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A FABULOUS weekend with Dyan Reaveley!

Good afternoon!

This past weekend, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend the entire weekend taking four, in-person, art journaling classes with one of my FAVORITE artists, Dyan Reaveley!!!



Meeting Dyan Saturday morning was literally like meeting a ROCK STAR!!!!

Her GORGEOUS bright red hair, her FABULOUS one-of-a-kind vintage-inspired dresses, her KICKY SASSY attitude, was less than two feet away from my AWESOME front row seat in class – ALL WEEKEND!!!!

One of Dyan's journal pages

One of Dyan’s journal pages

Yes, I was that sad, silly, groupie who pretty much just stared in awe, with my mouth agape like a lunatic, but even now, I can still hardly believe that not only did I get to meet her, I got to be involved in four of her AMAZINGLY CREATIVE classes!


Christy Woods, of Runaway Arts & Craft Studio, with Dyan Reaveley!

The classes…OH MY!!!

Well, wait, let me back up a little. The classes were held at my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE arts and craft store here in Salem, Runaway Art & Craft Studio! When Christy Wood, of Runaway, told me that Dyan Reavely would be coming to teach classes, I immediately told her to SIGN ME UP!!! I didn’t care what they cost, or what the topics were going to be, Dyan could have been teaching SQL computer programming, or the benefits of biofusion on our political economy and I would have been there, with bells on, in the front row, smiling like a crazy fool, just excited to be able to be in the room!!


Also, for some unknown reason, all of the class samples that Dyan had sent ahead of her arrival never actually made it to the store, so none of the participants really knew what to expect for any of the classes, but I for one was pretty much just game for anything, and was feeling pretty excited just to be there – the making of anything awesome was just going to be an extra perk of the classes!!


So, on Saturday, I awoke early, got showered, dressed, ate my breakfast, and pretty much just paced around the house, full of anticipation, until it was FINALLY time to get to class!! After stopping off to get a GINORMOUS peppermint mocha (which was really just a distraction technique), I was FINALLY seated and ready for the first class to start, which was the Technique Tag Book class! The class lasted 2 1/2 hours, and Dyan basically took you through how to use her Dylsion spray inks, which I am now a firm believer are ESSENTIAL to my art journaling stash!! The class was vert fast paced, but not too fast that you couldn’t keep up with what was happening! The time flew, and before I realized it, the class was over and I had in my hot little hands my very first Tag book!! That I had created!!! Who knew????



We had about an hour to kill in between classes, and for me, and I am sure a lot of us who attended, meant SHOPPING!!! 😉 One of the cool things about taking any classes at Runaway is that Christy offers 15% off of any of your purchases that you make in the store on the day of your class – so you had BETTER BELIEVE I took ADVANTAGE of THAT!!! 😉


The next class was called Tags of Imagery, which is Dyan’s take on collage – bright, colorful, sassy, a little bit rock star, and LOADS OF FUN!! (Just like Dyan!!) Collage and I have never made great bed fellows, as I have always been too uptight/perfectionistic and collage has always seemed too loosey-goosey, and honestly has always just stressed me out! I am not sure if it was the way that Dyan taught us, or if it were the fact that she was the one teaching the class, but I REALLY LOVED this class!!! It made me want to go home and start ripping out images from every magazine I could get my hands on and start putting my little funky peeps together and plaster them on EVERYTHING!!! 😉 At the end of the three hours I walked away with three colorfully fun tags that I can honestly say are MAKING MY DAY when I look at them!!! 😉





A pile of everyone’s tags from class! COLORFUL!! 😉

There was even some news media that caught us in the act!! 🙂



The last class of the day was called Inky Watercolor Book which built upon everything we had already been learning throughout the day, but then Dyan gave us a chance to play with her Dylusions spray inks inside of the Tim Holtz water color brushes! I was really looking forward to this part of the class. She also taught us a book binding stitch – I can’t remember what she called it, but she has inspired me to get creating my own journals to share with friends and family!!! WAAAAAY easier than I ever expected! I LOVE THAT!!! 😉

I am not sure why, but I do not seem to have taken any pictures of this class, I think I was too heads down playing at this point, but I did find a pic of someone else’s project to share with you!


I went home, happy, and EXHAUSTED!!! Crashed in bed, as soon as my head hit the pillow, but unfortunately my brain was so excited to get back to class the next day that at 1:30 AM I was up and ready to go! I never did get to fall back to sleep that night, but that still didn’t seem to lesson my excitement any!!

Sunday morning, I was up and at em, ready and waiting in class, with another GIANORMOUS peppermint mocha to help get me through the day! That day was going to be filled with one 8 1/2 hour class, which was called Art Journaling Extravaganza! This class was all about putting it all together and creating a very personalized art journal using one of Dyan’s AWESOME Dylusion’s journal books, which just happens to have the thickest, richest, creamiest paper, formulated perfectly for using with Dyan’s Dylusions spray inks!

