Behind the Art with Felecia

For my final project from the In The Moment Kit from Inside Out, I wanted to commemorate a pivotal moment in my life.

Just over a year ago, my friend Courtney's husband died of brain cancer. We had prayed for, cared for, nurtured, and supported the family through seven years of battle with cancer.

Each step of the way, we our faith was tested, our love for one another edified, and we were confronted with real miracles.

Bobby's death was a catalyst...I want to be able to live my life the way he did. He poured himself out into others. He said he didn;t fear death anymore and thus had the courage to really love people where they were. He loved well. I want to be like that.

His live, his death...it was beautiful and chaotic and in every way a celebration of all the right things. It was confetti from the sky and a path that seemed unpredictable, but in the end made sense. 

I love the silver lined thickers, but they didn't fit my project...so...I used a black ink pad to color them the color I needed. I love how the silver popped when I added the black.

There are few really life changing moments for us. I feel like documenting them leaves a legacy, a road map, some guidance for those who will come after us.

Peace, ya'll!


Behind the Art with Melissa

Stop what you're doing. 

Just stop. Yep. Stop reading this and go grab and a writing utensil and paper. 

Answer this question - "How are you feeling right now?"

Answer it honestly!

This is the premise of the page I'm sharing today. I wanted to record how I was feeling about myself right at that moment. Truth be told, I've been feeling pretty good about myself lately. A lot of it has to do with the health journey I'm on. A new found confidence has come over me as I begin to feel healthier, more energetic and GOOD. 

I pulled the bright colors in the kit. The pattern papers by WRMK. The movement of the lines and the pops of color exude confidence to me. So, that' show I used it.
I also experimented a lot with the Gelato by Faber Castell and some other paint drips.

Lots of arrows to bring the focus to me and the playful polka dots always exude confidence to me. If you wear a polka dot dress... I say you're confident! And can probably rock it out! 

Now that you have taken that moment to write down how you are feeling, grab an In The Moment kit and use the fabulous product to record your emotions and thoughts. And have fun doing it!


Behind the Art with Felecia

You cannot be anymore in the moment than right now. My project today from the beautiful In the Moment kit from Inside Out is about just that RIGHT NOW.

I realize that I'm a looking forward sort of person...I live by the calendar and task list...and that takes me out of the moment of now. So, my project is about remembering to stay out of the future and focus on the now.

First of all, the calendars are BLANK...to remind me to stay OUT of the future. 

Believe it or not, the paper on this started out as white cardstock. First, I put a light amount of theFaber Castell Double Scoop Raspberry Gelato on a sponge blender and lightly colored the space where my pics and journaling were to be.

Then I taped off the portion of the stencil I wanted to run down the line. I added a bit more of the Gelato to my sponge blender and colored the stencil heavily.

I thought the colored vertical lines from the We R Memory Keepers Breezy paper would make a great "task list" if turned horizontally. 

I scattered the number circles to give some dimension and also act as "dates" on my calendar. 

I think that staying in the now is something a majority of people struggle with. Our culture is a push forward culture. Move, progress, be organized and act...its lovely to consider slowing down and consciously focusing on what is right in front of me.

Here's to the now!

Peace, ya'll!


Behind the Art with Melissa

I am such a restless person.

It's taken years to get better at slowing down and focusing on the present. It happens so often that I get vision or inspiration for something and I want time to rush by so I can get to the finish line.

It could even be a trip or something that I'm looking forward to. I get so wrapped up in making time go fast that I miss out on all the goodness that is happening now.

I think it makes sense that I've moved so much over the years. But... I always come back too.

So, this month I decided I needed to put some pen to paper and record these thoughts.  I used a photo from a waiting room I was in while waiting for my car to be serviced at the dealership.  I think it's perfect symbolism. Sometimes it's hard to be patient in the "waiting room" of life. But, it's worth it to stop and pause... look around and appreciate what's right in front of our eyes.

I'm thankful that this is something I've learned and am getting better at. Because of this perspective, I'm not able to appreciate life now. It's helped enrich my relationships and my own growth as a woman.

So, while there are things I'm looking forward to, I'm also enjoying my life In The Moment. I'm thankful for what God has blessed me with and I am trying my hardest to appreciate and enjoy all that is right before now... in this moment.

Grab your May kit In The Moment and begin to record you inner thoughts in a creative and therapeutic way!


In the Moment: Then and Now Challenge and SALE

When we celebrated NSD a couple of weeks ago, it happened to be my birthday too!

I created this to explore what I had learned in the previous year, taking stock as we often do on milestone days.

May Kit: In the Moment Challenge #2: What do you know now that you wish you knew way back when, but couldn't have known without the passage of time? How has the turning of the calendar page made you more aware or alive? For a design twist, try using a unique calendar image in your art.

Let's see what you create!

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Wishing you a creative and meaningful weekend...


Behind the Art with Jen

In the moment... so many things come to mind.  But for this page, I was inspired by Rachel's challenge for the National Scrapbooking Day online crop challenge.  Looking for a post from a year ago, I found that I had just started really running.  I was discouraged because I was slower than other runners on the path but if I knew that I'd be improving my times to the point that I was running a personal best at my 10th 5k race.  
 Who knew that I'd love running so much or that I'd be one of the fastest in my running group.  I certainly didn't.  I just wanted to get through my training run without falling!  Persistance pays off.  Then versus Now... pretty awesome!  I can't wait to see what the next moment brings in my journey to good health!

 Love that Gelatos Color that is in the kit!  So gorgeous!
 If you look back a year ago, what would you say about then vs. now you?


Behind the Art with Melissa

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today I'll be sharing a little bit more about this page:

One thing I've felt challenged on the past year is unrushing. You see, for most of my life, I have felt the need to always have something to look forward to. I've also felt very focused on collecting souvenirs and building up proof of where I've been and what I've accomplished.

You know what I learned from all that? I learned that I missed out.
I missed out on solidifying memories and experiences. I was so focused on collecting something and rushing on to the next adventure, I forgot to stop and enjoy what was happening right then and there.

This kit came at the perfect moment as I've been strengthening my will power to avoid rushing and collecting things to commemorate my life. Those moments are so valuable. 

It kind of supports that good old phrase "stop and smell the roses." When I stop and enjoy, my heart rate slows a little bit, I'm more relaxed and actually have some mental clarity. Wow!  Imagine that!

I used lots of hearts on this page to symbolize self-care and having that loving attitude towards my self. My soul. The photo with my feet is a very symbolic photo. I had gone for a walk that day and decided to park on the bench, put my feet up and just enjoy the scenery for a little bit. 

I'm so glad I captured that memory and moment because I can remember how great it was. 

Design wise, I tried my hand at some hand script. 


I don't like it. But, I'm keeping it. Because that's how we do. I used the gelato to do it. I think I just need a better brush. Still... I'm sticking with Thickers. ;) 

Thanks for swinging by today!