A while back I scanned a few of my doodles and I've posted several here and there. (I think I have linked most in the sketchbook category.) Looking through the posts today made me realize how much I have enjoyed this goal of improving my drawing skills. I don't think I have improved very much, but the process has been rewarding and I need to get back to drawing something every day. I got side tracked trying to learn calligraphy, it's going to be a long time before I master any of these goals, but I am enjoying learning.
One thing I didn't anticipate when I scanned and posted this one page was how I much I would use the individual doodles here on the blog. The cute little truck was part of this post, and the sign I used in this post and then again in this download. I loved the wedding feet on the heart, but I haven't been motivated to clean up the scan until now.
I was looking for a quick card idea to add to a few wedding presents and I decided to get the drawing to print. The download is a 4x6 inch size, but you could certainly make the jpg small if you would like. I printed off a few and let Loaf help me color the heart for a personalized card.
" John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire"
I have been thinking about that a great deal this week. A simple illustration to go along with my thoughts.
My favorite books.
I am trying to get back into offering downloads, but I will not be doing huge kits for the bit. Just small things like this that I can quickly complete and leave me more time to spend feasting.
Download Akimball_church_scriptures1 (zipped png files)
Download Akimball_church_openscriptures1 (pdf printable versions)
I cleaned up the elephant image from this post and created a quick digital kit. It includes project life cards (3x4), a 8"x 10" jpg of the elephants, and png files of the trunks and elephants.
I have been trying to find time this week to work on a layout without much success, so I decided just to post the progress I have made to give you an idea of there I'm going with this. I printed the trunks on a piece of scrap cardstock. I like having some simple dimension to my project life cards.
Brick loves to help me round the corners for me. They aren't perfect, but it's a job he loves to do and it's fun to have him be in the studio with me.
A sweet friend of mine printed off the 8x10 and framed it for her new grandson. It was flattering to think that my simple doodle is hanging in someone's nursery.
A few General Conference updates for April 2014. I have updated both the Conference is Awesome
Although our conference participation has greatly improved over the last year it still has some rough patches. I spent most of my time trying to keep the little people quiet and focused, breaking up arguements and fights (because we wouldn't be who we are without a few), and rewarding active listening with a treat after each talk. I know you might not agree, but it's working for us and the children are more focused than they have ever been.
The "conference is awesome" folders are the best solution for us, although we still put of the big chart, and the little people pour through the topics throughout a talk. They listen for words they understand and change topics several times throughout the talk. They might hear the word sacrament and add it even if the talk is on sacrifice and then add the prophet photo a few seconds later. It's very sweet to see them working together and listening, even if it is for a treat at the end. Someday they will listen because they want to hear the words, Rocks recent choice is evidence of that. The older girls watch in my room where they can focus on the talks. It's a beautiful thing to watch your children's testimonies grow.
There is also plenty of spontaneous napping that happens from nearly everyone, except the babies of course. It wouldn't be conference weekend without a good nap.
For me conference is about listening to the overall spirit of what I hear and letting my mind be inspired. You can read more about my process and conference journals and notes here, but I decided to just do a little sketching during the sessions. One of my goals for the new year was to learn to really draw and part of that is just practicing; lots and lots of practicing.
I drew a little something during each session. It was something that I could stop and start at any point. They are not fantastic and I will be the first to acknowledge that I'm not an artist, but I quickly cleaned up the images for the downloads if you are interested. Each one is 5" x 7".
I branched out from my traditional black moleskine and chose this orchard purple for this conference.
The sketch paper I used was nearly the same size as the moleskine so I trimmed it up just a little and used the washi tape method (see here) and added it in to the front of my journal. Now to fill in the rest as I review and study each talk over the course of the next 6 months.
I probably shouldn't call them project life cards as I have no legal connection to the Becky Higgins company. Sorry.
After creating a few project life pages I decided I wanted to incorporate some my designs into our family scrapbook. I quickly grabbed a few things and made these test cards and sent them to the printer. My home printer is okay, but not fabulous otherwise I would have just printed them at home.
