NOVEMBER 30, 2012
|Day 20 Health|
Bible Verse: My son, pay attention to what I say: turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them with in your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one's whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22
Technique Challenge: Make your own stamp. I made a fish stamp from a rubber eraser and also stamped with a piece of corrugated cardboard and used a roller stamp on the border. I love fruit and want to eat more healthy by incorporating more in my diet.
|Day 21 Celebration|
|Day 23-Family & Friends|
Challenge: Use gesso to transfer a photo to your page. I used a photo of my beloved cat Rocky. Rocky loved flowers! So I surrounded him with his favorite orchids and various other photos of flowers I've taken. As for the Challenge technique...I'm not sure it is my favorite but I gave it a shot.
Bible Verse: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 107:1.
Challenge: Make your own Washi Tape. I used scotch tape and scrapbook paper to make several pieced of "washi" tape. I also added masking tape and stamped over it for a border on the right side of the page. I love circles and dots so I incorporated them into the background with stamps and white ink.
Bible Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Quote: all our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. Walt Disney. I liked both Bible and Quote this day.
Bible Verse: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
Bible Verse:Let us not grow weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 Quote: I used the words innocence, exuberance, reverence and perseverance.
Challenge: Trash to tools. Use various objects around house for printing on page. I used the end of a round wooden dowel and toilet paper roll to make circles in yellow, orange, purple, pink and blue.
Technique Challenge: Use a paper serviette as part of your page. I used a paper towel I found in the trash since there were no decorative napkins available. I love the texture and wrinkles and the colors! I kept the journaling to a minimum on a piece of card stock and stamped the background with butterflies. Added some faux stitching to the edge of page.
Bible Verse: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4 I also use partial Quote from Ralph Marston: "Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return". Good advice.
Challenge: Dylusions Shadow Stamping. I watch the video but didn't have a solid stamp for the technique but I didn't let that stop me! I used two different colors to get the shadowing effect and then used a gel pen to fill in some of the leaves to bring them forward.
Thanks to Bernice Hopper for hosting An Attitude of Gratitude during the month of November! It was a pleasure and a great learning experience.
Hope you have enjoyed seeing the journal pages. If you'd like to see them all together in one place, check out my pages here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/suzy_murray/. Thank you again for joining me in this journal adventure!
November 20, 2012
Bible Verse: Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14
Technique Challenge: Use a tag on your page. I used three tags on the very edge of the page listing my favorite things on one, Sunny Daze & Carefree Fun.
Day 15-Music: Prompt: What kind of music to you like? I'm a Jimmy Buffett music fan! His music makes me happy and I listen to it when I sew and sometimes when I'm painting.
Quote: Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness. -Author unknown.
Technique Challenge: Use music paper or image on your page. I used a music stamp to stamp in the background and filled in with a parrot in honor of Buffett's Parrothead fans.
Day 16- Random Acts of Kindness. I believe in Intentional Acts of Kindness, although both are beneficial.
Bible Quote: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Galatians 5:22
Day 17-Laughter. What makes you laugh? Lots of things make me laugh but mostly it is people that make me laugh. I love to laugh and to me a day without laughter is like a day without sunshine!
Bible Quote: A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Technique Challenge: Use a mask somewhere on your page. I used two manila tags to mask the background and sprayed them with ink. I also used a piece of cardboard to make the oval shape on the side.
Day 18-Memories: How far back do you remember? I've filled this page with some of my earliest memories. Most relate to the environment. I was 3 or 4 years old at the time.
Bible Quote: Give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18. This was actually the quote for Day 19 which I mixed up but found it appropriate for this page. My mother was a divorced, single mother of two and we had little but she made the best of everything we had. I give thanks for my Mama and Grandmother for they taught me about love.
Technique Challenge: Use packaging in a creative way on your page. The packaging I chose to use on the page was a piece of cardboard from a stamp that looks like a ledger paper(my mom was an accountant), a brown paper bag from a recent wedding stamped with the letter F (family), and a clothing tag.
Day 19-Books. Prompt: Do you read? Do you prefer real books, Kindle or tablet? Yes, I read on a Kindle but I have an extensive craft book collection which I prefer. My favorite book subjects are Bible, Travel,Historical Romance, Spy Thriller, Biographies, Genealogy, Art & Mixed media, Craft and DIY.
Technique Challenge: Use book paper under background or as part of the embellishment of your page. I used book pages under the paint, actual book label and paint chip, magazine pages.
