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nymphgoldwebLooking back on my past post I see I have moved forward incrementally. I finished Photoshop Artistry and am currently enrolled in AWAKE with Sebastian Michaels. I also started the 21 days of Creative Abundance yesterday so its going to be a busy month with photoshop. I am set up to do the next DD video later this week and ( #10) and I have been scanning and adding things to my digital stash like crazy. This winter I also went thru approx 300 mags cutting up sorting and filing. I upgraded to Creative Cloud and am learning Lightroom and enjoying the new photoshop. I havent done much in terms of physical creating and that is a goal to get back to as well. I did take a class in perspective this winter and am finishing up a sketching class as well. I want to get more used to drawing as well as digital work.

The only thing I am immediately behind on is my calendar and that is frustrating. I keep avoiding it….

Other than that busy busy busy!


Published: March 6, 2017

Organize me!

More magazines

So many magazines!

I dont know why I bother to try and get anything done in the summer. It never happens. My time is not my own. However it is now September. School has resumed and I am back to work. Sort of. I spend the better part of August going through magazines I had collected (over 10 boxes worth) and cutting them up for collage images. Talk about repetitive! Still I was determined to get through them enough to at least clean them out of the garage and office. I still have a lot left but I have probably gone though about 2/3 of them. So thats good. Many that are left are Nat. Geos. and there are so many pics its almost easier to keep them whole.

Another project I tackled was my closest in the office which has been the “faux” attic since we moved in a year ago. A useless shelving

Clean closet!

Clean closet!

system meant most everything ended up on the floor. So we went out to Home Depot sunday and got shelving and I got busy cleaning out stuff. I figure if I must hoard things I should at least hoard what I like and get rid of the rest so in the last few days I have made a concerted effort to put stuff on Buy Nothing.  And if you have never heard of the Buy Nothing Project you should check it out…you get free stuff….like magazines :)

Next up is resolving what to do with unmounted stamps. I saw this great video the other day and I am off to Home Depot again tomorrow ( I hope) to work on that. If it works I will share some pics.

And while I did only a whopping 2 tutorials this summer ( I am mucho behind) and no digital scrapbooking I did manage to mostly keep up on the No excuses art journaling batches at a time and I am happy about that.  In the last week or so I have mae a couple of cards so watch out for posts on those.



Published: September 1, 2015

Best Resolution I ever made

As january settles in I can’t help but think of new years resolutions. I am not one to make many but I do like to try and pick one goal or idea to expand on. And I have to admit it still hasnt really worked.  But this year was different because my goal was not so much to change my weight or my style or my employment. It was more to “do” as in “do art” . The New Year is rife with many many programs, classes and goals in all areas of life and art is just the same.

So what did I want to do this year? What did I want to expand on?  I have been  working on the Donna Downey 48 weeks of Art for sometime now….admittedly at a somewhat glacial pace. But I wanted to do more so I took the plunge signed on/committed to a couple of year long classes.


NEAJThe first is based on a book called the No Excuses Art Journaling by Gina Rossi Armfield. I had the book for a few months and Gina demonstrates how to do Art journaling everyday which is perfect for a resolution/goal. I figured I would follow the book and then it occured to me she might be on Facebook as well. And lo and behold she was. Ultimately it was a no brainer.





Banner for LB2015Secondly I signed up for Lifebook 2015, a program hosted by Tamara LaPorte and other mixed media artists which has weekly projects and techniques to learn.




And thirdly….cause 2 is never enough– I signed up for Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday!

I figured if I wasnt working I should be making art. Every. Damn. Day.

Wish me luck!

Published: January 3, 2015

You’ll shoot your eye out!

ralphie and santaOk so it wasnt a TOTAL surprise because I had been hinting around about it forever. I rather felt like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” wanting his BB gun. Except I wanted the Scan and Cut. Ever since September when I made my moms card   and I discovered a you tube video by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer I just fell in love and HAD to have it. Well I wanted it…badly. So I started hinting heavily. Actually I was very blunt. Beacause as a mom and wife….I can speak for myself.

scan and cutSo anyway….along with many other delightful gifts I got my dream gift and its wonderful. Now if I can just figure out how to use it. Luckily it comes with patterns and tutorials. Though I know I am one of those women that doesnt always get to what she wants when she wants to …..motherhood it can be very distracting. But nonetheless….I shall figure it out eventually! And I don’t think I will shoot my eye out!

Published: December 28, 2014

Planning and organizing…


Jack Canfield Patrick Dempsey
Two of my favorite goals. Or so I thought. I mean after all my closet hobby for years has been reading the likes of Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, David Allen, Stephen Covey et al.  I love reading these books. I love trying to set goals and organize myself. I guess thats in part because I grew up in a house with a family that  was decidedly  dysfunctional and maybe organizing and planning are paths I have taken in the last 10 years or so to get a hold of that erratic chaos I feel.

However as I advance through school I am finding my planning and or organizing is not so set as I thought. I am terrible at story boarding and setting up a plan for websites. Its entirely possible  that it is partly because I am new to this field or maybe my  years of chaos are still effecting me or I am just impatient.

I know intellectually that planning things out in advance of say a webpage or an After Effects project is important. What happens though is that I dont do it. At least I havent yet. Though in my defense this is the first semester I have attempted either one and is it just OCTOBER. Ok so its the end of October, practically November.

My point is: while tending to beating myself up I have to remember I am new to this. But I also know that I am an impatient person and in my wanting to move forward and get something done I can easily look over the details of something and this worries me. I always feel like I am in a rush to finish, to move forward to learn more. Then I implode and have days like I did last tuesday where the PLAN was to go to school and rescue an AfterEffects project and what happened is that I stayed home and watched the entire first season of Grey’s Anatomy instead. I needed to give my brain a break.

Trying to organize the second half of my life sucessfully considering there is a lot of spillover from the first half is a challenge in and of itself which takes both planning, organizing, motivation, goals and considerable flexibility. Sometimes I just need to watch some mindless TV with snarky repartee and eye candy.

Published: October 24, 2013 | Comments: 0