That's where my story as an artist began. For most of my life I didn't pursue art because, in the past, the end product didn't look like something that one would find in a gallery. I just wasn't good enough to do art, at least in my mind.
Then, COVID hit and everything changed. With the lock down, I knew I needed something to keep me engaged. I found a program called Let's Make Art Journals ( no longer in business) and suddenly, I WAS an artist.
The instructor, Jesse Petersen, was constantly reminding us not to be "precious." By this she meant be kind to yourself and just enjoy the process. It took a while. I had a few bumps in my art journey. But, eventually, I came to simply enjoy the pure pleasure of creating...
and that's how I ended up surrounding myself with art supplies, art friends, a create space, and more. Along the way, I found my own style and my own calling...a love of creating beautiful and unique journals.
Now, I have a dream. I want to share this magical journey with other's just like me. I want to give other's the key that will open the door, allowing them to be kind, to enjoy the process and not be so precious, so simply enjoy the creative process for what it is. To "Art" with great joy and abandon! Because everyone is good enough to "Art,"
So, welcome to my new world. A place filled with beautiful journals, collage papers, journal making supplies, and classes...a creative community where we can encourage each other to play with art without needing to be an artist.
I have loved journaling for about 15 years now. At the age of 65, journaling has played an enormous roll in my healing process. Journaling has amazing powers in helping one cope with the many obstacles life throws in our way.
Seriously, if I had my way, I'd encourage every single person to engage in this wonderful experience.
That being said, I know many people who simply don't like to journal. In fact, I have a very good friend that feels this way. When she was going through a rough patch I began to wonder, what kind of journal would appeal to her, to help her on her path?
That's when my Snippets & Musings Journals were born. These journals don't have page upon page of open space. There's no feeling of heaviness because you couldn't think of enough to write to fill a page. Snippets & Musings Journals contain small pockets, hidden compartments, mini envelops and dozens of tiny tags, papers, cards and more to write Just...One...Thought. They are made in gorgeous books, either up cycled or handcrafted, filled with layers of art, color, and texture. They are art you can write on!
My journals end up being keepsakes because they hold only the most cherished thoughts, comments, quotes, memories and more.
As it turns out, my journals are perfect for everyone! Those who love to journal love the sacred feel of these treasures. And, those who haven't previously enjoyed journals love them because there's no pressure to write for hours, fill a page, complete a notebook. There's only space for a snippet of a thought, or a musing worth remembering.