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The Documented Life Project - 8/9 (Week 33)...

The Documented Life Project

August 9, 2014 - Week 33 Challenge - Use your "under paper" in a creative way.

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






I gathered a piece of my painted "under paper" and an Instagram photo to start.


Next, I cut the "under paper" into strips and pleated them while I stitched them with black thread.

I found this old book paper sheet that I used when I was making stencil prints and liked that it would contrast with the bright colors in the "under paper" so I glued it to my main page with a glue stick.

I used a white pen to make doodle marks on the base page.

To finish, I used a glue stick to attach the paper strips and words!


My Instagram photo was printed via Groovebook.  Have you heard about it?  For $2.99 a month, you get a photobook filled with 100 photos you upload from your phone.  The quality isn't "super" but for 100 photos at $2.99 it is a bargain!  Use my code to receive your first book free: SMITH14268



You can find us HERE: The Art to the 5th Academy and Flickr - Instagram: #documentedlife  

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


Art Journal Love - On the Edge...




The Documented Life Project - 8/2 (Week 32)...


Art Journal Peek...


The Documented Life Project - 7/26 (Week 31)...


Studio Tips...

I found this three-tiered metal stand in an antiques store and thought it would be perfect for holding paint in my studio.  I love that I can see the paints and maximize space!

Have a  blessed day!



Art Journal Love - Bold...


Creating With StencilGirl...

I am so excited to have been asked by Mary Beth Shaw to create with StencilGirl stencils.  There are so many to choose from that I had a hard time selecting.  I chose Circle Play, Bubbles and Mimosa and have combined them with paper, paint and stitching while putting my creative touch to them.  The first project is a scalloped flap mail art envelope with a video tutorial. If you are new to mail art or would like to learn a host of new ideas for your own projects, I have an on-line workshop called You've Got Mail...Art! sure to inspire you on your journey.  The second project I am showing today is a journal page I created in my Documented Life Project Moleskine planner/journal.  I hope you enjoy them and find them inspiring!

Be sure to visit the Stencil Girl Blog for more details about this week's giveaways and discounts.

Have a  blessed day!









Blog Rewind...Got PUC?



I've been reminded this week about patience, understanding and compassion.  Patience eludes me most days.  I am certainly more patient now than I was in my youth, but have a long way to go before I can just relax and not get too stressed with circumstances beyond my control. 

By understanding I mean, "a state of cooperative or mutually tolerant relations between people."  This is often driven by expectations we impose on ourselves or on others.  It is easy to forget that everyone is not like "you" in all aspects of their lives.  Hence, it is easy to be impatient with people and relationships when others don't act as we think they should.  Don't get me wrong, I don't think lowering expectations is the answer, but being realistic is important.  Let me share this with you.  I was speaking with a friend this week and this was the topic of conversation.  She casually said to me, "Not everyone is an overachiever like you."  Hold on a minute...mmm?  Got me thinking. I needed to hear this.  She said it in a nice and loving way, but how true.  Everyone is not like me or you or the next person.

This moves me to the idea of compassion and this,  “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama

How true this is!  So, patience comes with understanding and with understanding comes compassion.  At least, that is how I see it today.   Got PUC?

Have a  blessed day!




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

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