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The Documented Life Project - 7/5 (Week 28)...


Studio Tips...

My water jar sits on my work table so it is close at hand.  When I am using washi tape or other stickers I put the extras on it.  It reminds me of those walls you see in cities where the posters have been ripped and replaced over time.  I had planned to clean it up but I think I will keep adding to it!


I'm Working On This...

I was inspired this past weekend by a post on the Journal Girl blog!  Kira arrived at the studio to find a note left for her by an artist friend. It was on her art table and simply asked: "What are you working on?"  I am responding to that with this post.  I don't often "show" myself working in the studio deep in the process of creating. I am back to working more faithfully in my art journals.  It gives me a place to design and develop ideas for future projects and this day was a good day.  So, some insight...the things that aren't so obvious:

•I watched/listened to the maraton run of The Librarian while I worked.

•It was pouring rain all day and I felt super cozy inside the studio.

•I ate boiled peanut hummus for a snack.


What are you working on right now?


Favorite Art Supplies...

I am in love with the Basic Grey Rub On Roller Stylus Tool!  Forget the popscile stick!!  This tool makes it much easier to transfer rub-ons.

Have a  blessed day!




Create It • Mail It • Alter It Workshop

Create It • Mail It • Alter It Workshop

Pre-Registration is Now Open!*



Paint, doodle and stamp “art with an address”. Enjoy this creative New Twist on a Mail Art class with your instructors: Rae Missigman, Roben-Marie Smith, Lorraine Bell and Sandi Keene.

We will each demonstrate our step by step process for creating layered, detailed designs in our signature styles. Watch as we trade pieces via mail to reveal the process of using mail art to construct elements for your planner or art journal.

This is TWO classes in ONE with 17 videos, over 6 hours of instruction, technique and inspiration from 4 distinct points of view. Let us inspire you with ways to create a mailbox treasure sure to delight your recipient PLUS how to turn the mail art you receive into meaningful additions to your favorite project. You supply the postage, we will cover the fun!

Join us as we Create It • Mail It • Alter It!


*PRE-REGISTER NOW:   We will choose three pre-registered students of our newest class and rebate the class fee to them. Three students will take the class FREE! To qualify, pre-register for the class by Thursday evening 6/26 at 7:00 pm EST and we will randomly choose 3 winners who will be refunded their class fee!!


The Documented Life Project - 6/21 (Week 26)...

The Documented Life Project

June 21, 2014 - Week 26 Challenge - Add a bible verse that inspires you  - or a line from your favorite book.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration. 

"For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit." - Jeremiah 17:8


 Step One: I adhered a piece of inky "under paper" to the base of my page as the first layer.  Next, I added text/bookpaper and acrylic white paint.  I finished this layer with the Bubbles Stencil and turquoise acrylic paint.

Step Two: I added scribble markes with the Sabilo Marks All Pencil and used the Chevron Stencil with pink fluorescent paint.

Step Three: I brushed on white paint, pencil marks and stamped the triangle in white from AHA Stamps.

Step Four: I stiched on part of an Art Pops™ Card and added my Bible verse and stitched to the page.  I also added some paint marks with raw umber and more triangles with white acrylic paint.

Step Five: I added white circles, more triangles and cross stamps, doodle marks, text paper and covered the pink chevron stencil marks with "Night" acrylic paint.




You can find us HERE: Facebook and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore


The Documented Life Project Weekly Planner Pages...


You You Feedly?



The Documented Life Project - 6/14 (Week 25)...


The Documented Life Project

June 14, 2014 - Week 25 Challenge - Cover your flap in hearts.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration. 

Note: the "handwriting" is a rub-on that is no longer available. 


You can find us HERE: Facebook and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs: Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore


Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer Tutorial...

So, I am in love with the Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer! Let me show you how it works!

Have a  blessed day!



Art to the 5th™ - Live on Tour™

Celebrate with the Artists of Art to the 5th™ as they pack up their personal retreat and take it on the road - LIVE! Experience this dynamic art collaborative's favorite activities, projects and surprises selected from five years of their semi-annual multi-day get-together. Escape the everyday to create, relax and be inspired while getting an all access back stage pass to their secret  for refilling, refreshing and reconnecting with the artists within. 

With Lorraine Bell, Sandi Keene, Rae Missigman, Barbara Moore and Roben-Marie Smith, you can expect a weekend of instruction, laughter and artfully inky fingers.

Details HERE!


The Documented Life Project - 6/7 (Week 24)...

The Documented Life Project

June 7, 2014 - Week 24 Challenge - Use book pages or text paper.

Visit the Art to the 5th blog for more inspiration. 

I used a page from an old phone book as the base of my page.  I stitched a border onto it that was cut from a GelliArts Printing Plate piece I had made.  I cut strips from the same piece and stiched those on at the bottom.  I painted another piece of paper from an old book and cut it and stitched it to the top of the page.  I scribbled around the page and then added a word art rub-on (company no longer in business).


GelliArts Prining Plate, sewing machine, Uhto Fude Ball Black Pen, Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Drafting Pencil, Soft Brayer, Water Brush, Amsterdam Sky Blue Light Acrylic Paint, Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints: Blackberry Violet, Lime, Turquoise, Tangerine and Golden Fluorescent Pink.


You can find us HERE:


Instagram: #documentedlife  

Our Blogs
Lorraine Bell
Rae Missigman
Sandi Keene
Barbara Moore


Blog Rewind...

Originally posted October 21, 2007 

"It is lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to
opening our hearts and minds to others." - Unknown


The Documented Life Project Weekly Planner Pages...

The Documented Life Project - Week 22 Planner Pages



Art Pops™ Circle Stickers by Roben-Marie Smith;  Date Stamps by Pam Garrison; Arrow from Life in Color Cards digi/print elements kit called by CD Muckosky; American Craft Chalkboard Banner Stickers and Chalkboard Die Cut Frames and handstamped "art" stamp by Sandi Keene.

Artsy postcard (far right) by Samantha Kira Harding and handwritten note (middle page) by Sophia Marie Missigman.  Thanks so much ladies!!




Journal Bound Workshop is Live...

Showcase your gathered mail art stash within two uniquely styled and bound journals. Get those mailed treasures out of your bins and into an artful display - journal style.

Together we will travel a step by step approach to creating a colorful grungy cover in my signature messy style. Then we will bind our art-filled journals using a simple and creative system that once quickly learned can be used repeatedly to create handmade art journals from here forward.

Don’t have a mail art collection? I will demonstrate an alternative using found papers. Beginners are welcome and encouraged in this workshop as each process is fully demonstrated to accommodate all skill levels. I even include downloads of my designs for your use.

So many possibilities, so much creativity. Pack your bags, we are Journal Bound!

See more details, including photos and the supplies list HERE!




For details on how to register for my on-line workshops see details HERE!


Thanks to the following amazing ladies for the beautiful mail art that I have received and saved for such a time as this!!!  Sandi Keene, Sophie DeCorte, Samantha Kira Harding, Lynn Scott, Renee Plains, Susan Gallitto, Rae Missigman, Kristin Peterson, Jane Bain and Coral Lee.

NOTE: The mail art pieces used in this class are not created in the class. They are part of my stash and used along with other bits and pieces.