Art Journal Book Club

Bonus: If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book

Fabulous Friendship Festival Book

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BONUS:

My Finished Friendship Journal

 

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

I feel like a college student again, pulling an all-nighter, working hard to get this finished album out to you all. Instead of working on my album, today I was hanging out with my friends (I am writing this on Friday evening or technically Saturday morning here on the East coast).

 

This I am proud of myself for. I usually sacrifice everything for my art, most of all my social life.

Even though I have to be up early to go meet friends again Saturday, a few hours sacrifice of lost sleep this time is really worth it, considering I’m living what my goal was, to be a better friend.

I am very excited to share my pages with you, even though some of the pages are quite simple…I hope even the simple pages inspire you to complete your own Friendship Festival journals.

Next, let me share my album. There are 9 all new unseen pages, plus 6 yet unseen hybrid (pixel + paper) versions of pages.

I went back and spent a lot of time on the friend tributes. I felt that was the heart of my journal. What is the heart of yours?

FREEBIES! I’ll be sharing some freebies for you to finish your album on Wednesday, May 1 in our Connect Group. Be sure to grab those!

Here is the complete album, from beginning to end:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*ALL NEW

 

*ALL NEW

*ALL NEW

 

*ALL NEW

 

*ALL NEW

 

*ALL NEW

 

*ALL NEW

*ALL NEW

 

*NEW (hybrid version)

 

*ALL NEW

 


*NEW (hybrid version)

 

*NEW (hybrid version)

 

*NEW (hybrid version)

 
*NEW (hybrid version)

 
*NEW (hybrid version)

 

*ALL NEW – The End (a thank you to all the members of the Book Club!)

 

And Remember!


If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book: PROMPT #10

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book

Fabulous Friendship Festival Book

Club

Prompt #10:

Managing Time and Energy in Friendships

 

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

Here are some quotations to inspire you this week:

“Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” -Jim Morrison

“I get by with a little help from my friends.” – John Lennon

“Friendship is always a sweet responsibilty, never an oppourtunity.” -Kahlil Gibran

“The gift of friendship… a willingness to listen… a pair of helping hands… a whisper from the heart. That someone cares and understands.” -Anonymous

“Friendship takes time and energy if it’s going to work. You can luck into something great, but it doesn’t last if you don’t give it proper appreciation. Friendship can be so comfortable, but nurture it-don’t take it for granted.”

― Betty White, If You Ask Me


“The road to a friend’s house is never long.” – Danish Proverb

“Stay” is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.” -Amos Bronson Alcott

“Few people give themselves time to be friends.” -Robert Southey

“Friendships are different from all other relationships. Unlike acquaintanceship, friendship is based on love. Unlike lovers and married couples, it is free of jealousy. Unlike children and parents, it knows neither criticism nor resentment. Friendship has no status in law. Business partnerships are based on a contract. So is marriage. Parents are bound by the law. But friendships are freely entered into, freely given, freely exercised.” – Steven Ambrose

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you open the door to the magnetic power of friendship, souls of like vibrations will be attracted to you.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

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Keep sharing and uploading your creations. I so enjoy seeing your talents. Upload to your favorite gallery and share the link (copy and paste the url here on the blog or on our Connect group), or start your own album at our Connect group.

 

If you are NEW, here are the links you will need to get started:

Anyone can join at anytime!!!

Before I introduce the prompt for this week, let me give you the “instructions” for following the prompt.

 

Instructions for Each Week

Step 1. Come to the Studio Tangie blog (sign up for email notifications if you prefer) every Saturday February 2  through April 20 to see the prompts and inspiration based on the assigned readings. Tag:

Step 2. Journal based on the prompts. Pick from one or more of the prompts. There will also be an

Art Journal Technique suggestion each week. You can make as many pages or as few pages as you like. Any size, any format, any medium, any supplies, although we do enjoy Studio Tangie products.

Step 3. Participate and make friends in discussion of the readings at the social network as much as you like. Connect in the FREE special group just for us HERE. Register or login with your Facebook account. You can also ask questions there.

Step 4. Upload your finished art journal page from the prompt to the our gallery at Connect (or your favorite gallery), and then post on the Studio Tangie blog, on the corresponding prompt, that you have uploaded your page(s). If possible, leave the url of your page. (Copy and paste). This lets everyone know when to look in the gallery, and I’ll get an email notification.

Step 5. Comment on other group members pages in our group gallery.

Step 6. Make sure you have fun!

 

April 13 – 19, Prompt #10

Managing Time and Energy in Friendship


Assignment: Chapter 12, Managing Time and Energy in Friendships
Pages 228-247

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Next, create an art journal page or more from the following prompts.

If something from the book inspires you, instead, go with that. There are no rules in art journaling!

The following prompts are: They Say (quotes), Questions to Ponder, Be Inspired (by specific pages from the book), and Art Journal Technique.

 

Just do whatever inspires you, however it inspires you.

No rules!!!

The Prompts:

Be inspired by a quotation!

Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode: it is rather a life.
David Gayson 

The older you get…the smaller the circle of your true friends becomes…for time has a tendency to absorb the time we have for others.
Kevin Messick

Be inspired by one (or more) question(s)!

  1. What do you wish for and hope for in your friendships?
  2. Are you afraid to say “no” to your friends? What would it look like if you said “no”?
  3. Have you had to re-adjust expectations of a life-long friendship? How so?
  4. Discuss positive and/or negative experiences with canceling plans with friends.
  5. What positive stories do you have to share about when a friend was there for you in a time of need?

Join us in Our Book Club Group at Connect to discuss these questions and the chapter!

 

 

Be inspired by the book!

Pages 236-237, 238-239, 242

Or any of the pages in between!

Be inspired by a technique!

ART JOURNAL TECHNIQUE: Play with paint, paint splats or splatter-graffiti


Inspiration for Prompt #10:

ms.bailey

Quote:

“The older you get…the smaller your circle of your true friends becomes…for time has a tendency to absorb the time we have for others.”

This quote from the book really resonated with me. I find as I get older I really only want to spend time with my friends who are kindred spirits. In a world that makes so many demands on our time and commitments what better gift to give ourselves that time with someone who nurtures our heart and soul.

Art Journal Technique:

Use splatter graffiti.

I created the background paper using Dylusions inks and stencils. The image of the old friends (Mabel and Nannie) is from my own collection.

Credits – From Tangie Baxter:

Splatter Graffiti Masks 2, Splatter Graffiti Once Upon A Time, Splatter Graffiti Look Here, Midnight Dreams paper.

 

Tina aka ~tina0319

 

Quote: “The older you get…the smaller the circle of your true friends becomes…for time has a tendency to absorb the time we have for others.” ~Kevin Messick

Art Journal Technique:
Play with paint, paint splats or splatter-graffiti

Credits:
tangie_YouAreMagnificent_paper8
tangie_YouAreMagnificent_splatter2
tangie_YouAreMagnificent_splatter3
tangie_YouAreMagnificent_splatter4
tangie_YouAreMagnificent_doodles4
tangie_SG_Color_2
tangie_SG_Amuse_4
tangie_timestamps1
tangie_timestamps7

Font:
TangieAJFUNimportant

 

Rain

Journaling:
Our friendship blooms and grows, shifts with the seasons, travels through marriage, children, and now, grandchildren. Marriages that came and went, kids grown, businesses sold, decades have passed, yet despite bodies that are older, grayer, a bit creaky even, our hearts remember our twenties. Our hearts still sing together at the first flowers of Spring. Yesterday, transplanting hundreds of little vegetable seedlings, laughing, sharing bits and pieces of life, the lovely moments, lovely because they are shared together.

Credits:
All Tangie Baxter:
Art collage bases
Gypsy Diaries
Director font
Cartography Symbol set 2012
Jungle Salvage
Misty Overlays 2
Repeat after Me, Styles set 6

 

 

Julie Ann

Prompt: What do you wish for and hope for in your friendships?

Art Journal Technique: Use splatter graffiti. I used a clipping mask (ctrl+g) to make the splatter graffiti fit into the text.

Credits: By Tangie Baxter
Background: April Collection
Splattergraffiti: SG Amuse, SG Hope, SG Starstruck, SG Up Up Away, SG Madness, SG You Are Magnificient
Embellishments: Enchanted Art Box with Sherrie JD, Enchanted Art Box Take Two with Sherrie JD
Fonts: Tangie AJFchesire, Tangie AJFelephants, Tangie AJFverygoodadvice, Tangie AJFtweedledum, Tangie AJFtigerlily, Tangie AJFteacupempty, Tangie AJFoldcrab, Tangie AJFmomeraths, Tangie AJFjubjub, Tangie AJFjabberwock, Tangie AJFbandersnatch
Style: Tangie Paperworn Art Journaling Style

Our paths may change as life goes on but the bond between friends remains ever strong.

Art Journal Technique: Use splatter graffiti. I used splattergraffiti to create the background.

Credits: By Tangie Baxter
Splatters: SG You Are Brilliant, StudioMix 19 Glorious Vision SG, Spark Greatest Curiosity SG
Font: Tangie AJFJubJub

 

Heather aka sparklyduck75

I have a tendency to do the “hero” thing and try to fix things for everyone, but when I need help, I won’t make a peep. It’s very hard for me to receive from others. My recently-ended friendship, too, I’ve realized was very one-sided, with me doing a lot of listening and then just before my friend’s cell phone battery would die, she’d say, “Hey, I’ve hogged the whole conversation… how are you?” Beep beep beep, disconnect. Well, enough of that! I think I’m ready to start trying to receive as well as give, and find a little balance so I can enjoy my friendships instead of dread them. This quote from chapter 12 struck the perfect chord: “Friendship is meant to nourish, not deplete, us.”

CREDITS: Steampunk Utopia; Journal Anthology 9; and Flora Finery and Ultimate Art Doll kits by Tangie Baxter.
Raindrops from Melody of Rain by NatashaNaST Designs.

Font: JellykaWesternPrincess; Narnia.

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I SO APPRECIATE MY TEAM FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK THIS WEEK !!!

Next week, I’ll see you back here for my prompts based on Chapter 12!

If you have the book, and want to know what Chapters we will be reading, or if you want to read ahead (yet know this is not a race! you can read as we go along!!!)

Here is the SCHEDULE:

  • Prompt 1: No reading instructions
  • Prompt 2: Chapter 1 – Pages 19-36
  • Prompt 3: Chapter 3, Pages 55-76
  • Prompt 4: Chapter 4, Pages 77-94
  • Prompt 5: Chapter 5, Pages 95-119
  • Prompt 6: Chapter 6, Pages 120 – 135
  • Prompt 7: Chapter 7, Pages 136-150
  • Prompt 8: Chapter 10 Pages 189-206
  • Prompt 9: Chapter 11, Pages 208-227
  • Prompt 10: Chapter 12, Pages 228-247 WE ARE HERE THIS WEEK!
  • Prompt 11: Finale, Pages 248-253

Now it’s your turn! I am looking forward to seeing your pages on MANAGING TIME AND ENERGY!

Please share a link to your page (copy and paste the url) here on this post!

Remember: come join us at

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book: PROMPT #9

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book

Fabulous Friendship Festival Book

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Prompt #9:

WHEN FRIENDSHIPS HURT

NOTE: Did you see the TUTORIAL from last week in the Connect Group? !!!! Check it out! And then come back and read Prompt #9!

