Choose your words and actions carefully, fathers, for those words and actions will influence who your daughter chooses to marry. If you don’t want her to be unhappy for the rest of her life show her how to love and don’t put those she loves down. Even if that at one point in your life, that which was exactly as you wanted, has changed and is no longer what you want, it’s still part of who she is and hurts deeply when you put the ones she loves down. This will be the greatest thing you can provide for your daughters, fathers. Be careful for your words can cut deeply and leave scars long after your done. She will look for the same dysfunctional type of love because it’s all she’s known and it’s what she’s familiar with. Her future spouse will put her down and treat her this way because it’s what she thinks is acceptable in her life. Most aren’t aware of what they’ve done or unwilling to accept they have played a part in this legacy. Don’t hurt her. Allow her to love. A child can never be loved by too many people or too much. Don’t allow your feelings to ruin her life because you hold hurt in your heart.
This one right here is by far my biggest supporter of all things including my art, my health, and everything I do. He’s my soul mate and my best friend. I love to write and create spreads in my art journals about my husband. Hes the one I will grow old with. I love the way he loves me. I love that he makes me laugh. He spends time noticing the things that make me me and he makes me feel special. Every woman should be her husbands princess and he should be her superhero. He definitely is my superhero. Before we got together I wondered if people made love sound like it was more than it was. I wondered if having a soul mate was a real thing or if I could love or be loved.Yes, having a soul mate is a real thing and actually loving and being loved by your spouse does exist. For those who are single I t’s worth the wait. Wait on god and don’t rush getting into a relationship you may regret. Love isn’t always perfect but if you learn to love as an action, not just a feeling, putting Christ and your spouse before your own feelings (and this goes both ways) true love does exist.
I love history and science. I included some of my notes and doodles in this art spread. Did you know alpacas hummm when they are nervous happy or have any feeling. Did you know the krubi plant has a flower that blooms over six feet tall? I love interesting and unusual facts about science and history.
Some of these spreads are from my first art journal several years ago and a few are from my most recent journal. I wanted to create a post to inspire some of you looking to create something in your art journals when you have lost all sense of creativity, called an art block. If your an artist or a writer you understand this. I recently had one that lasted a couple weeks. It was very stressful. I had to take a break from my journals because I couldn’t move forward. please let me know if you have found inspiration in my post. If you’ve recently had artist or writers block how did you overcome or find inspiration?
Journaling and doodling coloring pages is my therapy. I started doodling to find relief from chronic pain after cancer treatments. I found great relief. It took my focus off the pain and on something more positive. I started turning my art into coloring pages for others who need therapy.
I always loved writing in journals. I kept a journal of documented miracles and revelations from my bible studies. The real fun was found when I bought my first moleskine. I fell in love with the quality of the journal and thickness of the pages. I love books. I love to flip through a book and the smell of the pages. A bookstore is absolutely one of my favorite places to be for that reason and especially one with a coffee shop and the aromas of coffee brewing. Beginning an art journal soon became my new addiction. I fell in love with keeping a journal and documenting memories. I started going to therapy this year to help cope with the anxiety and depression that come with chronic pain after cancer treatments. Yes I said it, and I’m not ashamed either. A lot of people have anxiety and or depression and denying it makes it worse. My therapist encourages my art therapy through positive journaling. Ive started keeping positive quotes and uplifting stories in my art journals. I’ve found this to be most therapeutic and hope to bless and inspire others with my journals. I’ve saved each one full of my art, special memories with my daughter and other children when they visited and trips and dates with my husband. One day long after I’m gone these will become my daughters treasures. An art journal is something I would love to inherit from my mom. My daughter and I share a love for art and have a special bond. I know one day she will be so happy to inherit these journals and flip through the pages and see the detailed art and memories. If you create in a journal, what do you do with it when your done? Do you have plans for your journals? Do you keep detailed personal memories?
These are some of my newly finished art journal spreads. It’s my first time using an app to make a flip through of my art journal. I’m sure there are easier ways and if you know of them, please share!
I always love watching other artists flip through their art journals. This isn’t my whole journal but almost half. I’ll share the pages individually in time too. There’s too many to share in the same day, which makes a video perfect!
I found some older art journaling photos and wanted to share some of the pictures from my old moleskine. This was by far my favorite moleskine. It has the most colorful pictures of all my art journals. Do you ever go through different phases and look back through your journaling and remember what you were doing when you were making that journal? I had increased pain but I loved doodling and filling the pages with words and stories.
My favorite story I love sharing is my love story. My husband and I have been married six years this year but we’ve known each other since we were in kindergarten. He’s my superhero and my heart. “I want to get lost in this place” was making reference to my art journal. I was so in love with doodling on the nice thick moleskine pages. It brought me comfort during days when chronic pain was more than others. With increased pain I found comfort in this journal. Do you have a favorite journal or favorite spread? Can you remember what made it special? Please share.
This is one of my recent journal spreads with some notes from my kids and a picture of my son when he was young. He’s grown with his own family now. It’s fun to have these reflections in my art journals. One day they will be passed down to my kids.
Yesterday I spent time in my favorite place journaling (a coffee shop) and stopped at Best Buy to pick up a Intsax SP-2 Printer. This year holds many travel plans for my husband and I. I wanted to document each memory in travel journals. I think the mini instax snapshots are beautiful in journals and can’t wait to make my first art journal entry using my new toy.
Above are a couple of test photos my husband printed when helping me set up the printer. The quality wasn’t too bad for mini pictures.
For fun, here are a few old Instant pictures from my childhood. Anyone else ride the chair train when their parents cleaned the house? Though, come cracking has occurred these old photos have held up through time. As you can see the new photos have better detail and quality, even for mini photos.
I’ll blog more about my journey with my new printer and share pics of completed journal spreads including the new mini instax photos. I’ll share some of my art journal ideas and hope to inspire some of you to create something in your art journals.
I loved the idea of the old style photo. I mean sure I could have used a phot filter app and sent my pictures to be printed at a local store. I wanted the whole experience of the instant print instax mini photos. When I was a child Polaroid photos were kind of a big deal. I remember waving the photo back and forth for quicker exposure. The anticipation and excitement of seeing the new image come to life was the best part. Polaroid photos were a new and exciting thing before images were available like today’s technology on smartphones, and digital cameras.
Do you enjoy old photos? Do you add pictures to your art journals or art diaries? I’ve added a few of my old photos of my children when they were young. It’s nice to have them added in my art journal. One day the kids will have these journals to return to read fun stories and memories of their childhood as I document some of the fun memories I had with them growing up. Comment below with ideas and suggestions from your art journals.
I Am Groot
If you love Groot and watched the movie you too fell in love with baby Groot. Maybe even asked if you could have your own pet baby Groot. This movie is hilarious and Groot totally made the movie! I highly recommend watching if you haven’t already.
Anyone else remember Swans ice cream, push pops, or this silly little type writer. It’s the simple things that bring back some of the greatest memories. Anyone have pictures or childhood memories with orange push pop ice cream dripping down your face? I don’t even know why but this silly typewriter was something I loved even before i went to kindergarten. The clipping of the old ford is from a 1960s boys life magazine. How fun is that! I love a super great vintage find to add to my art journals. Sorry collectors 😬. I can’t help myself! I love collage art and the older the magazines the better!