Fashion Runway & Art Journaling

I am not a fashion designer or connected to the fashion industry in any way but I had a thought the other day that the fashion runway is similar to art journaling. The¬†high fashion runway clothing is daring, imaginative, and creative. These fashions don’t typically show up in everyday life but seem to influence the clothing sold at stores that people do wear every day.

I have been experimenting with art journaling, although at this point there isn’t much journaling happening since I am mostly trying to learn techniques. The videos I have been watching encourage experimentation with different mediums and their applications and show the process as organic, happening naturally. I admit it doesn’t come naturally to me to just play with the mediums without having an idea of the outcome but I have been practicing. Using what you have on hand, recycling packaging, and combining everyday items into your creations are approaches I have been trying.


I like to add many layers to create dimension and interest and have been using gesso, paint, and ink sprays under and between the layers. This page is one that I just played around with using some extra rings from making ornaments last year; there are punched papers underneath them and some random scraps of paper. I don’t think this is a fabulous page but it does show how I got to the layout below.


I like the circles and the bit of interest they give to the background without being the main focus of the page. Keeping them white with a little white gesso over the top of them helps emphasize the white flowers in the photo using repetition. The layout doesn’t have a title or any journaling yet and I will probably add the title above the photo and the journaling below.


Newest Layout – baby Myles

I have been scrapping I just haven’t been getting photos to post here. Now that there is daylight for more than 3 minutes a day I will be able to get more projects posted! I took this photo with my phone so it’s not terrific but I think you can see everything pretty well.

baby-Myles-webThe photo isn’t top quality but it captures such a sweet moment I had to scrap it. This was when I was recovering from chemo and my newest nephew was getting his hair. We were both baldies and I remember it made me so happy to cuddle with him.

My latest obsession is hand stitching on my pages with embroidery floss. I stitched his name, Myles, and it doesn’t jump out at you but that’s okay, I want the photo to really stand out.

Have you scrapped or displayed a photo that isn’t technically beautiful but is important and meaningful? Tell me about it!