 

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

When the Japanese mend broken objects they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. (Barbara Bloom)

I’m learning a lot about living with intention and choosing my friends with a lot more wisdom through this book club. I’m doing this in order to avoid the hurt that I’ve experienced when I used to just accept any and all friendships that came my way.

What is my intention with this friend?

What type of friend is this person? My goal today is to have authentic friendships.

I am an introverted person who is a self-starter, always busy, enjoys her alone time very much, so I would rather be alone today than pursue a friendship that is not authentic. It has not always been that way, as loneliness was painful for me in my twenties.

If I look at the intentions of friendships that have been hurtful in the past, I see that we were exploiting each other in our intentions. I was so starved so for any kind of interaction, that I was willing to sacrifice my character to fit in. I was willing act snarky and hurt others with gossip for entertainment to impress friends that I just didn’t have anything else in common with.  I lost respect for myself and for our whole group, and it was any wonder that the friendships ended in hurt.  I had the intention to belong at any cost, in the cost to my character ended up not being worth it at all. While the personalities of the individuals were very alluring, in the end, I had to say good-bye.

(I hold no ill-will toward my former friends. I have to make that clear in case they come across this posting. I am very grateful for the time we spent together, as we had many fun times together. I cherish those memories. I hope that they have gone on to have happy lives, and I hope they forgive any hurt that I brought them in ending our friendship, and in any other way. I withhold any judgement toward anyone in that group, and only have peace in my heart today.)

 

MUST READ:

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Keep sharing and uploading your creations. I so enjoy seeing your talents. Upload to your favorite gallery and share the link (copy and paste the url here on the blog or on our Connect group), or start your own album at our Connect group.

 

If you are NEW, here are the links you will need to get started:

Anyone can join at anytime!!!

Before I introduce the prompt for this week, let me give you the “instructions” for following the prompt.

 

Instructions for Each Week

Step 1. Come to the Studio Tangie blog (sign up for email notifications if you prefer) every Saturday February 2  through April 20 to see the prompts and inspiration based on the assigned readings. Tag:

Step 2. Journal based on the prompts. Pick from one or more of the prompts. There will also be an

Art Journal Technique suggestion each week. You can make as many pages or as few pages as you like. Any size, any format, any medium, any supplies, although we do enjoy Studio Tangie products.

Step 3. Participate and make friends in discussion of the readings at the social network as much as you like. Connect in the FREE special group just for us HERE. Register or login with your Facebook account. You can also ask questions there.

Step 4. Upload your finished art journal page from the prompt to the our gallery at Connect (or your favorite gallery), and then post on the Studio Tangie blog, on the corresponding prompt, that you have uploaded your page(s). If possible, leave the url of your page. (Copy and paste). This lets everyone know when to look in the gallery, and I’ll get an email notification.

Step 5. Comment on other group members pages in our group gallery.

Step 6. Make sure you have fun!

 

April 6 – 12, Prompt #8

WHEN FRIENDSHIPS HURT

 


Assignment: Chapter 11, When Friendships Hurt

Pages 208-227

 

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Next, create an art journal page or more from the following prompts.

If something from the book inspires you, instead, go with that. There are no rules in art journaling!

The following prompts are: They Say (quotes), Questions to Ponder, Be Inspired (by specific pages from the book), and Art Journal Technique.

 

Just do whatever inspires you, however it inspires you.

No rules!!!

The Prompts:

Be inspired by a quotation!

Always forgive your enemies — nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde

When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
W. Somerset Maugham

 

 

Be inspired by one (or more) question(s)!

 

  1. Has there been a recent or long-standing conflict, silence, hurt or anger between you and a friend? Write about it.
  2. Do you have a list of “should’s”?
  3. Is forgiveness easy for you?

Join us in Our Book Club Group at Connect to discuss these questions and the chapter!

 

 

Be inspired by the book!

 

Pages 195-197, 202, 205

Or any of the pages in between!

Be inspired by a technique!

ART JOURNAL TECHNIQUE: Use eyes on your page

 

Inspiration for Prompt #9:

Rain

Art Journal Technique: Use eyes on your page

Journaling:
It’s been 7 years since we last spoke, or saw each other. You were so much a soul sister, traveling the world of art and design, tea and the V and A museum. It was as if I had met my new best friend, the 3 weeks on the embroidery tour were magic, totally exotic, deep and strong and amazing. Hilarious fun, expansive, riding the waves of friendship and joy. Then months of classes in art, stitch, painting, rooming and eating together, shopping for supplies, going to gallery exhibits six or seven times that year. Bonding with my husband, sharing deep secrets, feelings and fears, the insecurity of becoming an artist, navigating a weird teacher, a competitive group of fellow students, nasty nonsense that almost ruined it all…and then nothing. You went to India for the holidays with your husband’s family and your girls, we had reservations at a hotel, a rental car, at the end of January for the week-long class. And you just don’t show up. Or call, or text, or give any indication where you are, if you are coming, did you ever come back from India, did your nasty mother-in-law poison your food? Nothing. For over 2 months, just plain nothing. I was so worried until I found out that you just didn’t feel like coming to Anacortes from Vancouver, then all I felt was hurt and angry. Yes, it cost a lot of money I didn’t have at the time, but that wasn’t the point. What happened?? And months later, we talked on the phone and you acted as if nothing had ever happened, and I was being odd. And then: nothing for years. I guess I just wasn’t cool enough, at least according to another friend. But geesh, maybe it wasn’t me at all. I still think about you sometimes and shake my head.

Credits:
Tangie Baxter:
Orchid Elixer
Art Dolls
Mehndi Caravan
Jungle Salvage
Director font.

 

Julie Ann

When you choose your friends, don’t be short-changed by choosing personality over character.
W. Somerset Maugham

Art Journal Technique: Use Eyes on your page: (I selected eyes from the March 13 AJC Collection and used them for “oo’s” in the quotation. I also enlarged the eyes in the illustration.)

Credits: Art Journal Caravan 2013 {The March 13 Parcel Collection} by Tangie, Journal Lines: AJC11 Parcel 12. Fonts: Tangie AJFaskingriddles, Tangie AJFcanary, Tangie AJFtweedledee, Tangie AJFdinah

 

Tina

“Always forgive your enemies — nothing annoys them so much. ~Oscar Wilde

Credits:
tangie_impossiblethings_paper9
tangie_impossiblethings_paper11
tangie_impossiblethings_arrow1
tangie_impossiblethings_butterfly1
tangie_impossiblethings_cardqueen
tangie_impossiblethings_doodlypuff
tangie_impossiblethings_flowers
tangie_impossiblethings_splatter2
tangie_impossiblethings_splatter
tangie_impossiblethings_stitchescircles
Font:
TangieAJFImpossibleThings
TangieAJFoysters
TangieAJFknave
TangieAJFjabberwock
TangieAJFgryphon
TangieAJFfivesevenandtwo
TangieAJFMadHatter
TangieAJFMockTurtle
TangieAJFDutchess

 

Heather aka sparklyduck75 (Page 1)

Prompt: Has there been a recent or long-standing conflict, silence, hurt, or anger between you and a friend?

Since mental illness became a possibility, I lie awake at night remembering all the things we shared, and wondering if you–the real you–were ever there. It’s hard to grieve all that suddenly disappeared. It’s hard to tie up loose ends when they vanish in my hands like moth wings.

CREDITS:
By Tangie Baxter:
AJC 2011 Parcel 17; Bestiary of Beetlies; and Studio Mix 36: Miracle and Magic.

Large vintage woman image from Retro Photo Set, by Far Far Hill.
Small vintage woman image, “Beautiful_Daydreamer” by FaerieNymph.
Font: MisterSinatra.

Heather aka sparklyduck75 (page 2)

Prompt: Has there been a recent or long-standing conflict, silence, hurt, or anger between you and a friend?

This is going to seem like a huge leap after the last page, but they’re actually both about the same friendship. Yep, THAT same one. These pages represent months of emotional and spiritual work, not the few minutes it probably looks like. Smile

 

I grieved you like a death. All the steps were there… denial, anger, bargaining, and depression while I processed everything, as best as I could. Then came acceptance, that moment of grace when I lifted you to god, and He gave me the strength to let you go. To trust you to come through your own process, in your own time. I found the hope again to know I will see with my eyes what I’ve already seen with my heart: you, alive, vibrant, and free. You, with the very chains that bind you transformed into ribbons of joy. You’re going to be all right.

We can never go back to where we were, but I understand now, that is for the best. We weren’t healthy there. Whatever lies ahead for you and me will come after we’ve both grown stronger and found our balance within ourselves. Till then, I will hold you in my heart. I’ll hold myself there, too. After years of codependence and months of grieving, I feel okay now. I feel free of the hurt. I’m ready to live and change and grow and flourish without you. I’m going to be all right, too.

I love you still. I always will. It just doesn’t hurt any more.

CREDITS:
AJC 2013 March Collection by Tangie Baxter.
You Must Be Fearless by Studio Sherrie.
Font: Idaho_Demo

 

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I DEEPLY APPRECIATE MY TEAM FOR BEING OPEN AND SHARING THEIR HEARTS THIS WEEK WITH THEIR TALENTS!!!

Next week, I’ll see you back here for my prompts based on Chapter 7!

If you have the book, and want to know what Chapters we will be reading, or if you want to read ahead (yet know this is not a race! you can read as we go along!!!)

here is the SCHEDULE:

  • Prompt 1: No reading instructions
  • Prompt 2: Chapter 1 – Pages 19-36
  • Prompt 3: Chapter 3, Pages 55-76
  • Prompt 4: Chapter 4, Pages 77-94
  • Prompt 5: Chapter 5, Pages 95-119
  • Prompt 6: Chapter 6, Pages 120 – 135
  • Prompt 7: Chapter 7, Pages 136-150
  • Prompt 8: Chapter 10 Pages 189-206
  • Prompt 9: Chapter 11, Pages 208-227 WE ARE HERE THIS WEEK!
  • Prompt 10: Chapter 12, Pages 228-247
  • Prompt 11: Finale, Pages 248-253

Now it’s your turn! I am looking forward to seeing your pages on FRIENDSHIP HURTS!

Please share a link to your page (copy and paste the url) here on this post!

Remember: come join us at

 

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book: PROMPT #8

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book

Fabulous Friendship Festival Book

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Prompt #8: Friendship Difficulties

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

We are having a lively discussion on the Connect Group about Prompt #3 New Friendships if you would like to join in.

It seems that members of the Book Club either love SARK or just don’t get her. What’s your opinion? We’d love to hear your insights.

I also want to make it clear that you are free to interpret the prompts anyway that you want, you can make up your own prompts if you want, or you don’t even have to follow the book if you are one of the ones who don’t get SARK, and only do the prompts if you wish.

In fact, my page this week kind of veered off into left field, and didn’t really follow the prompt as I intended it to. I was able to bring it back around with my journaling in the end, but sometimes if that isn’t the case…it’s perfectly okay!

Keep sharing and uploading your creations. I so enjoy seeing your talents. Upload to your favorite gallery and share the link (copy and paste the url here on the blog or on our Connect group), or start your own album at our Connect group.

 

If you are NEW, here are the links you will need to get started:

Anyone can join at anytime!!!

 

Before I introduce the prompt for this week, let me give you the “instructions” for following the prompt.

