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May 6, 2014

The Documented Life Project

Less than a month ago I came across “The Documented Life Project”  which combines, if you follow their pattern, using a planner plus adding art journaling with one weekly challenge.  There are some free video tutorials as well as fee-based workshops which are excellent.  Roben-Marie Roberts Smith, Lorraine Conte Bell, Rae Missigman, Barbara Copeland Moore and Sandi Keene are the five ladies who have organized this into a year long project complete with a closed facebook page for sharing one’s finished projects.

DLP

One could use collage, painting (either water coloring or acrylic), doodling, scrapbooking, anything that you enjoy in which to organize your planner and art and journaling facets of yourself.   There are no do’s or don’ts.  This gave me the information tutorials to know what to do and the freedom to play on my own.  I also take pictures of the album/planner pages so as to incorporate it all into my Project Life album pages.   Project Life will focus on people and events with a sprinkling of thoughts whereas DLP will focus on the thoughts of the interconnected week’s events and people therein related to the prompt.

Since I started so late in the year, I worked on Week 17 Challenge: utilize a food box into your journal.  I looked around and saw this cereal box from the health food store and saw how it related to what I had just started: clearing out my old Hospice papers from when I retired 3 years ago.  It also related in other ways which became visible as the week progressed.  I foresee SoulCollage cards arising from this collage, as well as others, of this tip-in cereal box with box parts re-placed and a collaged on statement relating to Passion (for hospice), Peace (as someone is dying), Giving Back (to others), Natural (die a natural death):

DLP - Mango Peach tip in

Then I worked on my calendar side with coordinating colors for the daily dividers, etc.  I also included a To Do List and a top tip-in on my calendar page honoring my start of the DLP.

4-24 DLP food 3 pages w-white-out

Finally I played with gesso combined with pink, cream and gold acrylics to form the foundation on the back of the tip-in to provide a base for more journaling carried over from the middle page within.

4-24 DLP pink-gold page w-calendar no words

I took pictures of the various layouts and added to the Documented Life Project facebook page as well as into my Project Life album for this year.  I keep both journals/albums open and move from one to the other, getting inspiration and enjoyment from each.

 

 

 

 

March 15, 2014

Washi warms up a snowy day

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This picture exemplifies how washi tape can warm up a snowy day – both visually and by using it to create while it is cold outside.  Just the right touch of color inside against the whites and grays outside.

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I appreciate a cozy and creative day doing Project Life albums!

 

February 17, 2014

The most precious gift

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Originally posted on ART FOR NOTHING:

“The most precious gift
we can offer others is our presence.
When mindfulness embraces those we love,
they will bloom like flowers.”

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

Watercolor-Mixed-Media-Portrait

Watercolor-Mixed-Media-Portrait

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January 21, 2014

With Patience, Goals take Shape

As I wandered around Riversleigh forest these last months, in any one of my myriad forms, I occasionally came across various colored bottles scattered throughout.  Old, left over from who knows what event, tossed aside when finished, but, who would do that here?  Yet these were beautiful, in multiple colors, too nice to have just been discarded.  Perhaps they were left, on purpose, by fairies or some other beings.  But for what reason?

I gathered them into one spot, sometimes having to go back in a larger form in order to pick up and carry the bottle, not knowing what to do with them, but assuming I would eventually find a use.  One day, I also found some cut-glass sunflowers in the middle of a shrub which I added to my growing pile of vibrant glass.  However, I was a spinning spider that day, having dropped to that shrub from a tree, and couldn’t carry items of that size so I needed to shift into something larger.  As a dexterous raccoon three trips worked perfectly.  Then I found straight pieces of wire which I could drag to the collection spot, one by one, in my wolf’s mouth.

What to do with my assemblage of intriguing objects?  Originally all in one pile, I then scrambled the pile to see if an idea presented itself as to what I could do with it all.  Then I reorganized the pieces so like was with like.  Still no ideas but I liked the tactile feel of the smooth glass as opposed with the cut glass in conjunction of the straight metal wire-rods.

Becoming a ladybug, I flitted around the piles of prism bottles reflecting the sunlight, the three glass sunflowers looking like amber jewels, the tangle of wire like the old-fashioned pick-up-sticks.  Since rearranging the objects themselves elicited no ideas I thought perhaps a different perspective could come up with what to do with it all.  Idea!  Put it all together into a sunflower plant with a framework of the wire which would hold the bottle leaf/arms.  Then I painted labels on each bottle of my human goals, allowing for one bottle to be labeled “unknown”.

collage-Goals  bottle sunflower (2013-5-15)

Later I found a small statue of Treebeard holding a pearl (left by a hobbit? ) and a brilliantly colored, graceful vase on the beach (what was it’s story? had it washed ashore from a distant land?).  Arranged together in a sculpture, they became a focal point in one of my secret groves.  A place to speculate on my future: who was I really beyond all the shapes?  where was I going?  what was I doing?   Much to ponder in these quiet times of Riversleigh.  ( I wonder if anyone in the future will find this as I found all the components?)  Patience was needed to wait for the final realizations to sink in just as patience was needed to collect all these necessary objects.  Was this the intent?  All  will be given you – wait and go with the flow.

(The human I cut out these images from a gardening magazine to make into a SoulCollage card relating to my Goals, and then journaled about the ramifications of those Goals.  Afterwards I scanned and made the card into a Project Life card and journaled further.  Also made a mind-map relating to my goals.  Very helpful to think in terms of how my Goals would evolve and take shape, just as the shape shifter me watched the slow process of discovering and putting it all together at Riversleigh.)