A VERY full class!!

A VERY full class!!

This class was hands down my FAVORITE!!! She gave you permission to rip out pages, make a mess, cut pages, get inky, have fun, be free, and try new things, over and over and over and over again, and not take yourself or the process too seriously!!! By the end of the day, we each had at least a half full journal started to collage, paint, write, and doodle in to our hearts content!!! I know that my Dylusions journal has become a very good friend that is going to be carried with me a LOT!!! 😉 Souds melodramatic, maybe, but take the class – I am sure you will feel the SAME WAY!!! 😉

Here are a few of my FAVORITE pages in Dylusions journal, just started, mind you, but well on their way!! 🙂







At the end of the day, we were all beat, but I wanted to stick around a little bit to chat with Dyan, and have her sign my journal, which she so graciously did – thank you, Dyan!! After some encouraging words from her, that literally left me speechless, I knew that this weekend was serendipitous, and I wasn’t meant to be anywhere else this weekend!!! 😉

Dyan checking out some of my artwork!! AIEEEEE!

Dyan checking out some of my artwork!! AIEEEEE!

My sweetie and I decided to stick around and help clean up, since the normally neat store looked like elephants had run through the place, which I guess we had – creatively FABULOUS elephants that is!! 😉 And if I didn’t think that my weekend could have gone any better, Christy invited my sweetie and I to join the Runaway team and Dyan for dinner…UHMMMMMM…YES PLEASE!!!! 😉 I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!! I mean what more could I possibly say??? I know I am gushing, but Dyan is really one of the most genuine, real, honest, no holds barred, women you could EVER meet, and at the same time she is generous, and creative, and beautiful, and WOW!!! SOOOO ENCOURAGING!!! 😉 Through her teaching of the classes and through our conversations throughout the weekend she really impresses upon you that you really can do seemingly hard things, if you break down into baby steps and you just do it piece by piece! That’s it – no need to make everything so freakin’ complicated!!

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Ok, so I have rambled enough!! Don’t worry, Dyan, I will root you on from afar, (and hopefully get the opportunity to take many more classes from you in the future!) I promise no restraining orders will be necessary!!! 😉


Just one more thing, you should know, no one has paid me to say any of this, I am not affiliated with Dyan, or Ranger, or Runaway, although I am a SUPER HUGE fan of all three, all of the opinions expressed here are strictly my own and come from me!

If you have any questions, or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section here, and I will be happy to reply as soon as I am able!! 😉

Here is to a FABULOUS weekend past, and FABULOUS week to come!! 😉

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Weekly Art Journal #8

Good afternoon!

I am happy to announce that this week’s Art Journal Video #8 is now posted on YouTube!

Here are a list of all of the materials that I used:

  • Black Medium Sharpie
  • Faber Castelle Gelatos: Red, Orange, Light Green, Dark Green, Light Blue, Dark Blue
  • Brush
  • Heidi Swapp Circle Lattice Stencil, 12 by 12-Inch
  • Liquitex Gesso
  • American Crafts Black Galaxy Marker – B
  • White Card Stock
  • Aleen’s Tacky Glue
  • Uhu Glue Stick
  • Black and White Washi Tape – I am unsure of brand
  • Black Stabilo pencil
  • Water Brush
  • Black Pilot Ink Pen
  • White Signo Pen
  • Fine Tipped Water-Based Sharpie
  • Fat #2 pencil – the kind that contractors use


Full confession…

I have been really under the weather this past week, struggling through a really bad cold! I think that the state of this spread shows that – at least to me! I really wasn’t feeling like arting at all, but I knew that I wanted to make sure that I kept this commitment, and I am learning that you may not always feel like doing something, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it just the same! So onward I pushed!


I was completely blank, so I decided to start by filling the spread with positive words! Not being a huge fan of my handwriting, I wanted to do something to hide my writing, and I thought that I could do this by covering the words with Gelatos. Gelatos are these really creamy, gel stick, acrylic paints, that when combined with water turn into a beautiful water color, but dry permanent, which I LOVE!


You may have also noticed that I was struggling with color selection, which is not something I usually struggle with, and let me just say that next week I am going to try and leave some white space on my spread! Anyway, as soon as I put down, what I thought was a dark blue, for my border, I wanted to quit this page! What a MESS!! However, I want to be able to show, not just to you, but to myself, that no matter what a mess you may run in to, there is always a way to work through it! So, I pushed through!


Then I decided to hand write my sentiment out onto card stock, which was fine, but I made a mistake. The pen I used to write the words, although says it is permanent, smudged as soon as I went to smudge the light blue Gelato that I had added to the words’ card stock! WHOOPSIE!!! Always know your tools!! 😉 I just rolled with it and did the same mistake on every word, so that way it might look like it was on purpose! I’m okay with it!