Instructions for Each Week

Step 1. Come to the Studio Tangie blog (sign up for email notifications if you prefer) every Saturday February 2  through April 20 to see the prompts and inspiration based on the assigned readings. Tag:

Step 2. Journal based on the prompts. Pick from one or more of the prompts. There will also be an

Art Journal Technique suggestion each week. You can make as many pages or as few pages as you like. Any size, any format, any medium, any supplies, although we do enjoy Studio Tangie products.

Step 3. Participate and make friends in discussion of the readings at the social network as much as you like. Connect in the FREE special group just for us HERE. Register or login with your Facebook account. You can also ask questions there.

Step 4. Upload your finished art journal page from the prompt to the our gallery at Connect (or your favorite gallery), and then post on the Studio Tangie blog, on the corresponding prompt, that you have uploaded your page(s). If possible, leave the url of your page. (Copy and paste). This lets everyone know when to look in the gallery, and I’ll get an email notification.

Step 5. Comment on other group members pages in our group gallery.

Step 6. Make sure you have fun!

 

March 30 – April 5, Prompt #8

Friendship Difficulties


Assignment: Read Chapter 10, Friendship Difficulties (Skip Chapter 8 and Chapter 9)

Pages 189-206

 

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Next, create an art journal page or more from the following prompts.

If something from the book inspires you, instead, go with that. There are no rules in art journaling!

The following prompts are: They Say (quotes), Questions to Ponder, Be Inspired (by specific pages from the book), and Art Journal Technique.

Just do whatever inspires you, however it inspires you.

No rules!!!

The Prompts:

Be inspired by a quotation!

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
Erica Jong

I’ve had a few arguments with people, but I never carry a grudge. You know why? While you’re carrying a grudge, they’re out dancing.
Buddy Hackett

 

 

Be inspired by one (or more) question(s)!

 

  1. What have you learned about grudges and resentments over the years from your friendships?
  2. What are some of your recent jealousies relating to your friendships? Have you been on the receiving end?
  3. How do you handle toxic friendships?

 

Join us in Our Book Club Group at Connect to discuss these questions and the chapter!

 

Be inspired by the book!

Pages 195-197, 202, 205

Or any of the pages in between!

 

Be inspired by a technique!

ART JOURNAL TECHNIQUE: Play with layers in a new and creative way than you have before.

 

Check out my Layering – Scrapping Style Pinterest Group Board!

 

 

Inspiration for Prompt #8:

ms. bailey

Technique: Play with Layers

“Grudges are for those who insist that they are owed something; forgiveness, however, is for those who are substantial enough to move on.” ― Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile

I thought this was a great quote to remind myself about how valuable it is to forgive and move on and not waste time and energy on being mad. Life is too short for that.

Credits: Tangie Baxter
Everything from AJC March 2013 Collection.
The font is Traveling Typewriter.

 

 

Tina aka ~tina0319

“I’ve had a few arguments with people, but I never carry a grudge. You know why? While you’re carry a grudge, they’re out dancing.” ~Buddy Hackett

ART JOURNAL TECHNIQUE: Play with Layers

Credits:
tangie_dance_paper7
tangie_dance_paper9
tangie_dance_paper5
tangie_dance_silh2
tangie_dance_dance
tangie_dance_dance_2
tangie_dance_ovation
tangie_dance_notes
tangie_dance_doodles
tangie_dance_paint_2

Font:
TangieAJFaskingriddles
TangieAJFcanary
TangieAJFcontrariwise
TangieAJFfivesevenandtwo
TangieAJFlarkspur
TangieAJFwhitequeen
TangieAFJImpossibleThings
TangieAJFoldcrab

 

 

Heather aka sparklyduck75

As I’m grieving the end of an important friendship (the one represented earlier in the book club by my armless mermaids), I’ve found myself having to work through an alarming amount of anger. This page contains several layers of hidden text, as I just wrote and purged and wrote and purged. These are not words I ever want to see again, so I had to get them out of me. It was exhausting and intense! Unpleasant as this page is, it was a necessary step toward the healing I crave. This is “the letter you never send,” and I wrote it so there wouldn’t be anything left in me to fuel a grudge.

Credits: Beastiary of Beasties by Tangie Baxter.
Font: WickedGrit.

 

 

Rain

Art Journal Technique: Playing with Layers

Journaling:
Forgiveness
Never carry a grudge…while you are carrying a grudge, they are out dancing, says Buddy Hackett. So true, yet so incredibly difficult to adhere to in the day to day moments of life. It is hard to know when to just let go and move on, not to marinate in hard feelings and imagine all that could have been said, the things I imagine in the middle of the night. Like an elephant, I never seem to forget someone hurting my feelings, even in jest. So after all these years of study and meditation, of intentional living and relationships, yes, I am better at forgiveness of myself, of others, yet always more forgiving of someone else. Is it that I hold myself to a higher standard? Allow others to treat me better than I treat myself? Possibly, or is it just taking years to know how to set a boundary, to allow others to think, however, whatever, about me, about anything or anyone, none of my business really. For me, just move past the hurt, move past the, “I should have, done, said, been” to acceptance that we are all somewhere on the road of Forgiveness.

Credits:
Tangie Baxter:
Repeat after Me, set 3, 5, 7
Jungle Salvage
Altered Dividers
Field Notes, Winter and Spring
Font: Director
Deviant Scrap: Krysty, “India”

 

 

Dalis

I loved this week, because I know this is a major flaw I have and I know I need to work on it.

credits: Gesso Messy Tool Box by Studio Tangie Baxter, Converse Grunge 1 by Studio Tangie Baxter, Alice’s Curiously Spooky Night by Studio Tangie Baxter, Markerdoodledoo by Studio Tangie Baxter, Misty Misters AJC 13 by Studio Tangie Baxter, Add On Halloween Art Journal by Studio Tangie Baxter, Watercolor Styles 1 by Studio Tangie Baxte. Other:  DJB Font Jenna, DJB My stamp pad

 

 

Julie Ann – Hybrid Page

 

Left Side

 

Right Side

Journaling: Always Be Yourself

Always be yourself or else you will resent yourself and perhaps the people around you too. You’ll want to, thus, surround yourself with friends of good character.

Say what you feel and do what you want (within reason), the people who mind don’t matter and the people who matter don’t mind.  (inspired by Dr. Seuss)

If you can be authentic with your friends, you’ll never resent them for it.

Be free.

 

Credits:
2010 Collage Sheet Mania! 92 Collage Sheet Grab Bag! By Tangie
2011 Collage Sheet Mania! 94 Collage Sheet Grab Bag! By Tangie
Other: Word Art – Bits Borders and Parts by CrowAbout StudioB; Alpha – Woot by CrowAbout StudioB

Physical Products:
Stamps: Tangie Baxter & Co.
Mists: Dylusions
Stencils: Dylusions, The Crafter’s Workshop, Studio Calico
Paint: Acrylic
Journaling Pen: Scarlett Lime
Wallpaper: Vintage
Alpha: Magazines
Metal Embellishments: stash
Other: Gesso

 

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THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO MY TEAM FOR ROCKIN’ IT OUT THIS WEEK!!!

Next week, I’ll see you back here for my prompts based on Chapter 7!

If you have the book, and want to know what Chapters we will be reading, or if you want to read ahead (yet know this is not a race! you can read as we go along!!!)

here is the SCHEDULE:

  • Prompt 1: No reading instructions
  • Prompt 2: Chapter 1 – Pages 19-36
  • Prompt 3: Chapter 3, Pages 55-76
  • Prompt 4: Chapter 4, Pages 77-94
  • Prompt 5: Chapter 5, Pages 95-119
  • Prompt 6: Chapter 6, Pages 120 – 135
  • Prompt 7: Chapter 7, Pages 136-150
  • Prompt 8: Chapter 10 Pages 189-206 WE ARE HERE THIS WEEK!
  • Prompt 9: Chapter 11, Pages 208-227
  • Prompt 10: Chapter 12, Pages 228-247
  • Prompt 11: Finale, Pages 248-253

Now it’s your turn! I am looking forward to seeing your pages on FRIENDSHIP DIFFICULTIES!

Please share a link to your page (copy and paste the url) here on this post!

Remember: come join us at

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book: PROMPT #7

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book

Fabulous Friendship Festival Book Club

Prompt #7: Tributes to Friends

 

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

This week we have a special treat! Studio Tangie has added three friends to the Creative Team as I mentioned last week. These friends scrap together in real life! How fun! They have obliged in answering interview questions about their special friendship as written by SARK on page 138 of Fabulous Friendship Festival.

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INTRODUCING FRIEND #1, LAURA:

Tribute Written by Laura: I met Heather through a few CTs we shared together at SSD. we decided to have monthly scrap nights with the ladies around us…thus i met Dalis…and Jaimie!


I’m the most southernly of all of us Illinoisians. I’m about 75 mi south of Chicago.

I love having these girls to be silly with and to vent about stuff that ‘regular’ real life friends don’t get.

Other than that….I’m 35, mama to two crazy girls (wonder where they get that from) and i’ve been married to my husband Darik for 10 years! i’ve been digiscrapping since my oldest daughter, Emma, was born almost 8 years ago (gaaah! Crying or Very sad ).

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INTRODUCING FRIEND #2, DALIS

Tribute Written by Dalis: How did we meet in real life? Well, you see these two marvelous ladies had been getting together for a few months and one day Sarah (another of the IL gals) asked me “Hey, don’t you live close to Aurora?” and I was “I live in Aurora, why?”. Next thing I know she invites me into this fancy private FB group of gals talking about meeting. I check the address and mapquest is telling me it’s 7 mins away!!!! I couldn’t believe it so I drove by, I know very stalky, right?


We all met for the first time at the end of last year in Heather’s house. The first get together that I went, I arrived 3 hrs late, yep… I live 7 mins away but my day was totally booked so I knew I was going to make it late, but there was no stopping me! LOL!!! We had a blast, I think it made our friendships COMPLETE, kwim?

I feel Laura is like my identical twin and we were just separated at birth. We have this dark sense of humor that is just perfection… to top it off we have the two firecracker daughters of the group. One girly girl and one tom-boy just to balance better.

With Heather is different, we compliment each other. She is the good sister of the three of us… LOL!!!! Of course thanks to how close we live I get to spend some extra time with her and her family and let’s just say that it feels like we have known each other for a LOOOOONG time (in a good way!).

 

What are some of your favorite or funny things about your friendship?
The other day I was instant messaging both of them at the same time but in different windows. I asked them something and they both replied the same thing with the same words and everything… I thought it was hilarious that we all thought the same thing!

Oh one more thing, last time we met Laura said something that really made me chuckle… she said “it is funny like you think my daughter is funny and I think your daughter is funny, but we both think our daughters are being annoying at this moment” It is so true… LOL!!!

What have you learned from your friendship?
* That you should NEVER give coffee infused chocolate cupcakes to kids at 9pm.
* That Oscar Mayer sells little baggies of pre-made bacon.
* That Heather’s stomach has no end when cake is added into the equation.
* That everyone needs seasoned salt in their pantry to have a complete pantry.
* That I know they’ve got my back!

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LAST, BUT NOT LEAST – FRIEND #3, HEATHER (AKA heathergw):

Tribute Written by Heather: Laura and I met on a creative team and found out we didn’t live too far from each other and met in person at a mall near me… the girls totally hit it off right away. I knew Dalis also from a couple creative teams and then met in person at the end of one of my monthly scrap nights and I felt like we’d been old friends for many years.

