THIRTY-THREE / a personal art journal

THIRTY-THREE / a personal art journal

In June my husband and I took a road trip to Oregon and spent some time in Portland, on the coast and in Eugene, visiting friends and vacationing. While we were on the coast visiting my friend Esther, she took us on a day trip up to Astoria. She is primarily a paper crafter and makes amazing mail art that she shares with people all across the world. She took us to her favorite art store in Astoria and there I discovered the most beautiful journal I had ever seen. Until that moment, I really didn't know anything about the art journal / scrapbook scene other than what I had seen through Esther's Instagram posts. I fell in LOVE with this all black journal at first sight. I suddenly wanted to do allllll the art journaling. I bought it immediately. 

Fast forward two months. The journal was sitting ominously in the corner, taunting me. I was afraid to start it! I had never done art journaling before, at least not this way. I made collages in my journals in high school, but they only involved magazines and clear packing tape. And then the opportunity presented itself. For my 33rd birthday, my husband bought me an Instax camera. I was immediately inspired to get to work. It was perfect. I would document this thirty-third year of my life with this camera and this journal. It felt so important. 

The Dylusions all black square journal. It has tons of great features: mixed media paper, elastic closure and a large pocket on the inside cover which is perfect for storing materials and supplies while you're working on it. 

The Dylusions all black square journal. It has tons of great features: mixed media paper, elastic closure and a large pocket on the inside cover which is perfect for storing materials and supplies while you're working on it. 

We went to Oakland for the day and I brought the Instax along. It was SO. MUCH. FUN. I didn't document the entire day, but I got my feet wet. I started the layouts in the journal a few weeks ago and I have so much more to add in already, but I love the process. I am also discovering my personal aesthetic through creating this journal AND I am finding that my personal aesthetic is not really what is available out there in the scrapbook/paper crafting market. So I'm having trouble buying and finding things I truly like, therefore I only really buy basics and create more embellishments myself. However, I can't help but think, am I alone?! There have to be other people out there not into the overly cutesy sacchrine-sweet sentiments and cheesy patterns, but I digress... 

The oh-so-itimidating first page. I used some gesso, Dymo labels and an assortment of washi tape. We took this photo at the cemetery while I was playing tour guide (my husband had never been there before).

The oh-so-itimidating first page. I used some gesso, Dymo labels and an assortment of washi tape. We took this photo at the cemetery while I was playing tour guide (my husband had never been there before).

The first page obviously sets the scene for the entire journal and the second introduces what we did on the actual day of my birthday, visiting my grandfather at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, CA. There are more photos from the cemetery that will become subsequent pages. 

Page two: the flower shop I always stop by first. A more ecclectic array of materials used: bubble alpha stickers, little alphabet stamps, a scrap of cardboard box, iridescent origami paper, DREAMY cloudscape paper, DIY crepe paper tape, washi tapes (glitter and stripey) and a strange, yet classical image of what I imagines as a tomb of sorts. The background was spritzed with Tim Holtz Distress Stain Spray in Picket Fence.

Page two: the flower shop I always stop by first. A more ecclectic array of materials used: bubble alpha stickers, little alphabet stamps, a scrap of cardboard box, iridescent origami paper, DREAMY cloudscape paper, DIY crepe paper tape, washi tapes (glitter and stripey) and a strange, yet classical image of what I imagines as a tomb of sorts. The background was spritzed with Tim Holtz Distress Stain Spray in Picket Fence.

I love the vibe the black background gives. I personally love graphic black and white with pops of color and metallic or iridescent accents. Absolutely love the contrast and I can't wait to add in some more pages and finish the birthday section so I can start adding in new events! 

XOXO
Shannon

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