Behind the Art with Melissa

Hi everyone,

Melissa here with you sharing a page I created using the July kit Shine.

The theme of this kit intrigued me. Mostly because there are so many ways one can approach this. So, in my usual ways, I jotted down a bunch of phrases pertaining to shine and my inner world:

- shine from within
- light
- reflection
- brilliance
- radiate

Radiate caught my attention. So, then I began the thought process of, "What is it that I radiate?" "What do I think I should radiate?"

Something I hear, time and time again, is that I'm a joyful person. I'm optimistic and I radiate JOY.

A Ha!

I do tend to agree with that and I love that part of my personality.

I did something quite purposeful with this page. It still makes me nervous but, I'm sticking with it! The title is placed over my face because, I want to symbolize how my JOY is something I want people to notice first. It isn't something blocking me or getting in my way... but, it is something that I embrace about myself and I love sharing WHY I have that joy deep within.

How perfect is the sentiment on that vellum piece? TOO perfect! Right??? 

There is a lot to be joyful about lately and it was fun to record this. The journal is hidden since I had a lot to say but you can read it here...

My journaling is mostly focusing on the moments when I don't feel joyful. I really do know that I'm a positive person, overall but, sometimes those moments of feeling stressed and not so joyful come up. Because, well let's face it, we live in an imperfect world and that's how it is. But, I still here from others how calm and joyful I seem... even while on the inside I'm feeling knots and twists and all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. 

I really do love that! And after thinking about this page some more, I LOVE an embrace this part of my personality!

So, what do YOU radiate? Record it with one of our kits! Grab yours HERE.


Behind the Art with Stacey

Happy Monday and welcome to a new month at Inside Out!  We are working with the concept of Shine!  In honor of the holiday yesterday, I focused on the idea of freedom and life in America.  The adorable cursive word, Sunshine, inspired me.

I decided to use the stencil in the kit to create waves of sunshine.  I have had this photo for a while and I love the American flag in the back.  I added stars to the page to match my theme.

I built a long title that really communicated my message.  I added the heart over the i in sunshine. 
I wrote a reminder to myself and my children.  Remember to appreciate your freedoms and take advantage of your opportunities.  They don't live in a place of war and can make their own decisions.  I wanted them to know that.  This is an important page that I may not have made if not for the idea of shine. 


July Guest Designer: Devra Hunt

Happy Friday!

Our first Contributing Artist page, using the July kit SHINE, is from our talented Guest Designer, Devra Hunt. We are so happy to have her joining us this month; showcasing her perspective on SHINE and how it applies to her inner world. We think you'll love what she created, too.

Let's get to know Devra a little bit better before she shares some more about her first page!

I currently live in the Seattle area where I am the COO of my family, who are my husband, our two boys and our awesome dog Snickers.  My boys are 14 and 12. One is the intellectual type. He loves school, reads and swims. The other has undiagnosed special needs and keeps me on my toes.  My husband is a 5 year cancer survivor. All of that gives me much to think about, reflect on, and incredible material to keep me scrapping for a very long time.

I scrapbook for fun, for creative exercise, for therapy. I scrapbook for stress release.  I am not an epic storyteller, but my pages all have journaling, our albums do tell our story. They are a view into my family's life.  With all of the experiences I've had in my life so far, I have to find humor in the little things everyday.  I don't let life get to serious. I want my older son to know I love my life, as challenging as it can be at times. I want him to see that in our family's books.  

I do both single and 2 page 12x12 layouts.  I'm not sure I can define my style, It's constantly evolving.  But there are 3 things that almost always appear on my pages, larger photos, bright colors and humor.  Even on pages about me. I may change colors for my pages, and take a serious tone, but there is always something there to lighten the mood. All of these things turn up in my pages, which you will see on my blog and in my Pinterest Board. Therefore, some look consistent in style, others look really different.  When I am not scrapping, I am reading, watching baseball, and always dreaming of the beach. 

The Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie and Over the Rainbow is a favorite song of mine. I often think about the lyrics and how they can pertain to my life.  I went into a deeper, darker thought process for this page. Darkness is an antonym for shine.

Rainbows appear when it’s raining. To give the appearance of rain, I used sketch pens and a Silhouette file to create the background.  I wanted the rainbow in the photo to stand out, and not get lost on the page. Matting it with strips of pink papers did just that.  The Make a Wish card refers to the thoughts in my journaling. I used the lemons, to represent my feelings about how life can be sour, and not always sweet, bright and shiny. 

Come join us! We'd love to welcome you to our visual journaling family. Start with the July kit SHINE today.


The SHINE Kit is Live: Let your light SHINE.

Be true to you - and let it all be seen! Your story is full of  both light and dark...and it's the shading that gives it dimension.