Laura keeps me in check, she tells it like it is and I know I can always count on her, we’re completely different yet it’s never awkward.

Dalis, is like the neighbor I always wanted and never had. We could talk for hours and we’re always there for each other when we need a little pick me up Smile

What are some of your favorite or funny things about your friendship?
Dalis has this secret room in her house that I wish I could just move into and live.

Laura tells it like it is and doesn’t fib to avoid hurting my feelings, I know I can always get an honest opinion from her.

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Keep sharing and uploading your creations. I so enjoy seeing your talents. Upload to your favorite gallery and share the link (copy and paste the url here on the blog or on our Connect group), or start your own album at our Connect group.

If you are NEW, here are the links you will need to get started:

Anyone can join at anytime!!!

 

Before I introduce the prompt for this week, let me give you the “instructions” for following the prompt.

Instructions for Each Week

Step 1. Come to the Studio Tangie blog (sign up for email notifications if you prefer) every Saturday February 2  through April 20 to see the prompts and inspiration based on the assigned readings. Tag:

Step 2. Journal based on the prompts. Pick from one or more of the prompts. There will also be an Art Journal Technique suggestion each week. You can make as many pages or as few pages as you like. Any size, any format, any medium, any supplies, although we do enjoy Studio Tangie products.

Step 3. Participate and make friends in discussion of the readings at the social network as much as you like. Connect in the FREE special group just for us HERE. Register or login with your Facebook account. You can also ask questions there.

Step 4. Upload your finished art journal page from the prompt to the our gallery at Connect (or your favorite gallery), and then post on the Studio Tangie blog, on the corresponding prompt, that you have uploaded your page(s). If possible, leave the url of your page. (Copy and paste). This lets everyone know when to look in the gallery, and I’ll get an email notification.

Step 5. Comment on other group members pages in our group gallery.

Step 6. Make sure you have fun!

 

March 23 – 29, Prompt #7

Questions to Ask Friends and Tributes to Friends

Assignment: Read Chapter 7, Questions to Ask Friends and Tributes to Friends

Pages 136-150

 

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Next, create an art journal page or more from the following prompts.

If something from the book inspires you, instead, go with that. There are no rules in art journaling!

The following prompts are: They Say (quotes), Questions to Ponder, Be Inspired (by specific pages from the book), and Art Journal Technique.

Just do whatever inspires you, however it inspires you.

No rules!!!

The Prompts:

Be inspired by a quotation!

Whatever you are it is your own friends who make your world.
William James

 

The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.
Aristotle

 

Be inspired by one (or more) question(s)!

 

  1. Do you have positive words yet unspoken to a friend? Is it time to tell them?
  2. Do you need to lower your own standards for yourself as a friend?

 

Join us in Our Book Club Group at Connect to discuss these questions and the chapter!

 

Be inspired by the book!

Pages 138, 144, 146-149

 

Or any of the pages in between!

 

Be inspired by a technique!

ART JOURNAL TECHNIQUE: Take doodles in a new creative way!

Check out my Pinterest Doodles Board.

 

Inspiration for Prompt #7:

Dalis


Credits: Touch of Madness by Studio Tangie and CVD, Stitchy Stackers #01 by Studio Tangie, Splatter Graffitti by Studio Tangie, Quidoodles #01 by Studio Tangie, Gesso Messy {Episode #16} by Studio Tangie, Cartography Set #37 by Studio Tangie, Art Journal Grunge by Studio Tangie, DJB Little Black Dress font by Darcy Baldwin

 

Heather aka sparklyduck75

Prompt: Do you have positive words yet unspoken to a friend? Is it time to tell them?

Journaling: I don’t tell you often enough that I love you, my darling friend! You are the best kind of friend, because while you always accept me as I am, you also challenge me to dig deeper and be more.

You have such beauty and strength. I love your devotion to God; the respect and affection you have for your husband; the magnificent depth and breadth you give to your children; and the selflessness and joy with which you throw your arms open to the world. You’ve found the Good Way, and you walk it.

I am privileged to witness your amazing journey. When I grow up, I want to be more like you.

CREDITS: You Are Magnificent! by Tangie Baxter
Fonts: OutOfTune; WickedGrit.

 

Tina aka tina0319

Hybrid

Prompt: The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend. ~Aristotle

ART JOURNAL TECHNIQUE: Doodle

Journaling:
“I tend to be a loner, I don’t have many friends and rarely see the need for them. Recently I’ve made a friend named Tracy and through her I’ve learned it’s good to have a friend. She’s help me to feel not so alone!”
“One Friend”
“Friends are good!”
“True Friend”

Credits:
tangie_YouAreMagnificent_paper9
tangie_YouAreMagnificent_wordart3 (As an overlay)
tangie_YouAreMagnificent_ephemera2
tangie_YouAreMagnificent_painted_accents3

Font:
tangieAJFjabberwock

Hybrid Supplies:
Duct Tape and Paper Tape (From Target)
Sharpie Pen (Black)
Sharpie Markers
Puffy Velvet Fabric Markers
Copic – Orange

 

ms. bailey

Art Journaling Technique: DoodleThis week I drew my own doodles on paper, scanned them into Photoshop and turned them into brushes and used them on this page. Thank you for all the creative sparks!

Journaling: I’ve learned that I don’t need to prove anything to my friends or gain their love and approval by “performing” or being some way that I’m not.

My friendships allow me the space to explore and experience many qualities and ways of being.

I thought these two quote from Sark really summed up my feelings about friendship. Good friends are there to help you see all the wonderful things that are possible in your life.

Credits
From Tangie Baxter: Background papers and elements from You Are Magnificent Kit, Stitchy Stackers, and Splatter Graffiti. I added Tangie’s Repeat After Me No. 7 Styles to the washi tape. The arrow and flower doodles are my own. The font is vtRemingtonPortable.

 

Rain

Prompt: “Whatever you are it is your own friends who make your world”
William James
Art Journal technique: Doodling

Credits:
Tangie Baxter:
Plum Pudding font
You are Magnificent
Enchanted Art Box kits 1, 3, 4
Krysty at Deviant Scrap, Dreams, the yellow flower
Bonsai tree: my custom shape

 

Julie Ann

ART TECHNIQUE: DOODLE

Journaling:

Credits: You Are Magnificent by Tangie Baxter

Font: Larkspur

 

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THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO MY TEAM FOR YOUR VERY THOUGHTFUL PAGES!!!

Next week, I’ll see you back here for my prompts based on Chapter 7!

If you have the book, and want to know what Chapters we will be reading, or if you want to read ahead (yet know this is not a race! you can read as we go along!!!)

here is the SCHEDULE:

  • Prompt 1: No reading instructions
  • Prompt 2: Chapter 1 – Pages 19-36
  • Prompt 3: Chapter 3, Pages 55-76
  • Prompt 4: Chapter 4, Pages 77-94
  • Prompt 5: Chapter 5, Pages 95-119
  • Prompt 6: Chapter 6, Pages 120 – 135
  • Prompt 7: Chapter 7, Pages 136-150 WE ARE HERE THIS WEEK!
  • Prompt 8: Chapter 10 Pages 189-206
  • Prompt 9: Chapter 11, Pages 208-227
  • Prompt 10: Chapter 12, Pages 228-247
  • Prompt 11: Finale, Pages 248-253

Now it’s your turn! I am looking forward to seeing your pages on FRIENDSHIP TRIBUTES!!!

Please share a link to your page (copy and paste the url) here on this post!

Remember: come join us at

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book: PROMPT # 6

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book

Fabulous Friendship Festival Book Club

Prompt #6: Friendship Blessings

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

Congrats to those of you who used last week productively as catch-up week! It’s amazing what you can get done in 15 minute increments.

Thank you so much to those of you who joined us in the Chat!

We have some newbies with us, so welcome welcome! There have been new additions to the Studio Tangie Creative Team and they’ve jumped in to our Book Club as well. They know all about Friendship as  they are a group of three friends who get to scrap together in Real Life! I am looking  forward to seeing their journal pages in the upcoming weeks.

Keep sharing and uploading your creations. I so enjoy seeing your talents. Upload to your favorite gallery and share the link (copy and paste the url here on the blog or on our Connect group), or start your own album at our Connect group.

If you are NEW, here are the links you will need to get started:

Anyone can join at anytime!!!

 

Before I introduce the prompt for this week, let me give you the “instructions” for following the prompt.

Instructions for Each Week

Step 1. Come to the Studio Tangie blog (sign up for email notifications if you prefer) every Saturday February 2  through April 20 to see the prompts and inspiration based on the assigned readings. Tag:

Step 2. Journal based on the prompts. Pick from one or more of the prompts. There will also be an Art Journal Technique suggestion each week. You can make as many pages or as few pages as you like. Any size, any format, any medium, any supplies, although we do enjoy Studio Tangie products.

Step 3. Participate and make friends in discussion of the readings at the social network as much as you like. Connect in the FREE special group just for us HERE. Register or login with your Facebook account. You can also ask questions there.

Step 4. Upload your finished art journal page from the prompt to the our gallery at Connect (or your favorite gallery), and then post on the Studio Tangie blog, on the corresponding prompt, that you have uploaded your page(s). If possible, leave the url of your page. (Copy and paste). This lets everyone know when to look in the gallery, and I’ll get an email notification.

Step 5. Comment on other group members pages in our group gallery.

Step 6. Make sure you have fun!

 

March 16 – 22, Prompt #6

FRIENDSHIP BLESSINGS

 

Assignment: Read Chapter 6, Friendship Blessings

Pages 120 – 135

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Next, create an art journal page or more from the following prompts.

If something from the book inspires you, instead, go with that. There are no rules in art journaling!

The following prompts are: They Say (quotes), Questions to Ponder, Be Inspired (by specific pages from the book), and Art Journal Technique.

Just do whatever inspires you, however it inspires you.

No rules!!!

The Prompts:

Be inspired by a quotation!

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.

~Elisabeth Foley

 

You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.

~Laurence J. Peter

 

Be inspired by one (or more) question(s)!

 

  1. What was the best thing you ever did for a friend’s birthday?
  2. Have you ever had to say goodbye to a very close friend who was moving away? How did you handle the experience?

Join us in Our Book Club Group at Connect to discuss these questions and the chapter!

 

Be inspired by the book!

Pages 122-129

Or any of the pages in between!

 

Be inspired by a technique!

ART JOURNAL TECHNIQUE: Use mixed media in a new and creative way than you used it before

Check out my Mixed Media Pinterest Board !

 

Inspiration for Prompt #6:

Heather aka sparklyduck75:

Inspired by Page 125

Journaling: I truly love and treasure you in all our similarities and differences. May our friendship continue to evolve and grow, deepen and become even sweeter. May your friendship with yourself expand, and may our paths intersect wherever and however it best lifts and fills us.

CREDITS by Tangie Baxter: AJC March 13 Collection; Abundance of Asia collab with Amanda Sexton; Gypsy Rhapsody; and Misty Overlay 6.

Font: WinstonNero

 

Rain:

Journaling:
You are orderly English knot gardens, I’m shaggy unruly borders.
You are cream, off white, and tan, I’m violet, red violet, and terra cotta
You are strictly conservative, I am middle of both ends of the spectrum
You are fast food fun, I am massive organic salads
You are terrified of change, I am terrified of endless the same.
You are high heels and perfume, I am flats and unscented.
You are shopping as a hobby, I am paint, pencils, and paper.
You are current news and conspiracy, I am historical novel.
Opposite ends of the spectrum. Opposite ends of life.
Yet best friends forever.

