, have been cleaning and clearing their art studios. They’ve been passing along their unwanted or unused items to me and I am incredibly grateful for their contributions to my creative endeavors.

Both are passing along lovely items that lie outside the scope of my budget. My budget is about food and utilities and that sort of stuff of life. I received beautiful watercolor paper scraps from Peng, and Joy sent watercolor pads to help with my Tamara LaPorte lessons. Joy sent along a palette for the Sennielier Watercolors and the palette along with Peng’s lovely watercolor paper scraps were a perfect match.

In Joy’s palette I can see her brushstrokes; her sense of color and her gorgeous handwriting. I used Joy’s palette as the cover for a collection of different types of watercolor paper from Peng. I bound the Palette Book with an O ring.

I intend to take the little Palette Book outside with me along with the very portable Sennelier Watercolor kit and try my hand at landscapes.

I love the LOVE I feel when I handle and use my Palette Book.I like that Peng knew I could definitely use the watercolor paper and Joy, I am sure, didn’t know her palette play would become the cover of a precious Palette Book!  I am so grateful for good friends!