Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Family - Journal Page #2 - a little history

(It's totally worth it getting through this post to the journal page!!!)

First of all.. I love Tim Holtz as much as the rest of the world (I think..) but I've found much more inspiration in other crafters (Sorry, Tim!!) ... two of them seriously astound me with each and every piece of work they produce. 

I've always been involved in the fine arts... then I went to school for Industrial Design.. trying to make sure I'd never be the "starving" artist my parents warned me about.. I messed around for a few months after college and then went home to mommy and daddy. Best decision ever.. a friend in college had introduced me to crafting with paper goods and adhesive.. while I learned about metals, woods, plastics, and other various materials and manufacturing processes from professors and industry professionals. 

So now under my belt I've got painting, drawing, ceramics and some graphic design from high school, a little bit of dabbling in paper goods from a very close friend whom I still hold dearly in my heart, and industrial knowledge from college. 

I arrived at home and promptly got a full time job at a local craft store.. got introduced to my father's secretary who is the DEFINITION of Crafter and then the red carpet of crafty goodness unrolled. Then crafting became a way of life for me. 

So now I've got all these experiences, wants, have to dos and haves and just IDEAS rolling around in my head. I've been collecting bits n pieces, spare parts, pop tabs, packaging, papers, embellishments, foreign coins.. you name it I've probably got a collection for it! But I couldn't necessarily make it work together FOR ME. 

these two ladies (whether they know it or not) have helped me put all the jumbled mess in my head into a neat and organized pile. That's the best way for me to explain it. Whether it was.. being unsure of myself, or hesitant to try something new.. I can't put words to it exactly.. but whatever it was. It's over. and I'm so happy! I've yet to meet Anna or Louise, but I'll be seeing Anna in California at the end of July. and I cannot wait to say THANK YOU in person. Louise -- girl -- you're next! The two of you just taking the time to share your work and be so supportive of others.. sharing your ideas and being so giving of your knowledge - it's just AMAZING. 

and here... after the last few years of crafting and being proud of my work but always slightly unsure and not really "me" is a page... that is at its fundamental core.. "ME" 

products used include: A Clairefontaine art journal, Inchworm and Charcoal tattered angels glimmer mist, tim holtz ideology clock face and game spinner, Imaginarium Designs chipboard, Gel medium, memento ink in tuxedo black, Viva Las Vegastamps! Feather stamp and Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder, TH distress tool, diamond glaze, basic gray brad. 

I'm also really loving the no title necessary feel of these pages. =)

I'll link this bad boy up to Simon Says Stamp and Show for "distressed" - it may be minute distressing.. but it plays a huge roll in this piece. 


  1. this is just fabulous, really love it!!!

  2. DeeDee....here is another journal page that I just love. I thought your page last week was just amazing...because of it's simplicity. Now you've done another beautiful, simple yet so stunning page this week. I truly love just the little splotches of color. That yellow is so striking against the white and the bits of black. Love your metal embellishment and the small black and white picture is perfection! Love it! Thanks for sharing your beautiful art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  3. Beautiful DeeDee, just beautiful!

  4. Stunning page!
    I can not agree more with you than to say Amen. I get the same wibes from the two girls, I have met Anna twice and you have something very very nice to look forward to at the end of july... She is unique. I hope that one day I will meet Louise too.
    Hugs and kisses to you DeeDee

  5. Gorgeous layout DeeDee, I love the simplicity and it's so big on impact. Love love the splatters and the farthing. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stwmp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  6. Oh wow this is just gorgeous

  7. First I want to thank you for sharing this, so much of this struck a chord in me as I feel like I'm bouncing around and searching for "me" in my pages; secondly, I'm so so happy for you! I can imagine how great, no wait, awesome, you must feel to KNOW! This is a spectacular page in both it's simplicity and complexity! Cheers! PS I'm SO looking forward to meeting both you and Anna next month!

  8. Way to go.... I love how you have embarrassed your dots! I would have never thought so many artists would grow to love the TA dreaded dots! I love this clean beautiful design. The Tattered Angels Inchworm is so striking.

    Great job DeeDee

  9. Aww :) I believe the term was "sick" when you first saw me crafting and scrap booking in our college apartment! Then you slowly gave in to peer pressure. Now you're kicking my crafty ass!

    Your work is amazing. So glad you're finding your voice and style.

    Thanks for being that friend too-the one that tells me not what I want to hear, but what I NEED to hear. You're very special to me.