At this point, I just really, REALLY wanted to get this page done, and do it so that it at least looked like it belonged with my other art jouraling pages! I think I did end up doing just that! Even though, I can honestly admit that this is not my favorite spread, I am very happy that I did not give up on it! About halfway through I was ready to gesso the entire thing and start all over again, which I guess is a legitimate fix, but I really didn’t feel like having to start all over!


I also realized that my sentiment was absolutely perfect for this week! If I keep focusing on the good, and keep searching for it, I will find it! Even in this journal spread! So, I have come to the conclusion that even though my physical body is feeling under the weather, my subconscious is still as active as ever and trying to keep me on my creative path!! That puts this tired mind at ease!! It is the simple things in life that are the most important!!


If you have any ideas, or techniques that you might like to see me try in one of my future layouts, please let me know in the comment section and I will see what I can do to be accommodating! Also, I really do LOVE answering any questions you may have about art journaling, mixed-media, or anything you might have seen me do here! Please feel free to ask questions in the comments, and I will try and get back to you in a timely manner!!

Until next time!

Here is to a FABULOUS week! 🙂

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A Quick Post!

Crown HeaderGood evening!

I just have time for a quick post before I zip off to bed this evening!

Listening: I am watching a Matlock DVD, playing on the tele – I just LOVE this show – takes me back to my childhood! Just the intro credits makes my spleen smile!! (Trust me that is a GOOD THING!!)

Reading: I am reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and Two for the Dough by Janet Evonovich

Drinking: An iced, sugar free, sparkling water, Wild Cherry (my FAVE!!), with a red straw, out of a cute mason jar

Wearing: Some comfy PJs, the kind with pants and a long top, and some fuzzy socks (yep, that’s how we roll!!)

Feeling: Tired, but so thankful for my comfy home and for all of those peeps in my life who love me, including my two four-legged babies!!

Wanting: An uninterrupted night of deep, refreshing sleep, in a well made bed!!! OH SWEET BLISS!!!

Needing: Did I mention I need sleep? I think the cold that took me out on Thursday and Friday has morphed into full on bronchitis, which means I have been a coughing fool the past two days/nights, so I think sleep – GOOD QUALITY SLEEP is definitely in order!!!

Thinking: Maybe I had better plan out my week before bed! Mama’s got a lot that she is wanting to accomplish! Plus I have an interview on Tuesday! YEAH!!! 😉

Loving: My sweetie (he is my HERO!!), my M-I-L (she is AMAZING!! and she sounds so HAPPY!!!), my sistahs (they cheer me on and keep me motivated to do my BEST every day!!)! Have I mentioned, I LOVE MY PEEPS!!!

Mantra: I am on my right path! I know who I am! I like who I am! I know what I have to do to keep moving forward! I am blessed!

Ooh! That felt really good to say that out loud!!! 😉

Here is to a FABULOUS evening!

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Weekly Art Journal Thursday Video #7

Good afternoon!

I am just now posting my Weekly Art Journal Thursday Video #7. I know that it is not Thursday, but I have had family visiting this week, and then have been down with a persistent bug that doesn’t seem to want to go away!

So, better late than never!! 🙂

Here is this week’s video:

Here is a complete list of materials I used:

  • Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paints: OJ (02649), Pop Pink (02646)
  • DecoArt Crafter’s acrylic paint: Tropical Blue (DCA102)
  • Folk Art acrylic paint: Neon Pink (2850)
  • Liquitex white gesso
  • Miscellaneous sheets of deli paper that I had Gelli plated on a few weeks ago (video is posted below)
  • Scissors
  • Golden’s Fluid Gel medium
  • Ranger Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Stencil, 5 by 8-Inch, Blocks
  • Punchinella
  • Black Stabilo pencil
  • Water brush
  • Black pilot ink pen, from Scarlet Lime
  • White Signo ink pen
  • Thick carpenter #2 pencil
  • Paper towels
  • Black thread
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • Letter stamps
  • Ranger’s Archival Black ink pad


This week, I must confess, I was a bit distracted! I had family in town, and I was going to see if I could squeeze this spread, sneakily in, without cause for disruptions, which meant I was talking to my sissy while I got this layout started! You might notice that at some point in the video my jewelry disappears and I end up with black and white striped sleeves on! Yep, jewelry was me chatting with sissy, while creating, and jewelry-less was after they left, which by that point I was struggling through a really bad cold (those are PJ sleeves!)!! I am just thankful you can not hear all of my coughing going on!! 🙂


The only real plan I had for this spread was that I wanted to use some of the Gelli plated deli papers I had created a few weeks ago.

That video is located here:

I loved the way the deli papers ended up a little bit translucent so that the background could peek through.


