Upcoming Schedule

Calendar fragment with half-opened sheets in different angles

August is nearly over, and lots of fun things are coming up on my fall schedule, so I thought I would give an update for those who want to participate in any of the fun that I will be having the next couple of months!

Aug. 27 – Final Thursday Arlington Farm and Art Market, 4-8pm

Aug. 28 – Featured Artist at The Workroom for Final Friday

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Sept. 1-30 – Featured Artist at Artlandia gallery in Hutchinson, with my art hanging for the entire month.

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Sept. 12 – Oct. 12  Ecofest art on display

Sept. 17 – Artist’s Reception/Third Thursday at Artlandia

Sept. 19 – Lettering for the Art Journal Workshop at Tessera Fine Art Gallery  9am to noon and 1 to 4pm

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Sept 24 – Final Thursday Arlington Farm and Art Market, 4-8pm

Sept. 25 – Final Friday at Tessera Fine Art Gallery

Oct. 3 – Kansas Barn Sale

kansas barn sale

Oct. 10 – Art Journaling Technique class at Tessera Fine Art Gallery

Oct. 17 – 52 Card Pickup (Artist Trading Card) Class at Carriage Factory Gallery in Newton, KS

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Oct. 24 – Craftacular

Hope we can catch up at one of these events! Time flies by far too fast…I have been trying to tame the wild and fleeting pages of my calendar with only partial success.  I am just not good at white space- in my art, on my calendar, or in my life in general!

How about you… do you cram your schedule chock full, or do you preserve some mellow time?

ARTfull Planner Weekend Workshop


Over the weekend I had a fun workshop with a lovely bunch of ladies.  We worked on altering and creating planners to be smashable style beauties.

First I showed some examples from my personal planner…


…ideas for months…

stenciled circlespaper squarespaint and paper


full schedule february doodles

…fun fold outs….

fold outs

…and painting over the past!

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We talked a bit about supplies…

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Bartfull planner 10 copy Bartfull planner 21 copy

Then we got right to it, using planners, journals, composition books and smash books!

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I love the atmosphere of friendship and helpfulness when creativity brings people together!

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Andi was most gracious in hosting this workshop in her home, but they can also be hosted in a church, school, business…


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Can’t wait until the next one!


Task lists

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monthly and weekly smash book pages

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J.R.R. Tolkien, Artist and Illustrator

“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.”  J.R.R. Tolkien


Did you know that J.R.R. Tolkien was a visual artist as well as a gifted writer?  I just recently stumbled on this book full of his artwork and sketches from his childhood until his death.  I love the cover!

Available here.

Art Journal Prompts

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I have been a bit absent lately with my daughter’s premature birth of twin granddaughters the day before Thanksgiving.  They remain in the hospital until they have met milestones, but are getting there!  Anyway, between that and visiting colleges with two of my younger children, and the normal holiday rush, I have been a bit distracted!

We all have those seasons don’t we?  Our intended projects and beautiful art journal pages get laid aside when life gets in the road. But that is the very stuff that fuels our journals!  Benjamin Franklin said “Write something worth reading, or live something worth writing.” I always have some sort of journal along with me for those stray moments in the pauses of life’s happenings. They aren’t the masterpieces, but they are the real expression and record of what’s happening in our lives.

This little journal sketch was after going along for one of my daughter’s sonograms….

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This is what happened to my preThanksgiving TO DO list in my Documented Life Project style planner…

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And this was while listening to ANOTHER financial aid presentation in an auditorium full of parents (so many faces, so little time…) at a college visit…. the facing page does have some actual notes…


But, in case you are sitting with a blank page, and are stumped on what to put on the page, here are some prompts for you:

  • Your wish list…. And, of course, you could just happen to leave it laying around for anyone to see…..!
  • What was your favorite gift ever?
  • Sketch an item that you use every single day and imagine what you would do if you didn’t have it.
  • What is a favorite holiday tradition?
  • Who do you miss most at this time of year?
  • Put your to do list in your art journal. It will be fun to look at someday!
  • Try out a new technique….draw a picture with your eyes closed, paint with a piece of string…. Be creative!
  • Put the recipe for your favorite holiday food in your art journal, take a picture of the food, or  illustrate.
  • If you could give any gift to someone, what would it be?
  • If you had a whole day with no responsibilities, what would you do with it?
  • Make a cover for the children’s book you would love to write.           Happy Journaling!

    (Want to get started in Art Journaling?  Check out my Art Journal and Smash Book Kits!)




Smash Book Kit

smash book label

Yesterday I told you all about my new Art Journal Kits.  Today, I would like to introduce my Smash Book Kit.  My smash books, made from vintage Reader’s Digest Condensed books and filled with found and funky papers, have been a hit.

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So, I thought why not try a kit version where folks can create their own, decorate the cover, and fill with whatever goodness they choose. So was born my smash book kit, a very versatile little book that can be a scrapbook, a planner, a recipe book, a journal, or a collection of life’s little mementos.  One of my creative customers even used one as a guest book for their wedding!


The kit comes with many great items packaged in a 9 x 12 x 3 inch box with a handy handle.  First of all, the binder.  I still put this together for you with a double binder ring inside of a book cover.  It can be used as is, or embellished with paint, or hardware, or any number of great vintage, or vintage look embellishments.


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Besides the Smash Book itself, a key part of this kit is the two hole binder punch, with spacing that perfectly matches the rings in the book, enabling you to easily make almost anything a page in your smash book….a photo, an envelope, junk mail, an old recipe….whatever your imagination can come up with!

binder punch

If you want to use your Smash Book as a Planner, you will appreciate the computer disk included that has files of monthly and weekly pages to fit that you can print as many times as you wish.  I like to print mine on 90lb. watercolor paper so I can paint the pages.

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week decorated watermark

Another special feature of the Smash Book Kit is the Peerless Watercolor Sheet that can fit right into your book, so it is always with you!

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I also have included a paper pack to help you get started.  Book pages, music, patterned paper, a vintage photo replica, flash card, map pages, … all kinds of fun papers to punch and put into your book. You can also cut your own papers to 4 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches to fit in the book.

page pack

Another fun packet that I have gathered up for this kit is the Tickets, Tags, and Tabs.  Use these heavier tags and cards and tickets to make fun tabs for your book.  I love tabs!

tags, tabs and tickets

I have also included a couple of options for sticking all your goodies into the book:

washi tape copy  glue stick

And for stamping, stenciling and labeling:

stamp  stemcil and label

And of course, it would not be complete without one of my favorite pens, the Signo Uniball 207, medium point.

uniball signo 207

All in all a very fun package full of goods!

smash book kit

Want one?  Head over here!


Give Thanks Psalm 107:1

Ps 107 color

With today’s doodle, I am setting my mind toward thanksgiving, and all that I have to be grateful for.  First and foremost I “give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever”

Would you like to color your own?  Feel free to print out the black and white for your own use.  Maybe it would be fun to have on hand for restless kids on Thanksgiving day, or use as a placemat for everyone at the table!

Psalm 107.1