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“I Don’t Know What To Journal” Myth-Buster Prompt #15!

Welcome to our “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO JOURNAL ABOUT” MYTH-BUSTER PROMPT #15 by Tangie!

Prompt: If you could be any age again for one week, what age would you be?

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

by Julie Ann Shahin, Social Media Team for Studio Tangie

Remember how Scrooge was able to visit his younger self with the Ghost of Christmas past? Let’s pretend you not only visit your younger self, but you get to be that age for 7 days again!

Should you decide on based on your favorite memories? Perhaps there is a time in your life you would like to change the ending? Perhaps you just want to make more of a difference to the people you knew at that time?

Would you just enjoy being in a younger body that can move, shimmy, and shake much more able than you can now? Or would you give yourself some advice now that hindsight is 20/20?

How would you spend your days? Would you enjoy sleeping in or not want to miss a single minute and wake at the crack of dawn?

What about the fashion of that time? Would you revel in an 80′s hair mullet or 70′s disco clothing?

Do you think times were simpler then? Did you have more or less stress?

Let’s take a look at how the creative team tackled this prompt!

Inspiration for IDKWTJ Myth-Buster Prompt #15 by the Studio Tangie Creative Team

Heather aka sparklyduck75

Sometimes I’d like to go back in time to when I was six or seven, the week around Christmas. Everything felt so beautiful and bright, not just because of the decorations everywhere, but because the family was together and in love. We hadn’t yet learned what anguish would feel like, and were blissful in our naivete.

But living in an old feeling, even a good one, is a pretty sure way to die empty. Looking around now, there are new joys to experience, new moments to embrace, new memories to make. I bless the life we used to know, and I am content that it is gone. The life of today compels me forward by its own amazing glow. I bless what is now. I bless what is to come.

CREDITS-ALL BY TANGIE BAXTER: My Favorite Things – Family; My Favorite Things – The Christ Child. OTHER: Font: Jellyka Gare de Chambord.

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Rain

For My Dad
September 9th, 1906-February 11th, 1983
I would love to travel back to the week before my 23rd birthday, just after graduating from Chiropractic school, I didn’t have a family of my own or a full time practice yet, I didn’t live 3000 miles away from my parents yet…I would spend those 7 days with my beloved father, who died all too soon a year later.

But that week, the sun was still shining, he wasn’t so very ill that the stories had stopped for lack of breath. We could still walk together and hold hands, watching the change of light over the tomatoes in the garden, still sneak some potatoes from under the plants for your Celtic soul to have with every dinner.

I would say all the things that were stuck in my throat, write down the names and stories of those people in the old photos, re-work all world policies and health care with you from the couch. Eat butter pecan ice cream for dinner and watch endless episodes of Mash.

7 days. Just to hear your voice again, just to have those precious everyday moments where love truly lives.

CREDIT – All Tangie Baxter: Celtic traditions

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Jaimie aka strawberryredhead

I hope it’s okay that I used a journaling font that is not really legible. The journal is kind of personal to me.

CREDITS: ALL BY TANGIE BAXTERSplatter Graffiti Patina by Studio Tangie Baxter; Conversed Grunge 1 by Studio Tangie Baxter; Splatter Graffiti Write by Studio Tangie Baxter; Time Digital Stamps by Studio Tangie Baxter; 2012 Art Journal Caravan 05 by Studio Tangie; Proverbs Word Strips by Studio Tangie; AJC 2012 Parcel 16 Fusion Collage 2 by Studio Tangie Baxter; Gesso Messy No. 5 – Borders by Studio Tangie Baxter; Journal Anthology 9 by Studio Tangie Baxter; She Found Her Bliss by Studio Tangie Baxter; OTHER -  Fonts: SignericaFat

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ms. mauk

Credits all by Tangie Baxter:
AJC12 Parcel 15
AJC12 Parcel 07
AJC11 Parcel 50
AJC12 Parcel 44
Luminescence
Bestiary Beasties
Bestiary Beasties Lace
Gesso Messy 13
Lost and Found
Autumns Poetry staple
AJC12 Parcel 33
AJC12 Parcel 19

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Julie Ann

This page assumes that I would be able to go back in time to change something about myself with the knowledge I have in the present. I realize that this would alter my future, however, I believe in destiny so I think I would somehow still end up with the wonderful life I have now! Just without all the grief  and depression I went through!!!!

CREDITS: ALL STUDIO TANGIE -
Tape, Paper, Arrow: NEW Art Journal Caravan 2013 Expedition Kit
Gesso Lace: AJC 12 Parcel 4
Paint scratch: AJC12 Parcel 23
Notes: Articulates 01
Tag: Jungle Salvage
Alpha: Autumn’s Poetry
Art Doll: AJC 11 Parcel 29
Stitchy Gesso Collage: AJC 12 Parcel 49
Fonts: Tangie Art Journaling Font MadHatter, Tangie Art Journaling Font RockingHorseFly

Now it’s your turn! Let’s see your movie pages!!!

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com


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Art Journaling 102: Technique Focus – DIY Cluster Embellishments!

First Order of Business…

Oops! I forgot to post Tangie’s page last week for the prompt on Which movie star no longer living would you cast to star in a movie about your own life? Please forgive me Tangie!!!! (I think she was in Colorado and didn’t even notice. LOL)

Here is her amazing page that has been finished since September!

