Even in the middle of getting prom dresses altered and hemmed, along with my regular teaching schedule, blogging, and keeping up with the RUBY magazine and community projects, I was able to find some time over the past couple of weeks to update my art journal. I try to create at least two pages for each month, and then if I have time to create a few more fun designs throughout the month, I like to do that, too. This month I got caught up with my April pages and even had time to get my May pages finished!
This time, I decided to create a “tip out” page, which includes adding an extra page that “tips out” from the right side to create a tri-fold surface for designing and creating. I don’t do that for every month, but it just seemed like a good idea for May! The other change-up that I did this time around was the colors . . . . I usually am drawn to more subtle, vintage-looking papers and embellishments for my art journal pages. But for May, I went really bright and bold, with bright yellow, neon green, and popping purple. I love this color combination, and it just seemed perfect to celebrate the arrival of spring.
One other fun technique that I included in this journal page design is a bit of stitching. It is always fun to add a bit of different texture, and I love stitching on paper, so I decided to create a paper patchwork page (say that fast three times!).
So with the whimsical touches of ribbons, lace, and buttons, I also added the words “With brave wings . . . she flies!” to the paper patchwork where I also stitched on a few circular designs along with a pretty purple ribbon with white flowers and green centers. The purple polka dot ribbon and the yellow gingham ribbon perfectly coordinate with the pretty papers I used for the patchwork design.
On the center page of the tri-fold “tip-out” is where I placed the May calendar with the cute watercolor picture of a yellow bike and purple blooms cascading down . . . . which is the same design I used for the fun little poem I wrote, “My bike was never yellow . . . .” which is about a time when I was riding my bike, really fast, down the hill in front of our house when I was about 10 years old, and I crashed into my girlfriend who was also riding her bike down the hill at the same time. I’m thinking we were probably racing, but I got too banged up to remember exactly what we were doing!
And then on the outside of the “tip-out” page that folds in I added a pocket with a little notebook for writing down more memories of springtimes past. This one was really a lot of fun, especially because I tried out new and different colors and added the stitching, as well as one of my own poems. I guess I’ll try that again next time! I would really like to encourage you to give art journaling a try – take time to be creative every day, even if it is for just a few minutes. I’ll be adding more photos to my art journaling page here on the Vintage Mama’s Cottage blog so you can see the process I used to create these pages. Hope you’ll check it out! And if you are working on an art journal, I would love to see what you are doing, too. See you again soon!