Friday, May 29, 2015

Weeks #19, 20 & 21 Mixed Media Style Pocket Scrapbooking Layouts!

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far! I am back today with my Project Life layouts for weeks #19, 20 & 21.

After printing all of my photos & collecting all of my personal ephemera for the past three weeks, I discovered that I only had enough documentation to complete a double page layout with 6 extra photos. And for me, "real estate" is PRIME in my pocket scrapbooking albums. That simply means that I only want to fill my pages with photos, events, and ephemera that have meaning & purpose. I prefer not to use filler cards that occupy precious space that is reserved for memories. So, instead of trying to force single or double page layouts based on my preselected page protector orientation and using filler cards to fill in the gaps, I simply capture & document events that matter most to me and select & arrange my page protectors based on my memories. 

For weeks #19, 20 & 21, I decided to go with two "Design A" page protectors & added a "Design I" insert with 4x4 pockets to house my additional six photos. Typically, my title cards are 4x6. However, I switched things up a bit for this week's layout. I chose a 4x6 week #19 title card and a 3x4 weeks #20 & 21 title card. Yup, it is different from the norm, but I am completely fine with the change.

The beauty of pocket scrapbooking is that you have the FREEDOM to document your memories in a way that brings JOY to your heart. There are no set rules or styles that you have to follow. If it is your heart's desire to document memories that matter to you, please do not invite any stress into your process by striving to create PERFECT pocket scrapbooking layouts each week. Pocket scrapbooking was designed to be FUN. If you are not experiencing joy in your creative process, I would encourage you to take a closer look at your goals, expectations, and areas that are causing you stress. Re-evaluate how you are documenting your memories and make adjustments accordingly. BE FLEXIBLE! REMEMBER: There are NO RULES. This is YOUR album. Take some time to find your own unique, natural flow. Create in a way that brings YOU joy & I promise that you will never feel the pressure to 'play catch-up'.

With all of that being said, here is how I "changed the game" for my weeks #19, 20 & 21 layouts.

Week # 19 (Left)

Weeks # 20 & 21 (Right)

Design I Insert (Front)

Design I Insert (Back)

Weeks # 19, 20 & 21 (Album View)

Scrapbooking Paper: Webster's pages 12x12 "Dream in Color" paper collection
Date Stamp Labels: Ledger paper stamped with red archival ink
Journal Tags: Generated journaling notes in Word using the "American Typewriter" font

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks so very much for all of the love & support you have shown me. I am ETERNALLY grateful for you!

 Much love,

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Documented Life Project May 23 (Week #21) Using Cheesecloth!

The Documented Life Project:

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)
May 23
Art Challenge: Cheesecloth
Journal Prompt: Say Cheese

For the past few months, I have been preparing two separate blog posts for my DLP challenges: 1) an art journaling post here on my blog with my mixed media "step out" process and 2) my planning post on the Studio L2E blog with the planning/inspirational portion of my layout. I thought I would switch things up a bit for this week's DLP layout. Today, you will find both the art journaling & planning/inspiration portions all in one single post on the Studio L2E blog. It's a long one, but packed with all the details of my interpretation of this week's "cheesecloth" challenge.

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Happy art journaling/planning,

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's "CHALLENGE WEEK" at Studio L2E!

Happy Friday, everyone! It's the "May Challenge Week" at Studio L2E and my "midori stlye" layout takes center stage on the Studio L2E blog today. Please click the image below to check out how I used a single planner stamp set to create this "tropical themed paradise" right inside my Jonel Imutan black leather journal notebook. Also, there is a drawing at the end of my post for a chance to win one of two Studio L2E "Plan It" stamp sets! You don't want to miss it! ;D

My "Tropical Paradise" Layout 
on the Studio L2E Blog Today

Thanks for all of your love, encouragement & support! You guys are "THE BEST"!!!

Happy art journaling/planning,





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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Documented Life Project May 16 (Week #20) Using Modeling Paste!

I am absolutely loving the May "texture" theme! Here is the art challenge & journal prompt for this week:

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)
Art Challenge: Modeling Paste
Journal Prompt: Rising to the Occasion

I received a copy of the current Summer 2015 Nike catalog in the mail this past week. The image on the front cover is quite striking. This was a perfect opportunity to experiment with my Dylusions acrylic paint again & use this photograph as a collage element in my DLP layout this week.

2015 Summer Nike Catalog Cover
DLP May 18 (Week #20) Layout
Since this week is all about modeling paste, I thought I would take a week off from my normal A5 style planner pages and simply have some fun "PLAYING" in my art journal. Trust me, I gained LOTS OF WISDOM in this layout. LOL! Today, I will simply show a progression of my experimentation & layering process with the Dylusions acrylic paint and a large geometric "circles" stencil.


Modeling Paste Mixed with Dylustion Acrylic Paint

After this step, I added additional layers of white & black Dylusions acrylic paint using a brush stroke. Next, I used stamps from Traci Bautista & Rae Missigman to stamp Dylusions acrylic paint onto deli paper. I adhered the deli paper images to the background with Uhu glue. Finally, I added some journaling, outlining, black stitching, my Bible verse and other details to finalize my art journal layout. 

Here is how it all turned out:

Left Side

Right Side

Modeling Paste "Texture" Shot

Thanks so very much for stopping by today. I pray that this post inspires you to simply have fun playing in your art journal.

Much love to you,

Friday, May 15, 2015

Weeks #16, 17 & 18 Mixed Media Style Pocket Scrapbooking Layouts!

Hey guys! I hope you are having a great week so far. Today, I am sharing weeks 16, 17 & 18 of my Project Life album. Week #18 contains all of the memories from my son's role as The Music Man in his 8th grade drama production. This post is "photo heavy", so grab your tea/coffee and ENJOY!

Weeks 16 & 17 (End of Album)


Weeks #16 & #17 Combined Layout

Copic Coloring by Lameka Alston

Album View ~ End of Album


Week 18 (Beginning of a New Album)

Week # 18 Layout

My son, Nat played "Harold Hill" (the leading role) in his 8th grade music production entitled, "The Music Man". It was important for me to preserve all of the memorabilia for this unforgettable night so that Nat could look back on all of the wonderful memories from this INCREDIBLE experience. I decided to use at 12x12 Project Life Envelope to house all of the personal ephemera from the production.

Project Life 12x12 Envelope

This envelope is PACKED with memories:

Production Ticket & Program

Nat's Biography from one of the Lockers

Notes from Family & Friends after the Production

Still Shots Taken by the Production Photographer

I also included a cast photo, cast party pics, text message from friends & family who went to Nat's performance and coordinating sequins. A copy of the production dvd will also be enclosed.

"The Music Man" Production Memory Envelope

Bird's Eye View in My New Album

Old Album & New Album

I pray this post gives you some new ideas on how to document special events. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Many blessings,