TANGIE – “I Don’t Know What to Write Myth-Buster Prompt #14 (link to prompt)

Credits: Virtuosity, AJC12 Parcel 37 & 13, Gypsy Rhapsody, Gesso Messy 1, 6, 7 & 9, Love “The Doctor”, Dream Spilling all from Studio Tangie and Ransom Alpha Color by Studio SherrieJD

 

Ok, now onto new business!!! We’ve got a brand-new technique focus for you this week:

Technique Focus – Make Your Own Cluster Embellishments from Studio Tangie elements!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday if you celebrated Thanksgiving in the U.S., and also survived Black Friday shopping, if you were brave enough. I haven’t been out shopping in several years, I have decided to do all my shopping online, if not making things by hand. I am too old to have patience for the crowds at the stores nowadays!

If you’d like to find some zen after the shopping craziness, try your hand at our Technique Focus this week – use Studio Tangie elements to create Cluster Embellishments. This awesome idea came from our  own ingenius Creative Team Member Leslie aka lharvey81.

The idea is to take elements from a kit, or different kits, and create clusters that you’ll have ready to use when the mood strikes you to make a page! The page will come together all that much FASTER!

Let’s look at examples of clusters put together by the Creative Team, and how they used them on a page.

Inspiration by the Studio Tangie Creative Team for Technique Focus

Lita’s Clusters


Lita’s Art Journal Page Using Her DIY Clusters

CREDITS: All by Tangie Baxter except font
Autumns Poetry;
AJC 2012 Parcel 16 Fusion Collage;
Gesso Messy V5 Borders;
Gesso Messy V8 Doilies;
Fonts: SweetlyBroken

 

Rain’s Clusters

Rain’s Art Journal Page #1 Using DIY Cluster Set 1

Hope
To see the road before me
To always keep hope alive
Despite obstacles that block my way
To follow the Golden path
of beauty
of heart
Despite discouragement and frustration
to always keep hope alive

CREDITS: All Tangie Baxter: Bestiary of Beasties

Rain’s Art Journal Page #2 Using DIY Cluster Set 2

Fearless
CREDIT: All Tangie Baxter: Bestiary of Beasties

 

Rain’s Art Journal Page #3 Using DIY Cluster Set #3

La Luna, Holder of Watery Wisdom
Please come to my dreaming body,
Fill me with fluidity and power of the tides, the soft light
Pouring the depth of understanding into my soul, allowing my being
to take winged flight.
La Luna, Luminescent grace,
traversing my inner galaxy, whisper of love into my ear,
the music of the unknown.

CREDIT: All Tangie Baxter: Bestiary of Beasties.

 

Heather’s Cluster Frames

CREDITS: Tangie’s Thinking of Thee; Wishing and Waiting; Up Up and Away; and Splatter Graffiti: Bloom kits.

Heather’s Art Journal Page Using DIY Cluster Frame

CREDIT: The paper here is also from Thinking of hee, with silver alpha from Tangie’s Junque Journal collab with SherrieJD.

 

Julie Ann’s Clusters

 

Julie Ann’s Art Journal Page Using DIY ClustersCredit: All by Studio Tangie

Paper, borders, bird, doodle, glitter, key, metal flower, paint/splatters, flower, word art, fleur de lis, graffiti, tape: Thankful Heart Collab with SherrieJD
Graffiti, leaf shape, word art: Thankful News (Thankful Titles and Graffiti)
Fonts: TangieAJFMaryAnn, TangieAJFoldcrab, TangieAJFfivesevenandtwo, TangieAJFmockturtle

 

Now it’s your turn! Have fun making your own DIY Cluster Embellishments with Studio Tangie elements.

Link up your page here (copy and paste the url) in the comments section of this post. Join our fun, lots of members are jumping in!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

 

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“I Don’t Know What To Journal” Myth-Buster Prompt #14!

Welcome to our “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO JOURNAL ABOUT” MYTH-BUSTER PROMPT #14 by Tangie!

Prompt: You can cast any actor no longer alive to play you in a film about yourself. Who would you cast?

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

 

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team


Do you have your popcorn ready to watch Lindsay Lohan, starring as Elizabeth Taylor, in Liz & Dick on November 26th? This is supposed to be the troubled actress’ comeback role. Do you think she can pull it off? Will you be watching?

 

Who would you cast to star in a movie about your own life? (Pick among actors or actresses no longer alive.) How would you begin to choose? Which would be your priority: your life story or whether the actor resembles you? Would it matter if the actor decidely resembles your own character (mannerisms, quirks, etc.)  in the movie, or would you give him/her freedom to develop those as he/she sees fit? Would the movie focus on how your life actually turned out, or how you would have liked your life to turn out?

 

“After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”
- Ann Richards

 

Growing up, we often watched musicals with my grandparents starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Musicals such as Swing Time. I was fairly uninspired for this prompt until I was looking through my stash of Old Hollywood vintage portraits, and saw Fred and Ginger. Although I haven’t danced in about twenty years, I thought Ginger Rogers would be the perfect choice to play me in my life story. I’m not quite sure what the story line would be yet, perhaps starting in my early 30′s finding the love of my life and getting married, a celebration of surviving my horrific twenties! I literally had a mid-life crisis yet I was only in my mid-twenties. I’m sure a flashback to those times would be in the movie as a dramatic point.