We want to inspire you to shine, glow and celebrate all that you are. What fills you with radiance? What light inside you do you want to set free and use to light your life and the world?

Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss lemonade                        
Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss bloom              
Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss citrus                  
Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss squeeze                            
Webster's Pages #Happy sprinkles                           
Webster's Pages #Happy stargazing               
Webster's Pages #Happy surprise                             
Webster's Pages #Happy dancing

Crate Paper Craft Market Marquee Chipboard Thickers - Aqua
Webster's pages #Happy mini alphas - pink            
Webster's pages #Happy storyteller sheet 1          
Webster's pages #Happy storyteller sheet 2
Ranger  TH Findings Mirrored Stars 5-6 pcs
Crate Paper Craft Market Puffy Stickers   
Pink Paislee citrus bliss ephemera pack - 21 pcs
Queen and Co twinkle stars clear, 10 pcs
Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens  light cobalt blue 154                 

The Crafters Workshop Carmen Medlin Stencil  sunlit forest             

My Mind's Eye fireflies canvas             
My Mind's Eye french rose dot             
My Mind's Eye pink delight glimmer                
My Mind's Eye white classic    


Behind the Art with Guest Heather Adams

Hi everyone,

I loved all of the diecuts that are included in this month's "I Am" kit, and I decided to make a page focused on those cute shapes and icons. One of the little banner diecuts says "Enjoying the Ride" and I thought that would be a perfect title for my page. The phrase "enjoying the ride" fits my life so well right now.

I definitely used some of the ephemera shapes that meant something to me. I used a feather to symbolize light-heartedness, and I used a butterfly for freedom and happiness. One of my favorite parts about this layout is the chevron arrow that I cut from the "Tribal" paper from Crate Paper's Journey collection. I also love the "oh the places you'll go" tag because it fits so well with the photo of my shoes! Yes, I'm on a journey.

The journaling on this page is just a short summary of how I feel about life right now and how I have learned to just enjoy each moment of my life. This page made me so happy to create because I felt like the embellishments spoke what my heart is feeling! Everything just falls into place so easily!

Thank you for joining us this month Heather! If you would like to keep up on all that Heather is doing, make sure you follow her!


Behind the Art With Felecia

Am I the only one here who suffers from the anxiety of inadequacy?  It feels like the pressure of life grows "out there" in the world.

I suffer from perfectionism - as in I want everything to be...Usually I'm quite aware...sometimes it creeps in on me. In fact, there was a huge temptation to talk about all I am NOT while tackling the theme this month...

But where is the fun in that???

But, as they say, knowing is half the battle...

I have to remind myself often - I am enough.

I am enough in so many things....

I kept running the words over in my head as I was writing...Note to self...I am enough...Note to self...I am enough...

So...the idea of a cork board hung with sticky notes that tell me all the ways I am enough popped into my brain...but I'm in LOVE with the yellow that Simple Stories puts into their collections...its a perfect yellow...I didn't want to cover it all the way up with cork!  

So...cork stripes it is...

I love being able to modify the supplies in the kits to fit my needs...In this case, I used some spray ink and dyed the letters cherry red. Add in a few sequins - they sort of look like thumb tacks...

I think I've said before that I don't really do the whole project life thing...too much pressure (see above about perfectionism!) but I ADORE the journal cards...they are the most versatile supply in paper crafting.  Not only do they provide places to journal (of course!) and are perfect to use to frame photos, but they come with beautiful designs that you can fussy cut into smaller embellies...Like the flowers below my photo and the flags in the upper corner...

Of all the things I think I need to remember that I Am Enough is probably the most important...I'm enough...for this moment and this place. I will grow and I will change and I will learn...and will then be enough for THOSE moments....

Peace, ya'll!


Behind the Art with Jen

  For this page, I was seriously just inspired by all the words that come with this kit!  Stickers, rub-ons, stencil, and papers.  I just love them all!  I wanted to use that Crafter's Workshop stencil so I took some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Whipped Spackle and used the Distress Marker on a craft mat.  I scribbled on the mat with the marker and added the Whipple Spackle with a palette knife. 
 You can see that it made a very pale green color.  I pressed it through the stencil and when I lifted it off, it was dimensional!

You can see that I repeated that many times.  I love the pale color against the cork background.  I also mixed water with some of the scribbled marker on the craft mat and pressed the paper in the puddle before adding the spackle. 
 I did this page to celebrate how lucky I am to design for some of my favorite companies!  I absolutely love that they push me to the limit and give me more creative freedom.  I love this life!

 I added some rub ons and stickers after the Whipped Spackle dried to complete the message.
Other fun details were added.  Feathers, stars, arrows, and some bling give it a fun and happy feel! I hope you liked this technique for using the Distress Marker, stencil and your favorite medium!