CREDITS:
All Tangie Baxter:
Arsenic and Old Lace
AJC12
Aviary Dreaming
Gypsy Calling
Font: MaryAnn

 

ms.bailey:

Art Journaling Technique: Mixed Media

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~Elisabeth Foley

This is a page I began at Tangie’s Wonderland Art Journaling Workshop last year. I created the painted and splattered background, glued on the papers and image of the woman and added some washi tape. The page has sat unfinished in my journal waiting for some inspiration to finish it. I thought this week’s theme of mixed media would be the perfect opportunity to add some digital elements. I really love that I was able to blend my two worlds – paper and digital- so seamlessly.

Credits – From Tangie Baxter:
Elements from My Midnight Dreams, Gesso Messy 9, and Poetic License
Art Journaling Font: Wonderland

 

Julie Ann

Hybrid Page

Prompt: What was the best thing you ever did for a friend’s birthday?

Journaling: My favorite memories of celebrating friends’ birthdays was what we did our freshman year in college.  A group of us on our floor would celebrate each other’s special days as a group. The dorm rom would get decorated with curled ribbon, and there would be plastic champagne cups, plus a cake. We were silly and fun.

Technique: Mixed Media

I really just did the mixed media on the left and top border, using paint, stamps/ink, marker, and stickers.

 

Digi Products Used:
By Tangie Baxter
Paper: Deconstructed No. 4
Mist: Misty Inkover 3
Elements: Up Up Away
Font: Tangie AJF Mock Turtle, AJFverygoodadvice, AJFmerryunbirthday
Other: Mixed Media Mayhem 1 by Finecrafted Designs

Physical Products Used:
Rubber Stamps: Tangie Baxter & Co.
Stamp Markers
Stickers
Paint
Marker

 

Julie Ann

Inspired by Blessing by SARK for Ending Friendship with Former Friend

Journaling: Dear Friends Of Old,
I am writing to thank you for having been my friend. Thank you for all the fun, all the good, all the blessings you shared with me.

I now release our former friendship and bring things full circle. From all of you, I learned so much. I learned it is ok to be myself, about the Girlfriend Code, that things are always what they appear to be.
I learned to trust no one except God.

I learned what a true friend is. I learned to define my morals. I learned about jealousy.

The gifts I received from you all were precious. I received the gift of parnters-in-crime, meeting new people from different places, being taken in on holiday. I received gifts of laughter, companionship, and acceptance.

I am so grateful for the lessons I learned, especially that it’s ok to be myself. I’m grateful to learn things are not always what they appear to be. I’m grateful that I now know how to spot a true friend. I’m grateful to have received the gift of meeting new people from new places. I’m grateful to have received the gift of being taken in on a holiday. I’m grateful for all the laughter. I’m grateful for the companionship. I’m grateful for the acceptance.

I do consider our friendship a blessing, and this letter gives tribute to that blessing. I wish you well.

Love, Julie Ann

 

Credits:

By Tangie Baxter

Gesso: Gesso Messy #16 Madness, Gesso Messy #12 Ribbon

Mist: Misty Inkover 5

Word Art: Confabulations #5, Thankful News

Elements (Mixed Media) : Sticky Stackers, Collage Fodder Hearts, Tape Bliss, Dictionary Cuts, Gel Transfers No. 2 (altered color), Quickety Split Borders 3

Paper: Impressionaries #1

Other: East is West by TumbleFish Studio

Hybrid Version by Julie Ann

Physical Products Added:
Trims and Lace: Prima, Strano, vintage, and from stash
Metal flowers: from stash
Paperclips: 7Gypsies
Diecuts: Crate Paper

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THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO MY TEAM FOR YOUR VERY THOUGHTFUL PAGES!!!

Next week, I’ll see you back here for my prompts based on Chapter 7!

If you have the book, and want to know what Chapters we will be reading, or if you want to read ahead (yet know this is not a race! you can read as we go along!!!)

here is the SCHEDULE:

  • Prompt 1: No reading instructions
  • Prompt 2: Chapter 1 – Pages 19-36
  • Prompt 3: Chapter 3, Pages 55-76
  • Prompt 4: Chapter 4, Pages 77-94
  • Prompt 5: Chapter 5, Pages 95-119
  • Prompt 6: Chapter 6, Pages 120 – 135 WE ARE HERE THIS WEEK!
  • Prompt 7: Chapter 7, Pages 136-150
  • Prompt 8: Chapter 10 Pages 189-206
  • Prompt 9: Chapter 11, Pages 208-227
  • Prompt 10: Chapter 12, Pages 228-247
  • Prompt 11: Finale, Pages 248-253

Now it’s your turn! I am looking forward to seeing your pages on FRIENDSHIP BLESSINGS!!!

Please share a link to your page (copy and paste the url) here on this post!

Remember: come join us at

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book: Week 6

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book

Fabulous Friendship Festival Book Club

Week 6: Catch Up in 15 Minutes a Day

and Chat

on Thursday!

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

What prompt are you on?

Let’s work in 15 minute spurts!

I know you can find 15 minutes today to spend on their art journal! Or to read in our book “Fabulous Friendship Festival” by Sark?

Perhaps you could spend the 15 minutes by catching up on our Group discussion or members’ photo albums on the Connect site. (For those of you not familiar with the site, I’ll post a tutorial below.)

Maybe you could send a private message to another member and make a new friend!

If you are all caught up for this week, enjoy and take time having fun with your friends! Put into action what we are reading. Delve a little deeper into the reading. Go for it!

Here’s a 15 Minute Timer:

CATCHING UP

I made a video for this week, telling you about my intention for our progress at this half-way point!

 

Watch at youtube: http://youtu.be/NhlbTp3Mn_w

There’s another video below, for how to use the Connect site and use the Photo Gallery!

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CATCH UP

To make progress, or to achieve something

progress verb
to continue to develop or move forward

get on with
to give your time to something and make progress with it

get ahead
to be more successful, or to progress more quickly than, other people

forge ahead
to make strong steady progress

plod along
to progress at a very slow steady rate

outpace verb
to make more progress, increase more quickly, or become more successful than someone or something else

get along
to manage to continue doing something or make progress in a situation

advance verb
to progress and become better or more developed

make up the leeway
to reach a satisfactory position after a period when you did not make enough progress

make strides
to make progress towards a goal

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DELVE DEEPER!

Fiction Books on Friendship

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Sisterhood #1)

by Ann Brashares

Via Goodreads, “Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins”

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Holes 

by Louis Sachar

Via Goodreads, “And so, Stanley Yelnats seems set to serve an easy sentence, which is only fair because he is as innocent as you or me. But Stanley is not going where he thinks he is. Camp Green Lake is like no other camp anywhere. It is a bizarre, almost otherworldly place that has no lake and nothing that is green. Nor is it a camp, at least not the kind of camp kids look forward to in the summertime. It is a place that once held “the largest lake in Texas,” but today it is only a scorching desert wasteland, dotted with countless holes dug by the boys who live at the camp.

The trouble started when Stanley was accused of stealing a pair of shoes donated by basketball great Clyde “Sweetfeet” Livingston to a celebrity auction. In court, the judge doesn’t believe Stanley’s claim that the shoes fell from the sky onto his head. And yet, that’s exactly what happened. Oddly, though, Stanley doesn’t blame the judge for falsely convicting him. Instead, he blames the whole misadventure on his “no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather.” Thanks to this benighted distant relative, the Yelnats family had been cursed for generations. For Stanley, his current troubles are just a natural part of being a Yelnats.

At Camp Green Lake, the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the treacherous warden is searching for something, and before long Stanley begins his own search—for the truth.

Fate conspires to resolve it all—the family curse, the mystery of the holes, the drought that destroyed Green Lake, and also, the legend of Kissing Kate Barlow, an infamous outlaw of the Wild West. The great wheel of justice has ground slowly for generations, but now it is about to reveal its verdict.”
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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

by Rebecca Well

Via Goodreads, “The incomparable #1 New York Times bestseller–a book that reigned at the top of the list for an remarkable sixty-eight weeks–Rebecca Wells’s Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a classic of Southern women’s fiction to be read and reread over and over again. A poignant, funny, outrageous, and wise novel about a lifetime friendship between four Southern women, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood brilliantly explores the bonds of female friendship, the often-rocky relationship between mothers and daughters, and the healing power of humor and love, in a story as fresh and uplifting as when it was first published a decade and a half ago. If you haven’t yet met the Ya-Yas, what are you waiting for?”

Best Adult Female Friendship Books: Fiction and non-fiction

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Connect Group Orientation Video

As promised, I made a video tutorial to orientate everyone on how to navigate the Connect Group site. Click on the image below, and then click on the image it takes you to in order to view the video.

It focuses on:

How to Navigate Our Group at the Connect site

How to Navigate the Photo Albums

How to Create a Photo Album

 

View on youtube.

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Keep sharing and uploading your creations. I so enjoy seeing your talents. Upload to your favorite gallery and share the link (copy and paste the url here on the blog or on our Connect group), or start your own album at our Connect group.

If you are NEW, here are the links you will need to get started:

Anyone can join at anytime!!!

 

CHAT

Group Chat – WHEN: Thursday, 3/14

WHERE: Scrapbookgraphics.com Chat Room (if you can’t get in, try using a different browser. If you are using firefox, try internet explorer.)

TIME: 8 PM EST

I hope to see you there!

xoxo

 

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book: Friendship Club Prompt #5

 

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book

Fabulous Friendship Festival Book Club

Prompt #5

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

If you are interacting with us on our free Connect Book Club group, you already know that a few days ago, I was able to meet our very own Heather, aka sparklyduck75, for the first time. You can read about my excitement here.

Talk About Your Joys by sparklyduck75

New Prompt

This connects to this week’s new  Chapter assignment (below) and one of our prompts this week, which is have you ever met anyone from our Art Journal Caravan or Book Club? I know some of you have been super fortunate to even meet Tangie herself and take her art journaling classes. (See sidebar on right for her upcoming workshops). Oh how I wish and pray, and plan to save up to take one of her workshops! Then I’d get to meet gobs of you all at once too! How fun would that be!!!!

 

 

Keep sharing and uploading your creations. I so enjoy seeing your talents. Upload to your favorite gallery and share the link (copy and paste the url here on the blog or on our Connect group), or start your own album at our Connect group.
If you are NEW, here are the links you will need to get started:
Anyone can join at anytime!!!

 

Tearful Goodbye

Speaking of friends whom we’ve met online, I can’t help but acknowledge sorrowful news that I found out on Friday about the loss of the of one of the digital scrapbooking communities most precious artists’ and personalities, as Pattie Knox passed away on Wednesday, February 27th. I was only an online acquaintance of Pattie’s, as we encountered each other here and there over the past five and six years.

Pattie Knox

In fact, last spring, Tangie and I were on a panel at Masterful Scrapbook Design teaching Art Journaling Looks for Scrapbooking  and where Pattie Knox was a regular teacher as well as at Get It Scrapped and Creative Passion Classes. I thought she was also on the panel, but looking at the list her name isn’t on the panel, perhaps she just came to the online discussion. Either way, when I encountered her, she was so sweet, funny, and welcoming. She was a real rarity in the way her soul was pure in reaching out to you in friendship, even across the internet. She will be an inspiration forever. Let’s have a moment of silence for Pattie.