Now Ginger Rogers doesn’t exactly look like me, and I wouldn’t expect her to exactly act like me perfectly, as this would be a musical, and I don’t go through my day singing and dancing. Thus, my movie would be a bit fictionalized, and perhaps end the way I want it to.

Our Studio Tangie Creative Team also picked some gorgeous leading ladies from Old Hollywood for their art journaling pages for this prompt, from Vivian Leigh to Irene Dunn.  I believe that in ms. mauk’s page the title “Danke Schoen” is a song. Here are the lyrics:

Danke Schoen, Darling, Danke Schoen.
Thank you for all the joy and pain.
Picture shows, second balcony, was the place we’d meet,
Second seat, go Dutch treat, you were sweet.

Danke Schoen, Darling, Danke Schoen.
Save those lies, Darling don’t explain.
I recall, Central Park in fall.
How you tore your dress, what a mess, I confess.
That’s not all.

Danke Schoen, Darling, Danke Schoen.
Thank you for walks down Lover’s Lane.
I can see, hearts carved on a tree.
Letters inter-twined, for all time, yours and mine, that was fine.

Danke Schoen, Darling, Danke Schoen.
Thank you for seeing me again.
Though we go on our seperate ways,
Still the memory stays, for always, my heart says, DankeSchoen.

Danke Schoen, Oh Darling, Danke Schoen.
I said, Thank you for seeing me again.
Though we go- on our seperate ways,
Still the memory stays, for always, my heart says, DankeSchoen.

Danke Schoen, Auf Wiedersehn, Danke Schoen

Let’s take a look at the Creative Team’s pages!

 

Inspiration for IDKWTJ Myth- Buster Prompt #14

ms. mauk

CREDITS – Tangie Baxter:
Journal Anthology 7
Lost & Found
Parcel 24
Fonts: Blackout, Brush Script Std, Tangie Baxter AJF Frog Footman

 

Heather (sparklyduck75)

Irene Dunne is my favorite classic leading lady. She had an ease and openness about her, and a perfect balance of glamour and quirky humor, that made her feel like a real woman, never a magazine cut-out playing dress-up. I love the way she lived her life, by her own standards, politely calling the shots. When she wanted Hollywood, she had it. When she was ready to move on, she did it on her own terms, and spent the rest of her life doing charitable and philanthropic work. People who knew her always said she was a wonderfully warm, joyous, positive person and easy to be around. I’d love if all these things were true of me, too! So if they ever wanted to make a movie about me, I’d faint with a happy sigh to have Irene Dunne in the starring role… and Cary Grant can play my husband. Smile

CREDITS:
By Tangie Baxter: AJC2011 starter kit; Orchid Elixir.
Irene Dunne and fern images from the Internet.
Fonts: LainieDaySH; TrajanPro.

 

Julie Ann

Hybrid art journal page featuring Tangie’s Rubber Stamps Set #1


How I made this page – breaking all the rules!

I have some pages in my art journal that are half pre-made, where I play with products just for fun with no forethought or intention planned out. This is where I started with one of these pages, that had orange and purple misted on it, also with a green stencil, and some of Tangie’s circle stamps from Set #1 (currently sold out I believe, but you can buy Sets #4 and #5 here.)

Then I took one of Tangie’s 2011 printable art journal backgrounds…which she calls “Collage Sheets” if you do a search in her store. I tore the sides off so that you see just three ballerinas, and adhered the background to the page. Then I took aqua paint and made strokes along the left, bottom, and top edges of the background. This grounds the background and blends it into the rest of the page. I also made paint strokes in the right top and bottom corners.

I used stamps from Tangie’s Stamp Set #1 to add to the background. You can see in this image below where I added stamps. I overlapped the printed background.

I had cut out Fred and Ginger from a vintage book so they went in the center. I outlined them with a black marker. I used crayon and marker to give slight color to her face and hair, and ink to dab on slight color to her dress.

I cut out hearts from the remaining Collage Sheet, and put it to the right of Fred, and then below the hearts, I used elements from the Collage Sheets such as a playing card and domino for the border. The banner above their head is also from the Collage Sheet. Here I highlighted the elements and background from Tangie’s store.

CREDITS: Tangie Baxter -

Domino, Banner, Ballerina Background, Hearts, Card: 2011 Collage Sheet Mania! 94 Collage Sheet Grab Bag! By Tangie
Various circle stamps: Splatter Graffiti Set #1 Rubber Stamps by Tangie

Other-
Word art, border: CrowaboutStudioB
Pen: Sharpie
Dancers: Vintage book
Stencils: Studio Calico
Spray Ink: Dylusions
Stamp Ink: Stampin’ Up, Ranger
Tape: Prima
Paint: Making Memories

Now it’s your turn! Let’s see your movie pages!!!

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com


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“I Don’t Know What To Journal” Myth-Buster Prompt #13!

Welcome to our I Don’t Have Anything to Journal About” Myth-Buster Prompt #13 by Tangie!

Prompt: If you could have one superpower, which would it be?

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

 

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

Telepathy, telekinesis, enhanced intelligence, super strength, super speed, flight, teleportation, invisibility, shape-shifting – these are just a few of the most commonly imagined superpowers.   Which one appeals to you most? Why? Or do you long for a different type of power?

Our art journalers below chose some unique powers.

  • Rain would have the loving gift of healing power.
  • Heather dreams of house-keeping superpowers.
  • Your every thought would be known by Deb.
  • And I would be able to befriend anyone with my hypnotic charm as the strongest of my powers of persuasion.