January 9, 2014

The Key in Riversleigh

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It was one of those lovely winter days when I was lying on a branch of a tree, content to have shifted into a small female human and be hidden – or so I thought.  Suddenly the raven flapped down beside me and squawked.   I took it to mean “hello” so I responded appropriately.  She muttered as she reached under her wing and pulled out a small key on a string with her beak.

holding out the key

Extending it forward towards me, she nodded and murmured.  I tentively reached out and she nodded in response.  A key!  Whatever for?  As if she could hear my thoughts, she replied, “It is the key you will need as you travel in a variety of ways and many places.  Use it wisely!”

I was already in this realm of Riversleigh, so it wasn’t for me to get in.  Where might I need this?  Always more questions than answers.  As I mulled this over, the raven flapped her wings and took off for places beyond my sight, so she didn’t want me to shift into a raven and join her.  I clutched the key in my palm as I fastened the string around my wrist for safekeeping.  Settling back down to once again to resume my time of being small and hidden, I pondered the nature of things appearing when you least expect.   What was next?

Healing the Wounded Child

My time in Riversleigh has helped me get further along in my journey of healing my wounded Inner Child.  It has been one of the aids along the way: others include spiritual meditation, processing and mulling, art therapy using SoulCollage and Project Life, writing and journaling including memoir, Soul Food and Riversleigh activities, SoulCollage and Project Life.  My Wounded Child, depicted in the lower left of this SoulCollage card, has been able to transform and access into the upper right part of the card.

collage-wounded child transforms (2013-10-4)

Writing the SoulCollage “I Am the One Who” has assisted in the verbalizing the process after much meditating and mulling.   Riversleigh has been a place of retreat for me to mull in between adventures.  It has symbolized the quiet silences in the spaces between activities.  I have stayed in Riversleigh even as others left: as a shape shifter I could adapt and blend into whatever was happening and whomever was there.

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The quiet time has been necessary, but then there comes a time to be with others again, to share in each others’ lives and appreciate the growth patterns we all have undergone.

January 7, 2014

Project Life Cards Booklet Gifts

One of the things I love about the Project Life cards (most of mine are from the various Becky Higgins collections) is the look and feel of them.  Each is colorful with either full pictures or partial with space for journaling and thick enough to feel like as card and handle continued touching.  I wanted to make something colorful and creative for my grandchildren and came up with these.

12-15-13  booklets for E,I,A

I took both 3×4 and 4×6 Project Life cards and punched holes to provide for the rings.  Many of the 3×4 cards I taped together to make a 4×6 with either washi tape (to add more color and design) or scotch tape (for a continuous look).   I then decorated many of the pages with stamps, stickers (of their favorite characters or interests), various embellishments.  The children could then write, draw, or further embellish the pages.

12-15-13  booklets inside

Also, little pockets are added in which strips of decorative paper and stickers can be inserted for them to play with or add to their booklets.  I also made pages out of individual papers I had on hand for added interest specific for that child.

Similar booklets could be made of any theme or color scheme for any occasion or person.  I spent quite a bit of time on these but really enjoyed it.  My Inner Child loved putting together the page combinations and embellishments for my grandchildren, using far more fun products than were available for me.

January 4, 2014

Riversleigh Revisited

There seems to be more activity of late at Riversleigh.  For quite a while nothing much went on other than various animals, birds, fish and insects living their lives.  As a shape shifter, I am equally at home moving from squirrel scampering up a tree, to hawk catching the updrafts, to a fish in the stream, to a wolf prowling the tundra, to a turtle burrowing into the ground for winter’s hibernation, and so on.  Occasionally, I would transfer to the barest hint of a human, sitting and observing the beauty of nature and its inhabitants, and the patterns of life.

Picture from "Meditation Masters" facebook site

Picture from “Meditation Masters” Facebook site

The freedom to do whatever I wanted and to be whatever I wanted was exhilarating.  All forms were possible.  And all forms were pleasing as each expressed a different part of myself and my Inner Child.  During this time I often reminisced about the days when Riversleigh was more fully occupied and inhabited, and how I interacted within the parameters of those people.  A rich realm, filled with unlimited potential for all – truly a blessing!

January 3, 2014

Washi Tape Ornaments

This year I made washi tape ornaments for everyone, a different design tape and patterns for each.  This was an easy and fun way to personalize presents and let people know I’m thinking of them and appreciate them.  Here is a sampling of some of the possibilities:

12-15-13  ornaments all

The base was a thin wooden tree or star shape from Hobby Lobby then covered with various designs of washi tape. The children received the more interesting shaped Santa and reindeer going over rooftops at night.  On the back of each I clipped a piece from a LOVE tape and added the year.

12-25-13  ornament backs

These pictures then became Project Life cards in my album along with a little explanation on another journaling card.  Fun, colorful, easy, expressing creativity in a small way for showing my gratitude for others.

December 16, 2013

“Wounded Child” Project Life page

This then became my final part of combining SoulCollage cards and Project Life.  I added a picture taken from Pinterest for the color and the quote along with copies of a birthday card, inside and out, I made for my brother and some memories.  And we found a turtle that same day so added that picture for color, content and date, along with a journaling card about the interactions with the turtle before we let him go back into the wild.

11-25-13  PL page wounded child turtle

This colors of this page balanced well together and with the other side of the album (which is not shown).  Journaling, personal pictures, handmade greeting card, and SoulCollage all combined into Project Life.

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