AJC 2011 Parcel #27 Sneak Peek

Tomorrow is a new month and a new designer to collab on the parcels! I am loving the whole feel to this parcel! Oh you are gonna be so excited to see the whole thing tomorrow! But here is a little Sneak Peek:

I hope this gets your mind and creative thoughts moving!!

See ya’ on the trail!

July Desktop-Free for You

The end of June means a new desktop! I have fallen in love with the newest collab by Studio Tangie and Studio Rebecca; Steampunk-Maritime:


Steampunk Maritime The newest in the Steampunk series by mother daughter team.... Studio Rebecca & Studio Tangie! Contains 25 packages of delightful, aquatic enchantment! It's full steam ahead for your journal pages...

This desktop was a personal battle in my life, not to stay safe in the port, no matter what monsters are out there, go and experience the adventure.  I hope you enjoy it, and push your ship from the shore a little this month! You can download the desktop HERE. Please note the picture here is a low pixel copy and will look bad as a desktop.  The downloadable file is a full size for your computer.

~never lose your JOY


VIP-Interview with Carolyn

You may have seen her work at Scrapbook Graphics under the screen name rajns, today you will meet her as Carolyn one of the ladies on the VIP tour of Tangie’s team! These ladies are taken behind the scenes to the craziness and banter of the Creative Team forum and see the releases before they hit the store.  It is an exciting time, and as we get to know and love them, you should get a glimpse of their lives also.

First off, the ladies are given a whole bunch of questions and they can answer as many as they want, or just a few to help us learn about them. Here are a few of the questions that Carolyn answered, and she said she did this on small amounts of sleep (must be that addicting art journaling habit keeping her awake), so all incoherent answers are from her and I did not change them! hee hee

1. Do you have any animals? What kind?
Our shih tzu  lhasa apso mix, Chewie (Chewbacca Voldemort), who has taught me lots about life!    He turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy and he chewed on everything!  Next dog we are naming Obi.  Not short for Obi Wan Kenobi, but obedient!
2. When you are scrapping, what are the sounds around you?
Ipod tunes or terrible tv shows.  The shows I enjoy usually don’t win awards and often only last one season.  I love the noise of tv shows, especially if I have already seen them because I don’t really watch them, I listen.  They are just background noise.  For some reason I love the sounds of certain voices.
3. Do you dance like crazy, when no one is looking?
Yes, at it looks like I am having a seizure while riding a merry-go-round.  Remember Elaine’s dancing episode on Seinfeld?
4. What would subject or material would you like to see in a kit from Tangie?
Architectural!  I love old buildings, castles, ancient ruins.
5. What do you sing in the shower, if you do sing (we know you do!)?
I only sing 1-2 lines of a song and mumble the rest because I am terrible at remembering lyrics -except for one song, “One Tin Soldier”.  Why that one? Learned it at camp and it hasn’t ever left me…
6. Do you buy cookies or things from kids that knock on your door?
Of course!  I love that the Boy Scouts now have the option to buy a thing of popcorn to be sent to a soldier serving over seas.  I get to help the Boy Scouts, a soldier, and I don’t have to sweat the calories!
7. Where is your dream vacation?
Any place with really old rocks in the shape of something(that’s how my family describes the vacations I’ve dragged them on….) I love ancient history.  The first time I saw ancient Greek ruins I lost my breath.  The part that is really my dream is the instant travel part!  I do not do well with the transatlantic flights and I am a bit of a princess to travel with so to be able to see Nero’s Golden House in the afternoon and be in my own bed at night is my dream!
8. Can we get a snap shot of at where you create?
My happy place! See below.

9. If given a complete freedom to start afresh, what profession would you choose and why?

I can’t answer that one yet but give me time.  I just left my job to do just that!

My family tried to help me come up with fun facts for the ATC – here the ones that didn’t make it to the final ATC
I own the MacGuyver box set and I actually watch it.
My husband and I once renewed our vows with an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas.
I tried to get my Beatles obsessed daughter to skip school for a DAY to fly to Arizona to see Paul McCartney.  She said no – she didn’t want to miss school.

Oh I am in love with that studio! I mean I told Carolyn, I was in jaw dropping awe of it! I create out of a milk crate at this moment, and her studio is a joy to see! I have  included one of Carolyn (aka rajns) pages, so you can see her work on the Art Journal Caravan:
Her chosen word Trust, and I trust you have enjoyed this little interview and come back next Sunday to meet another of the lovely VIPs!
~never lose your joy

AJC 2011 Parcel #26 Sneak Peek

The year is half over! I am stunned! Then Tangie showed me this week’s parcel and the video that goes with it! Once again, the Art Journal Caravan shows itself to be not only a place to create, but a place to learn how to do those things we see other places.  I love to learn and this technique is just awesome.  Oh I want to tell more, but I can’t, so instead here is a sneak peek:

See you on the trail!