Did you know or know of Pattie? Please share your stories of friendship with her!

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Allowing yourself to grieve fully over losses of friends, such as Pattie, creates room in our souls for future joy. I have a few quotations on this subject to share, they happen to all be, not planned, by Kahlil Gibran:

  • When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
    Kahlil Gibran
  • “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit the very wood that was hollowed with knives?”
    Kahlil Gibran, ‘The Prophet’
  • “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be?”
    Kahlil Gibran, ‘The Prophet’

 

I like that phrase that your joy is your sorrow unmasked. It is so full of hope. What do you think?

 

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How do you share joy with your friends?

That is one of the topics this week. You might think, the weather is awful, the economy is terrible, my kids are acting out, and I have so much stress  at work. What joy is there to share?

I’m not here to preach. I’m here to listen.

I’m here to share what information I find as well. Such as 7 Reasons to Be Happy Even if Things Aren’t Perfect Now by Lori Deschene.

I’m here to share quotes I find that are relevant…

Life is not about making others happy.  Life is about sharing your happiness with others.

I’m here to be along with you on your journey on as we journal together this book Fabulous Friendship Festival by SARK. I can tell you that one of my goals, for this year and lifelong, is to be positive, to speak positive, to be around positive people. Joyful people.

I feel so much better with positive persons than when I am around someone who is whining all the time, who finds reasons to complain; than when I am around someone I just feel like I can’t trust with information because I know he/she will tell the next person he/she sees; than when I am with someone who uses inappropriate language; or who sees the worst in most situations.

I learned in therapy many years ago that I can not be the savior for most people I care about, they have to do it for themselves.

So you lead by example, be positive, be joyful.

If they do not follow your lead, you either decide to keep them in your life or not.

Back to my question: What joy do you share? Celebrate your positive experiences.  Just talk about something wonderful that happened, anything. It could be a simple, small sign of your faith, a smile that made your day, or a huge miracle of life such as a new baby.  Involve your friends.

Now they say it’s proven science that to do so is beneficial for your health.

“The researchers made a number of suggestions – for example, they said talking about a positive experience could increase its “social reality”, making it especially accessible to memory; friends may point out positive implications of our news that had so far eluded us; and/or we perhaps take extra joy in making another person happy through our good news.”

The next time something good happens to you, don’t keep it to yourself. The researchers quoted an unknown author: “Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.”

Posted by Christian Jarrett for the BPS Research Digest.

Lambert, N., Gwinn, A., Baumeister, R., Strachman, A., Washburn, I., Gable, S., and Fincham, F. (2012). A boost of positive affect: The perks of sharing positive experiences Journal of Social and Personal Relationships DOI: 10.1177/0265407512449400

Want more to read on this subject? Check out

How to Share Your Joy!

 

Before I introduce the prompt for this week, let me give you the “instructions” for following the prompt.

Instructions for Each Week

Step 1. Come to the Studio Tangie blog (sign up for email notifications if you prefer) every Saturday February 2  through April 20 to see the prompts and inspiration based on the assigned readings. Tag:

Step 2. Journal based on the prompts. Pick from one or more of the prompts. There will also be an Art Journal Technique suggestion each week. You can make as many pages or as few pages as you like. Any size, any format, any medium, any supplies, although we do enjoy Studio Tangie products.

Step 3. Participate and make friends in discussion of the readings at the social network as much as you like. Connect in the FREE special group just for us HERE. Register or login with your Facebook account. You can also ask questions there.

Step 4. Upload your finished art journal page from the prompt to the our gallery at Connect (or your favorite gallery), and then post on the Studio Tangie blog, on the corresponding prompt, that you have uploaded your page(s). If possible, leave the url of your page. (Copy and paste). This lets everyone know when to look in the gallery, and I’ll get an email notification.

Step 5. Comment on other group members pages in our group gallery.

Step 6. Make sure you have fun!

 

March 2 – 8, Prompt #5

JOY AND PLEASURE IN FRIENDSHIPS

Assignment: Read Chapter 5, Joy and Pleasure in Friendships

Pages 95-119

 

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Next, create an art journal page or more from the following prompts.

If something from the book inspires you, instead, go with that. There are no rules in art journaling!

The following prompts are: They Say (quotes), Questions to Ponder, Be Inspired (by specific pages from the book), and Art Journal Technique.

Just do whatever inspires you, however it inspires you.

No rules!!!

The Prompts:

Be inspired by a quotation!

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.
George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)

 

There’s nothing more precious in this world than the feeling of being wanted.
Diana Dors

 

Be inspired by one (or more) question(s)!

 

  1. How do you share your joy with your friends?
  2. What creative activities do you do with your friends that is unusual and interesting?
  3. What kind of joy and pleasure have you found in the online friendships on the Art Journal Caravan? Have you met anyone in person?

Join us in Our Book Club Group at Connect to discuss these questions and the chapter!

 

 

Be inspired by the book!

Pages 97, 105-109,113-117, 118

Or any of the pages in between!

 

Be inspired by a technique!

ART JOURNAL TECHNIQUE: Use a (digi) brush/stamp 13 times or use 13 brushes/stamps

 

Inspiration for Prompt #5:

Rain K.

“There’s nothing more precious in the world than the feeling of being wanted” Dana Dors

Journaling:
Our beloved friends that live in London and Istanbul spent a lot of time with us on our first trip to London, driving us all over the city, eating in fabulous Lebanese and Indian restaurants, spending hours absorbing the beauty in the museums, the treasures of the library, Westminster Abbey, 300 year old trees at Kew gardens, walking in the footsteps of history, art, science, deepening our friendships over weeks of close, intimate contact, laughter, tears, life stories.

Everyday, Richard would say, “Are you possessed of the Affliction to see…”, the changing of the guard, the crown jewels, the wax figures at M. Tussad’s, on and on…so after a few days, I asked if he felt that I was possessed? Afflicted?? Somewhere in the translation from American to the Queen’s English, I had missed some important words like “bubble and squeak” (cabbage and potato), “gobsmacked” (amazed), and “possessed of the affliction” (the desire to…). Torch, boot, tube, lots of easy words, but oh so many differences right down to how I hold a knife and a fork…Gary was summarily informed that he would NOT be invited in all likelihood to have tea with the Queen, unless he moved that fork from right to left hand, after all,

We were on our way next to Barcelona, so it was imperative to get that tea invitation, toot sweet. Didn’t want to miss out! Ahhh, the lovely, amazing wonders of travel with another couple, leaving off the boundaries of familiarity, being willing to be vulnerable, to reveal the inner soul, weeks and weeks, the joys, the sorrows, the unbridled ecstasy and fun, the shame, the embarrassment, all rolled into months together. Fluidity and love. What a miracle, to see and be seen, to strip away the familiar and experience the priceless moments.

Credits:
Tangie Baxter:
Field Notes: Spring, and Winter
Sea brushes
AJC13 paper
Director font

Other: London Calling brush set by Rebecca Wagler

Sandy aka ms. mauk

Prompt:

There’s nothing more precious in this world than the feeling of being wanted. ~Diana Dors
ART JOURNAL TECHNIQUE: Use a brush 13 times or 13 brushes

 

Credits:
Tangie Baxter:
Touch of Madness
AJC12 Parcel 30
Journey 12
Vintage Ad Words 2

Other: DeCrow Designs: Feb Mega Alpha (2009); Jessica Bolton: Foam Stamped Alpha; Studio Sherrie JD: Couples Therapy

 

Tina C. aka ~tina0319

Hybrid Page

Prompt: “There’s nothing more precious in this world than the feeling of being wanted.” ~Diana Dors
Technique: Use a brush 13 times

Journaling: I try to share my joy of Art Journaling with my best friend Jeff. He doesn’t understand it but he always looks & listens he even oh’s and awes. Boy do I Love him!
Credits: Tangie Baxter

Papers:
tangie_UnconventionalWisdom_paper9

Elements:
tangie_ink_corporated3
tangie_ink_corporated53
tangie_ink_corporated86
tangie_UnconventionalWisdom_paintnewspaper
tangie_UnconventionalWisdom_paintedbuds
tangie_UnconventionalWisdom_grass
tangie_UnconventionalWisdom_swirl
tangie_UnconventionalWisdom_staple
tangie_UnconventionalWisdom_ephemera_2
tangie_UnconventionalWisdom_doodledflower
tangie_UnconventionalWisdom_cloud
tangie_YouAreBrill_paint2

Brushes:
tangie_Inktastic_Week26_BRUSHES

Fonts – All by Tangie:
AJF Very Good Advice
AJF Walrus
AJF Wonderland
AJF Mad Hatter
AJF Gryphon
AJF Flarkspur
AJF Five Seven and Two

Hybrid Items
Faber Castell Gelleto’s
Glitter Tape
Flowers
Bird
Tag
Sharpie Marker

 

Julie Ann

Hybrid Page

Prompt – Question: What kind of joy and pleasure have you found in the online friendships in the Art Journal Caravan?

Technique: Use brush or stamp 13 times (I did this both digitally and by hand)
Digital: I used a brush from Conversed 5 Bonus Brushes 12 times around the border and then the a brush from Inkstastik Week 26 behind the girls in yellow for #13.

By Hand: Stamped the date 13 times, it says “Happy Place February 15, 2013″(below)

However, I ended up smearing it before it was dry. I like the artsy look though!

Journaling:

Quote: “I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy.” – Charles R. Swindoll

My writing: The Art Journal Caravan has been a wonderful creative outlet for me to meet like-minded individuals. These persons have such amazing talents that awe me.

Members open up on their art journal pages, allowing the rest of the group to see inside their soul, get to know their personalities, their strugglels, their triumphs. It gives others the chance to give back, with praise and support.

In addition, I’ve been blessed to world closely with the Studio Tangie Creative Team, and VIP Tour Members, bonding quite closely over the past few years. I absolutely couldn’t do what I do on the blog without their support and encouragement.

I hope to meet some of these people one day! (written before I met Heather)

 

Both Pages – Prompt 4 and 5

Week 4 Credits – Studio Tangie:
Brushes: Conversed 5 Bonus brushes, Inktastic Week 26 Brushes
Paper: Studio Box Workshop No. 4, Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #021, Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #015
Elements: Art Journal 2013 Expedition Kit, Collage Fodder Silhouettes,
Tangible Plans™ {Starter Kit & Workshop} By Tangie, Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #010

Products Used:
Felt word: Creative Imaginations
Stickers:
Date stamp: K&Co. Smash
Tissue tape: Tim Holtz
Metal: Tim Holtz
Stamping Ink: Vivid
Mist: Dylusions Black

 

Julie Ann

Digital

Prompt: How do you share your joy with your friends?

Technique: I used 13 different brushes

Journaling: My #1 way to share joy is to connect on Facebook and update my status, or share a photo. My best friends from all areas of my life are on Facebook, and I trust that they’ll see my updates.

The joy I feel with my friends is expressed verbally. I let them know my gratitude for them being in my life. I text them and thank them for the wonderful time we spent together. As SARK says, “We connect, and joy happens.”

I love the “compound energy” feeling that SARK mentions. A great example is this book club, because I was not very confidient to start it, I was not sure anyone would join. I’m ecstatic that more than 5 people joined let alone 30! It’s even more satisfying that it’s bringing joy to others.