 

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Inspiration from the Studio Tangie Creative Team for Prompt #13

Rain

Journaling: If I could have one superpower, it would be absolute healing power, at the touch of my hand or wand or thought form, all illness would leave, transformed into light.

CREDITS:  By Tangie Baxter-
Compendium of Dreams
Gypsy
Seaside Art Dolls
SJD Caravan
Other: Wand and Key: Mr. Whiskers: Lordlings, Miss Behaving at Deviant Scrap

 

Heather

Journaling: The only woman who doesn’t dream of house keeping superpowers is the one who has already hired help.

CREDITS – By Tangie Baxter:
Queen of Cakes collab; Greatest Curiosity; Journal Anthology series; and Gypsy Rhapsody.

 

Deb aka pennyshilling

Journaling reads as follows……..
There are numerous
SUPERPOWERS
that I would love
to draw upon in
my day to day
LIFE
Right now having the ABILITY TO READ OTHERS MINDS would be most HELPFUL
Certainly not in a prying or devious way, but in a manner which would
ALLOW FOR FURTHER
UNDERSTANDING
It is so hard for some to SHARE OR EXPRESS their inner thoughts and feelings WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH
OR COMPLICATED
and I can’t help but thinking
“If only I could read your mind love…..”

Credits- By Tangie Baxter
Tangie_Midnight Dreams
_Papercuts
_Overlay
_Gesso
_Elements
_Glows
_Sunbursts
_Splatters

Tangie_Gypsy Diaries
_Collage Sheet

Tangie_AJC_Parcel_16
Other: Tumble Fish Studio_Odd Magic

 

Julie Ann


Journaling: Not brute force but only persuasion and faith are the kings of this world. Thomas Carlyle

Credits: By Tangie Baxter -
Star vintage stamp: Steampunk Spooktacular
Hearts: Journal Anthology 9
Lighting: Luminescence
Glitter splash: By Magic Sampler
Word Art/Abracadabra, Stars, Burst, Splatter: By Magic
Paper note: AJC12 Parcel 7
Strip: Tangible Plans 19
Strong: Tangible Plans 20
Background: Collage Fodder Backgrounds
Fonts: Tangie Art Journaling Font bandersnatch, Franklin Gothic Medium
Other: Couple, Overlay: Couples Therapy Sherrie JD

 

Now it’s your turn! Let’s see your superpower pages!!!

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Julie Ann Is Back with “I Don’t Know What To Journal” Myth-Buster Prompt #12!

Julie Ann Is Back with “I Don’t Know What To Journal” Myth-Buster Prompt #12!

Prompt: What was the most recent movie to make you cry?

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

Hi everyone! Thanks for all of your support the past two months while I took a hiatus after my father-in-law passed away. It was quite an upheaval in our family. I’m very excited to be back and art journaling with the Studio Tangie community again. I hope you enjoy this week’s prompt.

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Here’s how the Creative Team interpreted the Prompt:

Studio Tangie Creative Team Inspirations for Prompt #12

ms. mauk


Credits:
Tangie Baxter, AJC12 Parcel 11
Tangie Baxter & Rebecca McMeen, Steampunk Maritime
Tangie Baxter Paperworn Art Styles & Bonus Action
Fonts: Tangie Baxter AJFonts five seven & two, dormouse, & elephant

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Tangie

The last movie to make me cry, was actually a TV Show but since I watched it on Netflix we’re going to count it Smile.

Credits:  (by Studio Tangie)

Love “The Doctor” and My Midnight Dreams Danced Among the Stars, Gesso Messy 7

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Julie Ann

This is not a new movie, but I saw it recently.

“You never quit on your music. No matter what. Cuz anytime something bad happens to you that’s the one place you can escape to and just let it all go.” – August Rush quote

Credits: all by Tangie Baxter (Studio Tangie except photo)
Music, Gold Leaf: Gypsy Rhapsody
Ephemera Circle, Circle Stitches
Sun: MUSEicaltheatre
Glitter Accents: Steampunk Band
Highlight: AJC11 Parcel 33
Gesso: Gesso Messy 9
Splatter Overlay: AJC12 Parcel 37
Papers (three papers blended together): Up Up Away
Fonts: by Tangie (have to look them up)
Photo: from Flickr, Creative Commons License – have to look up his name

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Heather aka sparklyduck75

The last movie I cried over was a Queen Victoria double-feature: “The Young Victoria” and “Mrs. Brown.”

In “The Young Victoria”, Emily Blunt portrays Queen Victoria as a teenager making her ascent to the throne, and finding her footing as a woman, a monarch, and a wife to her beloved Prince Albert. Dame Judi Dench stepped into an older Victoria’s shoes in “Mrs. Brown,” a film about the relationship between the Queen and her friend and guardian, John Brown. Victoria was three years into an all-consuming grief following Albert’s devastating death before the feisty John Brown restored her to herself. I cried for Victoria in both films, both stories of her great loves and great agonies. I cried for how the love of a good man can illuminate a woman’s heart, and inspire her to live powerfully, even in love’s loss.

Quote: In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing. –Robert Ingersoll

CREDITS:

By TANGIE BAXTER: Marie collab; Medieval Faire collab; Imprints of Kingdoms Past; Thoughts of Thee; Gypsy Glitter Glass Laces; Gypsy Rhapsody.