I added the button to the reindeer and the gray stripes didn't show up when I took the picture. Sorry. I was pleased with the quality of the cards and I'm excited to create some more and use them throughout our albums You can of course use them digitally if you prefer. All the files are jpg.
This is my journal shelf, I just cleaned it out and organized a little bit. It's just the right of my computer in arms reach so when I'm studying I can just reach up and grab what I need. I keep my personal journal, my scripture and conference journals, a few religious books that I am reading, my scriptures (of course) and then my pens cases. If you want more information about any of those journals you can go to this post and this page.
To the right are some envelopes and cards for tithing and thank you's (in the bin) and at the very end (not pictured) I keep addressed and stamped envelopes, to Whitney, for the children to take one whenever they need.
This is my completed personal journal, 2 years worth of memories and seeing the Lord's hand in our lives. As you can see the spine is bulging from all the inserts that I glued into the spine, but it is holding up beautifully.
I used a moleskine planner the for the last couple of years. I originally started using the moleskine 18 month planner and then decided to make a change after 6 months, so I made my own planner page and inserted it each week. I used the rest of the paper for my journal. (You can see an example in this post.) I found that I often had more to say in my daily entries and less planning or vice versa.
This year I plan on using my favorite moleskine notebook (amazon link to product) and continue with my planner inserts. More about that in just a second. First I wanted to share something with you that I tried, tested and am excited to share.
A couple of months ago I stumbled across this video by Gina Rossi Armfield where she demonstrates how to add inserts to the outside page edge using washi tape. I knew it was the perfect solution I had not be looking for.
I rushed and tired it out, adding some cards and letters than have been sitting in a file, because I wasn't sure how I would include them in my journal. As you can see I just grabbed the washi tape that was left over from various holiday projects. I will be more judicious with the colors for 2014, because I'm like that.
Gina has you tape both sides of the seam which really gives the flap some strength. I had a few pages left in the notebook and didn't want to start 2014 so I created some project life project pages to help as I was editing the Christmas photos. The last of my journal is filled with that, not very worthwhile for anyone except me, but I'm not worried.
There is something wonderful about starting a new journal, perhaps that is silly to say, but it is. I created new weekly planner pages that I will tape in each Sunday. I added things to my to do lists that I do automatically, but I'm a list girl and I love crossing things off my list so I included them. Seeing them also helps me remember what is most important in my day and keeping that focus.
On the back side of a planner page each month I am printed a blog content page. I'm hoping this will help me stay on top of the blog and all that I want to accomplish. I will have to admit that 2013 was not a very good blogging year for me. The second half of that page is a blank numbered list box. I filled in a few things I want to accomplish for the year, but I am contemplating doing other fun things like this 52 list project over at Moorea Seal. That might be interesting.
I am providing the two planner pages, without to do personalization, if anyone is interested. They are sized approximately 7" x 9.5", just slightly smaller than the moleskine and are jpgs in the zipped file. The pdf's will print to an 8.5" x 11" paper. They aren't beautiful, but they get the job done.
Download Akimball_moleskineplanner (zipped files)
Download Akimball_moleskineplanner (pfd file)
I haven't made a digital scrapbooking kit in months so I decided to see what I had on file. I had a few elements here and there that I was able to start with and the rest was fun to fill in. Tank was looking through his baby scrapbook books, the last layouts I made. He loved looking at his photos and holding the books. It made me a little sad to think that the three youngest don't have a single book like that. Of course their lives are documented on here, so I suppose it's time to have things printed up.
I didn't realize that last years Thanksgiving quick page also included tags, but then I love tags in general so most of my layouts have a tag or two. I wanted to create something that would showcase many things you can be thankful for. I chose my children, because I thankfully have many of them.
I love creating pattern paper. I love using pattern paper, always have. I hope you enjoy this kit. I am so thankful for all that I am learning so that I can share this kit with you.
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