Credits: Tangie Baxter
Brushes: Gypsy Rhapsody
Paper: Quote Backgrounds
Gesso: Gesso Mats 1

Other: Joyous Journey by Crowabout StudioB
Font: Tangie Art Journaling Font Larkspur

 

Heather aka sparklyduck75

Journaling: Someone throws their heart and soul onto a page, and you’re looking at it, you’re looking right inside them and they’re letting you see everything. Fearlessly. And it makes you feel brave, so you come back with your own heart all over a piece of paper, and you let them stare into you. It’s raw and real and honest and bold and amazing. It is an endless source of art, of courage, and of love. That’s what I love about the Caravan… all the trembling hearts more beautifully fierce than we could ever imagine.

CREDITS: AJC March 13 Collection by Tangie Baxter.
Font: Housegrind.

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THANK YOU BUNCHES TO MY TEAM FOR YOUR SUPER CREATIVE PAGES!!!

Next week, I’ll see you back here for my prompts based on Chapter 6!

If you have the book, and want to know what Chapters we will be reading, or if you want to read ahead (yet know this is not a race! you can read as we go along!!!)

here is the SCHEDULE:

  • Prompt 1: No reading instructions
  • Prompt 2: Chapter 1 – Pages 19-36
  • Prompt 3: Chapter 3, Pages 55-76
  • Prompt 4: Chapter 4, Pages 77-94
  • Prompt 5: Chapter 5, Pages 95-119 WE ARE HERE THIS WEEK!
  • Prompt 6: Chapter 6, Pages 120 – 135
  • Prompt 7: Chapter 7, Pages 136-150
  • Prompt 8: Chapter 10 Pages 189-206
  • Prompt 9: Chapter 11, Pages 208-227
  • Prompt 10: Chapter 12, Pages 228-247
  • Prompt 11: Finale, Pages 248-253

Now it’s your turn! I am looking forward to seeing your pages on JOY IN FRIENDSHIPS!!!

Please share a link to your page (copy and paste the url) here on this post!

Remember: come join us at

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book: Friendship Book Club Prompt #4

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book

Fabulous Friendship Festival Book Club

Prompt #4

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

Welcome friends! I’m glad you are back for a new prompt.

Have you been chatting with us in our discussion about the book?

Have you shared your pages with us yet?

Here is a slideshow of the recent pages I’ve seen created by members of the Studio Tangie Art Journal Book Club (as of 2/17):  CLICK ON IMAGE OR LINK BELOW

 

Source: slide.ly via Julie Ann on Pinterest

 

SLIDESHOW: Studio Tangie’s Art Journal Book Club Members’ Pages 2/13 from Julie Shahin on Slide.ly.

 

Keep sharing and uploading your creations. I so enjoy seeing your talents. Upload to your favorite gallery and share the link (copy and paste the url here on the blog or on our Connect group), or start your own album at our Connect group.

If you are NEW, here are the links you will need to get started:

Anyone can join at anytime!!!

 

Before I introduce the prompt for this week, let me give you the “instructions” for following the prompt.

 

Instructions for Each Week

Step 1. Come to the Studio Tangie blog (sign up for email notifications if you prefer) every Saturday February 2  through April 20 to see the prompts and inspiration based on the assigned readings. Tag:

Step 2. Journal based on the prompts. Pick from one or more of the prompts. There will also be an Art Journal Technique suggestion each week. You can make as many pages or as few pages as you like. Any size, any format, any medium, any supplies, although we do enjoy Studio Tangie products.

Step 3. Participate and make friends in discussion of the readings at the social network as much as you like. Connect in the FREE special group just for us HERE. Register or login with your Facebook account. You can also ask questions there.

Step 4. Upload your finished art journal page from the prompt to the our gallery at Connect (or your favorite gallery), and then post on the Studio Tangie blog, on the corresponding prompt, that you have uploaded your page(s). If possible, leave the url of your page. (Copy and paste). This lets everyone know when to look in the gallery, and I’ll get an email notification.

Step 5. Comment on other group members pages in our group gallery.

Step 6. Make sure you have fun!

 

February 23 – March 2, Prompt #4

Friend Nourishment

 

Assignment – Read: Chapter 4 Friend Nourishment

Pages 77-94

 

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Next, create an art journal page or more from the following prompts.

If something from the book inspires you, instead, go with that. There are no rules in art journaling!

The following prompts are: They Say (quotes), Questions to Ponder, Be Inspired (by specific pages from the book), and Art Journal Technique.

Just do whatever inspires you, however it inspires you.

No rules!!!

The Prompts:

Be inspired by a quotation!

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Be inspired by one (or more) question(s)!

  1. Tell us about a friendship that is balanced with reciprocal give and take.
  2. Are you comfortable giving advice to a friend? How do they respond? Vice versa: do you take advice well?
  3. Are you good in a crisis for a friend? In what ways are you helpful?

 

Join us in Our Book Club Group at Connect to discuss these questions and the chapter!


Be inspired by the book!

Pages 83, 88, 93

Or any of the pages in between!

 

Be inspired by a technique!

ART JOURNAL TECHNIQUE: Create an Art Doll from different kits by Tangie in a way you have not tried before!

Check out my Art Journaling Figures/Faces Pinterest Board for inspiration!

 

Inspiration for Prompt #4:

Heather aka sparklyduck75

Topic: About balance, advice, perspective, crisis…

I had more journaling in mind for this page, but after I wrote the first sentence, it felt like enough. Last summer I lost my best friend of nearly 20 years, not to death, but to years of unaddressed concerns that finally came to light and ripped us apart. We had waited too long to offer perspective. Instead, we’d done everything we could over the years to make each other safe and comfortable, so comfortable we’d stopped growing and were caving in on ourselves. I didn’t realize until after I’d assembled these mermaids, how right it is that they’ve lost their arms… you use your arms when you swim, to pull yourself forward and give yourself direction. That’s something we’d lost: purpose, direction, mobility, strength.

It’s painful, obviously, but it’s also been unexpectedly liberating for us both. In her absence, my friendships with others have surprisingly deepened and broadened. I’ve opened myself to new friends in ways I never would have before, and I realized I’d been saving up everything I had for her. She has also been far more social than she ever was before. That is a new thing, and good. I can see that as profoundly as we loved each other, we were two unhealthy people trapped in a state of codependence, feeding on one another’s unhealthy psychological and physical habits. In our separation, we’ve both begun to grow. I’ve only scratched the surface of the lessons this experience has to teach me, and the ways it can enrich me, with the potential to make all my other friendships better… and so in many ways, even in her absence and silence, she remains my most precious friend.

 

Credits: BY TANGIE BAXTER: Seaside art doll kit; Flora Finery art doll kit; The Princess with the Sea Green Hair kit; Ocean Life bundle.
Font: Narnia.

 

ms. bailey

Technique Focus: Art Dolls from Tangie’s Kits

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
― C.S. Lewis

Credits: by Tangie Baxter
Art Dolls: aMusing Art Dolls, Flora Finery, Ultimate Art Doll
Papers: Serendipitous – used with Art Journal Edges (AJC 2011 Parcel 10)
Elements: Deconstructed Sorbet, Gesso Messy 14
Art Jouraling Font: Dinah
Journaling Lines: Nevermore

 

Tina C aka tina0319

Technique Focus: Art Doll Using Tangie’s Kits

Papers:
tangie_deconstructed_sorbetppr7

Elements:
tangie_aMUSEing_blackwings
tangie_aMUSEing_legs_3
tangie_aMUSEing_tullemusic
tangie_aMUSEing_umbrella
tangie_aMUSEing_vintagegirl
tangie_deconstructed_sorbet9
tangie_ink_corporated120
tangie_Conversed5_lace_2
tangie_Conversed7_1
tangie_Conversed7_3

Other Elements:
blushbutter_strawberry_69 – knife
blushbutter_strawberry_70 – fork
blushbutter_strawberry_71 – spoon

Fonts – All by Tangie:
AJF Very Good Advice
AJF Tea Cup Full
AJF White Rabbit

 

Julie Ann

Technique Focus: Art Dolls with Tangie’s Kits

 

Here’s a close-up of the Art Dolls with added real-life embellishments: Epoxy button in hair on left doll, crown in hair on right doll, button on body on left doll, brad at neck on right doll, fleur-de-lis and mini brooch on right doll

Another close-up

Credits – Studio Tangie
Papers: Journal Anthology 9, Journal Anthology 10, AJC Parcel 1

Elements:
AJC Parcel 36, Cupcake Dots, Cupycake, Stitchy Stackers 01, Proverbs, Equestrian Dream, Mr. Darcy

Brushes:
Misty Misters

Fonts: Tangie_AJFMadHatter, Tangie_AJFoysters, TangieAJF_tweedledeeALT
Styles: Tangie Paperworn Styles

Products Used:
Flowers, lace: Prima
Diecuts: K & Co.
Epoxy sticker: Heidi Swapp
Various charms
Brad: Crate Paper
Misc. trims
Circle scallop punch
Specialty paper: black
Mist: Dylusions Black

 

Rain

Journaling:
I have worked so very hard to stop intimidating you by my very existence. I am brunette and multi-dimensionally textured while you are blond and committed to safety through more ordinary means…I finally understand that you act this way out of fear and insecurity, too many psychedelics in high school, too much hurt and pain from others judging your efforts at art, relationships, life, as boring, pedestrian, stupid, childish. It has taken me years to speak to the insecure, scared woman inside of you, to fully understand that my ability to master so many different aspects of life made you feel even more inadequate, that your husband knowing us for decades made you behave like an insecure brillo pad, that so much of what I fought to tolerate was really the desperate attempt to not shrink into nothingness.

Baby steps. Playing Scrabble on Facebook, helping you plan your garden, finding something to ask YOU to help ME, no matter how small, asking for your recipes, complimenting your cooking, asking your opinion on everything, my color schemes for a piece, which photo tells the story, making you cards of your beloved doggies, listening to the whispers of who you really are, under all the layers of survival compensation.

And so, now I REAP the REWARDS of connection that is real…to spend 2 weeks on Maui enjoying the heck out of you, to relax into the success of slowing down my overwhelming intensity, to listen, to see and feel the hidden sweetness that is really who you are and to look forward to exploring the evolution of our friendship. Learning to be your friend has made me a better person, a more successful human in this great kaleidoscope of life.

Credits:
Tangie Baxter, Rebecca McMeen: Maritime Steampunk
Field Notes, Summer
AJC 12 Cartography
AJC 13, symbols
Director font

 

Sandy aka ms. mauk

Journaling:
It feels so good to be there for a friend when they are struggling, especially if it seems to help them out. Why then is it so hard to receive the same kind of love from them? Why is the instinct to hide our struggles so strong? Why is it so hard to be the one appearing “weak”? I think that sometimes the most loving (and hardest) thing to do is to let your friend help you!

Quote:
“Oh Master, grant that I may never seek,
as much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved, as to love with all my soul”
~ St. Francis of Assissi

 

Credits all Tangie Baxter:
aMUSEing Art Dolls
Seaside Art Dolls
You Are Brilliant
You Are Brilliant Lace
She Journals

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THANK YOU BUNCHES TO MY TEAM FOR YOUR FABULOUS PAGES!!!

Next week, I’ll see you back here for my prompts based on Chapter 5!