By MOO’S SCRAPS: Black frame and brocade paper from Elegance kit.

FONTS: JellykaDeliciousCake; TrajanPro.

Images of young Victoria, older Victoria, Prince Albert, and John Brown from the Internet.

 

Now it’s your turn! Let’s see your cry-jerker movie pages!!!

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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“I Don’t Know What To Journal” Myth-Buster Prompt #11

Welcome to our I Don’t Have Anything to Journal About” Myth-Buster Prompt #11 by Tangie!

Prompt: Would you enjoy a month of solitude in a beautiful natural setting?

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

Julie Ann

This prompt was easy for me because I love being alone. I don’t mind it. I like the peace and quiet, being able to get my art done. I could see myself enjoying the peace and relishing the natural beauty. I love to write and I could see myself doing a lot of writing, in busy solitude! Oh, the joy!

I knew immediately how I wanted my page to look. My page was inspired by one of my favorite art journalers and illustrators: Anahata Katkin.  She describes her style, “A lot of my artwork is built up using faces and portrait style focus and then I just build onto it using things from the environment or fashion to inspire the rest.”

I also knew I wanted a tropical look and I did that with color.

CREDITS: MOST BY TANGIE BAXTER

Paper: Glamorazzi (set on blending mode Multiply)
Buddha: AJC12 Parcel 29
Lady: Cartography Set 15 Map Heads
Hinge,Splatter, Flowers, Glitter, : The Princess with Sea Green Hair
Stamps: Branches
Postcard Art: AJC Parcel 5 with Amanda Sexton
Suitcase: AJC11 Parcel 3 with Rebecca McMeen
Bling: Cirque Joyeaux with Sherrie JD
Label Stamp: By Magic
Dots: AJC12 Expedition Kit
Splattergraffiti: Bloom
Bird,Feather, Background Paper : Back to Bollywood by Berna Data
Fonts: The Dreamer, Teutonic No4

 

I apologize for this post being short today. My father-in-law passed yesterday, and my mother-in-law also had a heart attack yesterday morning. I’m in shock, and not myself right now. I hope to be back in full swing next week! Thanks! (P.S. Hug your loved ones!)

 

Now it’s your turn! Let’s see your solitude pages!!!

Journal your thoughts and upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up in the comments of this blog post.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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My Vision for 2012: Ambition Prompt #3

Prompt #3: What are the available resources for making your dreams come true? Are they intangibles such as courage, determination, hard work and intelligence or are they financial? Determine the value of each resource in their ability to help you reach your dream.

Create an art journal page answering this question, include a paragraph of journaling.

Link up your page here (copy and paste the url) in the comments section of this post. Join our fun, lots of members are jumping in!

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

About Prompt #3: Do you need to determine and evaluate how much capital is needed to obtain  your goal? For instance, if you want to go back to school, how much do you need for tuition, books, and supplies? If you are headed for the books,you can use The Education Investment Planner, available at www.SallieMae.com/plan, which enables families to:

  • Estimate the full cost of a college degree: Find out how much four years for a bachelor’s degree, two years for a master’s degree, or other programs will cost at a specific school, including the average growth of tuition over time.
  • Build a customized Plan to pay for college through a combination of their own money, federal and state grants, scholarships and, if necessary, federal and private student loans.
  • Compare schools: Compare actual costs for approximately 5,500 colleges and universities—not only tuition, but also average room and board expenses, fees, books and supplies.
  • Determine if they need student loans and, if so, estimate what their monthly payments could be after graduation—and project how much a graduate would need to earn to keep payments manageable.

What resources do I use to reach my dream?

One of my number one goals is to have a great, lasting marriage. It’s a common dream to love and be loved. We all have that in common. I thought  for a while, and decided upon the following ten traits as my most important resources to draw upon, not in any certain order:

  • passion
  • communication
  • understanding
  • forgiveness
  • honesty
  • teamwork
  • family
  • quality time
  • keeping fit (health)
  • love

I expanded upon the first four traits.

Passion

My passion to make my marriage work is perhaps the greatest resource at my disposal. It is what makes me fight for us to work. I have an Irish temper, yet I also learned a lot of communication skills from years of therapy.

We have passionate arguments yet our intentions are to relay constructive criticism, useful information, to one another, and we try not to hit below the belt.

 

Communication

This segways into communication. As I mentioned that I had years of therapy where I learned actual skills to use in communication, I find that I can no longer hold back my frustrations nor let anything build up between us.

That’s not to say that I take issue with every little thing that goes wrong. You do have to pick your battles. A good measure I use is to ask myself, “Is this going to matter five years from now?” If I know that I will have long forgotten it by then, it’s not worth making it into an issue.

So I communicate frustations as they happen. I don’t wait and surprise my spouse when he’s not expecting it. This has been effective for us, and we never go to bed mad at each other.

I do admit it’s not easy. If it sounds easy, it’s not. You just have to realize and trust that the other person really can handle what you have to say. True, if you set a boundary, they are not going to jump for joy.

I trust, in the end, that my husband is not going to walk out and leave me over an argument as long as we use fair fighting techniques, and try to be effective in communication. No verbal or physical abuse.

 

Understanding

Close behind communication is understanding. It feels good to be with a partner who “gets me,” and vice versa.

Overall, when we have a talk, we try to make sure we conclude with an understanding between us.

