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Dirty Scraps Challenge #6


For the challenge #6 at dirtyscraps.blogspot.com/:

Challenge #6
I know we all have those moments when we say
"Man I was totally wrong what was I thinking??" or "Where was my head??"
It is always a good thing to look back...reflect on a mistake or lesson learned and remember how we got here in life and how that mistake or lesson helped us move along.
After all what good are mistakes if we do not learn from them?
So this week's challenge is to scrap one of those DOH! moments!
It does not have to be negative, it can be a positive outcome, or great lesson learned...

The prompt kind of lead my head through all the horrible decisions I've made over the last two years and how their outcome has completely broken me down and i have surrendered to the universe. I'm exhausted and tired of fighting for sanity and happiness and just in a fetal position mode these days. C'est la vie.

It's actually a pretty simple but stunning layout in person - I used a sheet of paper I've been using as a acrylic paint palette on and off for about three years - cut it up and put it back together with a piece of upholstery fabric.
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Muse Odyssey - Gutter Girlz

Muse Odyssey (Road Trip)

For the new prompt at guttergirlz.blogspot.com

THE SONG: The Climb by Miley Cyrus

I saw Muse a couple of weeks ago and all of these memories of the trip I call "Muse Odyssey" came flooding back. (for a looooonggggg memory of that, i posted this several years ago at my blog Muse Recap)

Map Macro

The layout background is 2 maps cut up and pieced back together to form a 12x12 paper.
There's a couple of layers because i kept trying stuff i didn't like and then pasting more map pieces over what i didn't like :) Kind of like a Clt-Z key :)

Invincible Macro

In the lefthand corner are lyrics from a favorite Muse song, Invincible, that are a tape transfer.

Muse Key Macro

The faux frame is made up of scraps from the Gauche Alchemy kits - Wholey Sheets and Punchinella

Also used the Punchinella with ink as a stencil for the circles and stars :)
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Two Art Journal Pages

For the second prompt at http://oneyearartjournal.blogspot.com/ - the word "unknown"


I am SO SICK of living with an unknown future.
So exhausting.
This page doesn't really feel good to me, but it's what came out when i tried, so i won't throw it away. But, i think i may need to pursue more pages on this topic.


For the 5th challenge at http://dirtyscraps.blogspot.com:

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Charo - Dirty Scraps

Charo - Dirty Scraps

I made this layout inspired by the prompt #4 at Dirty Scraps - "In Your Eyes".

After Charo passed Feb 5 I couldn't do anything creative. I really wanted to create a "grief journal" but couldn't even force myself to grab a pen and write. I took out dozens of photos of her to make a little mini-book but couldn't figure out how to put them in. But, I knew for me personally, creative therapy is really the best therapy and when i saw this prompt I knew what I wanted to do for it.

The photo I used I have all around me - on my phone, desktop, wall... it really captures Charo perfectly and i constantly find myself looking into the eyes of the photo because that's what I used to do with Charo all the time. Many dogs (and some humans :-p) don't have much going on behind their eyes, but she did - a deepness and connection.

Charo Matte Macro

I created this layout using my newfound technique of creating texture with acrylic paint and gesso. Then i also grabbed some supplies from my new favorite kit from Gauche Alchemy - Wholey Sheets Mixed Media Kit.

Charo Macro

I am so in love with plastic canvas - the options are limitless!!! Here I used it as a frame with no backing so you can see through it!!!!! And I also used some of the screen from the kit, spray painting it a little to give it a red hue.

Charo Macro


in your eyes
i never felt alone
you touched a part of me, that no one,
human or animal has touched before -
made it all warm and gooey and full of love
in your eyes
i saw the purest of unconditional love,
no matter what i did,
no matter how shitty the choices i made were,
no matter how depressed or anxious i was,
you looked at me with nothing but love,
in your eyes
i saw the reflection of who i wanted to be,
strong, sassy, passionate, independent, silly...
more than once you gave me a purpose
to keep on trudging through life,
so i could look into your eyes
i never took a minute for granted with you
always kissed you good morning
and snuggled you good night.
my greatest fear was
not having enough time with you,
and we didn't.
rest in peace my baby girl...
i will never forget the way you looked at me,
the way you fed my soul.
you will forever be in my eyes.
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Silence Art Journal Page

Silence Art Journal

i'm the guest host this month at "One Year in the Life of an Art Journal" and I chose Silence as the prompt and decided to use Inchies to create the page.

*** Read more at the blog here! ***
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