Sneak Peek – Coming June 24th

I have to tell you, this is one remarkable collection! Studio Rebecca and Studio Tangie together in a wild, wild time! Take a sneak peek:

~Never lose your joy


Weekly Highlights – The Mid-Year Point

Tomorrow is June 21st, the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, and this is the day of the year with the longest hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere and the shortest in the southern hemisphere.  I am on the side with the longest hours of daylight, and wanted to spend some of that time doing a Mid-Year highlights of the Art Journal Caravan Gallery!

I seriously went and re-looked at 2755 layouts! That is how many pages have been uploaded by the caravaners! Two thousand, seven hundred and fifty-five layouts.  I wanted to give a good reflection on the journey thus far, so these pages I highlight although fantastic are not to say better than anyone else’s. They are being highlighted as examples of the amazement that fills the AJC gallery!

I begin with Bitte and her page for the four word challenge, Fine Your Inner Artist. That she played and tried new techniques is what makes this so special to me.  She also had a personal challenge and I have watched  her push through to use the color orange.


Next up is HeatherT, whose work as an artist is one I was so thrilled to see the “other as in Art Journaling side”.   This is  a two page spread, and one side is non-digital, so I will include them both.  The Process in Art Journaling is different for everyone, and I so enjoyed reading about Heather’s processing.  That and the fact she had to mostly redo, because of the horror of digital, the “no no, I forgot to save” moment.

No art journal page highlights would be complete without a page by the talented and kind joannknnrd.  I had oodles to choose from but I love her word for the year, and believe that she derives so much nourishment from art that it is the perfect word for her; Thrive.

The explosion of color and wowness that LazyKitty continued to bring to the gallery is always one to bring nothing but pure inspiration in her Flower Power:

Just to show, that it doesn’t take layers and layers and shadowing techniques, but just a heart that has experiences to make a art journal page that will stand out, angelextreme’s Hope is one that touches you to your core:


One of the fun parts of art journaling, is you can take the journaling and transform it with blending and subtleties that make it really art. Bernie Tuffs took real life situation and it is breathing all over her page called Belong.

Jenn33199 passion for children that are homeless is so strong and determined on her page; Won’t You Stand Up?, you can feel her righteous indignation, and I stand with her! Children are our future.

and having Hollie of Holliewood Studios as one of the guest collabs for the parcels was a treat, but she is also one of the caravaners and she so sums up life on her page Measure.

Art journaling is not something to dip your toes into, and MrsPeel sums it up most famously on her page; Diving In. I love that she breaks from the path and blazes her own in her journal.  Making the journey hers!

I could go on for hours and add more and more, but the gallery is yours to browse through also.  Stay tuned for next week, where we will highlight some of the pages from the tutorials that are free with the Art Journal Caravan.

Until then,

~See ya’ on the trail!


Sneak Peek Parcel #25

I am so ready for this! Are you ready???

Week #24, the Best Music EVER for Art Journaling and Guest Tutorial are all up!

Listening to music can really help your mojo and creativity flow! Learn from your fellow Caravaners what they listen too to get moving and grooving! This is a thread for and by the Caravaners! I would love to know what music you listen to while you art journal.  If you haven’t tried it, perhaps give this a whirl and see how the creative process changes for you.

The Itinerary is up this week also, and I have to admit, the VERB for the week might be my favorite thing to do of all time! Please pop in and see what Tangie has brought out for you to be inspired and encouraged.  The parcel is also up and here is a looksie:

You will love this week’s tutorial by the one and only Sarah Barber! Learn how she did this page:


I hope you are all ready to go and create, get your camel ready! It is time to hit the trail!


I have to apologize for this release of Tangie’s. I wanted to yell, scream and throw myself on the floor.  I am a very minimalist person, and don’t do well when I have so many choices. Tangie Baxter is just remarkable, and this is one of those you go, “I must have”

You see it? oh oh, are you going to be happy!! No fits!
Stay tuned tomorrow in the AJC forum!



Are you ready for tomorrow? I love to learn, and since tomorrow is the Apprentice Art Box, here is a little sneak peek to bring that much needed anticipation:

~see you on the trail!


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