For instance, we both work from home. We can get pretty focused on the computer to the point that we don’t hear the other person talking. We now have an understanding that if my husband wants to talk to me while I’m on the computer, he will come into the room that I am in, make eye contact with me, ask me to make eye contact with him (cues me to really listen), and makes sure I am listening. I often repeat back to him what he said so he knows I have heard and understood.

That is just one form of understanding between us.

 

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is one trait I, personally, have been working on over the spring and summer. There were events years ago where I’ve held onto the anger as if it were a teddy bear. I didn’t think I could ever embrace forgiveness.

I’ve come to realize how important forgiveness is for your health. It’s taken many months, yet slowly, forgiveness has seeped into my heart through cracks that I started. It felt good. The more I do it, and feel it wash over me, the more I like it.

As I remember different events, and different people, even if they are no longer in my life, I feel transformed by forgiveness – forgiving them, forgiving myself.

I also did a marriage quiz somewhere once, where I found out that one of my weaknesses was that I hold back forgiveness the most. So as I forgive my past, I am opening up, and also realizing I do not need to hold onto grudges against my spouse either. I need to be ready with forgiveness.

 

Inspiration for My Vision for 2012: Ambition Prompt #3

Julie Ann

Journaling: 21 Suggestions for Success by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.

2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.

3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.

6. Be generous.

7. Have a grateful heart.

8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.

9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.

10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.

12. Commit yourself to quality.

13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.

14. Be loyal.

15. Be honest.

16. Be a self-starter.

17. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.

18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.

 

CREDITS: MOST BY TANGIE BAXTER
banner, fence overlay, word art, flower splatter: Art Journal Caravan 2012 {Parcel 29}
doodle: studio box workshop no. 4
overlay:  Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #012
girl: seaside art dolls
word art: verve letter art
paper: verve story stages
fonts: TangieAJFjubjub, TangieAJFmomeraths, TangieAJFtigerlilly
other: mva journalelements, mve coffee spot freebie

 

Now it’s Your Turn! Let’s see your pages about your vision for ambition.

Link up your page here (copy and paste the url) in the comments section of this post. Join our fun, lots of members are jumping in!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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My Vision for 2012: Ambition Art Journal Prompt #2

“Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action you take. You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, destiny.” Alfred A. Montapert

Prompt #2: Get out of your comfort zone and add incremental steps to your action plan for achieving your dream/goal.

 

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

I’m one of those people who easily get overwhelmed by certain goals, or on the other hand, I procrastinate at a ridiculous level. There are reasons for this, if I look closely, some of which are emotional. For instance, my garden that I mentioned last week hasn’t been started because I have a great fear of killing all of the plants and flowers that I spend good money on.

 

I’m overwhelmed of where to start with the garden. I’ve been pinning, and pinning, and pinning loads of ideas for gardens. Recently, I clicked through to a website, and found a garden plan for a beginner who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time in the garden, using hardy perennials that ought to be hard to kill.

So, let me set my intention, and as the prompt states, add incremental steps to an action plan.

Intention: Plant a beautiful, shade garden in my backyard this month.

Step 1. Download the garden plan.

Step 2. Get my husband to agree to this garden plan.

Step 3. Make sure these plants will do well in our zone and planting location in our yard.

Step 4. Go out and buy the plants.

Step 5. Plant them according to the plan, and care for them. Planting and maintenance can be done in one-hour blocks of time as many times as necessary daily. Watch less television and be on the internet less.

Seems doable, right? As long as I have the right garden tools, and I don’t further procrastinate or come upon more obstacles or self-sabotage.

What goal do you have that needs to be broken down into steps?

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Inspiration for My Vision for 2012: Ambition Prompt #2

Julie Ann

Journaling:

Intention: Plant a beautiful, shade garden in my backyard this month.

Step 1. Download the garden plan.

Step 2. Get my husband to agree to this garden plan.

Step 3. Make sure these plants will do well in our zone and planting location in our yard.

Step 4. Go out and buy the plants.

Step 5. Plant them according to the plan, and care for them. Planting  and maintenance can be done in one-hour blocks of time as many times as necessary daily. Watch less television and be on the internet less.

 

CREDITS: ALL BY TANGIE BAXTER

Template: Parcel 27
Papers: Orchard Elixir, Gee That’s Swell, What I Love to Do, Keep Moving Forward, TCOI fantasy solid, AJC Parcel 51,
Arms: Hey Doll
Wings: TCOI C10
Head: Flora Finery
Heart: Quote Cuts
Dots: Being Me
Font: AJFMockTurtle
Stitching, Splatter, Bling: AJC12 Parcel 15
Splattergraffiti: Bloom
Borders: Quickety Split Snippets 1, Quickety Split Borders 3
House: Collage Fodder Houses 2
Splattered Overlays: Art Journal Caravan 2012 {Parcel 28}
Canvas Tag: Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #014

Now it’s Your Turn! Let’s see your pages about your vision for ambition.

Link up your page here (copy and paste the url) in the comments section of this post. Join our fun, lots of members are jumping in!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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Art Journaling 102: Technique Focus – Altering Word Art

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

Technique Focus – Altering Word Art

Today’s focus is on using purchased word art and making it your own!