If you have the book, and want to know what Chapters we will be reading, or if you want to read ahead (yet know this is not a race! you can read as we go along!!!)

here is the SCHEDULE:

  • Prompt 1: No reading instructions
  • Prompt 2: Chapter 1 – Pages 19-36
  • Prompt 3: Chapter 3, Pages 55-76
  • Prompt 4: Chapter 4, Pages 77-94 WE ARE HERE THIS WEEK!
  • Prompt 5: Chapter 5, Pages 95-119
  • Prompt 6: Chapter 6, Pages 120 – 135
  • Prompt 7: Chapter 7, Pages 136-150
  • Prompt 8: Chapter 10 Pages 189-206
  • Prompt 9: Chapter 11, Pages 208-227
  • Prompt 10: Chapter 12, Pages 228-247
  • Prompt 11: Finale, Pages 248-253

Now it’s your turn! I am looking forward to seeing your pages on FRIEND NOURISHMENT!!!

Please share a link to your page (copy and paste the url) here on this post!

Remember: come join us at

 

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book: Friendship Book ClubPrompt #3

If Every Art Journaler Read the Same Book

Fabulous Friendship Festival Book Club

Prompt #3

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

Hello Book Clubbers! Hello New Members!!! Welcome!

 

Keep sharing and uploading your Covers, Title Pages, and Self Friendship Pages. I so enjoy seeing your talents. Upload to your favorite gallery and share the link (copy and paste the url here on the blog or on our Connect group), or start your own album at our Connect group.

If you are NEW, here are the links you will need to get started:

Anyone can join at anytime!!!

 

Before I introduce the prompt for this week, let me give you the “instructions” for following the prompt.

Instructions for Each Week

Step 1. Come to the Studio Tangie blog (sign up for email notifications if you prefer) every Saturday February 2  through April 20 to see the prompts and inspiration based on the assigned readings. Tag:

Step 2. Journal based on the prompts. Pick from one or more of the prompts. There will also be an Art Journal Technique suggestion each week. You can make as many pages or as few pages as you like. Any size, any format, any medium, any supplies, although we do enjoy Studio Tangie products.

Step 3. Participate and make friends in discussion of the readings at the social network as much as you like. Connect in the FREE special group just for us HERE. Register or login with your Facebook account. You can also ask questions there.

Step 4. Upload your finished art journal page from the prompt to the our gallery at Connect (or your favorite gallery), and then post on the Studio Tangie blog, on the corresponding prompt, that you have uploaded your page(s). If possible, leave the url of your page. (Copy and paste). This lets everyone know when to look in the gallery, and I’ll get an email notification.

Step 5. Comment on other group members pages in our group gallery.

Step 6. Make sure you have fun!

 

February 16 – 22, Prompt #3

New Friendships

Assignment: Read Chapter 3, Making and Creating New Friendships

Pages 55- 76

 

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Next, create an art journal page or more from the following prompts.

If something from the book inspires you, instead, go with that. There are no rules in art journaling!

The following prompts are: They Say (quotes), Questions to Ponder, Be Inspired (by specific pages from the book), and Art Journal Technique.

Just do whatever inspires you, however it inspires you.

No rules!!!

The Prompts:

Be inspired by a quotation!

 

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.
Samuel Johnson

 

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 

Be inspired by one (or more) question(s)!

When was the last time you developed a spontaneous friendship? How did it happen?

Have you created a “family of choice” replicating a healthy or an unhealthy version of your family of origin?

Join us in Our Book Club Group at Connect to discuss these questions and the chapter! I hope to post a video of my thoughts very soon.

 

 

Be inspired by the book!

Pages 62, 64, 72-75

Or any of the pages in between!

 

Be inspired by a technique!

ART JOURNAL TECHNIQUE: Try playing with GESSO in a way you have not tried before!

Check out my Art Journaling Gesso Pinterest Board, for both Digital and Non-Digital Artists!

 

 

Inspiration for Prompt #3:

 

Heather aka sparklyduck75

I know I need space, even in my closest friendships. My introverted nature allows me to love my friends and family and enjoy the company of others, but it also demands plenty of time alone to recover my energy. My friendships develop slowly, then. I spiral in close for a season, then spiral out for periods of solitude, to process and refuel. Then I spiral in again, gradually letting my armor down. I know now to simply honor that need for space, instead of writing myself off as an incapable friend. Solitude allows me to maximize my time together with others.

But when I feel bad about myself and get consumed by poor self-image and my own lack of caring (which is often), I tend to cut myself off entirely–not just in cycles, but all together–both from existing relationships and from opportunities to create new ones. I have struggled to the point of self-cruelty to present an idealized version of myself to others, fearing criticism, ridicule, and rejection. But that rarely achieved ideal is untouchable and inaccessible. My cycles of friendship would deepen faster without my pride and fear in place.

While I must take regular steps toward filling my own cup and staying passionate about my life, I also crave permission from myself to just BE, even if it means letting others witness my many imperfections, personal struggles, and messy house days. There is a definite risk in trusting others to love me in my reality. Am I brave enough to try?

CREDITS by Tangie Baxter: Gypsy Rhapsody; Call of the Gypsy; Orchid Elixir; AJC2013 February Collection.
Font: UglyQua.
Gypsy photo from the Internet.

 

TinaC aka tina0319

Journaling:
“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” ~A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“The last spontaneous friendship I developed was with Tracy!”

Credits:
tangie_AJC12_OctGift_8
tangie_inkydinkydoopapers2
tangie_collagefodder_newsprint1_4
tangie_collagefodder_newsprint1_9
Fonts: Down the Rabbit Hole & Elephants by Tangie Baxter
Other – Tree: digiscraps_familygatheringsAddOn_FeltHouse01 by Tina Campbell

 

Sandy aka msmauk

Journaling: Do I know how to find a friend? I have 7 brothers and sisters, 7 children, and 17 grand-children. There has always been someone around to talk to, to hang out with, but they have mostly grown up and moved on. Do I know how to be a friend? These people always liked me because they were family. Will someone else like me because I am me? Where do I begin? Why did I wait so long to realize that this is a skill that I don’t seem to possess? I have lots of acquaintances, how do I turn them into friends? Do I have the courage to reach out and try? I must try or one day I may be truly alone.

Credits:
Tangie Baxter:
Gesso Messy 14
Gesso Messy 15
AJC13 Feb Collect
AJC12 Parcel27
What Rapture
Super Duper
Tangie Baxter & DeCrow Designs Collab, Hero Night
Rebecca McMeen, Whim
Fonts: TangieAJFdormouse, Shannon Extra Bold ATT, & Scrap Casual

Rain K.

Quote: “If a man does not make new acquaitances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair…Samuel Johnson”

Journaling:
I am so very grateful that I learned years ago to take care of my relationships, to myself, yes, harder than taking care of my outer world…giving myself a vote, my body vs. my mind or heart or desires to participate, help out, stay late, finish a project, though I am screaming for rest, sleep, food, whatever. I am so much better these last years, the beauty of the mid-fifties, living in a small town, knowing which neighbors need help, laughter, companionship, knowing that regardless of how any of us look on the outside, we are all fighting some type of battle inside.
Since November, a real challenge, learning to work on a board with people that hold exactly the opposite opinion from mine, navigating the murky waters of community politics, and now, yesterday, having been successful, creating a bridge between worlds, a safety zone for my tender soul, with respect for all the other sides. Exhausting, exhilarating, proud, hung over, yes, a little worn out with it all, but happy to be at this phase.

Credits: - All by Tangie Baxter
Font: Tangie MaryAnn
Beastiary of Beasties
February AJC13 suppies
Conversed grunge 8
Gesso messy
AJC12 provisions

 

Julie Ann

Butterfly Sky of Friends, inspired by page 63

 

Julie Ann

On a warm day at the end of July, maybe it was August, summer of 2012, I pulled up the driveway of my in-laws, where they had lived for forty years. We had recently buried my father-in-law. My mother-in-law was in the hospital and would not be able to live alone.

The family found a buyer for the house immediatley and on this day in July, my husband was cleaning out the house after the estate sale. I was here to surprise him and help out.

However, as I pulled up the dreiveway, I was the only one there. He must be making a run to Goodwill, I decided. I got out of my car, and opened the gate to the backyard. It was a beautiful day, I thought. I’ll just rest here by the pool and wait. It might be one of the last times I’ll get to enjoy it. After about ten minutes, I heard a car pull up, and was relieved it didn’t take him long. I made the right choice to wait.

I called out to my husband, “David?” Instead, I heard back a sweet female voice, “Hello!”

I quickly rose to my feet and was at the gate in two seconds to greet this unfamiliar face, and she said with a big smile on her face, “Hi, I’m L____.” She explained that my husband was following right behind her, that they had just made a trip to Goodwill, and that they had gone to high school together, and they reconnected at the funeral.

Even though my husband had turned down all offers to help with the house, L. had showed up anyways.

I exclaimed, “You are a SAINT!” She explained how Ray (my FIL, and) was her Band Director at Bishop Kearney High School , and that he changed her life.

Laurie was most helpful over the next few days, and we became Facebook friends. We found we had a lot in common.

After a few weeks, she invited my husband and me to to go apple-picking, and we all had a lot of fun. From then on, we were instant friends. We started having girl time together: from picking out wall-paper for her house, to going to lunch, baking together, chats, etc.

I haven’t made a spontaneous, instant friend like this that I get along with so well with since high school. In fact, I don’t connect with many people other than those I meet online, so to have a friend like this 5 minutes away is a rare treat for me.

Products Used:
Magazine Image
K&Co. Brenda Walton DieCuts
Heidi Swapp Stickers
American Crafts Thickers alpha
Basic Grey flair
Tim Holtz tissue tape
K&Co. border
Scallop diecut
Acrylic paint
Scarlet Lime Journaling Pen

 

Tutorial: I saved this page from my Buildable Art Journal Tutorial show previously on the blog, and added some embellishments when I added it to this journal. Tutorial Part 1 and Part 2

Products Used:Studio Box Workshop No. 1 by Tangie

K&Co Smash
Hello my name is sticker
K&Co Stickers
American Crafts Apple Sticker
Copic Markers

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Julie Ann

Left Side:

Today’s Quote – “Friendships are discovered rather than made.” Harriet Beecher Stowe

Technique: Gesso frame, also used gesso to “glue” diecut to page

Products Used:Studio Box Workshop No. 1
K&Co. Amy Butler Diecuts
Gesso
Copics
Water-soluble crayons

Right Side:

Boundaries Unspoken

 

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THANK YOU SO MUCH TO MY TEAM FOR YOUR AWESOME PAGES!!!

Next week, I’ll see you back here for my prompts based on Chapter 4!

If you have the book, and want to know what Chapters we will be reading, or if you want to read ahead (yet know this is not a race! you can read as we go along!!!)

here is the SCHEDULE:

  • Prompt 1: No reading instructions
  • Prompt 2: Chapter 1 – Pages 19-36
  • Prompt 3: Chapter 3, Pages 55-76
  • Prompt 4: Chapter 4, Pages 77-94
  • Prompt 5: Chapter 5, Pages 95-119
  • Prompt 6: Chapter 6, Pages 120 – 135
  • Prompt 7: Chapter 7, Pages 136-150
  • Prompt 8: Chapter 10 Pages 189-206
  • Prompt 9: Chapter 11, Pages 208-227
  • Prompt 10: Chapter 12, Pages 228-247
  • Prompt 11: Finale, Pages 248-253

Now it’s your turn! I am looking forward to seeing your pages on New Friendships!!!

Please share a link to your page (copy and paste the url) here on this post!

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