Bible Verse: I mixed up Day 18 verse but I used a partial quote here. "from generation to generation we will proclaim your praise." Psalm 79:13. This seemed appropriate to use to represent the Bible on my bookshelf.
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Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
November 15, 2012
Day 8-Self Portrait. Challenge to add self portrait to page and use magazine words to describe yourself. I took a photo of myself looking into a mirror in the studio. In the foreground are rolls of paper used for collage and mixed media projects. Next I edited the photo using a feature to turn the photo into a drawing and printed both black and white photos and trimmed around them. The second part of the Challenge was to use words cut from a magazine to describe myself; I chose to write the words since my magazine had recently been recycled.
Bible Verse: What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? Hebrews 2: 5-7.
|Day 8 Self Portrait|
Prompt: What are your strengths? We were directed to an online quiz to find our strengths. I took the quiz and recorded the results on Manila tags painted with acrylics and written in black ink. Since the page seemed to be about sewing black ink faux stitching was added on each tag and around the fabric squares. According to the quiz my strengths are: Helicopter (can see the big picture-Birdseye view), Leader, Goal oriented, Organizer,Creative, Adaptable, Cooperative, Caring, Outgoing, Conscientious, Determined & Analytical.
Bible Verse: I can do all this though Him who gives me strength. Philippeans 4:13.
|Day 9 Strength|
Bible Verse: Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. Psalm 86:3-5
|Day 11 Lessons Learned|
Prompt: What lessons have you learned in life. Well this could be an entire book but chose two that have been helpful to me: 1. In order to grow we must learn our own lessons. 2. Learn the lesson the first time around, rather than continuously having to repeat it.
Bible Verse: I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw. Proverbs 24: 31-33
|Day 12 Map|
Bible Verse: Love your neighbor as yourself. Mathew 22:39.
That's it for this week! Hope you enjoyed and I look forward to sharing with you more pages from An Attitude of Gratitude Journal next Thursday.
Technique Challenge: use a color you don't like or one you don't use very often. I really like most colors but I guess my least favorite is Navy Blue.
Bible Verse: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4. The 3 hearts represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and giving thanks to each.
Day 2: Today
Which 3 things are you thankful for today? I am thankful for my relationship with Jesus, my family and home.
Bible Verse: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Challenge: Draw freehand. I used pen and ink to draw and highlight this simple bouquet of flowers and meandering border. Oil pastels are intensified by heating them with a heat gun.
Bible Verse: He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers-all of them skilled workers and designers. Exodus 35:35
Day 4: Time.
How do you spend your time? Challenge: Try stamping with an embossing folder or stamps. I chose stamps to represent time: Clock and numbers. Both Inspirational and Bible Verses were used:
Inspirational: God gave you a gift of 26,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" William A. Ward.
Bible Verse: Everything on earth has its own time and its own season. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (CEV)
Day 5: Social Media
Inspired by Dyan Reavely Bleach Out technique. I didn't have the sprays to do the technique so I used Distress Ink to saturate the background and then blotted off. Instead of bleaching out the leaves on the stamped pattern I chose a watered down pink acrylic paint and highlighted the stems with a gel pen, stamped butterflies and embellished them with white paint pen.
Bible Verse: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 118:29. (in between lines I wrote: each day is a gift; be thankful (a heart of gratitude) for the blessings from above.)
|Day 5 Social Media|
I have a love/hate relationship with technology. I love convenience and the way technology makes our lives easier but I also dislike that it causes us to run at such a fast pace.
Bible Verse: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
|Day 6- Technology|
Day 7: EncouragementTechnique Challenge: make a stencil and use it. I was inspired by a drawing my granddaughter Brianne and I were doing today. We were drawing an "apple" tree which changed into a "mango" tree. So having Mangos on the brain I cut my stencils for leaves and mangos. I stenciled them acrylic paints, used gelatos and distress ink, pen and ink and then wrote around them.
Encouragers: The people present and past are: My husband who gives me the freedom to pursue my art; my Sister who always likes what I am doing and always leaves me comments that warm my heart; my grand daughter who thinks I'm the greatest artist alive ;-); my BFF who cheers me on; my dear artist friend(RIP) who once told me to Go BIG and Go BOLD; my dearest Mother (RIP) who always encouraged me and was my biggest fan! THANK YOU!!!
Bible Verse: For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 1 Timothy 1:7.
|Day 7 Encouraged|