What is Word Art? By Tim Brugger

In its simplest form, word art is simply ….(stylized) print or text, essentially (transformed text) into an image. Rather than your traditional Times New Roman or Arial fonts, which may appear a bit bland on an (art journal page or scrapbook layout), word art gives the designer a means of changing the bland into an eye-catching, attention-grabbing image.

Some Examples

There are a ton of different effects you can make using word art; limited only by your imagination. Some of the more common uses include changing blah, ordinary text into having the appearance of being 3-D, using different colors and shades and shadows to add the appearance of depth.

Changing your text using stripes, fades and adding curves or blocked shapes is also a common use of word art. Even after you’ve tweaked and doctored up your text using one or several of these options, there are still choices available to you. Now you can pull or stretch the text giving it an entirely different appearance, or make it appear as though it is spiraling or wrapping it around pictures.

Source


Examples of Word Art by Tangie

Here of some of  Tangie’s most recent products that are Word Art centric, although most of her kits and parcels contain word art as well:

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #7 by Tangie

{Verve} Letter Art By Tangie

{Verve} Letter Art

Art Journal Caravan 2012 {Parcel 18} By Tangie

Art Journal Caravan 2012 {Parcel 18}

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #010 By Tangie

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #010

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #005 By Tangie

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #005

Inspiration for Altering Word Art

Tutorial by Julie Ann

Step 1. Open word art from Steampunk Maritime w/ Studio Rebecca in your photo editing software (I am using Photoshop Elements).

Step 2. Create a new document the size of your art journal page with a white background and drag the word art onto it. Transform the word art with the move tool (by dragging  the corners) so the word art is full-size.

 

Step 3. Take a paper from Journal Anthology 8 and drag it above your word art. Group it with the word art by pressing Ctrl+G to “cut” away the paper so that the word art is now cut out of the paper.

 

Step 4. Take another paper from Journal Anthology 8 and drag it to the layer below your word art. Position it.

Step 5. Drag the word art again onto the page again twice, this time above your background paper.  Alter the color by going to  Enhance –>Adjust Color –> Adjust Hue/Saturation, then adjust the lightness level to the left until you are satisfied with the white color.  Rotate the word art by using the move tool.

 

 

Step 6. Next I wanted to highlight the word “Explore.” So I drew a box around it with the Rectangular Marquee Tool, copied it (Ctrl + C), and then pasted it on a new layer below the word art layer.

Step 7. I added Tangie’s Galaxy Glow style to the new layer’s word art Explore. (Galaxy Glow style is available on the SUPER HERO BUNDLE by Tangie). I adjusted the style to my taste by clicking on the fx icon.

 

Step 8. Experiment with blending modes to give the rotated word art  layers an added extra artistic oomph! I changed the blending mode to color dodge.

Step 9. Add a new layer, and stamp with Tangie’s Grunge Brushes 1 above the background paper.

Step 10. Add ephemera.

Step 11. Add splattergraffiti.

Step 12. Add border pieces.

Here is the finished page:

Credits: ALL BY TANGIE

Border: AJC Parcel 40 with Amanda Sexton
Boat, Anchor: Dream Spilling
Splatter Graffiti: Dare
Sailors: 3 Cheers with SherrieJD
Papers: Journal Anthology 8
Word Art: Steampunk Marine
Brush: Grunge Brushes 1 by Tangie

 

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Credits all from Tangie Baxter-

Conversed 3
Conversed 6
AJC12 Parcel 18
AJC12 Parcel 16
AJC12 Parcel 8
AJC12 Parcel 7
MaleCall
Collage Fodder Animal Faces
Gesso Messy 5
Watercolor Styles 1
Paperworn Art Styles & Bonus Action

Now it’s your turn! Let’s see your altered word art pages!

Upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up (copy and paste the url) in the comments of this blog post.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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New July Theme: My Vision for 2012 – AMBITION

Welcome to a New Theme for July: Ambition!

My Vision for 2012

About The Theme AMBITION:

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

(scroll down for new prompt)

am·bi·tion/amˈbiSHən/

Noun:

  1. A strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.
  2. Desire and determination to achieve success.

 

Until now, I have had a strong dislike for this particular word for the past twenty years, I have to confess. I had been passionate about being an interior designer from when I was in 8th grade until I graduated from college, and then I had my heart-broken when I was fired from my dream job at a local residential design firm. I grew depressed and lost all interest in the field of interior design and never applied for another job in the industry.

Ever since then, I’ve claimed that I have no ambition. I had been an over-achiever all my life. It’s true, as a Capricorn, it’s in my nature to be a hard-worker and to be disciplined, so people assume I have loads of ambition…yet I am happy to be a worker bee, not a Queen Bee.

I was watching Oprah’s show Soul Sunday recently, and her guest Caroline Myss said something that really resonated with me, “People suffer when they chase a dream that doesn’t belong to them.”

For me, being an interior designer was not right for me. I truly didn’t believe in all of the materialism. I was not in the same class/wealth group as my clients at that time and I really resented it. It was frustrating to me. I love art, and I love decorating, yet the field of interior design was very competitive and political and that was not me.

Caroline says, “You know when you’re on the right path when you’re not put in a position to betray yourself. When you don’t have to negotiate your sense of integrity. When you don’t feel like you have to compromise who you are.”


Feng Shui: Ambition Cure

In the study of Feng Shui, the Greedy Dragon of Ambition is an ancient, powerful symbol of opportunity.  Often, success is about being in the right place at the right time, and taking an opportunity when it is offered, as opportunities often come around only once.