What I didn’t like is that, because my attention was not 100% on what I was doing when I started this layout, I realized when I went back to finish this spread after my family had left, was that this page was a mess of colors!


I wasn’t really sure if it were going to be possible to tie it all together!

I loved the idea of using used paper towels as the background to my thought for this week, and I especially love the idea of adding some stitching on my sewing machine – I am going to have to use that technique more often!


and of course doodling!! You know I love me some doodling!!


The message of “Be Free” is particularly meaningful this week. You may know that I have been on hiatus from my analytical career for the past 5 months. Well, this week, I have made the decision that until my creative career gets off the ground, I am going to have to go back to that analytical job, at least until I can get my nest egg built back up again! This is not exactly what I want to do, but I know it is what I have to do if I truly want to be free!!! and FREEDOM is the goal!!


So, big changes are a-comin’!! I will keep you posted!! In the meantime I really hope you liked the way this week’s spread turned out! It ended up making me very happy!! 🙂


If you have any ideas, or techniques that you might like to see me try in one of my future layouts, please let me know in the comment section and I will see what I can do to be accommodating! Also, I really do LOVE answering any questions you may have about art journaling, mixed-media, or anything you might have seen me do here! Please feel free to ask questions in the comments, and I will try and get back to you in a timely manner!!

Until next time!

Have a FABULOUS week! 🙂

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Weekly Art Journal Video #6

DSC05831Good morning!

I am happy to announce that my Weekly Art Journal Video #6 is now up on YouTube.

Here is a list of supplies I have used today, and the list is quite extensive! 🙂

  • HB 2 Pencil
  • Liquitex white gesso
  • Ceramcoat acrylic paints: Old Parchment (02092), Maple Sugar Tan (02062), Think Pink (02658)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains: Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers
  • Art Advantage thick body acrylic paints: Black, Permanent Green Light
  • Brown Stabile pencil
  • White Sharpie Water Based Paint Pen – Fine point


For touching up the face/hair off screen

  • Black pilot pen from Scarlet Lime
  • Faber-Castell PITT artist pen big brush: Light Flesh (132), Medium Flesh (131), Ivory (103)
  • Prismacolor Premier colored pencils: White (PC938), Apple Green (PC912), Greyed Lavender (PC1026), Cobalt Turquoise (PC105), Lavender (PC934), Peach (PC939), Process Red (PC994), Sepia (PC948)

DSC05836Doing these cute long neck girls has been something of a hobby for me! A secret hobby, that not too many people in my life knew about!


Doing them on camera was quite another thing for me though! Talk about SCARY!! 🙂 I was sure that I was going to have some kind of panic attack and chicken out!! Thankfully that didn’t happen!!!


After all is said and done, I am very happy with the way that she has turned out – although, I can see a lot things that I can improve on next time, but that is what practice is for, isn’t it??


This sentiment was sooooo perfect for what was going on in my head while I was working on this little girl! I just kept thinking that “if I quit and started over doing a spread that was easier, no one would ever know!” but that was thing! I WOULD KNOW!!! So, I pushed through the fear and did it anyway!!


All in all, I would say that is a VERY GOOD thing!! I hope you enjoyed today’s video!! 🙂

If you would like to see my try anything specific in my art journal, like a new technique, or color scheme, or whatever, let me know and I will see what I can do! Also, if you have any questions or comments for me, just leave them in the comments section! I would be happy to hear from you!!

Here is to a FABULOUS day!! 🙂

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Life Book 2015


Good morning, my darlings!!!

I am SOOOOO EXCITED about Life Book 2015!

Oh, but maybe I had better back up a little bit!!

January 1, 2015 I will be embarking on a one-year online journey! A journey to learn more about art, art journaling, and mixed-media techniques! In the process I hope to learn more about myself, and meet some really cool new people who share a passion for mixed-media and living a creative life!!

Life Book 2015 is being offered by Willowing Arts at, by one Ms. Tam Laporte!! This AMAZING year-long series is going to be taught, in weekly increments, by, not 1, not 2, but 26 AWESOME mixed-media gurus, a lot of those names I am already very familiar with, and I can NOT WAIT to learn more from them!! I am a sponge as I sit at your feet!! Teach me oh great Miyagi!!! 🙂

What else can I say??? The registration cost is EXTREMELY low when you think about how much content you are being given! — I should probably add that I am not affiliated with this class or Willowing in any way shape of form, and that these are all just my personal opinions! 🙂

But….Man, I am so excited because this journey starts in exactly two months!!! I cannot wait!!! Feel free to join me – registration is still open!! Maybe I will see you there!

I will be sharing some of my projects here with you, so subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss one minute of creative, juicy goodness!!!

Here is to continuing to live This Beautiful Life! 🙂

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