One is supposed to place the Greedy Dragon of Ambition in your home or office, but not the bedroom, and it will bring your family good luck.

Using Feng Shui is just one way to help your ambition. Matt Garland has written a helpful article titled

The 4 Self-Destructive Land-mines of Ambition (And How to Defuse Them)

Here are the highlights of his article:

…this right to fulfill grand ambitions isn’t a terrain void of responsibility and without self-destructive land-mines. Loss of integrity, ability, motivation, and momentum were always among the collateral damage.

Hence my hope for this article – to be your bomb detector calling out the land-mines and helping you defuse them (or avoid them altogether). These booby-traps are largely shortcomings of attitude, which means you’re empowered to escape them. And with any luck you will escape the danger zone unscathed.

If you’re serious about your ambitions then let’s get going. These booby-traps aren’t going to defuse themselves.

1. Isolationism

Isolationism isn’t a myopic disease that only afflicts politicians. It’s a real threat to anyone who possesses a sharp focus on their personal ambitions. While such focus is good, it’s not just cause to put blinders on to the rest of the world.

Thankfully, defusing isolationism isn’t terribly difficult. The strategy is to expose yourself to as many fresh ideas and world events as possible. The best and (perhaps) easiest place to start is TED Talks – a brilliant and ever-expending collection of thought-leaders delivering their life’s most important message.

Read more…

 

2. Intolerance

Intolerance is a close cousin of isolationism. Where isolationism is an “I don’t care” attitude, intolerance is an “I’m right; you’re wrong” attitude. It sucks just as much.

The full definition of intolerance is important to understand…

not tolerant of others’ views, beliefs, or behaviors that differ from one’s own; unable or unwilling to respect the beliefs, opinions, and manners different from one’s own

 

Read more…

 

3. Ignorance

Ignorance is the effect (or outcome) of being intolerant. It’s definition is clear…

lack of knowledge, learning or information

Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is foolishly pursuing some grand ambition not aware that it has (a) already been done, (b) been debunked as an illusion, (c) not your true passion, and/or (d) unscalable or unmaintainable.

Defusing ignorance is simple – learn. Recruit experienced mentors in your field of study or profession. Read online the latest events and current trends that align to your ambitions. Find successful role models to emulate and ask advice of. And, most importantly, challenge your own ideas to discover your own limitations.

Read more…

 

4. Insolence

You may be open-minded, receptive to sharing ideas, and generally wise. But if you’re disrespectful then have fun bringing your ambitions to meaningful fruition.

Respect, I fear, is a withering virtue. Today’s short attention spans and get-it-quick mentalities continue to chip away at respectful human decency for one another. By and large, we’re all in too hurried a rush to materialize our ambitions and be crowned successful.

Such contempt is the heart of insolence, which is defined as…

showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect; contemptuously rude or impertinent behavior or speech

 

 

There’s no magic bullet to defusing insolence. Respect, more than any other of these land-mines, stems from within. It’s the golden rule and proper etiquette. It’s common decency too uncommon in the world. Search your motives and examine your ambitions. Self-awareness is really the only solution.

Read more…

Article written by Matt Garland

New Prompt for Art Journaling- My Vision for 2012: Ambition Prompt #1

Create a page based on this quotation: A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Pearl Bailey

 

Inspiration for My Vision for 2012 – Ambition: Prompt #1

Julie Ann


Journaling: Ambition. For a long time, I ‘ve preferred to think that I don’t have a lot of ambition because then I can’t get beaten down by failure if I don’t have ambition. I’ve had people disagree with me that I don’t have ambition. I think what they see is my Capricorn nature: hard-working, challenge-oriented, and determined to finish the task. In the scrapbooking and art journaling world, I do it because I love to do it…not to strive aggressively for success in this industry.

As I look at my other goals, I realize it couldn’t hurt to inject a little ambition into them. I have been a little too comfortable, not wanting to rock the boat.

Two of these areas that are painfully in need of ambition include my home and garden. The main frustration that has caused me to shut down is that I don’t know how to compromise with my husband, and how to follow through to a plan of action that includes his ideas as well. When it comes to decorating and gardening, it would be so much faster for me to just do it myself, as my husband is so busy that it is hard to get him to sit down and make a decision, yet he definitely wants to put in his two cents. So ten years have gone by without a lot getting done at our home. We decorated nicely when we first moved in, but 10 years later and it’s about time for a change. However, the garden, especially in the backyard was never done.

It comes down to communicate, communicate, communicate. And then appreciate, appreciate, appreciate!

Credits: ALL BY TANGIE BAXTER

Template: AJC12 Parcel 27
Papers: Orchard Elixir, Gee That’s Swell, What I Love to Do, Keep Moving Forward, TCOI fantasy solid, AJC Parcel 51,
Arms: Hey Doll
Wings: TCOI C10
Head: Flora Finery
Heart: Quote Cuts
Dots: Being Me
Font: AJFMockTurtle
Stitching, Splatter, Bling: AJC12 Parcel 15
Splattergraffiti: Bloom
Borders: Quickety Split Snippets 1, Quickety Split Borders 3
House: Collage Fodder Houses 2

Now it’s Your Turn! Let’s see your pages about your vision for ambition.

Link up your page here (copy and paste the url) in the comments section of this post. Join our fun, lots of members are jumping in!

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for tangiebaxter.com on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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